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posted by [personal profile] towith at 02:27am on 08/06/2011 under
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Without including text books it would probably be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Admittedly this isn't exactly the most impressive book possible, but at 832 pages it really annihilates the competition. The shortest might be Scale by Will Self, but it is more likely to be one of the many books I read as a child ex. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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posted by [identity profile] johnny9fingers.livejournal.com at 09:13am on 08/06/2011
Does LOTR count as one book, or three?

War and Peace?
 

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posted by [identity profile] towith.livejournal.com at 01:20am on 09/06/2011
Don't tell anyone but I haven't read LOTR. I did try to tackle it but I quickly became sick of all of the twee hobbits and majestic elves.
 

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posted by [identity profile] donnalee-kiss.livejournal.com at 03:18am on 13/06/2011
Oh good, another literate individual who also found LOTR to just fall flat. And I can read damn near anything, but I least like war-type prose. Also some people can give quite a bit of minutia and not bog the reader down.

What about encyclopedia sets? I read all 3 sets my parents bought as a kid, then started criticizing them later due to errors.
 

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posted by [identity profile] towith.livejournal.com at 05:55am on 15/06/2011
If I remember rightly, the copy I owned included an introduction by Tolkien which basically read as "I know there's too much detail, fuck off." Which is all well and good but there are other books competing for my attention. I could either read about how great Hobbits are for the 600th time, or I could read the entire collected works of Philip K. Dick.

I tend to read non-fiction in a non-linear fashion, so I'm not so quick to include them. Certainly though I've read entire encyclopaedias, dictionaries etcetera. I have often criticised dictionaries for not being reverential to etymology, though I'm not about to boycott dictionary.com etcetera like some more fanatical dictionary enthusiasts.
 

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posted by [identity profile] donnalee-kiss.livejournal.com at 08:27pm on 15/06/2011
I do understand that dictionary problem, and I've criticized them for oft times repeating what was in previous editions without correcting something...not an error but the description not being exactly right.

I find Dick fascinating for his insightful paranoia, most of which does not become dated. After having read about him personally....not exactly who I'd want to know. Crazy is better at a distance.
 

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posted by [identity profile] towith.livejournal.com at 11:18pm on 15/06/2011
I think that meeting authors can give an important insight into their work, but certainly there a few authors that I'd wish to have as neighbours. William Burroughs for instance could be terrifying presence in your life.

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