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Who is your favorite character(s) from the wonderful world of books?

Mine has to be Jack Reacher from Lee Child's books. He is simply too kick ass for words - perfect combination of brawn and brains.

Prior it had always been Willie Garvin from the Modesty Blaise stories. (And suddenly I see a trend  :D - my favorite comic book character always has been and still is Batman)
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Has to be Elric from Micheal Moorcock's series of books.
He's an albino, who has a sword, Stormbringer, which drinks the souls of the living it slays, and gives Elric power.
Elric struggles against the addiction to the power the sword gives him, and his yearning to be free of it.  The books are awesome.

Allso Druss from the books of David Gemmell.  His journey to find his wife, and his battles.  Then again, Gemmell makes all his characters awesome.
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Terry Pratchett's DEATH and second in line is the 5th horseman - Chaos - I love the idea of him having a dairy farm and a wife that henpecks him.

After this I have to go with Roland from the Dark Tower series, I have this romanticism with the series as a whole.


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Adrian Mole.

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After much reflection:  Alan Shore.

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After much reflection:  Alan Shore.

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Erm ... literary character?

I did like him in Stargate and Sex Lies and Videotape, though!

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Yes, the OP did say favourite character from “the wonderful world of books.”  Admittedly, it’s a bit of a stretch but every celluloid character occurs first in a written script.

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"Sensitive" people are now carefully examining the entire universe, trying to find something to be "offended" at. It won't stop until such time as the "offenders" learn to stop apologizing, and saying "freck off" instead. — brianvds, The ShoutBox Classics, 02/07/2018.


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... and, the paperback adaptation will no doubt follow!

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Love Adrian Mole, petrified of Hannibal Lecter, think Terry Pratchett's DEATH is hilarious, but if there has to be one, favorite literary character, I would have to go with Jo from Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)


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Also LOVE Death from Terry Pratchett but Death of Rats is also awesome. My favourite character of all time is Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand).
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shit Dagny is my ultimate woman!! I must've read Atlas Shrugged 20x...my bible!
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Of course then you have super heroes like Franciso d'Anconia and John Galt. John Galt's speech was awesome
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i feel like i've been living under a rock!  never even heard of these books?
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Mine has to be Jack Reacher
Yes!  He is a good character in semi-bad books.  I found the storylines rather far-fetched, but Jack is great!


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Yes!  He is a good character in semi-bad books.
I guess semi-bad books is it for me. I'll take one over a classic any day. I read the Cacher in the Rye for instance and desperately want that hour of my life back. About the only classic I have enjoyed was  Patrick Süskind's Perfume. I guess my idea of a classic and others' just doesn't quite jell. I just enjoy a good story - and sometimes far fetched is the best escapism.
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John Galt's speech was awesome
I've read it three or four times myself and I have *never* been able to finish the entire speech  :o  :-[ But he stopped the motor of the world alright  :D
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i feel like i've been living under a rock!  never even heard of these books?
GCG. You would LOVE Atlas Shrugged. Every book shop has it - it's an all-time classic by the philosopher (and outspoken atheist) Ayn Rand. Dagny Taggart and Henk Reerden go on a quest to find the legendary John Galt. It's set in the mid 20th Century when the railroads were such a huge part of industry and essential for the functioning of the economy. Towards the end of the book John Galt takes over the airwaves and gives a speech to America - it is awesome and knowing you as I do, I think you will LOVE the book. And you will want to own your own copy so try to make a plan to buy one.
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Agree with Steve GCG...ask Gavin he may be able to lend you a copy...Jackie dotes on Dagny Taggart
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Jack Reacher -  Lee childs

Billy Pilgrim - Kurt Vonnegut - SlaughterHouse 5

Death - Terry Pratchett for sure!

Bubba - Dennis Lehane

Lisbeth Salander - Stieg Larsson







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Yo, Dagny Taggard, now there's a choice.... She's quite a masochist in bed, and prefers her men nice and sadistic.

Ayn Rand, had some cool philosophies, but some of it is very strange to me sometimes. Especially the fact that all her "hero" characters are complete nutters in the sack, but otherwise utterly perfect human beings in every way, shape, and form. INCLUDING being born of massively wealthy families. (I talk of now of Atlas Shrugged). Also her characters are very stereotypically "black and white" to me. They are either, as I've said, absolutely perfect, or made out of PURE EVIL!

(However I still appreciate the kind of ethic she was trying to portray)
"Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground, Silly monkeys, give them thumbs, they make a club and beat their brother down. How they survive, so misguided, is a mystery. Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here" - Tool


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Here's one of Ayn Rand's philosophies;

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"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage ... Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors."
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I'm reading Atlas Shrugged now based on the accolades bestowed upon it in this thread. Don't think I've read anything nearly as thick before (i.e. many pages). Isn't there a movie out yet? - they've had like 53 years ...

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he he he

next year


Well worth the read though. Except the Speech.  >:D
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I have two favourite fictional characters:

1) "Lincoln Rhyme", the quadraplegic detective from the Jeffrey Deaver novels (Denzil Washington played him in "The Bone Collector") and

2) "God" from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. (plus a multitude of other authors!)
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Suttree from the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy

or just about any character from any Cormac McCarthy book, this author just does it for me.

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My dark side loves Hannibal Lectern! and the books are brilliant
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I love all Terry Pratchett's characters, but especially Granny Weatherwax.

Also, Spud (John van de Ruit), Mma Ramotswe (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith), Miss Marple (Agatha Christie).


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Terry Pratchett's DEATH

And you gotta love the Death of Rats, the Grim Squeaker
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I love all Terry Pratchett's characters, but especially Granny Weatherwax.

She's pretty cool, but Rincewind is my favourite.
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I'm reading Atlas Shrugged now based on the accolades bestowed upon it in this thread. Don't think I've read anything nearly as thick before (i.e. many pages). Isn't there a movie out yet? - they've had like 53 years ...

Mintaka

 

Starting page 460 of 1078 today.... ( in case anyone cares :P ) My aim is to beat the movie release date that cygost linked to.

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I had no idea what mine were at first but I'll venture some choices:

Trillian - Hitchikers guide to the galaxy - D. Adams

Joshua Calvert - The Night's Dawn trilogy - Peter Hamilton (Not because he's a womanizer, but just because he has really cool adventures)

But I think my favourite is Dexter Morgan.
"Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground, Silly monkeys, give them thumbs, they make a club and beat their brother down. How they survive, so misguided, is a mystery. Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability to lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here" - Tool


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So... I did not deliberate long on this one. For the last few years my reading time has been hijacked (sadly) by text books.

However, I LOVE the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Because, according to society, I am also a bit mad...

Who knew?
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Jon Rico - Starship Troopers (Heinlein)
Lazarus Long - Time Enough For Love(Heinlein)
Arthur Dent - Hitchhikers Guide (Adams)
The Patrician - Discworld (Pratchet)
Isabel Kid/El Cabrito - Floating Outfit series (J T Edson)
Hermione Granger - HP (Rowling)
Susan Calvin - Robot Series (Asimov)
The Doctor - (Various)
Ayla - Clan Of the Cave Bear (Auel)
Jenkins the robot - City series (Simak)
Smash Ogre - Ogre Ogre (Piers Anthony)
Worzel - Lensman series (EE Doc Smith)


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not a bad list, alloytoo  ;) 

I seem to have left fantasy and science fiction reading behind a little. Something which I thought would never happen!  :-[


(To make up for this deficit I play hours of Dungeons and Dragons Online  :D)
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The Stainless Steel Rat in the series by Harry Harrison


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The Stainless Steel Rat in the series by Harry Harrison

D'oh how could I forget Slippery Jim and beautiful yet deadly missus


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not a bad list, alloytoo  ;) 

I seem to have left fantasy and science fiction reading behind a little. Something which I thought would never happen!  :-[


(To make up for this deficit I play hours of Dungeons and Dragons Online  :D)

I confess I'm not up to speed on the latest stuff, my list is mostly the classics.


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Flashman (Flashman)
Mr J.L.B. Matekoni (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
George Smiley (Le Carre)
Mycroft Holmes (The other Holmes)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld (James Bond)
Enderby (Enderby trilogy -- Anthony Burgess)
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After much reflection:  Alan Shore.

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I like Denny Crane more. ;D

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LOL this thread reads like one on an Objectivist forum  (wtf!!)
Isn't this supposted to be for Skeptics, can you imagine. Bloody Hell! >:D

Brain, did you really write a book. What is it?

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Sorry I've been out of touch Superman.
Yes I did write a novel classified as Sci Fi some 206000 words of it and titled "Moses was a Liar". It's got some objectivism philosophies in it. Sequel is at a 50% stage at the moment but I'm sukkeling somewhat with it.
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Great stuff, I will have to look into your book this weekend.
Interesting seems that you did not intend it to be classified as Sci Fi.
Does not matter, it is just amazing that a South African will include some Objectivism in his book.




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One book dealer classified it as political drama, while my own publisher classified it as Drama> WTF. I just wrote a novel!
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