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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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