Pick ONLY FIVE books to have while trapped on a deserted island!

@Maggiepie (7821)
United States
September 25, 2009 12:25pm CST
[b]This is Writersedge's fault. She wanted me to post this idea, after I casually mentioned it in another discussion (re which 3 wishes you'd ask from a genie), so if this frustrates you, go see her. Before we get started, I want to stipulate a few things. One, that these books do not include your holy scripture of choice (or writings of Darwin, for atheists...), as I will let you have those as a given (you're welcome). Just pick 5 other books. Two, a trilogy or series counts as one book, in my world (you're welcome, again), & three, the books needn't have a particular title, but be representative of a type (see my 1st pick). Now, as Criss Angel says, "Are you ready?" MY FAVORITE 5 ARE (in no particular order: 1. Any good survivalist textbook 2. A comprehensive collection of poems from all cultures 3. A blank book to write my memoirs 4. The Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey 5. Any book by Dave Barry, one of my favorite comic writers. Goodness knows, after a few years alone, I'll need some laughs! I thought about #5, trying to figure out which I'd really rather have--something to make me laugh, a photo album of friends & family, or some glorious collection of epic nature photography, such as Ansel Adams' American landscapes, but reality set in. I can see those last in my mind, plus I'd have real natural beauty all around me; same for #2, & I crave humor as others crave air. There was only one choice, in the end. So! Which would be your 5, & why? Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
26 Sep 09
Forget the books and just give me a computer with internet and power to run it. lol I can then read all the books I want ONLINE.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
26 Sep 09
[b]What--you going to plug it into the nearest palm tree? Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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26 Sep 09
Solar panel and an internet connection via satellite phone. Ahhh. Paradise. At least until the next typhoon comes along and washes it all into the sea
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• United States
26 Sep 09
Thank you for answering Maggie's question, jwfarrimond.
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@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Let me see... 1. Calvin and Hobbes 2. Lord of the Rings 3. Harry Potter 4. Forex Trading for dummies 5. Philippine constitution
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 Sep 09
[b]Ahem...deserted island.... Please reread the rules, Tantrums.... Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 Sep 09
[b]P.S. "Forex Trading, indeed. Hmph. I'm surprised you didn't try to claim Facebook as one of your five "books!" Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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• United States
26 Sep 09
I didn't think about that. Ok, I'll take FB along with the computer.
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
25 Sep 09
I'm a pretty practical person so I'll pick practical books. The voyaging stars about Pacific island navigation using nothing but the stars - no instruments. Any survival manual, a good guide to fishes, Need to know that the fish that you catch is not going to poison you. I'll go for the blank book as well, and a good supply of pencils to record the passing days and to keep track of time, and for the last, I'll take the Illiad, I'l never get tired of reading Homer's epic.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 Sep 09
[b]Hey, JW! Good choices, though I'd have put that fish guide under the survivalist's book. If you do that, you can take one more book! (You're welcome! ) Care to add it? Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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25 Sep 09
Hmmm. Whales and dolphin identification book? Then I can sit on the beach and whale watch all the time
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
25 Sep 09
[b] Fun is always a personally defined thing. Sure, you wanna watch sea life for fun? Hey, it's your 5 books! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
27 Sep 09
Hmm.. no , this discussion certainly does not frustrate me, it does make me think though... it's a hard choice and I appreciate the bonus books, really do :) I"m assuming from your first choice that this is not a vacation in a desert island kind of thing, so I guess I would certainly need the same sort of book you mention, something to help me survive in that island - I am sure I would be able to find a way without a book, but it would be much more complicated and probably dangerous:) SO for my number one I'm down to some survival book, helping with some basic things like shelter, food, etc. etc. etc. Number two hmmmmm.... not sure...so many books...ok I would like to take at least one book form either robert heinlen or isaac azimov. Can't decide between the two , but probably heinlen although the foundation trilogy from azimov would be more books LOL number tree.... this gets harder and harder... I guess some medical book would be needed and some herbal remedies number four.... I guess I have the one, it's a huge book, the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that would keep me occupied and hopefully would help for sharp thinking :) Number five, I would have to agree with you.... I needed something humorous or I would go cuckoo fast. I would hope that in the first book I would be able to learn how to make some sort of paper or equivalent, so I could draw and write before I used up all the blank pages on the other books :)
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
27 Sep 09
[b]Well, good! It was supposed to make one think, so I guess I did my job correctly! Yes, if you go back & reread my post, you'll see that series & trilogies, so long as the stories within continue & advance the universe within chronologically, count as one book. It's my school, dem's da rules. I'd pick Heinlein over Asimov. Better writer, nicer guy. Doyle, yes. I wouldn't turn him down. The medical book? Nah, anything I could manage in a non-civilized environment would come under the auspices of the survival book. The rest is something only modern meds could take care of. If I couldn't find a willow tree on my island from which I could make aspirin (from its bark), then I'd probably die. Oh well! So congrats on your choices! GMTA! Haha! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?[/b]
@ElicBxn (60078)
• United States
26 Sep 09
okay... yeah, 1 - a survivalist's handbook would be number one for me too, 2 - the complete (!!) Pern books by Anne McCaffrey 3 - the complete Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey (can I get updates as they come out?) 4 - the complete, annotated Sherlock Holmes and a blank book for #5 those work for me - how 'bout you?
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
26 Sep 09
[b]Would you really read Shakespeare? I know I love his stuff, but I had no idea you were interested. As for updates, Shirley you jest.... I mean, I'm being generous enough, doncha think, by allowing you to have a whole series count as one story! (Actually, I'm a bit surprised you don't want Braun's "The Cat Who..." books!) But I'd also love to have all the Pern books. Hm...can we count fan-fiction as not-books? If so, I want all the Sentinel fanfic! Heck, toss all "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." fanfic in the lifeboat, too! Haha! (That would sink it! LOL!) (Just thought I'd ask...it'd be nice to have all the fanzines!) Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@ElicBxn (60078)
• United States
26 Sep 09
what shakespear? I don't got no shakespear in there - sherlock holmes...
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
26 Sep 09
[b] Woops! Sorry--misunderread it.... Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
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@vdhaval (119)
• India
27 Sep 09
if i was stuck on deserted island i wud pick 1-dilbert (very funny for people who understand the jokes) 2-count of monte cristo(my fav book) 3-Shantaram (an awesome book abt the other side of my city Mumbai) 4-maximum city 5-a pg wodehouse wook for the humour and intricate plots where everythin goes wrong
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
27 Sep 09
[b]Yeah, I like Dilbert, too. I do "get" him, since I worked 29 years in an office. I'm familiar with "The Count of Monte Christo" & P.G. Wodehouse's works (very droll), but the other two I don't know. Is "Maximum City" science fiction? And where is Mumbai? I've heard the name, but I confess I don't know anything else about it! One of the reasons I started this discussion was to find out about books with which I'm unfamiliar, so if you'd like to give a quick review of each of the 2 books (no more than 4 lines) here, I'd love to read them. Maybe I'll read the books themselves! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
27 Sep 09
[b]Oops, typo. Twenty--count 'em-20, not 29, years in an office. Gah.... Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@vdhaval (119)
• India
28 Sep 09
oh mumbai is the financial capital of india basically the book shantaram is written by gregory david roberts who was an australian convict who escaped to india to mumbai and lived here the book is an account of his like here and of course part of its is fiction but a quite alot is true. anyway i wud recommend u to read this book not because of the story which is set in mumbai and tells secrets abt the lives of d ppl in the city i didnt know till then but also the book has a fantastic plot with suspense and mystery. the writer after being in india for abt a decade atleast went back to australia and finished his prison sentence and now shuttles between mumbai and australia infact a movie was gonna be made on the book with johnny depp playin his character but i think the plans are now stalled. well the other book-maximm city tells me abt the life of people in the city frm different stratas of society,rite frm organised crime,to the super rich,to the people who are required to get into flesh trade to earn money for their poor families and children i wud recommend u read shantaram
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
28 Sep 09
1. A good survivalist book 2. The Mallorean series/David Eddings 3. Summer of the Dragon/Elizabeth Peters 4. X-men comic books (series!!) 5. Warlock series by Christopher Stasheff The first is for surviving, the rest for fun, relaxation and keeping my mind agile.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
29 Sep 09
[b]Yeah, everyone wants that survivalist book! I'm not familiar with "The Mallorean series," science fiction? Fantasy? Something else? Same question for the Peters book. I love dragons! I hadn't thought of comic books, but I'd like to have all the Adam Strange ones...except I couldn't, because they needn't be read in order, which was my own rule, so I have to stick by it! If I did pick a series, it might be the "ElfQuest series," though I kind of lost interest in it near the end (though I can't remember why...guess that means it's time to reread it! Hey! ) Oh yes, Stasheff is marvelous! Interesting choices, Snowcat (love that name, btw). Thanks for responding! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
3 Oct 09
Summer of the Dragon is misleading, kind of. It isn't fantasy, or about dragons (not exactly). It's a mystery, dealing with murder attempts, and trippy characters (archeologists can't be as much fun as she portrays them). The dragon part is because ancient remains (not dinosaurs, but mammoth bones) were found, and in older times these giant bones were thought to be "dragon bones." The book is a great deal more interesting than how I explained it. It has tons of humor in it. The main character DJ (she hates the name her parents saddled her with. Any normal person would) is an archaelogist sent to a rich guy's home (with a mania for UFO's and other hair brained theories). DJ has a weakness for food and a talent for saying the wrong thing. It's a romance too, but not between DJ and the rich guy. It isn't anything like regular romances. She gains weight, gets dirty, gets beat up and other non-romantic things. Lots of fun though. The Mallorean is 5 books by David Eddings. It's the continuation of The Belgariad, but more interesting. Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda, Sorceress of Darshiva, and The Seeress of Kell are the books. Swords, sorcery, thieves, kings, monsters and so forth, done with humor and flair. I like Eddings books, but his newer stuff sucks. A lot. Don't waste your time on The Dreamers. It's bad.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
5 Oct 09
snowcat46 said: "Summer of the Dragon is misleading, kind of. It isn't fantasy, or about dragons (not exactly). It's a mystery, dealing with murder attempts, and trippy characters (archeologists can't be as much fun as she portrays them). The dragon part is because ancient remains (not dinosaurs, but mammoth bones) were found, and in older times these giant bones were thought to be "dragon bones." The book is a great deal more interesting than how I explained it. It has tons of humor in it. Humor is good.... "The main character DJ (she hates the name her parents saddled her with. Any normal person would)..." What is that name? "is an archaelogist sent to a rich guy's home (with a mania for UFO's and other hair brained theories). I don't know what other theories he has, but I don't put UFOs under the "hair-brained" list, if for no other reason than that there are far too many reports from credible witnesses (at least one president! Okay, it was Carter, but...), including experienced airplane pilots et al. "DJ has a weakness for food and a talent for saying the wrong thing. It's a romance too, but not between DJ and the rich guy. It isn't anything like regular romances. She gains weight, gets dirty, gets beat up and other non-romantic things. Lots of fun though." Sounds like it! "The Mallorean is 5 books by David Eddings. It's the continuation of The Belgariad,..." Unknown to me. "but more interesting. Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda, Sorceress of Darshiva, and The Seeress of Kell are the books. Swords, sorcery, thieves, kings, monsters and so forth, done with humor and flair." Right up my alley! I'll see if Elic has copies. I can't afford books right now. She lends me at least a half a dozen at a time, bless her. I'm a bibliophile; so is she. "I like Eddings books, but his newer stuff sucks. A lot. Don't waste your time on The Dreamers. It's bad." [b]Well, I'd have to see them to agree or disagree. Thanks so much for the details! I'm looking forward to reading these! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
• United States
4 Oct 09
1. Into the Wild 2. Incredibly Loud and Incredibly Close 3. 1984 4. The Runaway Jury 5. The RollingStone magazine
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
5 Oct 09
[b]I think I've heard of "Into the Wild," but I haven't any idea what it is; I haven't read it. In fact, the only thing here familiar to me is the RS Magazine! So, thanks! New stuff to get to know! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]