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« on: October 07, 2010, 11:27:08 AM »

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  Cheesy - my favorite comic book character always has been and still is Batman)
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010, 12:05:57 PM »

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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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010, 12:15:34 PM »

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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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 18:34:45 PM »

Dr. Hannibal Lecter
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 18:52:59 PM »

Dr. Hannibal Lecter
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010, 21:15:23 PM »

Adrian Mole.

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2010, 22:05:17 PM »

After much reflection:  Alan Shore.

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2010, 22:19:33 PM »

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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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2010, 22:41:10 PM »

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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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2010, 22:43:10 PM »

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

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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 09:47:12 AM »

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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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2010, 10:13:16 AM »

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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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2010, 11:18:34 AM »

shit Dagny is my ultimate woman!! I must've read Atlas Shrugged 20x...my bible!
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2010, 11:25:49 AM »

Of course then you have super heroes like Franciso d'Anconia and John Galt. John Galt's speech was awesome
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2010, 11:36:14 AM »

i feel like i've been living under a rock!  never even heard of these books?
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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2010, 18:07:51 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2010, 19:26:09 PM »

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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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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2010, 07:41:00 AM »

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  Shocked  Embarrassed But he stopped the motor of the world alright  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2010, 08:55:28 AM »

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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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2010, 08:57:38 AM »

Agree with Steve GCG...ask Gavin he may be able to lend you a copy...Jackie dotes on Dagny Taggart
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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2010, 14:53:23 PM »

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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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2010, 21:28:40 PM »

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)
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2010, 21:43:21 PM »

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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« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2010, 20:18:12 PM »

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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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2010, 09:17:58 AM »

he he he

next year


Well worth the read though. Except the Speech.  Evil
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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2010, 16:46:51 PM »

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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« Reply #26 on: November 18, 2010, 15:23:08 PM »

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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« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2010, 16:20:08 PM »

My dark side loves Hannibal Lectern! and the books are brilliant
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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2010, 17:09:15 PM »

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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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2010, 18:02:38 PM »

After much reflection:  Alan Shore.

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I like Denny Crane more. Grin
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« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2010, 18:16:02 PM »

Terry Pratchett's DEATH


And you gotta love the Death of Rats, the Grim Squeaker
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« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2010, 18:17:16 PM »

I love all Terry Pratchett's characters, but especially Granny Weatherwax.


She's pretty cool, but Rincewind is my favourite.
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« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2011, 17:41:24 PM »

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

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« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2011, 18:02:31 PM »

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.
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« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2011, 07:14:10 AM »

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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« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2011, 02:30:31 AM »

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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« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2011, 07:44:14 AM »

not a bad list, alloytoo  Wink 

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


(To make up for this deficit I play hours of Dungeons and Dragons Online  Cheesy)
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« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2011, 14:20:34 PM »

The Stainless Steel Rat in the series by Harry Harrison
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« Reply #38 on: August 12, 2011, 05:18:40 AM »

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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« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2011, 05:19:48 AM »

not a bad list, alloytoo  Wink 

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


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

I confess I'm not up to speed on the latest stuff, my list is mostly the classics.
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« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2011, 13:54:50 PM »

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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« Reply #41 on: August 13, 2011, 22:17:32 PM »



Patrick Jane will have eaten them both before brunch!
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« Reply #42 on: September 30, 2011, 21:02:55 PM »

LOL this thread reads like one on an Objectivist forum  WTF!!
Isn't this supposted to be for Skeptics, can you imagine. Bloody Hell! Evil

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

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« Reply #43 on: October 03, 2011, 20:56:46 PM »

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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« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2011, 19:18:55 PM »

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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« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2011, 06:57:19 AM »

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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