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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:42 pm 
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If you were trapped on an island, no escape... ONE FICTION BOOK.

What would that book be?

And please, don't say survival book or anything non-fiction about how to make campfires or build huts.

My choice: Lord of the Flies.

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Lord of the Rings.

It's very long, which is a good start, but there are two more important reasons:
1-It's a story about the triamph of the greatest of humanity's virtues over the worst of their vices;
2-It can be read as a lot of individual stories, and each of the prinicple character's journey can be followed. This gives it great re-read value because you can either have a book of shorts, or, if you're careful, you can read it through five times and read a different story each time.

So, I'd have plenty to keep me entertained and I'd have something to inspire me with hope. Plus I might actually get around to reading all those appendices.

It's not the greatest book ever written, not my favourite book of all time, not the book I'd mourn the loss of most while on my island, but it's the one I'd take. Preferably, I'd take my Alan Lee illustrated hard back copy. I could crush bugs and shellfish with that.

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A large, many-paged book that has the softest of paper. I don't care what it's about...

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"Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins, one of the few books I've ever re-read, and one that I think I could happily re-read again.

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Maybe the Mardrus/Mathers Thousand Nights and One Night.

Or the omnibus of Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure, because no matter how depressed I got, Servants of the Wankh would always make me laugh.

Or one of my big Volumes Lefrancq omnibuses of French books, like Dylan Stark or Bob Morane, because even after I'd read them I could keep myself occupied by trying to translate them - each page would became a puzzle.

I've spent way too long thinking about this...

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A large, many-paged book that has the softest of paper. I don't care what it's about...


Oh my, Bob Lock wants to wipe his bottom on the Bible... There'll be protests you know. :D

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Either a Rowling or a Meyers, just to give me the incentive to find a way off the damn island. No escape? Leave me with one of those and I'll find one...


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I think I've found the ideal answer...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5381234/Japanese-publisher-prints-horror-novel-on-toilet-roll.html

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IT by Stephen King

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I'd go for "The Four Dreams of Miss X":-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Agent-Provocate ... 002&sr=1-1

Strictly speaking this may not be fiction, but I figure I can make up my own stories, and still be a lot happier than you guys on your islands :D

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I'd take "Snakes of Hawaii", by some mate of Philip K Dick's. And a biro. Apparently it consisted of entirely blank pages. I'll never get a better chance to finish writing that damned novel!

Here's PKD's essay where it's mentioned:
http://www.snakesofhawaii.com/

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Maybe The Waethermonger by Peter Dickinson.


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