The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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The Ultimate Biggles Books

The Camels Are Coming (1932)
2
2%
The Cruise of the Condor (1933)
4
4%
Biggles of the Camel Squadron (1934)
1
1%
Biggles Flies Again (1934)
1
1%
Biggles Learns to Fly (1935)
1
1%
The Black Peril (1935)
5
5%
Biggles Flies East (1935)
5
5%
Biggles Hits the Trail (1935)
0
No votes
Biggles in France (1935)
0
No votes
Biggles & Co (1936)
4
4%
Biggles in Africa (1936)
0
No votes
Biggles – Air Commodore (1937)
2
2%
Biggles Flies West (1937)
3
3%
Biggles Flies South (1938)
1
1%
Biggles Goes to War (1938)
2
2%
The Rescue Flight (1939)
0
No votes
Biggles in Spain (1939)
3
3%
Biggles Flies North (1939)
1
1%
Biggles – Secret Agent (1940)
2
2%
Biggles in the Baltic (1940)
4
4%
Biggles in the South Seas (1940)
0
No votes
Biggles Defies the Swastika (1941)
3
3%
Biggles Sees It Through (1941)
2
2%
Spitfire Parade (1941)
0
No votes
Biggles in the Jungle (1942)
0
No votes
Biggles Sweeps the Desert (1942)
3
3%
Biggles – Charter Pilot (1943)
3
3%
Biggles in Borneo (1943)
1
1%
Biggles Fails to Return (1943)
3
3%
Biggles in the Orient (1945)
4
4%
Biggles Delivers the Goods (1946)
2
2%
Sergeant Bigglesworth CID (1947)
4
4%
Biggles' Second Case (1948)
1
1%
Biggles Hunts Big Game (1948)
0
No votes
Biggles Takes a Holiday (1948)
2
2%
Biggles Breaks the Silence (1949) [18]
0
No votes
Biggles Gets His Men (1950)
1
1%
Another Job for Biggles (1951)
1
1%
Biggles Goes to School (1951)
0
No votes
Biggles Works It Out (1952)
0
No votes
Biggles Takes the Case (1952)
0
No votes
Biggles Follows On (1952)
1
1%
Biggles – Air Detective (1952)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Black Raider (1953)
0
No votes
Biggles in the Blue (1953)
1
1%
Biggles in the Gobi (1953)
1
1%
Biggles of the Special Air Police (1953)
0
No votes
Biggles Cuts It Fine (1954)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Pirate Treasure (1954)
0
No votes
Biggles Foreign Legionnaire (1954)
3
3%
Biggles Pioneer Air Fighter (1954)
0
No votes
Biggles in Australia (1955)
0
No votes
Biggles' Chinese Puzzle (1955)
0
No votes
Biggles of 266 (1956)
0
No votes
No Rest for Biggles (1956)
0
No votes
Biggles Takes Charge (1956)
4
4%
Biggles Makes Ends Meet (1957)
0
No votes
Biggles of the Interpol (1957)
0
No votes
Biggles on the Home Front (1957)
0
No votes
Biggles Presses On (1958)
0
No votes
Biggles on Mystery Island (1958)
0
No votes
Biggles Buries a Hatchet (1958)
4
4%
Biggles in Mexico (1959)
0
No votes
Biggles' Combined Operation (1959)
0
No votes
Biggles at the World's End (1959)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn (1960)
0
No votes
Biggles Goes Home (1960)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy (1960)
0
No votes
Biggles Forms a Syndicate (1961)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Missing Millionaire (1961)
0
No votes
Biggles Goes Alone (1962)
1
1%
Orchids for Biggles (1962)
0
No votes
Biggles Sets a Trap (1962)
1
1%
Biggles Takes It Rough (1963)
0
No votes
Biggles Takes a Hand (1963)
0
No votes
Biggles' Special Case (1963)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Plane That Disappeared (1963)
0
No votes
Biggles Flies to Work (1963)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns (1964) [19]
0
No votes
Biggles and the Black Mask (1964)
0
No votes
Biggles Investigates (1964)
0
No votes
Biggles Looks Back (1965)
1
1%
Biggles and the Plot That Failed (1965)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Blue Moon (1965)
0
No votes
Biggles Scores a Bull (1965)
0
No votes
Biggles in the Terai (1966)
3
3%
Biggles and the Gun Runners (1966)
0
No votes
Biggles Sorts It Out (1967)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Dark Intruder (1967)
1
1%
Biggles and the Penitent Thief (1967)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea (1967)
1
1%
The Boy Biggles (1968)
0
No votes
Biggles in the Underworld (1968)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Little Green God (1969)
0
No votes
Biggles and the Noble Lord (1969)
0
No votes
Biggles Sees Too Much (1970)
0
No votes
Biggles Does Some Homework (1997)
0
No votes
Biggles Air Ace: The Uncollected Stories (1999)
1
1%
 
Total votes: 94

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The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

Post by Fairblue » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:10 pm

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Postby von Zoyton » 22 Mar 2014, 13:04

Please select the Biggles Books you think are the best, like an ultimate guide for newbies. In the end there should be clear winners as to the top Biggles books!
So, Rules: there are none. You can vote for as many (all 98, if that's what you want) or as few as you like.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to carry over the actual poll from the old forum, so we will have to start again. :roll: Other than that teeny weeny important bit, I've been able to copy everything over.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Kismet » 22 Mar 2014, 14:10

it was very tempting to tick them all but I've tried to be selective and only pick my absolute favourites.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby kylie_koyote » 22 Mar 2014, 14:17
Kismet wrote:
it was very tempting to tick them all but I've tried to be selective and only pick my absolute favourites.

It was, wasn't it?

I've chosen "Dark Intruder" because it was my first one so I hold it in rather high esteem for sentimental rather than literary reasons.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Mar 2014, 14:26

It's very hard not to tick all the WW1 & WW2 stories...so I did! hehe :D
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby SaintedAunt » 22 Mar 2014, 14:32

It's very hard… I too tried to be selective but… Trouble is I have so many favourites which I like for different reasons. Now had we been limited to a choice of 1, or 3, it might have been easier :)
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Kismet » 22 Mar 2014, 14:42
SaintedAunt wrote:
It's very hard… I too tried to be selective but… Trouble is I have so many favourites which I like for different reasons. Now had we been limited to a choice of 1, or 3, it might have been easier :)

I'd be having a nervous breakdown if I had to choose 3. I'd be waking in the night thinking of all the different combinations I could have chosen and resisting the temptation to come downstairs to change my vote.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby von Zoyton » 22 Mar 2014, 14:53

I chose 4, but may add more as I agree with others, I think the poll will work with the ability to choose as many as you like. This is a long term project!
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby SaintedAunt » 22 Mar 2014, 14:55

Oh well, we can't have you having a nervous breakdown Kismet :nono:

Can we subtract as well as add, VZ? I might have been a bit over-generous to some books :think:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby OzBiggles1963 » 22 Mar 2014, 14:56
Kismet wrote:
...I'd be having a nervous breakdown if I had to choose 3. I'd be waking in the night thinking of all the different combinations I could have chosen and resisting the temptation to come downstairs to change my vote.

I think the best I've ever done is to get my 'favourites' list down to 5, but that was a nail biting, stress filled time choosing. :lol:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

Post by Fairblue » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:29 pm

One can change ones choices, this is the most important Biggles poll ever, so it had to be perfect! :)
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Fairblue » 22 Mar 2014, 17:13
SaintedAunt wrote:
It's very hard… I too tried to be selective but… Trouble is I have so many favourites which I like for different reasons. Now had we been limited to a choice of 1, or 3, it might have been easier :)
I was thinking that myself. This really taxed my brain. :crazypilot:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Rumpity » 22 Mar 2014, 18:20

I've chosen my three favourites from each of the four periods WWI, interwar, WW2 & SAP. Still tricky though.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby CaptWilks » 22 Mar 2014, 22:59
von Zoyton wrote:
One can change ones choices, this is the most important Biggles poll ever, so it had to be perfect!

I can't entirely agree with you there, VZ. This is the most important poll of all time! :yay:

Results are already interesting. I know I have some idiosyncratic favourites (Takes it Rough) and I also know that there are forum favourites which I don't like much at all (I am too cowardly to mention) but there are also books that most of us are giving a tick (e.g. Baltic).
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby AusterAutocrat » 22 Mar 2014, 23:26

So... who else wants to select all 98?? :D

I'll choose 2 or 3... :idea:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Miss Carstairs » 22 Mar 2014, 23:50

Well I just chose the books I can remember are great, and that I've read many times.

To be honest, a lot of the later detective ones I couldn't tell you what happened where, and despite owning them I've only read them once. I definitely don't think they're all great, although a lot of them offer insight into the characters in different ways.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 23 Mar 2014, 09:22

I was very self-controlled :snigger: Baltic will always be my sentimental favourite because it was my first :D I finally, after much nail-biting and hypertension, restricted myself to most of the WWI books (I haven't read Air Ace :cryblue: so reluctantly ignored it), the WWII books, some between the wars, all that had EVS (except Australia) and the SAP books that I personally prefer. Really hard, because I just wanted to tick all 98. A very stressful exercise and I just know I'll wake up in the middle of the night with several reasons why I should have included ones that I haven't :crazy:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby SaintedAunt » 23 Mar 2014, 09:42

Well, I decided I hadn't been disciplined enough so I have now unticked quite a few, and may untick more in a few days time. Thank you VZ for the opportunity to remove as well as add :yay:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Fairblue » 23 Mar 2014, 09:49

I've altered mine, too. This is sooooo difficult. :pilot:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

Post by Fairblue » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:32 pm

Postby SaintedAunt » 23 Mar 2014, 09:52
Fairblue wrote:
I've altered mine, too. This is sooooo difficult. :pilot:
You might end up with a completely different selection :twisted:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby Fairblue » 23 Mar 2014, 10:12
SaintedAunt wrote:
Fairblue wrote:
I've altered mine, too. This is sooooo difficult. :pilot:
You might end up with a completely different selection :twisted:
Possibly. But there are a few that DEFINITELY will not make it at all. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby von Zoyton » 23 Mar 2014, 10:24

Indeed there are some that really never would get a vote as the best, like Sets a Trap for example.
Though some will struggle due to lack of availability though I would list 'Takes Charge' as one of the best.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

Post by Fairblue » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:33 pm

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 23 Mar 2014, 10:28
Fairblue wrote:
...
Possibly. But there are a few that DEFINITELY will not make it at all. :mrgreen:
Yes, I relented [in the interests of brevity, lol], & went back & unticked a few SAP stories. :D
Am I allowed to campaign for Flies South? hehe :mrgreen: [the inter-war yrs are so awesome!] :ilovebigglesbooks: :bangon:

P.S. I agree VZ...I think Takes Charge will be in the top 3, but my sentimental favourite is Flies South.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

Post by Fairblue » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:34 pm

Postby Fairblue » 23 Mar 2014, 10:29
von Zoyton wrote:
Indeed there are some that really never would get a vote as the best, like Sets a Trap for example.
Though some will struggle due to lack of availability though I would list 'Takes Charge' as one of the best.
I have listed that, too, VZ. if has one of my favourite moments in it, when Algy 'outs' Von Stahlein at the Hotel in Vierzon, among others.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby von Zoyton » 23 Mar 2014, 10:36

Algy taking charge is the top reason to like the book, among many others though.
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Re: The Top Biggles Books (the ultimate poll)

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Postby von Zoyton » 23 Mar 2014, 10:42
CaptWilks wrote:
This is the most important poll of all time! :yay:
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