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Postby Antiq » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:10 pm

In more ways than one, but that's another story :lol:

I need book recommendations. You know those books that you're always dying to urge people to read? Those. Give me your "you MUST read this".

Bear in mind what/who I like - apart from Sir Terry, I have almost all of those.

Authors I have already read and loved.

Iain M Banks
China Mieville
Anchee Min
Kazuo Ishiguro
Tracy Chevalier
Joanna Trollope
Faye Weldon
Tolkein
Dickens
Austen
Edward Rutherfurd
Somerset Maugham
Steinbeck

Those will give you some idea, but I'm open to all suggestions, just not romantic rubbish or "summer reading", if you know what I mean :D
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:17 pm

Have you read American Gods by Neil Gaiman? (He's the guy who wrote Good Omens with Terry :wink: ) It's brilliant :D

And one of my favourite novels of all time The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov :D
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Postby Antiq » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:21 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote:Have you read American Gods by Neil Gaiman? (He's the guy who wrote Good Omens with Terry :wink: ) It's brilliant :D

And one of my favourite novels of all time The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov :D

Thank you, I'll add both to my list :D
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Postby chris.ph » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:22 pm

the deathstalker series by simon r green is a good one i enjoyed them anyway :D

any of the raymond e fiest novels,terry goodkind and julian may

i could go on for a while here :lol:
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Postby Antiq » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:26 pm

chris.ph wrote:the deathstalker series by simon r green is a good one i enjoyed them anyway :D

any of the raymond e fiest novels,terry goodkind and julian may

i could go on for a while here :lol:

I'll have a go :D ta very much.
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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:34 pm

Berrnard Cornwell's Warlord series (The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur). :D
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Postby Antiq » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:37 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Berrnard Cornwell's Warlord series (The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur). :D

I like the sound of that :D
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:48 pm

George Martin A Song of Ice and Fire. I finished book 2 a few weeks ago, and so far it's really good 8)
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Postby Antiq » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:50 pm

Sjoerd3000 wrote:George Martin A Song of Ice and Fire. I finished book 2 a few weeks ago, and so far it's really good 8)

Ordered those from my library this morning! :D I've been following the TV series.
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Postby meerkat » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:06 pm

Philip Kerr's 'Bernie Gunther' Thrillers. The stories take place before, during and after the 2nd world war.

A real eye-opener on how Germans got through the war.
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Postby pip » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Try john connelly's samuel johnson vs the devil books. Brilliant and by an irishman. Full review in the book review thread.

Also try philip k dick. Man in the high castle is a brilliant book. :D
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:21 pm

Elizabeth Moon's "The Deed of Paksennarion" trilogy
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:36 am

If you like Dickens and Austen, have you tried the Brontes? Wuthering Heights is bloody brilliant.
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Postby Pearwood » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:05 am

If you like Steinbeck, you might want to give Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell a try. Brilliant book and kind of Steinbecky. The film's great too.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:33 am

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is excellent.

Also English Passengers by Matthew Kneale is brilliant. It's somewhat bittersweet in that parts of it are hysterically funny, but the facts that parts of it are based on are terribly tragic. There's an incredibly ironic twist in that tail/tale at the end. :wink:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr is a sort of Victorian detective story set in New York and very good indeed (although somewhat gory). Someone bought me this book because they thought it was a sci-fi with a name like The Alienist. :lol: Alienists was the original name given to psychiatrists and the main character in this is one. There is also a newspaper journalist, a couple of early forensic detectives and a street urchin. There's a follow up book in the series called Angel of Darkness that features the same team - but avoid his actual sci-fi book (Killing Time) because it's awful. :lol:
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