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Old 31-03-2005, 17:03   #41
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I finally got round to reading those this year, and they are excellent - Specially when you subsequently get spooked on the tube visiting London!
All I can think of when I'm on those long tube escalators is American Werewolf in London!


As for good books.......LeftHandedGuitarist, try some Stephen Donaldson, he has a book of short stories Reave the Just & Other Tales If you don't like his style of writing then at least you wont have started a longer story. I think his writing is fantastic but I do know other people who hate it.
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Old 31-03-2005, 18:13   #42
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These are a must read SciFi:

Sector General Series by James White

Heritage Universe Series by Charles Sheffield

Heechee Sage by Frederick Pohl

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Old 31-03-2005, 18:34   #43
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Thanks allan175, I'll be sure to try and remember that one.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:29   #44
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:53   #45
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Can't believe nobody's mentioned Iain (M) Banks for sci fi or Clive Barker for horror (verging on dark fantasy) yet.
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Old 01-04-2005, 19:07   #46
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Loco I like Star Trek, Star Wars and Doctor Who BUT....

The book series I would recommend is....

The Dune Series!

Not the modern rehash versions the original but the original series which is still fantastic despite the attempts to film it.
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Anyone read "Crossroads of Twilight" by Robert Jordan, yet? (Book 10 - I think)
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Old 23-07-2005, 21:42   #48
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heres a few different options

imajica - clive barker (cant believe he's not been mentioned yet).


time enough for love - robert heinlein. my favourite ever book.

basically - a bloke called ira howard sets up a foundation that pays (sort of) young people (who each have grandparents who lived to very old age) to marry each other. the idea being to breed to encourage this characteristic, (a longer life span) and eliminate the 'culls'.

the idea works but a few generations later, 'normal' people want to know their 'secret' (not believing the genetics explanation). they soon develop anti aging techniques called 'rejuvenation'.

the actual story is set in the future about man who, having lived a long life due to his genetics and several 'rejuvenations', wants to die. he is conned into telling his lifes story and this is what the book is about.

his different identities, his adventures, his childhood, the many women he loved and married and the one woman who he loved more than all others.

theres one chapter devoted to a story about how he rescued a young girl (with a normal life span) from a fire that kills her parents. years later, the two marry and start a family and its about how he watches her grow old. its a truly heartbreaking to read.

i would love to see this book screenplayed and made into a film.
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Old 24-07-2005, 12:22   #49
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If you're going to read Barker, I'd just go for the Books of Blood, The Hellbound Heart and Cabal. This will save the reader the inevitable disappointment of having to suffer his later works whereupon he becomes a watered-down pastiche of himself.

Certainly nothing later than The Great and Secret Show.
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His latest couple have not been so good but what about Weaveworld and Imagica both classics! Even his poorer stuff is way better than anything King produces, just hoping he gets back on form!

Agree with what has been said about the Wheel of time series loved the first 3/4 and havent even made it all the way through the 5th!! Such a shame as I really loved the first 3!

Also really loved the Riftwar Saga books. Magician is one of my all time favourites.

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If you're going to read Barker, I'd just go for the Books of Blood, The Hellbound Heart and Cabal. This will save the reader the inevitable disappointment of having to suffer his later works whereupon he becomes a watered-down pastiche of himself.

Certainly nothing later than The Great and Secret Show.
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Old 28-07-2005, 11:59   #51
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I was always a fan of Shaun Hutson's stuff......but more recently he moved away from monsters and demons to more natural monsters like terrorists and gangsters.

Someone mentioned Graham Masterton, I did love(and still do) his horror novels, lots of Native American influences in his work, The Manitou, Charnel House,The Heirloom......all fun pulp horror.




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Old 01-08-2005, 21:23   #52
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imajica - clive barker (cant believe he's not been mentioned yet).
great book, also Weaveworld (his best IMO) and more recently Abarat series, although written for younger readers still very dark.
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I hate anything by Barker when his page count went beyond 300 or so. He just pumps them full of horrifically fluffy faux autobiographical "details" (a la Coldheart Canyon) for the "fans" (I take it noveau American fans) and the thing stops dead in its tracks...

He's hasn't done anything truly provocative for an age now - a real shame when he had such gutsiness in ye olden times.

I speak as a huge fan of Old Barker, btw.
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Abarat might not be provocative but it's still the best thing he has done in a long time imo, personally I think it was a very brave decision to write for a younger audience, he has done it before with The Thief of Always which was excellent.

I still like the old Barker, didn't think much of Galilee (never finished that one) or Coldheart Canyon, if you're a fan and not tried Abarat I think you might be surprised, a return to form IMO.
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I actually finished Galilee, for my sins. It takes quite a lot for me not to finish a novel.
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The best science-fiction horror films ever made - 3 different top 10 lists, each deciding, rightly, that Alien is number 1. Check them out: Top10Films.co.uk | Sci-fi Squad | BD Horror
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