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Old 17-12-2009, 16:35   #41
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The second book, Parrot, was just as good a read as the first, the third was dire

Did you stick with To Kill a Mockingbird? It is a fantastic book still.
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Old 17-12-2009, 16:41   #42
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The second book, Parrot, was just as good a read as the first, the third was dire

Did you stick with To Kill a Mockingbird? It is a fantastic book still.
I keep meaning to give Parrot another try. I was reading it during a CBA reading phase so second time round it might be easier.

I only read Mockingbird for GCSE English Lit. I just remember the lead character being called Scout and having to force myself to read it. I can't imagine ever picking that book up again.

I have lots of different favourite books for different reasons. I don't think I'd be able to narrow it down to three and I know I'll get a thrashing for saying the Harry Potter series
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Old 17-12-2009, 18:53   #43
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Old 18-12-2009, 01:30   #44
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Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
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Old 24-12-2009, 16:28   #46
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Whenever I think "maybe I could write a novel" I read something by these guys and realise "no, maybe not...":


1) Look To Windward - Iain M. Banks
This book deals with war, culpability and grief. As often with Banks his political point of view is expressed most elegantly in his sci-fi.

2) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
I was tempted to go for the Sandman series - this is probably the closest in novel form.

3) Money - Martin Amis
I've not read Amis in a while and certainly he can be overrated, but this London Fields and The Information are superb. Witty, intelligent and not too pompous.

4) OK - so it's supposed to be just 3, but how can you limit yourself? I was surprised to see Stephen King's The Stand so many times. I know that's a fan favourite, but King does bang on sometimes. Personally I prefer the emotional punch of The Green Mile. The last line reads: "We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long." - gets me every time!
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Old 04-01-2010, 13:23   #48
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
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The Belgariad - David Eddings (I love this series I've even got a leather bound signed copy of the riva codex!)

Bug Wars - Robert Aspin (One off book, quite short but I have found this fantastic!)

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I'm about a third of the way through that -- what I need to search for is time to read it

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Which translation are you reading? Assuming you're not reading the original French, and bloody well done if you are.
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Heh, no, I'm reading the most recent Folio Society edition, which is the Scott-Moncrieff translation. I think there's another, newer one out as well. Which one are you reading?
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I read the Scott-Moncrieff first, then the new translation, Penguin I think. Have not read the new one again, it just felt wrong from start to finish, with The Captive and The Fugitive being even more heavy-going than usual. It did have a comprehensive glossary of historical references though which would be useful in the S-M. Enjoy it, but be prepared for every other book you'll ever read to be found wanting.
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I remember reading a review of the new translation which suggested it was rendered in a more populist demotic - and not liking the sound of it much.
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1. The Adventures Of Goodnight & Loving - Leslie Thomas
2. Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon (They Thirst is good too)
3. IT - Stephen King (Alot of people went for The Stand but IT has the edge for me)

Honourable mentions for :

By Reason Of Insanity - Shane Stevens
Out Are The Lights - Richard Laymon
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson
The Wimbledon Poisoner - Nigel Williams
Anything by Kinky Freidman
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1. The Moving Finger By Agatha Christie
2. Wrath of Khan (Star Trek) By Vonda N. McIntyre
3. The Hunt for Red October By Tom Clancy

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