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Old 31-07-2009, 09:54   #1
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books - what should i read?

I'm stuck in a reading rut, I always read police procedurals and I want to expand my horizons. So if you can, give me ONE book that I must read, and (if we get that many) I will promise to try and read 100 new books by christmas. old, new - mix of anything and I'll do my best.

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1.Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Farmroad38)
2. Dances with Wolves, Michael Blake (pyrogena)
3. Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (RobDickinson)
4, Legend - David Gemmell (AbdulHekin)
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson. (Johnny Vegas)
6.The Contortionist's Handbook - Craig Clevenger (Statto)
7. Skallagrigg - William Horwood (WowBagger)
8. Icon by Frederick Forsyth (Flap)
9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Ste7en)
10. star of the sea’ by Joseph O’Connor (JaminB)
11. Case Closed' by Vincent Bugliosi (DrVenkman)
12. Notes from a small island by Bill bryson CJAnderson
13. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Bloom)
14. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (MartinB)
15. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (InanimateCarbonRod)
16. Old man of the sea' Ernest Hemingway (Oblig)
17. The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Zenza)
18. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein (Dumbell)
19. Stephen King - The Gunslinger (Peter Griffen)
20. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (sleep4ever)
21. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (Boink!)
22. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Richie - may be ironic but you suggested it so I have to read it...)
23. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (DanWilde1966)
24. More Than Human" by Theodore Sturgeon (ajr90)
25. Animal Farm, George Orwell - Cluderi
26. A million little pieces by James Frey - Grounded dreams
27. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlan (My Husband who doesn't have an account but insisted on going on the list)
28. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton (Anastasia)
29. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (alcamist)
30. Hot Money - Dick Francis (TheoGB)
31.One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Charlie Angel)
32. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (MrSpeed)
33. Magician- Raymond E Fiest (SharpCircle)
34. Neither Wolf Nor Dog - Kent Nerburn (the thing with no name)

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Old 31-07-2009, 09:57   #2
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Forget the film, which is rubbish - the book is one of the best I've ever read.

Having said that, it may be a 'bloke book', as I've recommended it to a couple of women who thought it was pointless, whilst most of the men I know who've read it thought it was brilliant.

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Right that's my first one I shall try - if it's not in the charity shop i'll go to the library tomorrow.
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Old 31-07-2009, 10:00   #5
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Dances with wolves by Michael Blake - don't think of the film, it's at stand alone book IMO. I've read it many times and it's one of those books that really allows you're imagination to run wild.
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thank you, that's another one I've not read. It's on the list.
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If you don't mind a bit of fantasy fiction, then

Legend - David Gemmell

Very good read and may get you interested in the rest of the series. Although it is the begiinig of a series Legend is a stand alone book and nothing to do with the film of the same name.

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Old 31-07-2009, 10:15   #9
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I can think of a few, but I'll randomly pick Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson.
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Old 31-07-2009, 10:15   #10
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The Contortionist's Handbook - Craig Clevenger
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
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Skallagrigg - William Horwood, if you can find a copy. The BBC dramatised about 10% of it a few years back. Wonderful story.
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What sort of stuff do you like.

I love throw-away fiction and read 100s of them.

My favourite book is prolly Icon by Frederick Forsyth...
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

My favorite books of all time.
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Last great fiction I read was ‘star of the sea’ by Joseph O’Connor (Sinead’s brother apparently)

An epic tale of class, love and nationality in nineteenth century Ireland but very readable. Would recommend to anyone

EDIT: OR

Fave books ever

Cuckoo’s nest
Brave New World
Catch 22

Everyone should read them

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'It' or 'The Stand' by Stephen King - I feel both are an example of a master at work. Or any of his short story collections are worth it.

If you've ever wanted to know how Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy then read 'Case Closed' by Vincent Bugliosi, I'm sure I've spelt his name wrong but there we go. It's not a trashy novel, but just a Lawyer putting together all the facts, both of the assassination and LHO's life. He even dedicates a little section at the end to disproving the most popular myths of the assassination.

For vampire fiction done right read 'The Strain' by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. These vampires don't glitter.

To see what all the fuss is about read 'Blood Meridian' by Cormac McCarthy. His writing style takes a bit of getting used to but you find yourself reading at you're own rhythm. You'll get used to it.
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Nah, Salem's Lot is a fine read.

Between The Stand and It I'd go with The Stand. I felt that It ran out of steam 200 - 300 pages from the end
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Travel @ Notes from a small island by Bill bryson

or, man lit, something by mike Gayle

Turning 30

good luck reading 100 by xmas though, thats 1 a day even i can't manage that!!
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Brave New World
Catch 22
Loved Brave New World but hated Catch-22. It was so busy being clever that it forgot to be enjoyable IMO.

OP, if we're talking classics then Animal Farm and 1984 must be on your list.
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. A superb dystopian story
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Try a life-changing book such as The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
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