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Another reader here. i enjoy a wide range of different genres in Fiction as well as biography.

Science fiction is a fave, many mentioned by Andy (especially Neal Stephenson - I would definitely advise anyone to read Cryptonomicon!) also Peter Hamilton, Neal Asher, Kim Stanley Robinson and Ken Mcleod. Older stuff by Philip K Dick (some are crazy others brilliant), Jack vance, Samuel Delany, Sheri S Tepper Roger Zelazny and Robert Siverberg

Patrick O'Brien's naval books are a real treat - a film was made up from a couple of them - master and Commander, but the books are far better.

Crime - how about Ian rankin and Christopher Brookmyre, as well as brilliant American writers like James Elroy

And all that non genre literary stuff, could go on for ever!

Ian

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i like fairly contemporary historical accounts eg 'the places in between' by rory stewart. in 2002 this guy walked across afghanistan. he was told several times along the way it would probably cost him his life and it nearly did on a few occasions. but he just kept walking. all the way.

another i found really riveting was the memoirs of a soldier in ww1.

i suppose i like this stuff becuase i have a fairly comfortable and quiet life and like to be reminded of how ppl react when the poop hits the fan.

i dont really do fiction anymore. i used to like borges and bukowski. stuff that looks at the world in a slightly skewed way.

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I love Marquez DeathBoy, he does indeed have a great way with words and I loved 100 years of Solitude when I read it at school and have read it a few times since as well. One of the all time greats. Im currently reading Power of the Dog by Don Winslow which is much like Marquez and you should look it out if you can find it :)

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"The Dark Tower" series is a good read, although I nearly gave up on it after the first book, which I hated. There are loads of references and crossovers into his other works which are quite rewarding if you are a fan. Unfortunately I enjoyed the journey a lot more than I enjoyed the destination, which I find is often the case with King. I certainly have a preference for his books set in Maine, the characters and locations are so well realised I actually feel like I've visited the place.

If you haven't already read them "The Talisman" and "Bag of Bones" (IMHO his best book) are well worth the time.

I'm reading two books at the moment; Bernard Knight's "Figure Of Hate" , it's like Cadfael... with shagging :D and "Mon papa en guerre", a collection of letters written by French children to their fathers fighting in the trenches of WWI, heartbreaking stuff.

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Nothing unusual in my book (excuse the pun!)......... I'm also 32 and also like collecting watches, cooking and reading books :thumbup:

I used to like Stephen King back when I was at school (80's) but I just found them to get boring, nothing seemed to happen so I went off him.

I really enjoyed the Lord of The Rings Trilogy, which I only read about 6 months before the first film came out, but haven't read any other Tolkiens. And I have only recently read a couple of terry Pratchett books too which I liked.

My favourites though have to be Dean Koontz - started reading him in the early 90's and have now read nearly all of them; other favourites are Andy McNab, Chris Ryan and Graham Masterton. And I love the gory, bloody-ness of Richard Laymon!

Stephen Laws is very good too, I highly reccommend 'Midnight' and 'Chasm'

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I've been a reader since the age of 5. My parents encouraged me because it kept me quiet...

These days I still read an average of one a day, as I read very quickly, and rather than go without, I'll read almost anything... I like to know about things....

I've always liked political and military history, political analyses, biographies, travel, the more technical science fiction (rather than the sword and sorcery stuff - Larry Niven is very entertaining), good psychological thrillers, and anything else that takes my fancy.

Unfortunately, because I have a very good memory, practically eidetic, it is often years before I can reread a book... which is why there are more than three thousand in the house... (Single Man Syndrome).

One of my greatest pleasures these days is to discover an author with whose work I am unfamiliar, to like their work, and then to discover that thay have written loads of books!

In the bathroom, for example, we find a Terry Pratchett, a Freya Stark, Major E.J.B Reynold's 'The Lee-Enfield Rifle' and, appropriately enough... Three Men In A Boat.

My ex-wife used to say that if NASA wanted an astronaut to spend five years going to Venus, they should consider sending me, with 3000 books on micro fiche... I wouldn't even notice the trip!

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Currently reading the Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly - excellent so far...

Excellent book - have you tried his others? He is one of my favourite authors.

I also enjoy Jeffrey Deaver, Tom Clancy, David Gemmell, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, Jack Whyte and a few others. Luckily the 710 is also an avid reader so she's quite happy with hundreds of books in the house. We're a long way off 3000 though!

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rednotdead said:

Excellent book - have you tried his others? He is one of my favourite authors.

I also enjoy Jeffrey Deaver, Tom Clancy, David Gemmell, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, Jack Whyte and a few others. Luckily the 710 is also an avid reader so she's quite happy with hundreds of books in the house. We're a long way off 3000 though!

I have read the first 2 (black echo and black ice). I try and read the books in the right order. I am enjoying this one more than the first 2.

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I've always got a book on the go. Another Michael Connelly fan also enjoy James Paterson and Robert McCammon a particular favourite.

Bit off a fiend for autobiographies. My 710 bought me a Sony E reader for Christmas as she says there is no more room for any books in the house.

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I've read all the Tom clancy books, and I once decided to expand my horizons by reading some Clive Cussler...

... I wouldn't recommend it as I can in fact confirm that he's crap

Sorry cant agree any author that promotes Doxa's cannot be crap :biggrin:

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I'm an avid reader, can't go to the throne room unless there is reading matter in there.

Stephen Kings Dark Tower series is, in my estimation, over-rated. It started well but then just seemed to drift. If you want to see how good it could have been, look for Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books. They are the work of a real wordsmith. Stephen King has a tendency to write as if he's selling the film rights. Almost everything he writes has the perfect TV ending.

As for Clive Barker, he's the author of one of my favourite fantasy books of all time, Weaveworld. A true masterpiece, everytime I've loaned a copy of this book out the reader has been so pleased they've invariably bought their own copy.

Another author I'd be more than happy to recommend would be Tad Williams, Google him for his full bibliography.

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im on book 5 of the flashaman chronicles and they are awesome .i usually read autobiographys i have ranulph finnes to read next looking forward to it too.

other than that i read loads of mags everymonth no porn just empire,xbox,fhm,gq,stuff,sometimes nme sometimes i w mag but its so expensive that one and only usually full of 200k watches.

i dont read enough books. it is something i need to start doing more of in the future.

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I carry a load of books on my phone and use Qreader to read them. I have a fair collection of signed books as we get a lot of authors coming to the school I work at although being a school some of them are a tad simple (the books not the authors). Terry Pratchett was supposed to be coming last year but that was cancelled when he became ill. Poor guy, I was looking forward to meeting him.

I've read all the Tom clancy books, and I once decided to expand my horizons by reading some Clive Cussler...

... I wouldn't recommend it as I can in fact confirm that he's crap

I tried a few of Clive Cusslers books. I find he can carry an action sequence well but then the rest of the book sort of drags along waiting for the next one to come along. Good if you don't want to engage your brain though. Like reading a film :huh: .

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Hmm.. this I've tried to keep quiet but my willpower's been undermined by whisky.

Robert Rankin - not my idea of fun exactly try Terry Pratchett, much funnier, Good omens by Mr P and Neil Gaiman is great. Neil Gaiman himself is seriously good.

Not read Steven Kings's Dark Tower stuff, but if The Thomas Covenant chrobnicles are better then i'm glad I missed them. They had me wanting to open my veins they were so slow and tedious!

David Eddings, believe he died recently so I wont labour the fact that his books are pretty boring and pointless and rather juvenile.

A lot, but not all, of the other authors mentioned are good though :ph34r: :ph34r:

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Hmm.. this I've tried to keep quiet but my willpower's been undermined by whisky.

Robert Rankin - not my idea of fun exactly try Terry Pratchett, much funnier, Good omens by Mr P and Neil Gaiman is great. Neil Gaiman himself is seriously good.

Not read Steven Kings's Dark Tower stuff, but if The Thomas Covenant chrobnicles are better then i'm glad I missed them. They had me wanting to open my veins they were so slow and tedious!

David Eddings, believe he died recently so I wont labour the fact that his books are pretty boring and pointless and rather juvenile.

A lot, but not all, of the other authors mentioned are good though :ph34r: :ph34r:

David Eddings is still alive and kicking AFAIK, are you sure you're not getting him mixed up with David Gemmell? He died in 2006.

I agree about the Thomas Covenant books, I read them when I was about 15 and found them mind-numbingly boring, and that coming from someone who used to read Homer for pleasure. Maybe I'd enjoy them more now, but I suspect not, and I'd want a considerable financial incentive before wading in to another of Donaldson's tomes.

I enjoyed "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman, but found "American Gods" really tedious.

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