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    'littlespy' wrote on '12:

    Books are a topic I could go on for years about…I have a monumental collection and many many influential books.

    Top three for starters:

    Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer. A beautiful story about history, memory and identity set against the backdrop of a young man searching for a village lost in the holocaust to reconnect with his family's past. Highly recommend, and his other book Extremely Loud and Incredibly close. Made me cry in public because it was so breathtaking.

    If on a Winter's Night a Traveller… Italo Calvino Hard to discribe, stories within stories within stories.

    Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake Insane fantasy about a crumbling castle civilisation. Fantasy with lots of savy and no bloody dwarfs or elves or busty maidens. Brilliant.

    A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess. A classic. Twisted, hard to get in to and if you crack it, the scary thing is you'll have to think like Alex – the most fascinating anti-hero ever.

    Also I've just finished reading Snow Crash – Neale Stephenson – Cyberpunk ironic goodness & Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist an unnerving story of the dead coming back to life, but not a horror novel per se. Big focus on grief/life/death and it's meaning. If you've seen or read Let the Right One in you'll love it.

    Every book you have listed my friend Clinton gave to me, I have yet to pick them up. I started Snow Crash got halfway through and forgot about it, I need to re read it.

    A Clockwork Orange<3 I love it.


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    I just read a great one called I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. omg, awesome! And just got halfway through Shutter Island; so far it's magnificent. I can't seem to put it down.


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    'ravenize11' wrote on '12:

    What a well read group! Orwell is one of my favorites now (not so much in HS when I was forced to read him). 1984, Animal Farm and Down and Out in Paris and London are classics!

    Thanks for sharing some book titles. I remember my mother having a huge compilation book of George Orwell. She wouldn't let me read it when I was younger as she said she didn't want to ruin Orwell for me by letting me read the books at too young an age (I was under 10). I've only read 1984 and Animal Farm. Unfortunately, Animal Farm was kind of ruined for me as we had to study it at school – the easiest way to ruin a book, in my opinion.

    'littlespy' wrote on '12:

    Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake Insane fantasy about a crumbling castle civilisation. Fantasy with lots of savy and no bloody dwarfs or elves or busty maidens. Brilliant.

    I might give this one a try – I struggle to get into fantasy books, but after reading Pillars of the Earth (not fantasy, but set in the middle ages) I want to give them a try.

    'LindsayK' wrote on '12:

    I just read a great one called I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. omg, awesome! And just got halfway through Shutter Island; so far it's magnificent. I can't seem to put it down.

    That first book looks pretty intense. I'm encouraged that you're enjoying the book version of Shutter Island so far – because the trailers I have seen for the movie don't really inspire me to want to watch it.


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    'Martin' wrote on '11:

    When I was a kid I could never finish a book. The first book I ever managed to get through was one of Roald Dahl's – I guess he got me into reading. Quite an amazing legacy when you think about it – he got thousands of kids reading.

    Anyway, I digress – I'm a lover of horror too and I think I've read the book you just mentioned. Have you ever read any of Graham Masterton's books? I think he is one of the most underrated horror writers of all time.

    Yup, I have read MAsterton, I remember reading The Heirloom and Dream Warriors, great books.


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    I am addicted to the American Author Ellen Hopkins.

    Whitney Lyles is good, too.

    I know those are authors, not books, but anything they write is good. I was reading Ellen Hopkins new book called Tricks Friday and couldn't leave it alone to go and eat!


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    I prefer series. The Stephanie Plum books are a riot.

    My favorite series is the Mrs Murphy books by Rita Mae Brown.

    But my steady read for my morning break at work is my Women of Faith Study Bible.


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    'IvanAleisterMesniaa' wrote on '12:

    A Clockwork Orange<3 I love it.

    LOVED A Clockwork Orange. Kubrick died in my first year of Uni which inspired a lot of the film students in my class to read the book. After the film was re-released, there were a LOT of drunken conversations arguing the pluses and minuses of the two.

    Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 is one of my favourite books ever. It made me look at 21st century London in a very different way.

    I have a hard time with the big epic stories like Lord of the Rings etc, but I'm planning to one day crack the spine of Frank Herbert's Dune. It's been sitting on my shelf for over five years now.

    At the moment I'm reading Blindness by Jose Saramago. I like it so far but it's getting darker by the page. At least my insomnia will prevent me from getting nightmares 🙂


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    I don't read. Anymore. Not so much. But I used to read. Books. And stuff.

    But just to push books on people, I highly suggest the massively dense and superbly structured “Life: A User's Manual” by French author Georges Perec. Georges Perec is perhaps best known for his school of thought/experiments in writing, most notably “A Void” which was written entirely without the letter “E” and in fact, does not use the letter “E” in the book, and that plays a role in the plot, so I hear.

    But “Life: A User's Manual” (not a self-help book) is truly epic, truly puzzle-box, and utterly brilliant book that most people haven't read or heard of. I've been meaning to read it again actually, but my roommate is borrowing it to keep dust off her shelf.


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    The internet owns my soul now, I don't have time to read. lol not really. I would recommend anything by Graham Hancock, but Underworld is my favourite. Against the Grain by Richard Manning. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.

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