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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    going through discworld atm currently on men at arms
    One of my all time favourites, it's up there with the truth, going postal and night watch

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    Just finished The Great Gatsby, very nicely written. Also really enjoyed Danny Baker's autobiography - I'm not so keen on him in the media, but the book was a cracking read - what a spawny git he was!

    Currently on Biggles In The South Seas!

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    Recently finished the hunger games trilogy, will be moving onto The chessman, concluding the Lewis trilogy by Peter May.

    Meldrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Just finished Neal Stephenson - Snowcrash

    Now reading The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    the sequel is out next month the long war
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    One of my all time favourites, it's up there with the truth, going postal and night watch
    i think if i had to pick one as a favorite it would be mort or 5th elephant

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    the sequel is out next month the long war


    i think if i had to pick one as a favorite it would be mort or 5th elephant

    I do love the 5th elephant, and also Thud, which is essentially the sequel. Actually the Vimes' books in generall I guess.

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    waiting for the next game of thrones book.
    keep meaning to start reading WoT again.
    not long finished the 1st book in the mist born series by brandon sanderson which i enjoyed as it came across as an simplier but still interesting plot from a different angle to the usual.

    Rob Hobb worth reading?
    a friend keeps going on about me reading Dune but i haven't yet....

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    I've just finished Wool and now reading Shift by Hugh Howey, great bit of post-apocalyptic stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHimmer45 View Post
    waiting for the next game of thrones book.
    keep meaning to start reading WoT again.
    not long finished the 1st book in the mist born series by brandon sanderson which i enjoyed as it came across as an simplier but still interesting plot from a different angle to the usual.

    Rob Hobb worth reading?
    a friend keeps going on about me reading Dune but i haven't yet....

    I am Determined to finish WOT this time around. Life always gets in the way!

    Rob Hobb is supposed to be brilliant. Very sad apparently, they always reduce my sis to tears at the end of each book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    I recently finished Double Cross by Ben Macintyre, it tells the story of some of the spies turned by British secret service during WW2. Their stories veer from audacious to farcical in equal measure. It's a very good read.

    Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
    That sounds right up my Strasse! If you haven't already, this is definitely worth a read Operation Mincemeat

    My favourite two books ever (so far) are The Count of Monte Cristo and Shogun by James Clavell - I've read both of them many times. I'm trying to read Moby Dick on my Kindle at the moment but I'm finding it very heavy going in places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36Degrees View Post
    My favourite two books ever (so far) are The Count of Monte Cristo and Shogun by James Clavell - I've read both of them many times. I'm trying to read Moby Dick on my Kindle at the moment but I'm finding it very heavy going in places.
    Shogun is fantastic! I just wish it didn't end so abruptly.

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    If you like spy stuff, there is little to better John Le Carre's cold war stories (Tinker Tailor, Spy Who Came In, Small Town in Germany etc). The later (post cold war) I'd say is less convincing but mostly still readable.

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    Discworld is utterly brilliant. I'm feeling the Vimes love as well - I think Night Watch is my favourite. I do love the Unseen University though.

    Snow Crash is fantastic well, I still love that he was ballsy enough to just call his main character Hiro Protagonist. If you're an IT geek you owe it to yourself to read it - along with Neuromancer it's probably the defining book of cyberpunk.

    Robin Hobb is ok so far, not as special as I was hoping it would be as it's still following the same old fantasy pattern of "here's a young boy being taught secret powers." I'm only halfway through book one though so I'll see how it pans out.

    Absolutely could not get into Wheel of Time though. Went through book one earlier this year and found it dull as dishwater. Derivative and adolescent with arbitrary rules to its magic and no sense of world. Maybe if I'd read it at 13 I'd love it, as it seems very much aimed at the young-boy section of Fantasy, but I read David Eddings instead at the time. Equally as trashy, but the nostalgia carries me through now.

    I think A Song of Ice and Fire has ruined almost all traditional fantasy for me now.

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    My Favourite books are the two Dirk Gently books by Douglas Adams:
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    I quite like Scandinavian crime fiction - the Jo Nesbo 'Harry Hole' Books were very good - Steig Larsson and Henning Mankell are also worth reading.

    For a trashy easy read, the Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child are great escapism.

    I am currently reading books by Vince Flynn in the Mitch Rapp series - utter rubbish, but better than watching TV..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carvjo View Post
    For a trashy easy read, the Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child are great escapism.
    definitely!

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    David Eddings is good simple fantasy, but he's got such an addictive writing style I think. I cruised through the Belgariad in a little over two weeks the first time.

    The Wheel of Time develops incredibly well after the first book. It took some doing but once I was in, I was hooked.

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