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    As it's still snowing here..

    Can anybody recommend a good book! Nothing by Bill Gates please..

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    Lord Of the Rings?
    Discworld?
    War and Peace?
    The Iliad?


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    Slash's Autobiography
    The Big Bang by Simon someone
    Decipher by Stel Pavlou
    I, Jedi by Michael A Stackpole

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    Magician - Raymond e Feist
    Yes Man - Danny Wallace
    War of the worlds - H G Wells
    Zombie Survival Guide - Max Brooks
    World War Z - Max Brooks

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    The Time Travellers Wife
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    or anything by Ian Rankin

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    "At My Mother's Knee" (Paul O'Grady) is the only book ever to have been given a good review by Private Eye.

    Not sure what that tells you but it was only a fiver in Zavvi last weekend so I bought it but I'm afraid I haven't read it yet so I can't tell you how good it is :-)

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    Another vote for Magician (Feist) one of my fav books.

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    Can I hijack a bit and ask for good Sci Fi books please? The other half only reads Sci Fi and has read everything the local library has.
    He HATES fantasy - he is a real grass roots sci fi man.
    Recent reads include Richard Morgan, Iain M Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson as well as all the old favorties such as Heinlein etc.

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    into the wild - Jon Krakauer
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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Can I hijack a bit and ask for good Sci Fi books please? The other half only reads Sci Fi and has read everything the local library has.
    How about Neal Stephenson? - I can especially recommend Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash and The Diamond Age.

    Stephen

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    I'm gonna go for the obvious,

    Hitch hickers guide to the galaxy <- or anything by douglas adams

    And i'm partial to the Jeremy Clarkson books too....

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Can I hijack a bit and ask for good Sci Fi books please? The other half only reads Sci Fi and has read everything the local library has.
    He HATES fantasy - he is a real grass roots sci fi man.
    Recent reads include Richard Morgan, Iain M Banks and Kim Stanley Robinson as well as all the old favorties such as Heinlein etc.

    William Gibson - Neuromancer (the original cyberpunk book I believe)
    Phillip Palmer - Debatable Space (Just read that and it was great!)
    Phillip K Dick books


    Can't believe I forgot Magician by Feist, any one read the most recent book?

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    He's apparently read all of Philip K Dick and William Gibson. Phillip Palmer and Neal Stephenson sound interesting - anything else?

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    General:

    Skallagrigg by William Horwood

    A bit of a toughie to describe, as most people see the synopsis and bail(!), but it has two main strands: a while before the main strand a young boy with severe Cerebral Palsy is stuck in an institution. He tells the others there about "The Skallagrigg", a creature that looks after all those with physical/mental difficulties. In the present (when the book was written) Esther, who also suffers from CP, is determined to track down the source of the "Skallagrigg" myths...

    This book really changed my perception of people with CP, and is one of the very, very, few books to have ever moved me to tears .

    The Descent by Jeff Long

    Vaguely SF, but more like Michael Crichton does horror. An expedition below the earth's surface uncovers an underground kingdom whose inhabitants gave rise to our tales of demons. Man rushes to exploit the underworld, but what if the myths had a greater basis in fact than we ever suspected?

    Recently relaunched/retrofitted as a trilogy. the second part (Deeper) is nowhere near as good.

    Birdman by Mo Hayder

    The most disturbing serial killer modus operandi I've ever read.

    Anything by Jasper Fforde.

    Pun-tastic adventures within literature.

    Fantasy:

    George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" sequence.

    Still incomplete, but incredible. The fantasy elements aren't as important as the struggles (both physical and political) between the various characters and factions. Martin arguably started the current trend of not being afraid to bump off major characters.

    SF:

    Peter F. Hamilton's space operas.

    Lots of science, huge spaceships and labyrinthine plots.

    Anything by Michael Marshall Smith.

    He should have sued the makers of "The Island".

    Supposed to be for kids, but far too good for them:

    Philip Reeves' "Hungry Cities/Mortal Engines" Quartet and his "Larklight" books

    The "Larklight" books are jolly steampunk romps but the "Mortal Engines" books are truly stunning, and deserve to be far better known than JK Rowling's overly-long books.

    Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

    Not as heavy going as his (almost as good) adult novel, this is a present day "Narnia" type story where 2 girls discover a hidden world underneath the capital.

    I could go on, but have to bake some bread.

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