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  1. adamkungl

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    I mostly read fantasy, some sci-fi.
    In the last couple of years i've read:

    A Song of Ice and Fire
    Wheel of Time
    Hitchhikers Guide (3 from 5)
    2001: Space Odyssey series
    Feist- Magician/Riftwar trilogy
    Dune
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Robin Hobb- Farseer/Assassins trilogy + Liveship trilogy
    Mark Lawrence- Broken Empire/Thorns series (2 out of 3)
    first 3 or 4 Pratchett books
    Name of the Wind + Wise Mans Fear
    Sanderson- Elantris, Steelheart, Firefight

    Currently re-reading Wheel of Time, on book 8, in between reading new stuff.


    It's in the back of my mind to read something that doesn't involve dragons or spaceships but never really got round to it. Meanwhile my list of fantasy and sci fi is ever growing - via looking for genre classics, Hugo awards winners, and modern 'best of 2016' style lists.

    As I get older I find myself being the kind of person who goes deeper into one niche than spreads myself over a breadth of genres - this also applies to my sport and music interest (almost exclusively Rugby League and metal).
     
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    Currently on The Rise of Endymion, the fourth and last book in the Hyperion Cantos.

    I didn't enjoy Endymion quite as much as the two Hyperion books but it was still a good read, I'm hoping it ends well.
     
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    Thy are different stories (obviously) but once you get to the end I think you'll find it to be very satisfying.

    I've interrupted a Martin Amis binge to get into the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer.
     
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  4. Perth Tiger

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    Based on that list I would recommend the First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
     
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  5. adamkungl

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    It's on the to-do list
     
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  6. Stewbum

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    For the first time I'm reading a book at the behest of my 11yo: The Hunger Games.

    I started yesterday and it's very good. One allows for some of the heart-string plucking and girl in a pretty dress stuff for the intended audience but it's gripping and well written. If I wasn't back at work today I'd be two thirds done already.

    Mr Rotten meanwhile sits frozen in time just after ALBUM suprisingly charted (1986) to which his record company responded to by dropping him because it threatened their big signing Metallica.
     
  7. Phil McGrawhan

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    Always had two books on the go at once
    1 non fiction & one fiction .

    Always loved war history..read countless books ..mainly on Germany & Europe .

    But by far the best non fiction book I've ever read was
    The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis

    An incredible little known story of 3000+ Americans who emigrated to the Soviet Union in the early 1930s looking for a better life during the Great Depression .

    They were eventually disowned by their own Govt & most just disappeared or ended up in the Gulag system .

    It gives an insight to how cheap human life was in Stalins Russia.

    An incredible story which would have been near impossible to research as plenty of historical records went up in smoke to hide what Stalin had done .

    As for FICTION
    Love All the King novels .
    Loved the Harold Robbins epics
    John Connollys Charlie Parker novels are dark & very well written .
    for something different read The BOOK OF LOST THINGS by Connolly.
    Part fantasy part horror ...excellent read.

    But my fave work of fiction(although I suspect it has a fair element of truth)is
    Power Of The Dog. By Don Winslow .

    It spans 30 yrs & is the story of a DEA agent & his war on drugs against the Mexican drug cartels.
    It has it all ....brutality ..extreme violence
    Corruption, on all levels,& how far the tentacles spread into Govts....other crims...etc .
    Touches of humour ....
    Just a brilliant book

    Only book I've ever given 10/10 .





     
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    It was recently announced that these books are getting a movie and TV series.
     
  10. Stewbum

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    That copy/paste is unpleasant to try to read.

    I read the link you pasted and it sounds very interesting indeed.
     
  11. gUt

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    John Connollys Charlie Parker novels are dark & very well written .
    for something different read The BOOK OF LOST THINGS by Connolly.


    Agreed, the Parker series is excellent. My dad is probably Connolly's biggest fan.
     
  12. Parra

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    Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

    In that category of books "why did I wait so long to pick this up but I'm glad I finally did"

    I can't say it better than this review " "appalling, hilarious, shocking, and infuriating," and concluded that "this is an annoying book and you must read it. And you better take it lightly, because if you don't you'll go off weeping and shoot yourself."
     
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  13. Stewbum

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    Off on a Michael Crichton re-read. Timeline, Eaters of the dead, and The great train robbery.
     
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    Just finished A True Story of The Great Escape. Unlike the famous movie no Yanks were involved in the escape..surprise surprise. Anyway highly recommended.

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    Loved the Great Train Robbery even the movie was good.
     
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  16. Stewbum

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    Yeah it's a unique read. One of the books that sparked my interest in Victorian England.
     
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    Really need to get into more of these Eastern Front WW2 books. Such a fascinating read.

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    I've just started on this


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    Has some of the earliest photos of the eastern front
     
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  19. Parra

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    Also picked up About A Boy - Nick Hornby. Great, easy style. Top entertaining read.
     
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  20. Stewbum

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    Currently finishing In Cold Blood by Truman Capote again.

    Re-read The Mayne Inheritance prior to that.
     
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