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good books?

Postby emilythepeasant » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:29 pm

I've read The Fault In Our Stars and I was wondering if anyone knows any good books? It needs to be one of those no-mum-I-can't-help-you-I'm-reading-books, if you know what I mean? basically it has to be good. Horror, si-fi, comedy, thriller and anything with zombies in is what I'm looking for.

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Postby daftbeaker » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:33 pm

Personally I loved American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I'm not sure how to describe it. If you've read Small Gods by Terry Pratchett it's similar but set in the real world and a lot darker.
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Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:56 pm

Good Omens

The Bartimaeus Trilogy:
    The Amulet of Samarkand
    The Golem's Eye
    Ptolemy's Gate


The Clone series:
    The Clone Republic
    Rogue Clone
    The Clone Alliance
    The Clone Elite
    The Clone Betrayal
    The Clone Sedition
    The Clone Empire
    The Clone Redemption.

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Postby Rainswept » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:01 pm

Don't skip the basics guys. For sci-fi, start with Ender's Game and Dune. For Horror you want at least some Stephen King and Thomas Harris.
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Postby PKMKII » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:57 am

Rainswept wrote:For Horror you want at least some HP Lovecraft.

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Postby black bart » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:30 am

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Postby DavidH » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:55 am

Jack Vance for Sci-Fi.

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Postby Mad Willyum Bonney » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:12 am

" The Joy of Cooking " , a fine addition to any library .
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Postby Edd » Wed May 01, 2013 4:52 pm

Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Kiln People (really, REALLY good)


In Science fiction, I recommend Sam Delaney, James Tiptree, Jr. and Tim Powers.
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Postby Nancy Delia » Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:56 pm

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pretty good book.
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Postby Griffin » Sun Jan 11, 2015 1:43 am

I expected you to say Moby Dick, Nef Yoo. Well done if you finally finished reading that one.
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Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:05 pm

Finally got around to reading Les Miserables (pronounced as though it's an English (Murcan) phrase, of course). Monsieur Hugo is a fabulous writer, if you can get past his occasional forays into the Dickens/Faulkner realm of the neverending sentence. I can tolerate it because he only does it once every hundred pages or so, but when he gets going, look out. In the chapter called "Louis Phillippe", there's one sentence that goes on for nearly two full pages. Other than that, I'm really enjoying it.
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Postby Roy Hunter » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:18 pm

I have been half-on-half-off my face on prescription drugs for the best part of a year now. Due to this, I am currently reading books with lots of pictures in them, preferably ones that I can colour in with my crayons. Provided I don't drool on them first, of course.
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