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  • spindle9988 21 Jun 2012 14:36:13 3,530 posts
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    Sorry to start a new thread but the forum search kills me inside

    I need a good book to read on my kindle, and as I have read a few good books due to this thread I thought I would ask you guys.

    The last few books I have read are:

    The hunger games trilogy
    Ready player one
    The road
    The name of the wind
    The wise mans fears
    Premiership psycho
    Before I go to sleep
    Bartemeus
  • Alastair 21 Jun 2012 14:38:25 15,614 posts
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    Death of Grass
    Some free Sherlock Holmes

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • spindle9988 21 Jun 2012 14:39:41 3,530 posts
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    I read all the shrelock holmes as a kid. Will look at death of grass though
  • richarddavies 21 Jun 2012 14:42:12 2,627 posts
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    50 shades of grey
  • Alastair 21 Jun 2012 14:42:30 15,614 posts
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    I wish I'd read them as a kid - they are great!

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  • grey_matters 21 Jun 2012 14:42:47 3,691 posts
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    Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle?
  • spindle9988 21 Jun 2012 14:43:36 3,530 posts
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    My other half has just finished all the 50 shades. Bit too erotic for me
  • grey_matters 21 Jun 2012 14:44:22 3,691 posts
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    Alastair wrote:
    I wish I'd read them as a kid - they are great!
    I'm not sure if I've read any. Maybe one as a kid.

    /adds to list
  • Alastair 21 Jun 2012 14:48:49 15,614 posts
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    On Kindle there are several collections of short stories for free. And Study in Scarlet, Hound Of Baskervilles etc. are abuot 77p

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  • GuiltySpark 21 Jun 2012 14:59:19 6,369 posts
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    I don't understand where this Fifty Shades thing has come from, nor why all three books are at the top of the best sellers list despite me never having heard of the author nor his/her work.

    But... I'm guessing it's a load of bollocks, right?

    Get bent.

  • TheSaint 21 Jun 2012 15:03:08 14,315 posts
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    Someone at work told me that these Fifty shades books started as Twlight fan fiction but that could be bollocks.

    Have you ever tried Peter James? The Grace series or Perfect People are decent.
  • MetalDog 21 Jun 2012 15:03:12 23,697 posts
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    AFAIK 50 shades is fanfic based ladyporn. Quite good, by all accounts, if you like that sort of thing. Not read it myself.

    Anything by John Wyndam should float your boat by the looks of that list, Spindle.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • glaeken 21 Jun 2012 15:05:53 11,144 posts
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    I never read anything from the best sellers list. Popularist pap.

    Ideally for me a book needs to be little known and those who have read it hated it.
  • Murbal 21 Jun 2012 15:28:12 22,103 posts
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    Perdido Street Station.
  • warlockuk 21 Jun 2012 15:33:34 19,151 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    I never read anything from the best sellers list. Popularist pap.

    Ideally for me a book needs to be little known and those who have read it hated it.
    What a curious thing to say.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • jakuande 21 Jun 2012 15:34:11 192 posts
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    If you liked Ready Player One and want to try another book about video games (there's not many about) I'd recommend Tim Etchells's "Broken World." It's written in the form of an FAQ for an imaginary game but the narrator keeps going off topic to discuss the steady decline of his private life. Anyone who has ever spent too much time playing games will relate to the main character but the real star is the game itself which starts simple enough but gets increasingly surreal and fantastical. Its not a shouty, pacy book like ready player one but if you're in the mood for something a bit more mellow it's well worth a try.
  • spindle9988 21 Jun 2012 16:01:58 3,530 posts
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    @jakuande

    Sold
  • Deleted user 21 June 2012 16:13:02
    Just popped down town to put some money in the bank. Had some loose change in my pocket so popped into charity shop. Picked up Great expectations and Cloud Atlas (D. Mitchell) for 4 quid. Not a half way to shop for books.
  • GuiltySpark 21 Jun 2012 16:14:52 6,369 posts
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    warlockuk wrote:
    glaeken wrote:
    I never read anything from the best sellers list. Popularist pap.

    Ideally for me a book needs to be little known and those who have read it hated it.
    What a curious thing to say.
    It does seem odd. If you haven't read Fifty Shades, I urge you to download the Kindle sample from Amazon and read what I've just read.

    Utter shit.

    Get bent.

  • CaptainBinky 21 Jun 2012 16:15:45 2,244 posts
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    If you've not already read it, 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' (Susanna Clarke) is a mighty fine read. 800 pages of alternate reality 19th century England where magicians still exist which should keep you going for a while :)
  • spindle9988 14 Nov 2012 15:56:10 3,530 posts
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    Just started snowcrash by neal stephenson. Have only read a chapter. Has anyone read it on here? If so, is it any good?

    Edited by spindle9988 at 15:56:29 14-11-2012
  • Chopsen 14 Nov 2012 16:05:13 15,885 posts
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    No, but you have, so why don't you tell us?

    As it happens I'm half way through his Cryptonomicon. Very odd, but quite enjoyable. He's like Douglas Adams with a better work ethic.
  • GuiltySpark 14 Nov 2012 16:11:12 6,369 posts
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    spindle9988 wrote:
    Just started snowcrash by neal stephenson. Have only read a chapter. Has anyone read it on here? If so, is it any good?
    I read a fair bit, it is good, if you like the subject matter/style. You'll pretty much know what you're getting into from the first chapter, so if you don't like it, give up.

    Get bent.

  • RobTheBuilder 14 Nov 2012 16:12:17 6,521 posts
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    A Million Little Pieces
    Room
    The entire National Novel Writing Month Collection (See thread)
  • GuiltySpark 14 Nov 2012 16:14:40 6,369 posts
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    I like reading through this thread and see me posting and not knowing what 50 Shades of Grey was.

    I miss that guy, he was so innocent.

    Get bent.

  • damagedinc 14 Nov 2012 16:14:46 723 posts
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    hp lovecraft complete collection is about 70p on kindle
  • macmurphy 14 Nov 2012 16:14:53 999 posts
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    If you liked 'The Road' then anything else by Cormac McCarthy is good. 'The Border Trilogy' will last you ages.
  • SClaw 14 Nov 2012 16:15:54 826 posts
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    I would highly recommend the Red Dwarf books to anyone. Absolutely hilarious. However... don't buy anything else those authors wrote because they're shit. The first couple of Hitchiker's Guide books are good too (skip everything else though). Further comedy stuff which rewards an avid book reader (by taking the piss out of other books) is Anno Dracula (the first one anyway, not so much the others). And if you like fantasy, Steven Erikson nine billion super sized Malazan books should keep you going for years.
  • spindle9988 15 Nov 2012 16:33:43 3,530 posts
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    Might give up on snow crash and try cormac mccarthy's other works
  • macmurphy 15 Nov 2012 16:47:12 999 posts
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    Then start with 'The Border Trilogy'. 'Blood Meridian' and 'No Country for Old Men' are also unmissable, the latter slightly less so if you have seen the film and know the plot.
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