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  • Deleted user 15 November 2012 16:50:26
    Shamtaram

    Chuck Paluhnik's -
    Invisible Monsters
    Survivor
    Porno
    Lullaby
    The Forever War - Jon Haldeman
    Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell
    The 3 Stigmatas of Palmer Aldritch - Philip K Dick
    A Scanner Darkly - Philp K Dick (10x better than the film)
    Perv: A Love Story - Jerry Stahl
    Anything by Irvine Welsh
    The Story of O
    The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure
    Men At Arms - Terry Prathchett
  • L_Franko Moderator 15 Nov 2012 16:57:02 9,695 posts
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    The way of Shadow - Night Angel Trilogy are rather good. I recommended the first book to a friend of mine and he was rather chuffed with the story.
  • axman303 15 Nov 2012 17:02:49 113 posts
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    Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace

    Nothing to do with the video game. "With the exception of Don DeLillo, no writer better depicts the crushing effect of the information age on the soul."
  • Tonka 15 Nov 2012 18:38:43 24,815 posts
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    I was going to give some advice then I saw you are about to give up on Snow Crash...
  • spindle9988 15 Nov 2012 18:51:55 4,415 posts
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    @Tonka

    I have decided to continue on. Will post opinions.
  • famous_roy 26 May 2014 17:10:32 4,125 posts
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    Over half way through The Shining and about to give up, way too dark for my current mindset. Not the horror aspects but the psychology of Jack is just oppressive to read at times.

    Any upbeat/fun/sci fi book recommendations? Love Philip K Dick, Joe Haldemen, Haruki Murukami, that sort of thing.
  • spindle9988 12 Sep 2014 11:39:40 4,415 posts
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    @famous_roy

    Bit late replying to this but ready player one is great fun if you havent read it yet
  • rockavitch 12 Sep 2014 11:46:13 909 posts
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    Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
    The Enterprise of Death
    The Folly of the World

    3 fantastic books by Jesse Bullington, with Grossbarts being a top contender for favourite book so far.

    I can't do them justice by explaining them but a quick google search can give you all the information needed.

    EDIT: Forum didn't show me it was a very old thread, so yeah, these aren't sci fi.

    Edited by rockavitch at 11:48:09 12-09-2014
  • Deleted user 12 September 2014 11:59:16
    I could totally understand giving up on Snow Crash, Cyberpunk-ninja-hacker pizza delivery boy... urgh.
  • spindle9988 9 Jan 2016 23:21:43 4,415 posts
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    The girl with all the gifts is rather good
  • Robertboy 19 Jul 2016 09:51:46 16 posts
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    I recommend novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I read them for few days. These unputdownable stories grabbed my imagination. Novels are set in Afghanistan, from the fall of the monarchy until the collapse of the Taliban regime. Its many theme includes immigrant experiences of main characters in neighborhood countries, the USA or EU.
  • Nielzor 29 Jul 2016 11:46:50 442 posts
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    Please excuse the shameless self-promotion.

    If you're looking for a good book, my own is available for free from today until Sunday.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mervyn-vs-Dennis-Niels-Saunders-ebook/dp/B01I1TAID0/

    It's a dark comedy set in Brighton. Hope you enjoy!
  • GoodForm 29 Jul 2016 11:54:28 894 posts
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    Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

    Come for the hippy dippy bullshit. Stay for the love of longpork.

    How I wish HBO would turn this material into a mini series.
  • addyb 1 Jan 2017 18:08:54 6,972 posts
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    Can anyone recommend any books on both world wars, preferably with Kindle format?
  • ghostgate2001 1 Jan 2017 18:27:43 225 posts
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    Do you mean actual history books or novels with wartime settings?

    Novel-wise, I recall Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally being a good read. Studied it for my A-Levels ... back when it was still an Ark, not a List, and wasn't yet a film! (gives age away in multiple ways)
  • addyb 1 Jan 2017 18:29:38 6,972 posts
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    Sorry I meant actual history books.
  • ComradePete 1 Jan 2017 19:17:39 539 posts
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    @addyb

    If you're looking for a general overview of WW2 then John Keegan & Antony Beevor have written good general histories of the conflict.

    If you want a look at why things turned out as they did then Richard Overy's 'Why the Allies Won'  is excellent & will give you a much better understanding of some of the key issues.

    Not read as much on WW1 but again John Keegan has done a general history. Niall Ferguson's 'Pity of War' is interesting, he's not everyone's cup of tea but he writes with a fair bit of style even if you don't always agree with his arguments.  Eastern Front by Alistair Horne covers the less well known (from our perspective) part of the war, his book on Verdun 'The Price of Glory' is harrowing but worth a read.

    Extra points if you buy them from an actual bookshop ;)
  • addyb 1 Jan 2017 19:34:02 6,972 posts
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    Cheers.

    I was just looking at these

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002RI9PPE/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_PDtAybHFQPKYE?tag=av0c-21

    And

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1780225644/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_YxtAybQY9D7GA?tag=av0c-21
  • addyb 1 Jan 2017 19:57:05 6,972 posts
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    @ComradePete

    Looking at reviews etc I think I'll go with John Keegan's books on them for starters. They get great reviews.
  • macmurphy 19 Jan 2017 02:15:15 1,291 posts
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    Red Platoon - story about some Americans getting a kicking in Afghan.

    Probably the best book about combat and soldiering I've ever read, and I've read lots.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 19 Jan 2017 11:09:56 1,377 posts
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    I know a video game forum is probably the wrong place to recommend a book like this but I've been reading Naomi Alderman's The Power and its bloody brilliant.

    It's about a world where women develop the power to electrocute men and when the fallout for society would be of that power coming about.

    Seriously, its great. The people who produced Broadchurch are making it into a TV show too so next year it'll be must see TV as well as a must read book.
  • Tonka 19 Jan 2017 13:19:07 24,815 posts
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    Sounds like the opposite of what I'm reading "The Handmaids Tale"

    Grim
  • MH-RobJenx 19 Jan 2017 14:40:31 1,312 posts
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    I always found The Handmaids Tale a bit of a chore to read.

    Same with a lot of her work actually, I prefer the ideas and themes in them to the actual prose, which can be really clunky.

    I've just finished the MaddAddam trilogy, which are a bit of a slog.

    Enjoyable for the ideas and a probably a handbook for life over the next 8 years of Trump/Brexit.
  • Phattso 19 Jan 2017 14:42:04 20,617 posts
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    Catcher in the Rye R sounds like a winner. Take a spare shirt.
  • Fourfoldroot 19 Jan 2017 19:22:22 1,655 posts
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    Going by your title "grammar 101" may be a good start lol.

    Jk
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