I need a new book to read!

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  1. Kotchanski

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    I have far too many to choose from, so rather than spending the next three weeks trying to make up my mind, I'm asking you lot to tell me instead...

    I have just finished working my way through:

    Hannibal Rising
    Red Dragon
    Silence of the Lambs
    Hannibal
    Pride and Prejudice
    The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders

    I'm taking a break from the Alex Cross series of books, and have plenty of non-fiction for outside of this.

    Suggestions please?
     
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    I loved that book and agree that it was one of the best books I've read in the past few years.

    Another one that I loved was Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. A friend kept pressing me to read it, I didn't think it was for me, but I was wrong. It's great.

    Amazon.com: Middlesex: A Novel (9780312422158): Jeffrey Eugenides: Books
     
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    I recommend the Bible. It's a cracking read.
     
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    Therapy? :rolleyes:
     
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    You really think letting someone in on the inner workings of my mind is a good idea?!

    I'm leaning towards Macbeth right now. I had to write a paper on it in school, and I'm curious to see if reading it again as an adult, I'd come to a different conclusion...
     
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    I'm part way through an epic series of novels - they chart the central character's development from a young age, family relationships, formal education, introduction to travel and adventure whilst injecting warmth and a joie de vivre not usually encountered in this kind of story.

    Every page leaves me wanting more - they're very difficult to put down once you have started.

    Link here if you are interested.
     
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    I feel bad about mocking your typing in chat now...

    You're clearly still learning to spell!

    I'm sorry :redface:
     
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    My most recent memorable reads have been...
    Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport
    The Colony by John Tayman
    The Poisionwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
    And I recently reread
    My Old Sweetheart By Susanna Moore
    Not sure if it would be your cup of tea but I also really enjoyed reading...
    Diana Vreeland by Elanor Dwight
     
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    A couple of suggestions: 1. A biography of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 2. Her indulgent lavish romances set in the belle epoch Cheri and The End of Cheri.

    And if you're a francophile, everything is available in French.

    ADDITION: And if you haven't read everything by Dorothy L. Sayers, there's always The Nine Tailors or Five Red Herrings if you're in the mood for a post Edwardian detective novel. She's lots of fun, intelligent, and one of the foremost scholars on Dante. She just wrote the detective novels to pay for her continued research about Dante. She could cook, too.:smile:
     
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    'We Need To Talk About Kevin' sounds really interesting. Just heard about the film version starring ScotScorpione (Tilda Swinton).

    Seems pretty harrowing, but fascinating. An American lad does one of those High School killing rampages - and the book attempts to discover whether he was irreparably damaged by his loner mother's coldness - or if he was innately twisted to begin with.

    Failing that, Moll Flanders. Kinda like an autobiog for you, tho? :p
     
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    My recommendation depends on what you want; adventure, suspense / moody drama, story, enjoyable writing, something totally different.

    Actually - typeing that I just realised there's one book that ticks pretty much all those boxes - David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.

    Do it.
     
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    Yeah both Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoot are incredible.
     
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    1984
    Lord Of The Flies
    Fahrenheit 451
    Like Water, For Chocolate

    or if you would like to stay in the vein of bloody psychos, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis . The movie was shit but the books is amazing.
     
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    Maria Riva wrote an incredible (and highly definitive) bio of her mother Marlene Dietrich. It's written in such a breezy and conversational style that you don't notice how long it really is. And just when you think it's going to be light or amusing, she inserts a story that just rips your heart out.

    It's an incredibly detailed portrait of one of the most fascinating women of the 20th century (and her life spanned nearly all of it).

    In a completely different vein, Bram Dijkstra's Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-De-Siècle Culture is just plain fabulously brilliant. You'll never look at Symbolist or Decadent art quite the same way again.
     
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    The Boneyard by Patricia Cornwell
    Or
    Geralds Game by Stephen King
    But I like the MacBeth idea. :smile:
     
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    Richard K. Morgan wrote a very interesting series of novels that paint a very cool picture of a dystopian future where everything is digitized, including a person's consciousness. Therefore, you get killed, you get old, you can simply get a new body. Very intriguing ideas about self and identity. I highly recommend them if you have yet to read them.

    They're the Takeshi Kovacs series; "Altered Carbon," "Broken Angels" and "Woken Furies." Rather long, a lot of violence, a fairish amount of sex and sexuality, but none of it gratuitous, IMO.
     
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