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D_Hey Sailor

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Awwwwwrite! Tis' official, I am innnnn withdrawal! :cussing:
Beheading my way through all five Game of Thrones books in under 2 months has left me sitting here twitching like a junky in need of a fix. I've even gone so far as to ponder why they bother to put nipples on a breastplate, but that's a thought for another day........


So here is what I would like you to do!..... Post the name of *any* novel, eBook, graphic novel, or Audiobook near and dear to your heart so that I may investigate it further!

Right now I have got the newest translation of Solaris in the queue, along with Dune, A Scanner Darkly, and Ender in Exile..... Genre isn't particular to me, I am simply on a sci-fi kick as of late. :privateeye:

Side thought
: any great thriller/horror novels out there? Genuinely scary stuff? :scool:

Give me brainfood!
 
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All of Laurell K. Hamilton series but my favs of hers are-

Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series.
Very strong lead female. Lots of sex, violence and preternatural goings on...did I mention SEX?.

Meredith Gentry Series (faerie)
Strong female characters.
Lots of sex, violence, S&M, magic and related themes. SEX. Lots and lots of it.
 

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All of Laurell K. Hamilton series but my favs of hers are-

Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series.
Very strong lead female. Lots of sex, violence and preternatural goings on...did I mention SEX?.

Meredith Gentry Series (faerie)
Strong female characters.
Lots of sex, violence, S&M, magic and related themes. SEX. Lots and lots of it.

I see a theme here :la:
 

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I like the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (tis where I got my screenname from- one of the female Vampires).
I also like Stephen King's short stories a lot. Well, I like all his books, but some of his short stories are awesome. They made movies out of some of them (for example Shawshank Redemption).
Also if you're really really really bored and desperate enough you might wanna try reading Lord of the Rings, plus The Silmarillion. I can't believe how the movies can be as fantastic when looking at the books.
I also just got done reading Harry Potter in english. I can highly recommend the books- far better than the movies.
 
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Here are three books that I've read this summer and loved. I think they fit with a lot of the themes you are running with.

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Gritty Western pulp tale. It is one of the staples of the American Wild West. Even if you don't like westerns it is fantastic.

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
Experimental fiction with so many narrative twists it blows a lot of modern fiction away. It starts with a house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and then blows up from there.

The Road - Cormac McCarthy.
Yes it wasn't a great movie, but the book is some of McCarthy's best work. Extremely bleak, extremely brutal and marvelously tender. It is the scariest/best father and son story I have ever read.

Wasteland (Graphic Novel) - Chris J. Mitten
Another post apocalyptic tale, this time blending horror and comedy. It is a fantastic graphic novel and will appeal to you if you've ever played any of the Fallout video games or just love Mad Max movies but wish they were more violent and/or scary.

Happy reading.
 

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*bibliophile buzz*
hmmm

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The Reapers Are The Angels - Alden Bell
Dog Blood, Hater - David Moody
Dust - Joan Frances Turner
Warm Bodies - Issac Marion
The Gates - John Connolly
Gil's All-Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez
Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
God is Dead - Ron Currie, Jr.
The Orange Eats Creeps - Grace Krilanovich
 

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HOUSE OF LEAVES is indeed one of the great books out there. Unsettling, msterfully written, totally inventive and spooky.

Here are three books that I've read this summer and loved. I think they fit with a lot of the themes you are running with.

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Gritty Western pulp tale. It is one of the staples of the American Wild West. Even if you don't like westerns it is fantastic.

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
Experimental fiction with so many narrative twists it blows a lot of modern fiction away. It starts with a house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and then blows up from there.

The Road - Cormac McCarthy.
Yes it wasn't a great movie, but the book is some of McCarthy's best work. Extremely bleak, extremely brutal and marvelously tender. It is the scariest/best father and son story I have ever read.

Wasteland (Graphic Novel) - Chris J. Mitten
Another post apocalyptic tale, this time blending horror and comedy. It is a fantastic graphic novel and will appeal to you if you've ever played any of the Fallout video games or just love Mad Max movies but wish they were more violent and/or scary.

Happy reading.
 

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Daywatch series: Russian sci-fi/fantasty novels, also made into movies
Read the original I Am Legend
 

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Opis Pistorium.

Or

Under the roofs of paris, as it is known now.

Also, Pygmy - but do that one as a book on cd or you will go crazy reading it.

Chuck Palahniuk needs meds and therapy!
 

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William Burroughs - Naked Lunch
Jack Kerouac - On The Road
D. H Lawrence - The Rainbow
 

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Robert J. Sawyer:
The Neanderthal Paralax trilogy (Hominids; Humans; Hybrids)

Anything by Mary Doria Russell (start with The Sparrow)

Markus Zusak:
The Book Thief

Diana Gabaldon:
The Outlander series

Janet Evanovich:
The Stephanie Plum series

Christopher Moore:
Lamb

Margaret George:
The Secret Magdalene


A note about the Laurell K. Hamilton/Anita Blake series: The premise is great and the first 6 or so books were really good, but the longer the series goes on, the less plot there is and the more it's just about the more and more ridiculous sex. I still read them, though -- I'm just ashamed to admit it.
 
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Yep with the ridiculous sex. Laurell seemed to loose her way and got to bogged down in the metaphysical sex crap which was just annoying..she has started to find her old form with Bullet and Hit List where Edward puts in another appearance. Where there is Edward,:smile: Otto (the serial killer) and Lots of gruesome, bloody violent death follow. Wonderful stuff.

Robert J. Sawyer:
The Neanderthal Paralax trilogy (Hominids; Humans; Hybrids)

Anything by Mary Doria Russell (start with The Sparrow)

Markus Zusak:
The Book Thief

Diana Gabaldon:
The Outlander series

Janet Evanovich:
The Stephanie Plum series

Christopher Moore:
Lamb

Margaret George:
The Secret Magdalene


A note about the Laurell K. Hamilton/Anita Blake series: The premise is great and the first 6 or so books were really good, but the longer the series goes on, the less plot there is and the more it's just about the more and more ridiculous sex. I still read them, though -- I'm just ashamed to admit it.
 

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HOUSE OF LEAVES is indeed one of the great books out there. Unsettling, msterfully written, totally inventive and spooky.

Thirded. I've sung it's praises on this forum before.

It's perhaps not for everyone. And the multiple-membraned narrative takes some getting accustomed to. But I found it one of the great reading experiences of my life. Thrilling, haunting, ingenious.
 

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forgot about Clive Barker. He does have some very imaginative and in depth books. I wasnt expecting the homosexual characters from what I saw of his mainstream work. Weaveworld, Imajica, the Great Books Of Art (although he never wrote the final book)
 

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Birds Without Wings is a novel by Louis de Bernières. - "Man is a bird without wings, and a bird is a man without sorrows."


Also by Bernières, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is a great read.

If you have not read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, you should. It's one of the great novels of the 20th century.
 

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Also if you're really really really bored and desperate enough you might wanna try reading Lord of the Rings,

It would take desperation!!! Brilliant story, but the books are bloody tedious to read. The first one has some really good moments, but it goes rapidly down hill after that.


Diana Gabaldon:
The Outlander series

Seconded.


I would also recommend Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. The other books in Jean M. Auel's series are readable enough, but don't even come close to the brilliance of the first one.
 

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Wheel Of Time series was good. I didnt finish the last two books, but it was very enjoyable and broad. Left Behind series is pretty good; based on the Rapture and obviously religious.
 

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No, i just go through phases in reading. Ill read non-stop for months and then quit for a year or two. At the time I was reading the series the last two werent written so when I put the series down I just didnt pick it back up.
 
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The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.
Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally.
Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown.

If all else fails - Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows. :p
 

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Iain M Banks's sci-fi is dark - maybe not scary - but darker than most. His non sci-fi are pretty good too (published as Iain Banks, no M). In his sci-fi I recommend Against a Dark Background, Use of Weapons and the more recent Matter.

I just read a Dan Simmons book, Ilium - I didn't love it, but it wasn't bad. I hear good things about Hyperion and Ilium hasn't put me off.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchel is stunning - I read it too quickly but couldn't help it.

When I've just finished reading something that grabbed me, especially a series, I try to switch to something very different, or to return to an old favourite. I re-read Catch 22 every few years due to that.

If you are feeling a little adventurous in the stream of consciousness direction, you might try some of Jeanette Winterson's offerings - Sexing the Cherry and the Passion are a good jumping off point and Written on the Body is a work of art.
 

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Birds Without Wings is a novel by Louis de Bernières. - "Man is a bird without wings, and a bird is a man without sorrows."


Also by Bernières, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord is a great read.

If you have not read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, you should. It's one of the great novels of the 20th century.




These are excellent recommendations, especially One Hundred Years of Solitude and Birds without Wings.


I'd add "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell (actually anything by David Mitchell) and if you're looking for something more thriller-ish I'm currently relaxing my mind with the Shardlake novels by C.J. Sansom, "Revelation" is particularly scary and the rest are excellent too.
 
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