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Old 02-03-2009, 02:55 PM
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I have tried to get into Terry Pratchett books and I just can not do it. I think my husband owns almost everything Pratchett has written so when I'm out of stuff to read I go sift through the bookshelves with an open mind, willing to read ANYTHING I haven't read before. I just couldn't do it with Pratchett. I tried.
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"Atonement" is by Ian McEwan.

I finished "A Mercy" by Toni Morrison in less than 12 hours. It's a tremendous book--beautifully written and keeps you turning the pages.

For novels, I like Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Wally Lamb, Jeffrey Eugenides, John Irving, F Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nobokov, Franz Kafka, and on and on . . .

For short stories; Ha Jin, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro.

For poetry: John Keats, William Blake, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Gluck.

For nonfiction: Richard Dawkins, David Sedaris, Primo Levi.

Thomas Pynchon's "Crying of Lot 49" is the most "readable" of his novels. I admire him as a prose stylist and linguistic innovator, but his plots leave me cold.
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If you have to try too hard its probably never going to be worth it lol.

Good Omens is different from his usual stuff, its set in the real world (kind of).

The way I am at the moment I'm just rereading favourite books, new stuff freaks me out a bit, I need to get back into trying different authors, comfort is good but I need to move on.

All suggestions gratefully received.
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"Good Omens" was my favorite too.

Anyone read "A Confederacy of Dunces"? Written in 1965 (or so) and one of the funniest books I've ever read. Truly made me laugh out loud.

I tend to reread old favorites too. One good thing about insomnia is that I do read a lot!

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My all time favourite author is Terry Pratchett, Im a wee bit obsessed, he collaborated on a book with Neil Gamain which is awesome, its called Good Omens and it makes the end of the world fun.
I LOVE Pratchett! I must be shallow too! LOL I have read them all many times.

Currently I am on a PG Wodehouse kick, before that I was reading all the "Flashman" books by George McDonald Frasier, they are spoof historical autobiographies with this guy recounting his exploits in teh Army in Victorian times.

I tend to download the audiobooks of things cos I don't have enough concentration to read for long.

I haven't really read any recovery books except the big book and "One breath at a time" about Buddhism and the steps and I have just started "12 steps on Buddhas path" which seems OK so far.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:33 PM
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Slow down there stone they seem a bit deep!

Stay shallow it hurts your brain less,

For anyone who like Dawkins I would recommend Daniel Dennet, he's less accessible than Dawkins but more thoughtful, and quite possibly a more hardcore atheist if you can believe it!!!
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LOL, PG Wodehouse is very shallow! Clever use of language but shallow as hell. Suits me fine.
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I meant the recovery books Stone, Buddism whats that all about eh?

Im just kidding.
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Cormac McCarthy
i loved "the road"! I've yet to read "no country for old men"...
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:27 AM
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Tom Robbins, as in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"? And "Still Life with Woodpecker"? I loved those books.

I like Margaret Atwood and Marge Piercy. "Crake and Oryx" really twisted my head.

I like good Science Fiction too. A new guy has caught my eye, John Scalzi. His "Old Man's War" trilogy was fab. Harlan Ellison is another old favorite.

Thanks for the recommends. Let's have some more, please!

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"skinny legs and all" and "still life with woodpecker" are my favourites of his...

If you like SF then you should check iain m banks out - start with "consider phlebas"...
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I also read Harry Potter although I thought the last couple were very bloated.

My all time favourite author is Terry Pratchett, Im a wee bit obsessed, he collaborated on a book with Neil Gamain which is awesome, its called Good Omens and it makes the end of the world fun.
yes, i love that book! I also like terry pratchett's other solo stuff.

I really recommend checking out neil gaiman's stuff too, try "neverwhere"...
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:37 AM
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I LOVE Pratchett! I must be shallow too! LOL I have read them all many times.

Currently I am on a PG Wodehouse kick, before that I was reading all the "Flashman" books by George McDonald Frasier, they are spoof historical autobiographies with this guy recounting his exploits in teh Army in Victorian times.

I tend to download the audiobooks of things cos I don't have enough concentration to read for long.

I haven't really read any recovery books except the big book and "One breath at a time" about Buddhism and the steps and I have just started "12 steps on Buddhas path" which seems OK so far.
have you read "change your mind" by paramananda? Really good book on buddhist meditation.

I'd like to get into wodehouse, douglas adams raved about him, in fact he was often described as being quite similar in the way he liked to play with language...
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:42 AM
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Slow down there stone they seem a bit deep!

Stay shallow it hurts your brain less,

For anyone who like Dawkins I would recommend Daniel Dennet, he's less accessible than Dawkins but more thoughtful, and quite possibly a more hardcore atheist if you can believe it!!!
i'm also a dawkins fan, not read any daniel dennet but he seems a really thoughtful guy on the darwin documentary that dawkins did recently.

I also recommend christopher hitchens and sam harris.

Also derren brown's "tricks of the mind" is really good, a lot of stuff in there about atheism, which probably surprised all the people who bought it to learn how to do mind reading!
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