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Title: i am a fiction philistine, reccommend me books
Post by: lets all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes on June 09, 2011, 00:09
i changed my mind all your book suggestions suck ahahahha throws up on self
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Post by: aer_dingus on June 09, 2011, 00:28
Transall Saga< one of my favorites and everyone i know who has read it has loved it.
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Post by: Sebastian Moran on June 09, 2011, 00:43
Recommend Neil Gaiman to anyone regardless 
rrraarrr 
his writing is just pleasing 
 
anyway 
er 
Neverwhere is my favourite but I'd recommend American Gods as that borders more so on the superpowerish side of things... person-thrown-into-odd-world perhaps? 
YEAH just trust me go on 
 
Mo Hayder writes good thriller stuff, bit unusual, but still plausible if you know what I mean. Tokyo, Pig Island, Birdman, that sort of thing.. though the last on that list is more ~crime~ 
 
I'm just looking at my bookshelf I don't have many books with me |8 
Though I'll probably end up throwing things at you after the holidays 
bringing with me armfuls of books I Think You Might Like 
aka ones that I will force you to like 
yes 
 
Oh, the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks is one of my favourites 
Sort of coming-of-age book 
In a rather twisted way 
I like it 
I own probably too many copies of it 
 
And could I possibly tempt you with a Gatiss book? 
the ridiculously entertaining flamboyant spy novels 
go awwwn 
I have The Devil In Amber here I can lend it to you 
-wiggles eyebrows- 
 
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Post by: Webby on June 09, 2011, 00:45
Recommend Neil Gaiman to anyone regardless 
rrraarrr 
his writing is just pleasing 

This this this x100
I've read American Gods and I'm reading Stardust, and his writing style is just fantastic. It feels like he's telling you the story directly rather than just putting it on paper. American Gods come across as ultra strange at times, but his writing style and imagination just blow me away. I won't pretend to be a big reader, but I'd happily pick up anything with his name on it.
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Post by: Catstorm on June 09, 2011, 00:58
Do you like historical fiction? They don't go into super fiction but instead take place during a historical period/event.

They usually are really good.
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Post by: Piccolami. on June 09, 2011, 01:03
i think twilight would be a good series for you to read... the books are based on a real life story too
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Post by: lets all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes on June 09, 2011, 01:12
Transall Saga< one of my favorites and everyone i know who has read it has loved it.

i may have to give this a try
despite wikipedia spoiling it a little for me grr still want to try it though

 
lots of books

ooh
er
yes possibly i might have to borrow/buy some of those yes they all sound good
you've also reminded me i need to check out The Raw Shark Texts one day too
but yes give me all your books please

This this this x100
I've read American Gods and I'm reading Stardust, and his writing style is just fantastic. It feels like he's telling you the story directly rather than just putting it on paper. American Gods come across as ultra strange at times, but his writing style and imagination just blow me away. I won't pretend to be a big reader, but I'd happily pick up anything with his name on it.

aww yee this is what i like to hear definitely will have to check him out

Do you like historical fiction? They don't go into super fiction but instead take place during a historical period/event.

They usually are really good.

hrmmsmmm i am not sure
i'm more into future stuff then i am past stuff
the furthest back i'll go historical-wise is maybe the cold war but only if there's a good spin on it
or the noir stuff again
otherwise historical stuff i don't really do

i think twilight would be a good series for you to read... the books are based on a real life story too

ah er thats quite alright i might pass up on that

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Post by: ~Evanscence~ on June 09, 2011, 03:28
Try out Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It's a pretty good book. I'm not much of a reader myself, but I did find myself taking down several chapters a night, so I think that must count for something. It's a fiction/murder/mystery with hints of romance.
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Post by: Bluffy on June 09, 2011, 03:30
read the Gone series by Michael Grant
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Post by: rapidash king on June 09, 2011, 05:31
i need to read new books too... so i'm going to siphon some your suggestions. :c

if you wanted a coming of age/me dealing with life book, then Perks of Being a Wallflower is a good choice, because it fits those labels so perfectly... i didn't really love it because i guess it made me sad for personal reasons, but it would still pretty good if it hadn't made me sad.

a lot of my favorite books fit into the 'young adult/kids' category because they're fantasy type stuff. the inheritance cycle is one of those 'elves searching for the sword' type books that you referenced, but it's very well written, and i feel like it breaks the mold on typical dwarf/elf stereotypes. i feel like it's pretty unique considering it's theme, but they may be because i'm not as well read as i'd like to be. wikipedia has a good short summary without spoilers if you're still interested.

another good one is the Keys to the Kingdom series. There are seven books, each one named after a day of the week which is also a character in the book, and each one of those characters represents one of the seven deadly sins. the series is seriously complex, but still easy to follow when reading along. it's very engrossing, and sadly i haven't read the last two books, Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday. Lady Friday and Drowned Wednesday are probably my favorite books in the series.
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Post by: Piccolami. on June 09, 2011, 10:49
^ I second the Keys to the Kingdom recommendation - I still need to read Lord Sunday but they are very good! Also if Garth Nix manages to float your boat then I also recommend the Old Kingdom trilogy too... I really enjoyed them! There's also Shade's Children too ^^

Most of the stuff I've read recently has been very kiddy like the Septimus Heap books so apart from that I don't really know what else to advise xD
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Post by: Sebastian Moran on June 09, 2011, 21:10
I'd recommend the Old Kingdom trilogy as it happens.. as I used to read those 
though I never read any of his other stuff and I probably should 
but, er, yes 
it IS fantasy in the sense of.. next to our world there's a world with something like magic, but it's done in quite an interesting way. No elves or anything, though. Just necromancers and reanimated corpses. 
Lots of female protagonists running around being excellent if that appeals 
Also the Disreputable Dog is excellent |: 
so er Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are the books thar 
 
Similarly a trilogy I read when I was younger.. The Wind On Fire trilogy, by William Nicholson.. I adored those books 
I think they'd count as coming-of-age but it is again slightly in the realms of fantasy... again, not swords and dragons and the like, and not magic either, it's all done quite subtly. 
and is amusing 
The Wind Singer, Slaves of the Mastery, and Firesong 
 
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Post by: Piccolami. on June 09, 2011, 21:17
^ I also second that trilogy... I really enjoyed it!

also at some point there's meant to be another Old Kingdom book coming out but I haven't a clue exactly when
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Post by: Webby on June 09, 2011, 22:47
Thirding the Wind on Fire trilogy, even though I've only read The Wind Singer so far. I bought all three of them about a year ago and have yet to read them. ^^'
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Post by: aer_dingus on June 12, 2011, 06:12
i may have to give this a try
despite wikipedia spoiling it a little for me grr still want to try it though
that's great! yeah i think im gonna read it again this summer!
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Post by: That Girl in the 'Roo Suit on June 13, 2011, 19:12
I've just finished reading Robert Rankin's "Necrophenia". I'd recommend it to you. It's a little heavy going, and a little difficult to start, but it's so far-fetched and ridiculous it's amazing. I read most of it on the train back to uni last week, and I was actually really satisfied with the ending. And I'm fussy when it comes to literature. (Although saying that, stick a Pratchett or Shan novel in front of me and I'll be happy as Larry)

I'd also recommend The Affinity Bridge by George Mann. I have the first two books in this particular series, and it's sort of like a detective whodunnit set in Victorian England. With added monsters, occult practices and a fair amount of gore. A nice portion, so to speak. I genuinely couldn't put it down, although that may have soething to do with that fact that its sequel, which I read first, is called The Osiris Ritual. Either way, both books are brilliant.
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Post by: PiPlUp_94 on June 15, 2011, 20:27
The hunger games trilogy by suzanne colins pretty good.
Anything by Sophie mckenzie is good too, with the 'blood series - centres around two cloned kids - and the Medusa series - about a group of kids with psycho related powers - being my favourites.

You might like the numbers series by rachel ward, the first book is set around present day and is about a girl who can tell when people are going to die.
(None involve elves P: and are 'teenage fiction')
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Post by: kr9q on July 17, 2011, 02:40
How about these:

Eoin Cofler-Artmis Fowl
R.L. Stine-Ghoosebumps(sp?)
R.L. Stine-Fear Street
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Post by: Mushroom on October 17, 2011, 23:09
You must read To Kill a Mockingbird.

1. It's a classic
2. It's easy to read (good for someone who doesn't read much)
3. Its a coming of age story in that its a character maturing through the book
4. It'll appeal to your 'real life problems' preference
5. It'll appeal to you not minding books about kids
6. Did I mention it's a classic, one of those books that MUST be read?

Also, the original book of I Am Legend.
1. It's short
2. Its the most inventive and down to earth take on the vampire mythos of all time
3. Its fantastically written
4. It has a mindblowing ending that NONE of the film versions have had the balls to get right
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Post by: Quapsel on October 23, 2011, 22:37
I don't know how it would translate to the English language as the original is German but I'd definitely recommend Centre of My World by Andreas Steinhoefel. It's partly based on his own youth and it's one of those books that just really grips you emotionally and makes you feel every single thing it's describing.
It's been a while since I've read it, 3 or 4 years I think, but it's still among the first books I recommend to people whenever they ask, so you know~ That's quite telling.
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Post by: kr9q on December 08, 2011, 21:10
I don't know how it would translate to the English language as the original is German but I'd definitely recommend Centre of My World by Andreas Steinhoefel. It's partly based on his own youth and it's one of those books that just really grips you emotionally and makes you feel every single thing it's describing.
It's been a while since I've read it, 3 or 4 years I think, but it's still among the first books I recommend to people whenever they ask, so you know~ That's quite telling.
I'm gonna try that one, as I want to learn German.

How about the Warriors series? They're good books (or so I've heard).
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Post by: aer_dingus on January 07, 2012, 03:07
The hunger games trilogy by suzanne colins pretty good.


i definate;y second that! hunger games was amazing and addictive and plus the movie (which has a good cast) will come out this year.
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Post by: zezemanoob on January 07, 2012, 13:24
Michelle paver- the chronicles of darkness

My favourite books of aaaaaaaaaall time
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Post by: Mockery for One on February 07, 2015, 15:06
It's been YEARS. Try Phantom Tollbooth.