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post Jul 11 2007, 06:00 PM
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QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Jul 11 2007, 01:28 PM)
I'll try anything really, I'm trying to get out of this 'I only like...' habit, and attempting to be more open-minded.
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I think you'd like some of these authors:

Tom Holt
Christopher Moore
Terry Pratchett
Tom Robbins
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post Jul 11 2007, 06:01 PM
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I've read The Fifth Elephant by Pratchett, and enjoyed it, but I couldn't help thinking that I didn't get half of what the novel was about...
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post Jul 11 2007, 06:28 PM
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I'm currently reading Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, recommended to me by my parents because I'm interested in Grail stories. It knocks The Da Vinci Code into the slush pile.

After that I've an interesting looking novel to read, combining crime and Edinburgh. And it's not by any of the usual suspects.
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post Jul 11 2007, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Jul 11 2007, 07:01 PM)
I've read The Fifth Elephant by Pratchett, and enjoyed it, but I couldn't help thinking that I didn't get half of what the novel was about...
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I find Pratchett overrated - I've read a couple of his books but found them somewhat formulaic and desperate to get onto the next gag.
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post Jul 11 2007, 07:16 PM
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QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Jul 11 2007, 07:01 PM)
I've read The Fifth Elephant by Pratchett, and enjoyed it, but I couldn't help thinking that I didn't get half of what the novel was about...
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Yeah, his books do get like that from time to time, and The Fifth Elephant is probably the worst example of him trying to be too clever for his own good. I'd highly recommend Guards! Guards! as a better Pratchett book overall with a stronger plot and better jokes.
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post Jul 11 2007, 07:34 PM
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QUOTE (mcraigclark @ Jul 11 2007, 10:00 AM)
Christopher Moore
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*nods furiously*

I need to read everything of his now.
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post Jul 11 2007, 08:49 PM
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QUOTE (princess_shrek @ Jul 11 2007, 07:28 PM)
I'm currently reading Kate Mosse's Labyrinth, recommended to me by my parents because I'm interested in Grail stories.  It knocks The Da Vinci Code into the slush pile.

After that I've an interesting looking novel to read, combining crime and Edinburgh.  And it's not by any of the usual suspects.
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Labyrinth is a fantastic book and one I would definitely recommend.
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post Jul 11 2007, 09:30 PM
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~Takes notes~

Ok, I'll have to check them out. I've not heard of any of them but Pratchett, but maybe that's a good thing, going in without any prejduice.
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:29 AM
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I will second that Pratchett but I would start with Going Postal - it is the best of his recent stuff in my opinion. In addition, I would have a look at any of the books with The Watch featuring heavily. I don't really know you but I have a feeling that you might like the Vimes character.

I would recommend Neil Gaiman as well. Start with either American Gods or Neverwhere and become addicted from there. Good Omens is fantastic as well - a joint effort between him and Terry P.

After that, my reading tends to slide every more into the fantasy fiction realm, which is a specific taste. If you want any suggestions down that line, let me know and I will wave Terry Brooks books at you.
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:34 AM
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I have the Sword of Shannara trilogy, well, my dad does, because I lent him them, I haven't read them myself. Any good?
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:39 AM
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Yesyesyesyesyes.

Well, I liked them anyway. Quests, rangers elves, bad things in the forest. If that appeals, you will probably like them too.
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:40 AM
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Yes, that kind of thing appeals. I like the LotR fillums, I just haven't got round to reading those books fully yet. But I know I like questy type things.
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:44 AM
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I have never managed to get through The Lord of The Rings. I've tried three times. Too many words, not enough quest if you ask me!

You may also like The Magic Kingdom For Sale: Sold! Twentieth Century man in olde worlde setting. Having a quest. Could have been Terry Brooks again. I will check. We need Ade in here - he is a font of knowledge on this stuff.
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post Jul 12 2007, 07:51 AM
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QUOTE (ella @ Jul 12 2007, 08:44 AM)
I have never managed to get through The Lord of The Rings. I've tried three times. Too many words, not enough quest if you ask me!
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No, I found that too. Far too descriptive.

In a similar vein, this is what puts me off Stephen King's writing style too. 4 pages describing a beach in Maine. A paragraph describing something that actually happens.
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post Jul 12 2007, 08:34 AM
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True true. Although I would say that Misery is a smashing exception to that rule. Also you should try The Bachman Books and his other novellas. Preciously short and succinct.
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