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Old 09-13-2012, 02:26 PM   #961 (permalink)
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^ Modern Myth I'm not going to quote your entire post because that would be a senseless waste of internet but agree with everything you say. Wells is one of those rare authors whose current praise lives up to his written legacy. I've never browsed this thread before today because the levels of literacy on this forum have always struck me as questionable at best but I'm glad I ducked in. Anything else you could recommend in a similar vein to the authors you mentioned?
If you like crime and detective fiction, I would investigate Dashiell Hammett, who always blows my mind. A predecessor of Raymond Chandler, he was a real pioneer of the 'hard-boiled' style. Chandler raved about him, and rightly so. 'The Maltese Falcon' is his most famous, but I think that 'The Thin Man' is his strongest. It's a brilliantly written, beautifully structured novel. For a great, short read James M. Cain is unbeatable. 'Double Indemnity' and 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' are incredible. You'll read them in one sitting, easily.

Edgar Allen Poe's detective, Dupin, is also worth investigating. The Dupin character helped shape the entire genre of detective fiction. Poe's gothic style lends itself brilliantly to the moody atmosphere and mysterious world of crimesolving, and I've read (and re-read) these stories countless times.

I lately started reading an author named Harry Crews. I only discovered him by reading his obituary, but it gave the details of some of his novels and the ideas sounded so interesting that I ordered a bunch of books online. 'Car' and 'The Gypsy's Curse' are two novels that I would highly recommend. He has a Southern Gothic style (similar to Flannery O'Connor) but with the raw, punchy prose of Bukowski and Hemmingway.

If you like Sci-Fi, check out John Wyndham. I loved his stuff as a kid and grew up reading and re-reading 'Day of the Triffids'. Great stuff.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:05 AM   #962 (permalink)
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I have just finished my first book in what feels like eons! Seriously, the sense of achievement...

Although the book wasn't great, Im glad to finish it. It was Railsea, by China Mieville - has anybody read it?

I've just picked up The Apocalypse Codex. Anybody read those?


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If you like crime and detective fiction, I would investigate Dashiell Hammett, who always blows my mind. A predecessor of Raymond Chandler, he was a real pioneer of the 'hard-boiled' style. Chandler raved about him, and rightly so. 'The Maltese Falcon' is his most famous, but I think that 'The Thin Man' is his strongest. It's a brilliantly written, beautifully structured novel. For a great, short read James M. Cain is unbeatable. 'Double Indemnity' and 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' are incredible. You'll read them in one sitting, easily.

Edgar Allen Poe's detective, Dupin, is also worth investigating. The Dupin character helped shape the entire genre of detective fiction. Poe's gothic style lends itself brilliantly to the moody atmosphere and mysterious world of crimesolving, and I've read (and re-read) these stories countless times.

I lately started reading an author named Harry Crews. I only discovered him by reading his obituary, but it gave the details of some of his novels and the ideas sounded so interesting that I ordered a bunch of books online. 'Car' and 'The Gypsy's Curse' are two novels that I would highly recommend. He has a Southern Gothic style (similar to Flannery O'Connor) but with the raw, punchy prose of Bukowski and Hemmingway.

If you like Sci-Fi, check out John Wyndham. I loved his stuff as a kid and grew up reading and re-reading 'Day of the Triffids'. Great stuff.
I'm really interested in Edgar Allen Poe, think I will pick those up.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #963 (permalink)
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I recently finished reading The Secret Footballer. Some interesting stories in the book. Every page though I kept trying to figure out who the author is.

Started reading The Haunted by James Herbert after a friend recommended it too me.
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Started reading "The Hundred Year Old Man That Just Climbed Out The Window and Dissapeared"

Brilliant title
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I recently finished reading The Secret Footballer. Some interesting stories in the book. Every page though I kept trying to figure out who the author is.
Have you ever read any football books by Ronald Reng?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:18 AM   #966 (permalink)
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I bought his book on Robert Enke, the goalkeeper who took his own life, but haven't got round to reading it.

The only other books about football I've read is said Secret Footballer and the Barca book by Graham Hunter, and a couple of players biographies.
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I bought his book on Robert Enke, the goalkeeper who took his own life, but haven't got round to reading it.

The only other books about football I've read is said Secret Footballer and the Barca book by Graham Hunter, and a couple of players biographies.
Funnily enough, the Enke book is the one I was thinking about when I mentioned him. He does have another book about a goalkeeper.

Do you know anyone who has read the story of Enke? I got my bro the two goalkeeper books because he's a goalkeeper and I thought it would be cool, but then just read how sad it was and didn't want to pass it on to him (Even though he's 28 haha, didn't want him reading it in the changies and then playing in the Welsh prem with tears in his eyes like Shay Given )
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Started reading "The Hundred Year Old Man That Just Climbed Out The Window and Dissapeared"

Brilliant title
Hahah! That's up there with "The Boy Who Kicked Pigs" for me, haha.
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Funnily enough, the Enke book is the one I was thinking about when I mentioned him. He does have another book about a goalkeeper.

Do you know anyone who has read the story of Enke? I got my bro the two goalkeeper books because he's a goalkeeper and I thought it would be cool, but then just read how sad it was and didn't want to pass it on to him (Even though he's 28 haha, didn't want him reading it in the changies and then playing in the Welsh prem with tears in his eyes like Shay Given )
A work colleague recommended it to me, she said she found it really upsetting and difficult to read.

I asked someone else who I knew read it yesterday, and he said he didn't find it upsetting at all.

I guess it depends on the person who's reading.
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Less than zero. Very good for a debut novel so far.
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