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January 2 2017 at 4:46 PM
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Anonymous  (Login FuriousWank)
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My new year's resolution is to read more books. In the last 7/8 years I've probably literally only read about 10 novels. Dipped into plenty of music books, but really want to expand my reading a bit

Recommendations please

Currently reading: The Sellout - Paul Beatty

Read these before Christmas:

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Sabbath's Theater - Philip Roth
Eileen - Ottess Moshfegh

I've read all the obvious ones you read in your teens / twenties like Catch 22, 1984, etc.. I tend to like Martin Amis, Paul Auster, Philip Roth, Hubert Selby Jr but looking to discover some newer writers.
Especially interested in more female authors.
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January 2 2017, 5:53 PM 

JK Rowling
----------------------------------------------------I love camembert, red wine, baguette and frogs legs

 
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January 2 2017, 5:59 PM 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Ready-Player-One-Ernest-Cline/0099560437


ready player one, by ernst cline

its sweet.
good nostaliga and future mix

speilbergs next big movie

 
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January 2 2017, 6:20 PM 

I'm enjoying Grayson Perry's 'Playing to the Gallery' at the moment. Very insightful writer.

 
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January 2 2017, 6:55 PM 

I finished The Count of Monte Cristo last week and it was absolutely excellent, the ultimate revenge tale.

Probably my favourite ever book is Shogun by James Clavell. Colonialist traders caught up in a power game with missionaries and warring clans. So fucking good, one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to seeing Silence tonight.

Both they two books are really big though.

My other favourites include:

Grapes of Wrath
Chronicles Vol 1 (Dylan's)
The Great War For Civlisation
A Tale of Two Cities
Malcolm X's autobiography
Crime and Punishment
Catch 22
If This Is A Man
Last Exit To Brooklyn
All The Light We Cannot See
Of Mice and Men
The Stand
The Outsider

Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy was really good if you're into thriller type books. Conn Igulden writes good historical fiction too.
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January 2 2017, 6:59 PM 

Sorry just saw you mentioned newer books!

Try The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. As for female authors maybe worth checking out Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

And just as much Murakami as you can. He's really a superb writer.
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January 2 2017, 7:38 PM 

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars
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"We haven't got any new flags though, just some old ones left over from the last war." - Mass Observation log, London 1940.

 
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January 2 2017, 8:29 PM 

Alan Moore's novel Jerusalem is really good

The Devil All The Time or The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock are great too

 
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January 2 2017, 11:10 PM 

Second The Devil All The Time.
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January 3 2017, 2:00 AM 

It seems you're keen on fiction. But if you fancy 'self-help' then:

Feel the fear and do it anyway

The power of now

How to win friends and influence people

Mastery (Robert Greene. But George Leonard's is just as amazing).

The only reason I'm still a fuck-up is because I haven't practiced the exercises these books exercise. Maybe apart from HTWFAIP. I practice a little of that and it did wonders/made me feel awesome.

Who knew remembering people's names or being a good listener could be so effective.





 
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January 3 2017, 10:00 AM 

Six Four - Hideo Yokoyama
Shantaram/Mountain Shadow
Anything by Murakami
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January 3 2017, 10:14 AM 

Few books I enjoyed last year

For funny, easy reading, give anything by Magnus Mills a go. Read all of his over the year, my favourite was All Quiet on the Orient Express
Robert Harris - Archangel
Steinbeck - East of Eden
Len Deighton - SS-GB
Bit obvious but I did like The Girl On The Train, again nice and easy for a commute
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January 3 2017, 1:14 PM 

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
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"We haven't got any new flags though, just some old ones left over from the last war." - Mass Observation log, London 1940.

 
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January 3 2017, 1:44 PM 

I love Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon is one of my favorite books.
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January 3 2017, 2:11 PM 


 
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January 3 2017, 3:10 PM 

Condominium by Daniel Falatko

 
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January 3 2017, 3:28 PM 

I took a look at that Alan Moore but it's a tad hefty - more words than the bible isn't it?

 
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January 5 2017, 10:53 AM 

Yes to Murakami, any and all of his stuff really, Wind-Up Bird is his most famous and for good reason.

As for female writers, Eimear McBride's two books 'a girl is a half formed thing' and 'the lesser bohemians' are both excellent, her style takes some getting used to but it is worth it.

Would also recommend A Little Life, its as good as everyone has said and also The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

 
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January 5 2017, 12:06 PM 

Also, hello to all the old faces on here. I recognise some log ins, haven't been around here in ages. Seeing as this is a reading thread, I will shamelessly plug a new short story I had published the other day.

https://thefictionpool.com/2017/01/03/she-talks-to-me-about-many-things-by-david-oneill/

 
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January 5 2017, 1:45 PM 

I second Eimear McBride as a good female author. A Girl is A Half Formed Thing blew my mind. Genuinely one of the most powerful books I've read.
Looking forward to reading her second novel soon.

 
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