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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #45 on: December 19, 2011, 07:45:56 PM »
and i did quite like Da Vinci Code as a guilty pleasure read and enjoyed the Angels and Demons film.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #46 on: December 19, 2011, 08:37:12 PM »
This is probably my favorite movie series thus far outside of the fantasy world, so that is disappointing to hear.  Hopefully the movie is good even though the book was not?  Highly doubtful, but possible.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2012, 08:52:18 PM »
Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four for me too. I agree with Jatix, it's disturbing stuff when you thing about what's going on in the world.

Junky and Queer by Burroughs are pretty high on my faves list. Burroughs is awesome and mad as a sack of weasels.



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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #48 on: February 08, 2012, 12:19:39 AM »
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.  I would say that it is the most beautifully written, thoughtful book that I have ever read.  Thinking about it right now is really making me want to go grab it from my shelf and read through it again, but, alas, I have other things I have to do.

Behind that, I'd probably put The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  I just read it recently, and it's the only one of his books that I've read (and for a minute there at the end, I was sure I would never touch another of his books, but he didn't do the thing I'd expected), but I will certainly be checking out some more of them through the year.  The writing is unique and absorbing, the characters and their plight compelling.  I love the minimalism of his punctuation.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #49 on: April 05, 2012, 02:48:27 AM »
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy.  One of my all time favorites.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #50 on: June 10, 2012, 10:28:27 PM »
I'm not usually into historical fiction ( my mum bought me the Brother Cadfael books a long long time ago and I'm afraid I really didn't enjoy them and I think they put me off!) but I read CJ Sansoms books a couple of years ago and really enjoyed them, so I'm tempted to try a few more authors that have been mentioned on this thread... Thanks guys!

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #51 on: June 28, 2012, 07:58:25 AM »
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is my favorite book ever, both fantasy and non fantasy alike. I read it at least once every year.

Always Running by Louis Rodriguez is also one of my favorites, though it may be because living in the ghettos half my life it hits harder home with me.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2012, 03:57:16 AM »
A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. Beautifully written. It took him 27 drafts to write this book, which could be a good or bad thing. And to add in a cheesy way people will hate, seeing as some who have read it probably could've guessed the ending, it held me until the final sentence, which is something few books have ever done for me. A good "twist" at the end. And well written.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #53 on: July 15, 2012, 07:03:18 PM »
If I can only have one, it'll have to be The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #54 on: July 31, 2012, 08:08:38 PM »
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

Seriously, it's a really good book. It's not the slog that some of his books are, even if it is one of the long ones.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #55 on: August 01, 2012, 12:19:58 AM »
Cry Wolf by Wilbur Smith is one that I reread a lot and would love to see made into a film. It's about the annexation of Ethiopia by Mussolini during the 1930's. 
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2012, 08:57:45 PM »
I read more non-fantasy than fantasy these days- partly because the thought of starting a 3+ book series scares me because I just don't have the time.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #57 on: August 18, 2012, 12:48:24 AM »
I was really impressed by Joe Haldeman's Forever War.
That book was one of those rare ones that actually felt like a journey as I read it. It's up there in my top 3.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #58 on: August 18, 2012, 10:20:02 AM »
Cry Wolf by Wilbur Smith is one that I reread a lot and would love to see made into a film. It's about the annexation of Ethiopia by Mussolini during the 1930's. 

I do have a soft spot for Wilbur Smith, read all of his stuff when I was younger. Haven't picked one up in years though.

 
I was really impressed by Joe Haldeman's Forever War.
That book was one of those rare ones that actually felt like a journey as I read it. It's up there in my top 3.

This is one of my favourite books. You should give John Steakley's Armor a try. (It is American spelling :) )

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #59 on: August 23, 2012, 06:21:00 AM »

This is one of my favourite books. You should give John Steakley's Armor a try. (It is American spelling :) )

I second this. I couldn't get into it when I was younger, but read it about a year ago and loved it.

A non-fantasy book that stands out as one of my favorites is Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. I read it back in high school, and it really impressed me. Which reminds me, I need to put that back into my "to read" pile...