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Offline AlmightyZael

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #60 on: August 25, 2012, 07:20:20 PM »
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 :) )

My all time favourite non-fantasy, non-SF book is Alexander Dumas's The Count of Monte Christo, the characters are amazing and the plotting just blows my mind away...

Oh yes. It's been on my shelf for about two years. I will get around to it eventually  :) The first chapter or so I read through I could tell it would be one I would enjoy.
Have you read Dune? That's another of my TBR's. I heard that sequences aren't as strong as Dune, though.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #61 on: August 25, 2012, 07:48:33 PM »
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 :) )

My all time favourite non-fantasy, non-SF book is Alexander Dumas's The Count of Monte Christo, the characters are amazing and the plotting just blows my mind away...

Oh yes. It's been on my shelf for about two years. I will get around to it eventually  :) The first chapter or so I read through I could tell it would be one I would enjoy.
Have you read Dune? That's another of my TBR's. I heard that sequences aren't as strong as Dune, though.

I enjoyed the first few books, but then the last three, when the Honored Matres arrived things got a bit wierd. Haven't read it in like 10 years though.
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Offline AlmightyZael

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #62 on: August 25, 2012, 11:11:06 PM »
I haven't been reading for that long  :o
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2012, 11:16:46 PM »
I haven't been reading for that long  :o

You mean reading books in general? :o

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #64 on: August 25, 2012, 11:17:25 PM »
I haven't been reading for that long  :o

I've seen Lionwalker's facebook - he's pretty old. The white hair and the bald patch made it pretty obvious.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #65 on: August 25, 2012, 11:19:50 PM »
I haven't been reading for that long  :o

I've seen Lionwalker's facebook - he's pretty old. The white hair and the bald patch made it pretty obvious.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #66 on: August 25, 2012, 11:45:14 PM »
My favourite non-fantasy book I've read, and therefore the one I liked best, is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Pere.

I just love Porthos.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #67 on: August 25, 2012, 11:48:18 PM »
I'm going to ignore the Lionfreak's last comment and actually answer this one myself.

My favourite non-fantasy is probably The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It's got a fairly predictable structure, and cardboard cut-out, pantomime villains - but I don't care. It's fantastic.
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Offline AlmightyZael

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #68 on: August 26, 2012, 02:45:30 AM »
I haven't been reading for that long  :o

You mean reading books in general? :o

I'm going into my 19th year of reading several books a week.

Damn! Several a week. You lucky panda! I can't manage that in a month  :D I read really slowly, kinda painting a picture for each word. Annoying at times but I love the way it makes me feel in terms of atmosphere.

I used to read every now and then when I was younger. Only really started reading when I was 16 or so. So that's only 3 years of really reading. In that time I discovered that Fantasy and Sci-Fi are definitely my choice of genre.

Haldeman, Dick, Heinlein, Clarke and Asimov did a great job of hooking me.
Rothfuss, Brett, Butcher and Sanderson did the same for fantasy.

If anyone hasn't seen the series, I would recommend watching the Prophets of Science Fiction. Amazing!
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Offline Jeni

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #69 on: August 26, 2012, 02:02:20 PM »
The one that springs to mind is Decipher by Stel Pavlou. Although there are elements of sci-fi (fantasy, not so much) in it, it is mainly a thriller- a race against time to decipher the code and save our planet from imminent disaster that will bring about the end of civilisation as we know it and possibly the end of the human race altogether. Absolutely loved this book - so much so that once I'd read it I immediately went out and bought another copy for my brother. I've done that twice and he hasn't read either book. Not doing it again!

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #70 on: September 20, 2012, 07:45:57 PM »
Lets see if I am not reading fantasy/sci-fi then I am reading mystery and suspense, English literature (Cdn lit, American lit, Br lit), poetry, historical journals/diaries, graphic novels and a ton of other genres. 

Best mystery - one of my favorites: Donna Andrews' "Meg Langslow" series - if you like a mystery with humor - then this is your series to try - just read the titles and you will have a chuckle - e.g. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

English literature - one of my favorite author has to be Jane Austen and her novels; on a more modern note - Wayson Choy is one of favorite authors - his novel The Jade Peony

Graphic novels: one of my favorite authors/artists - is Terry Moore and his series "Strangers in Paradise" as a follows the life and rather usual adventures of his two female protagonist and their life (no superheroes here).   

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #71 on: September 21, 2012, 12:20:17 AM »
If we're talking non fantasy series as opposed to individual books then for me it's George MacDonald Fraser's Harry Flashman books hands down. One of the things I love about those is that the author found these footnote characters in history (the books are set between late 1830's to the early 1900's) and wrote about them. They're so unbelievable that they couldn't possibly be real, but they are, and it goes to prove that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Offline JonRock411

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #72 on: October 17, 2012, 04:26:09 AM »
Count Of Monte Cristo, American Psycho, Looking For Alaska, Catch-22, Les Miserables, On The Road, Brave New World, 1984,  The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cosmos, Treasure Island,  I can probably think of more.   I find it helps to have read a wide variety of genres while writing.

Offline Lejays17

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #73 on: October 17, 2012, 11:54:09 AM »
Probably The Eight by Katherine Neville.  Although, there are fantastical elements in there, it's more historical.  The sequel is utter rubbish thought!

Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh Trilogy (specifically the first one Here Be Dragons) is another firm favourite.  Oh, and Firelord by Parke Godwin, realistic version of King Arthur.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #74 on: October 22, 2012, 06:51:50 PM »
American Psycho, Catch-22, Brave New World, 1984

Seconded.

Also:
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Dina's Book by Herbjorg Wassmo
Ég heiti Ísbjörg, ég er ljón by Vigdis Grímsdóttir
The Little Mermaid by H.C. Anderson (ok, it's a fairy tale)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Post Office by Charles Bukowski

There are probably more. I couldn't name just one.