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Offline wikkels

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #75 on: January 20, 2013, 09:19:16 AM »
The non-fantasy books I enjoy to read and enjoy include a huge range from classics for example Sherlock Holmes to 'suspense' or 'thriller' novels for example Grisham and Baldacci.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #76 on: January 28, 2013, 02:44:59 AM »
Totally depends on what genre. And "best" is so subjective. I just go by books that I enjoy while reading them, the ones I really don't want to end. If I'm looking for light and funny, I always go for Janet Evanovich. Any of them; she's hysterical. For a good horror read, Dean Koontz or any of Stephen King's older stuff, plus Under the Dome was really good. For suspense/thriller/crime/mystery, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Jeffrey Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, Iris Johanson, Michael Crichton, Michael Connelly are all consistently good. The classics are wonderful, and too many to mention. There were a number of historical novels I really liked: Slammerkin, The Expected One, Clan of the Cave Bear series. So many great books out there! It's a shame to limit oneself to just fantasy. It's my favorite as well, but I loved so many others, too.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #77 on: January 28, 2013, 04:03:41 AM »
Totally depends on what genre. And "best" is so subjective. I just go by books that I enjoy while reading them, the ones I really don't want to end. If I'm looking for light and funny, I always go for Janet Evanovich. Any of them; she's hysterical. For a good horror read, Dean Koontz or any of Stephen King's older stuff, plus Under the Dome was really good. For suspense/thriller/crime/mystery, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, Jeffrey Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, Iris Johanson, Michael Crichton, Michael Connelly are all consistently good. The classics are wonderful, and too many to mention. There were a number of historical novels I really liked: Slammerkin, The Expected One, Clan of the Cave Bear series. So many great books out there! It's a shame to limit oneself to just fantasy. It's my favorite as well, but I loved so many others, too.
If you like Janet Evanovich I'd recommend taking a look at Laura Resnick's Esther Diamond series, she's almost the fantasy equivalent of Stephanie Plum. My non fantasy favourites tend to be historical.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2013, 02:16:14 AM »
If you like Janet Evanovich I'd recommend taking a look at Laura Resnick's Esther Diamond series, she's almost the fantasy equivalent of Stephanie Plum.

Thanks! I'm not familiar with her, so I'll have to check her out. :)
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #79 on: February 04, 2013, 04:32:41 AM »
Oh, a proper "how long is a string?" question :-)
For fiction I'd suggest "Life - a users manual" by George Perec. Or "Life and Fate" by Vassily Grossman.

The first is for everyone curious about their neighbours, or complete strangers. The second one is about life in Russia during WWII.

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Offline Jaedia

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #80 on: February 04, 2013, 01:58:28 PM »
I read a lot of chick lit and urban fantasy on the side and I've been meaning to give my historical shelf a good whack as it has been steadily growing over the last year or two and all I've read is Philippa Gregory who.. well.. historical fiction readers will understand I'm sure. >.<

I'll have to go with Milly Johnson, though. A chick lit author who always leaves me with a smile on my face by the end of her books.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #81 on: June 02, 2013, 01:21:01 PM »
Life, a Users Manual. It must be up there in top 3. It's for everyone who has ever walked by houses, looked through the lit windows and wondered what, exactly was going on in that home.

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Offline Timstar

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #82 on: July 15, 2014, 09:11:38 AM »
The Count of Monte Cristo no question.

Offline OnlyOneHighlander

Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #83 on: September 27, 2014, 04:51:56 PM »

Some people might say these are speculative fiction, but I'm just happy calling them great:

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill: For anyone who has ever felt like they don't quite fit in.

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell: Like the perfect partner you'll wonder how someone like you ended up with something so great, you'll never think you're half as good as it and you'll love it all the same.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #84 on: September 27, 2014, 07:07:43 PM »
Now when I discount Star Wars and nonfiction books... I don't know. I need to think harder on that. Maybe I'll come up with something.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #85 on: September 27, 2014, 09:03:05 PM »
My definition of "best" being the ones that have made the biggest impact on me as a person and influenced how I perceive the world (the fact that they were good reads is a given), I would have to say The Jungle by Upton Sinclair and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #86 on: November 25, 2014, 02:27:05 PM »
I remember my best non-fiction. It was little polish novel called Medallions by Z. Nalkowska. Few short stories concerning II WW and its victims.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #87 on: November 25, 2014, 03:22:55 PM »
Amin Maalouf's Samarkand is one of my favorite books of all time. Wonderful story set at the time of the Titanic, that jumps into Medieval Persia at a very interesting time, and then gets back to the Titanic, all the time telling us much about Persia/Iran's history.

Then there are some like 1984, anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Baltasar & Blimunda, The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Dante's Commedia, Kafka's Metamorphosis... Oh well.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #88 on: December 18, 2014, 12:07:03 PM »
Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  Melodrama, of course, but what writing! What comedy and overwrought-ness (sic).

The Memory of Old Jack by (I'm old and can't remember) was so painful as the main characters made these awful decisions that I put it down for 6 months before I could finish it. 

And True Grit by Charles Portis is a wonderful short novel.  Better than either movies, and those movies are pretty wonderful.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #89 on: December 18, 2014, 08:50:16 PM »
To Kill a Mockingbird & The Great Gatsby as far as classics go. Toss in Fahrenheit 451 as well if we toss in Sci-Fi (which isn't Fantasy, but does fall under the same Speculative Fiction umbrella).

I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's A-Z mystery series so far and the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. Some books from school long ago like The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Bridge to Terabithia, The Outsiders, or The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

Shakespeare is always fun. I'll also toss in Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).
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