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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #90 on: July 12, 2015, 04:50:12 AM »
One of the most memorable non-fiction books I've ever read was Richard Preston's The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story. My little sister had to read it for one of her science classes in high school, and I read the copy she had gotten from her teacher. I'm not much of a person for stories focusing on diseases and their outbreaks, but I enjoyed the story none the less. Ended up buying myself a copy and it still sits on my bookshelf to this day despite how many times I've had to thin the herd.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #91 on: July 12, 2015, 07:06:27 PM »
Big fan of the already mentioned: Catch 22, Fight Club, and 1984.

Roddy Doyle - The Commitments
James Clavell - Shogun
Aldous Huxley - Ape and Essence
Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
Jeanette Winterson - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
DH Lawrence - The Rainbow
Mary Renault - The King Must Die
Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Rifles
Bernard Cornwell - The Last Kingdom
Bernard Cornwell - The Winter King
Colleen McCullough - The First Man in Rome
Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha
Nick Hornby - Hi Fidelity
Kazuo Ishiguro - An Artist in the Floating World
Stephen King - IT
John King - The Football Factory
Irvine Welsh - Trainspotting


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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2015, 10:23:57 AM »
The Stand

Bridge To Terabithia also, not that it's some literary masterpiece, it's just so depressing and uplifting at the same time :'(

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #93 on: January 10, 2016, 01:26:41 PM »
The Wasp Factory is the most affecting book I've ever read. Only piece of literature to make me cry.

Just finished The Cement Garden, which hit a lot of similar notes, without ever really touching me in the same way.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #94 on: May 15, 2016, 01:09:00 PM »
I recently finished James Clavell's Shogun. Wow. It really struck a chord with me, all 1300 pages of it. I think it could be the best book I've ever read!

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Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #95 on: May 16, 2016, 06:17:54 AM »
Two books which had the strongest and longest lasting effect on me were Camus' The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt and Yukio Mishima's Sun & Steel.  I would say Fight Club, but the novel's effect on me was only secondary to the film's, even though it wasn't long before I picked up the book and have read it several times since. I would also say Siddhartha, but I sometimes feel that I've outgrown much of the value it originally had for me (I'm sure I'll come back around to it later in life, though).  I would say Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, but it shames me to think that I was never stirred enough to live the sort of life it portrays.  Any of Nietzsche's later works could claim the top bracket without much of fight, and though I'm fond of Thus Spoke Zarathustra it's On the Genealogy of Morals that most thoroughly plagues my thoughts.

My current favorite work in the English language, however, would have to be Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. It's probably the most beautifully written book I've ever read and certainly among the most profound.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #96 on: May 25, 2016, 11:14:39 PM »
I love to read all type of books. But my favorite one is love stories. "A walk to remember" and "Fifty shades of grey" both are my favorite. And i love to read it again and again.

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« Reply #97 on: May 26, 2016, 08:35:04 AM »
Douglas Adams 'Last Chance to See' is a book everybody should read. It's so good, funny, hilarious and tragic.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #98 on: May 26, 2016, 09:13:40 AM »
Douglas Adams 'Last Chance to See' is a book everybody should read. It's so good, funny, hilarious and tragic.

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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #99 on: May 26, 2016, 03:20:31 PM »
John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Honourable mentions for the rest of his books (mostly), some of the works of Lindsey Davis and a lot of historians.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #100 on: May 26, 2016, 05:50:20 PM »
John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Honourable mentions for the rest of his books (mostly), some of the works of Lindsey Davis and a lot of historians.

Have you read his son, Nick Harkaway, who has a speculative element to his books.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #101 on: May 26, 2016, 05:56:32 PM »
John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Honourable mentions for the rest of his books (mostly), some of the works of Lindsey Davis and a lot of historians.

Have you read his son, Nick Harkaway, who has a speculative element to his books.
Yes, yes, this. Tigerman is a terrific book.


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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #102 on: May 26, 2016, 06:04:04 PM »
John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Honourable mentions for the rest of his books (mostly), some of the works of Lindsey Davis and a lot of historians.

Have you read his son, Nick Harkaway, who has a speculative element to his books.
Yes, yes, this. Tigerman is a terrific book.

Angelmaker is even better! Great talent.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #103 on: May 28, 2016, 09:29:13 PM »
Angelmaker is even better! Great talent.
Oh, good to know. That book has been in my 'non-fantasy TBR' list for quite a while, but I end up never bringing it home from the library.

One recent non-fantasy book I really enjoyed was The universe versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence.
Quite surprising.
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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read?
« Reply #104 on: May 28, 2016, 09:53:11 PM »
One was aware of the son's existence but was yet to read his works; obliged for the recommendation, peeps :)
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