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His Dark Materials..

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retiredgoth2 Wed 03-Jul-13 21:00:14

...I'm nearly finished re-reading.

If you enjoyed this- what else do you like?

(Other recent favourites include Sarah Waters, Julian Barnes, and Tana French)

Sorry to sound a pseud- but am at a dead end. Need to read. And will take pointers seriously...

(Well. Most of them)

highlandcoo Wed 03-Jul-13 21:58:22

I read HDM on a recommendation from teenage DS and really enjoyed the series.

How about The Observations by Jane Harris, Bel Canto or State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, Earth and Heaven by Sue Gee, The Crow Road by Iain Banks, English Passengers by Matthew Kneale.

All absorbing, original and well-written novels.

retiredgoth2 Wed 03-Jul-13 23:07:04

Thank you.

I shall investigate..

InLoveWithDavidTennant Wed 03-Jul-13 23:10:15

i brought them from the charity shop 2 weeks ago and they're on my "to read" list for this year.

i always wondered why they didnt make the 2nd and 3rd into films like the 1st. film was really good from what i remember

GetStuffezd Wed 03-Jul-13 23:14:22

I love them all. I love them with a passion. I decided to read the,mot my year sixes this year. It failed. They were too accustomed to Roald Dahl etc.

OP I also love Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events. Very good. Also, the Wheel of Time books - trying to get back into these. Finally, ever played the PC game MYST? That game and its sequels plus the related books are incredibly immersive.

feetheart Wed 03-Jul-13 23:14:31

Film isn't a patch on the books. They got the adventure side of the story but I felt they lost the essence so it was like a shadow of the book.

Must re-read and point DD in their direction.

LaVitaBellissima Wed 03-Jul-13 23:16:30

I liked Garth Nix's Lirael, & Sabriel series. I also enjoyed the Hunger games trilogy and am now reading Game of Thrones and am totally addicted!

IHeartKingThistle Wed 03-Jul-13 23:28:13

If you have a spare six weeks read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I loved it.

trice Wed 03-Jul-13 23:28:33

I just read "the knife of never letting go" free from world book day. Very distopian. Well written though.

NotYoMomma Thu 04-Jul-13 03:52:56

the knife of never letting go

I love these books! re reading now.

I did my Uni dissertation on HDM and George MacDonald.

you should totally check out GM

CoteDAzur Thu 04-Jul-13 08:24:01

I heartily second the recommendation of Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell. Brilliant book. Incredibly well-written. I grieved when it ended.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 04-Jul-13 18:47:22

Love His Dark Materials except for the stupid wheeled horse things and the silly lady. Hate Sarah Waters though and have never heard of Tana French.

Have you read, 'Arthur and George' and 'Flaubert's Parrot' which are vastly superior to anything else JB has written imho.

Knife of Never Letting Go v good, although the third in the series is disappointing.

Books I've really enjoyed recently have included:
Brave New World
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

I'm currently re-reading Camus.

superbagpuss Thu 04-Jul-13 18:54:52

have you read Neil gaiman - american gods or terry pratchett?

or iain banks/ Iain m banks?

all great stuff

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 04-Jul-13 18:55:26

Yes to American Gods. Anansi Boys too.

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