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Old 07-26-2018, 04:43 PM   #76
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Teachings of Chuang Tzu; Attaining Unlimited Life
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:44 PM   #77
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The Multi-Cultural Southwest: A Reader

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Old 07-27-2018, 12:14 PM   #78
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:20 AM   #79
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:09 PM   #80
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I have a liking for less-famous novelists who wrote before I was born. I've just finished "Who rides a tiger", a romantic thriller by Marie Belloc Lowndes. She was Hilaire Belloc's sister and apparently admired by Hemingway. I've also just discovered a friend of hers (and niece of Sheridan Le Fanu), Rhoda Broughton.
 
Old 07-28-2018, 05:46 PM   #81
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I have a liking for less-famous novelists who wrote before I was born. I've just finished "Who rides a tiger", a romantic thriller by Marie Belloc Lowndes. She was Hilaire Belloc's sister and apparently admired by Hemingway. I've also just discovered a friend of hers (and niece of Sheridan Le Fanu), Rhoda Broughton.
A few years ago my wife and I had a holiday/vacation in Key West, FL, USA, and I must say that reading Hemingway while in the same town and eating at the same restaurants as well as visiting his home and old stomping grounds, was quite an experience. His famous six toed cats are alive and well (descendants anyway).

I look forward one day to doing the same with Agatha Christie/Poirot and The Orient Express (ahh, dreams/goals/bucket-lists).
 
Old 07-31-2018, 11:21 PM   #82
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roger zelazny
terry pratchett
christopher moore
edgar rice burroughs
raymond chandler
robert e howard
dashiel hammet
agatha christie
isaac asimov
a conan doyle
leslie charteris
arthur c clarke

and that's just a short list of good fiction writers (non-fiction is a whole new ball-game)

some of these writers definitely deserve new readers, especially my personal, all-time, all-genre, favourite writer, roger zelazny
 
Old 08-01-2018, 06:48 AM   #83
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^ aah, doyle, chandler hammet... i should re-read the latter two at least.
doyle, there's a very good reader over at librivox who's read (almost) all of sherlock holmes... recommend.

have to check out zelazny. chronicles of amber to start with?

i have been reading:

Helene Wecker - The Golem and the Jinni
two creatures from different mythologies meet in new york in 1900, and besides a complex mystery, a complicated love story develops.
there's much more to it than that. just read it.
 
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No.
Except for the first in that series, "Nine Princes in Amber," which is astonishingly good - it would appear that the rest were written for the money, zelazny then dying of cancer.

But check out "Lord of Light" or "Creatures of Light and darkness" for starters.
 
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No. Except for the first in that series, "Nine Princes in Amber," which is astonishingly good - it would appear that the rest were written for the money, zelazny then dying of cancer
I never knew that. I noticed that the quality was declining and the series was beginning to feel interminable, so I gave up after I'd read Courts of Chaos.

The best fantasy I've read written in this century has been
Galen Beckett's The Magicians and Mrs Quent, and its two sequels
Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
 
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Yeah, I fear zelazny did harm to his once-legendary status after about the 3rd book in that series.

But he has quite the record (from Wikipedia):

Zelazny won at least 16 awards for particular works of fiction: six Hugo Awards, three Nebula Awards, two Locus Awards, one Prix Tour-Apollo Award, two Seiun Awards, and two Balrog Awards – very often Zelazny's works competed with each other for the same award.

Like I said, my all-time favourite - I re-read quite often.
 
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Here's my "Books to Read" action items list:
  • First Things First - Covey, Merrill,Merrill
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity David Allen
  • The 4-Hour Work Week Timothy Ferriss
  • The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
 
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No.
Except for the first in that series, "Nine Princes in Amber," which is astonishingly good - it would appear that the rest were written for the money, zelazny then dying of cancer.

But check out "Lord of Light" or "Creatures of Light and darkness" for starters.
ok, thanks for that. lord of light is bookmarked (best public library system in the whole wide world here).
 
Old 08-01-2018, 11:33 PM   #89
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Has anyone read Christpher Moore?

Caught my eye with the title:

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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Haven't stopped reading him yet.
 
Old 08-02-2018, 09:28 PM   #90
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I just finished William Whiston's translations of Wars of the Jews, but Flavius Josephus (which was quite a barn-burner) and, in quite another vein, The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg.

I'm also rereading all the Judge Dee Mysteries by Robert van Gulik.
 
  


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