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Just to answer the original post - I put Don Quixote in my top ten books (that I have read so far). Mostly on the strength of the first half.
Ruth Rendell - Wexford
Colin Dexter - Morse
Lovesey, Peter - Peter Diamond - I think a little weaker but I have read several anyway.
OK, here are a few:
Lttle, Big by Crowley
The Last Guardian of Everness/The Mist of Everness by Wright
Roger Zelazny: Amber series
Books I have enjoyed that are probably out of print:
(all of these are fantasy)
PC Hodgell: God Stalk
Greg Frost: Lyrec
Dave Smeds: The...
If you like Robert Parker's Spenser:
Raymond Chandler was a major influance on Parker:
Writers that were influenced by Parker include:
I had one that was based on the TV show of the seventies. I still have Wells book on my shelf. And (unrelated) there is Invisible Man.
"I'd rather see shops just shelving books alphabetically by author"
I totally disagree. If I am looking for a scifi book, I do not want to mess...
What literature award would you say is given to the best literature books?
For example I get the feeling that the Pulizer fiction award is a...
I have just read The Lady in the Lake by Chandler (the first book by him I have read). It only took one page for me to realize that he was more...
I actually have read a book of short stories of mysteries that had someting to do with food. There may have even been recipies. One was by...
As far as I can tell, English care little when their relatives get killed.
They have a very class oriented society:
Is it true that only...
A. Conan Doyle
Earle Stanley Gardner
A nice mix.
I agree with KristoCat. I came to the same conclusion after less than 100 pages and bailed out because I thought the book was pretty poor.
If everyone who said they prefer the small independent actually bought books at the small independent, those small independents would still be...
Thats a popularity poll - actually for "the nation's best loved novel". Not exactly what I meant. I'm a fantasy reader and it (LOTR) is in my top...
I think both Catcher in the Rye and Catch 22 are great reads. Maybe it is a guy thing. The Lord of the Rings is not over rated (it is a ground...
The books that I remember having to read were The Crucible (plays are for watching, not reading), and The Scarlet Letter which was incredibly...
I read as much or more than anyone I know (except people in these forums), but I somehow managed to get through high school without reading a lot...
I agree with the escapism description. I agree with everything bad that has been written about the Belgarad and still like it enough to have read...
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