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    Iain M Banks' science fiction is good value. Would recommend Use of Weapons as a starting point.

    Would also recommend Nevil Shute's On The Beach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Iain M Banks' science fiction is good value. Would recommend Use of Weapons as a starting point.

    Would also recommend Nevil Shute's On The Beach.
    I'd go for Consider Phlebas as a starting point, all the talk of the GSVs and other culture stuff can be really confusing when you haven't grasped what it is, first Culture Novel I read was Excession, and it confused the hell out of me to beingh with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    School gave me a Bible today. Have any of you read, it and is it good?
    haha, farfetched fiction at it's best...or worst, depending on your stance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    School gave me a Bible today. Have any of you read, it and is it good?
    Was that from the Gideons? Tight blokes only give you the New Testament as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Was that from the Gideons? Tight blokes only give you the New Testament as well.
    It's to stop people from wanting to go on the crusades.

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    Back on topic...

    For shorter reads, go for Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Orwell's Animal Farm (the last time I cried was the end of the latter). If you want anything longer, I'd have a look at Dostoevsky - The Brother's Karamazov or Crime and Punishment.

    I've far from read much though, others will be able to tell you much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    School gave me a Bible today. Have any of you read, it and is it good?
    There's a great twist at the end. You'll never see it coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    School gave me a Bible today. Have any of you read, it and is it good?
    Starts off well, kind of drops off in the middle, finishes with a bang. Gets kind of preachy sometimes, but lots of *** and violence keeps you interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    School gave me a Bible today. Have any of you read, it and is it good?
    I have read the first chapter a couple of times.

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    I'd definately second Iain M. Banks- no other science fiction even comes close.

    I'm sure most people have read it, but The War of the Worlds is one of my absolute favourites.

    The "Russian James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes" novels of Boris Akunin, starring the brilliant Erast Fandorin, are well worth reading. Great escapist entertainment in an unusual setting. For another "unique" setting check out the extremely well written "Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon, a detective story written by one of the leading lights of modern American fiction, set in an alternate universe in which the majority of Europe's Jewish population fled Europe for a new homeland in Alaska.

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is a very good read - nothing like any of the weighty classics mentioned earlier in the thread but very entertaining and cleverly written.

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a great read if you're after something a bit more classic, as is David Copperfield by Dickens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Back on topic...

    For shorter reads, go for Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Orwell's Animal Farm (the last time I cried was the end of the latter). If you want anything longer, I'd have a look at Dostoevsky - The Brother's Karamazov or Crime and Punishment.

    I've far from read much though, others will be able to tell you much more.
    I read Animal Farm a while ago after reading 1984 but I got broed near the end and didn't read all of it, didn't imagine there be anything tear worthy in it though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitfires_Fan View Post
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is a very good read - nothing like any of the weighty classics mentioned earlier in the thread but very entertaining and cleverly written.
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    Yeh I've read that, pretty good book.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudeep View Post
    I would think all Artemis Fowl books should be good. I've only read two so far, but they're pretty awesome. Of course, you need to like the genre.
    I've read the first few of those, pretty decent reads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Majin View Post
    Battle Royale is a fantastic book if you can get ahold of an English copy. But it is ridiculously depressing.
    I was meaning to get a copy of that after watching the film, I think i'l probably buy it if I can find one.

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions everyone, I'm definitely going to check most of them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365 View Post
    I read Animal Farm a while ago after reading 1984 but I got broed near the end and didn't read all of it, didn't imagine there be anything tear worthy in it though.
    The finale is quite heartbreaking, provided you've developed any empathy for the characters.

    Recommending books is tricky anyway, depends on what genres appeal to you the most. Since a lot of people have suggested science fiction/fantasy so far, I'd definitely suggest Dune. The greatest science fiction novel ever written, IMO.
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