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    In the last three years I have read:

    Don Quixote
    Jekyll and Hyde
    Picture of Dorien Gray
    Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
    W.G. Grace (Simon Rae)

    currently reading: The Count of Monte Cristo (going to take a while for me to get through that one, currently on page 130 or thereabouts).

    I rate Don Quixote as the best book I have finished so far, but it lags a bit at times and is fairly long-winded. Dorien Gray runs it very close. Count of Monte Cristo may take the no.1 spot by the time I have finished it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    In the last three years I have read:

    Don Quixote
    Jekyll and Hyde
    Picture of Dorien Gray
    Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
    W.G. Grace (Simon Rae)

    currently reading: The Count of Monte Cristo (going to take a while for me to get through that one, currently on page 130 or thereabouts).

    I rate Don Quixote as the best book I have finished so far, but it lags a bit at times and is fairly long-winded. Dorien Gray runs it very close. Count of Monte Cristo may take the no.1 spot by the time I have finished it.
    Thought Jekyll and Hyde was atrociously written tbh.

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    Haven't read much recently... speding 8 AM to 10 PM in office kinda takes its toll...


    But amongst the ones I have read, my favourite classic is Oliver Twist.

    Among the new ones, I felt Marker by Robin Cook was quite excellent. I am into biotech as such and I am not exactly well informed on how much of what he says is possible and what isn't, but given how specific he tends to be, I like to think that a lot of what he says is possible, if perhaps not probable and I do like his characterizations and the way he keeps building them without changing their basic nature. And of course, most of his books are always gripping to the end....

    I also enjoyed Daddy by Loup Durano. It is an old book, set in the second world war times, and it is not exactly realistic, but it was emotional and gripping and I kinda like books of that genre. And as far as keeping up the tempo is concerned, it HAS to be one of the best ever, the pace almost never drops throughout the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Thought Jekyll and Hyde was atrociously written tbh.
    How so?

    I have read Oliver Twist and Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, 'Two Cities' being by far the better read.

    Anyone read Skakespeare?
    I read 'Romeo and Juliet' (surprise surprise) and 'Othello' in high school
    and in my own time I have read Hamlet, King Lear, Richard III, and MacBeth. MacBeth is my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    How so?

    I have read Oliver Twist and Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, 'Two Cities' being by far the better read.

    Anyone read Skakespeare?
    I read 'Romeo and Juliet' (surprise surprise) and 'Othello' in high school
    and in my own time I have read Hamlet, King Lear, Richard III, and MacBeth. MacBeth is my favourite.
    Love Shakespare. I just found the way Jekyll and Hyde was written so tedious, the story really excites and early on it drags on for so very long, an old interesting tale but not something I'd recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    In the last three years I have read:

    Don Quixote
    Jekyll and Hyde
    Picture of Dorien Gray
    Tale of the Bamboo Cutter
    W.G. Grace (Simon Rae)

    currently reading: The Count of Monte Cristo (going to take a while for me to get through that one, currently on page 130 or thereabouts).

    I rate Don Quixote as the best book I have finished so far, but it lags a bit at times and is fairly long-winded. Dorien Gray runs it very close. Count of Monte Cristo may take the no.1 spot by the time I have finished it.
    Fancy reading Don Quixote meself. Jekyll and Hyde was good, not amazing. Dorian Gray got hard to read, Wilde started going off into his own planet. Started off great, but gave up just after he'd locked the painting away.

    The Count of Monte Cristo WILL be your favourite book, its absolutely amazing. If you've seen the film (with Guy Pierce and that Jesus fella), its absolutely nothing like it, its about 10 billion times better.

    Want to reread it myself, but i've misplaced my copy (think it's in my car somewhere), so re-reading The Three Musketeers (Dumas = amazing writer)
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    how about matthew reillys six sacred stones??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post


    If, at gunpoint, I was forced to pick one, I'd probably go Thief of Time.
    Just finished rereading it, always good value for money.

    Currently making my way through Pratchett's Making Money, and Wilbur Smith's The Seventh Scroll. River God by Smith was really good, although did take me quite a while to make my way through, surprisingly. Really enjoyed Jennifer Fallon's latest series so far, just waiting for the next one to come out. Always waiting, waiting, waiting.
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