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not one of the usual suspects (vonnegut, pynchon, mccarthy etc)
Massive po-mo novel full of sex, road trips, confused narratives and poetry alongside heavy philosophising.
EIther that or a bit of true crime. Excellent Cadavers by Alexander Stille is the book Gomorrah wishes it was. Real page turner about how Italy's war on the Mafia in the late eighties and early nineties.
Emmanuel Carrere - Class Trip: Brilliantly characterised thriller about a boy away on a school ski trip
Anna Kavan - Ice: Surreal, hallucinatory story set in a world being engulfed by ice
Antal Szerb - Journey By Moonlight: Neglected masterpiece
http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Love-Nicole-Krauss/dp/0141019972/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258220725&sr=8-1 (don't be put off by the sappy title and the richard and judy endorsement its the best book ever)
this is pretty good http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jesus-Son-Denis-Johnson/dp/315009092X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258220814&sr=1-1
so is this http://www.amazon.co.uk/If-Nobody-Speaks-Remarkable-Things/dp/0747561575/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258220889&sr=1-1
I'll try get it from the library.
Mobius Dick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobius_Dick
or Mr Mee:
Elderly Scottish bookworm Mr Mee searches the Internet for the legendary Rosier's Encyclopaedia which supposedly outlines an 18th-century quantum theory. Instead he enters a strange new world of cyber-hoaxers and online pornography. Meanwhile university lecturer Dr Petrie, an expert on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, recounts his infatuation with one of his own students. And in the third strand of this unique comedy of ideas, Rousseau's Laurel-and-Hardy-like neighbours Ferrand and Minard hold the key to Rosier's Encyclopaedia, Rousseau's madness, and Mr Mee himself.
or anything by Magnus Mills
Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates not been able to put it down so far!!
John peel- Margrave of the Marshes so so good. I read it twice it was that good!!
there's one bit in it which is one of the best pieces of writing i've ever read
Yep it's so so good. Could be the best book i have read. Picked at up at Fopp C. Garden for £2!! :-)
if you like it there's millions, I still haven't got through them all! Amazingly well written stories of middle class ordinary people living ordinary lives in Baltimore. Not very much like The Wire.
that was great. Anne Tyler's awesome.
Ladder of Years is my favourite, reading The Accidental Tourist at the moment.
Michael J Fox - Lucky Man
One Shot and The Hard Way are particularly good imo
By David Foster Wallace... every literature fiend I know says it's the best book of our generation. I've only got a few chapters deep and it's good.
Killing Floor, Die Trying and Persuader are all good as well.
The only one I don't really rate is Echo Burning (still better than a good deal of similar stuff out there though, of course) I reckon all of the latest ones are ROCK SOLID. The Enemy (flashback to his MP days); Bad Luck and Trouble (special investigators reunited); Nothing to Lose (the two towns one, Hope and Despair); and Gone Tomorrow (terrorists!).
He's really hitting his stride now.
I definitely want to be Jack Reacher when I grow up.
Didn't mind Echo Burning; the only really shit one is The Visitor (Running Blind) that was boring and the plot was so stupid. Also, hardly any violence. Really enjoyed Bad Luck and Trouble and The Enemy. Nothing to Lose was ok, but too much back and forth between the towns. Haven't read Gone Tomorrow yet, it's next on my list. Trip Wire was good, if a bit creepy with the hook-hand guy.
Apparently they're doing a film of One Shot, be interesting to see who they pick to be Jack.
Right fucker to cast that one, huh?
Have you read any Richard Stark's Parker books? He's essentially a proto-Reacher. But he's a crook. Absolutely superb. Get on it immediately if you haven't.
They had Mel Gibson as Parker (pretty much) in that film Payback. So I guess anything is possible in Hollywoodland.
and every so often he'll suggest an actor and say "do you think he'd make a good Reacher?" His last suggestion was Jason Statham. :D
Not heard of Richard Stark, but I'll certainly check his stuff out!
Yeah, do it.
I don't want to big it up too much but the books vaguely put me in mind of a really drunk Elmore Leonard. Got that cool US 60's sort of vibe but less refined.
The very few I've seen in Waterstones are pretty pricey mind. If you get stuck, drop me a PM and I can lend you my (really badly proof-read) omnibus edition.
all paperbacks, around 4-5 quid! Which one do you recommend?
I just looked up one of the editions I've got: Used - Acceptable £162.15. WTF? I picked it up 10 years ago in an HMV sale on a punt for £3! Taking the piss much?
The second volume is Currently Unavailable.
Yeah, so of the six books I've read, they're all gold. Can't go wrong.
Also, on a sad note, the author died last year. I didn't know that.
£162??? Madness. Still, you could make big bucks if you decide to flog it! :D
I didn't get to meet him
I hate that. I had Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright turn up at my work when I was out of the office a few years back. Right pisser. Everyone knew I was well into Spaced. Didn't think to call me. Oh well.
like when i was manning the call centre and missed out on Chris Ryan
he probably would have killed you with canteen cutlery.
(Not mitchell and webb David Mitchell, a different one)
My favourite book of all time ever.
Basically some stories that don't seem connected at first, but it all comes together and is AMAZING.
Also, The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker. A novel about a man's lunch break, but it's so much more than that, the reveries he goes into are wonderfully written
or anything by jeanette winterson.
or for something more lighthearted and geeky: king dork by frank portman.
kinda of a cross between a crime novel and a guide to contemporary literature I think judging from some of the reviews some people find all the description/referencing a little tiresome but I actually think it makes the book more endearing if anything.
A genuinely excellent "post 9/11" novel. Read it all in one go, it'll only take a few hours.