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Liquid B
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I just finished reading 'Get Shorty' by Elmore Leonard, not bad. And now I'm looking for something new. Any suggestions or favourites?

Thanks in advance.
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Fairly open sort of a question!
What sort of books do you read?
I don't usually read fantasy novels, but I read the Belgariad by David Eddings (a series of 5 books). This takes a bit to get into, but if you can get hooked it is an amazing read.
I also love anything by Terry Pratchet.
The Ballantine series by Wilbur Smith is great reading.

All of these are fairly 'mainstream' books. Don't know if that is what you are after, but there you go.
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If you want to read something in the Elmore Leonard vein, you may want to try Carl Hiassen ("Stormy Weather", "Basket Case", "Striptease", etc.).

All funny and can keep you turning pages.
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"Carter Beats The Devil" by Glen David Gold
is a heck of a page turner. If you haven't read it yet, you are missing out on a great story with a wonderful magic storyline fron the 1920's. It is now out in paperback.
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Agreed on the Carter novel, M.

I've just finished reading Michael Marshall Smith's Only Forward. It took me two days and I work full-time.

Unputdownable, you might say. If you were illiterate, that is.

I cannot recommend MMS enough. Read all of his stuff. Now.

He has just published The Straw Men as Michael Marshall, which is more mainstream than his previous MMS output. This, also, is fabulous. Very Thomas Harris, only more readable. MMS has an utterly engaging style of writing. It's like having your best friend in the room with you telling you amazing tales.

I am not him, by the way.

Also recommended is anything by Iain Banks prior to A Song of Stone when he appears to have become possessed. If not by an evil entity, then certainly by someone who has lost his previous knack. James Morrow is also an innovative and unusual writer.

Enough, already! I'm sorry. I've answered a simple question by listing a tiny sample of my bookshelves. Most of the above is not mainstream content, so unless you're a bit warped and are prepared to be fascinated by the fantastic and boggled by the brilliant, avoid at all costs and settle down with a good Mills and Boon. If that's not an oxymoron.
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If you want a thought-provoking book, try "God's Debris" by Scott Adams - of Dilbert fame, although it's nothing to do with Dilbert at all.
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"A Painted House" by John Grisham. I purchased it on a Thursday night, started reading it Friday morning, and finished it Friday night!

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Shop Girl by Steve Martin (yes, THAT Steve Martin,) and Tuesdays With Morey Mitch Albom.
A direct from text adaptation : The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Starring Mickey Rooney in his final role.
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You can't go wrong on any Elmore Leonard title. I just love his books... "52 pickup" might be appropiate Smile To be honest, I liked "Get Shorty" the least. I would recommend reading "Bandits" and "Glitz." Those are great Leonard books.

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I would recommend reading "Bandits" and "Glitz" those are great Leonard books.

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A book that has long been my favorite is "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller. It is a hilarious story about an American Bomber Squadron in Italy near the end of World War II. The characters are outrageous! This is the only book that has even made me physically laugh out loud and break into hysterics. This book continues to sit on my desk, getting my attention when I have time to spare.

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I'd recommend anything by Nicholson Baker. If you've read none of his work, I'd start with his first, The Mezzanine. It's the story of a guy's trip up an escalator. That sounds dreadfully boring (at least to me it does), but it turns out to be truly fascinating.
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The best book I've had read was the Lord Of the Rings by Tolkien (the whole 3 volumes).
I read it long before the movie. I saw the movie in a whole new light.
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Most recent read..."A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe" by Gino Segre.

I'm now reading "Genetic Turning Points: the Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention" by James Peterson.

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Read the whole "Ender's Game" series. These are such great books. I think everyone should read them.

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I'm a horror fan, and I recently got into reading the "Necroscope" series by Brian Lumley. It has some very interesting ideas about God, the Universe, Death and after Death, as well as having just about every old school evil character: vampires, werewolves, bats and math. (As far as I'm concerned, the subject is a monster.) Oh, and I also read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crighton (the writer of the ever popular Jurassic Park trilogy).
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Anyone read Jim Swain's books, Grift Sense or Funny Money? Were they any good?
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A friend of mine tried to read "Grift Sense" but couldn't finish it. He didn't have too many nice things to say about the book.
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I second the recommendation to seek out more Elmore Leonard. City Primeval is great, as are Freaky Deaky, Pronto, Rum Punch, Maximum Bob, Bandits, Stick, Pagan Babies... etc, etc, etc. I LOVE Elmore Leonard - one of the greatest modern American writers.

If you want crime fiction with an edge I would also seek out George Pelecanos (Shame the Devil, King Suckerman, Hell to Pay, etc). James Hall writes great stories set in Florida and peopled by insane mobsters and Florida crackers (he's a better writer than Hiaasen) - check out Under Cover of Daylight.

Other great crime writers are Nick Tosches, Anthony Bourdain, Joseph Keonig (great but hard to find!) and James Lee Burke.

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