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So, tell me of some good books? Books that construct worlds of their own (or tilt ours into being something rather different), are well-written, and have a gripping plot. Subtle romance is in, sci-fi is in, chick-lit/new age/detective stories are out, fantasy would need to be non-generic. What have you read lately that has left you... actually, that has *not* left you? I need to snap out of other fictional worlds that have been pulling me in.


[Update] What? Nobody fascinated by anything lately? You guys!

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queyntefantasye
Dec. 10th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Have you ever read Neal Stephenson or Peter Watts?
be_unafraid
Dec. 10th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Stephenson I've read, though not all; Peter Watts... I was going to read "Blindsight" at some point, didn't yet. I gather it's worth it?
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mme_n_b
Dec. 10th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Renault, The Charioteer - very subtle romance.
You probably have Gaiman and Fforde on your list already.
Chabon - Summerland. And I say this despite disliking baseball.
be_unafraid
Dec. 10th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Fforde wasn't on my list, actually :) The Chabon recommendation also makes me curious. I've read and liked some of the stories in Manhood for Amateurs.
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icedrake
Dec. 10th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Look, I wasn't at the computer, OK?!

Now, where to start...

How specific do you want? Author names or specific books? Detailed discussions?
be_unafraid
Dec. 10th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
:D

Specific books would be neat. Detailed discussions are not necessary, I do like a good surprise :)
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psicheya
Dec. 10th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I just finished "the Goldfinch" http://www.amazon.com/The-Goldfinch-Donna-Tartt/dp/0316055433
It's like Dickens on drugs, with some art history mixed in. Impossible to put down.
be_unafraid
Dec. 11th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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ikadell
Dec. 10th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
Well, I'm rather a fan of Anathem. А так перечти Умерто Эко, кроме Пражского кладбища. Затягивает.

Edited at 2013-12-10 05:15 am (UTC)
be_unafraid
Dec. 11th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
О. Спасибо!
ecreet
Dec. 10th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
На всякий случай: а я уже рекламировала тебе это? А то вдруг еще не.
be_unafraid
Dec. 11th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Hmm. I believe you did, but now that I look at the descriptions again, I am starting to feel that it very much fits the mood. Thanks for the reminder!
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cs_girl
Dec. 10th, 2013 08:04 am (UTC)
А мне неожиданно Hunger Games понравились :) Начала читать, чтобы понять, о чем был первый фильм, и не смогла оторваться до третьей книги :))
be_unafraid
Dec. 11th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Cпасибо :)
А фильм тебе понравился? (Я не смотрела, если что)
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akusasik
Dec. 10th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
"The windup girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi
akusasik
Dec. 10th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Most everything else by Mieville
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akusasik
Mar. 12th, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
Quantum Thief. Oneoneone.
I can't get over how good it was.
be_unafraid
Mar. 15th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
Asked the local library to send it to me :)
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