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Recommendations - 12/7/2008 12:14:33 AM   
*emz6*


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Bascially i really dont read as much as i should, i lose interest halfway through most books i read which is terrible i know. Ive just purchased some Lehane books, the first couple in the Kenzie/Gennaro series. I saw Gone Baby, Gone, loved it and based on that im getting stuck into these books. Ive not really started them yet but i like his prose.

Anway, i was hoping some of you kind folk might have a few suggestions for me, seeing as i do really love books put dont really know where to start when it comes to buying the kind of thing i want. I would like a detective/police, crime, thriller type of book because they are usually page turners that will hold my attention. In a similar way to the Kenzie/Gennaro books i would ideally like the books to feature some sort of romance, well actually not necessarily romance but just some interesting characters/relationships. For some reason i think that i would better enjoy American works but thats because i find America an interesting place, but i would be interested if anyone had some suggestions by writers from anywhere else.

Thanks in advance, as i said i do love books but need a bit of guidance really to find the gems out there. Cause theres alot of dross!

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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 12:38:49 AM   
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Ill go out on a whim....

High Fidelity - ok not detective crime stuff, but it's got the heart and "romance" i think you're after - its not exactly romance, but relationship based - i whole heartedly recommend it.

Also - Maybe the Di Vinci Code - a real page turner - but it does go off on tangents quite a lot - if not that - ive been told by a number of trusted friends - that Dan Brown's Angels and Demons is a lot better than the Di Vinci Code.

I dont really read detective stuff, i want to get into Elroy though, but ive got tonnes to read before hand....

and as a wild card - Narnia Series, just finished The Last Battle, its a great series, i didnt read it as a kid, but i'm glad ive read them.


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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 1:47:29 AM   
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cheers, funny you mention Elroy because he is someone who im thinking about reading. cheers for the suggestions.

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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 2:11:30 AM   
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I've just finished Casino Royale by Ian Flemming (54 years late, yes but still ...), and its a very good read, even if it does go off on wild tangents about the exact settings or particular's of James Bond's breakfasts (SPOILER: scrambled eggs, orange juice, bacon/saussage and toast if you've wondered)



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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 3:12:58 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Sumintelligentguy

Ill go out on a whim....

High Fidelity - ok not detective crime stuff, but it's got the heart and "romance" i think you're after - its not exactly romance, but relationship based - i whole heartedly recommend it.

Also - Maybe the Di Vinci Code - a real page turner - but it does go off on tangents quite a lot - if not that - ive been told by a number of trusted friends - that Dan Brown's Angels and Demons is a lot better than the Di Vinci Code.

I dont really read detective stuff, i want to get into Elroy though, but ive got tonnes to read before hand....

and as a wild card - Narnia Series, just finished The Last Battle, its a great series, i didnt read it as a kid, but i'm glad ive read them.



I'd definitely recommend James Ellroy, I'd stat with this one
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dudley-Smith-Trio-L-Confidential/dp/0099406381/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215828633&sr=1-10

It contains LA Confidential which makes the film look like an episode of the famous five, the stories are really complex. The Black Dahlia is also very good and not as complicated.

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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 11:51:15 AM   
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How do you get from Lehane - who is a pretty good writer - to Dan Brown?

Most of the harder crime writers like Lehane, that I've read, don't really do the romance stuff in that way because the other character isn't so central.

You could try Lehane's fellow authors who help script The Wire - Richard Price and George Pelecanos. I'd second Ellroy, although some don't find him to their taste. I think if you're going for him it might be best to start at the beginning of the LA Quartet -Black Dahlia - don't worry, the film was kak, the book isn't - then onto The Big Nowhere before LA Confidential.

Personally I also like John Connolly's stuff.

For elements of the romance stuff you'd probably be looked at a lighter read like the PJ Tracy stuff.

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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 12:04:53 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: elab49

How do you get from Lehane - who is a pretty good writer - to Dan Brown?

Most of the harder crime writers like Lehane, that I've read, don't really do the romance stuff in that way because the other character isn't so central.

You could try Lehane's fellow authors who help script The Wire - Richard Price and George Pelecanos. I'd second Ellroy, although some don't find him to their taste. I think if you're going for him it might be best to start at the beginning of the LA Quartet -Black Dahlia - don't worry, the film was kak, the book isn't - then onto The Big Nowhere before LA Confidential.

Personally I also like John Connolly's stuff.

For elements of the romance stuff you'd probably be looked at a lighter read like the PJ Tracy stuff.


I'm not saying they are of similar writing ability - emz wanted a page turner and Dan Brown writes page turners, theres no denying it.


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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 4:50:09 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: *emz6*

I would like a detective/police, crime, thriller type of book because they are usually page turners that will hold my attention.  For some reason i think that i would better enjoy American works but thats because i find America an interesting place, but i would be interested if anyone had some suggestions by writers from anywhere else.



Probably going to get shot down by a number of the more cultured bookworms on here but I would recommend any Minette Walters or earlier Patricia Cornwell books.  Both write real page-turner crime thriller books; like you I have a low interest/attention span but these, almost always, retain my interest.

   

   

Just a few suggestions (usually include a bit of romance and definitely, interesting characters).

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RE: Recommendations - 12/7/2008 6:28:13 PM   
*emz6*


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Thanks for all these suggestions

I have to say im really looking forward to getting stuck into the Lehane books so hopefully they live up to my expectations. Theres alot of ideas now for what to check out after

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