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post #361 of 527

So many recommendations.

 

One that's under-read, IMO, is Shot in the Heart (not pulpy at all).

 

JM - definitely re-read Watchmen. Definitely.

post #362 of 527
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any recommendation for some page turners that are not borderline pulp (i.e. da vinci code)?


The Terror by Dan Simmons. Historical fictional account of the (extreeeemely) ill-fated Franklin expedition to find the northwest passage.

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The Terror by Dan Simmons. Historical fictional account of the (extreeeemely) ill-fated Franklin expedition to find the northwest passage.

I see this recommended everywhere, but never got the urge to get it due to its length and I don't dig adventure/escapade-y settings, but just now I thought why not biggrin.gif
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So many recommendations.

One that's under-read, IMO, is Shot in the Heart (not pulpy at all).

I should've mentioned I prefer fiction for page turners, but thanks anyway.
post #364 of 527

I'd suggest Cormac McCarthy, but that's pretty damned pulp if you're talking about sheer ultraviolence.

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I was gonna recommend McCarthy too. Mainly The Road, couldn't put that one down. Or Wikie Collins' The Lady in White or The Moonstone if you want some 1800s page turner goodness that doesn't make you feel dirty/stupider for having read it.
post #366 of 527

I got through the first half of this in one sitting (haven't finished it) - http://www.amazon.com/Let-Great-World-Spin-Novel/dp/0812973992

 

I guess that means it's a page-turner?

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I'd suggest Cormac McCarthy, but that's pretty damned pulp if you're talking about sheer ultraviolence.
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I was gonna recommend McCarthy too. Mainly The Road, couldn't put that one down. Or Wikie Collins' The Lady in White or The Moonstone if you want some 1800s page turner goodness that doesn't make you feel dirty/stupider for having read it.

Whoa, that's one of the most boring books I've ever read. Didn't even last 100 pages IIRC. Interested to read his Blood Meridian though.
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I got through the first half of this in one sitting (haven't finished it) - http://www.amazon.com/Let-Great-World-Spin-Novel/dp/0812973992

I guess that means it's a page-turner?

Reading the description, I don't think it's a "traditional" page turner, but I don't know, depends of your definition of page turner.
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I just picked up Don Wilson's Savages, recently adapted by Oliver Stone. I think it qualifies as a page turner. I don't normally go for genre stuff, but flipping through, I happened to notice the prose in this one is so ultra-condensed, it looks like someone took a steamer to the novel and lifted out absolutely everything that wasn't essential (along with a hefty portion of what was). The result is pretty interesting, even from a snobby literary standpoint, I think. Though hard to tell from the Amazon preview, a lot of its sections are merely a quarter to a half page long, paragraphs diminished to a single line. The reviews say he aims for a new and singular style with every book. Fun stuff.
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Whoa, that's one of the most boring books I've ever read. Didn't even last 100 pages IIRC. Interested to read his Blood Meridian though.

Can't agree at all that McCarthy is boring, but what exactly are you looking for? Can you give us a similar author to what you're wanting?
post #370 of 527

Name of the Wind.

 

If you can put that book down you've got more willpower than me. Or just a less developed enjoyment of fantasy.

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Can't agree at all that McCarthy is boring, but what exactly are you looking for? Can you give us a similar author to what you're wanting?

I haven't read a good page turner since my Stephen king days back in high school. Since then I mostly read "real" books. Now that i have shorter attention span I'm looking for something that I can read quickly, but I'm not sure if Stephen king will still do the job.
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Name of the Wind.

If you can put that book down you've got more willpower than me. Or just a less developed enjoyment of fantasy.

Hmmm the quotes don't inspire confidence in me. Sounds like a self-healing book, no?? http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2502879-the-name-of-the-wind

By the way, I decided to read survivor by palahniuk. This is my first book of him that I read. I don't know about it being a page turner or not actually.
post #372 of 527

@dan138zig  Ever been big into short fiction?

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@dan138zig
  Ever been big into short fiction?

Not really. It's hard to get invested in those kind of things. Or maybe I just haven't looked deep enough. I love flash fiction though.
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I haven't read a good page turner since my Stephen king days back in high school. Since then I mostly read "real" books. Now that i have shorter attention span I'm looking for something that I can read quickly, but I'm not sure if Stephen king will still do the job.

These are good.

Alternatively, go to your local bookstore, go the mystery section, and pick up the most interesting books with Scandinavian authors.
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Not really. It's hard to get invested in those kind of things. Or maybe I just haven't looked deep enough. I love flash fiction though.


For a very long time, short stories were seen as the artistic side of prose, and novels were considered fluff. Grapes of Wrath is a good example where most of the character-driven chapters are just disguised short fiction and can be read independently. If you've never read Junot Diaz he'd be a good place to start for some newer stuff. His pulitzer winning novel is a good place to start...

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