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shrimp


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I am an avid reader but recently have been let down with the books I have read, can anyone recommend a good read?..... I enjoyed Girl with a dragon tattoo, Small Island, kyte runner just to give you an idea of the sort of books I like.......what was your favourite read???



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or even gratefully ....................



Groucho



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Birds without wings - Louis de Bernieres

A thousand splendid suns - Khaled Hosseini



Really like Michael Connelly & Ken Follet's works that I've been reading recently



shrimp


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read both of those Groucho, and Michael connelly is not by cuppa tea even though we have all his books I think as my husband is no one fan....thanks anyway, any other ideas???



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The Flying Carpetbagger by Captain Eisenhower,

Driving Over Melons by Chris Stewart the original Genesis drummer...



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Any Wilbur Smith book , start with When The Lion Feeds .



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Agent Zig Zig a true story of the British double agent in world war two he was in prison in the channel islands when the Germans landed and became a German agent parachuted into Britain and was then sent back by the British to Germany to work for the British

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Chapman

A short history of tractors in the Ukraine absolutely hilarious true story told by an immigrant daughter about her 80 year old father who falls in love with a 40 year old Ukrainian

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Lewycka

Enjoy I did



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Whatever happens to be on the second hand book stall. At 2 lira a pop, it's worth the risk.



Lilli



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Hi Shrimp. A Thousand Speldid Suns and the kite runner were my all time favourites . I read anything from James Patterson that I can get my haands on.



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Hi Shrimp,



My husband and I read all the books mentioned plus John Connelly, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Graham Hurley, James Patterson, Andrew Gross, David Baldacci, Mark Billingham, Robert Crais, Jeffrey Deaver, Nelson Demille, Karin Slaughter, Karen Rose etc etc , the list is too long to continue.



We buy the majority of our books in UK, pay ridiculous amounts of excess baggage to carry 40+ books in our luggage, then once read by us I go to the to Carpenters Friday Market to sell them but only on the first friday of the month (prior to Carpenters I went to Pegasus for 6 years)



Books are one price '4tl' whatever size they are and an awful lot of them are nearly new.



I can't guarantee to have all those authors every month, it just depends on how many books we read in a month but I always have some plus authors you will never have heard of.



Please come and visit me on the 4th March.



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Hi Shrimp



I see that you have read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and assume that you have read the rest of the Millenium trilogy - if not, they are a must. I read then back to back and couldn't put them down.



Regards



Paul



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If you like a bit of history mixed in with your fiction - anything by Robert Harris (Pompeii, Imperium, Archangel, etc), Guernica by Dave Boling, Kate Mosse books (Winter Ghosts, Sepulchre, Labyrinth), Timeline by Michael Crichton. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani ( http://bestsellers.about.com/od/fictionreviews/gr/blood_flowers.htm).

Mrs G



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The Bookseller of Kabul and 101 Days (Asne Seiierstad) are both very good if you enjoyed Kite Runner. The Island (Victoria Hislop), The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield). I enjoyed The Time Travellers Wife (Audrey Neifenegger). Hope you find something that you enjoy out of the recommendations on this thread, nothing like a really good book.



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Scoobydoo, we used to buy a lot of books in the UK too; but now we both have Kindle readers from Amazon, we no longer have to pay excess baggage on books and downloading is easy. Thousands of books available at the touch of a button.



I was sceptical at first when hubby bought his as I like to feel a book, but with the kindle cover on it feels just like a book. So much so that I purchased one for myself.



wanderer


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Also try the Ozankoy bookshop



Groucho



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The Caves of Perigord - Martin Walker



We both loved this book... particularly good if you know the region of France it's set in, if not, it's still a ripping good yarn.



japeal



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E-book readers well worth it, I only started a few months ago, but now have in excess of 600 on my machine. James Patterson x 63 Martina Cole x 8 Stephen King x 35 Dean Koontz x 70+ Patricia Cornwell x 20+ Plus books by Alex Kava/Val McDermid/Jodi Picoult/John Sandford and many more. Bought a lot on ebay, someone sells cds of 3 authors for 4, one Cd had over 150 on it. I know you can download for free but can take time for 4 well worth it.



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Ha ha ha Blackbird, is that what happens when you use a Kindle?



Msg 5 Are you sure it wasn't lemons being driven over?



numbers


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Reading "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak at the moment and can highly recommend that.

Also recommend James Patterson, David Baldacci, Karen Slaughter and Linwood Barclay and a book i happened across by chance called "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls.

Have all my books delivered to Cyprus free of charge from http://www.thebookdepository.co.uk



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No suggestions I read far too little these days unless in Lapta but it's so nice to read a civilised thread



kavenkoy


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japeal



bought a disc with 10000 books on it between a group of us ,lol

8 the lot and hold it all in my book flood library ,most authors .



i have full collections of authors and will never have to buy a book ever again lol



reading new michael connelly at moment ,it was 11 in tesco ,but all inclusive on the disc.



ebay ,ah you can beat it lol



kav



japeal



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kav good value, even expensive ebook-reader at 250 + 8 for 10000 massive bargain, lets say ave paperback at 6 x 10000 = 60k. Also good advantage, of saving hell of a lot of space in house you do not need book cases galore!



shrimp


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Thank you everyone for your input, now I am spoilt for choice......numbers, loved the book thief, The caves of perigord sounds just up my street as I love France Groucho, The Bookseller and The island, both brilliant Tinkie, am reading The Slap at the moment, has anyone else read it yet, supposed to be the "it" book of the moment, although rather contraversial..........



Lilli



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Shrimp i loved the Island read it 3 times, who is The Slap by please, i have loved reading this post as now i want so many more books x



Zoots


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Msg 5



"The Flying Carpetbagger by Captain Eisenhower"



Is there a TRNC link to that one?



Blackbird



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Don't know Zoots - I bough my copy off ebay



Blackbird



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Re message 18....whoops yes you are right Groucho....



Zoots


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Orham Pamuk and Yaser Kemal are two of the greatest Turkish writers of all time. No surprise the Turkish deep state wanted to get rid of both of these guys. If you want to get inside the Turkish mindset and have a cracking read get these authors' books. Readily available in English.



http://www.orhanpamuk.net/books.aspx



http://dannyreviews.com/h/Salman_Solitary.html



shrimp


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Lilli, the slap is by Christos Tsiolkas.(australian).. it has very good reviews, although rather shocking.....re a minor domestic incident involving an unruly three year old child who is slapped by a guest (not his son)at a BBQ but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witness it.....looks to be a good read!



Lilli



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Have to look out for that one, thanks love. Shrimp i was here in 56 also but army xxxx



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The Alienist - Caleb Carr



shrimp


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Lilli, have emailed you.....



Woodspeckie


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Martina Cole's New Book Shop opens tomorrow near Lemar in Karakum.



matty


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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Any book by Chris Kuzneski they are all good



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Panchocat (msg 14)



You are 100% right and when I go to UK in a few months an e-reader is exactly what I am going to buy. As I need 2 (one for me and one for him indoors) I thought I would buy 1 kindle and 1 sony reader, that way we get the best of both worlds because the sony will allow me to download books for free from Essex libraries.



Also I am fed up of paying all the excess baggage!



I recently read a book called 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', I loved it. It took a few chapters to get into and it opened my eyes a little of how easily people can be influenced by their surroundings.



Sorry but I cannot remember the author but if it springs to mind I will come back on here.



Jeannie


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Author is Mohsin Hamid



TopTen


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Anything by Karen Slaughter



scoobydoo


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Thanks Jeannie, that's the one!



I was unsure of the way it was written at first but soon got into it and couldn't put it down.



mahdel


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One of the best books I've read in the past few years is called A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz. Epic, engaging and hilarious.



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Try author Barbara Nadel - writes mystery/detective stories set in Istanbul so these have a local flavour. Very well written and each one very different.



Blackie


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If you like detective stories try John Connelly's Charlie Parker series with a hint of the supernatural they are engrosing and a bit nasty.



If you like a good Non Fiction read try Geffrey Deevers D Day about the allied landings in Normandy. At the end you will draw the conclusion that the Germans weren't all bad although they mostly were and the allies weren't all good and the French suffered terribly



Jeannie


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Would like to say that I've found this thread very useful. I read a lot and it's nice to get recommendations 'straight from the horse's mouth" (so to speak).



I'm definitely going to order "The Slap" for my son who lives in Australia. Books are extremely expensive to buy there, although he does get a lot from Amazon.



Thanks, all



shrimp


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Jeannie, I am reading this now, cant put it down, it would appeal to both male and female readers I think.....it is a thick book too so will keep me quiet for a while!!



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