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Old 12th Jan 2006, 8:23   #11
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Yes, please, to both of those: Jerkass and Allie will be interested in the MacDonald as well.
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I'd go for A Suitable Boy too actually, as I've got it!
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If A Suitable Boy gets chosen I am pulling the plug on Palimpsest forever.
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Seriously, if people want to read A Suitable Boy, it could be a 'year-long read' akin to HP's Ulysses-fest or the Cervantes hopefuls, and not tied in to the Book Group as such.
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Accepted, Col; I would read it, but it's a community thang, right? You're safe Wavid, don't worry. My nominations stand at the Turgenev and the MacDonald.
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Rather than nominate another SF book, I thought I'd suggest a Napoleonic naval adventure (a sort of grown-up Hornblower) by Patrick O'Brian - Master and Commander the first in the Aubrey - Maturin series (and which isn't the same plot as the movie of the same name) or The Ionian Mission, which can be read pretty well alone, and may be more representative of the oeuvre.
ADDICTION WARNING: Reading any one of these books may involve you in reading another 20 or so Patrick O'Brians.
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I'd like an excuse to try the O'Brians, so that would sit favourably with me; the first in a series so much the better.
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I might even join in with an O'Brian.
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I'll second everything everyone's said--particularly Amner's, though. So his, I second-and-a-half.
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How many recommendations can one make? Let me put forward the following:

Philip K Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - a bit of sci fi for us all, supposedly one of his best. I've read it many years ago and recall being highly impressed but can't remember anything about it. This also enables me to hold to my book buying embargo.

Amanda Prantera, Spoiler- as I'm keen to explore more of this author I praised in a new thread this week, and this is her most recent novel so it should be easy to get hold of. It's also been called "The Da Vinci Code for grown-ups" so it could be an interesting comparison for those who have sailed that particular leaky vessel...
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