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Old 10-12-2018, 09:36 AM
Busy Scissors Busy Scissors is offline
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Originally Posted by Mahaloth View Post
Ah, the series I'm too intimidated to begin. I wonder how well acted out the audio books are. I keep trying to convince myself to read them, but I am too intimidated. I heard you need to take notes on who is who and what is going on in order to follow it.

I don't know if I have that in me.
He has an easy, digestible style but it's true there is a lot going on - I actually picked them up just as the last one was published so read them all straight through, so it wasn't a problem, but prob most people would prefer not to do this.

The first book is a real gatekeeper-type of novel - seems to be a strong love / hate response to it. He doesn't spend much time framing or building the story, just throws you into it. I think if you read that you'd likely either never read him again or get stuck into all ten.
Old 10-12-2018, 10:04 AM
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Another great series (which I'm halfway through) is Naomi Novik's Temeraire series.
Old 10-12-2018, 11:35 AM
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The Hitman/Keller series by Lawrence Block
Fletch series by Greg McDonald
Kingkiller Series by Patrick Rothfuss
Twenty Palaces by Harry Connolly
Jumpers by Stephen Gould

Honorable Mentions:

Wearing the Cape by Marion Harmon
Travelers Gate series by Will Wight
Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne (though the final book leaves a sour taste)
Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Grimnoir Trilogy by Larry Correia (another trilogy pending!)
Old 10-12-2018, 01:21 PM
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There's no hiding where my tastes lie (at least recently):

Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie)
Inspector Alleyn (Ngaio Marsh)
Inspector Grant (Josephine Tey)
Inspector Wexford (Ruth Rendell)

And two more:
Inspector Banks (Peter Robinson)
Inspector Diamond (Peter Lovesey)
Old 10-12-2018, 04:21 PM
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I forgot to add the EarthSea works by Ursula LeGuin, although it weakens a little at the end. Basically invented the young man at the school of wizards genre.
Old 10-12-2018, 11:01 PM
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These are the most literate mystery series that I have read:

DCI Wexford series, by Ruth Rendell. A nice long series, which takes him into retirement.

Slow Horses series, by Mick Herron. Actually British spies, but it fits into this by story content. Only 4 books so far, but he's still writing. Also check out his other books.

David Loogan series by Harry Dolan. Only 3 so far, but he's still writing.

Ed Loy series by Declan Hughes. Set in Dublin, contemporary.

Quirke series, by Benjamin Black. Set in Dublin in the 50s.

And less literate but still very enjoyable:

Bryant and May (or Peculiar Crimes Unit) series by Christopher Fowler. Very old men. Think Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart as the main characters. Gets a bit repetitive though.

Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. Post WWI detective with shell shock.
Old 10-13-2018, 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by hogarth View Post
La Comédie humaine, by Honore Balzac
Les Rougon-Macquart, by Emile Zola
The Chronicles of Barchester, by Anthony Trollope
Vanity Fair (and its prequels/sequels), by William Makepeace Thackeray
I've only read Zola but Balzac is next on my to do list.

And I put The Malazan Book of the Fallen right up there with Zola.
Old 10-13-2018, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Omar Little View Post
2. Jack Reacher - Lee Child
Or the original version, Conan, by Robert E Howard. There are worthy late additions to the series by John Maddox Roberts, Robert Jordan, and a couple others, and also some pretty bad ones by several others.
Old 10-13-2018, 07:10 AM
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Terry Pratchett, Discworld
Patrick O'Brian, Aubrey/Maturin
Walter Mosley, Easy Rawlins
Robert Crais, Elvis Cole/Joe Pike
George Pelecanos, D.C. Quartet


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