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Parasha: New New Book Suggestions

Alright, figured since I'm posting up the discussions anew, might as well throw a new post up for this stuff.

And I have suggestions of my own to kick things off as well:

Some unnamed Dick Francis book. Because they seem like they'd be for a very targeted audience but... then again, I'm not sure I've heard of anyone who's read Dick Francis who doesn't actually like him! I admit though this is also a bit of, um, moderator bias, so to speak. :p Anyhow, they're also usually pretty short/quick reads, and there's a short story collection in the mix as well. Just a thought.

Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock - Now, I didn't enjoy these books tremendously (in fact, I don't think I ever made it all the way through the series), but on the other hand they're some of the shortest novels I can think of offhand, and classics of the genre, and in a somewhat denser (to me anyhow) style that might reward the sort of close group reading that we're doing here.

Edited to add:

Some volume of Lucifer, which has the double things going for it of being a) a graphic novel (and non-Moore no less), and b) totally awesome. The downside is that I'm not sure how well any of the particular volumes would stand alone, although they are in fairly distinct arcs from what I remember.

Any thoughts on these, yay or nay, or even neutral?



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Jul. 14th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
For some reason, I would have been willing to swear up and down that you were one of the people that read and enjoyed Dick Francis. WTF, self?

On one hand they are sorta generic-thrillery (but with horses!), and yet... I don't know. I think it might just be that he is (to my mind) really good with creating enjoyable (although not necessarily nice) characters, and at just telling a story and sucking you in.

But that's me.

And yeah, the negatives with Lucifer are pretty much the ones I was thinking of, but again I don't know. And also don't remember enough of he first volume to say whether it'd be a good standalone for this (although I do at least remember some of the stuff that happened...)
Jul. 14th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
The Tales of the Otori. I'd love to do a coordinated re-read with people.

Jul. 15th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Oh, interesting. That always catches my eye every time I see it, but I haven't picked it up yet. I assume you liked it? If it were split into 3 chunks/week, how large would each be?
Jul. 16th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Read some of the Moorcock books, years ago.
I read all the Elric books, the Count Brass books and one more (Hawkmoon?) around 1990. I don't have any of them now, as they were lost/sold in various moves. Like you say, they're all quick reads and cheap thrills, based on Moorcock's Eternal Champion.
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