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    Ulysses is one of my all-time favourite two or...

    Ulysses is one of my all-time favourite two or three books. I agree entirely that Bloom and Dedalus are two of the most fascinating characters in fiction - I often find myself thinking about them and...
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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Jack Vance...

    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Jack Vance yet. He was quite prolific from the 50's to the 80's (I say was - he's still alive, but not actively writing) and nearly everything he wrote is a class...
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    I love Joyce's other novels/stories (especially...

    I love Joyce's other novels/stories (especially 'Ulysses'), but only made it about 1/4 of the way through 'Finnegans Wake' (though I did finish 'A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake').

    Interesting...
  4. I read this a few years ago and loved it. A UK...

    I read this a few years ago and loved it. A UK publisher brought out a collection of his short fiction (entitled 'Dark Benedictions' IIRC) not long after I read Canticle, so I got that and read it....
  5. I found the comments from Joyce concerning...

    I found the comments from Joyce concerning quotation marks - he found them "most unsightly", "an eyesore" and said that they give "an impression of unreality".

    It's worth mentioning that, when...
  6. I believe Irvine Welsh also does without...

    I believe Irvine Welsh also does without quotation marks, though I've not read any of his work...

    As for McCarthy... the first of his that I read was 'Blood Meridian', which I loved (it remains...
  7. I've literally just finished reading 'Ulysses'...

    I've literally just finished reading 'Ulysses' for the first time, and am now reading 'The New Bloomsday Book' by Harry Blamires to see what I missed!

    I found 'The Oxen of the Sun' very hard...
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    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned either Jack...

    I'm surprised no-one has mentioned either Jack Vance's 'Dying Earth' novels or Gene Wolfe's 'Book of the New Sun'. These are probably my two favourite works of SF, but both also contain many fantasy...
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    I don't have much to add to the discussion, other...

    I don't have much to add to the discussion, other than to say that I really like Malory. I asked a question some time ago on this board, but got no answers - does anyone know if there is (or has ever...
  10. I absolutely hate to give up on any book (it...

    I absolutely hate to give up on any book (it feels like a defeat in some way), and have slogged my way through all sorts of things over the years. Two especially difficult reads that spring to mind...
  11. If you read any of the old Arthurian classics...

    If you read any of the old Arthurian classics (Parzival, Le Morte D'Arthur, etc) you'll find that the knights in those are always crying/weeping too, not to mention embracing and kissing.

    These...
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    Another vote for 'Lord of the Flies'. I'm sure...

    Another vote for 'Lord of the Flies'. I'm sure that forcing school children to read this is partly responsible for putting so many of them off reading in later life!

    I'm probably going to upset...
  13. I read 'Foucault's Pendulum' first (some years...

    I read 'Foucault's Pendulum' first (some years ago), then 'The Name of the Rose' a few months later. I really liked FP a great deal, though I remember there were some annoyingly pretentious passages...
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    Great! Thanks a lot for the recommendations (and...

    Great! Thanks a lot for the recommendations (and yes, I was mainly thinking of 19th century authors). I'll admit I was a little put off Turgenev because of Dostoevsky's attitude towards him, and...
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    I've read pretty much everything Dostoevsky wrote...

    I've read pretty much everything Dostoevsky wrote over the last couple of years, and would definitely say that 'Crime & Punishment' is the best book to start off with. It's somehow easier reading...
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    I read this earlier this year (the Grossman...

    I read this earlier this year (the Grossman version) having had it sitting on a shelf for some time. I must admit, the sheer size of it intimidated me a bit, but once I started it I found it...
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    Stavrogin

    Does anyone else feel that the character of Stavrogin was less well fleshed out than the other major characters in the novel? After the first book, it seemed like he was going to be the main...
  18. Nabokov - which one should I read next?!

    So far I've read:

    Pale Fire - loved it
    Lolita - liked it a lot
    Despair - quite liked it
    Pnin - wasn't too sure about this one, though it often seems to be ranked as one of his best...

    I like...
  19. If you like SF, Gene Wolfe's 'The Island of Dr...

    If you like SF, Gene Wolfe's 'The Island of Dr Death and Other Stories and Other Stories' is probably the best single author short story collection I've ever read. I'd also echo the recommendation...
  20. Le Morte D'Arthur - Winchester Manuscript

    Does anyone know whether there is an unabridged edition of this available anywhere? I read and enjoyed the Caxton version some years ago and was thinking about reading the Winchester version this...
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    Sticky: Hello everyone, another newbie here. I'm an avid...

    Hello everyone, another newbie here. I'm an avid reader of 'quality' SF (favourite authors: Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, John Crowley, M John Harrison, Jeff Vandermeer, etc) and classic literature...
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