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Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #16
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:11 PM   #17
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I appreciate all the suggestions--and I'm jotting many of them down for the times I'm capable of making my own decisions--but keep in mind that my problem isn't finding things I'd like to read, but rather pulling the trigger on something I want to read right now.

The decision to read The Wind-up Bird Chronicle was already made for me; and I'm going to follow through on it.

So while I certainly don't mind if the suggestions continue, keep in mind that if I find myself in another "too many choices for me to make a decision" funk sometime in the future, we'll be right back to a "I'm reading the first thing someone posts that doesn't break the rules" scenario.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #18
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Great! Let us know what you think.
I was first thinking of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but since you said no series, and that one is supposedly part of series, I recommended the winner
Yeah, that one's better. WUBC went in one eye and out the other.

Unless he's written a sequel recently, HBW+EoW is not part of a series.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #19
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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks fits most of the criteria, I think. Just don't know if you've read it?
No good. Not available in the US. Well, not at your link.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #20
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Forget the rest and go for Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #21
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I poked round over at Many Books and found the book by E. Hamilton:
City at World's End
His wife was also a writer, Leigh Brackett. Apparently he didn't get the copyright extended or something and it fell into PD.
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Forget the rest and go for Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.
Read it not long after it was released in the U.S. and enjoyed it immensely, but thanks.
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Read it not long after it was released in the U.S. and enjoyed it immensely, but thanks.
I'm reading it and enjoying it so far. Guess I'll have to come up with another suggestion.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:15 PM   #24
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Guess I'll have to come up with another suggestion.
Actually, the mission has pretty much been accomplished already. That's what I was trying to explain: first title meeting the criteria ended the game. The choice was made for me. I bought it, downloaded it, and am now reading it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:56 AM   #25
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Unless he's written a sequel recently, HBW+EoW is not part of a series.
True, it's my wrong. It was Wild Sheep Chase that according to Goodreads is a part of Rat Series, though I remember reading it as a stand alone book.
I guess we'll have to wait and see if DiapDealer likes The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle he is already reading, than at some point he might consider Hard Boiled Wonderland as well.
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I read Kafka on the Shore not too long ago, it was quite... odd. Yet good, too. I'm not quite sure what genre it would be considered... it's definitely speculative fiction, though it doesn't really fall into what I consider fantasy and it's not science fiction or horror.
I think odd and good would fit into quirky condition
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:13 AM   #27
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No good. Not available in the US. Well, not at your link.
The link takes me straight to the Amazon.com Kindle edition page. Not sure what it does for you.

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Actually, the mission has pretty much been accomplished already. That's what I was trying to explain: first title meeting the criteria ended the game. The choice was made for me. I bought it, downloaded it, and am now reading it.
You've started something that will now be hard to stop .
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:02 AM   #28
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The link takes me straight to the Amazon.com Kindle edition page. Not sure what it does for you.
Takes me there too, but it's still not available using my US account.

It might be that logging into Amazon.com via my Australian account would give me a purchase link, as I think Iain Banks is more widely available in ebook form in UK/Australia than he is in the US.
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You've started something that will now be hard to stop .
Oh, it doesn't have to stop. Others can put it to good use too! I'm just amused that many people concluded that the guy who had too many choices to decide for himself, needed even more choices to NOT be able to choose from.
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Oh, it doesn't have to stop. Others can put it to good use too! I'm just amused that many people concluded that the guy who had too many choices to decide for himself, needed even more choices to NOT be able to choose from.
I agree. I was the second replier, but the first reply was not there whist I was composing and searching for links for mine. I wouldn't have even posted if I had seen your requirement had been fulfilled .
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