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Old 01-09-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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Your #1 Fiction read after 1901 (NO Sci-fi or Fantasy)

I would like to read outside my norm.

I have a good idea of what is available in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi areas, excluding these two areas what work of fiction would you recommend written after 1901.
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what work of fiction would you recommend written after 1901.
Only one? Much too hard. How about three, spread across the last century?

Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. Available in a nice edition I put together, here on Mobileread. First published in 1901.

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester. Unfortunately not yet available as an ebook. First published in 1950.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. First published in 1998.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:33 AM   #3
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You have pretty much the whole genre of detective fiction open to you: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc. Far too much to be able to make any single recommendation.
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Ill second Rudyard Kipling with Captains Courageous. Figured 1897 was close enough to 1901. But I haven't as of yet found a really good epub of it. Still looking. I have a 3/4 that I haven't looked at yet. So when I do and if they cut the mustard Ill post it here.


This one is very nice with a nice cover. Done by Infogrid Pacific. Even has a table of contents which a lot of them don't. Which bums me out. Its 3/4 way down the page. They also have PDF but I didn't look at it. I prefer epub.
http://www.infogridpacific.com/igp/A...d%20Resources/

So I looked at 6 of them in epub format. And a few didn't open. 3 looked ok. But the one I posted above was easily the best.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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I would like to read outside my norm.

I have a good idea of what is available in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi areas, excluding these two areas what work of fiction would you recommend written after 1901.
That's, uh, quite a wide field you're left with :P Do you like literary/intellectual writing, historical, very modern or closer to 1900? Social realism or the more fantastic, or crime/mystery, humour?

Something that is probably quite outside what you normally read - and a bit of a page-turner, is "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters.

I can't say I have one no. 1 read - it all depends on mood - and as I have discovered, my taste has developed quite a bit over the last 20 years.
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'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck

Of course, there are loads of great 20th century books by heaps of great authors, and I've only read a fraction of them - but GoW is the one that knocked my socks off the furthest (28.4m if you're interested).
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I agree that the mystery and thriller section is where you should focus. I am not much of an Agatha Cristie man, but I love pretty much anything by Tony Hillerman (RIP).

Probably "Talking God" would be the one non SF/Fantasy book I would choose if I was sent to a desert island with only the one book.
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'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck

Of course, there are loads of great 20th century books by heaps of great authors, and I've only read a fraction of them - but GoW is the one that knocked my socks off the furthest (28.4m if you're interested).
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:51 AM   #10
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I can't name just one but...

The World according to Garp - John Irving or
Last Night in Twisted River

The Road - Cormac McCarthy or
No Country for Old Men

The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
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If you liked Sherlock Holmes stories, nearly all Dr. Thorndyke ones (more scientific than Holmes) are available here.

I think lots of Edgar Rice burroughs books (Tarzan/John Carter) are here as well.
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That's, uh, quite a wide field you're left with :P Do you like literary/intellectual writing, historical, very modern or closer to 1900? Social realism or the more fantastic, or crime/mystery, humour?
I have read a few crime/mystery novels. I am just looking for a few books in areas that are new to me. So any suggested book or two or three will give me some food for thought.
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You have pretty much the whole genre of detective fiction open to you: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc. Far too much to be able to make any single recommendation.
Thanks for the input, but I am looking for any specific book or books that pop out at you. I am not looking for an author or authors.
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Only one? Much too hard. How about three, spread across the last century?

Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. Available in a nice edition I put together, here on Mobileread. First published in 1901.

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester. Unfortunately not yet available as an ebook. First published in 1950.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. First published in 1998.
Excellent, thanks for the input.

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Ill second Rudyard Kipling with Captains Courageous. Figured 1897 was close enough to 1901.
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"Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters.
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'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck
More food for thought. Thanks for the suggestion.

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"Talking God" by Tony Hillerman (RIP) would be the one non SF/Fantasy book I would choose if I was sent to a desert island with only the one book.
I'll be checking these out later tonight. Thanks for playing, it sounds promising.

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The World according to Garp - John Irving or
Last Night in Twisted River

The Road - Cormac McCarthy or
No Country for Old Men

The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Anne Tyler
A nice selection outside of my usual haunts, thanks for the feedback.

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If you liked Sherlock Holmes stories, nearly all Dr. Thorndyke ones (more scientific than Holmes) are available here.

I think lots of Edgar Rice burroughs books (Tarzan/John Carter) are here as well.
I downloaded these but wasn't sure how they would fare. Thanks for the input.

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