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Since I'm going to be in the city next week, I shall be making my usual stop-over at the Big-Arse Borders bookshop in Rundle Mall. The only teeny-tiny probelm I shall have there is my parents will be with me. This in itself is an awfully Good Thing, but they do not understand my need to browse in a book store for three hours. And then going back the next day for another two hour spell because I didn't get to the second floor the first day.

So, my dear friends, I wish one thing from you. I need to have my list of books I desperately need to read before I get there so I can make my trip into the store as quick and painless for my parents as possible.

Have any of you read a book lately that you think needs to be read? Or have you got a favourite book that has changed your life and you think should be read by everyone you know?

So far on my list of books to buy is "Eats shoots and leaves" and "Cunt:A Declaration of Independance", but I'm sure there's some gem of a book out there I need to know about.

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*Everyone* who has ever written a story or wants to write a story (prof or not) should read 'The Unstrung Harp; Or Mr Earbrass Writes A Novel' by Edward Gorey. It's just perfection.

'Rubicon' by Tom Holland is great book about Ancient Rome. It's a really fun and painless read, full of anecdotes and gossip that strings together events for easy understanding. Plus it's written wonderfully lightly for such a seemingly heavy topic.

I love Damon Runyon but I suspect he's a bit of an acquired taste. Pick up a book and have a peak, though. Despite writing short stories, his characters are all very sharply drawn.

I'll also rec 'Farewell My Lovely' by Raymond Chandler and 'Code Of The Woosters' by PG Wodehouse simply because they're must-reads. :-)

I absolutely adore Damon Runyon and already own all I can own of his stuff :g:

But going by that though, I'm guessing our tastes might be similar in books, so I shall jot down all books and see what I can find.

Yay! Books to read!!

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Ooh, another Runyon fan! :-D
You know, I think a lot of folks are kinda put off his stuff due to the present tense thing but I have to say I like it. It fits in with his style beautifully -- though I don't think everyone should try it. Damon Runyon's complete works are collected over two volumes: 'On Broadway' and 'From First To Last' -- and I have them. Hee! Can't say I'm keen on the army stories but I *love* the gangster ones.

Yeah, the gangster stuff is the best. I love the narrator in the fics - he's always in the thick of it, but in no way connected.

His style is what grabbed me first, and then I fell in love with the stories. Not everyone can pull off his type of fic, but the descriptions he uses, and the way he puts words together make me happy.

The only sad thing about all this Runyon talk is I've lent both books out to friends - I'm pimping fic to face-to-face friends!

Now I would have to say it depends on the types of book you read. I would recommend because I think it is a must have book The Secret History by Donna Tart but not The Little friend. The Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell and Emberto Eco just in general although he is very heavy going especially the wonderful Foucault Pendulum. I would also recommend the serise about the number one Lady dective I can't remember any of the titles or the author and I gave the book I had back they are wonderful simple tales that make smile.

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