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British Authors

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Tako no Taiko, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. Tako no Taiko

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    Help! For a Summer English course, I need to read a book by a British author and I want your suggestions. Here's what I like:

    The best type of book is an action/adventure+mystery+dash of romance.

    But all of them individually are good too. Also, Humor is good.
    I hate horror, anything to do with disease, or anything too serious.

    I would prefer if it were a more modern author.

    Thanks for your help!

    TNT
     
  2. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    for action/adventure crime thriller with romance, try any book by James Patterson. He was the author behind the film Kiss the Girls, among others.

    for fantasy fiction adventure, Terry Goodkind or Katharine Kerr.

    Or John Grisham (crime thriller). Or for good humour, try Terry Pratchett.
     
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  3. AJ

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    Top man. For a really funny read you can't beat the diskworld novels.

    Time for a certain Sen Mod to take the story further...........


    Phil.................?
     
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  4. nugget
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    When it comes to humour, Terry Pratchett is king.
     
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  5. KeithNN

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    Oh yes, that man has taste! :respct But how about starting with a non-Discworld PTerry book such as "Good Omens" (especially now that it is/was being made into a film). That was the book that introduced me to him and is less intimidating than thinking you need to know wtf the Discworld is all about!
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Arroryn, is John Grisham a *British* author? I think TNT is looking for a book specifically written by a non-American. Just asking. 8)
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Damned censorship !!! :dry

    His own daughter, as well !:ohmy
     
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  8. Phil
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    If you want humour, as a lot of other people have already said, Terry Pratchett has to be first stop. Good Omens has been mentioned, that was written by Terry and Neil Gaiman who are both British. It's set in England and not as fantasy based as the discworld novels. I don't really see them as fantasy though, just a comic reflection of the world we live in and it does you good to laugh at yourself :)

    If you want Action/Adventure with a small twist of romance I can highly recommend Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Trilogy, the books are Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. They are about King Arthur, but not written from the traditional Arthurian point of view. They portray Arthur as a warlord trying to hold the British Kingdoms together in the face of Saxon invasion. They are superb and amongst my favourite books.

    Bernard Cornwell also wrote the Sharpe novels which again are Action/Adventure, based around a character called Sharpe who is a soldier in the Napoleonic wars. The novels follow his promotion through the ranks and are loosely based on historic events, from Spain all the way through to Waterloo. Good books that are an easy read.

    HTH
    Phil
     
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  9. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    So are all the other authors I recommended apart from Pratchett. lol. :oops:

    Styles of writing are the same...kind of...

    *kicks Tripwire*

    *runs. Fast.*
     
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  10. tripwire45
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    Believe it or not, I was doing her a favor and correcting her spelling. :tongue


    And Arroryn...bite me. :biggrin
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    Oh no we have our own spelling gostapo now, it all goes downhill from here! :D

    Hmm you could read some J.R.R Tolkien books if you havn't already
    and Roald Dhal always made good ones, altho they are kinda aimed at kids I guess, so might be a bit elementary, then ofcourse all the Harry Potter books are by a british Author, As are the Chronicles of Narnia

    John Grisham is unfortunatly an american :)

    check out this link for stuff you may of heard of but not realised was by a british author, although alot of the authors only have thier really popular works listed next to their names
     
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  12. tripwire45
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    And judging by some of the words in the post I'm referencing, you would use a bit of help yourself. :tongue


    Of course this means any spelling errors I make from here on in are going to be shoved in my face. :oops: :biggrin
     
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  13. Phil
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    Absolutely, you could use a u on your keyboard for your favors and colors :twisted:
     
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  14. Phoenix
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    Hey didnt i ever tell you why I dont write books? hehe
    See Above! :D
     
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  15. rowley73

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    I recommend Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy. This trilogy of books has it all.
     
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    Fantastic Fantastic books (although the guy is Canadian I think)

    Why not read some Shakespeare :blink :twisted: :oops:
     
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  18. Tako no Taiko

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. In 8th grade I actually read 2/3rds of the Dark Materials series but stopped because it got a little too strange for my tastes. I did however read his other trilogy with the Ruby in the smoke. Can't quite remember what it's called.
    Today I went and got Terry Pratchett's, The Fifth Elephant and The Truth.

    TtYL! :biggrin

    TNT
     
  19. michael78

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    Big Pratchett fan he has wrote some good books behind JK Rowling he is the second best selling British Author alive. I think good omens has been scrapped as a movie which is a bummer :( .
     
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    Didn't overly enjoy His Dark Materials the first time I read it (despite identifying with much of the Oxford college descriptions!) but i'm now reading it for the second time and absolutely loving it.

    Irvine Welsh is excellent (if you can translate the chapters written in Scottish), and Iain Banks (or Iain M. Banks for Sci-Fi) is a truly great author.

    And you should always, always make time for Douglas Adams.
     
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