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Recommend me a birthday treat

I've been on a book purchasing moratorium for two months now but I'm relenting for my birthday next week. So, help me, which book should I buy?

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thefon
May. 31st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Anything I can think of to recommend, you can already borrow from me. Hmmm...
timgray
May. 31st, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Any clues?
Fiction, non-fiction, genre, light vs heavy, series v standalone, etc?
gbsteve
May. 31st, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Any clues?
Anything at all. Goodness is the criteria.
chilledchimp
May. 31st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
"Thump, Quack, Moo". Definitely.
karohemd
May. 31st, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
"Stories", the new short story anthology edited by Neil Gaiman is looking good. Out mid June.
corrigan1
May. 31st, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
If you want to try something really off the wall, there's The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien - short, funny and as weird as it gets.
gbsteve
May. 31st, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's a great book, as is At Swim Two Birds but I've read them both. Good call though.
undyingking
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
In that case, can I recomment his comic journalism under the Myles na gCopaleen name? The selection I have is just called The Best of Myles and is good stuff, although it's a cheapie photo-reproduction of an old edition so rather hard to read in places.

Alternatively, Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold is a terrific book, lots of fun.
heliograph
Jun. 1st, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez.
uthoroc
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Checking your list of 100 bEst BEach Books for what you haven't read, I'd recommend "Life of Pi, by Yann Martel".
gbsteve
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Unfortunately after reading mixed reviews I pretty much know what happens in this book and I think that would spoil it.
uthoroc
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
Yes, that's unfortunate. I found it very entertaining and engaging, and never got the mixed reactions many people had to it.
kruku
Jun. 3rd, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
I know this is all very late but all I could think of was crime noir. Almost anything by Walter Mosley.

Or try 'Pimp: The Story of My Life' by the wonderfully named Iceberg Slim. Or 'Mr. Blue: Memoirs of a Renegade' by Edward Bunker. Both are 'autobiographies' which slightly glamorises the life of crime and qualifies them as crime fiction I think :p
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