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I've spent most of the day looking for something new to read, before realising i should have asked here first!

Fiction or non-fiction, the kind of writers i've enjoyed in the past include, but not limited to:

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Michael Crichton
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Should be enough to go on! Post up your recommendations or just list your favourites. Read something new recently? Rate it here.
 
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Clive Barker is a great writer (in my opinion). He's normally thought of as a horror writer, mainly due to the success of Hellraiser (The Hellbound Heart) and Candyman (The Forbidden), but I prefer his fantasy stuff as I love the philosophical/cosmological edge he has.

I could not recommend these books any more as I truly believe they changed the way I look at the world...

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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is a really good read, if you haven' read it already.
 
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Bad Science by Ben Goldacre is a really good read, if you haven' read it already.
Perfect! I remember hearing about this at the time but never thought to read it. I love psuedo science debunking, mainly as i'm so keen on doing it myself! Kindle edition ordered and ready to read. Great suggestion, thanks!

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Clive Barker is a great writer (in my opinion). He's normally thought of as a horror writer, mainly due to the success of Hellraiser (The Hellbound Heart) and Candyman (The Forbidden), but I prefer his fantasy stuff as I love the philosophical/cosmological edge he has.

I could not recommend these books any more as I truly believe they changed the way I look at the world...
Added all three to my Amazon wishlist. Hopefully i'll get a load of ideas here and a nice long list to keep me in reading for a while!

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Perfect! I remember hearing about this at the time but never thought to read it. I love psuedo science debunking, mainly as i'm so keen on doing it myself! Kindle edition ordered and ready to read. Great suggestion, thanks!
He has a column in the science section on the Guardian website which follows on the theme of the book, it's always a good quick read.
 
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That was brilliant! As i don't like Science Fiction or Fantasy, clicking the links eventually led me to Orwells Animal Farm. A great book, but i've already read the classics.
 
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That was brilliant! As i don't like Science Fiction or Fantasy, clicking the links eventually led me to Orwells Animal Farm. A great book, but i've already read the classics.
It led me to a few books I've never read. Still good
 
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Hey dirk,

+1 for the Clive barker, weaveworld is a good place to start.

I'm also a big fan of Ian banks - dig in to Wasp Factory.

One final recommend would be Life of Pi. - a truly wonderful read.
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