When you aren't reading fantasy what do you read

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  1. ~Elladan~

    ~Elladan~ A Elbereth Gilthoniel

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    It doesn't help that many book shops and libraries lump them together either.

    Anyway there's a lot of decent books out there which are neither... :D
     
  2. Kakashi

    Kakashi The Fighters Guide House Member

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    um... mostly so called "classics"

    and some biographies and some humorous stuff. Andy Rooney for instance.
     
  3. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    Yeah, that's probably the major part of the problem. I don't think I've ever been to a book store that didn't combine them....
     
  4. damiynn

    damiynn Fantasy Author

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    Besides fantasy, hmm Spy thrillers, David baldacci, David Morrell, Robert Ludlum, Cop books or Mysteries, James Patterson, John Kellerman, Robert parker, Janet Evanovich, Patricia Cornewell,
     
  5. Meteorain

    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    Really? The Waterstones over here separates them. Most book stores here separate them or provide the area title of "Sci-fi & Fantasy", the '&' being the important bit.
     
  6. Kakashi

    Kakashi The Fighters Guide House Member

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    ugh, i know exactly what you mean.

    90% of the stores i go to are all romance and newer books with a small corner for fantasy and sci-fi, which consists of a bunch of dusty old books i've never heard of. some are decent, but most are shifty looking.

    This is Used Book stores, and Borders is at least a little better.
     
  7. Oniw17

    Oniw17 New Member

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    Philosophy, and other non-fiction. I read sci-fi too, but rarely.
     
  8. Harlequin

    Harlequin Everyone loves a Jester !

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    Thats true but you wouldn't expect to find areas titled "cookery and history", or "Geography & fiction", would you.

    Is it a problem that is endemic within the literary culture in general, that they are often lumped together.
     
  9. Overread

    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    Boarders is the best mainstream store for fantasy on the highstreet. They actually like geeks and fantasy, waterstones have a selection, but not often as wide or varied - plus thier staff have no idea about it ;)
    bad news is boarders is in trouble financially - its selling itself so we might see a change :( (that is the US group is selling I assume the UK is also affected)
     
  10. Meteorain

    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    Well tbh, Fantasy and Sci-fi aren't as far off from eachother really. They both delve into our "imaginative" side, just in slightly differing manners.

    It doesn't really bother me, since I know the difference between the books. Their method of placing doesn't really confuse me choosing a book lol

    Elladan: You read any of Michio Kaku's works? He's got some pretty funky stuff going on, on the physics front.
     
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  11. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    That's true... Borders does usually have a decent fantasy and sci-fi section. I hope they don't go under... that would leave me with Barnes and Noble and some very tiny local stores. I'm not familiar with Waterstones. They must not have any locations near me.
     
  12. Harlequin

    Harlequin Everyone loves a Jester !

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    I think that's because they are UK based.
    Cue some one to correct the above.
     
  13. kartaron

    kartaron Hunter / Gatherer

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    I read random selections of History, Military History, Economics Books, General Fiction, Crime Fiction, Horror and Science Fiction.

    I just finished The Dark Half, and am juggling A Short History of Byzantium and The History of American Economics.
     
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    Graft Love-tiger

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    I recently started reading ALOT of philosophy.
     
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    Blackness Well-Known Member

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    Same here :p
     
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    Philosophy can be divided into two segments: stuff most of us worked out before we were 8 years old, and stuff that takes several years of study to understand. I prefer science, a nice smooth gradient and non nearly as many names to remember.
     
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    volksmenner practitioner of æsthetics

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    could of fooled me. :)

    i read most everything from other genres of fiction to economics to history to philosophy to science it all interests me. currently, besides frank herbert's dune, i am reading h.g. wells' the shape of things to come and deitel's c++ how to program. the later being quite a page turner /sarcasm.

    karaton. have you read any of ludwig von mises or other austrian school economists work? also i have a newfound interest in military history. any recommendations?

    others. what philosophy and/or science books are you reading?
     
  18. Harlequin

    Harlequin Everyone loves a Jester !

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    Chickenhawk is a great book on vietnam, wrote by a helicopter pilot.
    citizen soldiers (screaming eagles 101 airborne) & pegasus bridge (6 th airborne) world war 2

    Are great accounts of the war that they are specific to, as it was accounts from survivors/veterans.
     
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    valleyjune New Member

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    Mostly romances, a little bit of gothic when not horror (horror is out of the qwuestion in any caseat all), fiction of any kind, dramas, fairy tales, poetry, books on psychology, pedagogy, metaphysics, biology, ecology, chemistry, peoples' tradition and folklore etc :draught:
     
  20. Lady_of_Shalott

    Lady_of_Shalott Weaving the Magic Web

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    I'd also be interested to know what history books you'd recommend kartaron.

    Philosophy: I've been reading some Kierkegaard lately. Gives the mind work-out. :D
     
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