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What is the most gripping novel you've ever read? Fantasy or otherwise?

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Twook00, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Cambra

    Cambra Minstrel

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    The Brothers Karamazov made an impression, I also liked Fight Club, though that is a novella... The Three Musketeers was one of my favourites as a girl... The Secret History...

    More traditional fantasy well ASoIaF was an eye opener and I really loved the first Kushiel trilogy as I did Robin Hobb's original Assassin series...
     
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  2. acapes

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    That's another great one, I was dragged through that story (all the books, really) it was emotionally taxing at times but the ending was really worth it I reckon
     
  3. The Litigators is a good one. It's had me hooked so far. I also devoured all of the Dresden files.
     
  4. acapes

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    The Dresden books are heaps of fun I reckon, I'm flying through them now - something very appealing about the fantastical appearing in novels full of crime conventions.
     
  5. Cambra

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    I cried when a certain character died and I haven't done that for years....
     
  6. acapes

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    I was shattered too! Sometimes I think it's one of the more grueling reads in fantasy, but I still love it :)
     
  7. Cambra

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    Kudos to Robin she struck gold with that... It helps if you have pets.
     
  8. Zara

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    The Hunt for red October is a thriller by Lee child
    Gone girl
    The Magicians

    would be mine. and Little Women
     
  9. ThinkerX

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    Been so many. The most recent one to really hit a nerve was 'The Flicker Men' by Ted Kosmatka. Via a variant of a baseline QM experiment, it slammed very hard into the issue of who has a 'soul.' Argument supported by things I'd noted long ago and wondered about pertaining to anthropology and religion. The 'solution' was both logical and chilling. The further implications...'can of worms' doesn't even begin to cover it.
     
  10. Russ

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    I think Tom Clancy wrote Hunt for Red October. Great book too, as was Red Storm Rising.

    I found Perdido St Station by Melville really carried me to the end.
     
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  11. Steerpike

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    The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky
    Lolita, Nabokov
    Victory, Conrad
    Moby Dick, Melville
    Gormenghast, Peake

    More recently, thrillers by Lee Child, Robert Crais and Michael Connelly are gripping in other ways - compelling page turners.
     
  12. Stephyn Blackwood

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    Before They're Hanged is also my favourite of the First Law trilogy, however it still doesn't come anywhere close to The Heroes in terms of how it gripped me.
     
  13. Gospodin

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    Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
    DUNE, Frank Herbert
    Xenogenesis, Octavia Butler
    Embassytown, China Miéville
    The City and the Stars, Arthur C. Clarke
     
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  14. Steerpike

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    Oh yeah, Dahlgren is excellent. And Butler is always worth reading.
     
  15. Clearmadness

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    The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson.
     
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    The first book that ever grabbed me and made feel like I couldn't leave was blackout by Chris Ryan although that feeling soon wore off. Id have to say Stephen Kings 'Dark Tower' books have gripped me like none other, particularly the earlier books in the series. My current read though, Brandon Sanderson's 'Final Empire' has got its hooks in good right now!
     
  17. tiggywinke

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    Possibly "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris. What a twisted book. :p It's better than the book version of "Silence of the Lambs," but not better than the film.
     
  18. AndrewLowe

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    DUNNNEEE by Frank Herbert
     
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  19. Ben

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    I wish it was something a little more high brow, but Davinci Code is probably the one I really couldn't put down - every single chapter ended on a cliffhanger, to the point where I would groan audibly when I reached the end of a chapter.

    Several books I wanted to read faster but paced myself to savor more because they were so good.

    I loved fight club movie and thought I would be into Chuck P's books, the first one I picked up was Lullaby, it didn't work for me and I never went back, but I think I will give Rant a try based on what I've read on this board.
     
  20. Geo

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    For me it has to be Seventh Son (Orson Scott Card). I started and couldn't put it down. Fortunately, it's not too long, because I didn't sleep until I was done. Of course I had to run to get the second one (Red Prophet) because the end it's just such a tease.
     
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