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  •  I've read some King, (2+ / 0-)
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    it was a story collection I believe or a series of interwoven tales, wish I could remember the title, I rather enjoyed it.  I've enjoyed, too, Harlan Ellison and Ursula K. Le Guin.  When I lived in Holland, I used to borrow and trade books with my Dutch boyfriend's mother, she was an avid reader, especially of Native American and Fantasy literature and her English was rather well so she had many titles on her shelves in English she always tried to read that way when she could, certain things of course, it just depended, was easier for her to read in Dutch translation; it was through her I was introduced to Terry Pratchett.

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    by micsimov on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 09:49:01 AM PST

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    •  Glad to hear it. Not that I have any business (1+ / 0-)
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      telling you what to read - but that's not about to stop me.

      All four of those write middlebrow, and also write well (at least, with awareness and notable strengths). LeGuin always writes well and, like Ellison, is generally very interesting. I tried a decent short story collection of King's (Everything's Eventual), but then found far more power in The Shining. One day I'll write an essay on Harold Bloom vs. Stephen King.

      I aim to read everything, but Fantasy is my chiefest comfort-reading.

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      by Brecht on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 12:47:34 PM PST

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      •  No don't stop, I do like your suggestions, (2+ / 0-)
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        and I'm always looking for things to read that I might not come across on my own.  And I certainly have, like others, various moods in what I want to read, whether I want to plunge and delve, or pass the time in a faraway place or just be entertained/amused.  And I'm not about to lug around on the bus or train Broch, Mann or Woolf ;)

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        by micsimov on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:13:45 AM PST

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