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Buy the first graphic novel (there are nine in total and then the story ends). You will not regret it.

 

Gone To Texas being the first? As a sidenote, Garth Ennis is responsible for the new look Punisher as well.

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Paul, did you get those walking dead comics?

Sure did, mate. I'm about to start them this weekend.

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Does having a collection of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers count?

Or Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian by Alexei Sayle.

 

 

Ok. Not as much death, destruction and oiled muscles of some of the more fantasy comics around, but good stuff nonetheless..

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Arkham Asylum is agreat Batman Graphic Novel. Jeph Loeb's stories are excellent aswell, The Long Halloween, Hush etc. I love Batman.

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I'm more in to fact based books than novels, but I've enjoyed a few of them Lee Child books over the last few years as well.

I like a good autobiography or the telling of a true story. I get bored of most novels about half way through, start another book and then end up having about five or six different books on the go, none of which that are particularly interesting me!

 

Can anyone recommend something new fact based books then? I've completely exhausted my personal library.

 

Just started The Long Way Round, the one where Ewan McGregor and his mate go round the world on motorbikes. Loved the TV show and the book is so far living up to it.

 

Are You Dave Gorman is pretty sweet and will make you do a little wee if you read it in bed. Again a book from the TV show. Highly recommended.

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pat,

 

Into thin air is bollocks mate.

 

Read the unbiased account by mountain legend Anatoli Boukreev who wrote The Climb.

 

Karakuer has been criticized by mountaineering associations as not being faithful to the events as they occurred, especially since it was Boukreev going up and down from Camp 4 to rescue climbers while Krakauer was sitting...waiting to be rescued.

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Kieslowski on Kieslowski is a great read, he is the director who made the three colour films. Also scorsese on scorsese and the projection series are sound film books.

 

its not about the bike, lance armstrong

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I'm into the SAS genre ones like Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, and they are always a decent read. The first few were the best mind!!

 

Frederick Forsyth has been a good read, the 2 I've read (Avenger and onther I can't rememebr the name of)

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Can anyone recommend something new fact based books then? I've completely exhausted my personal library.

 

Stalingrad by Anthony Beaver is an amazing read.

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Mein Kampf - amazing to think that world leaders trusted Hitler when almost everything he went on to do was foretold in a book written by himself years earlier.

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Batman Year One is superb, And Year Two is also very good, though not quite as impressive (Batman Begins borrows heavily from Year One)

 

I got Batman: Hush for xmas - absolutely amazing graphic novel, must have almost every single Batman character in it.

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I'm more in to fact based books than novels, but I've enjoyed a few of them Lee Child books over the last few years as well.

I like a good autobiography or the telling of a true story. I get bored of most novels about half way through, start another book and then end up having about five or six different books on the go, none of which that are particularly interesting me!

 

Can anyone recommend something new fact based books then? I've completely exhausted my personal library.

 

Just started The Long Way Round, the one where Ewan McGregor and his mate go round the world on motorbikes. Loved the TV show and the book is so far living up to it.

 

Are You Dave Gorman is pretty sweet and will make you do a little wee if you read it in bed. Again a book from the TV show. Highly recommended.

 

 

I'd reccomend those two football books for you, especially Morbo, it's class. Another one that will inform you and give you a new perspective on some stuff is the autobiography of Malcom X. See him change from street hustler to civil rights revolutionary and see his attitudes to race alter as he goes. He states that he knows he's going to be killed in it, how odd it must be to know you will be assasinated?

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''Hawk The Slayer's rubbish.''

 

Had to wait for the acknowledgement of the genius of Spaced but it's worth the wait.

 

*Imagines Mike "Army raving" to the theme from the A-team and gives a wistful smile*

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I'd reccomend those two football books for you, especially Morbo, it's class. Another one that will inform you and give you a new perspective on some stuff is the autobiography of Malcom X. See him change from street hustler to civil rights revolutionary and see his attitudes to race alter as he goes. He states that he knows he's going to be killed in it, how odd it must be to know you will be assasinated?

 

In 1960's America it would be odd if you weren't assasinated.

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In 1960's America it would be odd if you weren't assasinated.

 

:D

 

You know you hadn't made it if nodody was shooting at you.

 

It's interesting to see how Malcom X views Martin Luther King and the peaceful protest brigade and hard not to think that I'd be more along the Malcom X rule of thought. To paraphrase: "If someone puts thier hand on you, well brother, you make damn sure they won't be putting that hand on anyone else"

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Another big name in graphic novels is Neil Gaiman, but his stuff doesn't really appeal. It seems too up its own arse and the art work is indecipherable sometimes.

 

I've also read a few Constantine graphic novels, which are OK.

 

Gaiman is a genius, the "Sandman"-series is the best I've ever read, and I've actually ploughed through a fair share for my young years. Can't see where the "up his own arse"-thing comes from TBH. I've never seen the subject of death and grieving handled so intelligently.

 

The Preacher was also very good, but still nowhere near "Sandman".

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'Black Angels' the story of the waffen-ss, bloody brilliant read!

 

Did you know the waffen ss existed seperately to the german army and actually fired on them on more than one occasion?

 

instead of loyalty to the state they were loyal only to Hitler and fought simply because he wanted them too - its akin to having regular army units in Basra fighting alonside the 23rd Tony Blair division, who were all members of the labour party and had sworn to do his bidding until death...

 

Instead of army drill and press-ups they trained using atheltics, fencing, and horsemanship?

They had indoctrination sessions were they were schooled in the art of hate and antipathy to lesser peoples, but they were also the most daring and capable fighting formations in the German military..

They had no class system, and the officers had to serve two years in the front ranks, frequently socialising with their troops?

 

They had a combat unit trained to speak and act like Americans who were deployed behind the lines in the battle of the bulge, with the Americans having to resost to questions like "who won the world series in 35?" to any unidentified soldier to make sure he wasn't a kraut...

 

They had a hitler-youth division of 16-17 year olds who fought some of the most brutal and savage battles with suicidal contempt for their own safety, and most interestingly of all, there was a Brittish SS unit composed of prisoners of war, some of whom fought in the final battle of berlin!

 

Gonna read the biogrophy of Marshall Zhukov next - the 'John Connor' of his generation, stopping the Nazi's at the gates of Moscow and driving them all the way back to the Reichstag - legend...

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They had a combat unit trained to speak and act like Americans

 

 

They killed eachother in combat and shouted "gonna kick ass sir" every 5 minutes?

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Anything written by Phillip Pullman is fucking ace as somebody's already mentioned. For the SF buffs Dan Simmons is very good. Neil Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, Peter Hamilton are also worth a read

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