vibhandaka, I usually read a book or two a month and try to stick to the fantasy/horror/science fiction stuff. I read alot of duds, but when i read something good I like to let people know about it. I tend to read alot of stuff that Stephen King recommends, and am currently reading what he has stated is his favorite book of all time Ghost Story by Peter Straub( So far I highly recommend it except i have 200 pages left). He did say in one interview that he has read pretty much everything Dean Koontz has written and so far i am not a big koontz fan with the exception of Phantoms, but I have heard some of his other books are really good that I haven't read so i may give him another chance.
If you really want a good read I highly recommend The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cromwell. It's a trilogy of books about the King Arthur Legend, and it's much darker then any take you've read before. It is dry in spots but stick with it it pays off in the end. I also suggest 2001 a space oddesy, and 1984 I read them this past year and they are high on my list of much reads. Just stick with 2001 though the rest of the series are just okay. I have alot of time to research this stuff because I work at a call center and pretty much play online with anytime between calls looking for good books, movies, video games, zombie pumpkin sites etc.
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