I vividly recall going along to a Christmas Day gathering at one of my aunt's in 1978. All of the children ended up in one of the bedrooms whilst the adults drank rum, vodka, gin and made merry. Not sure how or why, but this book just happened to be in the bedroom and I picked it up and started reading.

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I hunted this book down after seeing the film that was made of the Ostermann Weekend. At the time, there was 'some' talk of making a movie of 'The Bourne Identity' so having liked the Ostermann Weekend film, I thought I'd get a little bit ahead of the curve by reading the book before the film was made. The Matt Damon film takes the book mainly as 'inspiration', I would say.

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All of my favourite stories tend to be ones which stretch to more than one volume. I think it's pretty telling when an author continually returns to the same set of characters and extends their stories by continually throwing them in new adventures which push them farther than they thought they could go.

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The original quadrilogy that first introduced us to the character of Nevyn an immortal Wizard. The four books also included Darkspell Dawnspell (or The Bristling Wood as it was called in the US) and Dragonspell (or the Dragon Revenant as it was called in the US). I found the concept of this story absolutely fascinating.

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I lived and worked in London for the majority of my earlier years and was on the way home from work on the Underground one summer's afternoon and was reading a book (I don't recall which one exactly, but think it was one of the Magician series by Raymond Feist). Anyway, a guy who was sitting a few seats down, got up to leave and said to me in passing: "you should read 'Wizard's First Rule'," and got off the train.

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Another quarilogy. This one set within the world of Magician, but with (for the most part) a completely different set of characters. There are some interactions with some of Feist's main characters (i.e. Pug, Arutha, Jimmy etc), but the new characters take us in entirely different directions and to different parts of the world that Feist has created.

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Tom Clancy is one of those writers who's always worth reading. An absolute master at detail and beyond masterful at plotting. Add to that the 'almost' real world situations and characters and you have an enduring recipe for great stories. Along with 'Patriot Games' this is one of my favourites of all of his books.

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I have only one thing to say about this novel.

WHY HAS IT NOT ALREADY BEEN TURNED INTO A FILM!!!

A decent film, mind you! Not some cheap, schlocky made for telly film. This book deserves it in my humble opinion.

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Again, another trilogy, I really should rename this list shouldn't I? There's more like 26 books here, not ten — doh!

This one takes place in Hamilton's - let's face it, frankly gargantuan - Confederation universe. It's so big, in fact that it has it's own Handbook to help you understand all of the characters, worlds and cultures that's he's created for this series of books. When you find out that the Handbook is the size of most novels on its own at 200pp, you might 'just' begin to grasp the scope and scale of the Night's Dawn Trilogy itself.

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Of all of the books in the Sword of Truth series, this is undoubtedly my favourite. It sees Richard forcibly split apart from not just Kahlan and Cara, but the Sword of Truth itself after finding what they thought to be a little piece of tranquility after all of the hardships that they'd had to endure. It also re-introduces the character of Nicci, one of the Sisters of the Dark who has managed to free herself from Jagang and is on a mission of her own to prove to herself that at heart, Richard's nobility is a facade and that everybody is as compromised, guilty and corrupt as she herself is.

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    Splinter of the Mind's Eye

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    His Girl Friday

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