I'd recommend the Far Side Galleries. They are the best of all Gary Larson has put out each year. I have the Far Side Galleries 4 and 5. And just as a note, Gary Larson is very adamant about his comics not appearing online, and he has very respectful fans. I would doubt that you could find any online, but you can definitely find them in bookstores.
The Basque history of the World by Mark Kurlansky is an excellent read. Not a heavy history, but anecdotal accounts of Basque history and culture with lots of interesting and delicious recipies to try out. Also Spoken Here:Travels among threatened languages by Mark Abley was my last purchase. a fantastic journey through parts of the world where languages are being lost and in some cases, reclaimed. It made me feel guilty for being a native english speaker. Fiction Perfume by Patrick Susskind is a classic.
Just finished reading Dead Famous by Ben Elton, its really good , especially if you're watching or into big brother, its like a live whodunnit book.........
I have read Dead Famous too, I did enjoy it very much and that was my first Ben Elton book, so clever. Since then I have also read High society, that was a very good read too. It is about one politician trying to legalise all drugs.
Any one heard of the book called the Backpacker by Emma something can't remember. I believe that she was paid by the Guardian paper to travel the world and write about it. Sounded interesting, just wandered if anyone has read it?
I'm probably kicking in open doors but I like to read books like The hitchhiker's guide to Galaxy (by Douglas Adams), Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance ( by Robert M Pirsig), , books written by Herman Hesse, Jostein Gaarder, Paulo Coelho, Umberto Eco, ....
Personnaly I didn't really like Jostein Gaarder but all of the above books seem to be read by the majority of the travellers I met so far and so it's easy to talk about. Also I like to read legends and tales of the country's I visit.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - I still pick it up and read it every few
months....in fact anything by him and u cant go wrong!!
Also "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield or
"One NO, many YESES" by Paul Kingsworth........But be sure and read the Alchemist !! Everybody !!!
another vote for The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes! even got the requisite FS galleries, C&H collections, the desk calenders, t-shirts ... :D
also voting for The Hitchhiker's Guide - hilarious and quite insane :D
recommended Ben Elton's Dead Famous to a friend and now he blames me for his current addiction to Big Brother :P also quite liked Popcorn (serial killers go to Hollywood!), both book and play.
currently reading Georges Simenon's Maigret novels. excellent if you like crime stories. other crime series for which i eagerly await the next installments are Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels (crime-solving attractive middle-aged female medical examiner) and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books (crime-solving surly rebellious middle-aged police detective).
and, erm, well, Harry Potter ...
Agree with Ben Elton - Dead Famous, and whilst I was travelling heard quite a few people discussing it . . .also agree Philip Pullman although saw very few copies in book exchanges, perhaps we are all keeping them! Memories of a Geisha is excellent but far too heavy to lug around!
Dan Brown was being read everywhere, particularly Da Vinci Code, which is excellent. Also enjoyed the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series .
I found myself picking up varies travel books and biographies whilst I was travelling intermixed with the 30 something books! Goodness knows what impression I was giving, with the mix of books!
yeah.....goodness knows !!
Yan: The whole time i was reading everyone's responses, and the whole time i'm thinking "maybe i should say harry potter...? nahhhhhh" but i have to agree with you wholeheartedly (even though it seemed like a shameful last second add-on to your list) i LOVE the Harry Potter series, particularly The prizoner of Azkaban.
And although these arent books that i've read yet, i'm very anxious to read "The DaVinci Code" and an interesting book called "The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime" by Marc Haddon. If anyone has read either, let me know!