Your comfort author/book

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Cloo, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    Is there an author or book series you can just keep coming back to and reading?

    Anthony Trollope seems to have become my comfort reading - he's very prolific, so there's tonnes to read and his books really take you into his era. They don't rely on caricature and many of the people seem very real, and they tend not to be about big melodramas (and when dramatic things do happen, they are often 'off stage') so I do find them a good escape from reality.
  2. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Probably P.G. Wodehouse, specifically the Bertie Wooster stories. Undemanding but rewarding and incredibly escapist. You just need to put out of your mind what terrible fate would befall Bertie come the Revolution.
  3. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Also Wodehouse. The Psmith stories too though (sadly there aren't as many as there are J&W)
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  4. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    It used to be Raymond Chandler, but I found his female characters too one-dimensional last time I gave him a run out. Suppose Wodehouse's are too, but that seems to matter less for some reason.
  5. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Money and Dead Babies, Amis.

    I know, but, on form, his writing was pretty trailblazing, should have won something for Money, still come back to that one for certain passages.
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  6. S☼I

    S☼I those funny little plans that never work out right

    Stephen King tbh
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  7. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    Yeah I like some classic Stephen King too - The Stand and It are 2 of my favourite novels of all time, and I will happily settle in and give either another read any time :)
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  8. Rebelda

    Rebelda Nearly as bad as Badgers

    Philip Pullman's Northern Lights trilogy. Also Harry Potter :oops: *gives degree back* :D
  9. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    Yuval Harari and David Gemmell.

    Yes I know, but they make me feel good in different ways.
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  10. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Gemmell for me too when I was younger. I liked that one about the outnumbered army somehow triumphing against overwhelming odds.
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  11. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Gemmel is in the same space as Sharpe books for comfort reading
  12. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles trilogy (it's about due for a re-read actually) :cool:
  13. dessiato

    dessiato Life is a lemon, and I want my money back

    Most Robert Rankin, but the seven books in the so-called Brentford trilogy are my favourites.
  14. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Thread reminds me I haven't read Watership Down in years. That used to be one of the old stalwarts of comfort, perhaps I will revisit. Comfort reading at the moment is warhammer 40k books :oops: but only the good ones.
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  15. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    Stephen King here too and I also have a fondness for Ruth Rendell & PD James.
    I think I'm due a re-read of James' Dalgliesh series now I think about it :thumbs:
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  16. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Agatha Christie audiobooks and radio dramas . No one seems to care very much that people are being brutally murdered all around them. It really seems to reset my internal “everything is really shitty” dial. I do Agatha when I’m so low and poorly that I can’t even read. I’ll lay there with my eyes closed imagining it all vividly and not having to think about anything that really matters.

    Ursula le Guin for when I need the comfort and can actually hold a book in my hand. My Earthsea books are so softened by many readings that they actually feel fluid in my hand. The sci-fi stuff too.
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  17. JuanTwoThree

    JuanTwoThree I care not for the wealth of Gyges

  18. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Yes, I like good crime books too. They’re very distracting and engaging. PD James has seen me through some tough times.

    Santino I always hated PG Wodehouse but recently I found myself in a middle-of-the-night need for engaging distraction and came across some Jeeves stuff on the radio iPlayer, with Richard Briers being Bertie. It saw me through several tricky weeks.
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  19. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Radicalised hand-wringing liberal ultra-remainer.

    I don't read these days,but I used to find Pirsig's "Zen and the Art" would help keep me sane.
    It probably works because I'm of an engineery bent ...
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  20. moomoo

    moomoo Not so yummy mummy

    Marian Keyes.
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  21. Mordi

    Mordi Amoral adventurist

    I think this is his best work personally. I'd recommend Guy Gavriel Kay as well, his novel The Last Light of the Sun treads similar ground.

    I think my comfort reads are Iain M. Bank's Culture novels or any fantasy long enough to sink into without enraging me by being too shit.
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  22. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I tend to always enjoy books by Bill Bryson, but I may have read most of them by now.

    I went through a phase of getting Rankin crime novels repeatedly from the library and have now read so many I sometimes get muddled and get one I already read :-(
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  23. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    My comfort TV is Miss Marple. Julia McKenzie or Geraldine McEwen, I'm not fussed :)
  24. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Fishing in the River of Life....

    Eric Ambler for fiction, like bumping into an old friend.
    Paul Theroux’s travel books, I have read and re-read The Great Railway Bazaar several times and it’s follow up after a few decades, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star a couple of times up to yet.
  25. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    Gordon Legge. Especially his first novel, The Shoe.
  26. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    Magnus Mills
    Stephen King
    Ian Rankin
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  27. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    My most read book. Also have the audiobook and dvd to keep me topped up :thumbs:

    Most read and listened to author is Douglas Adams I think.
  28. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    Joel Lane. Specialist of noir and urban Birmingham and a beautiful writer.
  29. Buddy Bradley

    Buddy Bradley Pantheistic solipsist

    Arthur Ransome, no question. I always re-read at least one or two of his Swallows & Amazons books every year. Reminds me of being a pre-teen and wishing I could have amazing adventures on holiday.

    Also Heinlein, but I lost most of my collection in a garage/rain mishap. :(
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  30. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    I haven't read Watership Down for a while, it is a firm favourite though. I have a copy around here somewhere.

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