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Thomas Pynchon

You want a novel that will enthrall you and exercise your imagination. Characters are probably more important than plot to you.

I would recommend:

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

The Wisdom of Crocodiles by Pauk Hoffman

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Time's Arrow by Martin Amis

You might also like:

Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

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Ray Bradbury

You want an entertaining book with good characters, some fantastic elements, and a modern setting. You don't want to wade through oceans of narrative, or read long discussions about the nature of t... Read more

Paul Hoffman

You're quite a fan of science fiction, I think, and you're looking for something entertaining and modern. You like interesting characters and a fast-paced plot. The unusual fascinates you, and you ... Read more

Robert Rankin

I think you're looking for something quite fantastical, good fun, with an engaging plot. I'd suggest: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of ... Read more

John Wyndham

You're looking for something a bit sci-fi, I think. You value good plots and some fantastical elements. I would recommend: Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov Dragons o... Read more

Ben Okri

You want to expand your ideas about how the world works, with an entertaining and rather fantastical book. I would suggest: Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri Sophie... Read more

Arthur C. Clarke

You're looking for an entertaining book, possibly science-fiction of some sort. It should make you think and open up new worlds. I'd recommend: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury... Read more

Terry Pratchett

You want a fun book with a great plot, something that's thought-provoking but a bit fantastical too. I'd suggest: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett The Testament of Gi... Read more

Greg Bear

You're almost certainly quite a fan of sci-fi, and you like a good plot. The book you're looking for will make you think but without taking a decade to read. I'd recommend: Lord o... Read more

Alan Garner

You're a fan of non-realistic fiction, though sci-fi is probably not your favourite thing. You want some historical content and strong characters, within a book that's easy to read and engaging./p... Read more

Eoin Colfer

You want a book that's easy on the brain, with interesting characters and a bit of fantasy. You may like some sci-fi, though you're not totally against more historical narratives either. I w... Read more

Susan Cooper

You probably like fantasy literature to some extent; certainly, realism isn't top of your list of priorities. You want a good plot that isn't too complex. I would recommend: The D... Read more

Frank Herbert

You're looking for something that's quite easy to read, with a sense of history and a good plot. Fantasy is something you enjoy to an extent, and you probably like some science fiction, too. p... Read more

Emma Donoghue

You're looking for a book with good characters, a sense of fantasy and history, and full of ideas. I would suggest: Time's Arrow by Martin Amis Kissing the Witch ... Read more

Mark Twain

You want a book that won't take too long to read, but is still thought-provoking and has a good historical context. You like something a little fantastical, and possibly science fiction too. p... Read more

Emma Donoghue

You want something refreshing and perhaps a little fantastical, with a good sense of history and thought-provoking plot. I would recommend: Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue... Read more

H. G. Wells

You want an entertaining book, perhaps with some elements of fantasy. You're interested in the past but also in new ideas. I would recommend: The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G... Read more

Armistead Maupin

You're looking for a book that'll be a relatively easy read, something modern and quite realistic. You like to think about psychology, and you're probably quite an empathetic person, so a focus on ... Read more

Jonathan Kellerman

You want a relatively easy read, with a good plot. Something modern and a bit scientific would probably suit you. I'd recommend: When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman/... Read more

J. D. Salinger

You're interested in psychological realism, and you want to be made to think. That said, you don't want a book that's too heavy or will take forever to read. I would recommend: Th... Read more

Clare Allan

You're looking for a relatively easy read, but something that will nonethless make you think. Good characters are important, as is a modern setting. I would suggest: The Curious I... Read more

Cormac McCarthy

You want a modern, relatively realistic book with a great plot, that'll make your brain work but without blowing a fuse! I would suggest: Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre... Read more

Orson Scott Card

You probably like science-fiction, or at least quite modern literature. You want realistic characters, and a novel that won't take forever to read. I'd recommend: Ender's Game /e... Read more

Hanif Kureishi

You want a book with a great plot - this is probably more important to you than thorough characterisation. You're not particularly interested in science fiction, but historical novels aren't your t... Read more

Philip Pullman

You want something modern, with a captivating plot. You probably like science-fiction to some extent, and futuristic literature appeals to you. I'd recommend: Microserfs by D... Read more

Rosamond Lehmann

  Hmm... let's see. I think you're in need of something a bit old-world, with strong characters and an easy prose style. I'd suggest: Diary of a Nobody by George Gros... Read more

Martin Amis

You want something that won't take months to read. You value realistic and interesting characters above complex plots. I'd recommend: Time's Arrow by Martin Amis S... Read more

Peter Ackroyd

You're quite keen on historicity and a good plot, something entertaining and not too convoluted. You don't want to be overwhelmed by new ideas or spend a lot of time on fantasy and conjecture, but ... Read more

Stephen Fry

Something entertaining with a sense of historical context is what you're looking for. You like a good plot and a bit of scientific content too. I think you should read: The Differ... Read more

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

You want a book that will make you think, but that isn't too convoluted or heavy. You like some historicity and psychological realism. You should try: Turn of the Screw by He... Read more

Nicholas Fisk

You like science-fiction occasionally, though not the more fantastical type. You're looking for something imaginative which isn't going to take forever to read. I'd recommend: Sto... Read more

Leon Uris

You're looking for an historical narrative with a good plot, something realistic which will get you thinking but still entertain you. I'd recommend Exodus by Leon Uris p... Read more

Arthur Conan Doyle

You like a good plot with some historical context - and you want to be entertained. I'd suggest you read: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle Stories of Your ... Read more

Thomas Pynchon

You want a novel that will enthrall you and exercise your imagination. Characters are probably more important than plot to you. I would recommend: The Crying of Lot 49 by Tho... Read more

Paul Hoffman

You want something that's imaginative and modern, with good characters. Action and a fast pace are important to you, but they shouldn't detract from interesting technical detail, especially in sci-... Read more

Audrey Niffenegger

You want a novel that will challenge you, something modern but not too scientific. I'd suggest you read: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Girlfriend ... Read more

Alfred Bester

You're looking for something modern, imaginative, with a good plot. I'd recommend: Dune by Frank Herbert The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester Strang... Read more

Bret Easton Ellis

Hmmm... My first choices of novels for you are: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Diary by Chuck Palahniuk So, I guess you may have a taste for the unusual... Read more

Peter Ackroyd

Okay, well, you like a bit of a challenge, and you're keen on modern literature and themes. You probably think a lot about people and how they behave, so good characters are important. You're not t... Read more

Chuck Palahniuk

Oooh... You're after something a bit unusual! You value a good plot and ideas that make you think hard, but you're not too bothered about realism or scientific content. I'd recommend: p... Read more

Aldous Huxley

You're almost certainly a big sci-fi fan, and you like modern themes in literature. A good plot is essential to keep your interest. I would suggest: Stranger in a Strange Land /e... Read more

Daniel Defoe

You have a classic taste in fiction. You value the tried and tested rules of fiction and you don't mind investing time and effort in your reading. You're not too worried about realism, but you like... Read more

Michael Moorcock

You're a bit of a sci-fi fan, you like something to get your teeth into. You want well-imagined characters and perhaps a sense of history. I'd suggest: S is for Space by Ray ... Read more

George R. R. Martin

You like a bit of fantasy in your fiction, perhaps with some historical content too. You don't mind reading something that takes time and thought. I would recommend: The Song of I... Read more

Elizabeth Kostova

Hmmm... Let's see. You like history and classic novels, though you're looking for something a bit more unusual than costume-drama plots. Realism isn't so important to you, but you're quite keen on ... Read more

Virginia Woolf

An imaginative setting and plot is what you're looking for. You're also quite interested in history and historical context. As someone who is fascinated by other people, you value psychological rea... Read more

Mary Shelley

You're looking for something rather psychological and imaginative. You like some historical context, and you do have a bit of an interest in science. I'd recommend: Stories of You... Read more

Jonathan Swift

It seems you want to read something imaginative and thoughtful, with an interesting plot. Something that'll take a bit of brainpower and make you think. I'd suggest: The Ghost Wri... Read more

Bram Stoker

Ooooh... lovely! You're really out for a challenge; something full of esoteric knowledge that'll take your brain to the gym. But you're perhaps more interested in old worlds than new. I'd re... Read more

Howard Jacobson

Your next novel should be something that explores characters, with a plot that's engaging but subordinate to psychological realism. You're looking for something relatively contemporary. You'd prefe... Read more

Douglas Coupland

A substantial, modern novel with character depth and an engaging plot should be your next read. I would suggest: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick All Families ar... Read more

Stephen Fry

Clever plots, contemporary settings, and colourful characters are what you're looking for in your next novel. I would suggest: The Liar by Stephen Fry The Buddha ... Read more

Philip K. Dick

You're looking for a good plot - or maybe a number of plots, all wound together. You value a certain level of realism and some scientific content, too. I would recommend: A State ... Read more

Philip Roth

You're looking for a good, satisfying read that'll occupy your brain for a while, something that will encourage you to think about real people and societies. I'd recommend: Americ... Read more

William Gibson

Hmmm... You're a tricky customer! You're probably a bit of a sci-fi fan, but you're not entirely satisfied with the usual frenetic plotlines. You want provocative ideas and well-thought-out charact... Read more

Iain Banks

So, you're looking for a substantial novel, something pretty contemporary though probably not science-fiction based. I'd suggest: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver/... Read more

Anthony Burgess

You like a challenge, but it should be something pretty up-yo-date. Modern novels are most to your taste, and you're probably a sci-fi fan. I would recommend: 1984 by George ... Read more

Emily Bronte

It seems you're looking for something low-octane and thoughtful, which has at least the traces of a past age about it. Psychological realism is important, as is a real-world setting. Let's see what... Read more

Klaus Mann

I get the feeling that you're quite hard to please! At the moment, you're looking for a book that is satisfyingly complex and thoughtful, with a good amount of both psychological and literal realis... Read more

Charles Dickens

Well, it seems that what you're looking for is a classic novel (or something that resembles one); a book with which you can curl up next to a roaring fire and pass the long winter's evenings in fas... Read more

George Eliot

You're a big fan of complex plots and big, fat books. The more pages, the more twists and turns, the more realistic characters, the better. You're a tricky customer, I must ... Read more

J. M. Coetzee

Interesting! It seems you're looking for something relatively challenging, full of good ideas and realism. You also tend towards an interest in the psychology of characters - and a... Read more

Kurt Vonnegut

OK, it seems that you're looking for a book which has something of an emphasis on philosophy and on its characters' internal lives, but without too much romance or fantasy. You like some complexity... Read more

Thomas Hardy

You probably like classic literature when you're in the mood, bur right now you're looking for something a little more thought-provoking than the usual costume-drama fare. I suggest you look... Read more

Neal Stephenson

You want a book to challenge you - a three-course meal, not bubblegum. You're keen on realism, historicity, and new ideas. A good plot is a must. I would suggest you look at the following:/... Read more

Iain M. Banks

Your taste is pretty wide-ranging. You like good plots and interesting characters, and you're perhaps not too fussy about what genre a book belongs to, as long as it entertains you. I'd reco... Read more

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