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A lot of people have never come across Boy in Darkness, I love Mervyn Peake both as an author and an illustrator.
Peake is my Favourite author and Titus groan my favourite novel with Gormenghast as my second.
 

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The deepest Sea by Charles Barnitz. 8th century Viking bard on a raidinto England finds himself seperated from his crew and traveling a cross the country having all kind of gripping adventures including attacking ships using Greek fire pretending to be a monk on Lindersfarne, meeting the ghost of the Venerable Bede and encountering the coolest dragon in literature since Smaug. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deepest-Se.../ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
 

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Peridio Steet Station by China Mieville . In the weird city of New Crobuzon, fat, eccentric scientist Isaac Dan dar Grimnebulin and his insect headed lover Lin uncover the horrid source of the hallucigenic drug dreamshit and become embroiled with an angry inhuman drug lord, security forces and giant mind eating moths with hypnotic wing patterns. One of the strangest fantasy books ever written and one of the nest.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perdido-St...eville+perdidon+street+station,aps,169&sr=1-1
 

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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peak. My number one novel. Gormenghast is a city sized, ancient city whose inhabitents are bound by complex law the purpose of which have long been forgotten. The birth of Titus Groan, son of Lord Sepulchrave and hair to the labyrinthine castle sends wheels of ritual into motion. Steerpike a conniving kitchen boy climbs the castles social ladder with manipulation and murder whilst Swelter, the evil, obese chef of Gormenghast engages in a vendetta with Mr Flay the cadaverous bodyguard of Sepulchrave. Awesome gothicness at its very best.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Titus-Groa...s+groan&qid=1587144598&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr
 

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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peak. My number one novel. Gormenghast is a city sized, ancient city whose inhabitents are bound by complex law the purpose of which have long been forgotten. The birth of Titus Groan, son of Lord Sepulchrave and hair to the labyrinthine castle sends wheels of ritual into motion. Steerpike a conniving kitchen boy climbs the castles social ladder with manipulation and murder whilst Swelter, the evil, obese chef of Gormenghast engages in a vendetta with Mr Flay the cadaverous bodyguard of Sepulchrave. Awesome gothicness at its very best.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Titus-Groa...s+groan&qid=1587144598&s=books&sr=1-1-catcorr
I assume you've read the third book? What about the fourth? And Boy in Darkness?
 

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Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson. During WWII a Danish soldier is catapulted to another dimention and becomes a prophecy fulfilling knight. Dragons, unicorns, tolls, giants, goblins, dwarfs and elves are all met along the way. Great fantasy romp that was highly influential on Dungeons and Dragons. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Hearts-Lions-FANTASY-MASTERWORKS-ebook/dp/B004BDOJLS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1FFYVO8JV3ZA&dchild=1&keywords=three+hearts+and+three+lions&qid=1587145717&s=books&sprefix=three+hearts+and+three+lions,digital-text,208&sr=1-1
Great, Great, Great! An obvious influence on Heinlein's Glory Road which I also love.
 

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Peridio Steet Station by China Mieville . In the weird city of New Crobuzon, fat, eccentric scientist Isaac Dan dar Grimnebulin and his insect headed lover Lin uncover the horrid source of the hallucigenic drug dreamshit and become embroiled with an angry inhuman drug lord, security forces and giant mind eating moths with hypnotic wing patterns. One of the strangest fantasy books ever written and one of the nest.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perdido-Street-Station-Crobuzon-Book/dp/B005LVYIV0/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3G354BDAUECEN&dchild=1&keywords=china+mieville+perdido+street+station&qid=1587143477&s=books&sprefix=China+Mieville+perdidon+street+station,aps,169&sr=1-1
Coincidentally, I've just written about Perdido Street Station on the dedicated China Mieville thread. I must've typed it within minutes of your post!
 

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What is your opinion of the third and fourth books?
Third is obviously cobbled together from Peak's notes after his death. It has an unfinished feel and i don't like the futuristic elements. Fourth book is just Titus stumbling from one situation to another. I do like it when he reaches Sark and meets Peak himself, his own creator. Didn't like the BBC series at all.
 

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The Borribles trillogy by Michael de Larrabeiti . Quite unlike anything you have ever read. Imagine Peter Pan crossed with the Wombles and Mad Max. Quite, quite brilliant and the most anarchic kids books ever written. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1447251792/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
I loved The Borribles books as a kid, Michael de Larrabeiti really had something against The wombles, in the books he had them as ferocious rat like beings with spears, called rumbles I think, quite violent for kids books.
 

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Last months I've been reading about the outliers of neurology and human behaviour. (Thankful not to have them personally.) I can recommend, about addiction:

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...h?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=CTIfURmIXZ&rank=1

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...e?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=obKpCNDGMS&rank=1

Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...c?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=RxFCRL2RCx&rank=1
 
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Then I drifted into "standard" psychotherapy and neurology. I can recommend:

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...y?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=6uCA3hZlhf&rank=1


Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...y?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=vum6wpC9mA&rank=1

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31170723-behave?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=MzMz85tkJn&rank=1
 
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Now I've drifted into reading about eating disorders. It is surprisingly subtle and complicated. I can recommend these two books. The first one is well written and seems to be notorious because people with an eating disorder often use it as a "how to do it" guide, instead of a guide how to get better:

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...arch=true&from_srp=true&qid=qbxhdThHQi&rank=5

Purge: Rehab Diaries

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6114974-purge?from_search=true&from_srp=YyyAkqTTSH&qid=1

Both books have a relatively happy ending.

And reading them, I was reminded of some medieval saints. Might for example St. Liduina of Schiedam have had a bit of anorexia?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidwina
 

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And now I have a question.
Next up I would like to read about the transgender phenomenon, that is such a heated topic of discussion.

Do you know any readable and reliable books about that?
 

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And now I have a question.
Next up I would like to read about the transgender phenomenon, that is such a heated topic of discussion.

Do you know any readable and reliable books about that?
After the unrelenting barrage of misery you’ve listed above, might l suggest a few minutes in the Humour section of Amazon Books?

maximus otter
 

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Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson. During WWII a Danish soldier is catapulted to another dimention and becomes a prophecy fulfilling knight. Dragons, unicorns, tolls, giants, goblins, dwarfs and elves are all met along the way. Great fantasy romp that was highly influential on Dungeons and Dragons. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Hearts-Lions-FANTASY-MASTERWORKS-ebook/dp/B004BDOJLS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1FFYVO8JV3ZA&dchild=1&keywords=three+hearts+and+three+lions&qid=1587145717&s=books&sprefix=three+hearts+and+three+lions,digital-text,208&sr=1-1
Poul Anderson - very underrated The Broken Sword is one of the best fantasy novels written. He also heavily influenced Micheal Moorcock.
 

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I loved The Borribles books as a kid, Michael de Larrabeiti really had something against The wombles, in the books he had them as ferocious rat like beings with spears, called rumbles I think, quite violent for kids books.
Yes and it promotes murder too.
 

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This looks like an interesting book:

Guidebook for an Armchair Pilgrimage (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Juli 2019
von John Schott (Autor), Phil Smith (Autor), Tony Whitehead (Autor)
Pilgrimages—real and imagined—are always popular, sometimes compulsory. In the 15th century, Felix Fabri combined the two, using his visits to Jerusalem to write a handbook for nuns wanting to make a pilgrimage in the imagination, whilst confined to their religious houses.
For Guidebook for an Armchair Pilgrimage, the authors followed Fabri’s example. First they walked together over many weeks, not to reach a destination but simply to find one. Then, in startling words and images, along lanes and around hills, into caves and down to the coast. Over the course of the 19-day Armchair Pilgrimage, they invite the reader to experience the world around them just as they did as they walked.
https://www.amazon.de/Guidebook-Arm...+an+armchair+pilgrimage&qid=1587911607&sr=8-1

And I'm reading two quite OK collections of horror stories. As with all collections, some stories are phenomenally good ("The atlas of hell" by Nathan Ballingrud is great, I re-read it several times.) and others are "meh":

Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42299829-wounds?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=aioRXfhI3A&rank=1

Sefira and Other Betrayals, by John Langan,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show...arch=true&from_srp=true&qid=GBWCGM13FM&rank=1
 

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The Sefira book was not so satisfying. The Borders of hell book had three very, very good stories.

I'm reading this book now and I like it. It seems to have some cult status:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Leaves
Browsing on Amazon I saw this:
https://www.amazon.de/Swim-Through-...rch+for+mystery&qid=1588416690&s=books&sr=1-3
Craig Smith was a 1960s golden boy good looking, charismatic, outgoing; a preternaturally gifted musician and songwriter whose songs were recorded by some of the biggest names in entertainment Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, the Monkees. His future success seemed assured, until an unexpected turn of events plunged him into a terrifying darkness. Clean-cut Craig Smith became Maitreya Kali, the self-proclaimed psychedelic Messiah. He laid out his poignant, disturbing schizophrenic vision on a sprawling self-released double-album before disappearing completely. Author Mike Stax spent fifteen years piecing together the mystery of Maitreya Kali, uncovering one of the strangest and most tragic untold stories of the 1960s and 70s.
 
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