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I have picked up blinding light his new novel and in the past I really enjoyed Waldo,Millroy the Magician,hotel Honolulu and his non fiction the great railway bazaar and sailing through China This new book is really fantastic.
Any thoughts on him folks?

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Travel books are top-notch, fiction is mediocre
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Agreed that the travel books are great. I've only read one of his fiction books (Saint Jack), thought it was interesting and was willing to read more - anyone got any recommendations or outright no-no's?
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he also wrote quite a bit of sci fi, which not being into sci fi i thought was crap

his travel books are immense. the great railway bizzare is, in my eyes the best travel book ever written. riding the iron rooster, was good but felt a bit samey the final 3rd. dark star safari when he goes overland from cairo to capetown is excellent.

has anybody else read 'the kingdom by the sea' he goes around the coast of the uk. bill bryson did the same but theroux is deeper, more intelligent and darker.

sunrise with sea monsters also good

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Hmm, I like the occasional bit of science fiction but think Theroux would be stretching it there. Saint Jack was about an ex-pat living in the Far East colonies, so exercised some similar skills to the travel writing, but seemed very obviously influenced by some of Graham Greene's stuff.

Oh, Great Railway Bazaar is fantastic. I bought/read books based off the interlude with Borges in Rio de Janeiro. The love of literature from the pair of them just came shining through. I also have to admit that I took a train journey from London to St Petersburg last year having been influenced by his travel writing...

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