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#1 bobblybear

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 07:58 AM

I recently finished The Humans, which is the first book I have read by him. I've just written up the review on my Book Log and it's brought back to me how much I really enjoyed it. :boogie:

 

Does anyone else have any recommendations about which book to read next? I enjoyed the humour and the wittiness, but also enjoyed his engaging, but easy-to-read writing style.

 

I've heard The Radleys mentioned quite a bit, and it appears he has also written quite a few children's books.

 

Anyone else enjoy his books?

 

 



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 08:38 AM

I have The Humans on my wishlist thanks to chesilbeach :)

 

I've read three of Haig's other books: The Radleys, The Possession of Mr Cave, and The Last Family in England

 

TLFiE is one of the best dog themed books I've ever read, along with The Art of Racing in the Rain. The story's told from the viewpoint of a Labrador. I dare you to try and read the book and not get emotional! 

 

The Radleys was really good, too. I think it might be similar to The Humans, in the tone and theme, because it's a vampire book. 

 

TPoMC l wasn't all too keen on, but it might have been that I wasn't in the right mood for it. I know Weave enjoyed it :)

 

So... I would definitely recommend The Radleys and The Last Family in England, at least :)


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Apart from The Humans (which is my favourite novel of the year so far), I've only read The Radleys so far, and enjoyed it a lot, and it was because I'd liked it that I picked up The Humans, as I wanted to read more of Matt's books.   I'm definitely going to read more at some point, and will probably read the children's books too, as I'm like that … I tend to read everything by an author once they've got their claws into me! :D

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 09:58 AM

Oh, I didn't realise The Last Family in England was dog themed! :boogie:  I shall make that my next read then, followed by The Radleys (which always makes me think of To Kill A Mockingbird).

 

I'm not surprised The Humans is your favourite novel of the year, chesilbeach. It was such a good read. I'd say it's probably my second favourite (after I Am Pilgrim).



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 06:20 AM

I read 'The Possession Of Mr Cave' and really enjoyed it. A very good writer, and one who I keep meaning to read more of but haven't as yet. 



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 02:49 PM

The Amazon descriptions of The Humans, The Radleys and Mr. Cave, are very interesting.  Thanks for adding to the sample pile, folks.  ;)  :giggle2:


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 03:58 PM

I read The Humans earlier this year - probably the funniest book I have read so far, but I haven't read any of his other ones yet.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 04:49 AM

I really enjoyed The Humans. I have yet to read anything else by him, though.

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 10:14 AM

I see Haig's come out with a new book, Echo Boy! They have copies at the library, good stuff :)

 

Hm, the book's been out since March 2014, and yet I see no one's mentioned it on this thread....

 

 

Edit: No one's mentioned To Be a Cat, either! :o 


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 11:25 AM

Here's the full list of his books from http://www.fantastic...uk/h/matt-haig/

Series
Shadow Forest
1. Shadow Forest (2007)
2. Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll (2008)

Novels
The Last Family in England (2004)

aka The Labrador Pact

The Dead Father's Club (2006)
Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest (2007)
The Possession of Mr Cave (2008)
The Runaway Troll (2008)
The Radleys (2010)
To Be A Cat (2012)
The Humans (2013)
Exquisite Corpse (2013) (with Naomi Alderman, Stella Duffy, Joe Dunthorne, Stuart Evers, Vanessa Gebbie, Alex Preston, Kamila Shamsie, Marcel Theroux and G Willow Wilson)
Echo Boy (2014)

Collections
Haunted (2011) (with Susan Cooper, Joseph Delaney, Berlie Doherty, Jamila Gavin, Robin Jarvis, Derek Landy, Sam Llewellyn, Mal Peet, Philip Reeve and Eleanor Updale)


Non fiction
Humans: An A-Z (2014)
Reasons to Stay Alive (2015)


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 05:52 PM

I see Haig's come out with a new book, Echo Boy! They have copies at the library, good stuff :)

 

Hm, the book's been out since March 2014, and yet I see no one's mentioned it on this thread....

 

 

Edit: No one's mentioned To Be a Cat, either! :o

I have both of these upstairs, but haven't gotten to them yet. 



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 06:09 PM

I can't wait to explore more of his work next year!  I just finished The Humans and really liked the wittiness.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:57 PM

I read The Radleys, but I wasn't a big fan. I might get round to some of his others sometime.

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:50 AM

Interesting titles...never heard of this writer. Would they be suitable for a 12 year old? One of my kids has been getting into Neil Gaiman and I am looking for something that she might like.



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Posted 04 December 2014 - 11:29 AM

I'm pretty sure 'To be a Cat' is suitable.



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Posted 05 December 2014 - 12:35 AM

I'm pretty sure 'To be a Cat' is suitable.

 

But none of the others though?



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Posted 05 December 2014 - 03:56 AM

The Humans is definitely not suitable for a twelve year old.

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 10:41 AM

The Humans is definitely not suitable for a twelve year old.

Ah OK thanks



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Posted 05 December 2014 - 11:45 AM

It's clever as can be, and you'd probably enjoy the heck out of it, but it has quite a few adult elements in it.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:54 AM

But none of the others though?


I haven't read them, so I'm not sure. I started To Be A Cat, and it seemed to be for younger readers.




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