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A Listmania! list by G. Yam "gary3911"
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The Lord of the Rings - illustrated hardback
1.  The Lord of the Rings - illustrated hardback by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "Although it's a cornerstone of 20th century pseudo-medival fantasy, it's poorly written and extremely overrated. Possibly the most overhyped set of books of all time."
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Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set: Three Volume Set: Dragons of Autumn Twilight / Dragons of Winter Night / Dragons of Spring Dawning
2.  Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set: Three Volume Set: Dragons of Autumn Twilight / Dragons of Winter Night / Dragons of Spring Dawning by WEIS
The list author says:
  "Newer, better, bolder.  Although basically telling a similar story to LOTR, this collection is beautifully written and MAKES SENSE. Not expensive, so LOTR fans - read and see how professionals write."
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Fermat's Last Theorem
3.  Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
The list author says:
  "Ok, it's a book about mathematics. It helps if you have a good understanding, but the writing is good enough for even a maths flunkie to understand. Excellent, exciting account of an age old mystery."
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The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking
4.  The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh
The list author says:
  "By same author - anyone with even a passing interest in electronic security or military history. Must read. Excellent writing again."
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Kitchen Confidential
5.  Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The list author says:
  "If you like restaurant food, read this book. It's not an expose of kitchen practices - more a bio/day in the life of a high-flying NY chef. Passionately written and very funny."
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Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police
6.  Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger
The list author says:
  "Very funny and interesting. Forget it's about martial arts. It's about an Oxford graduate globetrotter finding meaning to his life in modern and ancient Japan."
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Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World
7.  Fast Food Nation: What The All-American Meal is Doing to the World by Eric Schlosser
The list author says:
  "Again, not an expose - more a social history of fast food. I don't know why so many comments of *you'll never eat another burger*. Not horrifying - extremely interesting and meticulously researched."
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Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets
8.  Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
The list author says:
  "Outstanding fly-on-the-wall account by journalist with Baltimore PD. No happy endings, no glamour, no cliche. Excellent in every sense of the word."
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A Maiden's Grave
9.  A Maiden's Grave by Jeffery Deaver
The list author says:
  "Most of Deaver's books I can take or leave. But this is by far his best. As an account of a hostage crisis, it is unparalleled."
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