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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Mary Jane, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Love this thread and I've written down tons of recommendations. Must start reading Stephen King, it seems...never read one of his yet!

    I love everything from trashy mainstream things to some of the more 'cerebral' stuff...mainly enjoy fiction though. My favourites:

    Golden compass trilogy - Philip Pulman. The movie was okay, but the ending was annoying and stupid, and wasn't faithful to the books. Good books and a little controversial

    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry. Depressing as hell but a piercingly clear perspective of the human nature. A pleasure to read

    Jane Eyre - charlotte bronte - I was so surprised that I enjoyed this, but it is now one of my favourite books. An easy and great read!!

    Chrysalids - John Wyndham. Big fan of alternative reality/scifi type things. Futuristic society type book.

    also enjoyed - terry goodking, jean m auel, ken follet, crichton
     
  2. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    xmpraedicta, I highly recommend Cormac McCartney. If you've seen the movie "No Country For Old Men", please read the book and tell me if they stayed true to McCartney's writing.
    He's THE best American writer alive, in my opinion.
    And read "The Road", too. Same author.

    Let me know what you think.
     
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    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Well, MJ I may have to read the book because I didn't get the ending to the movie 'No Country for Old Men.' True enough we watched the movie in segments as it was way too violent for the kiddos around. So, maybe we shouldn't have done that. But, both DH and I looked at each other at the end of the movie and said, "Huh??"
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    Okay, another for the book shelf.

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle but David Wroblewski.
     
  5. marc

    marc deathray

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    read 'the girl with the dragon tattoo' by steig larsson.

    do not read it to children, and don't read it if you're predisposed against hearing about the seamy underside of the human psyche. otherwise, excellent read.
     
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    Tracey Interloper

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    I'm looking for some new authors to devour.
    Has anybody read any of Lionel Shriver's books and if so, what did you think of them?
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    I've read that one and "the girl who played with fire" too. Way ahead of you marc.
    I'm now waiting for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to come out in paperback.
     
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    I just finished reading the Larsson trilogy that began with "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." I read them back to back, and WOW, what an engrossing story. Lisbeth Salander is one of the most interesting characters I've come across.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I just started the last of that series at the beach last week.

    Too bad Steig died. I'd have loved to read more.

    Another REALLY engrossing one I just read was Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. It's his first book, but a real grabber. I'll definitely be looking for more from him!
     
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    T. migratoris Active Member

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    I just started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a couple of days ago. Pretty good read so far.
     
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    Mary Jane New Member

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    I was out of new books last week so I re-read To Kill A Mockingbird.
    I could read it again right now. Such a good book.
     
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    Any new author recommendations?
     
  13. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    I got nothing. Maybe once winter hits...

    Question: Tracey, do you use a Kindle?
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    My wife and I each have Kindles, and they are great!

    I couldn't decide what to read recently, so downloaded A Murder on the Orient Express. After all these years, my first book by that old lady.
     
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    The Stonor Eagles, Callanish and Skallagrigg by William Horwood is some of my favorites. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak made me cry several times, but it is a "must read" book.
    And for those who love chilling murders, Karen Rose has some books that make me go to sleep with the lights on :) Die for Me is just great.......
     
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    No Kindle MJ - might get one one day. I like to curl up with a physical book.
    I did end up reading all but one of the Lionel Shriver books. They're all quite different but I enjoyed them all.

    I love a good murder too Vanda.
     
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    I felt the same way, so I put off buying a Kindle. Last week I had to take a gift card credit from an electronics store, and I really didn't have a use for it. So I decided to use it toward a Kindle. I LOVE IT. I'm wondering what took me so long. I bought a case with a light, so I can read anytime, anywhere. I can get any book I want with one click; and I can carry my whole library around with me. I'm anal enough to love that simplicity.

    I can't put the damned thing down.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Same here. I'm reading a LOT more now that I have one. Good news for Amazon, I suppose.

    If you're into crosswords, they are pretty nifty for them, too. Those Sunday NY Times ones by Will Short can be a killer.
     
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    Okay, now I'm weakening - I love crosswords.
     
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    I've recently read "the Mabinogion" tetralogy by Evangeline Walton , italian version :)
    now I'm reading a traslate from japanese of "I am a cat" by Soseki Natsume...it's very funny!