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Initial post: Jul 5, 2012, 5:02:30 PM PDT
pat'spix says:
Let's start a new discussion that doesn't include The Hunger Games or any Shades of Gray, but actual fiction that has something more meaningful to say. How about it?

Posted on Jul 5, 2012, 6:42:42 PM PDT
Pen Lover says:
Stephen King's 11/22/63 deserves recognition. I am not a King fan, but this book is riveting. What would you do if you could step back in time? Whom would you save and would it make any difference? Fascinating.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012, 10:12:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2012, 10:21:24 PM PDT
thunder road says:
Sounds good to me. I have just read "Sound and the Fury" for like the 20th time, and "Ulysses" for the 4th. I always get something new out of these classics when I read them. I doubt that people will be saying the same thing about "50 Shades of Gray" 100 years from now...

That said, the best recently released book I've read this year is, ironically, "Lovely Bones." Big macho me found myself touched, and trying to disguise my tears, by the message of healing in spite of the evil ugliness existing in this world. I also loved "The Gathering." I am planning on reading "Infinite Jest" when the summer is over, since July and August mean beach time and baseball--not literary criticism!

For the summer, I am planning on reading "Gone Girl," and "Canada"-- both of which get rave reviews. I may throw in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". No doubt the book will be better than the movie.

I would also like to revisit "Cat's Cradle" (6th time?) and "Huck Finn" (30+ since it is my favorite book of all time).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 7:41:03 AM PDT
pat'spix says:
Thanks for suggestions. I did see the movie version of "Extremely Loud . .". It was exceptionally good. The boy who played the main character was an incredible young actor. I was tremendously moved
by the story. Opps! This is books, not movies. You're right, it's difficult to capture the essence of a book in a movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 7:42:18 AM PDT
pat'spix says:
I've always found Stephen King too scary, but I'l take a look at your suggestion. Thanks.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012, 2:36:03 AM PDT
Yvonne says:
I really enjoyed the Straw Men by Michael Marshall, lots of twists and turns. At the moment Im reading The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan, I was hooked from the first page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012, 2:40:56 PM PDT
Nibaur says:
I am a King fan but recently stopped reading his books. Thanks for the nod towards this book.Kindle Free for All: How to Get Millions of Free Kindle Books and Other Free Content With or Without an Amazon Kindle

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 12:56:34 AM PDT
Yvonne says:
i havent read any of King's books as yet but just picked up a 2nd hand copy of Insomnia so looking forward to getting into that.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 2:17:29 AM PDT
I just read a pre-release version of Once More a King. A good fast read. An unusual twist in that this is a Scottish mafia type story line. Apparently will be out in August.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 3:51:25 AM PDT
Yvonne says:
if your into the murder, mystery, thriller, serial killer type, then Georgio Falletti's I Kill is a good read, Lee Childs 61 Hours was quite good as well. If anyone has any other favourites that I could try please let me know...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 3:52:57 AM PDT
Yvonne says:
I like the sound of some of these, I will check them out :)

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 7:44:30 AM PDT
pat'spix says:
Murder mysteries - Henning Mankell, a Swedish writer, has a series of books featuring detective Kurt Wallender. They are very interesting, well written, lots of suspense, and you learn a lot about Sweden.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 8:48:07 AM PDT
Nibaur says:
Know Kurt Wallender through the PBS series and didn't know who wrote the books. Thanks, Found Jo Nesbo a great story teller.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 8:50:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2012, 6:27:59 PM PDT
Nibaur says:
I am reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. When I started the book I was weary, another story about Irish lads who come to America. But once I got into the story and was introduced to other characters I was hooked.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 11:53:58 AM PDT
Nat H. Swann says:
Try Harbinger by Nat H. Swann, M.D.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 2:57:28 PM PDT
Yvonne says:
ok great will make a note of those suggestions, thanks heaps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 6:15:59 PM PDT
pat'spix says:
I agree about Jo Nesbo. My local library has nothing. But they have shelves and shelves of James Patterson -so unmemorable!

Posted on Jul 11, 2012, 6:24:09 AM PDT
If you want guts I'd say the Night Angel Trilogy, The Gargoyl. Last one that most won't read but is rather fearless is a manga called Angle Sanctuary. God is a bad guy, so is the devil.

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Posted on Jul 12, 2012, 7:33:12 PM PDT
Nibaur says:
One of my favorites is Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012, 1:46:48 PM PDT
How about Steinbeck and Jack London? Of Mice and Men and Martin Eden are deserved classics. Also, East of Eden is ten times better than either of the movies based on the book. The James Dean version covers only a fraction of the book.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012, 2:24:49 PM PDT
Yvonne says:
ok great will check those out, I am currently reading Split by Tara Moss at the moment and quite enjoying it. thanks for the suggestions

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012, 9:05:22 PM PDT
A Glx Girl says:
Just your name adds enough to "discussions" to make me laugh.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012, 9:08:24 PM PDT
A Glx Girl says:
Loved The Gargoyle. Wish there could be more from this author...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2012, 9:10:10 PM PDT
A Glx Girl says:
Loved this book, too. Author has a new book out - it's on my shelf but I haven't gotten to it yet. Reading The Age of Miracles, followed by The Virgin Cure and John Irving's newest.
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