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The Best of the Rest

Pierre Ricolando "Rico"
The list author says: "These are books I have read and enjoyed, but don't quite qualify as an elite book."
Germ:  If You Breathe, It Will Find You
Germ: If You Breathe, It Will Find You
"A great premise with good writing.  Thrills on every page."
Amazonia
Amazonia
"The jungle never seemed so dangerous."
Ice Hunt
Ice Hunt
"Subs, grendels, and a frozen ice station...How can you go wrong with this one?"
Excavation
Excavation
"A fun read."
My Ishmael
My Ishmael
"The gorilla is back, but this time he is teaching an adolescent girl."
Skin
Skin
"Great plot with many twists and turns."
The Alexandria Link: A Novel
The Alexandria Link: A Novel
"An ancient library possessing the most priceless collection imaginable.  Could it really have been saved?"
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
"Odd thomas is a very likeable character with a very odd gift."
False Memory
False Memory
"One of Koontz's more realistic plots, which makes it all the more scary."
After Dachau
After Dachau
"Awesome premise.  My only regret was that it was too short."
Timeline
Timeline
"My favorite Crichton read thus far.  One of the best time travel novels."
1984 (Signet Classics)
1984 (Signet Classics)
"As soon as you start reading it, you instantly know why it is a classic."
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"One of the darkest and most fascinating characters of all time.  Not sure why I liked it, but I did."
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
"Bradbury is a literary genius and this is one of the reasons why."
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
"One of my favorite pieces of classic literature.  Charles Dickens at his best."
Whiteout
Whiteout
"Another biological thriller to my list.  Not as good as Germ, but still good in it's own right."
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
"Makes you feel like the author was actually in Gettysburg at the time.  The best Civil War novel out there."
Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
"An amazing science fiction read.  I thoroughly enjoyed it."
The Flanders Panel
The Flanders Panel
"A great chess book.  The ending was a little disappointing after the twist was revealed.  Otherwise, it is flawless."
The Rule of Four
The Rule of Four
"Interesting characters and plot makes this book."
Fear No Evil: A Novel (No Evil Trilogy)
Fear No Evil: A Novel (No Evil Trilogy)
"A very intense thriller.  You truly hate the villains and feel for the victims while you cheer for the heroes."
Speak No Evil: A Novel (No Evil Trilogy)
Speak No Evil: A Novel (No Evil Trilogy)
"Very good thriller with another hated villain."
The Hunt: A Novel (Predator Trilogy)
The Hunt: A Novel (Predator Trilogy)
"My first by this author and now I am hooked on her plots. Her villains are very realistic and the plots are intense.  You know they are going to turn out for the best at the end, but that still doesn't mean your heart doesn't race throughout the reading of it."
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
"I chose this book to read for my literatue class in college because I had to read it for health as well.  I was very pleased I chose it.  The characters are very likeable and extremely realistic.  High school students everywhere deal with the same topics and should read this in school."
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
"The writing is exquisite and helps make the plot roll along.  The characters are ones you will never forget.  Bradbury is one of the most gifted writers of all time."
Twisted: A Novel
Twisted: A Novel
"I bought this book because it was about a guy who murdered people on June 28th, which happens to be my birthday.  It was very enjoyable and the characters were great."
The Story of B
The Story of B
"Another masterpiece by Daniel Quinn.  Insightful and thought-provoking, but not quite the caliber of Ishmael."
Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard
"An excellent historical novel.  Great story with great characters.  It was read in a few days while camping.  Extremely pleased with the outcome."
The Book of the Dead
The Book of the Dead
"Agent Pendergast at his best.  Very good read."
Dance of Death
Dance of Death
"An excellent battle of wits.  Very good."
Brimstone
Brimstone
"My first introduction to Agent Pendergast and then I was hooked.  Pick this up and you'll be hooked too, guaranteed."
The Atlantis Prophecy
The Atlantis Prophecy
"This one is much better than the first.  It got a little boring at the end, but was worth the read."
House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1)
House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 1)
"A good read for all ages.  I got my wife to read it as well and she's looking forward to reading the next one along with me. This is one of the most fan-friendly authors out there.  My students read this in class, and got to talk to him too.  One of my favorite authors."
Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 2)
Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 2)
"The plot never ceases to entertain or amaze.  Very suspenseful and easy to read."
Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 3)
Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings Series, Book 3)
"Can't wait for the next one."
The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1)
The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1)
"The first of the series.  Gets going and doesn't give up.  It's for adolescents and adults alike.  Very intriguing concept here with different authors writing each new book.  Can't wait to see where they go."
One False Note (The 39 Clues, Book 2)
One False Note (The 39 Clues, Book 2)
"The second doesn't lose any of the first book's intensity.  Very well-written sequel.  Looking forward to the third."
The Fire: A Novel
The Fire: A Novel
"Not nearly as flawless as the first.  It is a good sequel, but seems forced at times and loses focus.  The first was such a classic, so this had a lot to live up to."
Schooled
Schooled
"A very funny concept of having a hippie as the class president.  There is a lot to learn from this novel, though.  Definitely should be taught in every middle school."
No More Dead Dogs
No More Dead Dogs
"I taught this for the first time this year, and will definitely be teaching it for as long as I am able.  Very funny book with some good life lessons."