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Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by FlakeNoir, Nov 1, 2013.
Today is John Steinbeck's 112th birthday!
The booker prize winner for last year was the youngest ever she is a Kiwi born in canada. Eleanor Canton, the book is set in NZ during the gold rush and is a murder, love. ghost story. it has 12 men all telling a story relating to an incident by the same perosn that happened to them. the chapters are called after the signs of the zodiac and is about 800 pages. her descriptive powers are so good, you feel you are in the town where the gold is being mined.
James herbert RIP
Tom Clancy RIP
John Grisham - everything i know about american law, i learned from him
Michael Crichton - timelinel, pirates latitudes i think
Guy walters - historian pertaining to WWII
loved Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Part two of my favourtie writers
A chap from maine goes by the name of Stephen King
Lisa Randall (physisct)
and many many more
The bottom line is i just can't i repeat can't buy one book i come out with 3/4. even when i go to the library i take out 15 books(you are only allowed 12)
No particular order:
Philip K Dick
One of my favorite books ever.
After reading The Dark Half last month, I took the advice from Mr. King himself and checked out "Dead City" by Shane Stevens. He highly recommended it in the prologue, even named the fictional-fictional character from that book, Alexis Machine, after one of it's climactic characters. After reading the classics he suggested in "Danse Macabre" I thought it best to follow his advice once again. To be honest, I've only read "Dead City" so far but it was excellent and in terms of rawness, grit and prose, could very well be another "Richard Bachman", if you get my drift. Not very likely, though, as that book in particular was first published in 1972.
Brian Keene & Dean Koontz
I can't read Steinbeck without having my breath taken away and despairing of ever being anything but an unknown cypher in the Great Unwashed Ersatz Authors. (Fortunately, Mr. King addressed this in On Writing.)
Harper Lee. She had a story to tell. Just one, apparently. And she told it in unmatched style. I still remember reading that doggone book after I was supposed to be in bed, by the dim light of the overhead bulb in the hall, stunned at the announcement in the courtroom, whispering hoarsely and furiously, "No! No! No!" Never had a book affect me that much before or since.
Dave Barry. He makes me laugh. Like, every time.
...Mockingbird is a wonderful story and I keep hesitating to watch the film to possibly sully my appreciation of the book.
I wanted to mention The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. It is one of my all time favorites. The books are challenging just from a narrative viewpoint, but reading Durrells' prose is like having a painting leap off the wall into your imagination.
The film was extraordinary; both the book and the film can be appreciated separately.
Thanks Ms. H
I will try and fit it in this weekend, but it seems all I want to do is read.
my favourite authors pt 69
Carloz Ruiz Zafon(spanish Writer who wrote The Shadow of the wind
Pascal Mercier (nigth train to Lisbon,perlmann's silen(please note this is a very heavy book and may need 2 or 3 attempts)
Benjamin Black a/k/a John Banville an irish writer who wrote the sea.
Bill Bryson makes me laugh and laugh like a loon.
John Fowles (The Magus is one of my favourite books of all time)
*whispering* Jilly Cooper
did you read 'The rats' Trilogy? Mustangclaire. My favourite character is David Ash, - Haunted(saw the film with Kate Bekinsdale), The ghosts of Sleath and Ash.
Well there is a lot of them and in a lot of very different genres.
Ursula K. LeGuin
Diana Gabaldon (at least the first books in the outlander series is very good)
Ken Follett (not the thrillers but his historical novels)
Robert Harris (his historical work like Empire, Pompeji and Fatherland)
That is authors that have written many good things. Then I must admit I thouroyhgly enjoyed Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I thought that World war Z was probably the best book on Zombies i have read. A lot of good movies in that area but thats the only good book i found. Then I like wellmade alternate history such as the years of rice and salt by Kim Stanley Robinson and 1632 by Eric Flint
if you like alternative history, try Dominion by C.J. Samson, the premise is England, lost the war(at Dunkirk) Churchill is on the run with a band of rebels who are trying to oust the germans, and a former scientist holds a key to something that america is developing that could change the balance of power.
Thanks. I might just do that. Haven't actually heard of that one before but i check it out.