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1tanstaafl
Bearbeitet: Jan. 30, 2009, 1:44pm

HI, I'm new to the group, here is what I have read so far:

So far:

1. Echo Park - Michael Connelly
2. Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly
3. The Armies of Memory - John Barnes
4. Genome - Matt Ridley
5. You Suck - Christopher Moore
6. Disclosure-Michael Crichton
7. A Prisoner of Birth - Jeffrey Archer
8. Simple Genius - David Baldacci
9. High Profile - Robert Parker
10. The Mayflower and her Passengers - Caleb Johnson
11. Anathem - Neal Stephenson

2lenereadsnok
Jan. 31, 2009, 12:06pm

Welcome to the group. I see you have read a couple authors that I haven't, but hope to, read this year Christopher Moore and Jeffrey Archer. I plan on reading Kane and Able sometime this year. Did you like A Prisoner of Birth?

3ronincats
Jan. 31, 2009, 1:04pm

We share 155 books, so I'm starring your thread to see what else interesting you are reading. What did you think of Anathem? I picked it up at the library, but am dubious about delving into a giant tome right now.

4tanstaafl
Feb. 2, 2009, 6:50pm

Thanks.

Prisoner by Birth was OK, barely. It was a modern re-elling of the Count of Monte Cristo tale, but kind of plodding and with many characters that seemed hollow. Archer is not a great writer, but most of his books that I ahve read are good stories, he (usually) is a very good storyteller. I would recommend Kane and Able, or Not a Penny More, over Prisoner by Birth.

And Christopher Moore I love. A cross between Vonnegut and the Pratchett/Gaiman writing team.

5tanstaafl
Feb. 2, 2009, 6:54pm

I loved Anathem. BUt its a BIG book, and not just in the pages, it's complicated and deep. So read it when you have some time on your hands to devote to it.

Have you read any Stepheson before? If so you now what Im talking about - its back to more pure SF, but it still plenty of philosphical and historical meanderings along the way, it's just that the history is not of Earth. ;-)

6tanstaafl
Feb. 2, 2009, 6:57pm

12. The Sky So Big and Black - John Barnes

8shootingstarr7
Feb. 4, 2009, 1:46pm

What did you think of Never Let Me Go? I read it last year and loved it, but I know others have found it to be too slow-paced.

9tanstaafl
Feb. 4, 2009, 2:49pm

I loved it too. The book was slow paced, but that was the whole point of the way it was written, to slowly allow the reader into this world that was not the world you thought it was when you began reading the book.

If you have not read it already, I would suggest you try Under the skin by Michael Faber. A completely different dystopian universe, but many similarites in the way Faber tells his story, and in the quality of the writing.

10tanstaafl
Feb. 5, 2009, 5:52pm

15. Beggerman, Thief - Irwin Shaw

11tanstaafl
Feb. 8, 2009, 2:18am

Q & A - Vikas Swarup

12judylou
Feb. 8, 2009, 9:52pm

I have Q & A, but haven't read it yet. What did you think of it?

13tanstaafl
Feb. 14, 2009, 2:11am

judylou: Q & A was a great read. If you have seen the movie you will love it. If you have not seen the movie you will love it. How is that for a recommendation?

;-)

14tanstaafl
Feb. 14, 2009, 2:15am

16 Neuromancer - William Gibson
17 The Secret Founding of America - Nicholas Hagger
17 Bernard Cornwell - The Pale Horseman

15tanstaafl
Feb. 14, 2009, 2:15am

OK Ok I cant count ;-)

16judylou
Feb. 14, 2009, 2:39am

That's an excellent recommendation, tanstaafl!

17tanstaafl
Feb. 15, 2009, 3:27pm

19. The Namesake -Jhumpa Lahiri
20. Up Country - Nelson DeMille

18tanstaafl
Bearbeitet: Feb. 18, 2009, 3:53pm

21. An Insider's View of Mormon Origins - Grant Palmer
22. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol