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14 July 2009 @ 02:51 pm
Looking for book recs  
I'm spending a lot of time reading lately and would like to know what books you love so that I can jump on board.

The latest books I've read (to save you duplicating)

Life of Pi (again, I love this book in so many ways)
Cloud Atlas (intriguing, strange, kinda cool)
The Kiterunner (not as impressed with this as I know a lot of you are, I liked it, but it took me a while to get over my contempt for the (anti)hero)
The Righteous Men (and the other two Sam Bourne books)
Lisey's Story (this book? I adore beyond reason)

There's loads more but that might give you an indication of my reading patterns.

So, suggestions?
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velvetwhipvelvetwhip on July 14th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid my reading tastes diverge widely from yours. Sorry.

Willowgreenwillowgreen on July 17th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I really liked "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." Also just read "The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte," and although I was dubious about it for the first fifty pages or so, I wound up really getting into it. Now I'm all excited to read the Bronte novels I never bothered with before--I'm already reading "Agnes Grey."
frogfarm on July 17th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I've said it before, I'll say it again: Neal Stephenson's THE DIAMOND AGE was the last work of fiction that made me give a damn. Laugh, cry, cheer, you name it.

(It's also the last book of his I've been able to enjoy, though I've tried a few since. I keep hoping he'll come up with yet another heartbreaking work of staggering genius.)
looking happily deranged: SPN - pr0nbellatemple on July 17th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
A few things which may take a flying leap out of your usual genre or what have you:

Elizabeth Peters -- most anything by her, and she's got a huge volume of work. She's been writing since the seventies, and has several series. . . . Her books are pretty much all art history and/or archeology based romantic mysteries. The most popular are the Amelia Peabody books about a woman in the turn of the 20th century who falls in love with Egypt and Egyptology in spite of the fact that every time she's there, someone tries to kill her -- I loved the first several of these, but she's still putting them out and there's, like, 20 in the series now or something and it's all more about her kids than anything else and World War I and I just can't follow it any more. My favorites are the Vicky Bliss novels, they start with Borrower of the Knight (and sort of with Camelot Caper), but really get going on Street of the Five Moons, where Vicky first meets Sir John Smythe, the rakish jewel thief. Yeah, there's a reason why I've grown up into a hopeless romantic (and why I loooved Dean/Bela).

Christopher Moore -- I like his early work better than some of his more recent stuff. Anything pre Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is worth a look. My favorites are Island of the Sequined Love Nun and Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. His later stuff is still good, it just hasn't been able to hold my attention quite as well.

Tom Robbins -- has actually started losing me as a reader a bit. Let's just say don't read Fierce Invalids at Home From Hot Climates or Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, shall we? I very much enjoyed Villa Incognito and Jitterbug Perfume, with Skinny Legs and All trailing a it behind those two. I never did make it far into Another Roadside Attraction, though. He's good, but he's very wordy and dense, rather to a fault at times, and very full of himself as a writer, and it shows.

Michael Chabon -- Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is very, very good. His nonfiction work Maps and Legends is fabulous. I need to read more of his stuff.

And lastly and most absurdly (what? It's me. Where do you think all that fic comes from?), George Saunders, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. This one's short. Like, very. But very good, in the allegorical way.

And now I must be off to work, and not still staring at my bookcase. Have fun!
velvetwhipvelvetwhip on July 17th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I adore Andrew Vachss, but he's not a cheery read. His books are about a sort of underground detective who goes after the dregs of society. You don't have to, but I recommend going in order with his books, so if you're game, start with Flood.

I read a lot of nonfiction, and I'm not sure if you're eve3n interested in that.