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Subject: book recommendations?
Date Posted: 8/27/2008 3:55 PM ET
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I'm looking for some good books to read. The last book(s) I read were the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 4:17 PM ET
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If you enoyed Twilight you should try Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series.  The first one is Dead Until Dark.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Have you read Stephanie's book The Host?  In my opinion much better than the Twilight series (I didn't make it past the first one).

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:27 PM ET
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They don't have to be vampire themed books...


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Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:35 PM ET
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I've been reading Octavia Butler's Patternist series.  Not like anything else I've read, but fascinating.  It could probably be described as soft/psychological science fiction.  I have her collection Seed to Harvest which has four of the novels...but it is a wished book and it looks like my copy is likely to be taken in a game.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I just started Twilight...I wanted to see what all the hullaballo was about. I've just finished the first chapter, so far so good. 

Have you read The Historian? When I bought it I didn't realize it was a horror/vampire book! Not my typical genre, but I loved it.

Gargoyle looks interesting, you can enter to win a copy by clicking on the link.

If you click on this http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/stephenie-meyer/ it will bring you to an author profile on Fantastic Fiction.  If you scroll to the bottom you'll see a box that says "Visitors to this page also looked at these authors."

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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 9:34 AM ET
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The Geographer's Library

Arthur C Clarke's The Deep Range

Frederick Forsythe The Deceiver; The Avenger; the Afghan; The Fist of God; The Odessa File

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 10:38 AM ET
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If they don't have to be vampire themed, check out Julia Spencer Fleming's "Russ Van Alstyne/Clare Fergusson" series ( the first is In the Bleak Midwinter), or for something completely different, try C. J. Box's "Joe Pickett" series. Very different books that are interesting and exceedingly well written.
Date Posted: 8/28/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Everyone I know who's read Cormac McCarthy's The Road has loved it. I also really enjoyed Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's Random Family. She follows two girls / women from the Bronx for several years (maybe 15), and essentially writes their biography. Well done, and takes you inside the lives of people I rarely get to know well.
Date Posted: 8/28/2008 6:17 PM ET
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This may be a long shot because I don't know what you usually pick, but Tim Farrington's novels are great - Lizzie's War, the Monk upstairs, its sequel, the Monk Downstairs,  California Book of the Dead and Blues for Hannah.    Also, Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is an excellent novel. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:22 PM ET
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Earth of Fire, Sky of Ice AND The Summoning by Robert Hotchkiss

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:06 PM ET
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you should really check out Jodi Picoult's book. She writes about controversial topics and I love the way she writes them in multiple voices and from multiple perspectives.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 12:29 AM ET
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Wow, these look like some really great books.

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Subject: Recomendations
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 9:57 AM ET
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I would also recomend the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Also a really good book is Mathew Pearl's Dante Club. (from Amazon:Pearl's fiction debut should please fans of well-crafted literary mysteries. The title refers to an actual group of 19th-century Bostonians who gathered to translate Dante's Inferno for an American audience. Among the members of this exclusive "club" were poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, physician Oliver Wendell Holmes, and poet James Russell Lowell. While poring over the poem, the men find themselves on the trail of a serial killer who tortures his victims in ways that seem to be taken straight out of the pages of Inferno. The police are at a loss and must rely on the club members' unique knowledge of Dante's work to help catch the killer. Pearl, a recognized Dante scholar, uses his expertise to create an absorbing and dramatic period piece. Using historical figures in a mystery setting is not a new idea (e.g., Sir Isaac Newton plays detective in Philip Kerr's Dark Matter), but Pearl has proven himself a master.) 


Subject: so many books, so little time...
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Someone at work recomended a Canadian writer (of course, I'm blanking on his name,) but there is a trilogy called "The Fionavar Tapestry."  Very much like the "Lord of the Rings,"  the hero's quest style.

I'm a big historical fiction person and I just finished "The Lady Elizabeth" by Alison Weir.  There is also another fiction book from her "The Innocent Tratior" that is sitting in my to read pile (along with 20 others.)  What's interesting about this author is that she is a historical writer, specializing in the time period of Henry the 7th/8th and the key players around them.  So, it's interesting to she her write fiction.

I could go on and on, but here's a good start...

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:40 AM ET
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If you like YA fantasy consider trying The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander (first book is The Book of Three) and The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (first book is Over Sea, Under Stone). Like the Harry Potter series (which  I assume you have read, if not add it to your list), the books start out light and become progressively darker and more mature as the series progress.

Subject: Kim Harrison
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 12:12 PM ET
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If you like the darker side of fiction, Kim Harrison rocks! Easy to read and follow with lots of action and a little deeper stuff.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 6:51 PM ET
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I'm not sure what your usual tastes are, but if you like YA fantasy, I can't recommend the Twelve Kingdoms series highly enough.  It's a sort of Buddhist version of Narnia, and it has some of the most fascinating worldbuilding I've ever seen.  Neil Gaiman's newest, The Graveyard Book, is absolutely lovely, a coming-of-age story about a boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard.  I'm also currently hooked on the Temeraire series, which is the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons.  They're charming, quick reads.

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 7:45 PM ET
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What about Melissa De La Cruze?