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Subject: A couple of surprisingly good reads
Date Posted: 4/26/2011 4:39 PM ET
Member Since: 11/4/2010
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I stumbled across a couple of "hidden gems" when I purchased "A Love Story" and "Baggage" on the bargain shelf at my local bookstore.  Bargain priced books can sometimes be bargains for a reason, but these two books were really good reads.  They are now available on my bookshelf if anyone is interested!

"A Love Story" is a book that is about a relationship, as you might guess, but what makes it especially good is that it is written by two authors - male and female - and the love story is told from both perspectives.  It is a great twist on the usual novel.  And this book isn't a typical romance, it is more like the twists and turns of a real relationship.

"Baggage" is a book set in the Australian outback where a young woman has gone to live with her family...and we find out that she is also there to escape her past. This book is a great combination of adventure, suspense, and focus on the ties of friendship and family.  I was really glad I found this one!  It's also a great light read for a warm spring day.

Lots of the books on my shelf were "bargain books" that turned out to be really impressive.  It just goes to show you can't judge a book by its pricetag!

Date Posted: 5/22/2011 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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I know what you mean.   I picked up "Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint while on vacation.  Thebookstore in Traverse City had a truelu sad SF sectiion, but I was desperate.  Suprisingly good read.  Since I've triede other de Lint books and not enjoyed them as much.

The other, "A Time To Hunt",  (by Stephen Hunter )was found at a motel with a "take one - leave one" used bookshelf in the lobby.  Story of a Marine sniper in Viet Nam.  That was an excellent book, and led me into reading the rest of the series about Bob Lee  Swagger.  The movie "Shooter" was based on one of the Bob Lee Swagger books. 

Last Edited on: 5/22/11 11:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/24/2011 1:40 AM ET
Member Since: 10/3/2006
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I am sooooo with you on the Charles de Lint books.  The man is a flippin' genius with words.  They discovered me a few years ago and I got thoroughly hooked!.  Yes - I did mean "they discovered me" because I think books seek us out for a reason.