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Subject: What is your favorite newer release?
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 7:48 PM ET
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I'm looking for some reading ideas. What are you favorite new releases the past couple of years? I'm open to any genre. I just need some ideas of newer books, or ones that you just absolutely loved and couldn't put down. I look forward to all of your ideas.

Wendy

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 9:43 PM ET
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This is one of the best books I have read this year.

The Lost Men - The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party by Kelly Tyler-Lewis

Excellent! Very compelling book about the struggles of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party who sailed to the other side of the Antarctic to lay supply depots for Shackleton's attempt to be the first explorer to cross the Antarctic. Very well researched. I liked the analysis of their lack of nutrition, the voyage did not have nearly enough financial backing to properly outfit the ship and men, and the information about the physical and mental struggles the men had to overcome. Many direct quotes from the men's diaries.

This was an '06 release.

Another one that was intriguing was We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

This book was so many things . . . sad and depressing but also thoughtful and the last 50 pages had plenty of surprises. Kevin’s last conversation with his mother was brilliant.

 

Also an '06 release.

 

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I have become sucked into the world of alternate history. I found the following ones gripping.

S M Stirling's Island in the Sea of Time and sequels. (Nantucket is scooped out of the modern world and sent to 1250 BC)

Eric Flint's 1812 and 1824 (A small change in the War of 1812--major wound turned into a minor wound--greatly affects teh course of US history and prevents the trail of tears. . Also 1632 (WV mining village transported to 17th century Bavaria).

 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 10:03 AM ET
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I loved The Thirteenth Tale, Water for Elephants, and The Time Traveler's Wife. I highly recommend all three.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 11:51 AM ET
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I mostly read older books, but sometimes a new release catches my eye, my favorites have been:

non-fiction- The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale, The Dead Travel Fast by Eric Nuzum, The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs, The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hajdu, The Family that Couldn't Sleep by D.T. Max

fiction- The Terror by Dan Simmons, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Boomsday by David Buckley

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 5:50 PM ET
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This weekend I read Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani and loved it. I'd never heard of this author before and have already started book 2 in the trilogy (Big Cherry Holler) and this morning I ordered the third book.

The first one was published in 2000, so it probably doesn't qualify as "recent", but both it and the author were new to me.

And yes, I've already listed Big Stone Gap so I can share it with someone else.

I love reading everyone's recommendations - that's how I find new authors to fall in love with!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:42 PM ET
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Here's some newer series I've read recently and just loved.

The CS Harris Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series (When God's Die, What Angel's Fear etc...,)

Deanna Raybourne series which starts w/Silent in the Grave

Anne Perry just finished a wonderful series about a Brittish family going through WWI.  It's really wonderful and I highly recommend the book.  The books are No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade and We Shall Not Sleep.  Read them in order. 

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 7:56 PM ET
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I enjoyed the Islands in the Sea of Time series, but loved Stirling's Dies the Fire series.  I can't wait to read the 2nd book in his Change series also.

I'm trying to think of newer books I've read recently and enjoyed....  off the top of my head, World War Z by Max Brooks, The Duma Key by Stephen King and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  I've been reading a lot of nf mil-history or history  with some light girly mysteries as a break, but I was in the mood for something different and loved each of these books.

 

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I just finished reading Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer.  It was a very good book.  The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly was also very good.  I am going to start on Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult.  Not a new book but it comes highly recommended.  I like most of Picoult's books but not all of them.

Subject: Curious Incident
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 1:40 PM ET
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It's not too new, but I enjoyed "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime".  It has a really unique perspective and is an original style, definitely worth reading.

Jonathan Saftran Foer books (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) are supposed to be excellent, too, but I haven't quite gotten around to them yet.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I loved Everything is Illuminated and have recommended it to anyone who will listen.  Absolutely wonderful story and if you enjoy audio books, the reader is fabulous.  Heck, the movie is even pretty good, but read the book first. *g*   Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn't hold me in the same way, but it was a decent read.

Also have to second Duma Key and World War Z.  I listened to World War Z on audio book first and was so enthralled that I listened to the entire book without taking a break.  Duma Key is Stephen King at his very best, imho.  I hated to see the story end.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I just finished "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson and thought it was excellent.

Mike

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 2:33 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Digging to America by Anne Tyler (2006)

Also Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (2002), American Shaolin by Matthew Polly (2007, memoir), And Sometimes Why by Rebecca Johnson (2008), and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007).

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 2:34 PM ET
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I loved Everything is Illuminated and have recommended it to anyone who will listen.  Absolutely wonderful story and if you enjoy audio books, the reader is fabulous.  Heck, the movie is even pretty good, but read the book first. *g*   Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close didn't hold me in the same way, but it was a decent read.

Sandy, This made me giggle a little. I LOVED Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but I couldn't get into Everything is Illuminated at all.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 12:29 PM ET
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I put the audio for Everything is Illuminated on my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:41 PM ET
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Thank you all so much for all of your ideas and recommendations! I have placed many books on my wish list....Thanks again!

Wendy Wallace