Book suggestions request

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  1. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    After tonight I want to take a short writing vacation, i really, really want a new book.

    but since Im an ebay seller/buyer and i live a block away from a huge used book store, literally every author I like, I have tracked down every book they own and read them all.

    I need something new, an author I dont know about. I want lighter reading, a novel of some sort.

    So my favorite authors that best reflect what I enjoy:

    Kurt Vonnegut
    Herman Hesse
    John Irving
    Chuck Pahliunuk
    James Clavelle
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    Paolo Coelho
    Tom Robbins
    Neil gaiman
    Milan kundera

    So considering that list, do you enjoy any of those authors and can think of someone related I might be able to find tonight at either a local bookstore or a borders?

    oh yeah, asimov, piers anthony, heinlein and dan brown are also already well covered for light reading

    any thoughts? Ive proven to be genuinely incapable of just browsing around and finding a gem

    1. gunsock profile image78
      gunsockposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hi sunforged

      I see you have John Irving in your list - so I know you have great taste! 'A Prayer For Owen Meanie' by him is just a wonderful book, both sad and funny at the same time. The scene where little Owen has to play the role of baby Jesus in the Nativity play is laugh-out-loud funny.

      Have you read 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martel? If not try it. It takes some getting into but its well worth it.

      Or maybe one of Haruki Murakami's novels - 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' is particularly good.

      One more - 'The Story of Lucy Gault' by William Trevor, is very moving and tender.

      Hope you find something you like.

      1. sunforged profile image74
        sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        now, im excited.

        youve referenced Irving and "life of pi" , ill be on the lookout for both those books, thank you!

      2. wrenfrost56 profile image56
        wrenfrost56posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Life of pi, I'de second that, what a great suggestion. I loved that book. smile

        1. sunforged profile image74
          sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          thirded - i own 3 copies and i give them away whenever possible

  2. Arthur Fontes profile image77
    Arthur Fontesposted 13 years ago

    Victor Hugo Les Miserables  I just finished the book and really enjoyed it.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    William Peter Blatty who wrote the Exorcist has a new book - Dimiter. I'm reading it now. Verrrrry creepy and very good.

    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Im putting it on my list of authors to check out, lol, but..whats kind of a uniting thread with my favorite authors is humor (robbins),absurdity (vonnegut) or a positive message (coelho). The exorxist scares me, not sure if it will be the light or positive contemplative mood im looking for.

      i dont know how to pigeonhole hesse or kundera, but they are truly amazing.

      but Nelle, as i think I have commented on one of your hubs, I have actually read most all of the vampire series you have reviewed so my tastes get around, but i only picked those books up because my girlfriend left them lying around, Im wishing for a author like those I referenced... like, hmm "Life of pi"

      i know a very scatter brained response sad Its hard to describe something I dont even know exists yet

  4. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    that is a great suggestion and right down my alley, but its been read and re-read, as have most classics from aesop to virgil, im searching for something from this century, even this decade...someone I may have never heard of or is not so well known.

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image77
      Arthur Fontesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      How about the "Sword of Truth" series by Terry Goodkind.

      The show "Legend of the Seeker" is based on these books.

      1. sunforged profile image74
        sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Im unfamiliar with the show, but I have heard of the book series, I will take your suggestion. thank you, bet ill have a chance at the big used store near my house on those

    2. TheGlassSpider profile image66
      TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      How about Dave Eggars' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius? I loved it. And apparently he's become quite famous since he published it.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    Among Thieves by David Hosp is an intriquing who dun it based on the true story of the Gardener Robbery in Boston. Great thriller. Hosp is a local attorney and the book is based on lots of inside info and research.

  6. Sally's Trove profile image79
    Sally's Troveposted 13 years ago

    Maybe take a spin on mystery and crime with two stellar women authors...Nevada Barr and Janet Evanovich.

    I guarantee that you will laugh our arse off reading Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels and want to know more about history, geology, ecology, and crime with the Barr books.

    For sure, these are lighter works, maybe a change of pace from Vonnegut, Hesse, Irving, and the others.  Sometimes it's good to escape.

  7. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    Have you read any of James Patterson's books? I think he's absolutely brilliant and have read loads of his. He wrote a lot of police crime thrillers but his Maximum Ride series are amazing! They're about children that are half-bird/half-human. Oh I think he might still be a cop in those books too, can't remember.

  8. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    thanks for the suggestions, thank you very off to read book reviews and price comparisons.

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    blake4dposted 13 years ago

    You might enjoy Phillip K. Dick, William S. Burroughs, and Hunter S. Thompson.

    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      very accurate identification of where my tastes lie, but alas, I have already devoured them all..Phillip k dick sit strong on shelf of honor..although you remind me that there is no way I actually own ALL of thompsons work...the hunt is on

      Thank you!

  10. Randy Godwin profile image59
    Randy Godwinposted 13 years ago

    Yankee Pasha by Edison Marshall.  Adventure, romance, mystery, tragedy and humor.  A fun read!

    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, thats a total unknown to me will look into it further

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    logic,commonsenseposted 13 years ago

    Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison!

    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I do like harlan ellison but I havent collected and read all his works, good reminder im all over that one

  12. TheGlassSpider profile image66
    TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years ago

    *slaps forehead* I can't believe I forgot to mention Jose Saramago!

    Blindness or any others he's written.

    Phillip K. Dick is also an excellent suggestion

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    silkwormposted 13 years ago

    There are plenty good books I would recommend like "Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky", "Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond", I got plenty so lets read these two first.

  14. Sufidreamer profile image80
    Sufidreamerposted 13 years ago

    Glad that you like Neil Gaiman - top author.

    Don't know if you have tried Stephen R. Donaldson - his Thomas Covenant series is one that I return to often. Philip Pullman is another - 'His Dark Materials' hits the spot. Robert E. Howard's Conan is very underrated - much more subtle than people give him credit for. There is Terry Pratchett, too - good for light relief.

    That's all - I need to place a big Amazon order soon, or learn better Greek neutral

    1. sunforged profile image74
      sunforgedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      certainly a fan of the "His dark materials" series am actually angered that it seems the movies series doesnt have a snowballs chance in hell of being produced.

      Apparently, Pratchett, Howard and Donaldson need to make my list. Im sure ive read Donaldson but I really cant recall any details so it seems at the very least its time for a reread..if you like Gaiman, ill ahve to take your other suggestions

      1. TheGlassSpider profile image66
        TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Make sure you go to the bathroom before you read Pratchett...if not you'll pee yourself laughing. He's really THAT funny. I highly recommend Reaper Man.


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