Books you've read and liked

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  1. solari

    solari GC Janitor Premium Member

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    I've been thinking it might be a good idea to have a thread for us to share books we've read and love (and to avoid). We can use the star emoji to rate the book, etc.

    Any interest?

    Ray
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    Dean Koontz, The Odd Thomas series.

    Each one gets better than the previous one!:star::star::star::star::star:
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    Brain on Fire by Susanna Cahalan

    It was a great read, highly recommended. I blew through it because I couldn't put it down. Here's the synopsis:

    When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

    In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. “A fascinating look at the disease that . . . could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.​

    More at GoodReads.

    :star::star::star::star::star:

    Ray
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    Some of my favorite books:

    The Baroque Cycle - pack a lunch, it's like 30+ hours of reading. I like Neal Stephenson a lot. If you want something a little more manageable try either Seveneves or Crytonomicon.

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. It won the Pulitzer.


    The Culture Series by Iain M. Banks. Straight up Science Fiction on a large scale. If you don't like Science Fiction, you won't like these books.

    The Humans by Matt Haig. An easy read, Science Fiction, but not so much that you can't enjoy it if you're not a Sci-Fi nerd like me.


    Really, if it's Sci Fi and not 50 years old, I've read it, or plan to read it, or will read it. And even if it's 50 years old, I've probably read it anyways.
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    Some of my all time favs vary:

    Everything by Cormac McCarthy. His Masterpiece being Blood Meridian. The border trilogy is a better introduction to his writing style - and an amazing story.

    Keri Hulme The Bone People

    Hitchhikers
    (5 book) trilogy. :)

    Love classics like Heart of Darkness and Lolita...

    Too many to list.

    Just finished reading Kingdom of Ice - a fascinating tale of an ill fated 19th century Arctic exploration.

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    Killer Angels by Jeff Sharra, very humanizing story about some of the key men at Battle of Gettysburg
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    My wife just finished Blood Meridian. Before she started it she asked me if I thought she'd like it. I told her, "It has a bit of violence and gore in it." According to her I may have undersold that aspect of it.
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    To Kill A Mockingbird ~~ Harper Lee
    The Stand, It, Tommy Knockers ~~ Steve King others from his early stuff except Pet Sematary
    Trout Fishing In America ~~Richard Brautigan
    Another Roadside Attraction Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ~~ Tom Robbins
    Dune & Dosadi Experiment ~~ Frank Herbert
    Most anything by Erle Stanley Gardner, Robert Heinlein, John D. McDonald, Michael Connelly or HP Lovecraft
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    Recently just read these again...

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    The Alchemist
    Catcher in the Rye

    All 5 star classics IMHO!
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    OMG. I LOLed hard. Yeah, kinda impossible to prepare anyone for that depravity.

    Kudos to her. Not may sentences go "____ just finished Blood Meridian."
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    She actually got me to read Cormac McCarthy in the first place (The Road, No Country). He's one her favorite authors, but for some reason she never read Blood Meridian. We don't have a huge overlap in what we read. She tends to like depressing books more than I do.

    I asked her for a non depressing rec. for this thread. I haven't read this yet, but it's on hold.



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    I liked Green Eggs and Ham. Although I dont think I read it myself. Does that count?
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    I read The Lemon Tree a few weeks ago and found it to be a very enlightening and compelling insight into the conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians. It is a true and verified true story. I learned a lot of history that does not seem to be taught widely in the US.

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    I forgot about that one.

    Agreed. I dug that book. A lot. I remember it being slow to get going though.
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    Audiobook version?
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    Steven King, The Gunslinger/Dark Tower 7 book series.

    One review...
    The Dark Tower Series Collection: The Gunslinger, The...
    by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)

    loved this series, can't say enough good things about it. It has taken him over 20 years to write it. I started with the very first book "the gunslinger" in the early 80's, not knowing it was going to be a series. I don't think Mr.King did either. I liked it very much, I still had the original publication, a little hardback book, up until a couple years ago when I lost everything I owned. when the second book came out years later, I was totally hooked, sat on pins and needles waiting all those years for the others, as soon as they were in the bookstores, I ran out and bought a copy. (sometimes the waiting in between books just about killed me) If you have never read the dark tower series I would highly recommend it. They are my favorite of all stephen king's work. Anyone who knows me,surely knows I have read everything he has ever published and by far, these are his greatest work. God bless you stephen king for making every long bus ride, airplane trip, layover, waiting time and down time i had to endure, an exciting,enthralling moment with your books, for over half my life

    :star::star::star::star::star:
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    My nine year old has started Harry Potter and I read a little bit of the first book with her and was impressed. I'm thinking I may try taking those down.

    What say ye? Is the series worth it?
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    It is very much worth the time. The author is a serious narcissistic flake these days trying to keep herself relevant, but the series is very well done.

    I started reading after seeing the fifth movie. By the time I was done, the sixth movie came out and I was up all night for two nights reading the final book.

    The funny thing is, the first book is almost word for word with the screen play for the first movie. After that, the books definitely have more to offer.
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