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Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Mon, 11th Jun '07 10:30 PM


I'd be interested if any of you are looking for books based upon taking a quiz and learning about a new author or revisiting and author you haven't read in a long time.

When I took the Sploofizz challenge, I heard about the Jasper Fforde series of books with Thursday Next and have started reading them.

The Community Challenge reminded me of several books I want to revisit or read for the first time, including "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Anyone else find a good read here?


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 11th Jun '07 11:13 PM

Stop, you're making me all tingly. Nothing I enjoy (much) more than turning someone on to a good book. Check out my neglected "books" thread from Trivial Tangents - it's chock full of good stuff to read!

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 6:27 AM

Most likely there's already been a CC on favorite authors...but if not, it might present an excellent opportunity to introduce folks to new writers.

Not sure if I'd claim Dave Sedaris or H.P. Lovecraft, though....

Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 8:00 AM

Thanks, Smoke. I couldn't remember where your thread went. The Community Quiz on fictional characters, I think, really did it for me. My interested is re-sparked (I think I just made up a word) in some favorites and I'm learning about new ones.

That's one reason why I look forward to the batch of CQ's each month. I take them all, whether I know the topic or not.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 8:45 AM

After taking one of my quizzes, Lindyj recommended the "Between Heaven and Hell", by Peter Kreeft.

Here is what she said:

It consists of an imaginary conversation between CS Lewis, Huxley and Kennedy as the sit in a room waiting for --- judgment, I guess --I don't think it says what they are waiting for. They discuss their respective philosophies with Lewis representing Christian, Huxley New Age and Kennedy secular progressive. I thought it was an interesting idea since they died on the same day.

I went straight to, found it and bought it. It sounds very interesting.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 10:27 AM

Speaking of the Fictional Character's Community Quizzes, Nancidru ... I was expecting a Nancy Drew Fictional Character's quiz from your direction!


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 10:48 AM

Me too!

Robert, that does sound interesting! What a lot those three would have to say to each other!

Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 11:36 AM

Umm, Koota, I thought about it, but didn't think there would be that much interest. Maybe a girl detectives' quiz...

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 189.8 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 1:14 PM

The women's murder club series by James Patterson is a page turning good read. There are six in the Lyndsy Boxer series. Check them out.
Also: The Lovely Bones - by Alice Sebold; The Secret Life of Bees - by Sue Monk Kidd;
Unless - by Carol Shields; The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseira. Also I enjoy the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - by Alexander McCall Smith (I've read them all). I enjoy many different authors. I'll think of some more and post again! Happy reading everyone!


Marynuala  (Level: 139.8 - Posts: 996)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 2:51 PM

I read The Lonely Bones - fascinating and sad. I hope they make it into a film. I remember about the same time I was reading it, I also bought a book called The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Abum, recommended as something you are compelled to read in one go!

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Tue, 12th Jun '07 3:15 PM

Do you mean The Lovely Bones by chance?

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 3:53 AM

Your wish has been granted Mary. Peter Jackson is going to film it.

Geophile  (Level: 167.0 - Posts: 1544)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 3:17 PM

Has anyone read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Kahlid Hosseini? He wrote the "Kite Runner" and this was even better. Good insight into Afghani culture and the whole Russian/Taliban/U.S. involvement, without losing the thread of a wonderful love story.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 4:28 PM

See if you can find a copy of "Metamorphosis - Stages In A Life" by David Suzuki. It is a fascinating insight into this multi-talented Canadian/Japanese genius.


Carreau  (Level: 245.9 - Posts: 140)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 4:45 PM

I have A Thousand Splendid Suns on hold at the local library, having read and enjoyed The Kite Runner. Another book I liked, featuring a different take on Middle-Eastern culture, was The Terrorist by John Updike. I've always enjoyed his novels and short stories. This one was sort of a departure from his usual approach.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 5:16 PM

I've been leery of his departures. I didn't like The Coup, but I've been intending to read Terrorist. Just not in a head right now that wants to go there.

Geo, I can't recommend stongly enough that you read Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. I just know it would suit you down to the ground.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 9:36 PM

Smoke: I have that one on my shelf right now, on your recommendation! Maybe I'll queue it up for when I finally finish "World War Z"

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 13th Jun '07 9:44 PM

Fabulous! I'm so looking forward to talking about it with someone who's read it! I put it in my top 3 for the past year. Really sticks with you too.

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