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Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 20th Mar '08 1:42 AM


I'm heading to the library tomorrow since the water is down in my neighborhood (yes, I live in the area of Southeast Missouri that has flooded). Does anyone have any book recommendations?

Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Thu, 20th Mar '08 10:11 AM

It depends what you like of course, but I've just read "The Meaning of Night" by Michael Cox. I thought it was fantastic.

Taco24  (Level: 140.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 20th Mar '08 6:45 PM

I have heard people rave about "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.

From the Amazon site: "In his debut novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini accomplishes what very few contemporary novelists are able to do. He manages to provide an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political turmoil--in this case, Afghanistan--while also developing characters whose heartbreaking struggles and emotional triumphs resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned over. And he does this on his first try."

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 21st Mar '08 12:10 AM

I've read both "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns." I highly recommend both books. A great insight into the politics and culture of Afghanistan. The former is a story about boys, the latter about girls, so you really get to see both sides.

Thanks for the recommendations. Unfortunately, due to ongoing renovations of the children's library, the place was closed today and will be tomorrow. Guess that gives me more time to Sploofus, though.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 1:17 AM

I read "The Good Guy" by Dean Koontz on Tuesday. It was really good - not really a typical Koontz book as it didn't involve any supernatural phenomena. It sort of reminded me of the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child, which I LOVE!

Now I'm reading "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See and it is amazing. I love books like this that allow me to glimpse a culture with which I have no real experience.

Just in case anyone was curious.

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 10:41 AM

I just finished 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was a wonderful story of a special Greek family. It made me laugh and it made me sad. I went right out and bought his other novel, 'The Virgin Suicides'.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 4:32 PM

"What is the What" by Dave Eggers is an amazing book. Eggers was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". That book is awesome!


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 11:17 PM

I'm currently reading "Little Big Man" by Thomas Berger. The movie has always been one of my favorites and so far the book is turning out to be even better.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 11:26 PM

Finished "Snow Flower" earlier this evening. It was really good. Now I've started "Daughter of Joy" by JoAnn Levy. This should be interesting after "Snow Flower" as it was set in China in the 19th cent. and "Daughter" is about a Chinese woman in Gold Rush San Francisco. This will be an interesting contrast in the lives of the women, I think.

Anyone else want to let us know what you're currently reading? I'm adding everything to my list of "to-read" books.....

Tetley  (Level: 77.6 - Posts: 3)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 8:39 PM

Best book I read last year was the Zanzibar chest by Aidan Hartley

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 7:55 PM

Anything by Michael Lewis or PJ O'Rourke.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 4th Apr '08 9:03 PM

An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck. He's my hero.

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Thu, 22nd May '08 8:10 PM

Have you read any of Kay Hooper's books ? I really enjoy them ! Suspense/intrique stories with great
attention-holding powers.I hate putting one down until I am at the end, and then I'm sad it is over!She has even written about a special FBI unit that are all empowered with psychic/6th sense abilities of one sort or another and made them quite believable. Anyways,I always look forward to her next new release ,and just thought I'd suggest her as an option!
Whatever you choose ~ Enjoy!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 22nd May '08 8:35 PM

I'll add her to my list of authors to try. Thanks!

Kimoira  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 1195)
Fri, 23rd May '08 12:46 PM

I'm glad someone mentioned Dean Koontz. I just finished Odd Hours this morning, it's the fourth in the Odd Thomas series. I highly recommend the series but was somewhat disappointed with this book.

If anyone is an Odd fan and you've had the chance to read #4, please PM me.

I have some venting to do and I'd like some other opinions.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 23rd May '08 4:24 PM

Darn! I'm disappointed to hear the 4th Odd was disappointing! I loved those books and was looking forward to the new one. Oh, well. I'll still give it a try, I'll just remember not to get my hopes up.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 1581)
Sat, 24th May '08 6:59 PM

I love Dean Koontz as well and I've been looking forward to this one myself. I know I'll read it and I'll let you know what I think when I do. My first Koontz wasn't his first, Dragon Tears, it had me going back and reading all then never missing another. Lately, he's tied his books up too quickly for me. His earlier books weren't that way.

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