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December 18, 2006


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I've been on quite a reading tear over the past few weeks (insomnia is both a blessing and a curse.) Anyway, here are some of the recent highlights:

Claire Messud's "The Emperor's Children"
David Mitchell's "Black Swan Green"
David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster"
Michael Lewis' "The Blind Side"
Phillip Roth's "Everyman"
Gary Shteyngart's "Absurdistan"

All were highly enjoyable (for their own reasons) but I think that you'll enjoy them (mainly because you're a writer yourself.) Each of these writers has a unique and distinct style. At the very least, I think you'll be impressed with their writing.

Let me know what you end up reading!


Hi MetroDad! Thank you so much for this awesome list. I'll definitely let you know what I finally read.

And that insomnia thing — we've got a bit of that going on around here, too. This is what we think is causing ours:
possible pre-holiday tension + too much work = too much thinking/decreased sleep

All I want for Christmas is a huge deposit in my sleep bank.

May your insomnia pass into oblivion soon (though it does sound like you're having fun with it). ;)


I might not be that much help as I read mostly sf, altho I do read action-adventure and thrillers (suspence/mystery) and probably haven't read a 'literary' book since leaving uni! lol!

But if you want a recommendation for a fun new series that is just pure fluff and entertaining, then try Alex Archer the Rogue Angel series starting with Destiny. Great stuff.


Alexandra — Sounds great! I'm adding the Rogue Angel series to the list. Thanks for this.

I wonder how many other people haven't read a 'literary' book since uni — somehow I don't think you're the only one.

S William Shaw

The Magician's Nephew, by CS Lewis
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
The Gunslinger, by Stephen King
Song of Kali, by Dan Simmons
The Scar, by China Mieville


Steve — Thanks for a second list! I've read the Magician's Nephew and the entire Chronicles of Narnia. They inspired me to write when I was a child and still hold magic for me today.

The others I don't know. They're added to the list!


'There Is No Me Without You' by Melissa Fay Greene.

Life changing

Mary, mom to many


Mary — Thanks so much for your recommendation! I'll add it to the list.


Here's a few of my favorites:

Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane
The Brothers K, by David James Duncan
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, by Steven Sherrill
Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem
Clea's Moon, by Edward Wright
Silent Joe, by T Jefferson Parker
A Fistful of Rain, by Greg Rucka


Frank — Thanks so much for this list. The only one I've heard of is Motherless Brooklyn, so all the other ones are completely new to me. Great!

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