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December 04, 2006


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S William Shaw

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry. I short, quick read...and a page-turner.



You could start there. It depends on what types of stories you like. I like everything from sci-fi to mystery/suspense (which I suppose isn't that broad) -- Dashiell Hammett isn't TOO far from Bladerunner.

I could suggest any number of sci-fi or hard boiled detective, etc.

What do you like?

Brenda Oig

After reading your post I had to think a little bit about what book I've enjoyed the most recently. I don't know what kinds of books you like to read, but one I think everyone should read (especially writers) is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is an inspiring book and one that makes you think. If you've already read it, my second recommendation is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. She's fantastic.


Thanks, everyone. This is great.

S William — I love "The Giver" but haven't read it in years. I may re-read it.

Eric — Thanks for the site link. I'll check it out. I like any story that is a "good read". I'll consider any recommendation regardless of its genre.

Brenda — "The Alchemist"— along with "The Giver" — are among my top favorite books of all time. I'll definitely look into the Jodi Picoult book.


The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block is decent. So is The Ax by Donald E. Westlake. Recently read those and enjoyed them.

S William Shaw

Have you read the next in the series?


Eric — I'll add them to the list. Thanks!


S William — No, I haven't! Didn't even know they existed.

What are they?

The Al

I love to read everything... fiction, biography, sci-fi, essays. Here are a few books that have influenced me over the years.

Passing for Normal, Amy S. Wilensky
Wisconsin Death Trip, Michael Lesy
My Traitor's Heart, Ryan Milan
Dispatches, Michael Herr
Embers, Sandor Marai
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
The Liars Club, Mary Karr
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Oliver Sacks

Look em' up and see what you think! Some of my favorites!



Al — Thanks for this list! Wow.

2007 is going to be a very good reading year for me because of everyone's suggestions.

Gavin Heaton

I am really enjoying Sarah Turnbull's Almost French. And quite like Michel Houellebecq -- but he is rather nasty!


Thanks for the recommendation, Gavin. Glad your comments feature is working again!

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