What say ladies! ;D Guys won't be interested, I don't think so...
I am not recommending these authors, but I have been reading their novels on a regular basis lately. I enjoy their work. They are popular in the ethnic genre of American romance novelists. They are Donna Hill and Brenda Jackson. I will also begin reading a novel by Nora Roberts, The Villa soon. She has a zillion books out in bookstores. She was inducted into the Romance Writers of American Hall of Fame. Just my two cents worth of info... Nana
Judge: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant, sir?
Defendant: No, sir. I'm the guy who stole the chickens.
I love Raymond Chandler and Isabel Allende. Right now I'm reading Middlemarch and I am finding that I really like it, much to my vast surprise. I'm not sure how I would have felt about it when I was younger though, it does tend to show the "big picture" when decisions are made impetuously without all the information by the younger protagonists. I mean, you always think you are making a reasoned adult rational decision and all the old fogies are just out of touch or out of their minds, but alas. Some of them do know what they're talking about.
Year Zero by Jeff Long. My brother recommended it to me it's fascinating. It's about an archaelogist who gets seduced by his unscrupulous partner's sister and conceives a child with her. The partner uses this to talk him into looting the Golgotha ruins (basically the scene of Jesus's crucifixion) of skeletons and vials of tears and blood (hermetically sealed - in the year zero, by Egyptian methods of those days) after a devastating earthquake.
Anyway, some rich shipping magnate gets ahold of a vial and unleashes a plague. The rest of the story involves cloning, Nathan (the seduced & betrayed one) odyssey to find his daughter in a ravaged world, and luckily for you all, I haven't finished it or I would undoubtedly ruin the ending for you. But I am surreptitiously reading it at my desk.
I'm currently reading The Tragedy of the Korosko By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Should I be in the Sherlock section?!
It is a short novel (less than 150 pages) about a group of British and American tourists in Egypt who are kidnapped by terrorists (This story set in the1890s is a surprisingly modern story apt for today! I might even say "ripped from the headlines!!"). It makes you look at and question the Christian/Muslim issue, why countries decide to police the world (in the 1890s it was the British). Doyle was really questioning British influence that was spreading over the world and whether they should be the policeman of the world and at what cost.
Post by comedykicks on Jan 4, 2006 19:37:45 GMT -5
I liked Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Its better than the moive and different too. Especialy from Lena's point of view with Kosto's. Ann Brashares has another book called The Second Summer of the Sisterhood and I'm going to attempt to read that soon as I can find it.
I would recommend Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. It's extremely clever and well written. I hear that its going to be a film this year but ... whether its as good as this book I will just have to wait and see
"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." Marcus, Babylon 5
One of my all time favorites is "The lovely bones" by Alice Sebold, don't know if it ever came out in paperback, I heard they were going to make a movie, Peter Jackson directing, I can't even begin to imagine...
It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.
I recommend Want to play by P.J. Tracy, suspense and murder related to a videogame.
And The Time Traveller's Wife, a story of love through time. The title says everything. One of my favorite books of all time.
I read these books this spring and I loved them both for different reasons.
About the DaVinci code, as a catholic and as european, I think this guy should have read more about us before writting anything. I don´t feel disturbed by his ideas, I've heard worse and I'm the first one to think our church needs more revision and less self-centered men but I think that if you are going to talk about something, learn about it first. He wrote a very offensive book, Digital Fortress, offensive because he described Spain as a place of shit, where hospitals smell like pee, phones don't work and other lies that prove he knows nothing about us, maybe he only googled for an afternoon and that was all. I'm not a patriot, just a girl pissed off because I think he doesn't deserve the fame he has.
If you liked The DaVinci code, read the last Javier Sierra's book, The Secret Supper, much better.
as far as the Fortress goes, I can see your point, if I was better at languages, I would move permanently to Europe - it has a wonderful culture that clicks really well with me.
as far as the DaVinci code goes, this was, is and always claimed to be Fiction, Pure Pure fiction. This guy is not trying to get anyone to think this really happened. I saw an add a church took out in a large newspaper ... "he is trying to get you to believe that Jesus was married" No, he was writing a story that had roots in real events - but not even trying to make it an historical fiction - he was struck by a story and created it. I can't see where he was trying to influence faith, the church - or reach out ito self-centered men.
Of course, now that I wrote all that, I think .... well, I can't speak for him, can I?
Exactly, everybody is focused on his ideas like if he had first-hand information and they are forgetting that it is only a book and they should focus on its quality as a work of fiction.
I personally don´t like his style, such a long book for a so short ending, like if he had been told he had 5 minutes to finish it. And I already mentioned his lack of background information. But I respect other people's choice and if so many people liked it, I respect it.
That's it exactly - just because he is good at painting a description; doesn't mean what he is describing is real. I want to slap the nuts who are reacting like that as all they are doing is driving up his publicity.
Although, I liked the D Code just fine as a book - not out of this world - but ok for me.
My next pick up is Atlas Shrugged some light summer reading.
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If you liked Da Vinci Code you might be interested in a book called Eight by Katherine Neville. It came out ten years before the Code and is a better read in my opinion, especially if you like the game of chess.
With the new Johnny Depp movie coming out, I've been encouraging my teenage niece and nephews to read the books of Raphael Sabatini. A wonderful writer (sadly neglected), Sabatini wrote great historical/adventure novels such as Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, and Bellarion.
Errol Flynn appeared in the movie versions of Captain Blood and The Black Swan and Stewart Grainger made an excellent screen Scaramouche. The books are so much better than the movies mostly due to Sabatini's wonderfully descriptive writing style. Mixing the fictional story with historical fact, Sabatini makes you feel like you are on the deck of pirate ship or fighting the bad guys.
Since you're talking about pirate/privateer books, I always enjoyed the "Hornblower" stories. A&E made and excellent series of it a couple of years ago, and I found the DVD's at my library. "Master and Commander" is another good one, even the movie was good.
This search for truth...it's not for the fainthearted.---Robert Goren
Post by loserbaby12 on Jul 14, 2006 12:34:22 GMT -5
I like the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. If you don't know what it's about, its about race and prejudice in the south in the 1930's and learning to "crawl inside other people's skin" before you judge them. I also like the book of poetry "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. I have dog-eared about thirty poems in that book!
~DeLani~[/b][/color] *PeOpLe CaLl Me StRaNgE* "I'll have a glass of vodka on the rocks...hold the ice. And the glass. I'll just drink from the bottle, thanks,"--my friend Graham NASCAR...because I've got a white-trash blackbelt and I'm not afraid to use it...