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posted on Nov, 21 2006 @ 08:19 AM
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Mike Nelson
Mind Over Matters

This is probably the funniest book I have ever read in my life. If you aren't familiar with Mike Nelson, GET THIS BOOK! Even if you are familar with him, you should still get this book!




posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 06:49 PM
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My fave reads

Author: Clea Koff
Title: The Bone Woman
What it’s about: An autobiographical account by forensic anthropologist Koff of time spent working at mass grave sites in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. It’s an enthralling account of forensic science in a humanitarian endeavor.

Why I like it: The story was more than one woman’s tale; it was the tale of a world gone wrong and how even the smallest effort by one woman/man can give a voice to a sea of silenced people.

thebonewoman.com...
Author: Tim Bowden
Title: One Crowded Hour: Neil Davis, combat cameraman, 1934 - 1985
What it’s about: An account of the life of Neil, particularly focusing on his foreign correspondent years in Asia war zones prior to his death. He was killed whilst filming a coup in Bangkok.

Why I like it: It highlights how this was a man prepared to take risks to not only uncover the truth but to also ensure the stories based on truth to a wider audience. That he had a scallywag sense of humour added to the appeal of both the man and the book.
www.awm.gov.au...

Author: Stephen Donaldson
Title: The chronicles of Thomas Covenent
What it’s about: Unbeliever Thomas Covenent, an ostracized leper mystically becomes part of alternate world, where his presence brings about all manner of grievances, heroism, and ultimate victory for persecuted races.


Why I like it: It’s your typical type of good read (definite Tolkien tones) that has a little bit of everything including some interesting hooks. From a psychological perspective I found the protagonist (a weak character consumed with self loathing who as the story progresses develops inner strength and self belief) very interesting.
www.fantasticfiction.co.uk...



posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 06:55 PM
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Name : The Phantom Tollbooth

Author : Nortan Juster

What it's about : Milo has nothing much at all to do -- until he drives through the Phantom Tollbooth. Beyond it lies a strange land and an even stranger series of adventures. Accompanied by a watchdog named Tock and the ever-grumpy Humbug, Milo sets out on a quest for Rhyme and Reason, hoping to settle the war between words and numbers along the way. Now that he thinks about it, he's got plenty to keep him busy after all.

Why I like it : I dunno, I just always have, since the moment I started reading it.



posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 08:26 PM
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Hammer of Darkness by L E Modesitt.

Why, because it combined science fiction and greek mythology, not easy to do.

Have had it in my collection for about 20yrs i think and i generally read it again every couple of years.
It's one of those books that seems to surprise you every time you read it with something you may not have noticed the last time round.



posted on Dec, 4 2006 @ 09:19 PM
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I have two favorite authors, Mary Higgins Clark, and Jude Deveraux., not that I usually go for romance novels, (Deveraux) but she’s been throwing some suspense -mystery stuff into some of her books. “The Mulberry Tree” would be my favorite novel that she has written to date. Hardly any romance, and it involves a widow of a billionaire inheriting an old farmhouse, the childhood house of her dead husband. The whole thing is surrounded in mystery including her husband’s death & it was really good at least I thought it was..

Mary Higgins Clark is the queen of suspense & mystery. I can’t pick a favorite they are all so good. “Where are the children” … “All around the town” & “The cradle will fall” all stand out firmly in my mind. Almost all of her books involve a murder of some sort, and I love murder mysteries!

At the present, I’m reading a book called “Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas” by James Patterson, & its satisfactory, a little mushy, but flowing. I haven’t finished it yet.



posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 12:21 PM
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One of my favorite books is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Not really sure why, but I've read it many times and I find it to be full of intriguing ideas, as well as social commentary. It's rather ironic seeing as Oscar Wilde was a flamboyant bisexual, and a supporter of socialism, which are both things that I oppose, but I nonetheless admire the book as a fine piece of literature.



posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 07:19 PM
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Angels & Demons

Auther is Dan Brown

Its basically a prequel of the Da vinci code

The story line is similar to the Da vinci code, it is alot easier to get into. Once you read the first chapter, you wont be able to stop reading.



posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 11:19 AM
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''Ghostwritten and 'Cloud Atlas' both by author David Mitchell are fantastic books.
Hes the best author to come out of Britain in recent years and has an amazing imagination.



posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 11:32 AM
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The Old Man and the Sea by: Ernest Hemingway

Why:

Hard to say; I guess because it was my first experience with the classics. Loved the baseball commentary too.


Prelude to Foundation by: Isaac Asimov

Why:

My first experience with science fiction and it's, still to this day, my favorite sci/fi book. Asimov really transports you to aother place and time. If I can credit anybody with sparking my love for reading (not just sci/fi) it would be Dr. Asimov.

Regards


JbT

posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 12:19 PM
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I have a new favorite:

"The Last Guardian" novel by Jeff Grubb

The Avatar to the left is the legendary 'Medivh' of the Warcraft Universe. The story of The Last Guardian is about Medivh, the guardian of Azeroth, and how he led the orcs into Azeroth.


en.wikipedia.org...:_The_Last_Guardian

If you play WoW.... This 6 book series IMO is a must read. Its basically everything that we have seen and played. Brings a whole new depth to playing the game for me.

[edit on 14-4-2007 by JbT]



posted on Apr, 18 2007 @ 02:53 PM
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Author: Val McDermind

Name: A Place Of Excecution

What its about:


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Winter 1963: two children have disappeared off the streets of Manchester; the murderous careers of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady have begun. On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: thirteen-year-old Alison Carter vanishes from the isolated Derbyshire hamlet of Scardale, a self-contained, insular community that distrusts the outside world. For the young George Bennett, a newly promoted inspector, it is the beginning of his most difficult and harrowing case: a murder with no body, an investigation with more dead ends and closed faces than he'd have found in the anonymity of the inner city, an outcome which reverberates down the years.

Decades later he finally tells his story to journalist Catherine Heathcote, but just when the book is poised for publication, Bennett unaccountably tries to pull the plug. He has new information which he refuses to divulge, and which threatens the very foundations of his existence. Catherine is forced to reinvestigate the past, with results that turn the world upside down.

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological suspense thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multilayered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know. A monstrous tale of deception, the technique of the telling is the greatest deception of all.


Why you like it: Because it's a darn good book.


.....and because it's a great story. It's different from other murder mysteries I have read.






-tts




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