posted on Sep, 23 2010 @ 10:11 AM
reply to post by plutoxgirl
the only problem I had with The Passage was that I read it when it first came out and tore thru it too fast. Now I have to wait a long time for book
two. When The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out I didn't read it until the third book came out. This way I was able to read the three back to
back (to back). They're very good as well, although the three books are all different in that one is a thriller, one is more courtroom drama and one
is a bit more "Actiony"
Some more good ones:
Bad Things Happen - Harry Doyle. Guy gets a job working as an editor for a crime/pulp magazine and winds up in a relationship with the owner's wife
and then the murders start. Funny, twisting story
Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd. Weather scientist goes to apply for a job, winds up being the prime suspect in a murder and finds himself on
the run. This one is all the more fun because the guy is an ordinary guy who has no clue what he's doing or why he decides to go on the run.
Charlie Huston is one author who has never written a bad thing. His Joe Pitt series is incredible (vampires in NYC), as is the Henry Thompson series.
Both sets are short, pulpy stories. For longer reads, The Shotgun Rule if excellent and The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is hysterical
and is currently being prepped for HBO.
World War Z - Max Brooks. His Zombie Survival Guide was funny as hell but WWZ is a masterpiece. It's an oral history of world war III, zombies vs.
humans. It's written like a documentary, different parts of the story, the start, the spread, the war, the aftermath etc are all done in the form or
speeches and interviews. It's chilling and frightening in some areas (I read it while in Jamaica and sitting on the porch, late at night, when the
only awake creatures were the dogs roaming the property, and every crack of a branch had me jumping) and hysterical throughout. Brooks skewers our
military and our warring ways (his shock and awe section is a riot - full technological force used against mindless zombies, not so shocking, not so
awe inspiring). Brooks is Mel Brooks' son so the humor throughout is a given.
Ship of Gold In The Deep Blue Sea - Gary Kinder - Nonfiction. Tells the story of the sinking of a ship heading back from California, laden with gold
(gold rush era sinking) as well as the story of the men who found the ship. The dual stories are both amazing and the guy who found the ship created
most of the technology used to locate deep sea wrecks.