I have run out of books to read =( periodically i run into this situation because i read a lot faster than my favorite authors put books out and here i am again. i actually had to resort to reading a ... shudders .... romance novel. i would rather read the back of a cereal box a thousand times than read even one page of a romance novel lol. the only thing that even made me agree to reading it was that it was a paranormal romance ? novel by christine feehan, and astonishingly enough, i enjoyed it. though i am not much motivated to buy more of her books unless someone here has read her extensively and can tell me that maybe all her books are the same as the one i read ... dark fire. it wasn't to gushy and had a decent story line about things i like , vampires. it kinda reminded me of an anne rice novel.
i generally read horror, though i have completely given up on stephen king, john saul and a few others. i am tired of stephen kings long drawn out, seemingly mindless going nowhere writing. john saul writes the same way about the same things in every book, just changing the characters around.
i like mysteries such as james pattersons alex cross novels, patricia cornwells kay scarpetta novels, to give you a hint about some of the things i generally read. i read a book by stpehen kings son, joe hill, called a heart shaped box, recently and enjoyed it but apparently thats all he's written besides a ghost story book.
so if any of you guys have some suggestions on decent books to read please let me know. i have read 3 books so far this week and am close to being done with the fourth, so in about a few hours ;) i will be in search of something new to read !
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Scout, some of these are not new at all, in fact some of them are books I'm re-reading. Some are, and not many fit into your genre, but since I read a lot of different books and enjoyed then all, here they are. All the Ken Follett books, the newest one being World Without End,The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (I really liked this book) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid One True Thing by Anna Quindlen The Broker by John Grisham A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan The Trail of Tears by Goria Jahoda Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog I have hundreds more,perhaps I will send those in a PM! I also read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran every day,and I also read the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu every day if I can.
I just want to say... every time i see Scout's avatar I get the song "Everybody was kung-fu fighting, those kicks were fast as lightning.." in my head.
I have to second Dean Koontz if you haven't started reading him. His books are most excellent, and they have happy endings. I like happy endings.
May I recommend you swap over to Science fiction and fantasy?
Tad Williams writes epic fantasy, with detailed cultures a la J R R Tolkein (no hobbits and singing though, thank goodness). David Eddings writes funny more light-hearted fantasy. Melanie Rawn is good too (and her books have dragons in them!) Her books are very complex, and she's not against killing off main characters so there's an edge of realism to her stories.
C J Cherryh's more recent books are also very good. I highly recommend "Foreigner" and "The Pride of Chanur". They're true sci-fi complete with aliens, but the interactions are about culture clash between humans and aliens. The Chanur book in particular is interesting because it's done completely from the perspective off the lion-like alien Pyanfar Chanur. That book ranks among my favorite ever sci-fi books.
A book that's a good starter sci-fi fantasy book is "Black Sun Rising" by C. S. Friedman. It's got some wicked cover art courtesy of Michael Whelan and is a blend of horror and magic and science fiction.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/18/2008 3:26:13 PM*** Reason: add
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
haha i havnt read anything you said...im not a big reader and it takes me a while to read a book. but ill will look ingto all that stuff...looks like i have a reading list for the rest of my life. haha
just want to say... every time i see Scout's avatar I get the song "Everybody was kung-fu fighting, those kicks were fast as lightning.."
you have no idea just how appropriate that statement was lol. a little over 40 years ago my dad started in america a martial arts association called nihon goshin aikido. just a couple years ago, the association threw my dad a 40 year congratulations type banquet for him and while a video montage of my dads years in the martial arts was playing, a few members of the association were introducing my dad while that very song played in the background. i remember that song from when i was a little kid and it has always been a favorite of mine, largely due to my dad's martial arts career. if you haven't guessed by now, that is actually my dad doing the kick in that avatar.
catlover, i go both ways on dean koontz. some things i have read of his i have liked, like watchers and demon seed, other things, not so much. i enjoyed the last book i read of his, darkest evening of the year, but mainly because there was a dog as a main character =). i have read just about all of rita mae browns books as well as lillian jackson braun. i have enjoyed both of them. bone collector was a good movie ! i never knew it was a book also.
i'm not a huge sci-fi fan, but i may just become one because of few of those books sounded pretty decent minniyar. though i do wish you would hurry up with your story lol ! i liked a few shows on the sci-fi channel like sliders , quantum leap and alien nation but it kinda really depends on the material itself and not so much the genre, except when it comes to romance novels lol. i printed out this whole thread so i have all the ideas everyone gave me when i go back to the book store.
thanks so much everyone !!
***Edited By: scout1 on 1/19/2008 7:58:52 AM*** Reason: x
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Scout, I'm also a huge, huge reader, and to top it off I'm a speed reader and when I'm not as busy as I've been lately I read roughly a book a day. So you can imagine I go through some books!
I tend to read authors like Nora Roberts (She actually has two or three trilogies w/ the main characters dealing w/ vampires and/or witches and wizards) but not the sappy and sexual crap. And Nora writing as JD Robb which is semi romance/futuristic is pretty good for light (easy) reading.
I recently read the "Bourne" novels which are by Robert Lidlum. They are pretty good if you like action, note: They deviate WIDELY from the movies. Also just started reading books by Clive Cussler, he has a series out I believe, and the main character is involved in NUMA - National Underwater and Marine Agency. And I believe the auther is somehow involved in NUMA as well. Hope this helps!
I too am a fan of horror. Have you tried Bentley Little, Preston & Child, Thomas Harris, James Rollins, F. Paul Wilson, Crichton, Jack Ketchum, Robert Mcammon, or Richard Laymon? These are all authors that I would purchase in hardback. I liked Stephen King's old stuff, but he has lost me on the newer stuff.
With the exception of the horror venue. Sounds like we like the same authors, and types of books.
I read like you, or as my husband says, you don't read you devour. I am currently reading "True Evil" by Greg Iles. From the info on the book he has written at least 4 other books. He is not Patterson, but he is not bad. Don't know if you ever tried John Grisham, he does a lot on the espionage, but he is good. Robert Tannenbaum is good and the Kellermans pen some darn good mysteries. Have fun, I love to read! If I think of any more, I will add them. So far sounds like a lot of us read the same books.