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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby warden » Jul 24th, 2017, 12:38 pm

fvkasm2x wrote:Can anyone recommend any great crime or suspense novelists? Maybe even some thriller types

Some of my favorite authors for style reference:

Lee Child
James Patterson
James Grippando
Steven King
Harlen Coben
F. Paul Wilson
Dean Koontz


Jeffery Deaver - start with The Bone Collector (ignore the movie) and work through the whole Lincoln Rhyme series. His Kathryn Dance series is great too.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Piecemaker » Jul 24th, 2017, 1:44 pm

Hey Warden! Have missed you!
Well fvkasm2x:
A little tamer, but I found them to have complex characters, are the Louise Penny novels. They are set in Quebec and focus on cases investigated by a police inspector named Armand Gamache.
Camilla Lackberg, Kristina Ohlsson and Kjell Eriksson write crime fiction that keeps me up late (or early) because I can't put it down.
"Identical" by Scott Turow is an exciting read.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Piecemaker » Jul 28th, 2017, 12:27 pm

Read Smash Cut by Sandra Brown. Legal/crime thriller with a few twists and turns. Keep me up past midnight to finish it.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Lady tehMa » Aug 4th, 2017, 6:16 am

I just finished this one https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01G1K1RTA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

"The Lost City of the Monkey God". It is about the history of searching for a particular lost city in Honduras. It covers all sorts of topics, from archeological to history to social and political, and even to pathology.

It was a really interesting read!
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Piecemaker » Aug 4th, 2017, 10:51 am

Getting caught up in books by Michael Connelly. Reading the Lincoln Lawyer series. On to the Detective Bosch books next.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby ferri » Aug 15th, 2017, 12:28 pm

I HATED History class when I was in school. It was so boring I thought I would die. Now I'm catching up on what I missed. [icon_lol2.gif]

John Jakes is an amazing author. He picks you up and drops you right in the middle of the things pretty much. Right now I am reading a trilogy by him, the "North and South" trilogy. About the civil war. It's starts with the build up to it and it makes you feel like you are there, and you realize it was a lot more complex than slavery. He has written a ton of books and I am so happy. lol

Here's the blurb from Amazon if you're interested at all. :D


In North and South, the first volume of John Jakes’s acclaimed and sweeping saga, a friendship is threatened by the divisions of the Civil War. In the years leading up to the Civil War, one enduring friendship embodies the tensions of a nation. Orry Main from South Carolina and George Hazard from Pennsylvania forge a lasting bond while training at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Together they fight in the Mexican-American War, but their closeness is tested as their regional politics diverge. As the first rounds are fired at Fort Sumter, Orry and George find themselves on different sides of the coming struggle. In John Jakes’s unmatched style, North and South launches a trilogy that captures the fierce passions of a country at the precipice of disaster.

In Love and War, the Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones. With his impeccable research and unfailing devotion to the historical record, John Jakes offers his most enthralling and enduring tale yet.

In Heaven and Hell, the battle between the Mains and Hazards—and Confederate and Union armies—comes to a brilliant end. The last days of the Civil War bring no peace for the Main and Hazard families. As the Mains’ South smolders in the ruins of defeat, the Hazards’ North pushes blindly for relentless industrial progress. Both the nation and the families’ long-standing bond hover on the brink of destruction. In the series’ epic conclusion, Jakes expertly blends personal conflict with historical events, crafting a haunting page-turner about America’s constant change and unyielding hope.

This “entertaining [and] authentic dramatization” (The New York Times) is a thrilling tale of shifting loyalties, set during one of the darkest moments in American history.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Bsuds » Aug 15th, 2017, 12:43 pm

There was a Mini Series of this back in the mid 80's too.

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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby ferri » Aug 15th, 2017, 12:44 pm

These books are amazing just because I am enjoying history. [icon_lol2.gif]

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You know, I sort of remember seeing the ads for that mini series now that I think about it and decided it would be much too boring for me! hahaha (I'm glad I didn't watch it because books are always better anyway.)
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Urbane » Aug 15th, 2017, 6:34 pm

    ferri wrote:These books are amazing just because I am enjoying history. [icon_lol2.gif]

    Edited to add:

    You know, I sort of remember seeing the ads for that mini series now that I think about it and decided it would be much too boring for me! hahaha (I'm glad I didn't watch it because books are always better anyway.)

I've seen the mini-series and my wife has watched it several times. It's actually really good although I can't compare it to the book which I haven't read. For some reason it always seems easier to read the book and then watch a movie or mini-series rather than the other way around. Still, I'll put it on my list to read at some point.

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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby fvkasm2x » Aug 15th, 2017, 7:05 pm

warden wrote:Jeffery Deaver - start with The Bone Collector (ignore the movie) and work through the whole Lincoln Rhyme series. His Kathryn Dance series is great too.


Yes, thanks. I think I might have read 1 or 2 of those. I recognize the character names anyway (and not from that movie lol)

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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby I see what you did » Aug 19th, 2017, 10:12 pm

so far this summer

    The lost city of Z by David Grann
    Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (author's preferred text)

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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Lady tehMa » Aug 20th, 2017, 7:35 am

Neil Gaimen is awesome.
I highly recommend his work - I actually bought a copy of Stardust, and am considering The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Not a huge fan of Neverwhere, though it's his most known.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Queen K » Aug 20th, 2017, 9:31 pm

Coraline is terrifying.

You know how way back I said I would read young adult books just to see what's in them?

Well, I've been reading a series called My Story. Written by different authors, these books are written as diaries by pre-teens. Now one has to suspend a bit of belief more than once in a while that they learned how to read and write and how, and how they got their information on what is going on. Having said that, they make for great introductions to historical events from their point of view.

I finished The Great Plague, set in London.
The Hunger, set in Ireland.
The Blitz is not read yet.
I'm in the middle of To Kill a Queen, re Mary Queen of Scots.

So far none of them are written in a sentimental way.
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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby I see what you did » Aug 20th, 2017, 9:58 pm

Queen K wrote:Coraline is terrifying.


nice, i almost forgot gaiman wrote Coraline. Haven't read it yet but the wife and i thoroughly enjoyed the movie (we love the creepy stuff). will add it to the list! :up:

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Re: Read any good books lately?

Postby Piecemaker » Sep 3rd, 2017, 10:47 am

Went to visit my daughter and she gave me "The Calling" by Ingar Ash Wolfe to read. It's a law-enforcement mystery thriller set in Ontario. Protagonist is a smart female inspector who is about 60, surrounded by a good cast of supporting characters. Okanagan Regional Library has "the Calling" and has the next three books in the series. Keeps me up at night!
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