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Post by observer Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:40 pm

Do you have any favourite books or authors?

Mentioned earlier that I liked The Hunger Games trilogy. Also really enjoyed the books by Steig Larsson - a trilogy again, beginning with "the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

For a different type of read, I like Jean Auel - stories about N America a few centuries ago; and Wilbur Smith - whose fictions are based in Africa.
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Post by observer Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:58 am

Maeve Binchy is another of my preferred authors when I'm not whizzing through "yet another" murder mystery.
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Post by gale force Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:35 pm

I had read all the authors you listed Observer except Auel - don't know why I haven't gotten into her books. I enjoy books having a continuing character or characters and am eagerly awaiting the fourth book in a series by Jeffrey Archer. Stuart Woods, Robert Crais, C. J. Box, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Jack Higgins are among my favored male authors, while J. D. Robb/Norah Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, Linda Howard, Catherine Coulter number among my female authors for which I continuely shop for at the library.
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Post by observer Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:55 pm

I've read most of those authors too. I particularly like David Baldacci. James Patterson - have read pretty much all the Alex Cross, I think - but he does do other characters as well.
Both the Kellermans - Jonathon and Faye; Ken Follett for spy types stories. What was the name of the guy that wrote "The DaVinci Code"?
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Post by rbw Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:22 pm



Tom Clancy is my all time fav. I have read all but the last 3 of his novels.
My wife was into Jean Auel novels, I will probably get at them when I am
finished with Clancy..
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Post by gale force Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:33 pm

I think DaVinci Code was by Dan (?) Brown.  Agree also about James Patterson, and then there is John Grisham.  I think its safe to say we like to read! Unfortunately, if I get engrossed in a book, that's all I do. A friend gave me a 676 page book Friday by Bryce Courtenay, and I am on page 475. Other than making my bed and cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast all I have done today is read!
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Post by observer Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:19 pm

gale - I TOTALLY understand. Sometimes I just won't allow myself to start a book - cause I know that's all I'll do till it's finished. Fortunately for me, I'm a really fast reader - and can read a standard 400 or so page book in a day - usually under 6 hours if there aren't TOO many interruptions.

And yes - Dan Brown is the name I was thinking. He did a second one too - which I read - but can't remember the title. (Maybe that's what happens when you read too fast!!) LOL

But tell me about Bruce Courtenay - never heard of him. Good book? As for Grisham - I read most of his first 5 or 6 - then thought they were starting to get too predictable - so I don't read him anymore - UNLESS there's nothing else around.
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Post by gale force Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:08 pm

Bryce Courtney's books are based in Australia. The ones I've read begin around the late 1800, early l900 and progress in time. It may take a period of adjustment to get used to some of the terminology but I've found them to be a good read.
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Post by observer Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:34 pm

Interesting, thanks. That's actually what I like about the Wilbur Smith ones - it's a read - a story - but the venue is different!
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Post by observer Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:13 pm

Lost hydro for a couple hours Monday so started a book by flashlight! LOL - by Sara Paretsky, called "Fire Sale" - a mystery with a female private detective by the name of V. I. Warshawski. Was pretty good as these crime/murder mysteries go.

Have you noticed that there seem to be far more novels available - in the mystery genre, anyway - with female protagonists?
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Post by rbw Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:04 pm



My Daddy always said, "never under estimate a woman"... Smile
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Post by observer Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:06 pm

AND - your daddy was right, rbw! LOL
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Post by rbw Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:08 pm



I know, over the years I understood what he meant .....Laughing
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Post by observer Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:08 pm

Wasn't Dan Brown's second novel called "Angels and Demons" - or something like that?
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