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Old 01-23-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Favorite Author/Books

GB got us all talking about our book favorites and I don't want to hijack his stuff any more so I'm starting this one. I have so many favorites in so many genres so I'll post some of mine and I'd love to see yours. Maybe we can all get some new ideas from here.

Author Genre Title/Character
Charlaine Harris Mystery Aurora Teagarden
Mystery Lily Bard (Shakespeare books)
Vampire Sookie Stackhouse

I love these because the characters are so full and rich. They are never just one dimensional.

Janet Evanovich Humour/Mystery Stephanie Plum

What can I say except you will laugh til your sides hurt with every book. (Except #1, its a bit darker)

Linda Howard Humour/Romance Mr Perfect/Open Season

Linda Howard has just a ton of books out there. Start with these two though and have a great laugh with them. The other books are either more romancy or more suspense. She is another one who will keep your attention though.

Christina Dodd Supernatural/Romance Darkness Chosen series

These were a good little read. Nice pace, good romance, plot line works for me. Still waiting on the last one though.

Patricia Briggs Supernatural Mercy Thompson Series

Not your usual supernatural book. Liked them a lot though. Mercy is my kind of girl. She takes no crap but still has a soft side.

Terry Pratchett Juvenile/Supernatural Tiffany Aching/Wee Free Men

OK, what a good laugh. You'll love them and so will your kids. The wee free men had me in stitches and the rest of the story is wonderful too.


Edit: ARGH! No matter what I do I can't get it to keep my tabs. I'll attempt to edit this another way so its more readable.

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Old 01-23-2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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Some of my favorites are
Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus stories. Peter is a homicide detective and he falls in love with an Orthodox Jewish woman. The interplay of religion and his and her faith journeys along with the homicide investigations I find interesting. It's not real deep reading but often page turners.

Dean Koontz - Odd Thomas series. Not really creepy like some of his stories. Lighened with some humor. He also has some decent stories that involve the supernatural but again they are creepy without being scary. He sometimes really delves into the subjects of belief and the interplay of the natural and supernatural.

Jodi Picoult - The first of hers I read was Keeping Faith. Wonderful book! These would be considered "chick" books.

I could name several others but this is a good start.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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Dick Franics, Isaac Asimov, Ellis Peters

I'm also getting into MC Beaton's "Agatha Raisen" books
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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Ellis Peters, now theres an author I haven't read in ages. Loved her stuff.

Love the Faye Kellerman books too. Not a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman though.

I've only read a couple of Dean Koontz. I loved the Watcher. Read another one that was good but the title escapes me. I read a weird one and that sort of did it for him for me. I'll look it up again.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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I've only read a couple of Dean Koontz. I loved the Watcher. Read another one that was good but the title escapes me. I read a weird one and that sort of did it for him for me. I'll look it up again.

Some of his really early stuff is really weird. His writing has taken on a more philosophical life view as he's gotten older and are not as strange. Yes he still has that supernatural element but it seems more believable and less really out there compared to his early writing.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:03 PM   #6
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Ellis Peters, now theres an author I haven't read in ages. Loved her stuff.

Love the Faye Kellerman books too. Not a huge fan of Jonathan Kellerman though.

I've only read a couple of Dean Koontz. I loved the Watcher. Read another one that was good but the title escapes me. I read a weird one and that sort of did it for him for me. I'll look it up again.
I feell the same way about The Kellerman's, love her, can't get into his books. Read one Dean Koontz book, he was too off the wall.

A few of my other favs, Debbie Macomber,Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark.
I recently picked up a book @ the local book sale for $1.00, never thought I would enjoy Fannie Flaggs, "Can't wait to get to heaven". But for $1, I grabbed it. I enjoyed this read so much.

Thats it for now, I'm sure I'm leaving out many of my other favs.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:10 PM   #7
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IMO one of the finest books ever written was "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. He committed suicide before it was published. His mother later hounded publishers and one finally relented. He won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for it.

Two of my other favorite authors are David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs.

And Ann Rule for true crime.
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jennyema, you ever read Edna Buchanan? She was a reporter in Miami for years. She has both fiction and true crime stuff.
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Victoria Holt - gothic romance
James Patterson... I like him.. but he's getting to be cookie cutter with books coming out so often writing so many with other people that I only read the CROSS books now.

John Saul... scary ( he makes the bad kids of today seem like good little boys and girls) EASY reading..
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I have read a couple of Dean Kroontz. but never really got into them - had to finish them but never really enjoyed them. I also like some of James Pattersons stuff and Debbie McComber
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