Looking for recommendations

What books, zines or other pulp are you reading? What aren't you reading? What should everyone else read?
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Looking for recommendations

Postby pattymcnutt » Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:46 pm

Can anyone recommend a good book to read? I have a stressful job that has left me a little burned out, so I am looking for something to read at home that is engaging, but light in that it doesn't require a ton of deep thought. I tend to just read a lot of mystery/thriller stuff (Kellerman, Ludlum, etc.) when I am in this kind of mood, but have run out of new titles. Any suggestions?

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Postby donges » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:30 pm

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst.
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Or, for really light and completely fun reading, The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle
Those are my three off the top of my head that would fit your criteria.

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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:26 am

I recommend the Valentin St. Cyr murder mystery series by David Fulmer. They are set in the Storyville area of New Orleans circa 1900.

http://www.thrillingdetective.com/eyes/ ... stcyr.html

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Postby One Eyed Jack » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:28 pm

"Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer" by James L Swanson

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Postby minicat » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:33 pm

Have you read the Donald Westlake Dortmunder series?

Or the Erle Stanley Gardner Lam & Cool books? Those may not be at the library, however.

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Re: Looking for recommendations

Postby Ducatista » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:20 pm

Do you like nonfiction? I'm midway through one A. J. Jacobs book and have another lined up. Light, fun reading.

Currently in the middle of: The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, in which the author reads the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.

On deck: the self-explanatorily titled The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.

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Postby pattymcnutt » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:32 pm

Thanks for all of the recommendations! I can definitely start compiling a new reading list now!

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Postby Ms. Housewife » Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:20 pm

I don't read a lot of mystery/thriller books, but one that I did and enjoyed was The Alienist: A Novel by Caleb Carr. It's a historical thriller about the hunt for a serial killer. There's also a sequel called The Angel of Darkness.

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Postby mayact4 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:15 am

The View From Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik.

Not a mystery, but light and engaging, and very good.

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Re: Looking for recommendations

Postby blunt » Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:04 am

pattymcnutt wrote:Can anyone recommend a good book to read?


Uh... that's kind of what this section and these threads are for.


The Westlake Dortmunder stuff light and hilarious.
Fallen Angel by William Hjortsberg is a brilliant twist on detective noir.
So is Richard Brautigan's Dreaming of Babylon.

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Postby blunt » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:30 pm

Try this swell site:

What Should I Read Next?
http://whatshouldireadnext.com/search

Insert title or author and get suggestions of similar seeming tomes.

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Postby SombreroFallout » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:26 pm

Been in the same boat all winter. A few escapist titles:

(murder/crime)
Tropic of Night, Michael Gruber
G.M. Ford novels

(Other)
Zodiac, Neal Stephenson

Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie

The Men Who Stared at Goats (all true)

Revenge of the Lawn, Richard Brautigan

I should probly take another look at Tom mcGuane..

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Postby blunt » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:50 pm

I have tried Tom McGaune again and again.
Even though he's linked to stuff that intrigues me, it just doesn't take.
I've attempted the Bushwacked Piano at leat 4 times.

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Postby blunt » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:23 pm

minicat wrote:Have you read the Donald Westlake Dortmunder series?

Or the Erle Stanley Gardner Lam & Cool books? Those may not be at the library, however.


Every book Donald E. Westlake has every written is at the downtown library. Even his Richard Stark books.
122 of 'em.
Love this man.
Even wrote the screenplay for The Grifters (amongst abillionothers.)

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Postby Pogoagogo » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:33 pm

Recently, I became accidentally hooked on Nelson DeMille titles. I picked up Gold Coast, which was an excellent book. Shortly after it was finished, I ran out and picked up Plum Island, The Lion and Wildfire. These were lots of fun to read, and as addicting as crack.


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