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Good books/New authors

Posted by 9000 - Created: 16 years ago
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Posted by Sam the clam-189505 - 16 years ago

May I recommend 'English Passengers' and 'Sweet Thames' by Matthew Kneale I recently read them both and found them excellent. If you're interested in the religious and social hypocrisy of the Victorian era, then these two are well worth while - beautifully written too.

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Posted by cab-182963 - 16 years ago

Try the "Passion of Artemisa".  I think it's by Susan Vreeland.  It's a story about a female Renaissance painter Artemisia Genteleschi (sp).  It's a short read but if you're an art lover it's wonderful.  I never new that she existed even though I have walked past her work in Florence numerous times.  It is a fictional tale about a real person and it takes you through her friendship with Galileo and Michelangelo.  Very nice.



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Posted by the_pianist - 16 years ago

Read this book and become a Cyberdétective !

The title : Le Guide du Cyberdétective, by Alain STEVENS, published by Editions Chiron.

It is in french, but if you can use a computer, you can learn how to see if your husband id sheating, find frends thanks to Internet, use free software...

Steve, Cannes

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Posted by 9000 - 16 years ago

I've recently finished The Life of Pi and found it to be a wonderful read.

Now, I've been gifted two books which I requested for a birthday following everyone's comments: The Lovely Bones and The Murder Room.

I have just started The Lovely Bones and have read the first 5 chapters. There's part of me that hesitates to continue.

The cynic in me is saying that it is a story that's based on a shocking crime (at the beginning) on an innocent little child which is truly a subject I normally choose to avoid and which to me is seeming to be too readily acceptable to authors as a theme for their stories.

The second aspect is the fact that it is narrated by a dead person, as if the story was written by a ghost. This stretches the imagination but I can accept it, reluctantly.

I've read the acknowledgements on this book whereby the author thanks others within her writers' group, a local workshop for budding authors in California, and it seems that they gave her a lot of encouragement to develop the theme. I guess that was a big support for her.

And it is now selling massively all over the world.



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Posted by dublinmike-182617 - 16 years ago

Just read 'Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. A MUST READ.

It's the story of a 14 yr old girl ..Susie, who is murdered. She travels off to her version of heaven and watches over and is in ways involved the changing fortunes of her grieving family. But perhaps she is not quite finished with life......



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Posted by mixer-186069 - 16 years ago


I have just read Life of Pie and think it's one of the best books I have ever read. Would reccomend to everyone and would be happy to lend a copy!

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Posted by Spidey-189686 - 16 years ago

I`ve just read  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris which was an entertaining read. Its an autobiography of Chuck Barris (American Game Show presenter and creator of - The Gong Show , the dating game (like blind date) etc) and his double life, alongside his TV work he also claims to have been a CIA assassin for 16 years. Its easy to read and makes it all the better because it is (supposedly) true.

Just about to be released as a movie starring George Clooney

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Posted by Jdunkerl - 16 years ago


I recently read 'Life of Pi' by Yann Martell and it was excellent - anyone else read this?



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Posted by Aroncb - 16 years ago

Anything by Wilber Smith I find magical.   Although his stories get repetitive if you read him too much.  His descriptions of Africa are fantastic- Visit it without going...

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Posted by morgraig - 16 years ago

Why not try any of Dick Francis novels? Brilliantly written and extremly readable!!!!