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I have heard so many good things about that book. I'm going to have to buy it at some point.
I've also read Unbroken. Excellent book. I've heard that Steven Spielberg wants to direct the movie version, with Nicholas Cage as Louis. We'll see what happens.
If you like crime fiction, try the author R. J. Ellory. He's a british author, but his books are set in the U. S. South. Reading A Quiet Vendetta now, which is all about the Mafia from the 1950s onward.
I heard "Walden" was good and I was thinking of reading it , can anyone confirm this book is good?
Just finished Zombie Fallout 5 a month ago and patiently awaiting Zombie Fallout 6. If you like zombie books I suggest give it a try.
Also recently read The Walking Dead-Rise of the Governor (good read especially if you're a Walking Dead fan) and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter(also a good read)
I plan on getting The Dark Knight Rises when it comes out as well.
It's good in a slow, thought provoking, Americana appreciating kind of way.
Odd Interlude 1 through 3
This really steered away from the series in my opinion, which is perhaps why Koontz put them out as Novellas as opposed to trying to wrap them up into a book. No Bodachs? Didn't really make sense to me.
Since they are coming out with new new Odd Thomas book in a week, I felt I needed to read them so that I could be totally caught up.
This was a much better book than I anticipated. King's books normally have that long middle portion to it where he will take countless chapters to explain things that you really don't care as much about as he does. It usually adds two to three hundred pages to his books. Given the apocalyptic premise and pace of the story, it seems he feels that background was unnecessary outside of the main character.
Kudos to King on this one because it is the first book of his that I have enjoyed in a long time.
A Dance with Dragons
Great book. I have read that some people were not as impressed with it, but Tyrion and John Snow are probably my two favorite storylines (outside of Arya), so I was happy to catch up on where they were at. My biggest critique was that there was some cheesiness to Tyrion's story, but it was somewhat negated by the overall theme of Tyrion doing what he must to survive.
The one thing about the HBO series that I truly like better than the books would be Dany's story. I have really had a hard time getting into her story in the books, but have a much easier time when watching the series.
Can't wait to see what happens with Jamie and Brienne.
Monster Hunters International
My brother got me to read this and man I wish he had not. It actually started out somewhat interesting, but was just too cheesy for even my tastes. I believe that any fan of those second rate monster flicks would really like this book, but outside of the occasional Zombie movie I suppose I am just not that guy.
Yes, he has muddled up Tyion's story. He definitely isn't as exciting a character as he once was.
I just finished A Storm of Swords and will start A Feast for Crows tomorrow (can't wait!). The last few chapters were so captivating. I don't think I've ever gone through a series so fast as I have George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.
My fiancee got me the Eragon series by Christopher Paolini for my birthday. I will start reading them once I'm done with GoT. Anyone read these? Are they any good? Just perusing through the books reminds me a little bit of Harry Potter (eh), but I'm going to read them anyway
Actually, I just bought "The First World War: A Complete History" by the British historian, Martin Gilbert. I may read this first before the Eragon series...
The Time Machine----H. G. Wells
Never had read this book until now. I enjoyed it very much.
I'm trying to read books I haven't read which are considered to be 'classics' for the genres I like most.
"Lord of the Flies". Kind of a sad depressing book. Poor Simon. I would have beat up everyone who went after him.
I don't read much anymore because my job entails so much reading and writing and words that it has become really hard for me to go to reading to unwind. I used to read a book a week for about a decade.
That said, I recently went to the beach and picked up a book that was sitting in the condo--Lee Child's The Affair--that is apparently one in a series of thrillers involving Jack Reacher. Not having read any of the preceding books or knowing anything about the book, I just thumped through and read the first few pages. It was a quick read and a good page-turner. Child uses sort of a staccato type of writing and uses first person. I ended up reading the entire thing over the next 2 days and enjoyed it. First time I enjoyed reading in a while.
After Child/Reacher came on my horizon, I've seen the series referenced on several occasions and read something about how they are making a movie out of one of the books in the series. But, sadly, it looks like they are casting Tom Cruise in the role of Reacher who is described as a big, tall and physically intimidating man. But, maybe it will still be good.
the mysterious island. was great, but long as hell!
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I had completely forgotten how dense Philip Dick's writing was.
I've only read one of the books in that series (I can't remember which one off the top of my head) and I wasn't very impressed with it. However, overall, Jack Reacher mysteries do get pretty good reviews.
If you enjoy these types of books you may want to check out Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly and Myron Bolitar novels by Harlan Coben. I absolutely love Bosch as a character and Coben's Bolitar novels are very humorous.
Yeah, I wouldn't give it any awards or anything. But for light beach-reading fluff, it was an acceptable distraction.
Will do next time I'm on vacation. Thanks.