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poring over book

by Nige

Wednesday Evening the readers/commenters were asked to provide the titles of any books which they have enjoyed reading. This is a service which we seem to be providing on a semi regular 6 month or so basis so that other readers can very quickly gain a feel for what is out there in the book world at the moment and also a chance for people to remind us of some really good reads from the past which we may have missed.

Please feel free to add your own in the comments area or perhaps give your take on experiences with some of the books listed.

Thank you those who took part in the live discussion.   You can bookmark this page so you can come back to it later.

Description is Title, Author, Comment about the book followed by mini blurb.  

Kafka on the shore – Haruki Murakami -“Three stories intertwined so as they edge closer together and clues are dropped you anxiously await the next chapters. Guaranteed page turner”…..a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister.

Jack Reacher. Make Me. . By Lee Child”The end was gruesome, never saw it coming.” “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else.

A fall of moondust.Arthur C Clarke “Still one of the best yarns on the subject. Way ahead of its time.” ‘The best book yet about man’s most dramatic journey, the most exciting science fiction novel for years’

The hundred year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared. Jonas Jonasson “one of the most entertaining books I have read this year.” After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey

Cloud Atlas. David Mitchell. “A bunch of short stories that are skillfully intertwined.” The book consists of six nested stories, whereof each is read (or observed) by a main character of the next. The first five stories are each interrupted at a pivotal moment.

“The Girl You Left Behind” Jojo Moyes. “almost impossible to put down.” France, 1916. Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant.

“Strangers on a Bridge ” James Donovan. Insider account of the Cold War spy exchange

The Great Zoo of China. Matthew Reilly “Read it in two days. Love his books.” They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

The Gift of Fear. Gavin de Becker. “I have long been meaning to recommend this here. For many of us here (especially the Mighty Women of WO) it will be a refresher,affirmation & confirmation of what we already know & practice.” A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But wecan protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

“Adios America” Ann Coulter. “The Lefts plan to turn America into a third world hellhole.” Ann on Immigration & why it is a very bad idea,the stats & $’s are truly frightening.” Applying her trademark biting humor to the disaster that is U.S. immigration policy, Coulter proves that immigration is the most important issue facing America today.

Bad as I Wanna Be. Dennis Rodman “I don’t remember why I read this.” A wild ride inside the glowing head of Dennis Rodman–the NBA’s greatest rebounder and America’s most outspoken and outrageous athlete.

Quack Policy by Jamie Whyte. “Read it recently and really enjoyed it.” No further information available,.

I am Pilgrim. Terry Hayes. “I strongly recommend” A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.

The Harry Hole series. Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. “Harry is an alcoholic Norwegian Police detective.” One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.

Reckless – My Life. Chrissie Hynde autobiography. “Good read”. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger, sexiness, stage presence, knack for putting words to music, gorgeous voice and just all-around kick-assedness into such a potent and alluring package.


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