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14 years 3 months ago #11559 by oskatd
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What are some good books that people have read recently. I am talking about fiction, easy read, not romantic Mills and Boon type stuff.... Am always looking for new authors....[;)]. I have read a couple by Harlan Coben, he writes easy to read detective type books, all good.

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14 years 3 months ago #179387 by reggit
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Anything by Marion Keyes (except Angel), anything by Rosemary Pilcher :)

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14 years 3 months ago #179393 by oskatd
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Yep, think I've read them all, also loved Mary Wesley's books..... Rosamunde Pilcher is great though huh, loved the Shell seekers

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14 years 3 months ago #179428 by Giddyup
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Oskatd - check out Diana Gabaldon's series.
There's Cross Stitch - the 1st, then Dragonflys in Amber, Drums in Autumn, and another.
They are the best books I've ever read, then, the latest ones from that original 4 are The Fiery Cross and a Breathe of Snow and Ashes.

Amazing, quite saucy too[;)]

Has anyone else read these?

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14 years 3 months ago #179459 by Andrea1
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I read Diana Gabaldon's books years ago, at least the first 4 (I think there have been more since?). It was exciting at the beginning, but then got heavier and heavier as the series went on. I'm a big fan of historical fiction though, so it was a fun read anyway.

I also really enjoy Catherine Cookson, Philip Pullman (yes, a young person's writer, but his stories are really engaging!), John Steinbeck and Ray Bradbury (ok, American-ness showing here), Jane Austen among others.

I wish I could find more in the way of NZ historical fiction, but I really haven't found very much in our library system. Any suggestions?

Andrea
Oxford

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14 years 3 months ago #179461 by oskatd
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Yep, I have read Diana Gabaldon too - got up to the Fiery Cross, like Andrea I found them a bit heavy and have never read the last one.

So what else is everyone reading??? I like Jodi Piccoult too.

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14 years 3 months ago #179464 by Giddyup
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OMG really? I loved them :D But then if we all had the same tastes.... we'd be boring!

ok... what about Paulina Simmons books the Bronze Horseman, Summer garden ... and I forget the last in the trilogy .... I have those too!

Also, Bryce Courtenay? Got all his.. the latest - the Persimmon Tree - that's outstanding.
Can you tell I'm an avid reader?!
Best thing in life... a cold savvy, great book and a hot bath[:0] :D :D :D [^][^]

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14 years 3 months ago #179470 by The Kats Place
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Paulina Simons books:
Tully
Red Leaves
Eleven hours
Bronze horse man
The bridge of the holy cross
The girl from times square
Summer garden
and there is a new one out - they are best read in sequence

I also like anything by Barbara Delinsky, Meave Binchy, Patrica Cornwell, Leasley Pearse, Cathy Kelly, Anita Shreve, Patrica Shaw, Jane Green, Jojo Moyes to name a few, all easy relaxing reads - (perhaps not patricia cornwell)

Love books, love to read, can read half the night is I'm enjoying a book

kats
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14 years 3 months ago #179483 by Giddyup
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TKP: what did you think of those Russian Paulina Simons books?

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14 years 3 months ago #179495 by oskatd
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I loved the Bronze Horseman and the others, her new one The Road to Paradise is also a great read. What I like about her books is that they are all quite different.

Don't get me wrong about Diana Gabaldon, I loved the first ones, and loved them less as they went on.....

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14 years 3 months ago #179513 by The Kats Place
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I really enjoyed them. they carry a good story and they are not all mushy and girly, they have a lot of detail about why things happened. You feel you know the charactors as you follow the story - although each book is a story in itself. Is Paradise the latest one? I try not to go into bookstores at present because I always spend too much.

kats
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14 years 3 months ago #179520 by Kiwi303
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David Eddings for straight out sword and sourcery fantasy.

I tend to go for SciFi. Catherine Asaro is a rocket scientist (true, NASA physicist) and writes very good Science Fiction.

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14 years 3 months ago #179529 by Louimay
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Kiwi303[;)], I am a huge David Eddings fan too! Also enjoyed Tad Williams, The Dragonbone Chair series but not The Otherland series.

Oskatd, I have just finished reading a couple of books by Judith Merkle Riley. Vision of Light and Pursuit of the Green Lion, they follow the life of a fictional character Margaret of Ashbury set in the fourteenth century. There is a third book too which I will try and get out from the library. I enjoyed them very much and are quite light reading. Google them to see what they are about.

I am currently reading a book my neighbour gave me to read and finding it nice light reading also. Silver Wattle by Belinda Alexandra.

I have hundreds of books and love reading :) :D

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14 years 3 months ago #179537 by lady yank
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Now my American-ness is going to show through :D
I don't like the bodice-ripper books. I just finished reading Dean Koontz's newest release "Darkest Evening of the Year". I like most all of his books. (The address in the back of the book is really his address. I wrote a letter and he responded. Not just a typewritten letter, he actually wrote it out long-hand. ) If you like scary books, you can't beat Stephen King. If you like spy stories, anything by Robert Ludlum is good. For courtroom drama, try John Grisham. For old-fashioned westerns, Louis L'Amour is very popular. If you have a favorite movie, just find the book it was based on, and see how much more you enjoy the book. :)

Don't make me release the flying monkeys!

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14 years 3 months ago #179541 by Andrea1
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You know, there was always so much hype over Stephen King movies and books when I was in high school that it just turned me off so I never went near them. I recently couldn't find anything else at the library that interested me, but found a collection of his short stories. I discovered that he is a really good writer, engaging, thoughtful stories, interesting plot twists, and I read that book in a day. I still haven't seen many of the flicks, but there's one from a few years back that stands out, the one with Johnny Depp called Secret Window.

I also really like sci fi, but not hard core (I don't like Heinlein or Asimov). Have you ever tried Ursula K LeGuin? Good stuff, not too far out, especially her Earthsea series.

Cheers
Andrea
Oxford

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