Looking for some good books to read

  • Musicman91

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    Feb 27, 2014 9:47 PM GMT
    Anyone have any good book recommendations? I am looking for a good horror/thriller/mystery type story to read. Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 27, 2014 9:52 PM GMT
    Ann Rice and Clive Barker (although Clive can be difficult to follow, he is really out there) are a couple of my favs. A lot of people like Stephen King, but I can't vouch for him, because I haven't read anything he has written. I find the best thing to do is to go on Amazon and search under the genre you are looking for, horror in your case, and read what the books are about and the comments on the book.
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:10 PM GMT
    The Stand, IT, Dune, Burning Chrome are good
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:14 PM GMT
    1984
  • fitartistsf

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    Feb 27, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
    The Relic
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:26 PM GMT
    One of Stephen Kings newer books Cell is awesome!!

    Also interview with a vampire (one of my favourites) and Deception Point by Dan Brown!
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:30 PM GMT
    My favourite book in that genre is In Cold Blood. What an opening chapter!
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    The Brotherhood of the Rose
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:38 PM GMT
    Dean Koontz is a good author for those type of stories.
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    Feb 27, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    In honor of Black History Month, I would recommend "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neal. Hurston. I read it for a literature class last spring and loved it!
    A great Stephen King novel to read would be 11/22/63. Of course anything by him is awesome!
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    Feb 27, 2014 11:18 PM GMT
    Another good book is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.
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    Feb 27, 2014 11:36 PM GMT
    Hellbound heart by Clive barker. The road, IT, devil in the white city.
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    CiscoITJock2136 saidIn honor of Black History Month, I would recommend "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neal. Hurston. I read it for a literature class last spring and loved it!
    A great Stephen King novel to read would be 11/22/63. Of course anything by him is awesome!


    Thank you for mentioning Central Florida native Zora Neale Hurston. Her hometown of Eatonville, which is a small incorporated community located between the Orlando suburbs of Winter Park and Maitland, has an annual celebration of her life.

    I don't have a mystery/thriller type to recommend, however, two recently read books I have enjoyed are:

    "Tip And The Gipper: When Politics Mattered" by Chris Matthews

    "The Art Of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

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    Feb 28, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    CiscoITJock2136 saidIn honor of Black History Month, I would recommend "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neal. Hurston. I read it for a literature class last spring and loved it!
    A great Stephen King novel to read would be 11/22/63. Of course anything by him is awesome!


    Thank you for mentioning Central Florida native Zora Neale Hurston. Her hometown of Eatonville, which is a small incorporated community located between the Orlando suburbs of Winter Park and Maitland, has an annual celebration of her life.

    I don't have a mystery/thriller type to recommend, however, two recently read books I have enjoyed are:

    "Tip And The Gipper: When Politics Mattered" by Chris Matthews

    "The Art Of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

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    Feb 28, 2014 12:32 AM GMT
    CiscoITJock2136 saidAnother good book is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

    The Road was very good. Book was much better than the dark movie but it's still a dark sad story. Great read though.

    I like any of John Grisham's books. Just easy entertaining books. The Firm was his real first best seller but not his first book. Most of his others were very good.
  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 28, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    I liked Dan Simmons, The Fires of Eden -- By overdeveloping Mauna Pele, a resort on the Kona Coast of Hawaii, billionaire Byron Trumbo has unwittingly reopened a centuries-old battle between Pele, goddess of volcanoes, and her immortal enemies. Giants are being spotted, guests turn up dead and dismembered, volcanoes erupt and send lava flowing close to the resort, and Byron must face the wrath of his enemies.

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    Feb 28, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    I recommend an old novel 'The moonstone'
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:28 AM GMT
    Henning Mankell, the Kurt Wallander series of mysteries. He's a Swedish writer.

    Helene Tursten, another Swede. Irene Huss is her main character.

    I've tried other Swedish mystery writers and found them wanting, which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    Steve Hamilton; writes about a retired cop, located in the Michigan UP.

    And #1 is Donna Leon and her Commissario Brunetti, based in Venice.

    The problem for me with most mystery writers is that they do minimal, if any, character development; for them it's all about the mystery and whodunit. The above authors do a good job of getting you involved with the main character's life.
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:47 AM GMT
    The Mist is by far my favourite novel from Stephen King (his other books are meh, in my opinion at least).

    Cormac McCarthy's The Road and No Country for Old Men are excellent picks as well. Very atmospheric and tense page-turners.

    I would also recommend Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a novel that the movie Blade Runner was based off of. It is more a drama than a sci-fi, but the underlying theme is very dark and unforgettable.
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:51 AM GMT
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    CiscoITJock2136 saidAnother good book is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

    The Road was very good. Book was much better than the dark movie but it's still a dark sad story. Great read though.

    I like any of John Grisham's books. Just easy entertaining books. The Firm was his real first best seller but not his first book. Most of his others were very good.


    I agree! The novels are always better than the movie adaptation.
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    Feb 28, 2014 2:51 AM GMT
    I loved the Girl With the.... series. All three books were amazing my opinion.

    Though heads up the first 100 pages of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are kinda long winded it gets much better and page turner after that...but those 100 pages are important! lol
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    If you want a mystery, maybe you'd like a hard-boiled detective pulp novel from the 30s and 40s. Check out Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett and novels like The Thin Man, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, or Farewell, My Lovely.
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    CiscoITJock2136 saidAnother good book is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.


    it was, but depressing as hell
  • LJay

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    Feb 28, 2014 3:33 AM GMT
    Fun and relaxing, easy reads: The Jim Chee series by Tony Hillerman is set in the Navaho country and tells a lot of tribal history in the course of the mysteries. Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series has a medieval setting and is not only well crafted but smooth reading.

    On the challenging side, try The Magus by John Fowles or The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Both of these will twist your head around. Very well written mysteries and worth the effort.

    Also the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis is about 6,000 pages of Roman cultural history and detective work by the main character.