a really fabulous fiction book

Old May 3rd, 2000, 10:41 AM
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I guess I should not have been shy about suggesting Harry Potter...BTW you can preorder the 4th one which is to be published July 8.... Amen amen to Beach Music. Another suggestion I haven't seen here is The Flanders Panel--art, history, chess, murder mystery--by Arturo Perez-Reverte...WOW! Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone.
Old May 3rd, 2000, 11:46 AM
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If you try to find A Soldier of the Great War on bn.com or amazon, use the proper spelling for the author's last name-- not mine or some others'incorrect ones. Mark HELPRIN. Available at bn.com for $12 or $6.39 for the mass market paperback. The $12 version is nicer, but still pb. And no, I am not his agent.
Old May 3rd, 2000, 12:04 PM
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I may have missed it but I didn't see "MISTS OF AVALON". If you have any interest is the story of King Arthur, Avalon and the Lady of the Lake, this book is a must.
Old May 3rd, 2000, 12:30 PM
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My recommendations have already been voiced but I will second, third and fourth them!

Harry Potter is excellent and I wait with baited breath for the next one. I have never been embarassed to read them and sit quite happily on the tube on the way to work reading whatever I fancy. I figure why should I be embarassed of what I read when others enjoy trash like the News of the World!!!

Also read Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Berniere) after several friends told me I should and one bought it for my bday last autumn. Couldnt get into it for first several chapters but glad I persevered - it becomes a beautiful tale.

Also loved Memoirs of a Geisha, very very good.

Would like to recommend Elizabeth George books, I also enjoy Dean Koontz (spell?) and Colin Dexter and some of Tom Clancy's stuff...

My main recommendation would have to be Lord of the Rings.

Even if you dont usually like sci fi or fantasy you should look at this. I know so many friends who usually read nothing but crime or murder etc and they have loved this.

You can buy all three volumes in one thick paperback...

Try it... it's one of the best works of fiction of the 20th Century according to polls last year in the UK...

Old May 3rd, 2000, 12:53 PM
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Al, I get asked that a lot, especially at Halloween. Actually, I'm more closely related to Don Giovanni and Ferdinand I.

So I thought of three more authors that keep me glued to a book:

Anya Seton - incredible historical novels (and she got me hooked on gothic romances)

P.D. James - Dalgleish and the descriptions of London

Mary Stewart - historical novels, less intense than Seton
Old May 3rd, 2000, 01:39 PM
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You just missed it, Mists of Avalon was recommended a couple of times. However, I would recommend it with one caveat, which is that even the paperback is a very large book, not really suitable (for me at least) for traveling. My copy is about 9 or 10 inches tall, as well as thick. Most of the other books I've seen recommended here tend to come in a more "normal" size, even if they are long.
Old May 5th, 2000, 09:46 AM
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To the top!!
Old May 5th, 2000, 02:07 PM
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Another book I would have recommended highly, but for the fact that I don't think it's out in paperback yet: Plainsong, by Kent Haruf. A wonderful, absorbing portrait of several characters living in a small town in the American west, who seem to have nothing to do with each other, but by the end of the book their lives are completely intertwined. I loved this book and couldn't put it down.
Other fiction I read recently and loved: Amy and Isabelle, and A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing.
Old May 7th, 2000, 08:47 AM
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I would like to recommend "Homestead" by Rosini Lippi . It is set in a small village in Eastern Austria during World War 2 - an isolated village and the impact of a major historic event on it - and it's endearing inhabitants. Give it a try.
Old May 7th, 2000, 11:18 AM
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I have to agree about Harry Potter. I bought the first one just to see what all the press was about and enjoyed it. Will probably read the others. A good airplane series is the Harry Borsch detective series written by Michael Connelly. Concrete Blonde, Black Echo, Angels' Flight, etc. Herman Wouk's Winds of War and War and Remembrance are both outstanding, especially if read back to back. Forget the old TV mini series and read the books. Also, John Katzenbach's "Hart's War" about a prisioner of war camp in WWII was enjoyable.
Old May 8th, 2000, 06:18 AM
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Good one Bob. I wanted to second his recommendation for Herman Wouk. I read War and Remembrance many many years ago before the movie came out. It fits your criteria very well, Gina. The books are long, there is a lot of history together with a lot of fiction,and it is hard to put the book down.
Old May 8th, 2000, 09:25 AM
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What a great post! I printed it out, took it to the bookstore and settled on Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" For the past 4 days I haven't been able to put it down. Can't wait to finish so that I can try some of the other recommendations.
Old May 9th, 2000, 07:53 AM
Beth Anderson
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Thanks to the person who suggested the link to the "Top 100" books of the century. I will take this to the bookstore, when I finish the 40 other books I have impulse bought and not yet had time to read... ;-)

I have to say, I consider myself a well read person (and I am not just saying that - I have the degrees to prove it, OK, one is a law degree which does not count) but of that list - I think I have read only 10 or so! I did considerably better on the "readers top 100" and the "Radcliffe top 100".

has anyone fared the same? or am I maybe too young to have read half of those things in school? (or am I just a dummy?)

anyway, I wanted to see this marvelous thread back up near the top again - whee! here we go!

Old May 9th, 2000, 12:42 PM
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Looks like your bag will be heavy with books! I am also looking to this thread for ideas for my trip in June....haven't even figured out what clothes to wear, but already thinking of one great book to bring!!
I have to second" The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver (or any of her books, but this is by far the best). Note: A bit difficult to get through the beginning--but keep going, it's breathtaking.
Depending on your tastes, anything by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale is my personal favorite) or Isabelle Allende (Eva Luna, House of the Spirits...).
But, enough of the intellectual stuff...
I also second the suggestion of "Outlander" by D. Gabaldon. Not my usual interest, but it was a page-turner, lots of fun.
Also, if you decide on the Henry Potter route--SO glad to hear other adults "confess" to reading juvenile literature!--I'd also suggest Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife....great adventure, led by a feisty girl hero, and real cliff-hanging endings. Can't wait until the 3rd one is out!!
Thanks for everyone's great ideas.
Old May 9th, 2000, 12:46 PM
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To follow up on the suggestion of Jostein Gaarder (spelling???). I enjoyed his second book The Solitaire Mystery, I think was the name...
Old May 9th, 2000, 01:33 PM
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Did anyone mention Tuesday's with Morrie? Short, but great read. Forget the crappy TV movie. As far as beach reads: Last summer I read 6 Patricia Cornwell mysteries and really enjoyed them. (Forensic pathologist solves murders with help from the FBI).

Just finished Harry Potter #1. Ans I plan to read the second and third on the way to Florence this week. Does anyone know of anything fictional with a Florentine slant??

Besides Hannibal...which, by the way, I loved.
Old May 9th, 2000, 01:49 PM
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Anyone for 'A Suitable Boy' by Vikram Seth? I know it's about India (ie not on your travels, Gina) but it is HUGE both in size and stature! Then agai, you've probably read it, it being a massive sellersince 1993ish. Good luck making a decision!
Old May 9th, 2000, 02:30 PM
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Wallace Stegner: Crossing to Safety, Spectator Bird, All the Little Live Things, Recapitulation, Angle of Repose.... Incredible writing--
Old May 9th, 2000, 03:03 PM
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I'll add a couple of suggestions I haven't seen yet: Sebastien Japrisot's "A Very Long Engagement", a very different type of love story set in WW1, and "Cry to Heaven" by Anne Rice. A friend highly recommended "Engagement" and after I read it and returned her copy to her I had to rush out and buy my own. It's a very moving book set in a war I'm sorry to say I know very little about. "Cry to Heaven" is about the Italian castratti and is a very engaging and beautifully written story -- and not a vampire in sight!

I'd also like to fifth (or is it sixth?) the "Pillars of the Earth" suggestion, plus it has the added bonus of being very long. And I'll also second the Diana Gabaldon books. The premise sounds a bit silly and far-fetched (time travel??) but she's such a good writer and the books are so engrossing that you find you can almost believe them. They are all page turners and you might not be that anxious to leave your plane seat after all.
Old May 9th, 2000, 08:28 PM
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I second (or third) the recommendation for the Elizabeth George books, and recommend you read them in the order they were published.
My all-time favorite has to be "The Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy. Second favorite: "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron.
Just read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Hemingway) to prepare for an upcoming trip to Spain and it was riveting.
I know you want fiction, but a non-fiction possibility is Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation." It gives great insights into European culture and history.
Other ideas: "Possession" by A.J. Byatt (particularly if you like the Victorian era and if you liked "The French Lieutenant's Woman"), and "The English Patient."
I do like mysteries for travel, as I get wrapped up in the whodunnit and forget (a little bit) about how the plane is flying. I like the tried-and-true Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, P.D. James, etc., as well as more modern books by Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell. But perhaps these are not absorbing enough or highbrow enough for your personal taste.

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