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2006 - Best Reads

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Gem, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. FrodoLIVES

    FrodoLIVES New Member

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    1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
    ------>He can make a 1000 page book seem fast.....way to go George!!! :)
    2. The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams
    -------> Simply and utterly amazing.....see above on 1000 page books
    3. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
    -------->Beautiful writing and a great sequel
    4. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
    --------> I got this for $1....never have I gotten a better deal
    5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    ------->Amazing look at the Salem Witch Trials...made me cry :eek:
     
  2. mama-sama

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    An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
    Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Kite Runner
    Shogun
    Sharon Kay Penmans's Welsh Trilogy
    A Breath of Snow and Ashes Diana Gabauldon

    Wow, I don't know how you all can remember the titles AND authors! I can't always remember the authors - terrible, I know.:eek:
     
  3. Gem

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    thanks Anamnesis, sounds like the type of read I'm gonna need after my current brick of a book.

    Frodolives, I read the Sevenwaters trilogy last year, I liked the first the best though - i think i missed the old characters too much and couldn't get very involved with the new ones.

    Wow, I don't know how you all can remember the titles AND authors! I can't always remember the authors - terrible, I know.

    mama-sama, I have a little book in which I write down the title & author after I'm done reading it. Without that book I doubt I'd even remember what I had read let alone who it was by :(
     
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    Is this a sequel I am unaware of? :p
     
  5. Gem

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    I could have sworn it was a 4 yesterday. Something very scary is going on.
     
  6. mrkgnao

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    Mike Carey: The devil you know
    First positive surprise of the year: John Fowles: The Magus (actually good and challenging in spite of cult hype. Who’d have thunk?)
    Light on dark coast of the year: Jeanette Winterson: Lighthousekeeping (she’s wonderful.)
    Historical novel of the year #1: Luther Blissett: Q (protest!antism)
    Nursery crime of the year: Jasper Fforde: The big over easy, The fourth bear (Humpty Dumpty: did he really fall – or was he pushed?!)
    We-pass-it-off-as-a-Da-Vinci-ripoff-but-it’s-secretly-a-good-book of the year: Arthur Phillips: The egyptologist (who’s lying? who’s making up? who’s lying more?)
    Opera of the year: Turandot at Göteborg’s opera house
    Historical novel of the year #2: Jeanette Winterson: The passion (Russia and Venice in the same book – and by Winterson!)
    Doorstopper tower of the year: Stephen King: The Dark Tower (The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.)
    Jim Butcher of the year: Dead beat. (Harry Dresden. Gotta love him)
    American classic of the year: Nelson Algren: A walk on the wild side (And the colored girls go doo do-do do-do, doo do-do doo, do-do, do-do)
    Year’s sequel beating the first book: Cornelia Funke: Inkspell (books! magic! books!)
    English poet of the year: George Gordon, Lord Byron (The Giaour, Childe Harold’s pilgrimage, Tom Holland: The vampyre, John Crowley: Lord Byron’s novel – The evening land, Amanda Prantera: Conversations with Lord Byron on perversion, 163 years after his Lordship’s death, Robert Nye: The memoirs of Lord Byron: a novel)
    Fantasy candy of the year: Rob Thurman: Nightlife (biiig box of candy candy)
    Year’s Pratchett: Thud! (Vimes!)
    Year’s cat: Greebo (Witches abroad and Maskerade, Terry Pratchett)
    Historical novel of the year #3: James Meek: The people’s act of love (The people. Love)
    Novel of the year: Thomas Pynchon: Against the day (all this and everything too)

    (I have a yearless calendar in which I write down the books I read. Before I started doing that... I haven't the faintest idea what I read then... :rolleyes: )

    *mrkgnao*
     
  7. Kenny Shovel

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    Six got top marks this year:

    Soul - Andrei Platonov
    The Party & Other Stories - Anton Chekov
    A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
    War with the Newts - Karel Capek
    Henry V - William Shakespere
    Silence - Shusaku Endo

    They're all exactly as you imagine them, so no need for descriptions.
     
  8. mama-sama

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    So that's the secret! I must start doing that but I wish I started years ago.
     
  9. Gem

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    Hiya mrkgnao, nice to see you around again.
    Are we gonna get a review of Against the Day? (oh go on)

    Mr Shovel,
    Any particular story from the Chekov collection you enjoyed more than the others?
    So what's Henry V about then? :D
     
  10. mrkgnao

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    I'm working on one... not the easiest book to review... :rolleyes:
     
  11. beer good

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    Promises, promises. At this rate, I'll beat you to it. :p

    "Why you insufferable little..."
     
  12. mrkgnao

    mrkgnao New Member

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    ai80.photobucket.com_albums_j162_mrkgnao_Simp_nelson1.gif Ha ha! (Let the reader beware.)

    *mrkgnao*
     
  13. HermioneWeasley

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    gem-I LOVE alexandre dumas, i'm practically obsessed!

    oh yes, and did i mention that I read pushkin in russian? i love being able to read russian lit in the original!

    and I keep track of all the books i've ever read(or try to, anyway), that's how i remember.
     
  14. Kavitha

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    These are my 2006 favorites in this order:

    Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts

    Godfather - Mario Puzo

    Its not about the Bike - Lance Armstrong

    The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks

    Five Point Someone - Chetan Bhagat

    Bridget Jones Diary I - Helen Fielding

    Amulet of Samarkhand - Jonathan Stroud

    The Great Train Robbery
    - Micheal Crichton
     
  15. Gem

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    I would never have guessed! :D

    oh man, I'm so jealous. If you ever reread Pushkin but in English, then you can give us a comparison, and tell us exactly what gets lost in translation..

    Hiya Kavitha, what part of India are you from?
    And what is Shantaram about?
     
  16. Kavitha

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    Hey Gem!

    The story of Shantaram is a fictionalized account of the life of author Gregory David Roberts who escaped an Australian prison and moved to Bombay, lived in slums and worked with the underworld of this city.

    Opening lines of the book:

    “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming of my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you’ve got, that freedom is an universe of possibility. And the choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.”

    And this is now being made into a movie, with johnny Depp as Shantaram :)
     
  17. Fantasy Moon

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    It's hard to remember everything that I read in 2006... and there wasn't much that has been particularly noteworthy.

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    Renfield: A Gospel of Dracula by Tim Black
    Ancient Egyptian Magic by Bob Biers
     
  18. Gem

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    Thanks for the info Kavitha. Sounds like a fascinating (in a scary sort of way) life to have lived.

    Fantasy Moon,
    ooh, Renfield sounds intriguing...
     
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    Oh, I forgot to add Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury!

    I liked it, but I've always liked Renfield the best in Dracula so maybe I am biased? ;)
     
  20. steffee

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    1. We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
    I thought this book was exceptionally thought-provoking. Admittedly, it was a little overlong, but touching, and it kept me captivating throughout. It was a recommendation from a friend whose book choices I trust, which meant I kept going despite the first 100 or so pages being hard work, but I was glad I did.

    2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
    Aww wow, what a fantastic story. Excellent idea, excellent characters, excellent style, everything, Just fantastic.

    3. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov*
    I've read quite a number of Nabokov's works after reading Lolita for the first time in 2005, and have loved them all, but Timofey will always have a special place in my heart after reading Pnin. A brilliant introduction to Nabokov IMO if you don't fancy Lolita (reading the book, I mean, obviously, no hebophiliac insinuations here whatsoever).

    4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Wow, wow, wow. I only read this as it was a BOTM choice, but it was fantastic. I loved the family history in the novel, as well as the psychological aspects of being born a hermaphrodite, as Calliope was. Much preferred this to The Virgin Suicides.

    5. Foucalt's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
    I put off beginning this due to struggling through The Name of the Rose, but I loved it. I didn't find it tedious or difficult at all, so if anyone is considering this book then jump right in, I'd say.

    6. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
    Thanks to Peder, I got through the first part of the famous Remembrance of Things Past, and don't regret it for a second, super-long sentences and paragraphs included.

    7. Out by Natsuo Kirino
    As a non-reader of crime usually (or fantasy, SF, horror etc either really), I searched out this book in order to participate in the BOTM and was enthralled (quite disturbingly :eek:) with it; whether this was because I normally stay away from the genre, thus it was 'novel' or because of the discussion, I don't know, but I pondered this story for a while after reading it.
    8. The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis*
    How could I possibly do justice to Martin Amis? He is wonderfully, and sickeningly accurate. I love him.

    9. Asylum by Patrick McGrath*
    Favourite read of the year, and now McGrath is my most favourite author. I think he portrays psychological distress amazingly well, and writes with a perfect balance of sensitivity, horror, humour... wonderful!

    10. The Cider House Rules by John Irving*
    This really had little impact on me when I first read it, but I've found myself thinking about the novel since, and I'm even tempted to reread it. Also loved The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany and A Widow for One Year this year.

    * Loved other books by this author last year too, but have only included one book per author.
     

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