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Best book you've read so far in 2008


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O.K., what book would it be at this point in time? I'd have to vote for my current read, A.J. Langguth's Patriot. I'm loving the stories presented and he is a great story teller. Heck, you feel like you are observing the Battle of Bunker Hill and Concord.:cool:

How's 'bout you?
It's hard to opt for one of the books I've read this year. But I think I had two highlights so far: The World to Come by Dara Horn and Everyman by Philip Roth. Two great storys and really interesting reading experiences. :cool:
Doctor Glas, Hjalmar Söderberg takes top spot so far, closely followed by The Invention Of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares.
Atonement, Ian McEwan. But it's been a good year so far; Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector and No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy were damn fine too.

Agree on Everyman, buzzaldrin. Loved that book.
The Road, hands down. Even though it's only March, I'd be confident to state that this will be the best book I'll read all year.
Atonement. i got into the book so much that when i finished it I had no idea what i wanted to read next because everything seemed to be dull in comparison
Definatly Sentimental Tommy by JM Barrie. Such a lost, unappreciated book and author, beyond Peter Pan. It's sad when such a wonderful man and such a success of his own time are now so out of fashion that my university library stocks only his letters to Thomas Hardy, and nothing else...
The best so far is The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig with The Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoevsky in a close second.
I have only completed one book this year so far (unfortunately) -
"Cant buy me love - the beatles, Britain, America" by Jonathan Gould.

I found the book interesting (I was born just about the time the beatles split up - coincidence?) - so I missed the entire phenomena -
The silliest part of the book is the incredibly over-the-top descriptions of the individual songs- Clearly the book is written by a fan for fans

Next in line is Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, then I am going to start tackling a couple of books of a "Sci Fi top 20" I saw in Digg a couple of days ago:

h-t-t-p-: io9.com/361597/the-twenty-science-fiction-novels-that-will-change-your-life

(thats the best I can do until I have been here 15 days!!)
The best book I've read so far this year is The Talisman by: Stephen King and Peter Straub.....very good! I am currently reading the sequel to it.....Black House!
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield. Sadly, it may be the only book I've read cover to cover so far this year. I also read it while sick with the flu. But I still think it was quite good.
Summerland by Michael Chabon
It's kind of hard to define what it was, exactly, about the book. There's some sort of melding of things I remember from my childhood with larger ideas. It's about baseball and summer days and that sort of thing, but also about what many of those things represent.
The best so far? I would have to say " Frankenstein Unbound" by Brian Aldiss. With " Ladies of Missalonghi" by Colleen McCullough a fair second. I read
" Atonement" as well. I thought the story was good, but personally found the author's style a bit dull. Not boring, just plodding in places. I've rarely wanted to strangle a main character so much!
I liked the Road,but then it seem to be the last thing of the moment!
I also got into a frenzy about Richard Stark and read the hunter,the man with a runaway face,the outfit,and the mourner-and keep reading all the Parker serie
I finished a re-read of Anna karenina-and this time did fall in love with her,I did not like her caractere that mutch this time,i find her a bit shallow.Age maybe?
Dark star safari from Paul Theroux in audio and love it,meeting people like mafouz,naipaul,..and a very clever,and clear vision of the situation in African.Not tender on humanitarian organization,with is something i also witnessed.
Father goriot from balzac a stole from my wife,liked it,but no morethan that.
I had a good laugh with the face by Koontz,like watching a B-movie!:D
Currently reading Right as rain by Pelecanos and loving it to bits,got the 3following ones.

As witch was the best?Hard to say all been differents(not koontz for sure!)The road would be consensual,;)
I'm going to give that specific credit to, Look Me in the Eye, by John Elder Robinson (Augusten Burroughs brother).

What is parcticuarly astonishing about this book is it is written by a person with Aspergers Syndrome, which if you have known anyone with it, realize how hard it is for them to verbally express their emotions.

Give it a go even if you don't known what Aspergers is, by the end of the book you'll have a firm understanding of it, through a case study type of setting. And the fact that it is one great ride makes it all the better.
My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad is a love story consists of comic and erotic episodes, talking about early 1940s in Tehran, on-target send-up of Iranian society. My favourite book.