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Desperate for Book Recommendations
« on: March 30, 2012, 07:47:59 pm »
Okay guys, I know there are some folks around here who can help me out. I am in inveterate book-pusher myself, but I've played out most of my main authors (Briggs, Andrews, Frost, Lackey, Harrison, some others I'm not recalling right now because I'm braindead) and nothing at the library has jumped out at me recently. Recommendations? I'm mostly looking for good brain-candy/fun characters reading; the baby is teething and we're buying a house (both reasons I haven't been around much), so I need the escape, but I don't have tons of brain power to spare for "great literature" right now.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 07:51:05 pm »
Do you want same basic genre, or just fluff? 
Is British good? 
Terry Pratchett if you like British humor.  Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.  Mary Janice Davidson if vampires & werewolves played for laughs.  Diana Wynne Jones' children's books.
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 09:01:00 pm »
Any and all of the above sound good--I'll go poking about and see what the library has! I haven't read any Terry Pratchett in quite a while :-). Haven't read any of the others (except, I think, so Diana Wynne Jones many years ago), so I'll definitely check into those! Thanks  :).
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 06:53:13 am »
Space opera David Webber, Mike Shepherd, John Ringo,

C.E. Murphy,
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2012, 08:27:08 am »
Weber is NOT brain candy, Gryphon.  :D 
Mary Janice Davidson's "Dead and _________" books are brain candy.
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 09:21:42 am »
Hehe, yeah, I've looked into some David Webber in the past, and while I think I may enjoy his writing, I also think I'm going to save it for after the move-in :D. Thanks for the suggestions, though, Gryphon!
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 01:45:51 am »
Have you hit Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society stories?
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 03:09:23 pm »
Oh, no, I haven't, but that rings a bell. I'll check it out!
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2012, 03:16:47 pm »
If you like zany mysteries, Donna Andrews does goofy ones with birds in the titles, starting from Murder with Peacocks".
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2012, 04:07:17 pm »
Those are fun, easy reads, Patti!  Good suggestion! :)

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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2012, 04:11:25 pm »
Also Charlotte McLeod, pretty much anything.
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012, 06:15:22 pm »
Fiction, or non? I am very fond of Bill Bryson.

Er, Bill Bryson's writing.

You know what I mean.  :D

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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 06:22:44 pm »
Come to that, if you can get your hands on them, Tom Bodett (of "We'll leave a light on for you" Motel 6 fame) wrote some fun compilations of stories from ... what did he call it?  The town at the end of the road, in Alaska.  Not all of them were light, but most were, and in general they leave you feeling good.  Those people take care of each other. :)
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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2012, 06:26:47 pm »
and anything by Gary Paulsen. I think that's perfect for moving.

Not light reading in the thematic sense....but he has that wonderfully spare style that leaves one with so much to chew on between book-bites.


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Re: Desperate for Book Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2012, 08:16:56 pm »
Ah, thanks everyone! I knew I could count on many good recommendations here.

Yes, Gary Paulsen is great, and it's been quite a few years since I last read any of his stuff. Maybe I'll wander back over to that part of the shelf :D. And it's light enough; though thematically rich, the young adult writing style makes it easy to get through. I'm mostly avoiding things that bear a strong resemblance to the stuff I read for my English major; while I love that stuff, I don't have the brain power to really benefit from that sort of reading right at the moment!
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