12 thoughts on “An experiment

  1. I generally go for lighter fare in my fictional reading, since my nonfictional reading is pretty rigorous. My favorite writers right now are Alexander Dumas, C.J. Cherryh, K.J. Martin, and Jane Austen.

  2. For fictional, I’m into the police procedural/thriller novels of Michael Connelly. Altho at times a bit too violent for my tastes, his books are compelling reading and show great insight into character. His main series is about Detective Harry Bosch and if you try them, start at the beginning as there is a bit of interaction and connection as he progresses his character in time.

  3. Sarah Waters, my fave of hers is are “Fingersmith” (sorta homage to “Woman in White”). Her first, “Tipping the Velvet” is a fun Victorian romp. Margaret Atwood, recent fave is “The Year of the Flood”–dystopian but with very funny bits. Other books of hers that I liked are “Alias Grace” and “The Blind Assassin”. Another recent fave is Malena Watrous’ “If You Follow Me”, about a young woman who was trying to figure herself out, while teaching English at a rural Japanese school–a lot of comic stuff, but also sharp cultural comments. Not fiction but one I highly recommend is Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, which not only goes over the ethical, medical, etc sides of how the HeLa cell line came about, but also the story of the Lacks family. Gripping stuff.

  4. One of my more recent finds is Connie Willis, who’s won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. Her “The Doomsday Book” is stunning, and the two most recent, “Blackout” and “All Clear” are excellent. She’s written light comedy, too: “To Say Nothing of the Dog” is a hilarious spot-on version of Victorian manners.

  5. Authors – still writing:
    Stephen King, Connie Willis, Isabelle Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, Tad Williams, Larry Niven.

    – Classics:
    Dickens, Dumas, Twain

    Too many books to pick a favorite.

  6. I just finished reading Kathyln Stockett’s “The Help”, what a great book!
    It deals with the relationships between “The Help” (cooks, housekeepers, childcare workers) and the women who hire them in Southern homes during the Civil Rights period.
    Wow, simply great!

  7. I’m a big fan of Eric Flint, John Ringo, David Weber, David Drake and Linda Evans. 1632 by Eric Flint is a particular favorite — it’s a ripping yarn. That and dozens of other books are available as free downloads from the Baen free library.

  8. Dorothy Sayers, Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Knut Hamsun.
    I read a great book by Ursula Hegi, “Stones from the River.” I picked up a book of short stories by her, but they seem to be sketches for the novel, so I don’t know how deep she runs yet.

  9. Left out Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series the first time around. You can start with “Case Histories” on, but you don’t have to read them in order. Once again, the books deal with some heavy stuff but also have lots of humor in them.

  10. Let’s see, I finished “Hannah Coulter” this morning and “Jayber Crow” a couple of weeks ago. Both by Wendell Berry. I heartily recommend his books!

  11. Chang-Rae Lee, William Kennedy, Nathan Englander, AL Kennedy (Indelible Acts, Paradise), and Hilary Mantel (A Place of Greater Safety and Wolf Hall). Right now I’m reading a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald by Nancy Milford.

  12. >what are your favorite books? Authors?

    Nury Vittachi. Discovered him about three years ago via a hilarious blog posting about how Asians view American politics.

    Roberto BolaƱo. Chilean author best know for the door-stopper 2666, clocking in at 900 pages, but I first read the novella Distant Star.

    Orhan Pamuk. Discovered him this winter. The first paragraph of My Name Is Red blew the top of my head open. I read The New Life last month; also compelling.

    For about the last two years, I have been on a real kick for the big name Russian authors for some reason – Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn, in that order – so I really enjoyed Elif Batuman’s book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

    While mostly a non-fiction writer and anthologist, I must also recommend Argentine-born, now Canadian Alberto Manguel. I discovered him through the two very thick fantasy tales collections Black Water and Black Water 2. I must also recommend God’s Spies: Stories in Defiance of Oppression.

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