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Old 04-06-2012, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Is there one book that stands out that you've read in the past year or two? One that you might add to your short list of the best books ever? (Name two if you can't break the tie.)

I'm going to name two, because they are so different that I can't break the tie:


Abraham Verghese, "Cutting for Stone"

(For stylish brilliance and literary excellence)

Stieg Larsson, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
et seq.
(For the story that I couldn't put down.)

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Old 04-06-2012, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Asheville, Nc
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Is there one book that stands out that you've read in the past year or two? One that you might add to you short list of the best books ever? (Name two or three if you can't break the tie.)

The Once And Furture King by T.H White. I read it when I was 11 sence then I've always had a copy of the book to read. This booked got my started in reading fanasty. I judge all books based off this one. If I had children this is one book I'd pass down to them.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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"11/22/63" by Stephen King. Held my interest completely and it wasn't a horror story. Not all of his books are horror. His sense of humor comes through here.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: New England
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Just finished The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie, a great historical fantasy in vein of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books - still awesomely melodramatic, but somewhat less corny.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I really liked Cutting For Stone, as well as A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway, Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand and The Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I hate to answer questions like this because I'm sure after I've posted I'll think of other books but the ones that immediately come to mind are The Tiger by John Vaillant - he married a true story to mythology and created a third thing. The book is brilliant.

Then The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, not only for the story, but for the high quality of language coupled with an understanding of human nature.

I also think Matterhorn by Karl Marlantas is a very good book but he does not have the mastery of language of either one of the two above authors.

The Horse Soldiers was also a very, very good book, better than Matterhorn in its mastery of language.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: New York City
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The best thing I have read recently is supposed to be for teens, but I read it and loved it. It is called, The True Diary of a Part Time Indian. I highly reccommend it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:00 PM
 
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The best thing I have read recently is supposed to be for teens, but I read it and loved it. It is called, The True Diary of a Part Time Indian. I highly reccommend it.
I took this out for my son. It's not a book I'd like to read WITH him but I think it's appropriate for a teen who is different.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I took this out for my son. It's not a book I'd like to read WITH him but I think it's appropriate for a teen who is different.
My 5th grader considers it one of her favorite books. There were some risque words here and there that she appreciated. I think it's best for a 12yo or older. You don't even need to be different to love it.
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