Mark Terry

Saturday, December 05, 2009

A Few Christmas Gift Recommendations

December 5, 2009
I just went over my reading list to-date for 2009 and decided to make some book recommendations for the book reader in your life. I left out things like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and although there are a couple bestsellers on this list, I decided to focus on books by people you may not necessarily have heard of for the reader in your life. I mean, there ought to be more options than Dan Brown's latest, right?

For Kids
Nightmare Academy by Dean Lourey
--a kid finds he has a unique ability to bring monsters into this world when he dreams, and has to go go the Nightmare Academy to learn how to put them back.

Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov
--a kid discovers he's a magician from a long-line of magicians and needs to be trained to fulfill his legacy.

For Mystery/Thriller Lovers
Illegal by Paul Levine
--a shyster lawyer gets involved in trying to find the mother of a kid who snuck into the country

The Second Perimeter by Mike Lawson
--Main character, Joe DeMarco, is a troubleshooter for the Speaker of the House.

Rough Country by John Sandford
--a Virgil Flowers police procedural.

Whispers of the Dead by Simon Beckett
--a chilling, satisfying thriller about a British forensic anthropologist doing work at "The Body Farm" in Tennessee.


For Science Fiction & Fantasy Lovers
Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
--a raucous fantasy; imagine if The Lord Of The Rings was told from the point of view of Gollum.

Diving Into The Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
--way in the future, the main character makes a living doing space diving into abandoned and wrecked spaceships and space stations.

For Nonfiction Lovers
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi
-particularly relevant given last night's conviction of Amanda Knox by a Florence jury; same prosecutor, etc., as the nonsense that happened to Preston & Spezi.

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
--an interesting bio of our first president

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story Of A Band Of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode To Victory In Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
--rather timely, given our surge back into Afghanistan. This is about the first Special Forces troops into Afghanistan in late 2001, early 2002.

4 Comments:

Blogger Michele Emrath said...

Thank you for the interesting suggestions. I am particularly interested in "The Monster of Florence." And I don't usually read nonfiction!

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

9:06 AM  
Blogger Michele Emrath said...

FYI- Featured your blog twice in today's post today.

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Silver Cross said...

Thank you for the great ideas!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Thanks!

12:50 PM  

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