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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.


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!


9:06 AM  
Blogger Michele Emrath said...

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


5:14 AM  
Anonymous Silver Cross said...

Thank you for the great ideas!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...


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