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  1. I have recently read the fault in our starts by john green and would like to read something similar to it. I have also read Looking for Alaska by him and would like to know if his other books are any good? Moreover does anyone have any recommendations to other books I might enjoy if I enjoy these previously mentioned books? I would like to read something more classic.
  2. I looked for a thread on this but couldn't find one, other than a few people mentioning they had bought the book or were beginning to read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it... read it in two hours. Anyone who loves books and who has thought about writing one should enjoy this. It's witty, often funny, and creates a refreshing character out of a very public figure. A quick afternoon read while you're tackling something more imposing...
  3. All of us have read one or more books that really disturbed us deep down to the extent that we get upset even thinking about them. I have restricted this query to fiction because factual events disturb us in all sorts of complicated reasons that often do not share common grounds and are therefore difficult to quantify. Bearing that in mind, which particular book disturbed you most of all? It does not matter if you liked or loathed the underlying story. For me, it has to be Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, followed some distance behind by George Orwell's 1984.
  4. SEPTEMBER Loving it Snakesleeper by Ann Chamberlin Definitely one to love if you like historical fiction that thinks out of the box. Set at the time of the Old Testament monarch, King David, she borrows heavily from the book, When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone, but nonetheless she manages to weave a truly alien world, where a goddess might have just as much clout as a God. Her attention to historical detail is impressive, and she draws the reader in through the eyes of a very unusual little girl, who grows to womanhood while straddling two entirely different cultures. Hating it 1Q84: Books 1 and 2 by Haruki Murakami Recommended to me by an (ex) friend, I knew nothing of Murakami when I started. And, honestly I wish I had remained in blissful ignorance. I had been told that the style was unusual, and that much I can agree on. Characters endlessly repeat things they already know to each other, while the plot unfolds like a poorly written fairytale and magic solves everything. I realise many people loved the book, but it left me cold.
  5. Dear Members of the Book Club forum, As far as I have seen in the rules and guidelines threads there seems to be no restriction on the topic of Erotic fiction. I hope that I am not breaking any rules by starting this thread and apologize for any who feel offended by the subject matter. Now on to the core of the matter. I generally keep a few books on hand of different genres to fit my fancy or mood. Broadly I primarily read Classics/Literary works (works of Scott, Dumas etc); Thrillers/Mystery; Fantasy and Adventure. After being introduced to literature I often found the average 'successful' modern fiction unsatisfactory. This was the case till Game of Thrones, the rather serious nature, the scale and the willingness to not shy away from adult content blew me away. Nonetheless I often keep lighter books for when I am tiered or have had a long day. Recently I decided to expand my horizon and try some erotica. I would like to share with you some of the books I enjoyed and hope that the members here will be willing and able to point me towards further reading. Author - Book title Lisette Ashton - Amazon Slave Lisette Ashton - Forbidden reading C.J Roberts - Captive in the dark Penelope Douglas - Corrupt (Devil's Night 01) Elliot Kay - Good Intentions Many of the books I found often had a rather submissive/reactive female protagonist with domineering males. I am looking for something where the female protagonist is more affirmative (along the lines of Lisette Ashton's Amazon Slave). Books where she takes what she wants rather than the other way around. I should mention that I do enjoy/prefer 'Menage's or multiple partners, although not exclusively. I prefer not to have LGBT content, no offense intended. Though I am largely tired of the shape shifting, were-x, y, z, type of books I am desperate enough to buckle if there are few choices to choose from. I do not mind darker stories with some grit/grime. I apologize for my unreasonable request and hope that the members of this forum will be able to help me find a few other books to read. Thanking you, Bookishnerd PS I read all the parts of a Series if I can, this means that the other books in the 'Captive in the dark' series or Eliot Kay's 'Good Intention's are already on my to read list.
  6. What books can I find featuring a female (eccentric, cynical, or spiteful) protagonist that hexes or curses others (or at least imagines/wishes she has the power to)? It need not be the focus of the story, as I'm only looking for a portion for oral interpretation. Preferably I would like this written in third person. Some examples of instances where you might find such a thing include Egypt and the Mummies' curse... witches... poltergeists, etc. However, a perfectly normal human or wanna-be hexer works too. An example of this might be an angst-filled teen who wishes her school would burn asunder and loathes her life in detail. I am looking for pieces that are humorous in their darkness preferably. Many thanks!
  7. Hi there, I have recently read a selection of books set in the far east and I have enjoyed all of them. The books included; red lotus, empress orchid, snow flower and the secret fan, memoirs of a geisha and peony in love. I was just wondering if anyone could recommend any other books set in the far east Japan or China etc. They can be fiction or non fiction as I've heard that Wild Swans is good. Thanks in advance
  8. Hi I am searching for a books where the main character moved somehow from the past to present times (it is very IMPORTAT not to be any other sci-fi or fantasy plots except moving from past). As an example I can give : Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes The knowledge how the transfer from past happend is also unnesesary. The most important for me is the plot that someone must understand present world.
  9. “(S)he sat in the darkest corner of the waiting room...” ... is the first line of a book I read in about 1973. This book is a real mystery to me, as I have a very vivid memory of it being called "Captives of the Web", yet I can find no trace of such a title, or anything similar, Like "Prisoners of the Web". So, I guess, memory fail! It’s about a criminal mastermind who runs a drug network, and was set in contemporary (late 1960s/early 1970s) London. The cover was dark, with a shadowy figure on the left and a brighter tunnel opening on the right. At least, that's what my memory insists! Any help very gratefully received Many thanks Mike
  10. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this book nor the author. I loved the book and it really stuck in my memory as an excellent book but not the title nor author apparently. I ended reading the book and instantly wished there was more but now my memory has failed me. This is a book about two girl friends who are pre-teens or teenagers. One of them lives in a magical house that changes it’s rooms and hallways. The two girls go exploring in the house and they find a room with a music box that opens a portal to another world. It is a fantasy realm where there is a bridge that goes from one world to the other. They enter and find all kinds of magical creatures. There is a town full of circus type people and they are all getting ready for a huge parade. Everyone is dressing up in fancy dresses. The girls are warned that they must make it back to the portal at a certain time to return to their world. The girl from the magic house has a magic pin that comes to life as a little fairy type creature who is snarky and gives them each little bits of info about the world they are in. The girls go to a store to try dresses on and have to hide from some evil queen or something who is out to get them. They run and cause a huge commotion at the store. The evil queen rides a magical creature like a dragon or something along those lines (a magical chariot maybe?) and eventually finds them. They fight her and win. Lots of other exciting things happen to them but these are the key ones I could most remember. They return to the house at the precise moment they left and it’s as if they never left. The girl’s aunt or grandma or some other relative who is her guardian tells her that she has been marked since birth as having some special place within this magical world but she has been hiding her from it all to keep her safe. The house had several portal entries and an enemy found one in the basement and they all had to deal with that after they returned to the magical house. The basement had all kinds of antiques and statues and mirrors in it with fabric coverings over many bundles. Can anyone please help? Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thank you! Marisa
  11. Alright, I'm looking for a series recommendation. I want something I can really get invested in! I'm a little bit picky, so here are some guidelines: -Preferrably no romance that is center to the plot. Some action on the side is fine haha -No sci-fi -I'm a little wary of dystopian, didn't like Divergent or the Pretties and some other popular ones. I did like the Hunger Games though -Very compelling character development is a must I'm excited to hear some of your recommendations! Thank you!
  12. Can anyone help me to identify this military thriller? An anarchist takes over Russia and disbands state organisations, including the military. He also arranges the assassination of senior members of the US Government, including the President. The vice-president is seriously injured, but survives and takes charge. China decides to invade Siberia and a coalition of US and European countries are dispatched to Siberia to resist the invasion. Key people involved in the tale include two US privates: Semple and Andre, a female TV reporter and her hippy cameraman, and the US General in charge of the collation forces. Thanks.
  13. Hi, I'm not sure if anyone will be able to help with this but I'm trying to find a book for my fiance. It's one she read a long time and unfortunately can't remember many details... Basically what I know is that it is set in the modern time, the main character is male that is aware that there are parallel universes. His mum (or possibly both parents) are dead, but he knows that she/they are alive in an alternate world. The boy refers to 'the other me' or 'the other mummy' or something similar. Unfortunately that's about all she can remember. She doesn't think it was necessarily all about the alternate worlds, as there were things going on in his life in this world... So, that's quite vague, I admit, but if there is any chance that anyone recognises it, please let me know!
  14. If you have read my recent introduction post, you'll know that I am currently reading 'A Game of Thrones' but I am struggling to keep up with the flow of the book as I don't have a lot of time to put into it. Whilst looking for alternatives in my local bookstore I saw 'Swords of Good Men' and it was recommended for those who found GoT too heavy (On the little paper tag on the shelf). I was wondering if anyone here has read this book or has read any reviews? I don't particularly wish to give up GoT for something I don't know too much about, or ifs worth picking up.
  15. I have just finished reading The Tigers wife by Teà Obreht and I have to say that it was one of the best books that I have read in a while. How I don't normally I don't read books like this but this one caught my eye and I an so glad that it did. The story follows a young docter after her grandfather dies and as she remembers here grand father and wall of the storys that he used to fell her. Okay that really simplifying the story but it gives you an idea of what it is about. Has anyone else read it if so what did you think?
  16. Hello everyone! I am a student from Denmark. In relation to my exam I have chosen to the subject of homoseksuality in the US, under the main subject: "The fight for the good life." I would like to read a novel on relation to this, but I can't decide which one to pick! There are a lot, and no one I know has any knowledge on novels on homoseksuality.. So I'm reaching out to you guys! The novel has to be English/ American, and preferably be set in the US. Thanks in advance! Best regards, Simon P.S. The book must include a 'fight' or 'struggle', for the freedom to choose your partner (fx)..
  17. Do you think books turned into movies do it justice? I think it's a very good question. After spending much time thinking about this question I have come to the conclusion that I prefer to read the book and that I don't think turning them into movies do the book any justice. For example: I read the Twilight books a few years ago before the movies and I enjoyed it very much and had a image in my head of what the character were like and looked. Then the movie came out and they left so much out. I mean I still liked the Twilight movies, I must admit I did enjoy them all. But when I look at the book now I don't see my original thoughts anymore. It's all changed. Or how about the classic Journey to the center of the earth? I think they shredded it to bits. Yes the movie in general was entertaining, it just wasn't anywhere near the book. ( I thought) If we go a bit younger again how about Diary of a wimpy kid? any thoughts on this one? Tell me what your kids thought, would like to get a younger opinion. Please tell me you thoughts, what do you think? Do you have any other books to movie examples? Robin
  18. I know I'm very behind the times with this one but I've just finished The Time Traveller's Wife. I'm annoyed as I'd be absolutely gripped all the way through and couldn't wait to read it but then a few things took over and I've read the last chapter this evening weeks after reading the rest. However, my main question remains and I'm really hoping someone can help! I thought I'd sussed the ending, but one thing I really don't understand.... In my interpretation, Henry time travels back from the New Year's Eve scene in 2007 where he is in Clare's arms, to 1984, where he is accidentally shot by Clare's father and brother and then time travels back to 2007 where he dies in Clare's arms... I'm sure I have this right from reading other forums. What I don't understand is that in the 1984 scene he says he is running when he is shot... but the 2007 Henry that I thought this was had no feet so how was this possible? Please help - I was so proud of myself that despite the mindbending potential I'd managed not to lose my head completely at any other point in the book! Nikki
  19. Hi, I am looking for something rather specific. I'm trying to find a good YA fiction novel that has a character with bipolar disorder. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  20. This is the latest in a long line of Agatha Raisin mysteries (& to my shame, I've only read the first 4 of the series before this one - I can't seem to find them in the local shops!) & I found this lurking in my local library. As with the previous books, I've developed a strange liking to the heroine - her faults making her all the more likeable & I wasn't disappointed in this latest installment of her life either. I also liked the fact that even though I've missed so many books in between I was able to pick up on existing plotlines within her home village & her relationships with the other regular characters. It seems that the characters are consistent & well-developed, their relationships detailed well rather than being over-emphasised & the insight into Agatha's psyche is just as enlightening, frightening & amusing as ever! The given synopsis is as follows: 'Agatha Raisin's ex-husband James is engaged to be married to a beautiful young woman and Agatha has kindly been invited to the wedding. This is a difficult pill to swallow & to take her mind off it Agatha begins a flirtation with Sylvan, a Frenchman she met at James's engagement party. For further distraction she decides upon a holiday & flies off to Istanbul, where unfortunately she bumps into James & his fiancee, not once but twice - convincing him she is stalking them. So when the bride is murdered on her wedding day, naturally Agatha is Suspect Number One - though the situation is quickly turned on its head when the mother of the bride engages Agatha to take on the case of her murdered daughter! And then, somehow, Agatha's own life seems to be in danger as she sets about trying to solve the mystery of the dead bride, while defending herself (rather half-heartedly) against the advances of a very attractive & determined Frenchman.' As a whole, this book was highly enjoyable, I whizzed through it in a couple of days & was thoroughly immersed in the plotline, I enjoyed the different locations described this time round, finding it interesting in the way that Agatha interacted abroad rather than in her home village. The plot had sufficient twists & revelations to keep me interested, although I was disappointed that I guessed who the murderer was & the main plotline, although it was hinted at heavily throughout the majority of the last half of the book. There were, however, some interesting sidelines introduced - between for example Toni & Agatha - their relationship was looked at in a little more detail rather than just leaving it as employer & employee. All in all, it was an enjoyable book, all the loose ends tied up nicely & the main characters' lives were opened up enough to leave scope for more books to follow. I've started hunting the previous books down on Ebay as I do find these light enough to just grab & read for light entertainment.
  21. “Immensely charming, immensely uplifting, I would recommend it to everyone” Marian Keyes.   This is a snapshot of a nearly 60yr old’s life, told in the form of a diary, detailing the approach of & her 60th birthday & her refusal to grow old gracefully & accept the ravishes of time. She details her relationships with her family & friends coping from the mundane to the tragic. The synopsis on the back of the book reads as follows: ‘Too young to get whisked away by a Stannah Stairlift, or to enjoy the luxury of a walk-in bath (but not so much that she doesn’t enjoy comfortable shoes), Marie is all the same getting on in years - and she’s thrilled about it. She’s a bit preoccupied about whether to give up sex - Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! - but there are compensations, like falling in love with her baby grandson, and maybe falling in love with someone else too? Curmudgeonly, acute, touching & funny, this diary is what happens when grumpy old women meet Bridget Jones' I must say, I borrowed this from the library based on the synopsis & have never read any other Virginia Ironside’s books, but I was very pleasantly surprised - I devoured the book in a couple of days & loved every second of it - from the funny (using a thermometer to sign a cheque) through the dinner parties & the redecoration of her room - there was always a passage to lift the reader’s mood. I found that the character’s attitude to aging was refreshing (similar to a bucket of ice water to the face) & must admit I think I might adopt this attitude as I approach her age! I loved the fact that she grew in confidence - realizing that you can be yourself, you don’t need other people’s affirmation or approval. To feel happy & content with your lot in life. She hinted at a having led a very colorful life & that she was determined to continue to live her life the way she wanted to rather than bowing down to the pressure of ‘you can’t do that - you’re too old’ scenario. In conclusion, I loved this book & would definitely read it again! I’m also planning on searching out some more of Virginia Ironside’s books. I’m curious as to whether anyone else has read this book & whether they enjoyed it a much as I did?
  22. Hi everybody, I'm learning english and I would like to practice reading books. My preference about them is the Science-fiction, and I would like your recomndation about some books for me. thank you
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