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30 Day Meme - Day 13: A Fictional Book

Aarrgh! This is another toughie. I mean I have over 2000 books in my house (yes, you read that correctly) (although I haven't read them all yet) and I'm supposed to...pick one to...mention? Recommend? Hate on?? Well, if I hated it, it's no longer in my house so that's not an issue.


 

I've been re-reading Good Omens this week and still loving it so, so much.


 

I've already raved about One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night – the thought of it still makes me grin like an idiot. I'm soooo sorry that was a library book and I had to return it, especially since finding any books by Christopher Brookmyre in the bookstore I go to most often is like finding that proverbial needle in the haystack. :(


 

Another author I just discovered is Elizabeth George. I read A Great Deliverance, and I was incredibly impressed with it. Not necessarily with the mystery element (because, really, not that big of a surprise), but the main characters – how flawed they were, how damaged/dysfunctional they were (especially the female character), and yet still sympathetic and the chemistry between them was outstanding. At least in my own mind. :D I have the next two books in the series although I have yet to start reading them.


 

Finally, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith...I'm not sure I can describe Child 44 as “entertaining” because it was such a heartbreakingly brutal read. His depiction of life in the Soviet Union under Stalin...dear God. For me, it wasn't about the mystery (much like A Great Deliverance); it was about the conditions in the Soviet Union at that time and how the characters reacted to it. It was...uncomfortable to read while at the same time, it was very compelling. In that respect, it reminded me of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. (Except that with Catch-22, I could not stop reading it. Literally. There was a scene in that book that made me burst into tears and throw the book across my bedroom; I was scrambling after it before it even hit the ground because I had to keep reading.)


 

Okay, time to stop – I'm starting to meander down memory lane and I don't have the space and anybody reading this definitely doesn't have the time (2000 books, remember? :D )




30-Day Meme:
  1. Favourite Song - July 9. 2010
  2. Favourite Movie - July 10, 2010
  3. Favourite TV Program - July 11, 2010
  4. Favourite Book - July 12, 2010
  5. Favourite Quotes - July 13, 2010
  6. Whatever tickles your fancy. - July 14, 2010
  7. Photo that makes you happy.  - July 15, 2010
  8. Photo that makes you angry/sad.  - July 16, 2010
  9. Photo you took.  - July 17, 2010
  10. Photo of you taken over 10 years ago.  - July 18, 2010
  11. Photo of you taken recently.  - July 20, 2010
  12. Whatever tickles your fancy.  - July 21, 2010
  13. A fictional book  - July 22, 2010
  14. A non-fictional book
  15. A fanfic
  16. A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
  17. An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
  18. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  19. A talent of yours
  20. Missing – so, whatever tickles your fancy.
  21. A recipe.
  22. A website.
  23. A YouTube Video
  24. Whatever tickles your fancy.
  25. Your day in great detail
  26. Your week in great detail.
  27. This month in great detail
  28. This year in great detail.
  29. Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days.
  30. Whatever tickles your fancy.

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janiekins
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Elizabeth George -
have you ever watched her Inspector Lynley series from England? i am always on the look out for good fanfic for those two :) i've always had a soft spot for Nathaniel Parker (Lynley) after seeing him as the shepherd in "far from the madding crowd"...

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shirleyann66
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the series, no - but A Great Deliverance is the first book with those characters (Lynley and...Havers (right? I don't have the books in front of me right now).

I had no idea there was a TV series until after I read the book and googled the author. :D

I'll have to keep my eyes open for the show...
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