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New Releases? No, not today…

Greetings Literary Comrades!

This week in new book releases is a sparse one, at best, so I’ve opted not to put together a post. Mostly because there isn’t a post to put together! There’s a whole slew of romance releases, Nora Roberts and maybe some other namely persons that I do not know of, but nothing that was particularly standout for a Nerdist.com sort of head’s up. A rather depressing day for literature, methinks, unless I’m missing something. That is ENTIRELY possible! If you know of any good books coming out this week, give us a head’s up on them in the comments, eh?

Since it’s a slow week, why don’t we try something fun for this Tuesday? A mini book review, of sorts! What’s your favorite title? What’s it about? Why do you love it so much? WHY DON’T YOU MARRY IT — errr. Right. Let’s hear it, nerdlings! Favorite book, reasons why: this is your assignment.

Now go! Illuminate our minds!

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  • Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card. It’s been years (16 or more) since I read it, but I still remember most of it and how well it was written.

  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. It is what investigative journalism should aspire to be; a compassionate look at a killer’s life without forgetting how monstrous an unfeeling murderer can be. Also, freaked me the hell out to read that the killers had spent time in my old hometown of Worcester, MA.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret ATWOOD. Read it for the 1st while living in Jeddah KSA on a compound with 1500 female flight attendants. The dystopia describe by ATWOOD was completely like life in KSA. Natasha Richardson did a fabulous job in the movie – one of my most favourite movies as well. The future looks bleak for women. And very New World Order.

  • Most of my nerdly favorites have been mentioned, as well: “A Wrinkle In Time,” “Hitchhiker’s Guide,” “The Stand.” In the ‘also written by’ category I’ll add “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Jitterbug Perfume” to those who’ve mentioned Steinbeck and Robbins.

    But always and forever at the top of my list are “A Christmas Carol,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” and “Gone With The Wind.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread those books. And for maintaining my inner child, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Giving Tree” are untouchable.

    Why do I love those books and so many others? Because the world of the story is more real to me than reality.

  • Favorite books of all time.. The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. Just wish that guy could write faster!

    Other recent favorites include “Sandman Slim” by Richard Kadrey and both “Daemon” and “Freedom” by Daniel Suarez

  • My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Coincidentally, Monroeville, Alabama is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book’s release this weekend with a festival and walking tours in the town in which the book was based. How could you not celebrate a book that housed such unique characters as Atticus and Scout Finch and a plot that displayed the evils of racism and people that wouldn’t stand
    for it any longer. I realize that the story is much more deep, but if I say any more about it, you won’t read it.

  • Believe it or not, Treasure Island is amazing and reads perfectly well to an adult. Much of Stevenson is absolutely great (Jekyll and Hyde is another …). NYT just had a piece on Borges’ obsession with Stevenson, and if Borges likes you …

  • A Brief History of Nearly Everything.

    Science for non scientists, from the Big Bang to our days. Its not really my favorite non-fiction but might appeal to many. A little more heavy, but steal mainstream would be any Sagan book.

    Fiction: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

  • Naked Pictures of Famous People by: Jon Stewart. Insanely funny and way worth the read.

    Outlander saga by: Diana Galbaldon. Huge books but they are all great stories and you really get attached to the characters.

  • My favorite book is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

    It’s safe to say that most people have seen the movie, but few have read the book. You say Jurassic Park and everyone knows what you’re talking about. And while the movie is definitely great on its own, it doesn’t compare to the book. The book has so many more twists and excitement and poetic justice. It’s fantastic. It single-handedly made me settle on working to be a writer in the future. I’ve always loved writing but I decided to make a career of it after reading Jurassic Park. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because it’s SO different from the movie, I just want to say to anyone who reads this: read the book. It’s indescribably wonderful.

  • If I had to pick just one, it would probably be A Clockwork Orange. You know the one, Alex and his droogs cause mayhem in a lawless and Russified England, then the millicents brainwash him in the StaJa. Film done by Kubrick. I love it because it’s really funny, it taught me some rudimentary (emphasis on rude) Russian and dystopian futures are one of my favorite plots to read.

  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke – A world in itself. A 1000+ mammoth book that incorporates page-long footnotes to tell the story of the restoration of magic to Nineteen century Britain. It is the most satysfying reading experience anyone can have.

    Blindness by José Saramago -So, humans go blind. Anarchy ensues. It might seem like a simple premise, but Saramago weaves a story that pulls you in and paints a picture of utter desperation in your head. Although it is translated from Portuguese, the rich style and wit of the author is preserved, making this a thoroughly enjoyable book.

  • Eight Dogs Named Jack: And 14 Other Stories from the Detroit Streets and Michigan Wilderness by Joe Borri

    A great book by my good friend. The stories are crafted from the perspective of Borri, the son of a Detroit cop, who married a girl whose father had a strong dislike for Detroit cops. His life in the two families inspired many of these yarns.

  • Many of my favs have already been mentioned. I’m developing a crush on this comment section!

    I’d like to add The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami It’s a mystery in a very innovative and interesting way. Once you read one Murakami, you’ll look for more.

  • I should read “Candide” again. I read it in high school and remember digging it. As a jaded grown up person, I would probably love it even more.

  • Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis I remember enjoying the book cover to cover and couldn’t put it down. The whole book is about the struggles of being a poor Irish Catholic whose parents are shunned for being from two different parts of Ireland. Frankie the main character talks about how his brothers and sister passes, a drunkard father who ends up leaving the family . His mother just sacrificed soo much to keep her family alive. In the end he grows up and with all of his money gets himself to America and Tis is from his arrival on

  • My favorite book of all time is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. The story is compelling, and the characters draw you in like no other book I have ever read. It is the first in the Odd Thomas serie, it will be a 7 book series. 4 are out already. It is the only book that drew me in enough or made me care about the charcters enough to actually cry. It is truly an astonishing piece of work.

  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

    I love this book, because it’s a story of a man’s convictions, and how reality and his dreams are so harshly mismatched. He spends a lifetime trying to achieve something great, only to fall short.

  • One of my favorite books is “Watership Down”, by Richard Adams. I first saw the movie when I was about 8 years old and was mesmerized by the characters and the imagery (some of which is probably a bit too scary for most children), but was obviously far too young to understand the symbolism and historical parallels in the story. When I was in college I finally read the book, and loved it instantly. I was completely blown away by the detail of the world Adams created, down to the language spoken by Hazel and his band of wandering rabbits. This is not a children’s book about rabbits. These rabbits are *people*, and their struggles are the struggles of humanity. Every time I read the book (which I do every year or two) I see more that I missed the last time. I heartily recommend this book to anyone and everyone. See the movie too if you like, but as a supplement, not a substitute

  • Wow, Eliza, I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost a child as well, but she was 18. She had a degenerative disorder. I may consider reading the book you recommended. As far as my favorite book, it’s very hard to pick one. I must admit, I haven’t read a book in a while. I did love E.B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan when I was a kid. Such a beautiful story.

  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. It’s one of the only books that has made me literally laugh out loud whilst reading. It’s been *a* fave for a while. I do have many faves, but that one has been consistent since I was a wee one.

  • The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

    It may be written a little simpler because it is tailored to a slightly younger crowd, but it’s the only series that I have read several times. I started around 12/13 and as soon as I finished it, moved on to her son Todd’s books in the series, and started back at the beginning of Anne’s books again. I like to think I have a vivid imagination, and she writes very descriptively, yet not wordy, so I get the clearest images in my head from her stories.

    She’s also interesting because she was one of the early sci-fi writers to use strong female characters. Along the same lines, she also tends to bring the weaker characters to the fore and show their chops. I suggest it to all that I think would appreciate it.

    Also to Catie, what made me love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series was “Thud”. In particular, I suggest the audio book version so you can hear the voices of the different races. Plus it goes anywhere with you and leads to embarassing outbursts of laughter.

  • Little Women. Hands down. Always has been, always will be. My mother read it to me as a child and I just fell in love with it. It is my curl up in a blanket when it is snowing and read by the fire novel.

  • For me, it’s either “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley or “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “Avalon” because it meant a lot to me as a teenager and taught me a surprising amount about feminism, and “Cholera” because it’s a work of art and one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. It’s about life, philosophy, faith, hope, love, and, only tangentially, about motorcycles. Written in the 1970s, I think, but completely relevant- hasn’t aged a day. I reread it once a year, and it always speaks to me.

  • I’d like to first say that I believe Olivia Munn’s book came out today. While I do love me some Munn, it’s not the type of book I’d typically read. I just figured Chris is probably friendly with Olivia or something and that it deserved an honorary mention.

    As for my favorite book it’s called e: The Story of a Number authored by Eli Maor. It takes us from the beginning of recorded mathematics up through the time of Newton, Leibniz and Gauss and even to present day, using the infamous number e (and its associated properties) as a vehicle. Even though it’s not a textbook (more of a pop-sci book) admittedly the theorems, proofs and examples are fairly rigorous and may be opaque to some. But, it’s my favorite book none the less and it certainly succeeds in providing the reader with all the important facts about such a mysterious and special quantity.

  • ‘The Epicure’s Lament’ by Kate Christensen. I DO want to marry this book. Witty and subtle and lovely and poignant with an exquisite dark streak.

  • Oh my! I’ll limit myself to two (well, three…)

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – Christopher Moore – Hilarious. All of the things that Jesus can’t do, he makes Biff do. This is a smart and funny read. Hands down my FAVORITE book. (Maybe this says something about me… something sad…)

    Soulless and Changeless by Gail Carriger – Vampires! Werewolves! Bodice ripping! Snark! Victorian London! While all the elements are there to make this a romance novel, it’s not. The book is filled with snark and sarcasm and a strong female lead.

  • Ditto on Pale Fire. Keeping it Russian, “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov… a great example of Byron’s Superfluous Man. And fun!

  • The Count of Monty Cristo takes my #1 spot. After that its just a list of series: Shannarah, Sword & Lost Swords, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and Forgotten Realms.

  • Even though you mentioned that fiction, I still recommend Mr. Stephen King’s opus: The Dark Tower series. Some of the best reading to be had! Thanks for the great content!!!

  • Pale Fire – Nabokov: a sweet, sweet onion of a book that pulled my brain out my ear as an undergrad lit nerd
    The Fan Man – least known/most read among my stoner nerd friends waaaaay back

  • “Clear The Trail” – Charles Alden Seltzer
    Published nearly 100 years ago, this western fed the romantic horse lover in me and packed some serious punching (boxing). I have read it over and over again…something I rarely, if ever, do.

  • My “always going to reread” is John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Ignatius J. Reilly is a character who is well worth meeting. the setting is New Orleans and the story is as brilliant and as odd as its characters. You will never hear the word “valve” or experience a hotdog burp again without laughing.
    Sadly, the author committed suicide 11 years before the book was published in 1980 and it earned a Pulitzer a year after that. Kennedy’s onl other book is Neon Bible, but it is the dunces that will stay with you forever. Flannery O’Connor would be proud.
    I love this book.

  • I think i have to say Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. It was one of the first real books I ever read, and after I finished it I went looking for more. Thats how I fell in love with Clancy, Cussler, Patterson and others. So I had to choose Rainbow Six as a sort of thank you for getting me into reading. On a side note though anything by Neil Gaiman or Dovstoyesky is great for long plane and car rides.

  • The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst. It’s the best autobiography of the century. It’s a story of family, sports from the inside from the prospective of roster filler, and growing up as a twixter. If you don’t like sports or make jokes about being confused by them? It’s still a must read.