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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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  • My most recent favorite is The Passage. It is dark, and kind of bleak, but moving, and filled with the kind of grim apocalyptic imaginings and foreshadowing that I find strangely comforting (as in, at least I’m not the only one who sees the world sinking around me). It is an 800-something page book, for which I lost hours upon hours of sleep to finish, it was that good. It is The Road + I Am Legend + 28 Days Later w/ literary twist.

    I have to check out this Outlander series, sounds promising.

    @Andy Did you read the Graveyard Book? I know it’s middle-grade but I really enjoyed it.

  • New Zombie book, Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (sequel to Day by Day Armageddon) comes out next Tuesday.
    Favorite book… series, Harry Potter. If I had to narrow a favorite down, I’d say, “Prisoner.” Harry becomes a powerful wizard with the help of one of his father’s old school mate cohorts. Finds our who really helped Lord Voldemort kill his parents. As well as gaining a new family member who loves to dote on him.

  • My favorite book tends to fluctuate a lot but right now I would say American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Why? Because it’s Neil Gaiman and probably his best at that… duh! Seriously though, I thought the story was well-crafted and did a fantastic job of sucking me in from the very beginning. And how can you hate a book that makes mythical beings seem like everyday people (but not) all at the same time?

  • My (current) favorite book, as it is subject to change at any time, is Melusine by Sarah Monette.

    This is a story about a wizard who is used and abused by his former master, and basically tossed aside by those he cares about. No one trusts him and he cannot talk about what has happened to him. He spends his time in an asylum, having gone absolutely crazy because of a spell that was cast upon him.
    The book is written in first person, which I normally do not care for, but the author really does a great job of putting you in the characters shoes. You feel just as lost and confused as Felix, and it’s easy to follow along with Mildmay in his affair and his memories.

    The story is a good drama with sex and foul language and extremely well written. Almost like a much more mature Harry Potter (and definitely better written). The book is the first in a series following Felix and Mildmay on a harrowing journey involving family, heresy and magic.

    On the lighter side, if you’re a fan of the Psych television series, the tie-in novels are really good!

  • The Plague by Albert Camus is definitely my favorite. For a pretty simple premise its quite deep; that you only realize what truly matters in your life under the threat of annihilation, in this case from, well, the plague. Camus writes with a nice lyricism, and his characters are all likable, even the unsavory ones.

    @Beth definitely have to second you on the L’Engle books. They got me reading as a kid.

  • Too many to mention of course. I love Terry Pratchett, and to the reader above: start anywhere in his series. I have read all of them, and go back to all of them.

    Right now, I’m rereading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Adore this series. I am also waiting very impatiently for the 3rd in The Girl With…by Larsson to be on hold for me at the library. Phooey on being too broke to buy it!

  • My favorite is Ulysses. Joyce was an incredibly smart and literate man and this is an incredibly smart and literate novel. Simply, it is a day in the life of an ordinary guy. More complexly (I think I just made that word up lol) it is a pastiche and parody of many (all?) literary devices. You don’t have to be Irish Catholic to enjoyce it!

  • I just downloaded 350 Doctor Who books to my iPad, so that’s my fav stuff right now. It’s fun to get moments that fill In time between the episodes. The authors vary but I haven’t found any I don’t like yet. Some are more simple than others but they are all fun.
    And you can’t help but love being in the Doctors head!

  • “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” by Seth Graham-Smith. Abe Lincoln and vampires — unlike the “Twilight” ones, and more like “30 Days of Night” — that actually fit into American history so it does seem believable. It’s a lot of fun, and shows our beloved 16th president in a new light. A badass, vampire slaying light.

  • My favorite book is Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. I love how he is able to talk about so many subjects and characters all in one short book. Also my main draw to the book is Vonnegut’s humor on every page that makes you laugh and think.

  • I got to say any of the RA Salvatore Forgotten realms books, I love the universe. A good trilogy i read recently though was the Night Angel Trilogy. I am glad to see some HoL love though. Great books, all of them.

  • My favorite book is The Year of the Black Rainbow, which is a prequel to Coheed and Cambria’s concept albums… yes they are a rock band that have added sci-fi story into their music… check it out!!!

  • I have to say that Cardinal of the Kremlin was a fantasic book. Tom Clancy did a greay job of taking 3 different stories and entertwining them until they became one storyline. Not a beginner’s book for sure, as it can be a tad hard to follow for the inexperienced. Definateky a good read.

  • Life’s too short to read fiction.

    Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed by Harlan Ellison and/or
    Danse Macabre by Stephen King.

    Both very talented writers talking about what they know beds (being a professional curmudgeon and trying to scare people). I’m not a huge fan of King’s fiction but with either of these books you can just open it and read.

  • I really have 2 favs: “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris and “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Both are wonderfully hilarious and gently, almost oddly touching, by winning current-day authors. Have been lucky to see both in person and they’re both completely every bit as charming in real life, which sweetens the deal.
    An amazingly scary and excellent author is Swede Henning Mankill; his highly taut books are now showing on US PBS stations and are true to the books. You’ll never see IKEA the same again.
    Also? On the “Outlander” et al bandwagon. You really can “watch” them unfold in your mind as you read, like a good film.
    Cheers!

  • Hmm. I’d say Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins, Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlen, Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, and the Hitchhiker series (you all know who wrote that one). If I had to choose.

    And I agree with an earlier comment about the “Wrinkle In Time” books. They were INCREDIBLE to read when I was younger. I keep meaning to buy them again, since mine fell apart years ago. I need to. Now, hopefully, I’ll remember. :)

  • Favorite book:
    “Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love”

    I know what you’re thinking…what in the world could she possibly have to say? Well, a lot judging by this huge coffee table book with pages that are beautifully portrayed as a real diary (lined pages included) and full of Courtney ramblings, old photographs, and the occasional glimpse of genius she truly is capable of (song lyrics, musings, etc.). Worth its weight.

  • Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck and Bite Me, by Christopher Moore. I’d love to see this comedic, well-written vampire saga on the big screen and show folks that a vampire-human love story doesn’t have to be all about the drama.

  • The Wasteland by Stephen King. My favorite series is the Dark Tower, and this is easily my favorite in the series. I think it’s the best constructed, and it helps that it brings my favorite character back into the story proper after his untimely death in the first book.

  • “Jupiter’s Travels” by Ted Simon documents most of his (Ted Simon’s) round-the-world trip on a motorcycle, spanning 4 years, back in the early 1970’s. It (unlike my post) is well written.

  • hands down, the island of dr moreau-h g wells…my father gave it to me for my 13th bday (which was quite some time ago) and I can’t count the times I’ve read it :)

  • Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck. One of my all time favorites, and an excellent description of a country that no longer exists in many ways.

  • An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken.

    The book is a memoir about the end of her pregnancy and the stillbirth of her first child, written just after the live birth of her second child, just over a year later. It’s not a happy book, and yet it is. She says at the beginning, a child is born and a child dies.

    For me, having lost my first child to premature birth, it was especially resonant. There was a great deal that McCracken put into beautiful words (her turn of phrase is exquisite) that I was simply incapable of expressing. Our stories were quite different, and yet, there is something very universal in losing a child and the ways in which it is difficult to continue living life. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.

    Highly recommended for anyone who has experienced such a loss and for anyone whose friends or family have, as she makes the grief and pain poignant and accessible to others.

  • I’m currently obsessed with Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Honorable mention goes to George R.R. Martin for his Song of Ice and Fire series. And any time is a great time for some Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Don’t let the size and number of footnotes intimidate you; it’s actually really accessible and hilarious. You get out of it what you put into it, so it pays off. The Eschaton scene is one of the best things ever written. So absurdly, darkly funny.

  • I would have to say 1984 by George Orwell. I’ve always been fascinated by dystopias, because they make me wonder about what could really happen if society lost all freedom and were constantly under surveillance. This book caught my attention and once I read it, I couldn’t put it down. I’m also very partial to books that don’t have the fairy tale ending. The book was an amazing read and I highly recommend it to anyone!

  • My favorite book is a tie between “The Rainmaker” by John Grisham and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The Rainmaker was the first book I reread and one of the first I got through in its entirety. Mockingbird was the first book that hit me emotionally like so many books do nowadays.

  • As I rush out the door to a comedy gig, I don’t have time for a review per se, but I did want to give a shout-out to 2 of my favorites that I could (and do) re-read time and again:
    The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a timeless work of wisdom about what makes life so special.
    Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a much lengthier undertaking, but no less inspiring and thought provoking.

    Word.

  • My all time favorite is The Talisman. Anything by Stephen King is a good choice by my count (except Gerald’s Game), and he’s the reason I write.

    But, right now, I’m into The Passage, and it’s addicting! I’d suggest actually reading it, rather than listening to the audiobook. The audiobook recording sounds good at first, but the more you listen, the more you realize the reader is a one-note reader, and it becomes distracting.

  • My favourite book, if I had to pick just one, is Crime and Punishment by Dovstoyesky. It is the classic mindbending thriller, where the reader has the clear insight into the killer’s mind, and can savour the thrill of watching him be taken apart by Petrovich.
    …I wrote a paper about it, and can no longer recall anything I said. I do know that I read it over and over and over, no matter the difficulties in language.

  • It’s a bit hard for me to actually pick one book, but if I had to pick only one it’d probably be World War Z. After the Zombie Survival Guide I wanted more and picked up WWZ. I burned through that book so fast that I wanted more, not just zombies but just to read. Was never really one to read heavily, Brooks got me interested in reading something more than a graphic novel or a comic book. It was a great book and it’s only a shame that Brooks hasn’t written anything else since then.

  • Favorite Books? American Gods, Witches Abroad, Accidental Sorcerer and Good Omens

    At the moment, Im reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Time Thief.

  • I’m a simple guy. And I admit I don’t read much anymore (other than the books I read to my 3 year old son). Other than the Big Book (AA), I’ve always had a thing for my high school AP English reading list. Brave New World, Catch 22, Johnny Got His Gun, Catcher in the Rye, etc.

  • Though it kind of has a reputation as post-modern masturbation, I really love House of Leaves (by Mark Z. Danielewski). Beautiful book that I think of far too often. I even have a HoL-inspired tattoo!

    It’s a frame-story book about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.