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Thread started 11/26/19 8:54am

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Autumn/Winter Book Reading Thread

The last thread just timed out, but there's books to be read so here we go again!

First of all, thanks to endymion for the tip on Max Allan Collins. Can't wait to check him out!

I just finished "The President is Missing", which was written by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. It was very exciting and a real page-turner. It's going to be adapted as a series on Showtime. My guess is that will be a lot like the TV series "24", since this happens over the course of a day or two.

At any rate, if you like suspense novels then I highly recommend "The President is Missing".

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Reply #1 posted 11/26/19 10:36am

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I have definitely found this autumn a new scifi author I'm totally into and I see Ms. P.Gay follows her too, major props NK Jemisin. Currently reading Prince and the Purple Rain Era.
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Reply #2 posted 11/27/19 4:19pm

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I just finished 'Zone One', by Colson Whitehead. I've read his 'The Underground Railroad', which won numerous prizes including a Pulitzer, National Book Award, etc. Curious about what else he'd written, I picked up 'Sag Harbor', a book set in Sag Harbor on Long Island, NY. It's a coming-of-age story about a teen and his brother living in the family house in a summer community, an African American enclave with a history carefully carved out on Long Island, amongst the Hamptons. 'Zone One' is a futuristic, apocalyptic story, with zombies! I would never pick up that sort of book ordinarily. Not my genre at all! It's great! I just love the writing, the imagination, the versatility with genre, the humor. I returned 'Zone One' to the library today and the librarian started gushing about it. I walked off with 'The Intuitionist', Whitehead's first novel, a mystery. I'm in for the long haul!

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Reply #3 posted 11/28/19 5:12am

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I just finished 'Zone One', by Colson Whitehead. I've read his 'The Underground Railroad', which won numerous prizes including a Pulitzer, National Book Award, etc. Curious about what else he'd written, I picked up 'Sag Harbor', a book set in Sag Harbor on Long Island, NY. It's a coming-of-age story about a teen and his brother living in the family house in a summer community, an African American enclave with a history carefully carved out on Long Island, amongst the Hamptons. 'Zone One' is a futuristic, apocalyptic story, with zombies! I would never pick up that sort of book ordinarily. Not my genre at all! It's great! I just love the writing, the imagination, the versatility with genre, the humor. I returned 'Zone One' to the library today and the librarian started gushing about it. I walked off with 'The Intuitionist', Whitehead's first novel, a mystery. I'm in for the long haul!

I really enjoyed The Underground Railroad. I loved Colson's take on it. I'm hoping to get his new book The Nickel Boys for christmas. It's getting very good reviews.

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Reply #4 posted 11/28/19 7:38am

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barnswallow said:

I just finished 'Zone One', by Colson Whitehead. I've read his 'The Underground Railroad', which won numerous prizes including a Pulitzer, National Book Award, etc. Curious about what else he'd written, I picked up 'Sag Harbor', a book set in Sag Harbor on Long Island, NY. It's a coming-of-age story about a teen and his brother living in the family house in a summer community, an African American enclave with a history carefully carved out on Long Island, amongst the Hamptons. 'Zone One' is a futuristic, apocalyptic story, with zombies! I would never pick up that sort of book ordinarily. Not my genre at all! It's great! I just love the writing, the imagination, the versatility with genre, the humor. I returned 'Zone One' to the library today and the librarian started gushing about it. I walked off with 'The Intuitionist', Whitehead's first novel, a mystery. I'm in for the long haul!

I really enjoyed The Underground Railroad. I loved Colson's take on it. I'm hoping to get his new book The Nickel Boys for christmas. It's getting very good reviews.

I agree. The Underground Railroad, in history and in the story, is mysterious. Colson (did you use his first name b/c writing 'Whitehead' feels awkward?) takes a fantastical, magical approach. At first, I was surprised and wasn't sure about representing the underground railroad as an actual, for real subterranean railroad. But, it really works, especially when you get to that last station. That's a powerful novel. I might go back and have another look. I enjoy getting acquainted/comfortable with an author's writing style and his is distinctive. I'm sure The Nickel Boys will be intense. I hope you get it for christmas!

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Reply #5 posted 11/28/19 9:47am

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I really enjoyed The Underground Railroad. I loved Colson's take on it. I'm hoping to get his new book The Nickel Boys for christmas. It's getting very good reviews.

I agree. The Underground Railroad, in history and in the story, is mysterious. Colson (did you use his first name b/c writing 'Whitehead' feels awkward?) takes a fantastical, magical approach. At first, I was surprised and wasn't sure about representing the underground railroad as an actual, for real subterranean railroad. But, it really works, especially when you get to that last station. That's a powerful novel. I might go back and have another look. I enjoy getting acquainted/comfortable with an author's writing style and his is distinctive. I'm sure The Nickel Boys will be intense. I hope you get it for christmas!

I don't find "Whitehead" awkward at all. In fact, you could call me Whitehead too wink razz I felt the same way about the underground railroad when I first started reading it. I was like WTF?, but I soon realized what he was trying to do and what a wonderful story he was telling. You might like Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. In fact, I think I enjoyed it a little more than the Underground Railroad. Happy reading!

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