From the 1/19/07 Millsaps Forum
Eric Larson – Thunderstruck and Devil in the White City
Nathanael Philbrick – Mayflower
Boris Akunin – The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan and Death of Achilles (Russian Sherlock Holmes)
Pete Hautman – Godless (kids worshipping the water tower)
Philip Pullman’s Kim–His Dark Materials trilogy – The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
T.H. White – The Once and Future King, The Book of Merlin
Stephen Baxter – Manifold Time, Manifold Space, Manifold Origin, Evolution (my favorite. It has a great ending), and Ring.
Neil Gaiman – Anansi Boys, American Gods, and The Sandman (if you don’t mind graphic novels, you will enjoy this. It is a very literary comic book. If you don’t want to read the whole saga, pick up “Preludes and Nocturnes” where you will find the story based on “A midsummer night’s dream” and “A dream of a thousand cats”).
Clyde Edgerton – Raney
John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany
Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
Kaye Gibbons – Charms for the Easy Life, Diving Women
Lee Smith – Fair and Tender Ladies, Saving Grace
Sarah Waters – Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, Fingersmith
J. R. R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Philip Pullman – Kim: His Dark Materials trilogy
Most recently finished: Nevada Barr, the Anna Pigeon series; the one I mentioned was Flashback, but you should start at the beginning. (I didn’t mention two I read last week that I would HIGHLY recommend: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon, and The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. The first is a mystery from the point of view of an autistic 15-year-old and the second is a modern take on Bronte-style, stranger-in-the-manor-of-secrets stories – enjoyed it guiltily and thoroughly).Book for a desert island: Tad Williams, Otherland series – all 4 partsBooks for lessons learned: Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card
Authors I always look for: Ann Patchett (LitFic) esp. The Magician’s Assistant, Sherri S. Tepper (SciFi) (esp. Grass, despite Patrick), and Charles DeLint (Urban Fantasy)
Movie adaptations: Good movie/book, Little Women; Good movie/bad book, Prince of Tides
I have to heartily second others’ mention of Neil Gaiman, A Hundred Years of Solitude, T. H. White, and A Prayer for Owen Meany . . .