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Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Book Noms?

I know this month is busy for everyone, so I thought we'd take it really slow in December. I'm asking for some book noms now, but I'm expecting slow responses. No prob. We'll take it slow this time, you gize. Baby steps.

So, believe it or not, I've been doing a little research, reading a Brazilian books, looking for the perfect one to nominate. I thought I found a good one, I was devouring it, but then the ending was like "whoa wha?" So now I don't think I can put my good name behind it, ya know? I've heard some talk about this other book called Nation, by Terry Pratchet, but I haven't read it, so I can't say if it's excellent. I think I'm gonna actually read the book this time before I go off and nominate it. The problem is, nothing is ever as good as the immortal Hunger Games, so I'm really having a hard time finding something.

Also, according to Amazon, Suzanne Collins is releasing a book in May 2009. It's called 12, but I can't find any other information on it. At first, I thought it was the sequel to The Hunger Games, and I was squealing with joy because I thought the sequel probably won't be released until Sept 2009. But then I did a quick google search and found out that the title of the 2nd book is Catching Fire, and it will in fact be released in Sept. 2009. So... 12, huh? What in the name of son of a gun is she doing you gize?

OMG you gize, I found this hilarious Hunger Games fan faction that takes off from where S. Collins left off at the end of the book. It's a must read. Lollerz.

Whoa wait, I just realized that Katnis was in District 12 so maybe this is the sequel to Hunger Games? Am I a huge nerd you gize?


Sam, Shel & Co said...

My only request is to NOT nom a book with a ton of sequels that I'll be waiting on a library list for, only to give up in a couple of days and go buy, because if I don't, my old brain won't remember what the heck is happening in the story.

Memzy said...

I can nominate two easy reads. They aren't novels per say. But people could read only some of the book and still participate in the discussion.

1. The Know It All (real story about a guy who reads the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica). He's funny.

2. Letter From a Nut. Heelarious letters some dood writes to you-name-it. Example: Writing to Coca Cola telling them he has come up with a new product and will start marketing it called Kiet Doke. Then they write back all pissed, etc.

Just trying to be helpful you gize. I'll read anything!

Katie said...

I am a lost baby bunny (with sad eyes) in the big woods on this one. I trust you, Jenny. I vote with you.

Krissy and Jason said...

Speaking of SLOW...I am still reading Uglies (not kidding...lame, I know). I don't even have any good excuses you gize.

samandlysander said...

Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.

Oh my gosh I am super excited about the hunger games sequal too. It's a good thing we don't have to wait a whole year for it.

Mary said...

How about if we go out on a limb and read something that was written for people over 18? I will admit I enjoyed Hunger Games, but there has to be some great book out there that we'd all enjoy. But if we're going to go for kiddie books lets read something by Gene Stratton Porter.
I also recommend Wilkie Collins if we're going for something of substance.

Hot Pants said...

I've read letters from nut. I would lay in bed laughing too hard to go to sleep. Heeeeeelarious!

Markie23 said...

I have two recommendations:
1) The Elfstones Of Shannara
This book requires a little explaining. Author Terry Brooks has written about 18 Shannara books. His first trilogy consists of 3 stand alone books. The first one (Sword of Shannara) was a total LOTR knockoff, only not as good. Elfstones takes place several generations after the first book. There are some references to the first book and at least one continuing character, but it is a complete story unto itself and does not leave you hanging. Don't worry that it's the middle book of a trilogy.
Many people think this book was the best of the entire series. Check out the reviews on Amazon.com 165 out of 205 reviewers gave it 5 stars.
A movie is also in the works for this book.
If you like this book it will open up a ton of new reading for you. It's pretty easy reading without a lot of deep meaning to ponder - just fun reading. It's also widely available and inexpensive.

2) Phantom
This book by Susan Kay is about the Phantom of the Opera, but it's not your Andrew Lloyd Weber version. It's a very adult book, and as I remember it was pretty graphic and violent. There's also lots of passion in it. I read it many years ago, and remember being surprised and a little impressed that my mother recommended it to me. I also remember being fairly creeped out about it for quite a while... I took it as an indication of some pretty amazing writing.
It goes into great detail about the Phantom (Erik)'s background from his birth, and adolescence, and into adulthood, and also covers his Phantom of the Opera years.

Jenny ESP said...

^^Markie, I have Phantom (thanks to my mom loaning it to me and me never giving it back and her getting exasperated and buying another copy for herself and me halfheartedly telling her I'll still mail it back and her telling me not to bother), but haven't read it. I started to once. Is it still in print? Cuz my mom made it seem like it was very difficult to get a copy.

And the reason I keep going in the YA direction is because it's dang hard to find a good "clean" novel in the adult genre (at least, that's been my experience) and I don't want to offend your gizes tender sensibilities. If you don't mind a bit of vulgarity, then I will gladly recommend a few of my favorites.

Markie23 said...

Phantom is a little harder to come by and more expensive than my other recommendation. And it may definitely offend some tender sensibilities. Not mine though... I was desensitized long ago. I say bring on the vulgarity, and if possible throw in a side of depravity.

Sam, Shel & Co said...

I have to be a little careful because my 12 going on 9 year old thinks she's a grownup and wants to read everything that I do. I don't let her, of course, although most of what I read is probably ok. But, it always ends up an argument that I'd rather avoid.

And, the YA genre does help me recommend (or not) books for her. But I could do either and Jen could just recommend books for a slightly younger than twelve 12 year old for me to pass on to the kid.

quesetescapa said...

Remembering the Good Times by Richard Peck. Read it like a hundred times in jr high.

Amanda said...

Jenny, I want to join your book club. Do you accept new members? Do I have to be able to read to join? I don't know how I graduated from high school being illiterate and all, but...... let me know.

Jenny ESP said...

Of course you can, Amanda. It is SO non-exclusive. All you have to do is join right in our little discussions, spell words incorrectly, make irreverent comments, and stuff like that. (Don't worry, there are several lamerz illiterates in here.) I'll add you as contributor...

ManicMandee said...

Mary mentioned Wilkie Collins and I LOOOOVE him. I've read Phantom of the Opera but I think that's different from Phantom. It was good though. I like easy reads so YA is good for me too. Letters From a Nut is a great book. Steve and I love that too. In the end, I'll take whatever is nominated. I'm easy.

samandlysander said...

I just started reading the midnighters trilogy by scott westerfeld and I really like it. I know its YA and a trilogy but there hasn't been many nominations so I'm just throwing it out there.

Amanda said...

Thanx 4 acepting me. I'll tri my best.