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charmbrights
Posted: Monday, October 03, 2011 8:37:24 AM

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Read any of Anne MCaffrey's "Pern" novels; not only are her characters 'real', she even manages to make the dragons live.

On a totally different tack, SF humour by Tom Holt is dangerous - the operation to suture a split side is horrendous.

News of ALL my novels (and where to get free copies) on charmbrights.webs.com/novels.htm.
BiGuy2sucku
Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 11:27:35 PM

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If you want to read SF, I highly recommend Terry Brooks. His descriptions are highly poetic, and his stories very engrossing. He's written so much, I'd hardly know where to start. It's possible to go all the way back to Shannara (usually available as a trilogy in one volume or set now), or to begin with more recent volumes regarding the Knights of the Word, setting in motion events from the present day that will eventually generate the world of the Shannara stories.

Since this is a sex stories site, though, I can't help also recommend Ann Rice's "The Taking of Sleeping Beauty"...and all of its domination, forced bisexuality, etc.
Red_Dragon
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:28:37 AM

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I am now reading a book i read in '68 by Robert A. Heinlein. His wife rereleased it with the 60,000 words that the censors removed in 1961 it is called "Stanger in a Strange Land

flytoomuch
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:24:10 AM

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Just re-read "Norwegian Wood" and liked it even more years later. Now near the end of "Kafka on the Shore".
nicola
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:05:48 PM

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flytoomuch wrote:
Just re-read "Norwegian Wood" and liked it even more years later. Now near the end of "Kafka on the Shore".


I loved Kafka on the Shore. Although I've read half a dozen of Murakami's books, I still haven't read Norwegian Wood. That's my next bookshop purchase - unless I join the dark side and get a kindle...

I just finished Freakonomics, a fun, interesting read, although rather lacking in content. It could have done with 4 more chapters, I finished it in 2 sittings.
Iszofia
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:00:51 PM

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The Alchemist by Paul Coelho - a fable about following your dreams- "treasure lies where your heart belongs"
Guest
Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2012 6:57:27 AM

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ok i am a big fan of historical novels.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
it is quite long but a worthwhile read
1curiouscat
Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:38:17 AM

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principessa
Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:51:41 PM

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Anything by Alan Furst - who writes about the period around WW II
"The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake
"A Secret Kept" by Tatiana de Rosnay

Guest
Posted: Monday, April 02, 2012 9:03:08 AM

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LadyX
Posted: Monday, April 02, 2012 9:08:49 AM

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AngelSlut wrote:


That's a great book :) I just finished it recently.
Guest
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:23:41 PM

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I've just finished reading Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and loved it. It can be a little dry in places and the French bits annoyed me, but on the whole a really great book. I really need to get my hands upon more by Vladimir Nabokov. Currently, I'm trying to get my hands on Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson, but it's hard finding it at a price that I agree with. Another book I'd recommend is Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, it's set in WW1 and if you've ever heard the song One by Metallica, you'll have an idea of just how terrifying the book is (the song was based on the book/film and it's actually quite accurate about the fate of the protagonist).
1curiouscat
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:50:11 AM

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Great story - After his defeat for a second persidental term, Roosevelt embarqued on the most intense explorations and adventures he ever participated in. Almost lost his life. Learned a lot. A book full of lessons!

Fast, intelligent, curious, informative, detailed read!



Overwhelming Reality

From Across the Room
Guest
Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012 9:55:21 AM

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Just finished Wizard of the Crow by Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o. A great dark comedy set in the fictional African nation of Aburiria.
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012 2:59:58 PM

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Just finished, "Fool" by Christopher Moore. It's an homage to British humore (think: Monty Python, Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse, etc.) based very loosely on King Lear, honest. To quote from the jacket blurb,"...herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity...and the odd wank."

Need I say more? Highly recommended but only if you 'grok' Brit humor.

glasses8


Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords. - ROBERT HEINLEIN

REUNITINGhis need, her want, in a cab -- my contest entry

FROM:
Becky -- FOR: Matt -- With Love:
a Festive contest winner – honest

HOW HUMANS DO IT: a fish-eye view of sex an Editor's Pick - no kidding
lightheart
Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2012 2:11:34 AM

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The Paris Wife: A Novel

by Paula McLain


A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.Chicago, 1920:

2-Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier,
Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012 2:18:56 PM

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I read this book two or three years ago, and it's just fantastic. Twisted, involved, touching, heart wrenching, warming.

I also saw this in the cinema when it came out awhile back and I've never seen such a strong reaction in an audience before or since, the entire audience was in tears, three people walked out at the really emotional parts and a fourth stood up to walk up and collapsed shaking - really amazing how a story can hit people like that.

That's probably put a few people off, but I don't know how to put across how much this story gets into your heart and mind. It's a truly incredible piece of work, in my top 10....top 5....top 2 favourite books.


Michael
Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012 3:47:25 PM

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Jester - James Patterson
Arriving home disillusioned from the Crusades, Hugh discovers that his village has been ransacked and his wife abducted by knights in search of a relic worth more than any throne in Europe. Only by taking on the role of a jester is he able to infiltrate his enemy's castle, where he thinks his wife is captive.




amy123
Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2012 5:31:14 PM

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The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.

Wikipedia: The main characters include William Rackham, the unwilling heir to a perfume business; Agnes, William's brittle, long-suffering "mad wife in the attic"; and Sugar, a decidedly unconventional and strong-willed young prostitute whose intense affair with William gives her the opportunity to climb to a higher perch in the rigidly stratified class system of the time. Other characters include Henry Rackham, William's pious brother who wants to be a clergyman, and his friend Emmeline Fox, a widow who works in the Rescue Society that tries to reform prostitutes.
The novel is told from the perspective of all of the main characters, and the omniscient narrator occasionally addresses the reader directly. There is also a meta-literary aspect, as Sugar is working on her own novel, Henry writes sermons, and Agnes keeps a diary.
Sweet_Em
Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012 6:23:11 PM

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I just finished The Erotic Dark by Nina Lane. It was...interesting. Boiled down to a woman choosing to be the sub to three doms; one gentle, one brutal, and one sadistic; over going to prison. It was well written, but there were times when the author delved into the sub's head and made it feel very gray in the area of consent.

Sweet Em
sprite
Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 9:46:33 PM

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it's strange and unconventional and pretty much a mindfuck that kept me rivited from front to back.
Guest
Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:29:00 PM

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have fun.
Guest
Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:36:28 PM

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Get criminal.





seeker4
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:08:59 PM

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To the other Christopher Moore books already mentioned, I'll add Sacre Bleu.

Recent Stories:

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Sweet Tasty Treats

He went looking for an interview. He found something more.

The Professor
principessa
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:11:59 PM

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Anything by Alan Furst




SexyBookWorm
Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 10:56:37 PM

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~~~Taken from an avid reader's collection~~~
(these are in no particular order; I just listed them as they came to me)

1. "Beautiful Creatures" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl -- I'm reading it now and it is just so wonderful!
2. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky -- the book is just Ahhh! ...the book and the movie are both magnificent!
3. "The Hunger Games" series -- those who say its idea is "revolting" haven't read them, so read them and then may you judge them for yourself
4. "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett -- SO AMAZING!!! Plus, the movie is quite good
5. The "Harry Potter" series -- the best damn books you will ever read
6. The "Crank" series by Emily Hopkins -- drugs, sex, lies, teen pregnancy...all wrapped up into some seriosuly amazing poetry
7. "Stolen" by Lucy Christopher -- the ending is unexpected, I thought it should have ended another way, though you may think the opposite; it's still an amazing page-turner (I read it in one weekend)
8. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Johnathan Safran Foer -- it is unlike any other book you will EVER read, just flip through its pages and you will see
9. "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath (please tell me you've heard of her...) -- I could seriosuly relate myself to Plath's character; the book is just incredibly mind-numbing
10. "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire -- you'll fall in love with the Wicked Witch of the West, I'm serious

**Want more? Add me and feel free to ask! My bookshelf is literally jam-packed with books.** love7

"Kiss me and you will see how important I am." --Sylvia Plath

~~SexyBookWorm~~
kenobi
Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 1:28:07 AM

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game of thrones, G.R.R. Martin extremely good and interesting read

RumpleForeskin
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 5:28:39 PM

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Just finished:

The Lost Diary of Don Juan: An Account of the True Arts of Passion and the Perilous Adventure of Love --
by Douglas Abrams

Historical fiction. Well crafted and researched. Some steamy scenes, but it focuses more on the man and his times than his bedroom exploits.

glasses8

ps: At least 100% agreement with Princippa when it comes to Alan Furst and his WW II era spy novels. One critic compared reading them to watching, Casablanca.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords. - ROBERT HEINLEIN

REUNITINGhis need, her want, in a cab -- my contest entry

FROM:
Becky -- FOR: Matt -- With Love:
a Festive contest winner – honest

HOW HUMANS DO IT: a fish-eye view of sex an Editor's Pick - no kidding
swpmexec
Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012 9:54:03 PM

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I rarely read fiction, but did this summer with "Night's Dawn Trilogy," in the genera of science fiction. I've just read Foucault's "Discipline and Punish," if you enjoy philosophic social commentary. I also enjoyed "The Responsible Business," and Darnton's "The Great Cat Massacre"
DXM
Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012 10:38:43 PM

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Read both Wold Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mandel, and they were both amazing. But I most recommend Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue, which I'm in the middle of right now.
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