Greatest Novels You’ve Read Recently

Inquiring minds want to know, what are the best novels you’ve read recently? If you can provide a super-brief summary and why you liked it, that would be cool.

7 Responses to “Greatest Novels You’ve Read Recently”

  • miss_emelia
    December 15, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    Greatest? Well, one of the most fun I’ve read this year was Sunshine by Robin McKinley. It’s a sort of alternate universe where vampires exist and there are other magical entities as well. It’s a tale about a normal person – a baker who makes the most unbelievable cinnamon rolls – who develops an unlikely alliance with a vampire.

    Another fun one was Enchanted Inc. and its sequel Once Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson. It’s another chick-lit lightly magical tale – sometimes described as “Hex in the City”.

    I really haven’t read much meaty literature this year. I’ve been enjoying allowing myself a little time for cheesy reading. The Other Boleyn Girl was good, in a pseudo-historical vein.


  • matimus
    December 15, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    I recently read J-Pod by Douglas Coupland, which was pretty hilarious. It’s a satire on cubicle culture, amongst other things. Very silly, but I liked it.

    Right now I’m reading a novel by Paul Auster. I’d never read anything of his until a couple months ago when I read a novel called Timbuktu, which is a story of a dog and a homeless man, told from the dog’s perspective. Since then I’ve read The Book of Illusions and Leviathan, and am currently reading Moon Palace. He tends to write about characters who are writers, but I really dig his style and especially his characters. I think it’s because I tend to identify with a lot of them, even when fantastic and unlikey things are happening to them.


  • foseelovechild
    December 15, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I’m reading “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal”, by Christopher Moore, which I borrowed from MrPlanet4. It’s hysterical and fills you in on Jesus’ childhood and early manhood adventures and how he learned to be the Messiah. It fills in the “missing years” that the canonized gospel neglects such as: failed beginning attempts at bringing people back from the dead, how to deal with your best friends image appearing on all of the Passover loaves, young crazy-ass John the Baptist, kung fu monks, eight Chinese concubines and Mary Magdalene as a little girl. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.


  • sarabellae
    December 15, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    Cool! We gave him that book. I’m glad to hear it’s good.


  • mickibean
    December 15, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    Lamb cracked my ass up, i LOVED that book…and it got me into Christopher Moore….Fluke, by him is also very very funny and I just finished his latest, Dirty Job, which is about a guy who becomes “death”, its really quite funny and full of weird imagery, loved it.


  • mrplanet4
    December 16, 2006 at 1:48 am

    I recently read Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (mainly because smallberries threatened me with harm if I did not). Luckily it was super great. It’s about the Buddha…or is it? And his war (yes, Buddha goes to war) against the Hindu gods….or are they gods? Mr. Z does an excellent job of giving the reader bits and hints throughout the book. He never really sits us down and explains it all, but something weird is going on that involves folks like Shiva, Siddhartha, zombies, Brahma, reincarnation, and radioscopic Nirvana. You have to read the whole book to get the full story…so to speak.


  • sarabellae
    December 20, 2006 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks, all!


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