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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 13, 2011 - 1:45am

I really like Karen Russel who I recently discovered. I'm halfsies into Swamplandia! but it's been on the backburner for awhile when I got distracted with library books. A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned. Also, if you like crime fiction then check out Scottish writer Denise Mina.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 13, 2011 - 3:01am

@Martin

I read with Gina last month in Chicago.  Nice lady.  Very tiny.

@ Brandon, Nice one man.

Have you read her novel? I loved Slut Lullabies and keep meaning to pick the other book up. Never really heard much about it though.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 13, 2011 - 5:15am

@Martin

Yep.  Read it.  Got it signed.

 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 13, 2011 - 2:06pm

Was the Frangello novel as good as the collection is, Brandon?

This thread has reminded me of three books I need to order now. Need to pick up Clown Girl and The Chronology of Water too. Shall have to hit Amazon up on payday.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 13, 2011 - 2:11pm

Oop, sorry, I misread the question.  No, haven't read her novel.  Just the collection.

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Mindspring 57 from Virginia is reading The Poets Laureate Anthology November 5, 2011 - 7:36pm

Love Barbara Kingsolver. The Poisonwood Bible changed my life. And I enjoyed The Lacuna, even though many critics found it disappointing. But to me, Barbara's disappointing is pretty damned good.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 5, 2011 - 10:33pm

Fuck, I forgot all about this site, but here's some great writing at Kiddofspeed.  It's a girl riding a motorcycle around Chernobyl, talking about the land.  She has an amazing ability to switch between big and little voice.  She transitions from the narration to 'head' authority and into short vignettes to backup or convey that information with ease.  She's amazing.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound November 5, 2011 - 10:45pm

I'd really recommend MJ Hyland. Got into her through my English course at College and followed her books since. This Is How or Carry Me Down are very good.

 

The Chronology Of Water I'd also second or third or however as being great.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 6, 2011 - 3:12pm

Agatha Christie is an interesting writer.

My personal favorite is Anne Rice. Her books can be very slow, but I enjoy her writing style.

I'm reading a lot of YA and I find more lady writers there than male writers. I enjoy Dianne Wynne Jones, though nothing memorable happens in her books. (But Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite kid book of all time, so I read it every year!) 

Another lady writer I've been enjoying recently is Alison Goodman. She wrote a two-book series called Eon. It's one of those series I'd like to see turned into a movie, but would probably suck on film.

 

@Renee When it comes to women vocalists, I have a theory. They say that a man's voice is easier to pay attention to. (that's why fellas have a difficult time paying attention to our nagging, I'm sure.) I feel the same way when it comes to vocalists--A woman's voice is like another instrument to me, blending into the background, and I like that. But its a fella's voice that captures my heart and helps me focus on the lyrics. Right now I'm listening to the ladies so I can focus on writing, but if I didn't need to focus, I'd be listening to Chris Hall. (The Dreaming/Stabbing Westward.)

(I'm the same way with voice actors. I tend to remember males more than females.)

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter November 6, 2011 - 4:20pm

@Renfield - I recently finished Swamplandia.  I liked it but didn't really know how to feel about it after I'd finished it.  I had no idea what to expect, but the story just kept on getting darker.  Looking back, it really was a great book.

@Greg - Not yet.  I'm really not into memiors, but all I hear is great things about this book so it's on my To Read list. 

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spence from planet is reading Books November 7, 2011 - 9:04am

Francesca Lia Block is awesome too

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 7, 2011 - 9:24am

Read kiddofspeed and tell me how awesome it is!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 7, 2011 - 5:57pm

Shirley Jackson and Flannery O'Connor.