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Posted 5/25/13
Read a good book recently that you want to tell someone about? Have a favorite book that you want to share to other members? Or do you just have a few recommendations that you think other people would like?


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Title: Mardock Scramble

Author: Tow Ubukata

Brief Summary:
(Cheating and using Amazon description) Why me? It was to be the last thought a young prostitute, Rune-Balot, would ever have...as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for the self-aware All-Purpose Tool (and little yellow mouse) known as Oeufcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot is not only nigh-invulnerable but has the ability to disrupt electrical systems of all sorts. But even these powers may not be enough for Balot to deal with Shell, who offloads his memories to remain above the law, the immense assassin Dimsdale-Boiled, or the neon-noir streets of Mardock City itself.

What did you like about it?
I don't even know how to explain what was good about it. The story sounds very strange, and it kind of is, but it was just done really well. It has a very sad and kind of brutal story but one that also ends very nicely. I don't think I would recommend it to anyone that is too young or doesn't like more adult themes.

Who do you think would like this book?
Science fiction fans who don't mind a darker and more violent story.
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Title: American Gods

Author: Neil Gaiman

Brief Summary:
It is basically about a man named Shadow who is released from prison and his work for Mr. Wednesday. It is about all kinds of Gods from all over the world and even new ones from America with a war brewing between the old and new.

What did you like about it?
The environments that are formed from the descriptions and all the different Gods that make appearances. The author is really good about describing everything to where you can easily imagine the smallest detail easily.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who has any sort of interest in the old Gods and seeing what could be considered the new Gods. It really isn't even a matter of religion so I think anyone outside of that would like it as well.
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Title: A Child Called "It", The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave

Author: Dave Pelzer

Brief Summary:
Ok...it is another one that should not be read by younger people or those who can't handle stories with horrible events in them. It is a true story though. It is about the life of Dave Pelzer and the child abuse he went through and the events that got him past it and his life after it.

What did you like about it?
The events behind it all were terrible but the story overall was just really positive. It is just a great story that is pretty impressive. I went through some things and the story just kind of helped put everything into perspective of how things could have been.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who isn't bored by non-fiction should give them a try in my opinion.
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Title: Battle Royale

Author: Koushun Takami

Brief Summary:
As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains.

What did you like about it?
It was very action packed and I enjoyed the psychology behind each characters thinking and motives for what they did. It was seemed very realistic as to what actions some people would take in that situation.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who likes action and survival stories that also has a lot of thought provoking concepts involved. Even if a person just likes action it would be good.
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Title: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Author:Douglas Adams

Brief Summary: It is a very hard book to describe. It is basically about a man named Arthur Dent who leaves earth just before it is destroyed and begins travelling through time and space with Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and the depressed robot Marvin.

What did you like about it?
It is a hilarious and ingenious book. The humor is very witty and simply amazing in it and never gets old.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who just wants to laugh.
Posted 5/25/13

Title:Neverwhere

Author:Neil Gaiman

Brief Summary:
Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

What did you like about it?
As it is the same author of American Gods I once again really enjoyed the environments and details that are put into everything. The story is a little predictable but it moves along at a good pace and keeps your attention.

Who do you think would like this book?
Fans of fantasy books grounded in a modern setting.
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Title: The Dresden Files

Author: Jim Butcher

Brief Summary: HARRY DRESDEN--WIZARD FOR HIRE
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
This series is about the wizard Harry Dresden and the various assignments he is given around Chicago and all the strange creatures and people he encounters. It is very action oriented and not for kids. It has a very funny side to everything but it is still very adult in pretty much every book.

What did you like about it?
I have always been a fan of fantasy books with magic and this happens to be a very entertaining and funny wizard to read about. I also love it when they are based more in a modern world.

Who do you think would like this book?
Fans of magic, action and comedy.
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Title: The Codex Alera

Author: Jim Butcher

Brief Summary:
In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos--when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies-- Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

What did you like about it?
I liked the idea of controlling elementals and the nonstop action of the series. I also really liked the various strategies that came into play in the various battles.

Who do you think would like this book?
Same as most of the other recommendations of mine. Fans of fantasy but who also like more strategy being involved in the fighting.
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Title: The Night Angel Trilogy

Author: Brent Weeks

Brief Summary:
This is a series about a character named Azoth who later becomes known as Kylar Stern. He grows up on the streets until he encounters the cities best assassin named Durzo Blint. Kylar becomes Durzo's apprentice in the art of assassination and learns very well. It follows him as he decides what kind of path he will take in life with his new skills.

What did you like about it?
I really enjoyed the action in the series and just the story overall. It was just able to easily keep my interest.

Who do you think would like this book?
Fans of fantasy, assassins and lots of action. Though there are quite a few parts that aren't meant for too young of an audience.
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Title: Howl's Moving Castle Trilogy

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Brief Summary:
Howl's Moving Castle - In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse.

Castle in the Air - Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet. There are good and bad djinns, a genie in a bottle, wizards, witches, cats and dogs (but are they cats and dogs?), and a mysterious floating castle filled with kidnapped princesses, as well as two puzzling prophecies.

House of Many Ways - Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great-Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy. But Great-Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland, and his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places—the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, and the Royal Mansion, to name just a few. By opening that door, Charmain has become responsible for not only the house, but for an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard, and a box of the king's most treasured documents. She has encountered a terrifying beast called a lubbock, irritated a clan of small blue creatures, and wound up smack in the middle of an urgent search. The king and his daughter are desperate to find the lost, fabled Elfgift—so desperate that they've even called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help.

What did you like about it?
More than anything I loved Calcifer and his humor. The idea of being able to see more of him kept me going through the books. It isn't too focused on action and has a good amount of humor to it.

Who do you think would like this book?
Fans of magic and comedy with a decent amount of action thrown in as well.
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Title: The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

Brief Summary:
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .


What did you like about it?
It just was interesting to read and see where it was going to go with everything. To learn what the stories were behind the different main characters. It was cool to have the interactions between the living and dead and how it would all end up.

Who do you think would like this book?
Anyone who likes a funny book with different supernatural creatures that has some darker parts mixed in.
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Title:The Cure

Author:Sonia Levitin

Brief Summary:
Branded a deviant--and therefore a threat--to the utopian society of Conformity, Harmony, and Tranquility that exists in the year 2407, Gemm 16884 is given the choice between being recycled or undergoing a painful and mysterious cure. Gemm chooses the cure, and suddenly finds himself living the life of Johannes, a 16-year-old Jewish musician in starsbourg, Germany, in 1348, at the onset of the Black Death. As the pestilence spreads, the townspeople begin the accuse the Jews of causing the disease. Surrounded by hatred and horror, Johannes struggles to hold on to his family and faith as well as his belief in the basic goodness of human beings. But can he return to the future and become Gemm again after having known such emotions as pain. . .and love?

What did you like about it?
I really enjoy reading about societies that are supposedly made perfect in the future and the flaws that they have. It was just a very interesting concept for a future.

Who do you think would like this book?
Young readers or older ones that enjoy books aimed at somewhat younger readers and who also enjoy the concept of utopian societies and the ways imagined to achieve it.
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Title: The Thief

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Brief Summary:
The bragging thief Gen is sprung from prison by the king in order to carry out a mission-steal the precious stone Hamiathes's Gift from an impossible hiding place. If he succeeds, he'll be rewarded. If he fails, he will be killed. If he runs away, he will be hunted down. Half prisoner, half outlaw legend, Gen goes along with the king's assistant in the risky plan. Gen, a beguiling narrator, is afraid of horses but not of entering a locked labyrinth; he comes from a long line of thieves but puts honor first.

What did you like about it?
I read this when I was in middle school and I just really liked the character Gen and his style.


Who do you think would like this book?
This one is probably good for those who don't mind reading a book aimed at young readers but enjoy fantasy and thieves.
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Title: A Song of Ice and Fire

Author:George R. R. Martin

Brief Summary:
I do not know what kind of summary I could give that would do this series justice. It is far too long and has way too much going on to accurately describe it all. I will trust that most people know what it is about. xD

What did you like about it?
Everything. Pure and simple. It is an amazingly well done series. Both the books and the show are great but both are recommended.

Who do you think would like this book?
Older readers as it is very graphic and brutal. Anyone who likes fantasy should give it a try and push through the slower parts. It is worth it.
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