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Old 01-25-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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What's the most un-put-downable book you've read lately?

This is not about being high-brow literature, but simply can't-get-anything-done-until-this-book-is-over type literature.

So the two books I've read recently that fall into this category are

The Panther by Nelson Demille
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl especially is hard to recommend exactly, because the characters certainly aren't likable, but at the same time, I couldn't stop reading it. It was kind of like watching a train wreck.

How about you?

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn.

Love star wars and the idea of a heist novel is great! Plus it takes place between Star Wars and Empire so it doesn't get bogged down in the whole expanded universe mess.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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My most recent un-put-downable was a book I picked up for free quite a while ago when The Black Library started an ebook store.

Dan Abnett's First and Only. A military science fiction novel that seems to never stop moving. Just about finished with the third in the series. I'm impressed with Black Library and the novels it's putting out.
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China Mieville's "The City and the City." His prose was not his usual hot sticky mess so it was much more 'can't put it down' than his other works.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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Bangkok Wet by Simon Royle.
I was very lucky - I was able to get an Advance Reader Copy. The ebook will be published very soon, I believe.
Lots of unpredictable twists and turns, fast action, a few very likeable mobsters, guns, fast cars, crocidile pits, exotic location ... Great mix.

It is a sequel to his book Bangkok Burn.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #6
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Most recently it was The Pines by Blake Crouch. A gripping and mysterious story about a man waking up in a strange village with no memory of how he got there. And he can't seem to leave. A fast read, heavily influenced by Twin Peaks, that is now being made into a TV series.
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I just finished a binge of Richard Stark's (Donald Westlake) "Parker" series. They were like eating potato chips - I just couldn't stop until I had consumed all of them
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Black Library's Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines Volume 2, Wariors of Ultramar
The Space Marines face of against invasion of the Tyranid aliens, kept me up a few nights to see if the good ole boys would win this death match.

Current book is shaping up to be much the same thing, its the sequel:

Black Library's Warhammer 40,000 Ultra Marines Volume three Black Sky Dark Sun
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Most recently it was The Pines by Blake Crouch. A gripping and mysterious story about a man waking up in a strange village with no memory of how he got there. And he can't seem to leave. A fast read, heavily influenced by Twin Peaks, that is now being made into a TV series.
to The Pines! Also A Taint in the Blood, A Deeper Sleep & Whisper to the Blood, all 3 are Kate Shugak mysteries by Dana Stabenow and as well 2 Leaphorn/Chee mysteries by Tony Hillerman, Hunting Badger & The Wailing Wind, and finally Cold Days by Jim Butcher, book 14 of THe Dresden Files. Whew, what a run-on sentence!

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A sorta shared-universe series called Shadow Unit (the first one was free on amazon last month.)

A group of SF authors got together and designed stories as if they had been novelizations of tv scripts, except the tv show didn't exist. Sort of a combo of CSI with elements of Xfiles but some real extra-sensory elements. An "anomaly" can influence/take over an individual under severe stress, and give that person limited "powers" that depend upon how the person thinks of themself. Somebody might be able to kill with a touch, someone else might be able to cause an effect like a bullet wound even though the gun doesn't fire, etc.

There's an associated website, fake blog entries that readers can interact with, etc, but most of the material has been assembled into ebooks as if it was a season or several episodes. I just went through all twelve.

Look for "Shadow Unit 1" on amazon or smashwords.
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I just finished a binge of Richard Stark's (Donald Westlake) "Parker" series. They were like eating potato chips - I just couldn't stop until I had consumed all of them
Thumbs up to this, though I space them out. It's like cleansing the pallet after a long or tedious read from another author. I still have a few to go, and am treasuring them.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:22 AM   #12
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Surprisingly, because it's not my usual reading genre, it recently was "John Wayne Gacy, Defending a Monster" by Judge Sam L. Amirante and Danny Broderick. I noticed it on the recently returned list at my library while browsing and it got my interest when I read how he got his attorney.

I was in the middle of another book but I started Gacy and just couldn't put it down. It's possible it was just a much creepier read for me being familiar with the area and knowing the exact locations, buildings, and even the bridge he dumped bodies from. But I checked it out one day and returned it 2 days later.

And I'd have to agree the feeling was like maxbookworm said... it was like watching a train wreck you couldn't take your eyes away from.
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I found Gone Girl extremely over-rated, imho. But her earlier novel Dark Places was fabulous.

Lately? The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Read it in paper years ago, got the ebook to reclaim shelf space and was going to just do a quick check for typos, then I got engrossed.
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Killing Floor by Lee Child. Read it in a day, neglected all other household/family duties.

First book in a long time I had trouble putting down.
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Room by Emma Donoghue. It was told from the point of view of a little boy who had never been outside of this room, which made it weird and, based on what I read in the reviews, made a lot of people hate it. But I could not stop reading it.

Before that, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I love everything by this author.
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