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Crowd-sourcing my to-read pile.

Poll #1658025 A #FridayReads special

I'm currently reading Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers. What two other books should I bring on my xmas train trip?

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (I've never read one of her books, and I've wanted to for a while
The Outfit by Richard Stark. I'm way behind in reading Westlake's "Stark" novels. I'm a fan of his.
Flynn by Gregory Mcdonald. The author of Fletch, Flashman, and many other terrific novels.
With A Single Spell by Lawrence Watt-Evans. His Misenchanted Sword was the weirdest book about a magic sword ever, and I mean that in a good way.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I'm told her early books in this series are more mystery-ish, which is a bonus w/ me. I hated the TV show.


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Dec. 17th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Have to admit, Harry, my respect for you has gone up with that Ink Drinker icon. Great little books, those.

And for a ringer of a write-in vote, why not try Rob King's ANGEL OF DEATH from Angry Robot as a train read? It's far darker than my usual reads, but it's very well done.
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
All the books in the poll are on my to-read shelf. I'm not going to have time to buy new books before the trip.

Thanks for the rec, though. I'll keep it in mind.

And I love the Ink Drinker. So much fun!

Edited at 2010-12-18 12:09 am (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
I voted for the Stark and the Watt-Evans. But they're both fast reads. If it's a longer trip, the Highsmith gains strength.
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm a really slow reader. Really slow. A Spider-man punch up takes me a long time.

It's kinda sad.
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I picked the 2 books I actually own copies of. 'Nuff said?
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Yay! A vote for the Mcdonald.
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
I love the LWE books Misenchanted books. :)
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
I've only read two of them, but yeah.
Dec. 18th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
the tv show is not terribly representative of the books, though I enjoy both.
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it, since the TV show seemed completely dull and failed the Eight Deadly Word test, and here I have this book on my shelf.
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Dec. 18th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yikes. That sentence is like an arrow into the heart of my interest in this book.
Dec. 19th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
That was the weirdest book about a magic sword you've ever read? Damn, now I wish I'd finished Harry Dowling and the Magic Sword, which has been in my "fragments & ideas" folder since about 1985. (If I ever do finish it I'll probably change the name "Harry," thanks to J.K. Rowling's creation.)

Dec. 19th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Like you need more projects to work on.

Dec. 20th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah. Like I do.
Dec. 20th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Actually, I'm a little envious of the number of viable story ideas that come to you. I don't have that.
Dec. 20th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
It's a good thing for a writer to have, certainly.

And I just realized that Harry Dowling is now Wayne Ellsworth, and Wayne Ellsworth and the Magic Sword has been bumped up a couple of hundred spots on my "to do" list.

(I have other Wayne Ellsworth stories planned; hadn't realized until just now that he's the same guy as the former Harry Dowling.)
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