Comments: Random Literary Confession

Robbo, if you haven't read Dick Francis, you might enjoy his page-turners set in the British horse-racing world. They tend to involve ex-jockeys turned private eyes whose years of breaking bones while steeple-jumping gives them a high tolerance for the pain invariably (and quite creatively) dished out by the bad guys. Cornwell's sailing books are somewhat evocative of Francis' racing books.

Posted by Irish Elk at July 28, 2008 10:40 AM

David Eddings. I have enjoyed your adventures in bedtime reading to the youngsters. I did the same thing with my four kids but it was the "Belgariad" and "Mallorian" series by Eddings. I have to agree that if you aren't doing different voices than you're not doing it right. My oldest is now going on 28 and my youngest is going on 17. I credit reading to them as the reason all four have turned into book consuming monsters.

Posted by Mike at July 28, 2008 12:06 PM

Ah...

That makes pretty much everything I read trash!

Posted by GroovyVic at July 28, 2008 12:38 PM

Science fiction. Charlie Stross lately, but I'm looking for the David Weber and George R. R. Martin.

Posted by the gripping hand at July 28, 2008 04:06 PM

Dean Koontz (love the Odd Thomas series), Dick Francis and Tim Dorsey.

The Wiki Coffin books by Joan Druett are great fun. They are loosely based on the 1838 US Exploring Expedition. You might like those.

Posted by Sarah G. at July 28, 2008 04:37 PM

"O slender as a speeding freak,
O freaked out groovy tripper . . .
O mush-brained maid whose mind decays
With every pill I slip her . .. "

Bored of the Rings, indeed. :-)

I also definitely recommend Koontz; the Odd Thomas series is excellent and also Fear Nothing -- Seize the Night books. Some of his stuff is hit or miss, but his best is very good indeed.

John Scalzi's sci-fi books are pretty good reads, too -- particularly Old Man's War.

Posted by The Abbot at July 28, 2008 07:06 PM