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If you like thrillers, it's hard to beat Michael Crighton. His "Prey" had me forgetting how to breathe!
And for the SciFi fans, anything by Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, & Ben Bova's Grand Tour books.
The above are all in my permanent library.
Yes, that is what got me hooked. There's a trilogy Matched by Ally Condie that is really good. If you like Fantasy I would also suggest the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen. I'm still trying to hunt down the third so I'm basing on the first two books alone. I have a load more that are on my "to be read list" but it is a book in itself.
I keep a book journal so I know what I want to read and once I've read the whole trilogy or series I make a summary and go back to decide if I want to keep the books (either on my kindle, PC or hardback) or if I donate. I figure if I can't get in to a book someone else will.
I do have Age of Order on my read list, however it is down a ways.
Books - my favourite thing to discuss.
When you say Head On's first chapter was gastly, I didn't find it so. I loved both Head On, and the earlier book, Lock In. I think, like LvlSlgr said, I have read too much of Scalzi/this type of genre, so I don't feel the squick factor you did.
I am mostly a SF/Fantasy/Horror reader, Favourite authors would be:
Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, Robert J Sawyer, Neil Gaiman, Ben Aaronovitch, John Scalzi, Tim Powers, Graham Joyce, Ursula Le Guin, Guy Gavriel Kay, Nora Jemisin, Nalo Hopkinson, Janny Wurts, Robert Jackson Bennett, Alastair Reynolds, Octavia Butler, Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, Haruki Murakami, Tananarive Due, Iain Banks, Dave Hutchinson and Max Gladstone.
Old timer SF writers I like would be Bob Shaw, Clifford Simak, Kate Wilhelm, Boris & Arkady Strugatsky, and Olaf Stapledon. Maybe also Arthur C Clarke.
Currently just finished a recent Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties, and now reading the new Murderbot Diary novella by Martha Wells, Artificial Condition. Love me some more Murderbot. Once that one is finished I have novels by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Dean Koontz and CJ Cherryh cued up and ready to go on my e-reader.
Don't have time lately.
The last book I read was Fire and Fury (Inside the Trump administration).
And Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions for a little comic relief.
And a great job he did
however when I want to get a belly laugh plus great english language I go back to an hour of Mark Twain
Hmmm ... hadn't thought about Mark Twain in a long time. I remember reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was a kid, but maybe it's time to find something "new" by Twain.
After retiring and having more time, I started going back and reading books that my high school English teachers required. I also downloaded the "Complete Works of" ... the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen. These were free. I tried at least one book from renowned authors whom I had never read - Ernest Hemingway; Nathaniel Hawthorne; William Faulkner - to name a few. Some of these weren't easy to read because I've become so used to my mystery/suspense novels, but I plowed through.
Like Cherryh and Anne McCaffrey's Dragon Series. Not that much into Sci Fi or Si Fantasy, but I do like the occasional Heinlein book. Also the Chanur Series.
For light relief, Tamar Myers, Jill Churchill, Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity, Nancy Herndon, and Jo Dereske.
How I miss Border's, can't readily get these authors now. Can't afford to buy on line, I'd bankrupt myself in 5 minutes
I love reading mystery/suspense/thrillers. I read on a Kobo e reader. I didn't think I would ever give up paper books but when I started to take 8 or 9 books away on holiday I thought it was time to buy an e reader. I love all the authors that have been suggested. Lisa Gardner is one of my favourites. At the moment I am reading J.T.Ellison - The Taylor Jackson series of about 8 books. She is a very good author and I'm sure thriller readers will enjoy her books.
Can I give a Shout Out here for our public libraries? They are one of the best places our tax dollars are used, hands down. You can borrow downloadable books & audiobooks for your Kindle and/or iPad, iPhone, Android device or PC right from YOUR Public Library! There's an App for that. And, it's FREE! Just go in & ask them how to get started; they're eager to assist you.
I don't believe anyone has mentioned a few of my favorite mystery series: Louise Penny's Three Pines Mysteries, Donna Leon's Commisario Brunetti, or Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway mysteries.
I second this completely.
Our public libraries are a "godsend" and responsible for education and pleasure to millions of citizens of all races, creeds and capabilities.
Most, including those in our inner cities, have special group sessions for the very young with their mothers (and dads!) to understand what a book is and what do do with it.
They are a focus for their communities.
The computer availability in our libraries enable to very poor to gain free access to the internet for both work and pleasure.
IMHO So important!