Books: any good thrillers?
Posted: 01 December 2007 09:46 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m looking for some well-written, “page-turner” thrillers—particularly ones written from a skeptical/atheist viewpoint. Any recommendations? (Not Dan Brown; I’ve read his stuff.)

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Posted: 24 December 2007 09:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The books of Stephen King are good thrillers. His book are all about the eerie stuff. Maybe you should try reading it.

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Posted: 13 January 2008 02:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Well, the exact meaning of “thriller” could be up for debate. If by “thriller” you mean action then I would say maybe try Animal Farm or 1984 by George Orwell. If you just are looking for less action type book that still (at least for me) was amazingly hard to put down or stop reading try The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

I have the book recommendations of a 1980’s 1990’s ish High School curriculum I know. But still, they are classics and surprisingly (maybe for some) very very entertaining and enjoyable.

Please, if you haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye, give it a try.

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Posted: 13 January 2008 08:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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MereAlias - 13 January 2008 02:59 AM

Please, if you haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye, give it a try.

Catcher in the Rye was the first book I read in English. It holds a special place in my heart. Have you read Salinger’s Nine Stories? The Laughing Man and De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period are my favourite; they still make me laugh aloud…

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Posted: 13 January 2008 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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George - 13 January 2008 08:24 AM
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Please, if you haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye, give it a try.

Catcher in the Rye was the first book I read in English. It holds a special place in my heart. Have you read Salinger’s Nine Stories? The Laughing Man and De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period are my favourite; they still make me laugh aloud…

I have a Little Brown Book edition of Nine Stories on my desk right now. I haven’t finished it yet, though.

My favorite story from it so far was Just Before the War with the Eskimos. I think it was my favorite because one of the characters in that story (the brother of one of the main girl characters) reminded me of Holden Caulfield slightly, but more so than any other characters in any of the other stories I have read so far.

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Posted: 14 January 2008 07:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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klyde - 24 December 2007 09:54 AM

The books of Stephen King are good thrillers.

One of Stephen King’s most recent books, “Cell”, was pretty good.  It reminded me a little bit of Richard Matheson’s “I am Legend”.

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Posted: 14 January 2008 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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You could try ‘The Swarm’ by Frank Schatzing.

It has a scientific background, it is a bit SF, shows a lot of humanistic aspects about environmental issues, some small caricatures of the church.
And especially the first part (more than half of the book) is very good. I nearly could not stop.

But you should not be a fan of George W Busch or Condoleeza Rice, they can be recognised…

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