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Contemporary Fiction Books

Post Number:#1  Postby Scott » 04 May 2009, 12:22

Please use this thread to recommend or post short reviews of books that fall in the category of contemporary fiction.

If you want personalized recommendations for this genre, make a post in this thread with a brief explanation about what type of other books or authors you like in this genre.

You can also recommend against reading books that you read but didn't like.

When recommending a book, it may help to make a concise description of the book. If you wish to write more than a paragraph about a book or series, please post a new thread dedicated solely to that book or series.

If you are listing a lot of books, it may be a good idea to briefly explain the list a little. (Are all the books part of a sub-genre? Do they all the books you are listing have something in common? If they are your personal favorites in the genre, then briefly tell us a little about yourself and what types of books you like.)

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Post Number:#2  Postby Montetre' » 24 Jul 2009, 17:49

I never cared for Immanuel's name!
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Post Number:#3  Postby booklover7809 » 26 Sep 2009, 21:06

If you like thriller/suspense/drama and haven't read any of Joanna Hines' novels then you really should - brilliant author. I have just posted a review of the latest book I've read of hers, Improvising Carla, on my blogspot, Booklover Book Reviews. My review of her book, Surface Tension, is available there also.
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Post Number:#4  Postby kimsmom » 11 Nov 2009, 01:48

A young man from our area just published his first novel and I was blown away. A great coming of age literary work. Suspense, drama, love interests. It has something for everyone.
"Where The Days Are Longer" by Jeff R. Norris

From the back cover:
"Time seems to drag on for J.R. Cooper and his friends, but all of that changes on a cold Iowa night. Can the chain reaction of one event destroy an entire community? Stricken with grief, he's forced to take a closer look at his sleepy Iowa town. Drawing from his past, he must find the strength to overcome an unthinkable tragedy."

Search the title on Facebook for more info about his website, etc. That's how I found out about the book.
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stoney Beck by Jean Houghton-Beatty

Post Number:#5  Postby jean houghton-beatty » 24 Dec 2009, 12:43

I am new to Book & Reading Forums. Is it OK for me to post my second book, Stoney Beck, in this section. Please advise me how to proceed.
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Post Number:#6  Postby Author Eyes » 30 Dec 2009, 06:23

I would like to recommend DEAD WEIGHT by Batt Humphreys. This novel is historical fiction about the injustice of an African American, wrongly accused of assault and murder in Charleston, SC in the year 1910. Tightly written and fast-paced, this novel kept me excited from page one. Great characters and expertly crafted prose.


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Post Number:#7  Postby lagym888 » 24 Feb 2010, 17:51

kimsmom wrote:A young man from our area just published his first novel and I was blown away. A great coming of age literary work. Suspense, drama, love interests. It has something for everyone.
"Where The Days Are Longer" by Jeff R. Norris

From the back cover:
"Time seems to drag on for J.R. Cooper and his friends, but all of that changes on a cold Iowa night. Can the chain reaction of one event destroy an entire community? Stricken with grief, he's forced to take a closer look at his sleepy Iowa town. Drawing from his past, he must find the strength to overcome an unthinkable tragedy."

Search the title on Facebook for more info about his website, etc. That's how I found out about the book.


I also read that book kimsmom and I really appreciate that book. Thank you for reminding me that story. :)
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Extra Virgin by Rachel Knowles

Post Number:#8  Postby RK » 16 Mar 2010, 16:59

"Extra Virgin" is a captivating, women's fiction novel which includes all of the friendships, romances and adventures you'd expect from this genre, as well as plenty of twists and turns and an underlying metaphorical level if you're that way inclined. It is available for sale on Amazon and in bookstores.
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Post Number:#9  Postby debbedeet » 16 Jun 2010, 08:45

I'm currently unemployed and reading 5+ books per week. One that has stuck out in this reading frenzy in Postcards from a Dead Girl.
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Post Number:#10  Postby Fran » 16 Jun 2010, 12:59

I am 60 pages into 'Ghost Light' by Joseph O'Connor and finding it a truly amazing and beautifully written book ... so far I'm just loving it
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Post Number:#11  Postby Jade » 18 Jun 2010, 07:22

I would like to recommend a novella I have recently started and was simply blown away by the coloured symbolism, the easy fluency and languid style of the narrative , it's best described like a crazy mix of impressionist work spliced together with an assault of post modern Dali. I heard the writer speaking on the radio about what moves her to write and she spoke of a process whereby she does research notes then sketches out a plot and characters adding to them as she gets inspired , she described the whole process like painting or recording a song and I think is very evident in her work which has lots of interesting language with musical and artistic metaphors . I am particularly impressed by the fact that she draws on these influences and then uses them as terms of description it is a technique I have not come across before and very effective for stroy telling in modern society .

one of my favorite quotes from the novel so far explains this technique much more eloquently than I can :

" ...together they were unquestionably bollylicious , the couple of the moment . Dimple spoke with that strange Mid Atlantic Bollywood drawl her words curving each syllable like the shape of her boudoir frame"

This is pure poetry and such a pretty way to describe a raunchy chick .
The book explores the themes of celebrity, tabloid news, fame , notoriety , greed and excess, drugs and social class it's brilliantly stylish and a must read for anyone interested in new fiction I'm loving it :D
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Post Number:#12  Postby Tomasaki » 30 Jun 2010, 16:05

Just the other day I finished the book Starlighter by Bryan Davis. I've been a fan of Davis for a long time, when I started reading his Dragons in our Midst series. Bryan Davis is definitely an author you should look into if you enjoy sci-fi and fantasy novels, especially those about dragons.

Starlighter was really good, and what makes it better is that it's the first book in a trilogy (so there's even more to read!). The book takes place between two planets that share a mysterious past. It's all about a boy who wonders if rumors of another planet, where dragons have enslaved humans, really exists, and if he can find a way to get there, and save the "Lost Ones". I don't want to say a whole lot more, because I personally dislike reading synopses, so I won't fall into the hypocrisy of writing one of my own.

Anyway, check out Bryan Davis online. I'd post some links to his websites, but since I haven't been around long enough to bypass the restrictions.
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SLIDE SAIRA VIOLA

Post Number:#13  Postby Luella » 04 Jul 2010, 05:22

Hi there, my name's Luella and I work for a Film Production Company in London . I have a monster appetite for books and am always looking for inspiration for projects and work in development :
My top tip is SLIDE by SAIRA VIOLA it's smart funny and spills the dirt on the excesses of modern life . The really unique and original aspect of this book is the way it is written - the writer has developed a new style of writing that plays with language and words so is refreshing . If you like it uncensored and raw Viola's a hot read .
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Post Number:#14  Postby lukebodell » 12 Jul 2010, 00:53

Author Eyes wrote:I would like to recommend DEAD WEIGHT by Batt Humphreys. This novel is historical fiction about the injustice of an African American, wrongly accused of assault and murder in Charleston, SC in the year 1910. Tightly written and fast-paced, this novel kept me excited from page one. Great characters and expertly crafted prose.



Is this heavily based on a true story, or just roughly based on the fact that this sort of injustice happened quite often in those times?
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Post Number:#15  Postby Tip the Bottle » 09 Aug 2010, 18:25

I'd like to recommend my favorite author Charles Bukowski and the first book I ever read of his Post Office. For anyone who's ever worked a job they hated and stayed there because, well because of complacency might want to give this one a read. The main character, Henry Chinaski, is based on Bukowski an unabashed alcoholic womanizer who has no regrets. His writing is very solid and abrasive.
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