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alain1609



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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: the best books ever!!!!  Reply with quote

i'm going to start with one of my favorite's writers:

agatha cristie- Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time.  She has sold over two billion books worldwide and has been translated into over 45 languages.  In a writing career that spanned more than half a century, Agatha Christie wrote eighty novels and short story collections.  She also wrote over a dozen plays, including The Mousetrap, which is now the longest running play in theatrical history.

(AGATHA CRISTIES'S PAGE) Christie's first novel,  The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was the first to feature her eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.  One of the most famous fictional creations of all time, Poirot's 'little grey cells' triumphed over some of the most devious criminal minds ever created in crime fiction. Christie’s last published novel, Sleeping Murder , featured her other world-famous sleuth, the shrewdly inquisitive Miss Jane Marple of St. Mary Mead.  Miss Marple appears in twelve novels, and twenty short stories; the first novel to feature her was  The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930.  The Poirot and Marple novels have been widely dramatized in feature films and television movies.   Murder on the Orient Express (1974),  Witness for the Prosecution (1957),  And Then There Were None (1945), and  Death on the Nile (1978) are a few of the successful films based on her works.  Agatha Christie also wrote six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.  She also wrote non-fiction; one book Come Tell Me How you Live, describes her archeological travels with her husband Max and the other two are collections of poems, stories and verses, some with a religious theme.  She also wrote her Autobiography which she completed in 1976.  Although synonymous with crime fiction, the breadth of themes in her novels is quite extraordinary and she deserves her place as one of the best-loved writers of all time.


my favorite agatha cristie's book is the "Crooked House" in 1949

PLOT SUMMARY: Three generations of the Anglo-Greek Leonides family live together in a large, seemingly crooked house, under the patriarchy of Aristide. He is an ageing millionaire who originally moved to England from Smyrna and, in the novel, spends his remaining days in the company of his second wife Brenda, fifty years his junior. After the old man is poisoned with his own eye medicine (eserine), his granddaughter Sophia tells her fiancé Charles Hayward, the story's first person narrator, that she can't marry him until the killer is apprehended; so, desperate for her hand in marriage, he begins his own investigation...

i you want to read more, READ IT, seriously READ IT.
what are you waiting for???? GO GET IT!
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bryterlayter



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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Alice Munro, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson Reply with quote

I'm going to recommend first some of my favorite short story authors. You may have read these in school so they may not be unfamiliar to you.

Alice Munro is a (still living) Canadian short story author. She has many collections of her work. Some of my favorites, to name a few, are: "Walker Brothers Cowboy," "The Albanian Virgin," The Progress of Love", and the "Dance of the Happy Shades"

Flannery O'Connor has been anthologized many times. Her more known works are: "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Good Country People"

Shirley Jackson's most famous work is "The Lottery"
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alain1609



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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WELL, I HAVEN'T BECAUSE I LIVE IN MEXICO AND WE DON'T READ BOOKS IN ENGLISH OR BY ENGLISH PEOPLE IN SCHOOL. AT LEAST I DIDN'T.

I DO READ BOOKS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE BUT IT'S JUST MY NERDY WAY OF LEARNING. I LOVE BOOKS *YAY* Wink
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alain1609



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've been reading a really good book.
it's called "the curse of the blue figurine" by john bellairs.

HAVE YOU READ IT????  Confused
I WANT MORE  BOOKS, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND????
(speakeing in general)
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bryterlayter



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Reply with quote

I just finished the first chapter of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. Its very interesting. This novel is a look at depression and mental illness and the descent into it. This novel is likened to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, being touted as the female version. I loved Catcher in the Rye so i'm sure I'll enjoy The Bell Jar. It's set in the 50's, I believe. Nice little piece of that time period. I'll let you all know what i think when i finish the book.
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alain1609



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll look for it!!!!
i hope i can find it...

and please don't talk about the plot bwhen you finish reading it, i would totally loose interest.  Razz
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bryterlayter



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will talk about the book only if i think it would be a waste of your time to read it. Other than that i'll keep my mouth shut until you can find a copy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also bought the complete works of Flannery O'Connor with a giftcard someone had given me. It's something i had always wanted to purchase. O'Connnor has a unique style. Is it gothic realism? I'm not sure. Anyways it's one of those literary terms.
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Little Swan



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys. I'm new to forums, so sorry if I do anything wrong! =3

I am a major fan of literature, and will try almost anything once!
Three things I can reccommend are:

* Anything by Edgar Allen Poe. He's one of the forefathers of Gothic Literature, which contains everything from the supernatural, to horror, to crime, to fantasy, to the macabre, to romance, and back again. The language used is amazing too, albeit confusing at first.

* Anything by Stephen King if you're horror-minded. If you like Horror/Fantasy/Adventure/Surrealism/Romance, then check out his Dark Tower series--possibly the only series so well written that I've been devastated & stunned to finish.

* If you're Fantasy/Adventure/Mythology-minded, then check out the Swordbearer books by Adrienne Martine-Barnes. They're little known but quaint books, that are slightly rare, and don't have half the recognition they deserve. The stories are incredibly stunning and wonderful in all aspects.
The four books in the series are: The Fire Sword, The Crystal Sword, The Rainbow Sword, and The Water Sword.

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