Friday Finds – November 22, 2008

November 22, 2008

I’m posting this a day late because I was so far behind in my blog reading I had to spend part of yesterday catching up! There are so many good books out there. My ‘finds’ for the week are below (as always, clicking on the book title takes you to Amazon, and clicking on the review blogger’s link takes you to their review of the book):

Just After Sunset, by Stephen King as featured on Both Eyes Book Blog (a new blog I have just discovered and love!).  Stephen King is an old favorite of mine. I have read nearly everything he’s written. His short stories are some of my favorites and so when Both Eyes Book Blog wrote: ‘…I want to tell you that Just After Sunset is vintage King‘ I was sold.

Hardly Knew Her, by Laura Lippman as featured on Sam’s wonderful blog Book Chase. I have yet to read a Lippman book, but I keep hearing good things about her work. This book is a collection of short stories and Sam writes: ‘[Hardly Knew Her]…is a fun-to-read collection that remains fairly light all the way through despite the gruesome crimes committed in many of the stories. Its many surprises and twisted endings help make it all go down pretty easy.‘ I’ve added this one to the wish list.

Sky Burial, by Zinran as featured on Michelle’s blog 1 More Chapter. The cover on this book immediately caught my attention, and then Michelle wrote: ‘Wow!  What a beautiful sense of place.‘ and I knew I would pick this one up eventually. I love books set in other countries that capture place.

Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh as featured on Mystic Wanderer’s blog What Am I Reading. This one was on my radar because it was shortlisted for the Booker, so I’ve been looking for reviews of it. Mystic Wanderer writes: ‘To read an Amitav Ghosh novel is not merely to get a glimpse of the best of contemporary Indian writing, but also a snapshot of an oft-ignored episode of history.‘ This book is the first in a series and I wasted no time in dropping into my local Barnes and Noble and using a 50% off coupon to buy it.

The Diplomat’s Wife, by Pam Jenoff as featured on Amy’s blog The Sleepy Reader. This is a companion novel to Jenoff’s earlier work The Kommandant’s Girl (which I have not read). Amy writes: ‘…this book takes place mainly after World War II during the turbulent rise of Communism in Eastern Europe.’ It sounds like engaging historical fiction to me, and I love those kinds of novels.

To read Jenn’s Friday Finds for this week (and get links to other blogger’s finds) visit this post.

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    • Alyce on November 22, 2008 at 13:29

    I own Sky Burial, but I haven’t read it yet. I think it sounds good also.

    • Kathy on November 22, 2008 at 13:37

    It looks like you discovered some good books this week!

    • 3m on November 22, 2008 at 14:57

    I think you’d really love Sky Burial!

  1. Hello there,
    Nice dropping by after a while. I think you will enjoy Sea of Poppies. Happy reading!

  2. I hope you like the Jenoff books Wendy. I really enjoyed them.

    • Wendy on November 23, 2008 at 18:50

    Alyce: I’ll look forward to reading your review.

    Kathy: It is not like I need to discover more…but, yes, there are some great looking books out there!

    Michelle: Thanks for the endorsement!

    Mystic Wanderer: Thanks for such a great review of it – hope I like it too!

    Amy: They look really interesting – thanks for the great reviews 🙂

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