DATE: 11/29/2004 11:15:00 PM
Novels Worth Two Reads - Hugh Hewitt, always on the lookout for ways to highlight new blogs (for which we are all grateful), is soliciting names of modern novels worth rereading. I love to read, and have read many of my favorite books over and over again. Here are some modern novels worth at least one look:
The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove. No one does alternate fiction like Turtledove, and this book is his master work. It's an intelligent, well-written novel about what would have happened had the south won the Civil War (with a little help from futuristic types). The politics and culture of a victorious south are described in detail. I've read the book at least three times and will probably do so again in the future.
Watership Down by Richard Adams. Yes, the book is about rabbits. But it's a great read, and a good book.
The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. If you've never read the Narnia books, you're denying yourself a journey into a land you'll enjoy visiting and will want to repeatedly visit. The second book, a series of letters from a senior devil to a young devil, are hilarious and profound at the same time. I've read the book at least four times and get a kick out of it each time.
Household Gods by Harry Turtledove and Judith Tarr. Not so much an alternate history as a look at Roman times through the eyes of a modern woman. This is a long book, but a fun and surprisingly educational read.
The Poet by Michael Connelly. Connelly is quite simply the best mystery/crime writer on the market, and The Poet is his finest work. I love his Bosch novels, but have read this one over and over.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I read this book for the first time when I was in college. It hasn't lost its ability to entertain and captivate. The book is good enough to stand on its own, but if you need another reason to pick up a copy, know that Card is a Democrat who supported President Bush this year, a rarity in the community of authors.
The Stand by Stephen King. I know many people are turned off by the very mention of Stephen King's name, but the man can write. The Stand is a classic tale of good and evil set in an America ravaged by a biological weapon. It's not for every reader (it is Stephen King) but the book is excellent for those who want to lose themselves in an epic tale. Plus, the guy is a hometown boy. What kind of Mainer would I be if I didn't put Bangor's favorite son somewhere on the list?These are only a few of the books I've enjoyed multiple times. Maybe your tastes are different from mine, but if you pick up any of these books, you'll at least have a few hours of entertainment.
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