Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cafe Chaos - Books

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SIS Barb says:

I hate scary and creepy movies—even the corny ones. But I love books that creep me out and give me nightmares. I can’t explain why there’s a difference between the two, but there is. So when I come across a book that has that creep factor along with a good dose of romance…I’m hooked!

My Pick of the Week: The Sign of Seven Trilogy

This trilogy includes Blood Brothers, The Hollow and The Pagan Stone. Follow the story of three young boys who perform a blood brother ritual over a stone deep in the woods, emerging never to be the same. Every seven years they must fight to save the ones they love. As adults they meet three women who will change things further and maybe give them a chance to stop the evil once and for all. I will say that book one—Blood Brothers—was my favorite but all three were fabulous.

Author: the incredible Nora Roberts

SIS Bren says:
I admit that I need a book to grab me pretty quickly. I'll ususally at least read a chapter or two, but I love it when I'm intrigued within the first few lines.

My pick of the week: Honeymoon

From the inside cover:

Beautiful interior designer Nora Sinclair is a devious romantic living two lives. Secretly married to a bestselling author in Boston and engaged to a wealthy Greenwich, Connecticut, investment banker, Nora travels to and from her New York City home base where she is known as the widow of a top New York cardiologist. When her fiance dies a mysterious death--similar to that of her first husband--FBI agent John O'Hara is onto her. Working for the Joint Terrorism Task Force, O'Hara has been monitoring Nora's bank transactions to the Cayman Islands and suspects she's either a spy, a terrorist, or a pathological killer. Disguising himself as an insurance agent, John pursues Nora--then finds himself irresistibly attracted to her. Can O'Hara stop the deadly enchantress from killing again, or will he, too, fall under her lethal spell?

Authors: James Patterson & Howard Roughan

SIS B.J. says:
I have a fondness for fantasy novels. One of my favorite authors is Terry Goodkind. His first book in The Sword Of Truth series is the basis for the television series Legend Of The Seeker.
My pick of the week: Wizard's First Rule
From the back cover:
In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sancturary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.
In their darkest hour, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword-- to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed... or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One rule. Witness the birth of a legend.
Author: Terry Goodkind


Richard said...

Although I mix up my genres fairly regularly to give my mind some work, I am very fond of fantasy and/or horror books that involve a SERIES of books. This is partly out of laziness -- with a series, I finish a book and I don't have to put much thought into what I'm going to read NEXT;).
One of my faves (though, I admit, now problematic -- I read the first six YEARS ago and have passed them along to local public libraries, where all my finished novels go to live a new life, and I received for Christmas a RECENT entry. Not only do I feel my memory is not enough of the first six that I can just take up with this latest entry ... come to find out, the gift I got is book TWO of the "LAST Chronicles ..." and I haven't read the FIRST one! I need gift certificates to a bookstore BADLY, and then feel I should re-purchase and re-read from the start!):
"The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant," by Stephen R. Donaldson. They are a kind of Tolkeinesque series of books, but the main difference that intrigued me the most (if memory serves!) is the protagonist. In the present-day "real world," he is "a bitter and cynical writer afflicted with leprosy, shunned and despised by society;" when he is "transported" to the "fantasy world, 'The Land,'" which he himself spends MUCH time in the first two books disparaging as a delusion of his own disturbed mind, he becomes a "He-Man" heroic saviour. MUCH fun, especially with all the psychological tension throughout, with significant flips between our world and "his" world.

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Richard!

That sounds great. Wouldn't it be nice to escape to another world and be someone/something else every now and then. Sounds like a plan to me!

I haven't read these books but will put them on my list, for sure!

SIS Barb

B.J. said...

Hi Richard,

I will have to check those books out. Thanks for the recommendation.

B.J. said...


My friend read the Sign of Seven trilogy. She said they were great. They are on my to read list.

B.J. said...


I love James Patterson. Another one for my to read list.

Tori Lennox said...

Lately I'm more into funny books, be they romance, mystery or sf/fantasy. Not that I don't read more serious works but I need to balance it out with something that makes me laugh.

And I don't do horror, though I have noticed sometimes P. N. Elrod's Vampire Files are shelved under horror. But I don't find them to be that genre. They're more like vintage mysteries whose detective just happens to be a vampire. :)

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hey BJ,

I love the sound of your recommendation and as soon as I can get to a book store I hope to pick it up!

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Tori,

Love the funny ones. Especially books with witty sarcastic characters and banter.

I don't care for horror either but I do like creepy. You know, like when someone knows someone's out there watching them. Maybe that's more suspense but it sure creeps me out.

SIS Barb

Olga said...

I love books by James Patterson, but haven't read that one yet. Thanks for the recommendation!

flchen1 said...

I tend to shy away from stuff that might scare me, even in books--I'm pathetically chicken! I'm intrigued by the premise of The Sign of Seven though, and Nora practically walks on water ;)

And interestingly, B.J., I just borrowed the whole Sword of Truth series (minus one book that I couldn't find at the two nearest libraries) for my husband. He's been watching some episodes on Hulu of some series based on the books (Legend of the Seeker?) I haven't read them all myself, but he's been really enjoying them!

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Olga,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I like James Patterson as well, but haven't read tons by him. I think I will now. It seems as though everyone recommends him.

SIS Barb

Sisters-in-Sync said...

Hi Fedora,

You're not chicken! Okay, maybe a little, but I think we all are in one aspect or another.

Bren's afraid of spiders. BJ, was afraid that I would beat her up when we were growing up. I'm afraid of being alone in the house at night.

There are so many books out there, I'm sure it's pretty easy to steer clear of the scary ones. I still recommend Nora's though!!

SIS Barb

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