While I’m guiltily reading the second book in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire series (widely accepted as the best post-Return of the Jedi storyline novels), I asked my friends on Facebook what they were reading. Here’s what they had to say…
Simon, an Australian colleague from our teaching days in France:
Dave, a fellow RPCV from Madagascar:
…award winning, alternate ending to WWII, the axis powers have won the war and taken over north america, where they introduce a totalitarian regime and Japan-Germany-Italy jockey for power in America…great book!
George, a graduate of the Ford School of Public Policy:
Great but harrowing.
Stephanie from high school in Kansas:
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York – Deborah Blum
Uncle Tom, of course he has three since he is an accomplished author himself…so before giving you his recommendations I will recommend HIS upcoming novel (to be released in January 2015) from ‘The Hatchery’ trilogy:
The Prey (pre-order!)
OK now his recommendations:
Lisa, geek/friend in DC:
She also recommends:
Greggory recommnds anything by Sherman Alexie (I agree!)
Aleta, world-traveler and fellow Fordie says that both deserve their recent praise (seconded by Lisa from Peace Corps HQ!):
Emily, fellow Madagascar RPCV returns to the classics:
Angie, from my days at the University of Kansas, recommends:
Megan, from my days in Michigan, recommends:
It is so very timely which makes it all the more terrifying.
Beth, Madagascar RPCV:
Becca, friend from Kansas recommends:
Ted, of School of Information fame:
My own mother, of course (and Jennifer from SI!):
Nick, of friend-of-friend-but-friend-skipped origins (I actually thought Nick was just calling me ‘brilliant’ as opposed to recommending this series!):
Reid, of childhood friendship:
Purdom, of SI fame:
Mike, of KU fame as well:
And finally from Leslie, another RPCV from Madagascar who is now pursuing a PhD in English literature!
Phew…who knew that all of my friends read so much!