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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves. (from the publisher)
If you like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (followed by the next three books in the Millennium trilogy: The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, & The Girl in the Spider's Web), you may like these titles -- some have intriguingly complex plots, while others offer portraits of unusual, unique females.
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
Jacob's Rest, a tiny town on the border between South Africa and Mozambique, 1952. An Afrikaner police officer is found dead. Detective Emmanuel Cooper, an Englishman, begins investigating the murder following a trail of clues that lead him to uncover a shocking forbidden love and the imperfect life of one Captain Pretorius. (catalog summary)
If you liked Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Born of Ice" for the romantic SF, see what you think of these selections, which range from the more serious to the lighthearted:
by L A Banks
"All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a top act ... But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons - predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. Damali and her team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires has been striking down other musicians. When strange attacks erupt ... Damali realizes these killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. Instead of neat puncture marks in the neck showing where the blood has been drained from the body, these corpses are mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Soon she discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire Damali has ever met - a seductive beast who is coming for her next...."-catalog summary
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If you like magical realism, here are some titles you might enjoy:
"The New York Trilogy: City of Glass: Ghosts: The Locked Room"
by Paul Auster
A surrealist take on hard-boiled private eye mysteries. Fast-paced, puzzling and fun.
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Hello! I haven't had a chance to read "The Lollipop Shoes" (published as "The Girl With No Shadow" in the U.S.) by Joanne
Harris, but I enjoyed "Chocolat". Here are some titles that pick up on
various elements of Harris's work that you may also enjoy:
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
"Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the
story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and
story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they
If you liked "The Invisible Circus" by Jennifer Egan, you may enjoy
these novels for their 1960's and 1970's settings:
"The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler
A funny and touching book about 5 women and 1 man who meet to discuss
Jane Austen's books. Over the course of six months, each member
reminisces about events from his or her life.
"Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress
Hello! Since you read a wide variety of authors - Haruki Murakami,
Gail Tsukiyama, Amy Tan, Alexander McCall Smith, John Irving, and Anne Tyler - I have recommended a broad range of authors and titles for your enjoyment:
"Kangaroo Notebook" by Kobo Abe
"In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most
distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society
that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The
I'm not sure if you only like books set during the U.S.
Civil War or books set against the backdrop of any war. So, I have come
up with the following suggestions based on my assumptions:
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.
summary from the Publisher: "When the starving French masses rise in
hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and
innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in
the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause-La
If you liked “Perelandra," you might find something to enjoy in these titles.
“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
“Emilio Sandoz, a brilliant Jesuit priest, seems like the perfect leader for the first expedition to an extraterrestrial culture. However, when Sandoz returns to Earth 20 years later as the mission's sole survivor, he is accused of unspeakable violence and depravity. Why? An extraordinary fiction debut, by paleoanthropologist Mary Doria Russell.”--Copyright © Libri GmbH.