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Kindle authors, please DON'T post here (on this particular thread)!

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Initial post: 26 Jun 2011 16:41:31 BDT
M'kay. I AM a Kindle author, but I'm not going to post the name of my book here. I've been looking down (and posting on) the many 'post your book here' threads and thinking it might be nice to post one where everyone's a reader - even if they happen to be a writer.

Just for fun ... if you've written a book, or are writing a book, or have ever considered writing a book, DON'T post about it here. Not at all. Not even a signature file. Only talk about the books of OTHER people and how you enjoyed reading them.

Anyone who breaks the code has to do a forfeit. That may involve tagging the books of endless other authors, or similar. Wonder how long before someone breaks the code of the thread.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 16:44:07 BDT
I'll go first. I love Wuthering Heights (Wordsworth Classics). I love the way it borders on both commercial and literary fiction. The themes and imagery are wonderful. The rawness is brave, given the age in which Emily Bronte lived, and it's a real page-turner.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 18:07:27 BDT
Frederick says:
I have just read The Garden of the Finzi Continis by Giorgio Bassani. It is a wonderfully evocative story of first love, loss and memory and tells the story of a Jewish family in Ferrara in the 1930s and the narrator's imvolvement with them. It was made into a film too.

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 12:01:46 BDT
I started this as a friendly invitation not to post links to our books. It's open to all readers - author or non-author. I think I'll bump it up because I'm a little disturbed by the strictly non-author thread. I don't see a distinction between readers and writers. We're all word nerds. :) Anyway ... share your fave books. NO PROMOTION!!!!

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 16:32:44 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jun 2011 19:28:46 BDT
We are betwixt and between on this forum, Rebecca. The members who post here do not want Kindle books on the forum (they should be on the Kindle forum). They also don't want authors discussing books that are considered "literary" unless the discussion is between non-authors. Authors themselves are too intimidating, apparently.

I read all kind of books and simply enjoy reading. I have read a lot of Booker prize winners, but seldom check out other work by these authors (the Booker tag attracts me to the books, which I enjoy reading, but I'm not always inspired to read more books by these wonderful authors). Conversely, I've read most of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta novels, most of John Grisham's and all of Anne Tyler's. I've read many (if not all, I might have missed one!) of Mary Wesley's and most of Joanna Trollopes.

My favourite books are worn-out paperbacks of all the best-loved authors for the past couple of centuries. So many this post would go on for ever!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 17:25:36 BDT
donegalgirl says:

What many of the non-authors (and indeed some of the authors) object to is authors promoting their own books ad nauseam. I doubt that many, if any, of the forum participants feel intimidated by authors per se, but some of the books suggested by some participants, whether author or non-author, are perhaps a bit rich for some.

Like you, I have pretty eclectic taste and also read a lot of non-fiction too. My favourites change all the time, but, on the basis that I can remember so much of it, Ian McEwen's Atonement stands out, also Virginia Woolf's 'The Years'. On a lighter note I have really enjoyed Gita Mehta's books, especially 'A River Sutra', but then I am fascinated by India.

Posted on 27 Jun 2011 19:26:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2011 22:32:31 BDT
Hi Donegalgirl,

I have to admit that the promotions on this forum do seem to be taking over. I was surprised at how little fiction per se is discussed and how much is authors promoting themselves. I have contributed in some way to this, so I'm not pointing a finger at anyone. I think that authors post here regularly because they have a vested interest in keeping their books visible. Members who visit less often want to see active discussions about all kinds of literature and not just indie books. It would seem that these discussions are being drowned out by the self-promotion/Kindle threads.

I agree with you about India, it is a fascinating country. I haven't visited; the nearest I came was touching down in Bombay on a longhaul flight to Australia. My husband attended the Commonwealth Games Conference in 1982 and we travelled on the same flight as the teams representing Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

I haven't read Atonement, but I think I should! Thanks for the recommendation!

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 08:17:15 BDT
Karen Lowe says:
I enjoyed Atonement too. Out of my recent reads, I think the only one that stands out is Mistry's A Fine Balance: 1 Yes I know it's been out ages, but it takes me ages to get round to things. I enjoy reading all the recommendations people come up with, particularly on the Nordic noir scene. Borkmann's Point: An Inspector van Veeteren Mystery was good, but I haven't so far enjoyed other titles by Nesser quite as much.

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 20:15:43 BDT
I haven't seen anything on these forums that would preclude someone from starting a thread for the sole purpose of discussing a particular book. In fact, I have seen threads with only a few participants discussing said book. Eventually, for lack of interest, the thread falls back several pages and even disappears unless someone else revives it.


Posted on 28 Jun 2011 21:31:20 BDT
I Readalot says:
The discussion threads drop off the first page partly because there are so many threads promoting books and they seem to have new posts every few minutes which quickly drowns out the discussion threads. New people may decide to check out what is going on and they are unaware of the interesting discussions further down, if I was a newbie I would get the impression that virtually all the discussions were of this kind and would give up. If a post isn't added at least once a day then it will quickly disappear, The 'What are you reading now' thread has been going for a long while and there is a very interesting thread on Haruki Murakami. Over the years I have started several threads with the aim of discussing particular types of books but over the last 18 months or so they have always ended up with authors promoting and discussing their own books, I just hope that this thread stays true to the OP's wishes.

I read pretty much anything apart from chick lit and am currently on my 2nd reading of Ali Smith's 'There but for the' yes, it is a literary, Booker type book but it is also very funny. I am also about to start 'The Quarry' - Johan Theorin, a favourite Swedish crime novelist, who has yet to make break through in the UK.

Posted on 5 Jul 2011 15:38:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2011 15:42:07 BDT
Good books I've enjoyed recently include:

The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses / The Crossing / Cities of the Plain - Cormac Mcarthy
20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill

and I'm currently reading this, which seems very good at the half-way mark:Loisaida -- A New York Story by Marion Stein

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