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Old September 1 2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Help me select books, once again

As a member of LibraryThing I like doing a Category Challenge each year. Last August, when I posted a similar thread to I got many good suggestions so I thought I would ask for help once again. I have around $350 to spend.

Other people doing the challenge often choose a theme so I thought I would do that this year. I am basing my 2014 categories on Tasmanian placenames. 14 separate categories. I have decided that I must read at least 4 books in each category.

So far I have come up with the following


Murdering Gully Road - murder mysteries (need no help selecting these - unless someone can recommend a mystery fron Spain, Portugal or South America.

Beginner's Bay - first in a series. Fiction excluding mysteries
1) Hood (The Raven King book 1) by Stephen Lawhead

Mother-in-Law's Leap - new genres (poetry, graphic novels, plays, letters. speeches) . Suggestions needed.

1) Great Speeches by Native Americans by Bob Blaisdell.

The Land of Little Sticks - Amazon Kindle singles or novellas (less than 100 pages in length). Suggestions needed. I would especially like some sci-fi to put in this category.

Twelvetrees Range (which is named after William Harper Twelvetrees who was a well-known Tasmanian geologist) - books about geology or novels that have a geologist as a main character. Suggestions needed.

Howrah/Mangalore (placenames in both Tasmania and India) - books set in India (no help needed here - I have a small backlog of Indian books)

Bay of Fires (Placename in Tasmania and the capital of Iceland is Reykavik “Smoky Bay” - close enough) - books about Iceland . No help needed. I have a backlog of Icelandic books

Noah’s Waterhole - books about animals. Possible choose animals that have a placename in Tasmania (Penguin, Dromedary, Elephants Pass, Cuckoo, Emu River, Badger Creek, Mole Creek etc)

One of the following - Mount Lot, Lot's Wife, Walls of Jerusalem, Paradise, Garden of Eden, Bagdad, Jordan, Jericho, Nile, Promised Land , Plains of Heaven, Lake Babylon - suggestion of books set in the Middle East and books that look at Christianity welcomed.


the 14th category will be Nowhere Else (yes, a placename in Tasmania) - books that don’t belong in any other category

That is 11 categories. I need to decide on 3 more. Other possible placenames I could to use are

Arthur's Circus
Cat and Fiddle Arcade
Horizontal Creek
Quetzalcoatl Conduit
Cape Contrariety
Styx River (and the Valley of the Giants)
Lost World Plateau
The Moai
Detached Head, The Boneyard, Dismal Swamp, Phantom Bay
Lake Nameless
Salamanca Place (books set in Spain?)
Doo Town
Adventure Bay
Hollow Tree
Snug (cosy mysteries?)
Try Again Creek (books I didn't finish in the past?)
Death and Judgement Corner (real life murder trials?)
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Old September 1 2013, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Help me select books, once again

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Twelvetrees Range (which is named after William Harper Twelvetrees who was a well-known Tasmanian geologist) - books about geology or novels that have a geologist as a main character. Suggestions needed.
Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is the only one that springs to mind
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Old September 1 2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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^^^ I have already read it twice.

I have just been searching for books and have come across the following

Em Hansen mysteries

It sees that she is forensic geologist.

The Frankie MacFarlane series

She is a geologist

The Forensic Gelogists series

Has anyone read any of these?

All three series would fit into my beginnner, geology and mystery categories. However I would also like at least one novel about a geologist that isn't a murder mystery.
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Old September 1 2013, 04:29 AM   #4
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Re: Help me select books, once again

These might qualify for your geology category:

Annals of the Former World - John McPhee
The Seashell on the Mountaintop - Alan Cutler
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier
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Old September 1 2013, 04:52 AM   #5
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These might qualify for your geology category:

Annals of the Former World - John McPhee
The Seashell on the Mountaintop - Alan Cutler
Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier
Thanks for your suggestions. I have added The Seashell on the Mountaintop to my wishlist and Annals of the Former World might be a possibility (I hate to say it but it might be a bit long to keep my interest).

I read The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling last year. It was about Mary Anning (and Elizabeth Philpott). I selected it over Remarkable Creatures when looking for a book about Anning. I was a little disappointed with The Fossil Hunter, it is possible I would like Remarkable Creatures more.
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Old September 1 2013, 01:00 PM   #6
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Annals is basically an anthology of four other geology-related McPhee books + one new section, so you could just pick one of those.
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Old September 2 2013, 11:42 PM   #7
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Re: Help me select books, once again

^^^ I will look into them.

I need suggestions for first books in a sci-fi/fantasy series. I picked up Stephen Baxter's up Raft (Xeelee series) and Emperor (Time's Tapestry series) books cheaply recently so I wouldn't mind people's opinions of those books/series.

I have decided to read Hood (first book in the Raven King series).

Edited to add - what are people's opinions on the Howl Moving Castle's series. I loked the animated movie.

And is Sandman a good choice for a graphic novel?
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Old September 3 2013, 04:56 PM   #8
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Re: Help me select books, once again

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^^^ I will look into them.

I need suggestions for first books in a sci-fi/fantasy series. I picked up Stephen Baxter's up Raft (Xeelee series) and Emperor (Time's Tapestry series) books cheaply recently so I wouldn't mind people's opinions of those books/series.

I have decided to read Hood (first book in the Raven King series).

Edited to add - what are people's opinions on the Howl Moving Castle's series. I loked the animated movie.

And is Sandman a good choice for a graphic novel?
Sandman is one of the best graphic novels in existence. It's a compilation of the award-winning series. (They are, actually. There's a couple.) You might also try: Fables, Maus, or some Alan Moore( Vis for Vendetta, Watchmen, The Killing Joke).

As for scif series: Have you read 1632 by Eric Flint?
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Old September 4 2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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Re: Help me select books, once again

Lonemagpie wrote: View Post
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Twelvetrees Range (which is named after William Harper Twelvetrees who was a well-known Tasmanian geologist) - books about geology or novels that have a geologist as a main character. Suggestions needed.
Jules Verne's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth is the only one that springs to mind
Moonseed by Stephen Baxter maybe?
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Old September 4 2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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I will make Sandman a certainty.

I will pencil 1632 and Moonseed in as possibilties.

I have selection Valley of the Giants as a catagory. It will be for book over 600 or maybe 650 pages in length. I have already selected Baxter's Evolution to be in that category.
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Old September 4 2013, 12:15 PM   #11
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Another vote for Sandman btw!
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Old September 4 2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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For your first in a series consideration

The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1 Paperback


by Brent Weeks (Author)


http://www.amazon.com/The-Way-Shadow.../dp/0316033677

The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback


by Gail Z. Martin (Author)


http://www.amazon.com/The-Summoner-C.../dp/1844164683

The Black Prism (Lightbringer) Mass Market Paperback


by Brent Weeks (Author)


http://www.amazon.com/Black-Prism-Li...N7BNGANVMK4N01

The Camel Club Mass Market Paperback


by David Baldacci (Author)

http://www.amazon.com/Camel-Club-Dav...The+camel+club

Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) Paperback


by Patricia Cornwell (Author)




http://www.amazon.com/Postmortem-Sca...KN4S_paperback


Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback


by Terry Goodkind (Author)


http://www.amazon.com/Wizards-First-.../dp/0812548051


The Sword of Shannara Mass Market Paperback


by Terry Brooks (Author)

http://www.amazon.com/Sword-Shannara...rd+of+shannara


Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles, Volume I) Mass Market Paperback


by Margaret Weis (Author) , Tracy Hickman (Author)



http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Autumn...utumn+twilight


Homeland: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Part 1 (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) (Bk. 1) Mass Market Paperback


by R.A. Salvatore (Author)


http://www.amazon.com/Homeland-Trilo...zzt+do%27urden
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Old September 4 2013, 07:42 PM   #13
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I will make Sandman a certainty.

I will pencil 1632 and Moonseed in as possibilties.

I have selection Valley of the Giants as a catagory. It will be for book over 600 or maybe 650 pages in length. I have already selected Baxter's Evolution to be in that category.
I believe The Past Through Tomorrow by Heinlein would qualify.
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Old September 5 2013, 01:02 AM   #14
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Othello - of your books you suggested I have pencilled in the Terry Goodkind book. The main reason for this however is because my son owns the series and it won't cost me anything to read. Probably not a really good reason to make this choice. If I don't like the first book I will probably try one of your other suggestions.

Mistral - it has been many a year since I read any Robert Heinlein. I loved Stranger in a Strange Land but I don't think I ever finished The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I might like The Past Through Tomorrow but it does look like copies of it are rather expensive.

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