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  • #592231

    d a
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    I’m looking for some really good novels. Most of the novels I read, many of the ideas in the book are obvious. I’m looking for something that will shock you. When the end of the story is not something that was obvious through the whole book.

    One really, really good example is “Pyramid Base”. You think one thing but then the author takes you to a much different ending. All of Eli Shekter’s books are fabulous, but Pyramid Base stands above the rest!

    So, if you know of a novel that I am looking for, please let me know. Thanks!

    #973621

    SJSinNYC
    Member

    I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment. Its not a Jewish book though.

    #973622

    ulisis
    Member

    The Cat in the Hat.

    #973623

    noitallmr
    Participant

    I think the Tintin series would be great for you- really intriguing plots!

    EDITED

    #973624

    blinky
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    I love Tintin!!! (and HP too!), but i think d a was looking for Jewish novels.

    #973625

    noitallmr
    Participant

    Ha ha good to hear that I’m not the only guy here who hasn’t grown up! But tintins were great I think I still remember some of them- “A little more to the West” lol!!!

    #973626

    squeak
    Participant

    I didn’t realize how much weltanschauung there was in the CR – I thought the OP was asking for some easy light reading, but the folks come back with epics such as Tintin and the works of Dr. Seuss! Astounding!

    #973627

    blinky
    Participant

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! (Thompson and Thompson were my favorite guys)

    #973628

    gavra_at_work
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    Anything by Rav Marcus Lehmann.

    #973629

    noitallmr
    Participant

    lol- to be precise they were my favorites too!!! Wow i actually remember them!!!

    #973630

    squeak
    Participant

    Couldn’t you at least spell the names of your favorite characters correctly? To be precise….

    #973631

    mw13
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    d a: The Will is very good (I forgot the author). Btw are we talking about only jewish books here?

    #973632

    popa_bar_abba
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    Anything by Mark Twain is excellent light reading. Best is Life on the Mississippi

    #973633

    Nachman Seltzers books- The Link and The Network

    #973634

    noitallmr
    Participant

    squeak- billions of blue blistering barnacles, your right!

    #973635

    dunno
    Member

    ten thousand thundering typhoons! tintin is the best!

    #973636

    blinky
    Participant

    AGREED!!?@?#!*!@%?*/!!!!! (well not as good as the other ones but it was all i could think of now)

    #973637

    Sacrilege
    Member

    Not a huge reader (esp of Jewish books) but Sun Inside Rain (I’m pretty sure thats what it was called, was very good.

    #973638

    telegrok
    Member

    “A Separate Peace,” by John Knowles. Tells the story of two high-school boys at boarding school in the waning years of the Second World War. No objectionable scenes; the action takes place on the campus of the school, involves the relationships of students and their view of the war as it affects their lives. A tremendous novel, lavishly written.

    #973639

    Sister Bear
    Member

    Ahhhh we had to read “A Separate Peace” in school and I hated it. Compared to the other books it was not the worst.

    Hearts of Gold is was a good book. They have a second one too. The plots not that obvious.

    Deep Blue was okay and with a twist in the plot, kind of.

    #973640

    aqua blue
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    Does anyone know of any really good non-jewish novels that are a Eve Vogel style? (Her books are usually about some boarding school in england- or something of that type…) I’m a big reader and read all the jewish books in the stores which I happen to prefer.

    #973641

    noitallmr
    Participant

    While were about relieving memories, how bout Asterix guys??? Anyone into them at some stage???

    I was a massive fan of Vitalstatistix!!!

    #973642

    d a
    Member

    Hi guys! Your too funny! I did read TinTin, but I don’t like comics as good as a real good novel.

    As for the Cat in the Hat, it’s too deep for me!

    And yes, I try to read only Jewish books. Even though sometimes…I didn’t say anything….

    #973643

    anything by jodi picoult

    #973645

    postsemgirl
    Member

    mw13- the will is really amazing. the author is Chaim Greenbaum.

    Another amazing book is Switched Identities- I forgot the author but it’s about the holocust. I gotta agree that Pyramid Base is one of the best books out there. I also love the book Inquisition by Yair Weinstock.

    #973646

    Just a reminder… it’s Elul and there are more important things to do then read fiction. Maybe you can wait to novel up until after the yomim Noraim?!:)

    a K’siva V’chasima Tova Everyone!

    #973647

    d a
    Member

    postsemgirl

    Another amazing book is Switched Identities- I forgot the author but it’s about the holocust.

    I just finished reading it. But the whole time, I knew who Dan Nesher and Mr. Schwartz were. The end did not suprise me at all.

    #973648

    tzippi
    Member

    Wasn’t the book called Switched Identity, not Identities?

    #973649

    d a
    Member

    tzippi, yes and the author is A.B. Yishai. It was a good read, but as I said above, the ending was obvious (to me, at least).

    #973650

    Chosson
    Member

    There is two books; Double Identity, and Switced Identity

    #973651

    d a
    Member

    Chosson, who wrote Double Identity? Is there any connection to Switced Identity?

    #973652

    Chosson
    Member

    I think Meyer Bendet wrote them.

    Yes, I think it’s a seqel

    #973653

    d a
    Member

    I looked for it on artscroll.com and eichlers.com but didn’t see it there…

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    #973655

    d a
    Member

    I’m assuming this has NOTHING to do with Switched Identity…

    #973656

    baron fritz
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    here’s alist of novels the marked ones / ive read and most were pretty good

    a promise fulfilled

    all the hidden children

    choices/

    deep blue/

    dual destiny

    harp strings

    hidden in the deep

    interupted journey/

    lone star/

    music of the soul

    mystery in spain

    on a golden chain

    plan b/

    the lost treasure of chelton

    the selby printout/

    whispers/

    yesterdays child

    blackout/

    double identity/

    dual allegiance/

    entanglement/

    the network/

    the betrayal

    #973657

    postsemgirl
    Member

    d a- I happened to like it. sorry if you didnt.

    #973658

    noitallmr
    Participant

    Riva Pomerantz- Breaking Point.

    Professionally written with a captivating storyline

    #973659

    leeboh boh’ee
    Participant

    Les Miserables– best novel ever written–try to get the abridged edition (a few hundred pages ) very uplifting!

    #973660

    did anyone here read aleph-shin?

    was it any good?

    is it worth buying?

    #973661

    d a
    Member

    musictomyears, I stayed up all night reading it using a light from a cell phone (and remember, Alf Shin is printed in smaller text then a regular book). I know, I’m crazy!

    And yes, it is a very good book. Buy the Alef Shin/Ten Lost book. (Alef Shin by itself is out of print)

    #973662

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    In a different thread it was mentioned that the same author (possibly using different names) wrote four books;

    1) Aleph Shin,

    2) Samsons Lion,

    3) Every Man A Slave and

    4) Ten Lost.

    Supposedly they are very well written and researched and most readers find them very addicting.

    If you can’t find it I’ll try to look it up.

    #973663

    d a
    Member

    Supposedly they are very well written and researched and most readers find them very addicting.

    Doc, did you ever read any of them?

    #973664

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    I read Aleph Shin and enjoyed it. The plot definitely took unexpected turns but at some point I figured out what would happen at the end.

    Personally I can’t say how well researched the book was as I am unfamiliar with the streets in Iran, the flight controls on a fighter jet, the different chambers on a submarine and the geological makeup of the ground under the Aswan Dam. I am basing that on what other readers wrote. I did enjoy it and found it addicting.

    I did not read the other three books.

    #973665

    d a
    Member

    Ten Lost is a sequel to Alef Shin

    When they came out with Ten Lost, Alef Shin was already sold out. So instead of reprinting Alef Shin by itself, they printed Alef Shin and Ten Lost in one volume.

    #973666

    d a
    Member

    True Identity is a sequel to Double Identity; both by Mayer Bendet

    #973667

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    d a-

    For a link to the post regarding the books being well written click

    here.

    I am under the assumption that RaisedEyebrow read the books so he may be able to further answer your questions.

    emoticon613 seems to know more about the author click

    here for that post.

    #973668

    pomeranz
    Member

    short changed and changing tides were by far the best novels so far this year .

    #973669

    observanteen
    Member

    Every Man A Slave by Sender Zeyv

    Captive Soul by Shoshana Schwartz

    In Full Bloom by Shoshana Schwartz

    ABSOLUTELY LOVE ‘EM!!!

    #973670

    observanteen
    Member

    aqua blue: Ever read School For One? I’m not sure who the author is, but, it’s gr8.

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