The Sunday Salon – June 20, 2010 (the “Father’s Day” edition)

The Sunday

(In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would re-post this list of my Dad’s favorite reads. Happy Father’s Day, Dad and Kevin – and all the rest of you dads out there.)

Dad and I have similar taste when it comes to reading, especially in science fiction and fantasy. I also have read my share of Dad’s Louis L’Amour novels, and although I rarely read westerns anymore, I did enjoy them. My dad isn’t big on being the center of attention, but he humored his blog-obsessed daughter with a list of his favorite reads. I’ve added either a publisher’s blurb or my thoughts or both.

bendigoshafterBendigo Shafter by Louis L’Amour
Blurb: “At what point does a group of strangers become a community? When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon’s heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?”
My thoughts: “I enjoyed this one very much when I read it many years ago – in high school, I think.”

comstocklodeComstock Lode by Louis L’Amour
Blurb: “It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures—they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the future.”
My thoughts: “Another one I remember enjoying, but it’s been a long time.”

crosstimeengineerThe Conrad Stargard Series by Leo Frankowski
My thoughts: “A boyfriend in college introduced me to the Conrad Stargard series, beginning with The Cross-Time Engineer. Conrad is a Polish engineer who suddenly finds himself transported to Poland in the 13th century. He uses his engineering smarts to build a life – and also to try to build up Poland’s defenses against the upcoming Mongol invasion. These are humorous and inventive – and if you can get past the author’s love of lusty, always-willing women – they are a great ride.”

relicRelic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Blurb: “A monster on the loose in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History provides the hook for this high-concept, high-energy thriller. A statue of the mad god Mbwun, a monstrous mix of man and reptile, was discovered by a Museum expedition to South America in 1987. Now, it is about to become part of the new Superstition Exhibition at the museum (here renamed the “New York Museum of Natural History”). But as the exhibition’s opening night approaches, the museum may have to be shut down due to a series of savage murders that seem to be the work of a maniac-or a living version of Mbwun. When the museum’s director pulls strings to ensure that the gala affair takes place, it’s up to a small band of believers, led by graduate student Margo Green, her controversial adviser and an FBI agent who investigated similar killings in New Orleans, to stop the monster-if the culprit is indeed a monster-from going on a rampage. Less horror then action-adventure, the narrative builds to a superbly exciting climax, and then offers a final twist to boot. With its close-up view of museum life and politics, plausible scientific background, sharply drawn characters and a plot line that’s blissfully free of gratuitous romance, this well-crafted novel offers first-rate thrills and chills.”
My thoughts: “I haven’t read this, but I know the entire series is one of Dad’s favorites.”

mazerunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
Blurb: “When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.”
My thoughts: “I absolutely loved this YA dystopian novel (my review), and passed my ARC on to Dad. He loved it, too – and we’re both waiting impatiently for the sequel.”

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8 Responses to The Sunday Salon – June 20, 2010 (the “Father’s Day” edition)

  1. Ash says:

    I have wanted to read the Maze Runner ever since I read your review! Every time I walk by it in the store I almost pick it up but the end up getting something else. Hopefully I’ll give into it soon. I’m so jealous that you have a dad who reads, that is one things neither of my parents do too much and I can’t stop. Luckily I have very supportive parents who have always kept me in books, and my dad even reads my blog sometimes even though he has no idea what I’m talking about! Hope you have a great day!
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: The Long and Short Story =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Ash – I am lucky – I share books with both Mom and Dad, but different ones – sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers/mysteries with Dad, historical and contemporary fiction with Mom. Hope you had a great Sunday!

  2. Harvee says:

    High energy books! Enjoy! My Sunday Salon.
    .-= Harvee´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: A Book and a Half =-.

  3. Wendy says:

    What a great idea to post your dad’s favorite reads on Father’s Day, Carrie! Kip’s dad really loves Louis L’mour too (we gave him three collections of L’mour’s stories not too long ago!)
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Oprah Summer Picks that Caught My Eye =-.

  4. Rosey says:

    I read Relic and it was good! Scary! Maze Runner is in my TBR pile 🙂
    .-= Rosey´s last blog ..DEAR BOOK BLOGGERS =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rosey – I need to give that series a try – they look good.