I just finished "The Associate" by him, and I highly recommend it.
The novels are set in the Napleonic period and follow two characters in the English Navy. Absolutely first rate writing and often very funny. There's also a fair amount of action, and I personally would have loved these novels at 13, though the prose can be a bit challenging at times (very educational to boot).
You could start with the first novel, Master and Commander, but I would probably recommend starting with Desolation Island, which is shorter and has very gripping action.
Anyway, if you enjoy stepping into another time, this is a great author, who really immersed himself in that culture.
ps Technically, these books do form a series, but since O'Brian wrote them over a thiry year period (he died a few years back), it's sort of a misleading way to describe them: sort of like describing the Parthenon as a "building".
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She has about 15 books that are not infidelity related. They are about women's friendships, relationships in families....just very real and her style of writing touches my heart.
I was compelled to write her a letter saying how much I love her books!
You should try her
"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."
i loved "the lovely bones" and it's coming out as a movie, so i would read it before i saw movie. the beginning is a little tough, but it's one of my all-time favorite reads. and "kite Runner"
Any (or all) of the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony. There are seven in all.
On A Pale Horse (Death)
Bearing An Hourglass (Time)
With A Tangled Skein (Fate)
Wielding A Red Sword (War)
Being A Green Mother (Nature)
For Love Of Evil (Satan)
...And Eternity (God)
Though it's a series, each book is a stand alone. The idea behind it is each of the main characters isn't a force as such but an officeholder. An officeholder of Time, War, Death, etc.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
I hadn't yet read The Corrections, and started it up immediately.
Just started the first one and I was hooked by chapter 1.
My older son and I trade Stephen King and Dean Koontz books.
I also enjoyed Water for Elephants (might be too adult for a 13 yr old).
I LOVED Wally Lamb's books.
From about.com: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a coming-of-age story. It's a tragic and triumphant book about Francie Nolan, as her family struggles with poverty, alcoholism, and the brutal realities of life for an Irish-American family in Brooklyn, New York City.
The Stephanie Plum books are fun, fun reads, laugh-out-loud (literally) funny.
If you like historical mysteries, the Anne Perry books (both the Monk and Pitt series, sett in different parts of the Victorian era in England) are terrific. Anne Perry's WWI novels, which are not mysteries, are really, really good too. Margaret Frazier (Dame Frevisse) writes mysteries set in medieval England, and they are incredibly well-researched and interesting. I believe that all of these are stand-alone AND there are lots of them, so you don't have to wait impatiently for the next one until you've finished them all. Both of these authors make the time in which they are set come absolutely to life. I feel like I am there when reading these books.
Contemporary mystery: Margaret Maron (the Judge Knott books) are terrific and all are stand-alones IMO. I'm currently devouring the Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny (set in Quebec).
Carl Hiaasen novels are not in a series, and they're really good - and funny.
Other mysteries -
Nevada Barr novels are mystery/thrillers, almost all of which are set in Nat'l Parks. Her main character is a park ranger, and Ms. Barr herself was a Nat'l Parks ranger for many years. Her descriptions of the Parks are pure poetry. Although in a series there are a bunch of them already (15?), so you have awhile until you have to wait for the next ones.
Other genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi, western) are all outside my "realm of expertise" LOL.
2 DSs, ages 8 and 6
it's all about James Hunter, now ;)
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