Top Ten Tuesday #7 – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Killing Floor – by Lee Child

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Title: Killing Floor
(Jack Reacher Series #1)

Author: Lee Child
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: March 1st 1997
Finished reading: April 30th 2014
Pages: 524
Rating 3

“Evaluate. Long experience had taught me to evaluate and assess. When the unexpected gets dumped on you, don’t waste time. Don’t figure out how or why it happened. Don’t recriminate. Don’t figure out whose fault it is. Don’t work out how to avoid the same mistake next time. All of that you do later. If you survive.”

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I can’t really remember reading something from Lee Child before, so I will consider this a first impression. Although I can’t deny enjoying the general plot and action, there was a slight overdose of testosterone used in this book Killing Floor. It almost feels as if Lee Child put old action movies like Die Hard or Rambo together in a blender and left his story ideas in there too soak up all those male hormones. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the overall story, but the actions of the main character Jack Reacher are sometimes a bit too Rambo. Also, the sometimes short sentences got on my nerves, especially in the beginning. I guess that is what Lee Child was going for in describing his main character for his new series, but I wasn’t impressed. I will be trying other work of him, just to see if his writing changes over the years… But for now I have to say I’ve read better.

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In Killing Floor, we follow ex-military policeman Jack Reacher wandering around, and get to the sleepy town of Margrave. The first impression is a dull town, too well looked after maybe, but quiet and without crime. That changes quickly when they arrest Reacher for a murder he didn’t commit. A conspiracy involving almost the whole town is slowly revealing itself… When Reacher finds out it was his brother who got killed that night, he swears he is going to find the killers. In the meantime, more bodies are starting to show up, all brutally killed. Together with a few seemingly not dirty cops, one of them turning into his lover (Roscoe), he tries to find out what is really going on in Margrave. Here it turns really Rambo and Reacher kills various bad guys on the way; at one point five against one. Which caused my eyebrow to raise real high.

Of course the classic kidnapping couldn’t be missing, and adds some fuel on the fire. Determained to save the day, Reacher goes for his final big bang. Somehow he manages to uncover the conspiracy, save the hostages and get away unharmed, even with the bad guys supposedly having weapons that shoot in a wide range to kill everyone quite easy. And to insure a next story, Reacher decides he can’t settle down and has to hit the road again…

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I guess Killing Floor serves to enjoy yourself for a few hours, as long as you know what to are getting into. Sure, it is an entertaining read full of action, but just too Rambo for me to really enjoy it. So if you are a Die Hard Rambo fan, this is the book for you.