Mumpy Recommends

  • William Gibson: Neuromancer

    William Gibson: Neuromancer
    In my opinion, THE BEST Gibson. Sci-fi classic. (*****)

  • Michael Marshall Smith: One Of Us

    Michael Marshall Smith: One Of Us
    Weird, but good weird. Great sci-fi that is funny and, well.....weird :) (*****)

  • William Gibson: Count Zero

    William Gibson: Count Zero
    Read Neuromancer, then read this....and Mona Lisa Overdrive then read them again, and again, and again. (*****)

  • Walter M. Miller, Jr.: A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller, Jr.: A Canticle for Leibowitz
    Sci-fi fantasy with great depth. (*****)

  • Elizabeth George: A Great Deliverance

    Elizabeth George: A Great Deliverance
    The Inspector Lynley series is a must read for any fan of the mystery genre. The BBC television series, although it deviates a bit from the books, is quite good as well. (*****)

  • Donna Leon: Death at La Fenice

    Donna Leon: Death at La Fenice
    The Commissario Brunetti mystery series has excellent character development, believable plots, and is set in beautiful Venice. (*****)

  • Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Club Dumas

    Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Club Dumas
    Another great multi-dimensional novel by Perez-Reverte. The movie, The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp was well done, however I recommend reading the book before viewing the movie. (*****)

  • Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts: Daughter of the Empire

    Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts: Daughter of the Empire
    This fantasy trilogy is epic in scope and yet captures the subtleties and inner turmoil of all of the main characters. (*****)

  • David Eddings: The Belgariad

    David Eddings: The Belgariad
    Easy reads, yet full of all the elements of a great Fantasy series. Eddings is clearly one of the great classic fantasy authors. (*****)

  • Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash
    Cyberpunk, samurai, pizza delivery guy........has to be good right? (*****)

  • Caleb Carr: The Alienist

    Caleb Carr: The Alienist
    New York City, 1896 and a serial killer is murdering and mutilating young male prostitutes. Dr. Kriezler, the alienist, and his team try to profile this killer before he strikes again. Serial killings, forensics, dark mystery. Caleb Carr at his best. (*****)

  • William Gibson: Mona Lisa Overdrive

    William Gibson: Mona Lisa Overdrive
    Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive.....Oh My! (*****)

  • Philip K. Dick: The World Jones Made

    Philip K. Dick: The World Jones Made
    Classic science fiction. (*****)

  • Iain Pears: The Dream of Scipio

    Iain Pears: The Dream of Scipio
    A tangled web of three interconnected stories with a central theme(s) of finding love in the face of death and chaos and of doing what is right. Manlius must decide whose side to be on as the Roman Empire falls. Olivier de Noyen is a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time during the spread of the Black Plague. Julien Barneuve is in France as the Natzi's invade during WWII. (*****)

  • Iain Pears: An Instance of the Fingerpost
    Excellent. Dark, historical mystery. Incorporates the early days of medical practice, surgical techniques, and autopsy. Another one that you should probably shy away from if you are about to have or are recovering from surgery. *what was I thinking?? :P (*****)
  • Charles Todd: Watchers of Time

    Charles Todd: Watchers of Time
    Just one in the excellent Ian Rutledge mystery series. Charles Todd has an uncanny ability to draw the reader into the psyche of his characters to witness first-hand the physical, emotional, and social devastation that resulted from WWI. (*****)

  • Aaron Elkins: Loot

    Aaron Elkins: Loot
    A great mystery novel involving Natzi Germany and missing artwork. This is Aaron Elkins best novel. (*****)

  • Umberto Eco: Name of the Rose

    Umberto Eco: Name of the Rose
    Classic. Excellent. A must read. The Name of the Rose can be read on one level as a great historical fiction about the lives of monks in 14th century Europe. This story involves a great multiple-murder mystery within the walls of the Italian abbey that Brother William and young Adso visit during their journeys through Europe. On a second level this book can be read as a philosophical treatise on the morality of laughter and on the theological argument of whether Jesus laughed. On a third level the book is a treasure trove of symbolism. The movie starring Sean Connery & a young Christian Slater was also actually quite good. But of course, read the book first :) (*****)

  • John Dunning: Cliff Janeway Series

    John Dunning: Cliff Janeway Series
    Detective, rare bookseller surrounded by murder and mayhem? My kind of books :) (*****)

  • Arturo-Perez Reverte: Flanders Panel

    Arturo-Perez Reverte: Flanders Panel
    Reverte's best. This and the Club Dumas are must reads for anyone who enjoys an intellectual mystery/suspense/ thriller. Reverte has an uncanny ability to weave together a story that involves a multitude of characters occupying various times and locals in history and present day. (*****)

  • Elizabeth Moon: The Deed Of Paksenarion

    Elizabeth Moon: The Deed Of Paksenarion
    Moon manages to tell the classic 'coming of age' fantasy story with a graphic realism and from a distinctly female perspective. (*****)

  • Glen Cook: The Black Company

    Glen Cook: The Black Company
    Best Fantasy series---EVER! Fantasy mixed with the grim realities of war with a dash of humor and the occasional senseless death. A rare treat :) (*****)

  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere

    Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere
    Excellent. Unique dark fantasy/Sci-fi with a twist! Graphic, Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Suspense/Thriller, Myster. (*****)

  • CHINA MIEVILLE: Perdido Street Station

    CHINA MIEVILLE: Perdido Street Station
    Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Excellent, Mieville is truly unique, but graphic so may not be for all readers. (****)

  • Matt Ruff: Fool on the Hill

    Matt Ruff: Fool on the Hill
    A comic fantasy full of love, hate and self discovery. (****)

  • Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club

    Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
    An intellectual historical mystery. Begins with some very graphic scenes, that I do not recommend reading while on morphine or whilst recovering from anesthesia :) (****)

  • Stephen Donaldson: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever

    Stephen Donaldson: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
    Fantasy/Sci-Fi with a loathful anti-hero struggling to overcome adversity. (****)

  • Robert Heinlein: Friday

    Robert Heinlein: Friday
    Not about a day of the week. Another great sci-fi classic. (****)

  • John Case: The First Horseman

    John Case: The First Horseman
    Suspense, sci-fi, mystery. A research expedition to excavate frozen bodies in the artic, a strange outbreak of illness in a North Korean village, and a group called The Temple of Light. Case ties all of these elements together in a true edge-of-the-seat thriller. (****)

  • John Case: The Genesis Code

    John Case: The Genesis Code
    Patients of an Italian infertility clinic are being systematically murdered. What kinds of experiments were being conducted there, and why would the be involoved? A great suspense thriller. (****)

  • Dennis Danvers: Circuit of Heaven

    Dennis Danvers: Circuit of Heaven
    Danvers characters try to tackle questions of reality and face decisions of Apocolyptic Reality vs. Utopian Virtual Reality in this sci-fi novel. (****)

  • William Gibson: Burning Chrome

    William Gibson: Burning Chrome
    Gibson sci-fi,......need I say more? (****)

  • Iain Pears: Death and Restoration

    Iain Pears: Death and Restoration
    A great Art History mystery series. (****)

  • Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Seville Communion

    Arturo Perez-Reverte: The Seville Communion
    All of Perez-Reverte's books are excellent reads that can be read and interpreted on many levels. I felt that in this novel he was exploring, and testing, the boundaries of character stereotypes. (****)

  • Mark Frost: The List of Seven

    Mark Frost: The List of Seven
    Great mystery, suspense, thriller. (****)

  • Michael Marshall-Smith: Spares

    Michael Marshall-Smith: Spares
    What if in the future the wealthy could have clones of their children created for the use of spare parts? O.k., you get the idea. Very graphic, dark sci-fi/horror that acts as a kind of futuristic social commentary. The kind of book that has a disturbing tendency to linger in your subconscious..........not recommended for those about to undergo anesthesia :P (****)

  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods

    Neil Gaiman: American Gods
    Gaiman's Sandman roots are evident in this unique fantasy novel. Mature, Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mythology. (****)

  • Charles Mathes: The Girl Who Remembered Snow

    Charles Mathes: The Girl Who Remembered Snow
    I remember really enjoying this and, "The Girl in the Face of the Clock" by the same author, although I must admit that I was on great quantities of morphine at the time as I had only just come out of surgery in hospital. (***)

  • Julie Kaewurt: Unsolicited

    Julie Kaewurt: Unsolicited
    The Booklover's Mystery series is great fun. Kaewurt packs quick reads with murder, conspiracies, romance, and of course, book publishing! (***)

  • Aaron Elkins: Skeleton Dance

    Aaron Elkins: Skeleton Dance
    My favorite in the Gideon Oliver Mystery series. Gideon, a forensic anthropologist, continually stumbles across dead bodies in this fun mystery series. (***)

  • Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code

    Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
    Who hasn't heard of this book right?? A fun read, but surrounded by a great deal of hype. A good weekend mystery/thriller. (***)

  • Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time

    Robert Jordan: Wheel of Time
    A lengthy fantasy series perfect for a long winter escape. (***)

  • Laurie King: A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    Laurie King: A Monstrous Regiment of Women
    The Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books are actually fun reads, great for foggy rainy days indoors. (***)

  • Aaron Elkins: A Deceptive Clarity

    Aaron Elkins: A Deceptive Clarity
    One of the Chris Norgren Art Mystery series. Fast enjoyable mysteries with lovable characters. (***)

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