Holly's Book Recommendations

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

The tale of the relationship between two Jewish boys, American-born Sam Clay and his Czechoslovakian cousin Joe Kavalier, who meet when Joe escapes to New York during World War II and become life-long best friends and collaborators in the creation of numerous comic book characters. Their most famous creation, The Escapist, is an escape artist who battles Hitler. The book is one part fictional history of Kavalier and Clay and their circle of friends, and one part real world history, taking in Czechoslovakia, World War II, New York City, Jewish lore, Harry Houdini, and the golden age of comic books, with several real life figures, from Salvador Dali to Stan Lee, making appearances. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001.

"This is just a really excellent book."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Amazing Spider-Man, The

Amazing Spider-Man, The

The first issue was published in 1963. More than 40 years later, the title is still going. The writers and artists have changed many times, but this remains the core book in Marvel's Spider-Man franchise. Published monthly.

"Spidey!"

Holly's Rating: Grointastic
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Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men

Marvel's flagship X-Men comic, currently being written by Joss Whedon and art by Josh Cassaday.

"Joss ROXORS. And so does this comic. All my favourite characters in one comic, with fantastic Joss lines and plots."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Choke

Choke

Victor can no longer afford to pay for his mother's nursing care, so he resorts to faking near-death at restaurants by choking on his food to gain money. The story is told mainly in the present day but flashes back to Victor's childhood in parts, where his mother teaches him to con people and talks about conspiracy theories. Often referred to as Fight Club for sex addicts.

"My absolute favourite book which Palahniuk has written and the twist at the end is totally unforgettable."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Fight Club

Fight Club

In an attempt to overcome dissatisfaction with his life, the unnamed protagonist of the story steps into the world of an underground fighting club which spirals out of control. Adapted into a move featuring Edward Norton as the Narrator and Brad Pitt as Tyler.

"The book is definitely better than the movie, in my opinion. If you loved the movie, you'll love the book."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Fray

Fray

Hundreds of years in the future things have changed so much that people don't even notice monsters walking the streets. Young Melaka Fray makes money by stealing things, believing herself to have no future. She soon finds that not only does she have a future but she is destined for great things.

"Fantastic work from Joss."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic
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His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

His Dark Materials: Amber Spyglass, The

Will and Lyra continue their journey against evil and learn the true nature of dust.

"I think this is my favourite book of the series, and it has a really fantastic ending."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The

Released as Northern Lights in most of the world, and The Golden Compass in the US. A young girl, Lyra, learns of the existance of Dust which is believed to be part of sin. Lyra must travel to the North to stop her best friend from being experimented on and there she finds the existance of another world.

"One of my favourite books and a great start to a great trilogy."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

His Dark Materials: Subtle Knife, The

Book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra, who we met in the previous books, travels to another world and in another version of Oxford, meets a boy called Will. He becomes the bearer of a knife which allows him to cut through realities.

"Not as good as the first book in the series, but still definitely recommended."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Inkheart

Inkheart

Mo is an ordinary bookbinder, or so his daughter Meggie thinks. He is on a mission to find a book - Inkheart - but he is not the only one looking for it.

"Although this book has a slow start, by halfway I was hooked."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Invisible Monsters

Invisible Monsters

A beautiful young fashion model is horrible transfigured and is left unable to speak after an accident. During the stay in her hospital she meets Brandy Alexander who encourage her to use the tragedy to change her life.

"Another of my favourite Palahniuk books, and although the twist in this one is more predictable, it's so well written and well thought out."

Holly's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Lovely Bones, The

Lovely Bones, The

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon is murdered, her family and those in her community who have been affected by the tragedy are left with almost no information about what really happened to her. The story is told from Susie's perspective in heaven, watching over the people she knew in life as they deal with the fallout of her mysterious death.

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Neverwhere

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew agrees to help a mysterious young woman named Door one day, and the next day he finds that he's apparently been erased from the world. He joins Door on her quest through the secret underworld of London Below and meets many strange characters along the way.

"Neil Gaiman rocks."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Sandman, The

Sandman, The

Neil Gaiman's comic book epic centering around The Endless, his pantheon of seven god-like beings. The series mostly takes place in and around the realm of Dream; much like Greek and Roman mythology, the stories focus on humans who interact with these mythical beings as well as the Endless' own rivalries and relationships. The series ran from 1989 to 1996 and the 75 issues have been collected into ten trade paperback volumes.

"I looooove this. Read after Meagharoo recommended it to me, and it's great."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

In a story told through the eyes of young Scout Finch, a black man in Depression Era Alabama is accused of raping a white girl. Scout's father Atticus becomes the accused man's attorney and faces persecution from the people in the own where they live.

"I was made to read this for school, but I fell in love with the book."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Twilight

Twilight

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keeps his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his deep dark secret. What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back.

"This is a great book to read if you want something light and entertaining. It's not actually a great book, but it's fun and like the bad crack."

Holly's Rating: Good
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Ultimate X-Men

Ultimate X-Men

A new spin of the origins of the X-Men, put in a modern day setting.

Holly's Rating: Grointastic
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Wicked

Wicked

Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

"A very enjoyable book."

Holly's Rating: Grointastic
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