books listed on this page have been recommended by members and
friends of 'undertheblue' as 'good holiday reads'.
color of magic (A discworld Novel) - Terry Pratchet
The Colour of Magic is Terry Pratchett's maiden voyage through
the bizarre land of Discworld. His entertaining and witty series
has grown to more than 20 books, and this is where it all starts--with
the tourist Twoflower and his hapless wizard guide, Rincewind
("All wizards get like that...it's the quicksilver fumes. Rots
their brains. Mushrooms, too."). Pratchett spoofs fantasy clichés--and
everything else he can think of--while marshalling a profusion
of characters through a madcap adventure. The Colour of Magic
is followed by The Light Fantastic.
A graphic-novel edition of Terry Pratchett's original "Discworld"
novel, about a flat world sitting on the backs of four elephants,
who hurtle through space on the back of a giant turtle. It features
the bizarre adventures of Rincewind, the wizard, and Twoflower,
the Discworld's first tourist.
Partner - John Grisham
The man they were about to kidnap had not always been called
Silva. As a lawyer - Patrick S. Lanigan - he had had a previous
life which ended in a car crash in February 1992. Six weeks
after his death, $90 million disappeared from his law firm.
It was then that his partners knew he was still alive.
- Michael Crichton
Cruising 35,000 feet above the earth, a twin-engine commercial
jet encounters an accident that leaves 3 dead, 56 wounded, and
the cabin in shambles. What happened? With a multi-billion-dollar
company-saving deal on the line, Casey Singleton is sent by
her hard-driving boss to uncover the mysterious circumstances
that led to the disaster before more people die. But someone
doesn't want her to find the truth. Airframe bristles with authentic
information, technical jargon, and the command of detail Crichton's
readers have come to expect. Check out Amazon.co.uk's Airframe
feature and read an excerpt from the book!
A thriller by the author of "Disclosure" and "Jurassic Park".
A twin-jet plane en route to Denver from Hong Kong is half an
hour off the California coast when the pilot requests priority
clearance to land, and 40 ambulances on the runway. What has
happened on board Flight TPA 545?
- Stephen King
Stephen King's idea for It came from a favorite childhood image:
the entire cast of the Bugs Bunny Show coming on at the beginning.
He thought of bringing on all the monsters, one last time: Dracula,
Frankenstein's creature, the Werewolf, the Crawling Eye, Rodan,
It Came from Outer Space. It is about a group of adults who
were once troubled children in the late '50s--"The Losers."
One of them is a best selling horror writer much like Stephen
King (or his friend and collaborator Peter Straub). In order
to defeat the protean "It" that threatens their hometown, they
have to go back- -not only to the town itself, but deep into
their childhood memories, to regain the talent for magic they
once had. King says It is for "the buried child in us, but I'm
writing for the grown-up, too. I want grown-ups to look at the
child long enough to be able to give him up."
It was the children who saw - and felt - what made the town
so horribly different. In the storm drains and sewers It lurked,
taking the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread.
As the children grow up and move away, the horror of It is buried
deep - until they are called back.