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Member: katster

Book tastes

I'm a big science fiction and fantasy fan. I'm also fond of non-fiction -- particularly science, history, and true crime. I'm a giant bookworm, as you can probably imagine just by looking at my catalog.

Don't get this!

I'm not big on romance or general fiction. They just don't catch my vibe. I'm also a lefty politically and I'd really not want my blood pressure raised by telling me how awesome a certain president is. (My apologies if you think he's the best thing since sliced bread! Just so not for me.)

Other notes

I'm fairly eclectic in my tastes, so anything in the fields I've listed works nicely. As an example, my library books include How to Change Your Mind (about psychedelics), Everything You Love Will Burn (about the right-wing hate movement in this country), Wildfire (about wildfires) and The Power of Different (about various mental maladies and how they can be helpful). Let me read about something interesting, and I'll be happy.


United States

Santa: Select books from Print

Store: Print (http://www.printbookstore.com)

Amount to spend: $25 USD

Capybara_99's picks so far.

9780307742483https://www.printbookstore.com/book/9780307742483Killers of the Flower Moon16.95
9781463801076https://www.printbookstore.com/book/9781463801076Where the World is Quiet6.95

Secret Santa

katster's Secret Santa is Capybara_99. Help Capybara_99 pick the right book.


EllsieFind: For scifi Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, for fantasy either Sourdough by Robin Sloan or All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. (Sat, 01 Dec 2018 21:20:30 -0500)

Peace2: Perhaps Elantris by Brandon Sanderson? (Sun, 02 Dec 2018 15:17:41 -0500)

ChessFanatic: This book would show how NOT AWESOME that clown is. What about "The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump"?

As for True Crime - one of the best is "Perfect Poison" by M. William Phelps. Not to disclose much, a nurse gives patients with a normal heart beat a drug that usually speeds up the heart for those where it's too slow, and people have heart attacks as a result of it. Motif? Frequency? How it's figured out? How long it takes to figure out? What happened in court? Sentencing? Gotta read the book to find that out! (Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:36:58 -0500)

thebookmagpie: Any of China Mieville's books, but especially Perdido Street Station or The Scar.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark is fantastic true crime. Also The Stranger Beside Me. (Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:06:37 -0500)

greeneyed_ives: For true crime, they are missing Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, which is about the Manson family. (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:53:36 -0500)

LibraryCin: For true crime, Helter Skelter (as mentioned above) is very good. More recent is "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. Or "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham is very good (yes, it's nonfiction). (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:04:03 -0500)

LibraryCin: Oops - let me modify! Forgot to check katster's library for "The Innocent Man" and I see it already there. (Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:04:46 -0500)

wisemetis: The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum hits all three of their non-fiction likes.

And on my TBR list, so can't vouch for it personally, but everybody I know who has read it raves about it: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. (Wed, 05 Dec 2018 02:19:11 -0500)

Capybara_99: Wisemetis suggested "Killers of the Flower Moon" - I have read it, and recommend it frequently. May not do much for your blood pressure, but it is a great work of history / true crime. The book won't aggravate your lefty tendencies, though the events described might.

I haven't read the other, but am a fan of Henry Kuttner. A bit of a struggle finding things within the price, available at the store, and which you hadn't read. Always a bit of a trick finding something for someone in a field they've read so much more of then I have.

Enjoy. (Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:48:52 -0500)

lorannen: Done. (Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:46:51 -0500)

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