What's the best Advance Reader you've ever picked up?

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What's the best Advance Reader you've ever picked up?

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Jun 1, 2007, 1:53 pm

I don't generally have big expectations for advance readers because, well, they're free and by the time I get to work, all the highly anticipated ones have been yoinked. But, have you ever read one for which you would have glady paid the $25 in hardcover?

Here's mine:
Articles of War by Nick Arvin
Dark Angels by Karleen Koen (and then I promptly bought Through a Glass Darkly)
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

Jun 2, 2007, 2:06 pm

We receive some great ARC's. I read Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, and that was shockingly amazing. I also have Peony in Love by Lisa See, which I have yet to read but have heard wonderful things.

As far as debut not yet heard of authors, we recieved a copy of Linda Olsson's Astrid and Veronika and that was also very very good.

But I agree, ARC's are very hit-or-miss, and the quotes on every single cover always rave about the book, and a lot of the time, they're just so dull.

Jun 2, 2007, 6:51 pm

I snagged A Thousand Splendid Suns as well, but I haven't read it yet because I've yet to read The Kite Runner. I realize I don't have to read one to read the other, I just thought it would be polite to read them in the order they were written. I'm glad to hear all the hype is to be believed, though. At Borders they're trying to sell The Blood of Flowers along with it, but unfortunately so far no one's biting.

Jun 3, 2007, 8:56 pm

Water for Elephants, Mercy of Thin Air, and The Worthy are some of the best I have picked up. I have a copy of the advance copy of Astrid and Veronika...will have to read it.