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Christopher_Tallon

Christopher_Tallon

Joined August 2019

Writer of fun science fiction. https://christophertallon.com/
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Column of Fire by Ken Follett
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One of my favorite books. A beautifully told story about a young man battling with depression. It's at times funny and awkward, other times sad and scary, but always very true and incredibly emotional.

On a personal note, Ned Vizzini helped me start my first writing workshop for students. He was a great guy, and even though his struggles ended tragically, his book lives on and continues to help a lot of people.

An important book for all ages .

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Pirate Latitudes | Michael Crichton
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Loved this book. It was found, completed, after Crichton‘s death. I‘m not sure why it wasn‘t published sooner, but I‘m glad it got published at all.
I‘m not a pirate story kind of guy, but Crichton could write about anything and make it interesting.
The book is full of interesting bits of history, but the characters and the action are phenomenal. Highly recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed anything he wrote previously.

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In the Shadow of the Axe | Nicholas Kaufmann
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DAMN this is a good book.

This book takes place a few hundred years ago in Germany. A young man, sent away to boarding schools his whole life, returns to his village after being expelled for nearly beating another student to death. But he doesn‘t remember doing it. Upon arriving, the town elders tell him to leave. Strange things start happening. People start dying.

Old-timey folklore, magic, and horror. Hell yeah!

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The Gates | John Connolly
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Scientists accidentally open a portal for demons to come to earth. I didn't finish reading this one. The plot is interesting, the writing is good--I don't know why, it just didn't grab me. I'd recommend it to people who like dark humor and irreverent paranormal stories. Connolly is pretty funny and a very talented writer. This particular book didn't float my boat, but I'd be willing to give Connolly another try down the line.

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Waveland | Frederick Barthelme
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This is a very interesting book. It's about people who are rebuilding their lives in post-Katrina New Orleans. They have to deal with the wreckage of the storm, but they have their own sh*t going on too. Recovering from the storm is weaved into a metaphor for how to get over in life. It's not my usual kind of stuff, but I really liked it.

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This book has one of the best opening scenes of all time. Steven James is one of the best writers out there.
Patrick Bowers is a FBI special agent who uses cool gadgets and cutting edge tactics to track down serial killers. His wife passed away, leaving him the caretaker of a step-daughter he barely knows. He's starting to get out there again romantically. And he's tracking down super violent psychopaths. This book is friggin amazing!

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Violet | Scott Thomas

If anyone is interested, there's a giveaway on Goodreads for this book. But I want to win the giveaway, so you don't have to enter if you don't want to. Forget I said anything!

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Great book. I‘d recommend this with caution. There are some powerful and disturbing images. It‘s a haunting book. But if that‘s your jam, READ IT!
It‘s about a group of boys who go camping on an island with their scout leader. On the island they meet a sick stranger, who introduced them to a militarized parasite and everything goes horrifically to sh*t.

Again—only read if you are cool with having nightmares!

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I interviewed R.K. Holliday. He has two books out--both fiction and non-fiction. He's a good dude. Check out the interview on my website.

https://christophertallon.com/2019/08/26/rk-holliday-interview/

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Saturn Run | John Sandford
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Someone gave me this book after they read it. I‘d never read John Sandford before. I gotta say, dude writes some excellent character driven fiction. With help from Ctein, he crafts a beautifully realistic sci-fi adventure. (Sandford is usually a detective thriller guy, or so I hear.)
If you like your sci-fi to have lots of REAL science, this is a must read.
I recommend this to fans of Michael Crichton and Andy Weir.

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Zeroes: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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Several hackers of varying age (and ability) are rounded up by the gov't after breaking the law. They are put in a work-release program--hack for the gov't and their crimes are forgiven. But they discover one of the craziest absolute-takeover plots in all of sci-fi! You'll be turning pages faster than you ever thought possible!
And you'll never look at your devices the same way again.

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Invasive: A Novel | Chuck Wendig
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Genetically modified ants that paralyze you and eat your skin off? Uh...AWESOME! I‘ve never been more scared of ants in my life.
These weaponized ants are the brainchild of an eccentric billionaire. They get loose on an island and all hell breaks loose. Strong female lead. A few character cameos from Wendig‘s “Zer0es” (read that too!).
This book is creepy, smart, and full of action.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Loved this book. Blake Crouch is the next great sci-fi writer.
A man is abducted and transported to a similar, but different world where he is a stranger to his wife, he has a different job, and everything he knew never existed. This book chronicles his journey back to the place he belongs. Lots of twists and turns, constantly building tension, and an explosive climax.
Read. This. Book. ASAP!

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Camino Island | John Grisham
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This is my favorite non-legal Grisham novel. It takes place on Camino Island, FL (based loosely on Amelia Island). Five original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts are stolen. In an an effort to retrieve them, a young writer with a history on the island is recruited to cozy up to a rare books dealer believed to be in possession of the manuscripts, but she starts to like the guy and the writing community on the island.
I didn't want to put it down.