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On your nightstand now: The Bookseller by Mark Pryor – No, not a how-to, just a nice thriller set in Paris. Double Cross by Ben Macintyre – Fascinating WWII espionage story. Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher, Why Does E=mc2 by Brian Cox – an engaging explanation of Einstein’s most famous equation. Best American Mystery Stories 2012 – I’m always looking for a great thriller, whether truth or fiction.
Your top five authors: Robert B. Parker, Brad Meltzer (Graphic Novels too), Dennis Lehane, Harlan Ellison, Andrew Vachss
Book you’ve faked reading: My second semester Organic Chemistry text.  This might have something to do with why I have a career in books, not engineering.
Book you are an evangelist for: Any book as long as you read it.
Book you’ve bought for the cover: The Watchmen by Alan Moore – Then discovered the book was even better than I imagined.
Book that changed your life: Huck Finn by Mark Twain – It may sound trite, but it’s true. I’ve read it four times and every time I came away with new perspectives.
Favorite line from a book: 1.“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson – Greatest Opening Line Ever. 2.“Meg can’t imagine what it’s like for you to be you, she can only imagine herself being you.” – Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney.
Favorite book when you were a child: I read everything I could about the Civil War, The American Revolution, The West – biographies, novels, histories.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Huck Finn by Mark Twain – Yeah, sue me.
Best TV or movie adaptation of a book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Hands down.
Book you’d take with you to a desert island: Ulysses by James Joyce – Because it’s the only way I’d ever manage to read it.
First giveaway that a book is going to be good: It’s not for young adults, it has no vampires, and the cover doesn’t have a romantic embrace.
Song that has played the most on your MP3 player: This week, either The Modern Lovers’ "Pablo Picass" or Elvis Costello’s "(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea"
Your go-to pick for movie night: The classics that I could watch over and over again – from Preston Sturges to John Ford to Akira Kurosawa to John Sayles.
Book character you would like to play in a movie: Spenser or maybe Burke, it depends on whether I want to be a smart-ass or a hard-ass.
Website you have spent the most time reading: Redsox.com (at least in season), Newseum.org – (headlines from around the world), NewYorkTimes.com
Best way to spend a weekend: Spending time with the family – yeah clichéd, but deal with it. A little fresh air, a good read, maybe a good movie.
Window or Aisle: Aisle, I need the leg room
Favorite Vacation Destination: As long as it’s got a warm sun, a beach and inexpensive drinks I’m good.
Favorite quotation: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

Ed's Recent Reviews

Dark Matter is equal parts science fiction, thriller, and theoretical self-examination, with an overarching love story. Blake Crouch does a fantastic job of keeping you grounded while traveling through multiple dimensions. I originally thought RASL (Jeff Smith), and then the TV show Sliders, as I started, then was taken in a whole different direction. Crouch offers introspection on how one’s life and choices create oneself in a new and profound way. I tore through this, waiting for (and receiving) a spectacular conclusion. A must read.

 
 
 
 

While thoroughly documented and well detailed, Lawrence in Arabia reads like a thriller. Scott Anderson’s book gives critical attention to the man (and several other key players), the era, and the region. A necessary (and fascinating) title for anyone interested in the modern Middle East.

A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of 2013

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