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Petey's Bookshelf


Imagine technology at its best: Handheld information storage and retrieval devices—what a concept!

Okay, okay, so maybe books are old technology, even ancient technology, but hey! They're reliable. If you keep 'em out of water and away from fire—that is to say, :if you take good care of them—they'll last longer than any human lifespan. Books can be passed from one generation to the next, for posterity.

A voracious reader, Petey leans toward fiction as a source of relaxation, pleasure and enlightenment. "A single work of fiction," Petey says, "can reveal hidden wisdom—gold-plated, diamond-studded pearls of wisdom—at the most unexpected times, and in the most unusual ways. If you want to get inside a writer's mind, you must first get inside the writer's book. That's when you'll discover new perspectives, deeper insights and previously unrecognized truths."

Petey invites you to browse through his bookshelf, and through the larger bookshelves, beyond. If you like to read novels, you're sure to find something of interest.

Petey's Book Reviews

Petey reads dozens of books every year, and reviews the best of them. Start with these, but return often; new reviews are posted as soon as they're written. Click on the title to read the review.

Samaritan, by Richard Price
Basket Case, by Carl Hiaasen
A Winter Haunting, by Dan Simmons
I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
The Road to Ruin, by Donald E. Westlake
Isle of Dogs, by Patricia Cornwell
Blinding Light, by Paul Theroux
Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Velocity, by Dean Koontz
Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen
The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow
Legacy, by Greg Bear
Taverns of the Dead, edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
The Light-years Beneath My Feet, by Alan Dean Foster
Vapor Trail, by Chuck Logan
Primal Shadows, by Alan Dean Foster
The Face of the Assassin, by David Lindsey
Borderlands 5, edited by Elizabeth Monteleone & Thomas Monteleone.
Rage, by Jonathan Kellerman
Flashback, by Gary Braver
Dirty Work, by Stuart Woods
Straight into Darkness, by Faye Kellerman
Blood Orchid, by Stuart Woods
Anonymous Lawyer, by Jeremy Blachman
Enough Rope, by Lawrence Block
Chasing Destiny, by Eric Jerome Dickey
Exile, by Richard North Patterson
Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black
The Watchman, by Robert Crais
The Screaming Room, by Thomas O'Callaghan
A Nail Through the Heart, by Timothy Hallinan
Dead Connection, by Alafair Burke
The Mongoose Deception, by Robert Greer
An Incomplete Revenge, by Jacqueline Winspear
Breathing Water, by Timothy Hallinan
Day One, by Bill Cameron
The Queen of Patpong, by Timothy Hallinan
First of State, by Robert Greer


For more popular titles, see Petey's Reading List for:



Contemporary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror, mystery and suspense all have a place on Petey's bookshelf, and the various genres are represented, below, with books listed in no particular order of preference.

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Petey's Top 10 Picks for 2005

The da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
Isle of Dogs, by Patricia Cornwell
The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci
Lost Boy, Lost Girl, by Peter Straub
Primal Shadows, by Alan Dean Foster
The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow
The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure, by Storm Constantine
In the Night Room, by Peter Straub
The Magic Circle, by Katherine Neville
I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe

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Petey's Top 10 Picks for 2006

Coming soon!

Petey's All-time Favorites

Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
Hawaii, by James Michener
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Dunne's Conundrum, by Stan Lee
Something Wicked this Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
From Here to Eternity, by James Jones
A Rage to Live, by John O'Hara
The Number of the Beast, by Robert A. Heinlein

The Lord of the Rings (Four-book series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Dark Tower (Seven-book series), by Stephen King

Petey's 10 Essential Books for Writers

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Roget's Thesaurus
Chicago Manual of Style
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage
Handbook for Writers,
by Celia Millward
The Rinehart Handbook for Writers
The Merriam-Webster Concise Handbook for Writers

Story and Structure, by Laurence Perrine
Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, by Jack & Glenda Neff, Don Prues and the Editors of Writers Market
Writer's Market (Annual)

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