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message 1: by Ray-Ray (new)

Ray-Ray | 5 comments hey what are your opinions on the LDS novels that you'd buy at like, Deseret Book? I've read a bunch of them, they're not incredible, but i'd like to know your opinion of them. what ones do you like, which ones to you hate?

message 2: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Burgess (danielaburgess) | 2 comments I worked as a manager for a LDS book store; in the years of working there I became very familiar with and read many LDS fiction. You are right when you say they're not incredible. I think that’s actually to generous. There are a few that have the makings of good writings and are good fiction and novels. Maybe I will provide a list when I find some time.

But the majorities are worthless. I remember sitting across from a fictional writer at a banquet one time and she openly admitted the mindless dribble of her own writing when she stated, "it only took three months for me to write and publish" her latest novel.

But this is the bread and butter of the business. Generally you don't have flocks of people going to buy doctrinal books. You do with fiction. By the way, you must be careful if you are seeking a non general authority for doctrinal. There are a few that are boarder line if not anti Mormon. Why...because even Deseret book managers are not aware of what they are ordering. But I digress.

message 3: by Cherri (new)

Cherri | 2 comments As with any book store, it depends on what your interests are. Historical fictions are usually a good read and an easy, fun way to pick up history. There is a WWII series that takes place in Austria, Switzerland and Czeckoslavakia. I believe the author is Bode Thoene. Of course, the books by Gerald Lund--The Work and the Glory---if you can get past Joshua's whining---. Just keep in mind that you are not shopping in a Barnes&Noble, Borders or Hastings. LDS literature is not the best written but neither are many books that are sold elsewhere. Find your interest and have an adventure.

message 4: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (tigersue) | 5 comments For me I really dislike the lack of research in many of the books. There is one particular author that I will not read any more because her research is terrible.
I generally read fiction for the entertainment value. A book may not be fantastic, but if it entertains me, makes me laugh a bit, and cry a little it is worth my time.
Not everyone has the ability to be a fantastic writer, but it is nice to know that I can grab book and not be subjected to foul language, and writen pornograpy.
You can't be guaranteed that when you pick up a book in another bookstore.
I enjoyed the Work and the Glory series, but too many people base their testimony and knowlege of church history from them.
I have also liked a set of books on the Book of Mormon, but there has not been a new one published in several years.
For the most part, I like LDS fiction, but I can't say I love it.

message 5: by Lucy (last edited Mar 12, 2008 11:45AM) (new)

Lucy | 6 comments I agree that a lot of LDS fiction out there isn't worth my time or money, but I have to say there are a couple of authors out there whose works rise above what normally see from LDS authors. One in particular I really like is Traci Hunter Abramson. She isn't very well known, probably because she isn't from Utah, but her books are excellent. Freefall, her most recent novel, reads just like a mainstream novel that just happens to have LDS characters (and no questionable scenes to avoid!) Who knows, maybe LDS fiction is getting better (or at least they're finding better authors!)

message 6: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (tigersue) | 5 comments My daughter loves Traci Hunter Abramson's books. :)

message 7: by Ray-Ray (new)

Ray-Ray | 5 comments Well I'd always liked Jack Weyland until i recently read one of his. It didn't have much thought in it at all and the characters were awful. It tried to show them 'growing up' and stuff, but it was like a completely different character than from the beginning of the book. So i guess there are some good ones out there, and others that are just full of crap :D

message 8: by Katherine (new)

Katherine (KBHill) | 16 comments Mod
I quite enjoy Chris Heimerdinger. (I'm not sure if i spelled his name right). Also, the Leven Thumps books are fun.

message 9: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) | 71 comments Mod
I've only read the first Leven Thumps book, but I really enjoyed it.

message 10: by Teri (new)

Teri | 1 comments I am right now reading the Sacred Quest by Chris Heimerdinger, of the ones I have read Book 2 of the Feathered Serpent has been my favorite. I have also read the 2 Fablehaven books by Brandon Mull, number 3 comes out on the 21st of this month.

message 11: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Johnson (kayleeut) | 1 comments I enjoy the Fablehaven series. Also a lot of the historical fiction. I just finished the Faith of our Fathers series (civil war). I thought it was excellent!

message 12: by Thobbit1217 (new)

Thobbit1217 Jones | 3 comments My former Bishop is an author Alma J. Yates check his works out.

I have dedicated my life to learning more about the prophet Joseph Smith and have many books on his teachings, very inspiring man of the lord.

message 13: by Martina (new)

Martina Flanagan (martinaf1981) | 1 comments I certainly enjoy Elder Lund's books of The Work and The Glory. They're amazing.

message 14: by Angela (new)

Angela (angelalalalalalala) | 2 comments Oh good idea - please please please!
My husband has The Work and the Glory series on our shelf, but I've never had a good excuse to read them :)
Let's read the first for April!

message 15: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia Personally I don't like LDS fiction. There's only a few I did like which included A HEARTBEAT AWAY by Rachel Nunes-a LDS version of LOVELY BONES. Also I loved the Africian American series that came out a couple years ago.

Dean Hughes series was okay. His one that dealt with the 60s had some interesting moments but I felt he could have done more with some sensitive subjects like divorce and the Vietnam War.

LDS writers that I do like include Rachel Nunes, Orson Scot Card, and the latest Stephenie Meyer's book THE HOST. Also the author of THE PRODIGIAL'S JOURNEY.

message 16: by Cindy (last edited Sep 09, 2008 10:15AM) (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) | 71 comments Mod
One of my favorite series is the Fairhaven Chronicles by Sharon Downing Jarvis. It's published as the Mormon Mitford, like the series by Jan Karon, and it's a pretty good comparison.

I think that LDS fiction has yet to find its truly great authors that will stand the test of time for generations, but there are some that are still worth reading. I also enjoy the Gerald Lund series and the WWII series by Dean Hughes. Those are some of my very favorites. But if you don't like historical fiction, (and sometimes they read a little more like history than fiction, a little too much like a lesson) then there doesn't seem to be much out there. There seems to be some LDS 'chick lit', but I hate that genre, so that's hardly helpful!

message 17: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia I totally forgot about TENNIS SHOES AMONG THE NEPHITES by Chris Heimerdinger. I really enjoyed most of those books.

The WW11 series by Dean Hughes was ok. I loved the whole Death March scene he had in one of the books but later it was found he took that account from a real survivor of the war. Also the ending was too forced to me.

The first FABLEHAVEN book was really good while the second one was a disappointment. I have the third book and will read it later.

I think that LDS fiction can be great. I think it's up to the readership to let Deseret books know that some of the books aren't what they want to read and rally around the ones they do like.

message 18: by Lucy (new)

Lucy | 6 comments I'm excited about some of the books coming out this fall in LDS fiction. Traci Hunter Abramson has a new one coming out called Royal Target that looks like a lot of fun. Also the next book in David G. Wooley's series is coming out soon.

message 19: by Julie (new)

Julie | 2 comments Mod
I read a lot of LDS fiction and have found some authors that I really enjoy. I love Betsy Brannon Green's newest series starting with the book Hazardous Duty--it has a crisp storyline and lots of emotion and action. I've read all of her books and enjoy that her mysteries have a great twist in the middle and I generally can't predict her endings.

I also love Jeffrey Savage's Shandra Covington mysteries which are not overtly LDS but are clean and toe curling. Kerry Blair's mysteries are also compelling (Ghost of a Chance and Mummy's the Word) and are the type that make you stay up late to finish them. Another favorite author of mine is Robison Wells. His books are funny and suspenseful and the last book (The Counterfeit) was especially good and dealt with economic terrorism. His research is extremely well done. Stephanie Black is also another good writer. Her new novel Fool Me Twice was one that I would read again and recommend to others.

Personally, I think LDS fiction has come a long way in the last five years and I would venture to say that if you haven't tried it recently you will be pleasantly surprised. Of course, as an LDS author myself, (my new book All's Fair came out last month) I would hope that people would be willing to give LDS fiction a try again if they haven't in a while. There really seems to be something for everyone these days and I think you can definitely find quality books and quality authors in the LDS market.

message 20: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia I have been trying to get into LDS fiction but only a few titles have really caught my attention. At ALA I met up with the vendor of SHADOW MOUNTAIN publishers, who gave me a copy of THE 13TH REALITY by James Dashner and the latest OBERT SKYE book. I really loved the first OBERT SKYE. Couldn't get into the second book though.

I find that the LDS fiction I pick up tend to be a tad bit preachy or the characters aren't fleshed out enough. One such book YEARBOOK was really hard for me to get into. I review YA books and I admit most of the books I lean toward are mass market books.

message 21: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn (carolynt73) | 3 comments I enjoyed the Work and the Glory series as well and from that began my adventure to study the real history of the church. So I went to his list of books that he used for referance and have started reading through those. Some have been a bit of information overload, others are more easly read...some however I could not find at the library so I have had to go in search of other books that dealt with similar topics...This has expanded my love of learning!

One my children like is Liahona legacies series by Tina Monson, now these are my idea of LDS fiction...obviously most of these things did not happen but it spurs the children to read the Book of Mormon to see what it really says and what really happened. I have heard that the Tennis shoes stories are the same way so we will be reading those next.

message 22: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia Try the TENNIS SHOES AMONG THE NEPHITES series. I really enjoyed them and I'm not a big fan of LDS fiction.

message 23: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia Another good series to read is Linda Paulson Adams, THE PRODIGAL JOURNEY. There are two books out by her and she's finishing up the third book in the series. It's a futurist story that follows this family through the latter days. I'd recommend it to anyone.

message 24: by Ariell (new)

Ariell I am really into the Tennis Shoes books. I like all of the Chris Heimerdinger books. I love fiction that has an historical base. Real events with fictitious characters. It definitely gets me into searching out the actual history behind the fiction.

Have any of you heard when his next Tennis Shoes book is coming out? Now that the movie Passage To Zarahemla is out I hope it is soon.

message 25: by Ariell (new)

Ariell I really was touched by Fire of the Covenant:The Story of the William and Martin Handcart Companies. That was Gerald Lund as well. I was very moved by it. It is also Historical fiction.

message 26: by Kim (new)

Kim Baccellia Ariell-

I tried to look up his website but it's down. Usually he posts his upcoming books. Sometimes LDS bookstores might know what upcoming books are coming out. I usually call my local LDS store and the store manager looks into the publisher's catalogs to see what's coming up.

message 27: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (bhstewart81) | 7 comments I really like Michele Ashmen-Bell. All of her books have a gospel related theme. She does a great job at applying the gospel in ways that it's easy to understand and grow from. I have read a couple of her books and have enjoyed them all. Also the Twilight series is by an LDS author but it is in no way gospel related. Really good book. Right now I am reading a book called "Before the Dawn" Dean Hughes. Very good book so far.

I hope that helps you find something good to read. I know that I am always a little leery picking out books because I am afraid that it will bring me down instead of lift me up. Or even worse that it will be inappropriate.

message 28: by Linda (new)

Linda (TurquoiseCat) | 2 comments Anything by Anita Stansfield-an LDS author-is worth reading. I've about 4 of hers, and have met her in person; she actually came out to Wisconsin!!! How many LDS authors will do that?!

Also, although it is old, "THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN", by John Groberg never ceases to touch me. The part where he's reviving that little boy who got hit by/fell out of a mango tree? "Priceless".

message 29: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (cmbohn) | 71 comments Mod
I am not a fan of Anita Stansfield at all. But I did enjoy The Other Side of Heaven.

message 30: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 38 comments Mod
Did you all know that the Association for Mormon Letters has a review archive of LDS-related books with over 1000 reviews in it?

I am the person in charge of putting reviews, which now appear on the AML Discussion Board:

into the review archive (and I'm about a year behind, but catching up as quickly as possible).

Please feel free to go to the review archive and look around. If you disagree with a review there, we'd love to have your review as well. If a book you enjoyed is not reviewed there, we'd also love to have your review in the archive. If you would like to provide a review, please let me know. I'd be happy to help you get it out there.

message 31: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 9 comments Has anyone read "Days of the Living Christ" (Volume 1) by W. Cleon Skousen?

I don't know if it would count as a deseret book, but I think the author is LDS. It was a really good book and I learned a lot about Christ that I didn't know before.

message 32: by Myranda (new)

Myranda (MyrandaLH) | 12 comments Mod
Cleon Skousen is most definitely LDS -- considered by most to be a fanatatsic LDS Scholar -- Check these out ;-)

message 33: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 9 comments Thanks, Myranda!

message 34: by Laura (new)

Laura | 3 comments No one has mentioned Chris Sewtart Who has writen the Great and Terible books, the first one was the Brothers. The 6th is coming out soon. My family and I love his books. We are always fighting to see who is the next in line to read.
Laura :)

message 35: by Heather (new)

Heather Murphy (HeatherMurphy) | 25 comments I have really liked reading that series too. A bit gorry but definately something to think about.

message 36: by Abbie (new)

Abbie (OneFatKitty) | 2 comments I love Chris HeimerDinger!! I also like the Work in the Glory series. I really love reading, these books seemed really real to me!

message 37: by Kim (last edited Sep 26, 2008 08:51PM) (new)

Kim Baccellia I really enjoyed the first couple books in the Chris Stewart series. I haven't gotten around to reading the others though. The one thing that bugged me was the portrayal of the Muslim world in the books. Yes, one of the characters is from Iran but the bad guy is from Saudi Arabia if I remember right. My own brother-in-law is Muslim and is from Qatar, Saudi Arabia. Since I met him, my whole perspective of the Muslim world has changed. But that's just me.

I admit, I loved the WORK AND THE GLORY series though a bit predictable, was enjoyable reading.

message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

I jsut bought a Brandon Sanderson book yesterday. He is an English Lit professor at BYU.

He is finishing the final book of the Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan (non-member). Orson Scott Card has compliemented Sanderson. I am excited to start reading it to see how he writes.

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