I'm reading Blindsight by Robin Cook - I've become addicted to the Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton stories among his novels - they make a good reading while there is nothing new by Michael Crichton. Problem is, I'm running out of them, too...
I just finished Whitley Strieber's fact-sci-fi-fantasy 2012: The War for Souls. I'm not a fantasy reader but the prose in this book is fantastic. The detailed prose of some authors can really bog down some readers, including me, but Strieber's prose flowed so eloquently and beautifully that I quickly became a compelled addict, right from the beginning.
Now I'm scouting for my next pager turner. I have several non-fiction books waiting to be read, but maybe I'm a bit lazy and will go for being entertained instead. Maybe I'll look up eas's The Time Traveler's Wife.
eas: Since you like Robin Cook's medical thrillers, just wondering if you also like Tess Gerritsen's novels?
Well I must admit I hadn't heard of Tess Gerritsen, but I'll take your mentioning it as a recommendation as I will soon run out of books in my fiction waiting list (Yes, I'm being lazy and letting non-fiction list grow...).
I'm not aiming at reading all of Robin Cooks novels - somehow I have the feeling that they are rather similar to each other. That's why I'll stick to the Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton series for the time being. And that's also one of the reasons Michael Crichton is my number one - there's always a new and quite different topic in the background!
In that thematic line I also enjoyed a lot When The Wind Blows by James Patterson. I recently read the sequel "The Lake House" but it wasn't as good. It was the typical unnecessary sequel that revisits the first novel over and over again...
I'll also keep in mind 2012: The War of the Souls, as you liked it so much...
I just finished Orwell's 1984 last night. I had read Animal Farm years ago but some how never got around to reading 1984.
I'm also currently working on the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. They are very well written and if you enjoy fiction about vampires or the occult then you would probably enjoy them. One note, they do use some very graphic language, so if you are easily offended they may not be the books for you.
I'm also planning on picking up Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded which came out yesterday.
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. - Albert Einstein