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BookLoons Recommended Reads 2004
by Hilary Williamson

Books (two or three or, preferably, a zillion of 'em) make the best of holiday gifts if you can only figure out what will enthrall the lucky recipient. To help you do that this year, I've been dusting off our shelves and flipping through e-pages to see what excited BookLoons reviewers most this year.

As always, I've stuck (though with some frustration and a great deal of difficulty) to only three hardcover and three paperback titles per genre - all published in 2004. Hope you find choices here to suit your own reading taste and to light up the eyes of everyone on your shopping list ...

Recommended 2004 Hardcovers

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
Soul City
The Windmill
Fool's Fate
Going Postal
The Last Light of the Sun
Garden of Beasts
Hadrian's Wall
Holy Fools
Mystery Non-Fiction Romance
Absolute Friends
Beautiful Ghosts
Wolves Eat Dogs
Ancient Wine
Faint Echoes, Distant Stars
On Intelligence
Charming Grace
The Ocean Between Us
White Hot
SF Travel
Forge of Heaven
Predator's Gold
Breaking the Limit
So Many Enemies, So Little Time
To the Heart of the Nile
Teens Kids
The Golem's Eye
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
The Hungry Coat
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You (Very Short Fairy Tales)

Recommended 2004 Paperbacks

Contemporary Fantasy Historical
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Lovely Bones
Lucia, Lucia
The Language of Power
The Usurper's Crown
Dreaming the Eagle
Ragtime in Simla
Render Unto Caesar
Mystery Non-Fiction Romance
Bangkok 8
Last Car to Elysian Fields
No Second Chance
A Mighty Heart
The Search for Nefertiti
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cry No More
The Killing Hour
SF Travel
The Companions
Nine Hills to Nambonkaha
The Sex Lives of Cannibals
The Storyteller's Daughter
Teens Kids
Taylor Five
The Wee Free Men
A Fine, Fine School
Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
For more great reading suggestions, check out our Reviewer Faves 2004.

Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us at BookLoons!!

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