Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads: 100 Must-Reads

Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads: 100 Must-Reads

by David Morrell, Hank Wagner

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The most riveting reads in history meet today's biggest thriller writers in Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads.Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads examines 100 seminal works of suspense through essays contributed by such esteemed modern thriller writers as: David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Heather Graham, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, James Rollins, R. L. Stine, and many more.Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads features 100 works - from Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance, Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October - deemed must-reads by the International Thriller Writers organization.Much more than an anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries. Through lively, spirited, and thoughtful essays that examine each work's significance, impact, and influence, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads provides both historical and personal perspective on those spellbinding works that have kept readers on the edge of their seats for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608090198
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 573,540
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Morrell is the world renowned author of "First Blood" and the creator of Rambo. He is the co-founder of the International Thriller Writers Organization and is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. He's authored many best-selling, award-winning novels, several of which have been the basis of motion pictures and top-rated television series.Hank Wagner is a prolific and respected critic and interviewer. His work regularly appears in such publications as Mystery Scene, Cemetery Dance, Nova Express, and Crimespree.

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Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sooper_supernat_fan More than 1 year ago
If you want to know what thrillers have been most influential in the field, who would you ask? Thriller authors, naturally! One hundred top thriller authors of today take on the challenge of defining the top one hundred thrillers that have had the most effect on their genre. Short, entertaining essays show off the writing styles and talents of the authors. They'll make you fondly remember thrillers you've already read and set you up nicely with a reading list of new ones that intrigue you. This book belongs on every thriller lover's bookshelf! A few of my favorites are in the recommendations.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about books. I've read a number of them on this list but now my To-Be-Read list is even longer.
DirtyLowdown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Thriller is the oldest kind of story - rooted in our deepest hopes and fears, for ourselves, those we love, and the world around us." Whether you are an aspiring author, a seasoned veteran of the New York Times Best Seller lists, whether your books have been turned into multi 100 million dollar movies or you are just an avid reader, creative writing major, history student or just want to know more about what makes a thriller popular and good, this book is indispensible and should set on your bookshelf next to the dictionary, thesaurus and book of quotations. If you occupy any of the above categories, or many more, then this book is a Must Have not just a must read. There are few "writers books" that stand the test of time but "Thrillers: 100 Must Reads" not only will stand the test, it is the test as it spans the history of the Thriller from "Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance and The Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October". Writing a review on this wonderful book is akin to writing a book report on a book report. It's a daunting task as the authors who wrote these essays are amongst the best in the world in any genre and the giants and grand masters of the Thriller. When the publishers, Oceanview Publishing first provided me with an ARC of this book I almost took a pass. These guys are an impossible act to follow. And if I think it is daunting for me, the authors of the essays found it daunting as well. Any "Best of..." list is hard for one person to agree on, let alone a large number of people. David Morrell states in the preface, the authors collectively had a hard time deciding how far back in history to go in compiling the list. And these esteemed authors didn't just draw titles out of a hat and write quick little blurbs. It quickly becomes apparent that not only did they struggle with the selections and nominations, but each and everyone of them wrote what amounts to a synopsis for a thesis in a masters class in creative writing. And the stories, ah the stories. You could just print out the table of contents, use it as a shopping list and go to the bookstore. Stack these titles on your coffee table, arrange them nicely on your office book case or devote a few shelves in your library to them and anybody In the world would think you are a serious reader and book lover.
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only read parts of this, for reasons I will explain. I picked out the books I had already read, and in most cases found the short (about 3 pages) discussions to be well-written and interesting. The problem is that most of them would also spoil the book for a reader who hasn't read the book yet. For that reason, I didn't read a lot of the other short pieces, with the exception of the one on The DaVinci Code. Having suffered through the first three chapters of that book a few years ago and with no desire to pick it up again, I was interested in what another writer might say about it. Unfortunately, in that piece, the writer spends 99% of the time talking about how Dan Brown's book re-opened the market for that type of international thriller and doesn't really offer any assessment of the literary or story-telling value of The DaVinci Code at all.The value of this volume, then, unless you are extraordinarily well-read, is mostly in the table of contents as a guide to books you may want to read. As such, it takes a very wide view of what constitutes a thriller--but that is undoubtedly a good thing. A book should be allowed to exist in its own space. And any list of 100 that includes both The Iliad and The Odyssey (unfairly counted a single entry) and Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios certainly deserves a look.
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