2016 Book #35 – Amazonia by James Rollins

51ErSB9e29L._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Amazonia
Author: James Rollins
Date finished: 4/16/16
Genre: Fiction, thriller
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: July 2003
Pages in book: 510
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: Terryville Public Library 

Blurb from the cover:

The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world’s most inhospitable rainforest–a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing . . . and came out with both intact.
Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils, to follow the trail of his vanished father . . . toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost. But the nightmare that is awaiting Nate and his team of scientists and seasoned U.S. Rangers dwarfs any danger they anticipated . . . an ancient, unspoken terror–a power beyond human imagining–that can forever alter the world beyond the dark, lethal confines of . . .

My rating:  4.0 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I read this book for the Terryville Library’s Fiction Lover’s Book Discussion group discussion for this month (April). I haven’t ever read anything by this author and I didn’t really think that this author would be one I’d try reading, but one of my friends picked this for book club. And honestly I am really glad I read this, I will probably even try reading more by this author in the future. Also, this book will count towards my “PopSugar 2016 Checklist” reading challenge, marking off the “a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with” since this book contains a lot of (admittedly fictional) information about the Amazon tribesman. It was really interesting to hear about the native tribes and their way of life in the Amazon jungle. In this book, Nathan Rand goes into the jungle to try and find out what happened to his father’s research team when they disappeared over four years ago. Along their journey, they encounter a number of mutant scary things and a lot of people die. Like almost everyone. Overall I really liked this book though I was a little tired of all the casualties by the time we got to the end. There were a good amount of twists and turns in the plot and a lot of excitement. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try if you like thrillers, it was definitely what I would want in a thriller.

The bottom line: I did not expect to but I really liked this book! It was fast paced and constantly kept me on my toes. There was a lot of crazy stuff going on and it was really thought-provoking. I would recommend!

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Book Recommendation Sites

Many times we’ll find that one book that just completely knocks our socks off. Its thrilling, heart-wrenching and extremely moving and you just don’t want it to end. The tears are falling by the time we get to the end because it was just so beautiful but also because we just don’t want it to end! I know I’ve felt this a bunch of times before. Even if you don’t know exactly what I mean, I’m sure that you readers out there have come across books that you love and just can’t put down. So what do you do when it’s over?

One of the options you have is to go to a book recommendation website. There are many websites out there that you can use to find other books like the one that you are in love with but just finished. Also if there is a book you really love, I would highly recommend reading more by that same author. Many authors have certain writing styles even if the plot isn’t exactly the same you may find that you really enjoy other books by the same author. I’ve done this with a few authors, including Linda Howard and many many others. Once you run out of books on an author’s list though, book recommendation sites can be extremely helpful in finding books by other authors that you might also enjoy.

One of the more popular book recommendation sites is What Should I Read Next (http://whatshouldireadnext.com/). With this site you can put in either a title or author and the site will produce results similar to your input. For example, I put in one of my all-time favorite books, Now You See Her by Linda Howard, and got the below results: http://whatshouldireadnext.com/isbn/0743482891. Some of the authors I noted that came up as results were Julie Garwood and Nora Roberts, and I know both these authors also write romantic suspense so the results make sense to me and provide me with new options of books I might enjoy.

Another option is you could browse different company’s recommendations. Barnes & Noble and Amazon are two larger companies that make listings of recommendations. One such list I mentioned in an earlier blog was Amazon’s 100 books to read in a lifetime (http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=bhp_brws_100bks?ie=UTF8&node=8192263011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&pf_rd_r=1A3DWGXAGXQQ9XAMRSV5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1779646742&pf_rd_i=283155). Also with Amazon there are listings by genre. On Barnes & Noble’s website they have many different listings of recommendations including B&N’s top 100 and B&N’s Biggest Books (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Books-We-Recommend/379003220/).

Yet another interesting search engine to find a new book to read is WhichBook (http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/). I found this one interesting because you can set different parameters to help you find your next read, like whether you want a happy or sad book, a long or short book, and an expected or unpredictable book, among other options.

So as you can see there are many different ways to find your next book. Does anyone have any sites that they love using? I’d love to hear about some new sites, I’m always looking for new authors and new books to read!