Usually I like reading a Harry Dresden Novel on vacations. They’re entertaining, fairly well written, somewhat suspenseful and generally fun books. I like that Butcher doesn’t use a lot of red herrings to drive your suspicion to a particular character and then suddenly shift it at the end. Nor does he suddenly introduce information at the end of the story that the main character knew all along that makes it obvious that a particular character was guilty for 2/3 of the book.
I go on vacation in a week (end of March). The next Dresden novel isn’t released until the end of May. And I’m all caught up on the series. And I’ve read everything else Butcher has written.
So I turn to the most well read people I know, the SDMB, for suggestions on a replacement book.
While the Dresden Files is urban fantasy, please don’t limit yourself to that or a related genre. I’m very happy to explore other areas of story telling.
I’m mainly looking for something fun and light to read on the plane and poolside at the hotel. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King (my wife is a huge fan of his and buys all of his books) and I like it, but his stuff is a bit darker and more depressing than what I want for a relaxing vacation book.
I would also like it to be somewhat age appropriate. I’m a guy in my late 30’s. I read Twilight before the movie came out. I felt like a pervy, old guy reading a girl’s diary.
Finally, I know a lot of you love the Discworld novels. I’m not one of you. I’ve read 5 or 6 Discworld books, and while I can recognize what draws you in, it never happened for me. I was bored. Just not my thing.
Please help me out. I’d rather not play Flappy Bird the entire time I’m on vacation.