Stephen King’s Summer Picks

Of the six books Stephen King recommends for summer reading in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, his favorite is Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd;

Adam Kindred is an up-and-coming climatologist in London for a job interview. Then he picks up a forgotten briefcase in a restaurant and tries to return it to the owner. Before you can say ”Bad idea, dude,” he’s living on the streets…framed for murder and targeted by an unscrupulous Big Pharma company. Great suspense stuff here, told with flair, compassion, and a high sense of humor…for me, Boyd’s deft combination of suspense and literature makes it the pick of the litter.

Ordinary Thunderstorms
William Boyd
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061876747 / 9780061876745

Audio; Recorded Books

eBook available from OverDrive


Most of the other titles King chooses have already hit best seller lists; Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, John Sandford’s Storm Prey and Thomas Perry’s Strip. A less expected title is Joshua Ferris’s The Unnamed, which King picks for an unexpected reason,

…what makes it shine is the love story of Tim and his wife, Jane. That love is strained when Tim descends into an ambulatory hell, but it never quite breaks. This is a heart wrencher.

The Unnamed
Joshua Ferris
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books – (2010-01-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0316034010 / 9780316034012

Audio from Hachette Audio:

  • CD: $34.98; ISBN 9781600248771

Large Print from Regan Arthur Books:

  • $24.99; ISBN 9780316074001

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