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    Books written in Third Person, Present tense?

    Any recommendations?

    No sci-fi or horror. Dark fantasy is okay.

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    I think The Ruins might be, if memory serves.
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    AFTER by Amy Efaw.

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    Confessions of a Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire (except the prologue)

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    WAKE, by Lisa McMann (and probably the sequels, as well, though I haven't read them).
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    Thank you all so much! My newest wip dictates that it be written in 3rd, present. I started writing and realized how hard it is. So, decided I'd better get to reading.

    I have Wake on the way, since it's closest to my tastes. I'll also check out the others.

    Keep other recommendations coming, too!

    Oh, just to clarify, I need 3rd person, present tense. I see some are in first person. But thanks for the recs anyway.
    Last edited by kangolNcurlz; 03-22-2011 at 11:26 PM.

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    I immediately thought of this thread yesterday when I flipped open THE WINDUP GIRL, by Paolo Bacigalupi. It's definitely third person, present tense.

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    Thanks.

    I'll read some pages on Amazon.

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    Patricia Cornwell's latest books in her Scarpetta series have been in 3rd present tense.

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    Thanks, threebluestars.

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    Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. It's under the sci-fi umbrella but really, I would say it's more of a psychological thriller with futuristic undertones.

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    Thanks. I'll check it out.

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    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (an AWer!). Hits shelves in Sept.

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    Thanks all.

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    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson flips into past perfect a lot, but the prologue and many sections are true 3rd-person present tense. Many of them are military/war scenes, so the present tense works well for creating a sense of urgency, as one previous poster on your other thread touched on.

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    Memoirs of a Geisha. A very interesting book, and suspenseful, and I liked it. (I was also going to say something sarcastic about it but I don't want to spoil the plot.)
    Last edited by Camilla Delvalle; 04-17-2011 at 12:19 AM.

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    Thanks.

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