1970s > 1979

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    Ghost Story by Peter Straub

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder.

Year: 1979
Genre: GhostsHorror

    Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for an opportunity to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life. As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grown old, and friends and lovers grown apart -- a story that is inimitably Heller.

Year: 1979
Genre: Literature

    Gunsights by Elmore Leonard

Brendan Early and Dana Moon have tracked renegade Apaches together and gunned down scalp hunters to become Arizona legends. But now they face each other from opposite sides of what newspapers are calling the Rincon Mountain War.

Year: 1979
Genre: Murder MysteryWesterns

    Hello, Lemuria Hello by Ron Goulart

When Ron Goulart gave the publisher of this book the original outline for it, he promised it would be one of the very few novels ever written to be based on the famous "Shaver Mystery" that agitated the world years before the UFO's appeared in the sky. But since this is all taking place in the 21st Century and involves Jake Conger, who has a talent for the invisible, this obviously sheds no light on the late Elvis. Or does it?

Year: 1979
Genre: HumorScience Fiction

    Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

Year: 1979
Genre: Satire

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Year: 1979
Genre: HistoricalScience FictionTime Travel

    Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter

Just what happened when the Time Machine returned? Having acquired a device for themselves, the brutish Morlocks return from the desolate far future to Victorian England to cause mayhem and disruption. But the mythical heroes of Old England have also returned, in the hour of the country's greatest need, to stand between England and her total destruction.

Year: 1979
Genre: SteampunkTime Travel

    Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

With Louis' help, the Hindmost intends to regain his status by bringing back such extraordinary treasures from the Ringworld that his fellow puppeteers will have to be impressed. But when they arrive, Louis discovers that the Ringworld is no longer stable--and will destroy itself within months. To survive, he must locate the control center of the legendary engineers who built the planet.

Year: 1979
Genre: Hard SF

    Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny

The Road runs from the unimaginable past to the far future, and those who travel it have access to the turnoffs leading to all times and places—even to the alternate time-streams of histories that never happened. Why the Dragons of Bel'kwinith made the Road—or who they are-—no one knows.

Year: 1979
Genre: Fantasy

    Smiley's People by John le Carré

No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game--until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning with Karla--his dark "grail."

Year: 1979
Genre: EspionageMurder Mystery




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1979Ghost Story by Peter Straub Ghosts, Horror
1979Good as Gold by Joseph Heller Literature
1979Gunsights by Elmore Leonard Murder Mystery, Westerns, Arizona
1979Hello, Lemuria Hello by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction, Jack Conger
1979Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut Satire
1979Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Historical, Science Fiction, Time Travel
1979Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter Steampunk, Time Travel
1979Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven Hard SF, Ringworld
1979Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny Fantasy
1979Smiley's People by John le Carré Murder Mystery, Espionage, Karla Trilogy, George Smiley
1979Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
1979The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling by Lawrence Block Crime Fiction, Bernie Rhodenbarr
1979The Dead Zone by Stephen King Suspense
1979The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers Historical Fantasy
1979The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer True Crime, Death Row
1979The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman
1979The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald Revenge, Travis McGee
1979The Long Walk by Stephen King Near Future, Thriller
1979The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum Thriller
1979The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe Historical, Non-fiction
1979Tinsel by William Goldman Hollywood
1979Triple by Ken Follett Espionage
1979Wilderness by Robert B. Parker Noir Fiction





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