I read a lot of Classic and contemporary literary fiction and am interested in reading some books purely for distraction and fun.
The wikipedia entry for Airport Novel
pretty much defines what I'm looking for.
I'm looking for something with almost no literary value at all. A paperback novel that is fun, thrilling, and an overall blast to read. I need authors who see their jobs as functional not artistic. Something to distract me from coworker banter during downtime at work.
I have almost no preferences and am willing to try anything as long as it fits under the Airport Novel heading, but I do have a strong affinity for certain settings which are as follows:
Late 1800's gilded age America
Belle Epoque Paris
Dark Victorian England
Turn of the Century Main Street USA
The Roaring Twenties
The Paris of the Lost Generation
Classic 30's to 50's Hollywood
WWII America and Europe
I'm not interested in hard fantasy or sci-fi but am willing to take elements of both in small measure. Basically if it would make a good popcorn movie in the 90's, then I'm interested.