Skip to comments.Any Great Books?
Posted on 07/25/2008 3:01:11 PM PDT by Stephanie32
(My first thread, hope I'm doing this right!)
>>Berlin Noir trilogy by Phillip Kerr
Haven’t read the first one, IIRC. Will chase it down, but that is a engrossing read.
Alan Furst’s Trilogy of NightSoldiers, A PolishOfficer and DarkStar are really good too; Europa in the twilight between the two big wars, but many small declared and undeclared ones going on.
I recently found Mary Renault and her novels about Ancient Greece, including her Alexander Trilogy, starting with Fire from Heaven.
Gotta go, could spend too much time exchanging good reads.
“You will have to sail up to the Downs, eating the bread of affliction from your cable-laid baubles, and wetting it with the tears of your misery.”
If you can stomach it, Romeo Delaire’s “Shake Hands with the Devil” is a General's account of the genocide in Rwanda during the 90s (when Mad Albright would not say the word “genocide.").
For fiction - anything from David Gemmel, especially “The Rigante” series beginning with “Sword in the Storm.”
Also, Orwell's “1984” and “Animal Farm” are always worth your time.
I bow before your superior qouting ability!
Non-Fiction - The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. He won a Pulitzer for it, and it is incredible.
Science Fiction - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote three books in the late 70's and early 80's that I consider to be great. The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall
Recently I read 7 books by Ian Douglas, who appears to be a pseudonym for William H. Keith, Jr. It's actually three trilogies (only one book is out in the third), and greatly enjoyed them. They are called The Legacy Trilogy, The Heritage Trilogy, and the Inheritance Trilogy (only one book out). I'm looking forward to book 2 of the latest trilogy wheneven it comes out.
Freehold and The Weapon by Michael Z. Williamson paint an interesting picture of a UN dominated future where one colony refuses to knuckle under to the UN iron fist. Freehold can be downloaded free from the Baen Free Library. Lot's of good Bolo books by Keith Laumer and others who have picked up the franchise for a few stories or even a book.
As you can see I'm a bit heavy into Science Fiction. If you haven't explored that genre, you will find a lot of good stuff. Most of the movies are BS.
Or maybe “quoting” would work better.
defective spelchek again.
Yes, I'm on the "write" forum. You know the one that values neural frontiersmen.
Simple people do not care to have the apparent "complexity" of their lives made simple.
[And FWIW, I knew about ET's writings years before Oprah 'discovered' him.]
Good luck. Be.
The Good Terrorist, by Doris Lessing.
There are few books as quote-able. :-P
Here’s a very eclectic mix, off the top of my head.
None of them is in any way related to any other-——
FICTION: A High Wind in Jamaica Richard Hughes
Soldier’s Pay Wm Faulkner
The Fox in the Attic RIchard Hughes
Light in August Wm Faulkner
The Car Thief Theodore Weesner
V. Thomas Pynchon
ANY fiction, poetry or other
writing by our best writer DENIS JOHNSON
NON FICTION THE Supreme Doctrine Hubert Benoit
(the best single book I have read, hence my FR
Black Spring Henry Miller
Because I Was Flesh Edward Dahlberg
Diary of a Madman August Strindberg
THe Thief’s Journal Jean Genet
ANYTHING BY HAROLD ROSENBERG (art &culture
ANYTHING BY MARK STEYN
Anything by Saul Bellow.
Anything by Jacques Ellul
JESUS NOW Malachi Martin
In my lifetime (I’m 58) there are only two books that I read in one sitting. That is, when I picked them up, I didn’t put them down until finished.
The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty
For detective fiction, there is nothing better anywhere than the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.
Military history: Challenge for the Pacific; Guadalcanal, the turning point of the war, by Robert Leckie. I can still recall passages from that book some forty years after reading it.
Fiction, Double Take Catherine Coulter
For people who are not offended by pottymouth dialogue, Invisible Prey, John Sandford
I'll second that.
I'm reading Hot Water by P.G. Wodehouse, creator of Jeeves and Wooster. Wodehouse is one of the best humorists in the English language.
Have you read Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
by Jerome K Jerome? Very funny. It reminded me of Wodehouse.
The Civil War, three part series by the late Shelby Foote. It may take you awhile though. Although if you have an affinity toward the Civil War, it is a labor of love. Just for clarification, it is nonfiction, a historical narrative of the entire war.
HELL YES! Best book I’ve read in a long LONG time!
You could be a nice person and give us a clue of the genre you enjoy, or if depends on your mood.
Some months I read entirely fiction, others just non-fiction.
And then there's the categories
So many books, so little time.
I'll have to find it. Another one he wrote is "The Collapse of the Third Republic" which tells the story from the French side. It is written ten years later (1970). Very interesting as to what was going on in France, which was considered to have by far the strongest army in Europe until about 1936 or 1937.
Pillars of the Earth was long, but fantastic.
Thanks, Publius. I’ve made a note of the books you recommended.
Love love love “The Power of Now.”
Agree, “My Grandfather’s Son” was fantastic. Have you read “Blacklisted by History?” Really good, too.
If you’re interested in Africa at all, Wilbur Smith is your man. His works range from ancient Egypt (”River God’) and any number of novels on the early days of the Europeans settling in Africa.
I’m on jury duty and I’ve re-read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) and A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M Miller, Jr) so far. I just started The Everlasting Man (G K Chesterton). All three are great reads!
For light murder-cop-mystery reading, anything by Robert B. Parker. Like popcorn, to me. (Spenser for Hire, Sunny Randall series, etc.)
For deeper murder-cop-mysteries I like Michael Connelly or Dennis Lehane of ‘Mystic River’ fame. ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’ is really good.
One can NEVER go wrong with any of the “Travis McGee” mysteries by John D. MacDonald. (They all have a ‘color’ in the title.) Start with the first one to watch Travis age; but he’s pretty timeless. And make note of any music he’s listening to; I love his taste in music. I wish he were real; I wish he were mine, LOL!
My favorite author is Shirley Jackson. If you’ve not read ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ treat yourself. I read it at least once a year, usually in the winter. She also wrote ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ a CLASSIC haunted house tale.
May seem goofy to some, but I get a lot out of Sarah Ban Breathnacht ‘Simple Abundance.’ It’s in a page-a-day format and I’ve really gotten a lot from that book over the years; have read it many times and refer to it often.
What I’m reading these days:
The latest Sunny Randal series by Robert B. Parker, ‘Blue Screen.’
‘More Home Cooking’ by Laurie Colwin. A GREAT Food Writer who died way too early of cancer.
‘Rhoda’ by Ellen Gilchrist. I’ve heard that I’ll fall in love with her character Rhoda; we’ll see. ;)
‘Reader’s Digest Complete Sewing Guide.’ Now that my son has moved out, his old room is now my sewing room. Since I haven’t done ANY sewing other than curtains and mending of kids’ clothing for the past decade, I’m brushing back up on my skills. :)
Africa is a part of the world I know little about. I have been curious, though. I’ll look for Wilbur Smith’s books.
I am reading it now.
Just kidding. I sell books, and when I can find a used copy, it's sold within minutes. I'll consider it, but I already live in the "now." I'm like a cat. ;)
I thought for SURE your link would lead to this as being the greatest book ever written, LOL!
('To Serve Man')
Thanks! Added that to my Library List. I’ve been wanting to read that. I’ll make sure I leave it on my desk at work and watch the heads of my Lefty co-workers explode, LOL!
We can always count on YOU to class up a thread, LOL!
“From Manassas to Appomatattox” (memoirs of Gen Longstreet)
General James Longstreet
An interesting take from the Southern perspective of the Civil War. It has intrigue in its very writing as it was a response by some Southerners of trying to put the loss at Gettysburg on Longstreet, partially for political reasons.
It includes an interesting “what if” factor if Gen Robert E Lee, would have listened to Longstreet and attacked the right flank harder near the Little Roundtop, where with relatively few men, the South almost rolled the flank.
All of the C.J Box novels. Craig Johnson has also written 4 fine mysteries.
A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane
Gone Baby, Gone Dennis Lehane
Prayers for Rain Dennis Lehane
Yes, yes, and yes! Three of my favorites. Man, that guy can write.
And ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’ was actually a pretty good movie; I rented it on Netflix because it didn’t get much theater time here in Flyover Country. Directed by Ben Afleck? Hello? His younger brother Casey had the lead but he didn’t QUITE pull it off, IMHO. I thought their “Angie” was pretty good, but not quite tough enough.
The drugged out skank who traded her daughter for crack was very good, as were all of the “extras.” They were total trash and absolutely spot-on for the movie.
New Jersey just creeps me out. Please don’t ever make me go there again, LOL!
Two novels I've read recently that were very good, and you might want to check out other books by these authors, are:
The Absence of Nectar by Kathy Hepinstall
Perfida by Judith Rossner
And a WONDERFUL non-fiction book I just read is Merle's Door, by Ted Kerasote. It's about his dog, Merle. Best dog book ever!
“The series covers a Berlin detective pre-war, war years and post war in a dirty, dangerous Berlin.”
Have you seen any of the “Foyle’s War” BBC series? Same genre set in England. You might enjoy that. Available at your library or on Netflix. They’re in production again for another season. I just love them. :)
“For detective fiction, there is nothing better anywhere than the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.”
I couldn’t agree more. :)
My WI PBS is too cheap to buy the series...but that gives me something to look forward to watching when I’m snowed in this coming winter. Don’t tell me how it ends!!
I loaned my copy to a liberal friend (public school teacher) after a discussion of how some kids fail because they are not as “advantaged” as others. Needless to say the subject has not come up again.
You have good taste, I did read that one and probably will at some point read it again.Thanks!
But what the author didn’t count on is that many of the older mines that were shut down are viable with the increased prices of metals. Many of the towns are experiencing a second wind.
Thank you, I will look at those in B&N and I do really love dog books too. :-)
That is great, I never heard of CJ Box and I really like reading mysteries. Thank you. I’ve read some mysteries by Greg Iles that I thought were good too if you like mysteries.