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What books are you currently reading?
1/23/2012 | William Eaton

Posted on 01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST by WilliamEaton

What books are people currently reading? Any particular fiction or non-fiction of note? Any recommendations from some recent reads?

I just downloaded the novel Hunter by Robert James Bidinotto for my kindle. It's an indie novel and has received good reviews on Amazon. Will report back once I finish up.

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To: WilliamEaton

One of the best adventure, fiction I have read in a long time was Louis L’Amour “Last of the Breed”. It was hard to get to sleep on time!

61 posted on 01/23/2012 9:42:49 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: WilliamEaton

“The Father’s Tale.” Moving and deeply Christian. One of the best books I have read in a decade.

You have to get thru 150 pretty slow pages. But it’s worth it.

62 posted on 01/23/2012 9:47:22 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: WilliamEaton

Elmore Leonard

63 posted on 01/23/2012 9:48:03 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance; WilliamEaton; section9


64 posted on 01/23/2012 9:49:45 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WilliamEaton

The Fire, By Jorg Friedrich. About the Fire bombing of Germany. Very sad what we had to do to end the evil of the Third Reich.

65 posted on 01/23/2012 9:50:06 PM PST by crazydad
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
If you go to Baen's website, they have most of their books available online several months before they are actually published.

BTW, Weber has a new book coming soon in his Wind Rider series. War Maid's Choice is the sequel to The War God's Own, which came out back in 1999. While I prefer his Honor Harrington series, the Wind Rider series isn't too bad.

66 posted on 01/23/2012 9:50:58 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: WilliamEaton

From Russia with Love - just started reading the Ian Fleming Bond books - made it through Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, and Diamonds are Forever in short order (since Christmas). Good reads. Never read them before.

67 posted on 01/23/2012 9:50:58 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: WilliamEaton

Suddenly, all Hell broke loose.

68 posted on 01/23/2012 9:52:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kalee
About 20 years ago I read a novel in which Prince Charles and other royal family members were the victims of a terror attack. I have been thinking about that book and would like to read it again, only problem is I can’t remember the title or author. Ring a bell for anyone?

Sounds like Patriot Games by Tom Clancy (New York: Putnam, 1987)

69 posted on 01/23/2012 9:53:35 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: WilliamEaton

Interesting choice for a first post. A vanity.

Welcome to Free Republic.

For the consumption of FReepers, I’ll throw out a couple recent titles from the last 2-3 months (my holiday reading).

The current read is “Bodyguard of Lies”. This is from the 1970s and deals with Allied deception and trickery throughout WWII with a focus on concealing the Normandy invasion and making the Germans think the landing would be in Pas De Calais. This is an absolutely fascinating read, and even though its almost 40 years old, reveals a lot of behind the scenes things that were going on in the secret war between the Axis and Allies. Only a couple hundred pages in...

Recently read is “Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar”. This is not the latest book on Stalin, but is only a few years old and written after the author had spent years in the newly-opened Russian archives in the 90s. It is a might tedious but offers great insight into the ‘court’ of Stalin and how he played his minions and their families against each other. One of the interesting tidbits was how normal people used to write him letters denouncing their neighbors for various infractions and as often as not, comrade iosef would send out the thugs to re-distribute wealth. Kind of like obama’s “Attack Watch” website where people can report anti-obama activities, only in the electronic age.

A must-read if you’re at all interested in AK’s or AR’s or the development of modern arms is “The Gun” by C.J. Chivers. This is a fascinating account focusing on the development of the AK, with a healthy portion of attention to the AR. The author’s premise is that the USSR came out with the atom bomb shortly after WWII, which ushered in the Cold War, but their real impact was building zillions of cheap, easy to use, reliable guns that upset the balance of power in numerous countries throughout the Cold War and continues to impact the world today. Something to think about.

For those interested in counter-insurgency and history, get a copy of “Devil’s Guard” put together by George Robert Elford. This book is a tale related to the author by a former SS officer who joined the French Foreign Legion after WWII and found himself in French Indochina setting the stage for our involvement in Viet Nam. Don’t forget the fella telling the story has some things to hide, and don’t get bogged down in the morality of his techniques in Indochine. He’s got some fantastic techniques for fighting a counter-insurgency, which by definition are tips for fighting an insurgency as well. The masses (and lawyers) would find his techniques distasteful, but there’s no denying their effectiveness.


70 posted on 01/23/2012 9:53:44 PM PST by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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To: Fiji Hill

No, not it.

71 posted on 01/23/2012 9:54:26 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: crazydad

Here are the 100 favorite voted Sci fi novels from a year or so ago:

take with you to the bookstore.)

The Lord Of The Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
In the first, hilarious volume of Adams’ Hitchhiker’s series, reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent gets swept up in some literally Earth-shattering events involving aliens, sperm whales, a depressed robot, mice who are more than they seem, and some really, really bad poetry.

Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card
Young Andrew “Ender” Wiggan, bred to be a genius, is drafted to Battle School where he trains to lead the century-long fight against the alien Buggers.

The Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert
Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

A Song Of Ice And Fire Series
by George R.R. Martin
As the Seven Kingdoms face a generation-long winter, the royal Stark family confronts the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, the arrival of barbarian hordes, and other threats.

A Novel
by George Orwell
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit, in a chilling novel of a frightening near-future world.

The Foundation Triology
by Isaac Asimov
A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind.

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Huxley’s classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
On the plane home to attend the funerals of his wife and best friend, Shadow, an ex-con, encounters an enigmatic stranger who seems to know a lot about him. When Shadow accepts the stranger’s job offer, he finds himself plunged into a perilous game with the highest of stakes: the soul of America itself.

The Princess Bride
S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
by William Goldman
This tale of a handsome farm boy who, aided by a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant, rescues a beautiful princess named Buttercup comes with a slyly humorous, metafictional edge: Goldman claims to have merely abridged an earlier text by one “S. Morganstern” (actually a pseudonym) and peppers his text with clever commentary.

The Wheel Of Time Series
by Robert Jordan
At 13 volumes and counting, this sweeping — some would say sprawling – richly imagined epic chronicles the struggle between servants of the Dark One and those of the champion of light known as the Dragon Reborn.

Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Farm animals overthrow their human owners and set up their own deeply (and familiarly) flawed government. Orwell’s mordant satire of totalitarianism is still a mainstay of ninth-grade reading lists.

by William Gibson
Gibson’s groundbreaking debut novel follows Case, a burned-out computer whiz, who is asked to steal a security code that is locked in the most heavily guarded databank in the solar system. A seminal work in the genre that would come to be known as cyberpunk.

by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
As former members of a disbanded group of superheroes called the Crimebusters start turning up dead, the remaining members of the group try to discover the identity of the murderer before they, too, are killed. A graphic novel.

I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future — a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Stranger In A Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Michael Smith, born and raised on Mars, arrives on Earth stunning Western culture with his superhuman abilities.

The Kingkiller Chronicles
by Patrick Rothfuss
This suspenseful coming-of-age story folllows Kvothe as he recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief and assassin in his world.

by Kurt Vonnegut
Billy Pilgrim returns home from World War II only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Mary Shelley’s chilling portrait of a scientist obsessed with creating life (whose eventual success comes at too great a cost) was among the first works of science fiction ever produced. Its potent allegorical power, compelling ethical and philosophical themes, and its sheer creepiness have ensured it remains one of the most enduring and influential as well.

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
Dick’s trippy novel tells of sophisticated off-world androids who turn against their creators, slip back to a post-apocalyptic Earth, and must be hunted down by bounty hunter Rick Deckard. The book inspired — albeit very loosely — the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner.

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.

The Dark Tower Series
by Stephen King
Roland, the world’s last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic Man in Black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other worldly on his quest.

2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
Two astronauts find their journey into space and their very lives jeopardized by the jealousy of an extraordinary computer named HAL.

The Stand
by Stephen King
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colo.

Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Weaving contemporary imagery with Sumerian myths, Stephenson’s third novel revolves around a mysterious “pseudo-narcotic” Snow Crash that is capable of affecting people both within — and without — the alternate-reality Internet called the “Metaverse.”

The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
The tranquillity of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

Cat’s Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb.

The Sandman Series
by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman originally told his tale of Morpheus, the Dream King, whose interactions with mortals rarely end well, and whose fractious extended family includes the personifications of Death, Despair, Desire and Destiny, in a 75-issue comic book series over several years; the hugely influential series is now collected in ten trade volumes.

A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
Burgess created his own youth slang for this acid satire of contemporary culture which follows young Alex as he makes his merry way through a dystopia of drugs, sex and ruthless violence, only to be chosen for a psychological experiment meant to mend his ways.

Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
In one of Robert A. Heinlein’s most controversial novels, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against humankind’s most frightening enemy.

Watership Down
by Richard Adams
An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits who leave their ancestral home to build a more humane society chronicles their adventures as they search for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

by Anne McCaffrey
At a time when the number of Dragonriders has fallen too low for safety and only one Weyr trains the creatures and their riders, the Red Star approaches Pern, threatening the planet with disaster.

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein
A one-armed computer technician, a radical blond bombshell, an aging academic and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth’s colonial rule.

A Canticle For Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Miller’s 1959 novel follows the Monks of the Order of St. Leibowitz as they attempt to preserve the remnants of civilization after a nuclear war.

The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells
Wells’ classic 1895 story of an unassuming British inventor who creates a device that sends him hurtling into the far future – A.D. 802,701, to be precise – where subterranean Morlocks prey upon the childlike Eloi.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
by Jules Verne
Professor Arronax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.

Flowers For Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
When brain surgery makes a mouse into a genius, dull-witted Charlie Gordon wonders if it might also work for him.

The War Of The Worlds
by H.G. Wells
With advanced machines of destructions, aliens from another planet swoop down on planet Earth and begin their conquest, in the classic sci-fi work by the author of The Time Machine.

The Amber Chronicles
by Roger Zelazny
Zelazny’s tales of Corwin, prince of the “true world” of Amber (of which our Earth is merely a shadow) and his son Merlin, a magic-user/computer hacker, have spanned several decades. Amid the eternal struggle between Order and Chaos, Zelazny delights in tossing in allusions to Shakespeare, the Tarot and quantum mechanics.

The Belgariad
by David Eddings
Edding’s five-volume epic fantasy follows young farmboy Garion as he is drawn into a quest for a stolen mystical orb, and the rich world of prophecy and power that surrounds it.

The Mists Of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Retells the legend of King Arthur as perceived by the women central to the tale, from the zealous Morgaine, sworn to uphold her goddess at any cost, to the devout Gwenhwyfar, pledged to the king but drawn to another.

Mistborn Trilogy
by Brandon Sanderson
In a world where special magic users called Allomancers can employ metals to enhance their physical and mental abilities, a young thief discovers her destiny and sets out to overthrow the Lord Ruler.

by Larry Niven
Niven’s hugely influential 1970 novel of an outer space expedition to a mysterious object – a vast artificial world in the shape of a ring – that goes horribly wrong.

The Left Hand Of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
While on a mission to the planet Gethen — a world whose inhabitants can change their gender — earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp. The exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.

The Silmarillion
by J.R.R. Tolkien
These creation myths of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, for those who found The Lord of the Rings too breezy and slight: In the author’s characteristic Beowulfian prose, he recounts the legends of the world’s beginnings, the downfall of its gods and men, and the events that changed the face of Middle-earth forever.

The Once And Future King
by T.H. White
Describes King Arthur’s life from his childhood to the coronation, creation of the Round Table, and search for the Holy Grail.

by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman’s wry, darkly whimsical tale of an average young businessman who stops to help a girl bleeding on a London sidewalk and finds himself pulled into a bizarre subterranean world.

Childhood’s End
by Arthur C. Clarke
The author questions the survival of mankind in this science-fiction tale about Overlords from outer space who dominate the world.

by Carl Sagan
In 1999, a multinational team of astronauts ventures deep into outer space, where they come face to face with an advanced alien civilization.

The Hyperion Cantos
by Dan Simmons
Seven pilgrims undertake a voyage to the world of Hyperion — dominated by a fearsome and mysterious creature called the Shrike — where they hope to learn the secret that will save humanity.

by Neil Gaiman
In the quiet English hamlet of Wall, Tristran Thorn embarks on a remarkable journey through the world of Faerie to recover a fallen star for his lover, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester.

by Neal Stephenson
More than 50 years after Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse and Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe are assigned to Detachment 2702, a secret cryptographic mission, their grandchildren — Randy and Amy — join forces to create a “data haven” in the South Pacific, only to uncover a massive conspiracy with roots in Detachment 2702.

World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors — soldiers, politicians, civilians and others — who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.

The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle
Recounts the quest of the last unicorn, who leaves the protection of the enchanted forest to search for her own kind, and who is joined by Schmedrick the Magician and Molly Grue in her search.

The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
Drafted into the ranks of Earth’s interstellar warriors, private William Mandella finds his fight against the Taurans secondary to the side-effects of faster-than-light space travel, which affects the rate at which he ages.

Small Gods
A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Brutha, a simple man leading a quiet life tending his garden, finds his life irrevocably changed when his god, speaking to him through a tortoise, sends him on a mission of peace.

The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever
by Stephen R. Donaldson
In this first trilogy, reclusive, guilt-ridden writer Thomas Covenant finds himself transported to a magical realm where he is hailed as a hero who wields powerful magic — and where he finds his leprosy miraculously cured. Ultimately, he must defeat the malevolent Lord Foul to save the Land — and his own sanity.

The Vorkosigan Saga
by Lois McMaster Bujold
In a human colony on one of a series of planets connected by wormholes, a young man who suffers from a series of physical disabilities (the result of an assassination attempt on his royal parents) grows up to become a powerful military leader.

Going Postal
A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Sentenced to death for forgery and swindling, Moist von Lipwig accepts an offer of a pardon in exchange for revamping an ancient post office, but his efforts are thwarted by tons of undelivered mail, an 18,000-year-old ghost postman, his shoe-wielding new girlfriend, and murderous characters who want the post office shut down.

The Mote In God’s Eye
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The accidental killing of a group of emissaries to Earth threatens man’s survival.

The Sword Of Truth Series
by Terry Goodkind
Young Richard Cypher gradually embraces his destiny as the Seeker of Truth, and sets out to stop the evil that others would unleash.

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
In nineteenth century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell’s pupil.

I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day.

The Riftwar Saga
by Raymond E. Feist
Evil entities have opened a rift in the fabric of space-time, plunging the world of Medkemia into peril. As the battle between Order and Chaos threatens to engulf everything, reluctant wizard Pug is the only hope of a thousand worlds.

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
by Terry Brooks
Over the course of three novels, several generations of the Ohmsford family find themselves retrieving magical artifacts in the desperate hope to fight evil.

The Conan The Barbarian Series
by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
Howard’s original set of interlinked stories featuring his muscle-bound warrior represents a classic kind of sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure in all its pulpy, richly imaginative glory.

The Farseer Trilogy
by Robin Hobb
An wily assassin plies his trade while his uncle the Prince confronts attackers who are turning people into emotionless, zombie-like “Forged ones.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

The Way Of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson
Introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a high-born youth condemned to military slavery, and a woman who is desperate to save her impoverished house.

Journey To The Center Of The Earth
by Jules Verne
Follows Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans as they venture deep into a volcanic crater in Iceland on a journey that leads them to the center of the earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries.

The Legend Of Drizzt Series
by R. A. Salvatore
Drizzt Do’Urden, a Dark Elf, finds adventure, peril and awesome magical power as he confronts the underground civilization of the evil and treacherous matriarchal race of Drow elves.

Old Man’s War
by John Scalzi
Enlisting in the Army on his 75th birthday, John Perry joins an interstellar war between Earth and alien enemies who would stake claims on the few existing inhabitable planets, unaware that the conflict involves much more than he understands.

The Diamond Age
by Neal Stephenson
The story of an engineer who creates a device to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself reveals what happens when a young girl of the poor underclass obtains the device.

Rendezvous With Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke
During the 22nd century, a space probe’s investigation of a mysterious, cylindrical asteroid brings man into contact with an extra-galactic civilization.

The Kushiel’s Legacy Series
by Jacqueline Carey
Sold into indentured servitude at the exotic Night Court as a child, Phedre faces a difficult choice between honor and duty as she deals with a world of glittering luxury, conspiracy, sacrifice, and betrayal. Two subsequent trilogies chronicle the adventures of her adopted son and her distant descendant.

The Dispossessed
An Ambiguous Utopia
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Unwilling to accept that his anarchist world must be separated from the rest of the civilized universe, Shevek, a brilliant physicist, risks his life by traveling to the utopian mother planet of Urras.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
When the carnival comes to town, two boys unearth the terrifying and horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show and learn the consequences of wishes, as a sinister and evil force is at work in Green Town, Ill.

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal-rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister’s death.

The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series
by Steven Erikson
Erickson’s densely plotted series jumps around in time to chronicle the vicissitudes of the sprawling Malazan Empire, a place of shifting alliances, mysterious mage guilds, assassin gods and military uprisings.

The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde
In a world where you can actually get lost (literally) in literature, Thursday Next, a notorious Special Operative in literary detection, races against time to stop the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature, forcing her to dive into the pages of a novel to stop literary homicide, in a wildly imaginative, mesmerizing thriller.

The Culture Series
by Iain Banks
A science-fiction series by the author of the Wasp Factory features a symbiotic human and machine society that is engaged in a galaxy-wide battle to the death between the Idrians, who fight for their faith, and the Culture, which defends its right to exist.

The Crystal Cave
by Mary Stewart
Stewart’s first chapter in her five-volume take on the Arthurian legend is told from the point of view of young Merlin, who reluctantly engineers the birth of Arthur.

by Neal Stephenson
Raz, who has lived in a monastery since childhood, away from the violent upheavals of the outside world, becomes one of a group of formerly cloistered scholars who are appointed by a higher power to avert an impending disaster.

The Codex Alera Series
by Jim Butcher
In the land of Alera, where people bond with the furies — elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal — young Tavi struggles to cope with his lack of magical talent, until his homeland erupts into conflict between rebels and loyalists and Tavi discovers that he holds the key to his realm’s survival.

The Book Of The New Sun
by Gene Wolfe
In the distant future, after the sun has cooled and dimmed, the disgraced torturer Sevarian recounts his hard-fought rise to absolute power.

The Thrawn Trilogy
by Timothy Zahn
Five years after the fall of the Empire, a dying part of the Empire all the more dangerous near death has just discovered something that could bring it back, the last of the Emperor’s warlords, Admiral Thrawn.

The Outlander Series
by Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than 200 hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself in the midst of a world torn apart by violence, pestilence and revolution, and haunted by her feelings for a young soldier.

The Elric Saga
by Michael Moorcock
Elric of Melnibone, an albino prince, travels in the Ship Which Sails Over Land and Sea to the city of Dhoz-Kam, through the Shade Gate to the Pulsing Cavern where the magic swords Stormbringer and Mournblade await him.

The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury
Eighteen science fiction stories deal with love, madness and death on Mars, Venus and in space.

by Robin McKinley
All hope for stopping the vampiric elite from controlling Earth depends on human SOFs (Special Other Forces) and the success of their attempt to recruit Sunshine, the daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise.

A Fire Upon The Deep
by Vernor Vinge
Set in a far-future where space has been portioned into “regions of thought,” a human expedition to an ancient data archive unleashes the Blight, a superintelligent entity capable of destroying thousands of worlds.

The Caves Of Steel
by Isaac Asimov
Fearing a violent confrontation between Earthmen and Spacers, Detective Baley and his new partner, a robot, investigate the murder of a Spacetown scientist

The Mars Trilogy
by Kim Stanley Robinson
On a mission to provide Mars with an Earth-like atmosphere, John Boone, Maya Toitovna, Frank Chalmers and Arkady Bogdanov meet stiff resistance from those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from being changed.

Lucifer’s Hammer
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
As the great Hamner-Brown comet, dubbed Lucifer’s Hammer by the press, approaches Earth, various business executives, politicians, criminals, journalists and scientists await the impending cataclysm and its general and personal effects with decidedly differing feelings

Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis
Stranded in the 14th century — a time of superstition and fear — time traveler Kivrin becomes an unlikely angel of hope during history’s darkest hour and awaits rescue by her comrades.

Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville
In the squalid, Gothic city of New Crobuzon, a mysterious half-human, half-bird stranger comes to Isaac, a gifted but eccentric scientist, with a request to help him fly, but Isaac’s obsessive experiments and attempts to grant the request unleash a terrifying dark force on the entire city.

The Xanth Series
by Piers Anthony
In Anthony’s pun-besotted magical realm (which is shaped a lot like Florida), every human is born with a unique magical ability, which they use navigate a landscape full of dragons, goblins, harpies, centaurs and all manner of eldritch creatures.

The Space Trilogy
by C.S. Lewis
Philologist Edwin Ransom travels to Mars and Venus, and makes a series of dramatic discoveries about Earth’s place in the solar system – and the nature of a threat it unwittingly faces.
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72 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:03 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: badpacifist

I have been reminded of it through the years and finally got it. I also picked up “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” at the same time and went for the quick read first. I was studying for my PMP Certification so I had to set this one on the shelf for a few months.

73 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:13 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: WilliamEaton
Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America
by Ann Coulter - Just finished. In this book she provides information, causation, and consequences of notorious political events. She dissects the behavior of crowds in a brilliant manner. Now I fully understand why Liberals do as they do! It is rather predictable, really.
74 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:18 PM PST by PieroC (pieroc)
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To: WilliamEaton

I have been engrossed in the 1980’s Ashes series by William Johnstone! These are post-collapse based books. The hero, Ben Raines attempts to rebuild society a bit at a time. Those who are preparing for a collapse of some kind will probably love them.

They are written in very simple english, yet I found them to be very thought provoking. I can’t put them down! I’ve a couple more of the series to read and I just might start reading the first books again.

I think the first of the series was called “Out of the Ashes.” Google his name to get the series sequence.

I found the incidents and encounters between “TEA” type Americans vs. ruthless and desperate gangs roving the nation
interesting and the story lines very realistic scenarios should our nation collapse.

I can see why they made the best sellers lists back then.

75 posted on 01/23/2012 9:57:53 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (99 weeks = associates degree)
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To: WilliamEaton

Animal Farm, been reading it with my oldest child

76 posted on 01/23/2012 9:59:50 PM PST by Conservative4Life (Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Elections have consequences.)
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To: WilliamEaton
H. Rider Haggard’s “She” - the wife suggested it...
77 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:05 PM PST by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: WilliamEaton
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker.

Over 800 pages with tons of evidence for the claim that man has actually become more civilized over the millennia, and that violence has markedly declined at every scale: between individuals, between groups, and between nations. Pinker credits the "Leviathan state" with getting violence under control, with a central phenomenon being the outsourcing of vengeance to government.

Lots of fascinating facts, such as that the incidence of rape has declined by a factor of five over the past few decades, and that the incidence of murder in the U.S. is much higher among southerners (white or black) than among northerners.

78 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:10 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: WilliamEaton

Currently reading Crazy Horse and Custer; The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen E Ambrose.

Just finished Extraordinary, Ordinary People; A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

and before that; Throw Them All Out by Peter Schweitzer.

79 posted on 01/23/2012 10:01:27 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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80 posted on 01/23/2012 10:03:17 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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