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Posted on 09/27/2013 12:03:41 PM PDT by Hugin
Recently I've found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands, so I've been doing a lot of reading, and I'm looking for recommendations. I'm not looking for anything heavy, but basically escapist fiction, with my favorite genre being historical fiction. I've read everything by most of my favorite authors; Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe's Rifles, Saxon Tales, etc.), Conn Igulden (Emperor, Genghis series), Stephen Pressfield (Gates of Fire, Afghan Campaign, etc.), and also Michael Crichton. So I'm looking for recommendations and who better to ask than Freepers?
new non-fiction book about the American side of the real-life story of “A Bridge Too Far”
God’s and Generals is a good American civil war novel based on history.
Many years ago, my Daughter gave me the complete Sherlock Holmes. It was enjoyable reading although I later learned it didn’t have every story.
The series by Matt Bracken are pretty good escapism and you just might learn a bit too.
You can’t do better than some of the Sir Walter Scott historical novels. Also I found Jules Verne much more readable than most science fiction.
Also Killer Angels. Same period of time.
You beat me to it.
Any number of James Michener’s novels....Hawaii, Texas, Poland, Alaska and my alltime favorite of his, Centennial.
“Unintended Consequences” John Ross
I love the Neal Stephenson trilogy starting with Quicksilver.
One of the best biographies of the WWII era was “Ashes of Honor” by a member of the French SS. Yeah I know but it really does give you a very good view of the other side.
Was Conn Igulden’s Genghis series better than his Emperor series? I read the first book of the Emperor series and, since it had absolutely nothing to do with the historical record, I did not read any additional books in that series.
Colleen McCollugh’s First Man in Rome series is good but requires close attention. The history in it is first-rate.
Some skinny guy from Chicago wrote a couple works of fiction.
Still available on Amazon.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Fascinating non-fiction on the discovery of the SS South America (about 1984) deep off the No Carolina coast with the load of 1st San Fran minting of Calif Gold Rush coins in 1850 found stacked beneath the sea.
Decoding the Heavens (non-fiction)
the 1st Computer? Discovered in Mediterranean off of a Greek Island (Antikytheria) and the 100 year search to figure out just what it was. Roman plunder of Greek artifacts.
Reads like a mystery novel.
Authors escape me right now — they are both on Amazom.
I'm reading THE EXORCIST: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Bob McCabe. It is about the making of the film but you might also consider the novel by William Peter Blatty if you've never read it.
Anything Louis L’Amour of course and David Gemmell is good too. Peter Brett’s Warded Man (Painted Man in some countries) series is interesting.
I can't put it down. I haven't devoured books like this since I first found Tolkien...
Actually, he had one of his scumbag cronies write them for him.
There are 11 others after this one. Great fun, great history, great reading.
Lucifer’s Hammer(Niven & Pournelle).
Last of the Breed (l’Amour).
Some skinny guy from Kenya by way of Chicago wrote a couple works of fiction.
Oh, and if you like historical novels of the sea, try the Master and Commander series by O’Brian or the Hornblower series by Forester.
I just read a very good book called Ordinary Grace and I thought it was outstanding.
Agree: Unintended Consequences John Ross
Good idea. I loved Killer Angels, never read the prequel.
One of the greatest true adventure stories ever is Xenophon’s Anabasis or “The March up Country”.
It tells the story of 10,000 Greek mercenaries who win their part of the battle but are left stranded inside a hostile Persia and 1000 miles from home.
The Persians treacherously kill their generals at a meeting. The troops elect new generals, one Spartan and the other Athenian. Xenophon was just on the expedition as sort of a reporter but he ends up as one of the generals.
Allow me to recommend my own modest efforts:
Brad Thor, Start with the Lions of Lucerne and work your way from there.
Or Clive Cussler, Dirk Pitt stories
Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs
50 American artists you should know
Illustrated History of Gettysburg
Thornton Wilder—The Bridge of San Luis Rey
John Fowles—The Collector
If you’re looking for fictionalized history, I think you might like some Jeff Shaara (sp) novels. I read his revolutionary war one and rather liked it. (He also wrote some of the books mentioned above.
If you want “alternative history” ... beware, a lot of it is pabulum and dreck.
If you must Turtledove, read the guns of the south & call it quits. Kind of like Dune, it’s all downhill from there.
If you choose to scifi, check out Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. They have some good collaborative stuff, especially the Mote series
If you further choose to scifi, try Jack Vance; with a side order of dictionary.
For fantasy, you might like to try Jhereg by Steven Brust.
In general, a very worthwhile thing to investigate is the Gutenberg project, lots of very good public domain literature there. Likewise, if you have an e-reader, lots of great literature is available for free. I know I got some Mark Twain and Sherlock Holmes via ibooks.
Good luck and good reading!
Actually, I thought he was referring to the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Fantasy combined with ‘private-eye’ -style writing. Highly addictive.
I just started the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. First book is “Killing Floor”. I am about half way through book 2. They are very entertaining.
You also can’t go wrong with the series by-
All are good thrillers based on the CIA type stuff.
Citizen Soldiers. (Killer Angels was already mentioned)
If you’re looking for a complete change of pace, a friend recommended this: http://www.amazon.com/Puccinis-Road-ebook/dp/B0082TQOWO/ref=sr_1_2/189-3578645-8360900?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380309801&sr=1-2&keywords=puccini%27s+road
No one’s said the ‘Bible’????
I also recommend "Once an Eagle" by Anton Myrer.
I second the Patrick O’Brian suggestion - will keep you happy and busy for a long, long time. And when someone brings up ‘mizzen mast’ in conversation, you’ll be all over it....
Oooops. I just realized you wanted fiction. My apologies. Why bother with fiction though?
Barack 0bama’s “Audacity of Hope” or “Dreams From My Father”. THAT’S fiction.
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