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Old 04-14-2010, 04:02 PM
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Read A Good Book Lately

I love to read and am always looking for a good author that I haven't read. I tend to read fiction for the escape.

What say you - any suggestions?

For me, Best Fiction I've read in a while, Steig Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequel, the "Girl Who Played with Fire". The former has just been released as a movie - with sub-titles, one of the better movies I've seen lately.

And, if you like historical fiction, the best I've ever read is Patrick O'Brien's "Master & Commander" Series - all 21 books in the series - just a wonderful read. (The movie with Russell Crowe wasn't bad either).
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What kind of fiction? I like horror and suspense reading so one of the best series I have read is the Necroscope series from Brian Lumley. Vampires and talking to the dead are the focus. Fourteen books in all if I remember correctly and a few of them went down very quickly. Robert McCammon is another author with several books I like.
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I'm also into action/adventure fiction....

Here are some series that I highly recommend.... If you have NOT read any of the following .. I suggest you start with the first book and move towards the last as the characters are better explained in the early books. However.. NONE of the books I've listed are "serials" like Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.. Each stands alone. My 2 doubloons.

1. For pure escapism nothing beats Clive Cussler's "Dirk Pitt" books... I think there are 15 of them total and I've read them all... You can't go wrong with any of them although some are better than others.. I started the series in the middle and still loved them all. My favorite series. One tip.. DO NOT buy any of the Clive Cussler books where his son is the co-writer. His son is a 100% talentless hack and those books suck.

2. Jay McLarty has a series of books (3 I think) starring "Simon Leonidovich." Smart action.. The thinking man's anti-hero.

3. For the best political kick-ass intrigue... Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" series rocks.. The American James Bond who does to terrorists what our goverment won't.. When I think of black ops.. I think of Mitch Rapp.. FYI.. they are about to start making movies of this character.

4. Almost as good a writing as Vince Flynn is Brad Thor. His series starring Scot Harvath is wonderful. I think there are 3 or 4 in the series.

5. David Baldacci has some damn fine books out. Off the top of my head these are pretty good reading.. Hour Game, Simple Genius, Saving Faith

6. I am NOT a fan of Michael Crichton. That's puts me in the minority.. but I did just finish his last book.. found after his death.. Pirate Latitudes. It's pretty good action adventure swashbuckling.. Arrrg.

That should be enough to get you going...
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Re: Read a good book lately?

Jerry, you and I share similar taste in books, I've read many of the Dirk Pitt books. And I'm with you, start with the first in the series. If you like Dirk Pitt, you'll love Jack Aubry in the Master and Commander series - set in the early 1800's great great British naval history and battles.

The early Robert Ludlum books, including the "Bourne Identity", "The Scarlatti Inheritance", etc., are great "black ops" stuff - deep intrigue, great description of European locales. The later Ludlum books somewhere lost the edge.

For me, the best detective noir is James Lee Burke's "Dave Robicheaux" series. Set in the Louisiana Bayou, so well written you can sense the sweat and humidity. FWIW Tommy Lee Jones portrayed the Dave Robicheaux character in a recent movie - In the Electric Mist - great rental. Dave Robicheaux sidekick in the series, Clete, is a great character - does stuff like drive an earth mover right threw the middle of a mobster's house,

Close second for detective noir is Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series. Set in NYC, and also spectacularly written - you can just feel the grit of NYC in the pages.

This will be enriching, I think.
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I love to read and am always looking for a good author that I haven't read. I tend to read fiction for the escape.

What say you - any suggestions?

For me, Best Fiction I've read in a while, Steig Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequel, the "Girl Who Played with Fire". The former has just been released as a movie - with sub-titles, one of the better movies I've seen lately.

And, if you like historical fiction, the best I've ever read is Patrick O'Brien's "Master & Commander" Series - all 21 books in the series - just a wonderful read. (The movie with Russell Crowe wasn't bad either).


+1 on Stieg Larsson
I've read the 3 books in 3 weeks , nearly 600 pages by book .

If you like swedish polar , you've got to try one of Henning Mankell 's books .
I guess he's been translated to english ...
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I hadn't even heard of a few of the suggestions here... I'll give them a shot..

BTW... Not sure what the rest of you do with the books once you are done with them.. Ebay... pass them around, re-gift, etc etc, but I have a suggestion....

I wait until I have a couple of stacks... 5-10 books and I send them to our fighting troops in Iraq or Afganistan. If you don't know of anyone currently serving on the front lines... just ask around. Somebody will know someone and be able to get an address. I try to add some treats, gum, playing cards, a current magazine or two and the books. I add a note to the recipient that says... "For you and your buds.. Be safe and Godspeed." Cost to send a box of books is generally under $18..

It's a small gesture, but I imagine that the books are appreciated ..
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Last year I read "Blind Mans Bluff" by a lady with the last name of Sontag. A GREAT look into the life of a submariner and a book that had me hooked. Some areas of the book left me wondering how they were allowed to put the info in there. I do know that men aboard the subs were told to not discuss the book with anyone. information about things these unsung heroes did back in WWI and more recent... things that some of the families of those involved only found out about after the death of their loved ones and after reading this book...

There is a follow-on called "the Hunt For the Red Bear". Also good
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I'm reading Deaver's "Roadside Crosses" now... I like Deaver's style. It touches on many current topics like blogs, gaming and synth vs real world lives.

http://www.jefferydeaver.com/Novels_.../roadside.html
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A really good historical fiction is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Accursed_Kings

That's if you dont mind reading about France's history .
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For great literture, the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey-Maturin series, beginning with Master and Commander. He writes in period language, but after a bit, it begins to flow nicely. There is companion book, A Sea of Words, a lexicon, so when they serve "boiled baby" at dinner you know there is not a greiving mother nearby. The NYT book reviewer credited "the best historical novels ever written."
For non fiction, I am reading William Manchester's A World Lit Only By Fire, an account of the Middle Ages and Reformation. Great read!
For fun, action reading, the Lee Child "Reacher" series. Great action fiction.
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"The Art of Racing in the Rain" - Garth Stein... Def worth the read. You'll have a different perspective of your pet.
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I just finished reading "Phantom in the River" by Gary Wayne Foster. As I've always been a huge fan of the F-4 Phantom Jet, this book puts it in perspective with the war in Viet Nam. It also traces the development of the plane and the role it played in that conflict. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Viet Nam war and/or the planes and machines of that period. The Amazon reviews can be found Here

I also echo the accolades for "The Girl" books by Stieg Larson. To me, it took a few pages to get into the scheme of things and mainly it was the names and places that kept tripping me up.
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Right now I'm reading Michael Connelly "The Reversal" Recent reads were David Baldacci "Deliver Us From Evil" and "Hell's Corner" Jonh Grisham "Confession"
I also like Greg Iles, Michael Crichton, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, Christopher Reich, and James Patterson.
On the self waiting to read is a Cussler book and two Connelly books.
Once in awhile I'll read fantasy like Terry Brooks.
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Just finished David Baldacci's "Hells Corner" part of the Camel Club series. Great stories and easy reads. Compelling political espionage type thrillers.
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I really enjoyed the Jack Whyte, Templar trilogy. I have passed them around the family and every one thought they were very good. Read them in order as they cover the start of the Templars, when they are at their height of power and their demise.
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_57b3qt73m5_b

Right now, I am reading the new James Bond book. "Carte Blance" it's just OK.
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I really enjoyed the Jack Whyte, Templar trilogy. I have passed them around the family and every one thought they were very good. Read them in order as they cover the start of the Templars, when they are at their height of power and their demise.
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_57b3qt73m5_b

Right now, I am reading the new James Bond book. "Carte Blance" it's just OK.

You're reading a Canadian author? wtf?
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I've read pretty much all of Stephen Hunter's stuff, Bob Lee Swagger is a pretty good character.
John Grisham and Tom Clancy are faves as well.
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I should have guessed that he was a Canadian. After all, he could not spell a basic color like "white".
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Thought I'd give this thread a bump, just finished "The Anatomists Aprentice" by Tessa Harris, a period piece set in London in the late 1700's - with a physician first using forensic medicine to solve a crime - thoroughly enjoyed it!
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I rarely read fiction, yet recently read a real gem. It was very short, but highly engaging and thought provoking. Pick up a copy of "The Religion War" by Adams. While it is labeled as fiction, it is full of reality overtones.
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I recently got hooked on Follett's work.
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No one's mentioned Conn Iggulden; entertaining Caesar, Genghis and Kublai Khan series. W.E.B. Griffin's war and cop series also entertain.

Civil War, Michael Shaara Sr's Killer Angels followed by son Jeff's continuing Civil War, WWI, WWII, American Revolution, Mexican War (about a dozen books) are the best in American Historical war fiction .

Bernard Cornwell wrote several more than the Napoleonic "Sharpe's" series, he also did a Civil War "Starbuck" series, a good King Arthur series, and a Saxon-Viking series.
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I have read the Hornblower series several times. Zen and the art of Motorcycling I have enjoyed a few times also.Most any Dean Zoontz. Where I'm not a Louis L'amour fan, I must admit I really enjoyed the "Walking Drum", not a western, but of the middle east when it fell from a center of knowledge to the stone age when religion took over.
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Currently reading James Michner's "Caribbean".

He does great historical fiction...well researched.
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I agree, I am currently reading this one. Gives you a different outlook on things.
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My favorite Follett book. Lie Down with Lions. which is about the Russians in Afghanistan.

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Just finishing "Johnson's London" by Boris Johnson

Next on the list is "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln" by Stephen Carter
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White Planet by Leslie Anthony.

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For me, Best Fiction I've read in a while, Steig Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequel, the "Girl Who Played with Fire". The former has just been released as a movie - with sub-titles, one of the better movies I've seen lately.

And, if you like historical fiction, the best I've ever read is Patrick O'Brien's "Master & Commander" Series - all 21 books in the series - just a wonderful read. (The movie with Russell Crowe wasn't bad either).

Two words, "Atlas Shrugged"

See on Amazon's listing, they mention "Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club"


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/045...pf_rd_i=507846

"Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit. "


The story grabs you, you can't put it down, and it makes you think, then it makes you think some more, then...well you think you get the idea.


Another great one by the same author I wish everyone would read is "We The Living". Another great one, though can't compare to the former.
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Cryptonomicon - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon - by Neal Stephenson. Different story lines and times - good reading.

Stieg Larssen - the trilogy.

Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

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Cryptonomicon - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptonomicon - by Neal Stephenson. Different story lines and times - good reading.

Stieg Larssen - the trilogy.

Robert M. Pirsig - Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.

Some of it is hard to get thru, but still I have read it several times over the years. (Zen, I mean). A lot of the places he stopped at were places I remembered as a kid, the the images I got from the book were based on childhood memories. And I have rode a lot of the same roads as in the book.
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Almost forgot: Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint...
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A lot of what Jane Austen wrote is a total hoot.
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janet evanovich's stephanie plum series is a laugh; saw the movie and was not impressed.
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During my few lucid periods after my surgery. I read "Blaze of Glory" by Jeff Shaara. It was about the civil war battle of Shiloh. It is the first in a trilogy about the western campaign. Most of the well known battles were the eastern ones. It is in written in a first person narrative and really bought out how bad that battle was. If, Gen Beauregard had not been so arrogant the south had the battle won on the first day. But, he blew it big time and allowed Grant to bring in replacements. Gen. Sherman was on very shaky ground with the higher up's prior to the battle and after he was routed that first day. Probably would have been sacked and the whole war changed after that. I was very interested in reading the book, as my grandparents lived about 30 miles from the battle site and I visited there often as a youth. My mother remembers her grandmother telling her how she could hear the artillery, when she was a little girl. Very well written and I'm looking forward to the next one about Vicksburg.
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You might try BS Levy's , The last open road novels. They can be found here.
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Just finishing James Lee Burke's latest novel, "Creole Belle", if you've not read James Lee Burke, I will simply say, you should. His "Dave Robicheaux" series starting with "The Neon Rain" maybe the best written "detective fiction" series I've come across, and I read a lot!
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Any of you guys do audio books while you ride? The ear buds make great ear plugs too, using the largest earpeices, but poking a pin thru near the center, to relieve pressure. EDIT: Librivox.org has free audio for lots of classics of open license or whatever it's called. Also, I've been using these sweet $20 Koss earbuds with a volume slider on the wire. Great simple functionality.

Latest audio was 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Latest hard copy, will finish Asimov I, Robot, this weekend. Also started starship troopers, by Heinlin. Also just arrived are three of the Asimov Foundation series, and a half dozen other titles by the same authors. Fun stuff, enjoy all those titles.
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Any of you guys do audio books while you ride? The ear buds make great ear plugs too, using the largest earpeices, but poking a pin thru near the center, to relieve pressure.

Yes, I do listen to audio books regularly in the car and on the bike. On the bike I listen when I'm killing miles on the freeway - but when the going gets good I turn it off and pay strict attention to what I'm doing.

I have found that I can download audio books for free through the local library, and load them on my i-phone, works great with ear buds.
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I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy. I haven't seen the movie, but the books are great fiction and IMHO get better as they go along.

I enjoy audio books when I exercise but not really on the bike. The remus is to loud
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Devil in the White City - Erik Larson


A phenomenal book about the development of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a parallel story about HH Holmes - America's first documented serial killer, who stalked his victims at the fair. It's a factual book, but reads like a novel. Absolutely fascinating and well-researched.
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Just finished reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business.

Amazing wonderful book! Highly recommended. Has already helped change my life in a huge way.

Basic premise is there are 3 parts to a habit - the Cue, the Response, and the Reward. Our brains are totally wired to make habits whenever possible because that requires less thought processing power. The trick is that once we identify the Cues and the Rewards, then we can work to change the Responses.

These habits control our personal lives, our business lives, and societies at large. You won't be able to put the book down, I finished it in two days, as did my son. Highly recommended.





ps, Thanks Richie for the Jeff Shaara book recommendation. I didn't know he had written books on the Western Civil War battles. I've read all his other books, will look for the new ones.
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For me, the best detective noir is James Lee Burke's "Dave Robicheaux" series. Set in the Louisiana Bayou, so well written you can sense the sweat and humidity.

I'm going to check out the Dave Robicheaux series starting out with The Neon Rain.
Does the series need to be read in order?
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For some reason, I've ran across several WWII books that are excellently written:

James Bradley's Flyboys and Flags of our Fathers

Hillenbrand's Unforgiven

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.


For a great book on the history of wolves in the West: Wolfer: a Memoir by Carter Niemeyer--I heard stories about the author while I was in Montana in August and he's larger than life personality responsible for the introduction of wolves in the 1980's.
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Update on some recent reads.

First the bad.

My brother-in-law (publishing executive) highly recommended this pulitzer prize winner from the sixties, "A Confederacy of Dunces".

I tried and tried to give it a chance. Two nights ago about 150 pages in, I have decided that it is the most extreme nonsensical waste of time that I regret ever opening. I would rather read a ghost written book by a lying politician with opposite philosophies as mine. At least I could gain some insight. This book was just pure nonsense, fiction where the entire premise is that every character is incompetent and moronic. Huge waste of time.


The good

That out of the way, I've also been going down the sci-fi road recently.

Really enjoying Rober Heinlin. Starship Troopers was a very exciting book about a futuristic man's life in the then military. Highly entertaining page-turner.

Just started another of his last night, "Friday", which I'm about three or four chapters into. It is a futuristic spy novel. The skill of the author is enthralling. It is a quite graphic book, definitely R rated. It grabbed me right in the first couple of pages, very exciting in a sort of futuristic Bourne Identity sort of style is the best way I can describe, though probably quite inaccurate.

Also been reading some Isaac Asimov. I Robot was a good read. Now I'm most of the way through "The Foundation". It started pretty good, but I'm finding myself get a little bored with Asimov's stuff.

I'll probably put his other books on the shelf for a while and go down other roads, like more Heinlin and another book a friend recommended last night, which is "Freehold", by Michael Z Williamson, looking forward to that one, he made it sound right up my alley.
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Does the series need to be read in order?

No. They each book pretty well stands on its own. Very good reading.
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I've read pretty much all of Stephen Hunter's stuff, Bob Lee Swagger is a pretty good character.
John Grisham and Tom Clancy are faves as well.

Just read "Dead Zero.". You gotta love Bob The Nailer.
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My favorite Follett book. Lie Down with Lions. which is about the Russians in Afghanistan.

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Acknowledge Follet's greatness. It's a commitment, but The Pillars Of The Earth is one of the best books I have ever read.
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True Grit.

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"Old Man's War" by John Scalzi

A clip from Amazon which provides a pretty good teaser into the book. It was good read.

"John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger."
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"Old Man's War" by John Scalzi

A clip from Amazon which provides a pretty good teaser into the book. It was good read.

"John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger."

This reminds me of Starship Troopers by Heinlin, which I previously mentioned, and I believe I will read it soon, sounds very good, thanks, I think I'll order it.
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Acknowledge Follet's greatness. It's a commitment, but The Pillars Of The Earth is one of the best books I have ever read.

I was looking at Follet, on your suggestion. Some other titles maybe appealed more. But again thinking about it, I do like reading other period stuff, if nothing else, to witness the lifestyle of the period in history.

I greatly enjoyed similarly books like The Count Of Monte Christo, and Atlas Shrugged beyond just the great writing, but experiencing the style of the period before I lived. I think I'll enjoy a book set in the 1200's, just hopefully the author's style agrees with me and it is educational.
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But again thinking about it, I do like reading other period stuff, if nothing else, to witness the lifestyle of the period in history. .

Jay if you like period stuff, here's 3 suggestions, the number one best ever in my opinion is the 21 book series written by Patrick O'Brian, starting with "Master & Commander" - late 1700's early 1800's traces the career of Jack Aubry, a British naval "Post Captain" and his good friend Stephen Maturin. The NY Times called it the best historical fiction ever written.

Then there is Bruce Alexander's series starting with "Blind Justice", again historical fiction about a real British Magistrate of the "Bow Street Court" set in the 1700's London. The Magistrate really established the world's first police force known as the "Bow Street Runners"

And more recently a set of books by David Liss starting with "A Conspiracy of Paper" about the early London stock exchange - http://davidliss.com/?page_id=9

Follett's stuff is good, Pillars of the Earth is quite good, but a bit ponderous in my opinion, interesting on the building of churches in early England, I liked his a "Night over Water" about early trans-Atlantic flights on the Pan American "Clipper" planes better.

But by me, you cannot top O'Brian for historical fiction, I've read and re-read the series a few times, and each time is as good or better than the last.
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Jay if you like period stuff, here's 3 suggestions, the number one best ever in my opinion is the 21 book series written by Patrick O'Brian, starting with "Master & Commander" - late 1700's early 1800's traces the career of Jack Aubry, a British naval "Post Captain" and his good friend Stephen Maturin. The NY Times called it the best historical fiction ever written.

Then there is Bruce Alexander's series starting with "Blind Justice", again historical fiction about a real British Magistrate of the "Bow Street Court" set in the 1700's London. The Magistrate really established the world's first police force known as the "Bow Street Runners"

And more recently a set of books by David Liss starting with "A Conspiracy of Paper" about the early London stock exchange - http://davidliss.com/?page_id=9

Follett's stuff is good, Pillars of the Earth is quite good, but a bit ponderous in my opinion, interesting on the building of churches in early England, I liked his a "Night over Water" about early trans-Atlantic flights on the Pan American "Clipper" planes better.

But by me, you cannot top O'Brian for historical fiction, I've read and re-read the series a few times, and each time is as good or better than the last.

I'll keep them in mind. I've found repeatedly though, for my taste, it seems when a book wins mainstream acclaim (NYT?) I don't tend to relate, ala Pulitzer winner, A Conferacy of Dunces, despite being a Pulitzer winner, I was disgusted that such nonsical garbage was celebrated by the professionals, though a book like Atlas Shrugged, who all the critics hated, but the readers found to be the greatest non-bible book ever, I found to be greater than everything I've read and since, and other examples, I find myself not generally being on the same page as the professional critics. Their agenda seem to be other than quality reading somehow.
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