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Re: Recommended Books?
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2008, 11:28:52 PM »

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Btw, TP for the topic.

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« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2008, 11:49:47 PM »

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i am an avid Sherlock Holmes reader...don't know who's into this particular genre, but i find this era of history amazing.

two of my favorite books are written by Mark Frost:

"the list of seven"
"the six messiahs"

these books are historical journeys of the life of arthur conan doyle (the author of holmes) and are amazing.

a great book for sports fans is "bleachers" by John Grisham.

also, caleb carr is an outstanding author...absolutely loved "the alienist" - one of my all-time favorite books.

GREAT topic!!
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I'll recommend "The Hot Zone" by
Richard Preston. As books critics
love to say, it's a pageturner and
one of the best books I've ever read.
It deals with the dreaded Ebola virus.

Right now, I'm reading "The Stand" by
Stephen King. That guy never ceases to
amaze me.

If you like horror, you should also try
to pick up something by Clive Barker.
I've never experienced an author with a
better imagination. It's almost scary!
Try picking up "The Books of Blood".
Though they deal with gore and such, the
stories contain so much more on many
different levels.

I hope this was useful to you  :)

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I would suggest anything by Grisham. A book I've just finished reading is "The Game" by Neil Strauss and I thought that was a fantastically funny and brilliantly written book.

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"Right now, I'm reading "The Stand" by
Stephen King. That guy never ceases to
amaze me."

When you finish the book, check out the miniseries on youtube, with Rob Lowe and Gary Sinese.

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The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged is pretty amazing, too.

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I don't read very much fiction at all.  The last work of fiction I can remember reading was A Confederacy of Dunces, and I was thoroughly dissapointed (as it had come highly reccomended) - nonfiction wise, I read a lot of history, I'm currently doing a research paper on beer brewing in New England, so I've been reading a book called Ambitious Brew, and another called Beer Blast - both are pretty good - David Hackett Fisher is probably the most enjoyable historian to read imo - Washington's Crossing, Paul Revere's Ride are two of my favorites - I love love love humor books, they don't completely fit into fiction or non, imo - like Jon Stewart's America the Book, or Scott Adam's Dilbert Series (Principle, Future, Joy of Work, etc.) - some business/econ books interest me a great deal - I finished one called Checking in about a journalist who goes undercover at many corporations as a front line employee - so he goes to Starbucks and becomes a barista, The Gap and becomes a clothes folder, etc. Its a fascinating way to look at the business world - another was Predictibly Irrational, which is behavioral economics and shows us why we do stupid things.

So yeah, I enjoy reading, but do have trouble getting into fiction...
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I just read "Invasive Procedures" by Orson Scott Card

Card is my second favorite author, next to terry pratchett (very different authors, but I digress)

The book was good, one of those books you would read not to change your life but enjoyably pass your time, kind of like a Grisham book, or a Clancy book.

Lots of interesting stuff about genetics in it though, and it approaches science from a good place for a fiction book. It explains things quickly but not too far in depth. Im a bio major, so I picked up when they over simplified things, but you have to do that for people if you're pandering to the world.

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The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged is pretty amazing, too.

Why are you giving a free advice?

Parliament of ****s by P.J. O'Rourke, Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton and Witness by Whittaker Chamber. Four contemporary classics.

Non-fiction, and if you like history, I'd highly recommend Paul Johnson's Modern Times. A brilliant master-piece.

Especially to Roy, I'd recommend WFB's novel "Getting it right".  ;D

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I found Oliver Twist unputdownable

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I found Oliver Twist unputdownable

Great Expectations on the other hand, not all I hoped it would be...
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I finished reading a few day ago "The Man Withim" by Graham Greene. This was Greene`s first book and it isn't as good as The Quiet American, but it a good thriller about cowardly.  

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The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged is pretty amazing, too.

Why are you giving a free advice?

Parliament of ****s by P.J. O'Rourke, Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton and Witness by Whittaker Chamber. Four contemporary classics.

Non-fiction, and if you like history, I'd highly recommend Paul Johnson's Modern Times. A brilliant master-piece.

Especially to Roy, I'd recommend WFB's novel "Getting it right".  ;D

since you mentioned chesterton...i enjoyed reading "orthodoxy" - very good book, and he's a great author.  read any of his "father brown" stories?
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I've got to get my two cents worth in for the Bible! I've read it countless times and it continues to amaze.

I also recommend three other books Iíve recently read; The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand M. Nicholi Jr., Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ by Peter Kreeft, and The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. All are quick and easy to read but informative and entertaining at the same time.