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Old 08-25-2010, 12:21 AM   #61
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Ouch, how can there be a book thread with comics brought up without someone at least mentioning Watchmen? A few other pretty good ones mentioned here though, a lot of Goodkind's Sword of Truth was very good, but a few were just awful. All five books from the Hitchhikers trilogy should of course be required reading. Anyone who's a fan of Terry Brooks should also check out his Knight of the Word trilogy for a good "modern day" fantasy as well as for how it ties in with his latest Shanara series. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is very good but harder to recommend since the author almost seems like he cant be bothered to release the latest book. Last recommendation I'll make to keep this post from going on forever is the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, very fun series thats a mix of detective noir-lite and modern fantasy.

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Yeah a song of ice and fire is a great story so far, kinda lame that the next book hasn't come out yet.

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Tom Clancy freak here. bout 2 of his a month.
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Tom Clancy freak here. bout 2 of his a month.
gimme best book, ive never read his work. name best and ill try it
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Ouch, how can there be a book thread with comics brought up without someone at least mentioning Watchmen? A few other pretty good ones mentioned here though, a lot of Goodkind's Sword of Truth was very good, but a few were just awful. All five books from the Hitchhikers trilogy should of course be required reading. Anyone who's a fan of Terry Brooks should also check out his Knight of the Word trilogy for a good "modern day" fantasy as well as for how it ties in with his latest Shanara series. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is very good but harder to recommend since the author almost seems like he cant be bothered to release the latest book. Last recommendation I'll make to keep this post from going on forever is the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, very fun series thats a mix of detective noir-lite and modern fantasy.

i never got into the watchmen. just never picked one up to check it out.

Anybody read George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series? I have "A Game of Thrones" on my shelf, but haven't read it yet.
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The Hunt for Red October, Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor.......hell, there are so many Clancy "greats"......



Any Grisham book is captivating......Shogun by James Clavell......The Lords of Discipline......


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Most of the second shelf in my earlier picture is Grisham.
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i never got into the watchmen. just never picked one up to check it out.

Anybody read George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series? I have "A Game of Thrones" on my shelf, but haven't read it yet.
Since you already have it, you should definitely read it. Very dark series full of political intrigue and all the unpleasantness you'd expect from a feudal setting rather than happy knights in shining armor. Just be careful which characters you get attached to, nobody's safe.

P.S. Call it "the" Watchmen and fans more rabid than I will make fun of you. Very good read though, for a comic book to end up on a few top 100 novel lists
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The Hunt for Red October, Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor.......hell, there are so many Clancy "greats"......



Any Grisham book is captivating......Shogun by James Clavell......The Lords of Discipline......


My bookshelves runneth over.......
I'd second Debt of Honor as a good starting point for Tom Clancy. Shogun is one of my favorites, just hard to recommend because its a rather lengthy story, over 1600 pages in most printings.
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Yea, Shogun took me a couple attempts to FINALLY get through it......
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Greg brought homes copies of a couple of books from one of our New Bern, NC writers, Phil Bowie. Guns & Kllrs. It will probably be a bit before I get to reading them. Might be worth a read for those of you that have "run out" of things to read!

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some of my favorite Books:
The Ruins - Scott Smith (much better than the move)
Pirates and Buried Treasure - Jack Beater (for the kid in me)
Tales From Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Florida Roadkill - Tim Dorsey (I like most of his books)
Don't Stop The Carnival - Herman Wouk
Big Trouble - Dave Barry (I even liked the movie)
Under Cover Of Daylight - James Hall
Where is Joe Merchant - Jimmy Buffett
Brain Droppings - George Carlin (it's like biblical scripture)
The Deep Blue Goodbye - John MacDonald
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for Andrea and everyone else who might be interested, there is a site LibraryThing | Catalog your books online, that you can use to cataolg every book, you've ever read and it's free. Once you join, they show other members that have read the same books as you and many offer reviews and suggestions for new reads, it's a pretty neat site, just thought I'd share.
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has any one herd of wibur smith? I picked up one of his book a few years back and was hooked . i have read all 32 of his book at least 2 times, some 3. He was born in africa and every one of his books have something to do with it. very recomended
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for Andrea and everyone else who might be interested, there is a site LibraryThing | Catalog your books online, that you can use to cataolg every book, you've ever read and it's free. Once you join, they show other members that have read the same books as you and many offer reviews and suggestions for new reads, it's a pretty neat site, just thought I'd share.
That's pretty neat, I'll go look at it. I used to use that Visual Bookshelf thing before I left facebook.
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some of my favorite Books:
The Ruins - Scott Smith (much better than the move)
Pirates and Buried Treasure - Jack Beater (for the kid in me)
Tales From Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Florida Roadkill - Tim Dorsey (I like most of his books)
Don't Stop The Carnival - Herman Wouk
Big Trouble - Dave Barry (I even liked the movie)
Under Cover Of Daylight - James Hall
Where is Joe Merchant - Jimmy Buffett
Brain Droppings - George Carlin (it's like biblical scripture)
The Deep Blue Goodbye - John MacDonald
You and I have a LOT in common!!

I have every Buffett book, first editions. Favorite is Where Is Joe Merchant?
I have every Tim Dorsey first edition. Favorite is Triggerfish Twist
I have Don't Stop The Carnival by Wouk. Jimmy Buffett calls it "The Bible".....
I have ALL the James W. Hall books, half of them are signed.
I have ALL the George Carlin books, favorite is Napalm And Silly Putty
I have all 22 Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald. I don't have a favorite, I love them all! (I lived in Bahia Mar for 6 months, I've been to slip F-18 looking for The Busted Flush!! )

You sir, have awesome taste in books. Since we both like south Florida writers, check out Hiaasen and Randy Wayne White. Both awesome.....
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Just finishing up Russell Brand's My Booky Wook: Sex, Drugs, and Comedy.

Up next: Packing for Mars: The Curios Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach. Her book, Bonk, was fantastic.

Some of my favorites:

Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornsby
Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
The Book of Fate - Brad Meltzer
Candy Girl - Diablo Cody
Boomsday - Christopher Buckley
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Some of my favorite are:
Brad Meltzer - Love all of his books
Stephen King - The Bachman Books are great, my favorite of the stories is The Long walk
John Grisham - Lot of good books
Bret Easton Ellis - Love all of his books
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings is an amazing book
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The Worst Case Scenario Handbook
Babbit, Sinclair Lewis
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schossler
This Body, Laurel Doud
Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
Dicey's Song, Cynthia Voight
Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery


and on the topic of books, I nearly forgot - If you're into birds I sell this one, not available for trade, lol, unless for nifty useful Jeep stuff: The Bird School
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I LOVE TO READ!!!

Currently reading Regeneration by Pat Barker and revisiting Macbeth and Animal Farm for work. This will be followed by Men in the Sun, Miramar, and 1984...

Reading The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Angel Time by Anne Rice for persoanl pleasure.

Just bought The Angel's Game, The Day Watch and The Five Greatest Warriors today.

Driving the Jeep to the bookshop and coming home with new books... Books and Jeep... A day well spent...
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You and I have a LOT in common!!

I have every Buffett book, first editions. Favorite is Where Is Joe Merchant?
I have every Tim Dorsey first edition. Favorite is Triggerfish Twist
I have Don't Stop The Carnival by Wouk. Jimmy Buffett calls it "The Bible".....
I have ALL the James W. Hall books, half of them are signed.
I have ALL the George Carlin books, favorite is Napalm And Silly Putty
I have all 22 Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald. I don't have a favorite, I love them all! (I lived in Bahia Mar for 6 months, I've been to slip F-18 looking for The Busted Flush!! )

You sir, have awesome taste in books. Since we both like south Florida writers, check out Hiaasen and Randy Wayne White. Both awesome.....
yeah Serge Storms in one of my heroes
I've read Hiaasen's Tourist Season and loved it. I need to dabble more into his stuff. I've never read Randy Wayne White books..but I ate at Doc Fords in Sanibel Island a few months back.
I've always wanted to see if Slip F-18 really existed.
I need to read more McGee books. I've heard the Leonardo Dicaprio is slated to play McGee in a movie
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I forgot to bring my copy of Stephen King's Duma Key along to the bookshop, anyone interested in it?

I still have not finished Grapes of Wrath. I'm enjoying it but have gotten wrapped up in reading about Waldorf Education and Earthaven (an ecovillage)
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I've read Hiaasen's Tourist Season and loved it. I need to dabble more into his stuff. I've never read Randy Wayne White books..but I ate at Doc Fords in Sanibel Island a few months back.
I've always wanted to see if Slip F-18 really existed.
I need to read more McGee books. I've heard the Leonardo Dicaprio is slated to play McGee in a movie
Seriously? That's stupid. He's NOTHING like John D. MacDonald describes McGee. That would be like John Goodman playing the role of Spiderman.....
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You are aware the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy is six books long. (And Another Thing – Eoin Colfer just came out. meh!) However after reading it certain posted references will make sense. You will know about the mice, and "42".

SF, Larry Niven is good. Robert Heinlein is a must. I've outgrown Asimov.

For S&S, try, The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, and Fritz Lieber's, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, is a nice read, little more humorous.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson. I don't know if he's my favorite but I've read all of his books. But, he is an acquired taste though, but if you want to understand the Vietnam era this is required reading.
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Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Probably one of my all time favorites. It's about the battle off Samar during WWII.

I read a ****-ton of history, so if you like non-fiction, tell me what you find interesting, and I can give recommendations. I go back as far as ancient Greece and Egypt through Rome, the middle ages, revolution, through WWI, WWII, the modern wars, up to the present day.

I just finished a biography on Admiral Lord Viscount Horatio Nelson, and have started another book on how the pirates from the time period of about 1715-1725 ultimately lead to the American Revolution. Fascinating stuff.
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Stranger In A Strange Land was one of my favorites growing up.....

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