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Bobby_Tables #1 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:07 AM

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When I am not playing this game, and even some times when I am, I like to read.  I just finished the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  I have not seen the movie and glad I have not as I could put the images into my head without the movie interpretation.  

 

An excellent read.  The writing is much different than a lot of other books and you can read a lot of reviews on Amazon that would put any review I write to shame.  It deserves the credit it gets because as I read it, I was totally immersed in the story.  I finished it much too quickly.  

 

I took some time off from reading as I got tired of mystery, lawyer procedural and unstoppable serial-killer fiction.  Recently I have gotten back into non-fiction and kinda dystopian fiction.  I check out online books from the library via Kindle and it's opened my horizons quite a bit

 

Anyone have any recommendations?  .   



Psicko23 #2 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:22 AM

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Have you read anything by chuck Palahniuk? He is the one that wrote fight club among others. He has some very bizarre stories. Not for everyone though.

Bobby_Tables #3 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:37 AM

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bizarre is right up my alley, thanks!

Carronade32 #4 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:45 AM

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'The Road' is a powerful novel.  I have been a big McCarthy fan since reading 'All the Pretty Horses' when it came out in '92.

 

You should read his novel, 'No Country for Old Men'.

 

I never saw the movie for 'The Road', but 'No Country' is a good movie, very well acted, and a good adaption of the novel.

 

I would also recommend the novel which the movie was based on; 'Deliverance' by James Dickey.  Similar to 'The Road' in themes of the break down of civilized society and survival in nature.

 

Or 'The Exorcist' by William Peter Blatty.  Similar in the exploration of the theme of what is the nature of evil.  The police detective has a much bigger role and is an interesting character as I remember.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 

BuffaloTime #5 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:54 AM

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Nonfiction- The Great Bridge by David McCullough. The story of the building of the Brooklyn bridge. Unbelievable what had to happen to get it built.

Fiction - Sigma Force series by James Rollins. The books tie spies, hi tech and ancient mysteries all together.

 

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I don't read fiction.

 

Williamson Murray - Luftwaffe: Strategy for Defeat; Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

William Manchester - Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

Carlos D'este - Patton: A Genius for War

Ulysses S. Grant - The Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

Paul Kennedy - Rise and Fall of the Great Powers



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Thanks for the fast responses.  If you are not into nonfiction, I recommend:

 

This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga by  Peter Cozzens  ( I have visited the Chickamauga battlefield several times)

Sog: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam by John L. Plaster  (there are many, many good books about how Americans fought for their fellow Americans in Vietnam but this one really brought it home to me on the sacrifice so many made).  I read a different book on Operation Lam Son 719 and one of the people (I think a helicopter pilot) in SOG died in this operation and I was crushed reading that because of his incredible bravery and dedication.  

 

Sorry if this became sober, but the bravery of the individual in the face of extreme odds is something  very much worthy of respect.


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Anything Robert Ludlum or Robert A Heinlein.


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ViolentAngel #9 Posted 07 April 2016 - 04:16 AM

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The last book I read was "The Elfstones of Shannara" - what a piece of ****.  Confounded by how Terry Brooks gets away with writing such garbage.

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Rarearth #10 Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:26 AM

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I all ways liked The Wet Willie by Hank .E .Pankie              :D   

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Ace_BOTlistic_Cosmo #11 Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:48 AM

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the book, skip the movie

 



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One of the few books I read in a couple of days:

 

"a 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared"

 

Loved it !


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PG County "Election Judges Manual 2016" by Board of Elections. Boring but is mandatory reading for me.


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There are so many good books out there.

Just not enough time to read them all.

From " A Conversation with GOD " by Neil Donald Walsch to " Krystonia Chronicals " by can;t remember his name.

Robert Asprin is a good humor novelist for fantasy books.

Depeck Choppra is another good author

Douglass Adams

the list can go on and on

Then there is " Tales of the Vulgar Unicorn " and to think I used to play the series when I played AD&D before computers.

MEMORIES...sometimes I wish I could just erase those memories....how they make me want to travel back in time.

Orson Wells....lol



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Anyone have any good world war 2 books? I used have a book on Panzers, and another was Airplanes of the 3rd Reich. I have some other airplane books still in storage since I moved.

IronyAngel #16 Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:10 PM

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View PostCrazyHeinz, on 06 April 2016 - 06:58 PM, said:

I don't read fiction therefore I am better than you.

 

I thought I would edit that in case the original was too subtle.

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"Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn"  

 

I always looked forward to the next book in the series.

 
 
 
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well its not nearly as messed up as "the road" (didnt see the movie either could not handle the basement scene again), but i am re-reading the Foundation Trilogy by Issac Assimov. I love how he takes the fall of the roman republic and adapts it to a multi galaxy empire. 

 

All roads lead to terminus

 

I would also suggest battle royal  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale , When i finally read mocking-jay i was like Jesus could they have stolen more from battle royale. Better darker and you don't feel like you are reading Vampire diaries for tweens.

 

 


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View PostIronyAngel, on 07 April 2016 - 09:10 AM, said:

 

I thought I would edit that in case the original was too subtle.

 

Not so. I just don't care for fiction. It was a statement of fact, not a value judgement. 

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View PostAce_BOTlistic_Cosmo, on 07 April 2016 - 03:18 AM, said:

the book, skip the movie

 

^^^-Has to be a reborn with Dr. Timothy Leary's brain.


 




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