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Very short list for me as ADHD can be a bit disruptive when it comes to reading. However Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne was very good. Others are Dear Mom a Snipers Vietnam, and of course Band of Brothers. 

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River of Doubt / Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candace Millard, 2005

 

The journey down this Amazon river nearly killed him. And everyone with him. :ph34r:

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Just looking through my Kindle for the last year or so and these are the ones I liked:

Texas Ranger series by Elmer Kelton.

Shark Infested Custard and Cockfight, by Charles Willeford

Perfidia by James Elroy

Neal Stephenson’s  Mongoliad and Diamond Cycle

Two Years Before The Mast by Henry Dana

Seven Years of a Sailor’s Life, George Edward Clarke

Under Sail, Felix Reisenberg

The Flashman series by MacDonald

The Berlin Noir series and all the Bernie Gunther novels by Phillip Kerr

The Hornblower series by  C.S. Forester

The Aubrey Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian

The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen

The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child 

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

Saving Capitalism by Robert Reich

The Peripheral by William Gibson (anything by him)

Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

The Hardwired series by Walter Jon Williams

Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow

Flash Boys, Michael Lewis, also Liar’s Poker, The Big Short

Stephen Ambrose, Nothing like it in the World

The Living and the Dead by Paul Hendrickson

Leon Pannetta, Worthy Fights

Lawrence Block, Hit Me, and some others

Horseman Pass By, Larry McMurtry

Isaac Asimov, I Robot series

Cormac McCarthy, the Border Trilogy

Nexus Trilogy, Raam Namez

Jo Nesbo, Cockroaches and The Bat

Level Zero Heroes, Golembesky, et al.

Darryl Poniscan, The Last Detail and The Last Flag Flying

Robert Louis Stephenson, Treasure Island and The Red Arrow

Rafael Sabbatini, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk

Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series (only the first two so far)

 

And a bunch of others that were not worth mentioning.

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Fahrenheit 451

 

I asked my girl Candis, an English master and avid reader, to recommend some classics for me to read. (Never read any.) That was the first one. It was SO GOOD. I lost track of how many times I stopped reading to say or think - how does he come up with the way he describes the scenes in words. Never read anything like it. I'm hooked reading more classics. 

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 I lost track of how many times I stopped reading to say or think - how does he come up with the way he describes the scenes in words. Never read anything like it. 

Tom Robbins writes this way as well.  His mind is certainly bent,  but he is a virtuoso with the English language. 

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Farenheit 451 is the book I picked for speedreading class. Notice how many “modern” ideas like flatscreens and interactive media it has? Bradbury was a genius. Sometimes when I read E. L. Doctorow it feels like I am reading Bradbury, style-wise at least.

Tom Robbins is always entertaining. Still Life w/ Woodpecker is classic

Life of Pi by Martel is amazing

Barbara Kingsolver is a great writer. Poisonwood Bible is a must read.

Kurt Vonnegut’s string of hits, Heller’s Catch 22, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Thompson (after Keroac’s On the Road) are great for thinking out-of-the-box-type stuff.

A very good comedy is A Confederacy of Dunces by O’Toole.

Paranahansa Yogananda’s  Autobiography of a Yogi is interesting.

The whole Story of Philosophy by Will Durant is core.

Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and his monomyth theory is totally important reading.

Speer’s Rise and Fall if the 3rd Reich is a good one

Gore Vidal is usually worth reading. Lincoln, Julian, Burr.

Anything by Steinbeck.

John Irving is usually good. Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Garp.

The Milagro Beanfield Trilogy by John Nichols is worthwhile reading.

Charriere’s Papillion is a good one. The book is better than the movie, as usual.

All of Charkes Bukowski’s stuff is amazing.

P. J. ORourke is a damn good writer. Parliament of Whores and his magazine articles are the best.

Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, this you must know.

Gibran’s The Prophet on my shelf always catches the eyes of the ladies. Read a few pages of that over a glass of wine and see what happens.

Everyone should read Homer’s Illiad and Oddyssey. It basically sets up all modern storytelling. (see J. Campbell)

Any biography or autobiography of anyone that ever interested you will be a good read because you already want to know about them.

 

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Everything written by Tom Wolfe is great, I think he was the best writer of the last 50 years. 

 

TC Boyle (or T. Coraghessan Boyle) is pretty funny. 

 

Disgraced former Fox host and colonel Ralph Peters has written a series of fictional novels about a detective involved in the Civil War under the alias Owen Parry. Military and history fans will like them even if the author is a POS. 

 

Mark Helprin is a hell of a good writer. Try A Soldier of the Great War. 

 

Some of the classic mountain climbing expedition accounts are good, try “K2 the Savage Mountain” and “Games Climbers Play”. It’s a bit morbid but there is an annual “Accidents in North American Mountaineering” that is fascinating. 

 

 

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These are going to be what I call "God Books" but they have both really helped change the way I look at things...

 

The Greatest Miracle in the World - Og Mandino

Heaven - Randy Alcorn

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On 6/12/2018 at 11:22 PM, xtian999 said:

Farenheit 451 is the book I picked for speedreading class. Notice how many “modern” ideas like flatscreens and interactive media it has? Bradbury was a genius. Sometimes when I read E. L. Doctorow it feels like I am reading Bradbury, style-wise at least.

Tom Robbins is always entertaining. Still Life w/ Woodpecker is classic

Life of Pi by Martel is amazing

Barbara Kingsolver is a great writer. Poisonwood Bible is a must read.

Kurt Vonnegut’s string of hits, Heller’s Catch 22, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Thompson (after Keroac’s On the Road) are great for thinking out-of-the-box-type stuff.

A very good comedy is A Confederacy of Dunces by O’Toole.

Paranahansa Yogananda’s  Autobiography of a Yogi is interesting.

The whole Story of Philosophy by Will Durant is core.

Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and his monomyth theory is totally important reading.

Speer’s Rise and Fall if the 3rd Reich is a good one

Gore Vidal is usually worth reading. Lincoln, Julian, Burr.

Anything by Steinbeck.

John Irving is usually good. Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Garp.

The Milagro Beanfield Trilogy by John Nichols is worthwhile reading.

Charriere’s Papillion is a good one. The book is better than the movie, as usual.

All of Charkes Bukowski’s stuff is amazing.

P. J. ORourke is a damn good writer. Parliament of Whores and his magazine articles are the best.

Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, this you must know.

Gibran’s The Prophet on my shelf always catches the eyes of the ladies. Read a few pages of that over a glass of wine and see what happens.

Everyone should read Homer’s Illiad and Oddyssey. It basically sets up all modern storytelling. (see J. Campbell)

Any biography or autobiography of anyone that ever interested you will be a good read because you already want to know about them.

 

I love Slaughterhouse-five, the sirens of titan, and slapstick by Vonnegut. Also Bradbury is very prolific. My favorite short story by him is "The Scythe"

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10 hours ago, eggman said:

Anything by Jon R. Lansdale who wrote the Hap & Leonard books but his other books are great .

Joe R. Lansdale is a great writer.  I was bumbed when they cancelled the Hap & Leonard television series.

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I'll toss in some sci-fi book series that I have really enjoyed.

 

The Inheritance series by Christopher paolini

Monster Hunter international by  Larry Correia

A song of fire and ice by RR Martin

The legend of Drizzt by r.a. Salvador

And books by Timothy Zahn( Star wars nerd here)

 

 

My next post here will be nonfiction titles

 

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The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, 9 books on now and still going.

 

The Revelation Space trilogy by Alastair Reynolds, and just about anything else by him.

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