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Well, not THE Good Book, Even though there are some entertaining stories in that one too...

I was recently turned on to the Wool series, by Hugh Howey.  While a bit dark at times, they were a very entertaining and well-written distraction.  These are the kind of books you can blaze through in no time flat, so perfect for an airplane or summer read. 

The first book in the series is available for free at the App Store, FWIW. 

I'd love to hear of some more decent reads, if you have any suggestions. 

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I’ll read almost anything, from Dickens to chick-lit.

I recently discovered Robert Goddard, whose novels consist of a mix of mystery, history and conspiracy/espionage. Easy to read, and difficult to second guess. Keeps you engrossed right to the end!

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anything by dale brown (the fighter pilot, not the other one) clive cussler, c j sanson has a good series revolving around oliver Cromwell. Simon scarrows roman legion series is good, obviously terry pratchett, lee child’s jack reacher series, I’m also enjoying all the various star wars series, war hammer/40000 ad, tim severins hector lynch series.

I don’t read so much tbh

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Lawrence Sanders, Dick Francis, John Sandford, Tony Hillerman, Elmore Leonard and Stuart Woods are all good light reading. They are entertaining, page turning detective novels. I haunt our local second hand stores and pick up the hardcover editions and have just about all of theirs and lot’s of other writers as well. I have read a novel or two a week for the last 35 years. Yes I have read ton’s of “classics” as well, Russian lit, English lit etc. But I find myself enjoying the junk food of books more and more. Light reading novels purely for entertainment. I gave up trying to be a cultured man a long time ago, it was too much like work.

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Just finished Lights Out by David Crawford. (Yes, the title sounds like a BLF horror flick.) Pretty good Amazon reviews in the link above.

My son loaned the soft cover version to me, and I liked it. Nice, easy read. May be able to find an online PDF, assuming they are still out there.

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Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Fantasic true story from Navy Seal that survived a combat mission gone really bad.

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I just finished reading The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. As a pro constitution libertarian, I can’t recommend it enough. Truly enlightening and thought provoking. On the other hand, if you are a big fan of the Lincoln you learned about in grade school, you may not like what you read.

Just prior to reading that, I read Drums Along the Mohawk by Walter D. Edmonds. This is a mostly historical account of life in the Mohawk Valley during this country’s first civil war (what most people call the Revolutionary War). This book was enjoyable on many levels. Of course, for history buffs, there’s that aspect, but I rather enjoyed it from a psychology of survival perspective. What I means is, I think it makes you a little more mentally tough when the chips are down if you have some knowledge of what others have survived and accomplished in dire circumstances. What one human being can do, so too can another.

And finally, The Boy Captives by Clinton L. Smith is an autobiographical true story about two brothers who were taken hostage by Native Americans and lived with them for many years before finally being reunited with their family. Simple fascinating. This was the kind of history that goes largely unknown by most people who’s whole idea of the West is largely based on movies/TV.

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Chicago X wrote:

I was recently turned on to the Wool series, by Hugh Howey.  While a bit dark at times, they were a very entertaining and well-written distraction.  These are the kind of books you can blaze through in no time flat, so perfect for an airplane or summer read. 

The first book in the series is available for free at the App Store, FWIW

If I’m right, it was me that posted about “Wool” Wink You’re welcome. Wink
You might want to check out his first series, “Molly Fyde” (Four books, Sci-Fi). Simply awesome, in many ways better than “Wool”.

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relic38 wrote:
... If I'm right, it was me that posted about "Wool" Wink You're welcome. Wink You might want to check out his first series, "Molly Fyde" (Four books, Sci-Fi). Simply awesome, in many ways better than "Wool".

 

It very well may have been you.  Wink

I'm halfway through The Parsona Rescue (Molly Fyde #1) and it is a good read too.  

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I’m a fantasy freak, and I’ve read all the staples. That includes harry potter, many times! I’ve recently read the Seven Realms Series(4 books in total, about 400-600 pages each) by Cindi Chima. They are awesome books, and not a single one is a “bad one”. I’ve been thinking they are one par or better than the potter series. I just love fantasy books with tons of old history, magic and suprises in them.

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The Molly Fyde books get better as they go too. Enjoy. Smile

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Elmore Leonard! My favorites, Killshot, Riding the Rap and Freaky Deaky. Also a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan. If you didn’t read Slaughterhouse five in high school, read it now. It won’t take long.

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Kurt Vonnegut is pretty awesome.  I liked Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle the most.

Another favorite author of mine is Douglas Adams.  The first three books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series are simply amazing.

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Robert B Parker's Spencer series

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series

Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series

Lots of Michael Conelly's stuff is good

 

The list could go on and on. I read a lot, mostly detective or police procedurals and other fiction.

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Down with Dale Brown. Lois Mcmaster Bujold has equaled Heinlein in Hugo awards and in my opinion surpasses all but “the moon is a harsh mistress” in storytelling. Eric Flints Ring of Fire series, David Drake , many great free downloads of older books at webscription.net , Murray Leinster,

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Anything by Jim Butcher. I love the Harry Dresden series and the Codex Alera series. Simply brilliant!

Anything by R.A. Salvatore is a worthy read from his Forgotten Realms books to his Star Wars novels. 

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Well I’m not an avid book reader. But I admit Stephen King’s novels can be quite addicting. J)

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There are some great suggestions here.

I would be remiss in not mentioning Harry Harrison, and his Stainless Steel Rat and Deathworld series. 

Heinlein's Friday is also a tremendous read. 

Anything by the late Philip Jose Farmer is worth checking out, but certainly the Riverworld series - as the cover blurb says, "YOU are in this book!"

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The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred.

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I’m a reformed audiobook uploader butt still can’t resist D/Ling anything by Preston & Child. Pendergast is numero uno pseudo FBI Xfiles goto guy. He got written out of the 1st and only movie and I curse the ppl responsible for scuttling the perfect blockbuster series that it could have been iffn he was featured. How NOT to begin a longterm series…leave out its most impressive character…DUH!!! As long as Tom Cruise didn’t buy the rights to play a tall slender pale wraithlike figure with southern charm and New Orleans privileged upbringing.

Lincoln Rhyme got similar short shrift by the perpetrators of the 1999 movie version of “The Bone Collector” which changed just about everything that author Jeffery Deaver had envisioned in his 15 episodes which were excellent and received great reviews. I feel for the authors, although I also feel they sold out by not retaining control over their creations.

Would that I had to make those kinds of creative/monetary decisions in my life. Just keep those characters alive as envisioned, please, and I’ll be happy with my headphones.

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Recently I read one interesting book – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The most famous novel by Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the Buendia family, who lives in the mythical town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia. Nice story which I will recommend you to read in free time. P. S I am bad college essay writer

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I haven't read many good books in my life, but I liked The Princess Bride a lot.

It's even better than the movie.

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Mmmm that spam post (was eventually removed) was nice to revive this thread so i can add Craig Johnson (just to talk about 'murican writers Wink )

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The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss, 1st book in The Kingkiller Chronicle. The 2nd book, The Wise Man’s Fear is also good. He’s pulling a George R.R. Martin though and slowly working on the final book.

I also enjoyed Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, pretty fast paced and bloody.

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Kurt Vonnegut is pretty awesome.  I liked Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle the most.

Another favorite author of mine is Douglas Adams.  The first three books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series are simply amazing.

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Agree with Name of the Wind. That’s the best new fantasy novel I’ve read in years. I thought he lost a step on the second book though. I’m hoping the third book is more like the first (if I live long enough to read it lol).

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I used to think that audiobooks weren’t for me but a recent experience has changed that.
Listened to The Obesity Code by dr. Jason Fung, narrated by Brian Nishi, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
At 53 I thought that 308 pounds was my fate but this book gave me enough information to finally, after so many years with little success from traditional diets, find a method that allows me to control my weight. I started intermittent fasting August 22 and I’m still working towards a healthy weight. Just weighed in at 225 (down 83lbs) and expect to be at my 6th grade weight by the 1 year mark.
Every system in my body was failing, blood pressure was sky-high, knees were going, etc.
So if you have problems controlling your weight I whole-heartedly recommend listening to the audiobook. The actual book is equally informative but not nearly as entertaining. Brian Nishi is a superb narrator.

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