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Looking for Book Recommendations

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckBackHome, May 18, 2004.

  1. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Just finished a couple of books (Naked Prey by John Sanford and Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose) and need to pick up a few more. I typically read fiction like Sanford, Clancy, Kellerman, Ludlum. You know, kind of mindless stuff you don't have to think about. I am making an effort to throw in more books that actually educate and inform.

    Any suggestions on some good reads and authors? I will take any suggestions, as long as they are good books.
     
  2. brutusbabe

    brutusbabe owner of great buckeyes

    Try John Patterson. He did such books as Along Came A Spider, Four Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, among others. Try to start from the beginning of them so that you can get the history.
     
  3. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    If you like horror, try F. Paul Wilson...many of his stories have a medical twist as well, as he's also a doctor.


    Also try Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed. My favorite book of his by far.
     
  4. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    Don't mean to be nitpicky Babe but it's JAMES Patterson. And he is a good author for sure.
     
  5. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    If you dont mind being a little confused occasionally you should read the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
     
  6. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    Have you read any David Baldacci? Try "Simple Truth" -- everyone I know who has read this (including myself) could not put it down.

    The Simple Truth (Amazon link)

    An off-the-wall title that I would recommend is called "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Letham. It's a sort of detective story, and the protagonist has Tourette's. It's hilarious!

    Motherless Brooklyn (Amazon link)
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2004
  7. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    If you haven't read The DaVinci Code yet (Dan Brown), you must put that on your list.

    Brad Meltzer is very good- law thrillers. The Zero Game, The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires.
    Scott Turrow is good- law/police thrillers.
    I used to like John Grisham, but his recent books had really dropped in quality.

    I almost forgot about Micheal Crighton- he does medical/science thrillers, almost oll of them very good.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2004
  8. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    Dale Brown writes some decent military fiction. I'm also a big fan of Ludlum, and there could be a lot out there that you haven't seen yet, I think he has written over 20 books. The Bourne Identity trilogy is his best work, IMO. If you get into fantasy at all, Robert Jordan has a series called the Wheel of Time, which is absolutely fantastic. He's currently working on book 11, and that won't be the last.
     
  9. Buckeye69

    Buckeye69 A.K.A. IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY

    "Golf In the Kingdom" by Michael Murphy.
     
  10. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    If you are going to get the DaVinci Code a must read is also "Cracking The DaVinci Code: Separating Fact From Fiction." Authors are Dr. James Garlow and Dr. Peter Brown. It's always good to get both sides of the story. Peace.
     
  11. USCemper

    USCemper The bicycle thief

    If you enjoy mistery/thrillers that stimulate the mind, try any of the last three books by John LeCarre'.

    There is also Ian Rankin from Scotland, who is very good. You may want to buy Set in Darkness and then go from there. He has a bunch of books out centering on the adventures of a Insp. Rebus.

    James Lee Burke and Michael Connolly are good writers who put out "easy-to-read stuff.

    Good luck.
     
  12. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Not sure what your tastes are...but the Beatnik authors always intrigued me...


    Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsburg, etc
     
  13. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    The book for Requiem for a Dream is supposed to be good.
     
  14. MightbeaBuck

    MightbeaBuck with hat in hand

    As far as educating & informing I could give you a list as long as your pencil, here though are some that will make you think.

    Some fiction:

    Philip Jose Farmer has his Riverworld Series; everyone that I know that has finished the first book HAS to read all of them. Like all series books though, try to get them in order.

    Orson Scott Card has several good books. In Xenocide, a sequel to Ender’s Game, he does a great job giving an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) girl a major role. He describes what it is pretty accurately, and this was done before OCD became mental health buzzwords.

    These descriptions aren’t mine, they’re from the inside jacket flaps:

    Still Life with Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins, is sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.

    Butterfly Revolution by William Butler: Welcome to High Pines Summer Camp for Boys. There is hiking, swimming, canoeing--and a revolution led by General Frank. He promises change for the better, but little by little, he begins to change, and the revolution turns into a nightmare....
    This is similar to Animal Farm or maybe Lord of the Flies.

    Some nonfiction:

    The Ten Things You Can't Say In America by Larry Elder
    Blacks are More Racist than Whites
    White Condescension is as Real as Black Racism
    The Media Bias: It's Real, It's Widespread, It's Destructive
    The Glass Ceiling: Full of Holes
    America's Greatest Problem: Illegitimacy
    The Big Lie: Our Health Care Crisis
    The Welfare State: Helping Us to Death
    Republican v. Democrat: Maybe a Dime's worth of Difference, One's for Big Government, One's for Bigger
    Vietnam II: The War on Drugs, and We're Losing that One Too
    Gun Control Advocates: Good Guys with Blood on Their Hands

    For light science fiction told with the hero being (or becoming) a liberatarian, anything by L. Neal Smith.
     
  15. slickman

    slickman keeping tan

    I really enjoy stuff written about drinking, screwing, getting wasted, haphazard gruesome stuff, and scientific theory:

    Bukowski:
    favorite: Women

    Thompson, Hunter S:
    favorite: (tie) fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Rum Diaries

    Huxley: favorite: The Devils of Loudun

    Kesey: favorite: Sometimes a Great Notion

    Burgess: favorite: A Clockwork Testament; Or Enderby's End

    Dorsey, Tim (not Ken)*** little known author but has a series of books I've been addicted to and it's pure brain junkfood. The first one is Florida Roadkill. It's like Pulp Fiction.

    Sartre: Nausea *** good for the existentialist in you, easy read.
     

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