Good Reading Thread

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Vikingdad, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    OK, because of a suggestion I am starting this thread on reading. I don't care for TV or movies, I love to read. This thread is dedicated to people like me.

    I'll start off by naming one of my most memorable reading experiences. It was "The Old Man And The Sea" by Ernest Hemingway. I was 13 years old and as I was going to bed one night I took it off the shelf to read in bed before going to sleep. I read it cover-to-cover, finishing at around 2:00 AM. When I finished reading I was absolutely parched, I had to drink about a gallon of water before by thirst was slaked. I have read it again several times since (last time was 30+ years later) but the first time was the best.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    William w. Johnstone is another awesome writer. I like you viking am an avid reader. I prefer westerns, scifi, and AITG books. I will read most anything though.

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  3. freefall

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    Something Of Value by Robert Ruark. Also, The Old Man And The Boy by Robert Ruark.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I like Johnstone and Hemingway, but I'm more of a scifi guy, one of my favorites is Robert Heinlein (not sure if I spelled that correctly)

    Like viking, when I picked up "The Old Man and the Sea" I didn't put it down until I finished. I seem to recall walking into a wall at one point while reading it.
     
  5. pagj17

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    You should check out John Ringo, he has some AWESOME books.
     
  6. Marlinman

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    Heinlein is a good writer. On of my favorite scifi writers is r.a. salvatore.

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  7. trip286

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    Yeah I read Ringo and Weber too. I really enjoy them, I just like Heinlein better. John Scalzi is also an awesome writer, "Old Man's War" was great.

    Salvatore is good, but then you find more fantasy to his (her?) name, and I can't really say I've been into fantasy for a while. Laurel K. Hamilton ruined fantasy for me with her bestiality troll erotica. I just can't do it anymore, if elves, fairies, vampires, trolls, or werewolves come up I get the heebie jeebies because of Hamilton's filth. You know its bad when a dirty man like me gets turned off from it.
     
  8. Marlinman

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    Ya i know what you mean. I also like W.E.B Griffins books.

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  9. Vikingdad

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    I loved Sci-Fi when I was younger. Heinlein was a favorite along with many others. They didn't stick with me. I am currently reading "Nineteen Eighty Four" by Orwell again though. Douglas Adams was a genius not only in the sci-fi genre but in the use of the English language. Absolute genius.

    I have an almost complete collection of Lois L'Amour's books on hand (I probably have them all, just not all in leatherbound hardback). L'Amour is a great writer. Max Brand was good, but not as good.

    I'm giving up too much too early.
     
  10. Vikingdad

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    I liked Terry Brooks' books. Not at all erotica. I don't care for that at all in a book. It detracts from the art of writing. If you want erotica you can read Penthouse.

    To be honest I don't read much fiction these days. I liked Tom Clancy back in the day but since he has gone to ghost writers I don't like his titles as much.
     
  11. Marlinman

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    My grandpa left me the complete l'amour set in leather. Elmer kelton is another classic western writer who is good. I like edward rice burroughs tarzan books if i can find em.

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  12. Jeepergeo

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    Pretty much all of Edward Abbey's books are great reads: Monkey Wrench Gang, Hayduke Lives, Fire Mountain, Some Words in Defense of the American West, Desert Solitaire, Down the River, and Brave Cowboy. Ayn Rand is a great writer with many great reads: Atlas Shrugged and Fountain Head to name my favorites. Both Abbey and Rand are gone, and I've read most of their books, so I've moved on to other writers.

    Just finished Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly. That's a moving book. If you like history and Civil War stuff, the book is not one to miss.


    My current read is the The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg. The book gives an interesting perspective on the Middle East. I've got a few subsequent Rosenberg books lined up next.
     
  13. texaswoodworker

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    Here are my favorites.

    The Bible-by God (for obvious reasons)

    The Book Theif-by Markus Zusak (This is a relatively new book, but will probably end up an highly acclaimed classic. If you haven't read it, read it. You will like it. We read this book in my english class a while back and everyone loved it.)

    The Old Man and the Sea-by Ernest Hemingway (Extremely good read)

    Of Mice and Men-by John Steinbeck (Another one of my all time favorites)

    The Art of War-by Sun Tzu (I love this one. It tells you pretty much everything you need to know about war)

    I also like pretty much everything by Louis L'Amour

    I am also wanting to read "The Common Sense" and "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine. :D
     
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  14. Vikingdad

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    My son has started collecting books by Will James, he was a youth western writer in the early 1900's. Authentic writing style and great stories also illustrated by the author. His books have recently become available again. Great reading for youths.

    I love reading the autobiographical books by Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman. Fascinating man and very entertaining reading.

    Great suggestions from all! I have read many of those authors mentioned but not all of them. I'll have to look them up!
     
  15. Vikingdad

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    Went to the used bookstore today and sold them $60 worth of my books and walked out with a $5 balance on my account. I was sort of pissed because they only bought fewer than a dozen of the books out of the 50 or so I brought in. All of them are in great condition, some are antiques. They used to be less choosy and paid pretty well. I collect all of the free books I can for this and to bring 90% of them home was disappointing to say the least. Maybe I need to find another bookstore.

    I bought "Hayduke Lives!" (first edition hardback) and "Postcards From Ed" by Edward Abbey, a mushroom pocket guide, and "In Dubious Battle" by Steinbeck.

    Fortunately I forgot to write down all of the recommendations y'all have made or I would have plunked down some cash in the end;).
     
  16. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Vikingdad, give us a list, some of us may take a few off your hands.
     
  17. Mosin

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    Applied fluid dynamics
    Thermodynamics
    Marine turbines
    US Coast Guard engineering exam guide

    None of these because I want to...
     
  18. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Sounds like you'd better get to work. Good luck!
     
  19. Marlinman

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    Yes please do

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  20. Vikingdad

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    I'll do that! Great idea. As I said all of these are ones I have collected in order to sell. I keep the ones I am interested in (typically classics). I was going to bring them to a swap meet and sell them there.

    One of the books I kept is "The Naked Communist" by W. Cleon Skousen which was signed by the author in 1964 (it is an eleventh edition hardcover printed in 1962). Oh yeah, it came with a copy of a newspaper dated 1/1/1964 titled "We, The People!" published by the National Coalition of American Patriots To help Save America From Socialism". Make an offer on it???

    I got home about an hour or so ago and left the 5 boxes in the truck. I'll write up a list of them to post. You all can make offers on them and I can mail them out "book rate" (pretty cheap).