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yet another book suggestion thread

the need to read

     
11:42 pm on Oct 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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hey folks
On the way home from Pubcon I've got a 13-hour stopover. Yup that's right - in addition to the 9 hour flight, I'll be waiting 13 hours in an airport waiting for a connecting flight.

So I think I'll bring something to read. I could go pick something up at the local indigo/coles/chapters/whatever, or If I order something now it'll arrive before I go... so... any suggestions?

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Read The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten
2:07 am on Oct 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I just finished Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon, which was fantastic. Another one by him that I enjoyed recently on a flight to LA was Kavalier & Clay.
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I've found these books enjoyable to read.

Fiction:
Ellroy, James: "American Tabloid" and "The Cold Six Thousand"
Thompson, Hunter S.: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
Guillou, Jan: "The Road to Jerusalem", "The Knight Templar" and "The Kingdom at the End of the Road"

Non-Fiction:
Beevor, Antony: "Stalingrad"

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If you like adventure type stories with a little bit of history try anything by James A. Micehner. His novels are pretty unique. The larger ones generally all follow the same timeline, they'll start out way back in history then quickly move to a section of time that was really important for that area. My personal favorite was "Chesapeake" but much of that revolved around the area I live in so I might have been a little biased towards it. If I remember correctly that was mostly about the early settlers up until the civil war.

There's one "short" novel he wrote called Journey that I really enjoyed that is only 350 pages if you want to see if you enjoy his type of literature. That particular book was actually a few chapters from Alaska but was edited out apparently because it didn't involve enough directly about Alaska.

If you do a little research you'll find he heavily researches an area then incorporates that into a book mixing real life events and fictitious events. Some of them were written over decades.

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I Like

Black humor and thrills - books by Trevanian esp.. The Loo Sanction / Shibumi
Humor - Books by P G Wodehouse ( english humor) / Terry Prachette ( sarcasm)
Mystery - I like Dick Franicis.. Slowly developing plot with a feel for the English horse racing scene.. my fav.. To the Hilt.
Thrillers .. Books by Lee Child.. You just gotta love 'Jack Reacher'.. Pick up The Killing Floor or The Hard Way.. or Die Trying..
Romance - I have heard Nora Roberts writes well.. My wife says so.. I tried one.. Didn't particularly enjoy it..
Introspection.. Maybe Books by Richard Bach .. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is world famous.. But I loved Illusions..

But then that is just me..

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Thanks for all the suggestions! I've added quite a few of them to my "future reading" list. I looked for some at the local big-box-bookstore but didn't find them, so I reverted to an older list of "must read" recommendations and found two.

I picked up these two to bring with me on my trip:
"Yes!: 50 scientifically proven ways to be persuasive" by Robert B. Cialdini et al
and
"Wordy Shipmates" by Sarah Vowell

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9 hours? Go either south or west across the border and get a direct, 4 hour flight.