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Any of you folks read?
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Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 18:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I know some of you must read books right? Spinning

I'm wondering who your favorite authors are?

I'm a big Louis L'Amour fan when it comes to westerns. Also a fan of William Johnstone's mountain man series.

Comedy...Carl Hiaason is a riot!

And in the "wierd crap" department....Bentley Little takes top honors...beats Steven King and Dean Koontz easily. I hope Little has a good therapist!


your thoughts?


KellyGa    Posted 07-20-2004 at 06:39:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Micheal Crichton, Terry Brooks, David E. Lindsey, Dan Simmons, so many books...so little time. :) ( My list goes on and on)


New-Gen    Posted 07-20-2004 at 05:05:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like anything by the late Robert Serling. He was the brother of Rod Serling, the Twilight Zone guy's brother. I'm interested in old aircraft and aviation history. More civilian that military. And that was his specialty.
Also James Herriot, the Vet from England. Those guys both had a style all their own! Too bad they're both gone, but fortunatly their work lives on.
Another good book I've read recently is The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson. He's another one with a unique style, as he demonstrates in that book about two separate road trips that covered 38 {give or take} states.
Hope I don't sound like one of those stuffy book reviewers here.I just love to read.


Dave 2N    Posted 07-20-2004 at 04:22:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert Parker, John Sandford, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman.

Carl Hiassen, too.


BOSS    Posted 07-20-2004 at 02:54:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never.

I have read one book since highschool. I do read the paper, and a magazine article from time to time, but never books.


Texas Al    Posted 07-19-2004 at 21:53:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
After Louis Lamour, I'm dissappointed with everything else. I like some Zane Grey and Ralph Cotton, but not all. I read most of Tom Clancy, but he got to where he had too many characters to remember and too many acronyms. Have read John Grisham, like them OK, like some Larry McMurtry (just Lonesome Dove) and Stephen King, but I don't thoroughly enjoy reading anything but Louis Lamour.


Maggie/TX    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you like comedy, you gotta try Janet Evanovich. She is a HOOT! And if you feel like reading something set in the tropics but have run out of Hiaasen books, you might try Laurence Shames and James W. Hall.
And if you are feeling like Carl Hiaasen is simply too tame for your mood, there is always Kinky Friedman.
Robert B. Parker is usually ok and I like most of Lawrence Block's burgler books. The rest of my favorite authors are probably too girly for your taste, but I am glad to hear of one that compares to Dean Koontz. Koontz is my alltime favorite.


RickyB    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:52:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
love to read.went to library Saturday and got a Clancy,Stuart Woods.James Patterson,and Randy Wayne White.Louis L'Amour is my all time favorite.Robert Crais is pretty good.I will read just dern near anything.


Fawteen    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:33:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read a LOT. Mostly fiction, mostly adventure/techno-thrillers/military-war/science fiction.

For techno stuff, it's hard to beat Tom Clancy, altho Ken Follett does some great stuff as well.

For SciFi, I like the Old Masters like Heinlein, Asimov, Anderson, Clarke and Niven. Spider Robinson is tied with Heinlein for my all-time favorite.

For military stuff, Clancy again, and a feller by the name of W.E.B. Griffin.

I've got four full shelves in my den of Heinlein, Clancy, Robinson and Griffin.


Red Dave    Posted 07-20-2004 at 08:15:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you like Clancy, You would love Frederick Forsythe. Just finished his latest, (in paperback) "The Veteran" which is a compilation of 4 or 5 shorter stories, but a good read none-the-less. Some of his earlier stuff is really good. I'd reccomend "The Fourth Protocol", "The Deciever" and "No Comebacks". He also wrote "Day of the Jackel" Great book, disappointing movies(both versions).
I have read some Follett, also have enjoyed some Clive Cussler, though it gets a bit farfetched at times.

Currently lean more toward non-fiction. Anything by the late Steven Ambrose among others.

Right now, I'm in the middle of "Charlie Wilson's War" (I forget the author's name) which is a supposedly true account of how a congressman from Texas got the US to bankroll & supply the Mujihideen against the Soviets in Afganistan. I can't vouch for it's accuracy, but it sure is an interesting story.


Fawteen    Posted 07-20-2004 at 09:03:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd forgotten about Forsythe. I've read quite a bit of his stuff, I'll have to cruise for some of his newer stuff.


Patria    Posted 07-20-2004 at 07:56:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet is one of my favorites, couldn't put it down. When I finished I promised myself that I would read it again, some day. Read some of his other works also.
Unto The Sons by Gay Talese is another favorite.
There was a time that all I wanted to read was Steve Martini, but I had to do some law research for the terms in order to move on with the stories.
I was handed a couple of Asimov books and although I started to read them, never got to finish them...I guess it takes a more sophisticated reader..but I'll go see Asimov "I,Robot"..for sure.

Right now I'm reading Gone, But Not Forgotten by Phillip Margolin, so I'm back to the suspense legal thriller.
Been looking for a good read about an epic on USA farming around the late 1800s to the 1900s, a fiction, but one that runs around actual contemporary events at the time. I'm sure some of you guys can advice on a favorite one.



Fawteen    Posted 07-20-2004 at 09:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, re-read "Pillars" this winter. Excellent book.


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:56:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
1 more..ever read Richard Marcinko? A buddy of mine gave me one of his last Christmas, but I just couldn't get into it...



Fawteen    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Checked the link and scanned a couple of pages of the book. Can't say his opening paragraphs grabbed me...


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 20:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Supposedly base on reality, you know.."the names have been changed to prevent the innocent"

Not for me...but if you want to read it cheap, let me know....for the cost of postage you , or anyone who wants it, can have it...


Fawteen - Oh, and    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:35:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
for just silly, laugh until you cry stuff, it's hard to beat Pat McManus.

(Thanks, Les...)


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:45:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pat McManus! I haven't read him since high school!

Sounds like you might like a guy by the name of Steven Hunter He gets into the sniper scenario...I'm actually reading one of his right now.... aptly named "Master Sniper"

back cover of it....

"With a snipers rifle he has calmly executed hundreds of enemy soldiers in a single battle, and gunned down thousands of innocent civiliains in a single day, waiting patiently for teh barrel of his gun to cool before resuming his craft....

It is the spring of 1945. And repp, the master sniper, is about to carry out his final mission - even as Germany's enemies overrun it, even while a tired, disorganised team of American and Britishagent tries eveything in it's power to stop him. Because for Repp, this is the one jog at which her cannot fail. For this time, he posseses the untimate killing tool. And with it, he will commit the ultimate crime....."

Whew! for a guy who don't care to type, that was a long one!


Fawteen    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:53:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had read a few McManus columns in whichever sporting/hunting magazine it is that he writes for.

Last year, while visiting Les, I found one of his books and read a few chapters. When I got home, I found another at a swap shop and brought it home. My wife promptly sat down and read it cover to cover in one sitting and literally laughed until she cried. She had LIVED through most of his camping/hunting/outdoors experiences thanks to her father.

I was given a Direct Order from CinC-House to get on the internet and buy every book by him that I could find. There are at least a dozen. Fortunately, they were in paperback, and relatively inexpensive.

I'll look for this Hunter feller and give him a try. Thanks for the tip.


Kens640    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:32:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't read like I should but my favorite books & authors are as follows : Matthew , Mark , Luke & John . And then there's the beautiful letters written by Paul . Now those are great books . Ken C


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:35:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ahh, the Good book....we all should read from that!
Unfortunately, I very seldom do....


Les    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:08:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a Ralph Moody book. You'll be hooked. My favorite was "The Fields of Home".


tina    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:06:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm, never heard of Bentley Little, thanks for the heads up. I personally am a HUGE Stephen King fan. His take on small towns, and how everybody in them operates is what's scary about his stories.

Also like Patricia Cornwell, Joseph Wambaugh, the guy that wrote The Bourne Identity...Can't think of his name... I also like Vincent Bugliosi's books (Helter Skelter, et al).

For more serious stuff, I like to sink my teeth into a big fat Leon Uris book.


Texas Al    Posted 07-19-2004 at 21:58:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Robert Ludlum wrote the "Bourne Identity" I think. Thats the only one of his I ever read I think. About 15 years ago.


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:19:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
tina,
Try Little's "The Association" then. I'll never live in a gated community for sure now! (like I ever would have anyway)


tina    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the recommendation!!


JDK    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:26:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try Stuart Woods for mysteries too,and Thomas Perry also.


tina    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:29:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cool, Thank You! We have a very SMALL local library, I've pretty much gone from A-Z in there, and have missed most of the names mentioned here. I'll be filling out a few request forms!


JDK    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:14:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Avid reader of several genres here.For spooky,I came across and old author,John Farris,a few yrs back,have read most of his since.John Sandfords "Prey" series set in MN is quite good as are he few other books.Have maybe 30-40 authors,new and old I try to keep up with.


tina    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:16:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm, I'll have to check them out too. Most authors, it depends on the story. But if King writes it, I read it. Then find myself comparing other tales to his, and get discouraged.
Ever read any Shirley Jackson? I'm going to see what I can find of hers the next time I'm in the library.


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
hmmm, My wife has a few Sandford books. Maybe I should try 'em!


JDK    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:21:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its kinda neat for me,as stories take place in Twin Cities&Western WI.Its neat to recognizen town name/landmarks you know.I live about 120 mi from the Cities in WI.


Joe Dirt    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:30:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ladysmith right?

Independence here...'bout 30 miles south of Eau Claire


Yep    Posted 07-19-2004 at 19:39:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
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