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Looking for Book Recommendations


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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.
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.
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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.
Don't mean to be nitpicky Babe but it's JAMES Patterson. And he is a good author for sure.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I really enjoy stuff written about drinking, screwing, getting wasted, haphazard gruesome stuff, and scientific theory:

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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