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Recommend a good book to me

I'm looking for something good to read.  Any genre: philosophy, fiction, literature, humor, history.  It's all on the table.  What do you recommend?

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 16:03:13 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby pwalpwal 2018/05/12 14:03:24
"Foulcault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. Covers all of those genre's (and then some). Also it is heavy enough to use as a door stop in a bank vault. 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 16:49:17 (permalink)
I don't know if this is a good book. It's called " The Secret History Of The World" by Mark Booth.
 
I'm about halfway through. I disagree with the premise for most of it. Not a solid basis for the reasoning therein. It stretches to make some of the points made. No exaggeration. Makes points out of unfounded theories. Takes some Biblical things way out of context.There is some truth there. Not much. Gives you some of the strange basis behind many secret organizations. Lots of pagan history.
 
It's occult lite. No horns or pentagrams, but the ideas are basically all there. Religion is off limits here, so all I can say is it has helped me confirm why I never went toward it. Explains a lot of the odd stuff going on in our world. Not all of it. Like I said I'm only halfway through. I hope it doesn't get any weirder.
 
You may or may not think it's a good book. I don't know if I'm interested enough to keep reading it.
 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 16:57:45 (permalink)
Tom Cox "Twentieth Century Yokel"

Its tagline sums it up pretty well, "a nature book but not quite any you have read before".

Lots of humour, folklore and observation.

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 17:12:02 (permalink)
Here are a few good ones I've read recently:
 
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: Friends Divided, by Gordon S. Wood
The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought, by Dennis C. Rasmussen
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides' Trap?, by Graham Allison
The Theory of Moral Sentiments, by Adam Smith (requires more patience and concentration than the others)
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 17:49:46 (permalink)
Mystery Man novels by Colin Bateman.
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 18:39:34 (permalink)
For fun, I love the Florida-based lunacy from Tim Dorsey (Serge Storms rocks!; former Tampa Bay newspaper reporter)) and Carl Hiassen (especially the Skink books; former Miami newspaper reporter). I would read Dorsey's books in the order they were written. Serge Storms equals Steve Buscemi on acid. Best lunatic character ever!
 
http://www.timdorsey.com/chronology.html
 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 18:49:15 (permalink)
Also, the Key West mysteries ('retired' NY mobster in Florida) by Laurence Shames are excellent!
 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 20:31:33 (permalink)
Thanks guys, these are all good starting places. 
 
Please keep the ideas coming.

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 21:54:59 (permalink)
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For fun, I love the Florida-based lunacy from Tim Dorsey (Serge Storms rocks!; former Tampa Bay newspaper reporter)) and Carl Hiassen (especially the Skink books; former Miami newspaper reporter).



Interesting ... I was quite a Hiassen fan early on (maybe the first eight or so novels) but his more recent stuff hasn't been as much fun for me.  I will definitely give Mr. Dorsey a try.
 
My recommendation is basic international thriller fare.  I used to read a lot of this type of book but rarely do so anymore.  But I stumbled across the writer Daniel Silva who has a character Gabriel Allon, an ex-Mossad agent who is a world-class restorer of priceless, centuries-old paintings and who gets called back for special assignments all the time because he's just so damned good at the secret agent thing.  Every book so far has been rip-roarin' page-turnin' exciting reading.  Start with The Kill Artist, the first in the series.
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/07 22:14:34 (permalink)
This is an extremely good book and is quite, quite useful in arguments for reparations.
 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/08 14:58:49 (permalink)
This is all exactly the kind of stuff I was hoping for.  Thanks!! 
 
Any others?

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/08 19:35:22 (permalink)
Moondust - In search of the men who fell to Earth by Andrew Smith is a very interesting insight into the moon landings era if that sort of thing is of interest to you. The author had always wanted to talk to someone who had actually been to the moon and realised that time was running out if was ever to achieve this. Worth reading just for the anecdote of Neil Armstrong's "real" first words as he set foot on the lunar surface IMO. 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/09 14:54:49 (permalink)
I'm currently reading (again) Stephen Donaldson's "Gap" series.

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/09 21:56:04 (permalink)
I've said this before but "Water Music," the first novel by T.C. Boyle, is among the greatest books I've ever read. It's two simultaneous stories which eventually converge - one following the fortunes of hapless explorer Mungo Park as he struggles to find the source of The Niger, and another cataloging the depraved antics of ne'er do well Ned Rise in the filth and deprivation of 17th century London. It's full of hilarity and rich, colorful language. I enjoyed every sentence of it. 
 
One of my other all time favorite books is "Up In The Old Hotel," a collection of articles written mainly in the 40's and 50's by New York journalist Joseph Mitchell. He painted the most compelling and interesting word portraits of quirky characters from the period - everything from street bums to museum curators to child geniuses and commercial fishermen. It's one of those books you can just open at any page and start reading - his use of language draws you in immediately. I've read it multiple times and I have trouble putting it down when I do. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/09 22:00:02 (permalink)
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For fun, I love the Florida-based lunacy from Tim Dorsey (Serge Storms rocks!; former Tampa Bay newspaper reporter)) and Carl Hiassen (especially the Skink books; former Miami newspaper reporter). I would read Dorsey's books in the order they were written. Serge Storms equals Steve Buscemi on acid. Best lunatic character ever!
 
http://www.timdorsey.com/chronology.html
 
https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/carl-hiassen/




Carl Hiaason's books are some of the most entertaining ever written IMO. I think my favorites are Skin Tight, Stormy Weather and Sick Puppy. I'm of the opinion that he's almost like a modern, American P.G. Wodehouse. His characters are hilarious. He's written a couple of stinkers - the one about the rock musician was awful (I forget what it's called) - but you cannot go wrong with the above three. 
 
Actually P.G. Wodehouse is well worth a read as well. Probably the funniest writer in the English language. Especially the Jeeves & Wooster books and the Blandings Castle novels. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/09 22:02:38 (permalink)
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Interesting ... I was quite a Hiassen fan early on (maybe the first eight or so novels) but his more recent stuff hasn't been as much fun for me.  I will definitely give Mr. Dorsey a try.



I think he's tried to get too preachy and political of late and it's sapped all the fun out of him. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/10 00:41:20 (permalink)
 
The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark - Carl Sagan
 
Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism - Aron Ra 
 
Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali 
 
Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall - Spike Milligan
 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/10 16:13:15 (permalink)
This is getting really good!!  Any more?

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/10 16:15:46 (permalink)
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/10 16:28:40 (permalink)

 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/12 06:28:52 (permalink)
The one book that really stood out for me this year out of the 20-some I've read so far is one called Germany: Memories of a Nation. The author's approach is particularly well suited to Germany's extraordinarily fragmented history.
 
Da Vinci's biography by Walter Isaacson is also quite interesting.

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/12 16:38:41 (permalink)
Where to start...
 
My absolute favorite is the "Aubrey-Maturin" series by Patrick O'Brian. Historical fiction that centers around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. You may have seen an adaptation if you watched the "Master & Commander" movie, but the books (20 of them) offer much, much more. If you decide to start the series, read at least the first two books...the first book serves mostly to introduce the characters.
 
The "Dune" series by Frank Herbert and continued by his son. Thinking man's scifi.
 
"Gods, Graves and Scholars" by C.W. Ceram (original German Goetter, Graeber und Gelehrte): Nonfiction. If you like archaeology, this is a fascinating book of discovery, including sections on Egypt, Assyria, the Mayans and Aztecs. I have read this book many times.
 
"The Territorial Imperative" by Robert Ardrey. Nonfiction. This book delves into animal behavior, and how the existence of territories looms large in the world of animals and man. The book is MUCH more interesting than my description. TRIVIA you will learn in this book: the "James Bond" character invented by Fleming and of adventure movie fame was named after a mild-mannered orni..orni...ornith...bird scientist who's claim to fame was writing about the habits of birds. 
 
"The Last Sherlock Holmes Story" by Michael Dibdin. DO NOT READ this book unless you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, because 95 percent of the enjoyment comes from knowing all the Sherlock Holmes stories that Sir ACD has written. In this novel, Holmes sets about solving the "Jack the Ripper" murders in Victorian London.
 
That having been said....For starters: "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
"Metamorphosis" by Ovid. I think I have the Humphries translation. Ovid was active about the same time Jesus was. The most bloody battle scene in literature (Centauromachy) resides in this series of short stories that explain (in part) how natural things came about.
 
"Short Stories of Mark Twain". There are several collections.
 
"The Gemini Contenders" by Robert Ludlum. A creepy mystery with a lot of violence, but well written. 
 
"Macbeth" or "Hamlet" by Shakespeare. GET A FOLGER edition because they explain some of the antiquated language and contains other annotations. Move on to his other plays if you like these.
 
"Ulysses" by James Joyce. I have never read this novel, so please read if for me and tell me what it is about. Some say this is the best book ever written, but I have never been able to get through it...Right now it is behind me weighing down an Ethernet cable that tends to pop up and catch my foot when I walk out the door. This is true. Also, if you DO get through it, do not pass up an opportunity to tell folks you DID get through it; they will think you are really smart...I know I will.
 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/13 13:43:54 (permalink)
rbecker,
 
That's a great list. I read Metamorphoses about a year ago and really enjoyed it, but sometimes I thought that it was the advanced version for people who already know the basic stories. I'd say the theme was that the gods feel no sense of justice towards humans.
 
I'd also like for somebody to read Ulysses and report back.
 
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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/14 15:20:30 (permalink)
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That's a great list. I read Metamorphoses about a year ago and really enjoyed it, but sometimes I thought that it was the advanced version for people who already know the basic stories. I'd say the theme was that the gods feel no sense of justice towards humans.
 
I'd also like for somebody to read Ulysses and report back.
 


I haven't read Ovid for quite a while, but the tendency in all these myths was that humans were pretty much the pawns and playthings of the Olympians. If you ever saw any of the "Clash of the Titan" type movies, they are often framed with the Gods at odds with each other, and making the poor, puny humans pay the price, which is also the case in the literature. That having been said, the Greek and Roman gods display a broad array of humanesque emotions and faults, which is what makes them and keeps them so interesting. IMO Norse mythology not so much...If it weren't for Loki, it would for the most part be a yawner. But perhaps I am unfair; I need to re-read my Snorri Sturluson.

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/14 16:28:30 (permalink)
I'm very impressed by all these.  You guys are quite literate!!

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/14 17:42:05 (permalink)
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I'm very impressed by all these.  You guys are quite literate!!


I don't know, at least speaking for myself. A couple years ago I compiled a list of the "best" literature using a variety of online resources, and bought several of them to try out. My success rate is not too good: "Ulysses", "The Sound and the Fury", "100 Years of Solitude" and others. I either quit part way through, or make it through and wish I had read something else. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/15 14:15:53 (permalink)
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/16 16:30:09 (permalink)
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I'm very impressed by all these.  You guys are quite literate!!


I don't know, at least speaking for myself. A couple years ago I compiled a list of the "best" literature using a variety of online resources, and bought several of them to try out. My success rate is not too good: "Ulysses", "The Sound and the Fury", "100 Years of Solitude" and others. I either quit part way through, or make it through and wish I had read something else. 


I'm with ya on those. I read them, but I sure don't get why they're "great".  Another one that totally baffled me was Finnegan's Wake. 

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Re: Recommend a good book to me 2018/05/16 22:17:29 (permalink)
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance by William Manchester...
and John Lydon ROTTEN: No Irish - No Blacks - No Dogs:
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