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Old 01-13-2005, 01:33 PM   #76
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:35 PM   #77
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I don't know how classical you want to get. I love Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath is a terrific read.
ah, that's a book I haven't read. I was never much of a book reader so I haven't read hardly anything. You mention it, besides the three I mentioned recently, and I probably haven't read it.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:36 PM   #78
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I don't know how classical you want to get. I love Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath is a terrific read.
I guess I never got into the "classics" due to forced reading in school
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:37 PM   #79
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You know, i had flunked a paper on the fountain head - because i said elsworth tooey 'won'.

She said i was wrong. But i felt really, he 'won' in the whole battle.
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c'mon you've been here long enough to know when he is joking around
I know he's usually joking, but I didn't get his joke.

He gave up Bourbon for Dickens? I don't know, it's been a long day and I have a splitting headache.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:38 PM   #81
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You liked Odd Thomas, Tre? I wasn't so keen on that one.

Watchers is great. That was one of the first Koontz books I read. I don't know why but Dragon Tears is my favorite Koontz book. It's not a normal Koontz favorite for most.
I thought Odd was an entertaining enough read but I wouldn't put it in any best category.

Give Connelly a shot, he has a great character in Harry Bosch. I really like his stuff. I read most Robert Crais and James Lee Burke, too, which are similar type stuff.

Actually I read about anything. For anyone who likes the twisty turny, agents, double agent type stuff give Persuader by Lee Child a try.

Oh yeah, All The Lovely Bones by Alice Siebold (I think that's the name) was a good book.
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So what books do you guys/gals put in your best category...top 5?
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I just read two great books by the same guy: Steven Pressfield. One is called "Gates of Fire" about the Spartans getting wiped out at Thermopylae, and the other was "Tides of War" about the Pelopennesian War (Athenians vs. Spartans). It's historical fiction. This writer really makes the ancient world come alive. The battle scenes are amazing.

I also read one called "Will in the World" about Shakespeare. Good read if you want to find out about who he was and the times he lived in (which were a hell of a lot nastier and meaner than I knew).
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I just read two great books by the same guy: Steven Pressfield. One is called "Gates of Fire" about the Spartans getting wiped out at Thermopylae, and the other was "Tides of War" about the Pelopennesian War (Athenians vs. Spartans). It's historical fiction. This writer really makes the ancient world come alive. The battle scenes are amazing.
interesting...I'm big on historical things. I was going to be a history major, but knew I would be poor the rest of my life. To give you a clue I read History of the English Speaking People's and his WWII book.

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interesting...I'm big on historical things. I was going to be a history major, but knew I would be poor the rest of my life.
Try being an English Major.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:44 PM   #86
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I thought Odd was an entertaining enough read but I wouldn't put it in any best category.

Give Connelly a shot, he has a great character in Harry Bosch. I really like his stuff. I read most Robert Crais and James Lee Burke, too, which are similar type stuff.

Actually I read about anything. For anyone who likes the twisty turny, agents, double agent type stuff give Persuader by Lee Child a try.

Oh yeah, All The Lovely Bones by Alice Siebold (I think that's the name) was a good book.

Cool. Thanks, Tre. I am always on the lookout for new authors. I have this habit of finding one I like, then reading everything I can get my hands on by them, then being bummed because I've read it all.

The thriller, twisty turny, mystery types are my favorites.

Have you ever read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Tre? They are some of the best books I have ever read. Very long, but well worth it, IMO. I wouldn't really know how to categorize them. Lots of Scottish history, romance, time travel, etc. Really a little bit of everything.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:45 PM   #87
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So what books do you guys/gals put in your best category...top 5?
I hate doing this because I will think of the really good stuff after I post... But off the top of my head

The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The World According to Garp by John Irving
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Yearling by Majorie Kinnan Rawlins (First book I ever read more than once so it has to get a mention).

I also have great respect for:

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
A Great Deliverance - Elizabeth George
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Centennial - James Michner

and more will come to mind in about a minute....
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Try being an English Major.
That's what my wife is...she's will finish her masters this semester.
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:51 PM   #89
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The Yearling by Majorie Kinnan Rawlins (First book I ever read more than once so it has to get a mention).
isn't that about a horse?

I think my wife read that when she was a kid and she loved it..........she loves horses
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Old 01-13-2005, 01:57 PM   #90
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If you like humor, try Carl Hiaasen's stuff. Good airplane time killers. I think Silly Puppy is my favorite - Crooked politicians, crazed environmentalists, neglected wives, expensive hunting dogs and the hero is an ex governor who has gone "natural".
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Old 01-13-2005, 02:00 PM   #91
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The funniest book I have ever read is "Semi Tough" - much better book than a movie, but not PC these days.
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sorry. I just can't read dickens unless I'm drinking or have the flu. For real. And "long term" driking at that. Sitting and sipping for several hours. The only time I have for that nowdays is if I sit to watch a broncos game for a couple of hours. Back when I was single, I'd crack the seal on some Early Times around 5:30 or so and sip halfway through a fifth until 10:30 or so.

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who is the dude that ...dangit....what is it's name

something about the universe and it has a smiley face on the cover with it's tongue out.......douglas...? something....help...anyone?
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douglas adams i think

he did dark tea time for the soul
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isn't that about a horse?

I think my wife read that when she was a kid and she loved it..........she loves horses
The Yearling is a about a fawn. Who eventually grows into a destructive deer.

As for horses, Dick Frances books are just mind candy.
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I tried writting a book, but instead turned into my cd project.
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I think I'll read my daughter ole yeller next, then where the red fern grows... not.

there's a series about the owls of gahoole (sp) that we're reading now. And she's doing her report on the tale of desperaux, which is a wonderful book
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So what books do you guys/gals put in your best category...top 5?
1. "The Lord of the Rings" (which is not a "trillogy" despite getting labled as such) - J.R.R. Tolkien
2. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" - J.K. Rowling
3. "The Stand" - Steven King
4. "Destiny's Road" - Larry Niven
5. "The Color Orange - A Superbowl Season with the Denver Broncos" - Russell Martin

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Old 01-13-2005, 03:34 PM   #99
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who is the dude that ...dangit....what is it's name

something about the universe and it has a smiley face on the cover with it's tongue out.......douglas...? something....help...anyone?
Ames got it. Douglas Adams. He wrote "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" and two or three sequels.

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Aren't they making that into a movie?
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