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Postby MMoNeY24 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:27 pm

I'm looking for books, old or new, that are good reads. I'm going to get a few for pops for X-Mas and not sure what to get. I could go on a best seller list, but the almighty cafe'er opinion is superior.

I did get that Gates of Fire one though that was recommended in the 300 thread but I'm wanting a couple more.

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Re: Book recommendations?

Postby Coppermine » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:43 pm

MMoNeY24 wrote:I'm looking for books, old or new, that are good reads. I'm going to get a few for pops for X-Mas and not sure what to get. I could go on a best seller list, but the almighty cafe'er opinion is superior.

I did get that Gates of Fire one though that was recommended in the 300 thread but I'm wanting a couple more.

Thanks


My dad enjoyed a book called "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth which tells the story of a Jewish family living in WWII era NYC where anti-semitic Charles Lindbergh wins the presidency over Roosevelt and abstains from engaging America in the war.
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Postby Old_Style » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:57 pm

is he into any particular genre, or just into good reads in general?
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Postby MMoNeY24 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:10 am

Old_Style wrote:is he into any particular genre, or just into good reads in general?


I guess like John Patterson and Nelson DeMille types.
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Postby Callahan » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:26 am

Might try John Le Carre? He's written several excellent books, that are more substantive than the typical mass-market fiction but still accessible.

Frederick Forsythe has also has written some excellent thrillers (Day of the Jackal for example).

My favorite author is John Steinbeck, so I have to go ahead and recommend him of course.
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Postby Pablo975 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:04 am

In the vein of Coppermine's suggestion (alternative historical fiction), you could get "Guns Of The South", as story in which neo Nazis create a time machine and go back to the Civil War to give the Confederate army AK-47s and such to alter history. They then find out the Confederacy would've abolished slavery anyway so history didn't change much.

Now, I haven't read it myself, but a friend recommended it to me recently. I'm a sucker for time-travel tales.

I also recommend any Steinbeck. ;-D
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Postby Pablo975 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:12 am

Oh yeah, I forgot a great one. If your pops likes sci fi and can tolerate comic book form, get him the first collection or two of Y: The Last Man by DC/Vertigo comics. It's a non super heroish story of a plague that wipes out everything on the planet with a y chromosome, except the titular hero, Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand. Adventures and hilarity ensue as Yorick travels the globe to find his fiance in Australia.

It's a GREAT read and from what I hear will soon be a movie or HBO series.

And if he digs that, get him the whole run of PREACHER by Garth Ennis for his birthday.

Two of the better comics of the last ten years or so. ;-D
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Postby daullaz » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:36 am

I love Mitch Albom's work. Sentimental, but very moving and definitely worth picking up and reading. I couldn't put down "Tuesdays with Morrie" or "For One More Day," and I tore through "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" in a day or two as well.

While we're on the subject, I'm getting "For One More Day" for my mother for Xmas. Sons, if you can't think of anything else for Mom and she enjoys reading, this book should be at the top of your list.
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Postby Thriller » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:41 am

MMoNeY24 wrote:
Old_Style wrote:is he into any particular genre, or just into good reads in general?


I guess like John Patterson and Nelson DeMille types.


Anything by :

Kyle Mills
David Baldacci
Richard North Patterson

Some of the stuff by
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Postby Coppermine » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:55 pm

My favorite modern book, by far, is Donna Tartt's "The Secret History."
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