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Postby pokerplaya » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:14 pm

I'm looking for a good book to dive into while on my commute to work. I'm not looking for anything sports related, and I'm open to something non-fiction or fiction, current or classic. I'm just looking for the best of the best - your favorite book and why, something that was really hard hitting and/or entertaining.
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Re: Good Books

Postby dclark0699 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:50 pm

My favorite book is The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum...very quick moving and exciting. If you have watched the movie, it doesn't ruin any of the book.

I also just recently finished The Da Vinci code....which I'm sure most of the World has read already. But it was quite enjoyable.

The Count of Monte Cristo is another very good read.
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Re: Good Books

Postby CheeseBeger » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:57 pm

My favorite is far and away Shogun by James Clavell, which tells the story of when the Europeans discovered and began to interact with feudal Japan in the late 16th century. It is an extremely entertaining historical fiction which portray's an amazing picture of the people and political struggles of the time.

If I haven't convinced you, 242 out of 287 reviewers on Amazon.com gave it 5-stars.
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Re: Good Books

Postby pokerplaya » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:02 pm

CheeseBeger wrote:My favorite is far and away Shogun by James Clavell, which tells the story of when the Europeans discovered and began to interact with feudal Japan in the late 16th century. It is an extremely entertaining historical fiction which portray's an amazing picture of the people and political struggles of the time.

If I haven't convinced you, 242 out of 287 reviewers on Amazon.com gave it 5-stars.


Sounds somewhat obscure in nature, but if it got reviews like that, it must be impeccably written...
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Re: Good Books

Postby Yoda » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:10 pm

I'd recommend the Alienist or The Kite Runner. Very entertaining.
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Re: Good Books

Postby Madison » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:13 pm

That hairy potter kid seems to be popular......dunno what's so special about pottery, much less some hairy kid doing (?) pottery and stuff, but that's just me....Isn't that just a Chia-Pet? What's so special about that? :-?


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If you liked the movie 300, or like the story behind it, Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield is a great read. ;-D
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Re: Good Books

Postby CheeseBeger » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:26 pm

pokerplaya wrote:
CheeseBeger wrote:My favorite is far and away Shogun by James Clavell, which tells the story of when the Europeans discovered and began to interact with feudal Japan in the late 16th century. It is an extremely entertaining historical fiction which portray's an amazing picture of the people and political struggles of the time.

If I haven't convinced you, 242 out of 287 reviewers on Amazon.com gave it 5-stars.


Sounds somewhat obscure in nature, but if it got reviews like that, it must be impeccably written...


Yeah Clavell is a very good author. I guess he is most famous for writing "The Great Escape."

Shogun is at its heart an adventure novel, which was very well researched to gain a strong cultural understanding of Japan/Europe of the time. Definately a book you won't want to put down once you start.
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Re: Good Books

Postby roninmedia » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:34 pm

Starship Troopers

A great viewpoint of military structure, civic duty, and the difference of the citizen and soldier. More thought rousing than entertainment but I love it. The movie absolutely destroyed the book in a bad, bad way.
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Re: Good Books

Postby IrishSox14 » Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:53 pm

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sederis is great. It is funny and VERY sarcastic.
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Re: Good Books

Postby brewcrew4you » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:19 am

"A Story Like the Wind" by Sir Laurens Van der Post.

My favorite book of all time, narrowing beating out "The Right Kind of Hereos".
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