Re: Favorite books by genre
Amazed to find so many RZers share my love for O'Brian. I've worked my way through the Canon several times, even the last few, when his powers seem to be waning (I believe he was never the same after the death of his wife).
Other historical fiction- George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious "Flashman" series. Rollicking adventure and you might learn some British history if you're not careful.
Crime fiction- Parker's "Spenser" series, or any of Harlan Coben's stuff.
Military fiction- "Piece of Cake" by Derek Robinson.
Unclassifiable- "The Quincunx" by Charles Palliser. It's like Dickens on steroids- 800 pages of dense Victorian plot, but boy does it suck you in.
Humor- Anything by Robert Benchley, Stephen Leacock, or the great S.J. Perelman.
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