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    Favorite books by genre

    I won't pigeon-hole the genres, come up with your own. Here is a small list of mine.

    Historical fiction/fantasy: Sherwood by Parke Godwin Great book. Set during and just after the Norman Invasion. A gritty and very realistic Robin Hood. No merry men, but a band of outlaws nonetheless.

    Alternate History: Anything by Harry Turtledove, but specifically Guns of the South.

    Espionage/Spy: The Odessa File. It got me hooked. I gobbled up everything I could by Frederick Forsythe and Robert Ludlum after reading it.

    Sci fi/Fantasy Titan/Wizard/Demon - A trilogy set on Saturn's moon Titan. The moon is actually alive and thinks it is god. It also has a split personality.

    Probably a lot more I could add. I'm hoping your responses give some ideas about something new to read.


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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Fiction/Anthropomorphic fantasy: The classic Watership Down by Richard Adams. Love that book. You don't mess with Big Wig!

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Historical Fiction - Ordinary Heroes Its more fiction but takes place during WW2. One of my favorite books.

    Spy/Espionage - The Faithful Spy is a book written by Alex Berenson about a CIA operative who infiltrates Al Queda but isn't heard from for years. Its the story about the spy's allegiance to the USA in thwarting a terrorist attack.

    Law - The Client One of the first books I read and still one of my favorite Grisham.

    Thriller - Anything by Vince Flynn. One of my favorite authors who is coming out with a new book Tuesday.

    Sport Then Tress Said to Troy A book about OSU Football.

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by Screwball View Post
    Fiction/Anthropomorphic fantasy: The classic Watership Down by Richard Adams. Love that book. You don't mess with Big Wig!
    Watership Down is the first book I can remember reading. I read it in the third grade. I then scoured my schools library for any books with talking animals. Ben and Me and Paul Revere and I fell a little short.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Historical Fiction: O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. All 21 of them.

    Fantasy: Tie- His Dark Materials, Chronicles of Narnia

    Absurdist: Is this a genre? If not where to I put my Vonnegut books?

    Futuristic Dystopia: Handmaid's Tale, The Giver

    Nihilist: The Plague

    Young Adult: Harry Potter series, Holes, Treasure Island, Hornblower.
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    Green Eggs & Ham:Literature::Johnny Bench:Catchers

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    Then there is a tremendous chasm.

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    I could probably pick five of everything, but here are the few of the dog-eared tomes on my shelf that leap to mind:

    Historical fiction -- North and South, John Jakes

    Historical non-fiction -- Battle Cry of Freedom, James McPherson

    Sports fiction -- You Gotta Play Hurt, Dan Jenkins

    Sports non-fiction -- Ball Four, Jim Bouton

    Comic collection -- pick a Calvin and Hobbes

    Other fiction -- Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen

    Other non-fiction -- When I Get Back to Georgia I'm Gonna Nail My Feet To The Ground, Lewis Grizzard
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Historical Fiction: O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. All 21 of them.

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    I absolutly love the Aubrey/Maturin series. I read it through once a year or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    I absolutly love the Aubrey/Maturin series. I read it through once a year or so.
    It's tough to find any fiction written more soundly, let alone any in the same genre. After I read that series I decided to cover as many authors of the Napoleanic maritime era as I could find. There are surprisingly many, but none come close to O'Brian.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    It's tough to find any fiction written more soundly, let alone any in the same genre. After I read that series I decided to cover as many authors of the Napoleanic maritime era as I could find. There are surprisingly many, but none come close to O'Brian.
    My absolute favorite fiction writer of all time, hands down. Did you read The Unknown Shore and The Golden Ocean as well? He wrote those about 20 years before he started the Aubrey/Maturin books. There are a couple characters in there that are pretty much templates for Jack and Stephen. They're pretty good in their own right as well. I started reading O'Brian when he was still alive and writing. I think when I started reading that series there were about 12 of the books out at the time and I got through those pretty quickly and then had to wait for the last few to be released. I was anxiously awaiting the 21st book when he died in 2000. I still re-read these about once a year and there are a few volumes I've read more than that because I just enjoy them. One of those is Desolation Island. I post here from time to time. http://www.wwnorton.com/pob/forum/ceilidh.htm#94296 You might find it interesting.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    In the 'Mystery' catagorie I think that the finest writer today is Michael Connelly, hands down. Connelly is the fomer crime reporter for the L.A. Times and he has the scenes down pat. He weaves a good tale and his verbal painting of L.A. compares to a modern version of Micky Spillane. He has a new book out now.

    Robert Crais may be my best backup in this genre. His writing is dark but taut. It's easy to get into the 'skin' of his 'heros', flawed though they may be.

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    I was anxiously awaiting the 21st book when he died in 2000. .
    Did you read the unfinished version of 21?
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by OldRightHander View Post
    My absolute favorite fiction writer of all time, hands down. Did you read The Unknown Shore and The Golden Ocean as well? He wrote those about 20 years before he started the Aubrey/Maturin books. There are a couple characters in there that are pretty much templates for Jack and Stephen. They're pretty good in their own right as well.
    I did read them, and I agree. And I also read the unfinished one- well most of it (it just didn't seem right to read something he hadn't finished.)
    If O'Brian wrote chick lit, I'd probably have read it, too.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    Did you read the unfinished version of 21?
    Yeah, I've got that one. It's interesting to see the handwritten pages they put in there. That guy not only wrote about a different century, he pretty much lived in one. How many writers nowadays would do every thing by hand and have their wives edit the manuscripts?
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    If O'Brian wrote chick lit, I'd probably have read it, too.
    This one comes close. He wrote it in the 50s, about an Englishman who goes into the Welsh countryside to get away from it all and his interactions with a local family there. Still worth reading though, just for the absolutely beauty of the writing. I can't say more about the story without giving away too much.

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