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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    A fun read is Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality. Death is the best one (On a Pale Horse), but all are pretty good.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    . And I also read the unfinished one- well most of it (it just didn't seem right to read something he hadn't finished.)

    I felt the same way.
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    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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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    JP Dunleavy isn't a genre but maybe he should be. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murarakami is a favorite fantasy. Really, I have a ton of realistic fiction favorites. Non-fiction vote goes to anything about baseball from the 1950's through the 1970's.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by Spitball View Post
    Non-fiction vote goes to anything about baseball from the 1950's through the 1970's.

    Jim Brosnan for 'The Long Season' and 'Pennant Race'. Heck, I even learned how to shoot those little matchstick missiles made with chewing gum tinfoil! Of course, anyone here under 45 has no idea what I'm talking about.

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Fantasy Satire/ Parody: Any Terry Pratchett novel, particularly Night Watch. Truly mind-bending allusions and utterly fascinating. Piers Anthony with a much sharper edge.

    "Straight" Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read them as a boy and read them each year around Christmas. The definitive tome on mythology and a turning point personally.

    "Straight" Science Fiction: Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut or possibly Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. My second and third favorite books of all time and both are dystopian future-style novels, but with wildly different endings.
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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    Quote Originally Posted by remdog View Post
    Jim Brosnan for 'The Long Season' and 'Pennant Race'. Heck, I even learned how to shoot those little matchstick missiles made with chewing gum tinfoil! Of course, anyone here under 45 has no idea what I'm talking about.

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    Re: Favorite books by genre

    not sure if it would be considered military history but i liked "In Harms Way".

    a true spy book i liked was "The Falcon and the Snowman".
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