Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 39
  1. #1
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 96,225, Level: 96
    Level completed: 59%, Points required for next Level: 825
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,199
    Points
    96,225
    Level
    96
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 29
    Given: 0

    Need some book advice...

    I've been reading James Patterson and John Sanford books recently. Need a break from murder mysteries. Have enjoyed Clive Cussler in the past, but his ghost authors don't match up, and love Vince Flynn, Baldacci and Grishom. Any other authors with some fun reading like the Cussler of old?



  2. #2
    Speechless
    Points: 869,951, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 45.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    CycloneErik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Jamerica
    Posts
    56,476
    Points
    869,951
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2,161
    Given: 1,800

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Tom Clancy? I've enjoyed his books.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




    http://rememberingdoria.wordpress.com/

  3. #3
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 72,265, Level: 83
    Level completed: 48%, Points required for next Level: 885
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    cyfan964's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    4 blocks from the Jack
    Posts
    4,563
    Points
    72,265
    Level
    83
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 81
    Given: 191

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    I've been reading James Patterson and John Sanford books recently. Need a break from murder mysteries. Have enjoyed Clive Cussler in the past, but his ghost authors don't match up, and love Vince Flynn, Baldacci and Grishom. Any other authors with some fun reading like the Cussler of old?
    Every time I get in a funk I switch to some classics. Try: The Brothers Karamazov, The Gulag Archipelago, East of Eden... just a couple of my favs.


    Now that MBB is back, do we still have to pretend that WBB matters?

    -acgclone

  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 69,389, Level: 81
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 361
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    TarHeelHawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    W. Des Moines
    Posts
    8,615
    Points
    69,389
    Level
    81
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    I've been reading James Patterson and John Sanford books recently. Need a break from murder mysteries. Have enjoyed Clive Cussler in the past, but his ghost authors don't match up, and love Vince Flynn, Baldacci and Grishom. Any other authors with some fun reading like the Cussler of old?
    Not sure if it's your type of reading, but right now I'm reading "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. It took about 6 weeks of waiting for my turn to finally come up on the wait list at the library, but it's been worth it so far.

    Some pretty disturbing stuff, but it's interesting to see how everything that we "knew" about what happened that day and the events leading up to it were dead wrong.



  5. #5
    All-Star
    Points: 17,489, Level: 40
    Level completed: 30%, Points required for next Level: 561
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    kkise's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ankeny, Iowa
    Posts
    1,070
    Points
    17,489
    Level
    40
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 45

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Every time I get in a funk I switch to some classics. Try: The Brothers Karamazov, The Gulag Archipelago, East of Eden... just a couple of my favs.
    Classics are a good choice.


    Keepers of the Faith -- Member

    Keepers of the Faith is an alliance for those who are excited, enthusiastic, and optimistic about the direction of our men's basketball program. We reject the notion that one bad loss can derail the incredible progress of the past three years. To join, put this in your signature.

  6. #6
    Speechless
    Points: 736,537, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 77.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    47,937
    Points
    736,537
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,545
    Given: 736

    Re: Need some book advice...

    My favorite fiction:

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    Animal Farm by George Orwell

    Tom Clancy is good, or John Grisham



  7. #7
    Prospect
    Points: 6,443, Level: 23
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 107
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    60
    Points
    6,443
    Level
    23
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 24

    Re: Need some book advice...

    These are some of the authors that I have enjoyed, besides the ones already listed; Ted Bell, Ed Mc Bain (87th precinct), Joshua spanogle, and Ian Rankin(Inspector Rebus). I'm afraid that these are all murder mystery types.



  8. #8
    Prospect
    Points: 6,770, Level: 24
    Level completed: 44%, Points required for next Level: 280
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    58
    Points
    6,770
    Level
    24
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Need some book advice...

    James Rollins, Mathew Reilly, Stewart Woods, and Lee Child are four authors that I read for a change of pace. They each have books with recurring characters.



  9. #9
    All-Star
    Points: 18,122, Level: 41
    Level completed: 8%, Points required for next Level: 828
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    1,329
    Points
    18,122
    Level
    41
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 17
    Given: 1

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    I've been reading James Patterson and John Sanford books recently. Need a break from murder mysteries. Have enjoyed Clive Cussler in the past, but his ghost authors don't match up, and love Vince Flynn, Baldacci and Grishom. Any other authors with some fun reading like the Cussler of old?
    You ever try Lee Child. I enjoy his books, but he doesn't write many. I can't think of anyone who writes like Cussler, where everyone's strong, good-looking, humble, self-effacing and heroic and saves the world three or four times per book. There just isn't anyone else that corny. Don't get me wrong, the books are fun escapism but total hack writing, which is part of their charm.

    Try some Dean Koontz, if you haven't already. He has some fun books, especially his Odd Thomas series. A good one to start on (not Odd Thomas) is Watchers. You'll see in this book that Koontz does dog good. (He writes well about dogs).

    Some other guys I've been reading lately are Harlan Cobin (murder mysteries with twists); Randy Wayne White (make sure you get his newer, Doc Ford series, not the older books, the thin ones, which are just awful); and James Lee Burke (darker murder mysteries set in Louisiana and Montana)

    Of those I mentioned I think the Doc Ford stories by Randy Wayne White are closest to Cussler, only better written. The hero, Doc Ford, is a marine biologist and retired CIA agent who runs into troubles down on Sanibel Island.

    The Lee Child books have the same hero, Maj. Jack Reacher, a retired Army MP, who is the ultimate loner. He owns nothing, except a toothbrush, literally, and when he needs new clothes, he buys them and trashes the old ones. He roams the U.S., seeing the sights in a country he never got to see much of while stationed mostly overseas. He runs into scumbags that he knows how to deal with. Good fun if you like your heroes to be fearless and ruthless with the bad guys. And he's right on the edge of being a criminal himself, but a criminal with his heart in the right place.

    And I highly, highly recommend Robert McCammon. I always thought Swan Song was the best book I ever read until I read Boys Life. He has some very quality books.



  10. #10
    Rookie
    Points: 10,628, Level: 31
    Level completed: 12%, Points required for next Level: 622
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran10000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    521
    Points
    10,628
    Level
    31
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 16
    Given: 3

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Might pick up one of the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child books. Ice Limit is pretty good and the entire Pendergast (main character) series is interesting. A little weird to be honest, but still fairly well written.

    I've also been reading David Gibbins as well. Kind of an interesting mix of adventure and history. Also since you mentioned Vince Flynn, have you read any of Brad Thor's novels? Same style/genre of novels.

    Other random books on my shelves that I thought were good:
    -'Rising Tide' by John Barry. Book about the 1927 Mississippi flood and all the factors that went into it. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it but it's been interesting if you like history.
    -'Hanibal Crosses the Alps' by John Prevas. Histroical Non-Fiction. Pretty obvious what it's about. Interesting read.
    - Dan Brown's other novels. (Deception Point and his other one that I'm to lazy to look up)
    -Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy. Murder-Mystery type novel. Easy read, but fairly imaginative.



  11. #11
    Speechless
    Points: 736,537, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 77.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    47,937
    Points
    736,537
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,545
    Given: 736

    Re: Need some book advice...

    If we're throwing out non-fiction, I just read the 5000 Year Leap, and it was excellent.



  12. #12
    Speechless
    Points: 869,951, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 45.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    CycloneErik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Jamerica
    Posts
    56,476
    Points
    869,951
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2,161
    Given: 1,800

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    If we're throwing out non-fiction, I just read the 5000 Year Leap, and it was excellent.
    If we're doing non-fiction:

    Lewis and Demerest: Integrative Theology.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




    http://rememberingdoria.wordpress.com/

  13. #13
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 65,822, Level: 79
    Level completed: 61%, Points required for next Level: 628
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    Cycofan1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,100
    Points
    65,822
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Who reads books


    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    And I'm thinking that cycofan just made the air, baby!
    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    I'll be honest, Cycofan1 sounds much older than what he makes me believe on here.

  14. #14
    Addict
    Points: 69,389, Level: 81
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 361
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    TarHeelHawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    W. Des Moines
    Posts
    8,615
    Points
    69,389
    Level
    81
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1
    Given: 0

    Re: Need some book advice...

    No one here has read Columbine? Seriously, it's a fantastic read.



  15. #15
    Speechless
    Points: 352,711, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    isucyfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Saint Paul, MN
    Posts
    19,870
    Points
    352,711
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 99
    Given: 2

    Re: Need some book advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    Not sure if it's your type of reading, but right now I'm reading "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. It took about 6 weeks of waiting for my turn to finally come up on the wait list at the library, but it's been worth it so far.

    Some pretty disturbing stuff, but it's interesting to see how everything that we "knew" about what happened that day and the events leading up to it were dead wrong.
    I second this. A very good, well researched book.


    Forever trying to find a cure for the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: TBD
  • Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
  • November 1, 2014
  • 07:00 PM