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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by newguy » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:04 am

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Hey all -

Seeking a book recommendation. I'm looking for something along the lines of a Lonesome Dove....or Shogun. One of those 8...9 hundred page turners that while they could be made into a movie also contain wisdom and I might just learn something. They satisfy the need for action and for love. Not lame and boring. Fiction. Genre open. But again, I want to emphasize...I'm not looking for an 1300 page character study. Plot. Some action. Mystery. Adventure. Etc.
'Exodus' by Leon Uris is good. 'August 1914' by Solzenitzyn if you're feeling up to it. Anything by Tom Wolfe is excellent-- 'The Right Stuff' (not fiction) and 'Bonfire of the Vanities' are fantastic.

Re really old stuff that holds up-- Don Quixote, and the Fitzgerald translations of the Odyssey, Iliad, and Aeneid are all fantastic.

Re the Flashman series-- you'll either love it or you won't. I don't think there's any middle ground.
I read Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons and quite enjoyed it for what it was. But never got further along with him than that.

I will check out the recs. Thank you.

I'm bouncing between a couple of YA books my daughter recommended/liked. I try to keep up with her reading so we have things to talk about. It's interesting you meantion the Iliad. One of the next books on my "daughter" list is The Song of Achilles and we've been talking about the Iliad. Which I read many years ago, as well as the tomb of achilles.

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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Bennyonesix1 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:27 pm

I've recc'd it here before but if you like narrative history and early US history then Eckhart's Frontiersmen and Tecumseh can't be beat.

If you liked Lonesome Dove then those books are right there. Fantastic.

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Post by newguy » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:18 pm

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Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:27 pm
I've recc'd it here before but if you like narrative history and early US history then Eckhart's Frontiersmen and Tecumseh can't be beat.

If you liked Lonesome Dove then those books are right there. Fantastic.
Awesome. Thank you. Just took a look on Amazon. Added Frontiersman to the pile.

I do love narrative history...historical fiction, etc.

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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:13 pm

Albion's Seed is an incredible book about early US. It charts the settlement patterns from England into the US. And argues pretty convincingly that the cultures of the regions of the US (before infinity Mexicans and Somalis) was largely determined by where the founding stock came from in England.

I don't know why one would read this now though. That's going to be memory holed so we can enjoy FAVELA WORLD without understanding what once was and what could be.

There really is no alternative to FAVELA WORLD that isn't racist and homophobic and transphobic.

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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Bennyonesix1 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:08 pm

newguy wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:18 pm
Bennyonesix1 wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:27 pm
I've recc'd it here before but if you like narrative history and early US history then Eckhart's Frontiersmen and Tecumseh can't be beat.

If you liked Lonesome Dove then those books are right there. Fantastic.
Awesome. Thank you. Just took a look on Amazon. Added Frontiersman to the pile.

I do love narrative history...historical fiction, etc.
If you do read it, please let me know what you think.

It is one of my favorite books.

I wish St Mel Gibson would make a movie out of it.

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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:27 pm

Frontiersman is good, I read it in Sarajevo like five years ago.
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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:36 pm

The indentations between his fingers from carrying musket balls between them?

His reloading at a run?

BASED

Tecumseh might even be better. He really was one of the noblest men of all time.

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Post by Croatoa » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:17 am

I finally finished Azincourt. It’s one of the most violent, rapey-ist books I’ve read.

Waiting for the new Anthony Ryan book to be released on August 4th.
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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by newguy » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:34 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:36 pm
newguy wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:30 pm
Hey all -

Seeking a book recommendation. I'm looking for something along the lines of a Lonesome Dove....or Shogun. One of those 8...9 hundred page turners that while they could be made into a movie also contain wisdom and I might just learn something. They satisfy the need for action and for love. Not lame and boring. Fiction. Genre open. But again, I want to emphasize...I'm not looking for an 1300 page character study. Plot. Some action. Mystery. Adventure. Etc.
The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
Thanks for the rec. Thoroughly enjoying it.

SPOILER ALERT
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Dante has escaped the prison and hooked up with a smuggler ship.

Couldn't sleep this AM. For the first time in a long time I thought...fuck it. Get up and read.

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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:12 pm

I actually like The Three Musketeers better. They're both phenomenal stories. But the characters in Musketeers are so damn cool. Each one fully formed and cool in diff ways. Esp the bad guys.

The escape scene in Cristo had me stressed. I had to put the book down a few times. I was just overloaded. Ellroy and O'brian only other authors to pull that off for me.

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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by newguy » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:58 pm

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I actually like The Three Musketeers better. They're both phenomenal stories. But the characters in Musketeers are so damn cool. Each one fully formed and cool in diff ways. Esp the bad guys.

The escape scene in Cristo had me stressed. I had to put the book down a few times. I was just overloaded. Ellroy and O'brian only other authors to pull that off for me.
I'll check out The Three Musketeers as well.

It's been awhile, but I remember getting stressed reading American Tabloid. It might be his writing style....I don't know. But something about Ellroy is panic inducing.

I went to bed reading and

SPOILER ALERT

Abbe Cristo had just finished his first seizure.

Had a restless night and at 5:00 AM was awake and thought fuck it. Let's just see what happens. Then spent the early AM (for me right now) reading the escape to the smuggler ship.

My kid's (teen) YA novel might have to wait a bit. Although she seems to have decent taste and I do enjoy the books she recommends me. For what they are.

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Re: Right now I'm reading

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