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Old 08-15-2005, 11:04 AM   #91 (permalink)
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For Dan Brown's books, I'd recommend in order, Angels and Demons, Deception Point, Digital Fortress and then The Da Vinci Code.

James Rollins is good for a formulaic but fast-paced and fun read, kind of like Clive Cussler.

I highly recommend Dan Silva's books, both series. Stephen Hartov has a good trilogy as well.

Fred Saberhagen's Dracula series is good too, beginning with The Dracula Tapes.

Steven Brust's The Phoenix Guards/Viscount of Adrilankha series is a nice homage to Dumas, and is good with his Vlad Taltos series.

H.P. Lovecraft is good, though only short stories are around.

Read anything you can get by Robert Bloch, and see that Psycho was not even his best psychological horror work.

Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series is great historical fiction, on par with the Master and Commander series.

For more historical fiction check out H. N. Turtletaub's series. (Pseudonym of SF alternate-history master Harry Turledove.)

Edgar Rice Burroughs has a nice historical fiction work called I Am Barbarian.

Howard Fast wrote My Glorious Brothers, set in the Hasmonean period.

I could go on, but it'd be a lot better to list specific genres, and then books in those genres. (I read a lot)
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You want to broaden your horizon? Then, I suggest Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

It took me a while to get into it 'cause I must have started and left it at least three times but once I was ready, it was capitvating, and just stunning. It was great find that an English author could so perfectly capture the mood in Japan.

Next book? The Alienist by Caleb Carr.
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Going by the few that you mentioned in your original post, you might like these American novels:

Something Happened by Joseph Heller
Humboldt's Gift and Henderson The Rain King by Saul Bellow
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Tortilla Flat, Cannery Row and The Pearl by John Steinbeck (actually, you'll probably enjoy all of Steinbeck's stuff)
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
Deliverance by James Dickey
Life Of Pi by Yann Martel (I think this guy is Canadian, though)
The Winds Of War and War And Remembrance by Herman Wouk
I'll add them to my list, thanks a lot.
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A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
I'm much further along now, and I love this one. There's just so many little connections and idiosyncrasies in how all these tidbits of knowledge we take for granted came about, that is totally interesting.

It and Hitchhiker have basically given me a love of reading that I did not have before this summer.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

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I just read The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Very good book, good story. I had read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and thought it was good so I picked this one up.

I just started reading Da Vinci Code and from what i've read so far, this is by far the best book i've read. I'm not a big reader, but I didn't want to go to sleep last night reading this book. I think I will definitely pickup Angels and Demons after I finish DVC. I'm not all that knowledgeable on religion and history, so I thought I might be a bit lost, but not at all.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

There Was a Man of Genius by Alice Ivy Hay
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (pere)
The Federalist by Hamilton, Madison and Jay
The Haj by Leon Uris
Donnerjack by Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent by Bill Peet (as a kid this was the book for me)
Go Dog Go by I forget...(another childhood favorite)
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On the Road - JK

Sun Also Rises - Hemingway

Funny, I just finished both of those. Challenging at times but very rewarding, giving a glimpse of a rebellion in times I didn't think existed so strongly.

Not my favs, but memorable. Da Vinci was really good, and for some reason I remember "Fab Five" as a pretty good read back in the day.
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

What's a book?
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck--best book

I read a book earlier called Black Boy by Richard Wright, amazing also.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

A lot of great books listed so far.

Hemingway, Shakespeare, Orwell, Kerouak, steinbeck...

Fountainhead is a good read.

But I'll give two:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (it's considered the #2 most inspirational book in history behind the bible, and it is terrific).

Homer's Iliad, Lattimore translation.
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Re: Best book you've ever read...

They may be hard to find in the US, but if you can, pick up a copy of the "Prince of Nothing" series by R Scott Bakker. Very interesting read. He is constantly toeing the line between a fantasy story involving philosophy and a philosophical book told in a fantasy format. When you've finished the book, you will have experienced a great story along with some deep thought.
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