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post #1021 of 1626 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 12:19 PM
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Re: The Book thread.

Inbetween Game of Thrones and 1Q84 at the moment. I shouldn't have chose to read two 1000+ page books at the same time.
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Recommendations for novels to read...

So I'm done with uni for the year and all of a sudden have the urge to read. I have/am reading comics but don't ever really read novels. There are so many novels out there and I have no clue which one to buy. I'm not fussed about the genre of the book, just as long it's an interesting read.

If you have any recommendations, please let me know.


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post #1023 of 1626 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 10:07 PM
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Re: Recommendations for novels to read...

There is a book thread you know. I generally like spy/mystery/thriller kinda stuff personally so if thats not your thing, sorry.
That being said my 3 favorite series are

Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels (17 of them)- Hes a former Military Policeman turned drifter and he just goes around helping people and kicking ass in the process. Movie is goming out in like 3 weeks of the ninth novel One Shot but Tom Cruise is playing Reacher which has me skeptical. These are hella easy to find these days, a few years ago seemed like not a lot of people knew about this series but it kinda blew up 6-7 years ago.

Barry Eisler's John Rain/Ben Treven novels (6 Rain/2 Treven/1 Both). John Rain is a Half Japanese assassin who kills people and make it look like natural causes. Treven is a black ops commando. Their paths crossed in his latest book and I marked out. Also Rain's sniper buddy Dox might be the greatest character ever created.

and finally, and these can be hard to find

Greg Rucka's Atticus Kodiak novels (7 now, might be done with the character) - Kodiak is basically a military trained high level bodyguard who eventually get tangled up in some serious shit with elite assassins and the like. Rucka is an excellent writer (writes a lot of comic stuff) and Kodiak comes off as a really likeable guy. Although the last couple books in the series are really dark.

yeah..

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Re: Recommendations for novels to read...

I am hooked on a series where the premise is "What if the Napoleonic War had dragons in it?" The premise of the Temeraire novels is that a sea captain (like from Master and Commander, or the other Golden Age of Sail epics) captures a French ship carrying a priceless Chinese dragon egg. So, he has to leave the Navy to be the captain of a dragon - and that is a major social step down.

It's like a mix of Jane Austen, swashbuckler stories, and historical battle fiction. With dragons in. It's pretty awesome.

There are 5 so far. The writing of 6 got held up because the author had a lovely baby girl instead of a novel. She named the baby Evidence - but I'm trying not to judge.

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Re: The Book thread.

Sorry. I wasn't aware of the BOOK THREAD.

Thanks McQueen and Asenath for the suggestions. Will definitely consider those novels.

I think the Jack Reacher novels sound quite interesting.

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Re: The Book thread.

Go read one of the books before Tom Cruise becomes your mental picture of 6'5 250lb pure american badass Jack Reacher.

The Enemy which is the 8th book but technically the first chronologically is excellent as is Killing Floor which was the first Reacher book written and has a fairly major WTF plot twist that is important in some of the later books (Without Fail in Particular) but most of the stuff is one shot stories that don't really effect the other books save a few exceptions like Tripwire & Running Scared/The Visitor (UK Title) taking place one after another and 3 of the 4 last books (61 Hours/Worth Dying For/A Wanted Man) all taking place right after another.

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The Enemy, Killing Floor, Echo Burning (I really liked this book even if it is a little less actiony than the others, its the most plausible I guess), Persuader or One Shot (which the Jack Reacher movie is based on) for a first time reader.

Stay away from Die Trying or Nothing to Lose since those are the two "weakest" Reacher books.

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Re: The Book thread.

Recently picked up Robopocalypse and 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, cant wait to read these.


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Re: The Book thread.

I have run out of things to read on my Kindle while I am at work. Please suggest to me Kindle-available pieces of tensely-plotted cosmic horror, dark fantasy, and other things that will seriously give me the wiggins at around 3 AM when no one else is awake. Please, no zombies.
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Re: The Book thread.

American Psycho.
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Re: The Book thread.

. . .thank you for your consideration.
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