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    I'll be taking a little break in the sun next week, anyone read any good books lately? I have a preference for fat historical novels but I'll read just about anything if you say it's worth the read ...

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    This book is especially good if the sun includes beach and ocean: Close to Shore.

    It's about the shark attacks in New Jersey during summer of 1916 that were the basis for Jaws. Very well written book that is grounded in history. Not at all sensationalistic.

    So where are you heading?
    As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

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    • #3
      I've recommended this before in a diff thread...

      The Detonators : the secret plot to destroy America and an epic hunt for justice / Chad Millman.

      Sabotage along the east coast during WW1 by Germans and German-Americans. Almost rationalizes why Japanese-Americans were treated the way they were during WW2, at the very least it makes some of that behavior somewhat understandable.
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        The Road - by Cormac Mcarthy (fiction) One of the most bleak and disturbing books I have ever read but shows the will to survive and hope of the human spirit......HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. He also wrote "No Country for Old Men" This is not a happy book and in turn isn't my favorite but it is one of the only books that I will read more than once, and will likely read several times.

        Emergency - by Neil Strauss (non-fiction) This book really makes you think about how prepared you are in case of a disaster type situation. Easy read, entertaining and insightful. This book is the reason I have been putting together my BOB (bug out bag) and start my CERT (community emergency response training) on Feb 18th.

        World War Z - by Max Brooks (fiction) I am not a zombie fan, but this book is actually believable and is done after the war with the zombies. It feels like a documentary. Probably in my top 5 favorite books

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        • #5
          Hawaii by James Michener. Fictional but based on historical events.

          If you like Clancy stuff, I'm a huge fan of Dale Brown novels.
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          • #6
            I just read the following 2 books by Jon Krakauer and found them both fascinating:

            Into Thin Air - http://www.amazon.com/Into-Thin-Air-...5125629&sr=8-1

            Super quick read, only a few hundred pages and can finish it in a day or two.

            Under the Banner of Heaven - http://www.amazon.com/Under-Banner-H...ref=pd_sim_b_3

            Interesting look into the history of Mormonism

            Fat historical novel - Path between the Seas - http://www.amazon.com/Path-Between-S...5126045&sr=1-1

            David McCullough is an exceptional writer, long book but very interesting.

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            • #7
              Adrift
              http://www.amazon.com/Adrift-Seventy...5134722&sr=1-1

              The Devil in the White City
              http://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-Ci...5134854&sr=1-1

              The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (There are two additional books in the series, also movies)
              http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Dragon-Ta...5134931&sr=1-1

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              • #8
                Best book I've read in quite a while was "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham. Not typical Grisham fare at all, but a true story that will make you never look the same at our legal system.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by droht
                  This book is especially good if the sun includes beach and ocean: Close to Shore.

                  It's about the shark attacks in New Jersey during summer of 1916 that were the basis for Jaws. Very well written book that is grounded in history. Not at all sensationalistic.

                  So where are you heading?
                  Play Del Carmen. We booked a small hotel instead of an all inclusive...

                  Originally posted by Jason
                  Hawaii by James Michener. Fictional but based on historical events.

                  If you like Clancy stuff, I'm a huge fan of Dale Brown novels.
                  I read all of Michener's stuff and a lot of Clancy, I'll check out Brown

                  Originally posted by Monkeypimp
                  The Road - by Cormac Mcarthy (fiction) One of the most bleak and disturbing books I have ever read but shows the will to survive and hope of the human spirit......HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. He also wrote "No Country for Old Men" This is not a happy book and in turn isn't my favorite but it is one of the only books that I will read more than once, and will likely read several times.
                  Interesting recommendation. I'll probably read it someday now. But not with bikini clad young ladies running around nearby...



                  Thanks for all the recs so far. I'll check them out.

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                  • #10
                    You can read The Ruins and then go visit the Mayan ruins, and then read Close to Shore and hit the waves. See how tough you are.

                    I can't recommend The Ruins directly. I've tired of horror stuff as I age, but the Mrs recommends it and says it was much better than the movie.

                    If only Snakes On A Plane was a book, it would be perfect to complete this trifecta.

                    Have fun.
                    As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

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                    • #11
                      Thanks. I'm not big on scary stuff. I don't like being scared.

                      Btw here is one that I read lately and really enjoyed. Scipio About the Roman General who defeated Hannibal . Maybe someone will enjoy this...

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                      • #12
                        Do you like sci-fi/fantasy.
                        If so, I'll pick out some of my favorites that are laying around.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dvenardos
                          Do you like sci-fi/fantasy.
                          If so, I'll pick out some of my favorites that are laying around.
                          I do.

                          Just as an aside. The local sci-fi channel is showing Stargate Atlantis 4 days a week. I love it. I feel like when I was a kid and we couldn't wait for next week's episode of Star Trek.

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                          • #14
                            You were a kid when Stargate Atlantis came out? Man, I feel old.

                            Best fantasy novel I've readis George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series. Fair warning, though, that it is not complete yet. I'm also a big fan of Robert Jordan.

                            In a completely different light, I really enjoyed the book E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. It's not dry/technical at all, but quite an enjoyable read.

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                            • #15
                              If you like history you do not want to miss The Flashman Chronicles by George MacDonald Fraser. Very entertaining and funny series of books revolving around the exploits of a British officer, Harry Flashman, in the mid to late 1800s. They are quick reads, but there are maybe 12 books out so far. It is fiction but steeped in very accurate accounts of history, complete with footnotes. Fraser is an historian first.

                              Highly recommend.
                              As it turns out, I was never banned. I was wrong yet again. First Obama, now this. :)

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