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Old 09-15-20, 09:18 PM
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Right now I'm in the middle of Walter Wangerin's The Book of the Dun Cow,and I'm loving it! Imagine Animal Farm, except not about politics, but more about theology.
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The Old Man and the Sea. (short story). Hemingway.

The Nick Adams Stories (collection of shorts). Individual these are somewhat light, enjoyably descriptive reads. Collectively, I found them powerful, sad.

Really, everything by Hemingway. I can only take so much Hemingway before I need to go read something fun though.

Dune. Immersive, a complete world. I concur the series gets progressively worse. Bet you can't stop at one though.

I, Robot (collection of related shorts). Asimov. The back story to every subsequent android in science fiction.

Nightfall (novella). Asimov. Religion, politics, fanaticism, science denial. I should probably re-read this myself.

In addition to Asimov, any venture into classic science fiction requires at least reading one each of Heinlein, Hubbard, and Campbell.

Burning Chrome, Henry Gibson. Changed the science fiction genre. Pretty much a must read to bridge between classic and modern science fiction.

All Quiet on the Western Front. A war story that does nothing but tell a war story, and in doing becomes the most powerful anti-war story written. Not for the faint of heart.

Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie, Poirot is my favorite detective. Others Poirot novels may be as good or better, but this is the one I recall.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X. There's a man behind the myth.

Jaws. I'm not a terror fan at all. This is a terrifying book. Forget the movie (as always).

A Walk in the Woods. It's a hoot. Good chance it will either make you want to hike the AT, or never set foot in the woods.

Kid Curry: The Life and Times of Harry Logan and the Wild Bunch. Historical non-fiction that weaves a fictional account around historical events. Years later I lived and cycled near Sonora TX, where these guys spent some down time and reportedly killed an unfortunate nosy local.

Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee. Another war story.

The Art of Now. Either new-age babble or deep insight, take your pick.

How to Ride a Unicycle - Wiley. Careful though, riding a unicycle in public is the gateway drug to all sorts of nonconformist behavior.

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Old 09-16-20, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
The Old Man and the Sea. (short story). Hemingway.

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Good list. Have read many of them.

Love the short stories by Hemingway.

Recently read the collected short stories by H.G. Wells.
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Old 09-16-20, 08:03 AM
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Dune. Immersive, a complete world. I concur the series gets progressively worse. Bet you can't stop at one though.
But I can stop at two...
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Old 09-16-20, 11:42 AM
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But I can stop at two...
I don't recall how far I got into the series, but it was at least two books too far. The first one is just so damn good, you want it to go on.
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Old 09-16-20, 12:54 PM
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I think I'll reread Dune before the movie comes out this December. It's been almost 40 years since I originally read it and I don't want my memories of the David Lynch movie version clouding my judgement of the new one.
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There are 8 books in the Expanse series. There's supposed to be a 9th coming.

I keep them in a stack on top of my bookshelf. When I finish one, I just pick up the next. Ive lost count how many times I've read it.

It's fantastic scifi. But the thing of it is, humanity keeps getting it's ass in a bind, and somehow manages to survive it's stupidity and evil. Not so sure that's how it's going to play out for us.
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Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Rood of Most Chronic Disease and How to Fight It, Benjamin Bikman 2020

We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common.

spoiler alert: insulin resistance
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Really Good list. Have read many of them.
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My Favorite Book The Catcher in the Rye!
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Austin Cleon "Crazy as an Artist"
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I'm reading books a lot again. If I liked a novel, I would probably read it at least twice. Harry Potter, Ender's Game, Pride and Prejudice, Guide to the Galaxy for Hitchhikers... At least half a dozen times, I've read them all. After finishing all 15 a couple of weeks ago, I'm still itching to re-read Robin Hobb's books, but I'm going to try to wait and re-read it with the next book update. For the Kingkiller Chronicles, the same goes.
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The Cancer Code, Dr. Jason Fung [ < goodreads link ]
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of the top of my head a court of thorns and roses series, shantaram, blue light yokohama dune harry potter
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Travis Culley "The Immortal Class" ... must for current or former bike messengers & anyone interested in a 1990s counter culture view of *******
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Carlos Castaneda "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" ........... Castaneda is always worth the return
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The Notebook

Being a book lover though I have many books to suggest but my most favourite one is " The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks. In fact, I am a huge fan of his writing. This novel has also been adapted into a flim. There are many of us who actually have some really interesting stories to tell but due to lack of good quality of writing but step back. In that case you just can help of paper writer.
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Larry McMurtry, award-winning novelist who pierced myths of his native Texas, dies at 84

RIP. Lonesome Dove was one of my favorites. The mini-series was a great adaptation as well. May have to go back and re-read it again now.
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Armor by John Steakley. Would I read it again? I think the fact that my copy is tattered from being read 6 times answers that.

Likewise The Regiment by John Dalmas.

Both start out reading like fairly standard sci-fi military testosterone stories and turn into interesting looks at various aspects of humanity.
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The All Road Bike Revolution by Jan Heine
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My non-fiction new to me author: Simon Winchester. I've read a few of his books lately:

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America & the Great California Earthquake of 1906
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.

All excellent reads. I like how he picks these little known personalities from history who contributed so much to science / history.

Now reading: Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories. I have his latest, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World, and The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, and Pacific lined up for later.

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If you liked that non-fiction and want some fiction in that general topic, check out English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
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Neil Stephenson's "Anathem" is a monster of a book. Superficially, this is a sci-fi book or perhaps "speculative fiction" as Stephenson terms it. Like a lot of the best science fiction, the laser guns, spaceships and other cool stuff it contains is just window dressing for what the book is actually about. It contains a blizzard of philosophies, scientific theories, startling images, inspiring architecture, engineering and sociology. Like all of his books, Stephenson spent years researching the contents of this book and displays a deep understanding of the underlying concepts. The result is as much a academic thesis as a novel.

I'll stipulate that purely as a work of fiction, the book isn't remarkable. The plot is rudimentary, the characters are thin and the pacing is plodding in places... but you can reread this book for years and continue to discover new ways of understanding it. Ultimately, this is a book about ideas, not a book about plot.

This is a book that contains lengthy, allegorical discourses on the conflict between Platonic realism and nominalism but also contains the most epic, thrilling and realistic orbital action sequence in any novel ever. It's a book that values well-earned and deeply understood knowledge and disdains fast/cheap/emotional garbage. Like Lord of the Rings, this is a book that requires a user to learn invented languages, understand thousands of years of imagined history and grasp the geographies of the world it's describing to better understand what's happening. This is also the type of book the reveals what's actually happening slowly. Only after careful, close reading can the reader fully understand the true motivations of characters and the true meaning behind various critical plot points. That eventual understanding drives a reinterpretation of everything the reader thinks they understood about the book.

This book is work, but if you put in the effort you'll find a world to inhabit in its pages. It's the perfect book to disappear into for a few weeks.

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