The few that I saw discussions about up until now were fantasies (particularly "quest" novels), biographies and books by Freepers. With all due respect to my fellow Freepers, while I'd love to discuss your books, at the moment, there's probably a limited audience. I'd suggest at this point that the rest of us track down copies so we can talk about them at a later date.
That would leave us with biographies and fantasies. Which should we start off with. (Since we can't get a show of hands, I'll let the first of you that answer the ping or stumble upon the thread make the decision. See what a great leader I am! I delegate!)
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How about Lord of the Rings?
I just picked up a copy of Hershey's 'A Bell for Adano' today. His forward discusses the difficulties of administration by American forces of a conquered land and I thought the book might have some insights for our foreign policy today.
There is a widely posted scan, here on FR, of the pinko John Dos Passo's article in a 1945 or '46 issue of LIFE magazine that has proven to be the exact replay of naysayer sentiment today on the same topic.
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I have to catch an early flight to Ohio in the am, and was just heading to B&N to see if I could find someting to kill a few hours.;=]
Well today I bought "The Journal of Eleanor Ruse" b/c it only cost $4.98 and I'm into the paranormal, and Dan Brown's "Digital Fortress" b/c I'm also into reading junk fiction. If anybody feels I shouldn't waste the time, I'm all ears.
I detest bios. Enjoy fiction with a mystery. Just today finished up a Cait London paperback entitled "Hidden Secrets". Will be starting "French Quarter" by Stella Cameron. Have also Lisa Jackson's "The Night Before".
I have also been reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., PhD.
The last two bios I read were last spring and summer, and both were on Reagan. One was "When Character Was King", I think, by Peggy Newnan. The other was by Mike Deavers..? Both were good.
I like John Grisham -- but I read his all in one sitting, so it gets expensive to buy them.
The most recent book I've read was by Cassandra King (Pat Conroy's wife) -- "The Same Sweet Girls." It was just okay.
Tanniker, thank you so much for taking this on. Looks like there is a very enthusiastic response, kudos to you!
This thread is a great idea. If you have a ping list, please ad me.
Now in direct contravention to your above comment, I invite freepers to read my book, absolutely free. You may access it online via my Profile here on FR. Just click my name at the bottom of this post.
I'd love feedback, and it is really a pretty good story. It is science fiction, but takes place during the present day and has no aliens or other weird stuff in it.
For you statistic hounds: The book has been edited, re-edited, and gone over by independent third parties, so it's fairly polished (there are some computer generated typos I discovered, an artifact of converting it to html). It is 117,000 words long.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled posting...
Capt.(now Adm.)Jack Aubrey and Dr. Maturin are now my new heroes.
I rate P.O'B right up there with Michener.
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My favorites are:
1. Fantasy/science fiction
2. Political non-fiction
I don't really read too much else for fun. I read a lot of scientific literature, but that's so I can keep up with my field.
I recommend the fantasy author, Terry Goodkind, writer of the Sword of Truth series. He has dead-on accurate analysis of the left and its various factions, but within the setting of a really engaging fantasy story. Sometimes, one of his characters makes such an eloquent statement about a leftist belief that I am left in awe.
I could say something about The Lord of the Rings here, but others already have.
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I read a huge variety of books, but tend to lean toward (1) Horror; (2) Mystery; and (3) General Fiction.
I just finished reading Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. Very funny book.
I keep reading about "ping" lists and keep feeling I need to be on one or two ;-) but have NO idea of what they are or how they work. Can someone fill me in?
I love books and would very much enjoy being part of this discussion. Recommended reading from this group would be more than welcome.