OT: Favorite Genre/Authors/Books

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  1. Kitaman

    Kitaman

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    Ok cold weather coming which is when I read most of my books (especially on my tablet). Looking for a good reads from like minded Yarders (not amazon). So I ask:

    1. Favorite Genre? Fiction
    2. Favorite Authors? Ken Follet, Fredrick Forsythe, John Grisham, Robert Ludlam
    3. Favorite Books? Pillars of the Earth
    4. Favorite Classics? Think and Grow Rich, Eye of the Needle (got hooked on spy novels)
    5. Book read more than once? None for me
     
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  2. mauconnfan

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    Non-Fiction
    Ann Rule
    The Stranger Beside Me, Lost Girls, Wise Guy, How To Get Away With Murder in America
    The True Story of the Manson Murders
    No way - as much as I do crap I don't have enough time to reread anything.;)
     
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  3. Dogbreath2U

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    For some years I was listening to audiobooks in my car and when walking my dog, but have mostly switched to podcasts and music. Consistently good, fun fiction: David Baldacci, Michael Connolly, Lee Child (Jack Reacher books are action packed and fun), and John Sandford.

    Every so often I get in the mood for a classic science fiction series and will re-listen to or re-read some of the greats: Foundation Series (Asimov), Dune (Herbert), Thomas Covenant (Donaldson), and A Song of Fire and Ice (great audiobook narration).
     
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  4. Bliss

    Bliss Mizzou Ballyhoo

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    True crime favorites: In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
    Deliberate Stranger - Ann Rule

    I will begin to reread a book if I have nothing new to read.
     
  5. dennismenace

    dennismenace ONE MORE CAST

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    World War 2 History books and bios.
    Patton: Ordeal and Triumph. I never saw the original movie with George C Scott until 10 years after. I was telling my supervisor at work who was a WW 2 vet and military history buff what a great movie it was and he asked if I would like to read the book it was based on. After reading that I started reading them one after another. Led later to
    political figures/history reading.
     
  6. Gringo

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    1. Fiction
    2. Follet, Mcmurty (yes the same guy that wrote Brokeback Mountain), Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Victor Hugo
    3. The Stand, Lonesome Dove
    4. Count of Monte Cristo
    5. Harry Potter series (read first in English and then second time in Spanish to help me learn the language).
     
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  7. 8893

    8893 Curiouser

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    I'm reading the new Bruce Springsteen memoir, Born to Run, which my wife gave me for our anniversary. It's a very good, very easy, very insightful, entertaining and informative read. If you've ever seen him before, you can almost hear him reciting many of the passages. It often reads like the narratives he gives in between songs.

    Recommended for even the most casual fans. He's a pretty unique, driven guy who tapped into universal human themes as well as anyone ever has.
     
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  8. storrsroars

    storrsroars Exiled in Pittsburgh

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    I like all sorts of stuff, except fantasy. I guess whodunits and thrillers would be my fave genres, but I love character development. "Accidental Tourist" is still probably my favorite read all time (although I can make a strong case for the first three Hiaasens and the still hysterical "Missing Links" by Rick Reilly.

    I don't read as much as I did in 80s/90s. Faves at that time were Carl Hiaasen, Ann Tyler, Michael Crichton with some Clancy, Elmore Leonard and Grisham thrown in. Probably best series I've read recently where the Kenzie/Gennaro sextet from Dennis Lehane, although I've read most of the Reacher series and many of the derivative anti-terrorist stuff like Vince Flynn.

    I used to read a good number of bios and historical tomes, but these days I only read for escapism.

    Classics... nah. I'll watch the movie. I've been trying to get through "Confederacy of Dunces" for 10 years because everyone tells me it's a great and funny read. Still not halfway through it. Bores me to tears.
     
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  9. UConnTrumbull

    UConnTrumbull Simba Walker on Twitter

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    A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin.
    Hoping he'll actually finish the series Head bang
     
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  10. August_West

    August_West #BanChadbro's

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    I read a bit if everything but I'm a huge Nelson DeMille fan
     
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  11. 80shusky

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    Fiction/Science Fiction
    Hemingway, Steinbeck, Asimov, Tolkien
    For Whom The Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, The Sun also Rises. Tortilla Flat.
    Henderson The Rain King
    Great stuff I will read more than once. Like the above. In fact, this may have inspired me to dig out Tortilla Flat today.
     
  12. superjohn

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    Have gotten really into James Lee Burke, guy tells a great story.
     
  13. uconnfan68

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    Fiction
    Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Robert Grisham, James Michener
    No favorite, many well-liked
    Didn't care for book lists of classics, my loss.
    yes, a few, on vacation and start reading before realizing I have read it before.
     
  14. gtcam

    gtcam Diehard since '65

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    Almost anything WWII
    especially WWII espionage and first hand recounts of participation od soldiers, sailors and pilots
    Also into some Civil War
     
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    Anyone who likes urban fantasy type books should pick up just about any Niel Gaiman book. Neverwhere and American Gods (soon to be a showtime? Show) are fantastic reads. His writing style is just addicting.

    He also did a collaboration with Terry Pratchett called Good Omens that is a Monty pythonesque look at the impending apocalypse after someone misplaced the antichrist. Very humorous yet thoughtful read
     
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    1) 100% non-fiction. I also like leadership books about guys like Churchill, Jobs, etc.
    2) Malcolm Gladwell, Laura Hillenbrand are probably recognizable ones
    3) "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage." The story of Shackleton is a minor obsession with me.
    4) The Godfather by Mario Puzo
    5) Never read a book more than once.
     
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    David 76 Forty years a fan

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    David 76 Forty years a fan

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    1) Fiction
    2) Pat Conroy, John Irving, Steinbeck, Chris Bohjalian
    3) To Kill a Mockingbird, A Prayer for Owen Meany Catch. 22, Grapes of Wrath, The Great Santini
    4) A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of. ND
    5) see everything under #3 plus th e Harry Potter Series
     
  19. tdrink

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    I mostly read the Boneyard

    Favorite authors are August West, OTP and King Nebbish.

    Posts that reach novel or even novella length get a TL/DR.

    Greatest classic was the Maker'sMuppet post that single handily propelled our beloved dogs to a championship.

    I read that post several times.
     
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    Chin Diesel Power of Love

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    I'm not reading the whole thread, but I'm hoping Hustler/Larry Flynt is already taken.
     
  21. WillB4

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    Two catagories, crime/suspense and revolutionary war history.

    Authors for crime fiction: Harlen Coben, Michael Connelly and David Baldacci.
    Favorites are anything by the above authors.

    Joseph Ellis favorite author for history.

    read Lord of the Rings twice.
     
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    Legends of the Fall and
    The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand
    both
    by Jim Harrison
     
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    RichZ Methuselah's older brother

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    I have read everything Elmore Leonard wrote at least once, and many of them twice. Even the Westerns, although I far prefer his procedural crime novels.

    Some years back, I flirted with science fiction. Bradbury et al. But found that too many of the genre's best authors would succumb to the east way out of simply inventing a way out of a plot that was in danger of dead ending. Two chapters from the end, there's suddenly a new life form, civilization or technology that provides the answer.
     
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  24. uconnphil2016

    uconnphil2016 Spectacularly Insulated

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    1. Favorite Genre? Generally non fiction looking at social issues and their history, but also like southern fiction and African American fiction
    2. Favorite Authors? Cormac McCarthy
    3. Favorite Books? Handling Sin, Blood Meridian, Native Son, People's History
    4. Favorite Classics? Most Hemingway stuff
    5. Book read more than once? Don't think I've read any book twice
     
  25. bobbygt

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    1. Favorite Genre? Non-fiction now; still like fiction
    2. Favorite Authors?
    Fiction: Dostoevsky, Cervantes, Hamsun, McMurtry
    Non-Fiction: Barbara Tuchman, Raul Hilberg, Robert Mason
    3. Favorite Books?
    Fiction: Brothers Karamazov, Don Quixote, Master and Margarita, Lonesome Dove, Crime and Punishment
    Non-Fiction: Guns of August, Destruction of the European Jews, Chickenhawk
    4. Book read more than once? Lord of the Rings, Go to Sleep, Gecko, Curious George