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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 9:06:04 AM PDT
I love Steinbeck's prose in Cannery Row...as for the film, if Nolte's in it, I'm there.
Speaking of which, have u seen 'Mother Night'? One of the best novel adaptations ever.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 12:13:28 PM PDT
TEXAS EXILE says:
The Killer Angels- Shaara

Pride and Prejudice (though Persuasion is my favorite) -The immortal Jane A.

Manhunt-The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer-James L. Swanson (Much better and at least as readable as Bill O'Rielly's book on the same topic)

Mary Chestnut's Civil War- edited by C. Vann Woodward-If you're interested in the Civil War, Mary C. either knows the participants personally or by reputation (her husband served in the U.S. Congress prior to the war and they lived in D.C.). Nothing like A Diary from Dixie, a chopped up conglomeration pubbed when the people she wrote about (or their children) were still alive.

The Shorter Pepys-selected and edited by Robert Latham. Over 1000 pages but wonderful if you're interested in the period. Sam Pepys was probably more charming from a distance of 200 years than in person.
Let's hear it for non-fiction!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 12:41:24 PM PDT
vespasian says:
priscilla, Just an old sound made by and idiot...jim

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 12:49:27 PM PDT
vespasian says:
Yeah, Another Pepys fan. Just finshed an abridement of his work and a bio. King James trusted Pepys so much, that he didnt appoint aLord of the Admiralty, but kept the job for himself and let Pepys do all the work. At that time, the Royal navy had the largest payroll and workforce in England...jim

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 12:52:39 PM PDT
vespasian says:
Bill Orielly suppoedly has "his" book loaded w factual errors. Not surprised from the no spin zone. Perhaps he should have left it on the "wash cycle" a little longer. Non withstanding Billy's political stance, the man is generalyl stupid..jim

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 1:03:28 PM PDT
O'Reilly and Shawn Hannity are starring the re-release of "Dumb and Dumber".

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 2:26:41 PM PDT
vespasian says:
gerald. the only question is who gets top billing? jim

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 5:09:30 PM PDT
C. Robert says:
The Stand, The Color Purple, The Thorn Birds, Kane and Abel & The Prodigal Daughter by J. Archer and too many others. Just finished The Hunger Games Trilogy and like them too

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 5:14:19 PM PDT
C. Robert says:
The Stand, The Color Purple, The Thorn Birds, Kane and Abel & The Prodigal Daughter by J. Archer and too many others. Just finished The Hunger Games Trilogy and like them too

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 9:54:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2012 9:56:13 AM PDT
gree says:
C. Robert: Kane and Abel was on my list also. I, too, liked The Prodigal Daughter. I don't know if Archer has ever written a "bad" book. Have you read As the Crow Flies, Honor Among Thieves, Sons of Fortune, The Eleventh Commandment, A Matter of Honor, Shall We Tell the President?, and A Prisoner of Birth? I'll bet you would like John O'Hara's From the Terrace and Ten North Frederick. Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth is a must.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:49:53 AM PDT
The Raj Quartet - Scott
Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
Russka - Rutherfurd
Les Miserables - Hugo
Out of Africa - Dinesen

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 11:13:27 AM PDT
SLAPPYWAG1 says:
My top five are a mixture of fiction and non fiction and verious areas.
1. THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSRA by Friedrich Nietzsche I read this book at least once a year.
2. THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera I used to read this once a year but since stopped. It's still great.
3. THE REBEL by Albert Camus Another book I have read numerous times and never failed to be amazed by it.
4. THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES by Charles Darwin Amazing, simply amazing and reinforces my atheism. Beuatiful and positive.
5. THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS by Sigmund Frued A lot of Freud's theories may have been questionable but this book fascinated me and another I have read a nmber of dreams and fuels my interest in the dreaming mind of humans.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 5:25:39 PM PDT
A. Brownell says:
You are so right, The Terror was fabulous writing, had a bit of everything in it that I love, history, adventure and a bit of magic,I just finished it last month and reread it last week!

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 7:09:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2012 7:13:36 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
1. Rags of Glory , Stuart Clothe
2. Lonesome Dove
3. The Courtneys ( trilogy) , Wilbur Smilth
4. Captians and Kings , Taylor Caldwell
5. God Of War, Christian Cameron
6. Roma and Empire , Steven Saylor
7. Man of Rome Books, Colleen McCullough
8. Atzec and The Journeyer, Gary Jennings
9. Noble House, Shogun , James Clavell
10. Books by Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis , John Maddox Roberts

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 7:21:47 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
The Five best is just to short when you've read for 50 years, I still have to add , The Iliad by Homer and of course most anything by James Michener. Reading thru the list brought back so many memories )). Thank you all

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:35:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2012 2:21:45 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
Have you read , Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I loved it as much as Mists of Avalon . I have not seen it in many bookstores , but definetely worth your time . Thank you, :))

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:39:08 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
I loove Louis L'amour , but if only one western was ever written, it would be Lonesome Dove hands down. This Book is what every author dreams of and fears, It is his crowning achievement, and he knew he would never write another novel to equal this .

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:45:24 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
Leon Uris was great , as was Heinlein, both of their works really influenced my younger years . Battle cry, Exdous , were excellent

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:48:24 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
Winds of War was a wonderful book, well worth the read

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 10:50:38 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
Dune was just an awesome book, I think the best Herbert wrote, Issac Asimov;s foundatin Trilogy was great , another book well worth reading .

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 10:55:39 PM PDT
tom o'connor says:
I have written to much here, sorry

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 11:36:44 PM PDT
1.Go Dog Go
2.Grapes of Wrath
3.Of Mice and Men
4.Journey to the West
5.The Godfather

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 4:15:02 AM PDT
Lonesome Dove was special.

Jerry J.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:31:15 AM PDT
I wholeheartedly agree, Suzy. I don' t read westerns but finally a friend convinced me to give Lonesome Dove a try. It was sooo good.
It has since become one of my top 5 books of all time.
To me, it's the great American novel. : )

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 2:06:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 2:16:53 PM PDT
gree says:
He followed the Lonesome Dove boys with two more--I thought "Zeke and Ned" was wonderful.
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