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Books? Does Anyone Read as much as I do?

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does anyone else enjoy reading novels or books? and if so who are your favorite authors? waht is your favorite type of book?
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Up until about 6/7 years ago I read very little of anything.

Then after I developed an interest in the "old west", I started reading Lous L'Amour..... Since then, I have probably read 40-50 of his novels. Most of them keep my interest piqued from front to back. More recently, I've started reading Robert B. Parker's stuff. (he's the Spencer for Hire guy). He's got a series of western novels that are simply fantastic.
Other than that, I'll find enjoyment in gun periodicals, reloading manuals and the like.
Richard Marchinko

  • Red Cell (1994)
  • Green Team (1995)
  • Task Force Blue (1996)
  • Designation Gold (1997)
  • Seal Force Alpha (1998)
  • Option Delta (1999)
  • Echo Platoon (2000)
  • Detachment Bravo (2001)
  • Violence of Action (2003)
  • Vengeance (2005)
  • Holy Terror (2006)
  • Dictator's Ransom (2008)
  • Seize the Day (2009)
  • Domino Theory (2011)
Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October (1984)
Red Storm Rising (1986)
Patriot Games (1987)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988)
Clear and Present Danger (1989)
The Sum of All Fears (1991)
Without Remorse (1993)
Debt of Honor (1994)
Executive Orders (1996)
SSN: Strategies for Submarine Warfare (1996)
Rainbow Six (1998)
The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
Red Rabbit (2002)
The Teeth of the Tiger (2003)
Dead or Alive (2010)
Against All Enemies (2011)
Locked On (Dec 2011)

...and on the agenda....

Search and Destroy (June 2012)

Plus numerous books and manuals on every firearm I own, and some I don't own yet.
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I'm a reader, mostly sporting books (hunting and fishing stories) and nonfiction, but really just about anything from Robert Burns to Ed Zern. I particularly like Gene Hill, Col. Charles Askins, Bill Jordan, Skeeter Skelton, Corey Ford, Harold P. Sheldon, Robert Ruark, Sigurd Olsen, Aldo Leopold, Gordon Macquarrie, Conan Doyle, and Thoreau. My daughter has me now reading F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway - great stuff!
I read a lot. Collect too.

My favorite author is Hermann Hesse. There are only two books of his I have yet to read. Don't know why I'm saving them but I am.

I think it's because once it's over that's it and he changed the way I saw things in my youth.

Going back an rereading him as an adult I find him even more relevant. It's an odd thing to have an author transcend generations, but when it transcends age it is truly exceptional.
Never been much of a reader , but sometimes a read will catch me. Usually any paper book over like an inch or so thick , I won't even try.
Seems diferent when I have the time and the book is on the Kindle or computer .
For example , I doubt I would have even opened the cover of unintened consecuences if I had seen how big the hard cover version is. Had it read in around 2 weeks on the kindle. :eek:
Was shocked when I saw the hard cover version .
Reading isn't something that I do for pleasure. I, however, make a serious attempt to read my Bible every morning. Aside from that, I only read to find answers to questions or research subjects that are of interest. Most of my reading is on the computer. Reading books tends to put me to sleep.
I grew up on a small farm back in the 50s. There was always work to be done. Taking time to develop a love for books wasn't an option.
I force my self to read non technical stuff everyday to keep my brain active.
I also enjoy the works of Kurt Vonnegut jr...

Kurt Vonnegut's experience as a soldier and prisoner of war had a profound influence on his later work. As a private with the 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944, after the 106th was cut off from the rest of Courtney Hodges's First Army. "The other American divisions on our flanks managed to pull out: We were obliged to stay and fight. Bayonets aren't much good against tanks..." Imprisoned in Dresden, Vonnegut was chosen as a leader of the POWs because he spoke some German. After telling the German guards "...just what I was going to do to them when the Russians came..." he was beaten and had his position as leader taken away. While a prisoner, he witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden in February 1945 which destroyed most of the city.

Vonnegut was one of a group of American prisoners of war to survive the attack in an underground slaughterhouse meat locker used by the Germans as an ad hoc detention facility. The Germans called the building Schlachthof Fünf (Slaughterhouse Five) which the Allied POWs adopted as the name for their prison. Vonnegut said the aftermath of the attack was "utter destruction" and "carnage unfathomable." This experience was the inspiration for his famous novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, and is a central theme in at least six of his other books. In Slaughterhouse-Five he recalls that the remains of the city resembled the surface of the moon, and that the Germans put the surviving POWs to work, breaking into basements and bomb shelters to gather bodies for mass burial, while German civilians cursed and threw rocks at them. Vonnegut eventually remarked, "There were too many corpses to bury. So instead the Germans sent in troops with flamethrowers. All these civilians' remains were burned to ashes."
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some of my favorite authors are:

James Lee Burke, writes alot of fictional about southern Lousiana. very detailed writer.

Stephen Hunter, also very good.

Clive Cussler, one of my all time favorites, have been reading his books since high school.

John Sandford, started reading his books about five years ago.

Tom Clancy, have read many of his books over the years. very detailed writer.

Lee Child, very good writer and tells a good story. his continuing character, Jack Reacher series is awesome.

C. J. Box, doesn't have a lot of books out yet, but all i have read so far are very good.

i will try out new authors all the time, and buy a lot of books used off Ebay. usually if i can't be captured by the first few chapters, i don't even waste time. i also read a lot of non-fiction books as well.
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I also like to get unabridged books on CD from the library. My commute to the office is anywhere from an 1 1/4 to 2 hours and I've "read" a lot of great books in the truck. The Cussler and Clancy books are particularly well done.
I do audio books when I'm on road trips.

I usually have to go back and reread them later though. Seems I miss crucial moments when I'm trying to drive.
i like reading books about the Templar Knights and the Crusades. read as much as i can find. just found a new author that writes about them, Jack Whyte. pretty good so far.
Fiction or non fiction?
either! i like reading both. the current book is a fictional story based on some true events. i really like fictional stories that have basis in actual historical events.
I read a lot of non fiction and have always been interested in the medieval period.
I read a lot of non fiction and have always been interested in the medieval period.
i like reading about the medieval period also, fiction or non-fiction. part of why i like going to Renaissance Festivals. i have been going to them for over 30 years now. i also like a good western too. Loius L'amour was one of my favorites.
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