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Old 01-05-2009, 01:43 PM   #29
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Two of my favorite authors were Joseph McNamara and Joseph Wambaugh. They both seem to have disappeared, they must have a bad case of writers block?
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Two of my favorite authors were Joseph McNamara and Joseph Wambaugh. They both seem to have disappeared, they must have a bad case of writers block?
I missed Wambaugh, too, but he's back! He's got a new book out in paperback called Hollywood Crows. I read it and liked it a lot. He's so grimly funny.
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:42 PM   #32
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Recent Reads:
The Earth Is Flat; Thomas L. Friedman
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Stevie Ray Vaughn; Patoski & Crawford
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Blues All Around Me; B. B. King
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I very much like Thomas Friedman -- very thought provoking.

Have you ever read Tim Cahill or PJ O'Rourke for travel books? Or, of course, Bill Bryson, for almost anything, including travel.
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I will look for Wambaugh's new book, thanx. I just today finished James Patterson's "6th Target". Next on my list is Tami Hoag's "Cry Wolf". I then have "The Shack" by William P. Young, it looks interesting and is a genre I don't normally read.
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""I've always been fond of Wilbur Smith and think he's under-appreciated.""..

I love his stuff and am working my way through. He has published over 4 decades.
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Anything by Ken Follett but especially Pillars of The Earth. A period piece about medieval England. Long book but it was gripping, I read it while recovering from surgery many years ago I read it in 4 days ( about 250 pages a day). Anything by Ludlum ( except The Road to Gandolfo), Clancy (fiction), Turrow, Grisham. My wife got me started on John Carre for Christmas,so I'll get back to you on him. Oh and Balldacci weaves a good tale.
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RIP Donald Westlake, the prolific mystery/thriller writer. I especially liked his Parker series.
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I forgot to recommend Jefferson Bass.

He's the forensic anthropologist who founded the Body Farm, mentioned in one Patricia Cornwall novel. He's now writing novels with a fictionalized version of himself, based at the Body Farm in Nashville TN, getting involved in outside cases. Lots of grisly detail. First book is The Body Farm, then Carved in Bone (in pb), then Flesh and Bone (in hb).
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After reading about people's favorite reads here I've looked online to find out more about a lot of the recommendations.
I have a penciled list that I'm taking with me to the bookstore to breeze thru a number of them.

What has sounded the most interesting to me? ...
Hollywood Crows ... Joseph Wambaugh
The Corp ... Griffin
Mitch Rapp (series)
The Shack (??maybe)
MovableBookLady, I think that J.D.Robb i'll also have to read some of too.

and Ceratto'sGrotto, you must be a BluesMan, you have books about some of the heavys from the blues!

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Lindsay, you had asked about one of the e-book readers previously. If you are referring to the Amazon Kindle I have a friend who bought one for his wife and now he is looking at buying one for himself. She is a voracious reader, like several others here, and reads from it every night. It is easy to read and has the great feature of having all of the books that you buy stored on Amazon so you don't loose them should something happen to the reader nor do you have to connect it to your computer to store your books. So the short answer to your question is that is they are very pleased with it.
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Lindsay, you had asked about one of the e-book readers previously. If you are referring to the Amazon Kindle I have a friend who bought one for his wife and now he is looking at buying one for himself. She is a voracious reader, like several others here, and reads from it every night. It is easy to read and has the great feature of having all of the books that you buy stored on Amazon so you don't loose them should something happen to the reader nor do you have to connect it to your computer to store your books. So the short answer to your question is that is they are very pleased with it.
Glad you answered that, I was wondering myself.

Does anyone listen to Audio books? I see that cracker barrel rents them. I commute to work and have started listening to them as an altrnative to talk radio.
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I enjoy reading very much and have read all of Clive Cussler's books, as well as Griffin and Brown, and several of the others mentioned. No one has mentioned Evanovich or Carl Haissan. Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum series -- good light reading that will keep you in stitches and the same for Carl. I recommend any of the books by these two authors. If you really want to get into Evanovich, try to read her series books in order -- the same characters are present in each one.
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DW and I read a lot, especially at night before bed, find it relaxing.

If it hasn't been mentioned I'd like to add Robert B. Parker to the mix.
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