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apicius9
09-16-2011, 05:09 AM
I am running out of stuff to read, does anybody have some good tips? I like reading mysteries, thrillers etc. For relaxing and winding down, but it looks like I read all the good ones already... Open for other things, too, as long as the word 'romantic' doesn't appear anywhere...

Stefan

oivind_dahle
09-16-2011, 05:12 AM
http://books.usatoday.com/bookbuzz/post/2011/05/jo-nesbos-the-snowman-makes-the-best-seller-list/171879/1

sachem allison
09-16-2011, 06:09 AM
I am running out of stuff to read, does anybody have some good tips? I like reading mysteries, thrillers etc. For relaxing and winding down, but it looks like I read all the good ones already... Open for other things, too, as long as the word 'romantic' doesn't appear anywhere...

Stefan
Frank Herberts Dune series way better than the movie and I loved the movie.

tgraypots
09-16-2011, 07:25 AM
Have you read the Steig Larrsen trilogy?

oivind_dahle
09-16-2011, 07:27 AM
Have you read the Steig Larrsen trilogy?


Yes.

Great books :)

Lefty
09-16-2011, 08:25 AM
I'm a bit off, in that I love comedic novels full of sarcasm and impossible situations, made possible by fiction. If you have any interest in books like i'm describing, you can't go wrong with Cristopher Moore, Jasper Fforde, Craig Ferguson and Tom Holt.

cnochef
09-16-2011, 08:46 AM
How about a James Ellroy novel? I love his hard-boiled detective stories. He wrote LA Confidential amongst others.

cnochef
09-16-2011, 08:47 AM
I'm a bit off, in that I love comedic novels full of sarcasm and impossible situations, made possible by fiction. If you have any interest in books like i'm describing, you can't go wrong with Cristopher Moore, Jasper Fforde, Craig Ferguson and Tom Holt.

What about Tom Robbins?

cnochef
09-16-2011, 08:49 AM
Or if you're obsessed with the South as I am, anything written by James Lee Burke is fantastic.

ajhuff
09-16-2011, 09:33 AM
Anything by Harlan Coben, and he has a lot :)

-AJ

Lefty
09-16-2011, 09:56 AM
Tom Robbins...I'll look into his stuff! Thanks!

shankster
09-16-2011, 10:55 AM
How about some food/kitchen/restaurant related reading?
Blood,bones and butter-Gabriella Hamilton
The devil in The Kitchen-Marco Pierre White
Heat- Bill Bruford
Kitchen Confidential-Anthony Bourdain

+ if you want a quick,funny read Sh@t My Dad says Justin Halpern

zitangy
09-16-2011, 12:39 PM
I am running out of stuff to read, does anybody have some good tips? I like reading mysteries, thrillers etc. For relaxing and winding down, but it looks like I read all the good ones already... Open for other things, too, as long as the word 'romantic' doesn't appear anywhere...

Stefan

hi, there are quite a few options
a) Apple eco system via itunes or ipad.. download the free e-books available
b) Via thepiratebay.org you can download ebooks of any topics you like! I once dloaded a file that had 4000 novels arranged by authors. as i rarely read novels..deleted it. tehy are all in .pdf format (adobe)

c) audio books via itunes.. this is interesting.. just play it and listen

d) Itunes - university.. so many lectures.. my interests is psychology and its subset/ off shoot fields as I am a little psycho..

as i ma partially blind in one eye recently.. i pad is nto a good form factor to me. really need a 30 inch monitors. currently using 2 x 24 inch monitors as characters has to be LARGE...

SO depends on your interests really.. it is all there for you and does not cost too much and can be free if you look for it..

have fun.. oh I dloaded wayne goddards e book about a 50 cent worskshop for knife makers..! that shld get your attention

rgds

dl

ajhuff
09-16-2011, 01:35 PM
How about some food/kitchen/restaurant related reading?
Blood,bones and butter-Gabriella Hamilton
The devil in The Kitchen-Marco Pierre White
Heat- Bill Bruford
Kitchen Confidential-Anthony Bourdain

+ if you want a quick,funny read Sh@t My Dad says Justin Halpern

I enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's fiction. Mindless easy reads that will have you smile and nod your head at times.

-AJ

kalaeb
09-16-2011, 01:59 PM
Your a psychologist, go back and make more sense of Jung.:dazed:

Collective unconscious/archaic remnants....great stuff...

But Margret Weiss also has some great stuff, Dragon Lance trilogy...and you can't go wrong with Terry Brooks and the original Shanarra trilogy.

Hmm, Deception Point and Digital Fortress from Dan Brown are good...I just re-read the Hot Zone by Richard Preston and it gives me the chills every time.

JohnnyChance
09-16-2011, 02:35 PM
Ever try the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child?

geezr
09-16-2011, 03:29 PM
How about some food/kitchen/restaurant related reading?
Blood,bones and butter-Gabriella Hamilton
The devil in The Kitchen-Marco Pierre White
Heat- Bill Bruford
Kitchen Confidential-Anthony Bourdain

+ if you want a quick,funny read Sh@t My Dad says Justin Halpern

"The French Laundry Cookbook" by Thomas Keller - liked the 1st book :knight:

bikehunter
09-16-2011, 04:29 PM
Plus 1 on James Lee Burke, even if you're not obsessed with the South (Ideally, these should be read in order of publication). Plus 1 on Christopher Moore ...quirky and funny...start with ....Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (That is, if you aren't offended by more than a little humor in the story of Christ, where he was all those years he disappeared from the scene. It helps if you're somewhat familiar with the Bible).

Also by Moore....the quirkiest of Vampire tales, about a couple of vampires in S.F. who are new to the vampire game....and have no clue what they are about. .Also better read in order.....Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, You Suck: A Love Story , Bite Me: A Love Story. Also by Moore,

More Moore.....The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. If you like Moore as much as I, you'll likely track them all down. ;-)

If you like Sci/Fi, space ship and such, try the Honor Harrington series by David Weber....keep you busy for a long time. Also Sci/Fi the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I go crazy if I can't find a new author, who preferably has written a dozen or so, especially in a series.

James
09-16-2011, 04:49 PM
But Margret Weiss also has some great stuff, Dragon Lance trilogy...and you can't go wrong with Terry Brooks and the original Shanarra trilogy.



+1; lord of the rings is also great if you haven't seen the movies

Pensacola Tiger
09-16-2011, 05:17 PM
Robert B. Parker's Spenser series

Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series

John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series (The Prey Series) and the Kidd series

+1 for Lee Child's Jack Reacher series

Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series (out of print)

ajhuff
09-16-2011, 05:21 PM
Don't forget Stephen Hunter. I don't care for the whole series but I can read Point of Impact over and over and over.

-AJ

WildBoar
09-16-2011, 07:32 PM
Henry Petroski is a good writer, and his books typically contain interesting thoughts/ insights. Yeah, he's an engineer, but the books are easy to digest:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?field-keywords=henry+petroski&url=search-alias%3Daps&sprefix=henry+petros

apicius9
09-16-2011, 07:34 PM
Great, thanks, there are some names I don't know, yet. I love the ones that come in series where ideally characters develop over time. I have pretty much read everything by Sandford, Pearson, Connelly, Deaver, Burke, Parker, Patterson, Coben, Lehane, Child, Kellerman, Hillerman, Stabenow, plus some of the older 70s classics. Also read Dexter, Rankin, Francis and a few more fron Britain as well as the ones by Larsson, Mankell, Sjowall & Wahloo from Skandinavia. Actually, I re-read many of them, and in my desperation I even read stuff by Woods, Baldacci or Tannenbaum... Looks like I can read much faster than these guys can write ;) I love Startrek but have never been a huge sci-fi person, but I only read some Aasimov and Clarke 30something years ago, maybe I should give that a try again. Which reminds me of another one, something like hitchhiking through the galaxy, have to look that up, never read it. Read Lord of the rings as a teenager in German, might be worth reading it again in English, even if I saw the movies.

I'll follow up on some of the names mentioned, but if you can think of anything else, please let us know.

Stefan

jheis
09-16-2011, 07:56 PM
What about Tom Robbins?

Tom Robbins is more than "a bit off." :whistling:

Just re-read "Even Cowgirls get the Blues" and then 'Skinny Legs and All" which I missed first time around. Love his stuff - inspired lunacy.

James

kalaeb
09-16-2011, 08:02 PM
Hmm, for the truly sick (which we all are) how about Hunter S. Thompsen?

geezr
09-16-2011, 08:32 PM
Read Lord of the rings as a teenager in German, might be worth reading it again in English, even if I saw the movies.

I'll follow up on some of the names mentioned, but if you can think of anything else, please let us know. Stefan

A long, long time ago - in a place not too far away a guy suggested I read the Lord of the Rings. He read it in German and said it should be ok even in English :biggrin:
My kids and I read the books and have the dvds, in English :happyyes:

El Pescador
09-16-2011, 09:18 PM
Lee child...

Or naval history series...Alexander Pope, Dudley Kent write some great stuff and both are series.

WEB Griffiths write great stuff also in series.

swarfrat
09-16-2011, 09:25 PM
.... Which reminds me of another one, something like hitchhiking through the galaxy, have to look that up, never read it....

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams.

It's an absolutely must read!

It's a four part trilogy:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish


Well, apparently there's a "fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy" (I haven't read this one):
Mostly Harmless
But it doesn't seem to be as universally loved as the first four.

Pensacola Tiger
09-16-2011, 09:31 PM
Stefan, have you read Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series?

SpikeC
09-16-2011, 10:12 PM
Ray Bradbury.

JohnnyChance
09-17-2011, 12:22 AM
I'm surprised the audio book addict Del hasn't dropped by this thread yet.

dbesed
09-17-2011, 06:59 AM
If you like long series where characters develop over time, try A song of fire and ice by George R. R. Martin.

ecchef
09-17-2011, 11:49 AM
Orwell, just for the laughs. Kevin Coogan's Dreamer of the Day...'cause you can't make-up sh*t like this.

Eamon Burke
09-17-2011, 12:18 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig
American Gods, Gaiman
Dune, Herbert
The Idiot, Dostoyevsky(slow reading)
Mere Christianity, Lewis
The Watchmen, Moore(not a book)
Through Painted Deserts, Miller
The Gunslinger, King

Those are my best reads of late. I've also run the literary well dry. I wish I could find a good book.

thistle
09-17-2011, 01:14 PM
I mostly read mystery/thrillers, same as your list. Once, many years ago, I was visiting a friend & the only novels they had were sci-fi, I picked up William Gibson's 'Neuromancer', & I've been a fan ever since. I just finished 'Zero History', pretty good, but it helps to have read 'Pattern Recognition' & 'Spook Country' first...

cnochef
09-17-2011, 04:18 PM
Don't forget Stephen Hunter. I don't care for the whole series but I can read Point of Impact over and over and over.

-AJ

I loved Pale Horse Coming!

bikehunter
09-17-2011, 07:05 PM
Don't forget Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey.

Vertigo
09-17-2011, 08:41 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig
Nice. I'll have to dust that off and read it again, been years.

MadMel
09-18-2011, 10:30 AM
I'd go for Peter F. Hamilton for Sci-fi and L.E. Modesitt Jr for fantasy. Terry Brooks would be good if you like Tolkien.

ecchef
09-18-2011, 01:09 PM
How 'bout Alan Watts? I prefer his lectures to his books though.

marcr
09-18-2011, 01:37 PM
I'm reading this now and enjoying it,
Blithe Tomato by Mike Madison, An insider's wry look at Farmer's Market society.

Andrew H
09-18-2011, 11:43 PM
You said you are open to other things...
Extremely interesting and well written:
Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow
Titan: The life of John D Rockefeller Sr, Ron Chernow.

Laugh out loud funny:
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Toole. If you haven't read this book yet it really is a must. I read it on a plane and got lots of weird looks when I burst out laughing.

Daniel Fairly
09-18-2011, 11:48 PM
What about Tom Robbins?

+1 to that!

mc2442
09-19-2011, 09:48 PM
If you want to go the fantasy route, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series will keep you occupied for a good while. Someone mentioned Web Griffon, and his are entertaining though each of the series repeats a lot of things in every book. Was rereading his Brotherhood of War series recently and was reminded of it. Picked up American Assassin by Vince Flynn in the airport, about half way through and is entertaining.

apicius9
09-19-2011, 09:54 PM
Just following up here: I started reading 'Nemesis' by this author, very nicely written so far. Unfortunately, several of the earlier ones are not yet available in English, but I will look for them in German also. Talking about Scandinavian authors: I also enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes (http://scandinavianbooks.com/crime-book/keeper-of-lost-causes-jussi-adler-olsen.html), by Jussi Adler-Olsen. A bit transparent in the way that the solution was pretty obvious half way into the book, but I did like the writing.

Stefan

P.S. Ooops, this was meant to quote Oivind's link, the 'Nemesis' author is Jo Nesbo.

sachem allison
09-19-2011, 09:57 PM
If you want to go the fantasy route, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series will keep you occupied for a good while. Someone mentioned Web Griffon, and his are entertaining though each of the series repeats a lot of things in every book. Was rereading his Brotherhood of War series recently and was reminded of it. Picked up American Assassin by Vince Flynn in the airport, about half way through and is entertaining.

+1 wheel of time, i haven't been able to find the final book. towers of midnight.

ajhuff
09-19-2011, 11:24 PM
I'm enjoying Three Seconds by Rolslund and Hellstrom. It's slow but good. They are apparently a top writing team of crime fiction out of Sweden.

-AJ