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Re: Good books
« Reply #160 on: December 17, 2011, 06:16:07 AM »
Stephen King has a new book "Dark Tower". Apparently, it was slated for a movie. But the studio figured it would be a very expensive film, so cancelled plans.

When I was a kid, there was a game out called Dark Tower, it was a battery operated gizmo that sat  in the middle of a game board.

The Dark Tower is a whole series of book by Stephen King. (7 books)

The first one (The Gunslinger) was written in 1982. The

They are well worth reading, but a bit mind bending. King manages to write himself into later the novels, not as some cameo, but a main character that the other characters come to realise is the "writer of their story".  His nearly fatal accident is also in the story as the later books were finished after that.

As to what genre the books fit into? Pretty much all of them. Sci-fi, fantasy, vampires, mystery.. they cover it all. Other characters from his other books pop up in the series as well. Somehow he tries it all together, maybe by just not trying to explain everything,,,

As for making a movie of it... Maybe 7??  Peter Jackson is the only person I think would even dream of trying with such a huge and convoluted story... Makes Lord of the Rings / Hobbit seem like it's alternate title "There and Back Again"

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Re: Good books
« Reply #161 on: December 17, 2011, 07:28:51 PM »
If you're interested in float planes, this is a very good read;  Success on the Step: Flying with Kenmore Air

Over the last year or so I have been reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.  I have passed the books on to 3 other people and they are unable to put them down.  I think there's around a dozen or so, maybe more.  I suggest starting with Killing Floor and then the order does not matter.   -Mark
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« Reply #162 on: December 17, 2011, 11:15:50 PM »
I just reread a confederancy of dunces. I compare it to the movie sling blade, in that sadly i know someone that is like every main charcter.  ::)
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« Reply #163 on: March 05, 2012, 08:02:13 PM »
Just completed: "One Second After," by William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.  Electromagnetic Pulse, ever heard of it?  I had relating to solar flares.  Caused by thermonuclear war heads, I had not.  This is a fictional read but, like Tom Clancy, is based on technical, existing, facts.  Not to ruin it, but one, two or three of these placed over the U.S. 150 to 300 miles into the atmosphere and we're talking the U.S. of A back to the 17th century.  "All" electrical including the planes in the sky shut down.  This story is about a man trying to protect his family during such an event.  I'm not a survivalist though I do have some skills.  The Foreword is by then Speaker Newt Gingrich.  I'm not looking for the end of the world with the Mayan calendar in December.  You are all my friends, I hope you all consider and/or have the opportunity read this.  Chris Burchfield
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« Reply #164 on: March 06, 2012, 09:14:33 AM »
Just completed: "One Second After," by William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.  Electromagnetic Pulse, ever heard of it?  I had relating to solar flares.  Caused by thermonuclear war heads, I had not.  This is a fictional read but, like Tom Clancy, is based on technical, existing, facts.  Not to ruin it, but one, two or three of these placed over the U.S. 150 to 300 miles into the atmosphere and we're talking the U.S. of A back to the 17th century.  "All" electrical including the planes in the sky shut down.  This story is about a man trying to protect his family during such an event.  I'm not a survivalist though I do have some skills.  The Foreword is by then Speaker Newt Gingrich.  I'm not looking for the end of the world with the Mayan calendar in December.  You are all my friends, I hope you all consider and/or have the opportunity read this.  Chris Burchfield

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« Reply #165 on: March 07, 2012, 04:43:44 PM »
Birds of a Lesser Paradise by www.mayhewbergman.com  top notch emerging writer  check Amazon for reviews
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Re: Good books
« Reply #166 on: March 13, 2012, 08:00:51 PM »
The book "The Golden Spruce" is really good, its by John Vaillant.  And another one called "The Wild Trees" by Richard Preston.  Both kind of focus around the West Coast Redwoods and each of them are true stories.

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« Reply #167 on: March 13, 2012, 08:13:45 PM »
The book "The Golden Spruce" is really good, its by John Vaillant.  And another one called "The Wild Trees" by Richard Preston.  Both kind of focus around the West Coast Redwoods and each of them are true stories.

The first book is about a Sitka spruce on the Queen Charlotte Islands off BC's west coast. I worked there for 3 years and lived near that tree, although I never went to see it. I cruised timber out there, so I saw lots of Sitka spruce 60-70 meters tall. And not all cruised timber gets cut.
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« Reply #168 on: June 09, 2017, 06:24:49 AM »
I came across an interesting book this week . www.40chances.com Finding hope in a hungry world. It talks about each of us having 40 chances to accomplish our goals in Life. Farmers can expect to have 40 growing seasons, giving them 40 chances to improve on every harvest. This also applies to anyone because we all have about 40 productive years in our careers to do the best job .
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« Reply #169 on: June 09, 2017, 09:13:45 AM »
Just finished VICIOUS CIRCLE by C. J. Box.  A continuation of the Joe Pickett Wyoming Game Warden series.  I have enjoyed them all.  Next was G-MAN by Stephen Hunter.  This book fills in the back story of the Swagger clan from Polk Co. , Arkansas.  I like his writing partly because the Ark. references hit home for me being a native.

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« Reply #170 on: June 09, 2017, 09:59:35 AM »
I like Tom Clancy's books, have most of them. Favorite is "The Bear and the Dragon" I couldn't put the book down..It's fiction, but very relavant to the political/power situation in today's world.
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« Reply #171 on: June 09, 2017, 11:03:37 AM »
I just finished Frozen Hours by Jeff Sharra. Korean War about the Chosin Reservoir battle. I couldn't read it fast enough.

He's one of my favorite Authors. Got started by reading his fathers Book Killer Angels.
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« Reply #172 on: June 09, 2017, 03:32:57 PM »
I will keep an eye out for that one Raider Bill.  Sharra's work is always a good read.

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« Reply #173 on: June 09, 2017, 10:36:52 PM »
I like almost everything by Clive Cussler (especially from the Oregon files),anything by Louis L'amour , and most everything by Tom Clancy (especially "the hunt for Red October")
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« Reply #174 on: June 11, 2017, 05:14:28 PM »
It seems like when I do have time to read anymore, I have a hard time focusing anyhow. I'm slowly working my way through The Industrial Revolutionaries, and The Age of Steam. A couple of children's books  that I like to think make kids interested in reading are, The Broken Blade, and a sequel, I think it's called Wintering, if I remember right. They're set during the fur trade era
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« Reply #175 on: June 13, 2017, 11:19:22 AM »
Just found this thread last night and finished it this am, looks of good reads and new ideas for me.  I've read all of Tom Clancy's - Jack Ryan Series, starting at "The Hunt For Red October".  I had a hard time putting some of these books down, some of the things he wrote about / predicted was scary true!  I also enjoyed "The World Made by Hand" series by James Howard Kunstler, that somebody else mention, pretty sure there are 3 or 4 books in that series.  They were a good read also.

  "Lights Out" by David Crawford was another EMP type book similar to "One Second After".  It was a great read, had a hard time putting that down too.  Been a while since I read that book.

  "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline was a fun book too.  Takes place in the not too distant future, I can't describe it and give it justice, just a fun read.

  I've read and now listen to all of WEB Griffins "Corps" and "The Brotherhood of War" Series.  I like to read these longer series, because as others have said you get invested in the characters!  I have a 30 to 40 minute commute to work and listening to the books helps make that time pass, and it's cut down on my temper with other drivers...
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« Reply #176 on: July 07, 2017, 01:08:37 PM »
Read Frozen Hours as recommended by Raider Bill and was not disappointed.  What our guys went through is unreal.  Stacking frozen Chinese to fortify a position.  I was cold reading about it.  Back on another John Sanderson novel.  If you like Lee Child (Jack Reacher), you might enjoy Sanderson.

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« Reply #177 on: July 12, 2017, 04:18:00 PM »
Read Frozen Hours as recommended by Raider Bill and was not disappointed.  What our guys went through is unreal.  Stacking frozen Chinese to fortify a position.  I was cold reading about it.  Back on another John Sanderson novel.  If you like Lee Child (Jack Reacher), you might enjoy Sanderson.

All of Jeff Sharras's books are great. Basically he starts with the American Revolution and goes to his last book which you just read. He did not write them in order but I'd suggest following the dates he writes about.

I can't suggest his dad's book Killer Angels enough. The mini series Gettysburg was based on it.
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« Reply #178 on: November 15, 2018, 12:00:24 PM »
Lots of good info on popular books for those that like to read
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« Reply #179 on: November 15, 2018, 03:34:24 PM »
I just finished Ghost Rider by Neal Peart. He is the drummer for the band Rush.
He lost his daughter in a car accident, within a year of that his wife caught cancer and passed then he had to put his dog down. 
He jumped on his bike for 50k miles and about a year to clear his head.
The books about his journey during that time.
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