Book Recommendations

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  1. Robert H.

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    Always looking for good recommendations.
    Right now I’m reading a great one - Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Polite for “Dummies.”
    The story of the Cosmos in a small book format. Really stunning. The first sentence blows you away.
    Other recommendations...?
     
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    Stanislaw Lem - The Cyberiad, One Human Minute, all his books seem suitable based on your last book
    Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume
     
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    PD James, The Children of Men
     
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    I'm finding that what with keeping up with the daily news onslaught, spring yard work, watching some TV series or playing games at night with the family, and a few strums of the acoustic here and there, the books on the bedside table have taken a back seat lately. I'm thinking of diving into an old classic that I've never read, to try and 'get away from it all' .... just pulled Treasure Island from the shelf.
     
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    I've just discovered the Hornblower series by C.S. Forester. There are eleven so that'll keep you going for a while if you like historical novels.

    I've also started War and Peace, which takes place in the same time period.
     
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    Great and easy read
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    The Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian are very good.
     
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    for those who are daunted by the depth of Hornblower and Aubrey-Maturin, I recommend the very fine series of Richard Bolitho novels, by Alexander Kent. The same general setting, the same kind of stories. All action, no wringing of hands. Death, destruction, mayhem, leadership. Sailing ships with cannons. Men with muskets and blades. Easy reading. You can find them at thrift shops everywhere!
     
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    I realized recently that I had never read To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm about 2/3 of the way through it at this point, and it's truly an absorbing book, a wonderful read.

    Before that, I revisited The Grapes of Wrath, read The Martian, and then The Illustrated Man (by Ray Bradbury--I must have read Fahrenheit 451 a hundred times as a kid). I'm thinking about tackling The Time Machine; I've never read it either.

    Oh, and if you've never read W. Bruce Cameron's books starting with A Dog's Purpose, I highly recommend them. I borrowed two from my younger daughter and read each of the first two in two nights. Caveat: Keep the tissues close at hand.
    Another dog-centric author I enjoyed as a kid was Albert Payson Terhune. I think I read every book in the Lad series.
     
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    No doubt you'll all have read it before:
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    It's hard to describe what this one is about in a short description, but let's just say if you like music then you probably like order and structure (even if you don't put a name to the music theory) and you might like this.
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    If you want something a bit challenging you could try this one. It's an attempt to extract the basic and fundamental laws of physics in a single book. An old college buddy who is now a physics prof told me he could not get past chapter 11. There are 34 chapters and about 1200 pages. Good luck.
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    Oh, and I never miss an opportunity to recommend:
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    Along with Endurance, here is another great true survival story.

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    "A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING"

    Based on your current reading. Anything by Bill Bryson is good, witty, and well researched.
     
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    I just finished this one recently:

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    Some Fantastic Place, the autobiography of Chris Difford of Squeeze.
     
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