What's The Best Book You've Read Recently?

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  1. aging_rocker

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    I've recently started reading this, on a recommendation from a barmaid. Yep, seriously. And I normally avoid stuff like this.

    I've been struggling to concentrate on reading this year, can't think why...but so far this has me gripped. Very pleasantly surprised!
     
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    I highly recommend Arthur Conan Doyle. I have read Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories many times.
     
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    Orson Scott Card. I like all the Ender books.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't realize the subject and started reading the first one. I got hooked and had to read all three. Some of his writing is way beyond the norm. Not the type of thing I ever am into usually....
     
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    Caves of Steel by Asimov. Well all the robot stories and the Foundation books.
     
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    Lots of good suggestions here. I am also a fan of Haruki Murakami and many other authors mentioned here.

    For a science fiction novel, I'd recommend Bourne by Jeff Vandermeer. It is a dystopian novel about a scavenger who adopts an artificial lifeform. I have taught it so I have a sort of review here with notes and podcasts for the class I taught:

    https://textrhet.com/2020/05/01/borne-by-jeff-vandermeer/

    For fantasy, I'd recommend A Stranger in Olondria by Sophia Samatar. This is a slow read because the prose is so beautiful. It is essentially a ghost story. I have notes and podcasts here:

    https://textrhet.com/2020/04/14/a-stranger-in-olondria-by-sofia-samatar/

    Both are very cool!
     
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    I think my wife bought me a Samuel Colt book from Sam’s Club recently. I have several books in the lineup before I get to that one. How did you like it?
     
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    I just reread that one about month ago. It'd been at least 25 years since I first read it. A true Sci-Fi classic, and in my opinion the true foundation (pun intended) of Asimov's robot novels.
     
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    The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
     
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    Johnny Marr’s autobiography, Set the Boy Free, was pretty good.

    Also reread Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. It’s amazing.
     
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    I read in spurts, but right now I'm not reading as much as I use to... cant seem to sit still, anymore.

    So, I'm gravitating to short story collections like O' Henry's works.

    But, in the last year or so, I've read most of the Cormac McCarthy stories.

    And, most of Jim Harrison's books; my fave's being Brown Dog and The River Swimmer.

    Mark Twain: Man In White is good read for exposing the realities of being Sam Clemens, playing Mark Twain, in the final year's of his life.

    Right now I'm working my way through Ulysses Grant's, Personal Memoirs.

     
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    I love Vonnegut- favorites are Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions.

    A great book I recently read was The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
     
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    His one non-espionage novel, The Naive and Sentimental Lover, is also quite good.
     
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    Currently reading a great biography on my favorite author, Sinclair Lewis.
     
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