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Hulk
07-09-2008, 01:04 AM
I just finished reading The Road (http://www.amazon.com/Road-Oprahs-Book-Club/dp/0307387895/) by Cormac McCarthy. Wow. An amazing book. The story of a father and son in post-apocalyptic world, struggling for survival. It's brutal. It's almost impossible to put down.

I highly recommend it, for men. Not sure that I'll offer it up to my wife. Probably give her nightmares.

Romer
07-09-2008, 07:48 AM
I really like the books by WEB Griffen. He has several series. One on the army, one on the marines, one on the OSS, one on a special Ops group in WWII, another is a Police Series and his latest is on a special Presidential Ops group.

Maddmatt
07-09-2008, 08:26 AM
I really enjoyed The Road as well, had to read it one day - wasn't very psyched about the ending though. Definitely made me think about my zombie / apocalypse planning.

I would also highly recommend The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz. Also nearly impossible to put down and a true story!
-Matt

Shark Bait
07-09-2008, 08:43 AM
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes. (http://www.amazon.com/Empires-Light-Edison-Westinghouse-Electrify/dp/0375507396) It traces the development and evolution of the use of electricity as we know it today. Good stuff. :p:

timmbuck2
07-09-2008, 09:33 AM
The Life of Pi
In Defense of Food
Under the Banner of Heaven
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Water for Elephants
Empire Falls
The Devil in the White City

Corbet
07-09-2008, 09:45 AM
Yukon Alone

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Yukon-Alone/John-Balzar/e/9780805059502/?itm=12

Jacket
07-09-2008, 09:48 AM
+1 for Devil in the White City. Nice combination and murder/mystery with historical non-fiction. Very cool to see what it took for a city to put together a world's fair in the late 1800's.

Overland Journal - Not a book, but a very well-written magazine with great pictures and interesting travel stories.

treerootCO
07-09-2008, 10:05 AM
Who needs a road

PabloCruise
07-09-2008, 10:18 AM
Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing - very powerful...

Bighead
07-09-2008, 10:23 AM
Thanks for the tip on The Road...I'll be picking that up tomorrow.

Gates of Fire (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Gates-of-Fire/Steven-Pressfield/e/9780385492515/?itm=3) by Steven Pressfield.

The Forgotten Soldier (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Forgotten-Soldier/Guy-Sajer/e/9781574882858/?itm=2) by Guy Sajer.

theboomboom
07-09-2008, 10:30 AM
i just finished cormac mccarthy's no country for old men. i can't say i would recommend it, but a lot of people liked it so it may be worth reading.

Hulk
07-09-2008, 11:00 AM
Who needs a road

Yeah, every single Cruiserhead should read this book. You can get it here (http://tlca.org/webstore/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9) from TLCA for only $11.

Maybe we should buy a bunch of copies and sell them at the RS meeting. I bet we could get a discount.

Red_Chili
07-09-2008, 11:48 AM
Dean Koontz' work fascinates me. He can put you inside a dog's head, not an easy feat, and you can just imagine what the dog is doing as viewed by a human. Uncanny.

The Corner of His Eye is probably the best I've read. Read it if you can. Quantum theory meets spirituality meets sociopath. It is just a little disturbing how his sociopathic killer starts out and keeps getting worse. Like the dog above, he puts you in the guy's head - like I said, disturbing. The macabre humor is pretty subtle too. The ending is completely unexpected.

I can't seem to keep reading Mr. Murder, something about the story is just too awful. I know Koontz' good guys always win in the end, but there are a lot of bodies along the way. Had to put it down.

Joel C Rosenberg's The Last Jihad is now dated, but still a nailbiter much like Clancy - you get to see the inner workings of the Secret Service, international business, spy agencies, etc. Just substitute Iran for Iraq, and Ahmadinejad for Hussein.

Speaking of which, most of Clancy's books, most of them are books I can't put down until I finish. Though now dated, his stories about confrontation with the Soviets have the ring of something that really could have happened; like we just missed it happening. We probably did!

Bighead
07-09-2008, 11:58 AM
Speaking of which, most of Clancy's books, most of them are books I can't put down until I finish. Though now dated, his stories about confrontation with the Soviets have the ring of something that really could have happened; like we just missed it happening. We probably did!

I feel the same way. My favorite Clancy book is Red Storm Rising. That book had special meaning because I was stationed in Germany when it came out.

Hulk
07-09-2008, 12:20 PM
Dean Koontz' work fascinates me.

He's always a good read. The Taking (http://www.deankoontz.com/books/the-taking/) was a huge page turner -- a real thriller. Life Expectancy (http://www.deankoontz.com/books/life-expectancy/) was a lot of fun, and more light hearted than most of his work.

Red_Chili
07-09-2008, 12:57 PM
...Life Expectancy (http://www.deankoontz.com/books/life-expectancy/) was a lot of fun, and more light hearted than most of his work.
Boy. Doesn't SOUND light-hearted!!

CBone
07-09-2008, 12:58 PM
On the lighter side of things, David Sedaris Naked or Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim will have your sides hurting from laughter.