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Old 07-12-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I need some help. My husband's birthday is coming up and he asked for some fiction books. He's not a big fiction reader, generally prefers non-fiction, but occasionally he really feels like getting lost in a good book. So now I'm trying to figure out what to get him. He's not in the mood for fantasy or sci-fi. He likes Tom Clancy's early work but is not in the mood for that now either. Nor legal thrillers. Can be comedy/funny. He wants something with solid characters he can really get invested in, good character development is paramount.

What are your recommendations?

Thanks guys!
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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Wow, that's pretty vauge... and you are going to get lots of suggestion. But, I've found that http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com provides some pretty solid suggestion. You put in a book title or author that he likes and it will make suggestions. You can look up those books in Amazon for summaries and reviews and probably find something he wants.

There are also tons of public domain books here that can be downloaded. Has he read some of the Classics? Like Treasure Island, Pamela, Anna Kerinnana, etc.

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I've got three series of books that I have been reading that I think are quite good. The series are the Harry Boch series by Michael Connolly, the Spencer for Hire series by Robert B. Parker, and the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson (and others). These are not legal thrillers but books with good solid characters that you will end up caring about. These are what some would class as detective/mystery type series.
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How about historical novels? If so, I'd recommend Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth". It's one of my all-time favourite books. Superb. I think it's available as an eBook.
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Does he have an eBook reader device?

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How about historical novels? If so, I'd recommend Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth". It's one of my all-time favourite books. Superb. I think it's available as an eBook.
Speaking of historical books, I would recommend John Adams by David McCullough. I have not yet read this. But I did see the miniseries HBO created based on the book and it was quite good. It's all about John Adams life starting in Boston not long before the revolutionary war.
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Hi all,

I need some help. My husband's birthday is coming up and he asked for some fiction books. He's not a big fiction reader, generally prefers non-fiction, but occasionally he really feels like getting lost in a good book. So now I'm trying to figure out what to get him. He's not in the mood for fantasy or sci-fi. He likes Tom Clancy's early work but is not in the mood for that now either. Nor legal thrillers. Can be comedy/funny. He wants something with solid characters he can really get invested in, good character development is paramount.

What are your recommendations?

Thanks guys!
I've just finished reading The Art of Racing In the Rain. It's available for the Sony Reader and several other formats (and pBook too). If he likes dogs and/or race cars, it might appeal to him.

The story is told from the point of view of the family dog. A very intelligent dog. This makes an interesting plot device: people ignore the dog and he gets to hear all kinds of things they would never say in front of other people, and unburden themselves emotionally to the dog with feelings they can't share with anyone else.

The dog, Enzo, is a philosopher who studies life through documentaries on cable TV and an enthusiasm for auto racing he shares with his master, a semi-professional race car driver.

The story moves quickly. The characters are well drawn. I found the story engrossing. Of course, this is all subjective.

Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:06 PM   #8
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How about historical novels? If so, I'd recommend Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth". It's one of my all-time favourite books. Superb. I think it's available as an eBook.
I would second this and also recommend the sequel "World Without End". It was originally going to be a chapter from the "Pillars of the Earth" but it got too long so he decided to make it a standalone book. Ten years later it's a 1,000 page book.

He might also enjoy some of the Bernard Cornwell books. Sharpe Series or Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles.
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But, I've found that http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com provides some pretty solid suggestion.
I've never heard of that site. Very cool.

I use something similar for mysteries. http://www.stopyourekillingme.com
There's a read-alike section and you can even pinpoint the location, job, and time period of the book's main character.

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Lee Child, Jack Reacher series or Robert Crais Elvis Cole Series.
Any of the books will do, but I do advise to begin by the first ones, especially The Elvis Cole series.

And if you want to score two times, buy it in audiobook, he is going to love it!

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Old 07-13-2008, 05:34 PM   #11
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For non-fiction, I'd recommend 'Flashman at the Charge'. This is my favorite of a great series of historical non-fiction (well actually non-fiction with fiction parts). Anyway, they are very funny, interesting and wonderfully accurate. Author is George MacDonald Fraser

For fiction, I just read Nelson DeMille's 'Night Fall' and 'Wild Fire' and both were real page turners.

I'm very fond of Clancy's early books, so I may have similar tastes as your husband.
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For non-fiction, I'd recommend 'Flashman at the Charge'. This is my favorite of a great series of historical non-fiction (well actually non-fiction with fiction parts). Anyway, they are very funny, interesting and wonderfully accurate. Author is George MacDonald Fraser
No way are the "Flashman" books "non fiction" . They have historical events as their background, yes, but that doesn't make them non fiction.
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For non-fiction, I'd recommend 'Flashman at the Charge'. This is my favorite of a great series of historical non-fiction (well actually non-fiction with fiction parts). Anyway, they are very funny, interesting and wonderfully accurate. Author is George MacDonald Fraser.
Great books .

Just wondering if you've tried the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. They're fictionalisations of the same military era, only not humorous. They make an interesting comparison.

I'm working my way through them on audio (currently on No.5 'Sharpe's Prey'), and they're superb.
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Thank all so much for your recommendations! I will now see what I can find. He doesn't have his own reader, if necessary he'll steal mine
But, he likes audio books too ...or even paper books (how old fashioned, I know). Thanks again!
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How about historical novels? If so, I'd recommend Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth". It's one of my all-time favourite books. Superb. I think it's available as an eBook.
ditto on this one. It was the first book that popped into my mind from the wishlist description.
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