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The Official HH Book Club List

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  • PurpleThrobberPurpleThrobber Posts: 23,253
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    LebamDawg said:

    Damn - doesn't anyone other than @Doog_de_Jour read trashy books?

    How about Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series that doesn't star Tom Cruise? good quick reads.
    Steve Berry books featuring super spy Cotton Mather
    James Rollins books with super spy fighting agency SIGMA

    most of my porn collection is by anonymous so can't really recommend them

    Devil In a Kilt is not trashy! I’ll have you know it is a largely historically accurate look into medieval Scottish society and a nuanced study of traditional feminine beauty.

    The protagonist, Linnet MacDonnell, the youngest of seven sisters, with her flame-bright red hair, sharp tongue, and strange gift of second-sight, no man wanted her. But the devil would take her. Bartered as a bride to her father's long-sworn enemy, the nobly born Highlander Duncan MacKenzie of Kintail, she had no choice but to enter a marriage with a man rumored to have murdered his first wife and said to possess neither heart nor soul.

    Forbidding and proud, Duncan MacKenzie wanted only one thing from his new bride -- to use her special gift to determine if young Robbie was truly his son. He never expected the MacDonnell lass to stubbornly follow her heart, chase away the darkness in his castle with light and laughter, and ignite a raging fire in his blood. How dare she defy him, and tempt a devil like him to feel what he feared most of all --- love!



    Thanks again for the recommendation @PurpleThrobber!
    Once you reach under the kilt, you never go back.....

    KaepskneeCFetters_Nacho_Lover
  • Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    The Perfect Pass by S.C. Gwynne. It’s a bio of Hal Mumme and how the Air Raid was born.
    RoadDawg55
  • MeekMeek Posts: 7,031
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    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    i like the spy/law/mystery genres myself and find that i can still enjoy a John Grisham novel (probably why there were 483 years of Law & Order on tv). That dude who wrote Da Vinci Code, though... be careful. He maxed out by Angels & Demons so every novel since then is a waste of time. David Baldacci is serviceable for the violent criminal things.
    RoadDawg55
  • Meek said:

    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    i like the spy/law/mystery genres myself and find that i can still enjoy a John Grisham novel (probably why there were 483 years of Law & Order on tv). That dude who wrote Da Vinci Code, though... be careful. He maxed out by Angels & Demons so every novel since then is a waste of time. David Baldacci is serviceable for the violent criminal things.
    I picked up a book in a series by Phillip Kerr that fits into the law/mystery genre. The main character is a detective in Berlin in the 1930s and 40s named Bernie Gunther. I’ve now read 4-5 books in the series.
  • Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    I'm taking from this that you're looking for fiction, but more true to life fiction? A genre that I've always been into is good satirical fiction. Truth be told, I've read very few books lately, but I used to devour two or three a week. In that time, I was recommended an Australian author named Max Barry (Maxx Barry for comedic effect once), and the two of his books that I read were both fucking amazing:
    Jennifer Government: Satirically dystopian future in which capitalism is taken to its logical extreme. People sell their last names to their employers for marketing purposes, for instance. Crimes are only solved if the victims can pay private police. Jennifer is, essentially, an FBI agent, hence the last name "Government." Hilarious hijinks ensue. George Clooney optioned the movie rights at one point, but it's one that was lost to studio politics, bouncing around and therefore never being made.

    Syrup (as Maxx Barry): Satirical take on marketing run amok. Young ad executive for a soft drink company thinks of the greatest campaign ever: Cola. Black can. Called "Fuck." Hilarious hijinks ensue.

    There's also a sub-genre of this kind of satire that focuses entirely on Florida, and it's all great. Dave Barry is mostly known for his collections of humor columns, but he also wrote two fiction books, Big Trouble and Tricky Business, and they're both awesome.

    Carl Hiaasen peddles exclusively in the "satirical Florida Man" genre, and he's awesome. Ditto Tim Dorsey. I'd probably read those three Florida authors in that order.

    For probably the best contemporary satirical fiction--and perhaps my favorite author--there's always Chuck Palahniuk. Choke and Survivor are two of my favorite books I've ever read. Palahniuk's work is a bit longer, denser, etc. than anything else mentioned above, so I'd look above if you're more into a quick and fun read.
    CFetters_Nacho_LoverRoadDawg55
  • Jennifer Government was good.
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  • Jennifer Government was good.

    Check out Syrup, then. Just as quick and fun of a read.
    GrundleStiltzkin
  • Two more satirical humor novels I just thought of, both perhaps in my top 10, but it's been a loooong time since I read them:

    Lamb: The Gospel of Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. I'm not usually the biggest Christopher Moore fan, but this book is nails. It's written from the perspective that the Bible is historically accurate, but covers the missing years in Jesus' life, when he's kicking around with best buddy and regular bro Biff, chasing tail and whatnot.

    I, Lucifer, by Glen Duncan. Apocalypse coming, God offers Lucifer a deal: Live out a successful life as a regular human, and he'll be spared and spend eternity in heaven. Taking the body of a suicidal loser, the devil goes out into the world and... does things the devil would do. Hilarious and awesome. Main character's name is an anagram of the author's name, so it has that going for it, which is nice.
  • RaceBannonRaceBannon Posts: 60,881
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    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    Guests of the Ayatollah
    The Right Stuff
    Pretty much anything by Michael Lewis like Moneyball or The Big Short


    Watched the Big Short last week. Good movie
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  • Jennifer Government was good.

    Check out Syrup, then. Just as quick and fun of a read.
    As it turns out, Libby has it as an audiobook, added to the lineup. I've read maybe 20 fiction books in the last ten years. I used to really dig William Gibson, but I've got one of his books on the shelf I've picked up 10 times in the last few years and just can't finish it.
  • Jennifer Government was good.

    Check out Syrup, then. Just as quick and fun of a read.
    As it turns out, Libby has it as an audiobook, added to the lineup. I've read maybe 20 fiction books in the last ten years. I used to really dig William Gibson, but I've got one of his books on the shelf I've picked up 10 times in the last few years and just can't finish it.
    Let me know what you think. I've actually never listened to an audiobook, and I'm curious how well it would work for humor, particularly if it's read in a monotone way. Another problem with Syrup via audiobook: One of the ways that Syrup makes fun of excessive marketing is that one of the main characters is named 7. Like the number character, not the word. To one-up this, another changes his name to @. Works when reading, but how's that going to go out loud? Let me know...
  • Pitchfork51Pitchfork51 Posts: 19,637
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    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    It's from the 80s but Robert Ludlum could write a cold war novel. He did the Bourne series. Much better than the movies

    I like that kind of fiction. The guy who wrote Absolute Power is another one. Beach books
    Good call. The Bourne books are awesome

    The movies just took the first one and made up the rest
    RaceBannon
  • Pitchfork51Pitchfork51 Posts: 19,637
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    Those were books I’d read recently that I liked.

    Official recommendation list would include:

    Blood Meridian
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    1984
    The Thrawn trilogy
    1776
    The Hunt for Red October
    Moneyball
    The Right Stuff

    Just to name a few...

    I like the new thrawn stuff too
    I’ve only read the first of the new ones. I liked it, but after a few other disappointing entries in the newer books I haven’t dipped back into anything Star Wars related. You recommend Alliances and Treason?
    I think I read the second. Maybe just the first. I liked it. Of the newer books the one with Vader and tarkin is pretty solid I thought.
  • LebamDawgLebamDawg Posts: 3,874
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    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    It's from the 80s but Robert Ludlum could write a cold war novel. He did the Bourne series. Much better than the movies

    I like that kind of fiction. The guy who wrote Absolute Power is another one. Beach books
    Good call. The Bourne books are awesome

    The movies just took the first one and made up the rest
    au contraire



    Pitchfork51
  • LebamDawgLebamDawg Posts: 3,874
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    LebamDawg said:

    Damn - doesn't anyone other than @Doog_de_Jour read trashy books?

    How about Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series that doesn't star Tom Cruise? good quick reads.
    Steve Berry books featuring super spy Cotton Mather
    James Rollins books with super spy fighting agency SIGMA

    most of my porn collection is by anonymous so can't really recommend them

    Devil In a Kilt is not trashy! I’ll have you know it is a largely historically accurate look into medieval Scottish society and a nuanced study of traditional feminine beauty.

    The protagonist, Linnet MacDonnell, the youngest of seven sisters, with her flame-bright red hair, sharp tongue, and strange gift of second-sight, no man wanted her. But the devil would take her. Bartered as a bride to her father's long-sworn enemy, the nobly born Highlander Duncan MacKenzie of Kintail, she had no choice but to enter a marriage with a man rumored to have murdered his first wife and said to possess neither heart nor soul.

    Forbidding and proud, Duncan MacKenzie wanted only one thing from his new bride -- to use her special gift to determine if young Robbie was truly his son. He never expected the MacDonnell lass to stubbornly follow her heart, chase away the darkness in his castle with light and laughter, and ignite a raging fire in his blood. How dare she defy him, and tempt a devil like him to feel what he feared most of all --- love!



    Thanks again for the recommendation @PurpleThrobber!
    if you could work "turgid" into that synopses it could be porn


    still not on my reading list - mainly I would have to explain it to Mrs. Lebam
    pawz
  • LebamDawg said:


    au contraire

    Bitchfork is still correct. The titles are about all the second and third books have in common with the movies.
    CFetters_Nacho_LoverPitchfork51
  • RoadDawg55RoadDawg55 Posts: 25,992
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    edited February 23

    Would love some recommendations that don’t have to do with war or sci-if, fantasy type shit.

    I'm taking from this that you're looking for fiction, but more true to life fiction? A genre that I've always been into is good satirical fiction. Truth be told, I've read very few books lately, but I used to devour two or three a week. In that time, I was recommended an Australian author named Max Barry (Maxx Barry for comedic effect once), and the two of his books that I read were both fucking amazing:
    Jennifer Government: Satirically dystopian future in which capitalism is taken to its logical extreme. People sell their last names to their employers for marketing purposes, for instance. Crimes are only solved if the victims can pay private police. Jennifer is, essentially, an FBI agent, hence the last name "Government." Hilarious hijinks ensue. George Clooney optioned the movie rights at one point, but it's one that was lost to studio politics, bouncing around and therefore never being made.

    Syrup (as Maxx Barry): Satirical take on marketing run amok. Young ad executive for a soft drink company thinks of the greatest campaign ever: Cola. Black can. Called "Fuck." Hilarious hijinks ensue.

    There's also a sub-genre of this kind of satire that focuses entirely on Florida, and it's all great. Dave Barry is mostly known for his collections of humor columns, but he also wrote two fiction books, Big Trouble and Tricky Business, and they're both awesome.

    Carl Hiaasen peddles exclusively in the "satirical Florida Man" genre, and he's awesome. Ditto Tim Dorsey. I'd probably read those three Florida authors in that order.

    For probably the best contemporary satirical fiction--and perhaps my favorite author--there's always Chuck Palahniuk. Choke and Survivor are two of my favorite books I've ever read. Palahniuk's work is a bit longer, denser, etc. than anything else mentioned above, so I'd look above if you're more into a quick and fun read.
    Really appreciate it and will check a few out. I’ve been getting into marketing a little bit (mostly online) but really want to check out Syrup. Gonna probably order it tonight. I’ve read a couple of Palahniuk books including Survivor. All of them sound like stuff I would be into.
    CFetters_Nacho_Lover
  • Pitchfork51Pitchfork51 Posts: 19,637
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    LebamDawg said:


    au contraire

    Bitchfork is still correct. The titles are about all the second and third books have in common with the movies.
    Yep. The second one is about him in Asia or some shit. I can't remember it's been years.
  • The updated HH Book Club Recommendation List is now available online via Google Sheets for all you fucktards to enjoy. I tried to embed the link but apparently all the nacho cheese sauce that's in my keyboard isn't letting me do that so go fuck yourselves instead.


    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTpL_k2P9zXLN4FF8qj2RuiUB18DpqzMuFk099dfcI5mC_LozQ96n038VMIufoOIlMz7agC7hWE1DJN/pubhtml
    GrundleStiltzkinRoadDawg55
  • RoadDawg55RoadDawg55 Posts: 25,992
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    The updated HH Book Club Recommendation List is now available online via Google Sheets for all you fucktards to enjoy. I tried to embed the link but apparently all the nacho cheese sauce that's in my keyboard isn't letting me do that so go fuck yourselves instead.


    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTpL_k2P9zXLN4FF8qj2RuiUB18DpqzMuFk099dfcI5mC_LozQ96n038VMIufoOIlMz7agC7hWE1DJN/pubhtml

    TYFYS
    CFetters_Nacho_Lover
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