Holiday reading ideas?

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    I'm being made to go on holiday! Anyone care to recommend any great books to read? The wife thinks 'manuals' and 'textbooks' are not appropriate for holiday and, to be honest, she's probably right.
     
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    What do you like? I have lots of science fiction recommendations...
     
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    Sci-Fi would actually be ace!
     
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    Oldies but goodies:

    Skunk Works

    Blind Man’s Bluff (If you read it, let me know and I will share comments from the man who was in charge of submarine operations for some of the time and stories in the book.)

    First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong


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    Any of those Star Trek serial paperbacks. They cost about a buck a piece at the used book store. You already know the characters and the backstory so you can jump in anywhere. If you get a handful just make sure they're in sequence or you'll never know if Capt. Kirk was able to save the pretty girl from the Romulan spies.
     
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    If you like SciFi/Fantasy and want to get away from REAL science, any of the disc world series by Terry Pratchett.

    Although I would recommend starting with the earlier ones. The later ones make references to things that happen in the early ones, and you may be confused if you read them out of order.

    "Going Postal" would be a good place to start, or "Night Watch".

    I love that British dry humor, by the way.
     
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    All oldies, but good reading...

    If you haven’t already read it, Frank Herber’s DUNE weaves a very detailed story. It’s a long read.

    In addition to Herbert, I’m also a fan of Kieth Laumer, who writes a lighter fare of stories. In particular, TIME TRAP is a fun read and not terribly long. RETIEF’S RANSOM runs a close second.

    Arthur C Clarke offers 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY and RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA. if you want to read his early short story that inspired 2001, seek out THE SENTINEL.

    I also highly recommend THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES for its flowing, descriptive writing style that renders great mental imagery. MARTIAN CHRONICLES was originally written as a series of individual short stories over a period of decades on a single theme, and later tailored to flow as a single story. You can watch as the style of each story morphs according to the looming issues at the times of writing (i.e. - civil rights and slavery, threat of nuclear war, environment, etc). It may not catch you at the very start, but once you get into it so the stories build on each other, you’ll be hooked. You’ll also recognize some of the stories because they were picked up and adapted by television shows like OUTER LIMITS and TWILIGHT ZONE.

    Not for everyone, but I enjoyed Ursula K LeGuin’s book LATHE OF HEAVEN.

    For less sciency but more fun, there’s Douglas Adams book HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.

    Then there’s also Edwin Abbott’s book FLATLAND if you want something a a little quirky.

    By the way, many of the books I recommended above spawned offshoots and trilogies, so make sure you look for specific titles to get in at the start.
     
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    A total beach escape sci-fi read is the series by Hugh Howey starting with Wool. These are the best sci-fi I've ever read. They are about the characters more than the technology. But don't read any previews or blurbs so you have the story develop just as you read.
     
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    Stephen Coonts, "The Saucer".

    I WANT ONE .
     
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    Last of the Breed --- my favorite book by Louis Lamour is not your traditional American 'cowboys and indians', but instead is an American Pilot vs Russian native/woodsman and takes place in Russia instead of the 'old west'.
    Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker ---- autobiography by/about Kevin Mitnick - It does seem he glorifies himself alot in the story, but it is a fun one none the less.

    I haven't re-read it in probably 20 years but one of my first and favorite fantasy epics is
    The Last of the Renshai by Mickey Zucker Reichert (the first of a trilogy, but stands pretty well on its one if you only have time for one book)
    Also by the same author,
    The Legend of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert
    If you want a fun serial Author, then any of the series by Clive Cussler are good vacation reads and even as series each book stands well on their own.
    He does a good job of mixing history, legends and treasure hunting adventure.
    Sahara the movie with Matthew McConaughey is based off of one of his books with the same name.


    ***Quoted overviews all copied from Amazon
     
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    I have read every one of Louis Lamour's books and "Last of the Breed" is one of his best.

    For Science fiction, my youngest son wrote a great story when he was about 17 years old.
     
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    +1 on Clive Cussler books written solely by Cussler. The later series with a “co-author” do not interest me.

    Any of the W. E. B. Griffin series about the military are good, but I don’t care for the others.


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    Hmmm. This new quote thing is interesting.

    In case it's isn't obvious in the above block I'll repeat;

    I read Blind Man's Bluff and The Secret War by Craven. Cussler is good too.

    So tell some stories BJC!
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I might get first man - I read the Buzz Aldrin book, and one about all the astronauts called moondust, so first man might be a good addition. I usually take the Verner von Braun biography and then never read it...
     
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    Moondust is intersting. Check out Mike Collins autobio Carrying the Fire. Lindbergh wrote the forward. Also check out Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis book. If you read Lindbergh's book check out how he goes from present to past and back again. He spent about 25 years writing it with AML's help and it shows.
     

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