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We have threads for vidyagems and music, but I believe OCCers are a literate bunch as well. Use this thread to name a book you recently enjoyed reading and feel fellow coaches might also appreciate. Novels, non-fiction, graphic novels, whatevs... anything goes.

I'll start with Death in Breslau by Marek Krajewski, the first in a series of whodunnit/political thrillers starring the less-than-savoury Eberhard Mock.

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Currently reading "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. Very good book. Occasionally gut-clenching. Has a couple of stumbling points, but overall a very good tale. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind?from_search=true

Last week I read Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40866.Tales_of_the_Dying_Earth - Wonderful language. Stories varied from Fair to Excellent. The short stories were best, Cugel's stories were fairly good, the Rhialto yarns were fair but as a whole felt lacking.

Somewhat further back I just went through the entire M.Y.T.H. line. It had a dip in first shared-author full-length story book, but otherwise it's an excellent example of humorous fantasy. (Which means I have to mention I've read basically all of Pratchett. Just Dodger that's waiting his turn, since my son snagged it first)

And to leave fiction while continuing further into the past, here's one educational and one philosophical work, both of which I enjoyed so much when checking out from a library in the past that I had to buy them when I could afford them.

When China Rules the Seas - about Zheng He's treasure fleet http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/178801.When_China_Ruled_the_Seas

The Spirit of the Laws - Montesquieus treatise on how to form a sensible society, sort of http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141958.The_Spirit_of_the_Laws?from_search=true

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Just read the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, quality stuff.

For those who enjoy bad puns the Xanth series by Piers Anthony is essential reading.

 

I loved the Dresden novels.  If you haven't read them, the Iron Druid Chronicles are of similar quality.  Good stories and lots of humor.

 

For the gaming geek you need to read "Ready Player One" if you haven't already.  The audiobook is read by Wil Wheaton, who did a great job.

 

I'm currently reading "The Electric Church".  Very good book, I guess I'd label it as cyber punk...

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Books I've enjoyed somewhat recently:

 

Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair (and the next 3, that's as far as I've got, I blame 2of1 for not having more of the books :P).

 

Andrew Robinson (aka Garak) - A Stitch in Time (DS9 novel). 

 

From my own collection

 

War of the Spider Queen (6 part series) - various authors

 

That'll do for now.

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Good shout, Chubbers. I know a lady who will be very keen on that one.

But I'm sure the rest of the OCC won't be out-read by a dwarf ex-con. Whaddaya got, people?

 

Dammit!! that was my Ace card right there. Dr Mengele's assistant sounds a bit............. hmmmmm curiosity killed the cat.

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On a historical note (and inspired by Dode since I bought it at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth), I can recommend: this, which is a first-hand account of the golden aqe of piracy on the high seas.

 

If you like Pirates, etc, I recommend getting a copy of this:

 

Pirate Hunter

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Bizarrely for a fantasy gamer of some 30 years, I'm not a big fan of fiction. But I have recently re-read these two.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trafalgar-Biography-Battle-Roy-Adkins/dp/0349116326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382176818&sr=8-1&keywords=Trafalgar

 

and

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trafalgar-The-Men-Battle-Storm/dp/034083028X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382176818&sr=8-3&keywords=Trafalgar

 

And for obvious reasons, yes I love Portsmouth dockyard too - took my boy there for the day two summers ago - was incredible to stand in the spot your childhood hero was shot and effectively killed.

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Anybody read any of Chine Mieville's novels? I had a binge about this time last year, I've really enjoyed his style. "Embassytown" struck me as especially cool.

 

Not read Embassytown but have read most of the others. "The Scar" is probably my favourite of them.

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Just to add, if I can recommend one author to everyone to try, it would be Tad Williams.

 

Actually, if I was going to recommend one author it'd be Joe Abercrombie now that I've had a think about it, but Williams would be a close second.

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I've been getting into audio books recently.

 

I never realised that the John Carter film was actually book 1 of 9 (although the book is nothing like the film).

 

Currently the first 5 of the Barsoom series (Edgar Rice Burroughs) are in public domain. I'm currently on book 4.

A Princess of Mars (1912)

http://www.archive.org/download/princess_mars_tc_librivox/princess_mars_tc_librivox_64kb_mp3.zip

 

The Gods of Mars (1914)

http://www.archive.org/download/gofmars_tc_1302_librivox/gofmars_tc_1302_librivox_64kb_mp3.zip

 

The Warlord of Mars (1918)

http://www.archive.org/download/warlord_mars_tac_librivox/warlord_mars_tac_librivox_64kb_mp3.zip

 

Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920)

http://www.archive.org/download//thuviamaidofmars_1308_librivox/thuviamaidofmars_1308_librivox_64kb_mp3.zip

 

The Chessmen of Mars (1922)

http://www.archive.org/download/chessmenofmars_0902_librivox/chessmenofmars_0902_librivox_64kb_mp3.zip

 

 

Plenty of audio books can be found here for free:

http://librivox.org/

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And for obvious reasons, yes I love Portsmouth dockyard too - took my boy there for the day two summers ago - was incredible to stand in the spot your childhood hero was shot and effectively killed.

More Napoleonic/Age of Sail enthusiasts revealed!

In terms of Naval fiction I am very much in the "Hornblower is overrated and Jack Aubrey is far too dull" camp and favour Alexander Kent's Bolitho series.

I've had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Douglas Reeman (aka Alexander Kent) at the Historic Dockyard, not to mention visiting it for (of all things) my University dissertation research (I had to work hard to do that, considering I studied Accounting and Finance), as well as numerous visits with friends and family.

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