Book recommendations?

Starting tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to be taking a few days off for vacation – as in, don’t expect any posts; I very well be totally offline.  But I am taking the Kindle, so any suggestions?

19 thoughts on “Book recommendations?”

  1. If you’re interested in US History, I just finished Meacham’s biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion,” and quite enjoyed it.

    For science fiction, I’m currently rereading Vance’s “Planet of Adventure,” an old favorite.

  2. Steven Erikson’s “Malazan Book of the Fallen”. It’s only 3,325,000 words spread across ten volumes… that shouldn’t take too long, right?

  3. If you haven’t read Larry Correia’s stuff, both his series, the Monster Hunter series, and the Grimnoir Chronicles are very good. All available in DRM-free kindle-compatible files from for I think $6 each.

  4. Depends if you wants serious or just enjoyable. For fun I enjoy the magic of recluse series, the magic system is interesting, the politics sometimes questionable but not distractive. Also enjoyed the early David Eddings novels.

  5. Not available for Kindle (more’s the pity), but I love the Wiz Biz books by Rick Cook. Maybe poke the “I want to see this on Kindle” button?

  6. Old book but perfect for vacation: ‘Inside Israel’ ed. by John Miller. Collection of essays with one hilarious entry by P.J. O’Rourke.

    Old book, reads like a novel but riveting page turner: ‘The Dark Side of Camelot’ by Seymour Hersh.

    Finally, a fairly new book I discovered when I interviewed the author Rita Cosby: ‘Quiet Hero.’ Very inspiring story about the Polish resistance during WWII.

    If you feel artsy, read one of Billy Collins’ early poetry books with poems like ‘The Country.’

    Hope you enjoy your time off.

  7. Space Opera:
    The Honor Harrington books by David Weber
    The Leary of Bantry books by David Drake

    Fantasy (Urban and otherwise):
    The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher
    The Vlad Taltos books by Steven Brust

  8. If you raid Project Gutenberg, they have the Collected Robert E. Howard and whole bunches of H. Beam Piper’s shorts, novellas, and novels. There’s never a bad time to go back to the Golden Age.

    I don’t know how much of his stuff is on Kindle, but if you haven’t found your way to Donald Westlake’s “Dortmunder” series, you’re really missing something. I especially recommend ‘The Hot Rock’, ‘Don’t Ask’, and ‘What’s The Worst That Could Happen?’

    If you want to polish your (ahem) interpersonal philosophy, you can also get ‘A Book of Five Rings’ and the ‘Hagekure’ from Project Gutenberg. Both are on my “reread at least once per year” list.

    My best suggestion for nonfiction is Coram’s biography of the most important military philosopher of the past hundred years, John Boyd– “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War” .

    And my partner/sidekick/unindicted coconspirator speaks up in favor of Jerome K. Jerome’s “Three Men in a Boat”.

  9. My suggestion, Harry Turtledove’s “Guns of the south” a novel of the civil war (and time travel)

  10. Have fun!

    As for book suggestions, a bunch of Alistair Maclean novels were released recently both in paperback and for the Kindle. HMS Ulysses was a stirring novel, and The Lonely Sea is a great collection of short stories and historical sketches. Highly recommend the lzatter for travelling.

  11. If you are a sci-fi fan I highly recommend “I, Asimov”, his autobiography. It has a number of personal remembrances of many authors in the genre. Available on Kindle.

  12. @Jay, the Wiz books are available for kindle, though not through amazon. Baen has them on their webscriptions site, with one of them in the Baen free library.

  13. If you want enjoyable fantasy, Goodkind. His Sword of Truth series is unbelievably good. The 6th book of the series, Faith of the Fallen, is far and away the best book I’ve ever read. The whole book really revolves around the Conservative and Liberal viewpoints. It’s driving force is the worth and merit of hard work, personal responsibility, freedom. Treats religion a bit harshly, but well worth the read. Goodkind also recently released The Omen Machine, which is a continuation of the SoT series.

  14. I discovered George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series this summer and thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them published to date.

  15. Try Ric Locke’s Temporary Duty – only available on Kindle from Amazon – A fun Sci Fi read with a libertarian/conservative twist

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