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Old 20th Sep 2006, 10:19
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"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Funniest book I've ever read. Genuises, both.
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 10:41
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Haven't read the book but the man is a legend. The early work on anti materiel equipment must have been totally absorbing.
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 10:50
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Glad to see I've been beaten to recommending "The Forgotten Soldier" and "Chickenhawk", true eye-openers, both.

In terms of WWII aviation literature, in addition to Geoffrey Wellum's afore mentioned First Light, I'd also like to propose Fighter Pilot, by Paul Richey, an account of the Battle of France in 1940, The Big Show, by Pierre Clostermann, and The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary

I'm glad His Dark Materials is well liked here - how's about a top ten of books you should read to your kids before you die? Kids get all the best fiction!

For a slightly younger age group, I'd put forward The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King).

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Old 20th Sep 2006, 10:59
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Thirteen cent killers is another Vietnam sniper's book which is well worth a read.

As too is Five Years to Freedom by James Rowe. I can't understand how its never been made into a film.

A History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters by Julian Barnes is a particularly memorable book, as are the previously mentioned Dune and Neuromancer.

Any Old Iron by Anthony Burgess was probably his best, well worth a couple of reads.

No-one has mentioned a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which is odd. I'd also add Karl Hiaasen's Striptease on the comedy front.

On the aviation side I still think Warbirds was a fantastic book. I'd also add an honorary mention for just about anything by Bill Gunston.
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 13:37
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I got Hornblower read to me when I was a kid.
Robinson Crusoe is also excellent, but Selkirk Island isn't for kids.

For the adults, the Vietnam novel Short Timer's, by Gustav Hasford, which Full Metal Jacket was based on. Stanley Kubrick worked on it with Michael Herr to make the screenplay. That's a scary book.

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Old 20th Sep 2006, 15:46
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Some that i would recommend already mentioned, Gerald Seymour, Iain Banks, Philip Pullman, would suggest all the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, not just Good Omens!

My recommendations apart from the above would be:

Joe R Lansdale,any but particularly his Collins and Pine novels, hilarious,violent, and touching, mostly set in East Texas, great horror novels such as the Drive in 1 and 2, and short story collections like In Bizarre Hands

Bernard Cornwell, his Sharpe novels superb, and have given me an interest in the Peninsular wars i didn't know i had! Also his Starbuck chronicles, basically Sharpe in the American Civil war, don't know why he stopped them at four books, was really getting going!

Ramsey Campbell, anything, great writer of mostly disturbed but symapathetic people, The Doll who ate his mother, Obsession, and The Count of seven particularly

Clive Barker, Books of Blood 1-6, Weaveworld, Damnation Game, Books of the Art and Ararat, great horror and fantasy

Harry S Turtledove, Great alternative history, The Guns of the South, Worldwar series, The Great War series, has tended to run out of steam a touch lately though!

Tom Sharpe - The South African based Indecent Exposure and Riotous Assembley and of course the Wilt novels

Alan Moore - Graphic novels, or "comics" as the less enlightened or nerdy may call them! V for Vendatta, Watchmen, Miracleman,LOEG 1 and 2, and From Hell, materpieces all, please do not judge him by poor film adaptations, though i personally liked V for Vendatta

That will do for now, more to come i'm sure!
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 21:15
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Some very good books already listed so I won't repeat them.

Extremely spooky, well-written thrillers are by John (not michael) Connolly. I recommend you read them in order.
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Old 20th Sep 2006, 22:31
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Fos's Dad..
Wind in the Willows
Three men in a boat
Gino Watkins by JM Scott
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Old 21st Sep 2006, 19:48
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Also by Jerome K. Jerome "Three Men on the Bummel", good laugh.
"The Music Programme" and "The Cover Artist" by Paul Micou, clever, outrageous yet refined farce.
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Old 22nd Sep 2006, 00:31
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Bird Song. Sebastien Foulkes.

A Very Long Engagement. Sebastien Japrisot.

All Quiet On The Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque.

In short, 66% chance of a good read if author called Sebastien.
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Old 22nd Sep 2006, 00:39
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not related to aviation...

the spy who got away by david wise. anyone read it as yet?

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Old 3rd Oct 2006, 21:50
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Chickenhawk - Robert Mason
Naked & the Dead - Norman Mailer
All the 'Rabbit' books - John Updike
Couples - John Updike
London Fields - Martin Amis
Money - Martin Amis
A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Would not recommend 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac. Utter pointless drivel and then some.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 00:02
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2 Great reads:

Roger Mellies - Profanosaurus: unique reference book by the publishers of Viz. isbn 0 7522 1507 8

Vulcan 607 - Rowland White - fantastic example of the Great British can-do attitude covering the RAF bombing raid at Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands conflict. Real Boys- Own, can't-put-it-down type read. Highly recommended.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 03:31
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Some good recommends here! If you like good science fiction, I suggest "Crake and Oryx" by Margaret Atwood. A bit difficult to get started but becomes a real page-turner. It freaked me out for days.

"Brave New World" is another favorite. Huxley was amazing, solved all the world's problems most efficiently I thought.

"The Right Stuff" was great, Tom Wolfe, I believe. The movie paled in comparision.

"The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat" is a good story told from the cat's point of view. Can't recall the author at the moment and the book is on loan. Another cat adventure tale, and certainly not for the kids, is "Tail Chaser's Song" by Tad Williams.

"The Plague Dogs" by Richard Adams was a good read too, from the dogs side of things.

"The Doomsday Book" and "Passage" both by Connie Willis are excellent sci-fi. She's won two Hugo Awards and has several collections of short stories. Well worth reading. And just to get to my 10, also by Connie Willis, "To say Nothing of the Dog" was good fun.

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For those that liked "Chickenhawk" and "The Forgotten Soldier" and anyone who likes books about early 20th Centuary aviation.

Winged Victory by V.M. Yeats ISBN 0-907675-45-X
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 09:30
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 16:41
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'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, eagerly awaited and plunked through the letterbox today. A bit of speed reading suggests it is indeed a worthy complement to Sagans 'Cosmos' It seems to be a work Dawkins has been building up to - His 'Dark side of the Moon'. Essential reading.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 17:00
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Agreed! Dawkins is special. The comparrison to Sagan is perfectly appropriate. I strongly suggest anything he's written.
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 18:26
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Where to start... Not where others have been already, I found quite a few of my favorites here in this thread. So in no particular order:

Tom Sharpe's got quite some more to give than Wilt, "The Throwback" is my personal favorite, while the South African ones explain why he got thrown out from there. "Blott in the Landscape" was made an interesting movie while "The Great Pursuit" might tell you more than you'd really like to know about publishing high profile novels.

I think I learnt a bit of US politics 101 and the world's favorite clichés from Tom Clancy, it was certainly frightening to see parallels to current events in some of his novels written prior to the events.

Flying, one of my favorites is John Deakin's "Full Throttle". John's a high time 747-Classic Captain, before that flew with Air America and after that with the CAF. The book is a compilation of some columns he wrote for avweb, great reading. It's available at http://www.advancedpilot.com/store.html

"Shuttle" by David C. Onley ISBN: 0890839514 made a very interesting read at the time (1982).

On the tech side of things, McArthur Job's Air Disaster Series is a pretty good rendition of many of those accidents we all know about but never bothered to read up on.

I recall D. P Davies "Flying the Big Jets" very favorably as a textbook once upon learning for my ATPL. Still a reference book to keep around I reckon.

Many more around...
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Old 4th Oct 2006, 23:15
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Better still flash, a signed copy and the tail end of a shared spliff. Nice indeeeeeeeeed
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