World War Z
After reading World War Z by Max Brooks, everywhere I go I build contingency plans on how to handle a zombie onslaught (Exit strategy, potential weapons, materials...ect). Of course I am now a Zombie addict. I have just heard that Brad Pitt will be the lead in the Movie. Also, The Walking Dead series is coming to AMC as a series this fall http://www.amctv.com/originals/The-Walking-Dead/ Nothing earth shattering just good horror fun.
Pillars of the Earth
In the not exactly reading category, but Ken Follets' Pillars of the Earth has been made into an 8(?) part mini-series by Starz and can be viewed as streaming video on NetFlix. It is currently being introduced so you will have to wait weekly for the next 4 episodes however what I've seen so far I've enjoyed.
Originally Posted by 59bear
It's long, but if you haven't read the book you should.
I second the Furst choice. Also Berlin Noir, the Bernie Gunther detective trilogy from Philip Kerr, set in pre-war Germany. And if you like the spy genre, Stella Rimington, former MI-5 director has a good series. Charles McCarry and Alex Berenson are good also
Originally Posted by CAL6371
True Blue Golden Bear
Tip of the hat to you, Chitown. On one of these previous threads you recommended Ransom. I've read two of them and they were great fun.
Originally Posted by chitownbear
Read it quite a few years ago, became huge Tom Builder fan. It is an imposing book, but great read.
I do the same thing. A Ruger SP101 is ideal for our purposes. Just remember to have a few speed loaders in your pocket in case you run into a mess of 'em. And the ideal safe house is a look out tower with a long, partially retractable ladder. Gotta stock some flamethrowers, at least 10,000 rounds of .357 ammo and lots of freeze dried food and water up there.
Really happy about the AMC series. I hope it has more of a 28 Days... feel than that of the last 2 George Romero movies -- which were a complete pile of garbage.
Great recommendations. Absolutely nothing, nothing got accomplished after I picked up each of Larsson's books in the trilogy until the last page. Enjoyed them all--but the first was my favorite--after the first 10 pages. Alan Furst--love his books. No one has mentioned Lee Child--his character Jack Reacher is one of my absolute favorites. Start with the first in the series. Perhaps too pedestrian for this group?
Am finishing up James Branch Cabell's, "Biography of Manuel" in all eighteen volumes and getting an interesting perspective on American literature in the 1920's. Cabell was a cause celébre after the publication, and suppression, of "Jurgen" (an occasionally lurid jaunt through historical mythologies which scandalized many) and a confidante of Sinclair Lewis and H.L. Mencken.
Originally Posted by 93gobears
It's been out for some time but check out Guns, Germs and Steel if you ever have the desire to understand how certain societies have managed to outpace others for power and influence. Im reading it now, and it certainly has opened my eyes to the raw power of natural selection and luck in determining the haves and have-nots of history.
Also, anything written by David Mitchell. Dude's a genius. Critics will be trying to figure out how he summoned the demons necessary to write Cloud Atlas for ages.
It's called Super sad true love story. Just picked it up--shteyngart really has a unique and wonderful voice.
Originally Posted by carebear
Jared Diamond does great work
GG&S was a very influential and provocative book when it came out. Very much worth the read. His followup, if you can call it that, wasn't as popular. "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" is cautionary to the point of being depressing. I started it a year ago and still haven't finished it, although I've finally made it to the last few chapters. Makes me want to buy 500 acres with a lot of solar panels, barbed wire, and claymores.
Originally Posted by atticus
I also recommend Larsson and Furst. If you liked Pillars of the Earth, the sequel (also 1000+ pages), World Without End is a great read.
For historical mysteries, try David Liss--there are 2 about a Jewish "thief-taker" in early 18th Century London: Conspiracy of Paper and Spectacle of Corruption. There's one about the coffee trade in Amsterdam in the 17th C. called Coffee Trader, and another "Whiskey Rebels" about the Whiskey Rebellion in the early US.
John Lawton's books about Inspector Troy set in London from just before WWII through the early Cold War, are fabulous.
If you like violent thrillers, try Lee Child's Jack Reacher series.
For more serious historical fiction, I loved Geraldine Brooks' People of the Book.
And, of course, Michael Lewis's Big Short (about the financial crisis) is guaranteed to raise you blood pressure.