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Book recommendations requested
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:00:51 pm »
I've got a good coupon for my favorite used bookseller so I'm buying Christmas gifts and want to get a couple of books to send to Soldier.  He says he loves to read, and his favorite authors are Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.
 
I read Da Vinci Code and liked it well enough but that's not typically the kind of books I read. 
I tried searching online and it was useless.  Answers like, "Redwall by Brian Jacques is my favorite book and you should read it!"  Good book, yes.  Similar to Crichton and Brown?  Not exactly. 

One other consideration - probably stay away from recommending military/war stories. 

Thanks!

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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2014, 06:35:35 pm »
My first thought is to recommend Harry Dresden. But that may be because I'm waiting for a book to get free to read.  Perhaps Umberto Eco? Historical mystery. Which also brings to mind Brother Caedfiel. John Le Carrée for suspense.

On the Creighton end of things, Kathy Reichs for medical mysteries, or rather forensic anthropology.

That would be my best ideas on the subject.

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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2014, 08:11:31 pm »
If historical (now... current events when they were written) is okay, try authors Leslie Charteris, Rex Stout, and Martin Woodhouse (Moon Hill, Treefrog, Blue Bone).
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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2014, 08:36:22 pm »
Dunno if historical is good or not.  Trying to order now (coupon expires tomorrow; I'll have another one soon but this one is particularly good) and he won't be back in touch for a couple more days.

Dresden Files may be an option, actually.  I don't know whether it's in line with Crichton and Brown, necessarily, but the worst that happens is he doesn't like it and gives it away.  And if he does like it, I instantly have 14 other books to send in subsequent packages. 

Though there's a whole debate on which book is the best one to start with. 

I'll see who I can find at the used book store. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2014, 09:45:22 am »
:) chipping in late, but if crime is something he enjoys Jo Nesbø writes good crime stories. A series of stand alone mysteries with the same detective.

Also for mysteries with archeology and ancient mythology in the back drop there is Tom Egeland. Some of his stuff has elements in common with Dan Brown. Allthough in my opinion he writes much better.
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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2014, 01:04:50 pm »
Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon books are very good. The Dresden Files are very good.  My son has borrowed all abut the newest.  He has to wait until I finish.

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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2014, 04:16:40 pm »
Well, I couldn't get Storm Front or Fool Moon on sale, so I got a few others.
Last night the site wasn't working right, the books that should have been $4 were $7 and I thought they must have raised their prices... apparently it was just a glitch because this morning I had a "sale extended" notice and when I checked the site, the items in my cart came up to about half what they had been. 

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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2014, 04:34:35 pm »
Good of them to extend the sale.

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2014, 05:35:43 pm »
Yes it was!
They do so a lot on their 24 hr sales.  But usually it's 25-30% off.  This time it's 45% off (6 or more, but I bought 4 Christmas gifts for family and with coupon, the price was just over $2 per book, including shipping.  It's not a big deal to buy six books at that price). 

You can check it out. 
www.betterworldbooks.com

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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2014, 06:29:26 pm »
Very nice sale. :D

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2014, 02:25:37 am »
Yes. Thanks for the link, the sale is still up as of 6:25 AM, EDT on the 26th.
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Re: Book recommendations requested
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2015, 03:28:19 pm »
How did this come out?  Did he like what you got him?
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2015, 10:04:18 pm »
Yes, he loved the books that I got him, I got a very enthusiastic thank-you! :)