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Hey guys I want to read some books this summer besides all of the training related material I read.
So can you guys give me some ideas with the best books that you have ever read.

[quote]superiorathlete wrote:
Hey guys I want to read some books this summer besides all of the training related material I read.
So can you guys give me some ideas with the best books that you have ever read.

What kind of books do you generally like?

I read a lot of fantasy novels and my favourite of all time is ‘Magician’ by Raymond Feist. The whole Riftwar Saga is a great trilogy.

the magic of thinking big – David J. Schwartz

Molon Labe’! by Boston T. Party
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Lullaby by Chuck Pahlinuik
1776 by David Mccoulough
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
A Brief History of Time by Steven Hawking


i just finished the dark tower series by s. king. great stuff/

There have been a few fairly recent threads about this topic…here’s a couple of the links in case you need more ideas than what people will respond this time around.



Happy reading!

The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy
Dune - Frank Herbert
Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom - David Wingrove
The Hot-Blooded Dinosaurs - Adrian Desmond
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

I like the John Rain series by Barry Eisler.

I had to sit 2 months in jail awhile back. I read the whole Alex Cross Series by James Patterson which was pretty entertaining under the circumstances. Not the best but entertaining.

The Bible

“How to make her moan” by Adolph Oliver Bush

Vonnegut. I would suggest Hocus Pocus or Slaughterhouse 5.

Also, I am now reading The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien. Great book about his experience in Vietnam. One of the best-written books on the subject that I’ve read.

[quote]Madman2 wrote:
I like the John Rain series by Barry Eisler.[/quote]

If you like those books, then you should check out the Burke books by Andrew Vachss. He handles “special” cases for wronged people to get scumbags that are beyond the law.

Vachss works as an attorney and advocate for the rights of abused children.

His books are brutal.

I just recently finished Eragon. That was pretty entertaining. Waiting for Eldest to come out in paperback.

For the modern hardboiled stuff no one compares to James Ellroy, it isn’t even a contest. The American Tabloid and Cold Six Thousand pair is absolutely one of the most nihilistic packages imaginable for the genre. LA Confidential is unbelievable as well.

His prose gets even meaner and leaner in Cold Six Thousand, just pared down to verbs and adjectives.

For earlier stuff try Dashiell Hammet’s Red Harvest which was the source for Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and the remakes Fistful of Dollars and that Bruce Willis movie (Last Stand?). Chandler’s great, too, and so is Jim Thompson who wrote The Grifters (if you haven’t seen the Stephen Frears movie with John Cusack, Angela Houston and Annette Bening, do so.)

Some of the best books I’ve read in the last few years:

The Stone Raft by Jose Saramago
Slaughtermatic by Steve Aylett
Annals of the Former World by John McPhee
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Last Call by Tim Powers
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz
Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski

[quote]Mikeyali wrote:
Molon Labe’! by Boston T. Party


How did you like this book, does it go into I have looked at some of his stuff before.

Interesting but Expensive.

The Prince, Machiavelli

The Art of War, Sun Tzu

The Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche

All you will ever need.

atlas - by teddy atlas- very good
freakonomics-=by? very interesting