BOOKS! What's on your list?

Never read any Niven. Might have to put this on the list!


Just finish the Dictator:
Also one other Imperium (years ago) but not Lustrum.
Now in the middle of:

Books are like DIY mixes, matter of taste. No one taste is better than the taste you like.


Penthouse and mad magazine is all I read


I’ve almost finished Dan Brown’s “Origin”. Pretty nice


Good friend of mine and I were just talking about mad magazine earlier today. I’d completely forgotten about the 1st edition Spy vs Spy big book I’d bought when I was a wee lad and had saved through two moves across country and several in state. It wasn’t in the greatest of conditions but still made me giggle when I’d crack it open! Good stuff!


There is one actually, never really got a lot of activity though.

I saw in that thread that I was reading The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh at that time. Coincidently I’m reading it again right now :laughing:

That sounds interesting, got to get that.


Ditto books by Jonas Jonasson. I recommend books by Erik Larson. He writes documentaries that read like fiction.

It appears that this forum (and this thread) is very male dominant. I welcome that, because I want to find books for men who like to read books.

A 72 y/o male, I’ve been a life long reader but I borrow 99% of what I read. The primary reason for that is because my “hit” rate is only about 10%. I only finish about 10% of the books I start. At an average of $20 for a hard cover book, it would cost me $200 to find one I like.

About 5 years ago I converted almost exclusively to e-books. But I quickly noticed a trend that still leaves me confused. The majority of e-books from all sources I’ve tried are by female authors. My sources were Oyster, Scribd, Amazon Prime, and my local library.

I counted the ratio of male vs female authors in each of these sources. The ratio ranged from 68% to 81% female. I even went as far as reviewing a sample of 50 e-books written by men and found that 72% of those had female protagonists. The few remaining books for men by men are mostly junk that appear to have been picked by a female librarian following a stereotype. My library offers every book Louis L’amour wrote.

In researching this aspect I found the following interesting stats:

78% of men prefer to read male authors.
65% of women prefer female authors.
65% of book sales are made by women.
91% of authors who hide their gender by using pseudonyms or initials are actually women.

Yet Google searches on male vs. female authors and readers leads to a lot of articles by women complaining of a strong male bias in book reviews (New York Times, et al.)

So, what’s up with that? Why the strong female bias in what’s available?


Maybe it’s about the payment?
Never heard of eric larson before. Thank you for the suggestion. I’ll try to find his books to read up next.

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It’s a really good read. Not your typical vampire story


Thanks for the tip, I’m really enjoying it. Hope the weather stays decent for a bit so I can hang around in my hammock and read :grin:


Great post here is a few of my favourite reads.

For fantasy
David eddings. Start with the belgraid series.

Dale brown. He has a massive series about a high tech air force base in Nevada.

Wilbur Smith
He has a great series set in acient Egypt and lots set in Africa starting in the colonial days.

Glyn stewart
Starships mage, a great mix of sifi and mages.

Christopher nuttall
Arc royal. A good gritty scifi series.

I read far to much, if anyone is after a particular type of sifi or fantasy on kindle gove me a poke and i can probably come up with a few.


Dale Brown sounds like my kind of SF. Thanks!


For all you adventure and action fans, try Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. Non stop and over the top, but in a very good way. The author is a master at it.


He didn’t write books.


So, here is my list of favorite authors:

E.S. Gardner - his books about Perry Mason, are amazing (detective). Each of them is about different events but extremely interesting.
James Hadley Chase - No Orchids for Miss Blandish, I’ll Bury My Dead (crime, detective)
Those authors are my favorite, and also, I like different short stories.
I like The Man Who Was Almost a Man Short story by Richard Wright and The Tortoise and the Hare the most of those I’ve read lately. I’m not into short stories, but when I needed to write a review of one, I came across this source with paper examples where I read about them and got interested. So, I read the whole story, and I really loved them. It was maybe the first time the uni task was so interesting for me, and I enjoyed reading and writing a lot.


Welcome to ELR @JennBurns.

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I really like Charles Bukowski’s poems…

I’m also taking bits and pieces from Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil, which is kinda hard to read, but I’m reading small amount and letting them come together.

I also have some books by Dostoyevski, Jung, etc on my list as well…

Others I’m looking to get into is some Alan Watts’ books, I have one in my cart that is a good reviews.

Not to mention I bought all of Jordan Peterson’s books, I have a lot of learning to do and I’ve been stuck in this hole where I’ve been maybe complacent, inconsiderate and I sure as hell ain’t getting the help I need psychologically, so I figure I’ll fuck myself with self diagnosis and make myself worse off than what I was, but if I can take away some form of toolset to self betterment, I could be a better person.

I’ve got a lot of negative quirks about me, I’m sarcastic, a dick basically, I like to fuck with people and it’s just a part of who I am. But I hope that with my own journey to improve myself there’s some good in me.

Another Book I want to read is, I believe it’s called, “Symbolism of Meaning” which is basically a break down of bible and scripture on a cosmological and symbolic sense and how it applies to the real world to give what the bible means in today’s world as it is slowly becoming lost on a lot of people. And I believe that book is by a French Canadian named Mathieu Pageau. Allegedly it’s a really good read.

The only issue I have is I just can’t focus on things and I know I have ADHD and that’s been quite the challenge as I’ve probably read no more than 20 pages on 3-4 books now.


May I suggest

Just messin’ man. I like to fuck with people a little, myself.


Don’t know if you’re aware, but there’s a lot of Watts’ lectures available on YouTube. Sometimes when my brain can’t focus on written word I find that I can switch over to listening and things will sink into the ol’ grey matter in a much better fashion.