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11-14-2007, 12:13 PM
to you guys that read alot of books

do you have any particular favorite writer?

i love reading books by the british writer
Alistair McLean...or is he scottish?

anyway, his books are great. also alot of them are made to films.
you might have heard about" the guns of Navarone"

his books are always includes, an experienced main charakter, betrayal by "friends" sharp excitement and dangerous enviroment such and mountains or sea. guns is always included and quite a few of his books is set in world war 2

also often somebody have to sacrifice themselves
there is sometimes also love included although its not a must.

the best thing is the excitment and the fights

i can recomend: The guns of Navarone as the best ive read

stay away from

the partisans.

oh and lastly,
a nice feature is that i can read them in danish, other wise i probably wouldn't have found him

some nice soul have translated them.

11-14-2007, 12:50 PM
Have you tried the Bernard Cornwell 'Sharpe' books?

11-14-2007, 12:56 PM
They're a good series, his US Civil War series are even better.

My favourites are the Partick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin books, and G MacDonal Fraser's The Flashman Papers

11-14-2007, 12:58 PM
Personally, I'm a big fan of Emily Dickinson and, although I've only read Ethan Frome,, I loved the style of Edith Wharton in that short book. Through high school I read a lot of books which I loved a lot, most of it probably having to do with the teachers I loved the most. We studied a lot of Tolstoy, Jonathan Swift, Thoreau, Emerson, etc... I received a love of Tolkien from my father, and I absolutely loved the little I've read of Catullus and Cicero. Essentially, I'm all over the place.

11-14-2007, 01:02 PM
Honoré de Balzac. Yes, it's old. Yes, his style is full of the mannerisms of the romanticism of his times. Yes, it has NO action at all. But his novels from "The Human Comedy" are a true -and terribly sad- encyclopedia of human types in all their helpless misery and selfishness. There are unscrupulous characters -the winners; honest, passionate ones -the losers- and, in the middle, a plethora of no-mans-land people, that you can easily recognize in the real people you meet every day.

'Le père Goriot' ('Old Goriot'), is a masterpiece that always manages to move something inside me. Not for the depressing, though.

For action, I read Cornwell, or Simon Scarrow's Cato series -very enjoyable stories for the buffs of Roman army.

11-14-2007, 01:08 PM
Good old Charles Dickens does it for me every time. If you want military subjects, John Pimlott wrote a few belters.

11-14-2007, 01:10 PM
also the SAS writers.

Andy McNab (cover identity, terrosits is out for his head

Chris Ryan (possibly cover identity)

they both participated in a raid famous raid to destroy scud missiles in the first gulf war.
both of them now write Fiktous books about SAS or former SAS troopers
they can be harsh at times, descripting how heads are blown of and people are murdered but its damn exciting

the raid they were in failed,
1 escaped - chris he wrote a book on it called the one that got away

5 was captured and 2 died in a snowstorm

two of the ones that was captured
andy mcnab
and a guy which i cant remember
also wrote books on it

andys book is called Bravo two zero
the other one is called the fifth soldier, i think

harsh conditions thats for sure
theyre both brilliant writers

now ive read all the 3 books on the raid and its interesting to see the same story depicted from different points of view

chris ryans is the best

11-14-2007, 01:12 PM
He's not my favorite writer, but Tom Clancy's stuff is pretty good. Hunt for Red October has to be one of my favorite's, from him and overall.

It's hard to pick out my favorite... I love to read, so there ya have it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

11-14-2007, 01:27 PM
Hesse, Kafka, Mann, ,Greene, Dickens, Bulgakov, Llosa, Swift, Chesterton, Saint-Exupery, Cervantes, Boell...and John Buchan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

11-14-2007, 01:30 PM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
They're a good series, his US Civil War series are even better.

My favourites are the Partick O'Brien Aubrey/Maturin books, and G MacDonal Fraser's The Flashman Papers

Ah, dear old Flashy! I based my Low Flyer character on him when I penned my graphic airborne adventures. Must get around to finishing part four.



11-14-2007, 01:38 PM
Aha! I recollect at the time thinking George MacDonald Fraser must've run into Pilot Officer Lough-Fleyar during the late unpleasantness and based a certain literary figure upon him.

11-14-2007, 02:04 PM
This thread has been open for over an hour, in an "aviation" forum no less and no one has mentioned Ernest K. Gann yet? Shame on you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Good hunting,

11-14-2007, 02:12 PM
Another vote for the Sharpe series here;

Favorite though has to be a toss-up between Greg Egan and Jeff Noon.

11-14-2007, 02:15 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Winged Victory V M Yeates http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winged-Victory-V-M-Yeates/dp/1904010652

Derek Robinson Piece of Cake and others

11-14-2007, 02:42 PM
Galland, Steinhoff, Yeager, Goebels, Rudel, Scott, Tuck, etc.......

In no particular order.


11-14-2007, 02:49 PM



11-14-2007, 02:52 PM
dale brown is a decent modern aviation author for a quick read

11-14-2007, 02:56 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Sven Hassel yet http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Anyway, i usually read (proper) military history but my favourite 'other' books are:

1.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

I also love Haruki Murakami as a modern writer...

11-14-2007, 08:09 PM
Aviation writers; Earnest K. Gann of course. James Salter's "The Hunters" is a good read. The movie was pretty good too. Richard Bach's "Stranger To The Ground" is excellent. Bach also wrote a lot of good articles and short stories in Flying, Popular Aviation and other magazines several years ago. Also excellent is William Langewiesche's, "Inside the Sky".

11-14-2007, 08:25 PM
Although i loved the Bolitho series by Alexander Kent (Douglas Reeman) and the Patrick O'Brian series...(I love the old sailing ships)

my Favourite author has to be Nevil Shute

many of his novels have an aeronautical flavour since his interest in flight and involvement in the aircraft industry...and many also reflect on his love for the antipodes...since his visit there and subsequent move from Uk to live his last ten or more years of life there...

but most of all his novels show the very human side of his characters...and having read my favorites of his many many times...they still bring a tear to my eyes

probably best to have been born in the 1950's to fully appreciate the backgrounds and political climate many of them are set in...

A Town Like Alice... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif and the aussie mini-series with Bryan brown was great
Trustee from the toolroom ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
The chequer Board.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
No Highway ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
Beyond the Black Stump.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Requiem for a Wren.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Ruined City... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
In the Wet.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
The far Country... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
Round the bend.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
An Old Captivity.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

how I envy you...to read them for the first time

11-14-2007, 09:49 PM
didnt he write ,,,on the beach.

11-14-2007, 10:16 PM
Antony Beevor for STALINGRAD , Christer Bergstrom for the black cross books and Donald Caldwell for JG26 war diarys

11-14-2007, 10:17 PM
Unashamed science fiction and fantasy fan here. I'll read almost anything in the genre except for horror, but my favourite authors are:

William Gibson (particularly Neuromancer and the Sprawl arc);
Terry Pratchett (Discworld series)
Peter F Hamilton (Nights Dawn trilogy)
Ian Banks (both his SF and his more realistic stuff)
Dan Simmons (Hyperion saga, best space opera I've read in ten years)
Tad Williams (Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy and Otherland)
JRR Tolkein
Robert E Howard (Conan the Barbarian )
Philip K D ick
Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
Ursula le Guin (both her SF and fantasy)
HP Lovecroft
Richard Morgan (outdoes Gibson for style and visceral intensity)

Non-SF/Fantasy stuff:

Oscar Wilde
Jane Austen
Joseph Heller
Richard Wright

Plus a LOT of non-fiction. Mostly British and Commonwealth WW2 histories, with some Soviet and US based stuff thrown in. Predominantly ETO and MTO though. At the moment, I'm half way through Douglas Porch's history of the MTO, which is excellent and definitely brings a new perspective to the theatre, and I'm up to the third volume of Churchill's history of WW2. Just finished Atkinson's "An Army at Dawn" and quite enjoyed it, and also got through ˜Dunkirk: Fight to the last man' which was sometimes a little to narrow in focus, but definitely worth a recommendation. I've got Beevor's history of the Battle for Crete and the second volume of the Eastern Front sitting on my shelf as well, waiting for me.

11-14-2007, 10:18 PM
Who are the writers in the first 2 photos?
Third one is another favorite of mine! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Originally posted by R_Target:



11-15-2007, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by Von_Rat:
didnt he write ,,,on the beach.

Yes...and although it was made into a movie...and is probably one of his better known works...in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to the others I listed

11-15-2007, 01:53 AM
Originally posted by lowfighter:
Who are the writers in the first 2 photos?
Third one is another favorite of mine! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by R_Target:

the third one is Raiid isn't it?
and the second Edgar Cayce..??
the first looks like Blairgowrie???

11-15-2007, 02:16 AM
William Gibson is my favorite author, but on a side note, just about every movie based on Philip K D ick novels or short stories have made good movies.

there has been exceptions (Next was poorly done imho), but most D ick adaptations to film have been really good

edit didnt realize i couldnt say **** refering to the name d ick http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

11-15-2007, 02:34 AM
Melikes John Marsden of the Tomorrow When the War Began series, I also like Robert Harris (Fatherland, Archangel) - he does fantastic thrillers.

That's about all I can think of for now...

11-15-2007, 03:39 AM
Originally posted by general_kalle:

i love reading books by the british writer
Alistair McLean...or is he scottish?


I must have missed the memo about the end of the Union http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

I would urge everyone to read Heller's Catch 22.

It's a good reminder that War is not a 'sane' act by humanity.

11-15-2007, 05:03 AM
Originally posted by lowfighter:
Who are the writers in the first 2 photos?
Third one is another favorite of mine! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

1. Herman Melville

2.Cormac McCarthy

11-15-2007, 05:35 AM
I have such varied tastes when it comes to what I read..... a lot depends on the genre..

I like
Walter Mosley
James Patterson
William L Katz
Howard Zinn
Ivan Van Sertima
Ann Rice
Dr. Ben Jochannan
Thomas Howard
Chiek Anteh Diop
Tom Clancy
.. in fact one day I was reading..The Hunt For Red October back in the day.. I was going on a service call in some midtown Manhattan building and I had the book strapped to my cart.. when who walsk in the elevator but Tom Clancy.. I didnt recognize him right off... he goes... "Good book?" I go "Oh yeah.. can't put it down".. and he just smiles.. as he got off I looked down at the book and realized it was him..

and so many others... and thats not even counting the classic writers... like

and so many more...

11-15-2007, 06:17 AM
Boris Vian, Herman Hesse, Saint-Ex, Stefano Benni, Jorn Riel, Arto Paasilinna, Cormack McCarthy...

11-15-2007, 03:56 PM
Dickens, Twain, Mencken, Tolkien, Heinlein, Herbert, and my favorite for sheer use of language, P.G. Wodehouse...

11-15-2007, 06:04 PM
Flann O'Briens Third Policeman is one of my all time favourites.
Gotta wonder about a guy that gets it on with bicycles...especially ladies bicycles http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


" The gross and net result of it is that people who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles. "

Gotta say as well the scientist, De Selby, in his novels STRONGLY reminds of someone on these forums whose name begins with "R" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

11-15-2007, 09:14 PM
Military -- Joe Haldeman

Physics -- Raymond Serway

The Maths -- Earl Swokowksi

SciFi -- again Joe Haldeman, but also Lex Gigeroff, Paul Donovan, and Jeff Hirschfield

11-15-2007, 11:00 PM
mmm, I think the singular Master SF writer for TV is Babylon 5's JMS.

Below are the babylsode survey, with links to transcripts, each link containing discussions with JMS (under JMS Speaks) who admits there are *about* 45 different ways to spell his name, although I forgot the exact number quoted.

~> http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/eplist.html