Fiction Books I've read last year

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  • Lunatic
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    Been binge reading since the pandemic started, read 23 books since march of last year to now.


    It's been a lot of fun reading Stephen King, and I plan on eventually reading all of his books. Sanderson as well. 
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    you're worth as much as you know
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    I am the peak fiction writer on this site
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    I think the best steven king books are the ones his wife ghost writes for him like 1963. 
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    I don't read fiction, because I'm always aware in the back of my mind that it's all made up.


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    I write historic fiction for the fun of blending fact and fiction, with the challenge of making the reader decide, by research if they're motivated, of discovering the difference, if need be. Some advise me that they cannot tell, and have to look it up. So, for some, at least, I'm achieving the goal.
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    A book every 15 days (365/23)? Damn. That's a crazy good pace (at least by my standards).
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    Thanks man haha, I get a lot of down time at work and it helps pass the time. Almost like being paid to read. 

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    Same. 

    Here's my list for 2020-2021 that I can easily recall (not related to work)

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    My list for the past year (fiction only)

    Boat of a Million Years

    Armor

    Courtship Rite

    Analog April 1978

    Clan of the Cave Bear

    Valley of Horses

    Mammoth Hunters

    Unfinished:

    Outlander

    Plains of Passage

    Roma

    Out of The Silent Planet
  • Lunatic
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    I think the best steven king books are the ones his wife ghost writes for him like 1963. 
    She helps him write virtually all of his books 
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    I don't read fiction, because I'm always aware in the back of my mind that it's all made up.
    Dang, do you feel that way about fiction movies too? lol
  • Lunatic
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    Same. 

    Here's my list for 2020-2021 that I can easily recall (not related to work)

    You need to set the link to "Anyone with the link can view", I cant see the document
  • Lunatic
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    Do you read multiple books at a time, or are those unfinished just books you got bored reading and couldn't finish?
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    Unfortunately yes.
    I don't bother with movies much.
    In fact, I can't remember the last movie I watched.



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    I usually read multiple non fiction books at one time, but I usually finish fiction pretty quickly. Outlander, silent planet and Roma I didn't really like, and plains of passage I just wasn't in the mood for(I've read all the clan of the cave bear books multiple times.)
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    Should be open now.
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    Holy crap you've read a lot this year lol. I'll have to check out the Brad Thor books since you rates them so highly
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    Yeah.  I read a lot.  

    Holy crap you've read a lot this year lol. I'll have to check out the Brad Thor books since you rates them so highly

    I'm working my way through the Mitch Rapp series now.  I think they get better as time goes on.  The first three weren't that great.  The fourth one is better.  

    Mass-market action-thrillers and spy novels have been a guilty pleasure of mine for a while, but I put them down when I started law school.  But now that things are what they are, I've kind of taken a break from "serious literature" now.   I've also by this point read everything that Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol and Turgenev have ever written so I think I've earned it. 

    The thing about these Brad Thor novels is that you can get through them in a weekend, and once you open it you're not going to want to put it down.  Some of them are better than others, but they're always fresh.  Another thing to note is that you can pretty much start anywhere in the series you want.  They build on each other, but they're also fully contained within themselves.  

    I think the last three are the best in the series.

    Overall, Brad Thor's writing is better than Tom Clancy, more fast-paced than John Le Carre and less "angsty" than Vince Flynn.  

    Another writer to keep in mind is Jack Carr, who is as good as Brad Thor (even if he has some annoying tendencies to brand-plug in his novels).   Those books I'd suggest you read in order. 

    Both Brad Thor and Jack Carr have novels coming out later this year, available for pre-order (which I have).  

    I think I was an edgy 14 year old the last time I picked up a Tom Clancy novel lol 


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    Also for everyone else, if you're looking for an overall easy, simple but beautifully written book that evokes Harry Potter and the best of YA fiction (but is still mature enough for an adult), you should read The Goldfinch. 

    The movie was terrible.  Do not watch it unless you want to reflect on how bad a movie can be.  However, the book won a Pulitzer Prize.  I don't often like Pulitzer Prize winners (now they seem mostly like cultural affirmative action), but this one was well-deserved. 

    And when they're not engaged in outright cultural affirmative action, I feel like the Pulitzer Prize is like the Grammys.  

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    I need to update my list, but I've almost finished the Mitch Rapp series.  I have changed my mind.  The origin story books weren't that great, but the ones from 1999-when Vince Flynn died; and after Kile Mills took over are exceptional.  A bit different than Brad Thor, but equally as good.

    Mitch Rapp is much edgier than Scot Harvath, and Brad Thor's writing style is more about action and adventure; whereas Rapp's series focuses a lot more of the nuances behind being in the CIA and in Washington.  

    Kyle Mills is a really talented writer.  Mitch Rapp may even be my spirit animal.  His contempt for bureaucracy and results-oriented focus channels my inner sympathies on many levels.  
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    And Vince Flynn's insight into the war on terror is incredible. 

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    Overall, Brad Thor's writing is better than Tom Clancy...

    jeese I have to try this out then.