Good Books To Read

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    Jan 19, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    Hello.

    I just finished reading an Australian Memoir titled Holding the Man and, needless to say, it was an excellent read. The memoir made me smileicon_biggrin.gif, laughicon_lol.gif, and cryicon_sad.gif.

    It's hard to find a good book to read and even harder to find a good gay themed book to read. So, do any of you have any suggestions?

    ....and yes, I know its a shocker for someone my age to actually read a book (lol)
  • Kevin82

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    Jan 19, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    Right now I'm reading "Ramtha the white book" It is my new bible.
  • iHavok

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    Jan 19, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Avoid "Different People" by Orland Outland.

    It's boring, poorly written and depressing.
  • Artesin

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    Jan 19, 2008 6:20 AM GMT
    Hot sauce
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    Jan 19, 2008 12:51 PM GMT
    Try:

    Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs (gay themed "auto biography")
    The Face (Dean Koontz) if you like mysteries.
    Naked Prey - John Sanford

    If you want something a little more serious:

    War on the Middle Class - Lou Dobbs
    Naked Republicans - Shelley Lewis
    An American Hedge Fund - Timothy Sykes (an interesting read about how a guy played the stock market while in college - made no friends - but did make millions)
  • buffyogi

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    Jan 19, 2008 1:16 PM GMT
    "At swim, two boys" by Jamie O'Neill
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:21 PM GMT
    LaSalle04 saidTry:

    The Face (Dean Koontz) if you like mysteries.


    I used to be an avid Dean Koontz fan; however, I found his books to be a little too formulated. The last Dean Koontz book I read was Odd Thomas (I think thats the title).

    False Memory is my favorite Dean Koontz book!
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:40 PM GMT
    books by:
    Neale Donald Walsch
    Eckhart Tolle

    Ramtha doesn't appeal to me at this moment!
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    i am reading A Bend in the River by Naipaul
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    nitaka said[quote][cite]LaSalle04 said[/cite]Try:

    The Face (Dean Koontz) if you like mysteries.


    I used to be an avid Dean Koontz fan; however, I found his books to be a little too formulated. The last Dean Koontz book I read was Odd Thomas (I think thats the title).

    False Memory is my favorite Dean Koontz book![/quote]

    I agree - its totally predictable at times but they are fun and intelligent reads. John Sanford is known for his twists and turns and in my opinion is not as good a writer as Koontz - in fact may be prone to writers block at times (one of the detectives' in his books is named "Del Capslock" its cute but really...)

    My all time favorite Dean Koontz book is Intensity - a story good enough they made it into a tv movie LOL. I read that when I was 12 or 13 and would read it again if I could find it!

    Have you tried Tuesday's With Morrie or Angela's Ashes/Tis? Those are excellent as well...
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    Jan 19, 2008 2:30 PM GMT
    Alan Hollinghurst is one of my favorite gay novelists. The Line of Beauty won the Booker prize in 2004. I particularly like the The Swimming Pool Library .
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    Jan 19, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    The Master by Colm Toibin. No guys, this one is for the literary crowd--not for the leather boys. ;-0

    A brilliant novel about the unrequited love between the middle aged Henry James and a younger, Danish sculptor.

    Along the same vein:

    Hotel de Dream by Edmund White.

    White has constructed an engaging piece of speculative fiction around the final days of Stephen Crane's life. White is a master of time and place. He gives us a glimpse of the seedy underbelly of gay life in the 19th Century.
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    Jan 19, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    JustSwim saidThe Master by Colm Toibin. No guys, this one is for the literary crowd--not for the leather boys. ;-0

    A brilliant novel about the unrequited love between the middle aged Henry James and a younger, Danish sculptor.
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    I read The Master a couple of years ago and would also heartily recommend it.
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    I'm in the middle of reading Bully: A true story of high school revenge. Excellent, so far!

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    Jan 19, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    ooh I also like the authors:

    Richard Bach
    Paulo Coelho
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson is one of the best, funniest, most educational books about the Appalachian Trail and what it's like to hike it when you are in your mid forties, overweight, afraid of bears, and have an alcoholic buddy of yours tagging along as you trek.
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    Jan 19, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    The Master and Margarita by Mikail Bulgokov is part comedy, part supernatural mystery and part social commentary on Stalinist Russia. Ironically, it was said to be one of Stalin's favorites despite the fact that the character that represents the devil in the book is very aggressively patterned after him.
  • SkyMiles

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    Jan 19, 2008 9:39 PM GMT
    I'm still trying to finish 'City of Falling Angels'. It's about a variety of interesting real-life characters in present day Venice.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 19, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Best book Ive ever read.
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    Jan 19, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    Thank you all for your suggestions!!

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    Jan 20, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidA Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson is one of the best, funniest, most educational books about the Appalachian Trail and what it's like to hike it when you are in your mid forties, overweight, afraid of bears, and have an alcoholic buddy of yours tagging along as you trek.


    Bill Bryson is quite the entertaining author. I haven't read A Walk in the Woods yet, but I've read The Mother Tongue and his biography on Shakespeare, and I enjoyed both.
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    Jan 20, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed Sam Bourne the Last Testament even if it was a little predictable.

    Im currently reading The Rule of four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. Its billed as "the thinking mans Da Vinci Code". Its quite good but lacks rhythmn and is not the most stimulating of books I have read
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    Jan 20, 2008 8:44 PM GMT
    A great fictional work is Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." It's not too long, but it's just a really interesting readicon_cool.gif
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    Jan 20, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is one of my favorite books, a collection of hilarious stories by David Sedaris.
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    Jan 20, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    I just finished "Third Degree" by Greg Iles. A thrilling read, but not as thrilling as his "True Evil". Both heart thumping thrillers.