An update on “Books!”

I am so impressed by the quality and quantity of book recommendations that you all keep leaving here.  Indeed, in terms of quantity, there have been so many, I thought it might be useful to people trying to scan the list if I inserted in the comments some genre help.

The genre identification is still a work in progress, because I’m not sure how specific to get.  However, as things now stand, you can scroll through and see fairly quickly if a comment has books in a genre that piques your interest.  Let me know if this works for you and feel free to add genre information yourself.  It’s pretty simple:  At the top of each comment, in BOLDED ALL CAPS, I’ve used a few common one or two word descriptions to capture the books recommended in the comment.

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  1. Nonfiction: Recently read
    Robert D. Kaplan’s “Imperial Grunts” and “Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts” . Kaplan lets readers experience up close the American military in the War on Terror in all sorts of places all over the globe. He embedded with many small units in out-of-the -way places. Fascinating and informative. Highly recommended.
    James M. McPherson: “This Mighty Scourge” A series of short essays on various aspects of the Civil War by the author of “Battle Cry of Freedom,” which I also recommend highly.
    Fiction: I’m really tired of buying books based on a review or (worse) a blurb on the back, and finding it to be another dumb liberal screed. I really want books I can get lost in, read over and over with pleasure, and for heaven’s sake, how about likable characters?
    Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/ Maturin series of 20 seafaring novels. Read the first 10 pages of “Master and Commander”, and you are hooked. I have read these — all 20 — probably 10 or 12 times, and in another year will start all over.
    I love Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles, another series I read over and over. I have read the Nicolo’s Rising series more than once, but could never really warm up to them.
    James Clavell’s Shogun, King Rat, Tai Pan. Fred Chappell’s “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”.
    Alan Furst’s wonderful atmospheric novels of Europe in the days just before WWII breaks out. And do not miss Kent Haruf’s marvelous, marvelous “Plainsong”, and “Eventide.”

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