Disillusionment With Many Books

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  1. Ed Wilson

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    If you want a great non-fiction read, get the journal of Meriwether Lewis which he wrote on the Lewis & Clark expedition... a first person account of the voyage of discovery.
     
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    The older I get, the fewer novels I read. I find myself reading more history, psychology, economics, and history of science/exploration/discovery. Too many novels are formulaic (Lee Child) or boring internal monologues.
     
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    Speaking of the history of discovery, strongly recommend Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice.
     
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    I am disappointed in a lot of fiction. The first part is nicely written, well thought out,while the latter half seems rushed and superficial. Often it seems as though the author got bored or was being pushed by his publisher or agent to get the thing finished!
     
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    I finished two western novels this week, fiction of course. Today I downloadexd from my library Kurt Vonnecut's "Welcome To The Monkey House," which is a book of short stories. It's getting harder to find something that will hold my attention. I don't have much interest anymore.
     
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    Do you like spy thrillers, suspense or politically themed books, Bill?
     
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    That used to be what I read most often, Adventure and Spy thillers. Since I went blind in one eye I have limited my reading severly.
    Although occasionally I will read a John le Carre or a Daniel Silva novel. But I started reading westerns when I was twelve years old
    and they are still my favorite although good stories are getting harder to find.
     
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    I love le Carre and Silva. I am finally reading Silva's English Girl now.
     
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