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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherPuck View Post
    Found a neat website that recommends books based author or title. I tried it and the recommendations are spot on.

    What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you


    Thanks for the link. This book came up on several searches. Coincidentally, I had ordered the last copy at Powell's Books last month and Permutation City will be my next read. Egan is an excellent Australian author but his books are extremely difficult to find here in the USA.

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    Empire- Steven Saylor

    The sequel to his epic Roma. It covers 5 generations of a Roman family over about 100 years. Roma covered the founding and republic of Rome, Empire starts where it left off with Augustus and ends with Hadrian. Again this book gives a pretty good feel of what Rome must have been like in those days and it being empereror-centric you feel like you sort of get to know the emperors and how different they could be: from the crazed and bloodthirsty Caligula and the Stalin like Domitian to emperors like Titus and Trajan who were down to earth guys and were reasonable rulers or Hadrian who was a good military guy and loved the arts. By todays standards they were all pretty much perverts except mayby for Augustus, and more than a few would be considered pedophiles. All in all a good and entertaining read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kings Provisional View Post


    Empire- Steven Saylor

    The sequel to his epic Roma. It covers 5 generations of a Roman family over about 100 years. Roma covered the founding and republic of Rome, Empire starts where it left off with Augustus and ends with Hadrian. Again this book gives a pretty good feel of what Rome must have been like in those days and it being empereror-centric you feel like you sort of get to know the emperors and how different they could be: from the crazed and bloodthirsty Caligula and the Stalin like Domitian to emperors like Titus and Trajan who were down to earth guys and were reasonable rulers or Hadrian who was a good military guy and loved the arts. By todays standards they were all pretty much perverts except mayby for Augustus, and more than a few would be considered pedophiles. All in all a good and entertaining read.
    Roma should arrive on my doorstep wednesday. It better be good!
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    Caligula was a badass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherPuck View Post
    Found a neat website that recommends books based author or title. I tried it and the recommendations are spot on.

    What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you
    I searched for Catch-22 and the #2 recommendation was Moby Dick (one of the most overrated books ever). The #4 suggestion was The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. The #6 suggestion was Deadeye Dick. How many dicks is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog View Post
    How many dicks is that?

    A lot.
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    And Catch-22 has a lot of dicking around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    Caligula was a badass!
    Dude was wacked by the Praetorian Guard, his own personal body guards.

    Now Trajan, he was a badass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kings Provisional View Post
    Dude was wacked by the Praetorian Guard, his own personal body guards.

    Now Trajan, he was a badass!
    A good font, too.

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    The Wolf: How German Raider Terrorized The Allies in The Most Epic Voyage Of WWI- Richard Guilliatte and Peter Hohnen.

    The Wolf was a German freighter that was modified with hidden guns, torpedo tubes, loaded with mines, painted black and then set out to sea. It's mission was to capture/sink Allied merchant ships and mine the entrances of Allied harbors. The military term for this type of ship is "commerce raider", in reality it is a pirate ship. The Wolf endured a fifteen month, 64,000 mile journey in which it, or the mines it laid, sunk or damaged 30 allied ships. During this voyage the Wolf never put into a port, taking the food and fuel it plundered from the ships it captured. The captain and crew used great care not to kill civilians, taking prisoner all the crews they encountered. The prisoners were often surprised that the "Hun" crew was courteous, almost chivalrous, in their behavior. One one the prisoners was a six year old American girl that the Germans adopted as a mascot and doted on, letting her have the run of the ship. Towards the end of the voyage the Wolf was crammed with over 400 prisoners, low on fuel and food, hunted by the combined navies of five nations, and oh yeah, many on board were facing death from scurvy. A pretty good read if you are into war books or just like incredible true stories.

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