More a comment on the kindle than on the authors (who I find write to a formula!)
If it becomes more widely accepted, I really see this as being an essential backpacker item. Sure, you can download a book onto a kindle app for the iphone or similar, but thye kindle is easier to read from. The bonus for travellers is of course no more hefty guidebooks and maps to carry around in the rucksack.
Yes, they have superb formula, that is why I read these books, I have learned more about History from Wilbur Smith and James Michener than I could ever repay.
The Kindle on PC is great, I purchase two non-fiction book the other day.
300 Bucks for Kindle: I would never buy a Kindle until it cost less than 50 dollars, just not worth the money.
I was more talking about Mobi Pocket, or the Kindle PC, kind of hoping people would send me PDF of the above authors.
If you have read most all books written by Andy's favorites, as I have, who are other authors to explore?
Suggest Jeffrey Archer, Carl Hiaasen, Robert Crais, Richard North Patterson, Larry McMurtry, David Baldacci, Lawrence Sanders, Phillip Margolin, Jane Smiley, Steve Martini, Pat Conroy, J.D. McDonald, Barbara Kingsolver, Kathy Reichs, T.C. Boyle.
While not great literature these are all good quick reads for a traveler. DeMille, Smith, Smiley, Conroy, Kingsolver are exceptional.
"While not great literature,"
11 years ago, before the Blog, before the Newsletter I traveled with Astrid a girl from Germany in Guatemala. She carried a --- "Literature" book around with her for two months and never finished it until the end.
However, in this time I read about 8 books.
She kept implying I was stupid.
I thought to myself, you are the one stupid, you are trying to force this so-called literature to be good works or writing. My eight books for sure taught me more than your one boring book.
Justice is when somebody reads something, not just because a professor says to read. I read for entertainment, and anybody that knocks off Executive Decision by Tom Clancy has my respect. It take 200 pages before a Clancy book start to materialize, and in the end Wilbur Smith, James Michener and Michael Crichton do more research than any literature.
I say, send Comic Books to Haiti, Dominican Republic, lets get Africa reading before we try to cram literature down the throats. Schools need to teach people to like to read, before they teach them to play on Facebook or read literature.
I am proud I read this list of authors.
Truly is a dysfunctional world, nothing functions, but we try to force it too.
This post is too funny!
One comment I remember making about travel at the time, I cannot remember if it was an email or on my blog, 'the world is full of John Grisham and Jason Bourne!'. I also remember saying 'I have seen more Ken Follett books here in Asia than I have ever seen in the UK my whole life.' (the rub there is that he lives in my hometown, his wife is our Member of Parliament. I like them both).
One book I wanted and could not find in 2 months in asia was Walden by Henry David Thoreau. However, I bought the book when I got home, and I've never read it.
Grisham and Ludlum and Follett may not be 'high literature' but it's very readable, and I devoured loads of it when I was away. At one point, I was reading a book every 1.5 days. Then I picked up Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. That took me 7 days, the flight home, and another month at home to finish. Hey, it's a really interesting book, it's a cultural experience, but next time I go to the beach, I'm gonna pick myself up some more Ken Follett.
(I'm a huge fan of Douglas Coupland, and quite a lot of his books were around in Asia too. There's 2 more there now, that I left behind.)
Off the top of my head these authors came to mind. I tend to be loyal to authors so if I really enjoyed the first book I read then I seek others written by the same author. The first ten authors helped develop my personal philosophy and turned me on and sparked my curiosity about living life outside the States.
Read Henry James Thoreau when I was in my late teens
Leon Uris many novels in my 20s
James Michener many novels in my 20s and 30s
James Clavell in my late 20s
Kurt Vonnegut in my teens and early 20s
Paul Thoreau's best sellers
Earnest Hemingway's best sellers
Trevanian- International espionage plots
Henry Miller's Trilogy Sexus Nexus and Plexus and other books
Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" took me 9 months to read
These authors came to me much later maybe in my 40s but also influeced me personally and the way I view the world.
James Redfield's Celine Prophecy Series
Dan Millmen's The Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Elmore Leonard with many present day, street scenes and characters
Anthony Grey reminds me of James Clavell
Dan Brown's best sellers