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39. Treasure Mountain Louis L'Amour 1972

Another Sackett book, The three brothers are commissioned by their ailing mother to discover what happened to their father. He disappeared in the CO mountains looking for a cache of French army gold ore 100 years old some 20 years back.

A member of his party had killed him before the elder Sackett would tell them where he'd hid the gold. 20 years later the same man follows Tell and attempts to murder him also. But he misses and Tell doesn't.

And he gets a new girl.

I don't get the fascination with gold. You can't eat it.
post #1682 of 1687

Snowcrash is actually my favourite novel.

post #1683 of 1687
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39. Treasure Mountain Louis L'Amour 1972

I don't get the fascination with gold. You can't eat it.

It's shiny.

A man needs a good gold watch, or two.
post #1684 of 1687
List (Click to show)
1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood

10. The Master and Margherita

11. The Fault in Our Stars

12. Of Mice and Men

13.Fade to Black

14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

15. Watchmen

16. Captains Courageous

17. A Brief History of Time

18. The Trial

19. Wind up Bird Chronicle

20. A Visit from the Goon Squad

21. Neuromancer

22. Count Zero

23. Shadowboxing

24. Hell's Angels

25. Anansi Boys

26. Steelheart

 

26. Steelheart

 

Brandon Sanderson's post-apocalyptic novel fits squarely in the grey area between fantasy and SF. Ostensibly, it's a tale about an Earth changed by the arrival of Epics - humanoids that possess a combination of powers (each one different to the others). Epics aren't united and in the fifteen years or so between when they started arriving and when the novel is set, many have found their own kingdom. Their powers are like magic, but technology hasn't stopped progressing either.

 

Steelheart is the name of the Epic in charge of Newcago. He is seemingly invincible and spreads messages of fear with an propaganda machine so Orwellian it is painful. His deputies are similarly gifted. David is the novel's protagonist, and dreams of taking the Epics down, through hard work and luck he ends up matched with some like minded individuals who share similar aspirations.

 

Sanderson is an able writer - his prose is easy to read, highly engaging and well paced. The characters are all believable (with the exception of the comic relief), and the plot churns along well. I felt, however, that this novel was basically the plot line from one of his better works (The Final Empire), but with the protagonists' role switched and setting altered.

 

Entertaining enough for holiday reading, something I'd recommend to 12-15 year olds. While fun, I wanted a bit more from a novel. I'll grab the sequel as one of those 'light enough to keep me reading after an intense novel' books that we all use as buffers occasionally (I assume).

post #1685 of 1687
29 Dark Invasion 1915 Germany's Secret War And The Hunt For The First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum

I hear an interview with the author on LNL a while back, the story is about Germany's efforts to sabotage prior to the US joining the Great War in 1917. The Amazon blurb states New York City, 1915: as World War I rages in the battlefields of Europe, a covert war is taking place in America. When the Germans find out that the supposedly neutral United States have been supplying goods to Britain and other Allied powers, they implement a secret plan to strike back. Franz von Rintelen, an aristocratic German with connections in American banking, arrives in New York to set up a spy network. This team of saboteurs — including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster — devise a series of ‘mysterious accidents’, involving explosives and biological weapons, to bring down targets such as ships and factories, and even captains of industry such as JP Morgan.

With the Easter break and heading for the coast it sounds like a good holiday read.

LM ever read any Wilhelmina Baird, cyber punk in the Gibson tradition or Jeff Noon more in the New Weird mould.
post #1686 of 1687
Clockwise counting 37/50: Naomi Wood - Mrs Hemingway (2014)

A novel about the four women who were the wives of Ernest Hemingway. Very well written with meticulously researched biographical content and sometimes with almost Hemingwayesque style of dialogue. We get to see the disturbing and disturbed character of Hemingway through the women who loved him, from the 1920s in Paris and Antibes to his suicide in Idaho 1961. I have read several Hemingway biographies and know the stories well but this novel still manages to feel very fresh and "real". Highly recommended, especially of course for Hemingway fans (of which there may not be many in this thread).
post #1687 of 1687
40. Galloway 1970 Louis L'Amour

Although it's named for his brother, this book is primarily about Flagan Sackett, his brother. Escapes from the Apaches naked and makes it 100 mi to civilization. Finds himself (surprse!) in the middle of aa range and gold war. Kills a few guys...Headed for the girl as the book ends.

What is with all these names? How about Bob or Carol or Ted or Alice?
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