Just finished Erik Larsen's "In the Garden of Beasts" about U.S. Ambassador to Germany William E. Dodd and his family while they lived and worked in Berlin in the mid to late thirties.
A limited look into the atmosphere and environment of early Nazi Germany and some of the more resounding events during that time. Mr Larsen splits his effort between the private and diplomatic lives of members of the family which may have detracted from the overall potential in viewing and understanding the insanity of the Nazi social effects within Germany, how the local populace felt and viewed them, the much misunderstood status of the Wehrmacht, and a fresh perspective into their politics.
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
I started the second book Post Captain in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series.
Great choice. Jim Thompson is a very underappreciated author. Thankfully, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard started rereleasing his and many other wonderful authors a number of years back so that they could be introduced to a new generation of readers. If you like Thompson, you might take a look at David Goodis, another very underappreciated author.
I've never read any of this type of fiction before but I am enjoying the stories so far. O'Brian's attention to nautical detail is amazing. I've not read the authors you mention but will add them to my reading list.How to you like the series? I've read all of C. S. Forester's Hornblower series beginning in about 1970. I've also read a lot of the Bolitho series by Douglas Reeman. I'm about 5-6 novels from reading all of the Bolitho series, but I'm just not that into it anymore. Both authors have become to much of a pattern. On the other hand, I've already found the same pattern in the Zane Gray cowboy novels, so I guess I'm just old and jaded???
Initially my attention to drawn to the book by the recently released movie version but there is no way I would be able to sit through the movie - it sounds too brutal and excessively violent for my viewing tastes.
And thanks for the tip - I will keep my eye out for him.
I've never read any of this type of fiction before but I am enjoying the stories so far. O'Brian's attention to nautical detail is amazing. I've not read the authors you mention but will add them to my reading list.
Thanks, that sounds like good advice.Hi
PERSONALLY, I'd read O-Brian until you get sick of the British Navy, and THEN move to C. S. Forester's series. The Horatio Hornblower series is much shorter than the Richard Bolitho series. Try to read them in Chronological order, it's easier that way. My guess would be that at some point, you'll get tired of that genre and move to something else.