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Anna F.
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My dad likes to read but I don't know what to get him so I'm turning to crowd sourcing.

He likes:
- Tolkien's LOTR and Hobbit, none of the rest
- PG Wodehouse
- Ben K. Green
- some Louis Lamour
- some James Michener

He didn't like:
- Harry Potter
- Dava Sobel
- CS Lewis

Any recs?
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May I suggest Haruki Murakami. Pick one that is a collection of short stories, such as The Elephant Disappears or Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Easy read with a twist.
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Does he read nonfiction? Michener + Lamour makes me think he'd like this biography of Kit Carson and the bitter defense the Navajo put up back then:



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do you know why he likes what he does? I tend to like books more on their plot where my dad is more critical of the actual writing style.
 
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Anna F.
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He does read nonfiction. He likes James Herriot and any books about pioneers, ancient cultures, etc. The Kit Carson book might be a good one.

I would say he is more into the writing style. He likes evocative prose but the plot can have holes in it as far as he is concerned. That is why he didn't like Harry Potter, he thought that the writing was way too verbose and ripped off other literature too much.
 
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For nonfiction, this is particularly interesting and inspiring in its own way:

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Dwayne Hendrickson
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Another nonfiction that has a TON of history and the West
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okiedokie wrote:
Another nonfiction that has a TON of history and the West


*Spoiler* They died of dysentery.
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Kevin Krause
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I would strongly recommend this one:

 
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Because of PG Wodehouse - totally different thing though

Alternatively as he is your father:

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John Breckenridge
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Sounds like a manly man. Hemingway.
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TonyKR
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If he wants something highly entertaining, slightly blasphemous, and perfect for the holidays:





Or if he wants something deeply compelling and manly:



Seriously, I read Lonesome Dove a few months ago and it's easily one of the best books I've read.

You might also try the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. It takes a bit to get used to the nautical language, but there are some damn fine stories in there too.
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I will throw out a suggestion for 'Once An Eagle' by Anton Myrer. Published in 1968 and a New York Times #1 bestseller. In my military career it was considered essential reading concerning military leadership, even though it is a work of fiction. If he has not read it he might enjoy it. Here is some more information from the internet;

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Once an Eagle is a 1968 war novel by American author Anton Myrer. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Once an Eagle has been a favorite of American military men and women since its writing. The novel tells the story of Sam Damon, career Army officer, from his initial enlistment to his rise to general officer rank. Myrer wrote his novel to warn against ambition without principle and the military-industrial complex. Sam Damon and Courtney Massengale are the vehicles for this warning. Damon is an honorable soldier who rises in rank by success in field command. He is a soldier of character with his men's welfare in mind. Massengale has no honor and rises in rank through staff positions by cunning and political connections. He is driven by lust for power and cares nothing for the welfare of soldiers.
 
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I second the Aubrey-Maturin series. Great stuff, and outside my usual genre. Similarly, the Nero Wolfe series--marvelous mysteries. Prisoner's base was a particular favorite, and they needn't be read in order. For nonfiction, I found Stephen Budiansky's book on the naval war of 1812 surprisingly compelling (but that was after reading the Aubrey-Maturin novels, which are roughly contemporaneous and perhaps increased my interest).
 
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