On the Bookshelf VII

Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
When the U.S. president decides that drug smuggling has become a “clear and present danger” to national security, a covert military operation is launched against one of the chief cartels.  This is the second book I’ve read by Clancy (the first being The Hunt for Red October), and so far, it’s simply fantastic. If you have any suggestions regarding other Clancy novels I should check out, leave a comment down below.
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
To quote an Amazon reviewer, “This book is a sobering reminder of how we have watered down the language of hell to appeal to our own comfort, when in reality the words that Jesus and others used in the Bible are both intimidating and clear: Hell is a real place and many people will go there.” I picked this one up for free in Kindle format, and it’s been a great read.
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
My first taste of Mieville was bitter in the extreme, but this book is fast restoring him to good favor. It’s clever, funny, and very bizarre – think Norton Juster meets Lewis Carroll. And as Mieville himself observed, “Part of the appeal of the fantastic is taking ridiculous ideas very seriously and pretending they’re not absurd.”
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Profound, simply written, and challenging. Tim Challies dubbed it “a modern classic,” and though I’m not finished with it yet, I cannot help but agree. Get yourself of copy of this book – you won’t regret it.
The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
Father Brown is a priest… who also happens to be an amateur detective with a keen understanding of human nature. Fascinating? You bet. The only thing I can’t understand is why I haven’t picked these mysteries up before. They’re clever, well-written, and riddled with gems like this: “The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
What would happen if you crossed the humor of Monty Python with the fantasy world-building of J.R.R. Tolkien? You’d get Terry Pratchett, of course! This is second book in the Discworld series, and as much as I loved the first, this one is even better. Sorry, but I can’t resist sharing an excerpt: “He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.”
Note to Self by Joe Thorn
I haven’t started this one yet, but it’s been recommended to me by multiple bibliophiles in the blogosphere (hey, that sounds like the name of a special club or something). You can get the Kindle version for just $3, and if you’re still undecided, read some excerpts here.

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

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21 thoughts on “On the Bookshelf VII”

  1. I’ve read everything from Red October through C&PD, in chronology of publication. I picked up a copy of Sum of All Fears at my parent’s house and put it down after the first ten or fifteen pages. I’ve never picked another one Clancy up.

  2. Ah yes, good old Rincewind! I haven’t read Pratchett in years but loved the satire and wit; truly the heir apparent of Douglas Adams. @Tom Brainerd: The way to read Clancy is in audio form . . . abridged! All of the action, 5% of the technical crap. @Corey: Have you picked up any of Lee Child’s Reacher books yet? How about Christopher Moore, have you ever read his?

      1. What Douglas Adams (or Terry Pratchett) is for Sci Fi, Christopher Moore is for Horror. Try “Island of the Sequined Love Nun” for starters (great title, huh?), or maybe “Bloodsucking Fiends” (about a guy and his reluctant vampire girlfriend), and if they grab you try “Lamb {The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal}” ~ Okay, not horror, but you get the gist.

  3. I’ve read a handful of Clancys. Clear and Present Danger was good, although the movie was pretty good too. I thought the book Patriot Games was way better than the movie. I actually enjoyed Teeth of the Tiger, although its reviews weren’t very good. I found Cardinal of the Kremlin to be rather dry (and quite outdated!). Red October is probably the one to read if you only read one (the book that put Clancy on the map!). For a take-your-head-off submarine action story, SSN is actually pretty cool. By the time I got around to reading the one I was really excited about, Rainbow Six, I had burned myself out on Clancy novels, haha. I find it difficult to invest so much time in fiction, and needless to say his books are lengthy. I highly recommend his non-fiction account of the Desert Storm air war, Every Man a Tiger, written with retired Air Force General Chuck Horner.
    -Ben

    1. Thanks, Ben! So far, my “Clancy TBR List” looks something like this:

      Patriot Games
      Red Storm Rising
      Rainbow Six

      I’ll add the others you mentioned, too. :)

  4. Must be a guy thing. I tried Clancy once (Rainbow Six) and couldn’t get through the first fifty pages. I did enjoy the movie Hunt for Red October, though; Sean Connery makes almost any movie worth watching.

  5. Nice.
    Interesting, I’m reading the Innocence of Father Brown too. I am, however, completely mystified as to how you’ve missed Father Brown until now. Oh well, your life will now begin.

    Ha, I’m on vacation so I’m not sure you really want to know how many books I jammed in my backpack. Let’s just do authors. Four Ngaio Marsh and four Margery Allingham, mystery writers. Rereading the 100 Cupboards series, and Starship Troopers. Also, G.J Cherryh Foreginer’s series. My first foray in sci-fi in a while, we’ll see if I survive. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, third volume. Peter and the Starcatchers and one sequel thereof.

    I think that was all of them. :)

  6. I don’t do a ton of reading since I am more of a movie guy but I have The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Star Wars Dark Force Rising, Star Wars The Last Command, Star Wars Darth Plaguies, Star Wars: The Old Republic Revan, and other Star Wars books. I am a huge Star Wars nerd. :D

    -James

  7. I like Chesterton’s Father Brown series as I prefer “cozy” mysteries.

    I just added Pink’s The Sovereignty of God , Reformation by Carl Trueman, and The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan Hatch. Trueman is on his way to becoming my favorite living author.

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