Howdy fellas,

Jeremy from AoM here. We're assembling a master list of fiction recommendations for men. We already have a good list goin, but are looking for even more. Thanks!

Jeremy
jeremy@artofmanliness.com

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Well it's really in the eye of beholder, but anything that carries no further value than mindless entertainment. Doesn't have to be classics at all.. I think many Baldacci novels could be on the list, Dan Brown even, etc.

Either way, I'd love to hear some of your recommendations. Thanks!

If we're going to be relativists about values, then we might as well throw out notions of becoming 'better' men too.

I would still like to say that some books are just plain crap no matter who you are or what you like, and if you like crap books then there's just something plain wrong with you.

Of course, there's always the "who's to say?" argument, which I could not really answer without adopting some bizarre metaphysics.

  I agree, I believe there are some works of fiction that, while entertaining, are purely for entertainment value. They're not bad, they're just meant to be a throw away thrill ride.To me, I think of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels, they're exciting and well written, but not exactly thought provoking. 

 Good point. We're constantly effected by everything we experience, something Buddhism hints at strongly when they talk about the impermanence of self. 

  Also, there are no mutant zombie dinosaurs in your neighborhood? We can't seem to get rid of the darn things around here.

Great picks -- thanks!

   Terry Pratchett's novels are excellent examples of fiction that manages to contain some biting notes about humanity while being highly entertaining. They're thought provoking, as well as laugh inducing, and the author draws fantastic parallels between his world and our own.  I believe in the future, his work will be looked back on as literature, rather than pop entertainment.

   

The Discworld series? We've had a few recommendations for that one. Good pick. Apparently there are more on the way, and his daughter is prepared to take over when the Alzheimer's gets too bad to continue writing.

  Thanks! It's hard to pick a favorite, but Thud and Making Money stand out as particularly poignant ones to me.

   I hope Sir Terry can beat that godawful affliction, or at least hold it at bay. He's made it clear he believes in assisted suicide, should the disease get too bad, and has seen physicians in Switzerland about it.  It's incredibly sad, but man it's brave.

   But Ms. Pratchett seems to be quite talented, and I believe she's working on the Tomb Raider revamp right now. We'll probably see big things from her in the future.

I've enjoyed everthing written by Dan Brown so far. I cannot wait to get my hands on Inferno.

Agreed about Inferno. Also makes me want to read Dante, as that what it's based on.

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