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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Wed September 10th, 2008, 9:47 pm

My man started reading because of Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's wife!!

I married an intelligent but uneducated guy who'd left school at 15 and taken up an apprenticeship in engineering. All he read was the Daily Mirror (Uk tabloid newspaper), never a book. Books were things he'd been forced to read at school and he wasn't interested. We met when he was 18 and I was 17 and married at 22 and 21. Until he was 35 that was the pattern of things re his reading. But then Fergie and Andrew started having marital probs. Her indiscretions at the poolside were featured in the Daily Mirror for page, after page, after page. DH screwed up newspaper, chucked it in the bin and said enough was enough. He'd try books again. So I took him to the library, held his hand while he looked round in nervous terror at all these books and helped him choose a Dick Francis thriller. He read it, enjoyed it, went back and got another. Diversified into Bernard Cornwell, George Macdonald Fraser, Leslie Thomas, Martin Cruz Smith etc. He hates war books and wham-bam mindless adventures (hates Clive Cussler for e.g.). He likes intelligent historicals - but not too highbrow. His favourite all time authors are Lindsey Davis and aforementioned Leslie Tomas. He's reading his first James Lee Burke at the moment. No comments as yet, only grunts. :)
These days he never has a book out of his hands and it's great to see. So men can come to reading at any time. Nona, looks like yours has turned the corner :)
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Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
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Postby Margaret » Wed September 10th, 2008, 10:09 pm

'I don't read, like you read. I mostly read manuals online to learn how to play a computer game.' In other words, he reads directions!


And he loves to read them? LOL! Maybe you should snap him up and get him to take care of all your computer snafus!

EC, what a charming story about your husband! Dick Francis was a good place to start - his mysteries are fast-paced but intelligent, and I love the horse-race settings.
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Ash
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Location: Arizona, USA

Postby Ash » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:06 pm

EC, my DH has a similar history. His parents had an 8th grade education and thought reading a waste of time. When he left school at 14, there was no real push to keep him there. But he was extremely intelligent and motivated and he had been reading everything he could get his hands on, esp sci fi and fantasy books since he was in his early teens. We met at our apartment complex, when I'd always see him sitting and reading. We talked about books and he was interested in what I was reading, so I got him into some Barbara Tuchman and Bernard Cornwell, and the fantasy writer Raymond Fiest. He was hooked. He also went back to school and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He always has a book sitting around, tho lately he has been more into graphic novels (tho I still call them comics but not when he's around :) He doesn't get lost in a book like I do, but he understands when I do, because he's that way with movies. If he is watching something thats not on tape, he is not to be disturbed unless the house is on fire.


All in all, I'm pretty darn proud of this guy.
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Postby Charliekat » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:18 pm

I wish I had the same success, Nora. My guy reads a book maybe once a year and even then it probably doesn't get finished. It is usually an answer to long distance travel we do on the train, so he brings a book along. Once the trip is done though it seems to disappear (I don't know how one can just not finish a book when it's not bad).

I always drag him to the bookstore with me and I try to encourage him to read. He likes fantasy (he plays many video games) so I showed him that section and he picked out a Star Wars novel. At least it's a book. Anyways, he started it excitedly but then it just stopped. I don't know. It's not like he doesn't have time to read cause I'm always sitting there with him and I'm reading and he's not.. Geez!

Anyways, I will continue to press on. I want to get him to read Here Be Dragons. Maybe I'm just a little too optimistic...

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nona
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Postby nona » Thu September 11th, 2008, 2:11 pm

lol, never give up hope. I do have an update on my Ronnie, he has started Greatest Knight and do to sick childern ad work he has not had much time to read but he trudges on....

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu September 11th, 2008, 4:47 pm

What fun stories! Whan I met J he was always getting me books, we'd discuss them, and I thought he was as avid a reader as I. Only much later did I find out (from his ex and family) that prior to me coming along, he only read electronic manuals and other tech-related stuff! It was quite a surprise, because I had always known him to be a reader, and he is to this day.

J prefers sci-fi, especially c.J. Cherryh (sp?), Orson Scott Card, and contemporary thrillers like Michael Chrichton. He loved the Hornblower series, tho, and is started on Flashman.

He has a 2-hour-a-day commute, so I keep him supplied with audiobooks from the library. I alternate him between classic fiction and history/biography.
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nona
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Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sun September 14th, 2008, 12:09 pm

Last night my Ronnie came home excited, I asked why he was so strung and said oh well William Marshall is ....(he rambled on for 5-10 mins.). I smiled nodding and he asked "Are all these HF books you read this good? What am I going to read next? Are there any other William Marshall books out there and how true is this......"

EC I would like to thank you, because your Greatest Knight has won my husband over.

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nona
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Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 7:48 pm

update: Ronnie has started Scarlet Lion which we just got in the mail the other day, and loving it so far. I get to read it after him, lol funny how things can change...

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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 7:58 pm

Fingers crossed he enjoys the rest of it Nona!
Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society did (as in being a man too) so hopefully Ronnie will be okay with it.
Les proz e les vassals

Souvent entre piez de chevals

Kar ja li coard n’I chasront



'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'


Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal



www.elizabethchadwick.com

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Leyland
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Location: Travelers Rest SC

Postby Leyland » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 10:50 pm

Ash, Nona, MLE, CharlieKat and EC - have your men ever read any of John D MacDonald's novels featuring Travis McGee?

"A prolific writer of crime and suspense novels, many of them set in his adopted home of Florida, McDonald's best-known works include the popular and critically-acclaimed Travis McGee series, and his novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1972, MacDonald was named a grand master of the Mystery Writers of America, and he won the American Book Award in 1980. Stephen King praised McDonald as "the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." That's from Wiki.

Travis McGee is very nearly an institution, IMO. Here's MacDonald's Wiki link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D_Macdonald

I haven't any read of his works that didn't feature McGee, but should rectify that in the future!


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