24 Replies Latest reply on Dec 14, 2014 10:26 PM by little_devil_82

    help needed for a suggestion of title or author

    little_devil_82

      Hi all, getting pretty desperate for some help!! I am after a book for my boyfriend and he has asked for a type of book but with no actual title/author/specific book in mind. I was wondering if anyone knew of any that would fit the criteria and would be able to suggest any! He would like a history book, not specifically a fact and figures one either. Could be a biography of sorts. He is very interested in British history and military and really likes Cicero. He is a deep thinker and would love a book to make him think. He'd like something with a bit of economics, fighting/war, romance/sex... I have no idea where to start looking and the more book stores I call, the more disheartened I am as the employee's seem to know about how to search for a book on a computer but only with a specific title. I need someone who is passionate about books and in particular this kind of book and could suggest a title or few titles for me! Thanking you in advance!

       

      ** Thanks for all the suggestions! He's also very much into the Georgian era of British history...would that help narrow things down?

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          Froide

          I like luvbookCM's suggestions. I also suggest:

          • Looking those up on Goodreads, where you can see other books those authors have written, reviewers' comments about the books in question and their suggested additional reads, view other books in those books' genres, and see additional "if you like this, then you may like that" titles suggested by Goodreads'/Amazons' automated system.
          • Reading through the list of titles, descriptions, and participants' comments at this Mobileread Forum: FREE/BARGAIN - Non-Fiction - 2014.
          • Asking your local librarian or bookstore staffers for suggestions.
          • Buying your beau a gift card and letting him pick his own book!
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              luvbooksCM

              How about this one? It sounds like it might be a great read and a bit unique. I'm thinking about reading it myself!

               

              Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by V…

              Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

              But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite Force 136, the British dirty tricks department, operating behind enemy lines. His war elephants would carry supplies, build bridges, and transport the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. Now well versed in the ways of the jungle, an older, wiser Williams even added to his stable by smuggling more elephants out of Japanese-held territory. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced his most perilous test. In a Hollywood-worthy climax, Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Elephant Bill’s exploits would earn him top military honors and the praise of famed Field Marshal Sir William Slim.

               

              Part biography, part war epic, and part wildlife adventure, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.

              Praise for Elephant Company
               
              “This book is about far more than just the war, or even elephants. This is the story of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species. . . . Elephant Company is nothing less than a sweeping tale, masterfully written.”—Sara Gruen, The New York Times Book Review

              “Splendid . . . Blending biography, history, and wildlife biology, [Vicki Constantine] Croke’s story is an often moving account of [Billy] Williams, who earned the sobriquet ‘Elephant Bill,’ and his unusual bond with the largest land mammals on earth.”—The Boston Globe

              “Some of the biggest heroes of World War II were even bigger than you thought. . . . You may never call the lion the king of the jungle again.”—New York Post

              Elephant Company is as powerful and big-hearted as the animals of its title. Billy Williams is an extraordinary character, a real-life reverse Tarzan raised in civilization who finds wisdom and his true self living among jungle beasts. Vicki Constantine Croke delivers an exciting tale of this elephant-whisperer-cum-war-hero, while beautifully reminding us of the enduring bonds between animals and humans.”—Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La and Frozen in Time

               

              Here is a little bit about Force 136 from Wikipedia

               

              Force 136 was the general cover name for a branch of the British World War II organization, the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The organization was established to encourage and supply resistance movements in enemy-occupied territory, and occasionally mount clandestine sabotage operations. Force 136 operated in the regions of the South-East Asian Theatre of World War II which were occupied by Japan from 1941 to 1945.

              Although the top command of Force 136 were British officers and civilians, most of those it trained and employed as agents were indigenous to the regions in which they operated. British, Americans or other Europeans could not operate clandestinely in cities or populated areas in Asia, but once the resistance movements engaged in open rebellion, Allied armed forces personnel who knew the local languages and peoples became invaluable for liaison with conventional forces. In Burma in particular, SOE could draw on many former forestry managers and so on, who had become fluent in Burmese or other local languages before the war, and who had been commissioned into the Army when the Japanese invaded Burma.

               

               

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                  luvbooksCM

                  The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side

                  The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side by Damie…

                   

                  An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts—ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend.

                   

                  In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man’s-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled Nazi forces. The other was a different kind of lost soul—a Czech airman bound for the Royal Air Force and the country that he would come to call home.

                   

                  Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German shepherd—whom he named Ant—after being shot down on a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, Robert hid Ant inside his jacket as he escaped. In the months that followed the pair would save each other’s lives countless times as they flew together with Bomber Command. And though Ant was eventually grounded due to injury, he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master’s return from every sortie, and refusing food and sleep until they were reunited. By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the “Animal VC.”

                   

                  With beautiful vintage black-and-white photos of Robert and Ant, The Dog Who Could Fly is a deeply moving story of loyalty in the face of adversity and the unshakable bond between a man and his best friend.

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                      luvbooksCM

                      Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest HourCitizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson | 9781588369826 | NO…

                       

                      The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.

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                • Re: help needed for a suggestion of title or author
                  keriflur

                  Do you know some titles of books he enjoyed? If so, you can go onto Amazon's site (yes, I really did say Amazon, don't ban me - they have a fantastic suggestion engine!) and look up one of the titles. On the page for the book loads, you'll see a section below titled "Customers who bought this item also bought" with books in it. One of those books might be a good fit.

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                    captainnook

                    Nonfiction or fiction? For fiction, hard to beat Patrick O'Brian.

                     

                    Master and Commander (Aubrey-Maturin Series #1) by Patrick O'Brian | 9780393307054 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble

                     

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                    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

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                      psycho_candy

                      Hi - I'm probably not very popular here - i tried to advertise my book when I was high and everyone shot me down based on my email and never gave the book a chance - I kinda flipped and demanded to see their published work - anyway I'll resolve that but I'll also try and resolve your issue - I don't know if you're on ebay but I'll have a look at some books that are just modern classics (but out of print) - but there is Jim Dodges "Stone Junction" which is about a boy who grows up after the death of her mother raised by AMO the association of magicians and outlaws - he gets taught a different skill from diguise, to safe cracking, to drug taking and altered states - it's a darkly comic thriller and a lot of "Who killed  his mum.: the link stone junction | eBay

                      Roger the stone cowboy gets out of Alpantipico prison in Bolivia with his insurance - 2 hits of windowpane acid. but he knows if he takes it he'll likely never make it back to America - will post the rest in a minute

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                          psycho_candy

                          He ends up meeting this woman who he kinda falls for but he steals her stuff passport etc then feels bad and returns it - she ends up semi-hiring more persuading him to help find her estranged brother who calls himself flame. He had come to Bolivia to find real magik as Bolivia is mostly mountains and rock and is not damaged like America where the people are brainwashed and the collective consciousness is  focused on fast food and T.V and Billboard advertising etc... Bolivia is untouched. He is working in the capacity as a street kinda Vegas act magician for the top Colombian cocaine dealer - she and her brother' their father is dying. She asks Rogers help and he agrees esp he can speak 2 dialects. It's full of cool phrases like - "the world is a whale - all you have to do is hang on.

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                              psycho_candy

                              My last choice (and I won't bore you with so much detail is the bridge trilogy - IDORU - VIRTUAL LIGHT - ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES (I THINK THAT'S THE ORDER BUT ALL 2MRS PARTIES IS DEFO LAST)

                               

                              THEY ARE JUST AMAZING BOOKS - THE GUY IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WRITER i COULD EVER HOPE TO WRITE LIKE. NOT ONLY IS HE WONDERFULLY DESCRIPTIVE BUT HE MANAGES TO KEEP THE RIGHT BALANCE OF ANY VIOLENCE OR SEX, DRUGS AND STILL WRITE 3 INTERTWINING STORIES WHERE THE CHARACTERS ALL MEET UP IN THE LAST BOOK. TOTALLY AMAZING IDORU WILLIAM GIBSON | eBay

                              VIRTUAL LIGHT WILLIAM GIBSON | eBay

                              ALL TOMORROWS PARTIES WILLIAM GIBSON | eBay

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                                  psycho_candy

                                  all those are links which will take you straight to them - otherwise buy him a book about Mary Queen of Scots or something or the second world war - there will be plenty of fiction around the subject and tonnes of real life stuff - but if he didn't specify and he expects you to guess then I'd go for something he wouldn't normally read, get him out his comfort zone, broaden his fictional horizons so to speak - as a book maniac I vouch for all I've recommended - so let me know how it turns out in the end  - and remember not to stress (BTW I don't know if you know bargain books and the other one I forger its name but they always have cheap history books galore should you choose to walk the path of safe keep tee peaceness instead of the other suggestions.

                                   

                                  All the best - Steven

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                                      little_devil_82

                                      Thanks for your detailed responses Steven! I will def look into them! Why don't you try advertising your book again? Under a different name if you think the people from before will remember that disaster! Worth a try!!

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                                          keriflur

                                          @psycho_candy - FYI, B&N does not like it when you post links to books for sale at Amazon. This may be why your original post was removed (there are forum rules against these types of links). So if you do take little_devil's recommendation to create a new post about your book, don't use an Amazon link. If your book is only available via Amazon, you can consider self-pubbing it via nook press. If you're in KDP Select (or are otherwise Amazon exclusive), you'll have to hold off on posting a link here.

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                                              psycho_candy

                                              Thanks - I'm kinda glad the post is gone; I got a bit angry and felt under attack.

                                               

                                              I'm sure you're a cool person and all but I'm going to give this site a swerve - too many people willing to criticize not enough willing to bring it to the table and (sorry, I'm sure some of them are probably cool too) but some guy just seemed like a bully and I hate bullies and they all just laid in without asking me questions about anything. It kinda sucked - it was a bit of a stupid ploy but that's what I get posting when I'm high - I guess at this stage I was just desperate for publicity - I learn to calm down and then do what's actually needed next so have an actual sales/marketing plan all set up / fingers crossed. Thanks for being cool and letting me know. I guess I'd better stick to my own territory from now on. Out of curiosity are any of the people that wrote to me published. I'd still like to see what there novels are like if they are - and good on them if that's the case. Can you recommend any literature by someone who posted; I still have like all their names in my phone copy of my email to check out but as Pseudonyms go I doubt I'll find any book titles - unless they're published here? In which case although they made me pretty angry criticizing the months of editing my manuscript (for print) and the years of writing it up and developing a plot - some of the writing is so beautiful and I love writing and it just got to me that they got annoyed over an email - not very welcoming, just plain rude - and they spoke about me to each other like I didn't exist. Are they children, or studying creative writing or something, because they criticized my craft which did not go down well, having written and edited 170,000 words, a 1st draft nearly 2cnd of a 2cnd novel at 60,000 words and a third novel plus adapting a feature length screenplay I wrote for T.V and they all just seemed to be like a gang who hangs out and backs each other up - but they didn't say anything constructive or ask questions about my process of writing or my craft and it got to me. I guess it would anyone who does something for a living. Anyway, thanks and take care. I'll keep my account open for a couple of days in case one of them decides to give me a link to some published work - or even an unpublished but finished and edited novel - I know how hard the process is when you have to start off by yourself and don't have the luxury of hiring editors who unless worked for a publishing company who was publishing me I wouldn't want anyway - I've got certificates in freelance editing and I'm okay at it, but not like the guys who get hired by the big firms. Anyway man / girl, you take care - and if I was going to publish here I'd publish with a company like smashwords who deal with B&N as well as other competitors. I am in KPD kindle for 90 days and I'm just really starting out in the digital world while exploring my options so I'm happy where I am for the time being. Well be safe - and little_devil_82, no problem, it'd dead sweet of you to worry so much over your BF and I hope he knows what he's got; thanks so much for the advice but unless any of those involved want to come forward and actually show me something other than a bunch of pretentious bullying emails then I think I'm done here - Was nice to meet you though, (And the books been plugged as much as I can just now - I've had 3 hours sleep working so need to rest) Take care and be safe - and stay cool yeah!!

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                                                Froide

                                                FYI, I don't completely agree with keriflur.

                                                 

                                                Though I've drastically reduced my posting about freebies and deals since BN moved to this Jive platform, I still occasionally make such posts. There are some threads where only NOOK books should be posted. However, on this new Jive platform, as on the old Lithium platform, I post in The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread ebook and audiobook deals found at sites other than BN.

                                                 

                                                Sometimes titles I post to The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread are unavailable at BN (in which case there's no competition). At other times titles I post there are free elsewhere but not free at BN.  In either case, none of my posts to The Official OT Free NOOKbook summary thread has ever been removed or sanctioned. And there's no rule I've seen posted anywhere that prohibits one from making such posts.

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                                                    keriflur

                                                    I didn't post anything to be agreed with or disagreed with - the restrictions on advertising are in the community guidelines. There is a also strong history of threads being removed when an author comes to the forum and advertises their book with an Amazon link. It's not the same as what you guys do in the freebie threads - you aren't the author of those books (afaik, lol). And the mods don't worry as much about non-Amazon links, it's the Amazon links that tend to get removed.

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                                                        jaquellae

                                                        it might have also had something to do with the tone of the thread as well as the Amazon link. I was all ready to give Stephen's book when he mentioned it was going to be free for a time - i'd even downloaded the sample. Let's just say, after tone of his responses, I've changed my mind and deleted the sample from my kindle app.

                                                         

                                                        That said, Stephen, I appreciate that your posts here seem to calmed down a bit. I'm sorry if you took anything I might have posted on the other thread as a personal attack. It wasn't meant that way.

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                                          bobstro

                                          little_devil_82 wrote:

                                           

                                          [...] ** Thanks for all the suggestions! He's also very much into the Georgian era of British history...would that help narrow things down?

                                          If he'd enjoy historical fiction, that's a ripe period. I've read one or two of most of the following series:

                                           

                                          • Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series, recommended above and seconded here, is excellent. If he liked Master & Commander, based loosely on these books, he'll enjoy this series.
                                          • C.S. Forrester's Horatio Hornblower is a classic, covering a RN officer during the Napoleonic wars. (I've not read any of this series yet.)
                                          • The Bolitho series, written by Douglas Reeman as Alexander Kent, covers a fictitious late-18th century British naval officer's career.
                                          • Alan Lewrie's Dewey Lambdin series is another Napoleonic-era naval series. A bit racier.
                                          • Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series follows the exploits of a British soldier during the Napoleonic wars, focused on the hardships of a non-officer rank soldier and a vindictive sergeant and incompetent officers.
                                          • George McDonald Faser's Flashman series takes place in the latter half of the 19th century, following the exploits of a bungling yet lucky soldier who manages to precipitate most of the British army's notable history during the period. Definitely humorous, and somewhat cynical. Not PC.

                                           

                                          I'd suggest trying one or two from each series to see which click. Each has a different style and level of believability. They do tend to bleed together if you read more than one series concurrently. The good news is that each is a substantial series that should keep him occupied for a while!

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