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Subject: Are there any James Michener fans here?
Date Posted: 1/24/2009 7:47 PM ET
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I have read Centennial and it was one of my all time favorites.   Was wondering if anyone liked any of his other books.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 8:35 PM ET
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My favorites were Centennial, Hawaii, and Chesapeake. I've read others too, but I think these 3 are his best.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:43 PM ET
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My three favorites were also Centennial, Hawaii, and Chesapeake.  Not only were they fascinating stories, I really felt like I'd learned some history.  There is another thread about "books you'd like to read again" and as I think about these, I might like to go back to these.  I wonder if they'd be as good. 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 7:16 PM ET
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I did read Chesapeake again, and enjoyed it just as much. If you liked this book, you'd also enjoy The Winthrop Woman, by Anya Seton.

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:11 PM ET
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I've posted this before, and most recently in a thread on mini-series.  Hard to explain it, but Centennial was alive for me.  I read it numerous times, watched the mini-series again and again.  Books stir emotions in me for sure, but only a few caused the emotional tempest that Centennial did.   Hawaii was terrific also, and my husband loved Mexico, which I had a hard time with, and actually couldn't finish.  My husband also really liked Carribean.  I can't recall the title, but before he wrote his epics, he actually wrote regular little novels.  I really enjoyed one of them about 25 years ago...I think it had something to do with a carnival.  Now I need to go look this up!
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Sorry.  Double post.



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Subject: count me in
Date Posted: 1/26/2009 6:54 AM ET
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I've read The Drifters, Hawaii, Recessional, and The Source.  I remember enjoying all but The Source is by far my favorite.  Glad you mentioned Michener! 

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:22 AM ET
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I also loved The Source. I've read most, if not all; it would be very hard to pick a favorite!

But I wonder if The Drifters holds up over time. I bet it was 30 years ago when I read that, and thought it was great. But it's different from most others, and not sure if it would still be relevant.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:53 PM ET
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I will read anything by Michener...but am always prepared for them to start at '...the beginning of the world'!  He is always a long read but always a good one.  My favorite? Hard to say....Carribbean, Mexico, Hawaii (adore Tales of the South Pacific), Chesapeake (where I"m from), Poland....even a small volume I found somewhere about the Declaration of Independence....

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 3:47 PM ET
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I really like most of his books. I'm still trying to read Texas. My favorite was the Covenant. I didn't want that story to end. If you like Michener, you probably would like Edward Rutherfurd. The first one of his books I read was  London. He writes a lot like Michener. Great story telling.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:39 PM ET
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i believe i've read all of his books. i have his memoir on my shelf.

my favorites were Centennial,Tales of the South Pacific, and caravans...one more-Chesapeake.

the only thing i have problems with his writnig is that the first few chapters can be min numbing boring if you  don't like

his style.

peace,

tish

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 2:48 AM ET
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Just finished Alaska last week and, while I enjoyed it, I was left with the feeling that it was badly edited, as if a chunk of it were missing.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 12:44 AM ET
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I haven't read his books in decades - but I really liked Hawaii, Centennial and Chesapeake.  There was a really good one set in the middle East, but i can't remember the title.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 2:11 AM ET
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It's been a long time since I've read any of his books, but I've thoroughly enjoyed the ones I did read, as much for the history as well as the story.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 10:53 AM ET
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Another author that I read long ago. How I wish now I'd kept a master list of books I've read.

The last time I got one of his books it was a non-fiction one and I couldn't read it.

I think I'll have to go back and check summaries of all his books to find one I haven't read yet and put it down for my bonus 1000-page-plus read for the 2009 Historical Challenge.

Everyone here seems to love Centennial and it doesn't sound familiar.

I remember the titles of Chesapeake, Alaska, Hawaii, but think I've read more.

SIGH... if you are in your 20s and reading this MAKE A  LIST

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 5:55 PM ET
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I've read Hawaii, Alaska, and Poland. I loved Hawaii and Poland, Alaska was good (but I agree with another poster that it could have been better). I have Centenniel on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 8:55 PM ET
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I started this thread and have just finished Alaska,  i have to agree with a few others.   It was a good book, but not his best.  I am going to try The Covenant next..  I learned about  Michener when I saw the min-series Centennial.  After the movie, I brought the book.  If you haven't seen the mini-series I would recomend it. (If you can find it)

Happy Reading,

Wandarose

 

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:08 AM ET
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Michener was one of my favorite all-time authors.  My favorite book was Hawaii.  I loved, loved that book.  I have read it about 5 times, about every five years or so.    I read The Source, Centennial, Chesapeakeand The Covenant.  I tried to read Texas and Mexico and I couldn't get through them.  I read Alaska so long ago that I can't comment but obviously it didn't stick like Hawaii.   Poland I could not read either.  I should read the ones that I didn't like again and hopefully I can get through them.

I agree with Linda S.  Edward Rutherford's books are wonderful.  I have The Forest on my TBR to read.   He usually writes about countries, Russia, London, etc.  Good reads, also.



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Date Posted: 4/17/2009 9:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/18/2009 12:46 AM ET
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My husband and I are big readers and we read (and listen to) many types of books.  We have been James Michener fans since the 70's when I read the Drifters.  It is good that people are still interested in him. We feel the same way as Bonnie about Centennial.    After taking about Centennial, Terry (husband) wants to read it again.  He asked me if I could only read one author for the rest of my life, who would it be and without a pause, I said James Michener and he agreed that it was the same with him.   However I am glad I don't have to make that choice.

Susan

 

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 2:27 AM ET
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I also liked "The Source" and "Hawaii".  I even wanted to name our daughter after characters in the two books, but my DW wouldn't go for it.     Doesn't Kerith Nolani sound better than Erika Dale? 

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 6:58 AM ET
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Thank you - the Source is the one I couldn't remember!

For me, Centennial and Hawaii were very memorable.  I read them both when I was in high school (which was a long time ago!) and I still remember them.  I think people have described them as "coming alive" and I agree with that.  I felt that I was practically in the story.

I did kind of give up on Michener though because I tired of the formula.  I would still encourage people to try his better ones since they are amazing.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 3:43 PM ET
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My favorite was Hawaii.  I thought I would really enjoy Texas, being from Texas, but it was one of his hardest books for me to read.  I thought I would never get through it. 

Subject: Jms. Michener
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:06 PM ET
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If you have not experienced this author....you are truly missing out on one of the Great authors of all time.  My favorites are Hawaii, the Drifters.  Incredible history, incredible characters, and fabulous reads.