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  1. john
    March 15, 2018 @ 9:18 am

    I agree with the basic premise, that reading fiction provides solid insight into people and situations that histories and biographies miss. The fact that many are entertaining reads makes lessons learned from them all the better. I smiled at your recommendations, as I first read Once an Eagle and Gates of Fire due to an Army reading list – both are still on my shelves at home. Ender’s Game I found on my brother’s bookshelf (its sequels, particularly Ender’s Shadow and Shadows of the Hegemon are worthwhile, too), and the Things They Carried came from an English class. All of these books provided one (or more) pieces to the puzzle that is me. If you need more fiction recommendations, Team Yankee by Coyle, Falkenberg’s Legion by Pournelle, and Armor by Steakley are solid, and the Ardennes Tapes by Bentley is a … different piece of historical fiction. Louis L’amour and his historical fictions are packed out with bits of ‘guerrilla education’ in regards to people and just stuff in general, particularly Bendigo Shafter and the Sackett books. I’m partial to Haldeman’s Forever War and Heinlein’s Starship Troopers and Tunnel in the Sky, as well.

    tl;dr – there is lots of worthwhile fiction out there. Find it and read it.


    • jbowen100
      March 15, 2018 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks for sharing, John, and adding to the list of recommendations! I appreciate it.


  2. Rostislav Mokrenko
    March 18, 2018 @ 10:02 am

    I can recommend Glen Cook.
    Surprisingly deep author of fiction.
    If you love Ender’s Games, you will like Passage at Arms.
    This novel is written under the author’s impression of the novel and the movie “The Boat”.
    In addition to “The Boat” I recommend “Sharks and Little Fish”.


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  4. Tom
    May 20, 2021 @ 10:10 am

    I would argue that even if you venture outside the historical/science fiction realms, reading fiction can be worthwhile. Sometimes it isn’t about the lessons learned. It can be a short, light-hearted break from what can be heavy works. Essentially a little lube for your brain.


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