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Holy cow! Can I tell you that my favorite book series also has to do with the Osage tribe! Kinda-sorta tangentially, but they do appear. And if you're not reading anything and you want to read something kinda crazy.
Stay More is the name of this mythical town that is located somewhere in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas. And you can get the first five books for a buck fifty on Amazon. The other two volumes of his, which will contain the next eight Stay More books as well as two other books of his.
They are one of my absolute favorite series and I can't recommend them highly enough. They are kinda 'out there' at points and the sex scenes are, well, graphic to say the least.
This happened to me about twenty years ago.
I was a voracious reader since I was in High School. I loved fantasy and sci-fi, but would read pretty much any fiction. I enjoyed a bunch of Historical fiction as well as mysteries and horror.
I read the classics when I was in college, I basically just filled up all my elective courses with different Lit classes.
Then I just fell out of it. I was up to about a book a week and I used to read before my AA meeting would start up. I had to arrive an hour or so before the meeting started because I was in charge of setting up the coffee pot, so I'd bring whatever pulp I was reading.
At this time a lot of the books I was getting was from a friend I knew in publishing and she worked for the printing company that was in charge of TOR, so she would bring me all there pulp sci-fi and fantasy. And I think I just burned out on it all.
I found myself just finding other things to do with my time because the books I'd try to read just didn't do it for me. I picked up some short story collections of some of the classic authors that I had loved in college, but those collections were bulky and expensive.
What got me back into the habit of reading was when I got a Kindle. It just changed it all for me. Suddenly I could get all those classics that I loved and they were all free as they were in the public domain and I could get them from either Amazon or Project Gutenberg, also I found that it was easy to discover all these new authors on amazon and since they'd have great sales I didn't mind taking a risk on a book when it was only a buck, and if I didn't like it, it's not like it's taking up shelf space until I can be bothered to donate it somewhere or find someone else who would want to read it.
I also found a genre that I was never exposed to before that i fell in love with, modernism and postmodernism. Specifically, Donald Harington, and I love him because he inspired me to read Vladimir Nabokov who has become one of my absolute favorite authors.
I think what you need to do is find a book that grips you and you'll be back in the habit. If you like fantasy, I'd say check out Robin Hobb and her The Farseer Trilogy, just an awesome series. I just finished the ninth book in the series and I'm looking forward to the next series that follows, but currently I'm halfway through <em>Women in Love</em> and it's just amazing. The Rainbow, the book that precedes this one, is actually the first book I read on my Kindle and I loved that novel as well. It is one of those books that you seem to either love or hate, so not one that I'd recommend.
My favorite high-fantasy series is by Robin Hobb. The series starts with <em>The Farseer Trilogy</em>. If you like Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy these as George Martin based a bunch of his stuff on hers. I really enjoy her characters and world building.
If you're looking for something different than fantasy, <em>The Alexandria Quartet</em> is one of my favorite series of all times. The first three books tell the same events, but from three different perspectives and the fourth novel is a true sequel that brings the story forward in time to explain what the fall out of the end of the other books.
I'm going to bet dollars to donuts you've not heard of Donald Harington and his Stay More series, I just finished his ninth book in the series and each one has been completely different. The forward of his first volume is written by Peter Straub and he talks about what a shame it is that he is such an amazing writer and yet almost completely unknown.
And if you're looking for something long, well, Volume I of Donald Harington is five books and clocks in at 1966 pages and costs $1.86, so for the price, it can't be beat. The first book wasn't that long, but the second book was pretty long, not that I"m complaining, they were all the perfect length...and I'm not going to mention anything about endings or whatnots...but let me just say that each book was totally different than the one before. Not only that, some of them were different than anything I've ever read. And I mean anything.
What's funny is that I first read The Farseer Trilogy way back when I was in college and I absolutely loved it. One of my all time favorite characters, from any genre, has always been The Fool. It wasn't until I was browsing Amazon that I was like, "I wonder if Robin Hobb ever wrote anything else?" And that's when I saw that there was a series called, "Fitz and The Fool" and was flabbergasted that she revisited those characters after that first trilogy. Then with a tiny bit more digging I found that not only was there a trilogy that revisits them, but a bunch of other books in-between that flesh out the world more fully.
So after I reread The Farseer Trilogy it was just off to the races. I was shocked at how well they stood up. A lot of the high fantasy, sci-fi that I read back in High School/College didn't hold up that well, (lookin' at you Piers Anthony & R.A. Salvatore) but Hobb was just so good.
Okay, for recommendations:
<em>Stay More</em> By Donald Harington. Okay, here is the story about these books: My wife picked up <em>The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks</em> because it was on sale and she thought that the name sounded interesting. So a few nights later we're in bed and she's reading and she pokes me and goes, "You got to hear this," and she reads to me a passage from the novel, it's about how this town, Stay More, gets to be called 'Stay More.' And she's reading it and she's chuckling, and I'm laughing and I just stop her and say, "I'm going to download it onto my kindle tomorrow because I got to read this."
So I do. And, here is the only Stay More book that I'll tell you about, unless you want me to explain some of the others and then I'll try to explain some of them giving away as little as possible, but anyway, in this book each chapter is about a different house in the town. So the first chapter is about the Native American couple that live on the land. Fenshaw and his 'squaw' and how they live and how Jacob and his brother Noah Ingledew come to build a cabin there.
So the second chapter chronicles the Ingledew brother's cabin. And that chapter ends with the arrival of another homesteading family to the town. And so it goes, each chapter bringing either a new family or house to the village. Each chapter moves time forward and you get the entire history of this town until it's eventual demise as it becomes a ghost town.
So I'm in love with this book and these characters and I'm so sad that it's all over now. But then! I find out that not only did he write a bunch of other books, but this is actually book three of a much larger series. B-b-b-but he just told me the entire history of the town? How the heck can there be another 12 books?
So then I found out that they were going to be releasing all of the 'Stay More' books in three volumes. I was sold. I didn't care I was waiting on tenterhooks until they came out, then when they came out I couldn't believe how cheap they were. You can pick up the first volume for about a dollar fifty. It's five books and comes in a little under 2000 pages. The books all vary in length, I mean, does it really matter? But anyway, I just finished the ninth book in the series (totally a coincidence, trust me, I actually would have finished the entire series when I first got it but, well, two reasons keep me from just blowing through them like that. first because I like to break up my authors with other authors and the second is, well, spoilers but, I'll just say that seven of his books have made me cry.
Um, also, the books are kinda-sorta erotic at points. I recommended these books to my pop before I got to some of the more descriptive parts, but was like, well, he's an old man who's been around the block, he'll be able to deal with it. But then after reading some of the scenes from the first two books I vowed to just not talk to him about these books unless he brought them up.
If you're looking for specific genres though, just let me know and I'll tell you what I like.
When Angels Rest is by Donald Harington. I had never heard about him and one day my wife saw this book on sale on Kindle, <em>The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks</em>. The title intrigued her so she picked it up. That night as she's reading in bed she starts laughing and she's like, "You got to hear this..." and she starts reading to me part of the book about how the town got its name 'Staymore.' And after that I told her I'd be reading it so we could talk about it.
What I didn't know was that it was the third book in a series. And this book is written so each chapter is about a different house in the town, starting with Fenshaws tee-pee all the way up to the last domicile that is built in the town as the town is pretty much a ghost town at the end. So I wasn't sure what the other books would be like.
Funnily enough a few weeks later as I was debating picking up the first 'Stay More' book I found out that they were going to be putting all his books into three volumes. So I waited to buy anymore, then they came out with The Nearly Comple Works of Donald Harington, Vol. I and this collection is the first five Stay More books. I don't know if you want to know anything more, I mean, one of my favorite things is starting one of his books and having NO IDEA where it's going to go or what it's going to be about.
And yes! David Brin did write The Uplift War. <em>Sundiver</em> is the first book of the series and I would love to talk to you about it but I'm afraid anything I say could be a potential spoiler I will only talk to you about it after you finish. It was an AWESOME sci-fi series, I know that they have another three books in the uplift saga, I'm just waiting for a bit before I jump into them.