Originally posted by Anjin
My favorite books are; Shogun (by far my all time favorite)
You mentioned that your "all time favorite" book was James Clavell's Shogun. Shogun is, incidentally, one of my own "all time favorites" as well. I just wonder whether you have gone on to read some of Clavell's other books?
Shogun is actually the first book in what can easily be considered a series.
Try reading Tai Pan followed by Gai-Jin. Although the books were not necessarily written to be a series, I have found them to be most satisfying and complimentary when read in this fashion.
King Rat is a "stand alone" novel set in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. An excellent read which reflect some of Clavell's own experiences and perceptions as he, hemself, was a POW in the hands of the Japanese.
After reading King Rat, you might actually consider renting the film of the same name. Starring George Segal, "King Rat", the film, is a surprisingly good adaptation of the novel.
You might follow up this reading list with Clavell's novel of Iran, Whirlwind -- during the time of fundamentalist revolution and the overthrow of the Shah. Again, Clavell brings his own experiential insight into this particularly relevant event as Clavell spent a considerable time living in Iran. Again, a good read.
I have deliberately excluded Clavell's , Noble House from this list. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's a good book but, for some reason, it never really "grabbed" me. Maybe it's time that I gave it another chance? Regardless, I still recommend this book as I wholeheartedly recommend all of this great writer's works.
Here's some bio material on James Clavell.
He has an amazing career as a screenwriter as well as being a novelist. Does the movie "The Fly" ring a bell?
Anyway, in my opinion, James Clavell is certainly a good choice for some reading material. One could certainly do worse.