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Best Novel About Air Travel

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:00 am

Please write down any good novel that had to do with air travels, airlines, airport etc... I am interested in reading a fiction novel or non-fiction just so long as it has a story and it's not just a book telling me about the marvels and specifics of an airport or airplane... I went to Barnes & Noble over the weekend trying to find a good novel to read about travels, but it is hard to find because in the travel section it is mostly books on destinations.

Here are a few that I can think of..

1) "Mayday" by Nelson DeMille
2) "Airframe" by Michael Crichton
3) "The Langoliers" by Stephen King

Please add to this list!

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RE: Best Novel About Air Travel

Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:04 am

"Pandora's Clock" by John J. Nance. Reading his books is almost better than flying.  Big grin

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RE: Best Novel About Air Travel

Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:15 am

Wind Sand & Stars by Antoine St Exupery is one of the best pieces of literature I've ever read and it's about airplanes. He wrote several books about flying and is regarded as one of the great writers. He was also a pioneering aviator with Aeropostale (now Air France).
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RE: Best Novel About Air Travel

Wed Jul 28, 2004 6:45 am

Steven King often adds unnecessary detail to his scenes that make them implausible. For example in "Pet Sematary" he went out of his way early in the book to mention that these people had a king size bed, then later mentioned their twin beds. Who cares, but at least get it right.

So in "The Langoliers" which was actually a good story he started with an absurd premise. This pilot gets in from a trans-Pacific flight and he is exhausted. He is non-revving to Bangor Maine and his plane encounters a time-storm while he is asleep. It happens over the Mojave desert.

What does he do when he wakes up? Does he land on the world's longest runway which is directly beneath him? (EDW) No. He flies an unfamiliar plane three thousand miles to BGR into deepening exhaustion and deteriorating weather for the sole reason that the runway is slightly longer than LAX. Yeah, forget LAS, PHX, DEN etc. etc. Let's press on to the east coast and arrive after dark.

I find it very hard to suspend my disbelief after a setup like that.
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RE: Best Novel About Air Travel

Wed Jul 28, 2004 5:13 pm

For me the best novel about air travel has to be Arthur Hailey's Airport. It was a shame that the movie version was disappointing and the sequels almost too embarrassing to watch!
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RE: Best Novel About Air Travel

Thu Jul 29, 2004 3:44 am

For me the best novel about air travel has to be Arthur Hailey's Airport.

I agree with that.. IMO Airport is by far the best..

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