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Old August 21 2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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What are you reading?

Hmmm haven't seen any similar threads.

So, I am always looking to find a new author/book to read. Some of my favorite authors are Douglas Preston, James Rollins, John Connolly, F. Paul Wilson, Dan Simmons, John Lutz to name a few.

I used to really like fantasy novels but have really not read any in a long time.

So, what are you reading? And any fantasy/sci fi author recommendations?

*forgot to add game of thrones...of course.

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Old August 21 2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Old August 21 2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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Re: What are you reading?

Just finished a collection of Franz Kafka's stories, before that it was Hemingway.

At the moment I'm about a third of the way through Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick. The first book - The Last Train to Memphis was incredible and this one has followed suit. It's really in depth and really strips away all the myth and legend surround Elvis to get to the core. It's fascinating to read.
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Old August 21 2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Re: What are you reading?

The main "what are you reading now" thread is in the Treklit section, but everybody pretty much posts anything they're reading , not just Trek...
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Old August 21 2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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The main "what are you reading now" thread is in the Treklit section, but everybody pretty much posts anything they're reading , not just Trek...
oh ok, I will go look for it, thanks
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Old August 21 2012, 03:51 PM   #6
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Could we not have a book discussion here as well, for those misc posters who don't venture out often?
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Old August 21 2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg.

A favorite of mine.
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Old August 21 2012, 03:54 PM   #8
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^I haven't read that since I was a teen, but it was definitely a favorite back then!
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Old August 21 2012, 05:15 PM   #9
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H.P. Lovecraft (a new discovery...just At The Mountains of Madness to go...)

Plan For Chaos by John Wyndham. Weird. Gumshoe noir-meets-Boys From Brazil-meets-Nazi UFOs.
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Could we not have a book discussion here as well, for those misc posters who don't venture out often?
Hey, thanks for the thought.

And I'm currently reading The Dark Knight Rises novelization, and Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins.
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Old August 21 2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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^I honestly can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not.
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Old August 21 2012, 09:11 PM   #12
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Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halstead, by Gerald Imber, M.D. Fascinating bio of the father of modern surgery.

(Too bad the author wastes his own surgical training and expertise on cosmetic surgery. Oops, better get off my soapbox...)
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^I haven't read that since I was a teen, but it was definitely a favorite back then!
Well, I saw the movie first, and then read the book, and as much as I love the movie (and I do), the book is just wonderful, and so very worth reading. I have now read it a dozen times or so, and it gets to me every time.
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Old August 21 2012, 09:26 PM   #14
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Just finished the first volume of A Storm Of Swords by George RR Martin (which I'd been reading pretty much all month) and plan to start the second in early September or so. Interim reading will involve continuing with Christopher Hitchens' essay collection Arguably and reading a chapter of Stephen Pinker's new book The Better Angels Of Our Nature, which is about the decline of violence in society. This pattern will probably continue for a while, as Arguably has a total of over 140 essays (each showcasing Hitchens' compendious vocabulary) and The Better Angels... is an impressively long book. Thank goodness for e-readers!
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^I haven't read that since I was a teen, but it was definitely a favorite back then!
Well, I saw the movie first, and then read the book, and as much as I love the movie (and I do), the book is just wonderful, and so very worth reading. I have now read it a dozen times or so, and it gets to me every time.
It is a great one, and you're right, the movie is wonderful too, even though they did a very poor job of revealing the lesbian undertones of the book!

As for me, the majority of my reading lately has been science blogs and neuroscience and psychology journals and magazines (because I intend to go to grad school within the next 3 years and have to stay up to date), and tons of really, embarrassingly bad slash fanfiction. The last actual book I read was The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, and that was months ago. I'm aching for a good meaty novel though, preferably escapist and fantastical, with a sexy leading man.
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