Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
I am not surprised.
WOW! The Harvest trilogy, by Michael Hicks, is the best trilogy I have read in a very long time! It is cover to cover action and thrills...and science fiction, too. It's about a world food shotage; I won't say any more, but GET these books! I got them for my kindle because the first one was free...I'm so glad I did.
That's the "Nazi Germany won, and then collapsed like Soviet Russia" novel, right? Turtledove does love his historic parallels.
I've just started The White War, on the Italo-Austrian front of World War I. It's part of my year-long reading quest to understand parts of the war I've long ignored (which is everything beyond the western trenches, airplanes, and submarines).
The Last Dogs: Dark Waters by Christopher Holt. It's #2 in a 4-book series, The Last Dogs.
I am listening to The Absolutely True diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, narrated by Sherman Alexie.
My current dead-tree book is Amarcord by Zoran Zivkovic. It is a collection of short stories with the common theme of memory. Previous short story collections by Zivkovic I have read had different themes (mist, books, music, time) ,
No, that's something different - but I think I want to read that! (Charlie is published by Ace.)
That pretty well sums it up - and while I couldn't put my finger on it earlier, the parallel to the Soviet Union's collapse may be exactly what made it so predictable for me.
They're way down the reading list, of course, but I picked up a couple more books yesterday (like I needed any more, but as I said to the clerk who was helping me look up publication dates, "I was in the mall for other reasons, but this bookstore is here, so I'm here"): The Fractal Prince by Hannu Ranajmiemi - I read his debut novel, The Quantum Thief, last year - and Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer. I'd never heard of the book, or him, before, but when I read the back cover blurb:
I thought, I have to read this.
^^ Yeah, I can't stop buying books, either. I was at B&N, looking for something for my Mother, when The Doctor and the Dinosaurs caught my eye. It looks great in and of itself, but I mainly got it because I'm afraid it may be too similar to something I'm writing.
Started the 10th Anniversary edition of American Gods today...
The Wounded and the Slain by David Goodis
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This'll be book #36 for 2014, which has to be some sort of record for me.
I had my kindle down to only 6 unread books before going on another book-buying spree. It's up to 3 pages again. I think I'm also annoying my emergency!roomate by responding to everything he says with 'I just read a book about ___' and then telling him all about it.
They're like tribbles! They multiply! I do it so often too! Worse yet is when I see Bargain priced hardcovers. They just keep piling up.
I don't know which breeds more - my books or my doll collection.
Yeah, the bargain shelves at B&N are like an opium den for me.
I read The One - Selection series by Kiera Cass yesterday. Now I need to finish up The Last Dogs, The Long Road.
Right now I'm reading both the castle by Kafka and Ulysses by James Joyce
Having just finished The White War, concerning the Italian front of WW1, I'm debating my next read. That book was excellent if mildly depressing (seriously. twelve battles for the same river?), so I want something uplifting. I'm considering my favorite author, Isaac Asimov's, book on The Universe. Last published in 1980, my fear is that it is badly dated by this point. History doesn't change much, but science marches on at the quick-step.
Just finished Star Trek Titan: Taking Wing.
And in the car, I'm on the last cd of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Last week, I read Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance, then started on JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency. I finished that one last night, which apparently is the first book to focus on JFK's senatorial career.
I'll start reading Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State sometime in the next few days.
I've finished The Martian - would love a sequel/companion book about a real colonization attempt, or maybe I'll just write fanfic - I enjoyed it so much I miss the characters now that I'm done with it.
Having mastered feeding the kid with one hand while reading on my phone with the other, I'm now into the second book of Wool (had read the first previously, but re-read it quickly the last two days to refresh my memory). The yarncrafter in me loves that each book title has something to do with yarn. And generally I love a good dystopia, so I'm looking forward to making my way through the whole thing.
Next in the queue is Season of the Harvest, and then I may go back through this thread and see what else has been recommended that I want to read.
The Wool series is one of the best I've read.
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