What are you reading?

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  1. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff.
     
  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Hah. Sounds great. I'll see if Gutenberg has it.
     
  3. rhubarbodendron

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    I only skimmed the html file but I think this is pretty much the original text. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/521

    I have the paperback version. Penguin, I believe.
     
  4. Owain Taggart

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    Sounds like me when I downloaded Moby Dick on there... I haven't touched it yet. :lol:

    There was another one I tried to read a few years ago, The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy by Lawrence Stern (Which they made a movie of years ago). I found it very difficult to get into because the story's told in first-person, and the language used in the descriptions made it hard to understand, as it was antiquated enough to have lots of words no longer used. There's something about it being in first-person that makes it that much harder to read.
     
  5. RJDiogenes

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    Moby Dick is a mind bender. I just skimmed Robinson Crusoe and there are definitely some long and convoluted sentences in there. :rommie:
     
  6. varek

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    I've just discovered authors Preston and Child, with their Pendergast series and Gideon Crew series. Those books are awesome!
     
  7. Miss Chicken

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    I read my first Pendergast book late last year and now have read all 13 of them as well as two other Preston/Child books - Thunderhead (in which William Smithback and Nora Kelly first meet) and The Ice Limit (which features Eli Glinn who later appears in on of the Pendergast books). I am not sure which Preston/Child I will read next, I might even try one of their solo books.

    I am eagerly waiting for the new Pendergast novel that will be available later this year.
     
  8. Smellincoffee

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    The Burden of Southern History, C. Van Woodward
     
  9. Ashu

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    Im almost done the castle by Kafka and can't figure out what to read next. Im thinking either the hunger artist by Kafka, Dostoevsky or the curious incident of the dog at night time by Haddon.

    Good lord im indecisive
     
  10. mari

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    My husband got me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, and insisted I use it to get books (instead of diapers or something practical). I'd actually asked for a new mattress, but he refuses to consider that a present because we'll both use it. So I knocked two more off my wish list - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (Chris Hadfield, woo...) and Only Superhuman (Christopher L. Bennet). Not sure if that's going to shift the queue, but I have time to decide. I'm now 62% (thanks, Kindle!) through the Wool series. I read a few pages at a time while feeding the baby, so it makes the book last longer. :)
     
  11. PsychoPere

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    I finished Greenwald's book on Snowden a couple days ago, and am now reading Deval Patrick's memoir A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life.

    According to my Kindle, I'm already 86% of the way through it, so I'll be looking for a new book again soon...
     
  12. Miss Chicken

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    As it is still painful for me to hold a book (I have a frozen shoulder) I am listening to the Audible version of Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud. It has an introduction by Richard Dawkins talking about the real science in the novel.
     
  13. Velocity

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    Skin Game by Jim Butcher
     
  14. Misfit Toy

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    Same here. :)
     
  15. RJDiogenes

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    Ouch. Sorry to hear that. Are you getting treatment for it, or is it something you just have to wait to go away?
     
  16. Miss Chicken

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    I had a cortisone injection but it only gave me 2 weeks of relief and the shoulder was extra painful for the first couple of days after I had the injection.

    Now I am on tramadol and panamax and it takes the edge off the pain and least I sleeping better at night. I would say that the pain has reduced from being a 9/10 at times (when I bumped my shoulder etc) to a 6. The tramadol has really help relieve the pain from my spinal arthritis which is an added bonus. The downside is tramadol makes me a little fatigued.

    I have been in pain for about 7 months so i hope that the painful freezing stage will end soon. It could take me up to two years or more to recover completely.
     
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  17. Kirby

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    ^^ That sounds horrible Miss Chicken. I hope your recovery is much faster than two years!

    Right now I'm reading Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the 86 Mets by Mookie Wilson.
    I still remember sitting in my dorm room alone watching game 6 when Mookie got that hit. I was actually rooting for the Red Sox in the series, but switched to the Mets after that game. My wife gave me a signed Mookie/Buckner ball several years ago, and it's one of my favorite pieces of baseball memorabelia.
     
  18. Ashu

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    I think I'm going to move on to the hunger artist by Kafka this week.
     
  19. RJDiogenes

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    Damn, that's awful. I hope it's not as bad as that. Would it be possible that massage therapy could help it along? Not only is the pain terrible, but it must be frustrating to not be able to read a book. How about if you get a Nook or a Kindle? Then you could just prop it up.

    As for books, Fate of Worlds was a disappointment. It was billed as the "explosive finale" to both the Ringworld and Fleet of Worlds series. Well, Ringworld wasn't even in it, and no clue was given as to its fate. The "explosive finale" did devastate the Puppeteer worlds and leave them in a pretty awful condition, more like a Summer popcorn movie than a real Science Fiction novel, and was more like a cliffhanger than a finale. There was also an interesting sub-plot about an increasingly aware AI that was left unresolved. A good read up until the end, but ultimately very disappointing.
     
  20. Miss Chicken

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    I had massage when I had the same condition in my left shoulder in 2005/6. i think it caused more pain though that might be the lack of skill of the massager to deal with the condition.

    This time I have been given gentle exercise by my exercise therapist and I don't think my loss of range of motion has been as great though that might also be due to me using the shoulder more because I am right-handed.

    I am using my iPad rather than laptop at the moment because typing on ht laptop is more painful than using an iPas. i could read books on the iPad or on my Kindle but because of tiredness I refer audiobooks at the movement.

    Back on topic - I have finished the Black Cloud and will start a new audiobook in the morning. maybe someone can help me decide

    1) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    2) T he Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
    3) The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle