What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Commodore Commodore

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    Presently: Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
    Next: The Empty Throne, Bernard Cornwell

    Just arrived in the mail: The Cult of the Presidency, A Renegade History of the United States.
     
  2. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I am now listening to Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla by Marc J. Seifer, narrated by Simon Prebble.
     
  3. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Finished Reading The Explorer by James Smythe.

    Review crossposted from my Goodreads account:
    Wow, I actually quite liked this. The start was rather bleak and slow to get going. It's not until the first part of the book is over that it really starts to get going, when the interactions take place. The description made it feel like maybe this would be a survival tale along the lines of Andy Weir's The Martian, but it took a decidedly different turn. It's not so much about survival, but the story of a man caught in a time loop. Best way to describe it would be Groundhog Day meets Interstellar. Fun story, but I'm glad it ended when it did as any longer would have been too long.
     
  4. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
     
  5. Enterprise is Great

    Enterprise is Great Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    just about to start Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido one of my favorite Star Trek novelists so this should be good.
     
  6. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Thorn Fall by Lindsay Buroker
     
  7. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Digging for Richard III by Mike Pitts
     
  8. Wereghost

    Wereghost Part-time poltergeist Rear Admiral

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    The Importance Of Being Earnest, a choice inspired by Stephen Fry's recent references to his interest in the play in particular and Oscar Wilde in general. Very energetic, lighthearted, and quotable farce. Laugh-out-loud funny.

    Before that, Lexicon by Max Barry. Requires considerable suspension of disbelief - its premise is that people's brains can be compromised by the urptterance of carefully-constructed words - but comes across as a smart Dan Brownesque novel.

    Before Lexicon, Ursula LeGuin's bona fide classic The Left Hand Of Darkness. Ostensibly Space Opera, this is also a masterful dissection of sexual politics and it incorporates a fine survival trek story to boot.

    Between Lexicon and Earnest, a short story or two and another chapter of Finnegans Wake. Jesus.

    Recently got Neil Gaiman's Stardust (novel version) free on Kindle as part of a promotion. Planning to read that soon; it's short and the movie does have its charms.
     
  9. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Commodore Commodore

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    Momentarily distracted by The Empty Throne, the latest in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Stories, I am now returning to Winter World, on how various animals survive winter.
     
  10. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

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    Life magazines from the early 60's.
     
  11. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I am continuing listening to the Tesla biography but I am also read Hugh Howie Must Die! by Michael Bunker as an ebook. I don't usually read zombie stories but in this novella the zombies only crave the brains of writers, but only GOOD writers. Many well-known writers appear in this book - some are killed and zombified but many find that the zombies don't want to eat them at all. Very funny.
     
  12. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    I put the Astounding anthology on hold for a while-- it's just too consistently lame-- and switched over to the Draco's Tavern anthology by Niven. That's more like it.
     
  13. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Currently reading Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. It's based on a true story, about Aboriginals in Canada who fought in WW1 as snipers. Still early in it, but it's quite good and feels very well researched, with lots of gritty details.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/823411.Three_Day_Road
     
  14. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

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    The Stories Behind Every U2 Song by Niall Stokes. Got it for Christmas.
     
  15. rhubarbodendron

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    Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer. A both thrilling and funny Regency romance.

    In order to scare off a rake who wants to elope with her sister, the heroine lets herself get abducted by the rake (she disguises herself and he mistakes her for the sister). The rake who is actually more of a gentleman than we thought feels obliged to marry her in order to rescue her reputation. However, the heroine refuses as she's unaware that the rake has genuinely fallen in love with her (as she has for him).
    That leads to a pretty crazy and rather funny series of misunderstandings, flights, persuits and even duels. The interference of well meaning friends and family members confuses the matter even more.
    However, after she shot him and he stabbed her (both accidentially, though) there's a happy end.

    LOL sounds confusing? It is indeed but it's so well written and the dialogues are so hilarious that the book makes a very good read for rainy weekends.
     
  16. mimic

    mimic Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    "The Shining" by Stephen King.

    I just got to where they arrive at the Overlook. I have a good feeling about their stay - Jack will finish his book and overcome his anger issues, he and his wife will rekindle their marriage, and the kid will learn how to read. (I need to read something uplifting after A House In the Sky)
     
  17. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    The Sleuth Sisters by Maggie Pill. A cozy mystery set in Michigan.
     
  18. The Master of Tarquin Hill

    The Master of Tarquin Hill Commodore Commodore

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    Earth by David Brin.
     
  19. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    oh, that sounds very interesting.
     
  20. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

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    Yes... that's how I remember it... :shifty:

    Currently reread9ing Adventures In The Screen Trade buy William Goldman to get back into this writing thingy.