Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Snowlilly, Aug 21, 2012.
Dead Wake: The Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
I read Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky...he must be Russian...every novel I've tried to read, by a Russian author seems to be very heavy. Yes, I finished it, but it was like wading through molasses...hard to read, very heavy...maybe it's just me.
After that, I read Teacher, by Katerina Diamond...this was a grizzly by really fast moving crime thriller; not hard to read at all, and a real page-turner...I do recommend it, but it IS rather bloody.
He's actually British. Funnily enough I'm currently reading Children of Time (about 50 pages to go) and I've loved it, best thing I've read in ages, but the world would be dull if we all liked the same things
I got a bit sidetracked in my reading of Samuel R. Delany's The Mad Man: Or, The Mysteries of Manhattan, I simpy needed something easier on the mind, and found that I had something lying about in my Kindle:
Just finished the third Star Trek-novel I've ever read: Christopher L. Bennet's Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock.
I really liked how we get to meet the two DTI agents (Lucsly and Dulmur from Trials and Tribble-ations) and get to hear the inside story of their tribulations with most (if not all) the transgressions of the canonical Trek characters over the years (from Dulmurs 'I would have done the same' about Kirk to an explanation of why Janeway wasn't court-martialled). Still felt a bit like a fan-wank though, but I guess that's how it is supposed to be...
My sister infected me with her addiction to the Flavia de Luce series, featuring an 11 year old British girl with a faible for chemistry who gets involved in a number of murders and turns out to be a rather talented sleuth.
Atm I am reading vol #3: A Red Herring Without Mustard
I love the Flavia De Luce series, I have read all the 8 books.
I have just finished listening to Sphere by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick. I didn't like any of the characters.
I finished Rage the other night, finished 2012 last night, and am reading The Long Walk, the second story in The Bachman Books by Richard Bachman.
I picked it to read because you mentioned it...I DID like it, but it felt likeit took me ages to finish it. I am surprised I finished it first...
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
My entry as A book published this year, in this little challenge we do in this thread, is going to be Gay Taleses The Voyeur's Motel.
Now, I don't know exactly from where, possibly one of those innumerable irrelevant links adorning the actual articles on the BBC site, but yesterday I happened upon this article in The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/11/gay-talese-the-voyeurs-motel.
The opening paragraph:
Halfway through the excerpt I knew I had to read the rest. I found that the book had not been released yet, but bought it anyway as it was about to be. Today.
If you've ever watched The X-Files you might find a similarity between Gay Talese and Jose Chung. Granted, Talese is a snappier dresser, but the writing style is the same and they even both mention something to the effect of 'not writing fiction'...
Anyway, I've read it and it is hilarious (but contains a few non-"PG13" descriptions of what people might do when believing themselves unobserved in a motel room).
Still on Speak by Lousia Hall and intitially I wasn't so sure about it as each chapter is a different voice, in a different style, and it took me awhile to really get into it as a result. But once I did, it really started to grab hold in such a way I haven't seen in quite awhile. It's quite a touching and poignant novel about AI and people involved in its creation, and one of those is the historical character of Alan Turing. Had to share these quotes from his character:
I have finished it now Moved onto Trigger Mortis the new Bond novel.
In Order to Live; A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
Just finished GONE by T.J. Brearton...very good psychological thriller...I've started Last to Die, by Arlene Hunt, I'm only a few chapters in, but it seems good.
I read Autopsy Room Four by Stephen King last night and finished From a Buick 8.
Dr. Who - The Legends of River Song
I don't think I mentioned that I read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. It was light, but very good. It evolved from the “curiosity shop” genre to the “secret society” genre to something resembling William Gibson on Prozac. The protagonist is an amiable everyman who gets involved in every situation basically as a result of his good nature. His girlfriend is very much a Gibsonian cowboy and Google, which is where she works, is very much like the cyberspace of the Sprawl novels. But instead of existing in a used-up world of decay, it takes place in a bright and shiny technological Renaissance, like the original Star Trek. It was really very nice. And it was full of great characters, none of whom were evil. The one “bad guy” wasn’t really that bad at all. He just had a philosophical disagreement with the others.
Now I'm beta-reading another novel by a friend, a Hard SF Space Opera. So far, it's putting me in mind of books like Cities In Flight, Ringworld, and Psychohistorical Crisis.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
^I luv his stories with those three witches...
I'm rereading Star Wars - Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight.
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