A Song of Ice and Fire book 2: A Clash of Kings.
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A Thief of Time - Tony Hillerman
Reading in preparation for the AW Western March Prompt and the off-site Hillerman contest it is preparing for. Good stuff so far.
The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. ~ Oliver Herford
The Red Snow - Kenneth Robeson
Spark of Life
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Thunder Bay - Phoenix Rising
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The Year's Best Non-Required Reading, edited by Dave Eggers
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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
yes, I am behind the curve
“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat. "We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Just finished The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant. I've got The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel on deck.
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Memoirs of the Second World War - Winston S. Churchill
Anyone else read There But For The by Ali Smith? I just started it and so far, so good. I'm interested to see how far the author can take the premise of a dinner guest who locks himself in a guest room and won't come out, even after many days go by. Apparently this idea can span 230+ pages.
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Fantastic read.
I do what I can to write what I hear in my head, but it's often hard to sort through the din.
Tupac Shakur,the greatest rapper of all time,is now in the National Recording Registry
NIGHT CALLS(Finally have a title! )YA Paranormal Romance/YA Novel Coming 2015.(FINALLY.)
Chocolate&Coffee are necessary for a happy life.
"You've got to stop with this rap crap,Kitty. Put on some blues,gal! Feel that pain,soul and a good old time. Get with some Howling Wolf,Denise LaSalle and Johnny Taylor. Not that Snoopy boy or whatever his name is."
Reading "Cutting for Stone" Abraham Verghese. Marvelous, so far.
My debut novel is "Teatime for the Firefly" published by Harlequin/Mira 2013
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in a Ship of her Own Making By Catherine Valente
-So far so good, I've heard complaints it over does the whimsy factor for some people, but I like it. I think Valente knows when to tone it down where as China Mieville didn't in his book
"I Wish I had Thought of Clive Barkers Abarat First"Un-Lun-Dun.
Also, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
-Read it years ago all the way through, breezed through it then, now? After that I tried re-reading a couple times but never could quite make it. Now I'm setting an easy but fast pace, I think it's the hype for Season Two of the television series, which helps.
After months and months of reading books that were simply ehhh ... I'm now reading This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson and LOVING it!
It's a novel about the voyages of The Beagle as told mainly from the perspective of the captain, Fitzroy, and Darwin.
The writing is terrific and it's researched to perfection. How tragic that Thompson died around the time the novel (his first) was published.
I just finished There but for the by Ali Smith. A hard book to describe, I can't do it justice by trying to explain it. Her writing is very good and I enjoyed the book.
Next up: An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor Von Rezzori via a recent translation to English. Meine Deutsch is nicht sehr gut.
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I can, without any doubt, assert that I am currently reading a novel no one else frequenting AW is:
The Wandering Jew, by Eugene Sue.
At the beginning of the year I posted another thread here, announcing my "classic" author to read for 2012, which was to be Walter Scott. But i got distracted, via my 23-year-old son relating something he'd heard about the legend of the wandering Jew, a being fated to live eternally and wander the world in search of redemption.
I have long collected books, and I happened to have a copy of this immense novel (~1500 pages) dating from about 1950. I bought it years ago in a used book shop, and it has a really nice handwritten birthday-present dedication from Maxine to Marie on the inside of the cover. I truly hope Marie read it, or maybe someone else did.
In any case, it is in very good condition, and I got interested enough to give it a go. And am enjoying it. It is melodramatic, in the way that many early 19th-century novels are, but the translation is good, and it is in readable prose. It was a huge best-seller when it appeared, back when, and was at least prominent enough to merit inclusion in the Modern Library Giant editions of the 1950s, which is the copy I have. I suspect that not only is nobody here reading it, or ever has read it, but that very few here have ever heard of it.
It is a bit DanBrownish, involving a complex evil Jesuit conspiracy to control the world, using Indian thuggee, among other malign influences. But, like the novel that intrigued me with Walter Scott (The Talisman), a pleasant surprise to read, so far. I'm about 200 pages in. I figure to finish about when the Philadelphia Phillies win the world series in October.
The story is not, by the way, in any manner anti-Semitic. Which statement seems to be necessary, given present-day sensitivities. It is, from what I've read so far, very much anti-Jesuit, however.
Just coming to the end of 'Carmilla' by J. Sheridan LeFanu. Wonderfully subversive and erotic. Great gothic novella which influenced Bram Stoker I believe.
Been mostly reading a lot of non-fiction lately including Peter Ackroyd's books on London (Underground) and his biography of Dickens. Also recently finished Paul Mason's (BBC Newsnight's economics editor) Why It's Kicking off Everywhere, which is a brief narrative & analysis of the social upheavals of the past four or five years (post credit crunch) with particular attention paid to the Arab Spring. Tis very good indeed.
Dark Remains - a YA historical mystery available now:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006H3C6ME (kindle & paperback)
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Helsinki White by James Thompson.
Angel's Dance by Nalini Singh,
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Oh, that Sir Felix!
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