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jennifer75
08-24-2007, 10:04 PM
I can't believe I can't find this thread, is there really no "what are you reading" thread???

I just picked up Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I'm 10 pages in and captivated.

davids
08-24-2007, 10:07 PM
Chesty Bum and her Dancing Girls

scarletpeaches
08-24-2007, 10:08 PM
Beyond Words (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Words-Language-Reveals-Live/dp/0340923768/ref=sr_1_2/026-7484781-7051625?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187978910&sr=1-2) - John Humphrys

ETA: Toothpaste, I'm still reading your book! I usually have 5 or so on the go at once and just listed the last one I started reading. Halfway through AatWT at the same time, though. :D

Little Red Barn
08-24-2007, 10:10 PM
Left To Tell -- by Immaculee` Ilibagiza, story about the Rwandan Holocaust

Siddow
08-24-2007, 10:11 PM
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.

CaroGirl
08-24-2007, 10:34 PM
I just finished I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes (which I enjoyed quite a lot and plan to lend out to my friends), and last night began reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I'm not sure what to make of The Road. Who says something is "in" the floor, when they mean "on" the floor? This thoroughly odd construction is pulling me out of the story and driving me crazy (among other things about the narrative).

Will Lavender
08-24-2007, 11:07 PM
I just finished I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes (which I enjoyed quite a lot and plan to lend out to my friends), and last night began reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I'm not sure what to make of The Road. Who says something is "in" the floor, when they mean "on" the floor? This thoroughly odd construction is pulling me out of the story and driving me crazy (among other things about the narrative).

I say "in the floor." Southern dialect.

I'm reading Joshua Ferris's hilarious Then We Came to the End.

Cygnea
08-24-2007, 11:46 PM
Just finished off Empress Orchid by Anchee Min, and am now working on The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George.

CaroGirl
08-25-2007, 12:01 AM
I say "in the floor." Southern dialect.
Well, thanks. You learn something new almost every day.

acharity
08-25-2007, 12:18 AM
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood.

Sadly, it's for a lecture, not pleasure ~_~ though it has been enjoyable.

Lately, the profs have been assigning great reads *thumbs up*

Harper K
08-25-2007, 12:39 AM
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Yeah, my reading does generally tend to lag 2 years behind the rest of the world.

I'm also jumping around to pertinent chapters in Self-Editing For Fiction Writers, which my boss ever so kindly gave to me.

maxmordon
08-25-2007, 12:39 AM
Papillon

Sean D. Schaffer
08-25-2007, 01:30 AM
Slan by A. E. van Vogt.

After that I'm hoping to look into either The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien or The Children of Hurin by the same.

carousel
08-27-2007, 06:56 AM
Jodi Piccoult's "Vanishing Acts" and Andy Griffith's "The Cat is Flat on the Mat" but that's being read aloud to my daughter.

benbradley
08-27-2007, 07:42 AM
I'm reading tonight's FF stories.

I just finished Patricia Wood's "Lottery." I give it five stars. I'd like to talk about the contents, but I don't know where I could - everyone go read it so I don't spoil it for anyone! I read through all her credits/acknowledgements at the end, the only name I recognized was Miss Snark.

MacAllister
08-27-2007, 08:40 AM
Ohh, Ben, I just ordered Lottery!

Give me a couple of days after it arrives, and we'll soooo start a thread about it. :)

hitchhiker
08-27-2007, 10:32 PM
Catch-22 is my fiction
Flags of our Fathers- James Bradley is my non-fiction

Martin Smith
08-28-2007, 03:21 AM
Lord of the Flies. Can't go wrong with a classic.

Melisande
08-28-2007, 03:40 AM
I just put down The Chameleon, by Sugar Rautbord and am picking up Robert A Heinlein's The Past Through Tomorrow.

sanssouci
08-28-2007, 03:53 AM
The Satanic Verses, for the first time.

I'm loving the narrative voice, but its spastic wordiness continually creeps into my own writing. Not good.

ResearchGuy
08-28-2007, 06:24 AM
1. An Adventurer's Guide to Number Theory, by Richard Friedberg.
2. Catering to Nobody, by Diane Mott Davidson.
3. Dandelion Through the Crack, by Kiyo Sato (officially published today--but delayed by a few weeks getting into trade channels).

--Ken

sunna
08-28-2007, 06:30 AM
Re-reading Patricia McKillip's Cygnet. Meguet kicks ass.

Kudra
08-28-2007, 09:44 AM
I'm just about to start Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins.

P.H.Delarran
08-28-2007, 10:00 AM
I reading a few -but the one that has me engrossed the last few days is the way the crow flies, by Ann Marie MacDonald.
I actually picked it up because the title was all in lower case- and turns out it's very well written.

seun
08-28-2007, 04:11 PM
I'm reading Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There and Thinner by Richard Bachman - or Stephen King if you prefer. I've read all the other Bachman books but never got round to Thinner. I'm enjoying it so far.

tammieofmi
08-28-2007, 04:17 PM
I just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy and am now starting The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty.

aadams73
09-02-2007, 02:13 PM
Just finished Preston and Child's The Wheel of Darkness. Fabulous!
Just started MJ Rose's The Reincarnationist. Very exciting so far, although there are a few things I feel her editor should have picked up on. Unvarying sentence structure kind of stuff. Other than that, it's a really good read that I'd recommend to anyone.

Not really loving this James Pattersonesque trend of a zillion chapters. Both the above books have upwards of 50 chapters and I find it makes me feel like I'm rushing.

seun
09-02-2007, 06:23 PM
I've almost finished Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There and King's Thinner. Yesterday, I started Rankin's The Toyminator and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

maxmordon
09-02-2007, 08:57 PM
The Truth by Terry Pratchett

Jacob
09-02-2007, 09:08 PM
"What is the What"- Dave Eggers. "The Weight of Glory" -C.s Lewis.

melaniehoo
09-02-2007, 09:08 PM
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
Catch-22 is next.

WriterInChains
09-03-2007, 11:10 AM
I just finished Thousand Splendid Suns -- didn't grab me from page 1 like Kite Runner, but it's a good story told in a compelling way with no WTF moments. Oh, and I started it less than 24 hours ago. :)

Now it's The Man with the Golden Torc, by Simon R. Green. Lovelovelove his Nightside series, but so far haven't been able to finish anything else he's written. This one sounds cool. :)

Mud Dauber
09-04-2007, 01:31 AM
I'm reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to my kids (7 & 9). This is my first time reading anything by C.S. Lewis.

Sage
09-04-2007, 01:36 AM
Finished Stardust. The novel was nothing like the movie.

Started The Devil Wears Prada, mostly 'cuz I wanted a break from fantasy & something that I figured I could read a moment here & a moment there & not have too complicated a plot. My mom gave it to me after she got it as a promo at Borders or B&N. I'm surprised by how much the first chapter made me compare my urban fantasy MC to the book's MC.

TrainofThought
09-04-2007, 03:17 AM
I just finished Patricia Wood's "Lottery." I bought it but I haven’t read it yet.

I’m reading Breaking Her Fall by Stephen Goodwin, recommended by our very own Mud Dauber. :D

BrianTubbs
09-04-2007, 07:49 AM
Outside of work-related and seminary-related reading....

I'm currently working my way through Chuck Norris' Justice Riders. It's not bad. A bit contrived. Okay, a lot contrived. But enjoyable.

rhymegirl
09-04-2007, 08:02 PM
Just starting The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

CaroGirl
09-04-2007, 08:18 PM
Now I'm just starting Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.

benbradley
09-04-2007, 08:37 PM
I'm reading Barry Longyear's story in the latest Analog magazine. It's an SF murder mystery, a rather unusual thing, but I'm really enjoying it. From looking at http://analogsf.com this isn't the first such story with these two main characters. I'll have to find that issue, or heaven forbid, get a subscription to Analog, like I had so many, many years ago...

Writer14
09-04-2007, 09:26 PM
Re-reading Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer for the 8th time already xD

jennifer75
09-04-2007, 09:58 PM
I'm still on Water for Elephants, it's an absolutely fantastic read. I'm about 70 pages from the finish and I can't wait to see how it ends.

Highly recommended.

I'm looking for something light to read next... It will depend on my mood when I finish this one.

Kudra
09-05-2007, 12:40 AM
I'm about to begin The Woods by Harlan Coben. Ooh, I've been waiting so long to get my hands on this one. HC's my favorite author.

emsuniverse
09-05-2007, 08:46 AM
Currently... Sellevision, by Augusten Burroughs.

Never laughed so hard in my life.

Tammi - the Center of Everything is a WONDERFUL book. I couldn't put it down!

EriRae
09-05-2007, 02:26 PM
I just finished Chainfire by Terry Goodkind. I am also a couple of years behind, but at least Phantom is out in paperback now. Not that I have anything against paying for hardbound, but they sure are hard on the back and the wrists, depending on whatever position is most comfortable. Had some serious WTF moments, but I'm seeing this thru to the end.

Now, I'm half-way thru The Joy Luck Club. First time. See, I told you I was behind. Fast read, love the way she puts simple words together to make magic.

Vandal
09-05-2007, 03:19 PM
Finished Choke by Stuart Woods

I'm 1/3 done with HP 7.

Next is 4th of July by Patterson et al

Komnena
09-05-2007, 03:58 PM
Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

ajkjd01
09-05-2007, 04:31 PM
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss...re-reading....easily the best book I've read in YEARS!! I can't say enough good about this book. I wanted to cry when it was over because the next one doesn't come out for a year, though I'm willing to wait the year for it to be as good as this one was!

I'm about to start reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

rhymegirl
09-05-2007, 05:09 PM
I'm about to begin The Woods by Harlan Coben. Ooh, I've been waiting so long to get my hands on this one. HC's my favorite author.

My sister and my friend, Sue read The Woods. They liked it a lot.

I'm reading one of his other novels, Tell No One.

cletus
09-05-2007, 05:29 PM
The Summons by John Grisham

larocca
09-05-2007, 05:39 PM
The Kalahari Typing School For Men by Alexander McCall Smith

scarletpeaches
09-05-2007, 05:41 PM
Strangely enough, given that I'm so anti-the-deification-of-Diana, I'm reading The Diana Chronicles (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diana-Chronicles-Tina-Brown/dp/1846052866/ref=sr_1_1/026-1730546-1077248?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188999364&sr=1-1) by Tina Brown. I'm interested to see what the human being was like, rather than the media image. I'm on p.124 and so far it seems reasonably impartial, but then this is at the courtship stage, so I wonder how the book will progress when it reaches the more media-savvy Diana.

Naturally, I have more than one book on the go and a selection of others from my reading pile are The Ladykiller (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ladykiller-Martina-Cole/dp/074724085X/ref=sr_1_5/026-1730546-1077248?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188999552&sr=1-5) by Martina Cole (read before but I picked up a copy for a few quid; didn't notice how awful it was before reading it as a writer. The headjumping and telling-not-showing is an utter disgrace. I don't know how this shit gets published but it makes me feel better about my own writing), How Did I Get Here? (http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Did-Get-Here-Navigating/dp/0007194439/ref=sr_1_2/026-1730546-1077248?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188999629&sr=1-2) by Barbara De Angelis and Barefoot Soldier (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Barefoot-Soldier-Johnson-Beharry/dp/0751538795/ref=sr_1_1/026-1730546-1077248?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188999655&sr=1-1) by Johnson Beharry, V.C.

I really need to start reading more novels, in particular YA.

benbradley
09-05-2007, 05:57 PM
Now reading "Running With Scissors" so I'll be able to compare it with John Robison's "Look Me In The Eye" when it comes out. Augusten's description of his older brother "Alex" with Asperger's is just like everything else I've read by/about John Robison. The older brother appears to be the most normal and well-adjusted character in the book so far.

Priene
09-05-2007, 06:02 PM
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. As the Pulitzer Prize jury said, it's "unreadable, turgid, overwritten, and obscene". It's also a masterpiece.

Tymolee
09-05-2007, 06:20 PM
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman and Resistance, Rebellion and Death by Albert Camus.

auntybug
09-05-2007, 08:06 PM
Tri's Book - World Wars. So far so good!

maxmordon
09-06-2007, 09:08 PM
El General En Su Laberinto by Gabriel García Marquez. A fictional reccount about the last days of Simón Bolívar. Founder of my country and his's

jennifer75
09-07-2007, 12:10 AM
The Kite Runner! WFE was excellent!

grommet
09-07-2007, 01:31 AM
I'm currently flying through The Book Thief which someone on here recently recommended, though I can't for the life of me remember who. So whoever you are nameless person, a thousand thankyous for making a long, hot bus ride very enjoyable.

grommet (http://www.kathrynmillerhaines.com)

David McAfee
09-07-2007, 04:43 AM
Currently reading Amazonia by James Rollins, Word Wars by AW's own Chris Stevenson and The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison.

lostintheweb
09-07-2007, 04:57 AM
Mortensen & Oliver-Relin: Three Cups of Tea, Hamill: Forever, and Bunyan Pilgrim's Progress

Julie Gray
09-07-2007, 07:40 AM
When A Crocodile Eats the Sun, a Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin - I couldn't put it down. Right before that I read The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Also couldn't put it down.

JoNightshade
09-07-2007, 07:54 AM
I am slogging through Dune. I tried to get into it once before, years ago, and dropped it after a few chapters. My husband does not find this acceptable, and we have a kind of continuous "if you read this, I'll read that" thing that helps us both expand our horizons. So he's making me read this in return for taking on some stuff I want him to read. ANYWAYS he finds the whole idea of me, a science fiction fan, not having read Dune, to be unacceptable.

So I'm reading it. Kinda feel like I'm back in school. :)

ANYWAY it's not that bad. It's just not my cup of tea. Although now that I've been on AW for a few months, my brain spent the entire first few chapters screaming "INFO-DUMP!"

DragonHeart
09-07-2007, 08:07 AM
Just about to start The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

~DragonHeart~

larocca
09-07-2007, 02:51 PM
My handy-dandy Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu

J. R. Tomlin
09-08-2007, 01:23 AM
Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey. I love it!

Adored Book 1 in the series, Banewreaker, as well. I wasn't a Carey fan, and didn't care for her Kushiel trilogy which I found a bit simplistic. But now I've changed my mind about her. :)

larocca
09-08-2007, 04:44 AM
A Bull in a Glass House by Jose Astorga.

Apparently something I sent him in email 4 years ago encouraged him to write this book. I received an autographed hardcover in the mail a couple of days ago, and remember that he had to send it to Thailand. I'm impressed by the book.

Laurie Champion
09-08-2007, 09:39 AM
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
If I had to pick five, this one would be on the list. I loved that novel.

rwam
09-08-2007, 03:42 PM
THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy. His narrative voice took a few pages to get used to, but I'm only on page 15 and am definitely hooked.

larocca
09-10-2007, 07:36 PM
Phra Farang by Peter Pannapidipo.

Phra is the Thai word for a Buddhist monk, and Farang is the Thai word for a foreigner. Peter Pannapidipo is a British guy who became a Buddhist monk in Thailand. Not only that, but he's a damn fine writer, so it's a good book even if, like me, you'll never be a monk and/or a Buddhist.

DragonHeart
09-11-2007, 01:44 AM
The Lies of Locke Lamora was fantastic, for the record. I just finished it and even went as far as to buy the (hardcover) sequel. I'm eagerly awaiting it in the mail, and for someone as miserly as me, that says a lot. ;)

I'm partway into The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen but I've found it's one of those books I have to be in a certain mood to properly enjoy. Perhaps I'll go back to Spirit Gate by Kate Elliot, which I intended to read about a month ago, heh.

~DragonHeart~

scarletpeaches
09-11-2007, 02:00 AM
Trying to get this finished so I can send it out to Perks. :D :

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41GklCTxJeL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU02_AA240_SH20_.jpg

Thump
09-11-2007, 02:05 AM
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire for fun
The Lesson of the Master by Henry James for class
L'Homme, cet etrange animal... by Jean-Francois Dortier for class too. Non-fiction but pretty enjoyable.

ergraham
09-11-2007, 04:15 AM
Trying to read The Historian...too long.
Trying to read A Long Way Gone...too serious.
Trying to re-read Susan Cooper....too distracted by movie trailers.

Just finished The Kite Runner....way too depressing.

I need something funny!

janetbellinger
09-12-2007, 11:30 PM
I'm reading "Confessions of a Shopaholic," by Sophie Kinsella. I felt like reading something light, and the book is quite humorous as well as touching, once you get over the fact it's written in first person, present tense.

Kate Thornton
09-13-2007, 12:55 AM
Spook Country by William Gibson - too close for words!

jennifer75
09-13-2007, 02:06 AM
Just finished The Kite Runner....way too depressing.

I need something funny!


I'm on The Kite Runner and I had a feeling I'd be wanting something light and funny next ... and I'm only on chapter 7. Hassan loses his smile.

scarletpeaches
09-13-2007, 02:08 AM
I'm reading "Confessions of a Shopaholic," by Sophie Kinsella. I felt like reading something light, and the book is quite humorous as well as touching, once you get over the fact it's written in first person, present tense.

And the fact the MC is a farkin' idiot who needs bitchslapped. I had no sympathy for her at all - all of her problems were self-inflicted and damn that 'coincidence as a piss-poor way to wrap up some plot threads' device the author is obsessed with!!! :rant:

celeber
09-13-2007, 03:20 AM
I am in the midst of slicing through my TBR pile and have finished Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris. This is a new series of hers and the initial book finally came out in paperback, so I tried it. I love it, I will be bying the Grave Surprise in hardback this Friday.
I just started Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong. Another new series from a favorite author. So far so good.

seun
09-13-2007, 04:08 PM
I've just started Last Light by our very own Garpy.

Kudra
09-13-2007, 06:47 PM
I just finished Shutterbabe by Deborah Copaken Kogan. Haven't decided what's next.

scarletpeaches
09-13-2007, 07:27 PM
Onto my second Clarkson book now - "Born to be Riled".

Perks is in for a reet good larf when I send these books to her. Yes folks, I'll have her address soon. It goes to the highest bidder. :D

stormie
09-13-2007, 07:40 PM
Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy.

Simple Living
09-14-2007, 12:57 AM
More Than a Skeleton by Paul L. Maier

"What if Jesus returned for an interim appearance before His final coming? And in a manner least expected?"

mamawriter
09-14-2007, 04:03 AM
Lottery by Patricia Wood

kristie911
09-14-2007, 04:44 AM
Robbers by Christopher Cook.

Good book, moves along well but the author uses no "" around any dialogue (maybe it's the cool thing to do) but it's extremely distracting and hard to read. Driving me insane. I really want to just toss it across the room and forget it exists but I have to know what happens.

Damn it.

Dragonfly45
09-14-2007, 07:34 AM
Silenced by Jerry Jenkins, it's the second in the Underground Zealot trilogy. Just finished The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult--thought it was excellent

aadams73
09-14-2007, 01:14 PM
Bad News, by Donald Westlake.

Calla Lily
09-14-2007, 07:09 PM
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress.

rwam
09-14-2007, 08:41 PM
DREAMCATCHER by stephen king

Kate Thornton
09-14-2007, 08:59 PM
Finished Spook Country - now I am starting Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallowsby J.K. Rowling

(Loved Dream Catcher - no bounce, no play)

Horseshoes
09-14-2007, 09:45 PM
Laura Moriarty's The Rest of Her Life.
Recommended.

Writer14
09-14-2007, 10:34 PM
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson ^_^

Arisa81
09-14-2007, 10:40 PM
Rereading one of my all-time favs, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

larocca
09-15-2007, 02:30 PM
O Is For Outlaw by Sue Grafton

No Good Dawgs by Ookie Vick

Jesus Loves You and That Makes One of Us by George Dubya Bush

Kudra
09-15-2007, 06:40 PM
Watermelon by Marian Keyes. It's like chocolate. Soooo good.

Bo Sullivan
09-15-2007, 07:24 PM
Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir. Good, but not as captivating as The Boleyn Inheritance.

scarletpeaches
09-15-2007, 08:07 PM
Weir's not exactly shit-hot on historical research anyway, despite claiming to be a historian. Compare her Princes in the Tower (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Princes-Tower-Alison-Weir/dp/0712673792/ref=sr_1_6/026-9185912-9107633?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189872373&sr=1-6) with Bertram Fields' Royal Blood (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Blood-Richard-Mystery-Princes/dp/0750943904/ref=sr_1_1/026-9185912-9107633?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189872405&sr=1-1). She's a good one for developing her own theories and then fitting the 'facts' around it. Similar to Patricia Cornwell's style of crime investigation, that way.

DragonHeart
09-15-2007, 10:09 PM
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Still slowly working my way through The Snow Leopard.

~DragonHeart~

WriterInChains
09-16-2007, 12:29 PM
Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Vida.

Couldn't resist the title. Not many books are set in Lapland so I had to give this one a try.

Pila
09-17-2007, 04:07 AM
Right now I'm reading two books.

Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind, because Confessor comes out on the 30th so I'm re-reading the series so I'm not and refreshed =)

And Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris because I absolutely ADORE the Southern Vampire series and I wanted to re-read it :D

My-Immortal
09-17-2007, 04:15 AM
Just finished Ask the Parrot by Richard Stark and Casino Royale by Ian Flemming and working on Children of Men by P.D. James (a little dry to start) and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Sunnyside
09-17-2007, 05:25 AM
Going slowly through Steinbeck's East of Eden, while at the same time re-reading (for what seems like the umpity-umph time) Washington Irving's Sketch Book. Gotta be prepared on that one . . . .

EriRae
09-18-2007, 04:26 PM
Finished Joy Luck Club. Now reading Hannibal Rising.

larocca
09-18-2007, 04:59 PM
All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot.

Is there anyone on this planet who, after reading All Creatures Great and Small, didn't rush right out and snarf up the sequel? I think not. Great stuff, all of it.

Will Lavender
09-18-2007, 06:53 PM
Just finished Ask the Parrot by Richard Stark and Casino Royale by Ian Flemming and working on Children of Men by P.D. James (a little dry to start) and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

Children of Men is one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book. I like P.D. James a whole lot, but that book is...not one of her best efforts.

Simple Living
09-18-2007, 09:58 PM
More Than a Skeleton by Paul L. Maier

"What if Jesus returned for an interim appearance before His final coming? And in a manner least expected?"

I finished this book last night. It will have you running the full gamut of emotions!

Today, I start my next read. It's the author's debut novel, Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines. Below is the blurb.

"Jude Allman has died and come back to life three times, becoming a celebrity despite his best efforts to go unnoticed. When the world crushes in around this miracle man, this modern-day Lazarus, he chooses to vanish into the vastness of Montana. He changes his name and withdraws from the public eye, trying to forget all that came before.

But the past, like Jude, won't stay buried.

A prowling evil circles his adopted hometown of Red Lodge, Montana. Chldren are disappearing -- and Jude may have the key to solving the crimes, hidden inside the mysteries of his own deaths. His days as a recluse are over, and now he must face the questions that have haunted him for years.

What if his resurrections aren't merely accidents? What if there's a reson behind it all? What if he's been brought back just for this moment?"

Summonere
09-18-2007, 10:53 PM
Just finished William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel.
Now reading his Odd Corners.
Skipping around in a book of Hindu Myths, by Penguin Classics,
with another Penguin Classic on the nightstand, Freud's, The Uncanny.

My-Immortal
09-19-2007, 05:30 AM
Children of Men is one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book. I like P.D. James a whole lot, but that book is...not one of her best efforts.

I finished the book earlier today and just rerented the movie from the library tonight. I watched the movie a while back - it was good, action-packed, dark, and a bit depressing - and then learned about the book. I started reading the book, and while it was good, it was just very dry to start. I was waiting for at least some action...and there was very little...and after all the dry set-up, I guess I expected more from the ending. It seemed like it ended rather quickly and tidily compared with the rest of the book.

Siddow
09-19-2007, 07:30 AM
8/24, I reported a Wally Lamb bestseller, I know this much is true.

I'm now on page 192, out of 897 pages. I want to throw it out the window. The writing is good, the characters are good, but my gosh, there's a lot of words. Too many words, methinks. Slam, bang, the first three chapters start with great hooks. And then...meh.

If someone could point me to the page where plot picks up again, I'd appreciate it. I feel like I'm in Wizards and Glass all over again.

Siddow
09-19-2007, 07:54 AM
THIS MUCH I KNOW IS TRUE is an amazing novel, ALL 897 pages, but I'll quote my take on good novels:

He leaned sideways to see the book I was reading. "A FAN'S NOTES?" he asked. "What's that about?"
Maybe it was because . . . I'd had one too many of Mapes's potent Bloody Marys, but I couldn't take it anymore. "I hate that question," I said. "I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for PLOT, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick to comic strips and soap operas. What's it about? Every book worth a damn is about emotions and love and death and pain. It's about words. It's about a man dealing with life. Okay?"
---J. R. Moeringer, THE TENDER BAR---

Actually, I have it in front of me, and it's titled "I know this much is true", so if you're going to tout how good it is, perhaps you should know the title.

Siddow
09-19-2007, 07:54 AM
Double-ha.

brokenfingers
09-19-2007, 08:00 AM
Just finished "An Idiot's Guide To Representing Yourself In Court".


Wish me well...

P.H.Delarran
09-19-2007, 08:15 AM
Just finished "An Idiot's Guide To Representing Yourself In Court".


Wish me well...
:ROFL:


...wait, are you serious??


I just started My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain. I bought it because I liked the author's name.

DragonHeart
09-26-2007, 08:54 PM
Just finished Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett. Think I'll start Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch next.

~DragonHeart~

Toothpaste
09-26-2007, 10:15 PM
Finally getting to read the second in the Temeraire series, Throne of Jade! Yay Naomi Novik!

ascreamingcame
09-26-2007, 11:41 PM
Just finished "Henderson the Rain King" (thus my avatar), what a trip that was. Started the text of "Swimming to Cambodia" but that probably won't take too long.

waylander
09-26-2007, 11:41 PM
'Dead Men's Boots' by Mike Carey. Book 3 of the Felix Castor series - really good, a British Harry Dresden

Mud Dauber
09-27-2007, 02:49 AM
I've been reading The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls to my kids.

Azraelsbane
09-27-2007, 04:19 AM
Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima, but Confessions of a Mask (same author) should be here any day, and then I might swap and read that first. I've been wanting to read that forever, but it's never in stores! I had to order it. :)

brokenfingers
09-27-2007, 04:57 AM
I'm reading four books concurrently right now:

A History Of Warfare (http://www.amazon.com/History-Warfare-John-Keegan/dp/0679730826/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5146616-4888101?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190854238&sr=1-1) by John Keegan

Tales Of The Dying Earth (http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Dying-Earth-Jack-Vance/dp/0312874561/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5146616-4888101?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190854275&sr=1-1) by Jack Vance

Kushiel's Dart (http://www.amazon.com/Kushiels-Dart-Jacqueline-Carey/dp/0765342987/ref=pd_bbs_2/102-5146616-4888101?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190854374&sr=1-2) by Jacqueline Carey

Lions Of Al-Rassan (http://www.amazon.com/Lions-al-Rassan-Guy-Gavriel-Kay/dp/0060733497/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5146616-4888101?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190854460&sr=1-1) by Guy Gavriel Kay

lostintheweb
09-27-2007, 04:58 AM
Just finished "An Idiot's Guide To Representing Yourself In Court".


Wish me well...

Talk about a redundant title!

ink wench
09-27-2007, 08:55 PM
The Reincarnationist by MJ Rose. Good story so far.

larocca
09-27-2007, 09:40 PM
Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. My fourth reading, I think it is, and it remains one of the most honest thingys ever written. You look at it and go, "Wow, so short, I can whip through that in the doc's waiting room." You fool. You are so wrong. You sit and think between chapters. Yes, you do. 100 pages, 5 days? Yep, sometimes it's like that. But not often enough, alas.

Azraelsbane
09-29-2007, 09:03 AM
Just finished Bird by Bird (don't remember the author, Anne something), and Confessions of a Mask is finally here. Yay! I'm going to go read myself to sleep now.

EriRae
09-29-2007, 03:29 PM
8/24, I reported a Wally Lamb bestseller, I know this much is true.

I'm now on page 192, out of 897 pages. I want to throw it out the window. The writing is good, the characters are good, but my gosh, there's a lot of words. Too many words, methinks. Slam, bang, the first three chapters start with great hooks. And then...meh.

If someone could point me to the page where plot picks up again, I'd appreciate it. I feel like I'm in Wizards and Glass all over again.


Oh NOES!!! I stopped reading the Gunslinger series w/ Wizards and Glass. Can't help you w/ the Lamb novel...figure I'm not touching it w/ a ten foot pole.

I'm reading Son of a Witch (sequel to Wicked) and Sun Tzu's Art of War.

Unique
09-29-2007, 03:51 PM
Women Who Run with the Wolves

I'd sure like to discuss it with someone who's read it.

Azraelsbane
09-30-2007, 07:40 PM
Oh NOES!!! I stopped reading the Gunslinger series w/ Wizards and Glass. Can't help you w/ the Lamb novel...figure I'm not touching it w/ a ten foot pole.

I'm reading Son of a Witch (sequel to Wicked) and Sun Tzu's Art of War.

I stopped reading the Dark Tower series after The Gunslinger. Am I the only one who found watching grass grow more interesting? It was short, and it still took me about three weeks to force my way through it.

scarletpeaches
09-30-2007, 07:49 PM
8/24, I reported a Wally Lamb bestseller, I know this much is true.

I'm now on page 192, out of 897 pages. I want to throw it out the window. The writing is good, the characters are good, but my gosh, there's a lot of words. Too many words, methinks. Slam, bang, the first three chapters start with great hooks. And then...meh.

If someone could point me to the page where plot picks up again, I'd appreciate it. I feel like I'm in Wizards and Glass all over again.

That's my favourite book ever! I read it in less than a week. I'm sorry you feel that way about it. It really hit home with me because the themes in it were similar to experiences I've had either personally or within the family or my circle of friends.

larocca
09-30-2007, 07:54 PM
I never felt like starting the Dark Tower series, and I'm a big King fan most of the time.

I've reached Q IS FOR QUARRY in my Sue Grafton reading. Not my usual genre, but she does it well, besides which I bought most of the alphabet in a single weekend last year. I love the used bookstore scene in Chiang Mai! In China, I made Amazon rich.

brokenfingers
09-30-2007, 07:58 PM
I stopped reading the Dark Tower series after The Gunslinger. Am I the only one who found watching grass grow more interesting? It was short, and it still took me about three weeks to force my way through it.I also only read the Gunslinger and felt no inclination to read any more. But I'm not a big fan of King anyway. For some reason, I just can't get into his rambling style. And the premises of his stories don't really do anything for me either.

Will Lavender
09-30-2007, 08:04 PM
I'm reading D.T. Max's medical mystery The Family That Couldn't Sleep.

It's about an Italian family that, um, can't go to sleep. Engrossing so far.

Will Lavender
09-30-2007, 08:07 PM
That's my favourite book ever! I read it in less than a week. I'm sorry you feel that way about it. It really hit home with me because the themes in it were similar to experiences I've had either personally or within the family or my circle of friends.

Also one of my favorites. I'm not ashamed to admit that I actually cried at the end. Wish Wally Lamb put out more than one book every seven years.

I actually met one of his relatives once. She worked in the writing center at the small college where I taught. Lamb edits a collection of stories from a women's prison (the second volume came out last week), and this woman was a former drug addict who had turned her life around; Lamb had included her story in the anthology. She pointed me to this book, and it was really extraordinary. Some of the stories those women told...wow.

Azraelsbane
09-30-2007, 09:01 PM
I also only read the Gunslinger and felt no inclination to read any more. But I'm not a big fan of King anyway. For some reason, I just can't get into his rambling style. And the premises of his stories don't really do anything for me either.

I usually like King, and I love fantasy, but I didn't like that at all. It was like mixing two of my favorite things and getting death cocktail. ;)

Kudra
09-30-2007, 09:05 PM
I'm about to begin The Pact by Jodi Picoult.

DragonHeart
10-02-2007, 12:31 AM
Just starting Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb. First time reading, though I've owned it for awhile now and read the first two at least a couple years ago.

~DragonHeart~

ChunkyC
10-03-2007, 03:12 AM
Just started The Chronicles of Narnia. I have a nice hardback with all seven books in the one volume. I've never read them before, so I'm quite looking forward to a good read.

benbradley
10-03-2007, 04:25 AM
Ohh, Ben, I just ordered Lottery!

Give me a couple of days after it arrives, and we'll soooo start a thread about it. :)

Who's ready for a Lottery (by our own Patricia Woods!) thread over on the Book Club forum? I saw another post here where someone else was reading it. I can imagine poor Patricia cringing at all our comments... but I found the novel very enjoyable.

Recent reads (I need to write reviews for my blog):
"Running with Scissors," Augusten Burroughs
"Dry," Augusten Burroughs
"Look Me In The Eye", John Robison (older brother of Augusten Burroughs)

Next to read is "The Elements of Editing." Not as exciting a title, but the first few pages are interesting and readable.

JoNightshade
10-03-2007, 04:28 AM
I am revisiting my childhood and reading The Face in the Frost, by John Bellairs. My husband just read it for the first time (I told him he needed some Bellairs under his belt), so I picked it up after he put it down.

heyjude
10-03-2007, 09:19 PM
I finished this book last night. It will have you running the full gamut of emotions!

Today, I start my next read. It's the author's debut novel, Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines.

Let us know how it is, if it's worth the time. I've been curious but lazy about this one. Something about it appeals to me... don't know why.

Gaia
10-03-2007, 11:12 PM
Just started The Chronicles of Narnia. I have a nice hardback with all seven books in the one volume. I've never read them before, so I'm quite looking forward to a good read.

Me too! And I just started reading it again too. I started reading it a couple of weeks ago but had to take a break after that first part with the uncle. That creeped me out :scared:

DragonHeart
10-06-2007, 07:47 AM
Finished Assassin's Quest, started and finished Empire of Ivory, now working on Jhereg.

~DragonHeart~

aadams73
10-06-2007, 01:53 PM
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. A book hasn't hooked and reeled me in like this one for ages. Joe can seriously write.

WriterX
10-06-2007, 08:05 PM
I just recently finished THE MEPHISTO CLUB by Tess Gerritsen. I highly recommend this one. I love her books but not all of them measure up to this one which is a great mystery with a delicious hint of the supernatural.

VELOCITY by Dean Koontz (my favorite writer) is so good it's one of the very few books I actually wanted to - and did - read again within six months of the first read.

nerds
10-06-2007, 09:25 PM
I'm being nerdy and re-reading Ralph G. Martin's two-volume biography of Jennie Churchill. I just got the pair in perfect hardcover condition at a library sale, for a quarter.

On the un-nerdy side I did just finish all the available Kathy Reichs/Temperance Brennan novels. Mixed feelings there. To my mind her first outing was the best of the bunch.

I'm also near the end of Home in the Wilderness, which I love. It's a woman's journal of life in the old days and the Old South as her family experienced it. And we think we have hard days . . . a very illuminating book. Not "professional" i.e. it's her journals and memories as she set them down.

:)

WriterX
10-06-2007, 09:29 PM
On the un-nerdy side I did just finish all the available Kathy Reichs/Temperance Brennan novels. Mixed feelings there. To my mind her first outing was the best of the bunch.

Yeah, I read a couple of hers but I'm not real into her style. She can't hold my attention like Patricia Cornwell (Kay Scarpetta series). Although Patricia Cornwell has gotten so grim in this series that I don't enjoy them as well as I used to. I swear this character never smiles.

scarletpeaches
10-06-2007, 11:20 PM
This book...
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41FfJ5-CuAL._AA240_.jpg
...made me cry.

I am now reading this book:
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/512N7GpKneL._AA240_.jpg

gingerwoman
10-07-2007, 10:42 AM
I'm about to begin The Pact by Jodi Picoult.
I just finished it. I loved it. I read Nineteen Minutes first and adored it, then The Pact. I'm now reading Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult and also Safari by Tony Park and The Dark Side of Love Black Lace Paranormal stories.

DragonHeart
10-08-2007, 08:02 AM
Finished Jhereg as well as Yendi and Teckla. It somehow escaped my notice, but I have a hardcover of Issola that I've owned for years and never read. I'm debating whether to read that next or wait until after Gardens of the Moon.

~DragonHeart~

JLCwrites
10-08-2007, 08:30 AM
I mostly read MGs because I like to write MGs.

The one I just finished is A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements.

I am starting The Sign of the Beaver this week. I read this a while ago for my fifth grade class, but I want to read it again, and have it in our library for my kids to read.

Next in the queue line is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I havn't read that in a very long time, and wanted to revisit it.

TsukiRyoko
10-08-2007, 08:36 AM
I'm actually reading two herbal books right now: The New Healing Herbs by some guy whose name I can't remember, and Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham. I was reading something else a week ago, but I forgot where I put the book and I can't remember the title (my room is literally a mountian of books, so it could be years before I find it again. The book mountain's not hard to sort through, I just tend to pick up a book and read, then end up forgetting that I had to clean).

valen_sinclair
10-11-2007, 12:21 AM
Peter F Hamilton - The Dreaming Voidhttp://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51y0fv48HUL._AA240_.jpg

EriRae
10-12-2007, 05:57 PM
This week I finished Son of a Witch, read Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed in one sitting, read our very own Ramond Wong's The Pacific Between (also in one sitting) and half of American Psycho. All while procrastinating on Art of War.

Anyone else like Emily Giffin? I read Baby Proof first, and I just love the way she writes. I'm afraid to tackle Something Blue because I really hated Darcy by the end of Something Borrowed. Reminded me way too much of a former friend.

LOVED RAY'S BOOK. Made me realize that I'm depressed because I still haven't had closure from my grandma's death. Thanks, Ray.

American Psycho is a slow read for me, but I'm enjoying it a lot more than I did the movie because I can take my time and savor it.

Zelenka
10-12-2007, 06:09 PM
I'm reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, with the sequel waiting patiently somewhere to be read next, and Dark Fire by CJ Sansom. The latter I'd really recommend in terms of a historical first person novel that's still really accessible, not archaic or flowery in its use of language.

Mud Dauber
10-12-2007, 06:57 PM
Anyone else like Emily Giffin? I read Baby Proof first, and I just love the way she writes. I'm afraid to tackle Something Blue because I really hated Darcy by the end of Something Borrowed. Reminded me way too much of a former friend.

Me!:hi:I loved Something Borrowed--the whole forbidden love thing was done really well.;) I had to go out and get Something Blue right away. That was really good too, but my heart will always be with Rachel's POV. I read how Emily Giffin wanted to explore Darcy's POV during the editing process of Something Borrowed, and that's how she ended up making a sequel out of it. Pretty cool.

Baby Proof... not so much. I don't know why but it didn't have that same can't-stop-reading feel to it as her other two books. I do love her writing style though, and will definitely read more from her!

larocca
10-12-2007, 09:08 PM
The Fourth Hand by John Irving. He is simply one of the greatest authors ever, and this is definitely him at his best.

Salem
10-12-2007, 09:10 PM
I've been re-reading the Little House books to my son. It's great for kids to see how easy we all have it these days!

gingerwoman
10-13-2007, 04:38 AM
Yes I was reading all the Little House books to my son and he loved them but we were two thirds of the way through These Happy Golden Years when I stopped to read him Harry Potter. We are up to near the end of The Prisoner of Azkaban.
I've almost finished Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult. Probably too many coincidences in this book You have to suspend your disbelief a little but it's still a can't put down read, brilliant etc...

benbradley
10-13-2007, 05:50 AM
"The Elements of Editing" got boring, but I expect to go through it some more someday.

Currently reading "The End of Science," it's isn't quite as hoaky as the title seems. But the author (a regular writer for Scientific American) uses the opportunity of the book to interview or at least discuss every legend of science. It's chock full of interesting tidbits about scientific discoveries as well as the personal lives of scientists. Stephen Hawking's wife divorced him because she was a strong Christian and was uncomfortable with Stephen's increasingly atheistic views (the book is chock full of references, and for this the author refers to a bio of Hawking). And to think Hawking once had an audience with The Pope...

ChunkyC
10-15-2007, 08:55 PM
The Fourth Hand by John Irving. He is simply one of the greatest authors ever, and this is definitely him at his best.
Great book, though not his best, IMHO. The World According to Garp will always be my fave. :)

larocca
10-15-2007, 09:03 PM
After I read GARP, I rushed right out and bought every single other John Irving title I could find. Thus, THE FOURTH HAND, and thus others I will list here after I read them.

Today's entry, ladies and gents, is that I reread SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE. It never fails to be great. Go to the library and you will thank me. Yes you will. Rep points welcome.

OctoberRain
10-16-2007, 12:02 AM
I just started The Kite Runner. So far, it's amazing. Vivid, compelling, all that good stuff. :)

Alvah
10-16-2007, 01:07 AM
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

aadams73
10-16-2007, 03:15 AM
I'm currently about halfway through Phillipa Gregory's The Boleyn Inheritance. It's not bad, but not great either. It's not like I don't know how it ends. :D

takkunelwood
10-16-2007, 04:29 AM
"Daisy May and the Miracle Man" - Fannie Flagg

takkunelwood
10-16-2007, 04:31 AM
...have since read The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore.

I have been on a humor kick, so I am currently reading A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore...

I saw one of his books in the library and nearly had a heart attack, as well as this thread now, because that's also the name of one of my best friends. XD

Azraelsbane
10-16-2007, 05:10 AM
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Awesome book. :)

qdsb
10-16-2007, 06:05 AM
I'm in the middle of Frazier's Cold Mountain. (Yes, I know I'm a few years behind.) Also, Fforde's Lost in a Good Book (Book 2 of the Tuesday Next series). And in the on deck circle is A Thousand Splendid Suns.

ORION
10-16-2007, 06:32 AM
You guys BETTER be reading LOTTERY...LOL

benbradley
10-16-2007, 06:47 AM
Aww, Patricia, you know I already read it!

Along with "End of Science" I'm now reading "Younger Next Year" - if I'm going to be a Grumpy Old Man, I might as well be in good health and live as long as I can...

ORION
10-16-2007, 06:54 AM
Get over to your blog and put up a new post -
I TRIED to read Loving Frank but er...you see my husband is an architect and he can't STAND FLW plus I just could NOT get into it.

gingerwoman
10-16-2007, 10:56 AM
Off topic I think "A Prayer for Owen Meany was his best, of the John Irving books I've read.

seun
10-16-2007, 02:53 PM
I'm reading A Short History of Nearly Everything and a pretty good book called Endgame although I can't remember who wrote it. The basic plot starts from a bet between God and the Devil when God opens the Garden of Eden and the Devil's pissed off at not being invited to the party. He bets God humankind will screw up the world God has just given them. If the Devil is right, he gets allowed back into Heaven. :D

Eyan Carrington
10-16-2007, 03:01 PM
I'm reading a second hand copy of Stephen Fry's Hippopotamous after seeing some of his stuff on the tellybox. He's very entertaining, but I do wonder if he would be dismissed as over-wordy if he was an unknown submitting his first novel.

Denise M
10-16-2007, 05:02 PM
I'm reading The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck for a local book discussion group.

Denise

CaroGirl
10-16-2007, 05:12 PM
I just finished The Sundog Season (was good) and last night started Look me in the Eye by John Robison. Loving it!

larocca
10-18-2007, 09:34 PM
I believe my last contribution to this thread was SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE.

I followed it up by reading TIMEQUAKE.

And then I read A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.

Kurt Vonnegut. Ya gotta love him.

WriterInChains
10-18-2007, 11:14 PM
Last night I finished Anita Shreve's Body Surfing.

I love her books. Never fails, by the end I'm both inspired and humbled -- she can write about the most wrenching things in such an understated way; she breaks my heart every time.

ChunkyC
10-20-2007, 02:52 AM
Just finished The Chronicles of Narnia (http://www.amazon.ca/Chronicles-Narnia-Adult-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060598247/ref=sr_1_8/701-7778387-8397132?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192834340&sr=1-8), and just started Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things (http://www.amazon.ca/Fragile-Things-Short-Fictions-Wonders/dp/0060515228/ref=sr_1_28/701-7778387-8397132?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192834250&sr=1-28). What a shift ... like going from James Taylor to Pink Floyd.

zahra
10-20-2007, 03:51 AM
Book called 'Movieola' that's a lot better than I expected. Nearly finished it and have no idea what to read next. Boo.

Perks
10-20-2007, 04:00 AM
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

WendyNYC
10-20-2007, 04:06 AM
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


I just read that.

I'm now finishing up The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander and getting ready to starts Ann Patchett's Run.

wyntermoon
10-20-2007, 05:10 AM
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

donroc
10-20-2007, 05:27 AM
I am re-reading THE HOODS by Harry Grey for the first time since the 1950s. It was the basis for the film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.

www.donaldmichaelplatt.com

:guns::guns::guns:

OctoberRain
10-20-2007, 09:38 AM
I just finished The Kite Runner and I can't stop thinking about it. I cried, twice. I'm almost afraid to see the movie because I don't want it to ruin the book for me.

larocca
10-20-2007, 11:51 AM
I read Hello Kitty

Kudra
10-20-2007, 11:57 AM
I just finished The Kite Runner and I can't stop thinking about it. I cried, twice.

This is exactly why I haven't read it yet, even though it's been lying in my bookshelf for ages. Really don't want to be depressed for a week.

Tragically, I thought I'd get a few laughs out of Marian Keyes's latest work. She's so funny, but this time she decided to tackle death and how people deal with it. *sigh*

Great book, but I need to laugh. Suggestions?

Kudra
10-20-2007, 11:58 AM
I'm reading The Artist's Way right now though. I'm using it more than I'm actually reading it. Exercises and stuff.

aadams73
10-20-2007, 02:14 PM
Currently reading: Phillipa Gregory's The Virgin's Lover, and a Donald E. Westlake Dortmunder novel. I can't for the life of me remember the title right now.

Devil Ledbetter
10-20-2007, 04:13 PM
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

larocca
10-20-2007, 09:26 PM
I've enjoyed much by Christopher Moore, in particular LAMB. I worship Terry Pratchett (he's a small god who doesn't answer my email). I read King's ON WRITING about ten times -- a personal record -- before selling it. For the memoirs more than the writing advice, all of which I've written (badly) myself. Oh, and Steven King subscribes to my newsletter, so hahahahahahahaha.

Right now I'm reading A CHAMELEON'S TALE by Mo Tejani. An Indian Shia Muslim who got kicked out of Uganda (his homeland) during the Idi Amin days. The dude can write, and think, and I'm enjoying it immensely. I would've never bought it if I hadn't met the author -- presentations and speeches work if you've got the talent. I've read one travel book too many, or many ten or twenty too many, but I love this one. Even though it doesn't have any pix of Hello Kitty...

zahra
10-21-2007, 12:29 AM
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.
Love that book. I hear it's going to be a movie.

Arisa81
11-01-2007, 01:14 AM
I have started reading a book called Clearing in the Wild by Jane Kirkpatrick.
I'm only about 11 pages in, but I'm really enjoying it so far.

scarletpeaches
11-01-2007, 01:15 AM
"Heirs of Ravenscar" by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Jesus H, it's bad. She's my 'makes me feel better about my own writing' author.

Lady Esther
11-01-2007, 01:24 AM
I'm reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I have to see what all the hype is about. I'm also reading The Sublime by Hannah Moskowitz (aka Shady Lane). Then, I'll finish reading Holes.

red lantern
11-01-2007, 01:59 AM
I am reading Traitors Hand by Sandy Mitchell, it is book 3 of 5 detailing the life of Commissar Ciaphas Cain, a front line defender of the Imperium, a rogue,an opportunist and a fraud. It is set in the closing days of the 41st millennium, set in the Warhammer 40 000 world.

Storyteller5
11-01-2007, 02:45 AM
Throne of Jade (Naomi Novik)

shakeysix
11-01-2007, 03:00 AM
i am reading pepita jimenez by juan valera. love the novel but it is slow going. i am reading the new old house by martha stewart (she looks like a teen in the pictures. guess jail does age one.) and another on decorating with books. i am moving into my dad's 100 + year old house this spring and i need some house sense before i start tearing into things.
i am trying to read the thirteenth tale but not getting anywhere. it started out with a bang but now is in the whimper stage. i am tempted to give up on it. tales of men and ghosts by wharton is faster going. storm warning bynancy mathis is my halloween read. this is a hair raiser! it is about tornadoes in the panhandle. i don't have television so i read a lot. --s6

gingerwoman
11-01-2007, 06:02 AM
Harvesting the Heart.- Jodi Picoult's second novel about the result of having an absent mother on a woman's life.

Kudra
11-01-2007, 09:34 AM
Just finished "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult. Haven't decided what to read next.

CaroGirl
11-01-2007, 04:33 PM
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Not yet convinced that I like it. It might have won a Pulitzer, but I continue to wait for the story to start and I'm almost a quarter of the way through.

Kudra
11-04-2007, 11:42 AM
I'm starting Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami today.

Will Lavender
11-04-2007, 06:05 PM
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Not yet convinced that I like it. It might have won a Pulitzer, but I continue to wait for the story to start and I'm almost a quarter of the way through.

I was disappointed in this book as well. I've tried it twice and couldn't really do it either time. Which is disappointing because The Virgin Suicides is one of my top ten reads of all time.

(Eugenides has an anthology coming out next year with the alluring title My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead.)

Zelenka
11-04-2007, 06:32 PM
I just gave up on The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. Between the pages of description of what an intellectual property lawyer does (unnecessary, IMO) and the fact that I've got to page 30 and there's still no indication of any plot starting, I just couldn't get into it.

So now I'm starting on Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence, which I just got as a big fancy all-in-one volume.

Stew21
11-04-2007, 06:43 PM
Double Bind is what I'm listening to on CD in my car (commuter entertainment).
and I'm reading The Other Boleyn Girl at home when I get a chance of it.

Simple Living
11-05-2007, 02:02 AM
I'm reading Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.

OctoberRain
11-05-2007, 02:40 AM
Just finished Patricia Wood's Lottery last night (fantastic! everybody read it!) and I am starting Excavation by James Rollins.

sanssouci
11-05-2007, 07:27 AM
I've just started Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. I seems like everyone and their mother have read this book so I thought I'd give it a whirl. The subject matter is really not my cup of tea but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

MonaLeigh
11-05-2007, 07:43 AM
I'm reading the script to Knocked Up.

Vandal
11-05-2007, 08:07 AM
I just started Lottery by Patricia Wood (so far, so excellent). Next up is Saving Faith by David Baldacci.

Mandy-Jane
11-05-2007, 08:15 AM
I'm reading "Taken on Trust", the autobiography of Terry Waite. Okay, so it's not fiction, but it's great. How unthinkable would it be to be kidnapped and held hostage in a foreign country. I can't believe what these hostages go through.

Nyna
11-05-2007, 09:49 AM
Just finished 'The Metamorphoses' by Ovid, translated by Charles Martin. Just about to start 'Orlando' by Virginia Woolf.

ORION
11-05-2007, 11:40 AM
I just finished the back of my cereal box and I'm now (FINALLY) reading the instructions that came with the remote for my TV...


(Thanks October Rain and Vandal!)

Wallaceka
11-05-2007, 12:53 PM
I'm re-reading a Jonathan Kellerman, The Conspiracy Club. I'm bored and out of books, but as I've forgotten almost all of it since my first reading, I'm enjoying it.

Stylo
11-09-2007, 04:01 PM
I'm half way through 'Fall of Kings', the third book in David Gemmell's 'Troy' trilogy (co-written with his wife Stella, because sadly David died before he could complete it.)

I never thought I'd enjoy this type of book, but the first in the trilogy was lying around (my husband's an avid Gemmell fan) so I picked it up to have a browse, and was hooked from page one!

truelyana
11-09-2007, 04:32 PM
I'm reading 'Bad Men' by John Connolly. It started of quite spooky, as before I went to bed it already started messing with my mind. I got back into it yesterday, and it feels like a complete different story now. Typical bank robbers and murders reunite, and trying to hunt down someone for revenge now. This will end up at the Dutch Island-which has a spooky feel to it.

WriterInChains
11-09-2007, 08:18 PM
The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

I'm SO glad I have no delusions of writing like this guy -- he blows me away. I'm loving it so far, but it takes me so long to read one of his because I keep re-reading passages that just plain rock.

kreati0n
11-10-2007, 09:11 AM
"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Voyager
11-10-2007, 09:16 AM
I'll be cracking open my brand new copy of Heroes of Old by Jay Young later tonight.

JLCwrites
11-10-2007, 10:23 AM
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Finally getting to it this week and revisiting my childhood fav.

Kudra
11-10-2007, 02:32 PM
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins.

J. Weiland
11-10-2007, 02:41 PM
Broken Ground by Jack Hodgins. Fascinating story and fantastic prose without a whole lot of fancy words.

seun
11-10-2007, 05:11 PM
Later today, I have three books to start: A Bradbury short story collection, Good Omens and a book by one of the blokes who made Red Dwarf called Incompitence. Looking forward to all three.

Siddow
11-10-2007, 07:01 PM
I just finished Water for Elephants last night, and jumped right into 20th Century Ghosts.

mscelina
11-10-2007, 07:03 PM
I read Rebecca again this week and am now reading a biography of Lucrezia Borgia. I'm geting back into a non-fic phaze I think.

benbradley
11-10-2007, 07:41 PM
I'm at least 2/3rds the way through "Younger Next Year" and I'm dissapointed that it's about 90 percent pep-talk and only 10 percent hard info.

Also reading "Best American Science Writing 2004", a collection of various articles. There's a longish one on the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and how it happened, beaurocratically as well as technically, and it's enough to make you cry.

shakeysix
11-10-2007, 09:17 PM
i am leaving for the library now. it is just around the corner from my house. it doesn't have a lot in the way of new books because the town is so small but i am going to have them order in that science book of ben's. i ordered the gettysburg book "killer angels". hope it is in.

the library was once a one room school house. i am on the library board. while i am there i have to measure for a new furnace filter, and put stump killer on a pesky piss elm coming up in my roses, too--s6

pickman
11-11-2007, 11:33 PM
The People's Act of Love by James Meek.

ResearchGuy
11-12-2007, 01:45 AM
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (the authorized edition). The man had a way with words. It is an iconic book, for good reason.

--Ken

P.S. My wife and I went to the video store this evening and rented a DVD of the 1974 Academy Award winning movie version of The Great Gatsby. On the one hand, I'd have to say the book is slight and the writing idiosyncratic. I can see why it was not well regarded when first published. But on the other hand, it is atmospheric (which is probably more appreciated by virtue of distance from the time in which the story is set) and has a distinctive voice.

scarletpeaches
11-12-2007, 01:48 AM
I'm reading "The Secret" again. I needs me some positive-thinking.

tammieofmi
11-12-2007, 02:44 AM
I will be starting How To Talk To A Widower by Jonathan Tropper

Righting
11-12-2007, 08:38 AM
the golden compass - philip pullman - good so far
road to wealth - suze orman - great!
the relic- preston and child - starting it tomorrow
jonathan strange & Mr norrell - susanna clarke - good

just finished memoirs of a geisha - Arthur Golden - great!

Storyteller5
11-12-2007, 08:51 AM
Today I started reading The Black Powder War (Naomi Novik). This is the third of her Temeraire novels. :D

Danger Jane
11-12-2007, 09:47 AM
Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
Imajica - Clive Barker
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

nerds
11-12-2007, 04:50 PM
I've just started Pontoon by Garrison Keillor. I is happy.

hitchhiker
11-13-2007, 09:01 PM
I finished Gone Baby Gone Saturday - I stay behind in my reading.


Started The Kite Runner Sunday. I think I'm going to like it, but couldn't read last night and I won't have much time for more until the weekend.

I haven't decided what is next. Every time a strike a book off of my to read list, I have usually added two to three more books.

Toothpaste
11-13-2007, 09:08 PM
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

It won the Giller last year (Canada's top literary award). Am enjoying it muchly. And I happen to know it is out in the states, as it is being published by my american publisher :) (Weinstein Books) - serious props to my publisher, who out of their 5 authors on their first list, 2 are Canadian.

Seriously check it out, it's some good stuff.

nerds
11-13-2007, 10:19 PM
oooh. That has just gone on my list to read.

jennifer75
11-13-2007, 10:28 PM
Somebody just handed me John Irvings "The Fourth Hand". I'll give it a try.

Fjm3eyes
11-14-2007, 01:36 AM
differing portions of several books, thereby not finishing many. LOL Always something interesting. Right now, though, my focus seems to be on Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and Mark Helperin's Memoir From Antproof Case.

red lantern
11-14-2007, 03:22 AM
I have just started Ravenor Rogue by Dan Abnett, book 3 of 3. Its a story about a ragtag group of law enforcers set in the far future who are led by a man: Gideon Ravenor with phenomenal psychic abilities but is wholly confined to an enclosed floating chair because his body was almost entirely destroyed by the nearby explosion of a fire bomb.

Skippy
11-15-2007, 11:33 PM
Shadowrun series!

larocca
11-16-2007, 04:06 PM
Ultimate Suggestions by Darrell Bain. Boy, I could sure get some rep out of you people if I had a supply of that chemical on hand.

DamaNegra
11-16-2007, 07:32 PM
La Última Copa by Saúl Ibargoyen

Sean D. Schaffer
11-16-2007, 08:37 PM
I've been reading on several different books over the last few days. I put down The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, but only because I couldn't get into the 19th Century period (I guess I'm used to the 1953 movie, still, where periods are concerned -- hits home a bit easier than 1890-something). The writing was excellent, but I just couldn't get into it.

Also I tried reading David Farland's Sons of the Oak, but I didn't much care for the writing itself. The story looked good, but the writing just did not flow properly for me.

I have, however, started reading and enjoying a work by one Jason Hightman, which was originally published in 2004. It's called The Saint of Dragons and is an old Advance Reading Copy I got from a used bookstore up the street. Although some of the subject matter (evil dragons -- I'm usually into good dragons) is not something I necessarily think highly of, I still like the way the writing kind of flows. Also, from the introduction and the first chapter, I find the writer tells the story very nicely.

scarletpeaches
11-16-2007, 10:01 PM
Just bought this and can't wait to start it! I'll get my Friday chores done, make something to eat, then dive into the wonderful world of Russell Brand. *swoon*
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41L0UZ1OCTL._SS500_.jpg

dpaterso
11-17-2007, 03:10 AM
I'm half way through 'Fall of Kings', the third book in David Gemmell's 'Troy' trilogy (co-written with his wife Stella, because sadly David died before he could complete it.)

I never thought I'd enjoy this type of book, but the first in the trilogy was lying around (my husband's an avid Gemmell fan) so I picked it up to have a browse, and was hooked from page one!
I got Fall of Kings for my birthday in September. My nephew had bought Lord of the Silver Bow in paperback, just excellent, and we couldn't wait for Shield of Thunder to be released on hardback. Then came news of Gemmell's death, which disappointed us terribly. Have you finished Fall of Kings yet?

-Derek

sanssouci
11-17-2007, 08:29 AM
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

oneblindmouse
11-17-2007, 02:04 PM
Just finished "Newton's letter' by John Banville, and now reading "The heart is a lonely hunter" by Carson McCullers. Can't believe she was only 20 when she wrote it!!!

Stylo
11-18-2007, 04:37 AM
I got Fall of Kings for my birthday in September. My nephew had bought Lord of the Silver Bow in paperback, just excellent, and we couldn't wait for Shield of Thunder to be released on hardback. Then came news of Gemmell's death, which disappointed us terribly. Have you finished Fall of Kings yet?

-Derek

Yes, I've finished it. *sigh*. I sobbed my heart out at the bit with Helen and her children. David Gemmell was such a powerful and talented author - I'm starting to read his back catalogue now!

gingerwoman
11-18-2007, 12:46 PM
I'm in the middle of Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult because I'm in a Picoult frenzy.
I just finished Harvesting the Heart by Picoult her second book which I think I loved more than all these court dramas she's famous for although I love them too.