What is everyone currently reading?
- March 18, 2014 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #976966
Just finished Chuck Palahniuk’s – Survivor. Great read. Never read Fight Club but you can tell it is in the same tone. Finished it about 6 hours. Page TURNER.March 19, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am #978033
Recently finished The Daylight War (Book Three of the Demon Cycle) by Peter Brett. It was a little disappointing… didn’t live up to the first two books in the series.
I’m now about a third of the way through One Rough Man by Brad Taylor.March 22, 2014 2:23 pm at 2:23 pm #986454
Ecohorror? Environatural Thriller? Fungal Fiction? All of the Above?
RIYL Lost, We Love Life (Pulp), House of Leaves (Danielewski), Day of the Triffids (Wyndham), The Ruins (Smith)May 20, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am #1017894
Tyringham Park puts the down in Downton Abbey.June 1, 2014 8:55 am at 8:55 am #1020422
The good news is I’m finally ahead of the television show (Maybe. I understand that a lot of the events in book four and book five occur simultaneously, so I might not be out of the woods yet). The bad news is I had to slog through 800+ pages of relative inactivity to get there. I mean there were some big reveals early in this book, and some big reveals late, but there were points in the middle when the plot seemed to stop altogether.
Beyond that, I remain surprised I’m still reading this series. It was never my intention to read the whole thing. I work in a library and felt professionally obligated to at least read the first book so I had a sense of the style and could recommend it accordingly. I don’t know. Maybe this is my form of penance for never reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe or The Lord of the RingsJuly 20, 2014 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm #1030514
Best book I’ve read this year! RIYL Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”, Jenni Fagan’s “The Panopticon”, Peter Heller’s “The Dog Stars”.
Fun YA read with a whip-smart female protagonist. Frankie breaks the secret prep-school boys club code. Hijinks ensue.
Just. Didn’t. Like. Not one bit. As I explained to a friend, it’s not every day that a writer writes their first novel second, but that’s what Ferris seems to have done. In TRAAADH every aspiring male writer trope is funneled into the first-person narrative of one amazingly contrived character. As a result successful Dentist Paul O’Rourke expounds (not particularly well) on religion, love, baseball (Red Sox ‘natch. They’re the thinking fans baseball team, you know), faith, fathers, doubt, and technology.July 20, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm #1030516
I picked up The Orphan Train and The Signature of All Things.
Hoping for them to be nice reads. I had a really hard time finding a book to read! Guess I am a bit out of the literary world.July 21, 2014 9:37 am at 9:37 am #1030570
I am loving this right now.
Dense enough to feel like more than a beach read, but really captivating.July 21, 2014 2:19 pm at 2:19 pm #1030599
I am almost finished with Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Really interesting seeing how he developed and became the person we know as Steve Jobs. Makes me want to work towards a minimalist/simplistic lifestyle.July 21, 2014 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm #1030616
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Just finished Shadowed Sun — book 2 in the Dreamblood series by N.K. Jemisin — a fantasy series loosely based on the Ancient Egyptian culture.
I enjoyed the first book — Killing Moon — but book 2 was even better! Excellent use of political undertones to discuss different sorts of issues — gender politics, race politics, class politics etc.July 21, 2014 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm #1030625
I picked up The Orphan Train and The Signature of All Things.<br>
Hoping for them to be nice reads. I had a really hard time finding a book to read! Guess I am a bit out of the literary world.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Orphan Train. I think that’ll be a solid pick.
Also, for the benefit of the group (and because I’m not sure if the image is displaying properly or not) the book above that I “Just. Didn’t. Like” was Joshua Ferris’ “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour”.July 21, 2014 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #1030630
I’ve not read a real book in awhile, but I’m going to attempt an 800-pager on vacation soon…July 21, 2014 9:52 pm at 9:52 pm #1030638
Fantastic story, well written and an easy read.August 7, 2014 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #1033665
Trippy historical fiction that explores the inner life of 19th-Century’s second most famous blind and deaf woman. Cameos by Dickens, Longfellow, and John Brown add splashes of celebrity color. The rest of the story is rounded out with cutting, lesbian relationships, spiritual journeys, and phrenology (natch). Good stuff.August 8, 2014 8:36 am at 8:36 am #1033690
Just finished the second book in the Southern Reach trilogy Authority (Annihilation was mentioned above) and I really liked the follow up, can’t wait to see how it “ends”.
Also just finished Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Mally, author of the Scott Pilgram series, also very good, highly recommended for graphic novel fans.
Today I’m finishing up The Flame Alphabet. It’s definitely dystopian, but the world itself never really becomes fleshed out clearly which leave a lot of (intentionally) unanswered questions. It also has sort of a medical horror porn element going on that has gotten tiresome as I’ve progressed through the book. I’m going to finish mainly out of curiosity on how the premise will be resolved. As a linguist and overall word nerd, language as a weapon, something that can make you physically ill, is an interesting construct.
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