Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Inquiry
Posted on 07/03/2008 8:40:03 AM PDT by MplsSteve
OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread.
I like finding out what Freepers are reading lately. It can be anything...a technical journal, a trashy pulp novel, an old classic...in short, anything!
Please do not defile this thread by posting "I'm Reading This Thread". It became very unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm close to finishing "The Last Valley" by Martin Windrow. It's about the siege/battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
Well, what are you reading now?!
Mere Christianity -C.S. Lewis
“I’d Rather Be The Devil: Skip James +the Blues” by Stephen Calt.
Light in August by William Faulkner
Working on several materials related to Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio. MRDS. Also, database index programming. Also, same old pile of philosophy books.
The last good one was James Madison and the Struggle For the Bill of Rights by Richard Lubunski.
I started Thomas Jefferson: Secrets at Monticello and it was a bunch of tabloid/gossip rubbish!
Right now I’m reading Atlas Shrugged. I don’t know how that copy of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Comics Omnibus 2” got on my nightstand.
I just finished Vince Flynn’s ‘Protect and Defend’. Now I have just started W.E.B. Griffith’s ‘Death and Honor’.
Beer & Food: An American History by Bob Skilnik (aka, me)
It starts off slow, but after a few unforeseen plot twists, it got to where I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to get 15% of their recommended daily allowance of niacin in one meal.
I’m finally getting around to finishing up the seven book Stephen King “Dark Tower” series that I started almost twenty years ago.
Just about done with “Brother Odd” by Dean Koontz.
Alas, prepping for the classes I’ll teach next school year and doing background reading, nothing cool:
The Accidental Library Systems Manager, Gordon
Library and Information Center Management, Stueart and Moran
Just finished “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See about womens’ life in 18th century China. (which was excellent) Am reading “She’s Come Undone”, which is a little racy for this traditional Catholic girl... I am not a Wally Lamb fan.
I’m reading “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara.
Today is the anniversary of Pickett’s Charge, and the last day of the Gettysburg battle.
How is Brother Odd? It has been sitting on my shelf for almsot a year.
P.S.: Bring your asbestos book cover.
Just finishing up the last volume of Samuel Eliot Morison’s 15 Volume set of the History of the United States Navy in WWII - second read. Great story.
Yeh, I know, consider the source.
But, she makes some good points, even if she lets her bias come out at times.
Reach of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
Gnostic stuff mostly:
* Valis by Philip K. Dick
* The Nag Hammadi Library, The Definitive Translation
Savage Frontier, 1835-1837: Rangers, Riflemen, and Indian Wars in Texas (Savage Frontier)
Might as well read the daily newspaper, it's happening now, pretty much the same except where is that gold bar they promised?.
Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough.
I’m re-reading Richard Marcinko’s SEAL Force Alpha right now.
I still have to finish Shadow Warriors by Tom Clancy. (that has had a bookmark for years)
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.
“The Entire and the Rose” Series by Kay Kenyon. Very creative, good series. Not as good as the “Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” Stephen Donaldson.... now THAT is a materpiece.
Not too bad - typical Koontz - a bit formulaic, but the Odd Thomas character is so likeable and Koontz always throws in some humor. Worth a quick read.
Alantic: Scott Cookman - a 1905 sailboat race across the Alantic sponsored by Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
Godforsaken Sea: Derek Lundy - great author, book about singlehanded round-the-world sailboat racers.
The Way of a Ship: Derek Lundy - a square rigger voyage around Cape Horn in the last days of sailing schooners.
That’s something I’d enjoy reading.
An account 100 years closer to the real events that cites original source documents from personal letters to state/assembly legislation. In book I Pre Revolution.
Just getting around to Lexington/Concord, Ethan Allen and Ticonderoga.
A little difficult to read at times, Small type and earlier American english.
The Majesty of Law; Sandra Day O’Connor
I was often unhappy with O’Connor as a Supreme Court justice, but I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the Constitution and wants to know why we have come so far from the vision of the Framers of the Constitution. Many of the court cases that brought us to where we are are discussed in this book and it makes it all a little clearer. It is a well written book, and interesting to read some of the history of the court. This book came out when she was still on the bench, but I am just now getting around to reading it. The great thing is it can be found cheap now.
Protect And Defend...Vince Flynn. Rush was talking about how he couldn’t put it down so I said what the hay.
Very good book!
Herman Melville’s short stories.
Saul Bellow’s short stories.
“From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet: A Treasury of Chicago Maritime History”
“Chovos haLevovos” (Duties of the Heart) by Rebbeinu Bachya ibn Pakuda — latter 11th century Jewish philosophical work. It’s awesome.
And “Cheney” by Stephen Hayes.
Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World (Paperback)
Probably put there by whomever keeps leaving some Nora Roberts book on mine....IT’S A CONSPIRACY, I TELL YA!!!!
Do the Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition rule books count?
I CANNOT wait for Frankenstein III! I hope he’s still planning on doing that one. I neeeed to know what happens!!!
Dawkins is at his weakest, btw, in his argument that all who question the origins of life should have no more issues once they've had their consciousness raised by evolution. I still haven't seen any evidence, for OR against, a prime mover/"creator."
In other words, I am neither fully convinced by the atheists or the believers at this time, although I lean more towards to former than the latter.
I just finished Gordon Rhea’s series on Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign; The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River & Cold Harbor. As a follow-up I am about half way through Noah Trudeau’s “The Last Citadel; The Siege of Petersburg.”
After that, it’s on to “Team of Rivals” which discusses the political intrigue in Lincoln’s Cabinet.