Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Review
Posted on 04/05/2010 7:53:56 PM PDT by MplsSteve
Hello everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You reading Now?" thread.
I consider Freepers to be some of the more well-read people on the Internet and I'm always curious as to what you're all reading.
In short, it can be anything - a classic novel, a NY Times best seller, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal...in short, anything.
Please do not defile this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this thread". It became really unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm about 65 pages into "War Like The Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta" by Russell S Bonds. So far, so good. I can't complain.
Well, what are you reading now?
I just finished Humanity’s Edge by FReeper TBW2- excellent sci-fi book (a series of short stories). I’m digging around for something new, I’ve been going through 2 books a week lately.
I’m reading volume 1 of Conceived in Liberty by Murray Rothbard
The 5,000 Year Leap, The Book of Lies, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (for my son!)
1. I am Ozzy- autobiography, Ozzy Osbourne
2. The Lady in the Tower-the fall of Anne Boleyn
3. The Illuminatus Trilogy....timely
4. Forty Ways to look at Winston Churchill..
5. The House of Rothschild...Niall Ferguson
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Great story by son of Hamas leader who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Shin Bet. It has some great lessons on the intractable Middle East problems
Those who read many books at a time amaze me. It would drive me nuts.
That said, I am reading a novel called “Declare” and REALLY like it. It is a cold war spy type thriller, but so well written and subtle, with that added fillip of supernatural elements. Muslims figure predominantly along with commies and Great Britain, the French. . . from the 1930s to the 1950s or so. Good read. Recommended.
I’ve been reading Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files (Turn Coat, #11, just came out in paperback) and Codex Alera. I’m waiting for the last volume of that series to come out in pb. Partly I don’t want to pay for hardcover, and partly I don’t have room on my shelves.
I’m also reading a fantasy series by P.C. Hodgell that I managed to miss until now. Baen Books is republishing the earlier ones as double books. Rather dark, but so far quite fascinating.
I am reading “My Grandfather’s Son” by Clarence Thomas and “The Help” by Kathleen Stockett.
Both are excellent reads, but “The Help” is definitely a chick’s book.
Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.
Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.
I thought it appropriate to follow this with "How Democracies Perish" by Jean-Francois Revel. I read about it on a thread last week and picked up a used copy off of Amazon for a couple bucks. From the back cover: "Why do so many socialists and other liberal minded men in the countries of Western Europe, and indeed elsewhere, lend their support to communist activities over the world? How can the spread of communist regimes be averted? Can the capitalist democracies so reform themselves that they can survive?" Originally published in 1976 before Reagan and the supposed end of the Cold War, it is very timely today as we deal with the serious internal threat to our nation's survival.
Just finished “Dune”. Just started “Atlas Shrugged”. Yeah, I know, I’m behind the times by 30 years.
Just finished Ralph Reed’s “Dark Horse: A Political Thriller, for fun. Started slow, but was entertaining.
Now, for something a bit more serious, am taking Glen Beck’s advice, and starting “The Age of the Unthinkable”.
When working, I am listening to Spencer Quinn’s “Thereby Hangs a Tail”. This is for humor... a Chet and Bernie Mystery, as told by Chet, Bernie’s sidekick.
Chet is a dog, and the narrator does him perfectly. Wonderful fun.
The first Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn is “Dog Gone It”, and there is a new one coming out in the fall.
“Declare” is one of Tim Powers’ books. He’s a great writer. I think that novel may be his most powerful, but I also have a special fondness for “The Drawing of the Dark,” a fantasy novel based on King Arthur travelling to Vienna at the time that the Muslim Turks besieged the city. But all his stuff is good.
You recommended this months ago. No book store had it. Now have a kindle so I will get them tonight....anything else?
The Magus (John Fowles)
The Three Deceivers....easy read, but uniquely written. Open the book from the Three Deceivers side and read about the “deceivers,” then turn the book upside down and over and the title on the back is The Three Alternatives (to the deceivers.)
How Animals Think by Dr. Temple Granden.
Excellent book by an autistic animal behavior expert. The premise of her book is that autistic people think and experience the world much like other mammals do. Fascinating and an entertaining read.
Dread Empire’s Fall by Walter Jon Williams. Decent SciFi novel.
Oh yeah, the third book is a Microsoft book Developing in Silverlight.
I Am Murdered: George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the Killing That Shocked a New Nation by Bruce Chadwick
Dune is still one of my favorites, but I found all the sequels disappointing.
Atlas Shrugged is a classic, of course. I’ve never gone back and read it again, though.
The Last of the Mohicans
Finally, I came across one of these threads while it was active, instead of one or two mos old. (Is there a ping list?) Anyway, I just finished a trio of old murder mysteries from the forties: The Sleeping Sphinx, Beagle Scented Murder and Death of a Doll. They were great; I love older fiction.
Btw, I am an aspiring Young Adult Christian Fantasy/SF writer, with reason to believe I may soon be published. I’m always looking for good beta readers. If you would like more information, please PM me; thanks!
“Live Free or Die” by John Ringo (A SF novel)
“Fencing: A Renaissance Treatise” by Camillo Agrippa, Ed. by Ken Mondschien (A modern translation of a 16th c. swordfighting manual)
Sean Hannity’s latest.
1. Boone (biography of Daniel Boone)
2. Heck (juvenile lit., humorous adventure about “where the bad kids go”. Sort of like Purgatory and junior high combined. Richard Nixon is the ethics teacher and Blackbeard the Pirate teaches p.e.)
3. The Synoptic Gospels (bible study materials)
4. Don Camillo (humor, small-town priest in post-WWII Italy spars with communist mayor of the town.)
5. Percy Jackson and The Olympians, vol. two, The Sea of Monsters (reading out loud with kids, juvenile lit. with adventure and humor, Freepers would think it’s a bit “green”, but would like that a major point is that western civilization is worth fighting to save.)
“John Adams” by David McCullough.
Tim Powers is a great read. The forthcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie is supposed to be based off of his "On Stranger Tides", but I dread what they are likely to do with it.
This evening, re-browsing The Discourses of Epictetus, and later this evening doing the same with The Mother of the Buddhas by Lex Hixon.
Longer term, about a third of the way through Guadalcanal: Starvation Island, by Eric Hammel.
This book chronicles the events leading up to April 19, 1775 and documents Revere's role as more than simply a "midnight messenger."
Anyone who has attended an Appleseed shoot will be familiar with the history presented in this book.
Microfinance is an interesting topic. Our daughter is majoring in Economics, and has been studying microfinance.
Actually, I haven’t been keeping up with Tim Powers, I find. I just checked him on Amazon and found several more I haven’t read.
Also, with some of the out-of-print ones you can often find them on Amazon as used books from their associate dealers. That means paying postage, but if the price is low enough it can be worth while.
I just got a copy of a David Drake fantasy called “Old Nathan,” based on the stories of Manley Wade Wellman, which I used to read, I think, in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s fantasy folk tales set in the back woods of the south (Drake’s hero can talk to animals, and has amusing conversations with the mule he rides). David Drake usually does military SF, but I recently came across a story from this book and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.
And if you can still find any Manley Wade Wellman, that’s worth while, too. He was a contemporary of Robert Heinlein.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain”
I have just finished Dimiter by William Peter Blatty. He is best known as author of the Exorcist. The book is a sort of thriller with religious/mystic overtones. Dimiter is good enough to read, but the story is rather slight and improbable. You put it down in the end thinking ... yes ... but ...
by Emma Larkin
___ great read
I was a bit disappointed that the book didn’t give more detail about his defense of the British soldiers and about the Sedition Act. Kinda wish he’d delved more into political intrigue and all that.
The Dakota Project
Flight of the Horse (Larry Niven), esp. short story Flash Crowds