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?!
It didn’t have a picture of a gorgeous blonde on the cover, did it?
Personally, I love FR.com book threads.
Once a month seems about right to me.
I read a lot, and I certainly do consider what other FReepers are reading to help guide me on things that I certainly would have missed if I were to rely simply on my own counsel.
I have already book marked a few books mentioned out here on this thread, and have placed future orders for some on Amazon.
By a New York Times reporter. Versatile fellow. I thought it was a pretty good thriller. Well-informed. Not top-notch, though.
Just finished Gusher of Lies by Robert Bryce. All lot of his opinions are highly slanted against Bush and the like, but the facts are amazing. Everything the government has tried to do to “improve” the energy system has failed miserably. Much better to sit back and enjoy the ride rather than trying to get “energy independence” or “renewable energy”.
A devastating critique.
I won't pick that series up again....
I find them interesting, full of arcane information--still, I'm a little troubled by the extensive fictionalizing. The Bible is always quoted accurately, and nothing in the books actually contradicts what is known about history. But an awful lot is added. Wouldn't be much point to them otherwise, but still . . .
_Commodore Hornblower_ by C.S.Forester
Actually, I’m on my way through the 11 books for the third time, Commodore is the 8th in the series.
I’m reading of bio of Meir Kahane, written by his widow. Reviewing it for a journal, actually.
Can’t wait, soon, to start GAME OF THRONES, by George Martin. Heard the series is awesome.
I’m reading “a bio”. Sorry, it’s hot here, my brains are fried.
I heard that they get much better after 3rd or 4th book in the series.
Well since Im kinda burned out on politics and need an escape, Im reading the Jim Butcher Dresden Files series.
I heard that they get much better after 3rd or 4th book in the series.
I’m far from disappointed, Butcher has a writing style I like, you can really get a feel for the character.
Too bad they canceled the television show, it had potential.
ping for later
TREASON and GODLESS by Ann Coulter--I think she goes overboard on TV because she wants to be seen as controversial, but her books are enjoyable and make me think about the issues she discusses. I don't think she's unbiased, but her writings send me off to do fact-finding missions of my own.
AFTER by Steven Brill--That this book sank without a trace is a disgrace. Brill, a contributer to Chuck Schumer, wrote a book about a handful of people post-9/11 including John Ashcroft, a shop owner, a widow, and others. As I recall, the liberal press couldn't wait for this to come out...until it did, and Brill praised President Bush's reaction to 9/11.
ELIA KAZAN by Richard Shickel--Terrific look at the director.
ROSEBUD by David Thomson--A really engrossing biography of Orson Welles.
HOWARD HAWKS by Robin Wood--His smart appreciation is marred by a new introduction that smears America and George W. Bush--Hawks being long dead before W became president may make more thoughtful readers wonder what the hell any of that material has to do with the director's films.
CAN YOU FEEL THE SILENCE? a bio of Van Morrison.
I've read many more books, but these stand out.
THE HAUNTED WOOD and THE VENONA FILES about the facts of Cold War Soviet espionage, as opposed to the "There were no Soviet spies!" happy dreams of Hollywood.
INTELLECTUALS by Paul Johnson, a great raking over the coals of leftist BSers like Lillian Hellman.
I've read many more, but these stand out.
Looks like a lot of good info here for future reference.
Right now I am reading Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead.. recommended by & loaned from AFPhys. Also am a bit into a Civil war book & a holistic health book. (these last two aren’t reading but the skim, open, look a little here & there)
The Bible, King James Version.
I try to read a chapter per night, except when I’m just too dog tired to manage it. I pick the chapter at random for reflection and inspiration.
“Id like to add Morisons full set to my library some day.”
I must have been a pretty good dad because my wife and daughter found it on amazon used last year in perfect condition. The first time through I borrowed volume by volume through our library’s inter library loan program. Books came in from all over Florida and No. GA.
“My gosh, I bet that is excellent.”
Beyond words. Gives you a totally new perspective on our current military situation and how it was covered by the MSM and the tremendous sacrifice of our troops.
Not a single mention of “A Grave Breach” from my fellow freepers? In all the bookstores. High sales volume. Except for whoever reviewed it for Publishers Weekly, universally great reviews. Compared by others to Flynn, Rosenberg, Grisham, Clancy, Forsyth.
After almost reaching age 60 and never knowing much about Ayn Rand other than what others have written about her, I decided it was time to learn more by reading her books.
I thought an interesting approach would be to read them in the order in which she wrote them, so I started with “We The Living”.
I just finished “Anthem” (her short novella).
I’ve ordered “The Fountainhead” and will start that as soon as it arrives.
I’m wondering if I can handle the 900+ pages of “Atlas Shrugged”???
Even so, I don't remember seeing it in my book store, but I will look.
I have the first, in paperback, but have not read it yet.
I went to one of my used book stores and found the complete set - through the newest that is out in paperback.
You>Yes. My first time through. My father speaks highly of the >series, so I thought Id give it a shot. So far, so good.
I first read the books in 1994, when the last book was “Lord of Chaos” I loved them so much I bought the paperbacks and gave them to my wife. When my daughter was old enough, she read the series. Then my son. So we're a “Wheel of Time” family.
“Cant wait, soon, to start GAME OF THRONES, by George Martin. Heard the series is awesome.”
It’s well written, but I found it too dark and depressing for my taste. I have not read “Feast for Crows” and don’t intend to.
Is it about anything specific?
I finally read “The Fountainhead” 2 weeks ago. Great book. I read “Atlas Shrugged” last year, also great, as in very great.
I had read one of Rand’s other (Virtue of Selfishness) books when I was a teen still and it did not compute for me then, but I’ll read it again in the near future.
I just started reading Flynns books. Yesterday I finished Transfer Of Power, and I have a few, well, several more to go. But I will pick up A Grave Breach!
My books center on a firm of international lawyers with connections to the intelligence community. They’re legal thrillers - not in the sense of being courtroom dramas as much as having international legal issues behind the plots. The first “Bargained for Exchange” arose out of the Sami Al-Arian business in Tampa in 1995 or so. It gave me the idea of ‘what if terrorists used Middle East studies departments in coleges and universities as a cover for a support network. (Long before it was revealed that was exactly what had occurred.) The second book, “Art & Part” (which is a Scottish legal term), had the trial of the Libyans accused of the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie as the background. Not so much about the trial as what happens when the lawters go over to cover it. Similarly, the third book, “A Grave Breach” has the Bosnian war crimes trials as the background. But it’s not about the trials. Not a single scene takes place in the Hague. Rather, in this one, the oldest member of the law firm was in WWII Yugoslavia, then there was the Bosnian War in the nineties and now someone is about to be tried as a war criminal and the elder lawyer askes one of his colleagues to defend him. More to it than that but that’s the basic premise.
Thanks for asking.
I read Flynn, too. He’s one of the best. Along with Daniel Silva, David Hagberg, Ian Rankin - more mystery than thriller - and a lot of others.
Getting ready to start on “Deja Demon” by Julie Kenner. A little light escapist reading in between heavier things.
I bought it used hardcover on Amazon for $7.
Surprisingly, per Tompkins the 19th century explorers who began to study the various Mexican pyramids postulated Asian and Euro/African origin of the Mexican/Central American indians detailed by Schoch, 150 to 200 years ago.
Herman Melvilles short stories.....
I dug those out of the pile last year and found they are like a shot of liqour and two sleping pills. They are not for me
Just finished SPYCRAFT by former CIA employee Wallace. A terrific book that details all the Agency’s gadgets.
Have you read Morison’s ‘Admiral of the Ocean Sea’? Fascinating
Hard read, but well worth it. Johnson packs so much detail in his books!
yes, I’ve come to the conclusion I will not fully comprehend all the detail he puts into the text. Still, I put down the book knowing more than I did when I picked it up. History is nice like that. :)
Pinging myself to help me update my Shelfari.
Bibliophiles may enjoy shelfari dot com - you can have a lot of fun there setting up a virtual library, reviewing books, and discussing books.
No, it wasn’t Coulter.
It was a more scholarly sort of thing.
Excellent! Let me know what you think....I just ordered his new HB “the Last Patriot” as well...magritte
Thanks for the tip of shelfari...I just signed up...it’s coooooooool......magritte
“Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War” by Gary Gallagher
“The Fall of the Roman Empire” by Peter Heather
“Defending Identity” by Natan Sharansky
“Dangerous Nation” by Robert Kagan
In addition to the books I'm reading, I'm also listening to a few books
“The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America” by Colin G. Calloway and “The Whiskey Rebellion” by William Hoegeland
I like “Moby Dick” but the short stories are a tougher read that I expected. The prose is pretty dense and it takes a while to get used to the style and to unload what is there. I spent most of the weekend in a hospital ICU waiting room, so I had time to do that. I like some of the stories. Others are duds.
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