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What books are you reading right now?

Discussion in 'Tilted Art, Photography, Music & Literature' started by sapiens, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Yerba

    Yerba Vertical

    Location:
    What?
    None, currently. Makes me sad.

    Very seriously need to start reading more.

    Need to find time to read more.
     
  2. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl Growing Strong Donor

    That one's on my list. Aside from the Middletown connection, my great-grandparents moved up from Tennessee, and at least half of my relatives worked at Armco/AK. It was recommended to me by my second cousin, same background, who's now the dean of pharmacy at a northern college.
     
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  3. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor


    As I was reading it you were one of the people I was thinking I needed to recommend it to. Though I didn't know the direct TN/Armco connection, I figured you'd have enough familiarity with things he referred to to enjoy the book. :)
     
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  4. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I've got three books on hand from which to choose.

    The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, and The Brass Ring by Bill Mauldin.

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    Bill Mauldin - Wikipedia

    I read two of Mauldin's books, one based on his experiences as a grunt soldier during WWII, the second about his experiences and struggles back home after WWII. Both are eye-openers, well worth reading. My comments are posted in this thread.
     
  5. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Foggy Bottom
    I just downloaded "Ernie Pyle in England" for $.99, written in 1941 at the buildup to the German Blitzkieg and the Battle of Britain.

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Currently about 1/4 the way through Shogun. Never really been exposed to it (there was a mini-series made when I was a kid, the book is from before I was born), but it is pretty captivating.
     
  7. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl Growing Strong Donor

    Finished the Queen's Poisoner (Jeff Wheeler), started in on the sequel, The Thief's Daughter. Bouncing between that and Trigger Warning (Neil Gaiman.)
     
  8. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I haven't read any of James Clavell's novels, but King Rat sounds interesting.
     
  9. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Even with everything going on I've managed to score dirt cheap some books for my Some Day stack.

    Getting Stoned With The Savages by J. Marten Troost. The disclaimer cracks me up, and my quick browse reveals a healthy dose of irreverent humor. I could use some humor right now.

    In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar. A novel about life in Libya.

    Wild Animus by Rick Shapero. Not my usual taste in fiction, but I've been intrigued by this for a while. I dropped a whopping 27 cents for a Advance Reading Copy PB.

    The Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum. Pretty massive at 645 pages, but I've enjoyed some of Ludlum's other novels.

    I also bought a book on boosting brain power :confused: through nutrition, but don't have it with me.
     
  10. Fangirl

    Fangirl Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Arizona
    Was Christmas shopping in December and saw that the latest Patricia Cornwell mystery, Chaos, was just released so I put it on request at the Phoenix Library. Despite being a new release, it became available before the end of 2016. Picked it up and brought it home only to realize that I'd missed the previous title in the Kay Scarpetta series, Depraved Heart, so ordered that. Now I've finished Depraved Heart and am starting on Chaos.

    Depraved Heart
    was a predictable murder mystery, a far cry from Cornwell's riveting earlier works. I still love her writing though so hold hope that she'll surprise me with her most recent effort.
     
  11. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
    "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman :cool:
     
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  12. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Bottom Line's Mind Boosting Secrets.
     
  13. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    I just finished E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel, which is a very readable series of lectures on the various parts of the novel that make it function as it does. He approaches it from the perspective of a "pseudo-scholar," which he admits is what many of us are when it comes to considering the art form. So in other words, it's not super serious, and it doesn't use high-level scholarly jargon. Nonetheless, it is an important analysis of the inner workings of the novel.

    Now? I'm thinking of reading Camus' Stranger. I've read it once, but I don't remember it well enough.
     
  14. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I enjoyed Getting Stoned With Natives, didn't know it's a sequel (sort of) to Sex Lives Of Cannibals.
     
  15. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    I finished Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart last week. It's incredibly well-written, and it gives an excellent view of pre- and post-colonial Africa. I haven't read much African literature (let alone post-colonial literature), and I intend to read more. I read Mongo Beti's Poor Christ of Bomba more than a decade ago, and I'm surprised I haven't sought out more of its kind.

    I'm currently poised to read a few poetry anthologies, as I'm getting back into writing verse. It's historically been my entry point to creative writing in general, and I've been out of practice for too long now.
     
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  16. Azharen

    Azharen Getting Tilted

    Location:
    Springfield, OR
    Sadly none. I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy and erotica if anyone has any good suggestions.
     
  17. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I just finished In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar.

    Now to go through my Some Day stack of books.
     
  18. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Guilty pleasure reading.....

    Rizzoli & Isles Die Again by Tess Gerritsen.
     
  19. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Location:
    Toronto
    I just picked up Writing Poetry from the Inside Out by Sandford Lyne from the library. #itstarts #itshappening
     
  20. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    In all likelihood my opinion would mean about as much to Tess Gerritsen as used toilet paper :eek: :D.


    Dear Tess Gerritsen,

    As a fan of your writing I feel compelled to mention this: Dennis Lehane stopped writing his series of novels featuring Kenzie & Gennaro because he had taken the characters about as far as he could. From what I've read in Die Again, you should consider closing your Rizzoli & Isles series, or at the very least take a really long break.

    Creating and especially maintaining the suspension of disbelief can be difficult. I believe that if you were able to read
    Die Again from the viewpoint of a longtime fan you would see several examples where it was not achieved.

    You are a very good writer, you can do much better than Die Again.



    Sincerely,

    A longtime fan