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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. Chris Noyb

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

    Large City, TX
    I recommend The Revenant as an entertaining light read, esp. if you like western adventure novels. Punke is no Laura Hillenbrand (it'd be nice if we had more writers like her), but he manages to mix known facts, information generally accepted as fact, tall tales, and his own fiction into some very readable historical fiction. I did a fair amount of research on Hugh Glass before I started the book, and I haven't seen the movie (apparently very few people have or will), but even with potential spoilers in my mind I still enjoyed the read.
  2. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    I’m reading “Vallista”
    A book that is drawing me in and through it like a good one should.

    It’s by one of my favorite authors, Steven Brust
    Actually my favorite now...
    Since one is dead and the other stopped

    I’ve been reading him for YEARS
    Since this is the 15th in the Vlad Taltos. (tal-tosh )
    Starting with Jhereg in 1983

    I likely have described them before to you
    Because I wait for his books like fans of GOT do for the next season

    They’re shorter books, quick reads
    But flow easily, like talking to a best friend.

    They read like those old-school Spencer detective novelettes
    Told in first person by our hero, a sarcastic irreverent Assassin/Witch/Gangster
    Whose right-hand man is his familiar, a sarcastic irreverent dragonette called a Jhereg
    Which is his House, his father bought “nobility” into...
    the Jhereg, which acts like the Mafia, in comparison to the other more noble yet likely more corrupt Houses in the empire

    The Dragerrian empire is made of mostly tall very long lived “humans”
    Who the humans or Easterners call elves.
    Our hero is a human living amongst the elves, with a bit of resentment and racism
    But he is friendly with many of them
    Including some of the most powerful
    Most being serious Sorcerers

    This series has a great usage and mechanics of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Necromancy, Psionics and more...
    Oh yeah, the Gods are directly involved too
    And our hero “worships” (if you can call it that) a demon goddess
    Who “messes” with him periodically to his ire.

    The banter is wonderful, humor, sarcasm
    The style of writing is incredible quality and complex yet smooth to read
    Starting light...getting deeper and more twisted with each book
    The character and environmental development is awesome
    You feel like you’re experiencing someone’s life, inside his head.

    Our hero solves complicated mysteries and corruptions amongst the Houses of beings who live 1000s of years with all the depth and actions that happen in those years.
    He has a “knack” at it
    And an uncanny way of getting involved and getting out alive
    Much less a little “coaxing and manipulation” by some VERY powerful players
    Both now, past and future

    Hope you get into it...you won’t regret it
    I just wished he wrote faster.
    But then it likely wouldn’t be as good or juicy
  3. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    Rereading the Lord of the Rings. So good.
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  4. Chris Noyb

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

    Large City, TX
    Setting Free The Bears, John Irving's first novel.
  5. Leto

    Leto Slightly Tilted

    I think I ploughed through them 3 times in all. So very good. I also did the Dune trilogy 3 times before moving on to the new books.

    so many books, so little time.
  6. oldtimer56

    oldtimer56 umime

    East Texas
    The Pretender by Marc Ruskin, good book detailing undercover work for the FBI. This guy goes into detail on how they survive dealing with some really bad people in close range with no back up..

    Just finished Swiss Family Robinson forgot how good the old ones was..
  7. Reading--or more accurately said, listening to--THE CODEX by Douglas Preston. I'd never heard of it, and took a flyer on it at the library. Not very good, but when I start one, I tend to finish it.

    Also heard THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham last week. Typical Grisham--meaning entertaining--but I found myself rooting against the main characters probably a bit more than I should have.

  8. I picked up the audio book of FALSE IMPRESSION by Jeffery Archer. As I started it, I thought "this sounds very familiar." After finishing the first disc of the five, I am quite sure I listened to it a few years ago. But I remember so little of it, it's almost new to me!

  9. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It dovetailed nicely with a lot of the reading I've done this fall on mindfulness.
  10. Chris Noyb

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

    Large City, TX
    I frequently have to read several different parts of a book to figure out if I've read it. And I really need to make a list of the Tess Garritsen novels I've read because it has reached the point where I can't trust my memory.
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  11. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted Donor

    Same. Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, Jonathan Kellerman, Karin Slaughter, James Patterson, and most recently, Lisa Unger.
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  12. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

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  13. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    New York City
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  14. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Foggy Bottom
    This wont make any best seller list, but having worked in the Senate for two years in the '80s and knowing the author through mutual acquaintances, I just started reading "When the Senate Worked for Us: The Invisible Role of Staffers in Countering Corporate Lobbies."

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  15. Leto

    Leto Slightly Tilted

    speaking of Jack Reacher...

    A new book is out today: "No Middle Name" . It's an anthology:

    his anthology compiles the complete collection of Reacher short stories to date and includes an original novella, "Too Much Time", which leads into THE MIDNIGHT LINE (the 22nd Reacher novel) alongside eleven reader favorites: "Deep Down", "Everyone Talks", "Guy Walks into a Bar", "High Heat", "James Penney’s New Identity" (the original version which is longer), "Maybe They Have a Tradition", "No Room at the Motel", "Not a Drill", "Second Son", "Small Wars", and "The Picture of the Lonely Diner".

    | Author Lee Child: Jack Reacher Novels
  16. SirLance

    SirLance Death Therapist

    John Marrs, The Good Samaritan, it's very engaging.
  17. Dang it! Still working on 1984. Damn you Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu!
  18. MeltedMetalGlob

    MeltedMetalGlob Resident Loser Donor

    Who cares, really?
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  19. redux

    redux Very Tilted Donor

    Foggy Bottom
    I just started "The Monk of Mokha" about a Yemeni-American who goes back to war torn Yemen to learn more about the coffee of the region that goes back to the 16th century*

    More on the history of Yemeni coffee:

    *Story | Port of Mokha Coffee
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  20. Rebel CR

    Rebel CR Vertical

    Cell Number 99
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