What are you reading?

  • Wed, May 8, 2019 8:26 AM

    Just finished "The Sense Of An Ending", by Julian Barnes.

    Interesting British novel of a divorced man in his 60's.  He seems to be content with his quiet solitary existence until he is named in the will of someone he met only once.  His efforts find out why force him to confront his past as a college student, and how his life turned out as it did.   I love a good mystery.

    Not my usual type of fare, but I'm glad I read it..  Fascinating, very well-written, and very British.  The ending is a shocker. 

    Thu, May 9, 2019 1:56 AM

    Started a re-read of A Song of Ice and Fire. When I get to A Feast for Crows, I'm going to do one of the alternative ways where you switch back and forth between it and A Dance of Dragons.

    Sun, May 12, 2019 7:33 PM

    I'm just over halfway through The Singularity Trap by Dennis E Taylor. Fantastic science fiction.

    Fri, May 17, 2019 11:36 AM
    posted by justincredible

    I'm just over halfway through The Singularity Trap by Dennis E Taylor. Fantastic science fiction.

    Finished the other day. Great book.

    Just started The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes last night. My wife just read one of his other books, Why We Get Fat, and enjoyed it enough to pick up this one.

    Tue, May 21, 2019 4:10 PM

    The Fox by Frederick Forsythe.  I have enjoyed all of his books.  This one looks to be no exception.  

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 8:41 AM

    I finished Steve Coll's Directorate S about the U.S. war in Afghanistan post 9/11. He pulls no punches and spares no one from blame regarding the situation today. It is a pretty good detailed look inside the U.S. perspective as well as Pakistan's point of view. 

    I'm about 150 pages into Chernow's Alexander Hamilton. It is as good as advertised. 

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 8:54 AM

    I still need to read Hamilton, it's been sitting on my shelf for well over a year now.

    I'm currently reading Speaker for the Dead, the second Ender's Game book.

    Tue, Jun 11, 2019 9:41 AM
    posted by justincredible

    I still need to read Hamilton, it's been sitting on my shelf for well over a year now.

    I'm currently reading Speaker for the Dead, the second Ender's Game book.

    I hear that if you read it backwards, there are scripts in it.

    Tue, Jul 2, 2019 1:59 PM

    I'm about a third of the way through The Stand. I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

    Fri, Jul 12, 2019 8:46 AM

    I finished Hamilton yesterday and it was a great read. I actually finished it the day of the duel with Burr, July 11. Hamilton died today, July 12, 1804 at the age of 49. 

    I'm continuing my founding father's read with Mccullough's John Adams 

    Fri, Jul 12, 2019 8:54 AM

    Re-reading "Gorky Park" by Martin Cruz Smith.  Been 20 years since I read it, had forgotten how darker and more twisted it is, much more so than the movie, which was very good.

    I read another Smith novel several years ago, "December 6".  Sort of a dark and twisted "Casablanca" set in Tokyo the day before the Pearl Harbor attack.

    Did I mention they were dark and twisted?

    Fri, Jul 12, 2019 9:39 AM
    posted by ptown_trojans_1

    I finished Hamilton yesterday and it was a great read. I actually finished it the day of the duel with Burr, July 11. Hamilton died today, July 12, 1804 at the age of 49. 

    I'm continuing my founding father's read with Mccullough's John Adams 

    Both are on my shelf. I think I'm going to go back and read some historical non-fiction in the fall. These seem like good starts.

    Fri, Jul 12, 2019 11:32 AM

    Alvin Plantiga's Where the Conflict Really Lies

    It's a book that engages a mesh of Christianity and evolution.  I'm not always a Plantiga fan, but someone I trust told me he did a good job in the book, so I figured I'd give it a read.

    Sat, Jul 20, 2019 8:54 PM

    Almost done with The Stand. 

    Started Chernow's Alexander Hamilton last night. Great so far, I'm through the first couple chapters detailing his family history and childhood in the Caribbean. 

    Sat, Jul 20, 2019 8:59 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Almost done with The Stand. 

    I loved the Stand. I hate King’s Politics but I love his writing. Read pet Cemetary and Carrie recently. What got me started was 11/22/63, and I’ve been trying to read some ever since. IT was great too. 

    Sat, Jul 20, 2019 9:54 PM
    posted by iclfan2

    I loved the Stand. I hate King’s Politics but I love his writing. Read pet Cemetary and Carrie recently. What got me started was 11/22/63, and I’ve been trying to read some ever since. IT was great too. 

    I have the same view of him. He's a goober, but I love his books. The Dark Tower series was awesome. 

    Sat, Jul 20, 2019 10:36 PM
    posted by iclfan2

    I loved the Stand. I hate King’s Politics but I love his writing. Read pet Cemetary and Carrie recently. What got me started was 11/22/63, and I’ve been trying to read some ever since. IT was great too. 

    What's 11/22/63?

    Sun, Jul 21, 2019 8:01 AM
    posted by O-Trap

    What's 11/22/63?

    I haven't read it, but it's one of his highest rated books. Something about JFK and time travel.

    Sun, Jul 21, 2019 8:04 AM

    Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is an outstanding short story/novella. Different Seasons was a great book, it combined that, Stand by Me, Apt Pupil, and some other throwaway story. The three listed by name were great stories. Apt Pupil was...messed up, but very good.

    His Bill Hodges trilogy is also very good (Finders Keepers, Mr Mercedes, End of Watch).

    Sun, Jul 21, 2019 9:15 AM
    posted by O-Trap

    What's 11/22/63?

    It’s one of his newer books. Like Justin said, the premise is a guy can go back in time to try and stop the Kennedy assassination. It’s long, but good. I believe someone did a mini series on it but I never saw it.

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