What are you reading?

jmog Senior Member
7,737 posts 49 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Nov 20, 2021 6:12 PM

Just got my order for the final installment in the Ender’s Game series. Just released The Last Shadow which ties the two series’ (Ender and Shadow) together. 

I don’t see myself doing much more other than reading it this weekend. I have been waiting for this book for like 8+ years since I finished the Shadow series.

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 114 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Nov 21, 2021 3:01 AM

Have to pick back up on The Expanse.  Read season 6 in the books, and it threw me a bit with one composite character [in the tv adaptation] but otherwise it was great.

I'll watch the new season, but for me the show has been more good than great.  I've got 3 more books and a couple of shorts.  Cool that there's still a ton of story available after the series ends.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 244 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Nov 21, 2021 10:00 AM

I'm a big fan of The Expanse show but haven't read any of the books. I'll get to them at some point.

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 114 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Nov 21, 2021 12:20 PM
posted by justincredible

I'm a big fan of The Expanse show but haven't read any of the books. I'll get to them at some point.

I watched the first 5 seasons, which apparently track closely with the books.  Had little trouble jumping straight to book #6, once I figured out Drummer on the series is a composite of Drummer and another captain in the book.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 34 reps Joined Oct 2010
Mon, Jul 18, 2022 11:34 AM

Five Families by Selwin Raab. 

A comprehensive history of the American Mafia.  It’s not an academic history; it’s a narrative.  If you find Mafia stuff interesting, you will love it.  I’ve found most Mafia “memoirs” are mainly bullshit written by guys who revise history and watched too many Mob films.  This book is great because you see who the real brains are (early bosses and capos) and who are the knuckle draggers (recent bosses and capos like Gotti and Gravano).  5/5

kizer permanente Senior Member
1,309 posts 18 reps Joined Aug 2017
Mon, Jul 18, 2022 1:14 PM

Currently reading Billy Summers by Stephen King. 

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 200 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jul 18, 2022 3:27 PM

Reading a few collections of short stories in the general classification of horror.

A bunch compiled by a dude named Marvin Kaye. I'd had a couple of them for years and just recently found that he'd compiled a lot of them, so I Amazon'd five more of them. Most of the stories in each of them tend to be written between 1800-1960, so there's a lot of more classic tales (well, that might not be the best term, as he tends to prefer more obscure tales by those writers instead of their most popular ones) mixed in with stuff that's at least modern in comparison.

Also working through the short stories of Thomas Ligotti. Interesting guy. Basically a shut-in due to anxiety, agorophobia, depression and bipolar. His stories fit into weird fiction bordering on Lovecraftian where they feel like surreal nightmares at times. Most of his stuff had been super-rare for ages, but over the past decade or so, a fair amount of it has been mass produced so I can get my hands on it for less than $150-170 a book.

After that, I think I'll go back through the heyday of Clive Barker (Books of Blood, Hellbound Heart -- which Hellraiser was based on --, The Damnation Game, Weaveworld and so on) since I recently bought the handful of books from that time period that I didn't already own.

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 162 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Mar 9, 2023 10:15 PM

The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson

Yeah I rarely read but I got this for Christmas….it sat by my recliner until about mid February but I very much enjoyed it. A crazy amount of digging and research for the hundreds of stories. Some absolutely crazy things to believe he did and some others you just could see him doing.

The track and field stories might be the most impressive of all of them.



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