What are you reading?

  • Wed, Oct 3, 2018 1:45 PM
    posted by jmog

    Just started Origin by Dan Brown, we will see if it is as good as Angels and Demons (doubtful, great book) or Da Vinci Code (good book, but AnD was better). 

    Not sure what your take will be, but I thought Origin was a great disappointment.  Had a nice opening premise, though.  The Lost Symbol was interesting if only for the historical locations and artwork described.

    I finally finished the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, at least what he's written up to this point.  Just re-read "Never Go Back", which was Tom Cruise's second portrayal of Reacher.  The book is so much more interesting than the movie, which really wasn't awful.

    Am now re-reading the Jurassic Park sequel "The Lost World" by Crichton.  Forgot how good it was, even after the initial thrill of reading JP had faded.

    Wed, Oct 3, 2018 1:47 PM
    posted by justincredible

    I'm reading over my lunch break. Lee's inauguration. Holy shit.

    Good stuff, you REALLY need to read the next one, How Few Remain. Good stuff, you will get hooked all the way through WW2.

    Wed, Oct 3, 2018 1:49 PM
    posted by Zunardo

    Not sure what your take will be, but I thought Origin was a great disappointment.  Had a nice opening premise, though.  The Lost Symbol was interesting if only for the historical locations and artwork described.

    I finally finished the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, at least what he's written up to this point.  Just re-read "Never Go Back", which was Tom Cruise's second portrayal of Reacher.  The book is so much more interesting than the movie, which really wasn't awful.

    Am now re-reading the Jurassic Park sequel "The Lost World" by Crichton.  Forgot how good it was, even after the initial thrill of reading JP had faded.

    The JP original book was amazing, I liked The Lost World book as well. To be honest the Lost World movie was absolutely terrible, but the book was still good.

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 9:41 AM

    About a third through Game of Thrones. Obviously a great book. 

    Also started a dystopian book called Wool 2 nights ago. It's pretty interesting so far. Essentially a bunch of people have been living in a massive underground silo for generations because above ground is uninhabitable. 

    Fri, Oct 12, 2018 10:08 AM

    Currently in the middle of "Flight Or Fright - 17 Turbulent Tales", a collection of short horror stories involving airplane travel, edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent.

    If you ever saw the movie "Millenium" with Kris Kristofferson, the short story it is based on is in this collection - I haven't gotten that far yet, but have read some good ones so far.  One involves  an Air Force loadmaster on a C-41 hauling coffins from the Jonestown massacre.  Would have made a nice "Night Gallery" episode. 

    Another one involves an engineer who keeps picturing himself riding a roller coaster in his mind, the coaster flying off the rails into oblivion, his suddenly weightless body being held in by the seatbelt, and a time frame of 2 minutes and 45 seconds keeps going through his head,   The story is disjointed at first, as you "see" various thoughts and mental images go thru his mind, and hear him mentally replay snippets of dialogue.  You're almost at the end of the story before you suddenly realize he's one of the Morton Thiokol engineers who advised postponing the Challenger launch because of the weather- and how he is dealing with the aftermath.

    Fri, Oct 19, 2018 1:45 PM

    Just passed the 50% mark in Wool. It is a fantastic book, one of the more entertaining books I've read in a while.

    Also about 55% through Game of Thrones. Also great.

    Mon, Oct 22, 2018 10:00 AM

    Finished Wool last night. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes dystopian sci-fi.

    Mon, Oct 22, 2018 2:29 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Finished Wool last night. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes dystopian sci-fi.

    I just looked it up, it is a few book series. I may have to start it once I finish Origin (slow read, maybe the worst Dan Brown book I have read so far).

    Tue, Oct 23, 2018 8:35 AM
    posted by jmog

    I just looked it up, it is a few book series. I may have to start it once I finish Origin (slow read, maybe the worst Dan Brown book I have read so far).

    Started book 2, Shift, last night. So far it's all about events leading up to the first book. No drop off in quality, I had to force myself to stop reading.

    Tue, Oct 30, 2018 12:44 PM

    Halfway through Shift. Great book so far, I should be able to finish it by this weekend looking at the upcoming weather. Also should finish Game of Thrones this week.

    Fri, Nov 9, 2018 9:18 AM

    Finished Game of Thrones and have started Clash of Kings. Great series so far. I'm gonna hate finishing the rest of the books and then Martin never finishes the series.

    Also finished Shift, and am 85% through the final book in that series, Dust. Great trilogy, I highly recommend it.

    Mon, Nov 12, 2018 8:50 AM

    Finished Dust. Enjoyed the ending.

    Started A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea last night. It's a short book from Kindle Unlimited that I'll be able to finish before my subscription ends tomorrow. Pretty harrowing story so far. The guy was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Korean (born when it was just Korea) father. Father was a real bastard, and through an unfortunate string of events he took the family from Japan to the supposed utopia of North Korea.

    Mon, Nov 12, 2018 9:02 AM
    posted by justincredible

    Finished Dust. Enjoyed the ending.

    Started A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea last night. It's a short book from Kindle Unlimited that I'll be able to finish before my subscription ends tomorrow. Pretty harrowing story so far. The guy was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Korean (born when it was just Korea) father. Father was a real bastard, and through an unfortunate string of events he took the family from Japan to the supposed utopia of North Korea.

    Read this book as it was on of the free book of the months. Completely F'd up story, and really gives you insight to how shitty a country North Korea is.

    Tue, Nov 20, 2018 10:06 AM

    Finished A River in Darkness a while back. Truly terrible story.

    I'm about 50% through A Clash of Kings.

    I finished a book called The Naturalist. It was a good, quick read about a computational biologist who discovers a serial killer and starts his own investigation after law enforcement chalks up the deaths to bear attacks.

    I just started a book called Steel World last night. It's the first book in a series of 9 total that was recommended by a co-worker. His suggestions for sci-fi are always good, and this one hasn't disappointed so far.

    Tue, Nov 20, 2018 6:00 PM

    The Pursuit of God

    Tue, Dec 18, 2018 12:57 PM

    Been a while since checking in. I've finished Steel World, mentioned above, and two more in the series. Dust World and Tech World.

    I'm almost done with Clash of Kings.

    I've hit my goal of 48 books for the year. I might give myself a break and take the rest of the year off once I finish Clash of Kings.

    Fri, Dec 21, 2018 11:56 AM

    I finished No Country for Old Men this morning. Fantastic book. 

    Next up is the iconic The Guns of August. It has been on my list for years. 

    Wed, Jan 2, 2019 9:18 AM

    Read 50 books in 2018. Just shy of 24k pages.

    I recently started All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Fantastic book so far.

    Thu, Jan 10, 2019 3:00 PM

    Just finished "Tigerland" by Wil Haygood, the story of the (Columbus) East High School Tigers, who won both the state basketball and baseball championships in 1969, and the societal turmoil that shaped the players.  Fantastic book, extremely well-written and engrossing.  My wife is a first cousin of the one of the starters who played on both teams, so it was a chance for me learn more about her family , and also about an era I was unfamiliar with.

    Also finished the latest Jack Reacher novel "Past Tense" by Lee Child.  It's a look into Reacher's family's history, in particular his late father's past, which is not what it seems to be.  Not quite as violent as the previous novels, in terms of Reacher constantly being challenged by local toughs and international goons (before easily dispatching them and righting injustices everywhere), but still pretty interesting if you're a fan like me.  And plenty of black coffee is involved.  

    Fri, Jan 11, 2019 12:47 PM

    Finished All the Light We Cannot See a few days ago. Fantastic book.

    I'm about a third of the way in to A Storm of Swords (GoT #3) and just started Killers of the Flower Moon last night.

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