the last what are you reading got a bit full, so heres a new topic.
This was the last discussion: http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=67107&pst=1733381
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill. (There's a review in the new "Reviews" thread.)
Trying to read the Gaudì Key, by Esteban Martin and Andreu Carranza. It's supposed to belong to the same line as "Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown but, unfortunately, it doesn't flow as Da Vinci Code does. I'm not sure I'm going to finish it. I have already left it several times, it isn't strong enough to keep me really interested.
"The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken" by Tarquin Hall. Set in present day India with much description and humor.
I finished Zinn's "A People's History of the United States," which I found to be a great read. I then read John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row," also wonderful, Federico Garcia Lorca's "3 Tragedies," which I also recommend.
Now, I am into "Hitler, A Biography," by Ian Kershaw.
I am writing from my office, can no longer post from the archaic system at home.
Miranda, I noted that you had said, on the previous string, that you liked "Among Wolves," which you read at my suggestion. I was glad to see you say that, as I like to share the good stuff.
Usually I read more narratives, but I like to have at the same time at my bedside table some poems for special mood. Now it’s “Decadent poetry from Wilde to Naidu”. I just started it, but already appreciated this anthology a lot. It starts from an introductive note on the decadence and chronology of the decadent movement in the UK. I was not so familiar before with British poetry and it gave me comprehensive highlight about the social context and the societal atmosphere, which obviously contributed both in the decadence phenomenon. The editor (Lisa Rodensky) also filled the anthology with recommendation for further reading, in terms of other works of the reviewed authors, but their biographies too, which I found quite useful. Yep, I’m a bookworm-nerd a bit
"Witches, Druids and King Arthur" by Ronald Hutton, a professor of History at England's University of Bristol. A series of academic essays, not a New Age sort of book on the subjects.
I can't believe it, Miranda!
Someone just gave me a pdf document by the same author, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy!
Didn't have the chance of checking yet, but it mush be a good.
Fulvia, what a delightful syncronicity! I am finding his book well-researched and quite interesting to read. When you've gotten around to reading the one you have, let's definitely compare notes.
Sure, Miranda !
Had to make long queues, these days, so I needed an easy reading to make time pass. I bumped into Robert Crais, an American author of detective fiction. He won several awards. I read this writer for the first time and I'm glad I did! I read "L. A. Requiem", a well written book, with an interesting plot, well depicted carachters, a reading that really catches you! Very good for waiting rooms, long trains trips and the like...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Italian translation of a book by Alexandra Marinina, which should be "Death for the sake of death", I guess...
"Serious concerns", poems by witty, ironic, amazing Wendy Cope! I love her!
"Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security" by Todd Miller. Several essays on the militarization of the border between Mexico and the United States...of particular interest to me as I live in a remote rural area of Arizona quite near that border, right smack in the middle of Border Patrol Nation.
Still reading the Hitler biography, but took time out for "The Riddle of the Labyrinth," by Margalit Fox, about the deciphering of Linear B, the long lost language of Knossos.
Part of the fascination, for me, is the connection thereof, with a woman who was a professor at Brooklyn College, without whose painstaking obsessive work the deciphering may never have been done. I lived in Brooklyn for many years, and one of my closest friends was a professor there, as well.
Found a used book by Elizabeth George, "Playing for the ashes". Seems to be a good one.
“Buxton Spice” by Oonya Kempadoo
Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill. The second in his Dr. Siri series. (The first, The Coroner's Lunch, is discussed in the "Reviews" thread.)
Didn't find in my library `Babette's Feast` unfortunately and took instead another work by Bliksen – “Seven Gothic Tales”.
I read Seven Gothic Tales in high school and had not thought of it in who knows how long. Thank you, Valentina, for reminding me of a much-enjoyed book.
Almost finished "Playing for the Ashes" by Elizabeth George. I'm not sure I like inspector Lynley and I'm not sure I like all these plots that need to be unravelled to get to the point... Plus, I cannot identify myself with any of the carachters of the novel, which is bizarre, considered how many carachters are in it. I had the precise feeling that she has a team of ghost writers working for her, sounds like the job of several people to me. Just personal considerations, of course.
I have never read any of the Inspector Lynley books, but I did watch the TV show based on them. I have to say I quite enjoyed them, it wasn't as good as some other UK detective shows, but the premise was quite good, what with Lynley being part of the Landed Gentry and a chief detective in the police. Maybe as a TV show they were better because of the many writers?
Miranda, I know exactly this feeling when some once read books are capable to reappear as such pleasurable experience of the past!
Fished Playing for the ashes! The last part was so rambling, long winded and packed with meaningless details, 2 adjectives every 3 words... She's so verbose! I'm glad it's over!
Sorry, didn't fish anything LOL! Finished, sorry!
"Il libro di Tersite" by Concetto Marchesi
Memoirs by Carlo Goldoni, Venetian playwright and librettist born in 1707.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J. K. Rowling
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.
Valentina you are now officlially HOOKED!! Wait till you get to book 5 Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, it's THE BEST of them all, well in my humble opinion anyway [lol]
Interesting, which part of the HPotteriana will be my favorite Let’s see!
“The Quest of the Warrior Sheep” by Christopher and Christine Russell
Be sure to let us know what your favourite book of the series is, Valentina
Arline, for sure!
Disco for the Departed...what a title! Another in the Dr. Siri series which I've described here before, by Collin Cotterill.
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J. K. Rowling
Hahahaha, you're fairly buzzing through them now, Valentina!!
Right now I am back to reading Fan Fiction. I go between it and books, as I get too easily bored if I sick with one or the other.
I usually spend a few months reading "books" and then a few months trawling the Net for decent Fan-Fic.
To be honest there are some people out there whose fan-fic I have read which is superior to some printed books I've read, but then there are also some dire tragedies which make me want to claw my own eyes out [lol] Usually if you know the right sites to go to you can find some of the best fic available.
Hello book nerds,
A few months ago, I read all 5 books of Game of Thrones....each one 800 pages or more. I loved all the books and can't wait until George R.R. Martin finishes the 6th book. Once I got to know all the characters, I felt like I was part of the story because of the way Martin writes. There is a TV show on HBO of Game of Thrones and it is sticking pretty close to the written word.
I also read Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. I recommend this book very highly. Then I read a fictionalized story based on fact called The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty. It's based on King Rudolph II's insane bastard son. Quite a story and very well written. A page turner!
In between those was The Husband's Secret, The Misremembered Man, The Man in the Window and the autobiography of Lauren Bacall called By Myself...and Then Some.
Now, I'm reading The Book Thief. I'm loving this one. Solemn story interspersed with humor.
I've read the classics, in and out of school. Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Dickens, Twain, Hugo, etc. I admit to a very eclectic choice when it comes to books; from the ridiculous to the sublime and I do love to read!!
Hi Lynn, enjoyed your entire post. I'm still reading my way through The Game of Thrones. My husband read these as they were published and couldn't get me interested in them...now I'm tearing through them. Sometimes, it's all about timing.
Hi Miranda, you're right about timing. My grandson was trying to get me interested in Game of Thrones and I guess I just wasn't ready. Then he gifted me with all 5 books on my Kindle and I was hooked from the start. With a gift like that, I couldn't NOT read them, right?
“A world of strangers” by Nadine Gordimer
A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin, 4th in The Game of Thrones series.
Miranda, you're really reading fast. One more book and, like me, you'll have to wait for George R.R. Martin to complete the 6th book. I wonder if that will be the last one. I doubt it.
Valentina, what is "A World of Strangers" about, briefly?
Lynn, I just started to read and don’t know too much The main character of the story is a young Englishman – Toby, who arrived to run his family publisher’s business in the Johannesburg in late colonial time. The only interesting feature about him – he grew up in a quite funny family. His parents were fighting all their lives with any kind of inequality and for human rights and his mother was ashamed of one of their ancestors - a colonel, who died heroically in a Boer war. At the same time, their main subsistence for that fight and a life as a whole was provided by family’s capitals. Toby was too much tired of all these projects of his mother to save the world and help some particular people, so he has no particular ideals at all. Africa gave him some experience of interaction with white noble part of the society, as well as all other colors of the life there. Let’s see, where he will find himself as at his right place…
Valentina, that sounds quite interesting. Of course, as you say, you're only at the beginning so it's sure to get exciting as Toby continues to pursue his rightful place in the world. Happy reading and thanks for letting me know what the story is about!
Sure, Lynn! I'm trying to review all I read here even struggling with my English, sorry for that!
Your English is fine, Valentina. I had no idea that English wasn't your first language!
Thank you, Lynn! It is nice to know that I finally can explain myself Thanks to my harsh supervisor I used to think that it is poor and even unintelligible
Is there a different thread, with a similar name. This time I CAN see my former posts, except for the very last one.
Anyway, I finished the Hitler biography, read a history of the Olympian gods, and "Cheating Death," by Sanjay Gupta, M.D., and am about to finish, at lunch today, Albert Camus' "The Plague."
Hi Mitchell, "What Are You Reading?" became so long a thread that it was closed and this one, "What Are You Reading? 2" replaced it. That may be the explanation.
I had though of that, but had written the now lost post only recently. In any case, not to fret, as it is not a big deal.
So, now, after owning "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," by Albert Speer, for decades, I have started it, rather than run to the library, and on the tail of finishing the Hitler biography, it seems a good seque.
No, that was not a test, I was wrong, Speer's book is "Inside the Third Reich," sorry.
`The Magnet Book Of Sinister Stories` edited by Jean Russell
Not much time to read at the moment, but I'm in the Perelandra trilogy by C.S.Lewis right now. I finished "Perelandra", the second book, and am starting "That hideous strenght", the third one.
Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris. (I'm posting in Reviews, too, about this book and series.)
At the moment IÃ¬m reading " The Bridge of Sighs " by Pulizer prize author Richard Russo.Finding it very interesting
“Love's Labour's Lost” by William Shakespeare
The Mercy Seller by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
Hi, everyone. I finished The Book Thief. It was very good and I really enjoyed reading it. I understand the movie version was just as good. I haven't seen the movie.
I'm now reading The Fault in our Stars, which has also been made into a movie. The book is excellent and very well written.
Lynn, I heard about "The Book Thief" already and after your confirming other opinions post I added it into my to-read list
I finished "Inside the Third Reich" about 35 minutes ago, now i am going to read John Kenneth Galbraith's January 10, 1971 review of it, from that day's New York Times Book Review. It has been sitting neatly folded up in the book, a first printing, all this time.
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Galbraith was on the staff of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, attached to Eisenhower's staff. "We discussed the mistakes and peculiarities of the bombings on both sides."
this took place on May 19,1945, in the Castle of Glucksburg, "several miles from Flensburg," where Admiral Doenitz had his government headquarters, such as they were.
On May 23rd, Speer was formally told that he was now a prisoner.
Mitchell, aside from the strategies of the war that I'm assuming is discussed in the book "The Third Reich", does the book also discuss the annihilation of 8,000,000 Jews? If so, I don't want to read it.
Valentina, I'm glad you have added "The Book Thief" to your to read list. I think you'll like it. Have you looked at a sample of the book to see what the story is about?
Lynn, no, I don't know precisely the plot. To be honest, I even prefer do not know The name of the book gives me the hope that the narrative will concern them and I met already several positive evaluations of the book from people whose opinions are usually quite similar to mine, so, let's see
Lynn, It is not "The Third Reich," but "Inside the Third Reich," and it does not discuss the annihilation of the Jews, as Albert Speer was not directly connected to that. It is about Speer's life and role in Hitler's government, and his take on Hitler, as it changes over the years, or, as he reports it changed, from Speer's perspective. I'm going to try my hand at writing a review of it.
It is about Speer's view of the war, and his roles in regard to it, as well as the other people with whom he was involved.
Mitchell, sorry I got the titles mixed up and thanks for letting me know what it's about. It sounds very interesting but having grown up during the war years and knowing people who survived the holocaust, I'm not so sure I'd be interested in reading anything about Hitler. I'd like to see your review of the book, though.
Valentina, it's good that you don't know anything about "The Book Thief". It will make reading it that much more enjoyable. Happy reading!
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J. K. Rowling
Ooooh, I'm SOOOOO excited you're on to this one, Valentina, it's my favourite book of them ALL!! *does little jig*
Please let me know what you think of it when you're done!!
Arline, of course! I was dying of impatience almost 3 weeks while I was waiting for this book in a line of the library holds
The White Magic Five & Dime by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco. Slight, but entertaining mystery, with a tarot card motif.
Hahahaha!!! I'm sorry, Valentina, there's NO WAY I could have waited [lol] I REALLY hope after all of that you love it!!
I just finished "Buried Innocence", the 13th book in a paranormal series by Terri Reid. It's "The Mary O'Reilly" series and Mary, who was shot and died but came back, can now see ghosts. It's a wonderful series; great stories and funny, also. I would highly recommend the whole series to anyone who likes paranormal.
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Arline, it was especially difficult only first days and I have had other reading to sublime which is now postponed
"blink, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell, author of "The Tipping Point," as well as "Neanderthal man, In Search of Lost Genomes," by Svante, Paabo.
"Diary of a Bad Year" by J.M. Coetzee
Tess Gerritsen's "Body Double" from her Rizzoli & Iles series.......and no, not at all like the tv series. In fact, from what little I watched, there was not a thing that was similar to the original books except the names. Guess I'm going to have to read "The Book Thief", after all the praise for it here, next. Lynn G. - "The Mary O'Reilly" series sounds intriguing, I'll have to check those out too.
Nancy, I'm a fan of the TV show Rizzoli and Iles and I always wondered if the series kept close to the stories in the books. Now I know, thanks to you. I still like the show because of the comraderie between the two main characters.
You'll like "The Book Thief" and "The Mary O'Reilly" series are super. I've read all 13 of them so far and if the end of book 13 proves right, there's a book 14 in the near future. Enjoy!
Undone by Karin Slaughter. A police procedural set in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm enjoying coming upon descriptions of neighborhoods, streets, familiar to me from much time spent visiting friends there.
"The Book Thief" is great! I absolutely love it
And now that I finally have more time, I'm reading "Inkdeath", the third book of the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke.
Just finished "Neanderthal Man...," as above, will be looking for "Unbroken."
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" by J. K. Rowling
The biography of Louie Zamperini, track star who was in the 1936 Olympic games, and a WWII P.O.W. in Japan, "Unbroken."
"What is Relativity?," by Jeffry Bennett.
Fallen by Karin Slaughter, another in the series I mentioned above. I don't usually read books with "thriller murder" themes...serial killers...descriptions of tortured victims...but I scan quickly through anything of that sort because the characters are written with so much depth and development, and because I'm enjoying the descriptions of Atlanta and rural Georgia settings, areas I know well.
"The Spark" by Kristine Barnett.
Me and my sister gave this book to our mother for her birthday and she absolutely loved it, now she wants us all to read it too A mother tells the story of her son, Jacob, who is not only autistic but also a genius. He is 16 years old now and I think he is teaching and doing research about astronomy or some other science, I'm not sure (google Jacob Barnett if you're interested). I'm about halfway through the book and it's absolutely amazing! Not only about autism, but also about helping children in general reach their full potential.
I don't normally read this kind of books, but this one is really interesting and fascinating.
Ghost on Black Mountain By Ann Hite
Its a very good book so far. If your into Ghosts, spirits and hoodoo. This is for you.
`Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows` by J. K. Rowling. What should I do later, when I finish the last book?
Valentina, congratulations on nearing the end of your Harry Potter marathon!
Valentina, you should weep repeately and then stat reading them ALL from the beginning again!! OR, if you're feeling like taking a risk, you can try reading some fan fiction (there are some incredible stories out there) as that way you get the best of both worlds...the characters you know and love, but with certain scenarios done the way you always wanted to see them!
Poor Valentina, I know how you feel about finishing a series. I felt the same way about Game of Thrones and I'm still waiting for the 6th book which is being written now by George R.R. Martin. I can't wait so I consoling myself by watching the series on television.
After many books in between, I'm now reading "Fashionably Dead" by Robyn Peterman. It's a rather funny take of vampyres (as it's spelled in the book). It's in a trilogy called the "Hot Damned" series. I have the second book called "Fashionably Dead Down Under" which I'll read next. The third book isn't out yet. Happy reading, everyone!
Miranda, thank you!
Arline, I will probably reread them all again later just because of the interest how they were translated. As regards fan fiction, I am not sure I am ready at the moment for this genre, maybe later... I think I will try to comfort myself with "Hobbit" etc. by Tolkien, I didn't read them too before.
Lynn, I can imagine how difficult it is - just to wait for the next book to be written. I can understand it because I have a fear that once I finish all Haruki Murakami's books. I am reading obviously faster than he writes %)
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`Living in the Maniototo` by Janet Frame
Primate Behavioral Ecology by Karen B. Strier.
I'm reading a book with short stories written by HP Lovecraft. I've read "The shunned house" and now I'm reading "The Dunwicth horror".
"The Future of the Mind, The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind," by Michio Kaku, a Theoretical Physicist, at The City university of New York.
Finished it late the night before last, then, yesterday, at a shop in Smithville, N.J. ran across a fellow who has met Kaku, and has known some of the big name physicists with whose names I am familiar. We had a very nice discussion.
Mitchell, such coincidences are always amazing, isn't it?
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
"The Great Prostate Hoax, How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster," by Richard J. Ablin, Ph.D., the fellow who discovered the prostate specific antigen, in 1970.
IF YOU OWN A PROSTATE, OR ARE INVOLVED WITH SOMEONE WHO DOES- READ THIS!!
In a nutshell, the PSA test does NOT, can not, test for the presence of cancer...early. late, or whatever.
Mitchell, it was through the PSA test that my brother's prostate cancer was detected so I'm not so sure that your statement is accurate. Sounds like an interesting book, though.
I'm reading "The Kindness of Strangers" by Katrina Kittle. Mesmerizing!
“The Summer Book” by Tove Jansson
Lynn, I am hoping that your brother was treated properly, and is doing well. the issue is was his cancer going to kill him, or was he going to die, eventually, of something totally different, not having been bothered by the prostate cancer, as huge numbers of men do. Eightyfive % of men over 65, I believe I read, , have prostate cancer, and will never be bothered by the, usually, very slow growing thing...but such a cancer, found on biopsy, and removed in a prostatectomy, very often leaves many problems in its wake...which the urologist will be just too happy to treat!
That is the gist of the book, that the urology industry has used the fear of the "C" word to ramp up its business with no regard for the "limp and leaking," as one quoted urologist said, walking wounded, and make phenomenal amounts of money in the process.
finish reading the following ebooks:
1) The King of Terror by DM Mitchell - interesting Psychological thriller, really enjoyed it
2) This Shattered Land - James Cook - a zombie theme novel
3) Sunshine Hunter - Maddie Cochere - a fun little mystery story
4) The Honeymoon Cottage - Barbara Cool Lee - a cozy little mystery
5) Progeny - Shawn Hopkins - a story about the Bermuda Triangle/War between the angels and humans (think the writer watched too many espisodes of Ancient Aliens on History 2)
“Miss Smilla's feeling for snow” by Peter Høeg
I recently finished re-reading Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, and found it just as delightful as I did when I was 10. I'm reading too many books at once, as ever, but the one I'm making most headway with is called Diving Belles by Lucy Wood - all set in Cornwall where I live, and all a bit mythical as they involve local myths.
Mitchell, in answer to your question about my brother, his prostate was not removed because when the cancer was found (through a PSA test), the doctors deemed him too young for a total removal of the prostate. He was treated with little "cells" that spread through the cancer, killing it. It also had a women's menopausal effect because it also spread estrogen through his body to kill the cancer because of the overabundance of testosterone. He had regular "hot flashes" and was miserable when they overcame him. He didn't die from the prostate cancer which was in total remission at the time of his death.
To get back to the subject of what I'm reading, I just finished a marvelous book called "The Kindness of Strangers". The subject matter was rather disturbing but was handled quite eloquently by the author, Katrina Kittle
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose.
Lynn, I am glad that your brother had overcome the cancer without a prostatectomy, sorry for you that he is gone, though.
Back to the thread, I am reading "the How of Happiness, A Scientific approach to Getting the Life you Want," by Sonja Lyubomirsky. I am doing this in preparation for a MOOC, I hope to take next week, on the "Psychology of Happiness."
I am no longer reading "Seven Flowers and How they Shaped Our World," by Jennifer Potter, as it was only a little interesting, and quite boring.
Okay, I had to put down Lyubomirski's book, too cloying, for lack of a better word, just now.
I picked up one of those books that has traveled with me for some 30-4 years without having been read, Miguel De Unamuno's "Abel Sanchez and other Stories," and have been caught up in it, especially the last of the 3 stories, "Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr." This may surprise some of you who might know my relationship to religion, but,after putting up with it, as it were, for a while, it has become something akin to fascinating.
I also tried to read "Seven Flowers....," being a long time gardener and nature lover, but it was too detailed and dull, for me.
Emma, I have the same habit - to read several books simultaneously
Now I start "I giorni delle bisce nere" by Maria Cristina Faraoni.
Albert Camus' "The Fall," which is starting to grate on me, as it drones on. But, as I am only some 30 pages from the end, I will push on!
I just began to read "What is Life," and "Mind and Matter," by Erwin Schrodinger, he of the famous "Schrodinger's Cat" paradox of quantum physics. It is a combination of two books with those titles.
"Light in August" by William Faulkner
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
Hi readers, I'm reading "Etched in Sand" by Regina Calcaterra, the true story of Regina and her four siblings growing up with an abusive mother. While heart wrenching, it shows the strength and spirit of these children who strive to stay together in spite of the abuse.
Woof at the Door by Laura Morrigan.
I finished the Schrodinger book(s), found that "Mind and Matter," was much more outdated than "What is Life?"
Then I got into "Focusing," by Eugene Gendlin, Ph. D., and found it rather off putting, beginning with his claim that he was taking things beyond evolution, and into new realms of physical laws.
Now reading "Sex on Six Legs, by Marlene Zuk.
According to the blurb on the back cover, by biologist Carl Zimmer, "Incest, democracy, tyranny, sexual cannibalism: insects have them all, and more. In "Sex on Six Legs," Marlene Zuk gives insects, the animal kingdom's unseen majority, their full, marvelous due."
I am finding it to be engrossing.
Finished "Origin" and "Dirty Martini" by JA Konrath. enjoy the Jack Daniels series.