What's the current book you are reading? What's the last book you read?

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+ said, (34 days ago)

"the killer next door" it's about the guy who killed grannies in sydney in the 80s

the last book i read was judith lucy's autobiography

retro.joe said, (34 days ago)

Thomas Paine, Craig Nelson

Last book was A Moveable Feast.

erica said, (34 days ago)

I'm reading My Life In France by Julia Child. Before that was The House at Sugar Beach. That one was really good.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Was the Lucy autobio good, Sally?

joe: Are you a big Hemingway fan? Was the Paine book a bio?

erica: I hadn't heard of that book about Liberia. It looks quite interesting. Too much to read, unfortunately.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

I just finished 'Midshipman Hornblower' and I think I'll re-read 'Lieutenant Hornblower' since I read them out of order.

I'm afraid I've been sucked into this whole Napoleonic Wars naval series thing. I read all of the Master and Commander books last year, and I'm hooked.

+ said, (34 days ago)

yeah, it was....

makes my life seem all normal

lord doggington said, (34 days ago)

reading "nagash the sorcerer"

just read "starman"

extemporaneous said, (34 days ago)

I just started "Snow Crash" on my brand-new Kindle 2. I finished "Everything Is Illuminated" a few days ago and it was eh.

retro.joe said, (34 days ago)

Huge Hemingway fan. I'm well on my way to reading all of his novels/novellas and short stories. Though I'm not doing it all at once.

The Paine book is a bio. I'm on an Enlightenment kick lately, half trying to feel out a PhD topic.

Jay Def said, (34 days ago)

I screwed up, so I'll try again:

I'm reading Infinity Beach by Jack McDivitt.

I don't recall what I last read. It's been too long.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

Currently Trainspotting. Before that, High Fidelity.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

ccc: Is it any good, Nagash the Sorcerer?

extemp: Snow Crash is the last great cyberpunk novel.

joe: I've been meaning to get a Diderot novel. I'm quite concerned about inculcating Enlightenment values in my students. This post-modernist cultural relativism is a bunch of hogwash.

It's been a long time since I've read any Hemingway. I probably should read some to see how it suits nowadays.

Jay: Any good?

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

joe: Diderot bio, gah. Not enough time to read serious stuff outside my field right now, unfortunately.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Britt: I've seen the movies but never read the books. Worth it?

Skanko said, (34 days ago)

hey i was at the bar from high fidelity tonight.

Jay Def said, (34 days ago)

It's pretty interesting. It's kind of a sci-fi mystery story.

I liked the other book of his I read, Eternity Road.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

I haven't seen High Fidelity (P.S. Skanko: AWESOME!), so I can't really judge, but yeah Trainspotting is worth a read if you liked the movie. There's a lot of things that got left out, obviously, as well as the general more in depth look you get from a book.

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

Current: World War Z by Mel Brooks
Last: Outliers

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

shit

Jay Def said, (34 days ago)

I read High Fidelity a couple years ago. (After I had seen the movie.)

I haven't read Trainspotting, however. Is it as creepy as the movie?

Well, really the biggst creepy part was the baby crawling on the ceiling.

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

Hopefully that fixes that.

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

Damn it.

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

There we go. Paul, be less drunk.

lord doggington said, (34 days ago)

"nagash the sorcerer" is a warhammer pulp. it borrows a lot from ancient egyptian culture, mixed in with zombies and vampires. it's mindless fun.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

The movie's pretty accurate, yeah. I probably can't judge though because I saw the movie first. Oh well.

-j. said, (34 days ago)

Reading The Interrogation by J.M.G. Le Clézio. Last read DeNiro's Game, by Rawi Hage.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

-j. Those sound like light reading. Did you pick 'The Interrogation' because of his Nobel Prize?

The Hage makes me think that there must be a lot of Canadian immigrant literature. Is that true?

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

ccc: That does sound like fun. I might have to give that a go when I need something light to read.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Muppy: World War Z, you should talk to CM about that. We actually had a sci-fi consumating reading club meeting about that one. That was fun.

What did you think of Outliers? It's an intriguing thesis, a sort of antidote to the great man theory of history.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Britt: Yeah, I usually prefer to read the book first and then see the movie.

-j. said, (34 days ago)

@AArtaud: actually, it was a present! I am two chapters into it, and having some difficulty. The language is amazing...stunning, even...but it's a bit of a challenge because there is NO PLOT. AT ALL. I will forge on, but there had better be some narrative drive presently.

And yes, much of Canadian literature is written by immigrants. This one was quite good, although it gives itself away by drawing parallels to L'Étranger much too overtly.

@Mrs. Cakes: is the McCarthy one good? I loved All the Pretty Horses and was only "meh" about The Crossing.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

That's tough, -j., if the language is the only draw. I think of certain sentences in French-language books that are just lapidary so I think sometimes the narrative is not even secondary, its tertiary.

Superion said, (34 days ago)

Dracula was the last thing I read.

I'm currently reading Shaft and Fortress of Solitude--with Th Science of Fear and The Design of Everyday Things up next.

fuznotfuz said, (34 days ago)

The last book I read was David Hare's The Blue Room.

Currently reading…oh, about twenty books. Not successfully, mind, but twenty.

ashok said, (34 days ago)

Loved "A Moveable Feast:" there's not a wasted word in that book.

Last book I read? Either Plato's "Lysis," or, if you don't count dialogues, "The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson.

Current book: Rousseau, "Reveries of a Solitary Walker," although I got to walk three and haven't looked at it for a few days.

Chrome said, (34 days ago)

Thieves World, Volume III: Shadows of Sanctuary

.previous book was Thieves World, Volume II: Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn.

I am also reading Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest, an Intro to Forensic Anthropology book, and a Great Archaeological Discoveries book, and a number of game rulebooks and online articles/ereserves.

Chain Boy said, (34 days ago)

Currently: Why Things Bite Back by Edward Tenner and Le Théâtre et son double by Antonin Artaud. Which I haven't read since first year of theatre school and have never read in French.

Recently: Collapse by Jared Diamond

(imaginary)libi said, (34 days ago)

currently i am reading Atonement, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Sons and Lovers, and The Mismeasure of Man
the last thing i finished was a re-read of lolita.

(imaginary)libi said, (34 days ago)

oh and before that was a re-read of Pelevin's Homo Zapiens.

Reamworks SKG said, (34 days ago)

On the plane I read "Quick Books 2009 for Dummies"

Muppy said, (34 days ago)

@AA - Outliers was decent, although I have to say I enjoyed Blink and The Tipping Point more. He has a lot of stuff that shows that what we consider "genius" is not just inherent talent, but largely a product of social circumstance. Worth a read. Took me like two days in between class and homework.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Muppy: Yeah, I'm not sure I buy the product of social circumstance argument, but it does sound interesting.

Reamwork: Riveting stuff for a 17 hour flight?

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

libi: I have a copy of The Mismeasure of Man beside my bed. I need to get on that.

Ah, Lolita.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Chain Boy: My namesake! I haven't read that in years.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Chrome Raven: How's the Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest? I know nothing about those folks, and my trip to Mesa Verde gives me a bit of desire to know more.

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

ashok: What did you think of "The Diamond Age" and Stephenson's presentation of education?

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

fuz: I hear ya. I've got a pile.

Superion: I went to get my copy of Shaft but I owed the library books. Tomorrow!

SRB said, (34 days ago)

i'm on a literary journal kick at the moment. i'm reading the current issues of zyzzyva, gulf coast, new orleans review, and i've read one story out of harvard review.

the last book i finished was pop. 1280.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop._1280


AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Brad: Is all the lit. in the issues of Gulf Coast and New Orleans Review Southern?

AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

I also need to read some more Jim Thompson. I read Roughneck, but I've wanted to read The Killer Inside of Me for years.

SRB said, (34 days ago)

@aart, no. neither has that sort of theme. the arkansas review is that way, and it's really good.

SRB said, (34 days ago)

can't go wrong with jt. if you like his stuff, first you must read feast of snakes by harry crews. to me he's southern gothic at its most concentrated.


AArtaud said, (34 days ago)

Brad: bse says the same. I'll do it since I'm in his home state now, right down the road from his hometown.

SRB said, (34 days ago)

@AArtaud, fuck, that's right! yeah, get it. order it right now. i'm sure you can get a copy for $1 s&h from somebody. then, you can hot foot it down to gainsville and meet the man yourself, if you're so inclined.

Chrome said, (34 days ago)

@AArtaud: It's fairly accessible and I find the area/peoples of the Southwest fascinating. This particular book is out of date on a few items. This doesn't really take away from most of the information; one just has to apply the information to a different time line to account for more recent discoveries and the like.

MykeCroft said, (34 days ago)

I'm getting some good suggestions from this thread; thanks.

Maybe we "reading several at a time" types should take a pic of our stacks. I just returned 12 to the library (and got 8 more, which should last at least until the weekend.) And that doesn't count the ones I'm reading for work [the most interesting of which is "Cowboy Capitalism: European Myths, American Reality" by Olaf Gersemann ].

Oh, and I'm reading two e-books very slowly -- I like e-books well enough, but I generally pull my Sony Reader out only when I'm caught without a paper book. Then again, I just downloaded the entire Project Gutenberg archive in Sony Reader format, so that will probably change soon.

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