"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
Thomas Paine, Craig Nelson
Last book was A Moveable Feast.
I'm reading My Life In France by Julia Child. Before that was The House at Sugar Beach. That one was really good.
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.
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.
yeah, it was....
makes my life seem all normal
reading "nagash the sorcerer"
just read "starman"
I just started "Snow Crash" on my brand-new Kindle 2. I finished "Everything Is Illuminated" a few days ago and it was eh.
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.
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.
Currently Trainspotting. Before that, High Fidelity.
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?
joe: Diderot bio, gah. Not enough time to read serious stuff outside my field right now, unfortunately.
Britt: I've seen the movies but never read the books. Worth it?
hey i was at the bar from high fidelity tonight.
It's pretty interesting. It's kind of a sci-fi mystery story.
I liked the other book of his I read, Eternity Road.
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.
Current: World War Z by Mel BrooksLast: Outliers
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.
Hopefully that fixes that.
There we go. Paul, be less drunk.
"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.
The movie's pretty accurate, yeah. I probably can't judge though because I saw the movie first. Oh well.
Reading The Interrogation by J.M.G. Le Clézio. Last read DeNiro's Game, by Rawi Hage.
-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?
ccc: That does sound like fun. I might have to give that a go when I need something light to read.
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.
Britt: Yeah, I usually prefer to read the book first and then see the movie.
@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.
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.
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.
The last book I read was David Hare's The Blue Room.
Currently readingâ€¦oh, about twenty books. Not successfully, mind, but twenty.
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.
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.
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
currently i am reading Atonement, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Sons and Lovers, and The Mismeasure of Manthe last thing i finished was a re-read of lolita.
oh and before that was a re-read of Pelevin's Homo Zapiens.
On the plane I read "Quick Books 2009 for Dummies"
@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.
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?
libi: I have a copy of The Mismeasure of Man beside my bed. I need to get on that.
Chain Boy: My namesake! I haven't read that in years.
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.
ashok: What did you think of "The Diamond Age" and Stephenson's presentation of education?
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!
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
Brad: Is all the lit. in the issues of Gulf Coast and New Orleans Review Southern?
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.
@aart, no. neither has that sort of theme. the arkansas review is that way, and it's really good.
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.
Brad: bse says the same. I'll do it since I'm in his home state now, right down the road from his hometown.
@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.
@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.
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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