What BOOK are you reading right now?

Reply Tue 15 May, 2018 11:50 pm
She's a Guardian columnist and a semi regular talking head on various news networks over here.
Reply Wed 16 May, 2018 09:37 am
I love her.

I've never actually read her written word, but I'm going to check out her other works.

I watched the movie "We've got to talk about Kevin" and I hadn't realized it was a book. I was really moved by the film, and c0uld really identify with the female lead (played by Tilda Swinton).

Same in "So Much for That" Shriver ruthlessly cuts through the bullshit of how we are "supposed" to behave in terrible/horrible life situations, both chronic and acute, and forces (I see it at let's you) see it through it through the eyes of the person living through it.

I especially love the characters Flicka and Glynis in So Much for That.

Reply Wed 16 May, 2018 10:36 am
I've not read any of her books, but I have read quite a few of her columns and seen her interviewed a number of times.
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Reply Tue 29 May, 2018 10:34 am
I'm reading an exciting new book "Finding Yourself in the Town of Geniuses" by Valentina Knurova. Delightful combination of non-fiction, fiction, fantasy and self-help.
Reading this book, you will go on an amazing journey through the world of geniuses. You will meet Professors from the University of geniuses, play magic cards with Fate, interview Salvador Dali, visit the “Change yourself” shop and the Square of complaints about life.
The author presents her thesis: We can all be geniuses in some aspect of life.
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Reply Tue 12 Jun, 2018 07:38 pm
Given that Anthony Bourdain's name comes up in this thread most often when I do a site search, I'll drop this off here.



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Reply Tue 12 Jun, 2018 09:15 pm
Getting Schooled, Garret Keizer
Real Talk for Real Teachers, Rafe Esqyith
another go at Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

My daughter is reading the Atwood, and I thought it’d be fun to do a cross-country book club.
Reply Wed 13 Jun, 2018 10:12 am
Lash wrote:

another go at Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

My daughter is reading the Atwood, and I thought it’d be fun to do a cross-country book club.

The whole trilogy is in my favorite books of all time list.
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Reply Wed 13 Jun, 2018 12:00 pm
a friend is in Manhattan for a dance thing this week
she didn't realize she'd be going past Les Halles on one of her walks

among the tributes posted on the door / wall

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Reply Wed 13 Jun, 2018 07:18 pm
Finished recently:
Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti;

Reread Just Kids by Patti Smith. Not quite as affective in audiobook as in paperback, Patti Smith is a decent narrator of her own memoir but something... is lost in the translation ... or the writing really wasn't as powerful as initially felt in the first read.

Currently nearing the end of The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2) by Charles Stross. It's a supernatural hoot and a blast.
Reply Thu 14 Jun, 2018 12:09 am
I'm not sure if I mentioned "Killers of the Flower Moon", I finished that a while ago but it's incredibly disturbing but absolutely important to read.

Right now I'm trying to finish "Come Retribution", its about the Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln. It was written by three of my colleagues from NSA...and it reads like an intelligence study, because thats how they process information and draft the finished product. I'm enjoying it, but it's chock full of info and it's taking time to digest.
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2018 02:14 am
I'm currently reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. If you like detectives, I recommend it with confidence!
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Reply Tue 4 Sep, 2018 04:26 pm
The whole Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake (found it in one volume on a Poros hotel's bookswap shelf in Kefalonia).

Often namechecked with Lord Of The Rings. I'm midway through the final book and I'm losing interest. Not awful at all but I'm not sure I'd recommend it to anyone, sorry Harold Bloom.
Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2018 12:31 am
I never finished Titus Alone. Got about half way through it too. Someone told me Peake went mad while he was writing it.

I liked the first two volumes though.
Reply Wed 5 Sep, 2018 06:30 am
Jinx private.
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2018 01:13 am
Eight Pillars of Prosperity
Building Wealth and Being Happy
Pocket Mentor
Michel Foucault's Knowledge/Power
Verbal Judo
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Reply Sun 9 Sep, 2018 03:46 pm
Currently back into Russian stuff and reading Oblomov by Goncharov.
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Reply Mon 10 Sep, 2018 02:38 pm
Just finished OUTPOSTS by Simon Winchester. It's about the colonies of the British Empire. It was interesting for me because I have visited some of the places mentioned in the book like the BVI, Tangiers, Hong Kong, London, Gibraltar, Pitcairn (didn't land, but the citizens came on board our ship to tell us about their life.) Also, most of us know about Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty. Most of the people living there is named Christian, and they are Seventh Day Adventists. My siblings are Seventh Day Adventists. It was a good-interesting read.
Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2018 09:30 am
@cicerone imposter,
I haven't updated this thread for too long.

Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore by Schlosser, S.E.: Easy bedtime reading. Not really spooky.

Heart-Shaped Box by Hill, Joe. Recommend this one. Will try and read more of his work. He definitely has his own voice (completely seperate from his iconic horror father, Stephen King).

The Fold by Clines, Peter: Sequel to 14. Hard science fiction with a HP Lovecraftian twist. Rating it an Awesome possum.

Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Loory, Ben *

The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files, #3) by Stross, Charles: Highly recommend the entire Laundry Files series. Cheeky James Bondesque thrillers if all the baddies came from the mind of HP Lovecraft.

Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel I by Sin, r.h.: Don't bother unless you're a literal feminist millenial. Not terrible but too self help. I definitely wasn't the target audience.

New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2 by Oliver, Mary: DEFINITE RECOMMENDATION

Reread The Mote in God's Eye by Niven, Larry. Didn't hold up very well on the second read.

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Strugatsky, Arkady: Not my cup of scifi tea. Didn't satisfy my crime noir itch either.

14 by Cines, Peter: This definitely satisfies my cravings for HP Lovecraft (keep in mind its set in present day). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Harrow County, Vol. 3: Snake Doctor by Bunn, Cullen: Definitely not scary. Will not go out of my way to read the first two volumes or any new ones that come out. Not bad. Just shrugworthy. Love the art style.

Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact by Lowery, Matt Mair . I really liked it. Most likely, further volumes read via the NYPL.

Spill Zone (Spill Zone, #1) by Westerfeld, Scott: Really mesmerizing and utterly mindsshattering read. DEFINITE RECOMMENDATION.
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2018 09:48 am
Because I am writing a western novel, I am reading Luke Short's Vengeance Valley, for help in terminology and lingo.
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Reply Wed 7 Nov, 2018 05:23 am
"Origins" by Dan Brown
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