What Are You Reading in 2010?
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Like you, I've looked for Dresden stories in every nook and cranny.
I turn it over and read on the back cover;
"Wall to wall action with undercurrents of dark humor ... The heros are Orcs..."
I'm not normally a big fan of fantasy, but one will catch my eye once and awhile. So when I read that quote from the back cover I figured "What the Hey! Give it a try: Orcs finally get their revenge on JRR Tolkien"
I'm getting ready to finish The Tenderness of Wolves and I'm stalling. I love it and don't want it to end!
I started reading Three Men in a Boat about three years ago and was enjoying it. My Daughter started to read it and took it back to college with her. I have to ask her for it back.
Finished the first book in the "Orcs" omnibus, Bodyguard of Lightning by Stan Nicholls. Was well written but couldn,t get into or feel for the characters. All they did was go from one battle to the next. There were hints of some sort of change or them making other choices but that never happened. Well I will see what happens in the next book. But for now I'm going with an old science fiction book It Was The Day of The Robot by Frank Bellknap Long that has been lurking on my shelf for a while.
I just finished Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan, a good YA title in the Ranger's Apprentice series. Always fun. I'm in the middle of Once On A Moonless Night, and still wondering whether I'm going to like it. I loved his Balzac and the LIttle Chinese Seamstress.
Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon, my first for this author and I enjoyed it even though it was about #3 in a series.
Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk. Also a first for me. I thought it was pretty good and a different take on magic use.
Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland. I did not like this one as much as the other two in the series.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I liked this one very much and will read the next in the series.
That's it so far, but this list does not include stuff I've started or started last year but haven't finished!
Welcome to the group.
I've read the first Elizabeth Moon Trading in Danger and enjoyed it. Have the next two on the ever growing TBR pile.
"What Connie Willis soon makes clear is that genre can go to the dogs. To Say Nothing of the Dog is a fine, and fun, romance--an amused examination of conceptions and misconceptions about other eras, other people."
17: arrr and 18: usnmm2: I recommend Moon's The Speed of Dark also. Actually, I'd probably recommend all of her writing, way back to the ones she co-authored with Anne McCaffrey back in the 90's..
13 Thanks and I agree on To Say Nothing of the Dog, loved it. Also loved Bellweather.
I had almost decided not to go back to the previous E. Moon, is the Speed of Dark part of the same series?
arrr, The Speed of Dark is a standalone, near future story about a man who is a functional autistic. 2003 Nebula Award and 2003 Arthur C Clarke Award finalist.
Willis has a Christmas novella you might like, All Seated on the Ground, same type of humor as Bellwether. And she has a new book coming in February!! Blackout
Ahh! To hear the wind in the sails and feel the gentle roll of a ship at sea. Ok I may be getting a little carried away.
I recently finished Katharine Weber's True Confections, which was very funny.
Also finished The Off Season, a very good sequel to Dairy Queen, and started Tomorrow, When the War Began.
I'm reading a lot of YA books right now in hopes of finding ones my mother would enjoy (she likes reading good YAs), as she's laid up with health issues. The Knife of Never Letting Go would not be her cup of tea, but the Catherine Gilbert Murdock books are. I've also picked up Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride.
I started The Likeness last night. It's a promising beginning.
A great book! For anyone who has been in the Navy. Those of you who haven't might find the stories quaint and totally unbelievable. But for those of us who were there will Swear on a stack of bibles that every word is true. It had me laughing out load. I also have Vol. II that I'm going to bump it up on my very tall next to read pile.
A little plug here. The royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to the Navy - Marine Corps Relief Society, in the name of Lance Corporal Shane Lee Goldman.
Finished: "The Good Old Boys" (TX Books,TX Films); "The Once And Future King"; and "The Books Thief" (one of 3 being discussed in Holocaust Literature class).
Started/still reading: "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Travels With Charlie, In Search of America".
Read "The Lover of Horses" by Tess Gallagher, second of six short stories for Short Fiction class.
Recently I've read (and recommend) Enchantment, The Help, Her Fearful Symmetry, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Q&A, aka Slumdog Millionaire, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm now finishing The Friday Night Knitting Club and will then read Someone Knows my Name, aka The Book of Negroes.
I started The Ask and the Answer, the sequel to Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go, and have Freedom by Daniel Suarez, the sequel to the cyberthriller Daemon, ready for the train ride to work.
I'm reading Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. I'll be lucky to get this finished as it is due at the library on Wednesday. In theory I am still working on The Moonflower Vine but not really making much progress.
This is the first time I've read a book twice.
A good retelling of Henery V, told from the point of view of an archer in the Kings' army named Nick Hook (a real archer who's name can be found on the rolls of the army from the 15th century).
What makes BC books so good is he stays close to the actual history and he always tells you were he changed it for the story.
Next up is Steven Saylors Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome
Also have To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis on my E-Reader. which I'm enjoying also.
Edited for spelling . . .
I'm sure he will enjoy it. I've read a few B.C. books and I have yet to be disappointed with any of them.
"Happy Birthday Tom! Here's a book--can I borrow it when you're done?"
Not that I've never done that before. There is a book sitting on my desk waiting to be read that I gave my sister for her birthday last year...
Buy books for people that you want to read, then borrow them, read them, return them and then they don't take up that much needed room on your own shelf.
The most recent books that I have completely enjoyed are:
The Girl Who Played with Fire and can not wait to read the third in the trilogy. I love thillers and this series has kept me on the edge of my seat and creating some long evenings because I can not put the book down.
If you love Savannah, GA and coming of age books, pick-up The Saving of Cee Cee Honeycutt, sweet but you will cry. I enjoyed Olive Kitteredge for the descriptive story-telling where the character's pain became yours and was extremely fortunate to be awarded a book for an early review which Olive Kitteredge fans will love. Mrs. Somebody's Somebody is a series of short stories with the common thread being Lowell, Massachusetts (a once thriving mill town in the 1800's).
A Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor is the lastest novel in the Irish Country series but this story takes the reader from Northern Ireland to County Cork. Loved the book for the history of Irish folk lore and County Cork.
Keep those recommendations coming our way.
Now, rereading "Pride and Prejudice", before choosing a title from my TBR list.
#57...You mentioned "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"...a movie adaptation, recently out in limited release; I think it's won/been nominated for awards on the film festival circuit, so should be worth seeing.
Right now I've started Walter Mosley's Known to Evil, the second in his new Leonid McGill series. So far it's hard not to be reading it (off to do errands shortly).
Also started The Plain Janes, a well-regarded graphic novel, and I'm liking it.
Fairly standard Techno thriller in the vain of David Poyer's 'Dan Lenson Novels' The Circle, The Med etc. or
Patrick Robinson's 'Arnold Morgan' series Nimitz Class, Kilo Class etc.. If you are a fan of these authors or Clancy or Larry Bond, Dan Brown you won't be disappointed.
I'm a good ways through the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes story The Language of Bees, and about to start Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, plus the second Runaways book.
wow Wow WOW!!!!! Great book and I have now written my review - although very hard to do justice to it :)
I've just been notified that a requested ILL came in: Archaeological Textiles in Northern Europe : Report from the 4th NESAT Symposium
Right, that's my notion of relaxing. :-)
I'm reading Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser and having a fine time with him, the cad.
This book was predictable and long winded. At times I was getting frutrated with the long convaluted conversations about what was happening and what might be happening and why it was happening (I guess I've read to many of these type of books. I know what happening.)
One of the things that attracted me to this series of books was it was supposed to be a six book series (meaning there would be and end). But the author is going to do two spin off series. One about the fall of the syndac. worlds and to continue with the story of "Black Jack" Geary
Overall I enjoyed the series. I'm a sucker for these type books .
The Heretic's Wife by Brenda Rickman Vantrease
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
I've just started the new Jane Smiley, Private Life. I'm introducing her at a reading at Kepler's in Menlo Park - lucky me!
Finished the first two Luna Marine (The Heritage Trilogy, Book 2) and Semper Mars: Book One of the Heritage Trilogy by Ian Douglas.
So far the books have been fairly good, Above average for this sub-genre of science fiction.
I also finished Gothic Classics Volume 14, which treats stories like Mysteries of Udolpho and Northanger Abbey in graphic form. Good gothic fun.
I've started The Razor's Edge and Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak, and the graphic version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I had no interest in reading the parody novel, but the graphic version had me laughing.
Just finished "The Good Soldiers" by David Finkel, starting "A Star Called Henry", by Roddy Doyle.
I looked at that title and thought, whaaat!
Anyway, I've looked at some reviews and you've alerted me to a book I didn't know existed, with a title that would have made me dismiss it - that actually looks an interesting and illuminating read.
(You are right - that is quite a subtitle)
ETA Also reading Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder for a RL book group.
I'm currently reading The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault, her first, and Agatha Christie's Poirot Investigates, and I picked up Paper Towns by John Green.
My favorite read so far this year was Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Hard to believe it's her first.
Help how do I make a link to the title?
Whoooops. spoke to soon.
Life is good. Thanks everyone for hangin' in there with this old (well, we're all over 50, but I'm even more than that) coot.
I finished three over the weekend: The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault, a good lexicographical mystery and her first book,
Paper Towns by John Green, a young adult book which had a great beginning and thoughtful conclusion, but dragged a bit for me in between, and
Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray, which has been a lengthy project of periodic reading but well worth it.
I've started The Man in the Iron Mask, a Dumas featuring the Musketeers which I have never read. Fun so far.
One of the strangest plot lines I've come across involving (mentioning a few) the Devil, a 6ft smoking and drinking Cat, an Author, Pontius Pilate, a Poet, all set in Communist era Russia, when it's not in Biblical era Jerusalem!
It was a fantastic read - Tragic, Funny, Clever and evocative. Definitely a book I will read again in the future.
The Man in the Iron Mask was good, although more melancholy than I expected.
Poirot Investigates was a collection of clever short mysteries from Dame Agatha.
I've started The Three Weissmanns of Westport and grabbed The Thirteen Problems, this time short mysteries featuring Miss Marple.
I'm currently reading "Borrowed Time" by Robert Goddard (previous Robert Goddard titles I've read: "Into the Blue" and "In Pale Battalions")
About 60 pages into this and in has me laughing out loud.
Example, sign on shop window reads ,
"...Rediscover your spirituality and detach yourself from materialism.
We accept all major credit cards...."
If it stays as good till the end I'll have to try book 2.
It was your post on another thread that tweaked my interest in the book.
So Thank You!
I have just finished Adam Robert's Yellow blue tibia which I thought was a very innovative book, trying to mix humour with serious science fiction (see my review), I have just started Jay Lake's Escapement which is the second in a trilogy set on an alternate Earth which is split by giant walls around the equator and runs on a track in a 'clockwork universe'.
You're going to want to buy it so you can keep going back to the beautiful - and often very haunting - photos!
I'm reading The Passage - not something I'd usually pick up (need to keep up my weight routine just to open it!), but the head of marketing at Ballantine sent me a copy, and I'm quite enjoying it.
I raced through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest and loved it. Great conclusion to the series.
Now reading Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman, on my son's recommendation, which so far is a fun, concise analysis of why we do so many things that are not actually sensible or in our best interest.
Anyway I'm now reading A Tournament of Murders by P. C. Doherty.
Next up is a book that Caught my interest for three reasons;
1- it's science fiction
2- it starts by saying "don't read this book" and
3- The author has the same first initial and last name as me.
The Book by M. Clifford
And I had to go get the number for your book, because it wasn't in the first hundred choices offered under (others)!
All helped by a long trip to Ann Arbor and back.
Still working on what to read next.
I'm about to finish Snoop by Sam Gosling. It's not been as interesting as I thought it would be. However it is a book off the shelf, so I will be glad to finish it.
I'm also sort of reading Ruby Ridge by Jess Walter. At the time this was occurring, even though I lived sort of in the area, I didn't pay much attention to it. I'm curious to learn more about it now in hindsight.
I am halfway through through Ian McDonald's The Dervish house which is set in a near future Turkey and weaves together an odd bunch of characters in a plot that reaches back into myth and forward into nanotechnology.
I'm reading Deer Hunting with Jesus by Joe Bageant. Published in 2007, it is quite prescient in its predictions of the present economic state. I also just started reading Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. I didn't get to finish The Other Wes Moore before I had to return it to the library and I gave up on Ruby Ridge.
"The Horizon" by Douglas Reeman
The third book in the Blackwood - Royal Marines saga, takes Jonathan Blackwood into WW1 (1914-1918). It's really two novellas in one book. The first, the Gallipoli campaign offers a horrifying initiation into war and the second half concerns the Naval Division in Flanders and trench warfare.
Fairly standard war story which I enjoyed reading. The interesting part was referring to the top edge of the trenches as the horizon. Which sets up all the romantic illusions of adventure and travel as in ,
"..What's over the next horizon.."
Only in this case it's not adventure or riches, only death and mayhem.
You could have a good group discusion on comparing it to Dickens Great Expectations by Dickens (it's mentioned about 30 times in the story.)
Thanks for the post. It's a good lesson in work hard at what you what and good things may happen. I always find it fascinating how many 10 and 15 year overnight successes there are.
Time for a change in pace with A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s The Big Sky , which is book 1 in a 6 book series. Has been on my radar for several years.
The landlord is showing octave to his new apartment and telling him who is living on each floor as they walk up.
"..... Then, as he went past the second floor without mentioning the occupants, Octave asked:
' And who lives there? pointing to the door of the main suite.
'Oh, there?' he said. 'People we never see, whom no one knows. The house could well do without them. But nowhere's perfect, I suppose.' He sniffed disdainfully.
'The Gentleman writes books, I believe.' ..."
Zola poking fun at himself?
I'm still working on the following.
Flourish by Catherine Hart Weber PhD
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Audition by Barbara Walters
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and
Daddies and Daughters by Carmen Renee Berry
The Eagle and the Wolves by Simon Scrarrow
(The invation of Briton and the adventures of Marcos and Cato continue in this book #3 in the series)
The Sea Devil's Fo'cle by Lowell Thomas
( A collection of sea stories and rememberences of Count Luckner)
Star Corps (The legacy Trilogy, Book 1) by Ian Douglas
( the space Marines continue to battle their wat accroos the universe)
Reading Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell on my Nook.
Reading Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn from the library. We went to Maui in November and I thought it would be fun to read a book set there. It's due 12/28, so it will be another for my 50 book challenge if I finish it before it's due.
Reading The Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life by Shaun Alexander in the bathroom. It was an ER book that I am trying to finish and review.
I'm also reading Audition by Barbara Walters and quite enjoying that one as well.
I found myself without either of my current active reads a couple of days ago, so picked up yet another...Reba. Although I've only just started it, I think it's going to be a very interesting and entertaining read, but then it's Reba!