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Old 12-10-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are you reading now?

I'd love to learn about the books people are reading now - fiction or nonfiction, serious or fluff.

I just restarted "The Meaning of Night" after putting it down a year ago.

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WITH his audacious first novel, set primarily in 1850’s England, Michael Cox has delivered almost everything Victorian readers might have expected (mystery, wit, romance, an evil double) and some (explanatory footnotes) they might not. Throughout “The Meaning of Night,” he winks slyly at the era’s literary conventions while twisting story lines back on one another. The result is a narrative as beguiling as it is intelligent, full of great country houses, epic loves, fierce anger and vicious habits of every sort.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Book of the Dead by Preston & Child



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"The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back...ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

To quell the PR nightmare of the gem fiasco, the museum decides to reopen the Tomb of Senef. An astounding Egyptian temple, it was a popular museum exhibit until the 1930s, when it was quietly closed. But when the tomb is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening, the killings—and whispers of an ancient curse—begin again. And the catastrophic opening itself sets the stage for the final battle between the two brothers: an epic clash from which only one will emerge alive."
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Battlespace (Book two of The Legacy Trilogy)
by Ian Douglas.

This trilogy is a sequel to his Heritage Trilogy.

Marines in space but written well enough that I get sucked into it and forget to go back to work.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ben Goldacre's Bad Science
and Michio Kaku's Parallel Worlds

Goldacre's book is informative and entertaining, while he critiques poor science journalism in the mainstream media, as well as self serving pseudo-scientific nonsense used to sell everything from useless high dose vitamins to cosmetics.

Kaku's book makes brain hurt
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm rereading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell since some guy declared it to be in his top six fantasy novels. I admit that the first time through I wasn't very moved -- but a second, closer reading is proving much more satisfying. I'm pretty sure that it's because I'm reading it the second time and not because this guy (whom I've never heard of) thought it was so great it deserved to be in his top six. At least I hope that is what is going on.

PS. I think you would like Josephine Tey -- especially Brat Farrar.
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Malcolm Bingay's Of Me I Sing. Bingay was a Detroit newspaperman during the first half of the 20th Century.
Also being dipped into on an irregular basis are The Oxford Companion to Scottish History and the Complete Para Handy Stories by Niel Munro.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

This is history at its best and Ms. Goodwin is second only to Barbara Tuchman in writing history in an engaging and readable style. This is the story of Abraham Lincoln and his three chief rivals for the Republican Presidential nomination of 1860. Goodwin examines the family backgrounds, childhood and early careers of not only Lincoln but his three rivals, Edward Bates, Henry Seward and Salmon Chase. Lincoln brought all three into his cabinet, with major posts. Bates was Attorney General, Seward Secretary of State and Chase as Secretary of Teasury. Seward and Chase both felt they were far more qualified than the "uncouth" frontier lawyer from Illinois who held few elective offices and was known primarily as a good speechmaker. [sound familiar?]. The rest of his cabinet were strong willed, opinionated men as well and Lincoln enjoyed NOT having "yes men" around him.

I particularly enjoyed learning more about the gifted Henry Seward and his unselfish contributions to our country. He was truly a great man. Of equal interest is his wife, Frances Seward, a highly intelligent woman who was at least a century ahead of her time.

Its great reading!!

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I am close to finishing Roger Penrose's The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - an absolutely amazing book! It is far from an easy read though - several times I've hit a wall of understanding and have had to put the book down to do a little background mathematics study before being able to progress - and that's as someone with some degree level mathematics and physics behind me!

I have a huge pile of unread books (mostly science) that will be vying for my attention once I've finished Penrose's hefty tome, but I think I will choose something that is a little easier on my poor overworked brain - it needs a break
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I just finished reading Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. A friend lent it to me. It wasn't too bad; being that it was set in Washington, DC, it was kind of an interesting read for me. But somewhat derivative; I did keep getting the feeling I'd read it before.
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A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

This is history at its best and Ms. Goodwin is second only to Barbara Tuchman in writing history in an engaging and readable style. This is the story of Abraham Lincoln and his three chief rivals for the Republican Presidential nomination of 1860. Goodwin examines the family backgrounds, childhood and early careers of not only Lincoln but his three rivals, Edward Bates, Henry Seward and Salmon Chase. Lincoln brought all three into his cabinet, with major posts. Bates was Attorney General, Seward Secretary of State and Chase as Secretary of Teasury. Seward and Chase both felt they were far more qualified than the "uncouth" frontier lawyer from Illinois who held few elective offices and was known primarily as a good speechmaker. [sound familiar?]. The rest of his cabinet were strong willed, opinionated men as well and Lincoln enjoyed NOT having "yes men" around him.

I particularly enjoyed learning more about the gifted Henry Seward and his unselfish contributions to our country. He was truly a great man. Of equal interest is his wife, Frances Seward, a highly intelligent woman who was at least a century ahead of her time.

Its great reading!!

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My wife devoured that book, she loved it.

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I am reading book three (The Waste Lands) of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

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Killian was distraught that I hadn't read the Harry Potter books, so we're reading them aloud to each other. Made it through 4.25 of them so far.

Go team Voldemort!
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Killian was distraught that I hadn't read the Harry Potter books, so we're reading them aloud to each other. Made it through 4.25 of them so far.

Go team Voldemort!
I read the first one and just finished the second to the last book - I'm receiving them at random from my grandfather so I"m not sure if I will receive the middle ones or the last volume. While they seem like they are about 2 millimeters thick in terms of character and themes, I really enjoyed "HP and the Half-Blood Prince". It was exciting and never seemed bloated despite the 650 or so pages.
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The Magic Kingdom of Landover Trilogy (3 Novels in one edition) by Terry Brooks.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

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Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings by Rob Brezsny
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Right now I'm re-reading Wolves of The Calla by Stephen King. It's book 5 in the Dark Tower series. I read them all before. I'm just re-reading it because I haven't made it to the library lately and it was the first book I picked up out of my "okay to re-read pile".
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Currently reading:

Purity in Death by J.D. Robb (futuristic murder fiction w/pr0n)
American Colonies by Alan Taylor (History)
Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen

And since I have to proof-read each book I scan for my digital collection, grinding through Callander Square by Anne Perry (historical fiction)
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I just finished The Saints and Sinners of OKay County by Dayna Dunbar. Her writing style is similar to that of Fannie Flagg and Lorna Landvik. (humorous tales about strong, quirky women in small southern towns)
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Purity in Death by J.D. Robb (futuristic murder fiction w/pr0n)
I love those books! Just ordered the newest, Fantasy In Death. I can't wait to sink into it. I told my friend that I want my very own Roarke.
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With the recent death of Robert Parker, I have been re-reading his Spenser yarns. Currently it's "Mortal Stakes".
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I love those books! Just ordered the newest, Fantasy In Death. I can't wait to sink into it. I told my friend that I want my very own Roarke.
*shoots over to Amazon*

I adore that series... I've read it all the way through once already, but I enjoy the characters and writing so much that I'm re-reading it.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I'm about 70% through it. With the second book of the trilogy sitting on standby. Loving it so far





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