The Diamond Age :D
I've been reading the instruction manual to BCMG for the past few weeks. My goal is to play it sometime before the Playstation 3 is released.
The first book of The Belgariad.
I'm concurrently reading both The Autobiography of a Seaman, which is about Admiral Lord Cochrane, the real-life inspiration of such characters as Horatio Hornblower, and After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, an excellent look at the life of ordinary and extraordinary American's following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The Da Vinci Code
The Black Company books by Glen Cook
David Brin Uplift books.
The Diamond Age by Stephenson.
Some books on tanks.
Some Vernor Vinge.
That'll keep me ok for a couple weeks.
By Rex Stout:
Some Nero Wolfe book, I forget the title, two stories related to black orchids. Nero and Archie are as entertaining as usual.
By Jasper Fforde:
_The Eyre Affair_
_Lost In a Good Book_
There is no way to explain these books in less than a page, so just go out and read them. Fun, and weird.
By Dave Barry:
An amusing novel about various scum of the earth characters in South Florida
By Someone Or Other (I forget)
_The Risen Empire_
A OK first SF novel about an empire ruled bu technologically-created undead.
By, er, I think, Raymond Aren (sp?)
_The Dawn of Universal History_
A highbrow account of recent history focusing on the US in the cold war and Vietnam but also touching on many other nations and subjects. The author died in the 80s, and this book is I think written around 1972. A good relatively non-ideological history. The author is perhaps a bit over-enamored of Nixon based on his foreign policy (he doesn't discuss Nixon's domestic policy at all), but considering the atrocious results of Kennedy and Johnson's foreign policies, this is perhaps forgiveable. Also perhaps to keep in mind is that the author, being French, would naturally tend to overlook political corruption as a relatively minor sin (though it is also possible Watergate hadn't occurred when these essays were written.)
Nothing, at the moment. I've been too damn busy. But I have Tad Williams' new book on my pile. That's the next one I plan to tackle.
Just wrapped up Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell (latest in the Richard Sharpe series).
Currently reading The Miocene Arrow by Sean McMullen. Interesting world construct, though the premise for its creation seems ludicruous.
Right now I'm reading..
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault for class.
I'm thinking of picking up a few Roman era collections, it's been a while since the last time.
Wow. I don't know how you guys find the time. I haven't read a novel for over 3 years now. Simply too busy with work, family, and computer games.
The last book I managed to complete was Matt Reilly's "Ice Station". I think I have a backlog of 15 books that I haven't even touched. My wife refuses to buy me any more books as she knows I probably won't read them.
Although I am working my way through Advanced C++ but that isn't a novel.
Dave Barry: 'Tricky Business'
I've also shut my brain down since I spent last week reading every Holt book I could and am now reading the 'Get Fuzzy' books. Hilarious.
These are great -- sometimes the dialogue can be ungainly and a bit derivative, but not in an annoying Neil Gaimanish way. Fforde's website is a lot of fun, too -- lots of background info on his alternate universe. I want a pet dodo.Originally Posted by Miramon
Oh dear, no wonder you enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded. :)The last book I managed to complete was Matt Reilly's "Ice Station".
Shieldwolf, a sometime Qt3 poster, talked me into reading Ice Station when he described the gun fight over the killer whale infested pool. So I read it. He's not allowed to recommend books to me any more.
Re-reading the entire Dirk Gently series of novels by Douglas Adams at this moment.
I really, really miss him. The guy was one in a million.
Didn't you love the escapist entertainment ? I thought it was a pretty good book considering Reilly was in his early twenties when he wrote it.Originally Posted by TomChick
It beats being bored to death with some of Tom Clancy's later books. :wink:
May I recommend to you Sharpe's Eagle, by Bernard Cornwell?Originally Posted by TomChick
The IRA: A History by Tim Pat Coogan
The State Within a State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia-Past, Present, and Future by Yevgenia Albats (in English)
The First World War: A Complete History by Martin Gilbert
Prey and Timeline by Michael Crichton
The Atlantic Monthly
Re-reading Fellowship of the Ring to one of my kids.
Trying to find time to read Walden and Dubliners.
Next non-fiction I want to read is The Third Chimpanzee. Anyone read it?
I was going to advise against it as I found it rather dull, but maybe you should just let me know what you think. I am hesitant to reccomend or dissuade anyone regarding anything after my Empire of Magic fiasco.Originally Posted by voltaic
I've read a couple of these and liked them, but most of the series seems only available in $13 paperbacks, which is obscene :(Originally Posted by Case
I'm reading Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (Joe Gunther series).
I've read all of them. They're consistently good, though the last half of the series is somewhat formulaic. I've got most of them in hardback.Originally Posted by Lloyd Heilbrunn
My friends keep trying to get me to read the Patrick O'Brian novels, but I could never get into them, for whatever reason.
Recently finished the last book in CS Lewis' Space trilogy, which I enjoyed very much.
Now, well, I've just started Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Is that the one with Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves?Now, well, I've just started Bram Stoker's Dracula.
I can't tell from the wood engraving on the cover.
The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos
Wow, didn't even know he had a new book out. Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of my all time favorites.But I have Tad Williams' new book on my pile. That's the next one I plan to tackle.
Last three books:
The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan. Came highly recommended, and though it seemed to be nothing new in the first couple chapters, I eventually found myself engrossed by the effectiveness of some of the presented arguments. Some pretty good stuff is substantiated.
The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov. While sifting through the package of old science fiction paperbacks my uncle mailed me quite some time ago (until now relatively ignored), I glanced at this novel. The middle section tended to drag, as it didn't leave me feeling the curiosity that Asimov seemed to intend (kinda predictable), but the first and final thirds of the novel retained my interest.
1984, by George Orwell. Yeah, I'm an ass for not reading this sooner. Excellent.
The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. Yeah, okay, it's only 60 pages long, but I started it towards the end of last night. Pretty interesting, as of half-way through.
Not sure. Robin hobb's Assassin's Apprentice came in today at the bookstore, so I might start that tomorrow. My only fantasy experience has been with LotR and ASOIAF. Hopefully not too hopeless a case compared to Martin's ridiculously good series.