Question of the Day 2nd Try

Whatcha reading?

I’m finishing up re-reading The Malloreon Series by David Eddings which gets tedious and the only reason to finish it is because you enjoyed the characters so much in The Belgariad. I have some Zane Grey books waiting for me at the library. I’ve never read him and I have no idea if he’ll take or not. I’m screwed if it doesn’t though because I have nothing else waiting to be read.

NO WAIT. I just ordered John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation from Amazon. (The price at the bookstore was outrageous). The reviews have been positive for it although I hear it’s a quick read.


  1. Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security and the Managed Desktop by Jeremy Moskowitz (Includes Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7)

    I can feel the book envy of everyone.

    1. I loved the first book… And liked the 2nd book…. But I put the third book down…. Ok George, we get it. You’re an excellent writer. But is there a point to the last 2,000 pages I just read?

  2. I just finished book two of Guillermo Del Toro’s Strain trilogy. I am now starting Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy.

    Thank Satan for kindle.

  3. I wish Scalzi would have another entrant into the Old Man’s War series. Good, solid, sci-fi quick reads.

    I’m currently reading Stephen King’s “Full Dark, No Stars.” I like that, so far, it focuses less on the supernatural and more on the psychological. Before that I read “The Known World,” which was very sad and angries up the blood (but only if you dislike racists and slavery, which means plenty of people in red states wouldn’t be remotely affected).

  4. J. P. Sartre The Search for Method…at least I started it last night while guzzling my evening wine ration. It somehow made more sense that way.

  5. Just finished ‘Fuzzy Nation’ today (it is a quick read, as it took me about three commutes to finish), and will probably pick up ‘Little Fuzzy’ at some point. Next up is ‘Embassytown,’ the new China Mieville novel.

  6. Worldwire by Elizabeth Bear – third book in the Casey trilogy. A re-read: it’s ‘not bad’ rather than ‘excellent’, but I really like that it’s a space-opera-cum-cyberpunk series where the protagonist is a rather bruised 50-year-old woman rather than one of your more familiar (male) models.

    Have to choose next between M. John Harrison’s Light (which was recommended by John Courtenay Grimwood, a read fave author of mine) and Mieville’s Perdido Street Station (recommended by a friend).

      1. Yeah, I remember that post – it’s a big part of the reason I’ve not yet dipped a toe into Mieville (and there’s a mental image for you). An old mate described Perdido St Station as ‘fabulous’, though, so I figure it’s got to be worth a shot.

      2. I think somebody commented on that post that his other books were much better and Kraken was kind of overhyped. It had a wonderful premise though. Just went off in a direction that wasn’t to my liking.

    1. Oooh, do try Perdido Street Station! I’m a big Mieville fan. Just brought his latest, Embassytown, home from the store and I can’t wait to get to it. His books are…ornate…I know, that’s a weird word to use but it fits him somehow.

    1. I know I’m going to have my sci fi license removed but I just can’t get into LeGuin. Earthsea was alright. But I hated The Left Hand of Darkness.

      1. I thought “Left Hand Of Darkness” was, at best, O.K. I still can’t fathom why it’s touted as one of the greatest sci-fi books ever.

  7. “On Second Thought”, by Wray Herbert and I’ve just picked up Terry Pratchett’s “Thief of Time” and Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses”, which I never got around to reading.

    What’s Next? “Mr. Monster” and “I Don’t Want to Kill You” by Dan Wells.

  8. Last month I started reading the Elvis Cole novels from Robert Crais and holy shit are they entertaining. I just finished my second novel this week and will start another tonight.

  9. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris.

    He’s always funny and entertaining. Picked up the book the day after my father passed, noticing only the author’s name and not the theme of the essays within (death and dying). Sounds morbid but it actually made me feel a lot better about the situation as my dad was quite fond of humor himself.

    1. I listened to that as an audio book with him narrating it. I’m not one for audio books normally, but that really added to my enjoyment of it.

  10. I hope you have Riders of the Purple Sage in your Zane Grey queue.

    Currently active on my Kindle:
    – This is a Book by Demitri Martin Called This is a Book, by Demitri Martin
    – Roughing It, by Mark Twain
    – Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle… or his kid.

  11. the only zane grey i read was ” riders of the purple sage”
    from my wifes dads collection. not sure why i read that one. maybe something to do with the “riders on the storm” and “ghost riders in the sky”
    songs. it was ok except for the ending. Zane had a big sail boat and sailed all over the place and the book about that was good. he also took a bunch of film footage on same trip. i wonder where that is? i sure would like to see it.

  12. Just picked up A Storm of Swords, #3 of the George RR Martin books. I started because the grandson of a friend of mine created Dothraki for the HBO series. I’m hooked, too. And I don’t have HBO.

  13. Currently on book 3 of the Baroque Cycle by Neil Stephenson, I’ve got Surface Detail by Iain M Banks waiting in the wings.

  14. I envy all of you reading the George RR Martin for the first time. I don’t have HBO either and am waiting for the series to make it to DVD. I’m sure it’ll be expensive but I’m getting it.

    I’m currently reading Jo Nesbo’s The Redeemer, which I ordered from England when I found out it was issued between The Devil’s Star and The Snowman, which I have waiting for me beside my chair.

    Also reading The Coffins of Little Hope, which is verging awfully close to the twee.

    And started China Mieville’s latest, Embassytown, though I should really wait.

  15. Charles Stross Accelerando
    Jim Butcher White Night
    Susan Elizabeth Hough Earthshaking Science (good intro to seismology)
    Simon Winchester A in in the Edge of the World (1906 SF Earthquake)

  16. in the middle of The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. but my daughter just picked up Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen (after seeing her on the daily show with jon stewart) and I’m reading that one next!

  17. Wicked Plants, by Amy Stewart (2009)
    A Planet of Viruses, by Carl Zimmer (2011)
    Kristen Lavransdatter – The Wreath, by Sigrid Undset (1920)

  18. Freedom by Franzen. Quite good, not as thrilling as I found The Corrections, however. I like how so much of Franzen’s books involve lots of sex. I get tired of good fiction which spends its energy examining flowers or old ladies.

  19. Right now: “Leviathan Wakes”, by James Corey. Brand new release and totally fun. A large scale space opera that takes place entirely in the Solar System. Kind of like a throwback to the classic SF books we all grew up on, but with a modern sensibility. It’s fast paced, original, and a brilliant piece of world-building. It’s not going to make you think overmuch, but I recommend it unreservedly.

  20. Long thread.

    I was reading Sula by Toni Morrison but I noticed a lot of crows in our yard, wanted to learn more about them so I started In the Company of Crows and Ravens. The latter is non-fiction with lots of really good drawings, I may have to buy it in hardback.

  21. Gonna go out today and buy “In The Garden Of Beasts” by Erik Larson. If it’s anywhere near as good as “The Devil In The White City” (and the reviews have been stellar) I’ll be thrilled. Last book read? “To Say Nothing Of The Dog” by Connie Willis. Fantastic read!

  22. Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time. Not sure I like it as much as his other work but still pretty damn good. He almost makes up for Solar with this.

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