Friday, March 28, 2008

Recent Reads

I'm desperately trying to catch up on partials and written queries, and so my "outside of the office/pleasure" reading has fallen off as a result. Still, I did get a chance to read THIRTEEN by Richard Morgan, which I recommend to anyone, even people who don't typically read science fiction. I also just finished re-reading LONE STAR NATION by W.H. Brands, which is one of the better accounts of the Texas Revolution.

What's beside your bed?

24 comments:

Just_Me said...

Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon

Linnea said...

An old copy of Runaway Jury. Sure as heck isn't anything like the movie!

Ryan Field said...

I may order THIRTEEN. I don't read sci fi, but I've been looking for something different.

Anne Tyler and Philip Roth are always beside my bed.

Daniel W. Powell said...

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

Julie Weathers said...

Throne of Kings by George R. R. Martin. Probably a mistake as it reminds me how inadquate my writing is.

Some research books on knights.

An unpublished manuscript of a friend and some first chapters from a workshop.

Lone Star Nation sounds good. I did a lot of research on that time period up through the end of the big cattle drives, and it's fascinating.

H. Pinski said...

The Fabric of Reality, by David Deutsch and 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

Anonymous said...

ICE STATION by Matt Reilly.

Blogagaard said...

I recently finished "Tree of Smoke" by Denis Johnson. I feel like I experienced the Vietnam War personally now. What a cool, strange book.

Anonymous said...

I have a stack by my bed- right next to me!
Writing the breakout novel, the first five pages, the plot thickens, lifes a campaign, the overnight,and an ARC of autobiography of a wardrobe. Actually in the bed with me:the cure for the common word, flashMX applications, the bibliophiles dictionary and the raw shark texts.
it's too late for correct punctuation- sorry.

T L Thomas said...

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. Taking a "Spring Break" for the serious stuff for a minute!

Heidi the Hick said...

MUSICOPHILIA by Oliver Sacks

Not an easy read (I struggle to understand!) but fascinating!

brimfire said...

Brands was one of my professors in college. Very insightful and very entertaining. I've been meaning to pick up that book for a while. Might give it a go this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Passing for Thin by Frances Kuffel--who happens to be a literary agent, according to the author bio--is next up. Just read Earthly Pleasures, a fun read, by Karen Neches. I'm going on vacation for five days, and bringing about eight books! Hope I get a chance to read 'em!

La Gringa said...

Richard K. Morgan is one of my favorites. He was was my author when I worked at Del Rey as a publicity person, and in addition to being a tremendous writer, he is also a gentleman and an extremely funny dinner guest.

I loved Altered Carbon; if you haven't read that series, I highly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

I, Claudius by Robert Graves -- can't get into it.

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran -- excellent.

Marley and Me by John Grogan -- finally getting around to this and I'm so glad I have.

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman -- a mystery that's been keeping me up nearly every night

Anonymous said...

Just finished Silent in the Grave, which I loved.

Janet Reid said...

The Maltese Falcon. Yea, shoot me, I haven't read it before. Or just delete the comment so no one will ever know.

Usman said...

The Water Method Man- John Irving.
Not as good as other books written by Irving.

Adaora A. said...

I've just finished SLAM by Nick Horby. It's just stunning. Before that I read PEONY IN LOVE by Lisa See. That was also completely rivetting. I couldn't take my eyes off of the words. Now, I've just started THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margeret Atwood.

d.Leroy said...

The Nightstalker by Thomas Tessier
It's the worst book I've read this year.

Got Lisey's Story by Stephen King in the pipeline.

Brian Jay Jones said...

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu, and Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America, by Jonathan Gould

Ryan Field said...

"Usman said...
The Water Method Man- John Irving.
Not as good as other books written by Irving."

Trust me on this: you'll probably like it more after you've read it.

Anonymous said...

Small Favor, by Jim Butcher

Kristan said...

Nightmares and Dreamscapes (Stephen King), A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf), Free Food for Millionaires (Min Jin Lee), Issue 4.1 of the Cincinnati Review, and Paradise (Toni Morrison).

There are more, but those are the ones I've started.