What are you reading?

angloasturian

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Seeing the great success of the 'What are you listening to?' thread I thought it might be interesting to start a 'What are you reading?´one as well.
I'm presently reading an absolutely hilarious book called 'Narrow dog to Carcassonne' by Terry Darlington. It's about a trip he made on a canal narrowboat with his wife and dog, from Stone (near Stoke-on-Trent), where he lives, down to London via canals, then across the Channel and through Belgium and France down to Carcassonne! He has an amazing comic flair as a writer, sprinkles his text with all types of literary allusions and can also produce some quite poetic descriptions.
 

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Just finished (for at least the fifth time) Isaac Asimov's "Foundation Trilogy". probably my favorite science fiction series of all time.

Am just starting Carlos Ruiz Zafón's "The Angel's Game", the follow-on to "The Shadow of the Wind" which I read last year and loved.

"The Angel's Game is a book about books. (...) If you know your 19th-century melodrama there are pleasures in this novel, but readers with other penchants will be taken, too. There are Dan Brown puzzles and Mean Street realisms, there are quirky contemplative philosophies and -- best of all -- intriguing aphorisms" - Margaret Reynolds, The Times
[The Shadow of the Wind] "... is written by someone witty and knowing enough to spoof himself while still being able to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. It is also a quasi-Freudian biblio-adventure, looping and twisting through the streets of post-war Barcelona and in among the pages of books, in search of lost fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. (...) He swathes his story in atmospherics: no one is without his wreath of cigarette smoke, no recess without its shadowy figure. Barcelona becomes a place of doors opening into dark interiors of the mind." - The Economist
 

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I just read during lunch time (very short book) "Allegro ma non troppo" - by Carlo Cipolla (I have no clue what that translates to in English).
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read.

Specially the part regarding "The fundamental laws of human stupidity". This stuff should be taught in High School. :biggrin:

I'm also reading (dare I say it...) "World War Z" by Max Brooks.
Don't judge me.. I have a thing for zombies and post apocalyptic scenarios.
Although usually I just watch it on bad films. This is the first time I read a book about the genre.
 

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
There is a photo reference - photographic memory plays a large part in the stories.
 

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I'm right there with you! Love the Zombie genre. World War Z is great :smile:

I just read during lunch time (very short book) "Allegro ma non troppo" - by Carlo Cipolla (I have no clue what that translates to in English).
This has to be one of the best books I've ever read.

Specially the part regarding "The fundamental laws of human stupidity". This stuff should be taught in High School. :biggrin:

I'm also reading (dare I say it...) "World War Z" by Max Brooks.
Don't judge me.. I have a thing for zombies and post apocalyptic scenarios.
Although usually I just watch it on bad films. This is the first time I read a book about the genre.
 

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
There is a photo reference - photographic memory plays a large part in the stories.
alans, I read this trilogy by Stieg Larsson and found them some of the best page turners I'd read in years! With all the hype, I'd told myself I wouldn't want to read them...but then a friend lent me the first book when I was on a vacation and - I was hooked!:wink:

Right now, I'm looking for a good book, so Colin (anglostaurian) many thanks for starting this off, and my thanks to all who have added to it and will continue to.:bravo-009:
 

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I just finished "Island" by Aldous Huxley. I'm about to start "The White Tiger" by Arvind Adiga. I really enjoyed Island, and haven't really heard anything aobut the white tiger.
 

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I just finished "The War Within" by Bob Woodward, the last of his books on the George W. Bush White House years.
 

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I just finished Feed by Mira Grant (zombies and bloggers) and am currently reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith and Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (I live in Bellingham WA and the aliens land a ship in Bellingham Bay).
 

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I recently read Keith Richard's memoir, Susan Casey's book about rough waves (I forget the title, maybe "Wave"?), the Aaron Ralston book about amputating his own arm after getting stuck in Canyonlands (yeah, saw the movie too). At the moment I'm reading a fairly darkly humorous take on modern day Judaism called "The Finkler Effect". I'm nearly finished it and then a couple of books about bicycle racing to put me in the mood to start riding and training again as the weather, hopefully, starts to turn...

I read pretty much everything on a Kindle these days. I don't believe in moving paper or plastic around the globe for books, movies, or music, when the electrons fly around the internet so easily. Photos too for that matter!

-Ray
 

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Spike Milligan

I'm re-reading his hilarious war memoirs. Spike is/was a national institution in England and the main force behind the Goons with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe (he wrote the scripts). Probably most non - native speakers won't have heard of him (or the Goons) - which is just as well because the humour would be totally incomprehensible! Apart from this aspect I find them interesting because they almost exactly mirror my father's. Spike was with the 8th Army in North Africa and my father was with the RAF (radio tech in a Spitfire squadron) in support. He, like Spike, then crossed to Sicily then Italy and was still there when the war ended.
 

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i'm currently reading the Lonesome Dove series by Larry McMurtry. I never thought I'd like to read western novels, but I'm hooked now. I'm on my 3rd of the 4 books. I read Lonesome Dove first, then Dead Man's Walk, and now I'm reading Comanche Moon.

In between the 1st and 2nd, I had time to read True Grit, which seemed like a short story compared to the epic lengths of the McMurtry series.

--Warren
 

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Just discovered this thread

Completey agree that Asimov's foundation "trilogy" is a wonderful read, and a bit like Douglas Adams' trilogy in that it doesn't really care for the rule of thirds either. I've re-read both of them at least once.

I've just finished "The Blind Watchmaker" and "The Philosopher and the Wolf" which have been a welcome distraction as I struggle on through Roger Penrose's "Road to Reality" (I say struggle because I'm doing the problems too, it is otherwise enjoyable), although I can see myself becoming further distracted by Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid - which is some of the first serious Hughes I've ever picked up; and it is simply breathtaking.
 

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