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[January ] What are you reading?


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Jack7

First Post
Non-Fiction

To Wake the Dead - I picked this book up at the library the day before New Year's Day. The book seems an excellent if unanticipated follow-up to the Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior, which I just finished. It's about a Renaissance merchant, Cyriacus of Ancona, who in his trade travels becomes, what I guess you could call, the Renaissance's first amateur, or pre-professional archaeologist. To me it is excellent.

Cop Without a Badge - I am always interested in the techniques, and methods of those who work undercover, be they undercover Dicks or Intel operatives or espionage or even just informants or turned agents, and seeing what I can learn from people like that. Maher seems to have spent a lot of time hard-under as a CI. The book is interesting.

The Hawk and the Dove - About Paul Nitze, George Keenan and the Cold War. I've gotten to where I really like reading dual biographies and institutional biographies. I finished a good one not long ago on the Rand Corporation and it sorta pushed me to be curious about Nitze and Keenan.


Fiction

The Charlemagne Pursuit - Now I've never read much Steve Berry, but the blurb write up was so good on this one I got it. And I'm enjoying it so far. It's about the Nazis having explored the Antarctic, some clues in Charlemagne's tomb, and a downed US sub.


Literature

I'll soon be re-reading the ancient Greek playwrights. I'm really looking forward to Aeschylus, who happens to be my favorite.
 


Just before the New Year I finally finished "Lankhmar" and the "Pathfinder Core Rulebook", which was good - I had been reading those seemingly forever!

I'm now reading the "Pathfinder Bestiary", and will shortly be starting "Nation" by Terry Prattchet.

Next up is one of my accumulated Star Wars Saga Edition sourcebooks and "Forest Mage" by Robin Hobb. Oh, and I have "USB Complete Fourth Edition" to read at some point, too.
 

Psionicist

Explorer
I just started reading Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein. This is my second Heinlein, having previously read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I hope it's as good.

Before I just finished Dune. Defenitely worth the read.
 

Eberron's Dragon Forge and for X-mas I got 4e books so I may read these a bit also. After that I may take a break from DnD and read the new James Bond book I got for X-mas also.
 


SkidAce

Hero
Supporter
I just started reading Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein. This is my second Heinlein, having previously read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I hope it's as good.

I feel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is the better of the two. One of my favorites. When I read them as a young teenager in the later 70s I remember reading The Cat that Walks Through Walls after Moon, and not liking it as much.

However, my reading tastes have evolved over the years, maybe I go back and try again. Somebody upthread mentioned Job, I couldn't even finish that one back then.
 

Edgewood

First Post
I'm currently slogging through The Silmarillion by Tolkien as my main read and will move onto Unfinished Tales after that.

Once done I will be reading God's War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman.

And interspersed between those I'm also reading The Atlas of Legendary Lands. It's a book on fabled lands throughout history and the maps that were drawn by explorers and philosophers from 250 BC right up to the mid seventeenth century. Here be Dragons indeed!

Aaaanndd on top of all of that I'm reading Pathfinder's Adventure Path Rise of the Runelords. I'm on the fifth book right now, and should be done that fairly soon.
 

Crothian

First Post
My second read on the year is Heat Stroke a mediocre follow up to the much better Ill Wind. I hope to finish it tonight and then start on one of the many books waiting for me on the too read book shelves.
 

EricNoah

Adventurer
I'm in the middle of an "inspired by Lovecraft" anthology called Lovecraft Unbound, and partway through Odyssey by Jack McDevitt. I'm also listening to The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin book) as an audiobook.
 

Jack7

First Post
I'm in the middle of an "inspired by Lovecraft" anthology called Lovecraft Unbound, and partway through Odyssey by Jack McDevitt. I'm also listening to The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin book) as an audiobook.

You're doing capital on all fronts, far as I can reckon your bearing...


I'm currently slogging through The Silmarillion by Tolkien as my main read and will move onto Unfinished Tales after that.

Once done I will be reading God's War: A New History of the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman.

And interspersed between those I'm also reading The Atlas of Legendary Lands. It's a book on fabled lands throughout history and the maps that were drawn by explorers and philosophers from 250 BC right up to the mid seventeenth century. Here be Dragons indeed!

And that ain't too shabby neither...
 

coyote6

Adventurer
Kathy Reichs' Deja Dead.

The local B. Dalton's is closing in two weeks (leaving this city of 150k+ with zero bookstores), so everything was 50% off; between that and a sale on Amazon on Bernard Cornwall's Arthur novels, I picked up a score of books since Christmas.
 

Mustrum_Ridcully

Adventurer
I'm in the middle of an "inspired by Lovecraft" anthology called Lovecraft Unbound, and partway through Odyssey by Jack McDevitt. I'm also listening to The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin book) as an audiobook.
Research for future adventure paths? ;)

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I am reading Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.
 


Crothian

First Post
I'm now reading the Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox. It is victorian mystery/noir. It is very interesting so far.
 


Krug

Newshound
Finished Oishinbo: Sake and Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyoza. Both are very enjoyable books about Japanese food.

Have reserved Leviathan with the library and probably will read that soon.
 

AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
Just finished the final Mistborn novel, The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson. I haven't been as excited about a series since I discovered Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. Wow! Each book came with an unexpected ending!

It's been difficult to find something on par with that since, but I have moved on to reading an anthology of Clark Ashton Smith's stories. I think the dichotomy is a bit too large between Mistborn and the CAS stories . . . I'm close to putting the CAS stories down and finding a good epic again. It's like grinding gears. My brain can't make the change. ;)

I'm also digging into Fantasy Craft some more. I have Trailblazer on order from Amazon, should be here in two days. I'll be diving in to that when it arrives.
 


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