What are you reading? [March 2017]

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
I just started The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett and The invisible Man by H.G. Wells. Both classics that I waited too long to read.

I was wondering, do others read more than book at a time? What is your limit? Mine is three.
 

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Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
I read multiple books at a time. Besides anything else I'll have some book that either fluff or a reread on my phone for when I unexpectedly have nothing to do and have no book.

If a book is larger then a mass market paperback (I can slip that into my pocket) I may grab another book if I'm heading out and expect a delay.

I've, ahem, misplaced books with some regularity and started another, then found the first.

I can add a non-fiction book to my reading while still reading fiction.

Right now I'm actively reading Terry Pratchet's Moving Pictures, which started as a small-form-factor book while I was reading GGK's Under Heaven, but I've finished that. I had started, misplaced, then found under the couch Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, but since it's also fictional China based like Under Heaven, I'm waiting a bit before I continue. I have Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon on my phone. I'm also reading The Good Gut, non-fiction about gut flora.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Just finished Ben Wallace books that take place after bombs drop. Entertaining. Currently reading Ocean at the End of the Lane. Then I will go back to The Light Fantastic, which I am not so far enjoying as much as the first book.

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Janx

Hero
I am backlogged on reading stuff for my writer's guild.

I've got a draft novel from a writer friend to read and markup

I've got a guild member Curt Locklear's published novel Asunder to check out and do a review on. it's a civil war piece. Not sure what it's about yet as I just started it last night.

I'm not sure what I'd be reading next if these hadn't gotten on the queue.

I finished the 1st draft of my novel last month. I'm letting it ferment. I suspect there are some good bits in there, but I may have a mess of a story and predict I'll be pulling large tracts out as notes and resculpting the plot.
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
The Expanse show got me reading Leviathan Wakes by James Corey. So far so good! Love the show and the book is going well.

Also reading The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. Its an autobiograpy of one of my favorite Presidents, Thomas Jefferson. I've been meaning to knock it out for a while but things keep coming up. Digging into it now. Will probalby tackle American Lion by the same author next.
 

carrot

Explorer
I'm working my way through "The faithful and the Fallen" series by John Gwynne. Currently I'm on book 3 of 4. It's proving to be an entertaining story with quite a few unexpected plot twists. It does have a few plot holes, and the battle scenes tend to be a little silly, but I'm enjoying it anyway!

After I finish book 4, I'm onto the latest Green Rider book by Kristen Britain.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Then I will go back to The Light Fantastic, which I am not so far enjoying as much as the first book.

Personally I like the later Discworld books better then the first few. But I have to admit that I was deficient in reading them, less than 8 over the years. Last summer I started picking them up and reading internal series - like all the guards books, then all the witches books. I recently reread the first two Rincewind books after several decades, and found that they didn't deliver as well as the more recent books.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Personally I like the later Discworld books better then the first few. But I have to admit that I was deficient in reading them, less than 8 over the years. Last summer I started picking them up and reading internal series - like all the guards books, then all the witches books. I recently reread the first two Rincewind books after several decades, and found that they didn't deliver as well as the more recent books.
Good to know. Thanks

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Nellisir

Adventurer
Right now I'm actively reading Terry Pratchet's Moving Pictures, which started as a small-form-factor book while I was reading GGK's Under Heaven, but I've finished that. I had started, misplaced, then found under the couch Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, but since it's also fictional China based like Under Heaven, I'm waiting a bit before I continue. I have Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon on my phone. I'm also reading The Good Gut, non-fiction about gut flora.

Your reading list sounds a lot like my reading list. Under Heaven is great, but Bridge of Birds is permanently affixed to my best books list. Crescent Moon didn't thrill, alas. I haven't read Moving Pictures, but agree that later Prachett is better than older Prachett. I think I enjoy the biting social satire.

I just pulled out Mind of the Raven, by Bernd Heinrich (about, duh, ravens) to read, and am partway into The Adventures of the Peerless Peer, a Sherlock Holmes-meets-Tarzan book "edited" by Philip Jose Farmer. I've been a bit off my game due to work (ironically, I read less when I'm travelling for work because 13-hour days are exhausting) and illness. I did read December 6, by Martin Cruz Smith (a very good book, per usual, but Harry sounds a lot like Arkady Renko and it's distracting) and You Suck, by Christopher Moore (honestly, didn't enjoy it. I've read it before, so not sure if I forgot that I disliked it or if I was in a more sympathetic mood the first time around.) I also got some game books from John Stater (Bloody Basic Mother Goose Edition; NOD 30; and Blood & Treasure Monsters 2nd Edition.)

And I picked up a copy of The Atlantic at the airport (...Detroit? There are so many...) I remember my parents reading it and thinking it was the most boring stuff on Earth, and now I'm of that age.... <sigh>
 

was

Adventurer
..I read only one at time, but I have a stack of them from the library who lets me check them out for three weeks at a time:)
 

The Invisible Man is a solid piece of work. And it’s pretty impossible to go wrong with Discworld (though I will agree with everyone else that it gets exponentially better as the series goes on).

I normally have one book I carry with me to read, one that I read before going to sleep (generally nothing heady there), and a couple of volumes I’m idly looking through at any one time.

I just finished reading Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbound, his Cosmere Collection of short stories and novellas. I definitely appreciated the spoiler warnings at the beginning of some of them. Now I’m on to Lawrence’s King of Thorns, to see what vicious Jorg Ancrath is up to.
 

Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
And it’s pretty impossible to go wrong with Discworld (though I will agree with everyone else that it gets exponentially better as the series goes on).
I'm halfway through it. I like it. Reminds me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but more enjoyable. There is no "wow-factor" though. I've read many times that the series gets better with time. Why do you think it does?
 

For my part, I think it’s in the little moments when Terry Pratchett touches on the human condition. How, amidst the comedic elements, these are truths of existence simply and powerful stated.

I'm halfway through it. I like it. Reminds me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but more enjoyable. There is no "wow-factor" though. I've read many times that the series gets better with time. Why do you think it does?
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
For my part, I think it’s in the little moments when Terry Pratchett touches on the human condition. How, amidst the comedic elements, these are truths of existence simply and powerful stated.

This. And, particularly as he gets more into the social commentary side of things, there are very real moments where you sit back and think about how to change our world to make it better.
 


Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Just started Stephen King's 'The Gun Slinger'.

How is it? I've never been a big King fan, but I've had the sneaking suspicion that an opinion formed a few decades back and not verified with my current reading habits may be holding me back from some good reads.

Do you have a favorite King to introduce people to his writing?
 


Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
How is it?
The Gunslinger is composed of novellas. The first one, The Gunslinger, is really really good and it is worth reading just for that one alone. The others aren't great and I didn't make me want to continue the Dark Tower series. The concensus is that the series gets worse as it progresses.

Do you have a favorite King to introduce people to his writing?
Nah. It is supposed to be the best and it was long and not that well written. The novella The Gunslinger is good though. I'm not sure why King is so popular. I guess his writing is accessable even if they are often very long.
 

How is it? I've never been a big King fan, but I've had the sneaking suspicion that an opinion formed a few decades back and not verified with my current reading habits may be holding me back from some good reads.

Do you have a favorite King to introduce people to his writing?

I suggest The Stand complete and unabridge, however most of his work is door stopper length (Under The Dome for paper back was split into two volumes). Carrie is also good IMO but it's written in an after action report style. The Cell was okay. As opposed to Kramodlog I've only heard good stuff about the Dark Tower series. King's also considered by a fairly large number to be one of the masters of Horror fiction.
 

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