Whatcha Readin' While ILB is on the Rocks?

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I mean, really, what with ILB being down and everything, you should have plenty of time to be catching-up on your reading, right?

I finished Tey's "Grant" series and half-started that new book by the guy who wrote "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time" - as you might well deduce, it's made no impression on me so far and I've a dreadful (or, perhaps, relieved?) suspicion that I left my copy at the vet's office or the doctor's office or one of two coffee shops I was at today - I swear I did read some it at some public spot today. Or maybe not. *sigh*

So now I'm thumbing me way through "Hometown Pasadena: The Insider's Guide," looking at their restaurant reviews (kinda reads like, well, a book full of advertisements, to be honest, but there's some interesting food photography - and I'm sure there's something more to justify the purchase but right now I'm just fantasizing about the food - next I'll read about hiking trails or museums).

MsLaura (IPOW), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 06:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Reading? Yeah I remember that. Same old same old. Some Jonas Lie, some Arne Garborg, some DH Lawrence, some Kipling.

SRH (skrik), Tuesday, 28 November 2006 16:37 (fourteen years ago) link

arthur c. clarke - the city and the stars

derrick, Wednesday, 29 November 2006 01:57 (fourteen years ago) link


crimson petal and the white - michel faber
a feast for crows - george r.r. martin
out of the silent planet - c.s. lewis
the road - cormac mccarthy

against the day - thomas pynchon
gormenghast novels - mervyn peake

on deck:
the moonstone - wilkie collins
ragtime - e.l. doctorow

remy bean (bean), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 05:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Remy - what'd you think of Crimson Petal?

MsLaura (IPOW), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 06:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Finished: Jack Kerouac - "The Subterraneans" (pretty good, not too long, kept my interest)
Still reading: Steven Pinker - "The Blank Slate"

o. nate, Wednesday, 29 November 2006 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

crimson petal was long and lovely, though it ended rather too abruptly for my taste. ultimately i felt it lacking something – though i'm not sure what that was. a rootable interest? some redemption or revelation or other r-word for William? still up in the air.

remy bean (bean), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 17:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Reading Tolstoy's 'Sebastopol Sketches' - a mix of war reportage and fiction, with some very 'Catch-22' moments (I particularly like one section with a jingoistic commander marching about, ranting on about his 3-sided bayonet and how fun it will be to stick it into some Frenchman, while all of his troops obey someobody else's order to lie down in the grass for no readily apparent reason). Before that I read Ezekiel Mphalale's 'In Corner B' (may have misspelled his name, as I don't have my copy hand), a collection of his Apartheid-era South African short stories. The earliest ones are a little disappointing, in that their obviously early work and need a bit more energy, but the later stuff was great. And before that I read Neville Shute's 'What Happened to the Crobetts', a 1938 novel about the imminent war that is a mixture of the chillingly prescient and the way-off-base.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Wednesday, 29 November 2006 22:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Richard Powers - The Gold Bug Variations. My new travel tactic is to take only one book along. It may be misguided.

jaq (jaq), Thursday, 30 November 2006 05:35 (fourteen years ago) link

The Long Emergency
Cloud Atlas

skateboardr, Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
The Country and the City

C0L1N B..., Thursday, 30 November 2006 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

San Remo Drive by Laslie Epstein

william robert fisher, Thursday, 30 November 2006 18:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I mean "Leslie."

william robert fisher, Thursday, 30 November 2006 18:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I love that book, Jaq!

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 30 November 2006 18:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Horseshoe, I'm loving it so far! I've never read any of Richard Powers before, but I'm glad for whatever inspired me to pick this one up.

jaq (jaq), Thursday, 30 November 2006 19:31 (fourteen years ago) link

it is his best, I think, but all his stuff is very good. (well, Time of our Singing is sort of not, but its heart is in the right place.) he is a crazy smart scary man.

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Powers fans (especially those who might feel he doesn't get his due) might enjoy this review of his latest novel by Margaret Atwood (from the NY Review of Books):


...Powers has gathered critical comments that most writers would kill their grannies for. "Powers is a writer of blistering intellect," said the Los Angeles Times Book Review. "He only has to think of a subject and the paint curls off. He is a novelist of ideas and a novelist of witness, and in that respect he has few American peers." There's more in that vein, and more, and more.

So if he's so good, why isn't he better known? Let me put it another way —why haven't his books won more medals? It's as if juries have recognized the prodigious talent, the impressive achievement, and have put him onto short lists, but then have drawn back, as if they've suddenly felt that they might be giving an award to somebody not quite human—to Mr. Spock of Star Trek, for instance. He's got a Vulcan mind-meld on the critics, all right, but could it be that he's just not cozy enough at the core—that he's too challenging, or daunting, or— dread word—too bleak?

o. nate (o. nate), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:07 (fourteen years ago) link

okay, I am totally getting The Echo Maker right now!

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Ah, thanks O. Nate, that must have been what set me onto him. I knew I'd read something intriguing about his stuff.

jaq (jaq), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:22 (fourteen years ago) link

what Atwood says about why he's not won more awards/isn't more widely read seems kind of right but kind of not. the whole Vulcan thing is not untrue. I remember the first time I looked at the jacket photo in Gold Bug I thought one of Powers's cheekbones was going to put my eye out. and then I thought, "this man needs to eat a sandwich and then watch some TV." he definitely seems a little not of this world, and I do really think he's intimidating to write about as a critic. but the whole "not cozy" thing--I don't know. his novels can be bleak but they're so kind.

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I've finished my novel! My Nanowrimo novel! I finished it!

I'm kind of a little bit lost now. I've thought about little else for 30 whole days. I'm not sure what to do, really. Reading just doesn't have the same thrill as writing. I'm not getting the same buzz off it. Help me out guys, help me!!

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:32 (fourteen years ago) link

congratulations, Trish! maybe you should just keep writing.

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Powers is "crazy smart scary" indeed. i've never really enjoyed any of his books as a whole (though there are great things in the ones i have read) but i think he's a good writer. i think the problem is that i never like any of his characters, they just annoy me.

jed_, Thursday, 30 November 2006 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, congrats on finishing the NaNoWriMo!

I read Lysistrata today.

Class has wrapped up, except for finals, so I might have some more "fun reading" time, hurrah.

Casuistry (casuistry), Thursday, 30 November 2006 21:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Powers is brilliant. You should read 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' next, or maybe 'Galatea 2.0'. Really, anything except maybe 'Operation Wandering Soul'.

Now I'm 35 pages into Jonathan Raban's 'Sureveillance', which seems very promising.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Thursday, 30 November 2006 23:15 (fourteen years ago) link

San Remo Drive by Laslie Epstein
I'm a big fan- I loved that book (I guess it just came out in paperback?) and am enjoying his latest, The Eighth Wonder Of The World. I really like the way he views the past through three parts of the insect eye at the same time: the Hollywood version, the historical version, and the vantage-point-of-the-present version. And I like how in San Remo Drive when the story shifts to the present it is actually messier than the past, instead of being some privileged I-was-cured-now situation.

Also reading anything by Ken Bruen, especially the Irish ones with Jack Taylor, The Guards, The Killing Of The Tinkers, The Magdalen Martyrs and now The Dramatist. He may even convince me to give Pelecanos another try.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Friday, 1 December 2006 02:54 (fourteen years ago) link

(html checker, wtf?)

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Friday, 1 December 2006 02:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Any cute girls here? HAHA

Brass Monkey, Friday, 1 December 2006 03:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm cute.
The Beautiful and the Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Man Who Loved Only Numbers - Paul Hoffman.

cellardoor, Friday, 1 December 2006 03:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I went out and got The Echo Maker, thanks to this thread. will report back.

horseshoe (horseshoe), Friday, 1 December 2006 03:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Just read Erofeev's Moscow to the End of the Line for a class, which was marvelously entertaining, and contains the most revolting drink recipes you'll ever see.

clotpoll, Friday, 1 December 2006 06:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm still going on Penguin's Russian Short Stories...just read the one by Lidiya Zinovyeva-Annibal which is my favourite so far. The whole collection is awesome so far.

I have Pnin on hold at the library which is also exciting.

franny (frannyglass), Friday, 1 December 2006 19:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I need to get back to the Erofeev someday. I idly read the first 20 or so pages and enjoyed it but I was too busy to read it properly. (My translation is called "Moscow Stations", and I don't know what the difference in the translations is.)

Right now I seem to be reading A New Latin Syntax by Woodcock.

Casuistry (casuistry), Friday, 1 December 2006 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

slowly making my way through charles portis's "true grit" despite it being like a half an hour read, as it's the last book by him i've yet to read.

about to retry delillo's "players," and quickly making my way through rj smith's super awesome "great black way" -- it's even better than i thouht it was gonna be, damn!

Mike McGonigal (yetimike), Saturday, 2 December 2006 08:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Just read Erofeev's Moscow to the End of the Line for a class, which was marvelously entertaining, and contains the most revolting drink recipes you'll ever see.
i read it this spring for class as well (20th century russia) and loved it! marvellously entertaining is a good descriptor. it's got wonderful momentum - reading it feels like a good long night of hard drinking, with all the little highs and lows and rushes and terrors. i should read it again.

i found delillo's players to be really formative. a lot of it is better developed in mao ii, for one, and i really disliked the smugness with which he treats his main characters for most of the novel.

i am now re-reading douglas coupland's life after god.

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 3 December 2006 05:22 (fourteen years ago) link

i didn't notice the smugness or didn't pick up on it but he's probably being disparaging about himself since Bill Gray basically = DeLillo with a bit of Salinger and Pynchon thrown in too, probably. i think Mao ii was a kick in the arse for DeLillo who was basically a recluse until Underworld came out.

colin0Hara (colin_o_hara), Sunday, 3 December 2006 22:54 (fourteen years ago) link

The Wheelman by Duane Swierczynski, an eye-popping Philly-based heist-gone-very-very-wrong caper in which a mute getaway driveway manages to escape certain death at the hands of the bad(der) guys time after time, in situations that would have killed off James Bond at Dr. No.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Sunday, 3 December 2006 23:14 (fourteen years ago) link

does registration not carry over on this? hrmph

what i heard was that the mao-ii author was william gaddis. i have no idea tho.

i am reading 'aspects of the novel' and finding it a lot more than i imagined.

tom w, Monday, 4 December 2006 01:26 (fourteen years ago) link

oh, and i finished the new pynchon

tom west, Monday, 4 December 2006 01:27 (fourteen years ago) link

sorry - the smugness i was referring to is in players. the first half is mostly delillo jeering, "hah, their lives are so empty!"
i think he's really tender to his characters in mao II, at least in comparison.

what i really should be reading is turkey: a modern history by eric zurcher, because i have a final exam on the late ottoman empire next monday. but, you know...

derrick (derrick), Monday, 4 December 2006 07:31 (fourteen years ago) link

for a second i actually thought it was a history of the bird. today is not a sharp day.

(tom), Monday, 4 December 2006 18:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I started reading Mark Twain's Roughing It. The first few chapters were quite enjoyable.

o. nate (o. nate), Monday, 4 December 2006 20:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Sodom and Gomorrah

youn (youn), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 02:06 (fourteen years ago) link

I just finished Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest and I want to cruise through the end of the year with some good crime/spy genre fiction. Should I reading something by a) Patricia Highsmith, b) John Le Carrrrrre, c) Richard Stark?

JordanC (JordanC), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 17:36 (fourteen years ago) link

i have been wanting to read john le carre lately, seeing as how the headlines are sort of resembling him at the moment. not that i ever have read him. but oh well.

how did you like the hammett? i still think it's one of the best things i've read this year

tom, etc., Tuesday, 5 December 2006 17:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, it's great. I think I like the Thin Man just slightly more (better writing/more joeks), but that might be because I read it first.

JordanC (JordanC), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 17:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I read a great children's book: "Fly By Night" by Frances Hardinge. I'm not sure I would have read it as a child though--it's fairly dense.

Matilda Wormwood (Mary ), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 20:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Go Patricia Highsmith!

Now I'm reading 'The Cardboard Crown' by Martin Boyd, first in a tetralogy of which I only have the first 2 books and the last 2 are out of print, alas. Yesterday I finished Max Frisch's 'Homo Faber', which must win Most Boring Narrator In Twentieth Century Literature, and come close in the Most Pseudo-Profundities category, too.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Wednesday, 6 December 2006 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I am finally reading The Russian Debutante's Handbook, which I was given for Christmas 2004. I quite like it, but am not absorbed by it.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Thursday, 7 December 2006 08:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Highsmith seconded.

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Thursday, 7 December 2006 23:40 (fourteen years ago) link

"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation" Vol. 1 The Pox Party
2007 is the year I go YA

Matilda Wormwood (Mary ), Wednesday, 13 December 2006 23:23 (fourteen years ago) link

As predicted I set Mawrdew Czgowchwz aside. Instead I picked up "Party Going" by Henry Green, which is a perfect read for this time of year. I may never have said how I love Henry Green here in the sandbox, which is an oversight, and I can't say I love Henry Green too often.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Stainslaw Lem 'Solaris' and currently finishing Frank Herbert's 'Whipping star'.

xyzzzz__ (xyzzzz__), Thursday, 14 December 2006 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link

ian mcewan's atonement, will start housekeeping up again soon thereafter

jo ga11ucci electrix (joseph), Thursday, 14 December 2006 20:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Henry Green's wonderful, though I have to admit it took me a while to get to grips with him. He has a unique style of rendering conversation and the like, which I read somewhere was based on the sorts of things he thought he heard because he was partly deaf. Have you read 'Caught', Tim? As a sucker for Blitz novels and a sucker for Green novels, it was catnip for me.

I'm partway through George Saunders' 'The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil', which is really good, although I'm wondering whether the consistency of theme for each story is going to wear me out before I get to the end of the collection.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Thursday, 14 December 2006 22:37 (fourteen years ago) link

finished 'the world jones made'. onto c whitehead's 'john henry days'. coincidenttally, both of these books include one-line mentions of saskatchewan, although they don't agree on the spelling.

tom sandbox west (thomp), Friday, 15 December 2006 03:08 (fourteen years ago) link

'Against the Day' 550 pages in....

Dave pacey, Friday, 15 December 2006 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link

James, "Caught" was the first HG I read, and now "Concluding" is the only one I haven't read. So, I remember liking "Caught" a lot, but I bet I'll like it a whole lot more when I get round to re-reading it.

Tim (Tim), Friday, 15 December 2006 13:55 (fourteen years ago) link

the semester is done! nowe i'm reading john wyndham, the chrysalids for the fourth time, i think. wonderful book.

derrick (derrick), Saturday, 16 December 2006 04:15 (fourteen years ago) link

still reading goncharov-oblomov

in the inbox are:
michael herr-dispatches
david mamet-oleanna
milan kundera-the book of laughter and forgetting (began this and abandoned for oblomov...it was good but maybe not so much the frame of mind I am in)

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 16 December 2006 18:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Gilbert Sorrentino, Red The Fiend

Because he writes over and over again about both Bohemian New York and Blue Collar New York with that characteristic blend of anger and humor that is his alone.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Sunday, 17 December 2006 00:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Although, I have a feeling that Bohemian New York is not going to make an appearance in this one.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Sunday, 17 December 2006 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Essential German Grammar, by Stern and Bleiler. I'm apparently going through a grammar phase. This one is precisely what I wanted, though, and if the other books in this series are as good, I am excited.

Casuistry (casuistry), Sunday, 17 December 2006 02:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Is that a Dover publication, Chris?

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Sunday, 17 December 2006 05:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes it is.

All my reading might be doomed now that I have borrowed Martin M.'s PS2 for Katamari-rolling purposes.

Casuistry (casuistry), Sunday, 17 December 2006 09:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I just got myself a VPL card, and I got the first Groucho Marx, Master Sleuth book. I had heard about it, but had no idea it was by Ron Goulart. It's pretty corny as a mystery/crime/whatever, but the Groucho quips are kinda fun (and might just be cut-and-pasted from various sources). Unless I can figure out what else I want to read, I'll probably read the other books, too.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Sunday, 17 December 2006 15:01 (fourteen years ago) link

ah, VPL!

derrick (derrick), Sunday, 17 December 2006 23:09 (fourteen years ago) link

i just graduated college. i also just finished reading a lot of checkhov, dostoevsky, a salman rushdie novel, and the most recent haruki murakami novel. therefore it is time to read something fantastic that doesn't make me think too hard and has pretty pictures.


thanks dad. i love the graduation present.

hm (modestmickey), Monday, 18 December 2006 04:37 (fourteen years ago) link

All my reading might be doomed now that I have borrowed Martin M.'s PS2 for Katamari-rolling purposes.

hahahahaha! See you in the spring sometime :) Once I get home again (possibly tomorrow), I still have to send you that "thing" for MM.

jaq (jaq), Monday, 18 December 2006 06:28 (fourteen years ago) link

y'know, while VPL has a few really nice bldngs, Regina PL has way more books (or at least a wider variety).

Huk-L (Huk-L), Monday, 18 December 2006 21:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Have you checked the basement?

Maybe I should visit V before school starts up again.

Casuistry (casuistry), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 03:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Just started The Persian Puzzle by Kenneth Pollack. It's not amazing but it's clearly written and helpful in forming an understanding of Iran, which I lack.

Hurting (A-Ron Hubbard), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, i'm not that pumped on the VPL myself - i use the SFU library for most of my library needs. i liked spotting the acronym, though :)

now i'm finishing daphne du maurier's 'don't look now' and other stories.

derrick (derrick), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 10:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I just bought Jon Ronson's Men Who Stare At Goats rather than take the bus up to the Riley Park branch, which wasn't even open on Monday.
And my main complaint about the VPL vs RPL is that RPL has a kick-ass graphic novel section, while VPL has, like, 3 copies of Ghost World and a bunch of Strangers In Paradise. SNOOZE.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Matilda Wormwood (Mary ), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 20:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

Sara Robinson-Coolidge (Sara R-C), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 21:50 (fourteen years ago) link

For a brief moment, I thought the Powers namechecking upthread was referring to Tim Powers (who's Three Days To Never just arrived from Amazon today). Going to start in on that after I finish Diamond's Collapse.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 19 December 2006 22:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Just finished 'The Poorhouse Fair' by John Updike. Good, but not great. But I'm still uncertain why he set it in the (then) future. I read a lot of SF, so have no problems with that, I just don't quite see what the point was. It's not like his 'Towards the End of Time' where the futuristic setting was important to the story.

Sara, what's 'Julie and Julia' like? It's in the pile of books I bought my foodie wife for Christmas, and I'm hoping it's not a dud.

Elvis, I'd forgotten about Tim Powers - I read 'The Anubis Gates' years ago, and really enjoyed it. Thanks for reminding me about him - must get more!

James Morrison (James Morrison), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Elvis, I'd forgotten about Tim Powers - I read 'The Anubis Gates' years ago, and really enjoyed it. Thanks for reminding me about him - must get more!

I'd suggest going with either Last Call or Declare next.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 01:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Geoff Ryman - Air
Village in Madeupistan is the last place on earth to get on the net. A net made ubiquitous through some handwavium technology. I've just barely cracked it open, but it's interesting so far.
Hopefully this and Iain McDonald's "River of Gods" are signs that current science fiction writers are more globally aware than their predecessors. It seems like every planet in the Sol system has been explored in every-which way, while out own planet has been represented as little more than the place that holds Great Britain, America, and, ah, the Soviet Union.

Øystein (Øystein), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 08:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Finished London Fields, reading Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn.

frankiemachine, Wednesday, 20 December 2006 11:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Sara, what's 'Julie and Julia' like? It's in the pile of books I bought my foodie wife for Christmas, and I'm hoping it's not a dud.

It's pretty funny; lots of swearing, though. (I worry that traditional "foodies" might find this offensive...) I read the blog while the Julie/Julia Project was actually happening and found it hilarious, so I was anxious to read the book. I haven't been disappointed; I hope your wife enjoys it!

Sara Robinson-Coolidge (Sara R-C), Wednesday, 20 December 2006 18:15 (fourteen years ago) link

"The Mark of Zorro", the original pulp serial from 1919 (in a nifty-looking Penguin Classics edition - I like the way their doing more 'classic' pulp in this series). Only 50 pages in, but it's fun. Strangely surprised that in the book, his mask is full-face, rather than just over the eyes.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 December 2006 23:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Here's what I've read so far in December. Kind of heavier on mysteries than usual.

Gore Vidal- Lincoln
Janwillem van de Wetering- Maine Massacre
Gore Vidal- Empire
Minette Walters- Acid Row
PG Wodehouse- Ukridge
Stuart Woods- The Run
Gore Vidal- 1876
Gore Vidal- Hollywood
PG Wodehouse- Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
Robert Tannenbaum- Irresistible Impulse
Howard Swindle- Jitter Joint
PG Wodehouse- Right Ho, Jeeves
Anne Tyler- Back When We Were Grownups
Leo Tolstoy- The Cossacks
Gore Vidal- Smithsonian Institute

ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Wednesday, 27 December 2006 12:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Now in the middle of Lisey's Story by Stephen King. It's weird.

Sara Robinson-Coolidge (Sara R-C), Friday, 29 December 2006 22:02 (fourteen years ago) link

A book on sex crimes, a book on the porn industry, some Elle Decor hardcover that I got for Christmas. When I'm not sick as a dog.

LynnK (klynn), Saturday, 30 December 2006 23:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Is it the porn and sex crimes that made you sick?

James Morrison (James Morrison), Monday, 1 January 2007 23:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm reading Vico's "New Science" in the new year.

Casuistry (casuistry), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 18:05 (fourteen years ago) link

'Les Bienveillantes' by Jonathan Littell.

Michael White (Miguelito), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 18:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Finished Twain's Roughing It. Not sure what to read next, though I've got a few ideas.

o. nate (o. nate), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 20:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Working on:
Melville-The Confidence Man
Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret
Lionel Trilling-Sincerity and Authenticity

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Tuesday, 2 January 2007 20:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Since the last time that I posted:

A large Norton volume of Percy Shelley's poetry, as well as a couple of cantos from Byron's Don Juan. I was not overly impressed by much of it.

A failed attempt at reading Emma -- I only managed to finish the first volume.

Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, which was very compelling and full of interesting insights. Also, one of the more demanding reading experiences that I have had in some time.

Four of Christopher Marlowe's plays, of which my favorite was Dr. Faustus. That bit about the fellow riding his horse into the water and then demanding a refund was hilarious. The dramatic excess of his plays is a strongpoint for me.

In process/Coming up:

The Caxton version of Le Morte D'Arthur, which is a long-term reading project.

Plays by Shakespeare and Aeschylus.

Wittgenstein's On Certainty, when I can find it in the coming week.

mj (robert blake), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 02:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Don Juan is funny enough, at least for a few books, or at least so I remember it.

Casuistry (casuistry), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 03:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Colin, do you have the updated version? I am reading the original of Intimate Nights now.

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 04:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, I got the reprint. I picked it up because there are a few passages about my great-uncle, who ran a cabaret in the 70s/80s, but I'm really enjoying the whole thing so far.

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 04:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I am happy to read all the good words on Powers: I have The Echo Maker in my precarious TBR pile and plan to order The Gold Bug Variations which is the book I really wanted to start with but no store had it in-stock and the library had this huge hardcover.

And I'm getting the Penguin Russian Short Stories collection tomorrow too. Right now I'm reading Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim in a final surrender to Sedaris mania and Pamuk's My Name is Red for a book club.

Arethusa (Arethusa), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 05:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I am about 150pp into Against The Day (my maternity leave big read) and enjoying it muchly thus far. Mildly distracted by the fact that my cat has become totally obsessed with this book and keeps chewing the corners and nuzzling the pages while I'm trying to read (if I'm not reading it, she just sits on it).

Meg Busset (Meg Busset), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 12:56 (fourteen years ago) link

stein, 'blood on the dining room floor'
linda williams, 'hard core'

tom is not at home, Wednesday, 3 January 2007 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Arethusa: Powers, Russian Short Stories, Sedaris - all excellent!

Am reading Gerard Woodward's 'August' now, which I'm loving, though I'm getting to the very bleak (but still very funny) parts. Before that I reading henning Mankell's 'Depths', which reminded me of a subzero (literally and emotionally) Tom Ripley, and the Persephone books reissue of the clever and gripping 'The Expendable Man' by Dorothy hughes.

James Morrison (James Morrison), Wednesday, 3 January 2007 22:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Persephone Books is an excellent establishment, as is Serpent's Tail and Virago: three of my favourites!

I finished the Sedaris yesterday and have started John McGahern's Amongst Women. I read about his works in the TLS and thought he sounded like someone I'd want to read. I was right. His clear, authentic, piercing style makes a deep impression on me. I always feel sad that I learn about such great authors after their death.

Arethusa (Arethusa), Thursday, 4 January 2007 23:44 (fourteen years ago) link

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