Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

What book are you currently reading?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    #46
    Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    Severus Snaps.
    Mobile! Not my fault!

    Comment


      #47
      Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
      Severus Snaps.
      That's Snape's name in My Immortal, the greatest fan fiction of all time.

      Comment


        #48
        Currently reading Coolidge by Amity Shale. Gift from the mother-in-law. And I recently came across Laphram's Quaterly, a journal with writings based around a given topic- I picked up the last 2 issues, death and comedy.

        Comment


          #49
          Originally posted by redbeardedmike View Post
          I'm in a newly-formed monthly book club. We read Pastoralia by George Saunders, ...
          Cool book club. I keep meaning to join the AoM one. I just have so many other good reads either waiting for me on the shelf, or already started though (yeah, I sometimes get a few going at the same time).

          Only Saunders I've read so far is CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. I received Pastoralia and In Persuasion Nation for birthday and Christmas gifts this past year too. They're both in the queue.

          I'm a sucker for short-stories collections.

          Comment


            #50
            Sadly I see no responses to my query about the Bond authors.

            My wife and I sometimes laugh about our choice of reading material. We're both English majors but we no longer read what we call, in a fake snobby British accent, "literature." We both read a lot of junk, I do especially. I told her I'd had enough of reading "literature" as an English major and now all I want to do is read the stuff I want to read. Sometimes that is literature, actually. I love Updike, Nabakov, and many of the usual suspects from the 20th century, e.g., Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Burroughs... . But I really do have an appetite for junk, including spy novels, detective novels, and even the occasional graphic novel.

            I hope to get into Carte Blanche this weekend, and then I want to catch up on some of the Gardner stuff.

            Comment


              #51
              Originally posted by Duvel View Post
              Has anybody read the "newer" Bond novels by Amis, Gardner, Deaver, et al? Any opinions?
              I have a few of Gardner's (Icebreaker and For Special Services for sure, and either Licence Renewed or Role of Honor - I can't recall). I remember reading Icebreaker and For Special Services back in the '80s, as a young teen twerp, but probably shouldn't weigh in to heavily on the worthiness of the read, since it was so long ago. Seems like I dug them back then. Give one a shot!

              I was (and am) a Bond nut; so back then having the stack old Fleming paperbacks on the bookshelf, grabbing a *new* Bond book was a no-brainer.

              The other one, which I can't exactly place right now mentally, I grabbed more recently (few years back) from a local used bookstore. Never got around to reading it. Yet.

              *EDIT: I'm seeming to remember that Icebreaker was the better of the two I've read. But again, it's been a little while.
              Last edited by yoyorobbo; February 28, 2014, 07:16 PM.

              Comment


                #52
                Originally posted by Siepi View Post
                Technically a short story, but right now I'm reading At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. Brilliantly suspenseful and asks difficult questions about what makes a monster.
                HPL is fantastic... *literally*.

                Seriously, one of my faves. Best supernatural/fantasy/horror writer for me is Robert E. Howard, though, as his stuff just moves.. *flies* - great action!

                Still, for some crazily-creepy crypt-crawling coolness, Lovecraft is certainly a worthy contender for top dog.

                Comment


                  #53
                  Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                  Sadly I see no responses to my query about the Bond authors.
                  ...
                  I hope to get into Carte Blanche this weekend, and then I want to catch up on some of the Gardner stuff.
                  - Currently reading Solo and I'm enjoying it so far. It fits into the timeline established by Fleming.
                  - I read all of the Raymond Benson novels when I was younger. Benson's Bond is rooted firmly in the cinematic version of Bond. Action, plots, gadgets, characters, etc...
                  - Carte Blanche was okay, but I wasn't a huge fan of the villain's plot and I didn't like the way Bond was updated. Afghanistan veteran. Driving a brand new Bentley. etc...
                  - Devil May Care - Another period piece, like Solo. Uhhh... I can't really remember a whole lot about this one. Bond smokes opium. It is written in Fleming's style. Wasn't bad, wasn't amazing.
                  - Silverfin - The only book I've read in the young Bond series but surprisingly entertaining. I enjoyed reading about Bond when he is younger and becoming who he is, as well as having his history fleshed out (parent's death and so on). I'd actually like to read more of these, despite being marketed towards teens.
                  - I've never read Gardner, although I have a couple on my todo list that I've found at thrift stores.

                  Probably not helpful at all. I love Bond, but any of the continuation novels - while entertaining reads - just sort of blur together and I find nothing terribly memorable in them. They definitely fit into that 'junk' category. I can blow through any of them quickly and enjoy it, but ask me what they were about six months later and I'll be hard pressed to remember the details. Now, if you want some recommendations on Bond non-fiction: Definitely the GIANT Taschen book. The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service is also good, if you like that film.

                  For those who do read Bond novels: Who do you imagine as you read it? Do you think of one of the actors? An amalgamation of them? I'm usually picturing/hearing Connery but sometimes Lazenby is there.

                  Comment


                    #54
                    Thanks, Yo and V. I've heard good things about Icebreaker. It depends a little on the book, but with most Fleming books I imagine Connery. Sometimes Craig fits them, though. I re-read Casino and OHMSS a while back and all I could see was Craig, maybe just because the Craig movies were fresh in my memory.

                    I'll have to see who I picture in CB. I imagine it will be Craig-like.

                    Comment


                      #55
                      Originally posted by Shomas View Post
                      I just finished Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. It's the first of a trilogy set in a dystopian future. It came out in 2003 and, aside from being a brilliantly written, very entertaining story, it's scarily prescient. Atwood's a genius. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
                      Originally posted by Siepi View Post
                      The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorite books.
                      Annnnnnd, I just spent way too much time googling these/her.

                      I really dig the sffaudio podcast (kind of an aside, but not really), and figured I'd run a check over there to see if by chance these books were covered. Guess what? Yep. Cool!

                      Also, in looking up some of her short-fiction stuff, I found this:
                      http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/fea...urrentPage=all
                      http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...et-atwood.html

                      As stated a comment or two back, I'm a short-story kinda dude; these days, especially. So, gonna dip the toe, as it were, with a quick sampling.

                      Thanks for the heads-up, fellas.

                      Comment


                        #56
                        Originally posted by VespaMatt View Post
                        For those who do read Bond novels: Who do you imagine as you read it? Do you think of one of the actors? An amalgamation of them? I'm usually picturing/hearing Connery but sometimes Lazenby is there.
                        Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                        Thanks, Yo and V. I've heard good things about Icebreaker. It depends a little on the book, but with most Fleming books I imagine Connery. Sometimes Craig fits them, though. I re-read Casino and OHMSS a while back and all I could see was Craig, maybe just because the Craig movies were fresh in my memory.

                        I'll have to see who I picture in CB. I imagine it will be Craig-like.
                        Something tells me I might find myself digging out my old '80s copy of Icebreaker this weekend. Ahhh.... you guys. I got stuff ta do, man!

                        Comment


                          #57
                          Originally posted by Siepi View Post
                          The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorite books.
                          Me too. I'm a real sucker for almost any dystopian novel, but The Handmaid's Tale is among the best.

                          Comment


                            #58
                            Thanks, Yoyorobbo for the sff audio podcast recommendation!

                            Comment


                              #59
                              I went through a Thomas McGuane period. Still look forward to seeing his new stories in the New Yorker now and then. Hey, I wonder how he would handle a Bond novel?

                              Comment


                                #60
                                @Yoyo - if you love HP Lovecraft and podcast occasionally, you might want to check out the Welcome to Nightvale podcast. It was originally described to me as a satirical cross between NPR and the X Files, but I don't think that gets it quite right. The head writer contributed to the Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft and the producer is an entity called Commonplace Books.

                                It's fun.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X