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 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   David in NY   (Member)

For those of us who love to read, feel free to share with us what you've just read and what's next on your list to read!
I just finished Welles 'The War of the Worlds' and his 'The Invisible Man' and Gore Vidal's 'The City and the Pillar'. Up next is Michael Cunningham's 'Specimen Days'.
(I think I've become a more avid reader the older I get!)

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   EddyD   (Member)

I'm in the middle of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident."

Don't think these books are just for kids. They're well-written, extremely imaginitive and loads of fun!

I also recommend "The Supernaturalist" by the same author.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   WesllDeckers   (Member)

Currently (in between various 'study' books about art) "Berlin AlexanderPlatz". In its original Dutch translation of the 1920s.

Up next: the third book in the bundled Complete works of Franz Kafka!!

...also reading the Sibelius manual
...and a selection of Salvador DalĂ­'s writings in "My life as a genius". Genius title!!

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

Right now I am reading Neal Stephenson - Quicksilver which is the first book in a series call the Baroque Cycle. It is set in the 17th and 18th century and is really quite well written.

Stephenson is an intresting author and this is pretty far removed from his earlier cyberpunk stuff like Snowcrash and Diamond Age and more in line with his generational spanning mystery-espionage Cryptonomicon.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

I'm reading Jonathan Letham's THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE and it's slooooooooowwwww going. I think the current crop of literary Jonathans (Letham, Safran Foer and Frazen) are overrated. But I can't complain about them if I don't read them.

The last books I read in the past two years that I LOVED are AT SWIM, TWO BOYS by Jamie O'Neill and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   bondo321   (Member)

Reading BUSH GOES TO WAR by Bob Woodward, then I'll read his follow-up, PLAN OF ATTACK... great so far!

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Elmore Leonard's Mr Paradise.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

For the first time in a long while I have NOTHING to read.

I'll be taking note of ALL recommendations?!

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

There's a SF book being published in a few months called "Shattered Image" by Scott McIntyre. It's a great book and I recommend it wholeheartedly. When it's available to the public, I'll letcha know. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   MICHAEL HOMA   (Member)


THE IDIOT by DOSTOYEVSKY.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Jolly Jack Tar   (Member)

The Eagle Has Flown - Jack Higgins. The master's master of spycraft storytelling.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

"John F. Kennedy - An unfinished Life" by Robert Dallek. The best book on this great president so far.

Philipp

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Michael Ware   (Member)

Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Filmscorecollecter   (Member)

I have also been reading "War of the Worlds" in preperation for the film. I recently read and finished "Hart's War," a fine book by John Katzenback which was also turned into a film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

"The Starcrossed" by Ben Bova. A satire on TV SF series production. Loosely derived from the experiences of Bova and Harlan Ellison during the production of the 1970's TV series "The Starlost."

Just finished "Tales From Watership Down" by Richard Adams. The original "Watership Down" is an all-time favorite.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2005 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

I always have several books going at the same time. Currently I'm reading the Burton Raffel translation of DON QUIJOTE (catching up on my classics), CITIZEN KANE: A CASEBOOK edited by James Naremore, and THE EVENING CROWD AT KIRMSER'S, a memoir of gay life in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 40's & 50's.

I recently finished, and recommend very highly, the unabridged COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. I was leery of tackling this 800-page behemoth but a friend insisted that I give it a try. Wow, what a great read! I looked forward every day to getting back to it.

Don't bother with the abridged version - it's no better than reading the Cliff Notes (plus, it cuts out the racy bits - opium smoking! lesbianism!).

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2005 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   David in NY   (Member)

"John F. Kennedy - An unfinished Life" by Robert Dallek. The best book on this great president so far.

Philipp


Hello Philip. I read the hardcover of 'John F.Kennedy - an Unfinished Life' about 2 years ago or so. It was massive, but I schlubed it back and forth on the subways reading it to and from work and it was SO rewarding. I had no idea the amount of physical pain this Great Man endured his entire life! Excellent book!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2005 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I actually haven't read a book just for "fun" in many years. You get so tired of reading words and sentences when you're a full-time student, like I've been for the last eight years or so. Now, however, I'm unemployed and will probably get back to sparetime reading again.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2005 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   David in NY   (Member)

I actually haven't read a book just for "fun" in many years. You get so tired of reading words and sentences when you're a full-time student, like I've been for the last eight years or so. Now, however, I'm unemployed and will probably get back to sparetime reading again.

Thor, in a previous thread I think you mentioned the costs of a Pizza dinner eaten out and it was incredibly high. So, are the prices of BOOKS in Norway also exceptionally expensive?

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2005 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

Brighton Rock by Grahame Greene, is my current read. My last book was The Outsider by Camus. And next is a Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus by PG Wodehouse, which is something i can re-read over and over and still laugh out loud with.

 
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