Decemeber Reading Thread: How Are You Finishing Off The Year
Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:12 AM
thanks for the replies yall. i polished off the first last night and jumped immediately into the second. this has been very enjoyable so far. i feel increasingly bad for fitz. he is not in the best of places after book one. also growing is my interest in the fool. i'm excited to see where this goes.
i've been juggling a couple books at a time for a while now but hobb has certainly narrowed my focus. i have no complaints. the prose flows, the characterisation remains consistent, even down to tertiary characters and the plot line, so far, carries an ending of empire strikes back bleakness that won't allow me to put the book down. the eventual triumph, regardless of how bittersweet, is going to be such a catharsis. i can't wait!!!
life doesn't allow me to concentrate on reading as much as i used to but i'm hoping to finish the trilogy by the end of the month /cheers.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheers:' />
Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:47 AM
Then these in this order.
Cogan's Trade - George V Higgins
Serena - Ron Rash
Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:42 AM
1. A magyar dráma antológiája II.
2. Herman Melville: Moby Dick - "To be short, then, a whale is A SPOUTING FISH WITH A HORIZONTAL TAIL."
3. A magyar novella antológiája I.
4. Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady - I just love this book
+ December 21 = The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:21 PM
[Current] Reading Excessions - Iain M Banks, around 20pages in at present.
[The Plan] In 2-3 weeks to have finished and be either... reading Rondezvous with Rama or reread Watchmen or A Storm of Swords
Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:03 PM
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:29 PM
Afterwards comes The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi, about the infamous serial killer's killing spree and the police investigations and media criticisms.
And I'll probably start Knife of Dreams before the end of the year, though not finish it.
Also some time this month I hope to finished off Angry Saints.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:56 PM
After that I was really missing my kindle, because the last 4-5 books I had read were all physical books, so I went with Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold. My only complaint with it was that it was really, really short. I loved it when Miles
Then I went with Aloha From Hell by Richard Kadrey. I really enjoyed this book as well. Probably not quite as much as book two, and I think book one is still the high water mark for this series. Overall I am a big fan of the Sandman Slim books - they feel like a cross between Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt Casebooks and the movie The Prophecy. He used the word "hoodoo" entirely too often in this book, and that was extremely distracting.
I then wanted something I could read quickly so that I would be able to pick up my current book as soon as possible, so I went back to the Vorkosigan series and read Mirror Dance. It picks up two to three years after Brothers in Arms, but it's directly follows the events in that book. I loved this book. The way Bujold dealt with identity in both Miles's and Mark's POV chapters was fantastic.
I'm now 20% through The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman. So far, I very pleased with it, but Gilman is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book's predecessor, The Half-Made World, was my favorite read in 2010, and so far this year Gears of the City has been my favorite - so good.
My plan for December is to read at least four more books to get my yearly total up to 55. Up next will be Cold Days by Jim Butcher - I also most bumped this ahead of TRoRC because of the extremely strong reviews it has received. Then I'll go with Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, after that likely The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and then I'm not sure, possibly Lords of Slaughter by M.D. Lachlan.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:12 AM
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:11 AM
I did slip in A Game of You in the bath last weekend and will probably try to zip through another couple of Sandman titles in my attempt to get >40 books this year.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:22 PM
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:40 PM
ETA: I don't share Ligotti's attitude toward the corporate world. Admittedly, I haven't worked for any large corporations where I was just a number. I've never experienced the kind of tension and backstabbing that he seems to take for the norm. I could ask almost any boss or coworker I've had for a recommendation and feel confident that they'd want to say something good about me. Maybe I'm just lucky that way. I know some places have terrible environments, but I just can't relate.
I have on my list Broken April by Ismail Kadere and The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman.
Edited by Eponine, 02 December 2012 - 10:54 PM.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:43 AM
After I'm done with that, it's on to either Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane or Blood and Bone by Esslemont.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:53 AM
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I'm working through The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and The Cavalier in the Yellow Doublet by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I recently re-read the previous four novels, but now I'm in new territory. Afterwards, I'll likely move on to Pirates of the Levant by Perez-Reverte. I'm loving this series. Any fan of Dumasesque adventures would definitely enjoy it.
Ah Graveyard book,I loved that one. Very light before bed time reading /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
Now I' in the middle of Stephen King's The body (novella on which Stand by me movie was based on) and then I'll move to American gods
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:26 AM