Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Review
Posted on 04/05/2010 7:53:56 PM PDT by MplsSteve
Hello everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You reading Now?" thread.
I consider Freepers to be some of the more well-read people on the Internet and I'm always curious as to what you're all reading.
In short, it can be anything - a classic novel, a NY Times best seller, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal...in short, anything.
Please do not defile this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this thread". It became really unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm about 65 pages into "War Like The Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta" by Russell S Bonds. So far, so good. I can't complain.
Well, what are you reading now?
I just finished Humanity’s Edge by FReeper TBW2- excellent sci-fi book (a series of short stories). I’m digging around for something new, I’ve been going through 2 books a week lately.
I’m reading volume 1 of Conceived in Liberty by Murray Rothbard
The 5,000 Year Leap, The Book of Lies, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (for my son!)
1. I am Ozzy- autobiography, Ozzy Osbourne
2. The Lady in the Tower-the fall of Anne Boleyn
3. The Illuminatus Trilogy....timely
4. Forty Ways to look at Winston Churchill..
5. The House of Rothschild...Niall Ferguson
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Great story by son of Hamas leader who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Shin Bet. It has some great lessons on the intractable Middle East problems
Those who read many books at a time amaze me. It would drive me nuts.
That said, I am reading a novel called “Declare” and REALLY like it. It is a cold war spy type thriller, but so well written and subtle, with that added fillip of supernatural elements. Muslims figure predominantly along with commies and Great Britain, the French. . . from the 1930s to the 1950s or so. Good read. Recommended.
I’ve been reading Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files (Turn Coat, #11, just came out in paperback) and Codex Alera. I’m waiting for the last volume of that series to come out in pb. Partly I don’t want to pay for hardcover, and partly I don’t have room on my shelves.
I’m also reading a fantasy series by P.C. Hodgell that I managed to miss until now. Baen Books is republishing the earlier ones as double books. Rather dark, but so far quite fascinating.
I am reading “My Grandfather’s Son” by Clarence Thomas and “The Help” by Kathleen Stockett.
Both are excellent reads, but “The Help” is definitely a chick’s book.
Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.
Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.
I thought it appropriate to follow this with "How Democracies Perish" by Jean-Francois Revel. I read about it on a thread last week and picked up a used copy off of Amazon for a couple bucks. From the back cover: "Why do so many socialists and other liberal minded men in the countries of Western Europe, and indeed elsewhere, lend their support to communist activities over the world? How can the spread of communist regimes be averted? Can the capitalist democracies so reform themselves that they can survive?" Originally published in 1976 before Reagan and the supposed end of the Cold War, it is very timely today as we deal with the serious internal threat to our nation's survival.
Just finished “Dune”. Just started “Atlas Shrugged”. Yeah, I know, I’m behind the times by 30 years.
Just finished Ralph Reed’s “Dark Horse: A Political Thriller, for fun. Started slow, but was entertaining.
Now, for something a bit more serious, am taking Glen Beck’s advice, and starting “The Age of the Unthinkable”.
When working, I am listening to Spencer Quinn’s “Thereby Hangs a Tail”. This is for humor... a Chet and Bernie Mystery, as told by Chet, Bernie’s sidekick.
Chet is a dog, and the narrator does him perfectly. Wonderful fun.
The first Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn is “Dog Gone It”, and there is a new one coming out in the fall.
“Declare” is one of Tim Powers’ books. He’s a great writer. I think that novel may be his most powerful, but I also have a special fondness for “The Drawing of the Dark,” a fantasy novel based on King Arthur travelling to Vienna at the time that the Muslim Turks besieged the city. But all his stuff is good.
You recommended this months ago. No book store had it. Now have a kindle so I will get them tonight....anything else?
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