Hot!What are you reading?

Page: << < ..1112131415.. > >> Showing page 15 of 51
Author
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1188
  • Joined: 2001/11/26 12:24:00
  • Location: Batavia, OH
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/17 13:25:39 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

I just started reading "That Dark and Bloody River" by Allan Eckart, which is about the history of the Ohio river. I actually came recommended to me by a guy I sat next to on an airplane. It is a little dry so far, but it is interesting learning more about the history of the area I am from.


Eckert is a local favorite here in Ohio. I've read a couple of his books. He is a matchless researcher, but his writing is terribly dry.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
  • Total Posts : 10400
  • Joined: 2002/05/09 13:42:00
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/17 13:33:17 (permalink)
CajunKing & jmckee-
About a month ago, Mr. Eckert was on a local Pittsburgh radio talk show. The show host is a big fan of the book and was asking him to comment on specific incidents from the book. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to remember too much. I imagine it because he has written so much on so many different topics, it is difficult to remember every detail.

Thanks for the tip on his other books. If I enjoy reading the rest of this one, I will definitely pick up his others.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/17 23:31:16 (permalink)
I finally finished Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. I really liked it. It's not nearly as good as the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. OTOH, it's way better than The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, his first novel, which I disliked intensely.

I started Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon last night.
LuckyLabrador
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 583
  • Joined: 2007/02/06 19:48:00
  • Location: Green Valley, CA
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/20 17:48:09 (permalink)
I just discovered Brad Thor, He's right up there with Vince Flynn!
mr chips
Filet Mignon
  • Total Posts : 4727
  • Joined: 2003/02/19 00:15:00
  • Location: portland, OR
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/24 11:31:53 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

I finally finished Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. I really liked it. It's not nearly as good as the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. OTOH, it's way better than The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, his first novel, which I disliked intensely.

I started Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon last night.
Curiously, I just finished Mr. Chabon's latest work"The Yiddish Policemen's Union". It is an imaginative work, positing a Jewish settlement in the Sitka, Alaska area in a world where Israel lost the 1948 War. It is a Chandleresque mystery where a down and out policeman investigates the murder of another resident of the flophouse where he lives. It also creates a society based on the Yiddish worlds of the 30's and updates it to the present day. It is a great read.
susanll
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1077
  • Joined: 2006/10/27 14:41:00
  • Location: bartlett, TN
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/24 11:34:42 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by mr chips

quote:
Originally posted by improviser

I finally finished Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. I really liked it. It's not nearly as good as the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. OTOH, it's way better than The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, his first novel, which I disliked intensely.

I started Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon last night.
Curiously, I just finished Mr. Chabon's latest work"The Yiddish Policemen's Union". It is an imaginative work, positing a Jewish settlement in the Sitka, Alaska area in a world where Israel lost the 1948 War. It is a Chandleresque mystery where a down and out policeman investigates the murder of another resident of the flophouse where he lives. It also creates a society based on the Yiddish worlds of the 30's and updates it to the present day. It is a great read.


Oh, I am so glad to hear that M. Chabon's book is good. It is in the stack I just got. As soon as I finish my current book, The Terror by Dan Simmons, I will start it.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/24 14:13:44 (permalink)
I really liked The Yiddish Policeman's Union, mr. chips.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/24 15:47:38 (permalink)
Last night I finished M.F.K. Fisher's Long Ago in France. I'll definitely be reading more of her.

Started George Singleton's collection Drowning in Gruel. I like him a lot. He guest taught my high school creative writing class for a couple days years ago. I just found out that he lives in my neck of the woods now. His stories are usually very funny looks at life in the South.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 624
  • Joined: 2005/08/16 08:20:00
  • Location: Elsmere, KY
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/26 08:25:02 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

Last night I finished M.F.K. Fisher's Long Ago in France. I'll definitely be reading more of her.

Started George Singleton's collection Drowning in Gruel. I like him a lot. He guest taught my high school creative writing class for a couple days years ago. I just found out that he lives in my neck of the woods now. His stories are usually very funny looks at life in the South.


I LOVE M.F.K. Fischer's writing. Don't miss the collection of her writings "The Art of Eating". Also, "Two Towns in Provence". She translated Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's "Physiology of Taste" (originally published in 1825), which is fascinating and amusing.

Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 624
  • Joined: 2005/08/16 08:20:00
  • Location: Elsmere, KY
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/26 08:26:46 (permalink)
I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible". It grabbed me on the first page and hasn't let go of me yet.
jofie
Junior Burger
  • Total Posts : 17
  • Joined: 2004/07/09 17:54:00
  • Location: St. Johns, MI
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/26 17:39:43 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by Pwingsx

Has anybody read "Secrets"?


Are you referring to "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne? If so, I have read it and found it helpful in the problems of life and very interesting. I will refer to it when I'm in a funk.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/08/28 11:30:55 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible". It grabbed me on the first page and hasn't let go of me yet.


I need to read some Kingsolver. I really enjoyed her chapter in the book about The Rock Bottom Remainders, the band that featured her, Stephen King, Dave Barry, and a host of other writers as members.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/03 17:01:25 (permalink)
Last night, I finished George Singleton's "Novel". I liked it quite a bit but it's definitely not his strongest work. There's a large section where the plot kind of jerks to a stop and the ending isn't spectacular either. Still, it has funny bits. I'd recommend any of his short story collections over this.

Speaking of short story collections, I finished Howard Waldrop's "Howard Who?" collection today. He's great. Funny well-researched stories involving some very strange, and famous, characters. I'm going to add a bunch of his stuff to my Amazon shopping cart.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/08 16:49:59 (permalink)
Right now I'm in the middle of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. I think it is excellent so far.

The other day, I sat down and read K.L. Going's Fat Kid Rules the World, a young adult novel. I interviewed her a few months back after our local school board banned the book from all school libraries, citing language and sexuality concerns.

After reading the book, I have to say they overreacted. There's no sex in the book and any sexual thoughts that the main character has are completely typical of a 17 year old male. The language, while there is some foul words, completely served the characters and the story being told. I didn't think it was gratuitous at all.
zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1440
  • Joined: 2004/04/05 15:08:00
  • Location: kansas city, MO
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/08 17:12:20 (permalink)
I just finished Generation Loss, by Elizabeth Hand. Very well written, very harsh book about a washed up almost famous photographer. I couldn't stop thinking about it for awhile after the last page.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/09 13:21:55 (permalink)
Finished The Lovely Bones last night. I loved it.

I'm about 80 pages into Angela's Ashes. I really like it so far. McCourt is really skilled at balancing humor and sadness, sometimes in the same paragraph.

I'm trying to read all the unread books on my shelves before buying any more books. After Angela's Ashes, I might start the Pickwick Papers.
Neesie
Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 322
  • Joined: 2005/12/05 17:05:00
  • Location: Lino Lakes, MN
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/10 15:56:01 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by improviser



I'm about 80 pages into Angela's Ashes. I really like it so far. McCourt is really skilled at balancing humor and sadness, sometimes in the same paragraph.



I'm so happy that you like Angela's Ashes. It's on my list of favorites. In addition to reading it I also got the CD version and listened to it in my car. Hearing it read in McCourt's Irish Brouge was a treat in itself!
Neesie
Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 322
  • Joined: 2005/12/05 17:05:00
  • Location: Lino Lakes, MN
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/09/10 16:42:30 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

I love this thread. I usually check it out before we head to the library.

I finally read Water for Elephants and I enjoyed it. The writing is beautiful.

I'm currently reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, a funny memoir by Bill Bryson.

Next up is Peter Ackroyd's biography of Charles Dickens.


Someone is going to loan me "Water for Elephants"; can't wait to read it. The same person loaned me "Just One More Day" by Mitch Albom and I just loved it! If that doesn't depict a mother's love, I don't know what does! Called my mom three times during the weekend I was reading it!
desertdog
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1946
  • Joined: 2006/05/24 19:03:00
  • Location: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/10/02 17:26:30 (permalink)


Just started the book "My Grandfather's Son," by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Looks to be a facinating and inspiring read!

DD

improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/05 14:46:52 (permalink)
Finished Angela's Ashes this morning. I really liked it.

I'm reading Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue: The English Language and how it got that way. It's a really interesting book, though it does lack a lot of the humor of the other Bryson stuff I've read.

Pat T Hat
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 968
  • Joined: 2006/05/02 08:57:00
  • Location: Butler, KY
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/05 15:59:28 (permalink)
Starting "Steve and Me" by Terry Irwin. I sure did like that guy!

I discovered Harlan Coben not all that long ago and just finished the last of his work to date.
He's got a good sense of humor and keeps his stories interesting and tight.

Next up is Vince Flynn with his new "Protect and Defend"

jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1188
  • Joined: 2001/11/26 12:24:00
  • Location: Batavia, OH
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/06 12:18:55 (permalink)
I'm finally reading Jeffrey Steingarten's "The Man Who Ate Everything," and am enjoying every page. And frequently laughing out loud.
Mosca
Filet Mignon
  • Total Posts : 2983
  • Joined: 2004/05/26 23:44:00
  • Location: Mountain Top, PA
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/06 12:33:34 (permalink)
I keep meaning to start Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed by Paul Trynka. I downloaded it on audiobook, but a couple days later I stopped commuting 45 minutes each way and haven't been able to find time to set aside to listen to it.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/06 14:46:30 (permalink)
Let me know how that is, Mosca. I love Iggy Pop.
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1355
  • Joined: 2004/10/08 10:28:00
  • Location: Jackson, MS
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/06 14:47:54 (permalink)
Net of Jewels by Ellen Gihlchrist. She is back to her power in this one.
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 732
  • Joined: 2003/04/28 10:16:00
  • Location: Henderson, KY
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/06 23:02:05 (permalink)
Just finished reading the Hardy Boys # 4, "The Missing Chums" by Franklin W. Dixon. Only took 45 years to get around to reading it. It was worth the wait.
Mosca
Filet Mignon
  • Total Posts : 2983
  • Joined: 2004/05/26 23:44:00
  • Location: Mountain Top, PA
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/07 08:39:20 (permalink)
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

Let me know how that is, Mosca. I love Iggy Pop.


I tried listening to it again last night, but I keep falling asleep 20 minutes into it (because I'm laying in bed). The prologue is awesome; it starts at the "Metallic KO" show, in '74 in Detroit, the last Stooges show. It then jumps back to when James Osterberg was voted "most likely to succeed" in high school, and that is where I've nodded off twice. I'm gonna have to read it, because it's great, but there's no way to listen to an audiobook unless I have a long commute, preferably on a bus or train.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
  • Total Posts : 3481
  • Joined: 2003/03/24 18:58:00
  • Location: New Paltz, NY
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/07 12:04:02 (permalink)
I'm "reading", that is, I'm skipping around in, Feneon's, A Novel In Three Lines. It is a quietly hilarious book of short news items from a French newspaper of about 100 years ago - perfect for keeping next to the toilet...

Mbrooks: I think Gilchrist's, Victory Over Japan, is one of the most delightful and funny books I've ever read - was not aware that Net Of Jewels had been published and cant wait to give it a read.

Desertdog: I just finished the Clarence Thomas book. an interesting and useful autobiography, but the bitterness is really disturbing.

Cheers, John
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 1355
  • Joined: 2004/10/08 10:28:00
  • Location: Jackson, MS
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/07 13:35:06 (permalink)
seafarer john, if you liked Victory Over Japan, try I Can't Get You Close Enough and Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle.
I think I've read all her books, and have enjoyed them all... just some more than others. I like the stories better than the novels.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
  • Total Posts : 865
  • Joined: 2003/07/03 17:48:00
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Status: offline
RE: What are you reading? 2007/11/23 21:06:52 (permalink)
I'm reading The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction, a recent used book sale find. I really like it. It's got a great Harlan Ellison short story, "Soft Monkey".
Page: << < ..1112131415.. > >> Showing page 15 of 51
Jump to:
© 2014 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.1