Posted on October 8, 2011
Posted by John Scalzi
What are you reading right now?
(Aside from this blog.)
(Also, if it’s something from me, then what did you read right before it.)
“The Cloister and the Hearth” Charles Reade, also “The Portable Emerson”, and “Leaves of Grass”. Color me cliche but I never took the time to read the classics before.
Simon Singh, THE CODE BOOK.
Dances with Dragons. Before that was a reread of OMW series and Agent to the Stars after seeing John in Seattle.
I’m reading a manuscript for a forthcoming book right now. Before that, it was…actually, I was experimenting with manga, & I read “A Certain Scientific Railgun” (http://mordicai.livejournal.com/tag/railgun) & enjoyed it alright.
I;m rading “The Lady is a Screamer” novella by Conn Iggulden
Tieta de Agreste, by Jorge Amado (in spanish), and A Game of Thrones (in english)
Glen Cook’s Black Company series (book 5, to be precise – Dreams of Steel) which I don’t love, actually don’t even like about half the time, but provide some excellent background to the military fantasy subgenre of which the Malazan Book of the Fallen is the most striking recent example.
(I also just read both of Cherie Priest’s new books, and both of those I loved. Loved!)
Bad typing, sorry. I’m reading “The Lady is a Screamer” novella by Conn Iggulden.
I’m listening to A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin. Does listening to an audiobook instead of reading count?
All Hell let Loose by Max Hastings
The Book of Transformations by Mark Charan Newton
Purple Ronnie’s Ultimate Toilet Book by Purple Ronnie
Quirkology – The Curious Science of Everyday Lives by Richard Wiseman
Footrot Flats book 4 by Murray Ball
all on the go at the moment
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
“SuperVision” a text on leadership in the educational setting, and “Hot Six” by Janet Evanovich.
Serious reading: Food First: Beyond The Myth Of Scarcity by Frances Moore Lappé and Joseph Collins (published in 1977, frighteningly relevant in 2011). Fun reading: Just finished Cold Magic by Kate Elliot, about to start Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
“The Recollection” by Gareth L. Powell.
Yes, audiobooks count.
Poul Anderson’s Technic universe (I am in the middle of David Falkyn, Star Trader)
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden books, I just finished Fledgling
Fred Brooks’ The Mythical Man Month
“Tonal Sight-reading for Choirs” by Nat E. Frazer. Actually I’m not just reading it, I’m retyping it. My father self-published it in 1971 and I just sold most of the few remaining copies to a choir director in Birmingham. Since the original was typed on a manual typewriter, with the music and keyboard illustrations hand-drawn, it’s long overdue for a legibility upgrade.
Rule 34, by Charles Stross
Starting Fuzzy Nation tonight, finished today Wired by Douglas E. Richards, and before that Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
Watch Me Die, by Lee Goldberg
I wasn’t reading, but so much daydreaming about become filthy rich beyond the dreams of avarice, purchasing the rights to “Robotech” from Harmony Gold, and hiring you as a consultant on how to modernize and fix the franchise.
I’m gonna go buy a lottery ticket now.
Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and Ian Banks’ Transition. When those are done, I’ll lighten the mental weight a bit and read Fuzzy Nation.
I’m about to finish Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Before that was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
How Firm a Foundation (Safehold) by David Weber
A shorty story collection called Supernatural Noir – edited by Ellen Datlow. Very good so far.
I’m juggling several books, depending on what room/mood I’m in.
Philip Ball: The Music Instinct
David Crystal: By Hook or By Crook
Charles Timbrell: French Pianism: A Historical Perspective
George R.R. Martin: Dance with Dragons
Simon Goldhill: Love, Sex and Tragedy: Why Classics Matter
Mike Parker: The Wild Rover: A Blistering Journey Along Britain’s Footpaths
Lemistry: A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem (arrived in the mail this afternoon and started…)
I’m also nerdily cataloging books on Librarything.com right now so that’s why I know exactly what I’m reading in such detail.
Just finished the latest Ciaphas Cain book from Sandy Mitchell, and just starting Stephen Baxter’s Iron Winter.
On hand also a dungeon Keeper/Sailor Moon fanfic by Pusakuronu (honestly it’s hilarious, go read: http://addventure.bast-enterprises.de/frecent.php?tag=Dungeon+Keeper+Ami) which is scarily more entertaining and better written than a lot of real literature.
Reamde by Neil Stephenson; Rambunctious Garden by Emma Marris
Wizards First Rule from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I love your books, but I tend to waver back and forth between fantasy and sci-fi. Best of both worlds :)
Reamde, by Neal Stephenson and The Proud Tower, by Barbara Tuchman
The Limbreth Gate, 3rd in Megan Lindholm’s (AKA Robin Hobb) Ki and Vandien Quartet and Armenian Folk-tales and Fables By Charles Downing
Makers, by Cory Doctorow. Also Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
Just finished Keith Richard’s autobiography. And currently reading stories about the people at Bletchley Park, after a trip there last week.
I’m also in the middle of Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn, and just finished re-reading Bujold’s Paladin of Souls.
Hmm, the last 4 books I’ve read have come from authors on your “big idea” suggestions. Most recently, Iron Druid Chronicles #2. I figure I’ve got to stay up to date on good YA literature as a teacher :)
Just finished Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline.
Currently reading The Wooden Man by Harry Connolly and Starbound by Joe Haldeman.
On Deck: The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.
Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” (on your recommendation).
Claire Tomalin’s “Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self”. Pretty darn interesting biography so far and I’m also learning a lot about the background of the English Civil Wars and the reign of Cromwell.
The Name of the Wind. I chewed through A Dance With Dragons to get to it.
A collection of Theodore Sturgeon short stories, some of which I’d read before and some which are new to me. In between those I’ve been rereading Elizabeth Haydon’s Requiem for the Sun and LE Modesitt Jr’s The White Order. I do tend to save uninterrupted reading for new stories — when rereading, a passage in one will remind me of a passage in another and I will go get the other and read them both… so I’ve touched all three of those books within the last half hour.
It was unnerving to be reading that when Steve Jobs died.
Oh, and the book I’ve got in my bag to read whenever I’ve got some boring ass waiting to do when I’m out is “A.D. 500” by Simon Young. It’s a spoof travelogue of a voyage through the British Isles in the year 500. Be warned it’s not just a comedy travelogue though, it’s actually a history book in a very clever disguise, it tricks you into learning stuff. (John, I dunno if you can merge this into my other comment, please?)
Mink River by Brian Doyle and several non-fiction of varying subjects.
Reading Richard Feynman, a Life in Science by John & Mary Gribbin.
Previous book to this was Reamde by Neal Stephenson.
Mostly Heinlen’s Stranger in a Strange Land, but I’m the sort of person who reads a lot of stuff simultaneously. The other main books I’m reading right now are The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (re-read), Garth Nix’s Grim Tuesday (book 2 of Keys to the Kingdom), and Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear (I’m re-reading it in time to Jo Walton’s Tor.com re-read). Finally, there’s Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching and the complete works of Lovecraft: the latter two I just read a chapter or two from whenever I happen to feel like it.
“Inside Scientology” by Janet Reitman. 3/4 through, a good read.
Iain Banks’s “The Business”, Patricia Tallman’s “Pleasure Thresholds” and Charles Stross’s “Rule 34”. I’ve read all of your fiction at least once, with the exception of “The Sagan Diaries” which I own, and keep meaning to pick up.
I’m reading the Horse Clan series by Robert Adams. Actually, rereading them. The first time was 20 or 30 years ago. (Wow, was it really that long? Time flys!)
“The Sacred Band” by David Anthony Durham.
Just started A Feast for Crows, by George R. R. Martin.
C. J. Cherryh’s Downbelow Station. Good stuff.
That I’m not embarrassed to admit I’m reading:
Walt Disney by Neal Gabler (deep in; fantastic)
“Shouts and Murmurs” stories on The New Yorker web site
100 Great SF Short Short Stories, ed. by Asimov, Greenberg and Olander (“Far From Home” by Walter Tevis is my new favorite short story. Find it; it’s … I don’t even …)
George Mann “The Affinity Bridge” and The September edition of Analog.
“Dead Six” by Larry Correia (ePub)
“The Voyage” by David Drake (treeware)
Currently reading C. S. Friedman’s “Legacy of Kings.” Have “Ready Player One” on deck for after (can’t read something else when reading Friedman – she’s too engaging).
Honeyed Words, J.A. Pitts
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Nearly done. Methadone for Susanna Clarke fans.
Physical Book: The Lost Fleet: Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell
Audio Book: The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton
Audio Book with Wife: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
“Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America” by Richard White.
But over on the bookshelf Fuzzy Nation is giving me the evil eye and intoning “Read me….”
Neal Stephenson’s “REAMDE”.
Just finished rereading The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs.
Reamde by Neal Stephenson to be followed by Michael Connelly’s Suicide Run
Currently reading: “A Glass of Shadow” by Liz Williams
Previous: “The Quantum Thief” by Hannu Rajaniemi
Next: “Rule 34” by Charles Stross
“Hitchhiker’s Guide” series and “Brave New World”. I’m trying to work my way through NPR’s top 100 SF/Fantasy list.
Rough Guide to the Universe. I just started it but something jumped to my mind. Why aren’t text books like this? Maybe it’s me. It has been decades since I have read a text book. And a question, why centre instead of center. There was another one, I think it was neighbour instead of neighbor.
God No! Penn Jillette.
Horizon, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Also currently ripping the audiobook of Charlie Huston’s Already Dead for consumption later.
John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar.
It’s almost like reading the news.
Just finished Chasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez and Horn by Peter M. Ball. Currently reading The Door to Lost Pages by Claude Lalumiere and Bleed by Peter M. Ball
Dreadnought, by Cherie Priest.
“Falling to Earth,” autobiography of Al Worden, command module pilot on Apollo 15; “Moon Lander” by Tom Kelly, head of the team at Grumman that developed the lunar module; and “Savage Run” by C.J. Box.
The triple agent : the al-Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA Joby Warrick, and
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
As far as novels go: Iain Banks’ Surface Detail. But to be quite honest, like the other more recent Culture novels, so far it’s boring me. Not enough ships/drones, too many of his inexplicably boring human characters. :/ (Transition was quite good though.) Beginning to think I should perhaps just skip future Culture novels and reread Use of Weapons every time one comes out.
www:Wonder, by Robert J Sawyer, the last in the trilogy.
Name of the Wind, Perdido Street Station, Variable Star, Critical Focus.
I’d probably finish books a lot faster if I read them one at a time.
I’m a couple pages into “At the Queen’s Command” by Stackpole.
Just finished The Falling Machine by Andrew P Mayer
Lighgbringer (arc) by KD McEntire
Also reading Mecanique,
Tante Marie’s Cooking School Cookbook,
Malifaux Twisting Fates
And Jamie (Oliver) magazine
I just finished all of your novels, and now I’m reading “Reamde” by Neal Stephenson. I’m listening to “a Song of Ice and Fire” in the car on my commute. I’m up to “A Storm of Swords.”
Just finished “Ready Player One.” Working on “Dance with Dragons” but it’s slower than expected. Working on three or four others as well, but they’re so far unremarkable.
Jeff Hentosz, if you’ve not read much Walter Tevis then I can recommend any of his novels; The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Hustler & The Color of Money (yep, the pool movies), and a slightly forgotten melancholy dystopian novel called Mockingbird that is my favorite of his work.
Lamentation by Ken Scholes, but right after that in the reading list I have Deus ex machina by you, in the French version, my dad just read it and passed it on to me ;o)
_Timegod_, by L. E. Modesitt.
Last Week: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This Week: Reamde by Stephenson
Next Week: Whatever strikes my fancy from the comments here!
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.
Previously the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold. For the umpteenth time :-).
HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION by David Weber
I’m re-reading the HHGTTG quadrilogy in parallel with a book about the computer programming language Clojure. Before that, I read Rule 34 by Stross and your Questions for a Soldier. All on my brand-new Kindle.
At the moment, GRRM’s A Game of Thrones. I had bought it years ago but hadn’t gotten around to reading it. With all the buzz around the TV show (not to mention the fifth book release), seemed like a good time to open it up.
Had also started reading Dan Simmons’ The Terror, which seems to be an interesting story, but its chapters seem to alternate between past and present tense between the two times in the story, which is just a little odd, and with as little time as I have to read right now, AGoT seems to lend itself better to reading a chapter or two here or there in a few minutes of downtime.
As for audiobooks, I’ve got Pat Frank’s Alas, Babylon on my Audible app. A good, relatively quick story that I’ve always enjoyed.
Too many stories, not enough time!
Re-reading A Clash of Kings, listening to The Warded Man.
Also a Book Juggler-
Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War- by John Stubbs
An Infamous Army- by Georgette Heyer
There But For The- by Ali Smith
Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day- by Daryl Collins et al.
The Dervish House- by Ian McDonald
Now: Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
Next: The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Text: Night Watch, by Sergei Lukianenko (English translation)
Audio: The Uplift War, by David Brin (In preparation for finally getting through the second trilogy)
Forgot to mention, just finished Ready Player One.
Just finished – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
In the middle of Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn
Just started One Day by David Nicholls
All caught up on Scalzi books and waiting for A Game of Thrones to be available for my Kindle as my first Kindle/library borrow.
steven pinker – the language instinct
Dreadnaught… Hundred Thousand Kingsoms is in the mail.
The Five by Robert McCammon.
The Dark Pond, by Joseph Bruchac
Shipbreaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
The Potato Chip Puzzles, Eric Berlin
Loving a Lost Lord, M.J. Putney
Soulmate, L.J. Smith
Grace Dance, Kalayna Price
Room, Emma Donoghue
On my nook I’m working on The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen. And Insistent Hunger by Lyn Gala. And there are five or six other books on my bedside table that I push ahead in a little bit at a time. I may have a bit of an attention deficit problem. These are the ones I’m planning to finish in the next week or so, though.
REAMDE, by Neal Stephenson. About 800 pages in and still enjoying it very much.
Re-reading Vernor Vinge in preparation for his new book. Currently re-reading A Deepness in the Sky.
I am reading True Crimes and Dracula and The seventh book in The Wheel of Time series.
@Jim Menard you mean the HHGTTG trilogy! No matter how many books it has, it is always a trilogy (we’re up to book six now aren’t we?)
Diplomacy by Kissinger for a class.
Book 6 of the Wheel of Time. I had never at any point even contemplated reading a WoT book (Lord knows I had read everything else) but after reading and enjoying Mistborn by Sanderson and realizing he got picked up to finish the series, I started. I am enjoying the series so far though I do believe that Jordan has a super-human like ability to use 20 pages to describe a thing that normal authors take 1-2 pages to describe. I knew this going into it and will stick with it but has made me start to skim some of the longer passages.
Listening to “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson.
Reading “Wolf Time” by Lars Walker on my Kindle.
Reading “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen on my Droid devices.
Germline – The Subterrene Wars by TC Mc Carthy (picked it up from your big idea)
Palimpsest – Stross (just got it in the mail from Subterranean)
The Tomb (Repairman Jack) – by Paul Wilson
and just finished a Stross marathon (Rule 34, the laundry series )
“The Shadow: The Murder Master”, to be followed immediately by “The Shadow: The Hydra”. Printed in magazine size, with original cover and interior art and penned by the prolific Walter B. Gibson, writing as Maxwell Grant of course. ;-)
Just finished Agent to the Stars last night (well done, by the way). I’m also reading a biography of Captain Cook and Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith. :)
Hackers by Steven Levy.
“Music 000001,” a blog in which the author, Victor Grauer, offers some speculation as to the origins of music, some 100,000 years ago, as well as how such ancient music may still be heard today.
Prior to that, I read Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” in comic book form.
Just finished Heat Rises by Richard Castle (or whoever is behind those novels).
Moving on to Downpour by Kat Richardson while still working my way through A Clash of Kings.
Listening to Drood by Dan Simmons, previous to that was Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
KILL ARTIST by Silva
HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne (great for Dresden Files fans)
I’ve ready pretty much all of yours, though it’s been a few weeks back.
Waiting impatiently for the Pub Date to read SNUFF by Terry Pratchett
Currently – Walden, Thoreau and
Good Omens – Gaiman/Prachert
I’m pretty random. I’m re-reading Thoreau because I saw 3 references to it in 2 days and decided to pretend it was a sign.
Rereading “A Fire Upon the Deep” in preparation for the sequal finally coming out. Also “Science and Technology in World History” on my Kindle when I want something that fits in a jacket pocket.
Burning Soul by John Connolly
Behemoth by Soctt Westerfeld
I’m crunching through Elizabeth Moon’s Serrano/Suiza series. At the moment I’m on Rules of Engagement (book 5). This is a re-read, but I need to conserve brainspace because I’m also reading a textbook for a class I’ll be teaching next semester and also some research articles.
I just finished Southern Gods by John Horner Jacobs.
I am starting The Map of Time by Felix J Palma.
I am listening to Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris and am not creeped out by the narrator getting with the guy she refered to as “my brother” over 3 books AT ALL…
“The Cunning and the Haunted” – written by Richard Jessup, author of “The Cincinnati Kid”. I had a devil of a time finding it since as far as I can tell it was a paperback original in 1954 and hasn’t been reprinted. It’s loosely based on his experiences living in Southern orphanages. Find it and enjoy if you can.
Legacy of Kings, C.S. Friedman
I just passed reading page 700 of Neil Stephenson’s REAMDE in pre-release review copy. I hear the paperback launched a week or two ago. Most fun I’ve had with his fiction in quite some time. What do you think?
As of 10 minutes ago, when I finished the neuroethical Ch. 222: “Does Evil Exist?” of the biotechnothriller novel/trilogy Alzheimer’s War, following writing two more chapters of the concurrent unrelated novel Pirates & Dinosaurs (Chapter 11: “Pillar Erect” and Chapter 12: “Sneutrinos”), I’ve written 870,300 words of fiction since 6 July 2010. Several of the 10 resultant novels in hands of expert editors. Other written because, well, the characters won’t let go of my brain lobes.
The Magician King
Bridge of Birds
Way of Kings
Windup Bird Chronicles
The Silver Bow
Maybe I keep too many books in flight at once. Strangely, no nonfiction in there right now (unless you count Yoga for Martial Artists, but I’m not really reading that, just using it as reference), though I did just go through Think Write and Live Write recently (which have some interesting ideas and information in them, but unless you’ve never read books giving advice on the practicalities of writing, I can’t actually recommend, as they cover the same bases and are oddly inward looking), though 59 Seconds, which I’d read previously was a much better read and contained an insane amount of usable information.
Stephen King’s short story collection “Everything’s Eventual” which has a few clunkers, some pretty good reads and a couple pretty excellent ones where he’s firing on all cylinders.
Gosh, reading several things. City and the City by China Mieville. What it is Like to go to War by Karl Marlantes. The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen. And I finished up re-reading Pride and Prejudice last night. Have three more books from the library waiting for me, so I should probably go get on that…
BLACK BOTTLE MAN by Craig Russell, one of the Aurora Awards finalists.
Voting deadline is next Saturday, and I still have two to read. Oops!
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.
Put the pool cover on for the winter :-(
Non-fiction: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Fiction: Ganymede by Cherie Priest
THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan
LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY TRAINING by Sarah Houghton-Jan (for work)
Actually I’m reading ‘Old Man’s War’ by Scalzi and before that ‘The Help’ by Stockett.
Crap. missed a key word (doing/reading)
Ready Player One.
Attempting to understand House of Leaves. Again.
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. But just before that, a re-read of Old Man’s War before leaving it and the others in that world at Dad’s place for him to read.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
I actually just finished Your Hate Mail Will be Graded this morning. Before that I was reading Morbo by Phil Ball (history of Spanish football) and the Cave by Jose Saramago. I think I will be reading Disciple of the Dog by Scott Bakker next.
Just gave up on “The Unincorporated Man’ by Kollin brothers. I am now writing my next unpublished novel.
Affinity by Sarah Waters
Girl the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (In preparation for the Fincher film) – primary
Ubik by Philip K Dick – secondary
Audiobooks while at work: Crashlander by Larry Niven and Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Just finished: “A Dance With Dragons” GRRM.
Currently Reading: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Stieg Larsson in preparation for the movie
Next-up: “The Hunger Games”
For my fun reading, I’m working my way through the R. Austin Freeman Dr. Thorndyke series. Dr. Thorndyke was an early 20th century cross between Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, and Quincy ME—he’s a doctor and a lawyer who specializes in seemingly hopeless cases and who has amazing powers of logic. Fascinating character, who manages to avoid being boring despite his lack of eccentricity.
They’re quite good, except for the occasional creepily racist, xenophobic, or sexist phrase or characterization that can be pretty startling and/or offensive to me as a 2011 reader.
Just started “A Place Called Armageddon” by CC Humphries.
Just finished “Steal Across the Sky” by Nancy Kress
Code of Honor by Tom Clancy
Just finshed The Robotech Saga
Also reading Origins (Spinward Fringe) by Randolph Lalonde
The Naked City (I bought it just for the Harry Dresden story)
Running With The Pack
an anthology about Zombies & Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy.
Should keep me busy for a few days… =)
Get Fuzzy (as background for Fuzzy Nation, which is up next)
Also, Moloka’i, a novel by Alan Brennert about the leper colony in Hawaii in the early 1900’s.
Of course, two to ten references, books, papers, and blogs, for each chapter of hard Science Fiction or Hard Fantasy that I write. And 10 to 100 references for each refereed science paper. I had over 300 citations in the Psy.D. clinical dissertation that I just ghost wrote for a client. Who emailed me this week to say that the doctorate had just been awarded. I’m not a doctor, but I play one on the hologram TV.
Of course, I have several dozen books piled at the top of each pile in bedroom and living rooms. I graze on a chapter of John Dickson Carr, a chapter of Harlan Ellison, a chapter of John Shirley, or a chapter of John Scalzi, whenever I need to be reminded of how really good novelists do it. I presume that you don’t want to know what Math texts or Cosmology texts I am also grazing in. But, as with everything else, I could be wrong.
I finished Cherie Priest’s Dreadnaught yesterday, and started rereading Elizabeth Bear’s Blood and Iron.
In nonfiction, I’m also reading A Clockwork Universe by Edward Dolnick, and Maximum Entropy and Ecology by John Harte. The former is a readable account of 17th century science. The latter? Anyone who finds the title intriguing might like the book, but that’s probably a fairly small audience.
Recently read “The Pirate King” by Laurie R. King.
To be read: “The Osiris Ritual” by George Mann and then Mrs Beeton’s Household Manual (a Victorian manual of how a household should be run, think the Martha Stewart of the Victorian era) for a project I’m thinking about…along with her needlework book.
Just finished: Ben Aaronovitch’s The Rivers of London and Peter F. Hamilton’s Manhattan in Reverse.
Currently Reading: Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon
About to Read: Ben Aaronovitch’s The Moon Over Soho.
Half way through Reamde after reading Ready Player One.
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, and Thud by Terry Pratchett.
Just finished: Storm Front, by Jim Butcher.
Now reading: Death and the Dream, by J. J. Brown.
Next read: Yesterday’s Gone, Episode 1, by Sean Platt and David Wright.
Currently skipping between 3 different books,
Quantum Man – Richard Feynman’s Life in Science by Lawrence M. Krauss
Adventures in Paranormal Investigation by Joe Nickell
The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway
Dance with Dragons. Even bloodier than the earlier ones, and I’m sure it leaves the reader hanging just as badly. But I can’t help it.
THE MAGICIAN KING by Lev Grossman.
I’m devouring it. THE MAGICIANS might be the best book I’ve ever read, and KING is turned out to be a worthy successor, no mean feat.
Pierre Pevel, The Alchemist in the Shadows
Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.
Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
JUST finished Daemon by Daniel Suarez, likely dropping the sequel onto my tablet soon.
Other than my accounting textbook:
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Un Lun Dun, China Mieville (re-read)
Endurance, F. A. Worsley
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. Although, oddly enough I just received in the mail from B&N the Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette by Sharon Naylor instead of Insidious by Michael McCloskey that I actually ordered. Is someone trying to tell me something?
I’m re-reading the Malazan Book of the Fallen (currently on Memories of Ice). It makes much more sense now than it did spread out over a couple of years. Reading Esslemont’s Malazan Empire books has helped fill in the gaps, too.
Chapter 35 of the WIP for the rewrite. On the iPod was Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, for both inspiration and humor research for the next book.
‘The Stone Canal’ by Ken MacLeod, though I’ll probably move on to something else, perhaps ‘1491’ this afternoon as I expect to finish it soon.
Tyler Cowan’s blog at marginalrevolution.com
Rereading Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver
Just finished Perelandra by CS Lewis.
Haven’t decided what to start next. Maybe go on to That Hideous Strength, or maybe go back to Out of the Silent Planet, because it’s always been my least favorite of the trilogy so I haven’t read it in a while.
The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
Millennium People by J.G. Ballard
The Forever War, for the first time in eBook (The Forward by you was a present surprise! And I can totally see the similarity between your Old Man’s War series and Haldeman’s book. The fact that it was unintentional is sort of funny)
Other then that, I’m mostly reading prose magazines (in eBook format), Analog, Asimov, and Clarksworld in particular. I just don’t have a lot of time for novels right now. I’m still sitting on a half finished Neuromancer (eBook) that I haven’t picked up in about three months. MEH.
Opening Atlantis, by Harry Turtledove.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
last finished: Sex on the Moon (neither SF nor porn) by Ben Mezrich
Currently “Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest, intermixed with “Time Enough for Love” by RAH and “Mysterious Island”, Jules Verne.
Prior to that, “Rule 34” by Charlie Stross, Downpour by Kat Richardson and Zero History by William Gibson. I just bought “The Eye of the World” by Robert Jordan for my Nook lately so I’ll be jumping back into that soon.
For pleasure, working on The Princess Curse, which I found through The Big Idea. (So glad I did– it’s a lovely read.)
For my undergraduate capstone, Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay, and The Vietnam War in American Memory, by Patrick Hagopian. (My capstone paper deals with how American discourses of healing, particularly around PTSD, have been used to co-opt national debates over the morality of war and silence the voices of veterans.)
Or Charlie Stross. He’s another of those super-guys younger than me but many steps ahead.
I’m reading A Gathering of Finches by Jane Kirkpatrick. Just finished reading Thunder Dog about a blind man and his dog during the attack on the Twin Towers.
Oh and just skimming the comments here dropped a new load of “want to read” on the book pile.
I wonder if I could quit my job and just read…
Nah, my wife would kill me. Still, might be worth the risk.
_The_Trophy_ by Bill Baldwin. Before that, _Monster_Hunter_Alpha_ by Larry Correia.
Text: Heart of Darkness. Beyond a character named Kurtz, the line “The horror! The horror!”, and the jungle setting, it does not, in fact, bear any resemblance to Apocalypse Now. (OTOH, I’d just gotten out of the hospital and was high as a kite when I saw AN, so maybe I’m wrong. THE WALL made perfect sense that weekend, too.)
Audio: Scar Tissue by Anthony Keidis. How did the lead singer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers even survive past 1985?
Reading: Flappers & Philosophers: The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Just finished: We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen
Coming up: I haven’t decided but my husband just ordered Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Maybe I’ll fight him for the spine-break.
Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.
Astounding Science Fiction, July 1941
Asimov’s, December 2011
Analog, December 2011
New Scientist, October 8, 2011
The Emperor’s Edge Vol 2 by Lindsey Buroker. Just finished Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara and All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle.
Currently reading WWW Watch by Robert Sawyer
Germline by T.C McCarthy, because of your blog.
Your Brain at Work by David Rock
Second the motion for “Quantum Man – Richard Feynman’s Life in Science” by Lawrence M. Krauss. With all due respect to “Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman”, by James Gleick, I like Gleick — his book on Chaos is what I tell every nonscientist to read first on the subject, Krauss is describing my actual mentor and co-author. Gleick did the research at the anecdotal level, but didn’t grok the guy. Alan Alda did, in a gestalt actor way. My times with Feynman were so glorious, I’ll have to write my own Feynman anecdote book someday, it’s a fruitful subgenre. Meanwhile, he’s a recurring charcter in my Science Fiction AND my Fantasy stories and novels. At California Institute of Technology, and California Institute of Thaumaturgy, respectively.
When I reach my right hand to the shelf immediately to the right of this PC, I touch “The Little Sister” by Raymond Chandler, “Los Alamos” by Joseh Kanon, “Sacred Clowns” by Tony Hillerman, “The Monk and the Philosopher” by Revel and Picard, “Where Are the Children” by Herb Brin (Dave Brin’s late mensch of a dad, nice to remember on this day of Atonement), and “Eternity” by Greg Bear.
Dan Abnett – thunder and steel
Larry Correia/Mike Kupri – dead six
“The First Generation Experience” by Jeff Davis.
It’s research for school.
In my “free time” (as if graduate students ever have free time) I’m reading “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac.
The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts and Wavesong by Isobelle Carmody
Aside from my comps reading, you mean? Ha. Supergods, by Grant Morrison. It’s the most amazing history of comics / memoir / theory of comics piece. So good.
“Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in Florence–The City of Masterpieces” by Robert Clark
Really interesting mix of art history, politics, and “writer abroad” memoir.
The latest issue of The New Yorker. And the rest of the Internet. Of course.
“Patient Zero” by Jonathan Maberry
Just finished “Rule 34” by Charles Stross
Up Next “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
White Tiger, Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan
A Beautiful Friendship by Weber
All were/ are very good.
Currently reading “Thirteen” by Richard K. Morgan in addition to your book, “You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Bring a Laptop to the Coffee Shop” and “Carnage and Culture” by Victor Davis Hanson.
Just before this I read the amazing book, “Sex At Dawn” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha about human sexuality throughout history.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark / Carl Sagan. Awesome so far.
Just finished the Osiris Ritual by George Mann
Actually I am reading a book by Daniel H Wilson, called Robopocalypse, which I read about on this blog. So far I am enjoying it, and am about 1/2 way thru it. The Big Idea is an interesting source for me now for other authors [note to self: remember to nag John Scalzi to write another great novel!!]. Big idea for the book was:
Europe: A History by Norman Davies
Not exactly light reading.
All the Windwracked Stars on one side, The Dragon’s Path on another, and on a sort of theoretical third hand, having finished the Kindle sample of Wildwood, strongly considering buying that and continuing it.
Enjoying REAMDE (in a bit of a hurry though, to be able to start reading Children of the Sky when it comes out.)
Barbara Hamilton’s (Hambly’s pen name) Sup with the Devil. Because who doesn’t love Abigail Adams as the lead in a historical mystery.
Text: ANNO DRACULA by Kim Newman
Audio: LIFE ITSELF: A MEMOIR by Roger Ebert (read by Edward Herrmann)
THE LOOKING GLASS WAR, John LeCarre
RED GOLD, Alan Furst (audiobook, read by George Guidall)
@CrypticMirror I stand corrected: HHGTTG is and will always be a trilogy.
Just finished both Cast in Ruin by Sagara and two e-book shorts by Ilona Andrews, while in the middle of Temple of the Winds (Goodkind): I have had all 11 books on my shelf for a few years (since I saw and enjoyed the TV show) and started reading my way through the series last month. Since they are LONG, I tend to lighten them up by reading another book in the more tedious parts (or when picking up the kids). Next (re) read is Deadly Vintage, a wonderful mystery by Elaine Flinn, who was lost to cancer after far too few books.
Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoir of Major Dick Winters … finished that just recently and finally getting to Fuzzy Nation right now.
“John Dies At The End” by David Wong
The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham. He’s so damn good it makes me want to stop writing.
Connie Willis, All Clear and Shelby Foote, The Civil War
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser. Listening to in the car on audio, You Don’t Love Me Yet, by Jonathan Lethem.
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.
Just finished A Clockwork Orange. Deciding what to read next.
Just read Room by Emma Donoghue, which was amazing. It’s definitely going to stay with me for a while. I’m in the middle of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It’s intriguing but I preferred Tipping the Velvet.
I have several in progress at the moment. I’m rereading an omnibus edition of short stories by Charles de Lint (currently in the section that was originally issued as “Moonlight and Vines”); started on “The Writer’s Journey”, 3rd edition, by Christopher Vogler; “The Comfort of Things” by Daniel Miller; and in the car, the audiobook of Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things”, most likely to be followed up by “Neverwhere”, and de Lint’s “Memory and Dream”, which I recently reread but hadn’t taken out of the car, and then found myself stopping for a bite to eat last week with nothing else in the car I wanted to read, so I started it again. :)
Now to go back through the comments and see if anyone’s already asked Scalzi what he’s reading, and if so, was there an answer…
Reading road signs and billboards while passing through Ohio on I-90. Otherwise, “Reamde”.
The letter I just wrote my students canceling class on Monday (that noise you’ll hear in few minutes is a group of homeschoolers finding out that they don’t have to give speeches.)
Oh, you mean books? Accedia and Me by Kathleen Norris and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which has to be one of the most elegant SF books ever written.
Just finished Daniel Suarez’s Daemon and Freedom, up next is the new Neal Stephenson.
Sigh – I daren’t add any more to my amazon wishlist but I am so tempted!
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [brought back memories of the 70s in England all too well]
CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters [on Kindle – brilliant]
Peter Carey The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith [actual book]
Diane Duane The Big Meow [online]
Kathleen Norris Amazing Grace [actual book]
Industrial Magic Kelley Armstrong
John Brunner Stand on Zanzibar & The Sheep Look Up
Liz Williams A Glass of Shadow
Terry Pratchett Snuff
Recently finished the audiobooks for Clive Barker’s first two Abarat books (a re-read), and received the third book from from the printer last week. However, that’s on hold as I am in the middle of The Magician King by Lev Grossman (which I’m enjoying but reading sporadically for some reason). On the graphic novel side of things, I just read James Kochalka’s kids story Pinky and Stinky, which was cute and has now been donated to my wife’s library for other kid’s to enjoy. This will be followed up by Michael Zulli’s The Fracture of the Universal Boy, which looks gorgeous!
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. My head’s in Canada right now.
Reamde, by Neal Stephenson.
Also working through the Lost Fleet series by Campbell (which has some very thoughtful space-naval warfare).
Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Mirror Dance.” Been re-reading the Vorkosigan books in anticipation of my twins’ arrival.
“Nothing to envy”, a recent book about daily life in 80’s-90’s North Korea cobbled together from a journalist’s interviews of six people who made it out of there into South Korea.
All of the stories are unbelievable. The book itself is a bit jumbled; its contents first appeared as several independent news stories, and the seams still show. However, the personal accounts are riveting. Highly recommended. First chapter is free on the Internet (forget where I found it, you can probably read it at Amazon).
The Information by James Gleick and Reamde by Stephenson.
“The Departure” by Neal Asher. And “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann.
Currently I am reading book 9 of the Wheel of Time, (Winter’s Heart), as I am rereading WoT for the at least twentieth time. As audiobook it is Robin Hobb’s The Inheritance. My last read is online and centers on learning C#.
Next in line is of course the rest of WoT, Ready Player One (I want the audiobook edition read by Wil, but apparently audible Germany does not yet sell it), then some Cody McFadyen, and I suppose that about covers the next four weeks.
To all others: Thanks, your current books will be screened for potential follow ups for my reading stack.
_The Broad Highway_ by Jeffery Farnol.
‘Rumpole and the Reign of Terror’ by John Mortimer.
Also listening to ‘Don Quixote’ as an audio-book.
Recently finished fiction: Williamson’s Rogue, Doctorow’s Little Brother, Weber’s By Heresies Distressed. Currently Kratman’s A Desert Called Peace; next Hogan’s The Infinity Gambit.
Brain and Mind, ongoing: Alkbrecht’s Social Intelligence; Goleman’s Vital Lies, Simple Truths; Bander and Grinder’s early NLP works: Frogs Into Princes, ReFraming, The Structure of Magic I & II.
Military: Sun Tzu and Gagliardi, Bing-fa Martial Arts Strategy
Cooking: Bullock-Prado’s My Life From Scratch.
Scalzi, what are you reading?
I’m reading Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, currently on book 2, Academ’s Fury. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find more depth here than I was expecting when I picked up the first book.
I just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I’ll be starting Son of Neptune as soon as Amazon bothers to send it. A Wizard of Earthsea is after that.
Year’s Best Science Fiction Twenty Eighth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
What Jesus Demands from the World by John Piper
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
I’m reading my free download of “Revel with a Cause: Liberal Satire in Postwar America.” from the U of C. Plus I hit my library’s used book racks for $.25 reads and found Bob Woodward’s State of Denial. Not a bad writer for a privileged white guy.
Second the motion on Daniel H Wilson’s “Robopocalypse.” I eagerly await Spielberg”s film adaptation. The timing of his book tour prevented Dr. Wilson from being in the elite mini-convention that I ran inside The 8th International Conference on Complex Systems in Quincy, Massachusetts, the last days of June and first of July 2011. The product of that track, “Science Fiction and Complexity”, and the edited transcripts of the panel I moderated, is to be published by Physics editors of Springer USA. This is the 2nd of these I’ve run. To be eligible, you need a PhD and to have published a science fiction novel. In the first, I had Dr. Stanley Schmidt, Dr. David Brin, Dr. Geoffrey Landis, Dr. Mary Turzillo, Dr. Marvin Minsky (yes, he co-authored that novel with Harry Harrison), and Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr.. (not Russell Crowe who portrayed him well in “A Beautiful Mind”). This time the panel included a dazzling first novelist from MIT whom you’ll be paying more attention to in the future, was Dr. Leonid Korogodski — Author’s Website
Yes, Scalzi–what are you reading?
Dance with dragons, kildar, HTML 5 canvas, and rereading birth of plenty.
Reamde, Neal Stephenson
I’m reading Jane Eyre. Look at me, all cultured! :oD
Re-reading the Jim Butcher’s “Harry Dresen” series. Before that, re-read Susan R. Matthews’ Jurisdiction universe novels. That was this week. Who knows what next week will bring?
I just finished “The Hunger Games” and am moving on to “Catching Fire”. In between, I have a backlog of journal articles I’m catching up on (yay science!).
Grr. “Harry Dresden.” The only thing I hate worse than a typo is letting it go. Sorry.
Just finished Reamde by Stephenson a few hours ago. Not sure what is up next for the first time in a long time.
Psychohistorical Crisis by Donald Kingsbury.
I am somewhat stalled our in the middle of Lev Grossman’s “The Magician” so I am alternating it with Michael McClure’s latest poetry collection, “Mysteriosos” and several of the early “Fables” graphic novels (Currently on Volume 4, “March of The Wooden Soldiers’).
The Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf, and Lawson’s Anatomy of a Typeface.
The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.
Outside Over There, by Maurice Sendak
my three year old is obsessed with it
I finally got talked into Song of Ice and Fire. I’m about to start the third book.
Just finished “Blood War” by Dylan J. Morgan, reading “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson, and listening to “The Shadow Rising” by Robert Jordan.
“My Favorite Band Does Not Exist” by Robert Jeschonek
Lord of the Rings in Kindle format and Occupy wall Street posts on Twitter
Boneshaker, Kindle format on my Ipad and Ipod touch alternatly.
“one from the other” by Philip Kerr. Post-Nazi Germany detective story! Outta sight!!!
I just finished, not 5 minutes ago, The Ghost Brigades. Before that I read “The Box-and-Dot Method: A Simple Strategy for Counting Significant Figures” from the August 2009 issue of The Journal of Chemical Education. The book before was Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs. Next up: Stupid History by Leland Gregory.
Oh it’s on the kindle for iPad!
Just now finished: Against All Things Ending, by Stephen R Donaldson.
Among Others,, by Jo Walton.
Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire, by Robin Waterfield.
The Rover, by Aphra Behn.
Dune, by Frank Herbert.
The Gospel According to St Mark, per King James version.
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame (audiobook).
Life short, library long.
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Cryoburn (Lois McMaster Bujold), paperback
plus an H. Beam Piper collection I got off Kindle
Currently rereading Glen Cook’s original Dread Empire trilogy. Just started book 2 October’s Baby.
Currently reading Perdido Street Station by China , Seeing Further edited by Bill Bryson, American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque, Reamde by Neal Stephenson, and Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. And the Ecology of Plants by Jessica Gurevich, for class.
These days, I’m reading more craft books than fiction of any kind. Last one was No Sheep for You by Amy Singer (knitting with non animal fibers, such as cotton, silk, hemp, etc.).
I just dropped a friend of at the airport. Now I’m researching used cars/trucks on the Internet.
Oops, that first ‘of’ should be ‘off’.
“Small favor” the 10th book of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.
I’m currently reading ‘A dance with dragons’, next in the queue is ‘Manhattan in Reverse’ by Peter F Hamilton, then ‘Snuff’ by Terry Pratchett..
Wow after I scroll forever…I’m reading the girll that kicked the hornets nest. Obviously it is the last in the series and I enjoyed th subtitled movies a lot. U should check them out if u have read the books.
Tears of the Sun by S.M.Stirling
Blond Bombshell, a comedy of intergalactic proportions by Tom Holt. One of my favorite british authors after Douglas Adams.
Sup with the Devil by Barbara Hamilton. It’s the third Abigail Adams mystery (historical mystery) and I love them immensely. (the author may be better known to some here as Barbara Hambly)
“Ready Player One” on the Kindle. Too many physical volumes in the To-Read pile to know which I’ll read next.
I just finished “Naamah’s Blessing” by Jacqueline Carey. Next up is a choice from “Hellbent” by Cherie Priest, “Heart of Iron” by Ekaterina Sedia, or “Fitzwilliam Darcy Rock Star” by Heather Lynn Rigaud. I’m a bit wary of the last, but I’m hoping it’s nearly as funny and well done as “Clueless.”
The Hunger Games, I’m really enjoying it so far
horns of ruin
matter of time
How appropriate. I just finished Michael Connelly’s THE BLACK ECHO and have just begun John Hornor Jacobs’ SOUTHERN GODS, which I heard about on Whatever’s Big Idea (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/08/11/the-big-idea-john-hornor-jacobs/) The prologue is awesome!
I am reading In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks.
An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds. A thousand line fable and mock epic from the 14th century Constantinople by that most prolific and long lived author known as Anonymous.
Currently reading The Hedgehogs Dilemma
“The Secret History of Moscow” by Ekatarina Sedia and “7th Sigma” by Stephen Gould. Next up is “The Magician King” by Lev Grossman.
Currently reading “Pleasure Thresholds” by Patricia Tallman and “The Sky People” by S. M. Stirling.
I finished Fuzzy Nation a night or so ago, which was fantastic, by the way. I had been reading A Game of Thrones, but it was far too dense and serious for my mood, so I stopped it at 63% to pick back up.
I’m trying to pick my next book now, and I’m leaning toward Deadline by Mira Grant or The Nex by Tim Pratt. Maybe even Confederation by Michael Hicks. Or Uglies by Westerfeld. Or Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
So many choices, and I can’t decide if any one sounds better than the others.
May 2009 Analog SFF magazine.. I’ve gotten a tad behind.
Axis by Robert Charles Wilson, but I went to Goodwill today and they had like twenty Star Trek paperbacks and I bought half and they are oh.so.tempting. I’m really finding it hard to resist Jean-Luc Picard’s gaze.
Rule 34 by Stross. And before that: The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb.
I’ve been re-reading David Weber’s Honor Harrington series
The Leopard by Jo Nesbø.
Previously: The Wave Watchers Handbook by Gavin Prator-Pinney.
And I have no idea if these italic tags will work…
Ah, they did. Excellent. Keep calm and carry on!
“Voyage of the Sable Keech” by Neal Asher. “Orbus” will be up next.
Currently boning up on probability theory for the Stanford Machine Learning class that starts tomorrow. Also been reading Knapp’s “State of Decay.”
Currently rereading various of the In Death series by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb–Promises in Death at the moment.
Will soon be reading Tim Powers’ On Stranger Tides for a book discussion club I’m in.
Acquired the ARC of Ready Player One last night from a librarian friend–as she pointed out, it has a much more appropriate cover than the published version. Those things baffle me.
“The Heroes,” by Joe Abercrombie. Comedy gets no darker than Abercrombie’s spin on the tropes of fantasy literature.
Also, “The Crowfield Curse,” by Pat Walsh, a YA book recommended by my daughter.
Low Town – Daniel Polansky
The Executioner’s Daughter – Oliver Potzsch
Choke Hold – Christa Faust
Currently reading ‘No Country for Old Men’
Just finished ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’
Up next either ‘The Quiet American’ or maybe starting on ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy…
Other than textbooks and articles (paper on Catharine Beecher and the Grimke sisters due next weel in which I have to synthesize seven primary sources), I just finished rereading Ella Enchanted, and I moving on to rereading Mistborn. Once my finacee shows up with the books, I’m going to get started on Sherlock Holmes (not a reread).
Wow, I’m intrigued by the number of people reading Reamde… out of curiosity, folks who are, what drew your attention to it? I’ve seen a lot of advertising for it, which seems to me to be a relatively new phenomenon for books, and I’m just wondering if that has any effect on what people choose to read.
I have nothing to do with Neal Stephenson, his publisher, any marketing agency, etc (I do basic research on Alzheimer’s disease), I’m just curious.
As for me, lately all I’ve been reading are the issues of The Economist that I’m behind on, because I started to feel guilty about having them pile up on the table and not being as “current” as I feel I should be. I’m craving a BOOK… I’m almost caught up, so when I’m through the I’m going to start reading People of the Book
The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham. To be followed by Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. (I got the ebook bundle of the two.)
Warriors 3, edited by Gerge R.R. martin & Gardner Dozois
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott
(Second installment of the Spiritwalker Trilogy)
Fuzzy Nation by… well, you know.
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
(First installment of the Chronicles of Elantra)
Also, as a proud owner of a brand new Kindle (not even arrived yet!), this comments section is making for a fantastic reading list, thanks!
Currently just starting ‘The Frugal Super Power’ by Mandelbaum.
Just finished ‘The Forever War,’ before that was ‘Agent to the Stars,” before that was ‘Ready Player One,” before that was ‘Germline.’ The Big Idea posts have been doing me well.
Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT. Michael P. Murphy, USN by
A friend of mine was killed during the operation.
Before that was Mira Grant’s Newsfeed series, based on your Big Idea post.
Re-reading The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman, Just finished The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Picking up Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe when I get a chance.
The Supreme Court decision in the case of Chimel v. California (1969).
Yes, it is for a class.
No, I’m not a lawyer or in law school.
Just finished reading both…
Neal Stephenson Anathem
Jack McDevitt Time Travelers Never Die
Moving next to…
Felix J. Palma The Map of Time
Appears I’m on a time travel kick at the moment.
ssshh, I’m reading here.
*dives back into REAMDE*
Absolution Gap, though I spent most of today riding the C&O Canal Towpath.
Finished A Dance with Dragons, now reading Ghost in the Wires (Kevin Mitnick’s Autobiography). A Canticle for Leibowitz is next.
Wings, Women and War, by Raina Pennington. Nonfiction about Soviet women combat pilots in WWII.
Almost finished: Spellwright, which I picked up from one of the Big Idea posts I think (it was in the bookstore! I wanted at least one book that wasn’t a member of Continuing Serieseses By People I’ve Already Read).
I am reading “Shaman’s Crossing” by Robin Hobb and liking it so far.
currently: The Ghost Brigades
before that: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Seem to be stuck on the “D”s: Finished “A Dance with Dragons”, “Dark at the End” (F Paul Wilson) and currently on “Dancing with Bears” (Michael Swanwick’s first Darger and Surplus book). If “Darkness in the Sky” arrives when I’ve finished that (it’s backordered), it’s next, otherwise “City and the city” or “Reamde”
Elizabeth Kostava, “The Swan Theives” (for the second time; can’t even count the times I’ve read “The Historian” – this woman has the gift of telling an engrossing story, no doubt!)
Dave Barry, “Dave Barry Slept Here” (nothing like a few pages of Dave Barry before bed to send you off to dreamland with a smile on your face)
John Langan, “Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters” (love this man’s short fiction – love it love it love it love it! I hope he comes out with a second collection soon)
And joelfinkle@5:28: I can definitely recommend “The City and the city”. If some books by Ed McBain and Umberto Eco had a lovechild, this just might be it. Enjoy!
Audio in the car: “Reamde” by Neal Stephenson.
Paper: “The Abstinence Teacher” by Tom Perrotta.
I’m switching between “Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child” for learning how to take care of my two month old daughter, and the collected tales of Lovecraft.
‘Black and Blue’ by Ian Rankin (re-reading)
‘Masters of Noir – Volume Three’ by various (reading in staccato chunks)
‘Austerity Britain – 1945 -51’ by David Kynaston (rumbling along in the background)
So John, what do you think of your fans’ choices?
Just before I clicked on this column, I was skimming a post on Wil Wheaton’s blog.
The Wind Up Girl. However, I am waiting for Jack McDevitt’s new book Firebird.
Reamde. Seriously considering another wonderful trip through the Aubrey/Maturin series afterwards.
I just read Stephanie Perkins’ YA novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door. I bought it after seeing her talk with Maureen Johnson at an event in San Francisco. :) Cute, fun, and captures the city pretty well.
“The Keeper of Lost Causes” by Jussi Adler-Olsen
“The Night and the Music” by Lawrence Block.
I’m traveling today across the Atlantic, so since I woke up, I’ve finished The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, started and finished One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire and an ARC of Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear*, and have started Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. (Also on this trip — a bunch of the Liaden nodels by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and some short stories and novellas by Michelle Sagara-West.)
But now I have internet, so there will be no more reading of books until I board the final leg of my trip. (Or I might just sleep.)
* Which I now have to buy, since my ARC has a ‘put map here’, and I am such a sucker for fantasy maps…
The Name of the Wind.
I’m going to be at it for a while.
I just finished re-reading “Light” and “Nova Swing” by M John Harrison. Really great super weird space opera books. Now I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels (classic) and “Black Hole” by Charles Burns (beautiful, creepy ink drawings).
_I, Robot_. I needed some SF as a palate cleanser after _Reamde_.
last thing I read was the instructions on a spray foam insulation kit. man, tyvek suits are hot…. its like wearing a full body plastic trashbag. doesnt breath at all
@Erica: “Wow, I’m intrigued by the number of people reading Reamde… what drew your attention to it?”
For me, it was Anathem. I’ve always liked his work, but I enjoyed Anathem so much that I automatically ordered Reamde.
Reamde takes longer to read than other books. At any given time there will be more folks “currently reading” that 1000-page tome than a 300-page quickie, even if the 300-page quickie is just as popular.
In the middle of “Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel”. An enjoyable steampunk romp.
After finishing “The Red Tree” by Caitlin Kiernan and “The Privilege of the Sword” by Ellen Kushner I am currently actively reading “The Cardinal’s Blades” by Pierre Pevel and “Johannes Cabal the Necromancer” by Jonathan L Howard.
just finished reamde and just started ganymede
“Escapement” by Jay Lake
Currently in progress:
REAMDE – Stephenson
Being Geek – Michael Lopp
Thirteen (Audiobook) – Richard K. Morgan
I often have multiple books going at once, particularly one being an audiobook.
Infidel, by Kameron Hurley
A Feast for Crows. Halfway through any given book of this series I say “I think I’ll wait a little bit before reading the next one.” Then I hit the last few chapters and end up buying and reading the next one right away.
Four books into a Discworld re-read – halfway through “Mort” now. First time I’ve revisited the early Pratchett books for years; wow, they feel very different to his later works.
REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
MIND OVER MONSTERS by Jennifer Harlow
VAMPARAZZI by Laura Resnick
Anything but John Scalzi.
But specifically: Elizabeth Moon’s “Trading in Danger”.
Glen Cook’s “Passage At Arms” after having read his Starfishers’ trilogy. I will follow that up with his “The Dragon Never Sleeps”.
“Flashman” by Georga MacDonald Fraser and “Men of Tomorrow” by Gerard Jones.
Just started The President’s Vampire. Seems like an entertaining read so far.
Perdido Street Station, on your recommendation, actually.
“Horizon Storms” by Kevin J. Anderson.
And Comparative Government and Politics by R.Hague & M.Harrop, yeah it’s for school not pleasure…
Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson – 31%
How Firm a Foundation by David Weber – 17%
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton – 15%
and an Audiobook: Into the Storm by Taylor Anderson, read by William Dufris
The Passage by J Cronin
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Echo by Jack McDevitt
I’ve had an e-book for a few years and have noticed that while I read just as much in total, I progress through fewer books in parallel than before. I used to have books scattered all over work, the house, one in the car, one in the briefcase I use occasionally… now it’s just “bathroom” and “everywhere else.”
“Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” by Mary Roach
“Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Bathroom: “The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox,” by Barry Hughart
Everywhere else: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” by John Le Carré
On deck for the long (for 2011) trip from Springfield, Oregon, to Bengaluru, India:
“Earth,” by David Brin
“The Forever War,” by Joe Haldeman
“Quarter Share,” by Nathan Lowell
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman and Twain’s Feast by Andrew Beahrs. Next two up are book club books: the Scifi one is Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko and the mystery one is What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris.
Red Mars at the moment. I plan in starting the Miles Vorkosigan and Honor Harrington series soon after. The last couple things I read were Fuzzy Nation and Ghost Story
Re-reading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
Erica says: October 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm
“Wow, I’m intrigued by the number of people reading Reamde… out of curiosity, folks who are, what drew your attention to it? I’ve seen a lot of advertising for it, which seems to me to be a relatively new phenomenon for books, and I’m just wondering if that has any effect on what people choose to read.
I have nothing to do with Neal Stephenson, his publisher, any marketing agency, etc”
He is the breakout author from fantasy and Science Fiction of a decade ago, getting a half million bucks in advance for a 3-book contract (that made the NY Times bestseller list) etcetera, as David Brin was the breakout author of the previous decade. Now we have the Stross/Scalzi axis of excellence, and George R. R. Martin, and, towering above even Stephen King, Jo Rowling. Stephenson writes about the world I know, from which cyberpunk was derived. Start up software companies, like the one where I was Secretary of the Board and CIO, which was acquired by a NASDAQ form for $7,750,000 just before the Dotcom Crash (wiping out my loot, but short of having me lose my home).
Erica says: October 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm “I do basic research on Alzheimer’s disease” — so do you want to see the 1,200+ page draft of my biotechnothriller Alzheimer’s War, which copiously cites current research, and is vetted by the man who autopsies the oldest people in the world when they die?
Starship, by Poul Anderson (from the Psychotechnic League series)
The Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku, and The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Both for novel research.
The “Annals of the Western Shore” trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
finishing up Callahan’s key, Ready player one is on deck.
Just finished Reamde by Neal Stephenson and now reading Edge by Thomas Blackthorne
Just about to finish “Nebula Awards Showcase 2007”; before that was “How Firm a Foundation” by David Weber. Next up is “Feed” by Mira Grant.
Hero of Ages, Mistborn book 3, Brandon Sanderson
I’m reading the Vance tribute, Songs of the Dying Earth. I find that type of writing to be enjoyable but also very slow going.
Round about the end of August, I decided to read the entire wheel of time. i’m on book 8.
Just finished a collection of dime novels Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake collaborated on in the ’60s. Now reading volumes 50 and 51 of Naruto, and also a collection of Ring Lardner’s baseball stories. Many things waiting in the wings, including some John O’Hara.
Sooz et al, thank you! The new Pratchett had snuck up on me! Will pick that up along with Tamora Pierce’s Mastiff.
Forgot the stuff I’m reading on Gutenberg–some of the Thorndyke stories (I particularly liked “The Red Thumb Mark”) and Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad.
The True Tale of Carter Hall, by Marissa Lingen. Before that it was Ethan of Athos, by Lois McMaster Bujold, before that A Beautiful Friendship, by David Weber.
Just finished “Ready Player One” (fantastic!), now in the middle of “Windup Girl”…
Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad”. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not fiction, this was actually his experience on a world cruise in 1869. It’s hilarious.
Rick Riordan’s latest Percy Jackson book. The Son of Neptune.
Terry Pratchett’s “The Color Of Magic”
Now done with Son of Neptune, and back into the reread of the Marcus Didius Falco books by Lindsey Davis. Up to Last Act In Palmyra.
Storm of Swords …… George R.R. Martin (audiobook in car)
The Drowned World ….. J.G. Ballard (Stanza on iPhone)
Converted Into Houses …. Charles Fracchia & Jeremiah Brafstad (ink & paper in hands)
Ready Player One by Earnest Cline at home.
Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling (audio book) in the car going to and from work.
The Grimnoir Chronicles: Hard Magic by Larry Correia
Warlord by Ted Bell
Then … ww’ll see.
The Score, one of the Parker books by Stark
Last night finished “Iron Council” China Mieville
Last night started “His Majesty’s Dragon” Naomi Novik
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia Wrede. Looking pretty decent so far. Also a book on ghosts across America as research material for NaNoWriMo. Sorta regretting that one, though.
“The Black Orchid” by Rex Stout and “Ghost Story” by Jim Butcher
What are you reading, Mr. Scalzi?
Joe Abercrombie’s The Last Argument of Kings.
Dances with Dragons.
Late to the game but: ‘Mockingbird’ by Walter Tevis
Life has kicked me in the nuts recently, so I am reading some childhood favorites. It is like the creative equivalent of comfort food. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle and ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowery.
Reading Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
before that Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.
“Economic Valuation of River Systems”
“Pricing Nature: CBA and Environmental Policy”
“The Last Continent”
An application to be an AAAS fellow.
Also, LessWrong, an entry on public perception of cryonics.
Fiction: Tears Of The Sun (S. M. Stirling)
Nonfiction: The Black Swan (Nassim Taleb)
I try to keep one of each going.
Katie Lung Unrolls His Mat by Ernest Bramah, and boy is it rough sledding. I was told Barry Hughart had probably read it because Katie Lung’s speech pattern when he’s listing items in a story is similar to Master Li’s, but Master Li usually limits it to a paragraph or so. There are very witty things here, but I’m developing sympathy for those folks who want to go after Moby Dick with a weedwacker.
Ifferisms: An Anthology of Aphorisms That Begin with the Word “IF” by Mardy Grothd
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Naming of The Dead by Ian Rankin It’s assigned reading for my English class (seriously a university course on Detective fiction is the best thing ever) I’m finding it alarming and compelling.
I’m pretty much always reading Sherlock Holmes stories. Just now it’s been The Hound of the Baskervilles, then The Lion’s Mane, and Shoscombe Old Place.
Recently finished Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.
You probably never heard of him, really obscure author but I like his works: Neal Stephenson, new book titled ‘Reamde’ …
Currently I’m reading the following:
March of the Legion by Marshall S. Thompson (E-Pub)
Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick (Trade) &
The Unincorporated Woman by Dani & Eytan Kollin (Hardback)
Two weeks ago I read The Sagan Diary (Hardback) followed a short time later by Questions for a Soldier (E-Pub) and before that – shortly after it was released, I read Fuzzy Nation (Hardback).
The Magician King. After that, what else is there? I’ve already read everything Scalzi.
Algebraist – Ian Banks
Long Gone, Alafair Burke
Prospero Regained, L. Jagi Lamplighter
Doc, Mary Doria Russell
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
This week I finished:
Worth Dying For, a Reacher novel, by Lee Child;
Hit List, by Laurell K Hamilton
Still working on:
The Line War, by Neal Asher (Kindle) (love the Ian Cormac character)
Son of Neptune, Rick Riordian
The Revisionists – courtesy of Whatever.
Sacred Band, by David Anthony Durham.
Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. This is my first time reading it; I didn’t realize it was possible to have your mind blown so many times within a literary work (well, a tetralogy of works, really, but still).
Well, it’s not exactly a book; but the 50th anniversary mailing of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance at 471 pages will keep me happy for a while. Alternating that with “Ghost Story” by Jim Butcher, which shows you can’t keep a good wizard down. Also listening to “Fragile Things” on CD written and narrated by Neil Gaiman, one of the best writer/narrators I’ve heard.
Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett, second of his Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police novels.
A Dance With Dragons
Just finished Greenthieves (Alan Dean Foster) and The Specific Gravity of Grief (Jay Lake); still in the middle of Sleight of Hand (Peter Beagle), Dervish House (Ian MacDonald), Man Made God (Barbara Walker), Tales for Canterbury (ed. Cassie Hart and Anna Caro), and probably a few others buried on this desk someplace. Glad to see I have lots of company reading several things at once. Then there are the magazines and websites… Hoping not to start anything else until I finish at least one of the above, but it could happen, probably Dancing With Bears (Michael Swanwick) and Steampunk (ed. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer).
I am currently reading the Transitions trilogy by R.A. Salvatore.
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Was in the middle of “Robopocalypse” by Daniel H. Wilson when I got kind of sideswiped by the DC Comics relaunch. The excitement of the first month is over, though, so that ought to calm down pretty quickly. I’ve managed to build up a pretty hefty reading queue, too, which I’m not going to plow through at any speed so long as I’m still doing my daily writing and doing that pesky “job” thing that The Man insists I have.
Just finished Herodotus’s “The Histories”, the Penguin Classics edition, for a book discussion at the library where I work. I’m also reading “Canticle,” by Ken Scholes, the second in his Psalms of Issak series. Both are suitably epic and fine reads in their respective ways.
The new Scott Westerfeld steampunk alternate history, Goliath. Before that it was Laurie King’s Pirate King. Prior to that, it was Chanur’s Legacy by C. J. Cherryh.
Several books… Infinite Jest is the long-term project, The Hangman’s Daughter for grown-up reading, and because I will always be a kid at heart, I am also reading The Orphan of Awkward Falls.
All of them excellent, in their own special way.
Well, since you asked…
I’m making my way through Cy Tymony’s _Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things_, which is fascinating, but demands to be read in small chunks. I have a bookmark in Barbara J. Winter’s _Making a Living Without a Job_. I can’t tell whether it’s long on encouragement but short on practical advice, or if I’m just not in the right mindset for her style of advising right now.
What I need is a good, fun story to curl up with and get caught up in, but everything on my stack of books to be read is non-fiction, and looks on the heavy side, to boot. A trip to the library is in order, but since I was a layabout today, it will have to wait until Monday when they’re open. Alas.
Re-reading the first two books of the Abarat series by Clive Barker since the new one has finally come out and I read them seven years ago and need a freshening up of what happened previously.
_If This is a Man_ by Primo Levi.
I’ve been re-reading The Edge of Tomorrow (Isaac Asimov).
Working my way through Mary Roach – Packing for Mars, Stiff, now have Spook and Bonk out from the library. Also Carrie Vaughn’s Discord’s Apple, which I think I know about from a Big Idea piece here, a while ago.
WWW: Wonder by Robert Sawyer.
reamde by Neal Stephenson, it’s even larger than his last book
I’ve been reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels (for the first time). I haven’t done comics in *years* but wanted to check off this box on my reading list. Enjoying ’em a fair bit.
Also, on my nook, Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Le Chien Jaune, by George Simenon. Also rereading A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire.
Two books going, currently… one physical, one iBook.
The hardback is The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie, purchased from my local Borders before it shuttered, but at a significant discount. It’s the stoplights, sitting around, lights-on book. Nice blood-guts-and swords book, living up to my expectations of Abercrombie.
The iBook is REAMDE, by Neil Stephenson. It’s the portable, at-night-in-bed-lights-off book. I read 100 pages of it at the Navy-Southern Miss game today. It’s more in the Cryptonomicon vein than the Anathem vein for Stephenson, and I’m enjoying it, but there’s something… missing. I’ll see if I can identify what as I finish the book :-)
ShadowHeart, by Tad Williams. The Name Of The Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.
Just started Neal Stephenson’s REAMDE. So far, so good!
Just finished Mission of Honor by David Weber, now starting the latest Malazan book by Erikson.
The Samurai by Shusaku Endo
Diving Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
The Instructions by Adam Levin (currently reading)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgentstern
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
That’s what I’ve been up to in the last 3 weeks.
I can’t seem to stay focused so I’m bouncing back and forth between three books right now:
1. All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
2. Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
3. Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis
Just finished, per JC’s recommendation, “The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox,” which, despite some egregious typographical errors (I believe the most recent reissue went back and fixed them, but don’t be surprised by things like random
Paragraph breaks) contains some of the most affecting writing I’ve read in a fantasy in a long time. Absolutely stellar.
Currently working on the latest Stephen R. Donaldson. I love how he tortures language with mad abandon, but man, this stuff is DEPRESSING.
Pariah by Bob Fingerman
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Neuromancer by William Gibson
A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
(and these are just the ones sitting next to my be with bookmarks in them. This doesn’t include the ones that sat there so long that I ended up reshelving them, bookmarks and all.)
Dangerous Journeys: Mythus Magick by Gary Gygax and Dave Newton. Those black school mages are nasty bastards.
GURPS: Thaumatology by Phil Masters. Magick as a science, and how to fiddle with the workings.
Looking forward to Dave Weber’s A Beautiful Friendship, which is the story of the discovery of tree cats.
Ready Player One audiobook
Just finished Ken Jennings’ “Maphead”. About to re-read Glenda Larke’s “The Last Stormlord” and “Stormlord Rising”, since I just bought “Stormlord’s Exile”.
Just finished “Full Dark, No Stars” by Stephen King. Currently reading “Just After Sunset”, also by King (had a hankering for King in short-mode, what can I say?). Next up: “Reamde” by Neal Stephenson.
The Best of C. M. Kornbluth, with a preface and story introductions by Frederik Pohl – part of a Ballantine series of “Best of” mass-market anthologies produced in the mid- to late 1970s.
I actually have three books going currently. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. The Magicians by Lev Grossman. All great so far!
Lord of the Rings. I’ve tried to finish it in the past, but I find it really hard to stay with. Maybe this time.
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss plus two parenting books and a lot of children’s picture books for my 2 year old. Her current favorite is Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli, and I’m happy to read it since she has been eating her broccoli with far more gusto than usual.
As I get older, I find that I’m more likely to have 2 or more books going at one time.
Currently: Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan and A Betrayal in Winter by Daniel Abraham
Previously: Cold Fire by Kate Elliott, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch.
Late to the party, as usual :-)
at home, S.M. Sterling’s “Tears of the Sun”
at work/lunch, Abby Sunderland’s “Unsinkable”
The Maze Runner by James Dashner- YA, good so far, started this morning and I’m halfway through- kind of reminds me of Sleator’s House of Stairs with more amnesia.
Sprig Muslin (audiobook) by Georgette Heyer
Interesting Times (reread) by Terry Pratchett
Paul is Undead (audiobook for commuting), and Boneshaker (paperback)
After a 3year ish wait I’m reading Questions for a Soldier :) My Sub Mag came today
Cities In Flight (James Blish). But this time on my Kindle!
Shelter by Susan Palwick
Just got done reading Brandon Sanderson’s new novella ‘Infinity Blade: Awakening’, a tie in for a game of the same name.
Now reading Analog, December 2011, specifically ‘Hidden’ by Kyle Kirkland.
Welcome to the Borderlands. Rationing myself to one story per day.
Anthony Boucher, Rocket to the Morgue.
I’m presently in the midst of Seanan McGuire’s One Salt Sea and Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie (the latter for a book group). Just finished: Magic Below Stairs, by Caroline Stevermer (middle grade fantasy) and The Counterfeit Madam by Pat McIntosh (historical mystery, set in medieval Scotland). On deck: David Weber’s A Beautiful Friendship and Sherwood Smith’s Blood Spirits, plus William Clark: Indian Diplomat by Jay H. Buckley.
Hope no offense taken. In novel manuscript sent to New Directions, viewpoint chracater had written a novel called “Old Fart’s War”
3 books in downstairs bathroom:
* Nelson DeMille, “The Charm School”, Warner, 1989, wife heard as audio book
* Thomas Frank, “What Happened to Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Haert of America, Henry Holt, 2004
* Øyvind Grøn, and Sigbjorn Hervik, “Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: With Modern Applications in Cosmology”
“This book introduces the general theory of relativity and includes applications to cosmology. The book provides a thorough introduction to tensor calculus and curved manifolds. After the necessary mathematical tools are introduced, the authors offer a thorough presentation of the theory of relativity. Also included are some advanced topics not previously covered by textbooks, including Kaluza-Klein theory, Israel’s formalism and branes. Anisotropic cosmological models are also included. The book contains a large number of new exercises and examples, each with separate headings. The reader will benefit from an updated introduction to general relativity including the most recent developments in cosmology.”
Oddly enough, I’m reading Germline by T C McCarthy because I saw it on this site and thought it might be fun. This happens quite a lot.
Just Finished Perdido Street Station and now reading Attack of the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. I’m loving it and it’s making me think so much about so many different things.
I just finished Mark Kermode’s The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex, and the new Neal Stephenson is up next.
I’ve got two going at the moment:
The Story Book by David Baboulene (writers’ guide to story development)
Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe (Warhammer 40k)
The Revisionists, by Thomas Mullen
Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (because it’s there)
Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeepers Lament (because it’s fascinating)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret (because I hope it will be as good as The Moonstone)
“A Canticle for Leibowitz” – Walter M. Miller
El ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.
AKA known as Don Quixote to english speakers.
Cascadia’s Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami That Could Devastate North America by Jerry Thompson.
Just finished Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas; going to start The Player of Games. Before that I read Sex On The Moon by Ben Mezrich.
Oh, should also have mentioned Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, reminding myself why I still don’t like it much. And I just finished (again) the OMW series, this time on audiobook, as well as the Takeshi Kovacs series, also on audiobook.
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
I’m reading “The Magic of Reality,” by Richard Dawkins. For fiction, I’m reading “The Bible.”
Conquistador by S. M. Stirling. Just finished OMW and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Neal Barrett’s “Perpetuity Blues and Other Stories”. Side by side with some Jaime Hernandez’ comics, which fit to a T.
I just finished Germline, by TC McCarthy. Currently reading Ganymede by Cherie Priest (thanks, John!), Red Herring, by Archer Mayor and Learning to Eat Soup With A Knife, by John Nagl.
Oh, it’s so good to see people reading more than one book at a time; most of my friends don’t understand why I do that or that it’s even possible. Just finished “Nemesis”–Jo Nesbo and moved right on to “The Devil’s Star”– also Nesbo; also “Heirs of the Blade”–Adrian Tchaikovsky, Book 7 of “Shadows of the Apt”, “A Lonely Death”–Charles Todd. Waiting on from Amazon: “Ganymede”– Cherie Priest and “Snuff”–Terry Pratchett. All good (I’m too old to stay with anything I don’t like anymore).
Just finished Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang. Am thoroughly enjoying A Clash of Kings by GRRM (part of a Kindle bundle of the 1st 4 volumes of ASoIaF). Up next, probably A Fire Upon the Deep, to get ready for the next Vinge.
Currently reading Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez, and re-reading A Feast for Crows before tackling A Dance with Dragons.
Currently reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin and Why the West Rules for Now by Ian Morris.
The Clinton Tapes, Taylor Branch
Pelagia & the White Bulldog, Boris Akunin
The Whisperers, Orlando Figes
12 Geheimnisse im Kaukasus, Essad Bey
But then I live in the Caucasus, so most of it’s local history after a fashion. Most recent F/SF was The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, and a most excellent book it was.
Reamde, Neal Steaphenson’s latest (along with everyone else). Also Modern Pattern Design, a vintage pattern-drafting book, but I don’t think that counts.
The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski and To Join the Lost by Seth Steinzor.
Quirkology. Patrick Wiseman (hardcover). Flim-Flam. Randi (epub)
Red Storm Rising, Tom Clancy. I may have read it once or thrice before.
Prior to that, Glen Cook’s Gilded Latten Bones.
Atlantic – Simon Winchester
Children of Men – PD James
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. Discovered it a few months ago, recently decided it was worth another visit…
REAMDE by Stephenson
Just finished A Dance with Dragons. Was slightly disappointed after the long wait.
John Brunner’s “The Wrong End of Time”, which has an interesting view of the future.
Being a student, I mostly read textbooks, but when I have the time (on the train and the like), I am currently reading “Boneshaker” and after that will be “The Stephord Wives”. Meanwhile, I will order “Pornland; how porn has hijacked our sexuality” and I expect it to arrive before I’m done reading the other two. If not – I’ll probably go for “Rosemary’s Baby”. My brother gave me some money for my birthday and I’m spending them on books that I want – as opposed to the book I have to get for studying :-)
A bit off topic here, but this post and its numerous responses makes me wish that the comments were still numbered.
Also, I am quite excited for the new Vernor Vinge book this month.
Agreeing with JoelZ! I’ve dipped in and out of this thread as it has grown, and the lack of comment numbering is a bit trying. The posts themselves are great though, and Reamde is clearly very popular . I’m surely not the only person who keep trying to read the title as ‘Readme’?
Rereading Moneyball by Michael Lewis. 10 years later, it’s still brilliant. Next is George Pelecanos’ The Cut.
I am reading two books at the moment –
The Affair – Lee Child, and The Departure – Neal Asher
I’m reading Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One”, which I learned about from reading your blog. I should have it done just in time to download Vinge’s new book on Tuesday.
I’m reading Greenwar, by Steven Gould and Laura J Mixon…
Just finished the first three books in Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series in about a week- quick fun reads. While I’m waiting to pick up the other three in that series, I’m re-reading Spiegelman’s excellent “Maus” in anticipation of the just-released history/biography of it’s making.
I agree with Sooz – both on the numbering and on trying to read “Reamde” as “Readme”. As a matter of fact – the first few times, I thought it was a typo for “Readme”, but I’ve now realised that it isn’t.
Karen Healy’s The Shattering
Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis, which I cannot find an online description for (There’s one of Thayil’s videos at the far end of the link. It appears to be about Bombay’s drug culture and the effects of the shift from opium to heroin.
“To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis, alternating with “Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans” by Roy Blount, Jr.
Just finished ‘The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms’ by N. K. Jemisin (which I heard about on this blog), and ‘Last Argument of Kings’ by Joe Abercrombie (also from this blog, iirc). Both terrific reads. Currently reading ‘Island Beneath the Sea’ by Isabel Allende. Shows all signs of being excellent, though I’m only 100 pages or so into it.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Before that was Homeland (I’m selecting books off npr’s list of 100 Best SciFi/Fantasy books), and before that was Rainbow’s End (I also have an ongoing project to read all the novels on the Hugo awards list), and before THAT was The Princess Bride and then The Mote in God’s Eye (both npr list), and The Windup Girl (Hugo)
I did in fact just finished re-reading OMW. The book I read before that was Sad Monsters by Frank Lessar.
Sorry about the late response to this but I am reading the Parasol Protectorate books by Gail Carriger
The Source Field Investigations and Reamde
Currently reading “Shadow of the Giant” by Orson Scott Card. Before that was “Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colors” by Karen Traviss. Before that was “Fuzzy Nation”, and before that was “The Complete Fuzzy”.
Tracking the Tempest by Nicole Peeler.
Ganymede by Cherie Priest
The Slaves of the Padishah by Mór Jókai, a historical novel about the Turkish occupation in Hungary, which will go into Project Gutenberg once I finish checking it for errors; and Embassytown by China Miéville, which is enjoyably strange.
Rereading Permutation City by Greg Egan. And rereading (OK, listening to the audio book this time) The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.
Native Son by Richard Wright. About to start Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Just finished Reamde by Stephenson and Heat Rising by “Richard Castle” and am in the middle of Eye of the Tempest by Peeler and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Hodder.
I’m about a third of the way through “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” by Melville and half way through “The Big Two-Hearted River” by Hemingway. The latter was a recommendation from a friend as an example of clearly written prose.
Old William Gibson; I just finished Necromancer and Burning Chrome and started Count Zero. Next up is Snowcrash. I have your Old Man’s war stuff in the queue too, but right now cyberpunk is ruling my brain.
The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, By Douglas Adams
The Founding: The Morland Dynasty Series, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. And Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Daniken. .
I’m in the middle of several books, the only fictional one of which is Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo (which I’d been meaning to read for years). I’m alternating that one with chapters of Marshall Berman’s All That Is Solid Melts in Air: The Experience of Modernity, recommended by none other than Robert Christgau. (Wonder if I’ll start looking to Michael Dirda or some other literary critic for music recommendations next.) I’m also dipping into the third volume of Poets of the English Language (Milton to Goldsmith); it seemed like I’d have more fun that way than starting at the beginning of volume one (in the pre-Chaucer period) and reading straight through (which is what I did last time I tried reading these books). I’ve also got a copy of Stephenson’s Reamde on reserve at the library, but I’m hoping to finish at least one of these books first before getting to that one.
1493; YOU BELONG TO ME by Karen Rose–it’s shelved as a romance, but is a THRILLER through and through; INSIDE OF A DOG.
Just finished Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword, just started Perdido Street Station. No idea what comes next. Possibly the GRRM re-read. Possibly the 2nd Culture novel.
Mortallity Bridge by Steven R. Boyett, bought after reading the Big Idea post on the book. Worth the time and money
Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti
The Help, Empire of Blue Water (Non Fiction-Henry Morgan the Pirate), Enders Exile, Mortality Bridge.
Wanted to see what all the hubbub was about Tom Cruise portraying Jack Reacher. So I’ve just plowed through the series in not quite random order. I’m on the last – ” The Affair”.
Cruise would have as much cred portraying Travis McGee.
Forge of Heaven by C.J. Cherryh
Finished Vamparazzi by Laura Resnick and before that it was Programming iOS 4 by Matt Neuberg.
I generally read several books at once. I just finished American Gods, by Neil Gaiman, today. I am also reading Deathless, by Catherynne Valente, Saving Fish from Drowning, by Amy Tan, Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, Game of Thrones by GRRM, and the Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Just finished Cod, by Mark Kurlansky today, and have yet to decide on what next though The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Healer is sitting in the corner making me feel guilty.
Just finished Life of Pi (yes, I am the last person on earth to read it) and about to start Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand tonight.
Mortality Bridge, which I borrowed from the library because a friend said you liked it, and now am moving through Boyett’s entire oeuvre. Wow. And wow.
Joe Haldeman – Mindbridge
Headhunters – by Jo Nesbo (personal reading) and Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 – by Tony Judt
Believe it or not, “The Second Summer of the Sisterhood” (of the traveling pants). Recommended to me by a fantasy young adult author – it’s surprisingly good.
Voyage of the Sable Keech – Neal Asher (the Ian Cormac series rocked)
The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton
Robots and Empire – Isaac Asimov
(revisiting the classics)
“Flight from Monticello” by Michael Kranish
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine
LMB’s Vorkosigan Saga. Memory, to be exact. Mmmmm.
“Theories of Flight” by Simon Morden, book 2 of the Metrozone series. These are awesome btw, highly recommended. Also “The Witches” by the mighty Roald Dahl with my 9-year old son :-)
I’m currently working my way through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke. I actually put that one on hold when my copy of Blake Charlton’s Spellbound finally came in.
Up next is any one of nine (!) possible books that I’ve already bought but haven’t read yet. (This trend is becoming quite inconvenient.)
I’m currently reading David Weber’s “How Firm a Foundation” the fifth book in the Safehold series. An android, sailing ships and flintlocks, Yum!
getting a lot of book vacation beach reading done. so far this week
two bear mambo by joe r. lansdale
dreadnaught by cheri priest
bioshock: rapture by john shirley
about to start the bottoms,also by lansdale
Just finished Cherie Priest’s ‘Ganymede’ (Hey! Which I won! Courtesy of you! And the Subterranean Press! Thanks! Too many exclamation points!) and now re-reading Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’.
Fiction: The Detachment, by Barry Eisler
Nonfiction: The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution, by Eugene V. Koonin
Previous book: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Re-reading The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay, for the umpteenth time.
Perry Rhodan, the latest Ritae Mae Brown/Sneaky pie book, Lord of the Rings.
Yeah – I usually have more than one book open at once.
On paper — Grass, by Sherri S. Tepper. So far, not impressed, so much so that I may not finish this one. Too much fantasy, too little SF, and I increasingly find teenage girls as protagonists teeth-settingly irritating.
On the iPad — Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow. Somewhat intriguing, although I seem to find Doctorow better as a short story writer than a novelist. Pity the market economics push him more to longer works than his skills would indicate.
I’m reading graphic novels by the ton, after rediscovering comics – and my 6 year old, thanks to the brilliant Tiny Titans, is reading right along with me. I bought home a stack from the library, titles for me (Catwoman: Crooked Little Town) and for her (Nancy Drew and the Disoriented Express, a contemporary manga-style take on the girl detective). Plus I have Power Girl, Sailor V and Batgirl: the Flood about to be posted out to me. It’s an exciting time in our house!
Zero History by William Gibson.
I’m currently between books at the moment. This means I’ve downloaded some samples onto my nook and am trying to decide what to read next. It will probably be Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star. Jack the Ripper plus Maureen Johnson makes for good reading.
Current: Blood, Sweat and Tea (Tom Reynolds)
Previous: Sailing to Sarantium (Guy Gavriel Kay)
Next: either Ilium (Dan Simmons) or For the Win (Cory Doctorow), depending on how much time I’ll be able to set aside for reading in the upcoming week.
Charlie Stross’ The Fuller Memorandum. Brilliant, as always. His “Laundry Files” series may be my favorite of all his stuff :)
Sandman Slim: Richard Kadrey
Use of Weapons: Iian Banks
Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara. Fun inter-species sociodynamics.
Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder.
Right now I am reading the Hobbit, before that I read The God Engine and World War Z.
Reading the Drizzt books for the first time, but the book before that was Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded.
The Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson on my iPad, When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris when I just have a few minutes, and The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø in paperback.
The Dragon’s Path (which I’m enjoying more than I thought I would) and the third book in Peter F. Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn Trilogy (I’m sort of tired of the story, but I must finish).
The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (Kindle)
The Last Child – John Hart (Analog)
The Blade Itself – Joe Abercrombie (iPad)
Roadside Crosses – Jeffrey Deaver (Analog)
250 Things You Should Know About Writing – Chuck Wendig (Kindle)
I’m near the end of “Mother of Lies” by Dave Duncan. Nice worldbuilding, pretty interesting characters, very complicated plot. Also reading the premier issue of “Stupifying Stories” edited by Bruce Bethke. Stupifaction has not yet set in.
Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols- a British writer, who wrote a