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Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Behelit, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Behelit

    Behelit Troubadour

    Let's find out what we've all been reading and look forward to reading!

    List the previous book you've read, the book you are currently reading, and the book you look forward to reading.

    Feel free to write a short review. GO!

    Previous: The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem

    Current: The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore

    Upcoming: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    That was more difficult than I thought it would be. :eek:
  2. Kelise

    Kelise Maester

    I'm one of those annoying people who read more than one book at a time ;)

    Previous: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (reread), Feed by Mira Grant, Ship of Magic by RObin Hobb

    Current: Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

    Upcoming: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb and undecided.
  3. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    I'm with starconstant, always reading more than one book at once.

    Previous: Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

    Current: Undisputed by Chris Jericho, Scar Night by Alan Campbell, The Hobbit by Tolkien, Deadhouse Gates by Steve Erikson

    Upcoming: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, Sword and Dark Magic by various authors (Sword and Sorcery anthology including Abercrombie, Erikson, Moorcock, and others)

    I tend to read several things at once almost always!
  4. Donny Bruso

    Donny Bruso Sage

    Previous: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Current: The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, On Basilisk Station by David Weber

    Upcoming: Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook
  5. Dagzar

    Dagzar Dreamer

    Previous: The People of the British Isles: From 1688 to 1870 by Thomas William Heyuk, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

    Current: White Night by Jim Butcher, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

    Upcoming: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (whenever it decides to come out).
  6. Previous: Incarnate, by Ramsey Campbell. An experiment in prophetic dreaming goes predictably wrong and all kinds of nastiness ensues. One of my favourite horror writers, though he occasionally misfires.

    Current: The Brentford Chainstore Massacre, by Robert Rankin. A mad scientist decides to clone Jesus from a fragment of blood on the Turin Shroud. After Pratchett, my favourite comic novelist.

    Upcoming: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. I started reading it years ago but got sidetracked by life and left it unfinished. Time to give it my full attention.
  7. Donny Bruso

    Donny Bruso Sage

    @Dusk Let me know how Hyperion is, It's in the same pile for me. I started it but got distracted by- Ooh, Shiny!
  8. Telcontar

    Telcontar Staff Moderator

    @ Phil: Read Scar Night. It was great. Never moved on to the other books though.

    Previous: The Count of Monte Cristo
    Current: Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
    Upcoming: A Dance with Dragons (George R. R. Martin), and the High King of Montival (S.M. Stirling)

    None of what I'm reading right now or recently is fantasy, I suppose. All the books I'm looking forward to are, though, and all series. Anyone else afraid that George is gonna kick the bucket before he finishes Ice and Fire?
  9. Donny Bruso

    Donny Bruso Sage

    Yeah, that's a fear I think I lot of people have. I hate to deny anyone the rewards of their labors, but George needs to stop globe-trotting and keep his nose to the grindstone. One he finishes the series he can do whatever he likes, lol.
  10. OOOO I like this one.. you should ask this one like a once a month or something >.>

    Um the last book I read was -thinks- The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand
    I really enjoyed this book. As always Rand puts her heart into each character and you feel what they feel and get absorbed in the story >^.^<

    Right now I'm reading The Ghost King.. Book three in the Transitions Trilogy... Last of the Drizzt Do'Urden bokos at the moment that I know of by R.A. Salvatore
    >.> I'm almost scared to continue reading it because I adore this series so much. I hate reading the last one and not knowing if more are coming out LOL But so far it's as good as all the others.

    What I plan on reading next is Winter Night Falling by Bryan R. South (Love you Bry Bear e.e)
    I admit I have no clue what this book's about because I won't let Bry. I just know he's good at weaving stories and I can't wait to read his first novel! >^.^<

    And after I'm done with Bry's book I plan on reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons.
    This book was recommended to me by a friend of nearly 20 years. It's his favorite book and so he felt compelled to send me a copy of the book when he'd heard I hadn't heard of it LOL
  11. And then there were none is an excellent mystery Dag I hope you're enjoying it >^.^<

    Hey Dusk we plan on reading the same book LOL

    Really I'll read almost anything though.. OH I forgot to include the issues of Shonen Jump I'm behind on in my list >.> I have to those too >.<
  12. JCFarnham

    JCFarnham Auror

    Previous: Absorption by John Meaney

    Current: Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks

    Upcoming: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. [maybe maaaaaybe I'll finish the two wheel of time books I have... but its not looking likely right now. more interesting things to read ;)]
  13. Ophiucha

    Ophiucha Auror

    I'm only ever reading one book at a time, but I also tend to read a book within two days.

    Previous Books: "Marked" by P.C. Cast (worst book ever), "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling (re-reading the series in preparation for the final film), "His Majesty's Dragon" by Naomi Novik (re-reading the series for fun)
    Currently Reading: "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak (because an internet reviewer I like is reading it)
    To-Read: the rest of the Harry Potter series, the rest of the Temeraire series
  14. Ravana

    Ravana Istar

    Hmm. I am constitutionally incapable of reading one book at a time, usually—there are some that I will read straight through without looking at something else in the meantime, but the last time I didn't have more than one book going at a time, they involved bright primary colors as an inseparable adjunct of their principle story-telling medium.…

    Let's see… books I've finished within roughly the last week and a half ("previous"—harder to be more specific than that): The Guns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman (yesterday); Vienna 1814, David King (three? days ago); Aristoi, Walter Jon Williams (reread); Metropolitan, Walter Jon Williams; Iorich, Steven Brust; the other ten books of the Taltos series by Steven Brust (rereads, in celebration of picking up the foregoing).

    Current: Atatürk, Patrick Kinross (the one I'm most likely to finish next); Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond; Titus Alone, Mervyn Peake; The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, Samuel R. Delany; The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories (no, that's not mistyped), Gene Wolfe; Urth of the New Son, Gene Wolfe (reread); Relativity, Albert Einstein; Fashionable Nonsense, Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont; Quintessence, Lawrence M. Krauss; Strategy, B. H. Liddell Hart; A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking; The Worm Ouroboros, E. R. Eddison (which has been stalled mid-way for some time now… but I will finish it some day).

    [Note that "current" here means "actively reading"—which, in turn, means I've read at least some part of it within the past two weeks (for Worm, it was a single subsection of a chapter: I was inspired to pick it back up after discussions on it elsewhere; otherwise, it wouldn't count as "active"). If I included everything that is in one of my reading stacks which I have begun but never finished—that is, not counting rereads—but which have not been replaced on the shelf as abandoned and needing to be restarted, I'd probably discover the character limit for posts on this forum, whatever it is.…]

    Upcoming (that is, have a definite place in my plans, as opposed to anything I pick up in the interim): City on Fire, Walter Jon Williams; The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking (will follow the other Hawking book); The Quark and the Jaguar, Murray Gell-Mann; Osman's Dream, Caroline Finkel; The Road to Reality, Roger Penrose; Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell; Tiassa, Steven Brust (due out at the end of the month—preorder now! :cool: ).

    Possible Interference: I just received a coupon sheet for Half Price Books today… and still have a gift card for them left over from Xmas.…

    It is an excellent book, but be aware that it's part of a two-book set: if you do not also have The Fall of Hyperion available, you'll find the story ending rather abruptly. They were published under one cover as The Hyperion Cantos by SFBC, so they aren't too hard to find that way. There are two other books written as sequels; I have yet to read either, so I can safely say their absence won't impair your experience in any way.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  15. I'll look for them when I go to Book Worm Friday or Saturday >^.^< I hate just reading one book knowing it's a set LOL Thanks for letting me know there's more then one >^.^<
  16. Ravana

    Ravana Istar

    Yeah, if you only have the first one, it would be sort of like watching The Wizard of Oz, only to have it cut off right after the Cowardly Lion joins and before they hit the poppy field.…

    Good news is they're both great reads. Simmons is definitely on my list of authors to seek more of.

    P.S. As predicted, finished Atatürk; started Osman's Dream. :)
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  17. drkpyn

    drkpyn Scribe

    Previous: Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
    Current: Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

    I just love the settings that Zelazny creates. I started reading him with the Amber series but now I'm addicted. I start to feel withdrawal if I go more than a few weeks without reading him!

    Upcoming: The Ionian Mission by Patrick O'Brian

    O'Brian writes historical fiction rather than fantasy, but I have been pouring through the Aubrey/Maturin series. Each time I start one I literally can't stop reading it. I basically set aside enough time to read each novel in one sitting or I start losing sleep.
  18. JCFarnham

    JCFarnham Auror

    Little update here...

    Current now also includes Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. Because. Well you should all know why really. =P
  19. Ravana

    Ravana Istar

    I envy you your opportunity to read him for the first time. I can't do that any more… in most cases, I'm on at least the fifth time through.… :cool:
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  20. Previous: The Magic Circle by Katherine Neville, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Everyday Ethics by Joshua Halberstam

    Current: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, Wiccan Mysteries by Raven Grimassi, and The Giver by Lois Lowery (a re-re-re-reread)

    Upcoming: World War Z by Max Brooks, Juliet by Anne Fortier, Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, and The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind

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