Thread: The Return of just what exactly are you reading right now?
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I just finished Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, I really got a kick out of it. Vetinari hires a con man to run the postal service, which hasn't delivered any letters in something like 15 years. The con man almost meets his match when he takes on the clacks, who have been run like some of our major corporations: like into the ground. Do the names "Enron and Worldcom" remind you of anything?
Currently I'm reading The U.S. Coast Guard in World War II by Malcolm F. Willoughby
At the moment I'm just reading more and more Pratchett (Lords and Ladies). I noticed lots of people on this site like Pratchett, too. Pratchett and LOTR - a good combination!
I love Pratchett and Grondy has just reminded me that I need to get 'Going Postal'.
I've just finished reading Robin Hobb's 'Tawny Man' trilogy, having read 'Farseer' and 'Liveship' and I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend them to any fantasy fans who haven't read them yet. The three series have a few common threads that join them together and they are great!
I have just started reading UT. Have just finished the bit about Turin - oh woe is me - this is sooo sad.
I have a question though, can anyone tell me what happened to Hurin after Morgoth got him and put him in a chair - I think I missed a bit or was that it. Or perhaps there is more at the end of the book - can anyone help??
can anyone tell me what happened to Hurin after Morgoth got him and put him in a chair
After his release he slew Mim in Nargothrond and brought the Nauglamir to King Thingol.
Tonight I start a reread of Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure
the sequel to his father's American Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels.
Well, I've read 4 books over the weekend. And what's amazing - I was at a friend's house half the weekend, and then she came over to mine. How did I have the time? Well, I TOLD her that on my birthday I was going to FORCE her to watch the Scarlet Pimpernel. Because she would like it. I asked her why she liked Johnny Depp on the Pirates of the Caribbean. Because he was witty, of course. Well then, I said "you'll like the Scarlet Zit." and she was like 'no I won't.' And she was adamant. And then I got out all the Scarlet Zit books from the library. all three of them. And I went to her house on Friday after school and we got to her farm and it was dark and we listened to the Phantom of the Opera CD. While I read. And she glanced at me whenever I giggled. And she was burning with curiosity. And I noticed, when she THOUGHT I was asleep, she picked up another. And she started reading it. Blablabla.... by the end of the weekend we've read all 3 AND the one in my bro's bookshelf. HAHA. I TOLD her. She's still in a bit of self-denial. She's still like "MAYBE I liked it." but she did. She DID. Or else she wouldn't've been so desperate to read all of them and she wouldn't read out passages to me of the ones I hadn't read and blablabla.
And now I"m reading "Whizz for Atomms" by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald SEarle. It has no plot, no nothing. It's just a rambling rambling rambling thingy on school life in the 50s. Told through the eyes of molesworth senior. It's cool. One word in 2 is deliberately misspelt. And the grammar is horrible. Guys - do any of you know what 'chiz' means?
no but I was -40 at this time so... I dont expect to know much.
I think "Chiz" was the brand name of a soda pop made in the State of Minnesoda (pun intended). However, I never heard of it during my school days back in the 50's as I lived on the Left Coast and we had our own local brand named soda pops. "Pioneer" was made in Davenport WA, our county seat, a town of about 1600 population.
No, that can't be it. Maybe I'll never know what 'chiz' means. IT's schoolboy slang, anyway.
Well, I'm reading new books!!!! I"m reading like... four/five at a time. I NEVER do that. But these books can be read in episodes, so it's okay. I"m reading "Carry On Jeeves" (first edition, it's REALLY old) and that's in bits. And I"m reading "A Short HIstory of Britain" and of course that's in bits. Oh, aren't I a boring old crustacean. I'm reading history, and it's not for school. It's for interest. ARRGH!!! And I'm reading.. no, I've just finished "Whizz for Atomms." and I'm reading another book, but you lot wouldn't care about it...
Why not, Loni? I mean, why would any book anyone reads be any more or less interesting to us than others? Unless of course, they're by Tolkien...
Anyway, I'm in the middle of the Warlock series by Christopher Stasheff. I'm on The Warlock Heretical.
I'm again reading the fifth book in the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, Mostly Harmless.
Now I'm reading for the second or third time The Kindly Ones, which is Volume 9 of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series The Sandman Library.
I'm reading "A Short History of Britain," and that has made my family think I am even WEIRDER. But it's preparation for my career. I should've taken History this year, but I didn't. So I'm reading HIstory books instead. And besides, they'd probably pack the year full of New Zealand - Maori Politically Correct nonsense. Completely useless. And I'm reading "The Book of Lost Tales - Part One," which is getting hard to read. It's real cool, but I keep suddenly breaking off and doing a Bilbo. Thinking, rather than reading. ABout random stuff. Like... "I wonder... surely there were others before Eriol? And what would have happened to them? And the nature of limpe? And boring stuff? And BLA DI BLA DI BLA!!! And I wonder what time in history did Eriol leave England? Had the Romans got there yet? Was he Celtic or Ilberian or what? BLA DI BLA DI BLA!!!" And then I start daydreaming random stories I just thought of but will never write down.
I'm currently in the middle of "The Great Tree of Avalon" by TA Barron. It's really cool book. I'm also reading the Silmarillion and Series of Unfortunate Events (The latest book) But both of them are on hold. I WAS reading Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I really want to see the movie, but I'm not going back to the library until Wednesday, so I'll have to continue it when I get there (I renewed it too many times). :P Has anyone read the Legend of Lady Ilena?
well, im re-reading harry potter 4 for like the 5th time but its still just as good as the first time i read it. So psyched for the movie!!!!!!
You read Harry Potter 5? What did you think? I think the series was alright until the fifth, in my opinion. Well, it started to go in the fourth. But anyway... that's just my opinion.
I, personally, love all they books so far, except Harry needs SERIOUS anger management.
WHY DID IT HAVE TO HAPPEN LONI!? Why did he leave?
Still reading The dark tower,***WARNING SPOILERS*** this is the last one so I'm savouring it, *mordred* Roland's/The crimson kings/susanna's/Mia's son is truely as nasty as was preticted, Imagien a half human half black widow baby that can change at will, grows at a phenomonal rate and is born with more knowlage than the average person attains in his/her life time. I know that at least one of the ka-tet is going to come to a sticky end in a few more chapters, I'm guessing it's Oy. So far only 2 charactors from other SK books have shown up, Pere Don Callahan from 'Salems lot' who came to the clearing at the end of the path in a most valiant and heroic way, and Ted Bratigan from Hearts in atlantis. I would have expected Ralph Robets from insomnia and definately Tom Sawyer from Talisman and black house, but neither have appeared as yet and I don't really expect them to.pity really. On another strange note though, Stephen King himself has made himself a fairly major charactor and I just read that***************************************************************
He is the gardian of Gans beam, the beam of the elephant/wolf and when he was hit by that car a few yrs ago(in real life) that it was an attempt to break that particular beam, which I find very clever and facinating. So far I'm enjoying this last trip to mid world/end world, I feel the DT series easily rivals that of Prof Tolkiens'.
Rigth now I have started to read LOTR again . I cant get enough of it !!!!But I am going to buy Unfinished Tales and Morgoths Ring.I also want to read more of the story from Middle-Earth.
I have read a lot from Stephen King , my favorite so far is MISSERY
The History of the American Sailing Navy - The Ships and Their Development by Howard I Chapelle. A big heavy tome with lots of drawings and semi-boring paragraphs that are often interesting; though I can only take about fifteen pages before I fall alsleep for the night, which is why I am reading it in bed. Were I to read a really good book in bed at my normal 1 AM bedtime, I'd be still awake when the sun came up: speaking from experience.
Macbeth. I finally got around to reading this- I've been wanting to ever since I found out that Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters was a parody of Macbeth. OK so far, but Hamlet is better.
The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn, I just started it, it is pretty entertaining! I have never read any of Mark Twain's work before and I like it alot. Sometimes it's difficult to read because of the way they talk, especially the slave Joe. But overall, I am enjoying it alot.
I've just finished reading Roverandom
. That's a lovely book!
The next one will be either one of the Narnia Chronicles
or something from Agatha Christie
. Besides Tolkien she's my favourite author, I love her crime stories.
I'm reading Tolkien's Roverandom
for the first time. It is a good bedtime story, for it surely puts me to sleep within about seven pages each night,
or should I say each morning when I start reading at 1 AM.
Roverandom is a good one, I liked it a lot.
But right now I'm reading the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series, which is hilarious.
I'm going to reread John Buchan's Mister Standfast the third of the Richard Hannay adventure (spy) novels set during World War One.
. Best book in a series of really good books (Discworld, again)
So, I'm a happy person right now, but very suspicious, because the POV character is Vimes who is... well, suspicious. I get that way when I read- like the POV character of the book I mean. Anyway, good book, everyone should read it! (but read the rest of the series first, or it won't be as good)
I'm currently in the process of reading Much obliged, Jeeves by the inimitable P.G. Wodehouse. I read his works whenever I require my often harassed and beaten-up missense of humour back on track.
I've just started reading Homer's Ilias. It's tough and it will take me some time to finish it, but I think I really like it...
(If you think I'm strange - I certainly AM)
Yes, just when everyone thought that Lisa had the brains, it turns out that Homer was the force behind it all. Who would've thought that, eh.
Yeah! I am really into Greek Mythology, I think it is just fascinating! I read the Oddysey first though... and I am reading the Illiad for the second time now... if you ever want to talk about it... I would love to!
That's marvellous... I'm not the only mythology-freak in here.
I love the Roman stuff too, and I think I'll also read some Nordic stories soon, Roverandom made me curious.
I've not got very far yet, so little time
, but I'd certainly like to have a little talk about it...
John Buchan's The Three Hostages the fourth of the Richard Hannay adventure (spy) novels, this one set just after World War One.
R. A. Salvatore's The Dark Elf Trilogy, including Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn. Right now I'm in the middle of Exile.
Lord Russell of Liverpool A documentarybook from 2 world war named The Scourge of the Swatica , its about the different camps and of course about the naziregime
I have read it several times but it is still hard to believe that it happened
Tonight I start Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment.
I'm re-reading the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And I didn't know I missed that much when I read it the first time.
Last night I started Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment.
as I said before; however, I wanted to come back here and say the first quarter of the book often held two laughs per page for me.
One of his better stories IMHO.
Tonight I'll start a reread of one of Dachiell Hammett's novels; probably The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, or The Thin Man; though Red Harvest and The Glass Key are also available.
I think there was a Humphrey Bogart film of the Maltese Falcon, wasn't there?
Yes, and also The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy in 1934, as well as a 1978 TV mini-series with James Colburn made from The Dain Curse, which is the book I finally decided to read last night.
Reading again The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Paul Kidby. The pictures of the old geezer hero types are almost as good, if not better than the funny story.
on my trip i get to re-read Lost Road. when i get back, it will be time to reread everytrhing meaning Tolky stuff WOOOOHOOOOO
Last night I started reading The Game
by Lauri R. King, her seventh novel featuring Mary Russell and hubby Sherlock Holmes. In this one, the happy couple are dispatched by brother Mycroft to discover the whereabouts and status of one government operative named Kimball O'Hara. He has gone missing, probably somewhere in the Northwest Frontier Provence of India. You may recall the part this agent in played in 'The Great Game' during his boyhood, for this was chronicled by the journalist, Rudyard Kipling.
Six Of One by Rita Mae Brown. It's a brilliant book about two sisters who are constantly quarreling but couldn't be without each other. they're almost eighty years old, but I guess two thirds of the book are made up by flashbacks in which you find out a lot about their childhood and youth, husbands, friends... difficult to explain. it's very well written, it's funny and wise and absolutely worth reading. I started reading it on Sunday in the evening and although a holiday job keeps me from reading as much as I'd like to I've almost finished it.
I have just finished The Wizard of Oz (didn't take me very long
) and have now started Umberto Eco's Foucault's pendulum. I don't know if I'll have the courage to ever finish it, but my brother recommended it as being a very good and interesting read, so I thought I'd give it a try.
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Grep started another thread on this subject, look for it under the title of: I'm currently reading
In fact I'm now going to lock this thread and we can continue this discussion in that thread.