The OF Blog: What are you reading now?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

What are you reading now?

Simple question:  What are you reading now?  What was the last book you finished and did you enjoy it?  What do you plan on reading (if you have any plans) after you are done with your current book?

Perhaps a passing comment here might get others (or myself) curious enough about a work mentioned that it ends up being purchased and enjoyed, so why not just share what you are reading, please?


Paul said...

Maldoror, next up will be Nerval's Selected Writings.

Tea and Tomes said...

Right now, I'm in the middle of a few things. I'm almost finished Kelley Armstrong's "The Reckoning," and I recently started reading Jon Courtenay Grimwood's "The Fallen Blade."

Jason said...

Last book finished: Dragon's Egg by Robert Forward. Always heard about it, brilliant ideas make up for flat characters for a while, but eventually, the flatness makes the book feel quite thin. This, along with the disastrous (IMO) Rise of Endymion, have soured me a bit to SF.

Currently reading: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon. Will someone please give this man his Nobel prize already? Paragraph for paragraph, he is producing the most beautiful, compassionate, challenging, and funny prose I've ever read. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Last thing I read was Fever Dreams by Preston & Child and I always recommend their books!

Joe said...

Just started Jo Walton's Among Others. Recently finished Shadowheart from James Barclay

Anonymous said...

M. John Harrison's Light at the moment. Pretty great. Love the manner it can shift from strange, unknowable cosmic terror to wistful character ruminations at a moment's notice.

Last was At the Queen's Command by Michael A. Stackpole. He's a bit of a nostalgic favorite for me, but when I'm in the mood for swift-moving adventure fantasy with some interesting ideas thrown in he gets the job done. Enjoyed it.

Next will probably be Conrad's Nostromo. Only read Heart of Darkness thus far.

- Zach

James said...

I finished Tim Lebbon's Echo City last week. While I did enjoy it, it was a middling novel and I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

Currently, I am reading 2666. I am only a hundred pages in, but loving most everything about it. I have no idea what I will be reading next, but given the size of this book, it will be a while before I have to choose.

Tom said...

Last book finished: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dasher - Similar to Maze Runner, this one took a bit to get going, but once it did, it got there. Looking forward to #3.

Currently reading: Among Others by Jo Walton - about halfway through. Waiting for it to live up to the high praise being lauded on it. Pretty high expectations were set.

Up next: Either Freedom by Daniel Suarez (sequel to Daemon) or Ghost Country by Patrick Lee. A little brain candy to work on the TBR pile.

Mithel said...

The Way of Kings, on loan from the library. I'll never finish this monster by the 26th. D:

Aishwarya said...

I finished Jo Walton's Among Others a few days ago. I'm reading Andrew Marr's A History of Modern Britain, Colin Manlove's From Alice to Harry Potter: Children's Fantasy in England, Javier Marías' Dark Back of Time and Karen Joy Fowler's collection of short stories, What I Didn't See. Also a lot of journal articles and things for a paper on Michael de Larrabeiti's Borribles trilogy.

Next up (after I finish writing this paper) - Francis Spufford's The Child That Books Built, a reread of Antonia Forest's Ready-Made Family and a start on Bleak House.

George S. said...

Just bought Murakami's "After Dark" on a whim and starting to read it now. Already finished Kafka on the Shore, Sputnik Sweetheart and Norwegian Wood and wanted to get a Murakami fix.

After this, who knows? Maybe reread Bowker's "I Love My Smith & Wesson".

Gerard said...

Last book I finished:

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie as audiobook and the Non-existant Knight by Calvino as novel

Currently reading: Christian Spirituality (McGrath), The Romance Reader (Pearl Abraham) and Myths from Mesopotamia (Dally, translator).

Christie is always fun and The Non-existant Knight was the best part of the Our Ancestors 'cycle' in my opinion.

All three books I'm reading currently are good and thought-provoking (a great combination in any novel/book). But Myths from Mesopatamia is really brilliant.

Daniel said...

Just started "The Third Bear" and halfway through "Benang" by Kim Scott. Benang's a great Australian novel, and definitely channeling a "Midnight's Children" vibe.
Both highly recommend

redhead said...

last book I finished: Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley. For a spy novel action thriller it was fine, but i wanted more exposition, less guns.

currently reading: The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne Valente. a truly beautiful, intimate story.

up next: the new Mark Hodder, Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

tim said...

Just finished William Gibson's Zero History, and I think I enjoyed it.
Currently reading Iain Sinclair, Lights Out for the City.
On deck is either E.M. Forster's Alexandria, Enid Starkie's biography of Arthur Rimbaud, or Climbers by M. John Harrison.

drxray said...

Reading Gene Wolfe's Long Sun quartet. Finished Nightside The Long Sun yesterday. A little slow to get going. Felt like the entire book was a set up for the real story that's about to begin. About 60 pages into Lake of the long Sun and enoying it. Overall not as impressive as the New Sun books but I still have a long way to go.

Anonymous said...

Reading Lisboa Triunfante by David Soares and planning to read The Narrator by Michael Cisco

K.C. Shaw said...

I missed this post somehow!

I just finished reading Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London (which was very good) and I started a Georgette Heyer mystery (The Unfinished Clue) this morning. I don't know how I lived so long without reading anything by Heyer.

marco said...

I've just finished Marco e Mattio by Sebastiano Vassalli - a novel inspired by the life of Mattio Lovat, a shoemaker in a poor village in Northern Italy at the turn of the 19th Century who crucified himself because he thought that a renewal of Christ's sacrifice was needed in order to avert the End Times.
I've began The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood - one of the few authors that can sell me something that looks suspiciously like a urban fantasy with werevolves and sexy vampires.
Other recent reads were Janet Frame's Living in the Maniototo (good passages but overall didn't convince me like some of her other novels) Nabokov's Pnin (probably a good entry point, humorous and relatively light, with a narrator that seems omniscient at the beginning but then enters the story, calling into question his reliability) René Frégni's L'été a pleasantly written short noir novel about obsessive love, The End of Mr.Y by Scarlett Thomas (overrated potboiler with philosophical ambitions) and Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe , which is every bit as good as everyone says.

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