Wednesday, March 07, 2007

 

Waiting for Thursday Thirteen...

So... while I figure out what to do for tonight's Thursday Thirteen, I have a question:

Reading anything good?

I'm reading an okay science fiction, but earlier in the week read my first James Alan Gardner, Expendable. I figured it was sort of fitting, when I realized it was his -- yes, here we go again -- debut.

Just can't lose the debuts, can I?

Back to our question: Reading anything good?

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Reading all kinds of good. I just put up a lust list that i realized could proably fall under thrusday 13 but it's gonna be way toooooo long by the time I'm done.
 
Ooh, I'd better go see that list -- my wishlist is only 1100 books big right now!
 
Right now I'm in transition... I just finished reading a bunch of books. I'm working my way through Ursula Le Guin's The Wind's Twelve Quarters, but I haven't gotten into anything else just yet. Next up on my plate: A Mortal Glamour, Blue Shoes and Happiness, Paul Auster's Invention of Solitude, and River Secrets, a YA book--not necessarily in that order.
 
That other Karen is me too... the problem with having two google account *rolleyes*
 
It's not fiction, but I'm reading "The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey." I swear if it were fiction I'd laugh and put it away, it's that crazy.

Basically, TR was bored and looking for adventure after losing the 1912 election, so he, one of his sons, a famous US naturalist and an even more famous Brazilian explorer set off on an inadequately supplied journey down an unknown river in the Amazon jungle. TR nearly died.

You certainly don't hear of ex-presidents doing that sort of things these days. So far the mistakes they're making are stunning, like... oh... showing up at the river without BOATS! :-0
 
I'm reading Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes, and Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison, neither of which are debuts. However, I just finished Sufficient Grace by Darnell Arnoult, which was her first book of fiction, if that counts. I wrote a little review of it on my blog if you're interested.
 
I'm reading about the Maharishi School of Excellence. Interesting concept: the kids are smarter because they practice transcendental meditation. Not that interesting of a book, though. :)
 
I'm reading good things all the time. ;)
I just finished The Cat Who Went To Paris by Peter Gethers and now I'm reading A Cat Abroad by Peter Gethers. I don't read a lot of nonfiction but these books are great. Have you read them Susan? I know you love your cats.
 
I've got to go buy Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward today (maybe tomorrow).
 
I'm into JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood right now. It's turning out to me quite a guilty pleasure!
But if you want an amazingly written story, I'd recommend Middlesex by Jeffery Euginides. I read it for the 50 book challenge and those characters stayed in my head for days after finishing (the mark of a good book, right?)
 
I am reading a book right now called Feathers from My Nest. I hate to say this - but I don't read much fiction. I am reading a book called the Golden Goblet with my children. I tend to love fiction read-alouds. Maybe that's the secret!
Thanks for visiting my blog!
 
I just finished a fantastic little fantasy trillogy by Patricia McKillip.

Now I'm working on some review books, and a Jonathan Carroll book. He's a new author for me, and I'm only a few pages in so I can't recomend or say it's bad as of yet.
 
I just started KEY LIME PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke. I'm not that far into it, but I expect to enjoy it since I've enjoyed her others.
 
Wow, guys! What varied stuff -- you've all got me drooling and wishing for more reading time in a day. But really, I've already given up keeping my house clean and the dishes washed.

Instead of being an old lady with cats, I'm going to be an old lady with books, I swear it!
 
I'm reading three things right now (trying to find a block where I can finish one!). Marcus Sakey's The Blade Itself (awesome details and description), Joseph Finder's Paranoia (really the love the way he makes single first person POV feel like multi-POV!), and Nora's newest (that doesn't need a comment, does it? Except the writing is even better, as always, and it made me want to cry, it was so skillful.)

Okay, I did tear up.
 
I just became a Nora fan a few months ago. I totally get where you're coming from about the tearing up -- before I read Northern Lights, I'd have turned up my nose and laughed at you.

I have been enlightened.
 
LOL! I think I'm going to be an old lady with books, instead of cats, too.

Earlier this week I added a list of books I'm currently reading to my blog sidebar, but I need to edit it already, since I finished Eleanor and Abel in one sitting.

Today I've been reading more about digital photography - in the hopes that I might actually learn something useful - but without the author's sarcastic wit this book would not be nearly as good as it is.
 
Your photography is so gorgeous, you hardly need that book.

Me, on the other hand... no one commented on my homemade TT header last week! I laid on the floor for it and everything!!! Maybe I ought to get myself a copy of that book of yours!
 
I've decided to go and re-read the entire Harry Potter series before the 7th book comes out....that makes me feel like a kid compared to everyone else here. :)
 
I am reading a great book by Mary McGarrity Morris called "A Hole in the Universe." It's not often I come across a book like this, but I certainly do appreciate it when it happens.
 
I've read some of her stuff. She's a neat writer.

Thanks for stopping by, Denise!
 
This week I read an arc of Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing (fantasy), J.C. Michaels's Firebelly (existentialism and frogs), an advance ms of Sandra Schwab's Castle of the Wolf (due out in May--Gothic Romance), and am finishing Tobias Buckell's Ragamuffin (Steam-Punk s-f--due out in June).

My thoughts on all these will be showing up on Green Man Review, sooner or later.
 
I'm reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. So far it's great but I'm getting through it so slowly because I'm so busy with school :(
 
I er ... put aside The Secret War *Shame* when my latest Amazon order arrived containing:

The Obsidian Dagger--The further adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb, which is a YA fantasy/mystery type thing. I have to read everything by her, because she's 20, already has 6 books published, and writes fantastically. So I don't care if I'm not in the target age group. :p

Susan, were you exaggerating about 1100 books on your wish list? :-o

And Andrew, remind me to shout at you for being embarrassed about your Harry Potter habits. :p
 
Lauren, you spend too much time in school. We gotta graduate you and be done with that place already!
 
Nope, not exaggerating.

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I needed a little treat yesterday so I read Time Cat.
 
Sunday Money by Jeff Macgregor, a funny author, who is writing about a year in Nascar
 
I just started The Shipping News. It won a Pulitzer Prize, so I'm expecting greatness. :)

It's good to run across another bookcrosser/pbs person.

Do you participate in book boxes, rings, or rays?
 
I haven't done boxes in awhile; as much as I love them, they got too heavy for me to lift. As for rings and rays... I've got WAY too much here and need to catch up on it first before I can get back to those.

However, be careful if you want to RABCK me. If you have a wishlist at Cliff's, it just might turn into a trade! :D
 
I saw the crazy bugs mac and cheese last week and almost bought it, but the sodium was a little high. amy's microwaveable is the drug of choice.

I'm reading the rest of MONKEY LUV, a nonfiction science book about--essays about our lives as humans, how our brains work and react, nature vs. nurture--really interesting stuff.

It was written by the same man who wrote A Primate's Memoir, a great read about his experiences studying baboons in Africa.
 
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