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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    And as soon as that is finished: Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor.

    I love Roman history and I have a thing for successful tyrants.
     
  2. topik

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    The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Canterbury Tales - Chaucer
     
  3. DocHolliday

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    "Vive La Revolution," a humorous look at the not-so-funny French Revolution. Pretty good so far -- the comedy gets thin at times, but helps keep the book moving at a nice pace.
     
  4. johnapril

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    "The Lie" by Raymond Carver
     
  5. JetBlast

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    I've just started a very good book called "His Needs Her Needs" by Willard Harley.

    JB
     
  6. prozach1576

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    Currently (re)reading Rabbit, Run by John Updike

    Recent books include The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Alvaro Mutis and The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (possibly the best books I've ever read).
     
  7. lawyerdad

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    Just started "Carter Beats The Devil" and Gleick's "Chaos" (I know, I'm about 15 years behind the curve on that one). My fallback disposal minutes reading of late has been Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. I also just finished re-reading "Leaves of Grass", and with my daughter have been steadily working through the Amelia Bedilia canon.
     
  8. lawyerdad

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    I've just started a very good book called "His Needs Her Needs" by Willard Harley.

    JB


    Just for general interest?
     
  9. Dormouse

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    The Little Friend by Donna Tartt


    How do you like it?
     
  10. seanchai

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    "The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations" by Olivier Roy, looks like.
     
  11. California Dreamer

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    Just finished "The Night of the Milky Way Railway" by Miyazawa Kenji. The idiot translator gave away the only plot twist in her introduction, the b*tch.

    Almost finished Shirley Hazzard's "The Great Fire", which boasts the wimpiest wartime hero since the Sword of Honour trilogy (mind you he was played on TV by Daniel Craig, so he must have had a bit of cred).

    Am about halfway through Roger MacDonald's "The Ballad of Desmond Kale". It's one of those 'convict Australia' sagas about an escaped convict sheep breeder who rustles some sheep and establishes the merino industry. It's a good yarn, has all the relevant convict slang ("traps, "grog",etc) and touches all the right cliches (flogging parson, drunkard governor, washerwoman with the heart of gold, inscrutable black tracker, etc). It won the Miles Franklin Award last year, which is our top literary prize.
     
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    How do you like it?

    So far about ~120 pages in, sadly nothing like her masterpiece The Secret History. Hopefully it will pick up some pace though.
     
  13. Britalian

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    Just started Sciascia's 'The Day of the Owl'. Mafia in Sicily. Great dialogue.
     
  14. JetBlast

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    Yea, just to have some prior knowledge on the subject. I haven't seen any good fiction that has stuck out at the library so usually when there is nothing there, I'll browse nonfiction for some general stuff.

    JB
     
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    Russka by Edward Rutherfurd
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  16. Britalian

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    Has anyone here read 'The Age of Wire and String'? Strange and provocative. Strangely provocative.
     
  17. aportnoy

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    Goldsworthy's "Caesar, Life of a Colossus"
     
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    Goldsworthy's "Caesar, Life of a Colossus"

    Let me know if it's good when you're done. I love all things Roman.
     
  19. aportnoy

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    Let me know if it's good when you're done. I love all things Roman.

    Will do GQ. About 50 pages in and it seems quite promising.
     
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    "Fires," by Raymond Carver
     

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