Discussion in 'Literature' started by beenz, Oct 8, 2010.
Yeah. It was kinda meh, in my opinion.
Book #12 of The Honor Harrignton Series by David Drake
"Mission of Honor"
I think I got that far in the Harrington series once. After the primary mission was over, things kind of got boring for me...
Right now I am reading a biography of Tom Petty
I'm thinking of starting The Last Kingdom books (netflix series) and/or the Parker novels (Parker and Payback are movies based off these books)
#12 introduces the new bad guys. There's a newish one out after #13 but the reviews are weak.
A Call To Duty - David Weber/Timothy Zhan
Starting the "Manticore Ascendant" series
Currently reading Mustaine, the memoir by former Metallica guitarist and driving force of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine.
This is the 16th book I've read this year so far.
I am reading this intellectual stimuli, it's a very enlightening experience.
It can be quite intricate and highly detailed at times but it still is a very satisfying experience over all.
All of my life I've enjoyed reading, a love my mom instilled in me when I was struggling as a small boy. I'd started school a bit early (5 years 9 mos) and although she worked full time, she would stay up each night and we'd sit on the sofa (a scratchy old thing as I recall) as she would read some to me and I'd try to read back to her. Although I started the school year slow, by the end of first grade I'd progressed to the point that I received a reading award for reading more books than anyone else in first grade. Thanks, mom. <3
At any given time I'm typically in more than one book, some print, some Kindle. Right now I'm in a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (quite the tome) and I'm excited about one I just (pre) ordered, Rocket Men by Robert Kurson. I read through the preview pages on Amazon ("look inside!") and was hooked. It tells the story of the Apollo 8 journey, one Jim Lovell referenced in his book "Lost Moon" and alluded to in the movie "Apollo 13" when Fred Haize, so brilliantly portrayed by the late Mr. Pullman, vomited shortly after takeoff ('You know, Freddo, Frank Borman was upchucking most of the way to the moon on Apollo 8'). I'm also most of the way through with "Honey, We Need To Talk" (about building intimacy and communication in a marriage) in preparation for, well, you know.
It's funny/ironic that the the books I've here mentioned are all works of nonfiction, because as a general rule I enjoy fiction the most. (Aside: I will miss Sue Grafton's writing, too.)
Anyway, for the other readers out there, what are you reading? What have you read that often comes to mind, maybe even years later? What have you re-read?
Duplicate topics merged.
I'm currently reading what I'm typing....
Nose mythology by Neil Gaiman.
Not reading out loud as my throat is a bit thor
Currently reading the Frontlines series by Marko Kloos and listening to The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven during my long commutes.
Bitten again by the horrid search feature on this site...
I not only look like an elephant, but I have a memory like one too. No worries.
So "Rocket Men" was released today, the story of how Apollo 8 ended up being the first mission to the moon and for the first time cementing USA as the victor in the space race (over Russia). Very excellent read. I'm about halfway through, stealing bits of time here and there.
It's kind of crazy how it all came together. The rocket had never before flown with men atop it and an unmanned test flight not long before had effects that likely would have been fatal to a living crew.
I assembled this little paragraph from some of the stuff I've been reading. It's mind-boggling, at least to me.
The launch vehicle known as Apollo 8 weighed 6.2 million pounds at launch. (Nor did it have a lunar module in the third stage; that hadn't been finished yet, this was just a mission to the moon, not a lunar landing, but it did have a water tank to equal the weight.) However, it was on a rapid wight-loss diet: Even before it cleared the 490 foot tower it was down to 6 million pounds -- all due to spent fuel (about fifteen tons each SECOND). And while those first 490 feet took 13 seconds, which had to seem almost agonizing to the crew, just 47 seconds later, at one minute into the flight, it had traveled almost five miles.
Well, I've read something like twenty books since the last time I reported in here...
Recently finished Ready Player One, which i guess has been turned into a movie, and currently reading about Paper: Paging Through History
Also picking my way through some Jack Reacher (I have the first six books in an omnibus), and a couple "Jack" Daniels books by J. A. Konrath.
Starting the "Ring of Fire" series by Eric Flint over again. I've read all the "Grantville Gazettee" books that are currently available as a adjunct to the series so I want to see how it reads with that info in my memory. If Baen Publishing ever combined all this content into an omnibus series I'm pretty sure it would be bigger than the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan.
Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk genre, and vastly more readable than William Gibson.
Think they also turned it into a Netflix TV show.
Recently finished The Three Musketeers, which was not pleasant. I am now reading Fuzzy Navel, a thriller which involves a cop, her very retired cop mother, a complete psychopath, and a trio of rogue snipers.
Just finished 'Joyland' by Stephen King. I enjoyed it. Before that I read 'Finders Keepers', also by SK, it's the second in the Bill Hodges trilogy. I'm waiting for the third to be available to borrow from the library (on my Kindle), I'm third in line lol
Honestly, my TBR is so large, I will likely never get through all of them, and yet I continue to add titles. Kinda sad, if I think about it...
I've downloaded a bunch of the free monthly offers Amazon sends, I've read about 1/4 of what I have. I try not borrow or buy anything unless I have time/desire to actually read it and I go on binges (on one now) so yeah...so much for THAT plan!!
I've had to teach myself that it is okay to give up on a title if I'm not really into it.
The reason I finished The Three Musketeers is because it was a book club read. Otherwise I would have tossed it out a third of the way through and had an extra week and a half of reading something more pleasant.
The book club thing is nice, though-- gives me a chance to expand my horizons a bit and read things I normally would not have or keep putting off in favor of more accessible stuff.
I absolutely loved the Netflix show. Hands down amazing. I would be interested to know how someone who read it first liked the show. Acting and production were stellar.