Tuesday, March 13, 2018

What are we all reading?

I am reading THE BOOK OF JOY for my book group. I go back and forth between loathing it and loving it. Way too many cliches but there is such good intention on the part of the two men who converse (the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu) that I have to give it leeway.

I am also reading THE CUCKOO's CALLING by J.K. Rowlings which seems pretty good. Also looking at information on the prairie. I got fooled however. I saw a book which described itself as pictures of the prairie. What it did not state was that it was a children's book. Or perhaps it did but I overlooked it. Also the pictures are pretty dull and way too modern. There's a sucker born...

Next up Alison Gaylin's new book

Phil is reading WHEN THE SACRED GIN MILL CLOSES. Just finished WONDER VALLEY by Ivy Pochoda.
How about you?


Jerry House said...

DRIFTING DOWN THE DELTA, a travel book by Erle Stanley Gardner. I have three more in the queue.
THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, a Hardcase Crime novel by Donald E. Westlake.
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
THE SPACE BARBARIANS, a science novel by Tom Godwin.

Also in the queue are ANTIQUES FRAME by "Barbara Allan," SUPREME JUSTICE by Collins, "THE LAST STAND by Mickey spillane, THE BAG OF TRICKS AFFAIR by Bill Pronzini (sans Muller this time around), and JACKRABBIT SMILE by Joe Lansdale.

Plus, whatever bright and shiny comes along.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Glad I finally settled in with CUCKOO, I must have tried a dozen books in the last week. I lack focus.

Charles Gramlich said...

consuming another Harlan Coben book, "missing you"

pattinase (abbott) said...

He is the master of keeping the plot going at breakneck speed.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I tried the first of the Rowling mysteries, but found it way too long and without enough to sustain my interest over such a long book. The other confirms yet again why I can't belong to a book club.

I'm reading something called I BRING SORROW & Other Stories of Transgression by someone named Abbott or something. A lot are dark, of course, but quite different in style and tone and very well written as expected.

I'm also reading the Victor L. Whitechurch collection of railway stories from early in the 20th Century , though other than the Thorpe Hazell stories at the moment. Very dated, perhaps, but a fun period piece.

Also a Retrieval Artist book by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, BURIED DEEP.

I finished HOMELAND: CARRIE'S RUN, a prequel to the Showtime series by Andrew Kaplan.

Rick Robinson said...

Bought and read SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE LOST RADIO SCRIPTS by Leslie Charteris and Denis Green. The scripts are entertaining, but typical of the type and nothing special. Then read THE COMPLETE PSYCHOTECNIC LEAGUE Volume 1 by Poul Anderson. Several short works, all of which I'd read at some time or other, but Anderson is always worth reading. I especially enjoyed "The Big Rain", which I remember reading in Astounding Science Fiction in the Fifties, when it was a cover story.

Have also been reading some ebooks: TROUBLE IN NUALA by Harriet Steel, a semi-cozy set in Ceylon in 1938, OLD MAN'S WAR and THE GHOST BRIGADES by John Scalzi, the first two books in the series, both re-reads. I didn't enjoy re-reading the Scalzi as much as I expected, but that didn't keep me from racing right through them both. Now I'm reading THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW, a British Library Crime Classics anthology edited by Martin Edwards, which I just got last week.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

I'm dipping into your book but have a lot of library books to read. In the last week I finished Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth which takes place in Australia in the 1880's, The Hunger by Alma Katsu which is about the Donner Party, Invisible Dead, a fine PI novel by Sam Wiebe and Night Dogs by Kent Anderson. Disappointed in Chicago by David Mamet. Gave up after 50 pages. on deck I have Sympathy for the Devil by Kent Anderson, Cut You Down by Sam Wiebe, The Wife by Alastair Burke and Astral Weeks a non fiction book about the making of Van Morrisons classic record.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yikes, you guys sure do read.

TracyK said...

I am currently reading Patti's book (I Bring Sorrow...) and a reread: Murder Must Advertise by Sayers. Previous read was A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson, which I did not like as much as I expected. Well-written, interesting, but I think he focuses too much on violence and sex for me and his characters are either too good or too bad.

George said...

I'm all caught up on Library books so I'm focusing on review books publishers have sent me:
THE LAST STAND by Mickey Spillane
FRENZY OF EVIL by Henry Kane

And just for fun, I have PROFESSOR GARGOYLE by Charles Gilman (TALES FROM LOVECRAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL #1) in the On-Deck Circle.

Barry Ergang said...

Nothing. Last week I read the prologue and part of the opening chapter of Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, but God knows when I'll have a chance to get back to it. On Saturday I brought home a rescue puppy who's 3 months old today. He's very cute, very devoted (snoozing in my lap as I type this), but a full-time project as to training.

Gerard Saylor said...

I started a comic book memoir by artist Kristin Radtke, IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS. Her favorite uncle died from a hereditary heart disease when Radtke was in her 20s. She starts having a fascination with abandoned places. I like the black and white artwork that has clean lines.

I had an email come through for a book festival in Green Bay. Radtke was listed and I figured, "With the name Radtke she just has to be from Wisconsin." She grew up elsewhere but her family is from Wisconsin.

Peg said...

O bring sorrow. Reading the stories in order. Perfect, plus a lot to think about once the story was finished. Think the author must know people who do have parents who are homeless by choice. Also reading a story about beanie babies and a Walt Longview mystery (second reading of the same story, devoured too quickly the first time to savor it). Live this blog.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Peg. So kind of you to stop by.