What book are you reading right now?


I adored that trilogy. I should re-read it again soon.

I just finished Sunbeam’s birthday presents, As You Wish by Cary Elwes, and Superego by Frank J. Fleming. Both were quite entertaining, though in very different ways.


Catching up on my Steve Berry - I’m so far behind. :frowning: Currently on The Paris Vendetta.


Got started reading Robert B. Parker and now I can’t stop! He’s the guy that wrote the books that inspired “Spenser: For Hire” in the '80s. And while checking out ebooks for him, I accidentally checked out a book by T. Jefferson Parker (hey, my fingers sometimes have a mind of their own!) and I’m enjoying it as well. I’ve also checked out “Gone Girl” and some other random stuff from the library I saw on the “New Book” shelf. Once I get my fill of fiction, I think I will start back on the Michio Kaku books and learn me some stuff.


Chronicles of the Black Company by Glenn Cook. The back story is coming out in dribs and drabs. I’m still not totally certain who these guys are.

Pretty cool so far.


I just (finally!) finished The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham.

So different than the movie, and being set in England during the early years of the Cold War makes a difference as well. Having a couple narrators who stretch my vocabulary is different too.


The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell - I’ve read the first book before, but never got around to the rest of the series. I’m now reading my way through them.


I have an omnibus edition of the first three of those. I love that setting and the story. I very much enjoy his storytelling.


That’s what I’m reading. I’m spending an awful lot of time wondering WTF, which is fun for a change. But I hope, I’m halfway through #2, that things start clearing up some and I can get a bit more background and information. For a series about a mercenary company it’s awful light on military battles, which is fine, but seems counter intuitive. It reads more like a Agatha Christie book where you know more about the antagonist than the protagonist. Except it turns out you don’t know shit about the real bay guy, just some minor players in the action.

I’m also stuck on how the Black Company are working for the “bad guys” who really don’t seem all that bad except when people are talking about how bad they are.

But I like it.


I tried to read this years ago as it was a big influence on the old Myth computer game series, but had trouble getting into them. I think it may have been the slow rate of background being provided. They’re really written like some guy telling crazy stories at a bar, assuming you know enough of the background to fill in the blanks.

I tend to like at least being able to ‘calibrate’ myself as to how much Weird Shit exists in a setting, which I wasn’t getting from this. Might try it again one day, though.


I just finished “The Strain” Trilogy and it was a fun read. Before that I read “World War Z”. That was a good read as well. Just started “The Hunger Games”. Young adult fiction, yeah I know but it was free.

Another rare ElGee siting.


I really want to read WWZ, but the dang thing is priced like it’s printed on latinum. I got the Zombie Survival guide a couple years ago for Christmas, and it seemed pretty cool fluff, for a book I hadn’t read.

I can buy three overpriced Butcher books for that, or 4 or 5 Baen books. And that’s not even looking at ARC or sale pricing.


Most of my books have been ebooks, purchased with credits I get from Google Rewards. It ain’t much but it is about a book every month or so.


I read all three and I ain’t no young adult. :smile: Enjoyed the first one, tolerated the second one, finished the third one hoping it would get better; it didn’t.


So kind of like a real revolution then?


Oh, thank the gods, I thought I was the only one.

Seriously, how badly can you flog the “reluctant hero” horse?


Yes the third book was a bit painful to read…I wonder how that will translate into the movie…I have not seen MJ pt 1 yet.

I am planning on re-reading “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy on vacation in a couple of months.


And I will just keep wondering. I will go to my grave wondering.

It’s possible to make a bad movie of a good book, but I don’t see any way that a good movie can be made of a bad book.


I keep going back to this, I swear this isn’t true, but I can’t come up with a single example. I must be insane.

Anyway. Reading A Long Time Until Now by “Mad Mike” Z. Williamson. I keep walking by his booth at the Indy 1500 Gun Show, so I figured I’d give it a shot. He does military characters really well. He switches POV characters a lot, so while the Crazy Feminist Air Force chick seems crazy from outside, from her point of view it’s pretty reasonable. Since they are about 12k years in the past she is having some issues with her noble savage and ancients were egalitarian memes.

But, if you are familiar with the genre it’s great “construction porn”. Building this, figuring that out, fixing that other thing, making something else work. Etc. I love that kind of crap, the parts of the old Dungeon Master’s Guide with the castle building rules and costs was always my favorite place to hang out. The author also admitted while all the people he has in the book could actually exist it wouldn’t be likely that the 10 of them would be in two MRAPS, but a book about 10 people that starve to death in a month wasn’t much fun.

In any case, so far it’s a good read, and he did a lot of homework, including researching cooking in an ammo can and actually preparing and eating a couple recipes. Highly religious and feminist, and I suppose men’s rights people, won’t enjoy this if they can’t leave their stuff at home.


Try reading How to Train Your Dragon. The books are pretty awful. The movies were good.


The browser-based MMO, however, was pure crap.

I didn’t know they had been books. I had them pegged pretty much as children’s stories, and I don’t keep up with that genre at all.