Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gone Fishin'

I am traveling today, so I won't be around for any discussion today. However, don't let that stop you from commenting on anything.
If you are at a loss for something, here's a topic...

Read any new books lately? Read any old books lately?

I will check in later to see if you've been paying attention.

Oh, I am furiously updating the Commentarama-nary, so if you have any new words, phrases, or people we should add, let me know!

19 comments:

ScottDS said...

[looks around]

Okay, I'll start. :-)

I'm in the middle of two books, both if which I haven't looked at in weeks.

-Star Trek: Typhon Pact - Raise the Dawn by David R. George III which is the latest in a new line of Trek novels chronicling the rise of a new villainous coalition to go against the Federation

and...

-Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris... I decided to read this acclaimed 3-part Teddy Roosevelt bio after seeing Mr. Morris on an episode Conan O'Brien's show, of all places... apparently Mr. O'Brien is a big TR fan

I've got three more Trek novels in the hopper with three more coming out in successive months which aren't yet available. I've also been adding some books to my Amazon wishlist including the Steve Jobs bio.

AndrewPrice said...

I haven't really had a chance to read anything in a while because I've been so busy writing... every day. And I've got a huge backlog on my Kindle. I should take a month off and go read everything.

T-Rav said...

Not much, except of a Halloween-themed nature. Mainly a couple new books on the impending zombie apocalypse and Jonathan Maberry's V-Wars. Oh, and also a book on the Revolution of 1848 and Robert Barron's Catholicism. I cast a wide net.

K said...

Reading "Somme", history of the WWI battle from the up close and personal British POV. Based on diaries and personal reminiscences. 60,000 casualties the first day due to underestimating the German fortifications. Since they put the men who volunteered from the same area into the same units, whole towns had their sons wiped out.

Gives some perspective on our current situation.

BevfromNYC said...

Okay, so I just finished reading....wait for it....wait for it....Gone With The Wind. I know, I know, but I had not read the book since I was a teenager and I was shocked at how political it

I am now reading The Hunger Games and since I am a modern woman I also have 50 Shades of Grey. It is required reading at our super secret women meeting where we plot and make up new and different ways to make men's lives miserable. OOPS, I've said too much.

Jen said...

Bev, what super secret women meetings, and why haven't I been informed??? Then again, I don't need any outside help. :D

I do have a book that I should read, but haven't gotten to it yet.

AndrewPrice said...

K, That was one of the more shocking battles in WWI. The utter waste of human life was staggering.

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, You read "Fifty Shades of Gone With the Wind"?

Actually, I hear that "Fifty Shades" is really poorly written. But I guess mommy-porn sells.

Jon said...

May the odds ever be in your favor . . .

AndrewPrice said...

Jon, I know that quote, but I can't for the life of me think where I heard it?

Jon said...

Oh, the "MC" lady from District 12 in the Hunger Games. My wife is currently reading the books. This was the catch phrase at the end of each speech directed to the tributes and the audience at large. Since all of the tributes were about to go into gladiatorial combat, this was a "good luck" remark.

AndrewPrice said...

Ah. That's another one that's on my list, but which I haven't read yet.

T-Rav said...

I don't know, Bev. From what I've heard, the content of "50 Shades of Grey" sounds like it was intended to make women's lives miserable, not men's. I've also heard, like Andrew says, it was terribly written.

BevfromNYC said...

I haven't started 50 Shades yet, but I will let you know. and I just started Hunger Games.

Anthony said...

I've recently marathoner through a couple collections of horror short stories written by a guy named Brian Hodge (The Convulsion Factory, Picking the Bones and Falling Idols). Hodge isn't afraid of the horror staples (gore and sex) but what makes his work stand out is how bleak and meditative it tends to be.

For example, there is one short story which states the angels and demons aren't different being but different hats worn by God's messengers in order to spur humanity forward (contentment breeds complacency, but God wants us to improve so his messengers inflict loss and suffering upon us).

Tam said...

My sweet hubby who should never buy me books gave me 50 Shades for my birthday. I think I read 50 pages. It is horrible. I can tolerate brain candy, but it has to have some smidgeon of redeeming value. There was not a single thing worth recommending in this book, in my opinion. Craptastic!

I recently read The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and L-O-V-E-D it. I'm giving it to all of my sisters for their b-days. They love it too. Despite its title, it's not just for chicks. I also read Unbroken, written by the same lady who wrote Seabiscuit. It is an account of Louis Zamperini, a WWII POW in Japan. Quite good. And painful.

Koshcat said...

Recently finished Voyage to Kozohinia written in 1941 by Hungarian author Sandor Szathmari. It is a take on Gulliver's travels with a shipwrecked man on an uncharted island. The book is split in two parts: the utopian world of the Hins and the dystopian world of the Behins. The first world is perfect with no worries but is a world without soul or individual freedom. The second has the illusion of personal freedom but absolutely no logic; similar to much of our daily lives. The protagonist in the end rejects both worlds and find a way to get back to his. The book apparently was one of the first written is eperanto and has similar themes the Brave New World.

Currently, I am reading Lolita by Nabokov. I'm about a 1/3 way through and it is disturbing in its realism particularly with his thick denial of reality.

rlaWTX said...

The Hunger Games trilogy is awesome!!!

Lately I have read "Toxic Parents", and have been reading (not finished) "Dialectic Behavior Therapy", the Gottmans' "Marriage Clinic Casebook", "Broken Dreams, Broken Toys", "Reading by the Colors", and "Building Social Confidence". I am supposed to be reading new articles on bullying and social anxiety for my thesis proposal, but I haven't gotten there because of all of the reading I am doing for client issues. I'm not sure what the purpose of all of the classes I have taken since I keep having to read new things! (actually, I think the classes were to introduce me to the secret language so I can understand some of these other books...)

tryanmax said...

What is this "reading" thing you speak of? I was going kick-ass on my reading right after I got my Kindle, but the life stepped in and I haven't read from an actual (or digital) book in about two months.

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