What I’m Reading

First, a note on HOW I read

How I read has changed significantly since I got a Kindle. A majority of my reading used to be experienced via audiobook on my iPod, because I spend a lot of time walking. However, audiobooks take a long time, and I have a backlog. I now do most of my reading on my Kindle, generally on my commute to and from work, and on the walk I try during most lunch breaks. I fully expect that I will meet my untimely death this way, either hit by a bus or dropping down an open manhole [oh, sweet irony!] and I do not recommend this practice – though it does allow me to get a lot of reading done.

You’ll notice I tend to read a lot of books at once, which is not so much by choice as by short attention span. Some of those books, especially those of the paper variety, will remain on my “Currently reading” list for several years as I periodically pick them up, only to lose interest or misplace them.

On Supporting Your Local Indy Book Seller

While an e-reader has enormous advantages for me personally, one sad thing about switching is that I am supporting an enormous corporate monster that doesn’t pay its fair share of sales tax, instead of my local independent book stores. Indy book stores are under-appreciated treasures. I try to make a few purchases a year, at least, and I would ask you to do the same. In Philadelphia, I heartily recommend The Book Trader, on second street a half block north of Market, and Giovanni’s  Room at 12th and Pine Streets in the Gayborhood.

Books I’m currently reading:

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Andrew Peters, Werecat: The Rearing

David M. Haendler, World Full of Outrage

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir James George Frazer, The Golden Bough (Been “reading” for about twenty years, and expect to be for twenty more)

Stephen King, Under the Dome

Orson Scott Card, Hart’s Hope

 

Books I’ve recently finished:

Naoki Higashi, The Reason I Jump

David Horowitz, Radical Son: A Generational Oddyssey

John Green, Looking for Alaska

Tom King, A Once Crowded Sky

Robert McKee, Story

Blake Snyder, Save the Cat

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus

Stephen King, Needful Things

Julius DeAngelus, The Sabrosa

Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

Jim Breslin, Elephant

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay

Frank Herbert, Dune (re-read after about 15 years)

Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Neal Stephenson, Reamde

George R. R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

George R. R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

James Curcio, Fallen Nation: Party at the World’s End

George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords (This book is so long I swear it makes my Kindle heavier)

David M Haendler, The Shattergrave Knights (a new fantasy novel by a personal friend!)

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, 1942-Present

George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (I admit, I gave up before I got all the way through.)

William Gibson, Neuromancer

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (finished the whole trilogy, in about three days)

Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel

Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

Stephen King, Danse Macabre

Christopher Ryan and Cathilda Jethá, Sex at Dawn (I HIGHLY recommend)

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

Mary ShelleyFrankenstein

Neil Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Neil Stephenson, The Diamond Age, A Young Girls’ Illustrated Primer

George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Stephen King, On Writing (reread)

Richard Morgan, Thirteen

Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara

Daniel Abraham, Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin, Hunter’s Run

Dan Brown, Angels and Demons

Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule

Neil Stephenson, Anathem

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

16 Responses to :
What I’m Reading

  1. Jessica says:

    Read Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan, Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, and The Overcoat Tales of Good & Evil by Nikolai Gogol.

    1. Cyril says:

      Gogol is also a “special cat” in the saga of Enki Bilal (La Trilogie Nokopol)

      1. cyril says:

        Ans, as I said to you, thre is a lot of good artist/”comics” writers as : Enki Bilal, Yslaire, Alice/Dorisson, Tadi, F’Murr (the best : Le char de l’état dèrape sur le sentier de la guerre and is “saga” le génie des alpages, Ptiluc (saga an other), Sokal (The saga of Canardo and of is best : Le vieil homme qui n’écrivait plus (The old man who didn’t write), Arthur Qwak 3 book “saga” ( 1 : Le soleil des loups, 2: Le Creuset de la Douleur, 3: Saison Voraces) I recommand you this little “saga” it’s very good ! Loisel 2 saga : La quête de l’oiseau du Temps (4 basic saga and 5 prequel), and is other saga Peter Pan ( 6 books),Jean-Claude Gal : épopées fantastiques (4 books in one), Jodorwski (he do a lot of things but my preffered is La passion de Diosmante, he also made movies, Caza (Arke, Leïla and a lot of other stuff), Rosinski (the best : Le grand pouvoir du Chnikel with Van Hamme), Comès ( Les larmes du Tigres, Iris, Silence, Le maître des Ténèbres and a lot of super things), Chevalier and Segur : the saga of : Légendes des contrées Oubliées, Lidwine Le dernier Loup dÔz (Prologue : la Rumeur des eaux), but he don’t continue this “saga”, its’s sad because it’s very good book !, Bouregeon 3 saga : 1 : Les compagnons du crepuscuble, 2 : Les Passagers du Vent, 3 : Le Cycle de Cyann (with Claude Lacroix), Michel Plessix Le Vent dans les Saules (based on the book of Kenneth Grahame) other stuff of him : Tome 1 : le Bois sauvage, 2 : Aoto, Crapaud, le Blaireau. 3 : L’échapée belle, 4 : Foutoir au Manoir. Integral edition Tome 1,2 + Tome 3,4 and a lot of other things…Moebius (all is good), Schuiten/Peeters : The saga : Les cités obscurs ( the best one for me :Les murailles de Samaris) and a lot of other things…Artur Suydam : Mudwog (I think he’s a american or english artist) and in english, I’m sure you know, the saga og HellBoy. THX

  2. Jessica says:

    Read Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan, Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, and The Overcoat & Other Tales of Good & Evil by Nikolai Gogol.

  3. Cyril says:

    Have you read The Dark Tower of S.King, for me, it’s is best books (7 tomes) and Salem ?

    1. Cyril says:

      I saw that your’re reading A game of Thron, but do know the book of S Moorckook ? He does a lot of good saga.

      1. Cyril says:

        Sorry, I write like a pig (english insn’t my first mother’speak). I was talking of M. Moorcoock (and all is saga and books). Like Stormbringer (saga), Corum (saga), Hawkmoon (saga) or Behold the Man (book). I find your site very interressting. Here, in Europe there is also good “Bd” writer, creator like Enki Bilal, Yslaire, Comes, Loisel, Tardi, X.Dorison+A.Alice (Le troisième testament), Caza, Jean-Claude Gal, Arthur Qwark (le soleil des loups),Jean-Charles Kraehen (Bout d’homme), and a lot more…THX

    2. Cyril says:

      If you like ‘Salem’s lot, you will realy enjoy the La Tour Sombre (The Dark Tower Saga). The 2 first are The Dark Tower and The Gunslinger. One of best american writer is Philip.K.Dick. I read him when I was young and it open my mind I’he all of he as done (and he wrote a lot !). American “Holywood” movies took inspiration from 3 or 4 of is “little stories” and I don’t think it’s good movies, like : Paychek (the movie last more than one our and he “writting” is of “15,20 pages from one is “little storie) The only good movies was done when he was dying, and the movie creator ask him about the movie inspired from 1 of is book : Does android dream of electronic Sheep ? The movie’s name is Blade Runner by R.Scott

      1. Chris Chris says:

        Thanks, Cyril! I have read the Dark Tower books, though long enough ago I didn’t put them on this list. I’ve also read some Philip K. Dick, though mostly I know his work through the film adaptations–of which my favorite, I think, is Through A Scanner Darkly. I did read “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” in college, and Blade Runner is a fantastic film.

        I must say I have not yet read any Michael Moorcock, though I’ve heard good things about him. Also, Jack Vance is someone I’ve only scraped the surface on, and much enjoyed. I’d like to read more of his stuff.

        I’ve recently bought about a half dozen books for my Kindle, including John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Thomas Pynchon’s V and Gravity’s Rainbow and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, so I should be good for reading material for some time. Now that Breaking Bad is over, though, I’m going to try and keep the TV off and get back to reading more, so perhaps I’ll need new recommendations sooner than I think.

  4. Cyril says:

    If you like things like Lovercaft’s stories, I can recommand you one of is “inspiriation” Lord Dunsay : The Book of Wonder. And if you “like” Frazier : Aleister Crowley

  5. Cyril says:

    One of the best Lovecraft, for me, is The Outsider and Dagon (the 2 are “little stories” books.

  6. Cyril says:

    A good link to a web site I think you know :
    Native American Encyclopedia

  7. Cyril says:

    A aslo good books, for me, : From Lovecracft Démons et merveilles (sorry I don’t found the title in English) it’s a novell, not little stories compilation, The Best of him. And, John Kennedy Tool :A Conferderacy of Dunces

  8. cyril says:

    Yes TURN TV OFF ! Jack Vance is a also very good writer I can recommand you 2 things : The saga of Lyonesse (1. Suldrun ‘garden/2. The green pearl/ 3.Madouc and the little saga of Cugel (1.Cugel saga/ 2. The Owerworld) and 2 book related and with very funny “wizards” : Rhiaalto the marvellous and The Dying Earth. And if you like this kind of fantasy : Fritz Leiber and this saga : Le cycle des épées (in french they have made their own complete saga under this name. Their is (in french) 6 tomes. The first is :Sword and Deviltery and the last Sword and Ice Magic. For me, A scanner Darkly is the only good “movie” based on a book of P.K.Dick. The movie give a good “feeling” this the book. In fact, I think it’s impossible to make real good movies about book. Except “light” book. So, this why P.K.Dick was so happy to see what R.Scott had begun to to do before he died. R.Scott had undestand that it was impossible to put “litteraly” the book in the movie. They collaborate toghere to make somthing “else” who please Dick and Scott. Some movies I like based on book are From hell (but…) and Immortel a movie realised by a “team” That is based on the BD of Bilal : La foire aux Immortels and la femme piège. Because it’s the “spirit” as Blade Runner. But Enki Bilal had made more job on the movie, because he want to make another manner to “treat” is work. I recomand you this artist. He is a multi talented artist, who ave made a lot of “cross-over” things.

  9. cyril says:

    In good heroic-fantasy saga I like also Roger Zelazany and is saga of : les princes d’ambres ( 10 tomes) The fisrt : Nine Princes in Amber and the last : The Guns of Avalon And 2 book of him that I like a lot : Creatures of Light and Darkness / Lord of LIght an d is mini saga : L’enfant de nulle part (in french) : 2 book (that I know..) : the first L’enfant tombé de nulle-part and Franc sorcier. I can also recommend you the work of pf Ursula Le Guin SF) and heroic-fantasy the big work of Robin Hobb.And the people who made tne little circle of debutant writer with P.D.Ficj as “mentor” : Tim Powers/ James Blaylock/K.W.Jeter ( one of best book, really terrifing : Dark Seeker) Thx for your respond.

  10. cyril says:

    If you want a recommandation from Lovecraft’s inspiration read the “original” Necronimicon” (It’s a book who group 4 “book” 1 : Dead Names : The History of Necronomicon (2006 by Simon), 2 :Necronimicon ( 1977 by Schlangrkraft.Inc.), 3 : Necromicon SpellBook ( 1981,1987 by Simon), 4 : The Gates of Necronomicon (2006, Simon) French translation of this book Bragelonne 2012, Bargelonne 60-62, rue de Hauteville – 75010 Paris Email : info@bragelonne.fr and Website : w.w.w.bragelonne.fr. Thsi book was published with the accord of HarperColins Publishers .Illustration : w.w.w.goominet.com. French transalation 2012

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