What are you currently reading?

Travis Bickle 01-03-2006 12:03 AM
Since I couldn't find this topic, I decided to start it. Amazing, eh?

It's basically this: post what you're currently reading.

Within the past 2 or 3 days (since I had nothing better to do in between work 'cause everyone else was working), I zoomed through 3 Phillip K. Dick books. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", "A Scanner Darkly", and "The Man in the High Castle" again. And, for every Phillip K Dick book I finish that I haven't read before, I go out and buy two more. Crazy, eh?

Right now, I'm reading "Follow My Tears, the Policemen Said" by PKD.
Zopwx2 01-03-2006 12:34 AM
Crime and Punishment.

My brother bought it for school and never read it, so it sat on my shelf for a year and I'm reading it to keep my skills sharp.
StevieV019 01-03-2006 08:39 AM
I just finished reading "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey.

I picked up "Shimmering Sword: Samurai, Western, and Star Wars Sword Fighting" by Nick Jamilla and started reading that yesterday.
The_Big_G 01-03-2006 11:24 AM
Phillip K ROCKS! I always enjoy a good mindbender that questions the nature of human consciousness or the boundaries between technological and evolved memory systems.

I'm currently devouring "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa...

It's a fictionalized account of the folk hero Miyamoto Musashi's life, originally published in the Asahi Shimbun back in the mid-to-late-1930's. Because it was originally published in serialized format, it gained great popularity; not only because folks couldn't wait to see how Musashi would get out of the binds and conflicts that liberally peppered his life, but also due to his symbolic representation of the japanese ideal in self-mastery...which resonated deeply with the strong sense of nationalism which was steadily rising amongst the populace.

I highly recommend it to anyone with a love for japanese culture and history, not due to any real historical accuracy, but because it's an fun fictional tale chronicling the rise of a back-woods country bumpkin to one of the most loved and pre-eminent figures in japanese history.
Big Money 01-03-2006 01:24 PM
Its odd, I've heard many great things about Phillip K. Dick, but I haven't actually read anything of his. The closest I've come has been a short story about him I read in an anthology, and I have no idea of whether or not it was fictional...

Just finished "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. I enjoyed it, but I would have enjoyed it more if it weren't merely the latest in a long line of "profound" books mandated by my school as part of a grand conspiracy to drive us all to suicide. That and I guessed what would happen at the beginning of the book.

spoiler (highlight to read):
I'm going to be frank here, so watch out, but this is a book about cultured and sophisticated black people. What's going to happen? Whitey is going to screw it up. AND HE DOES.

After that I think I'm going to start on some of my Christmas books...
088nd 01-03-2006 01:30 PM
LOTR - For school, but it's not like I haven't read it before, and I still enjoy it thoroughly.

On the side, I'm reading Amerika by Franz Kafka, and another book called The ACLU vs. America.
Mugiwara Luffy 01-03-2006 01:42 PM
Originally posted by Zopwx2
Crime and Punishment.

I'm reading that too, only for school. People have told me it's good. We'll see...
aeternus_flammus 01-03-2006 04:12 PM
I have a few:

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House 5
America: The Book

German Women in the Cameroon: Travelogues from Colonial Times by Karin U. Schestokat (a German professor of mine)

Oh, I'm also translating Book VI of Vergil's Aeneid.

To Big_Money:
I feel bad that you had to read Achebe's book before reading books like The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.
pen1300 01-03-2006 09:12 PM
You beat me to this thread! Seriously, I was going to create this thread yesterday, but I didn't because I was between books. Anyway, this is getting stickied.

ANYWAY, my current books right now include:

Reckless by Shannon Drake
~It's a romance novel basically, with a hint of suspense. Basically, the love story (who won't know they are in love until the end) of Hunter and Kat and the two lovers are going to Egypt in Vicotrian England times (YAY). This book is not a sequel, but there is a cameo of the happy (gag me, too happy) couple from Wicked, which was published last year and is the same basic idea, only was slightly Beauty and the Beast.

Pen On Fire by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
~A writing book for the busy woman. Good stuff.

The Fallen Phoenix 01-03-2006 09:33 PM
For school:

Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train for English (Madness and Literature) class and Augustine's City of God (abridged) for Classical Political Thought class.

Although we are about to start some Aquinas readings in a few days as soon as we finish up Augustine, which should be tomorrow.

For pleasure:

C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia: almost done re-reading The Magician's Nephew. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is next.

...if I can pick them up sometime in the near future, Gregory MaGuire's Son of a Witch and Dostoevsky's the Idiot will undoubtedly be added to this list.

I also have the urge to read Wilkie Collins' the Woman in White, especially after listening to the soundtrack of the musical...many times over the last three days. I don't want to bite into that until I can devote enough time to read it straight through, though, because I think that is what I am going to want to do...
Nine Kuze 01-11-2006 02:21 PM
Actually, there are a couple of reading projects I have that I'm currently into at the moment.

For one, I'm reading the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga volumes, which I have volumes one through five. The manga is more harsh on the relationship between Shinji and Gendo but its still a damn good read.

My brother got me 'The Complete Memoirs of Al Capone' which is actually just titled 'Mr. Capone' but its a very good book and very interesting as well as the author knows and documents things that you would think that people from our time or people that are living today shouldn't know anything about. I just got past the chapter telling how Capone got the infamous scar on his left eye and from that, how he got the infamous moniker "Scarface".

And lastly, I'm still reading through the complete novel of the James Bond books and I'm certainly on the book "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". So far I've read "Casino Royale", "Live and Let Die", "Moonraker", "Diamonds Are Forever", "Goldfinger", "From Russia With Love", "For Your Eyes Only", "Dr. No", and "The Spy Who Loved Me". I have about four more books to go and Ian Fleming does a remarkable job throughout all the books, from the details of every scene to even the drinks and foods that are eaten to the women that Bond gets down with. The only bad thing about the books is that Fleming seems to look down at all other races with a hint of prejudice. I know he wrote these books in a different time but all kinds of different races that aren't English or European for that matter are pretty much dumd-down and racial slurs are rampant about.

But I still recommend the books. Actually, all the books I mentioned.
Jstar136 01-30-2006 12:27 AM
I've stopped buying books and reading manga for a while now.

Instead I've been reading science fiction on the Sci-Fi webpage.

I can recommend Dandelion Girl. It's a short sweet read! Wink
Yomiko 01-30-2006 02:30 PM
I just finished Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer.
And today I just started Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen.
You know you read alot when the libraryians know your name without asking you for it. Wink
corrupt 01-30-2006 04:47 PM
Originally posted by Yomiko
I just finished Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer.
And today I just started Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen.
You know you read alot when the libraryians know your name without asking you for it. Wink

Artemis Fowl, best books everBig Grin I'm reading the "first world war" By Hew Strachan, its an acurate account, it doesn't say how great the genrals were, which was not true and it tells the story from a world point of view instead of just a british or american or french point of view, so its unbiased...
Travis Bickle 01-30-2006 05:29 PM
The Red Star
Generalissimo D 01-30-2006 05:30 PM
Farenheit 451

Tee hee hee.

corrupt, if you want a good World War One book, go for "All Quiet on the Western Front". Make you feel right patriotic, it will.
paul1290 01-30-2006 06:39 PM
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

by Umberto Eco
Pygmalion 01-30-2006 06:45 PM
Gunpowder Empire, by Harry Turtledove. If you enjoy stories about plucky teens surviving on their own, read Robert Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky. If you're interested in time-travel stories, or Roman historical fiction, try L. Sprague De Camp's Lest Darkness Fall. I think Turtledove tried to combine these two books, without success.

Yomiko 02-09-2006 09:42 AM
Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. And soon for lit. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Poor Barrin, he gets agrvated with me having all this time to read so many books when it took him a couple of months to read one book. Oh Well
paul1290 02-09-2006 06:57 PM
How to Travel with a Salmon

by Umberto Eco