Tuesday, August 23, 2005


I just finished the book I was reading (review), which is the third in what look like it might end up being a long series. It was pretty good, although I can see that there is the potential for this to drag out too long and piss off readers. Hopefully, that won't happen, though. I think the next book is out now, so I'll look for that. If I can't find that, I'll continue re-reading the Hitchhiker trilogy, of which I have two more books left to re-read. After that, I will probably start Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson which looks pretty good.

What's everyone else reading?*

* Hopefully all the Pottermaniacs have long since finished that thing.

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somewaterytart said...

-One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Magical Realismnificent.

-Little bits of Godel.Escher.Bach, very very slowly.

Anonymous said...

We've finished reading Harry Potter,but not talking about it.

I'm reading the Jonathan Strange Mr. Norrell book right now. It's better than I expected it to be.

Chris Howard

Ace Cowboy said...

Just finished my third reading of Salinger's Nine Stories and it gets better every time.

Last night I chopped out about 60 pages of Michael Chabon's Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

If it's been a while since you've read Salinger (anything BUT Catcher -- 9 Stories, Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter), I suggest you give it another shot. He's hilarious and the books are amazing.

John Howard said...

I read Kavalier and Clay by Chabon, and I thought it was really good, but I haven't read anything else of his yet.

I haven't read any Salinger, believe it or not, but I think you recommended him last time, so he's on my list of things to look for.

Gypsy Rose said...

I just finished On The Road by Kerouac and am half way through As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.

Not sure what I'm reading next.

John Howard said...

Am I the only one who actually reads who doesn't read all these classics?

Fixer said...

Just reading the teaser. Seems like they have to do a lot of plot-explaining. Tell me, can you pick this one up and figure out what's going on without having to read the previous ones or the plot summary?

John Howard said...

No, you really need to read the previous books, or at least the summary. They do have a good short summary at the beginning of the second and third books that are better than any I've usually seen.

I've never understood why anyone would start in the middle of a series anyway. But the summaries are good if there's a long time between books.

The Disgruntled Chemist said...

I'm reading The Fixer's book, Lightning Crashes.


It seems like I never get any time to read anymore. Stupid grad school.

maurinsky said...

I'm also reading Michael Chabon - I'm reading Summerland. I loved Kavalier and Clay, it's really the best book I've read in the past few years.

I also recently finished Tom Perotta's Little Children, which I really liked. My friend read it and was disappointed that there were no real happy endings, but I thought the endings were realistic, and I was relieved that the doom I was sensing in the last chapter resolved merely to disappointment.

John Howard said...

Grad school sounds boring, I recommend dropping out.

The Disgruntled Chemist said...

Heh. I recommend that too.

PaulNoonan said...

Christopher Hitchens, Love. Poverty, and War

So far, quite interesting. I especially like his reviews of classic books.


Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

I just started it. So far, so good.