Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What Are You Reading at the Moment? (besides this blog)

A short post for a short Wednesday.

Actually it's not a short Wednesday but still. I reserve the right to write this blog nonsensically. TOMATOES.

Anyway, just curious what people are reading at the moment. So you tell me -- what book are you reading right now?

Me? When I'm not reading for work (rare these days) I'm reading DECEMBER 6TH by Martin Cruz Smith.

Zuni!






66 comments:

sex scenes at starbucks said...

NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman

Dwight's Writing Manifesto said...

I'm making a run at House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

I thought I was past my gimmick book phase, but what the heck. I want to see if it lives up to the hype.

Heidi the Hick said...

Ha! I just finished STARDUST by Neil Gaiman!

Before that, ANTHEM OF A RELUCTANT PROPHET by Joanne Proulx which was excellent.

Today I'm reading this gripping epic about misbehaving kids doing stupid things, which you've never heard of because it hasn't been published yet.

And when I send out my queries on Friday I want to read that book about that kid with the scar on his forehead...

Lauren said...

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, by Joan Didion.

The latest in my "reading the books everyone else read 2 years ago" kick. Hey, how 'bout that 6th Harry Potter book? Pretty crazy!

Provolone.

talboito said...

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart

Conduit said...

I'm reading Every Dead Thing by John Connolly at the minute, and have been for weeks 'cause I can't get the time to finish it.

My 'to read' pile got bigger after finding a great little second hand book shop during a recent weekend away, so The Painted Bird, The Word According to Garp and a James Ellroy whose title escapes me have joined the queue already headed up by Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box.

And I've also got an unpublished work by Sex Scenes at Starbucks to read, which I'm really looking forward to. :)

A Paperback Writer said...

Just bought The Naming Of The Dead by Ian Rankin -- can't wait to start, but tomorrow's my last day of classes at Cambridge, so I can't start until Friday.

Scott said...

My annual reading of Beowulf. Haven't read it since December, so I figure it's about time.

bucketgirl said...

Geek Love. So far, among the best books I've read to date, and I've read a LOT of books. I'm sad that the author didn't make a million bajillion dollars, because she deserves it.

Liz said...

HALLOWED BONES by Carolyn Haines

Recent past reads, Harry Potter, of course. Also, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

joycemocha said...

THE LADY RODE BUCKING HORSES by Dee Marvine. Next up--THE EXECUTION CHANNEL by Ken MacLeod.

Plus I'll be reading some text materials by Ellyn Arwood to prepare for the latest reading class I'll be teaching this fall.

Stephen Parrish said...

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I'm always a step behind because I live on the other side of the Werold.

dan said...

Happy Birthday or Whatever by Annie Choi, and The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Thumbs up to both.

A.S. Peterson said...

Trying to finish Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. Absolutely one of my favorite books ever, but I wonder how on earth it got published. It violates nearly every rule that agents claim a writer must abide. It has pages and pages of of telling, its got tons of backstory (including full pages of minuscule footnotes), it is full of nothing much happening, it fits firmly into no genre, its word count is in the bazillions...and it's completely wonderful.

I'll be sad when I'm done with it :(

Calenhíril said...

Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg, because I'll get to meet her at Archon this weekend...

dr. love said...

The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson.

Hadn't heard of the author or the book. I work at a library and just browse the "new" shelf until I see something that interests me.

Other Lisa said...

The latest THURSDAY NEXT by Jasper Fforde. I read it in the gym on the exercise bike and laugh outloud.

jessie said...

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. So far it's a very nicely done alternate history fantasy. Not usually what I read (I'm not really a Napoleonic-wars-but-with-dragons type), but I heard it was good.

Dave said...

Woken Furies by RK Morgan and The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution by David O. Stewart.

Angelle said...

Let's see.

Non-Fiction: UNDERSTANDING COMICS by Scott McCloud. Very, very good.

Fiction: GLASSHOUSE by Charles Stross. Just started, so stay tuned.

And blogs. Lots and lots and lots of blogs . . .

Robbie H said...

THE WOODS, by Harlan Coben

michelle said...

THE MAKING OF A POEM, by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland.

I love it. It opens with a pair of wonderful essays on Strand' and Boland's early experiences with poetry; then each chapter takes a poetic form and explains its structure, discusses its place in history and provides a number of examples. Great!

Brian said...

SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE by Austin Grossman

REPOSSESSED by A.M. Jenkins

WHO IS SHAYLA HACKER by Evan Kilgore

mkcbunny said...

To Kill a Mockingbird. And, I admit, this is my first time. I'll go hide in a closet now. (With a flashlight and reading glasses.)

Topaz said...

Talyn by Holly Lisle

Gerri said...

In the last few days:

The Splendor that was Egypt, Margaret A. Murray.

Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome, George Jennison.

The Roman Countryside, Stephen L. Dyson.

Rome and the Barbarians, 100 B.C. - A.D. 400, Thomas S. Burns.

Genghis Khan, Leo de Hartog.

Cookery and Dining in Imperial Rome, Apicius, tran. Joseph Dommers Vehling.

The Last Hawk, Catherin Asaro.

Why yes, I'm on a non-fiction kick.

Spartezda said...

Just finished KNIGHT OF SHADOWS, one of Roger Zelazny's Amber books. I'm just starting JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR.NORRELL, by Susanna Clarke, and am in the midst of a Fritz Leiber novel of Lankhmar whose title is refusing to come to mind.

Tammie said...

I've just started Blaze by "Richard Bachman"

And waiting in the wings is The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

And then hoping to get back to Stephen Kings Lisey's Story (which I've started and stopped 3 or 4 times)

The Anti-Wife said...

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama and starting tomorrow Lottery by Patricia Wood.

Janet said...

The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Don said...

A Passage to India (E.M. Forster) and The Lawless Roads (Graham Greene). I'm almost a week behind in updating my on-line reading log.

RED STICK WRITER said...

I'm currently reading Thriller, a collection of short stories written by members of the International Thriller Writers, Inc., and edited by James Patterson. Some of the stories I've read have tickled my fancy, and others have not.

The book's introduction, a page or two that sets up each story, and bios of the authors at the end of the volume were written by Patterson. In many cases, the stories reach back and follow loose threads from previous novels. One in particular resurrected an interesting character from a book I read several years ago.

I have never read a collection of short stories before. Though it is not necessarily something I'd choose to do all the time, it is a nice change of pace and provides an introductory glimpse at authors I've not yet read.

Eliza said...

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult.

McKoala said...

Marilyn & Me by Shanta Everington

ello said...

I just finished Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" which I loved. I am now reading Uzodinma Iweala's "Beasts of No Nation" which is amazing.

Bryan D. Catherman said...

Just finished THE KITE RUNNER. Loved it! Starting WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

urbansherpa said...

Reading 'debuts' looking for the spark... 'Good in Bed' Jennifer Weiner and 'Chasing Vermier' Blue Balliet

Lorelei said...

WINKIE by Clifford Chase. It's about a teddy bear busted for terrorism by Homeland Security. Epic.

David de Beer said...

Just finished GOBLIN QUEST, by Jim Hines.

reading some short fiction, the Sept issue of Magazine of Fantasy & SF, and Apex Digest magazine.

probably read some Vonnegut after this.

Jane Smith said...

Atonement, by Ian McEwan, is by my bedside. McEwan is a beautiful writer: reading him is restorative and inspiring.

Chasing Angels, a novella by Sally Zigmond, is in my hand bag. Zigmond used to edit a small literary magazine, and I know her best as a writer of beautiful short stories: her writing's immaculate, and delicate, and I wish I could write like her.

A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, by V S Ramachandran, is in my car, and I'm reading it for his insights into synaesthesia--a condition I enjoy, which colours every day of my life.

Gem said...

I'm reading Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife by Mary Roach. It's a brilliant collection of various experiments that have been done over the years to try and prove or disprove an afterlife. It's full of eccentric and clever figures and is thought provoking and witty by turns.

Also rereading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, one of the best fantasy books I've read for a long while.

Kim Stagliano said...

Lean Mean 13 by Janet Evanovich and an historical romance as a beta reader for my pal and fellow autism Mom Susan Senator. I just finished Running With Scissors to help me understand my friend John Robison a little better. RWS boggled my mindm I couldn't put it down, although I hated much of what I was reading.

Jenny said...

Just finished Chrysalis: Maria Sybilla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis by Kim Todd.

Started This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich.

Bernita said...

Besides blogs?
Food in England by Dorothy Hartley - and no, it's not a cookbook.

Subservient No More said...

I just finished Crescent, by Diana Abu-Jaber and it was wonderful. Now I'm writing a paper about it. When I finish the paper I'm going to read her new memoir, The Language of Baklava.

Heather Janes said...

MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs. Heavy into fantasy these days.

Miri said...

I'm revisiting an old favorite - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

I've also started a veritable paper brick: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's slightly intimidating, but good so far.

writtenwyrdd said...

Wraith (fantasy, Phaedra Weldon)
The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)
Mobspeak (reference)
Concise Economic History of the World (Cameron)

Katie Alender said...

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. And loving it!

Soon I'll move onto LOTTERY by Patricia Wood.

Robin S. said...

I'm reading an old Paris review Interviews book, 1977 Penguin edition, that includes interviews of Henry Miller and Katherine Anne Porter, Ernest Hemingway, and several others. I found a box of books when we moved recentkly - that I hadn't seen in a while - hadn't realized all of my books weren't unpacked.

It's a wonderful feeling, like finding an old friend again, complete with underlinings and dog-eared pages.

Josh said...

Infinity Plus, a speculative fiction anthology, and with Koontz's The Good Guy waiting in the wings, along with The Man With the Golden Torc.

sunjunkie said...

CADILLAC BEACH by Tim Dorsey.

If you like Carl Hiaasen's stuff, you'll like Dorsey's.

Treasures Antique Store said...

In between surgical (i.e., heaving cutting) edits on the second draft of my own, Tess Gerritson's Whistleblower for a package review/interview I'm doing with her.

It reads a bit like a B rated Film Noir yet has an appeal to it. She completely takes you into the foggy nights of San Francisco with bad guys lurking in every corner.

cyn said...

i am reading confessions of an ugly stepsister by maguire. his wicked book caught my eye, but i'm not a fan of oz, really. and this one looked good. and it truly is.

i wonder if he has a large male reading audience, as many of his books seem to be based on fairytales, etc.

and what's it like to be an author who is mainly read by the opposite gender.

i've been avoiding crime and punishment on my shelf like the plague. haha!

jk said...

PLAINSONG by Kent Aruf.

If you haven't, you must.

Eric said...

Bad/fantastic habit of reading multiple books at once:

SLAUGHTER-HOUSE FIVE, Kurt Vonnegut
AGAINST THE DAY, Thomas Pynchon
NEW SELECTED POEMS, Mark Strand (forthcoming from Knopf, September)

Michele Lee said...

I'm reading Blood Will Tell, by December Quinn and at night I am reading Harry Potter 7 to the husband and kids.

pws said...

Just finished : Lummox, by Mike Magnuson. Hilarious and close to home.

Reading for me : Huck Finn, by Mark Twain. Because it's that time of year.

Reading Aloud : Peter and the Shadow Thieves, by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. A great book if you're under eleven.

Reading for Work: Foundations of IT Service Management, by Jan Von Bon

Steve Axelrod said...

I'm reading Vikram Chandra's massive end engrossing procedural detetective novel SACRED GAMES. It's set in Bombay, India. At 900 pages it also encompasses a history of modern India,, a detailed portrait of Bombay and the intricately detailed lives of more than a dozen characters. Some of the chapters are narrataed by a dead gangster who tells his life story from the grave. Great stuff.

Mystery Robin said...

I'm reading Souvenier by Therese Fowler and it's FABULOUS!!

Mig said...

RUBICON: THE LAST YEARS OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC by Tom Holland

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel

HP and the DEATHLY HOLLOWS

Anonymous said...

From Here You Can't See Paris, The Nasty Bits, Confessions of a Street Addict, Strapped, Monster, and Wild Mind.

C.J. said...

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

jamie said...

I'm reading COOKING WITH FERNET BRANCA by James Hamilton-Paterson.

A raucous summer romp. Highly recommended.

Pete Osborne said...

Finished Quantico, by Greg Bear, last night. Started The Dark River, by John Twelve Hawks: "the second book in the Fourth Realm trilogy." There's a mouthful. I heard Twelve Hawks pulled a million dollar advance. I need me some of that Twelve Hawks mojo.

Part D Insurance said...

I just finished reading again Sun Tzu's Art of War. I have finished the book a few years back but I suddenly had the urge to read it again and it still fascinates me. :)

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