It's September. What are you reading?

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With apologies for the late start to the month...

After a wonderful gallop through Carol Berg's Dust and Light, I'm struggling with a couple of hang-overs from August, Drood by Dan Simmons and Pieces of Light by Adam Thorpe.
 

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Still reading The King's Blood, though now I've discovered (thanks, TJ) that there's a new Carol Berg, I will be zipping off to acquire it.

I really liked The Life of Pi, though I'm still not sure what it was about. Especially that island.
 

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I'm about halfway through "Starship Troopers" by Robert Heinlein (1959). I've always been more of a "make love not war" person, and this book is really "might makes right". I can't say I agree with the philosophies, but I do see value in looking at other perspectives. If anything, that is the best way to learn.
 

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I have been struggling to stick with books lately, so I have reverted to reading some old favorites and a couple biographical nonfiction books.
 

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Currently reading Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg. I've greatly enjoyed his short stories and his first novel, The Snowman's Children was a terrific thriller, so I wanted to dive into this one as soon as I could. About 1/3 through and I've found it intriguing, not least for the voice of the narration, adopting what I would call a Southern story-telling style that's a bit different from what I've read by him before. Compelling so far.


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I really liked The Life of Pi, though I'm still not sure what it was about. Especially that island.
Yeah, couldn't figure out what that was meant to signify. Bick mentioned the film leaving bits out -- I hope it wasn't the island because the image did stay with me.
 

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I've started listening to Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano. This is an historical novel of the turn of the 20th century in New York, particularly in Little Italy. I'm 38% through it and the story is starting to shift into a story of the "Black Hand" or the original Mafia/Costa Nostra. I'm liking it a lot. As for S.F. right now I don't have one. I started Raymond Weil's "The Slaver Wars" and am having a lot of difficulty getting into it. I've read the previous books in the series but this one is just not grabbing me. I'll likely stop reading it and look for something else.
 

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Started reading The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester and really enjoying all the telepathic stuff and the patterned conversations.
 

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Started reading The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester and really enjoying all the telepathic stuff and the patterned conversations.
Oh enjoy it! I loved it!

I'm still reading Madaddam, very satisfying.

Looking at my TBR shelf I think I'll be reading one of:

1) The lions of Al Rassan
2) Spin
3) Mists of Avalon
4) Zoo City

depending on if I'm in a SF mood or a Fantasy one :)
 

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Oh enjoy it! I loved it!

I'm still reading Madaddam, very satisfying.

Looking at my TBR shelf I think I'll be reading one of:

1) The lions of Al Rassan
2) Spin
3) Mists of Avalon
4) Zoo City

depending on if I'm in a SF mood or a Fantasy one :)
No. 1 is excellent! Can't comment on the others.
 

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  • Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Horns by Joe Hill
  • Dragonfly In Amber and Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp
  • Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
That's me sorted for the first half of September, methinks.

Oh, and one class I tutor is now reading, discussing, and fighting over whether Jace is cool or a pain in the patootie in Cassandra Clare's City of Bones.

The other class (the younger one) has just started Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Good times.
 

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Having finished Something About Eve last night, I've now moved onto the next in the "Biography of the Life of Manuel", The Certain Hour, a series of interconnected short stories. Where Eve was (predominantly) light in tone, this is much more serious and dramatic in manner (at least so far), and would not be out of place in a compendium of modern renditions of the romances of the middle ages as far as subject matter and voice are concerned..... So far, a beautiful book, exquisitely written....

Oh, and for those who may have seen my earlier comment and wondered how Eve held up... very well indeed. Still remains among my favorites of his books... and as I go through this massive structure of the "Biography", Cabell is moving up from being in my "top ten" writers to possibly bumping someone else out of my top four.....
 
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Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay at the moment. I'm really enjoying this so far, very evocative and beautifully written. I've got River of Stars waiting next, can't wait!
 

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A Turn of Light by Julie Czernada, which is both inventive and rather twee, and That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, which is just crazy. It's got to be one of the maddest books that I've ever read. Lewis basically throws the kitchen sink at the story, which resembles 1984 with angels, necromancy, mad science, Merlin, wild animals, alien mystics and the direct intervention of God. It doesn't really work, but it's pretty entertaining!
 
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