What are you reading right now?


 Share

Recommended Posts

I finished Alamein last night. It was quite good, and one scene towards the end with a member of the Italian Folgore struck me as quite beautiful in a tragic kind of sense. If you're interested in the African Theater of World War II, then it's a worthwhile read. I've moved onto Daniel Silva's Mark of the Assassin. It's definitely a competitor for the smallest pages in a book but considering the size of the font, it makes the most of the page size.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

book_assassins_apprentice.jpg

First chapter was kind of rough to get past. Felt like I was reading Shakespeare with the odd dialog. I surely hope the rest of the trilogy is not like this, nor as overly detailed.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I finished Daniel Silva's Mark of the Assassin. It wasn't bad, but apparently it ties in with some other books he's written in another series, so it may be beneficial to read them. For the most part the plot moves at a decent pace, and the end is quite tense at least - it didn't fall flat at that point. It's definitely quite a readable novel. I'd give it 3/5, though I'd probably read the sequel even so. At times it felt that the plot was slowing down and not really progressing anywhere, and then at other times it moved at a blistering pace. I'd suggest it to anyone who needs another action novel to read, assuming they can find a copy. After finishing The Mark of the Assassin, I moved onto Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith. I'd read only one of Smith's previous books - The Dark of the Sun.

According to reviews I'd seen on Goodreads, The Dark of the Sun is one of Smith's poorer examples, and assuming everything retained the same quality as Eagle in the Sky I would be inclined to agree. It was actually a very impressive book - I had assumed the entire story related to conflict, much like the previous book I had read by him. It did not though. It read almost as a sort of romance novel when the story switched to an African setting, but it wasn't the sort of romance I expected. I actually enjoyed it, for a start. I'm definitely going to be seeking out more of Wilbur Smith's books. I have Birds of Prey, also by Wilbur Smith, sitting on my bookshelf. I might read it next, depending on what I feel like.

large

Currently, I'm reading the above. The Bear and the Dragon, by Tom Clancy. Undoubtedly, it is the biggest book I'll ever have read when I finish it. It's just under 1,200 pages. However, it is a political thriller, so I'm expecting something good. According to reviews on Goodreads it's one of Clancy's weaker novels but seeing as the most I've ever read by Clancy was the first chapter of The Hunt for Red October, I think I'll be blissful in ignorance at least. Clancy has a good reputation as a writer and I hope that this novel can deliver something entertaining. So far, I'm seventeen pages in and an S600 Mercedes-Benz has exploded, so it's well on its way to being something very exciting. Clancy's writing style is very readable, and the only issue I'm having with reading in bed is the size of the book - because it doesn't use the widest of pages it's very thick, so I'll have to see if it means altering the manner in which I read in bed.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just finished American Psycho, currently reading a Barry Manilow biography.

After that it will be "Measuring America by Andro Linklater" and then "Bandit Roads-into the lawless heart of Mexico by Richard Grant" .

Link to comment
Share on other sites

http://www.amazon.com/Live-Free-Die-Reclaim-Country/dp/1449045553

The Author is brilliant at explaining her near death experiences with a terminal case of Crohn's Disease. She makes you feel as if you have walked the journey with her as she used a concentrated oil made from the cannabis plant to put her disease to rest.

http://www.amazon.com/Emperor-Wears-Clothes-Authoritative-Historical/dp/1878125028

Herer thoroughly documents the petrochemical industry's plot to outlaw this renewable source of paper, energy, food, textiles, and medicine.

http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

It took forever and a day, but I finally finished Tom Clancy's book. I also bought The Hunt for Red October. I'm hoping it's a little more fast-paced than The Bear and the Dragon. At times, that book felt like it was going round in circles endlessly. It may as well have been because virtually no progress was made in the space of about two hundred pages. It was just two hundred pages of sitting in the PRC's Politburo, reading the discussion between a handful of people when their plans were already quite clear. At times, it progressed really well though: for example, when

Cardinal Renato DiMilo, and the Baptist minister were shot by the Chinese policeman in the hospital. The follow-up tensions between China and the Western world were excellently written.

.

I've now moved onto The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was a book I never expected to find locally, though I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy in a charity shop for ?1.50. It was for a good cause, and I heard nothing but praise for the book. I'm not too keen on how it is written but at least it moves quickly - it makes a change from the book I just spent the past couple of weeks trudging through. The Road either has really large spaces between paragraphs, or it's just a book that is structured to allow fast reading, because I made it through nearly 80 pages in about half an hour last night. I'm near enough a quarter of the way through the book according to Goodreads, and it comes as a bit of a surprise because it still doesn't feel like it has progressed much either. The setting is brilliantly captured though - if anything, it's worth reading for that alone. My next book came in the post today, thanks to eBay. See below:

ShowImage.aspx?ImageId=Lenin-A-Biography|41x-MOLyZuL.jpg

I've grown more and more interested in Soviet history, after having looked into it a little. This book seems to have had very positive reviews, and I decided that I'd take my chances with it. Some reviewers felt it was a very dry subject, as it does not detail Lenin's policies and such, but I still think it's going to be interesting seeing as the man laid the framework for Stalin to come in and impose his own version of Communism on the USSR. I'm hoping I'll learn something more via this book as well. Even if it doesn't manage to be interesting, I have a resolve of 'finish reading anything I start', so I'll finish it regardless. And at ?4.99 (with free post and packaging), I think I got a great deal! At the absolute minimum, the spine of the book looks good. At best, I'll get the other two books on Soviet politicians that Robert Service has written ('Trotsky', and 'Stalin'), and have the full series sitting together.

I still need to get a decent bookcase for all these purchases though. :p

Link to comment
Share on other sites

AStormOfSwords.jpg

After watching Game Of Thrones, decided to read the books. Got so hooked on them i couldn't put them down.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

First chapter was kind of rough to get past. Felt like I was reading Shakespeare with the odd dialog. I surely hope the rest of the trilogy is not like this, nor as overly detailed.

It's a great series when you get into it :)

Currently finishing 'A Game Of Thrones' and have 'A Clash Of Kings' at the ready.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As per Mathachew's recommendation, I am now reading:

Mistborn-cover.jpg

I'll go request the next book before I get too far into this one.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's a great series when you get into it :)

Currently finishing 'A Game Of Thrones' and have 'A Clash Of Kings' at the ready.

It was very long winded imo, taking so long to get somewhere or for something to happen. Give me less details on the scenery and more movement in the story. In the final book, I was getting frustrated with chapter after chapter of Verity carving his dragon. At one point I may have literally blurted, "Get on with it already!" Maybe it was a great series in the late 90s compared to other fantasy novels, but compared to say, Mistborn, it hardly compares. I enjoyed the first two books more than the last, and while the conclusion was a bit unsatisfying, not all realistic endings are, and that is a small positive.

As per Mathachew's recommendation, I am now reading:

<snip>

I'll go request the next book before I get too far into this one.

I'm giddy with excitement! :p

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's all (mandatory) summer reading right now. I wish I could pick my own books, I enjoy reading on my own more than for school.

Half way through this...

far-from-madding-gerund-other-dispatches-language-geoffrey-k-pullum-paperback-cover-art.jpg

Still these to go...

51xIhXokzLL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

animal-vegetable-miracle.jpg

(I'm taking AP Language and Composition next year...)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Incidentally, you said a few pages back that The Alloy of Law would be a stand alone book but it does seem to be a part of the Mistborn series:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistborn:_The_Alloy_of_Law

It is, but as a stand alone novel and is not a part of Sanderson's trilogy of trilogies he planned for the Mistborn universe. The wiki has more info on it. And if you haven't read the summary for Alloy of Law yet, DON'T!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It's a good enough book, but the manner in which it was written is quite unusual, and I'm not sure I liked that aspect much. I'm now debating with myself whether I should read Where Eagles Dare or Lenin: A Biography by Robert Service. I'm leaning towards Where Eagles Dare at the moment though, seeing as it always gets praise as a book. I may just get all three of Service's books on the main Soviet political powers (I need Trotsky and Stalin), and just read the three of them all together.

I wouldn't mind getting a copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler but it's surprisingly expensive, presumably due to the controversial nature of the book.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is now closed to further replies.
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By News Staff
      Save 35% off a 6-month subscription to Scribd
      by Steven Parker

      Today's highlighted deal comes via our Apps + Software section of the Neowin Deals store, where for only a limited time, you can save 35% off a 6-month subscription to Scribd. Access an unlimited* number of books, audiobooks, magazines and more anywhere.



      What's the deal?
      Stay informed, explore new worlds, and become your best self with a library of content that fits right in your pocket. For less than the price of a paperback each month, Scribd lets you access an unlimited number of bestselling and award-winning books and audiobooks, plus articles from leading magazines, newspapers, even sheet music. Whether you're riding the subway or relaxing at home, Scribd lets you enjoy your content anytime and anywhere via web browser or mobile app.

      Access an unlimited number of books, audiobooks, magazines & more each month Enjoy your content anytime & anywhere via web browser or mobile app Explore more than one million books & audiobooks, including new releases, bestsellers, and classics Discover new favorites w/ personalized recommendations Browse interests, collections & expert-curated reading lists for inspiration Save your favorites, create collections & bookmark titles to personalize your library Good to know
      Available to new users only

      Length of access: 6 months

      Updates included

      Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase

      *Access an unlimited number of books and audiobooks; restrictions on some titles may apply.

      For a full description, specs, and license info, click here.

      What's the benefit?
      A 6-month subscription to Scribd normally represents an overall recommended retail pricing* of $53.94, but you can pick it up for just $35 for a limited time - that represents a saving of $18.94.

      There is also a 1-year plan on offer for $80 (normally $107.88) - that's 25% off!

      >> Get this deal, or learn more about it here <<
      See all of our current Apps + Software · This is a time-limited offer that ends soon.

      Save even more!
      Stick with Neowin Deals and earn credit or even deeper discounts.

      Check out our recent deals here or on the Neowin Deals site. For every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your Neowin Deals account. Refer the deal for $10 credit via social media or email and if it results in a purchase of at least $10, you'll get $10 credit added to your account. 10% off for first-time buyers: be sure not to dismiss the popup offer to subscribe to email updates on the deals page in order to profit! Not for you?
      If this offer doesn't interest you, why not check out our giveaways on the Neowin Deals website? There's also a bunch of freebies you can check out here.

      Miscellany and the fine print!
      In some cases, such as with Online Courses, a store credit refund within 15 days of purchase is possible if you are unhappy with it; this does not apply to all deals, so please do check the terms on the page before making a purchase.

      Check our other recent deals, before they expire, or our preferred partner software.

      How can I disable these posts? Click here.

      Disclosure: This is a StackCommerce deal or giveaway in partnership with Neowin; an account at StackCommerce is required to participate in any deals or giveaways. For a full description of StackCommerce's privacy guidelines, go here. Neowin benefits from shared revenue of each sale made through our branded deals site, and it all goes toward the running costs. *Values or percentages mentioned above are subject to StackCommerce's own determination of retail pricing.

    • By indospot
      Microsoft is killing off the Books section in the Microsoft Store
      by João Carrasqueira

      Microsoft is discontinuing the books section in the Microsoft Store, according to a support page updated today. The demise of the books tab is effective immediately, meaning you can no longer buy, rent, or pre-order books through Microsoft's platform.

      The ability to buy books from the Microsoft Store, which you could then read using Microsoft Edge, was introduced with the Windows 10 Creators Update, about two years ago, so it's been a short-lived platform. If you have any books you've already bought or rented, you can read them until the end of the rental period, or until July 2019, when they will be removed entirely. On the bright side, you'll get a full refund of the original price of the purchase when they're no longer available. If you have pre-ordered any books releasing after today, your pre-order will be canceled and you won't be charged.

      Microsoft's e-books were available through its Edge browser, which has some incoming major changes with the shift to Chromium engine. This, combined with the fact that the platform likely didn't gain a lot of traction, given the existence of well-established players such as Amazon, might have contributed to the death of the service.

      Microsoft has given up on a lot of its services in recent months and years, including Groove Music, which has even lost the ability to stream songs from OneDrive recently, so this move shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If you'd like to keep reading your books digitally, you'll have to look elsewhere.

    • By LoneWolfSL
      Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson would "love to do something with CDPR"
      by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe

      While the author behind The Witcher books is currently having a bit of a dispute with CD Projekt, a $16.1 million one to be exact, another fantasy author is interested in working with the company on a video game, even considering giving away the rights for free. The author in question is Brandon Sanderson, the mind behind the massively popular book series such as The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn, among various other works.

      Brandon Sanderson The author is certainly a big fan of how CD Projekt RED handled The Witcher universe, with him expressing his thoughts on a Reddit post about Andrzej Sapkowski's demand. He said "I'd love to do something with CDPR," adding that "They've made by far the best book-to-video game adaptations ever. It's the sort of thing the rest of us salivate over--if for the simple reason that the entire genre (books, film, and games) benefit from something high-quality on the market like the Witcher games."

      Sanderson goes on to say that he would even consider giving away CD Projekt the rights to his books for free, but still humorously added that "I suspect they're done dealing with self-important fantasy authors, and are likely more interested in creating their own new IPs."

      Following another Reddit post regarding his comment that began trending on the website, Sanderson went on to elaborate on the situation a bit more, explaining that even though he has considered it, he hasn't reached out to the Polish developer through official channels yet for any projects. He did say he found Sapkowski's new demands to be absurd though, adding:

      Although we don't know for sure if CD Projekt RED is even interested in jumping into another fantasy universe for a game, Cosmere and Sanderson fans would certainly love to have the studio's hands on the undertaking. Brandon Sanderson's complete thoughts on the matter can be found on the source links below, and at the time of writing, he still appears to be answering questions on the thread.

      Source: Reddit 1, 2 | Images via BrandonSanderson.com

    • By Jay Bonggolto
      Amazon FreeTime Unlimited comes to Apple App Store more than 5 years after launch
      by Jay Bonggolto

      While Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is among the popular entertainment and reading apps for kids, it used to be available only on Amazon's Fire tablets since its debut in December 2012; that is until May last year, when the app landed on Android handsets, leaving iOS users out in the cold. That changes today with the app's launch on the Apple App Store.



      Amazon FreeTime Unlimited offers kids aged 3 to 12 an unlimited access to more than 10,000 books, movies, and TV shows on iOS curated just for them. In comparison, FreeTime Unlimited for Fire tablets offers more than 15,000 books, videos, educational apps, and games. Content providers include Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, National Geographic, and Amazon Originals for Kids.

      The subscription costs $2.99 per month, though Amazon pointed out to Neowin that customers who subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited through the iOS app will receive the family plan for $9.99 per month, offering up to four child profiles access to content across compatible tablets, phones, e-readers, and smart speakers.

      For parents, the app features a dashboard that lets them review their kids' FreeTime activity over the past three months and see their favorite books, movies, and TV shows. It also includes discussion cards that provide parents insights into what their kids are reading or watching. However, as TechCrunch pointed out, the app's iOS version does not allow users to change its configuration in order to reskin the user interface.

      The app allows parents to set up four different child profiles, with each profile having a specific age range to personalize the kid's experience. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is now available to download from the App Store, with a free 30-day trial period. Once a user subscribes to the app via iTunes, Apple will automatically renew the monthly subscription unless the user cancels the membership at least 24 hours before the renewal period begins.

      Source: Apple App Store via TechCrunch

    • By Rich Woods
      Apple announces that it's bringing iOS apps to the Mac
      by Rich Woods

      Apple held its WWDC 2018 keynote today, and among the next major updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, the company announced a new app platform that will bring iOS apps to the Mac. The news came following various shout-outs to refreshed versions of apps like Stocks, Voice Memos, News, and Home.

      As you can see from the image above, Apple had to change how some UI elements behave when bringing touch-centric iOS apps to macOS, which doesn't support touch at all, at least at the moment. Things like trackpad and mouse input had to be added, and window resizing.

      What's interesting is that this makes both platforms ripe for coming closer together. Many users have asked for touch support on a Mac, and other have asked for mouse support on the iPad Pro. These things seem more likely than ever, especially since Apple announced other macOs features today that allow users to draw on PDF files.

      Apple said that the first tester for the new platform is itself, with the refreshed apps that it announced today. Third-party developers will be able to take advantage of the multi-phase project in 2019.