• October 31, 2014
October 31, 2014, 11:09:07 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with your Chronicle username and password
News: For all you tweeters, follow The Chronicle on Twitter.
 
Pages: 1 ... 251 252 [253] 254 255 ... 367
  Print  
Author Topic: So what have you read lately  (Read 964266 times)
southerntransplant
A man on a porcupine fence and a
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 11,105

No recess.


« Reply #3780 on: November 30, 2012, 10:17:35 PM »

I'm re-reading Rafi Zabor's "The Bear Comes Home," about a bear that plays the alto saxophone (silly concept beautifully executed). I loved it when it was serialized in Musician Magazine in the early 80's, and the full book - heavily altered from the serialized version - is even better.
Logged

"...And on the other side of this wall is a whole 'nother studio that you'll never get to see...because, you know, fvck you guys."

Steve Albini, showing Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters around his studio
dr_alcott
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 10,319


« Reply #3781 on: December 01, 2012, 10:12:30 AM »

I'm re-reading Rafi Zabor's "The Bear Comes Home," about a bear that plays the alto saxophone (silly concept beautifully executed). I loved it when it was serialized in Musician Magazine in the early 80's, and the full book - heavily altered from the serialized version - is even better.

I bought this for Mr. Alcott a few years ago after I'd heard a musician talking about it on NPR. It looks like a really fun read; I'd like to read it myself one day.
Logged

You must be your own snow, Dr_Alcott.  You must lift, and sparkle, and then melt away.

I love everyone here!
llanfair
Still reading past her bedtime and Very
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 31,349

Whither Canada?


« Reply #3782 on: December 02, 2012, 2:41:07 PM »

I'm loving The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock.  Very deft writing and interweaving of themes - it's a joy.
Logged

Stop looking for zebras when the horse is already standing on your foot.
oldfullprof
Ridiculous
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 11,359

Representation is not reproduction!


« Reply #3783 on: December 02, 2012, 10:16:28 PM »

Saul Steinberg.  Pretty good.
Logged

Taste o' the Sixties
lohai0
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 11,977


« Reply #3784 on: December 03, 2012, 12:16:37 AM »

I'm reading Twelve right now. It's a little more highbrow than I usually read, but it is compelling.
Logged

I hate helicopter zombie grandparents. They are the worst.
arizona
Senior member
****
Posts: 778


« Reply #3785 on: December 03, 2012, 10:05:02 AM »

I've gotten sucked in to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series. Currently on book 3.
Logged
marigolds
looks far too young to be a
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 11,623

i had fun once and it was awful


« Reply #3786 on: December 03, 2012, 12:30:38 PM »

I just read The Ghost Map. The first half to 2/3 was GRIPPING--I loved the medical detective story stuff, and he did a lovely job weaving the history together with the science and the large-scale ideas.

I thought the last few speculative chapters were less engaging, though.

I totally want to go to The John Snow now.
Logged

They are our servants.  They are like dogs.  Sometimes, they think they remember being wolves, but they are only dreaming.
oldfullprof
Ridiculous
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 11,359

Representation is not reproduction!


« Reply #3787 on: December 04, 2012, 3:14:34 AM »

Fobbit.  Fantastic!  Like Catch 22.
Logged

Taste o' the Sixties
llanfair
Still reading past her bedtime and Very
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 31,349

Whither Canada?


« Reply #3788 on: December 04, 2012, 1:54:13 PM »

Ovid, Metamorphoses.
Logged

Stop looking for zebras when the horse is already standing on your foot.
mickeymantle
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 1,405


« Reply #3789 on: December 04, 2012, 9:20:34 PM »


Like Proust and Balzac, I have decided to take a chance and dip more into the oeuvre of Charles Dickens, a writer that I have never warmed to.  So far: Little Dorrit is sentimental tripe, and Martin Chuzzlewit is interesting, through voluminous.  Next ahead: Barnaby Rudge, which I understand is actually quite an interesting history of 1780s Britain.  Another A Tale of Two Cities?
Logged

I am now too distinguished a forum member.
mickeymantle
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 1,405


« Reply #3790 on: December 07, 2012, 3:38:23 PM »


Finished Barnaby--actually worth its budding reputation.  Now embarking on Dombrey and Son and The Old Curiosity Shop.
Logged

I am now too distinguished a forum member.
bibliothecula
Academic ronin
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 5,169

like Bunnicula, only with books


« Reply #3791 on: December 07, 2012, 4:35:16 PM »

I gave up on The Book Thief. Now enjoying Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange, and a Diana Wynne Jones YA book. And while ordering gifts this week, I got myself Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, which I can't wait to read.
Logged

I came. I saw. I cited.
llanfair
Still reading past her bedtime and Very
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 31,349

Whither Canada?


« Reply #3792 on: December 08, 2012, 2:00:44 PM »

Just started Philippa Gregory's latest, The Kingmaker's Daughter.  So far, fully as enjoyable as her best.
Logged

Stop looking for zebras when the horse is already standing on your foot.
tinyzombie
She of the Badass Abs, and a
Distinguished Senior Member
*****
Posts: 15,137

elevate from this point on - chuck d


« Reply #3793 on: December 08, 2012, 2:31:51 PM »

I gave up on The Book Thief. Now enjoying Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange, and a Diana Wynne Jones YA book. And while ordering gifts this week, I got myself Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, which I can't wait to read.

I very much liked Jessold.

I just sped through Laura Moriarty's The Story of Everything. I'm also reading her The Chaperone.
Logged

Quote from: usukprof
I think we have three of them, but the smallest one seems to be the leader.
Quote from: dolljepopp
Who needs real life when Sandra Bullock is around?
Quote from: systeme_d_
You are all my people, and I love you.
hmaria1609
Senior member
****
Posts: 315


« Reply #3794 on: December 08, 2012, 4:02:16 PM »

Isabella of Spain by William T. Walsh
Biography of the Queen of Spain, originally published in 1930
Logged
Pages: 1 ... 251 252 [253] 254 255 ... 367
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.9 | SMF © 2006-2008, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
  • 1255 Twenty-Third St., N.W.
  • Washington, D.C. 20037
subscribe today

Get the insight you need for success in academe.