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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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The Book of the Courtier, by Baldassare Castiglione
Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard. A different type of novel from Mr. Leonard as this takes place in Cuba after the Maine blows up in the Havana harbor, so definitely not his usual crime novel. Pretty good so far.

Back to Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun. There's a jump between Books 2 and 3, which is probably a good thing. I was starting to wonder how he would ever get to the big events foreshadowed from the beginning.

I'm reading these for the first time, having gotten hooked via the HBO series.  I have completed Game of Thrones and am now working on A Clash of Kings.  Fun stuff, I never was much into fantasy before.  I've never even read LOTR (blasphemer!)  But am certainly enjoying this.

Chris Fluit said:
I've been re-reading George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I finished A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. Now on to A Feast for Crows in anticipation of the release of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, next month. I'm also "wearing" an appropriate avatar- it's Jon Snow as depicted on the original cover for Game of Thrones.
Mickey McLaurin said:
  I've never even read LOTR (blasphemer!)  But am certainly enjoying this.


I got us covered on that one. I've read it some 20-30 times.

 


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...I've never read LOTR , or Harry Potter , or Chronicles of Narnia either , so you have some additional...Um , what Martin Luther was so against ( & Al Gore supports to - " offsets " , for that nasty energy-guzzling ) to do , lad !!!!!!!!!!!

  I have , " real books "-wise , read 19th Century novel " LOOKING BACK " by Edward Bellamy , and non-fiction " STRANGER AT THE DOOR " by Mel White , and " HOLLYWOOD ANIMAL " by Joe Ezterhas .

 

  Ooper , I MENTIONED the Bellamy novel before...I sort of Don't Edit , ya know ???????????

I have had this in my "to read" stack for years and never gotten around to it.  As great as Leonard can be, I often find him hit or miss.

Travis Herrick said:
Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard. A different type of novel from Mr. Leonard as this takes place in Cuba after the Maine blows up in the Havana harbor, so definitely not his usual crime novel. Pretty good so far.
Dagwan said:
Mickey McLaurin said:
  I've never even read LOTR (blasphemer!)  But am certainly enjoying this.


I got us covered on that one. I've read it some 20-30 times.

 

You read it so we didn't have to? Thanks!
The Poisoner's Handbook, by Deborah Blum.

I’ve just finished the final stories in The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (1895). The first half of the book consists of stories with horror/fantastic elements. Some of these, and the remaining stories, are set around the artists of the Latin quarter of Paris in the period. The title comes from a play that drives people insane that plays a role in several of the horror/fantasy stories. One of the non-fantastic stories, "The Street of the First Shell", memorably depicts conditions in Paris and on the battlefront during the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war. The reader of the Librivox version of the horror/fantasy stories is a pleasure to listen to.

I am re-reading The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I first read the book in the Eighties and absolutely loved it. And though I don't recall a lot of details I do remember the main plot, including the surprise revelation that occurs about 2/3 into the story, so I am finding it much less interesting the second time around.

...More recent prose reading , some I've finished , some I'm reading , some I've bought/plan to...All fiction that I'm reading for the first time unless I say otherwise...

 

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS

  Nora Roberts

 

 

MAN OF TWO WORLDS

  Raymond E. Jones ( No , not Julius Schwartz . )

 

 

HE'S A REBEL

  Mark Ribowsky

A biography of Phil Spector .

 ( Written and first published in the Twenteth Century ,well before you-know-what . )

 

 

AND SOMETHING WHY...

  Rebecca Johnson

 

 

THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER

  Frederick Gothe ( In English , all that I can read . )

 

 

 

 

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