Just bringing this discussion over to ning...

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

Views: 14323

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Actually, that whole issue is especially good.  I got a dirt-cheap Rolling Stone subscription recently, and I've been enjoying getting re-acquainted with the magazine.  This despite the fact that I have very little interest in most of the contemporary pop and rock music they still cover.

Travis Herrick said:
Wow I think we are burying the lead here.

Jeff of Earth-J said:
The December issue of Rolling Stone (the one with the John Lennon interview).
Finished Private Wars, Greg Rucka's 2nd Queen & Country prose novel.  I think I liked it even more than the first.  Over the course of the two novels Rucka has introduced several new characters which take the story beyond a mere continuation of the comic series.  And I started Patriot Acts, the Atticus Kodiak novel that picks up right where Critical Space left off.  No rest for the wicked in this so far.  And Rucka is not afraid to kill off familiar characters, is he?
"Colonel Roosevelt," the third and last volume in Edmund Morris' incredibly detailed (and incredibly entertaining) Theodore Roosevelt biography.
Life by Keith Richards with James Fox.  I was set to read more fiction, but my library hold came in at the right time.  It's good so far.  It begins with a 1975 Rolling Stones story--that's what everyone is buying the book for, after all--but then goes into Richards' early life, like any proper biography.  Lots of interesting stuff about his family and life at home and at school.
Oh, man I loved that book. There were somethings he put in there that I was a bit surprised about.

Mark Sullivan said:
Life by Keith Richards with James Fox.  I was set to read more fiction, but my library hold came in at the right time.  It's good so far.  It begins with a 1975 Rolling Stones story--that's what everyone is buying the book for, after all--but then goes into Richards' early life, like any proper biography.  Lots of interesting stuff about his family and life at home and at school.
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Pretty durn good, but I'm not sure how to take it quite yet. It's about making your life a better story--worthy of being a movie, instead of living just a mundane existence. It's really well-written, and about 90% convincing as a possibility....
Just finished We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin - it's well worth a look. Orwell said he'd read it, and he thought there was a good shot that Huxley had read it, as well. I can believe it, one can see elements in this book that resonate with elements in both 1984 and Brave New World.
Coming up next is The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea, by Yukio Mishima.
Blood's A Rover by James Ellroy. I'm so excited to finally get to read this.
Finally getting around to some Kurt Vonnegut, which I have somehow managed to overlook until now. Started with Cat's Cradle, which I'm really enjoying. The amazing thing is how many plot points I was already familiar with--Bokononist terminology, ice-nine--just from them being mentioned in all sorts of cultural contexts, I guess. Vonnegut's writing style is deceptively simple: economical, and easy to read. Reminds me of Hemingway in that way (although I haven't read Hemingway in years, so memory may be playing tricks).
Finished Cat's Cradle and have started Slaughterhouse-Five. The reading is going a little slower with this one, despite the fact that his writing style is about the same. Maybe it's the jaunty tone Cat's Cradle has (despite the subject matter being quite bleak)? Enjoying it, anyway. I saw the movie ages ago, but I don't remember much.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Groups

Latest Activity

Richard Willis replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Sandman (TV)
"They called iit 24/7"
15 minutes ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion The Eighth Doctor: Stranded
""After crashing in 2020 London, the TARDIS crew has found the future of the universe altered…"
25 minutes ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion "Pick of the Week" - What's Yours?
"Hands down:"
52 minutes ago
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"I think Montoya's been commissioner since the beginning of Infinite Frontier, more than a year…"
2 hours ago
The Baron replied to Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man's discussion What Comic Books Have You Read Today?
"Batgirls #9: I initially picked up this series on a whim, but I'm still enjoying it more…"
2 hours ago
Philip Portelli replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Charlie Brown being a good big brother!"
2 hours ago
Dave Palmer replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
3 hours ago
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion "The Flash" movie star Ezra Miller busted for burglary
"And when you get down to it, Oliver Queen was basically Bruce Wayne. "
4 hours ago
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) replied to The Baron's discussion Movies I Have Seen Lately
"I should also mention there's a new book on Buster Keaton by critic Dana Stevens, who uses his…"
4 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Swamp Thing
"ISSUE #122: This issue reintroduces Professor Clark Johnson. He is the political science teacher at…"
4 hours ago
The Baron replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Swamp Thing
"Dowager in Three Stoobes Short:  "Ah, you must be those three environmental extremoists I…"
5 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Swamp Thing
"ISSUE #121: Lots of new characters introduced this issue. A trio of "monkeywrenchers"…"
5 hours ago

© 2022   Captain Comics, board content ©2013 Andrew Smith   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service