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I'm currently reading Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. I can't comment on how good the book is because I've only just started it.

I am currently reading...

...your text and the post I am writing right now :-P


Many things

Primarily, The Arabian Nights as edited by Muhsin Mahdi and translated by Husain Haddawy, and In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente, one of my favorite authors.

In print, Cold Vengeance, by

In print, Cold Vengeance, by Preston and Child. ebooks, Poker Face by Jess Sturman-Coombs; Headshot by John Hartness; Lunara: Seth and Chloe by Wyatt Davenport, and Sandy Morrison and the Pack of Pussies by Zoe Whitten. For reviews on the last four, see my blog at

Another book

Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

I'm disappointed that the library doen't have the sequel to Dance Upon the Air (but they have bought the 3rd book of the trilogy).


On Friday I read the sequel to Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed. It was better than the first book. However, from what I've read of the plot of the 3rd book, I fear it may not be as good.

Today I received, and completed, Heaven and Earth (the sequel to Dance Upon the Air). Unfortunately, it was not as good as the first book.

Other than my standard fare

Other than my standard fare of web comics and serialized novels, I am reading L.E. Modesitt Jr.'s "The Soprano Sorceress." First book of "The Spellsong Cycle."

Spellsong Cycle

I enjoyed those books. They are books I am glad I bought because I do occasionally re-read them.

And now for something different

My current book is Steelflower by Lilith Saintcrow.

Something else...

I'm reading Philip Roth, War against America.
I had read "Nemesis" earlier and that was good (except for the end, it completely loses its speed there).
Turns out (among other things) he's the age of my grandparents...

Another read

I read Face the Fire by Nora Roberts yesterday. It was not as good as the first book but a lot better than Heaven and Earth.

Oh dear!

I'm reading Stephen King's latest (?) book, 11.22.63, about the Kennedy assassination. Has anyone else here read it?

Casual vacancy...

... is anyone else here reading it? :)


Waiting to hear more about it. From all the critical comments I've heard... I might like it ;) But I don't want to buy it, and I imagine the hold line at my library is very long.

What do you think?

Wasn't sure at first...

... but now that I've finished it, it feels like I've had to step out of the world she created again.
I really liked it, only it's a very sad story. So, mixed feelings; but everyone should surely read it :)

Oh, also

I found it harder to read than the Harry Potter books...
I read a lot, now mostly in English, but it all seems to be American English, even my university textbooks. So I had difficulty with some of the words :P but as most of you are native speakers, that won't be such a problem!

I'm not surprised

The Casual Vacancy is intended for adults, so it would have higher-level vocabulary than the Harry Potter books, which are written for kids and teens. Did you learn some new vocabulary?


I finally looked up perennially, for instance! :P

Book Club reading

I may have joined one of the book clubs at the library. The reason why I use the word "may" is because the size of the group is stictly limited and they are not sure if there's space for me. I may be accepted into that group, one of the other book clubs or be told there's no space.

Assuming that I get accepted into the group that I attended last night, I'll start reading Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne.

College reading

I just read Julian Barnes "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" and "The Sense of an Ending" as well as Ian MacEwan "Atonement" for a class that's starting next week. I quite liked the Barnes books, though they were strange. I'm less sure about MacEwan.

I loved Atonement

Didn't the ending mess with your mind?!

Now reading...

My name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. The first twenty pages are hard and then it's amazing!

What are all of you reading?


I read that a few years ago. I liked it a lot. I should read some of Chaim Potok's other books.

I'm reading Huntress by Malinda Lo. It really doesn't measure up to her first book, Ash, but I knew it wouldn't, and it's very good anyway.

You should...

... they really are very good. I started with The Promise and then I just kept on hunting them up. Apparently, other people around here like him as well, as he's not that hard to find.
I'm kind of ashamed to admit I read his books as if they are fantasy. I know the world he talks about actually exists, but in the books it seems to be there just so these stories can be told.

Weekend gone

On Saturday I read Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. It's an urban fantasy set in London. The hero is a police constable and his journey into the other side of London happens when he takes a witness statement from a ghost.

This weekend

I've just finished The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. I'm also reading The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman.

The Rook

How did you like it? I tried to listen to the audiobook a few months ago and couldn't get into it; that might have been due to the format, though. I had a hard time paying attention. I definitely plan to try it again in printed/ebook form.

Quick Review

I give it 3* out of 5.

Basically, it's a spy novel with supernatural elements. The premise is the most interesting aspect of the story and is what hooked me in. It did sustain my interest but, like other spy novels, the ending was OK. At times the heroine seemed to be a little bit of a Mary Sue. If you like Craig Thomas, Frederick Forsyth or Tom Clancy, you would enjoy this. If not think carefully.

{edit}Comparing it with films, it feels rather like Salt or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I read the start of the book on Amazon's "Look inside" and I was hooked.


I've never read any of those authors or seen either of those movies. Spy novel with supernatural elements does sound cool, though.

Promotional video

I confess that I do like the promotional video for the book.

Reference book

It's not something that is easily read cover-to-cover but I now have: Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia by Carol Rose.


I haven't heard of that one. Let us know what you think when you've finished it.


It's more of a reference book but I do find myself flipping through it when I'm bored or procrastinating.

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