Sunday, July 15, 2007

What are you reading?

Here are the last five books I've read or re-read: Midnight Tides, Steven Erikson (four stars); Word Wars, Chris Stevenson (five stars); Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein (three stars); The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (five stars); The Children of Hurin, Christopher Tolkien (two stars).

Here are the next five books I own and am planning on reading: The Bonehunters, Steven Erikson; Flight of the Nighthawks (Book One), Raymond E. Feist; Song for the Basilisk, Patricia A. McKillip; Dragon Bones, Patricia Briggs; Sword in the Storm (Book One), David Gemmell.

Anyone else care to share? Five or less is fine! Also, I'd love to hear comments on any of the above books, good or bad.

10 comments:

RHUM said...

I am one of Jim's beta readers, so the last five books I have read are The Pit, Moon Goddess, Eve of War, World on Fire, and Sun God -- and I have enjoyed them all immensely. I'm eagerly awaiting Book Six!

Jim Melvin said...

Ha! Thanks, Rick, for the plug. And I appreciate all your hard work.

Allie Boniface said...

I'm going on vacation soon and taking with me Life of Pi (Yann Martel), The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls), The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger), Welcome to Temptation (Jennifer Crusie), and The Rule of Four (Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason). We'll see how many I get through!

Jim Melvin said...

My gosh, Allie! Are you going on vacation for six months? That's impressive!

-Kelly M. said...

In various stages of reading: Cell (Stephen King), The Good That Men Do (Star Trek tie-in), Stray (Rachel Vincent), Unshapely Things (Mark del Franco), and A Darker Crimson (Carolyn Jewel).

Jim Melvin said...

I was pleasantly surprised by Cell. Though a huge King fan, I wasn't expecting much, for some reason, yet I loved Cell, especially the pacing. And thanks for the comment!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hello Jim,

I just finished the first two Little House books ...Big Woods and ...The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Signs in the Sky by Adrian Gilbert, Are You really Too Sensitive? by Marcie Calhoun, and Healing Yourself With Light by LaUna Huffines.
I was a major Heinlein fan when I was younger and I still think the world of him.
My husband and I are just finishing up Manda Scott's quadrology on Queen Boudica as our bedtime story.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the visit.

Jim Melvin said...

Leah, it was my pleasure to visit your blog, and thanks to you for visiting mine. My youngest daughter (of five) is named Lia. My wife and I adopted her from Cambodia.

When books are discussed in this fashion, it amazes me how many titles I've never even heard of. Makes me wish I could read ten hours a day seven days a week just to catch up!

Michael said...

Of those you've listed, I've only read Starship Troopers, which I liked very much. The last book I read was Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz, and right now I'm about halfway through The Mars Imperative by Mark Terence Chapman.

Jim Melvin said...

I've read four or five by Koontz, but not that one. And I've never read The Mars Imperative. It never ceases to annoy me how many books I haven't read, despite reading nonstop since I was a teenager!

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