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It's the tenth!

Once a month book_memes demands to know what are you reading?

What book are you currently reading?
How far in are you?
What's it about?
Are you enjoying it?

[my answers in comments]


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Aug. 10th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
Dying Inside by Robert ilverberg

How far in are you?
138/302 pages

What's it about?
A man with the inherent ability to read minds considers it both a blessing and a curse, until he reaches his thirties and the talent begins to fade. Set in New York in the seventies, it reads like straight-up middle class Jewish lit, but with a definite sci-fi twist.

Are you enjoying it?
It's pretty good. It doesn't seem able to hold my attention for long periods, but it's good mellow reading for bedtime.

Edited at 2010-08-10 05:36 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oooh, it's been ages since I read this book - and than borrowed it to a friend to never get it back - but I want to re-read it at some point.
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Aug. 10th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.

How far in are you?
About 1/2 way (I've finished Betteredge's and Clack's chapters).

What's it about?
It's a Victorian mystery centered around the disappearance of a cursed diamond. The mystery is compounded because most of the characters are more concerned with honor and propriety than the truth.

Are you enjoying it?
Very much so. I'm very entertained by the writing and the plot is fairly interesting.
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
That was the last-but-one book I read and one of my favourites this year... wonderful story (I enjoyed The Woman in White slightly more because it was so sensational and fun) but the mystery element of The Moonstone was incredibly well handled, I thought.
Aug. 10th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

How far in are you?
Just started, reading on the first chapter.

What's it about?
Hmmm, so far all I can say is that the story takes place in Afghanistan and it's about an illegetimate daughter of an ex-housekeeper and a wealthy man.

Are you enjoying it?
It's interesting so far :)
Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)

Loved this book ~ hope you do too.
Aug. 10th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
2. Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

How far in are you?
1. 250 pages, or about 20% through.
2. I just started it.

What's it about?
1. Capitalism, self-made men (and women), railroads, and a crisis of culture.
2. A re-imagining of Mansfield Park where the character roles are switched around: Fanny Price is bad, Mary Crawford is good, and there's a murder to spice things up!

Are you enjoying it?
1. Actually, yes! It's a slog because it's so long, but I'm very interested to see what's going to happen.
2. Too soon to tell. It's obvious that the author has lifted bits of narrative from Austen's novels and patched them together in places, which annoys me a little; but I'm trying to keep an open mind.
Aug. 10th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
The Mermaid's Madness, by Jim C. Hines.

How far in are you?
Chapter 6, page 106.

What's it about?
(It's the sequel to The Stepsister Scheme.) The three princesses are out to stop a crazed mermaid, and save Queen Beatrice, whose life is hanging by a thread.

Are you enjoying it?
Yes, a lot. :)
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
What book are you currently reading? Banquets of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov.

How far in are you? I just finished it.

What's it about? It's a collection of short stories about a group of men called the Black Widowers who meet for dinner every month, along with Henry, their waiter. After dinner, the guest is asked to justify his existence and to share a problem that has been troubling him. Then the members of the club try to solve it.

Are you enjoying it? I love these stories, especially the variety of problems that are solved, and the banter and bickering between the club members.
Aug. 11th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.

How far in are you?
Just before halfway.

What's it about?
A man convinced he's half-wolf (bad synopsis) but it's a lot more metaphorical than literal, I think,

Are you enjoying it?
Very much. It's definitely going in my favourites pile so far!
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
The Ammonite Violin & Others by Caitlin R. Kiernan

How far in are you?
The last story. Almost done.

What's it about?
It's a collection of Kiernan's short stories.

Are you enjoying it?
Very much! It's beautiful and disturbing in equal parts.
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Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)

I absolutely loved this book.
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm always late to the party. 8|

What book are you currently reading?:
1. The World According to Garp by John Irving
2. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

How far in are you?:
1. 300-some pages
2. 50 pages

What's it about?:
1. A commentary on life from a man who likes to tell stories.
2. The experiences of a woman drawn into the 1971 Bangladesh war for independence.

Are you enjoying it?:
1. Immensely.
2. Yes.
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
-Roots of Evil by Sarah Rayne

How far in are you?
-Page 176/584

What's it about?
-Murder mystery, ghosts, family secrets, a child that may or may not exist...

Are you enjoying it?
-Yes. I needed a fun book that wouldn't require too much thought, and it's great for that.
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
- Working IX to V
How far in are you?
- Not very, I just picked it up from the library today.
What's it about?
- Jobs of the Greco-Roman world.
Are you enjoying it?
- So far; the author knows how to entertain, the information is fascinating.
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I. 1.Juan, Juan, Juan! Las cronicas de la television en el tiempo de Tommy By Beba Garcia
2.Gantz by Hiroya Oku
3.Pretties By Scott Westerfield

II. 1. Like a third of the book
2. Vol. 16
3. Halfway through

III. 1. Tells the story of how the media evolved in Puerto Rico and about the works of the most prolific comic producer of the Island.
2. After dying Kei Kurono finds himself and other people inside a small room containing a black ball. "Your lives have ended. How you use your new lives is entirely up to me." Was the message on the ball. Gantz, sends them on suicidal missions in order to win enough points to win the game and finally break free from the room.
3. Sequel to Uglies, the book follows Tally after her pretty surgery. She had all that she ever wanted, she was popular, had a hot boyfriend and was finally pretty but after a message from her past reminded her why she returned to the city and now she must choose between forgetting her past or fight for her live, because the authorities don't plan to let anyone with that kind of information survive.

VI. 1. It's very good so far.
2. Though I'm in love with this manga I haven't make any further progress because I've come to love one of its characters so much and I don't want to find out yet if she dies or not. ^^
3. Surprisingly I'm liking it. I didn't like the first that much but I'm finding this one a little more fast paced.
Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)

*What book are you currently reading?
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

* How far in are you?
Seventy-two pages; about half way into chapter two ~ they are long chapters.

* What's it about?
So far as I can tell, it's a mystery story about a lost child. A family haunted by the past. A doctor drawn into the mystery... I haven't quite worked it out...

* Are you enjoying it?
Hugely. I am a Sarah Waters fan & although I didn't really take to The Night Watch have loved all her other books.
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
What book are you currently reading?
The Virgin Suicides

How far in are you?
80 pages

What's it about?
A young girl commits suicide and the boys and her sisters seem to be struggling with their lives

Are you enjoying it?
The beginning really caught my attention, but the middle is a bit slow
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