What book are you reading right now?

prior to "Under The Banner of Heaven", I read "Bunkie Spills" by Bradley K. Rosen, the first novel by an old friend from the early aughts and formerly drummer for Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormans.  And previous to "Bunkie Spills", I read  "The Push: A Climber's Journey Of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits".

 

 

Bert Schurink posted:

I like Baldacci, read a few of his books, although I can't recall the name of the series, very enjoyable.  I'm use reading Smiley's People, never got round to it before and was in the mood for a spy book.  It's dated a little in the dialogue but a great read non the less

I bought this on the recommendation of George F when he was on here. It’s just taken me ages to get around to read it. I’m familiar with the film of course and have watched it many times. The film is broadly faithful to the book but as to be expected it truncates many scenes and the development of the main characters. No surprises there. However what the book brings to life is the incredible physical and mental stress these war-time Atlantic seaman experienced, and over such a sustained period (for the survivors, that is). The book does a much better job at conveying the horror of it and strength of the participants. George was right to recommend it.

 
 
dayjay posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

I like Baldacci, read a few of his books, although I can't recall the name of the series, very enjoyable.  I'm use reading Smiley's People, never got round to it before and was in the mood for a spy book.  It's dated a little in the dialogue but a great read non the less

The Series is Called King and Maxwell, and I am now in the middle of it, great suspense...

Timmo1341 posted:

I think I'd put Baldacci alongside the likes of Jack Higgins and Clive Cussler. Reasonably well written, easy reading flummery for which a massive suspension of disbelief  is necessary!!

There is a moment for every form of reading. There are days for literature and days for just focusing your mind on something else. 

Just beginning:

"A stunning look at World War II from the other side...

From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front--von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers.

Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman. Told with the vivid detail of an impassioned eyewitness, his rare and moving memoir has become a classic in the literature of World War II, a first-person chronicle of the glory--and the inevitable tragedy--of a superb soldier fighting Hitler's war."

Bert Schurink posted:

Might give this one a try Bert.

I'm currently on the fourth book in Ken Follet's Kingsbridge series - 

Ken Follet's got a very simple, clear writing style, some would call it simplistic. But he's a superb storyteller, and his books are all meticulously researched. This, like all others of his I've read, is hugely enjoyable. If you've not read "The Pillars Of The Earth" I can heartily recommend it.

tonym posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

Might give this one a try Bert.

I'm currently on the fourth book in Ken Follet's Kingsbridge series - 

Ken Follet's got a very simple, clear writing style, some would call it simplistic. But he's a superb storyteller, and his books are all meticulously researched. This, like all others of his I've read, is hugely enjoyable. If you've not read "The Pillars Of The Earth" I can heartily recommend it.

Thanks for the recommendation. I already have this one on my Kindle and it’s next up when I finish the King and Maxwell series together with Dan Browns new one. I love Ken Follet and by the way still have to kill the other series of books (3000 pages which I started but didn’t finish due to the passing of my father years ago)...

Bert Schurink posted:
Timmo1341 posted:

I think I'd put Baldacci alongside the likes of Jack Higgins and Clive Cussler. Reasonably well written, easy reading flummery for which a massive suspension of disbelief  is necessary!!

There is a moment for every form of reading. There are days for literature and days for just focusing your mind on something else. 

Don't take it the wrong way, Bert. I enjoy easy reading as much as the next person. I'm working my way through Rory Clements' 'John Shakespeare' series at the moment. Quite compulsive, page turning pap!! 

No book, actually. I was searching for a few posts of mine I penned yesterday and today, but they have suddenly disappeared from the relative thread. So I could say I'm reading nothing presently. Safe the few lines I have just written.

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