As you can from the box on the right, I am reading Dan Brown’s latest, Inferno (2013). I am enjoying this much more than his previous book, The Lost Symbol. Robert Langdon is again running around a major city and using ancient works of art to solve the world-threatening predicament he has found himself involuntarily placed in. So it is just like the other Brown thrillers! Not as great as The Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons but definitely worth a look. Impossible to read this without seeing Tom Hanks as Langdon (I saw him as Langdon before he starred in Da Vinci Code). I am seeing Andrea Riseborough as Sienna. She was about the only thing that impressed me in Oblivion.
Like most avid readers, I have more than one book going. It is impossible for me to read just one at a time. The others are:
The Lost Prince (2012)
by Selden Edwards
The sequel to Edwards’ debut novel, The Little Book (2006), picks up the story of Weezie Putnam where the last book left off. She’s a society woman with foreknowledge of how the 20th century will go, and using that knowledge for the betterment of humankind. As you well know, I love time travel stories. I’m a sucker for stories that play around with history. I’m a sucker for a good romance. This book has all three, and is superior to its predecessor. I strongly recommend both.
The Complete Peanuts,
By Charles Schulz
I am a Peanuts fanatic. I was Charlie Brown growing up. I still have a little bit of Charlie Brown inside. When Fantagraphics Books started publishing the complete comic strip in 2004 (two years per volume) I was hooked. This particular volume is fun for me because I had stopped reading the comic strip by this point (I was in college and no longer into childish things). Being older now, I’m not so concerned with childish things. Just what still makes me laugh and cry. And the brilliant Charles Schulz is still doing that.
A History of the Western World, Vol. 1 (1974)
By Bryce Lyon, Herbert Rowen, & Theodore Hamerow
The textbook for my Western Civilization AP class my senior year of high school. I absolutely loved reading this back then. Learned so much about history and the world. This books was a real eye opener and I really hated having to turn it in at the end of the year. About a year ago, I started searching for it on the Internet even though I didn’t know the title or author. Amazingly, I was able to locate it pretty much right away and found both it and Volume 2 were for sale on eBay for only five dollars. It was an instant sale. I don’t read this every day. I use it more as background and a chance to relax when I’m stressed. That’s right, I relax by reading history textbooks.
Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors & Publishers (2009)
By Scott Norton
Because I’m always looking to improve.
What am I going to read next?
Carrie (1974) By Stephen King
Never read it. Love Stephen King
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 (2012)
By Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
Love Alan Moore!
Catherine The Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011)
By Robert K. Massie
Massie is one of my all-time favorite writers! And I love Russia.
What are you reading?