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I just finished listening to Michael Crichton's last book, Pirate Latitudes. The title's a little naughty, considering the book's about privateers, not pirates (privateers were gentlemen of fortune, whose work was approved/encouraged by their monarch - in exchange for a percentage of any plunder).
Mind you, back when the book first came out in 2009, Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow was the talk of the town, so I daresay the publisher thought having 'pirates' in the title would help it sell better.



All in all, l enjoyed the book. I believe Steven Spielberg plans to make a movie version (scheduled for 2014). Like most of Crichton's books, I should think it'll translate well onto the silver screen.

Next up for me is S. M. Stirling's, The Sky People. I'm only a few minutes in so far, but if the cover's anything to go by, I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this one too.


How about you?

What are you reading at the moment?

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ex_naomi_ja
Jun. 13th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Fiction - Night Veil by Yasmine Galenorn. I go back and forth a lot over how much I enjoy her works, but this is very good so far.

Non-fiction- The Obesity Epidemic by Zoe Harcombe. I work for an obesity specialist, and I'm a fan of Zoe's blog and other books, so this piqued my interest!
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
It's weird when you like some books by an author but not his/her others, don;t you think?
ex_naomi_ja
Jun. 14th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Indeed! It's often hard for me to pinpoint why a certain book will work when another won't too. It usually comes down to tropes and themes rather than writing though.
mylefteye
Jun. 13th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
I just finished Eoin Colfer's Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy book, "And another Thing..." which was an enjoyable enough romp and certainly worthy of Douglas Adams' canon. Not sure what to read next. I fancy a complete change of scenery, so probably an autobiography.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Did you ever read David Niven's? I read it back in the 1970s. Great autobiography :)
mylefteye
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
The Moon's a Balloon and Bring on the Empty Horses are classics. I read somewhere that Niven was not popular among the Hollywood stars for a while as he'd taken a lot of their favourite after-dinner anecdotes and claimed them for himself.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Lol, clearly a natural born writer :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Well, at the moment, I'd say I'm reading your blog entry, here. ;3
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Pthwerrrrpt! :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
XD I did just finish "Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" last night, but that doesn't count, right? As I finished, and a\m not currently reading, it.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sure nobody will mind :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
All righty, then. I was considering starting "The Hunger Games" next. Since I decided that The Behemoth fits best as YA, I figured that reading in the general genre wouldn't hurt.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
The Hunger Games is on my list :)
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
I find that I get through the ebook editions a lot faster, probably because I can sit at the computer and play with the print until it's large enough for me to read without squinting. ;3
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought, too...
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! See? I was not the only one! ;3
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
You may not be a professional pirate,
but in this instance,
I dare say you're in the best of company!
:)

snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
bogwitch64
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
The Silence of Trees by Valya Dudycz Lupescu. I believe it's self-published. The small press it's published by seems to be run by the author, and hers is the only book. Not sure, really.

It breaks the stereotype of self-published novels. Gorgeous book, beautiful story. Haunting and lovely at the same time. I highly recommend it.
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I hope it's not rude of me to ask
what prompted you to read this book?
bogwitch64
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
A recommendation from my mom, actually. And I'll be honest--had I known it was self-published, I might not have jumped to buy it. I've not had very good experience with self-published titles, I'm afraid, and my TBR pile is about 200 books high. Russian folklore and WW2--a sad but winning combination for me. It certainly speaks well for self-published novels, that's for certain.
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...

So I should be sending review copies
to peoples' moms...
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Great author name :)
jaguarx13
Jun. 13th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
I just finished Stacia Kane's Sacrificial Magic and Charles de Lint's first Wildling's book, Under My Skin. I'm just about to start The Serpent's Shadow, the third book in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I gave up about a quarter-way through the first one. I just couldn't get into it.
jaguarx13
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
I think it's just my obsession with ancient Egypt that's keeping me going, though I only got through the first Percy Jackson book.
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong. I'm sure it's a great series, just not my cup of tea.
tracy_d74
Jun. 13th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Bitterblue by Kristen Kashore and a MS by a friend.
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Freiend's MS = Eek! or :)
tracy_d74
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
:)
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Still reading Moby Dick
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
You know, I've seen the movie (the one with Admiral Nelson from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in it, but I don't think I've ever read the book.
msstacy13
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Richard Basehart.
Technically the same actor,
but the young man on his first whaling voyage,
and the old admiral are as different
as the man who played each at very different times in his life.

I hadn't realized the extent to which I plagiarize
immitate Melville's narrative style.
I'll have to read some of his other books;
maybe it was merely this style which ended his career.
In any case, at least half the book
is asides, essentaially, about various aspects of whaling.
Interesting, if you're interested, but boring if you're not.
doggiedynasty
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Pirates Latitude too! It's my mother's though (since it's set in Port Royal, Jamaica), but decided to borrow it.
I am liking it so far, but I'm slow at reading.

The back summary makes it sound like that Hunter is the main character. Is it him or the governor?
jongibbs
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, but as the book progresses, Hunter is definitely the main character.
jakobdrud
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
I just finished the last two books of the Hunger Games, then went through issue one of Fireside Magazine, which I'll recommend. Up now... Some short fiction from Lightspeed or Clarkesworld, I guess. The next novel will likely be Neal Stephenson's Readme.
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're wading through that TBR pile at a fair old pace, Jakob :)
rowanda380
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
I am constantly reading scripts submitted to the theatre company I work with, I don't really have time to read anything else :0/
angeladegroot
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Audio books are great for listening to in the car - I get them from the library and listen to them when I'm running to and from errands, work and such.
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. I do most of my 'reading' while driving :)
rowanda380
Jun. 14th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
I love audio books :0)
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
:(
angeladegroot
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ellen DeGeneres's Seriously, I'm Kidding. Next up, a re-read of Stephen King's Salem's Lot as recommended by Jonathan Maberry at last weekend's Philadelphia Writers Conference as a good horror book to read and deconstruct. Can't wait- this is my kind of summer reading. Apparently it's awesome in audio book too.
jongibbs
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Salem's Lot! Is that on audio?
angeladegroot
Jun. 14th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, SL is now available in audio. Yay!
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