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What are you reading at the moment?

I've listened to a couple of classic books during the last week or so.

Have Space Suit Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein, was the first science fiction novel I ever read (I think I was about ten or eleven at the time). I was surprised at how much of the characters and story I remembered, and how much I enjoyed revisiting this great yarn. 

Still in 'classic' mode, I next picked Robert Louis Stephenson's, Treasure Island, from the library's audio collection.

When I first read the book, some 40+ years ago, I understood very few of the nautical terms and expressions, but it didn't stop me enjoying what (at the time) I thought was one of the best stories I'd ever read.

I've seen various movie interpretations of it since (the best being Muppet Treasure Island), but I haven't revisited the actual book since my late teens. After listening to the unabridged audio version, I'm happy to say that it's still one of my favorite stories. Long John Silver has to be one of the most enjoyable bad guys in fiction.

How about you?

What book are you reading (or listening to) at the moment?


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May. 31st, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Since you ask,
Moby Dick.
This is at least my third time with it.
May. 31st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Another classic :)
May. 31st, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and not only is the muppet version the best adaptation,
it is also, far and away, Tim Curry's best movie.
May. 31st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Tim Curry is always good :)
May. 31st, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
Canada by Richard Ford.
May. 31st, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
How is it?
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May. 31st, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Audiobooks are something I've never quite been able to get into... But reading one of the Deverry books by Katharine Kerr at the moment.
May. 31st, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
If I have to choose, I'd rather read, but I do a fair bit of driving these days, and I'd rather listen to a book than music or talk radio.
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May. 31st, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Art and Fear by Bayles and Orland for my writing development. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Claire at night and listening to Between Shades of Grey in my car to and from work.
May. 31st, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Three at the same time? Impressive! :)
May. 31st, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I recently finished listening to Tim Curry reading Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. I want more stories narrated by Tim Curry. He's a delight to listen to. The story, while classic, struck me as altogether less exciting than I'd expected. Not disappointing exactly, but in the hands of a lesser narrator, I might have given up.

Now I've just started listening to All's Quiet on the Western Front. I'm finding that classic audio books make the commute a bit more bearable. Gives me a way to catch up on classics I missed out on reading in my youth, and makes what I previously considered "dead" time productive. I'm a firm believer that exposure to good reading helps us learn, if only intuitively, better craft for our writing. Since February I've listened to six audio books and am on my seventh now. If I can manage about one a month, that's an extra dozen novels to consume every year. From where I stand (or sit as the case may be while driving) that's a fine thing.
May. 31st, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'll have to check out Tim Curry's narratives. He's got a great voice :)
May. 31st, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I finished DRACULA the other night and now I'm either going to read VARNEY THE VAMPIRE, or A DIVINE COMEDY.

Not sure. I downloaded a pile of classic books a while back. Books I always wanted to read, but could never find.
May. 31st, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
So many great books pass me by each year. For example, I still haven't read The Hunger Games, though I hope to remedy that soon :)
May. 31st, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Have you ever had the chance to listen to the Alien Voices productions of classic old SF works? These are the audio dramas put together by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie, with many cast members drawn from the various Trek incarnations. They're really great fun. I saw them doing an audio performance on PBS some years ago and picked most of them up shortly thereafter. (I didn't care nearly as much for the coy "Spock vs. Q" but the classic stuff is nicely done.)

If you ever come across a narrator named Josephine Bailey, she's incredible. I listend to Libba Bray's "A Great and Terrible Beauty," which has four main teenage girls in Victorian England and scads of supporting characters. I could tell which character was "speaking" even when the character wasn't identified, by the variation the narrator put into their voices. It was amazing. She's also done "The Secret Garden," which is where I first discovered her.
May. 31st, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'd heard of the Alien Voices recordings, but not yet listened to any. I'll have to look them up.

Thanks, Amy :)
May. 31st, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Listening to the audiobook of THE JADE OGRE by Will Murray. It's one of the new Doc Savage adventures he's been writing. Due to the cliffhanging nature of the book I've been listening to one chapter a night before bed.

I'm reading the dead tree version of KNIGHT OF THE BLAZING SUN by Josh Reynolds
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Do you remember Ron Ely in that Doc Savage movie from back in the 70s?
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
Manuscripts. I feel like that's all I read these days! But I love the ones I'm working on. And I just read Little Bee. It was great.
Jun. 1st, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
Reading someone else's manuscript counts too. It's kind of like working in a maternity ward, doing an ultrasound scan of a (soon to be born) baby :)
Jun. 1st, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)

I'm just finishing Alexander McCall Smith's The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. To anticipate any question regarding what I think of it, it is the 13th in the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and I have listened to greedily consumed all of the first twelve! If I wasn't impressed, I would be listening to this one.

The reader, Lisette Lecatt, does an excellent job of preforming the Botswanan accent, as well as switching to the occasional British and in this book, an American visitor.

The book is filled with the beauty of Botswana (a land-locked country); it/their traditions, culture, respect for one another, and the indications of the changes as the old generation succumbs to the in-roads of the more modern.

Alexander McCall Smith

Jun. 1st, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the TV series they made of those books :)
Jun. 1st, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
Sis gave me Simon Schama's new book of essays, Scribble Scribble Scribble for my birthday, and as I was on a flight today I started it... looks good.

And I picked up a second-hand 1970s book on Australian Christmases on the weekend, so that's next :)
Jun. 1st, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Christmas in June? :)
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Jun. 3rd, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to Alastair Reynolds's Blue Remembered Earth along with the flotilla of Year's Best SF anthologies edited by Dozois, Hartwell, and the Solaris collection if they do a fourth volume.
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
Sometimes, looking forward to a good book is almost as much fun as reading one :)
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