Currently Reading

Considering it’s been about 4 years since my latest update, you can guess that I’ve read a few books.  I can’t say exactly how many I’ve read and which ones, but let’s just say that on Goodreads.com, I have set a yearly goal of 36 books on average to read per year, and I’ve hit my goal for at least 2015 and 2016.  That’s 72+ books!  I can’t even recall all that I’ve read, let alone comment on them all, so I’ll just start anew with my current reading obsessions.

If you’ve heard of “Bones”, the Fox TV series with Temperance Brennan and Sealy Booth, you may know that the show is based of a series of novels by Kathy Reichs.  I’ve read the first in the Tempe Brennan series, some time earlier this year.  I plan to read more in that series.  The current Kathy Reichs series that I’m reading is a young adult/teen series.  I admit, I still refuse to grow up!  The series is about “Virals” – 4 kids who get infected by an altered parvo virus.  After they recovered from the ill affects of the virus, they found they have canine-like abilities, since they contracted the disease from an infected wolf-dog.  The abilities include exceptional hearing, sight, smell (Tori can literally smell fear and other emotions), strength, and speed.  Anyway, I just started “reading” the 4th book in the series.  Yeah, you may say that I’ve been enjoying the series.  One thing I find especially refreshing about the young adult series that I read is the fact that since the authors aren’t trying to hook in as many adults as possible, they avoid the typical hooks of graphic violence, sex, and profanity.  There is plenty of adventure in the Virals series, but reading these books doesn’t leave me feeling talked down to.

The other book I’m currently reading is H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine.  I’m almost done with it, and I have to say it is nothing like I expected.  (Which is probably why I’ve been almost done with it for over a month now.) 🙂  This book is mostly a narrative of the main character who invented the time machine and traveled forward in time something like 80,000+ years and it’s his monologue of what he experienced in the “future.”  Even though the book was originally published in 1895, Wells had a good ability for describing the imaginary ability to travel through time.  The dialog/monologue of the text doesn’t feel like other late-19th-century works, which honestly surprised me somewhat.

I should probably clarify – when I’m “reading” multiple books at the same time it is usually because I listen to some books in my car while I’m driving and other books I am actually seeing words on paper (or Kindle screen or iPhone screen – you get it).  I’ve actually found it easy to keep the stories separate from each other, even when the books I’m reading in tandem aren’t a teen series and a 19th century novel. 🙂

I’ll probably come back at a later date and talk about some of the other series that I’ve read in the past year or so, as well as some really good standalone novels that I’ve read (such as Stephen King’s 11-22-63 – one of my favorite most recent books.)  11-22-63 is what inspired me to read The Time Machine, and it also served somewhat as inspiration to King to write his novel.  If you didn’t already guess, 11-22-63 revolves around the time of JFK’s assassination.

More to come!

Books

Wow, it’s been over two years since I posted anything in this category. No, I didn’t forget how to read or stop, I just got lazy and stopped updating my blog. Here’s where I stand right now:

Currently reading the collection of 56 short stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Doctrine and Covenants (in Section 84 right now – see my previous posts about LDS scripture), and I am about to start Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” today.

The Sherlock Holmes stories are an interesting read – they are 56 stories combined into one collection. Some stories reference previous stories, but each story can stand on its own. I’ve been reading these stories for quite a while. I can’t tell you how far into the “book” I am, because I’m reading the stories on a Kindle, which I really enjoy. I am also reading the Doctrine and Covenants on the Kindle. The Dan Brown is a real, traditional paper and binding book. That may feel weird. 🙂

One interesting and cool feature of the Kindle is that it has a built-in dictionary. If I don’t know a word, I just move the cursor to the word and the definition shows up at the bottom of the page. Sherlock Holmes uses a lot of 19th century words and describes modes of transportation that are no longer in use, so I can just move my cursor and get an idea of what he’s talking about.

Oh, yeah, it’s worth noting that I am in the process of building an online bookstore. It’s open for business, but only has about 40-some books listed for sale. If you wanna check it out, it’s at www.booksbygeorge.com – I’m hoping to be adding books to the inventory on a weekly basis. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

Check it out…

I have just opened an online bookstore, selling primarily used books at cheap prices.  Typical paperbacks in very good condition are selling for about $5 which includes shipping, and hardcovers are selling for about $14, including shipping.  I’m still entering my inventory into the system, so the store catalog will be steadily increasing.  Stop by and browse the store if you’re interested in seeing what’s in my catalog.  The website is http://www.usedbooksbygeorge.com

Currently Reading

I’m already on to my next book(s). I’m currently reading four books (yeah, really, I am!) All four are religion centric. I’m taking a break from fiction for a little while. [Read more →]

Split Second

I finished Split Second by David Baldacci last week. Here is a quote from my review on Shelfari.

“Not the best Baldacci that I’ve read. The book had its share of twists and surprises, but I don’t think this was as good as some of his later works.”

I like Baldacci’s works, but like all authors, some of his novels are better than others.  This wasn’t my favorite of the many Baldacci’s books I’ve read.

New book

I’ve recently started reading a new book.  I haven’t had a lot of time for reading, so it’ll probably take a while to read it.  The book is by one of my Top 5 authors, David Baldacci.  The book is called Split Second, and the jacket describes it as a story of two Secret Service agents who both lost protectees on their watch, and their paths eventually cross.  Should be a good one.

Finally done with “The Golden Buddha!”

I had a lot of quiet time yesterday (Saturday), so I was able to get “The Golden Buddha” finished.  Of course it ended just as anyone could have predicted.  I was quite surprised by the content of the book.  If this were a movie, I would have rated all the text up to what I read yesterday as PG.  However, a section I read yesterday would have been rated R for violence.  It was shocking to have such violence in a relatively tame book.

I can tell you I’ll never read another Clive Cussler that was co-authored with anyone.  I don’t know if I mentioned before, I read a Cussler book that was co-authored with Paul Kemprekos, and it, too, was a major disappointment.

My next book?  Another of my favorite authors who has yet to disappointment me, David Baldacci.  Stay tuned for my comments on “Split Second.”

The Book Is Done

Speaking of The Golden Buddha. Based on my previous messages, will you be surprised when I tell you the “Corporation” accomplished everything they want to do, as well as avoiding no injuries within the corporation people worse than a couple of cracked ribs? I’m not going to give away the plot, if any of you want to read the book. The ending was very predictable, as well.

This book is definitely trade-in or donate material. It’s the second Clive Cusler that I’ve read where he co-authored the book. The other was with Paul Kemprekos. I didn’t like that one either.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino stories, they do some corny things, they get captured, they have to escape, they have to rescue pretty girls, they steal and drive/pilot cool cars and boat. In fact, every car that Cussler writes about that Dirk has in his hangar/garage, Cussler owns that actual car, stored either in Evergreen, Colorado or I think Phoenix, Arizona. And, in most of his earlier books, Cussler also wrote a very small cameo bit for himself in every book.

I’m not giving up on Cussler. I’m just not going to buy a book where Clive is sharing the cover with another author.

The Golden Buddha

OK, I’ve already stated how I feel about this book.  Remember that post?  I’m about 75% through the book, and it’s finally become interesting.  Well, sorta.  There was a goal the group in the book was trying to accomplish, and they’ve completed a major hurdle.  The culmination of this hurdle was an interesting read.  Now that this task has been accomplished, I’m worried the book will end up back in its humdrum mode it’s been in from page one.  The good news is I’m 75% through the book, which means I’ll soon be on to my next book!

My current book

I love to read! Any chance I get to read, I will. That being said, I’m finding it hard to get through my current book.

I’m reading “Golden Buddha” by Clive Cussler. I’ve read tons of his works. The early books he wrote chronicled the adventures of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. While his story lines can be far fetched and somewhat corny, they provide a fun read and an escape from reality. This book isn’t a Dirk Pitt book. It’s a Juan Cabrillo book. Cussler introduced Cabrillo in what I believe was his last Dirk Pitt novel. This book is Cabrillo’s first book all about him and his corporation. The cast of regular characters is so long and confusing, Cussler includes a listing of the primary characters in the book, along with their role in “the corporation” (if they belong to the corporation) or their role as villains or heroes in the story. After getting into this book and referring back to the cast of characters on numerous occasions to remember who is who, I find it to be a tedious read. The Dirk Pitt books had a primary cast of 5 or 6 regulars (Pitt, Giordino, Sandecker, Gunn, and Loren (with the violet eyes), Dirk’s on-again-off-again main squeeze.) Now, I haven’t read a Dirk Pitt novel in probably a year or more, but I was able to come up with these names in less than 30 seconds, with no Googling. 🙂 If you asked me more than Juan Cabrillo in this current novel, I’d have to refer to the book.

What all this says, in way too many words, is I’m finding this book challenging to get to the last chapter. When I do, I won’t be picking up another Juan Cabrillo novel again! I picked up one of Cussler’s “Kirt Austin” novels that he co-authors with Paul Kemprecos, and found that almost as annoying as this book I’m reading now.

I should read another Dirk Pitt novel, so I can write some good things about Clive Cussler, because I’ve read over a dozen of his other novels and thoroughly enjoyed them all!