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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: April 03, 2007, 10:32:15 PM
I put all the books I was reading before on hiatus, since I felt the strong urge to reread:

Pushkin's complete prose fiction
A few of my favorite short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Dostoyevsky's Demons (commonly called The Possessed)
Chekhov's short stories (well, not ALL of them...there are just too damn many...just my favorites)

Also reading for the first time:
Goetz von Berlichingen by Goethe
Quite a few short works that I have never read by Tolstoy (along with a few of my old favorites)

On the horizon:

Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami (which is the only one of his fictional works available in English that I have not yet read at least once)
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac
This really thick anthology of Turgenev's works that I checked out of the library
What is the What by Dave Eggers

And yeah, I really do read that many books at once; a chapter or two in one book, then move on to a few sections of other works before I come back.  Yes, it's very inefficient, but it's how I like to read.
2  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 30, 2007, 07:17:18 PM
Nothing wrong with liking Lemony Snicket!  I took the time to read the first 5 books about a year or two ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.  One of these days I'll finish the series, but I have SO many books on my agenda, it's not even funny.

So if anyone gives you crap about liking A Series of Unfortunate Events, just tell them that you know of a guy who prefers 19th Century Russian fiction to just about anything...and even HE says Lemony Snicket rocks.  (Hmm, now that I think about it, there is a certain grotesque humor to the books that reminds me of Gogol, and the overriding bleak fatalism definitely has a Russian character to it....lol)
3  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 28, 2007, 08:29:35 PM
Currently working my way through:

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith

On the Horizon:

Dune by Frank Herbert
Counterfeit Unrealities (a collection containing The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ubik, and A Scanner Darkly) by Philip K. Dick
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Links by Nuruddin Farah

...and those are just the library books.  One of these days I'll get around to reading the few hundred books that I own but have not yet read, but considering I'm always close to my 30 book limit from the public library, I hardly touch the books that I actually PAID for.  *shrug*
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