What I'm currently reading:
Storm Front by Jim Butcher.
Trav loaned me this paperback and I've gotten about 6 chapters into it. So far, I'm enjoying it and Trav was right that I would like the character (afterall, I've played many the smartass in the various role-playing adventures we've had.)
I am enjoying it, so if I had anything negative to say about it so far, it's that so far the plot doesn't seem nearly as interesting as the character itself and I find myself seriously wanting to learn about the protagonist. I'll reserve final judgment until it's finished.
What I'm currently Re-reading:
Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Winston
A rather trippy smattering of words that kinda resembles a novel. It's by no means a easy read as since the story deals with paralell universes, the Illuminati, and other assorted weirdness, the unitiated will find themselve asking "dwah?" The narrative can be hard to follow because the story never stays in the same universe for very long and once it leaves one dimension, don't expect it to go back. If you've ever played a Steve Jackson game, however, you take to this like Mongolians to BBQ.
Most people will prolly find The Illuminatus Trilogy a bit easier to digest and admittingly, since Schoedinger's is the follow-up novel, it's probably recommended to read it first.
Most likely, both of these books were written with the aid of mind-altering chemicals, but I don't think it's required to use them to enjoy them. If you're looking for something really different than the usual Grisham, King, Nora Roberts faire, you mind like this.
A book I would like to check out:
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
I'm a huge Miyazaki fan, so of course I own the movie. I know that the story is much diffrent in the book, apart from the basic premise of Sophie's Curse, Howl and Calcifor's Bargain, etc. I would like to give this a once over to compare and contrast with the film version like I finally did with The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
Okay, now for some recommended reads for anyone looking for something new to try...
Ai Yori Aoshi by Fumizuki Kou (series).
Okay, so yeah, it's a comic book, but don't let that stop ya from giving it a look, especially if you tend to drift toward romantic reads anyway.
It can be described as a "Harem" series (a plot that is based on the premise of one male protagonist surrounded by several female co-stars all trying to win his limited attention) and it does tend to drift into those stereotypical plots sometimes, but the scenes that involve Karou and Aoi are what make this worth checking out.
Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley.
You may not be fans of pro-wrestling (abet even I stopped watching the last couple years) but don't blow this off. If you're a fan of just plain interesting people, Mick Foley will grab your by the eyes and not let go. With a life story a million times more interesting and bizarre than any character that could be created by a backstage wrestling writer, Mick Foley used this book as a stepping stone to his own writing career.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you wish you were him and bless the fact that you aren't. This is a highly recommended read for any biography lover and has the added bonus that it is one of the few "sports" autobiographies that was actually written by the person in question and not ghost-written.
Okay, I started the ball rolling. Now, if you excuse me, I do wanna get a couple chapters in before bed.
Here's where I place my bookmark.