Bil Browning

What I'm reading now

Filed By Bil Browning | February 13, 2006 6:35 PM | comments

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Bruce's entry reminded me that I haven't done a "What I'm Reading Now" post in a long time. It's one of those things that have completely slipped my mind. I apologize - I know how much all of you were just waiting - panting, even - to see what I had in my grubby hands... *grins*

To make up for some lost time - I'm just posting links to the books I've read. (DISCLOSURE: If you click the link and buy the book from Amazon.com, I'll make a few pennies for the blog.) Amazon does a darn good job of summarizing the books, so I won't reinvent the wheel. I'll give it the new gold standard - the WIRIA? - Would I Read It Again? I usually read books that I enjoy more than once. The more times I've read it is a good indicator of how much I think of the book.

TITLE: Wizard's First Rule
AUTHOR: Terry Goodkind
WIRIA? Definitely. This was probably the 5th or 6th time I've read this story. It has everything a fantasy novel is supposed to have - young woods guide becomes a wizard ruler using his brawn, brains, and damn good looks. Also appearing: an old wise man, a stunningly beautiful magical woman, a powerful wizard who is *gasp* also your father! And he gets to do it all with a huge Sword of Truth!

TITLE: Stone of Tears
AUTHOR: Terry Goodkind
WIRIA? Of course. This is book two of the "Sword of Truth" series. I've read it four or five times as well. It's not as good as the first book, but I love Sister Verna

TITLE: Electroboy
AUTHOR: Andy Behrman
WIRIA? Well, it's staying on the shelf. So I'm leaving it there under the assumption that I'll read it again. But I have to tell you, this autobiography has such a manic pace that I don't know how soon that'll be. Reading it wore me out! Bruce recommended this book to me. I'm glad I read it - at least once.

TITLE: An Unquiet Mind : A Memoir of Moods and Madness
AUTHOR: Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison
WIRIA? Another recommendation by Bruce, this book is a fascinating autobiography about a psychiatrist with bipolar disorder. This has helped me to realize how other people are dealing with the illness in a professional setting. I highly recommend it myself - and I'll reread it several times I'm betting.


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Bruce Parker | February 14, 2006 3:01 AM

Electroboy deserves more credit than you give it. I loved it. I thought it was very very manic paced and when I am sad about feeling down sometimes I read it to get myself moving again. It also makes me greatful for some medical advances. Didn't a cute southern speaking boy give you that book?

No, I bought it on Amazon... But the cute southern speaking boy DID tell me to buy it... He gave me An Unquiet Mind. :)

And it's funny you should say that about being down and reading the book again - that's exactly what I kept it for!