Waiting for Thursday Thirteen…


So… while I figure out what to do for tonight’s Thursday Thirteen, I have a question:

Reading anything good?

I’m reading an okay science fiction, but earlier in the week read my first James Alan Gardner, Expendable. I figured it was sort of fitting, when I realized it was his — yes, here we go again — debut.

Just can’t lose the debuts, can I?

Back to our question: Reading anything good?



  1. crowwoman / rhian

    March 7, 2007 9:17 am

    Reading all kinds of good. I just put up a lust list that i realized could proably fall under thrusday 13 but it’s gonna be way toooooo long by the time I’m done.

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 7, 2007 9:18 am

    Ooh, I’d better go see that list — my wishlist is only 1100 books big right now!

  3. Karen

    March 7, 2007 10:04 am

    Right now I’m in transition… I just finished reading a bunch of books. I’m working my way through Ursula Le Guin’s A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/0060914343″ REL=”nofollow”The Wind’s Twelve Quarters/A, but I haven’t gotten into anything else just yet. Next up on my plate: A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/0809557940″ REL=”nofollow”A Mortal Glamour/A, A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/0375422722 ” REL=”nofollow”Blue Shoes and Happiness/A, Paul Auster’s A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/0143112228″ REL=”nofollow”Invention of Solitude/A, and A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/1582349010″ REL=”nofollow”River Secrets/A, a YA book–not necessarily in that order.

  4. karen!

    March 7, 2007 10:08 am

    That other Karen is me too… the problem with having two google account *rolleyes*

  5. bunnygirl

    March 7, 2007 10:09 am

    It’s not fiction, but I’m reading “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey.” I swear if it were fiction I’d laugh and put it away, it’s that crazy. BR/BR/Basically, TR was bored and looking for adventure after losing the 1912 election, so he, one of his sons, a famous US naturalist and an even more famous Brazilian explorer set off on an inadequately supplied journey down an unknown river in the Amazon jungle. TR nearly died.BR/BR/You certainly don’t hear of ex-presidents doing that sort of things these days. So far the mistakes they’re making are stunning, like… oh… showing up at the river without BOATS! :-0

  6. Lisa

    March 7, 2007 10:12 am

    I’m reading Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes, and Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison, neither of which are debuts. However, I just finished Sufficient Grace by Darnell Arnoult, which was her first book of fiction, if that counts. I wrote a little review of it on my blog if you’re interested.

  7. Breeni

    March 7, 2007 10:20 am

    I’m reading about the Maharishi School of Excellence. Interesting concept: the kids are smarter because they practice transcendental meditation. Not that interesting of a book, though. 🙂

  8. cheesygiraffe

    March 7, 2007 10:31 am

    I’m reading good things all the time. ;)BR/I just finished The Cat Who Went To Paris by Peter Gethers and now I’m reading A Cat Abroad by Peter Gethers. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but these books are great. Have you read them Susan? I know you love your cats.

  9. scooper

    March 7, 2007 10:41 am

    I’ve got to go buy Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward today (maybe tomorrow).

  10. Wylie Kinson

    March 7, 2007 10:53 am

    I’m into JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood right now. It’s turning out to me quite a guilty pleasure!BR/But if you want an amazingly written story, I’d recommend Middlesex by Jeffery Euginides. I read it for the 50 book challenge and those characters stayed in my head for days after finishing (the mark of a good book, right?)

  11. jewlsntexas

    March 7, 2007 11:53 am

    I am reading a book right now called Feathers from My Nest. I hate to say this – but I don’t read much fiction. I am reading a book called the Golden Goblet with my children. I tend to love fiction read-alouds. Maybe that’s the secret! BR/Thanks for visiting my blog!

  12. nimrodiel

    March 7, 2007 12:19 pm

    I just finished a fantastic little fantasy trillogy by Patricia McKillip.BR/BR/Now I’m working on some review books, and a Jonathan Carroll book. He’s a new author for me, and I’m only a few pages in so I can’t recomend or say it’s bad as of yet.

  13. Mark

    March 7, 2007 2:18 pm

    I just started KEY LIME PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke. I’m not that far into it, but I expect to enjoy it since I’ve enjoyed her others.

  14. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 7, 2007 4:02 pm

    Wow, guys! What varied stuff — you’ve all got me drooling and wishing for more reading time in a day. But really, I’ve already given up keeping my house clean and the dishes washed. BR/BR/Instead of being an old lady with cats, I’m going to be an old lady with books, I swear it!

  15. spyscribbler

    March 7, 2007 6:21 pm

    I’m reading three things right now (trying to find a block where I can finish one!). Marcus Sakey’s The Blade Itself (awesome details and description), Joseph Finder’s Paranoia (really the love the way he makes single first person POV feel like multi-POV!), and Nora’s newest (that doesn’t need a comment, does it? Except the writing is even better, as always, and it made me want to cry, it was so skillful.) BR/BR/Okay, I Idid/I tear up.

  16. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 7, 2007 6:22 pm

    I just became a Nora fan a few months ago. I totally get where you’re coming from about the tearing up — before I read Northern Lights, I’d have turned up my nose and laughed at you. BR/BR/I have been enlightened.

  17. L^2

    March 7, 2007 6:25 pm

    LOL! I think I’m going to be an old lady with books, instead of cats, too. BR/BR/Earlier this week I added a list of books I’m currently reading to my blog sidebar, but I need to edit it already, since I finished IEleanor and Abel/I in one sitting. BR/BR/Today I’ve been reading more about digital photography – in the hopes that I might actually learn something useful – but without the author’s sarcastic wit this book would not be nearly as good as it is.

  18. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 7, 2007 6:27 pm

    Your photography is so gorgeous, you hardly need that book.BR/BR/Me, on the other hand… no one commented on my homemade TT header last week! I laid on the floor for it and everything!!! Maybe I ought to get myself a copy of that book of yours!

  19. Andrew

    March 7, 2007 6:35 pm

    I’ve decided to go and re-read the entire Harry Potter series before the 7th book comes out….that makes me feel like a kid compared to everyone else here. 🙂

  20. Denise

    March 7, 2007 8:27 pm

    I am reading a great book by Mary McGarrity Morris called “A Hole in the Universe.” It’s not often I come across a book like this, but I certainly do appreciate it when it happens.

  21. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 7, 2007 9:04 pm

    I’ve read some of her stuff. She’s a neat writer.BR/BR/Thanks for stopping by, Denise!

  22. littlebirdblue

    March 7, 2007 9:46 pm

    This week I read an arc of Juliet Marillier’s IWildwood Dancing/I (fantasy), J.C. Michaels’s IFirebelly/I (existentialism and frogs), an advance ms of Sandra Schwab’s ICastle of the Wolf/I (due out in May–Gothic Romance), and am finishing Tobias Buckell’s IRagamuffin/I (Steam-Punk s-f–due out in June).BR/BR/My thoughts on all these will be showing up on Green Man Review, sooner or later.

  23. Lauren

    March 8, 2007 1:05 am

    I’m reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. So far it’s great but I’m getting through it so slowly because I’m so busy with school 🙁

  24. Lindsey

    March 8, 2007 7:15 am

    I er … put aside The Secret War *Shame* when my latest Amazon order arrived containing:BR/BR/The Obsidian Dagger–The further adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb, which is a YA fantasy/mystery type thing. I have to read everything by her, because she’s 20, already has 6 books published, and writes fantastically. So I don’t care if I’m not in the target age group. :pBR/BR/Susan, were you exaggerating about 1100 books on your wish list? :-oBR/BR/And Andrew, remind me to shout at you for being embarrassed about your Harry Potter habits. :p

  25. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 8, 2007 8:53 am

    Lauren, you spend too much time in school. We gotta graduate you and be done with that place already!

  26. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 8, 2007 9:02 am

    Nope, not exaggerating. BR/BR/A HREF=”http://bcwish.cliff1976.net/WestofMars/” REL=”nofollow”lookie/A

  27. karen!

    March 8, 2007 10:52 am

    I needed a little treat yesterday so I read A HREF=”http://www.powells.com/partner/31164/biblio/9780805072709″ REL=”nofollow”Time Cat/A.

  28. Sparky Duck

    March 8, 2007 11:11 am

    Sunday Money by Jeff Macgregor, a funny author, who is writing about a year in Nascar

  29. Mercy's Maid

    March 8, 2007 6:11 pm

    I just started The Shipping News. It won a Pulitzer Prize, so I’m expecting greatness. :)BR/BR/It’s good to run across another bookcrosser/pbs person. BR/BR/Do you participate in book boxes, rings, or rays?

  30. Mercy's Maid

    March 8, 2007 6:11 pm

    I just started The Shipping News. It won a Pulitzer Prize, so I’m expecting greatness. :)BR/BR/It’s good to run across another bookcrosser/pbs person. BR/BR/Do you participate in book boxes, rings, or rays?

  31. Mercy's Maid

    March 8, 2007 6:11 pm

    I just started The Shipping News. It won a Pulitzer Prize, so I’m expecting greatness. :)BR/BR/It’s good to run across another bookcrosser/pbs person. BR/BR/Do you participate in book boxes, rings, or rays?

  32. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 8, 2007 6:17 pm

    I haven’t done boxes in awhile; as much as I love them, they got too heavy for me to lift. As for rings and rays… I’ve got WAY too much here and need to catch up on it first before I can get back to those.BR/BR/However, be careful if you want to RABCK me. If you have a wishlist at Cliff’s, it just might turn into a trade! 😀

  33. carli

    March 8, 2007 9:56 pm

    I saw the crazy bugs mac and cheese last week and almost bought it, but the sodium was a little high. amy’s microwaveable is the drug of choice. BR/BR/I’m reading the rest of MONKEY LUV, a nonfiction science book about–essays about our lives as humans, how our brains work and react, nature vs. nurture–really interesting stuff. BR/BR/It was written by the same man who wrote A Primate’s Memoir, a great read about his experiences studying baboons in Africa.

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