What I’m Reading – June 14, 2014

Oh, I’ve been having so much fun with my reading, lately.

Fiction. Tons of it. I’ve been wallowing in stories. Weeah!

getting things doneGetting Things Done

David Allen

And right out of the gate, I’m a big fat liar. This is non-fiction. But considering that the vast majority of what I usually read is non-fiction, how-tos and other boring stuff, only having two non-fiction this month is pretty good going. (Yes, there’s one more.)

I have a lot of trouble with odd mental associations and this author’s name. I grew up without a TV, and when I did finally get to watch TV on a regular basis it was all BBC and other British shows, with a smattering of Australian-made stuff. One of those shows my parents watched without fail was a British comedian called Dave Allen, who drank, smoked (yes, on TV!), swore mildly and told filthy jokes (naughty for those days). So whenever I see this author’s name I think of a swearing, four-and-a-half fingered man with a wicked sense of humour and a three-piece suit.

It’s probably the best way to read something like this. J

overeatingThe End of Overeating

David A. Kessler M.D.

Holy sweat socks, Batman! Not only is this one of a paltry two non-fiction titles this month, but…wait for it…I read it in hardcover!! [gasp!]

If you crave sugar in any format, if you find yourself eating crap even when you’re stuff full; if you just can’t stop eating junk…then you might find this an interesting book.

Made me never want to eat commercially prepared food ever again. Including restaurant food (ugh.).

koontzFrom the Corner of His Eye

Dean R. Koontz

This is one of my old favourites, newly acquired in Kindle edition, so now I have no excuse left for not re-reading it whenever I want. Koontz is often called a hack writer because he cranks out popular fiction titles like sausages. For me, though, he is one of the few writers I can read without my internal editor stirring and screaming at me. Plus his stories are never boring. For that he has my undying gratitude.

And my dollars. 🙂

paulPaul of Dune

Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

The original Dune series, written by Brian Herbert’s father, Frank Herbert, sits up in my top ten favourite books of all time.

Unfortunately, once Herbert Snr. died and Brian took over, the series lost a lot of the richness, depth of character and sheer story telling bravado that brands the original three or four books.

I knew that before I started this one, and tried to give the story time to hook me in. Unfortunately, I found myself turning to other stories instead.

I may yet get back to it. The story universe is a fascinating one.

PernThe Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern)

Anne Mccaffrey

Another perennial favourite of mine, newly acquired in Kindle format. This is a deliberate project of mine, to replace all my paper copies (which are falling apart) as the ebook version becomes available. Because we’re renovating our entire house over the next few years, a lot of junky stuff like fragmenting books will be going into the Dumpster.

I don’t mind getting rid of them in the slightest. I haven’t read them in years, not in paper format. My recent hardcover read (see Overeating, above) was a pain in the ass to plough through.

I will be talking about this in detail in another post one day soon.

For now, I’m enjoying the pristine freshness of ebook editions, and getting to reread my favourites. The new format means they’re fresh and interesting all over again.


Stephen King

One more old favourite. There’s not much you can say about the King that hasn’t already been said to death.


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