Last Book You Read

This is a rip-off of the “Last Movie You Saw” thread. Except with books.
Here are the books I’m currently reading:
Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
We the Living by Ayn Rand
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
And I just finished **Breathless **by Dean Koontz. 5/5.
What was the last book you read?

“End the Fed” By Ron Paul
“The Virtue of Selfishness” by Ayn Rand
“We Who Dared to Say No To War” by Thomas Woods

II Samuel.

Do The Right Thing by Mike Huckabee
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Currently reading Going Rogue by, DUH, Sarah Palin

The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and The Myth of Jewish Control

The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and The Myth of Jewish Control

The complete book of The Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Currently immersed in the entire “Left Behind Series”

“Telling Christina Goodbye” and “Code Orange”.

In the middle of “Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression” and the “5000 year leap”.

Aircraft Carriers at War; A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation, by James L. Holloway III

Navy professional reading list book.ADM Holloway was CNO during Watergate, the Ford Administration and midway through the Carter Administration. Fascinating stuff.

I like reading a few books at a time. Right now I’m reading an Abraham Lincoln book and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

Though it is a children’s book I find it very good.
In my books I personally love less detail. I don’t need to be bogged down with the fact the tree looked like well carved chocolate unless it’s important to know that. I understand that getting a sense of where one is in the story is needed, but I don’t need to drown in it, if you know what I mean.

Example: Stephen King has too much detail and I could never read one of his books…but never say never…true. I have read one of his books and it was “The Mist”, but it was lacking in all that abused detail and kept things simple and the pace was as I liked it.

I am also reading two serial killer books (about real serial killers). I’ve been reading them since 2008 Summer. It’s difficult to read them at times because these people are so terrible. Though I find it fascinating it can make my stomach churn and I just have to stop reading them. So it’s going to take me a while to finish them. I take long breaks. I am also reading a true crime story about a woman that killed her step son. It’s about her trial. It’s sad and hard to read as well.

The last book I actually FINISHED would be “An Innocent Man” by John Grisham.

I’ve had that experience. An author writes a really believable really nasty villain, and my stress levels go through the roof and I want to jump into the book with rifle in hand and clean house.

I just finished rereading R.a Salvatore’s The Ghost King. I love that book. If that was his last book he did an excellent job summing up his little universe.

Ha…I have felt like that before with movies…and books. I like those kinds of emotions being used in writing and movies. I saw Casino and the woman in it was so ANNOYING (great acting) I didn’t care when she would lose out. But I enjoyed it. Just like I enjoy Survivor for the emotional response…as well as posting on a forum. Fun times.

I used to enjoy that sort of thing in movies and books, but my health is such that I have to watch my stress these days. Bummer, because there’s a fantasy trilogy that was doing that, and I never did read the third book…

Maybe if you took it at a few chapters a week…

We talked a bit about books when taking a little break at work today. One of my co-auditors has just published her 3rd book.

I noted that in anything I’ve read by P.D. James (perhaps a pseudonymn of another author?), there were absolutely no “nice” people at all.

I don’t like it when the struggle is good versus evil. People usually aren’t that flat. I like books where the problem isn’t caused by a character, it’s a mistake (well, sort of - Romeo and Juliet drives me mad, every time I read it I expect it to end differently), or the villain is just misguided. That’s how I write my stories, too.

Technically anyone can be misguided. Even the black and white villain is misguided…like zombies. They just have a craving they want to fill. They don’t understand that it kills. =P

I’d rather have a villain that is an out-and-out villain. It’s too bad when you have a villain who is really a sympathetic character - an example in a book I recently read was when an abortion doctor was murdered - by a man who had spent several troubled years hating the doctor for killing his child. He was angry with how the doctor lied about abortion killing a real human being. And he was doubly angry when he found out that his mother was declared dead prematurely, so the doctors could supply a rich and unscrupulous patient with a new heart. The same doctor was involved, along with another doctor. Even the man who was trying to track down his friend’s murderer had a feeling of sympathy toward him.