Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Current TBR Pile (and in progress)

*The Trailsman #280: Texas Tart Ed Gorman
Helldorado Peter Brandvold
Unaccustomed As I Am To Public Dying & Other Humorous And Ironic Mystery Stories Larry Maddock
*Hemingway Cutthroat: A Mystery Michael Atkinson
Fast Lane Dave Zeltserman
*Wolf: The Lives Of Jack London James L. Haley
Nick of Time Ted Bell
*The Savage Tales Of Solomon Kane
Super-Detective - The Pin-Up Girl Murders Laurence Donovan
Spies Of The Balkans Alan Furst
Edge the Loner George G. Gilman
*Spanish Eye Nik Morton
The Trailsman #313: Texas Timber War James Reasoner
Manifesto Destination Alec Cizak
Quarry In The Middle Max Allan Collins
The Secret Agent x Omnibus Brant House
*Justified Sins Brian Drake
Stranglehold Ed Gorman

*Reading

What are you enjoying?

20 comments:

Richard Prosch said...

Great list. I've got that QUARRY title on the shelf here waiting, but re: Collins, just this wknd, I picked up one of his and Rick Fletcher's Dick Tracy strips reprinted in paperback: DICK TRACY MEETS THE PUNKS!

Clare2e said...

Even with the pile of bookmark tongues giving me raspberries from my TBRs, I'm intimidated by yours!

Chris Rhatigan said...

That's quite a list! I just started The Max by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr--it's dark and hilarious, just the way I like it.

Scott Parker said...

I am making the attempt to keep my TBR pile small and manageable. I keep a pretty extensive *list* however. Thus, my small list.

*Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

*The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester**

Gold Comes in Bricks by "A. A. Fair"

Mad Amos by Alan Dean Foster

For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming

Death on Treasure Trail by Don Davis

Neuromancer by William Gibson**

* Reading
** SF Book Club (a group of four guys looking to read SF novels we wouldn't normally read. We each select a book a month then meet to discuss.)

Naomi Johnson said...

I'm reading Zeltserman's OUTSOURCED, and his CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD to follow.

And I watched 4 eps of WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE last night. McQueen looks so baby-faced and so physically small, but even so, his star power is undeniable.

Charles Gramlich said...

Right now I'm on a Saints kick. reading Drew Brees's book and just finished sean payton's.

Chris said...

I've been working on my own blog post on the same subject, David. You have some good ones here!

Evan Lewis said...

Cool stuff. I need to get that Spanish Eye. And another go-round with Solomon Kane sounds good too. I'm not organized enough to have a list. What happens is what happens.

Nik said...

Yes, quite a list. Edge the Loner's on mine too. Look forward to your comments on Spanish Eye. I've got Secret Agent X too. I'm busy reading The Pillars of the Earth - all 1060-odd pages; must finish Far Pavilions soon too, another doorstopper!

Deka Black said...

Great tbr with Solomon Kane indeed! Always wondered if he would ended traveling to the new england coast.

G said...

I'm impressed. I think I would do the proverbial falling out of the seat if I had a pile like that to read (although it was a bad flashback to my younger days when I would check that many books out of the library).

Said to say, all I have is one poetry chapbook completed (please don't laugh, as I didn't know it was one when I bought it. very long story that I will tell on my blog some day).

However, I did find this nifty piece of non-fiction from my library:

"Last Words of the Executed" by Robert K. Elder, which was published this year.

David Cranmer said...

Rich, I’m glad to see the final chapter in the Perdition series is on the way.

Don’t be afraid, Clare. It’s just one chapter at a time.

Chris, I’m hearing good things about this one. What a pairing.

Scott, I read the Gibson book (undeniable classic) years ago and didn’t like it. But that’s my fault because I’m not into tech heavy sci-fi.

Naomi, Steve was born in 1930 so he was in his late twenties. But you’re right he was already carrying that star presence.

Charles, The year I spent in Louisiana taught me the passion you folks have for your team.

Evan, I have been enjoying Nik’s stories. I’m almost done and not one bad apple in the bunch.

Nik, Secret Agent X is pulpy fun in the Doc Savage style. Though, I think I like ‘em better. By a pinch.

Deka, Kane is huge in the Southern US. Robert E. Howard was from Texas. I never really heard these names on the East coast growing up until Arnold’s Conan came along.

G, I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the poetry book. "Last Words of the Executed.” What a great title. True Crime?

AC said...

I'm in grad school, so I'm reading a bunch of books I normally wouldn't. That's put my regular reading interests on hold for the semester. I suppose it's a good thing, opening up the old brain to literature I normally wouldn't look twice at in a book store.

Ron Scheer said...

Eager to know what you think of the Jack London book, WOLF.

David Cranmer said...

AC, I enjoyed college but do not miss those bland as beige books. Maybe they have gotten better but I doubt it. (I see you are at PBF today. I will check it out.)

Ron, So far a tremendous bio. I've always been fascinated by his unusual upbringing and far from ordinary life. This book delivers and I have Matt Mayo to thank for directing me to it.

Jodi MacArthur said...

You've got quite a pile of books there. And how many of those are you reading at the same time? I tend to do that too.

I've got two piles of book on my bed stand waiting to be read or are in the process of being read. Chuck Palahniuk, Philip K Dick, Kim Wilkins, David Raffin, Timothy B Tyson, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Ash, A huge collection of Oscar Wilde, John Ajvide Lindqvist and I can't remember the rest!

The time I use to write now is the time I used to spend reading and reading. I still try to get in an hour day, but I can't devour them like I used too.

David Cranmer said...

I carry my Kindle everywhere these days and whenever I have a spare moment I read. If I schedule time it never happens.

Neil Gaiman is so damn good. Everything gold.

G said...

Can be considered true crime. It has the last words of people who have been executed in America since the 18th century. It breaks it down to five major categories: hanging, shooting, electrocution, gas chamber and lethal injection.

It concentrates more on what people said (or didn't say) and less on the crimes they committed to get there, although he does give a very brief synopsis of the crime.

Published out of the University of Chicago and it contains a nice forward by Studs Terkel just before he passed away. I'm just moving on to the third category and it's been a pretty good read so far.

Junosmom said...

I've been reading original Grimm Brothers' fairy tales to my son. He loves them. I can't sleep.

David Cranmer said...

G, I bet that is a fascinating read. Recently, MSN had the last words of thirty some people and I scrolled through every last one. Some are poignant and others were like "hey mac, pass the mustard."

Junosmom, Gosh, I love Grimm myself. They never go out of style.