WWW Wednesday: Yes, I Read Books!

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What did you recently finish reading?

Like Marie last week, I’ve also read Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John McWhorter, which I highly recommend. However, I most recently finished reading SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. I use regular Freakonomics in one of my English classes. SuperFreakonomics (Volume 2) got my daughter interested in reading. It features capuchin monkey sex, so that’s my main recommendation. Also, if you read it, you will learn best business practices to be a high-end call girl. I also read One Second After by William R. Fortschen on the recommendation of a friend who found it highly realistic and disturbing. This is a post-apocalyptic story in the spirit of Alas, Babylon. If you haven’t read Alas Babylon, it’s a very thoughtful and extremely well-written examination of the aftermath of nuclear war. Since it was written when everyone thought that would actually happen any day, it is also worth a look for the mindset of the mid-20th Century.

As to One Second After, a much more recent book, the personal conflict and main character are compelling and I could see how the fictional EMP attack could be devastating — the book is based on a real potential danger not of nuclear explosions on the ground, but EMP bursts from the air that would kind of put a crimp in WWW Wednesdays and a few other things, like refrigeration, most vehicles and our entire electrical and communications systems. However, by the end of the book, I wondered, “This is a military-oriented writer?” Each chapter cut away from the “action” as reliably as an After-School Special version of the Red Badge of Courage.

• What are you currently reading?

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. I am in the middle and it appears to have turned into a really negative episode of The Walking Dead, only with vampires and a much worse villain. I enjoyed the first book (The Passage) and especially got attached to some of the characters, including Brad Wolgast (dead – still around somewhat in 2nd book), Alicia Donadio (not dead, superhuman) and the superheroine immortal little girl, “Amy.” Great name choice, Justin.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, Spook by Mary Roach is next up on my Kindle. It’s this talented writer’s take (non-fiction, snarky and humorous) on life after death. I also have to give a shout-out to my man Ben Thompson, Badass author. Not only am I currently #1 Pundit on Policymic, I’ve been referred to by a complete stranger and reader as a “total badass.” So Ben has a second Badass book, Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch.

There are some pretty badass stories in Female Science Fiction Writer. Here’s a compliment for ya. I spoke to the Southern California Writers Association last month and a writer at my table was asking about some of my stories. I briefly told her the plot of “Perfect Stranger” and the guy across the table said, “I read that story. It was great. I didn’t know it was by you.”

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!

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WWW Wednesday: Yes, I Read Books! — 1 Comment

  1. Read: The Ties That Bound by Barbara A. Hanawit (Reviewed here)
    Reading: Snow White and Rose Red by Patricia C. Wrede
    To Read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen