Quick Meme: What’s the Last Book You Read?

As blogging consumes my life more and more, and subsequently steals time away from reading, I find myself thinking about books a lot more. As silly as it may sound, I feel something akin to pain when I hear about other people reading the books that I so want to read and haven’t gotten to yet.

Today is your chance to hurt me like the whiner I am. Tell me:

Q: What’s the Last Book You Read? Was it good or bad? Why?

Leave your response below!

75 thoughts on “Quick Meme: What’s the Last Book You Read?”

  1. Angel of Vengeance by Trevor Munson.  It’s the story he wrote that became the TV series “Moonlight”, but the book was only recently published. I liked it, darker than the series, more hardboiled. I need to finish writing my review of it.

    Next up, The Sentry by Robert Crais, and Jack: Secret Vengeance by F. Paul Wilson.

  2. Dashiel Hammet’s Nightmare Town (short stories) wonderful book. Next up Windup Girl by Bacigalupi (I think)

  3. “Blackout” by Rob Thurman. It was okay. I’m just starting “The Dragon’s Path” by Daniel Abraham and this one looks like it has potential. 

  4. I just finished reading Lion’s Blood by Steven Barnes (2002). I loved it. It’s an alternate history book where Africans discover the new world around the year 1000. Many European whites are brought across the Atlantic to be sold as slaves, especially the Irish. One of the main characters is a 12 year old from Ireland. He is befriended by the 12 year old son of his owner. The owner of these slaves is much more benevolent than many other slave owners, but this does not mean that these slave’s live’s are easy or without tragedy. Both boys grow into men during the story. They play together; they get in arguments; they both fall in love; they fight; they lose their loves; they even go to war together.

    The writing is wonderful. Steven Barnes put me into the minds of many different characters. The good, bad, courageous, cowardly, men and women. Every person had their turn at being different ways throughout the book. I found it extremely thought provoking. The characters were memorable. The fight scenes felt authentic. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  5. Finished “Kitty goes to war” by Carrie Vaughn and just about to start “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins.

  6. Eagle – Jack Hight, 1st novel in a historical fiction trilogy based arround Saladin. This tells the story of the young boy and the young man he became. Really enjoyable historical romp, it tells the story of the early life of which we don’t have too many details but it felt real and I am eager to read the rest of the series.

  7. Actually, I read two at the same time. McDevitt’s Echo and Rusch’s Diving into the Wreck. Enjoyed both of them.



  8. “The Machinery of Light” by David J. Williams.  It was a fast paced and action rich conclusion to the Autumn Rain trilogy, and I enjoyed it quite a lot.  Not sure I buy the very end, but quite enjoyable.


    Nexy up, either “FlashForward” by Robert J. Sawyer, “Crystal Rain”, by Tobias Buckell (inspired by the last podcast), or maybe “River of the Gods” by Ian R. McDonald.



  9. I read Shadowplay, volume two of Tad Williams’ Shadowmarch series. I am currently reading Shadowrise, which is volume three, and will then finish the series with Shadowheart, which I will review here on SFSignal.

    But then you knew that, so why did you ask?

  10. Finished Grey by Jon Armstrong and the Crying of Lot 49 a few days ago. 


    Grey gets one, carefully positioned, Pure H inspired, thumbs up. The Crying of Lot 49 gets two thumbs up, though the crooked lean of the thumbs and curled fingers almost seem to resemble not so much a thumbs up as a muted post horn. 

  11. Just finished The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 21st Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. Yes, I’m years behind, but it’s worth the effort to catch up. Currently on Regenesis by C.J. Cherryh.

  12. Full Spectrum 2, edited by Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout, and Patrick LoBrutto; an oldie but a goody from 1989, with a lot of classic stories.

  13. I finished “A Canticle for Leibowitz” about two weeks ago, and it’s still as good as the first time I read it a couple decades ago.

    I took a little break after that, and now I’m about half way through “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Will probably be going with something a little more modern after that.

  14. It was ” On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers. I wanted to read it before seeing the movie.  Enoyable story with not bad writing but not nearly as good as my previous book, ” A Storm of Swords ” by George R.R. Martin. Currently on ” A Feast of Crows “.

  15. Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett — #3 is his YA Tiffany Aching series. I’ve enjoyed the series thus far. Am now reading the last book, I Shall Wear Midnight

  16. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. I enjoyed it enough that I’ll read book two. Now I’m reading Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.

  17. <b>Mockingjay</b> by Suzanne Collins, a nicely harrowing conclusion to that series. Not for the faint of heart.

  18. Let’s see…”Live Free or Die” by John Ringo. Fanfic for the webcomic “Schlock Mercenary”. Good military fiction and space opera and funny as well.


    “1632” by Eric Flint. Modern-era city gets sent back in time. Positive SF, characters adapt, overcome, improvise and succeed. What a concept! “Ring of Fire”, edited by Flint, set in the same series. Flint invites others to play in the sandbox. Not a bad story in the collection.


    A whole bunch of stuff by David Drake to prepare for some podcast you all may have heard of…


    On Mount Beingcurrentlyread…way too many titles!


    So many books. So little time. So many ex-lovers to bury.

  19. I just re-read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson for the 5th time.  I love it each and every time I’ve read it.  

    For “new” sci-fi, I read The Dervish House by Ian Mcdonald.  I enjoy the idea that he explores other parts of the world with his settings and just doesn’t focus on the “mainstream west”.  

  20. Just got around to The Blind Assasin by Margaret Atwood.  Finished All Clear last week. Reading Pathfinder next.

  21. Marvel Masterworks Thor Volume 10  —  by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Buscema and Neal Adams.

    I loved it and ready for the next volume!

  22. Just read Cryoburn by Lois MacMaster Bujold – she’s always a good popcorn read – fast and enjoyable.  About 2/3 into One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison – it’s really as good as all the reviews!

  23. Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbot, 1884.

    An experiment of the mind that teaches us not only about geometry and higher dimensions but about the ways of the people in the XIX century, the place of the women and the difference between castes.

  24. Space: 1999 – Omega & Alpha by William Latham. Interesting wrap-up of the mysterious unknown force aspect of season 1 of the show

  25. Jonathan Maberry’s “Patient Zero” and waiting impatiently for the sequel “The Dragon Factorty” to come out in audible format.  SMASHINGLY great zombie tale!!

  26. On the third book of Richard Calder’s Dead Girls trilogy (Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things).  Amazing in every conceivable way– a bio-tech, cyberpunk-ish, vampiric fever dream.  Dead Girls was ahead of it’s time, and reads extremely well in today’s literary climate–best thing I’ve read in a while. These Calder books deserve readers and contemporary acclaim. 

  27. I just re-read ‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson too – predicted all that was to come, holds so many strands together at the same time – so good and so effortless…

    Next up, finish off the Culture novels…

  28. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer. A scifi classic. The opening scene is the inspiration for the Matrix scene (I think).

  29. Fallen Angels, by Niven, Pournelle and Flynn. Interesting concept, great science, but the plot kind of ambled about like a Hobbit on holiday.

  30. Just finished up Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner, and currently re-reading “Now I Can Die In Peace” by Bill Simmons. What can I say? I’m jonesing for baseball season.

  31. Finch by Jeff Vandermeer…Mystery, strange science, monsters, explosions and the most well written genre book I’ve read in years.

  32. I just reread NINE PRINCES IN AMBER, by Roger Zelazny, after a 30 year gap.  It was just as much fun as I remembered it.

    Currently I’m reading Gardner Dozois’ YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION, 25th volume, which has a lot of really good stuff.

  33. Last book I finished reading was Mercedes Lackey’s “By the Sword.” It wasn’t too bad, really, and it makes a good standalone for the Valdemar series, provided you already know the backstory before going in, that is.

  34. The Breach by Patrick Lee, lots of fun and the start of a promising series.


    Next is Chill by Elizabeth Bear, sequel to the excellent Dust.

  35. Daybreak Zero by John Barnes.


    Someone else commented they had just finished McDevitt’s Echo and Rusch’s Diving the Wreck.

    Both good books, and I love McDevitt’s books, but I enjoyed Diving better. Can’t wait for more McDevitt though!



  36. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder. Very entertaining steampunk.

    Just started reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.

  37. Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. This was the first novel of his I’ve read, and the acclaim is pretty well justified.

    And I’m in the middle of Transfinite: The Essential A. E. van Vogt. Gonzo Golden Age Science Fiction! An exhiliarating combination of bewildering and mind-blowing (I think that’s a good thing?!).

  38. Last week I finished Did Not Survive by Ann Littlewood (a mystery that takes place at a zoo) and am now reading Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

  39. The Graveyard Book by Gaiman.  Yes, it was very good.

    Before that Rainbow’s End by Vinge.  It was okay.  Not one of his best storytelling efforts (though the ideas were great).

  40. The City and The City by China Miéville. It was awesome. I think I was halfway through the book before it dawned on me how seamlessly Miéville had woven this bizarre (but oddly familiar in a metaphorical sense) alternate-worlds theme into his story. That he took something so mind-bending, made it seem so completely “normal” and then wrote a great crime story around it is, to me, pure genius. Loved it loved it.

  41. Last book I finished was Tempting Danger by Eileen Weeks. I’m currently rereading Rowan by Anne McCaffrey since I needed something I know well enough that I can put it aside when needed. Next on my list is Shades of Milk and Honey, which I’m even more excited about since the Nebula nomination.

  42. Just reread Logan’s Run. It was fun to revisit, but doesn’t hold up as well as I’d remembered.

    I’m currently reading Brave New Worlds, edited by John Joseph Adams. Great mix of old classics and new voices, and since it’s an anthology, you can read a bit here and a bit there, as you have time. Really enjoying it so far.


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