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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!

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

  1. The last book I read to the end was A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix, a young adult space opera adventure.

  2. Red Harvest by Hammett. Entertaining.

  3. 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.

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

  5. illium by dan simmons, i finnaly finished it after about a year

  6. “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. 

  7. Dino Mascolo // February 26, 2011 at 1:36 am //

    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.

  8. Ringo’s A Hymn Before Battle…turned out better than I was expecting actually…

  9. Pink Noise: A Post-Human Tale by Leonid Korogodski. The link showed up in one of the free fiction posts here on SF Signal a while ago. I quite liked it.

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

  11. 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.

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



  13. Joerg Grau // February 26, 2011 at 6:43 am //

    “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.



  14. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi: Light but thoughtful with good characters.

  15. Hard to be a God by the Strugatsky brothers. 

  16. 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?

  17. 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. 

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Raptor by Gary Jennings

  21. 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.

  22. Almost Human by Lee Gutkind, nonfiction about robotics research at Carnegie Mellon University.

  23. Horizon Storms: The Saga of Seven Suns – Book #3 by Kevin Anderson.  The whole epic SF series is quite enjoyable.

  24. John Maberry’s Rot and Ruin. YA zombie fic. Good!


    (Why did I say “zombie fic”? Is there zombie nonfiction around?)

  25. 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 “.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

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

  29. Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemison- I liked it a lot.

  30. BITING THE SUN by Tanith Lee. Very enjoyable indeed. Trying so very hard to get caught up on my to-read list.

  31. 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.

  32. 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”.  

  33. Gerry Allen // February 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm //

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

  34. johnjohnjohn // February 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm //

    Jupiter by Ben Bova.  big disappointment; the characters are uniformly boring and strange.

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

    I loved it and ready for the next volume!

  36. Just finished up Late Eclipses last night by Seanan McGuire, the next in the October Daye series coming out March 1st, and it was great!



  37. Bob Blough // February 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm //

    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!

  38. 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.

  39. Jim Shannon // February 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm //

    Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez  

  40. Moonbase Alphan // February 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm //

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

  41. Marsbound – Joe Haldeman – Silly aliens but well written as usual.


  42. Biography: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff.


    Very solid history and biography.  Fred might like it.

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

  44. 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. 

  45. 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…

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

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

  48. I finished Glen Cook’s Gilded Latten Bones last night, and I’m going to start Dave Zeltserman’s The Caretaker of Lorne Field tonight. 

  49. 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.

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

  51. “Joe’s Liver” by Paul DiFillipo. A fun romp, great entertainment.

  52. Bob Sabella // February 27, 2011 at 8:24 am //

    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.

  53. Flight by Sherman Alexie



    Even though it’s a work of fan fiction it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read.  I love the Harry Potter novels but this is far better.


  55. 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.

  56. A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough

  57. 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.

  58. Finished Pourtnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth last week. Trying to find time for A Game of Thrones at the moment.

  59. Just finished Watchmen on Friday. A classic work that still has import for today.

  60. I just finished Elizabeth Bear’s excellent Grail, the concluding volume to her Jacob’s Ladder trilogy.  Good stuff.

  61. Greg Bear’s Slant. When will he get his groove back? He sorta lost it after Darwin’s Radio…

  62. Way of The Shadows by Brent Weeks. The kind of book that keeps you turning the pages!

  63. 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!



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

    Just started reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie.

  65. Yulande Lindsay // February 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm //

    Just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Haunting, excellent.

  66. 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?!).

  67. Last book I read was Mossflower, by Brian Jacques. Currently working on Kraken, by China Mieville. 

  68. The Nemesis List by R J Frith. Compelling but annoying protagonist.

  69. 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

  70. 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).

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. Eric Searleman // February 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm //

    Harmony by Project Itoh

  74. 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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