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Quick Meme: Last Book You Read / Book You Are Reading Now / Book You Will Read Next

It’s time for a Quick Meme!

Answer these three questions:

  1. What book did you read last?
  2. What book are you reading now?
  3. What book will you read next?

My answers:

  1. Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout (Mystery, liked it, as I do all of the Nero Wolfe mysteries I’ve read)
  2. Redshirts by John Scalzi (loving it)
  3. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (OK, a bit of a cheat here…I’ve been reading stories from this anthology between books and I’m a few stories in already…)

Your turn!

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71 Comments on Quick Meme: Last Book You Read / Book You Are Reading Now / Book You Will Read Next

  1. last – The Shadowed Sun, N.K. Jemisin
    now – The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin
    next – Redshirts, John Scalzi

  2. Last: A Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
    Now: A Confusion of Princes, Garth Nix
    Next: The King’s Blood, Daniel Abraham

  3. Last read: Looking Through Lace by Ruth Nestvold
    Reading Now: Other (Childe Cycle) by Gordon R. Dickson
    Will read: Deja Vu (Saskia Brandt Series) by Ian Hocking

    That last one is only probable. I don’t have a to-read pile; I have a to-read jumble. When I finish a book I pick up whatever is interesting out of that jumble.

  4. Paul Weimer // June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm //

    What book did you read last?

    –False Covenant, Ari Marmell (Yes, John, need to write you a review.I owe you two reviews, actually, for this and another book…)

    What book are you reading now?

    -Chrysanthe, Yves Menard (I intend to review this for the Nerds). Started it today, matter of fact.

    What book will you read next?

    Not sure! Haven’t gotten any new books from you or John Anealio lately (but I should ask for more). Mount Toberead is huge…

  5. Last – The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (enjoyed much more than the first book)
    Current – Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection by Aaron Schwabach (what?)
    Next – The Librarian’s Guide to Micro Publishing by Walt Crawford

    Hmmm, I think I need to add in some fiction there…

  6. DragonReader // June 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm //

    last – Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
    now – The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans
    next – Ashes of a Black Frost by Chris Evans

  7. Last – 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Current – Judgment at Proteus by Timothy Zahn
    Next – either We Who Are About To by Joanna Russ or Black Opera by Mary Gentle

  8. last – A Pleasure to Burn by Ray Bradbury
    current – Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
    next – Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder

  9. Book I’m read last: Redshirts, by John Scalzi.
    Book I’m currently reading:
    Well, I’m reading seven at the moment. The one that I’ve got close at hand is: Roadside Picnic , by Arkady Strugatsky

    The others:
    Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo , by Nicholas de Monchaux
    The Quantum Thief , by Hannu Rajaniemi
    Throne of the Crescent Moon , by Saladin Ahmed
    The Nemesis List , by R.J. Frith
    The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education , by Craig M. Mullaney
    Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam , by John A. Nagl

    Book I’m reading next: Out of the list, probably The Quantum Thief. Off the list? The Space Merchants by Frederick Pohl, most likely.

  10. last: The Hunter, by Richard Stark
    current: Tales of the Dying Earth, by Jack Vance; and An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears
    next: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami

  11. Last – Miles, Mystery and Mayhem by Bujold

    Current – Leviathan Wakes by Corey and Rainbows End by Vinge

    Next – All Clear by Willis or one of the other Hugo nominees

  12. last: HARDWIRED, by Walter Jon Williams (liked it)

    current: THE KOREAN WAR, by Max Hastings (a re-read, so I already know I like it – or at least find it interesting)

    next: good question. It’ll be something from the intangibly big tbr pile sitting on my Kindle, whatever takes my fancy when the moment comes, but right now I’d guess … SILENTLY AND VERY FAST, by Catherynne Valente.

  13. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (blog interview to follow soon)

    Winter be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (debut Aussie author)

    The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

  14. Finished, “Rebel Madre” by Hunter Liguore
    Reading, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” by P. K. Dick
    Next, “Hellenica” by Xenophon

  15. Last: Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller (thumbs up).
    Now: Dervish House, Ian McDonald. Black Opera, Mary Gentle.
    Next: Unsure. Likely Seven for a Secret, Elizabeth Bear.

  16. Joerg Grau // June 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm //

    last “The Breach” by Patrick Lee
    Now “Halting state” by Charles Stross
    Next “Existence” By David Brin.

  17. last: Fated by Benedict Jacka (decent London based urban fantasy)
    current: Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
    next: Heaven’s War by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt

  18. Last: Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine
    Now: Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
    Next: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

  19. Last: “The Hammer & The Blade” by Paul S. Kemp
    Now: “The Troupe” by Robert Jackson Bennett
    Next: “Dance of Dragons” by George R.R. Martin

    • Joerg Grau // June 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm //

      Are you sure John you want to take on Dance Of Dragons? While I love books 1-4 Dance was a tough read. It felt like Homework for much of it.

      I wish GRRM would have had an editor not afraid to say no to him. That book could have easily been cut by 500 pages without losing much.

      I sure hope book 6 will be better….


  20. Last: Ancient, My Enemy – Gordon R. Dickson
    Now: Engineering Infinity – Jonathan Strahan, ed.
    Next: Going Interstellar – Les Johnson/Jack McDevitt, ed.

  21. Last: Quest, by David Wood (action-adventure thriller; okay book. I’d get another one by the author, but I wouldn’t go out of the way to get it.)

    Now: The Dig, by Michael Siemsen and Squire & Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

    Next: A tossup between The Lost Goddess by Tom Knox, Alpha Rising by G.L. Douglas, and The Secret Crown by Chris Kuzneski

  22. Kevin Bolling // June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm //

    last The Mountains of the Moon
    now Empire State
    next The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna

  23. Last Book: Star Wars: Riptide (Paul S. Kemp)
    Current Book: 11/22/1963 (Stephen King)
    Next Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson)

  24. Last – After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh – Very well written collection of short stories. Very disturbing as well. Fans of Paolo Bacigalupi should definitely check it out.

    Current – Railsea by China Mieville – It has taken me a bit, but I’m liking it. The habit of using “&” instead of “and” through the book is distracting though.

    Next – I don’t usually decide until I’ve finished with the previous, but in the running are The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Sundiver by David Brin, or The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin. I also want to start in on the VanderMeer’s The Weird as that is going to take awhile to read.

    • China has a darn good reason for all those & & & s.

      • I just got to that point. I now understand his reasoning, but it is still mighty distracting. And if something stylistically takes away from the flow and following the story I don’t think it is needed. Maybe I’ll change my mind when all is said and done.

  25. Last – The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron

    Current – Blackout by Mira Grant
    (also re-reading Game of Thrones here and there)

    Next – Not sure yet, perhaps The Sword Edged Blonde, Ex-patriots, The Dragon’s Path or Leviathan Wakes. Haven’t decided yet.

  26. Ryan Viergutz // June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm //

    Last: Aliens Omnibus Volume 3 (two of the stories were okay)

    Current: Absolution Gap, Alastair Reynolds; The Kingdoms of Dust, Amanda Downum; Rivers of Gold: the Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan, Hugh Thomas; A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Volume 1, George RR Martin and Daniel Abraham

    Next: The TBR stack is huge. I’ll probably read Keeping It Real by Justina Robson soon, because it looks over the top and fun. It might be a good relaxation after the disturbing intensity of Absolution Gap.

  27. Last read: The White Forest by Adam Macomber
    now reading: the Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
    next: not sure: Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand (already read in ms,earlier draft)or The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith

  28. Uh, this might draw a few odd stares, but here goes:

    Last: A collection of Isaac Newton’s theorems, in the original Latin text.

    Current: Isabel Allende, Afrodita: Cuentos, Recetas y Otros Afrodisíacos (Spanish)

    Next: Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings

    Just haven’t been in a SF/F reading mood for most of the past year, I guess.

  29. Last: 8 POUNDS by Chris Holm (great collection of crime & horror stories)


    Next: MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust (been meaning to read her for awhile now, so excited)

  30. Jerry Gaiser // June 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm //

    Last: March Upcountry by David Weber

    Current: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

    Next: Either Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett or Redshirts by John Scalzi (I’ve actually started Redshirts but got sidetracked)

  31. Last: Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
    Current: The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair
    Next: Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

  32. Last: Redshirts by John Scalzi
    Current: Embassytown by China Mieville
    Next: Either Dealine by Mira Grant or Among Others by Jo Walton

  33. Cool meme! Will borrow it!

    Last (that I finished): Time Enough For Love (a re-read)
    Current: Machiavelli, Marketing and Management.
    Next: Trojan Women: A novel about the Fall of Troy



  34. Last: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
    Now: The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
    Next: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (probably)

  35. Last: Devil’s Guard, by George Robert Elford
    Now: nothing, but I picked up…
    Next: The Dread Empire Omnibus, by Glen Cook, today so I will be starting it in a few minutes.

  36. Joegun Rain // June 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm //

    Last – A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin
    Now – With the Old Breed, E.B. Sledge
    Next – Chaos and Order, Stephan R. Donaldson

  37. Last:The Amateur
    Now:The God Delusion(been putting this off…regret it now)
    Next:Game Of Thrones(hooked on the show)

  38. Brucifer // June 14, 2012 at 3:54 am //

    Last: Blackout – Mira Grant

    Now: Live And Let Drood – Simon R. Green

    Next: Redshirts – John Scalzi

  39. David Greybeard // June 14, 2012 at 7:05 am //


  40. Last: Redshirts, by John Scalzi
    Now: 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Next: Worldsoul, by Liz Williams

  41. Bob Blough // June 14, 2012 at 7:35 am //

    Last finished: When Time Winds Blow by Robert Holdstalk
    Reading now” Interface by Stven Bury (Neal Stephenson and another whose name I forget)
    The Notes of Jessie Lamb by…went completly from my head – she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award this year.

  42. Bill from PA // June 14, 2012 at 7:37 am //

    Last: Godzilla on My Mind by William Tsutsui
    Now: 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
    Next: ?

  43. Alan Ziebarth // June 14, 2012 at 9:14 am //

    1. Brian Evenson: Immobility
    2. Jack Williamson: Wolves of Darkness-The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson volume 2
    3. Fuminori Nakamura: Thief

  44. Last: Project Maldon, by Chris Atack
    Now: Forever Odd, by Dean Koontz
    Next: Tales Before Tolkien, ed. Dougas A. Anderson

  45. Last read: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    Now reading: The Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
    Will read next: undecided. Either Redshirts by Joh Scalzi or Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers.

    (Sorry–I hope it’s not cheating to list 2 candidates. I just never know for sure what I’m going to read next until I’m already reading it. In fact just reading these responses makes me wonder if maybe both my current candidates will be supplanted.)

  46. Last: Reamde (Neal Stephenson)
    Now: The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi)
    Next: Growing Up Dead in Texas (Stephen Graham Jones)

    or Deep State (Walter Jon Williams)
    or Rule 34 (Charles Stross)
    or The Best of Gene Wolfe (Gene Wolfe)

  47. Just finished: Tanya Huff, The Truth of Valor
    Now reading: Justina Robson, Keeping It Real
    Next: Chaz Brenchley, House of Doors.

  48. Last read: “The Eyes of Water” by Alison Littlewood, a chapbook from Spectral Press.
    Reading now: “Blue-Blooded Vamp” by Jaye Wells, the last book in her Sabina Kane series.
    Next read: “Shock Totem: Holiday Tales” edited by K. Allen Wood, because holiday horror is good all year round.

  49. I just read John Scalzi’s “Red Shirts.” Loved it. Great read.
    I’m reading Craig Johnson’s “Death Without Company” (Longmire series).
    I will be reading Patrick O’Brian’s “Master and Commander.”

  50. Last: Redshirts by John Scalzi
    Now: Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
    Next: The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham

  51. Last: “The Invisible Man” by H. G. Wells
    Now: “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells
    Next: “Mr. Fox” by Helen Oyeyemi

  52. Simen Kvaal // June 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm //

    Last: “Red Claw” by Philip Palmer. Brilliant action filled yarn.

    Now: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. You all know that one.

    Next: “Leviathan Wakes” by James Corey. Supposedly a great space opera with a dash of horror. My cup of tea.

  53. The Hero of Ages

  54. Last: Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
    Now: Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders by Samuel R. Delany
    Next: Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

  55. David H. // June 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm //

    Last: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
    Now: Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts
    Next: The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

  56. Urstoff // June 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm //

    Last: Neuromancer (terrible, quit halfway through)
    Now: Consider Phlebas (entertaining but meandering)
    Next: Caliban’s War (just came in the mail today, huzzah)

  57. Last: Redshirts by John Scalzi(best book of the year so far)
    Now: Among Others by Jo Walton (Nebula winner, maybe Hugo?)
    Next: Embassytown by China Mieville (should of read it already)

  58. Dino Mascolo // June 15, 2012 at 1:21 am //

    “Seeker” by Jack McDevitt
    “Soft Apocalypse” by Will McIntosh
    “Stations of the Tide” by Michael Swanwick

  59. Last: Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts
    Now: Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
    Next: Feed by Mira Grant

  60. Last – Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
    Now – The Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick
    Next – Redshirts by John Scalzi
    Even later – River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick

  61. Ty Myrick // June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm //

    Last: The Black Dove by Steve Hockensmith (loving pastiche of Sherlock Holmes set in turn-of-the-(20th)-century American West)

    Now (audio): Bone Dry by Ben Rehder (contemporary small town Texas mystery with game warden protagonist)

    Now (print): The Last Ditch by Sandy Mitchell (Warhammer 40K Ciaphas Cain novel)

    Next: Brasyl by Ian McDonald (British Science Fiction Award best novel 2008)

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