My Reading Month - July


 A quick rundown of my recent reading history:


  • The Afghanistan Wars by Willam Maley is a straight forward accound of recent Afghanistan history, from the mid-70s through the early 2000s. I only made it up to the Soviet invasion before I had to return it, but I found it a very good way to get into Afghanistan's recent troubled times. As Maley says early in the book, hard to believe that for most of the 20th century, Afghanistan was a solid, peaceful country!
  • Annals of the Former World by John McPhee - as I predicted, I didn't come anywhere near finishing this. This book describing the early geologic history of North America was fascinating read, and one I would love to settle down and finish one day (or probably, one month!).

Currently Reading

Lots of books in the process of being read, so I have to try and finish a few up. I'm nearly done with Game Of Shadows and am truly disgusted by the story it tells. Of course, I'm always Currently Reading War and Peace:)

  • Game of shadows : Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the steroids scandal that rocked professional sports by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. Wow, it doesn't get any more ugly than this description of how steriods has taken over sports. Don't read this if you want to have any hope of believing that 90% of today's athletes aren't juicing.
  • A Forest Of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson. The second book in the Saga of Seven Suns, I reviewed the first book here. I figured I would begin the second book before I completely forgot what was going on. But there is a very nice synopsis of the action so far in the beginning of the book. I think this series is up to seven books or so - yikes! Not sure the series is that interesting, but I'll soldier on.
  • Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko. A best selling Russian sci fi/fantasy novel which spawned a movie that I have in my Netflix Instant queue, this book tells the story of the ongoing battle between the Light Side and the Dark Side, as they fight over a powerful new force. Not really my cup of tea, this dark, vampiric fantasy stuff, but let's see how far I can make it.
  • The real history of the American Revolution : a new look at the past Alan Axelrod. A very nicely illustrated retelling of the American Revolution, complete with sidebars and myth busting. Very lively, opinionated writing and I'm looking forward to reading more (I have just made it to the Battle Of Bunker Hill).

In the Queue

I have so far manage to avoid buying any new books recently, which is good because I have so many I need to read that I already own. It's bad enough grabbing so many from the library, when so many need to be finished, but I just can't help myself!

  • Revolution unending : Afghanistan, 1979 to the present Gilles Dorronsoro ; translated from the French by John King. Maley's Afghanistan book encouraged me to try another one, and this one is the most recent one.
  • The Yiddish policemen's union by Michael Chabon. I've heard mixed reports about this book, but as I really loved The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay, I figure I should give this a shot after seeing it on the "Faraway Adventures" display at the checkout counter. Might make for some good vacation reading.


I loved K&C and look forward to hearing what you think of The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

Unfortunately, demand was too high and I had to return Yiddish before getting to it. I'll have to try it again later.

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