Currently I am reading the complete set of Sherlock Holmes short stories which I found for three quid in a charity shop. Also readin' Dickens' Dombey and Son as part of me uni course. After I finish Holmes I've got After the Quake by Haruki Murakami, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and a Poe compilation to read. I went a bit mad with book-buying a while back.
Just finished reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, fantastic book that I just couldn't put down. I'm now reading the Orcs series (4 books in one) by Stan Nicholls as I'm a sucker for 'alternative viewpoint' fantasy books.
Nearly finished Gottfried Von Strassburg, "Tristan" (trans. A.T. Hatto).
Before that, I read the Lancelot-Grail Reader trans. by Norris J Lacy and company. I want to try and order the full five-volume set to my local library.
But next time I dip outside mediaeval stuff, I want to read "Jonathan Strange", Christina Hardiment's book on Malory, "Shadows of the Wind" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". In no particular order.
Mambo: Oooh! I love the Gormenghast books so much. "Titus Alone" is rather disappointing, I felt. But the climax of "Gormenghast" is utterly breathtaking.
"Amelia Earhart's Daughters" Remaindered bookshop find, about the history of women pilots in the armed services. Rather American slanted and a bit gungho, but interesting, and has some great moments.
My favourite--a women ferry pilot arrives in a Mustang at a airfield and announces herself ont he radio. The controller looks up but all he can see in the circuit is this Mustang and he can't beelives it's a women's voice coming from THAt so he tells her he can't see her.
She promptly dives past the tower at 200knots, while asking calmly "Can you see me now?"
The mental image is wonderful!
"To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love flying, the sky is home."
I have joined Terry Goodkind's Fascist Army! ...I mean, I've reread Chainfire, his latest book, again recently. A few of my other recent (re)reads are James Clavell's Shogun(what a Classic... this basically put me to the top of Japanese class too) and Cervantes' Don Quixote. Now THERE's lasting comedy. Shakespear isn't funny in the slightest. At the moment I'm reading Robert Jordan's Knife of Dreams, his latest Wheel of Time book(which took waaaaaay too long to come out... they may be propaganda free, but Terry Goodkind DOES spew his propaganda filled books out at a rate of knots)