What are you reading at the moment?

Feanor

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I'm working through The Blue and the White. It's a story about a Russian Imperial Navy officer graduating just on the eve of WWI. It handles questions of ethnic relations (he's in love with a Jewish girl), social questions (his best friend from childhood becomes a socialist agitator), issues of culture, class, and society. So far it's quite good. Unfortunately I don't think it's been translated, but in my opinion Lavrenev is a fantastic author worth checking out.
 

d-ron84

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I am currently reading Harry Turtledove (alternate history fiction) and Peter F Hamilton (SF). There are couple of used book stores close to me and I am winnowing my way through their SF and fantasy sections. Finished some Raymond Feist (fantasy) books just before Xmas. Looking at some of Nigel Tranters historical fiction books. Read some years ago about James VI and Montrose et al.
Love some of the Alternate History stuff out there, I really liked Turtledove's "Worldwar" and Colonization" trilogies.
I've just started John Birmingham's "World War 3.1", a continuation of his "Axis of Time Trilogy."
I've also just completed the "Nantucket" trilogy.
 

Feanor

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I picked up F. Scott Fitzegerald's Tender is the Night. I read his Tales of the Jazz Age, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and of course The Great Gatsby. So far he's more then living up to his reputation. Though to be fair between Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Steinbeck, I definitely prefer the latter.
 

Feanor

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I'm working my way through a collection of short stories by Julio Cortazar. While he's considered a master, a sort of successor to Borges almost, so far I'm ambivalent. Some of his work I like, others not so much. I'm wondering if my translation is the issue. If anyone else has read him, feel free to speak up what your thoughts are.
 
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