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Updated on February 12, 2009

What Am I Reading These Days?

I've been reading a lot lately, and trying to vary the types I read. I am presently reading the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to my nine year old for like the sixth time. I am also doing some research on cryptozoology for an upcoming novel I am writing that will feature cryptids strongly. I'm reading the Cryptozoology A to Z reference book that has lots of cool stuff. Interestingly, there's no reference to my current favorite cryptid, Mothman. In that regard, I'm in search of the Mothman Prophecies, but may have to settle for watching the movie.I have also recently read, and enjoyed enormously, the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and this book proves that point.

I also read a very poorly written political book, titled The Case Against Hillary Clinton, which was clearly an ill-fated attempt by a writer who had an axe to grind against the Clintons, trying to knock off Hillary before she won her Senate seat in New York. I'm supporting Barack Obama in this campaign, but I actually found myself slightly sympathetic to Hillary after reading the book.

I also recently read Dan Simmons' book Illium, and started to read the sequel, Olympos, but somehow that copy mysteriously disappeared. I may have to pick up another copy.

Whereas I am presently training to teach writing for the University of Phoenix online, my leisure time to read has been significantly curtailed. Those are some of the works I've read recently, though.

By the way, if anyone likes cool scifi/fantasy novels, I've written one titled Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon. I've posted the first few chapters here.



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      4 years ago

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      4 years ago

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      8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      An attorney friend recommended it; said the author had a very distinct writing style and thought I would enjoy it. I don't much go for scifi, but I have a couple of friends who are are doing NaNoWriMo.

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Dink96 - I am curious to know about Freedom from Fear and why you chose to read it, even though you thought it be boring. Most often if people have that impression, they won't bother reading it. Was this a book you had to read, and obviously are now glad that you did?

      I don't know if you like Scifi/Fantasy books, as these books seem to center on military and politics (with the exception of Whip Smart, which sounds intriguing), but if you are ever in the mood for scifi/fantasy with an unconventional twist, I have copies of my own book - Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon - on hand that I could autograph and ship directly to you, if you are interested. It is the first book in a series, and the second book is nearly ready for release. Also, I am writing the third book this month as part of the National Novel Writing Month Contest (NaNoWriMo).

      Thanks for the note. Happy reading!

      Jim Henry

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      8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I have recently rediscovered my passion for reading. Let's see: "Freedom from Fear" by David Kennedy is one. A meaty book on the US history from post WWI through WWII. Absolutely fascinating read. Highly recommend this one. Thought it would be boring but far from it.

      "Whip Smart" by Melissa Febos about a dominatrix--true story. Not for the faint of heart, but a real eye-opener!

      "The Secret Man-The True Story of Deep Throat" by Bob Woodward followed by "All the President's Men" enough to get you fired up!!

      And my most recent and most profound: "Those Who Save Us" by Jenna Blum. A searing, profound story of a mother and daughter who survive WWII. This one touched me unlike any book I've read of late. I highly recommend this one.

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Florida

      I'm not familiar with the Gospel of Father Joe, though it sounds interesting enough to seek it.

      Garden of Good and Evil was one of the more intriguing books I read last year. Thanks for your Elegant comment!

      Jim Henry, aka crashcromwell

    • Elegantwork23 profile image


      10 years ago

      I found your hub from typing in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Great book I love it, although I didn't like the movie as much.

      I recently read a fabulous book written by a man I know; Greg Barrett. The title is: The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions & Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok explores the life and ecumenical wisdom, wit and philosophy of American Catholic priest Father Joe Maier. He's defied the Catholic church, Thai authorities and all logic to build thirty-two preschools, four orphanages, and a children's AIDS hospices in the worst slums of Bangkok.

      His myspace page:

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      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Also really enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil! And for the point you made...truth is so much stranger than fiction! BUT I'm so tired of seeing that little girl bird feeder statue from the cemetery there in Savannah in every single plant decor store and roadside statuary establishment! Enough already!


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