Tuesday, July 15, 2014

currently reading #5

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERB has been a favorite of mine ever since I read quite a few of the John Carter of Mars series (which I recommend by the way).  Beyond that, Tarzan in general was a story that made a huge impact on me as a kid.  I was definitely a treehugger back then and I'm still kinda a hippie.  This book is just a classic which everyone should read.  I picked up my copy in an adorable little used-bookstore in Omaha, and it's the best $12.50 I've spent in a long time.  It's not a first edition, but it is still the oldest book I own since it was probably printed around 1915-1920.  And I may or may not have watched the Disney Tarzan movie three times since it showed up on Netflix....

The Expanded Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
einlein is a genius.  The first thing I read of his was Starship Troopers, which I also recommend.  Expanded Universe is a collection of shortish stories written over most of his career, with commentary throughout.  I'm loving this for when I need a little sci-fi fix without too much time commitment.  He's also a really funny guy, so there's that.  One of my friends picked this up for me at McKay's in Nashville, so I'll love her forever.  You know who you are.

The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
I'm borrowing this one from a friend here, who also got it at that bookstore in Omaha.  I just recently got around to watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which is a phenomenal movie and (very) loosely inspired by the short story of the same name by Thurber.  I read The Catbird Seat in high school and thoroughly enjoyed it.  In fact, I haven't read a single thing out of this collection of short stories that I haven't enjoyed.  Thurber has a nice, clean, sarcastic style and he draws his own little cartoon illustrations as well!

What are you reading these days?