@Angelastic I read and loved Eco's Name of the Rose when I was pretty young, picked up Foucault's Pendulum shortly thereafter, and have since never been able to get through more than one chapter or so of the latter. And I don't usually give up on books. Maybe I should go look for my copy again, it's been years since I tried it.
I got Short History of Nearly Everything as an e-book, devoured it pre-book-club kickoff, then wanted to go back and write up responses to things, but the e-book format made it really difficult (also I got busy/lazy). I've become aware that one of my friends has a paper copy, which I may try to borrow at some point, as if anyone still cares about my opinions
Down and Out is one of the first Doctorow books I read, and one of my favorites.
I just finished Kelly Link's Stranger Things Happen (short stories) and have finally started reading Old Man's War, which I am enjoying a great deal. Oh, and about halfway through David Rees' How to Sharpen Pencils. It'll go next to my Henry Petroski books when I'm done.
@robgonzo they pick up again for sure- I really enjoyed Honor Among Enemies and In Enemy Hands (6&7)not sure how soon I can get to the new one though (#14?) as I still have Phoenix Guards, 500 Years After and the 3 Khaavren Romances to get through
@villicious I'd be curious to know which book it was and what pissed him off about it