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    I just finished Philip K. Dick's Divine Invasion.

    I liked it, but it was very strange. I feel like I was out of the loop for a lot of the theology discussions, with only a bit of my university education along with other readings connecting a few of the dots.

    I do love his insistence that everyone gets around via rocket in the future, though.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2012
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    Taking a break from all the non-fiction and am about halfway in to Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey. I love me some Sandman Slim.
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    Mike Doughty's "The Book of Drugs".




    I had no idea how fucked up the inner dynamics of Soul Coughing were. Saw them open up for Cop Shoot Cop in Maxwell's back in the 90's. They were great live.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
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    Finally got a copy of The Quantity Theory of Insanity by Will Self. It's only taken me twenty-odd years.
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2012
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    Re-reading 'Rule 34', by Charles Stross, despite enjoying it on the first read, lots of it went over my head.
    Also got in the last minute of the kindle sale to buy-' Losing the Head of Philip K Dick' by David Duffy. I just couldn't resist the title. It seems to be about a group of people trying to make an android Philip K Dick.
    Non-fiction, really. I'm looking forward to it.
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    @nelzbub i remember reading about that at the time...
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    Just read The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
    Very good read. Great voice. Sparse in some ways, but some excellent dialogue Can see it ending up being made into a film by the Coen Brothers.
    Just starting The Talented Mr Ripley. I saw the film years ago but didn't realise it was from a series of books with the murderer as the main character. Interested to see how well it works.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
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    Finished reading (actually, listening to the audiobook) "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," which was intricate and quite enjoyable. Lizbeth Salander's way of dealing with her remaining arch nemesis was . . . unexpected.

    I suspect that if Steig Larrson hadn't died we might have seen another book where Salander deals with the remaining gun on the mantlepiece, her twin sister. Oh well.

    I finished reading A Princess of Mars. It was OK. As I recall, the later Barsoom books were more intricate and colorful.

    I started reading "Five Children and It" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Children_and_It) by Edith Nesbit. A children's novel about kids discovering how wishes can go bad. I think I might bail. It's fairly smart, but predictable.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
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    Ghost of Chance by William S. Burroughs: A lovely slim volume of non-linear, fevered delirium. It's also a short story about environmental devastation. I've always admired the man's honesty.
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    Ghost of Chance is easily my favourite Burroughs. it's a beautiful read.

    currently reading nothing of conseqence.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    Decided to continue with Larsson's Millenium trilogy. I'm about 1/3 of the way through "The Girl Who Played with Fire." So far I don't like it as much as the first (the Vanger mystery really drove me along in that one, even though I had already seen the movie), but I don't dislike this one either. Mostly I feel neutral about the book - interesting enough to keep me reading, but not so interesting that I'd miss not having read it. The only thing that is really keeping me going is that the first book made me like the characters so much. It doesn't really stand on its own for me.
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    @Argos. I had a real problem with the translation. It seemed to jar in such a way that it got between me and the story.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    @Steve Toase - I can totally understand that. So far it hasn't gotten in the way of enjoying the stories as a whole but occasionally it will jar me a bit.
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    Half-way through Northanger Abbey, because I wanted something short after finishing Bleak House. A bit rough around the edges, espesh the bits directly addressing the reader, but gets you extremely involved with the action and angry on the protagonist's behalf, which is good. And Jane Austen is just a marvellous observer of ppls foibles and small hypocrisies.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2012
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    Do you like people with super-heroes? Do you like people who practice bloog magick? What about Nazis?

    I've got the book for you, Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis.
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    The Wayfinders - Wade Davis
    The book of his astounding Massey lectures. Quite seriously, Wade Davis is mind-bendingly cool, has one of the most important messages for the world around right now, and this material is *necessary*. Check out his TED talks, too, as an easy introduction.

    Prisons We Choose To Live Inside - Doris Lessing
    Never read any Lessing. These essay/lectures are largely about what we can learn from social psychology, the prisons of belief, and actually facing up to the darkness within humanity in a useful way.

    The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative - Thomas King
    Fascinating set of lectures about stories, and in particular the construction of native Indian identity, and way more.

    Been reading The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa. So far Zappa seems more normal than most of the people he knows. And skimming lots of stuff for research.
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    Back to reading thru the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft. In order. I'm down to 'The Rats in the Walls', and curious. If there are any Lovecraft enthusiasts here (I'm sure there are some...), what is your favourite short story?
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    At the risk of abusing "what has been seen cannot be unseen", while you read through Larsson's Millenium trilogy notice how often characters offer coffee, make coffee, or drink coffee.
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    Scandinavians do love their coffee.