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  1.  (10422.1)
    New year, new Book Club. Welcome, everyone.

    In the last couple of days I've had the time to sit down and read:
    Early Mourning by Tim Kress -- Wow, not at all what I was expecting. That being said, I went into it knowing nothing at all other than a little blurb that I had read on Ellis' site which was mostly a quote of one of the first paragraphs. Really good book, I'd suggest it to people that either like Native American beliefs, magic, or The Weird.

    Player One by Douglas Coupland -- Not to be confused with "Ready Player One". It takes place over 5 hours, has 5 chapters that take almost exactly an hour each to read (assuming you read at about the speed that someone talks), and stars 5 people that are in an airport hotel as the world as they know it is ending. Really, really enjoyed this one and I have never made so many annotations in a book before. Had some great quotes and makes you think about the way that humans interact with each other and their beliefs. Some parts of it can be fairly unrealistic, but if you take it for what the intention is, you don't really notice. I'd highly suggest it to most people.

    I think that Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey is next up.


    What have you wonderful folks been reading?
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
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    My last book of 2011 was "The Magician King" (which was wonderful), my bridge book is "Reamde", and I think "Robocalypse" might be the first of 2K12.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
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    Started reading Charles Stross' Iron Sunrise while on vacation.

    Also, the graphic novel Days Missing.

    Eventually I'll re-start the short story collection Songs of the Dying Earth.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
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    Currently reading Nurture Shock and the Creatures anthology. Spooky monster stories for the win!
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    Currently reading: Why I Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell.
    Next up: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
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      CommentAuthorMShades
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
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    Right now reading Habibi by Craig Thompson - definitely going to have to go through it a couple of times for the art alone.

    After that? Who knows - life's an adventure.
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      CommentAuthorcjkoger
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2012
     (10422.7)
    Reading Alloy of Law and The Magician King right now. The Night Circus is next. I finished out 2011 with a complete Transmetropolitan read through, which of course, was great.
    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10422.8)
    Lost in Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination and the delicate weirdness of Ligotti's Teatro Grottesco. Also finished As Incríveis Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy, a deadpan humourous apocalyptic tale of demons, zombies and virgin marys. wich, for those of you portuguese-language impaired, is also being published by Dark Horse Comics.
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    Reamde OWNS so hard. It should have been longer and with more ridiculously convoluted sub-plots.

    Currently I'm in the middle of The Honourable Schoolboy on my way to taking on the whole Karla trilogy. After that it will be the latest Umberto Eco - The Prague Cemetery, which if it's as good as all the other stuff I've read by him, will be well worth the effort.

    Maybe after that it'll be time to get over the hump of the first few chapters of Infinite Jest, so I can be cool like all my friends.
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      CommentAuthorgrumpyhawk
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10422.10)
    Finished out 2011 right with a re-read of American Gods (this time, the 10th anniversary edition.) I just started The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2012
     (10422.11)
    I sent a copy of American Gods to my mother (who enjoyed Anansi Boys), mainly as a way of disguising a gift cards. (Those things get stolen from the mails occasionally.)

    I was surprised to hear that she's reading it to my vision-impaired father . . . a former English teacher who utterly despises SF&F. Maybe she was humoring me, but if it's true, I'm split between hoping he enjoys it and hoping the old snob is undergoing slow torture.
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    Just finished Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. That was a journey. I imagine purchasing The Confusion and The System of the World will be necessary but goddamn does Neal Stephenson write an epic.

    2012's Read More Books initiative begins with 10 Billions Days and 100 Billions Nights by Ryu Mitsuse which is mercifully short after Quicksilver.
  5.  (10422.13)
    I love this thread, even if it does make me bankrupt myself on amazon.

    Currently reading Joe Abercrombie - Before they are hanged. It's more gory fantasy than I normally go for but its worth it for the occasional *squeak* moments.

    Then onto Chuck Palachniuk 'Damned.'

    At least my book year has started off good.
    • CommentAuthorJim Moore
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2012
     (10422.14)
    @ Invincible, get the rest of the Baroque Cycle...
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    Currently reading "Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy" and "Game of Thrones." I'm trying to read more, which is resulting in trying to find a balance between new stuff and stuff I should have read five times by now.
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2012
     (10422.16)
    @ Invincible- I second the recommendation to keep plowing through the Baroque Cycle. It's totally worth it and I find it one of my most rewarding reads, returning often and still enjoying it. The pace does pick up in the second one, with many a buckle swashed.
    I've been reading the Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. A whodunnit series set in the London of Henry VIII, with the protagonist being a hunchbacked lawyer. I'm really enjoying the period detail, and though I've spotted the clues quite early in most of them so far, it has in no way spoiled my enjoyment of the stories unraveling.
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    Ended 2011 by finishing Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing. Amazing, but I didn't expect anything less than that.

    Starting 2012 off with Hunter S. Thompson's Songs Of The Doomed. Should be fun ;).
  8.  (10422.18)
    I did *not* just accidentally start a new Bookclub 2012 thread, despite what anyone says, because that would imply I hadn't scrolled down half an inch and seen it's already here.

    Okay.

    Currently working my way through a heap of very dull research nonsense about blah, which has got me itching for well-written Fakt. Anyone care to propose an unmissable non-fiction read?
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2012
     (10422.19)
    I can't exactly recommend it, but I'm fifty pages into The Information, which is a non-fiction about, well, language and transmission and media and code. Johnathan Gleick, I think. So far it is not horrible.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2012
     (10422.20)
    Si, the Professor and the Madman, or any book by Simon Winchester.