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    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
    Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    Found some old Shadowrun novels at a used bookstore. I almost didn't buy them because I thought they'd be cheesy but Edgar says that they're actually not bad, and are canon with the background stories from the rule books. Just started reading 2XS.
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    Started reading Clash of Kings because I'm getting tired of waiting a week to see the story progress in TV land.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    Finished THE ART OF GEORGE PEREZ last week. It's a gorgeous book, as would be expected for a hardcover filled with Perez art.

    Today I finished off Christopher Moore's SACRE BLEU. It was good, although it didn't quite grip me the way Moore's books usually do. Definitely not the Christopher Moore book to start with (that remains LAMB), but if you like his stuff I'm sure you'll still enjoy it.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    @Argos: I'd like to hear what you think. I read one of them way back and loved it, it was really my first introduction into any kind of cyberpunk. Ever since I reread the Dragonlance books (my intro to fantasy and very fond memories) and they didn't hold up I've been somewhat reluctant to tamper with my rose-tinted glasses with regards to stuff I read way back when.
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    Despite my reservations about Hilary Mantel, I thought I'd give Wolf Hall a shot. Fits in quite nicely with all the Game of Thrones I've been watching, except its less pulpy and fun. Better written and more rounded however: a more refined kind of fun.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    #literary-historical-fiction

    Okay, after reading the superfantastic Mr Mee by Andrew Crumey, which mostly concerns itself with Rousseau and Proust, I'm hankering for some more literary reimaginings -- specifically of authors' or artists' lives. Recommendations?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2012
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    Finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I distrust glib pop sociology, but this won me over.

    I'm working through an ebook of Robert Riech's Beyond Outrage, about how we might extricate ourselves from the current political and economic mess.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
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    Read Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel in a three-hour bath last night. I always forget how enjoyable his books are -- there's some weird wall in my head that blocks out all that delicious morbidity and darkness after the fact. Gonna continue on the Can-lit train with Room by Emma Donoghue before the rest of the Andrew Crumey books arrive.
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      CommentAuthorscs
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012 edited
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    Read a couple of fairly poor books (Pope Joan and BTK: Bind, Torture, Kill) that should have been a lot better. Followed those up with Stephen King's The Colorado Kid, which was quite enjoyable. Now working through Chris Moore's new one, Sacre Bleu. So far, a big thumbs up.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
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    @ allana

    Timothy Findley - Famous Last Words

    John Crowley - The Aegypt Cycle

    Peter Ackroyd - Milton in America

    Julian Barnes - Arthur and George, Flaubert's Parrot

    John Banville - The Revolutions Trilogy (Doctor Copernicus, Kepler, The Newton Letter), even tough those concern scientists.

    David Madsen - Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
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    Thanks, Alex. I'll work through that list three at a time.


    MOAR
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
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    Joe R. Lansdale - The Drive-In 2. The first one was a quick blast of an almost Crossed nature. Real good escapism.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2012
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    @ allana

    Some more cool, literary historical novels, not necessarily about artists...

    Chris Scott - Antichthon

    John Fowles - A Maggot

    EL Doctorow - Ragtime, Book of Daniel, Loon Lake

    Carlos Fuentes - Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo (about Ambrose Bierce)

    Josef Sckvorecky - Dvorak in Love
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2012
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    Also, when it finally comes out, EVERYONE should read Jake Arnott's THE HOUSE OF RUMOUR, which is a literary roller coaster through the secret history of the 20th century. Pretty damn awesome.
    • CommentAuthorCrusherJoe
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2012
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    Anyone on Goodreads? I'm Michael Brady, my pic is me in a Zorro costume. Accept no substitute.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2012
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    @J. Brennan: They're not bad, but they do read like middle & high school fiction. They're well written in that the author knows his English rules well and actually puts some effort into trying to be creative (as opposed to, say, Stephanie Meyer), but it also gets really cheesy in some spots. Like there's one point where the main character runs into security and he goes "The guard told me to turn into ice, so I turned into ice," instead of just "the guard said "Freeze!" Stuff like that. That aside, the story is interesting. It didn't feel like a waste of time, but like I said, very much reads like cyberpunk for 13 year olds.
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    Been a little while...
    Read Ganymede by Cherie Priest. It's part of her Clockwork Century world. I didn't like this one as much as some of the others. The story seemed to drag on and didn't really bring much out of the characters involved. Don't get me wrong, it was good... just not as good as others.

    Also finished off The Hunger Games trilogy. Way better than I was expecting. People that like living in a slightly fantastical world should check it out.

    I really have no idea what to read next... I was thinking of something by China Mieville or Jo Nesbo.
    But maybe The Once & Future King by TH White...
    Any suggestions?
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2012
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    OOh, I'd heartily recommend both Kraken and King Rat by Mieville. Both are a lot of fun.
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    Thanks, Curb. I've read Kraken, preferred The City & The City. I'll take a look at King Rat tonight when I get back from work.