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    Finished "King Rat" by China Mieville the other day. Really good book, I preferred it over The Kraken, but not quite as much as The City & The City. It was easier to get into than the latter, but the last third (or so) wasn't as captivating. There's a few things that I wish were described a little more, but it leaves it up to your imagination which, truth be told, is probably better that way.

    Next up, now that the second season is done, is A Storm of Swords.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Almost halfway through Mieville's RAILSEA, which is pretty cool, so far. I'm finding it far more interesting than either KRAKEN or EMBASSYTOWN.

    I'm also really psyched because I received a proof copy of G. Willow Wilson's ALIF THE UNSEEN today! Was a big fan of AIR, the comic she did for Vertigo.
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    Nigredo -- How did you manage to get a proof of Wilson's book? (I've never had the chance to ask someone that's actually received a proof of a book and I've always wondered.) I love her writing, I'm so excited about Alif the Unseen.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    I work at a bookshop and I contacted her publisher asking for one because I will write a review. They obliged :)
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
    Have A Feast For Crows in my mapbag. it is going to burn a very strange looking hole as I have also social engagements for several days. which is singularly odd. I'm tearing through them, barely tasting anything. it is delightful.

    Once I finish what's available of Song of ice and fire, i will get back to Don Quixote (I have this lovely thought of Sansa tilting at windmills) and then I am thinking about something kind of disturbing and in translation - On Elegance While Sleeping ought to fit the bill.

    Then i think it will be Books Burn Badly, and Manguel's got a novel out, and Ready Player One is out in paperback.

    I really shouldn't be allowed in bookstores. the part where i work in one does nothing to help the problem diminish.
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    Ah, okay. Good to know, thanks.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    I managed to find part one and four in my search to get all of Stephen Donaldson's Gap series. Now I need two and three, and I'll have the lot.

    Started reading JG Ballard's Millennium People. I love reading stuff about London going insane-er.

    Will Self's Cock and Bull. A review says "Imagine a film of Kafka's Metamorphosis, scripted by William Burroughs and shot by David Cronenberg..."

    I've been enjoying James Lee Burke, so I picked-up a copy of Crusader's Cross.

    I've never read anything by R.J. Ellory; I'll give A Quiet Belief In Angels a go at some-point.

    Still waiting for Amazon to deliver Simon's latest book. And Crooked Little Vein.

    For me, this is a lot to get through.

    @nigredo: I didn't get to read all of Air, but I enjoyed what I did.
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    It's a very powerful and imaginative story. If you have a chance to read he whole thing go for it! I've got the whole thing in single issues. Wonderful covers too.
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    My best mate is a Chandler worshipper. It was him who got me into the Berlin Noir books by Philip Kerr. He's just given me Devil In A Blue Dress by Walter Mosely so I'm looking forward to seeing if they capture the tone of Harlem rather than just lifting the noir stereotype into another setting. (I trust my mate. He has a real affection for this type of book, and has been spot on in the past.)
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
    Really like Walter Mosely, but Chester Himes captures that perfectly, I think.
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    I'll look it out, cheers.
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    @Flecky and Steve,

    Burke and Mosely are both incredible. I'm working on reading everything by them both. I'll never get tired of Dave Robicheaux or Easy Rawlins.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2012 edited

    Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany - can't believe I hadn't read this before. It makes me wonder even more about the idea of poetic science fiction.

    George Washington's Secret Navy by James L. Nelson - fascinating, in the way that a well-written book about a subject you don't care at all about can be.


    2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    On the Chandler thing, Loren D. Estleman's Amos Walker books are very solid and enjoyable entries in the post-Phillip Marlowe library without being nostalgic pastiche. Also, Walker is a PI in Detroit, which is super.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2012
    Having really enjoyed Charles Stross's "Rule 34" and "Halting State" I've not been quite so taken with his 'laundry' series- "the Atrocity Archives" and "the Jennifer Morgue", kind of losing interest halfway through the second one. I'm sure I'll get back to it at some point but in the meantime I am re reading Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon", one of my all time favorites and I've got the first two of his Baroque Cycle waiting on the kindle so that should keep me happy for a while.
    I'm also a big fan of Walter Mosely, I devoured a couple of the Easy Rawlins series in a long bus journey and loved the way the character develops through the eras.
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2012
    I've been reading a beautiful book: Orpheus: Song of Life by Ann Wroe. The author is the obituaries editor for The Economist, which is one page of writing I strongly recommend you take time for each week. The book is a literary biography of the Greek legendary hero/demi-god/representative idea, as told through contemporary accounts (Argonauts et al) and modern works influenced by Orpheus (Orphee, Rilke, etc.). Sandman crops up, of course.

    Wroe's prose is like snuggling into silk. I find Greek myth fascinating, as the more I read of it the more I marvel at how deeply it is entwined in the stories, words, and shared culture we in the west take for granted. It's a pure pleasure to read, and like all the best books it is making me write a long list of other things to read, or listen to, or watch, or find in a gallery.
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    I just finished reading Habibi by Craig Thompson (Blankets, Good-bye Chunky Rice). Now, normally I only mention novels that I've read, but this book is really worth pointing out to people. It's the story of two people growing up in an Islamic landscape, what they go through and who they change into throughout the process. It also compares Christianity to Islamic beliefs, discusses humans' impact on the world, and shows the difference between the rich and the poor. The art is probably the most gorgeous I have ever seen, and Craig Thompson really knows when to let a page breath all on it's own. It's around 650 pages and halfway through I was online ordering Blankets.
    When I read comics I generally classify them in my head under two different headings: Comic (Batman, Meta4, Locke & Key, etc) and Graphic Novel (Strangers in Paradise, Watchmen, Bone, etc). This book is the second thing that surpasses both of those categories; the other one being Maus. Habibi starts off a little odd and it took me a bit to get use to the non-lineal storytelling as it's been a while since I've read anything that uses it. This is one of those books that I think everyone should read.

    Thank you.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    Currently reading this...

    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    I went through Crooked Little Vein in one sitting. I've not done that for a while. Thank you, Warren Ellis!

    Got me copy of A Serpent Uncoiled!
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    @ Bob

    Yeah, that's on my list man. How is it?
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2012
    @Warped - Craig's art in Habibi is over the top compared to Blankets. He grew enormously between both books. While the story is beautiful, Blankets is a total different beast compared to Habibi. Don't jump assuming you'll get a story like Habibi, in fact I'd recommend reading Habibi after Blankets.