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  1.  (10422.21)
    Si -- I'd highly suggest flipping through "Sandman Slim" by Richard Kadrey. He hasn't posted on here in awhile, but, regardless of that, he still writes a good book. ($1.09 on a Kindle. How can you go wrong?)
    "The City & The City" by China Mieville is really good. A lot of fine people on here have read it and it was highly suggested through most of last years thread.
    As was most anything by William Gibson.
    Charlie Huston's "Sleepless" was one of my favorites from last year as well.

    Really depends on what you like though.
    With knowing absolutely nothing about your taste in books, I think you'd really like any of the ones that I've suggested.

    Trust me.
  2.  (10422.22)
    Well, you should all go read 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights. It's one of the most insane books I've ever read. Cyborg Jesus vs. Cyborg Plato and Cyborg Buddha on another planet and that isn't even the best part!

    Started the Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, looking forward to it.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012 edited
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    @Si -

    It has been years since I've read it, but /The Painting of Modern Life/ by T.J. Clark is probably my favorite work of art history. Clark analyzes the work of the French impressionists as phenomenon of the emergent middle class and a certain attendant depiction of public space and public life. The description of Haussmann's modernization of Paris in light of the need to control public space after the Paris Commune is severely relevant in the days of the Occupy movement.

    I also recommend /The Society of the Spectacle/ by Guy Debord, the founding work of the Situationist movement. "It is still possible to take advantage of the fact that radio and television stations are not yet guarded by troops." Either more or less relevant than ever, depending on how one looks at the demise of mass-market broadcast media.

    Both of these books bring to mind questions about public space: What is it, does it exist, does it matter whether it is a physical space or not?
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012
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    Right now I'm finishing up Dodge and Twist by Tony Moore (Highly recommended), and working through Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg (interesting, with a lot of sidenotes on other artists on the way through this kinda biography of Rauschenberg), by Calvin Tomkins. Also have read Chicken Little by Cory Doctorow, and The Big Machine by Victor Lavelle, both really good.
    Have also polished off 3 or 4 graphic novels. Bad Nights--Brubaker and Phillips; Wasteland Book 6; Casanova: Gula; The New York Five; and Chew Volume 3.
  3.  (10422.25)
    Appreciate the suggestions, folks. To Amazon I go.

    @Kperkins -- Dodge and Twist is good, eh? Pleased to hear it. Though I think you'll find that's by Tony *Lee*, not Moore.


    Anyone read "Mirage Men"? Did an interview last year alongside the author, who seemed to be a thoroughly top bloke. I've heard a few good things about the book. Anyone?
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012
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    Read my first Elmore Leonard book in a long, long time - grabbed SPLIT IMAGES at an airport bookstore just before the holidays, but only started reading it on the flight back. It's a quick, breezy read, a solid and sure thriller with all of Leonard's touches. Not demanding but utterly satisfying.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2012
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    @Kperkins -- Dodge and Twist is good, eh? Pleased to hear it. Though I think you'll find that's by Tony *Lee*, not Moore.

    @Si: Whoops, I knew that , guess it was too early to be writing people's names.
    I apologize to Mr. Lee, just finished the book, and I must say best thing I've read in a bit, plotting, and pacing were perfect.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
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    I blitzed through The Wasp Factory on the train journey back down to the Great Wen. I've read it before two or three times, but this hasn't been for ten years or so. I was quite taken aback at the violence, the murders, and the potency of prose, in a way I don't remember being the first time(s) I read it (which I'm glad about, in a way ... although it doesn't say much for the empathetic qualities of teenage me). It's a hell of a debut.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
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    Reading Algis Budrys' ROGUE MOON. Good stuff.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
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    I'm reading Jane Eyre for the first time. I wish someone had told me about the snappy dialogue and interesting relationship dynamics before I went and saw the movie and ruined it for myself. Still, pretty good!
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
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    :sploosh:
  4.  (10422.33)
    Oh my. That 'site is lovely... But i have sufficient books for walls... (one whole wall fitted out 2.5m by 6m high and lots of others with bookshelves, and then the boxes of books that need homes - )

    Current reading is: DWJ's The Merlin Conspiracy, HGW's War of the Worlds, NG's Neverwhere, DA's HHGGTG (all potential subjects of The List), the new Simon Heffer English Grammar book (which is quite good, save his insistence that England was illiterate before the 1870 education act: that's a rant for another time/place/thread), A batch of graphic novels (there is a proper name, I've forgotten it, sorry) a friend has lent me for the purposes of Education (shamelessly brain picking is the order of the day here, lol) The four hour work week (again), and yesterday I too finished re-re-re (etc) reading Jane Eyre.... Other than that I almost always have something cooking, craft, something else on the go as well. And a bunch of ebooks (not listing, lol) ... Hmmmm
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
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    Brave New World-no need to talk about it, I guess.
    The Millionaire Next Door-a study made in 94/95 about US millionaires and the surprising conclusions they come up with (hint: people with fancy cars, houses and clothes are not usually the millionaires we think about that could live solely from their wealth without working if they wanted to)
    Never tried to read 2 books at the same time. Well it's not technically reading, one of them is a hard copy and the other an audiobook version and it's not as confusing as I thought it would be.
    I've also downloaded almost every Doctorow's short stories to my cellphone to try the Aldiko app (best app for reading I know of).
  5.  (10422.35)
    @ DC Brave New World Revisited is a great followup to the original book. It's short (like maybe just over 100 pages?) and really rounds out a lot of the ideas that Huxley explored with BNW. Highly recommended.

    Just started reading Star Trek TNG: The Children Of Hamlin. I'm sure this book is just crawling with deep, life-changing philosophical ideas :P.

    Also does anyone else on here use Goodreads? Here is my profile on there.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2012
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    @Toxo Zombie - I didn't even know there was a followup. I'll look it up when I finished it. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
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    Belated happy New Year all.

    I have just finished Ed Bunker's (Mr Blue from Reservoir Dogs and real life reformed tearaway) Animal Factory and would recommend it highly.

    Also enjoyed The Killer Inside me by Jim Thompson. I imagine a lot of you have read these crime nuggets.

    Towards teh end of the last year my reading took on a glum theme and I polished off:

    The Virgin Suicides J Eugenides - which i enjoyed despite the overriding glumness.

    And braved The Road by Cormac McCarthy - very heavy but worth it. Last book to make me cry for a long time.

    Read Cosmopolis by Don Delillo but did not like it much as I found it hard to buy into the main protagonist.

    Finally got up to date with Game of Thrones and ploughed through

    @Si you might like Guns,Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond about Eurasian society and it historical hegemony. Very good if you like historical arguments.
    • CommentAuthorstvn.wlsn
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
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    Finished Stasiland by Anna Funder, The Pleasure Tube by Robert Onopa and Reamde by Stephenson over the holidays.

    After some consideration, I'm about to start A Journey to the Northern Ocean: The Adventures of Samuel Hearne.
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      CommentAuthorizenmania
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2012
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    Bought the wife the complete Harry Potter and figured it was about time I checked to see what the fuss was about. Slowed down a bit once the holidays were done but I'm about 2/3 through Goblet of Fire and enjoying them quite a bit. It gets a little expository for my tastes at times (particularly the end of Azkaban), but on the whole, good fun, glad to be reading them.

    Also making my way through the complete Calvin & Hobbes, start to finish. Wife gifted it upon me. It was a good holiday for booky box sets, I guess. Beautiful printing, large comics, good for lap or tabletop reading. Classic softcovers still essential for portability, toilet reading, etc.

    First book finished of 2012 is Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods, on his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. Wife has a big stack of Bryson, and my goal this year is to hammer through much of what's on my shelves that I haven't read. Bryson is an entertaining writer, by turns snarky and informative. I look forward to reading more of his stuff. Also, despite focusing largely on unpleasant things that happened, it made me want to go hiking.

    Just starting Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks. The original Shannara series was my gateway to fantasy lit. I went back to it after reading Lord of the Rings, Song of Ice and Fire, and some others, and it did not hold up at all. However, I still love the Running With The Demon trilogy, and was always curious what would happen when he finally wrote the linking series between the two. This is another one that's been sitting on my shelves, unread, for ages. Only a couple chapters in, and I am not yet seized with excitement. We'll see.

    (And, just because it seems like what's happening: ze goodreads)