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    I might do that tomorrow.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2012
    Started Hari Kunzru's GODS WITHOUT MEN, which is pure Douglas Coupland meets Salman Rushdie meets David Mitchell awesomeness. Loving it.
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    Finished my second read through of G. Willow Wilson's "The Butterfly Mosque". I highly suggest it. It's the story of her living in Egypt, becoming Muslim, meeting her husband, and her growing up.

    I'm hoping to get her second book, "Alif the Unseen" in the next couple of days.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2012
    I tried Dracula again, since it was free on the Kindle and I was in a Wallachian mood due to playing a Castlevania game. I tried it as a kid, and I couldn't grok the epistolary format, bur this time around, it's a joy.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2012
    I'm on a bit of a comic binge at the moment.

    Reading G. Willow Wilson's Air and ploughing through the madness of David Lapham's Young Liars.
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2012
    Started LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S. A. Corey, a pretty cool, pulpy, action-driven space opera. Not bad...
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2012
    I am debating about Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado.

    I have been so pissed off at recent reading that I'm just about ready to chuck the whole novel-reading project and just go back to paleography, library history and The Crusades. guh.

    However, I'm continually tempted by Alif the Unseen, and the Amado is promising. I'm cranky about bad stupid lazy thoughtlessly experimental storytelling is all.
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2012
    Didn't enjoy ALIF THE UNSEEN as much as I thought I would...Gaiman-lite, and I don't even like Gaiman...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2012
    Reading a YA novel Order of the Odd-Fish which is keeping my interest enough to keep reading, but isn't gripping.

    I picked up a copy of David Brin's EXISTENCE at a signing tonight. I'd read an early draft and enjoyed it. It starts off with many plot and character threads, and big expository dumps (in the form of multimedia transcripts) then winnows down into just a few. It could be best described as a exploration, through fiction, of the issues surrounding the Fermi Paradox.
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    Young Liars is incredible, one of the best comics I've read in the past five years. I don't know if Lapham has managed to achieve that level of energy anywhere else. Sparta USA got close, although that was cancelled after 6 issues. Seems to be a running theme in this guy's comics career, which is a damn shame. By rights he should be up there with Gillen and Fraction.
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2012
    Alif was an enjoyable romp - nothing unexpected or challenging, but still fun. I may be ready for something involved and interesting now - Foucault's Pendulum may need a re-reading. I love that book. So so much.

    However, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel waits for me and my friend wants my opinion, so Eco will have to wait.
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    @Mercer Finn

    What do you mean by 'up there with Gillen and Fraction'?

    When did they become the 'big guys' of comics?

    Have I gotten old already?
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2012
    agree with Invincible M on this one. I don't think anything they (or many others) have done even comes close to STRAY BULLETS...
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2012
    Also, just started Andres Neuman's TRAVELLER OF THE CENTURY, which is very promising...
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    Gillen and Fraction seem to be the hot new things in comics at the mo. What I mean is: while Gillen is writing X-Men and Fraction is writing Thor and Iron Man, Lapham is writing Age of Apocalypse...

    I tend to rank the status of comics creators into two categories: ALL TIME (Moore, Morrison, Bendis, Ellis, Ennis – ppl whose work has been near universally accepted as a significant contribution to the form) and INCHING TOWARDS THE CANON (Gillen, Brubaker, Hickman, Brian Wood, plus I guess ppl like Carey, Milligan and Peter David) and it strikes me that despite putting out some extremely impressive work, Lapham hasn't yet been getting the recognition of some of his peers in this second category.However, I realize these distinctions may only make sense in my own head, so points noted and I'll shut up now.
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    @Mercer Finn

    I strongly disagree with Bendis next to those other names and I easily swap in Carey or Azzarello just because their great works (Lucifer and 100 Bullets) are outright better than Bendis' (Alias or Powers, or Daredevil I guess). This is just my opinion, but I always find that Bendis is really restricted in his imagination as well as he ability to craft characters. His world building is lackluster.

    Plus Luke Cage has to be one of the most boring motherfuckers to grace the pages of a Marvel Comic.

    But opinions differ and I respect yours. If you haven't read Lucifer or 100 Bullets, I strongly recommend them.

    Just finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It was quite an impressive work. The movie is in development and it sounds...big.
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    For some nice soothing summer reading, I've been going through Columbine by Dave Cullen. Totally gripped by it. It's a complete account of the Columbine school shooting. The killers, their motives, the aftermath ect ect. Absolutely fascinating and equally horrifying.
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    I've read bits of Lucifer and 100 Bullets, they are great! Tho (perhaps due to their sheer length) never bothered to delve that deeply into them. I tend to prefer 'graphic novel' type comics. So yeah, list is partial and open to revision.

    Btw, I think Bendis's best work is probably his creator-owed Image stuff (Goldfish, Jinx etc.) and also Ultimate Spider-Man. But I suspect if you didn't like Alias or Daredevil all that much, he's not going to do it for you. I think, whether deservedly or not, he's in the ALL TIME category, since he has had such a huge impact on Marvel comics, to the extent that he has become a historically significant figure. Mavel put out a 10 Years Of Bendis collection, which I'll submit as evidence for the proposition.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2012
    I picked up /Redshirts/, and I'm struggling with the tone.

    I grew up on absurdist and Swiftian humor and parody, mind you - Monty Python, Douglas Adams were idols of mine. More specifically to science fiction, Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat and Keith Laumer's Retief books informed my idea of how more mainstream scifi can be both absurd and parodic.

    /Redshirts/ doesn't quite hit that tone for me, and I can't put my finger on it.
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    Alif The Unseen was super fun. I managed to finish the book on the Friday before that big New York Times review came out on Sunday. For a minute, I felt vindicated.

    Somewhere in there, I read Beyond Fundamentalism, Pattern Recognition, All the Devils Are Here and Neuromancer.

    Started getting very heavy into Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms, American Gods and Making Money in particular) and am currently reading Good Omens as my primary.

    Finished Borges' On Writing, which I enjoyed to see the way he talks about other authors. Like Bolano, he loves the hyperbole. But at least the hyperbole is super cool.