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    Was in "Storm of Swords", deeply engaged, reading thoroughly. Fucking couldn't finish it, already tired of the tone by the third straight book of this saga. Put down to come back later.

    Decided to finish "The Greater Journey" by David McCullough, and haven't looked back.

    Speaking of which, any good american historical novels that aren't on the conservative historical revisionist side? Mostly looking at pre 1930s.
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    Reading Bisley/Mills Slaine Horned God epic. So so good. It's like when I read Elektra Assassin the first time.

    On deck is the new Creepy Presents Richard Corben which looks beautiful.

    Also finished last week Cosmopolis by Delillo. Liked it a lot. It doesn't really mess around with a lot of narrative to get to what it wants to say. I can't wait to see the Cronenberg adaption.
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2012
    Horned God is awesome...reading Dredd and Slaine as a kid changed my life.
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    The Horned God is one of my favourite comics ever. Had to post this passage on my blog, which really hit me when I first read it, although now the gender politics strike me as a bit suspect...

    Still digging through Moby Dick. The digressions are getting a bit tiring. I realise they often lead to bigger symbols / ideas / themes, but they often feel trite. I understand that Ishmael is this man of the world, a consciousness at play, unbound by ideological or linguistic orthodoxies. But the lack of focus is making me restless, I want the plot to get going a bit more. And have some more monomaniacal existential fury from Ahab as well.
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2012
    Listened to The Storyteller of Marrakesh. Omigosh-heartmelt so much. Loved the talk about how to tell stories and also considerations of Truth and Beauty - for a change, not sentimental and sloopey.

    Of course, now I want to read Upheavals of Thought again. le sigh.

    About to start Map of Time - I haz much knitting to do.

    I am a huge fan of audio books.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2012
    I did enjoy Young Liars. It was high on the feverish insanity, and definitely not boring - pity it had to finish. I've yet to read Stray Bullets or Silverfish by David Lapham, so I hope to get them sometime.

    Like other people, I loved The Horned God. Classic stuff.

    Doing Joshua Dysart's take on Unknown Soldier - it's got lovely art and colors.
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    Abercrombie, Abercrombie, Abercrombie ... Started with The Heroes, then ripped through the trilogy, now I have to read the Tallins standalone, just as soon as I've finished The Apocalypse Codex.
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    The Map of Time is a good time. It plays with your expectations all over the place.

    Finished the Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood, who I'm very closing to buying everything she's ever written. I have to wonder if the entire novel came from the line 'Pen is Envy.'

    Moved onto Half-Blood blues by Esi Edugyan. It's pretty cool so far. The way she constructs the characters voices is really spot on in regards to how I'd expect old jazz men to speak.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    Finished andres Neumann's TRAVELLER OF THE CENTURY, which was very very good. Got Lawrence Norfolk's JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST and Denis Johnson's (TREE OF SMOKE) TRAIN DREAMS awaiting...
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012 edited
    @nigredo - would you share your thoughts on Train Dreams? i am on the fence about it, which is silly because it is tiny, but still.

    @InvincibleM - I'm sort of enjoying Map of Time, but I find his efforts at making the fourth wall sort of transparent are grating - I suspect it's to do with that I'm listening to the book instead of reading it - audio changes the rhythm of story in consequential ways.

    Also - i have The Cat's Table on audio for next - super excited!

    And, because there is only so much fiction that I can handle, MFK Fisher's An Alphabet for Gourmets has been my constant companion for days now. Wonderful, specific, intelligent, wry and delightful. Also, now i want to cook. That never happens.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012
    @ WaxPoetic

    Will do once I've read it, decided to go with JOHN SATURNALL'S FEAST first :)
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    Finished Half-Blood Blues as well as All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, which was a really beautiful novel to read.

    Moving on to Norwegian Wood by Murakami. I need to read more Japanese fiction.
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    Just finished Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Really, really liked it. I can see why Nigredo would see it as "Gaiman-lite" but I think that's a good thing. Another way to think of it is Arabic fairy tales are real, they just don't interact with the real world very often. Has some great quotes in it, the first half felt a lot more philosophical to me than the second half, nice story with a satisfying end.
    Took me longer to read than I thought it would, I just haven't had the time to sit down and read lately. Plus, I bought the physical book and apparently I've gotten really use to reading on my Kindle. A lot of my reading is done while lying down in my car while on lunch. Holding a Kindle is easier than holding a book.

    Not sure what I'm going to read next...
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2012
    Professor Moriarty the Hound of the D'urbervilles
    Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 2)
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    Holy shit. Holy goddamn. Holy buckets, Charlie Brown.

    Everybody needs to go read Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. This is me, your old pal Alan telling you this, so you know it's legit.

    (or even better yet, get the Wil Wheaton-narrated audiobook. Wheaton's enthusiasm for the story and its myriad in-jokes comes through like an old music video through a Zenith TV).
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2012
    Finished Map of Time.
    Definitely would have been better if I'd read it instead of listening. That said, it's a good story and it is engaging and I recommend it, also there's a sequel, so, you know, I'll read that, too. So good to read work that wasn't written in English. Gotta say.

    Picked up Manzoni's Il Promesi Sposi and it turns out to be a great way to avoid getting hitting on while on the bus. Also well written so far.
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeAug 4th 2012 edited
    Finished reading Indian Summer, a graphic novel written by Hugo Pratt and illustrated by Milo Manara. It's amazing, especially the silent opening sequence, in which every frame is beautifully composed, with a lot of suggestive symbolism worked in (the gulls flying over the sea, the grass clinging on the rocks). It basically serves to set up the plot and action of the story, which slowly (very slowly) provides answers to the events being depicted in the opening scene. But that scene also stands alone, in that the motivation behind the act which sets everything into motion is never clearly delineated. Instead I think it becomes a symbol for the indian summer which rages within the characters – those hot wild emotions that turn their world upside down. The villain is a perverted Puritan, and I guess the book is attacking the hypocrisy of denying those uncontrollable, destructive aspects of your nature. I think that might be a big theme in Manara's work. Not sure about Pratt, as this is the first thing I've read of his.

    The above may not make a lot of sense. Anyway, really enjoyed it. Carry on.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
    I've started London Bone by Michael Moorcock, a collection of short stories about ordinary people set primarily in the capital. I've got a bit of a love/hate thing going on with London, so I'm bound to enjoy it.

    I also finally got all of Black Summer by Warren - fucked-up superheroes killing loads of humans always cheers me up.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2012
    The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje.
    Cannot say enough good things about this right now.
    Halfway through.
    Totally in love.
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    This week I finished Norwegian Wood, 7th Sigma and Oryx and Crake.

    Oryx and Crake was pretty great. Norwegian Wood was great and 7th Sigma was okay.

    It's nice to have my reading speed back up to something respectable.