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    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2012
    Been going back to my old Sam & Max book. Love it.
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2012
    I have been mainlining Stephen King over this past week. I reread The Dark Tower, and many sobs were made, following up with Everything's Eventual, and I'm now reading It for the first time (shame on me).

    Books usually don't scare me like movies do; I don't know if it's that the content bypasses my limbic system and goes straight to Information Storage, or if I know what goes into the sausage as a (beginner) writer, but Christ on a Cracker this book is frightening. I've forgotten all about Tim Curry as Pennywise; that's how effective Stephen King is at showing just what needs to be shown and keeping the rest held back.
    • CommentAuthorstvn.wlsn
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2012
    Finally got around to finishing Gibson's Bridge trilogy after reading the first two books about ten years ago. I was left with a feeling that he could have fleshed out the climax a bit more but enjoyed it nonetheless. After that I burned through 1982, Janine by Alasdair Gray and The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. Both were awesome.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012 edited
    Finished a or mostly-finished a number of things, the most notable of which are:

    Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon - one of the few writers I can think of who seems to get consistently better with re-reading - which is especially interesting given his roots in pulp fiction. Of various kinds.

    & the titan:
    Embracing Defeat by John Dower - a really amazing (non-fiction) book on Japan during and directly after WWII, and the American occupation. Not a subject I had any prior interest in (which is why I picked it up) but if it were twice as long, I'd read the rest in a heartbeat.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
    Started DEATH WILL HAVE YOUR EYES by James Sallis (of DRIVE fame). It's one of those times when you know you're in the presence of pure writing. The dude eclipses most other crime (and not just that) writers I know of...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012 edited
    Finished Charels Stross' Rule 34.

    The ending seemed very abrupt but otherwise it came across as one of the most realistic depictions of the near (10-20 years time) future I've read.
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    I'm halfway through Dune. Wow it is amazing I can't believe I haven't read it before now.

    I love how the Bene Gesserit order has planted the seeds for future prophesies generations earlier that they can use as a tool to play out in the present if they wish.... blowing everyones minds (don't worry that's not a spoiler).

    I'm loving it... does anyone know if the sequels are worth checking out?
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2012
    You should read Dune Messiah and Children of Dune immediately after you finish Dune. Consider those three one long book - that was Frank Herbert's intention. If you stop at the end of Dune you'll get the idea it is one kind of story, when it is really kind of an indictment of that kind of story.

    Everything after Children of Dune is optional. God Emperor is ok. Heretic and Chapterhouse are kind of too much, too late. None of those are bad. But only the first three are necessary.

    Absolutely do not read any of the "prequels" written by Frank Herbert's son and Kevin Anderson.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2012
    Simply reading ABOUT the prequels convinced me to never again read anything by either author.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2012
    I read them all because I'm a ridiculous completist, and so you don't have to. Don't do it, they truly are worthless.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2012
    Caliban's War, the sequel to Leviathan Wakes. It's been getting harder and harder to put this book down.
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    Damn, Leviathan Wakes is pretty goddamn awesome stuff... I hate to use cliches like "a real page turner" but that's what the book is.
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2012 edited

    If you stop at the end of Dune you'll get the idea it is one kind of story, when it is really kind of an indictment of that kind of story.

    Wow, this is new to me. I've read all of them, but always thought the sequels were written because of the success of the first book, so were not essential. I liked Dune Messiah, but the rest become increasingly obtuse. I probs would have given up if I wasn't a bloody-minded completist.

    @Finagle: Read the prequels as well, which are entertaining fluff but entirely worthless, I agree.
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2012
    Yep, LEVIATHAN WAKES was a proper old school pulp page turner. Loved it.
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    @oldhat re. Sam and Max have you ever read Milk and Cheese that ran in Deadline (the same book where Tank Girl started)?
    Milk and Cheese: dairy products gone bad
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    I have heard some conflicting reports on the first Dune trilogy.. and reading online there are those that say it was never intended as a trilogy and those that say it was.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012
    Here is an excerpt from an interview with Frank Herbert in 1969 explaining what he was trying to do with the sequel to Dune (in this case, Dune Messiah):

    FH:           And there’s a point here that I think should be made. Campbell turned down the sequel. Now his argument was that I had created an anti-hero in Paul in the sequel, and he has built his magazine…I’m…’I’m oversimplifying…grossly oversimplifying.
    WM:       Sure.
    FH:           But this is the essence of it really and truthfully accurate…
    WM:       Yes.
    FH:           That he had built his magazine on the hero. Now it’s my contention that the difference between a hero and an anti-hero is where you stop the story, and if you’re true to life, if you’re true to life, giving these ingredients, then the story goes on, because human beings go on. Now, you can confine your story to one individual, and therefore as far as he’s concerned the story begins with birth and ends with death. But if you’re dealing with larger movements...
    WM:       The parameters are much broader.
    FH:           That’s rihgt…as they are in this book.
    WM:       Yes.
    FH:           Then there is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story. And one of the reasons, by the way, why in the book “Dune” I stop it the way I do, deliberately building up a carrying momentum, as though you were going down a slide and then just chopping it…
    WM:       To a moment of triumph and than that’s it…
    FH:           And then you skid out of the story with all of this clinging to you.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012
    Reading Summerland by Chabon. I'd avoided it for years, thinking it was a simple baseball story, but it turns out to be a seriously wacky worlds-spanning YA adventure.

    The only reason I wouldn't want to see a movie made about it is that it would almost inevitably get ruined in the adaptation.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2012 edited
    Currently reading 'Dark Eden' by Chris Beckett. The offspring of interstellar travelers must survive as Conan, trapped off world in a winter cave, waiting for space veekle to carry them back to earth. It's only been 200 years since last contact.
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    In the past few weeks I managed to get out Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood, Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut and The Left hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

    Life Before Man was a brutal novel to get through, just because of how heavy it was in such a small space. Two rape/rape like scenes is a lot to deal with in 300 pages, especially surrounded by all the tragedy of the novel. Still enjoyed it though, because Elizabeth is mega crazy.

    The Sirens of Titan was okay. It felt, at times, trivial with some truly great moments (The harmoniums stand out for me).

    The Left Hand of Darkness was very good. It hit two big interests for me (Winter settings and Gender themes) so it didn't take much for me to be on board.

    Next up is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I'm reading for some scalping.