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    Finally, FINALLY finished Blood Meridian. It's an amazing book, but it took me near three weeks to read a ~350 page novel.

    Amazing, amazing, amazing, that's all I can say about it.

    Next on the docket and 30th book for the year is I, Claudius
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    @InvincibleM - the Blood Meridian is one of my favorite books ever. "the judge" is my favorite character.
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
    Just read (that's READ, not listened to the audiobook. Applause for airhead me. YAY!) Existence by David Brin.

    Seem to recall Brin being a little meatier than this (eta: actually, that's wrong. Just Wiki'd his bibliography and I'm mistaking Brin for Greg Bear - this appears to be my first Brinsperience) but loved the avalanche of ideas he included. The orthodox part of me thought the ending was a little meh and wanted a more definitive/clearer resolution but, as it digests, I can see why he did it that way...or perhaps I was enjoying it enough that I just didn't want it to end where it did. [shrugs]

    Onto Chalie Stross' "Wireless" now.

    (@ InvincibleM: I don't keep track of how many books I read anymore but right the way through my childoohd and teens I went through a couple of notebooks listing each & every one I borrowed from the library; inc. title, author, date of borrowing, return and little glyph notes indicating whether I enjoyed it and if I should read more by that writer. So glad I grew out of that phase. Anyway, got to go - need to re-arrange and re-catalogue all the files on my computer.)

    Oh yeah, and there's this, which cannot come quickly enough:

    At a book signing at Foyles in London, England, on 11 April 2012, Banks briefly described The Hydrogen Sonata as being "about the whole subliming business".
    04/10/12 for the UK and 09/10/12 for the US.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
    @Foamhead: I read Existence when it was in manuscript, and things may have changed, but I think Brin was deliberately going for a (spoilers)
    . . . thoughtful, low-key ending. His books often end with a cinematic bang. This time, it's more about . . . growing up? I think having teenagers around made that theme seem appealing.

    * * *
    Man, I have a lot of Iain M. Banks and China Mieville to catch up on. I've decided to get more books from the library, so I'll start with the older ones, which hopefully won't have so many holds on them.
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
    My Dredd fandom has reached a point I never thought it would. Am now reading a novella. Reading Judge Dredd Year One: City Fathers by Matthew Smith
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    I've always been more of an Iain Banks fan than Iain M Banks (though I did find Feersum Endjinn, signed, in a charity shop for fifty p) the last book I read was Transition which was odd and felt like it could have been published under either name (and was released in the US under Iain M Banks). I've just read the short story Black Swan by Bruce Sterling and they share some similar themes.
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    Finished Rare Earth by Paul Mason (that's the Newsnight economics editor) last night. It's a novel, very good as well. Unexpectedly pulpy, funny and angry, but also self-aware, even gets a bit meta at the very end.

    Now on to a re-read of The Book of the New Sun.
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
    There's probably a reason Feersum Endjinn was 50p.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012 edited
    Finished Hugo Winner Among Others. It's a very low-key fantasy, a diary-account by a young teen from a troubled family sent to boarding school. She claims to have magic powers and to be able to see and talk to faeries. She's an avid SF&F reader; there are copious discussions about specific books and authors.


    I'm . . . ahhh.

    This is a well written book, with an interesting setup, and I did enjoy reading it, but . . . I can't help but think there's a healthy dose of fannish inbredness about it. I feel like a shit saying that. The fantastic component is surprisingly minimal; it might even be an analogy for the troubled family dynamic between the lead character and her estranged mother. Or I may be totally clueless and missing something.
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    Leviathan Wakes.. wow.. a perfect book for me. I loved it.
    Has anyone read the sequel Caliban's War? Is it of the same standard??
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    Caliban delivered the goods as well. I really didn't think they could do it twice but I read it even faster than I read Leviathan. I'm off to buy the two novellas to read now.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    John Dies At The End was a hoot. Very funny, but genuinely scary, and some good Big Ideas. I highly recommend it.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    @MartinSheen I'm reading it now. Nowhere near the middle of it, of course, but it's holding up. :)
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    @Ryan and Oldhat...

    :) thats awesome. I just ordered Caliban's off book depository.

    I think of Leviathan Wakes as Firefly crossed with Dead Space crossed with Heinlein's Starship Troopers
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    ...its a shame there's still 7 month or so until the third and final in the series
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2012
    THE HYDROGEN SONATA motherfuckers!
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2012
    Speedboat by Renata Adler and it is super-good. I'm gonna corral y'all into another recommendation-fest if I can:
    Any other suggestions for aphoristic fiction? Doesn't necessarily have to be so self-interrogative, or confessional-style, as long as it's got that piecemeal wisdom function. I've loved it in philosophy for years but never thought to ask for it in other contexts.

    Some choice quotes:

    “I remember somebody saying, ‘You’ve got to steep yourself in things.’ So I steeped myself in thrillers, commercials, news magazines. The same person used to write ‘tepid’ and ‘arguable’ all over the margins of what our obituary writers wrote. I now think ‘tepid’ and ‘arguable’ several times a day.”

    “I think a high tone of moral indignation, used too often, is an ugly thing. I get up at eight. Quite often now I have a drink before eleven. In some ways, I have overshot my mark in life in spades.”

    “It is best not to think, nostalgically, ‘Hell, we’ve been through a lot together,’ unless you are prepared to add, ‘You have caused, over the years, varieties of unhappiness for which I have not, perhaps, been sufficiently grateful.’”
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2012
    Jumping between Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Haven't fully immersed byself in Bell Jar yet, but so far really enjoying Ready Player One.
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    @imaginarypeople RE: Roadside Picnic found footage film

    Have you seen Stalker? It's based on Roadside Picnic, and as I was watching it all I could think was "someone should really make this as a found footage fictional doco."
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    FInished The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki. Anybody else read him? I think Graveyard Book is next for me.