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    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2012
    Main read is "Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety" by Daniel Smith. Heard him talk about the book on one of the podcasts I listen to and thought I'd check it out. Interesting read.

    Also have all these comics. Going through Marshal Law at the moment.
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012
    Jonathan Carroll. All of it. That's my goal for the rest of the year. All I want to read is Jonathan Carroll, and anyone who tries to stop me is doomed.

    I'm especially going to re-read White Apples before sending it to a friend. Such glory.
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012
    Just finished THE HYDROGEN SONATA, which was a very fun read, even if it felt slightly patchy at times. Re-reading THE PLAYER OF GAMES cos I'ms till in a Culture more. Also reading ANALOG DAYS: THE INVENTION AND IMPACT OF THE MOOG SYNTHESIZER, by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco.


    Read ANATHEM and, as readable as it was, I didn't enjoy it at all. I found that the whole Platonic conceit was too weak to sustain the narrative, his satire was crap and the whole thing just pointless. Then again, I've never been a massive fan of his, I've always struggled with his books, with the exception of the Baroque Cycle for some reason. I think that those are my favourites of Stephenson's.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012
    @oldhat: Marshal Law - I loved reading that mad stuff.

    I'm getting near the end of Simon's A SERPENT UNCOILED, and enjoying it. Dan Shaper is nearly as fucked-up as me, yes indeedy!
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    Fair enough. I won't call it the greatest novel I've ever read, far from it, but it was a good bit of escapism. I'd say it was about on par with Snow Crash.

    I've only read Quicksilver of the Baroque cycle so far and I thought it was good, but I also found it a bit of a drudge to get through.
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2012
    I really enjoyed Anathem, but then I like all of Neal Stephenson's stuff- even Reamde, which I have to acknowledge is not his best work.

    As far as the Baroque cycle goes, the pace picks up in the second part and then slows again for the final installment. Personally these are my favorite of his books and I can re-read them repeatedly.
    My girlfriend has just started on Quicksilver after finishing Cryptonomicon and I'm almost jealous of her experiencing this fictional universe for the first time.

    I myself am nearly finished with The Hydrogen Sonata, which I've thoroughly enjoyed so far and am looking forward to finishing off this evening when I get home from work.

    When that's done, I'm spoiled for choice as to what will be next. I must have a dozen waiting on the kindle, including Jeff Noon's "Channel Skin", a couple by Charles Stross, a collection of Terry Pratchett's short stories and "Perdido Street Station" by China Mieville.

    Happy days.
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    Zoem -- Yes! It is so good to see someone mention Carroll on here!
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    Started Pale Fire by Nabokov. Any advice whatsoever about how to approach this thing is very welcome. I've decided to read everything straight through rather than go back and forth, and still on the poem itself. I realised worryingly late late that it's organised in rhyming couplets. I'm a poetry doofus.

    Other than that, have been reading a bunch of comics. First issue of Batwoman Elegy was incredible, but I thought the series lost steam quickly after that. The Goon is hilarious, being one of the few comics I have read that can make surreal slapstick really funny. Dollhouse Epitaphs is competent but entirely inessential stuff – I don't miss the show nearly enough to care about filling in these gaps. Still got Habibi to get through, though reading that and Nabokov might be a bit much.
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    @Mr. Tyson,

    I give you the Moby Dick Big Read
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    Chapter 30 read by David Cameron wtf!
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    @Finn Yeah, I might have to just head to the library for that specific chapter...
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2012
    Put me down as another who adored Anathem.

    Sigh. I've read almost 50 books this year, but there are only a few I'd consider really good - something that people might read 20 or 30 years from now.

    I think I'll go re-read Little, Big.
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    @Corey Waits RE: Roadside Picnic found footage film

    Have not seen stalker yet. How close is it to the book? I know they have a videogame based on the movie/book also

    I have also just read Hyperion and I loved it. So I decided to pick up the next book, but I got Endymion not realizing another book comes before. Will probably read anyway.
    Also got Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. I remember watching the pilot for the tv show based on this book a few years ago and loved it.
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    Currently reading Janet Hobhouse's The Furies, a portrait of the tortured emotional relationships among three generations of a formerly well-to-do family. OOH, there are lines in the book that make me stop and wince with recognition at its naming of unfortunately familiar family dynamics. OTOH, the prose is so densely packed that I need to bring my A+ game to reading it.

    For lighter fare, I'm also reading Alan Bennett's original screenplay for "Prick Up Your Ears." It's the story of the tortured relationship between talented playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. The relationship dramatically ended with Halliwell bludgeoning Orton to death.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2012
    I've finished A SERPENT UNCOILED, which I enjoyed. Currently doing Book 1 of Stephen Donaldson's GAP SERIES: THE REAL STORY, which I'm finding quite good. I found an old anthology of Sci-fi stuff, in a scabby room in me rehab. A few stories by Bester, Matheson etc. I'm going to have to join the library here, or else I'll go nuts!
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    @ Imaginarypeople
    I loved Hyperion through most of the book... But then I hit the private eye story and I felt my attention waning and sped read the remainder of the book. I'm sure I'll still read the Rise of Hyperion someday though
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
    Finished all four of the Hyperion books a couple of weeks ago and, overall, enjoyed them - jam-packed with big, galaxy-spanning ideas, the human condition, etc, although I thought they occasionally dragged when they drifted into areas which, admittedly, have never appealed to me. But, hey, that's just me.

    Slightly disappointed by The Hydrogen Sonata. Felt like it lacked momentum and just ambled along to a conclusion. Mostly enjoyed the way he dealt with subliming, though, but I'm not going to say anymore because I can't think of a way to describe it which might not spoil things for those who haven't read it yet.

    Lastly, gave Martin Amis' "Lionel Asbo: State of England" a shot (it was my first Amis read, Martin or Kingsley) and thoroughly enjoyed it: funny, tasteless and with two main characters who keep developing all the way to the end. It'd be interesting to hear what all you Johnny Foreigner types make of its extremes of so-called Britishness.
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    @ MartinSheen yeah the ending did kind of drag. my favorite stories in hyperion were the priest's and the scholar's
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012 edited
    I enjoyed the hell out of the two Hyperion books. I would have enjoyed the hell out of the two Endymion books had they not been a sequel to Hyperion (or had I not read Hyperion first). Endymion is inconsistent with the setups in Hyperion to such a degree that I could not swallow those changes as possible. This moderately interfered with my enjoyment of the story. And I say that as someone who has typically enjoyed the hell out of Dan Simmons.

    Which reminds me, I still have a copy of Drood around here that I've not read...
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012 edited
    Have tried and failed to finish a bunch of novels recently: Pale Fire, The Inheritors, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Still working through Habibi, which is very well put together but can drag. Started reading The End of The Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour, a history of the second and third terms of the previous Labour Government (so not really the 'rise' then). The author, Andrew Rawnsley, has had very good access to most of the key players, and his judgements on Blair and Brown's character are thus very illuminating. However, I don't think the book really offers much that would be new to anyone possessed of a vague interest in UK politics in the past 10 years. It's also a bit drab stylistically. Still, it's a story worth revisiting again, and has kept me turning the pages where Nabokov and Golding failed.