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    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2012 edited
    @Yaboo - hey, The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break! I'm glad you mentioned it, because I reckon after a little while longer I would have started to doubt that it existed at all. But yeah, I read that a couple of years ago and enjoyed it.

    I don't know that I'd want to read (m)any more "a mythlogical x in modern-day y" books, though.
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    @256 - Yep, I'm just about over it myself, along with all those post-modern fairy tale reimaginings. "Ooh, look -- Little Miss Muffet is saying a naughty word and now Jack Horner's doing something unmentionable with a pie!" Great job recontextualizing, there, pal.

    @StephanJ - thanks for dialing down my expectations. Disappointment'll hurt less, now.
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2012
    Just picked up "An American Vampire in Juarez:Getting My Teeth Pulled In Mexico's Most Notorious Border Town" by Joshua Ellis.

    It's cheap and I suggest picking it up.

    The first sign of trouble came when Josh Ellis stopped being able to spit. A visit to a Las Vegas emergency room showed wisdom teeth so badly impacted that they were growing upwards towards the lining of his brain. Left untreated, his own teeth would very likely kill him. And if that weren't bad enough, Josh Ellis is one of the 50 million Americans without medical or dental insurance.

    This is the story of how a combination of desperation, poverty and a total lack of other options lead Josh to a dentist’s chair in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: a city where, in 2010, over 3000 murders were reported. It's a story of international trade, corporate greed, baby vampire hearts, giant knives stuffed into socks, midget hookers, unhygienic peppers and the challenges of smuggling drugs across the border while a torrent of blood is pouring from your mouth.

    It's also a story that echoes the impossible choices faced by millions of uninsured Americans every year.

    I remember him tweeting about his journey a while ago. It was...pretty fucking surreal.
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    Has anyone read Ervine Welsh's books in the trainspotting universe? I have 'Trainspotting', its sequel 'Porno' and the prequel 'Skagboys'.

    I am thinking of starting off with the prequel? Does anyone have any suggestions if its a good way to go? Or should I do what most people have had to do and start on Trainspotting.

    Oh I just finished Caliban's War. It was really good. Not up to par with Leviathan Wakes (the first in the series) but I'll definitely get onto Abbadons gate when its released.
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2012
    I've only read TRAINSPOTTING, which I really enjoyed. Never bothered with PORNO...
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    ok.. FUCK Ervine Welsh. Trying to make sense of Skagboys made me actually long for real English text. I had no idea that the whole book, not just the speech, was written phonetically! Fucking waste of money I can't believe I bought the whole trilogy. I actually threw the book across the room in anger it was so frustrating. F.U MR WELSH eat a dick!
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2012
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    Since last I wrote:

    Spook Country and Zero History by William Gibson
    The Maltese Falcon and Red Harvest by Daschell Hammett
    Trouble Is My Business, The Big Sleep and The Simple Art Of Murder by Raymond Chandler
    Going Postal, Thud!, The Color Of Magic and Small Gods by Terry Pratchett (I saw him on his brief Dodger tour. Man's sharp as a tack and as warm and as compassionate as I thought he'd be. A pro.)
    The Bad Girl and The Feast Of The Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
    The Mission Song and Our Kind Of Traitor by John LeCarre (Given the HSBC debacle, ...Traitor sounds downright prescient. It was published in 2010, which means it was probably written in 2009. Fuck life.)
    C by Tom McCarthy
    Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw
    Suffering, Suicide And Immortality by Arthur Schopenhauer
    The Problems Of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
    How I Became A Nun by Cesar Aira

    and yeah. That looks about right.

    I've got the first two books in Mishima's tetralogy, so Spring Snow is in my bag and will be followed by Runaway Horses.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2012 edited
    Rounding out 2012 by giving up on Samuel R Delany's Dhalgren.

    For the first 1/3rd I was totally in love, and it felt like I'd finally found one of those books-that-change-your-life which people always seem to be talking about. But between there and the half-way mark, it just turned into a real slog. I stopped about 16 pages into the most tedious sex scene I've ever read, and just couldn't face it again.

    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013 edited
    The last book for 2012 was Roadside Picnic. Wonderful.