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Nov 20th 2012
@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
" books, though.
Nov 20th 2012
@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.
Nov 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.
Dec 14th 2012
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.
Dec 15th 2012
I've only read TRAINSPOTTING, which I really enjoyed. Never bothered with PORNO...
Dec 19th 2012
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!
Dec 22nd 2012
Dec 22nd 2012
Since last I wrote:
by William Gibson
The Maltese Falcon
by Daschell Hammett
Trouble Is My Business
The Big Sleep
The Simple Art Of Murder
by Raymond Chandler
The Color Of Magic
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
The Feast Of The Goat
by Mario Vargas Llosa
The Mission Song
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.)
by Tom McCarthy
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
is in my bag and will be followed by
Dec 28th 2012
Rounding out 2012 by giving up on Samuel R Delany's
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.
Jan 3rd 2013
The last book for 2012 was Roadside Picnic. Wonderful.
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