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  1.  (10422.61)
    Finished the Map of Time. Great read, the last 100 pages are pretty crazy. Highly recommended.

    Moving on to The Rules of Attraction by Brett Easton Ellis
  2.  (10422.62)
    My reading pile grew again this weekend. But its comics this time :-)

    Although I also have three 'paranormal romance' books to read and review... (is bletching allowed on this thread?)
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    Am halfway through "Best Served Cold" by Joe Abercrombie. I describe it as "The Princess Bride: A Film By Quentin Tarantino".
  3.  (10422.64)
    I tend not to post about comics in this thread, but I'm going to have to break my own rule to ask for some advice...

    I just finished reading Alan Moore's Necronomicon and thought it was fantastic. For a while now I've been interested in the Cthulhu mythos, but I don't know if I'd be able to handle Lovecraft's writing style. So, does anyone have any suggestions that are along the lines of Necronomicon - as in, modern interpretations?
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    There's a collection called Cthulhu 2000 that does a pretty good job.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    @Corey: 2nding Cthulhu 2000 and I'll also toss in a recommendation for Lovecraft Unbound, a newer collection that is not as overtly tentacley but big on the cosmic horror.

    And while I haven't read this (though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a teeny bit curious) if you find your erotica lacking certain squamous and eldritch qualities: Cthulhurotica.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
    Halfway thru Hitchens "God is Not Great. How Religion Poisons Everything." Enjoying it immensely simply because he seems to inject enough humor and wit into what could be a very dry topic indeed. I have never been a big supporter of capital R religion, I am inspired by the stories and parables of a great many different religions because since I was a kid I only ever saw them as stories. I enjoy reading mythology and my interest in religion has mostly been that.

    Just re-read "Slaughterhouse Five" by Vonnegut and enjoyed it even more the second time around.

    Moving onto the new Murakami novel 1Q84 next. Looking forward to that, I love his style of writing and the weirdness that pervades it. It makes weird convincing, which is hard to do.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2012
    Lovecraft's writing style is kind of fun, if slightly infectious. If you find yourself carelessly frantically asking for a pulchritudal latte with an iridescent ooze of horrifying syrup, you may have gone too far.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2012
    Retreating into books is something I often do in times of stress, and I guess this month i must be needing to escape quite a bit as I've finished quite a few.
    Firstly in recent weeks I've read all five of C J Sansom's "Shardlake" series. As i've mentioned earlier they are a mystery series set in the reign of Henry VII with the main character being a London barrister and the plots rich in courtly intrigue, I've really enjoyed the historical setting which is very vividly described. I'm looking forward to number six later this year.
    Since then I've read two by Jon Ronson, "Them" and "The Psychopath Test" and found both to be quick, entertaining and thought provoking reads.
    Next came "Dave Gorman vs The rest of the World" a light-hearted story where Dave gets bored and searches via Twitter for people to play a game with. A fun read which has reminded me how much I love to play cribbage and filled me with a pressing need to have a go at Egyptian laser-chess board game Khet.
    Today I finished "Contract" by our guv Si. Really had fun with the mad craziness of this one and while I found that the strange delivery of the main protagonist slowed down my usual reading pace a bit, it did not detract from my enjoyment. I was kind of reminded of what I loved about the craziness of Michael Marshall Smith's books.
    I've got his next one "A Serpent Uncoiled", lined up on the kindle along with"Halting State" by Charles Stross and a couple more of Jasper Fforde's books waiting their turn.
    Oh and incidentally having posted the earlier link to the Bookshelf Porn site, I got to wondering if anyone here wanted to show off your shelves?
    I've got a wall I'm quietly proud of and , yknow, I'll show you mine, if..
    Any takers?
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2012
    Bórgia by Jodorowsky/Manara - this is not the Jodorowsky I know from Metabarons. It reads and feels like those comics written by cinema/tv writers not experienced with comics.
    Started Steve Jobs (the biography) today. Yeah, yeah I know but I have 2 excuses:P It was a Christmas gift and deals with an area that I worked in (new product development). Have to keep up with it and learn more.
    At the same time, I'm listening to Rich Dad Poor Dad audiobook. Great advise for dealing with money.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2012
    Plowed through Neal Stephenson's "Anathem" over the last few days. Going to take a little while to digest that. At the moment, I feel the same as I did on finishing "Cryptonomicon" - dazed, slightly empty, glad to be done and at the same time sad that it's over.

    Next up in the stack is Joe Abercrombie's "Best Served Cold". After that I think I actually have no new books to read, the first time that's happened in a very long time. Definitely going to pick up a copy of Reamde - that should suck up another big chunk of reading time.
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    @Ananzitusq: You're in for a treat with those six Question trades. Where did you find the first one? It's out of print now.

    I'm still working my way through Borges' Labyrinths because I took a fun detour through the most recent Dresden Files book.

    As for the next book: I'm torn between Mogworld by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw and the 10th Anniversary edition of No Logo by Naomi Klein. Whitechapel, help me decide between the two.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    @ebullientsoul I've got a quarter of the issues in singles already, but through the black magic of amazon and used book websites, I snagged all six trades. averaged two a day, and oh man, made my heart go all warm and fuzzy...and empty. For the post-sex-Questioning, I read "Zen in the art of Archery."

    read another reprint of the Shadow. buut once I get my definite list for my french film class, will be posting them.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    Currently reading: Richard Kadrey's Butcher Bird (which I'm loving!), Hannu Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief (which astonished me constantly), and L.M. Montgomery's Anne series (for childhood nostalgia).

    On the reading list: Cubic metres of books, comics and papers.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: Picked this up mostly because of the author's name and title, without looking at what it's actually about. Turns out that it's a sort of exploration of Dracula as a historical figure in south-east European history via the history of a family. Weird sort of idea, but not a bad read.

    First Wave TPB by Azzarello/Morales: Terrible.

    Heralds 1-5 TPB by K. Immonen/Zonjic: I loved everything about this.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    Currently reading...

  5.  (10422.77)
    The Rules of Attraction finishes up nicely. My jaw dropped at the blank page for Lauren's entry. Really fun book, loved it greatly.

    Now I undertake my hard project for the year, Gravity's Rainbow.

    I'm going under, so wish me luck.
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    I'm about halfway through a re-read of Sandman Slim, for a twitter book club thing. Up next, some China Miéville or something else that might break my brain.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    @invincibleM, good luck with Gravity's Rainbow. That book nearly fucking killed me. Parts of it are absolutely brilliant but hundreds of pages (usually within the same paragraph) can be quite difficult to maintain focus through. Can't say whether it is worth it or not but I hope you enjoy it anyway.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2012
    Just started "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." So far it still seems to have some of the problems I've noticed after finishing Fire--Blomkvist basically being an author insert, all the police characters that aren't terribly memorable and just seem to complicate the plot--but it's still a pretty strong read.