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    @Mercer Finn -- Glad you like it.
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    Can anyone tell me if THE STRAIN trilogy is any good? All I know is that it is about vampires with parasite worms in their blood and it is written by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro (The guy who makes those awesome creepy movies!:D )
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    Groan...i'm having a hard time trying to concentrate on anything.There seems to have been a lot about Lovecraft recently on W/C and i've not read a great deal of his work.I opened a cupboard full of old books last night and out fell a copy of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS,a collection of his longer fiction.I couldn't mind-gel with the title story but will give it another blast tonight.

    Comics wise,i just re-read a load of POWERS(i do love it) and i got a copy of Warren's NEWUNIVERSAL:EVERYTHING WENT WHITE to get into.Also MADAME XANADU by Matt Wagner.Damn...i miss reading GRENDEL.Amazing stuff...
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    @Flecky: I think if I'd started reading Lovecraft with At The Mountains of Madness the sheer florid density of it would've sent me gibbering in Dick and Jane books. What sucked me in, and what I'd recommend, is going with just a couple of his short stories and seeing if their mood pulls you in and just makes you crave more of his style. That's what sent me after Mountains.

    This week: STORM FRONT: read the first of the Dresden Files books on a buddy's recommendation. It was about what I expected: fast and fun, good entertaining urban/noir fantasy. I'll probably give more a try in the future.

    Also THE DOCTOR AND THE KID by Mike Resnick: Alt-Western steampunk pulp madness in which Doc Holliday goes after Billy the Kid with the help of his sciencer friend Thomas Edison. There's magic, tech, historical ridiculousness, and a cameo by Oscar Wilde. It was a pretty fun ride.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2012
    @J.Brennan:Noted and i'll do as you suggest.It does seem like the better option as there are a few shorter shorter tales in this collection.I like your choice of words...sheer florid density!I reckon that will be stuck with me for sometime.Nice one.

    THE DOCTOR AND THE KID:that sounds like a fun read.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    Currently reading "Blood Meridian" - it's like being trapped in a small confined space with a madman.
    • CommentAuthoredyhdrawde
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    I recently bought a collection of Elmore Leonard books from a local library. Should be starting the first one soon.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2012
    Currently on "Last Call" by Tim Powers. I think I would enjoy it more (and I'm liking it just fine) if I knew how to play poker.
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2012
    I read The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles) by Amanda Downum some time ago, whilst I enjoyed it I wasn't blown away. I could sense potential in the protagonist so I was pleased to pick up the next instalment The Bone Palace, which was my first book of the year. I happily blitzed though it, noting that characterisation had been improved immeasurably, giving me high hopes for the third book in the series coming out in March.

    My next read has been catching up on the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson, I'm just over half way though Dust of Dreams at the moment. I'm looking forward to the concluding book in the series and all the Ian C. Esselmont stuff based in the same story world (already read the first two).

    It always seem to be a case of too many good books and not enough time, especially now I have a Kindle... Any time I see a Fantasy or Sci Fi book on sale I buy it and add to my ever increasing reading list. Doh. >_<
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2012
    Anoxia, does the Esselmont stuff really stack up next to the Erikson books? I mean, maybe if they're about particular characters I enjoy (oh man, a Tull Beddict/Bugg book?!) that might be worth it. But I'm generally not one of those expansionist-world-totalizing readers.
    That said, I'm just starting Reaper's Gale, finally, after a two-month hiatus and a Bonehunters re-read. So I am sort of Malazan-minded right now.

    Yesterday I started and finished Old Man's War by John Scalzi, which was a book-club-mention. Awesome book. A clever little Heinleinian romp, very funny. I'm always more interested in transhumanist/body-hack-y spec-fic than I am in aliens-and-spaceships spec-fic. So, thanks, whoever talked about it in here last year.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2012 edited
    Yeah.Starting to feel the Lovecraft thing.

    If you live/lived in London(or not) i can't recommend Moorcock's MOTHER LONDON and KING OF THE CITY enough.

    Freakin' Stormbringer as a electric guitar :)
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2012
    @Flecky: Thank you muchly, and I'm glad you're warming up to Lovecraft. I'm curious which of the shorter stories you dug into first.

    @Allana: I read the first 3 of the (I think)4 Old Man's War universe books this past year. I think the latter books in the series maintain and even surpass the first novel. The Ghost Brigades has much more of a focus on transhumanist themes, while The Last Colony is more colonization/politically focused. And now I have to go find out what the 4th book is about.

    On a couple friends' recommendations I downloaded the Hunger Games, it's fairly brutal for a YA novel. It keeps hitting all the beats I expect to, I'm hoping the ending surprises me. Predictability aside, I'm enjoying it.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2012 edited
    @J.Brennan:The Dreams in the Witch-House,The Statement of Randolph Carter,The Silver Key,Through the Gates of the Silver Key...

    Going to do The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and then,finally,go back to At the Mountains of Madness.

    I may have some more shorts in some old pulps but not too sure.

    Not related(at all):I respect Kindle and other forms of tablet reading;i imagine it's great for when your travelling etc. but,for me,you can't beat paperbacks and hardbacks.I love the way you bond with them and the guilty pleasure of collecting them when you've finished devouring them.Plus it's always nice to pass them on to a friend etc.

    And then there's the smell...
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2012 edited
    @Allana: Honestly I think it does. Given that the world was created by the both of them, Esslemont has a clear view of who and what he's writing about, he does it justice. It just all fits. Night of Knives is the run up to the murder of the Emperor, so technically before Gardens of the Moon and features these characters. Then you have Return of the Crimson Guard which is set just after The Bonehunters, more info on that here.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2012
    As I finish off the incredible Leviathan Wakes, I'm starting up Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Interesting reading about her past so far.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2012
    @J. Brennan

    There are 5 Old Man's War universe books, I believe - the three you've read and "The Sagan Diary" (set between "The Ghost Brigades" and "The Last Colony") and "Zoe's Tale" (a YA novel showing events which took place off-screen during "The Last Colony").

    I can highly recommend "The Android's Dream", also by John Scalzi. It's a bit.. wackier, I guess, than the Old Man's War books, but a very good read.

    Currently working my way through "Accelerando" by Charles Stross. It's amazing, but I can't read too much of it in one go (SO MANY IDEAS)
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    I found a very cheap copy of Pollen online and it arrived today! So looking forward to reaquainting myself with this book (I had a hardback copy years back that went walkabout in a house move :-( ).
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2012
    Almost 200 pages into Nick Harkaway's ANGELMAKER, which is pretty damn awesome..
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2012
    @oldhat - She, (she being Gabrielle Hamilton) was at our store last week - the level of girlcrush here is almost too much to even be talked about. Very real, very down to earth, and by that I mean that when someone asked her what she wants to do next, she said that if she got hit by a bus tomorrow, she'd be kind of fine with her life. And when someone asked her if she would whitewash anything in the book when her sons got older, she said "I hope that the people that I'm raising will understand that humans do human things, and that's okay." Her writing is so good. So good.

    Going to start Extra-Virginity soon and while I am still floating around in different translations of Homer's The Odyssey, I've been finding time for lovely little reads like White Truffles in Winter (yummy) and The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories (interesting and thoughtful) and also, my new favorite monsters: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (mouth tentacles!! mouth tentacles!!)

    That's all for now.

    I love working in a bookstore.

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    Oh Lord Labyrinths was unreal. Amazing. Wow.

    Currently reading How Fiction Works.

    Next up is Embassytown which I have high, high hopes for.