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    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012 edited
    Finished ANGELMAKER, which was pretty good, except for the final bit, read the first of the two novellas from Alastair Reynolds' DIAMOND DOGS, TURQUOISE DAYS, which was a bit shit, and started Rob Young's ELECTRIC EDEN, which looks very promising.
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012
    Was choosing between Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and Tina Fey's Bossypants. I decided to go with the funny one.

    ...Tina Fey's book, if that wasn't clear.
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    Warped Savant
    Finished The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard. It was okay. Basic story in an odd setting with a really interesting idea that didn't really go anywhere.

    Really? I found it absolutely incredibly and loved every page of it. Could help that I was reading it in the middle of about 10 days worth of constant summer showers...
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    Corey -- Yeah... I think I was expecting more to happen. Or for it to be more involved with the shared dream-like place. Something like that.
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2012
    The Instructions by Adam Levin. This book is so boss, you guys. It's up there with, I would say, When I Was Five I Killed Myself in terms of well-written boy voices. Makes me want to go on a little tangent of roughhousing-boy books.
    (On a side note, Catcher in the Rye: yea or nay? Never really took to that one too much. The character was obnoxious and the end didn't redeem him.)
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    Looks like they have finally released 'Batman - No Mans Land' in proper omnibus editions that include all the stories that make up the saga. I can barely remember it, but I remember it was pretty badass in its post-apocolyptic depiction of Gotham city. I liked the way they showed a map at the beginning of the stories showing who had carved out what territory and where alliances were etc... Although my memory might be a little distorted, I only read the first trade and that was many many years ago.

    I just ordered the first edition of these new printings, over 500 pages for 30 bucks doesnt seem bad
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
    Also decided to pick up a book of the collection of Neil deGrasse Tyson's Merlin column, titled "Merlin's Tour of the Universe". Lovely little tidbits of information easily explained.
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    Allana -- Personally, I didn't like Catcher in the Rye at all. Maybe it had an important message for when it was written, but I read it a few years ago and it did nothing for me. While I was reading it someone asked if they could borrow it when I was done, at first I said that it wouldn't be a problem, when I finished I told them that I wouldn't subject anyone to reading it. They insisted, I lent it to them, they understood why I originally didn't want to.
    • CommentAuthorMartinSheen
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012 edited
    I loved Catcher in the Rye. It is really amazing, it was the first time a book really seemed to understand me. Definately had a huge impact on me when I first read it many many years ago. I think perhaps it is a good book to read during the crossroads we all feel during adolecence

    edit: I also find it ironic that, at the time, all that fuss was made about the word 'fuck' used in the novel when you consider the context in which it is used.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
    There's a part near the end of The Instructions where Levin articulates some serious shit about reading critically, using Catcher in the Rye as an example. It's not only great but also thinks I should give Salinger a re-read (even if just to reinforce my spite).

    Seriously you guys this book is so freakin' boss.
    I don't go and pull SuperEyes for just anything, you know. You should go buy enough copies that McSweeney's will do a reprint and then I can volunteer to copyedit the shit out of the next edition because this copy had far more typos than most novels I've read in the past few years, and I thought McSweeney's was better than that (although I haven't really read much of theirs, and nothing recently).

    Next up, Toll The Hounds when my library branch opens on Tuesday, and probably some Cioran and other non-fiction browsing 'til that happens.
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    So I did it.

    I finished Gravity's Rainbow.

    I missed things, I loved things, My brain is tired.

    My favorite quote: "What are the stars but points in the body of God where we insert the healing needles of terror and longing?"

    I'm sad to leave the world behind.
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    Submissions list for the Clarke award when up this morning...

    "Note that this is a submissions list, of the books submitted by their imprints, for consideration by the judges. It is a not a longlist.

    Embedded by Dan Abnett (Angry Robot)
    Dead of Veridon by Tim Akers (Solaris)
    The Departure by Neal Asher (Tor UK)
    Novahead by Steve Aylett (Scar Garden)
    Bronze Summer by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)
    Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear (Gollancz)
    The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown (Solaris)
    The Great Lover by Michael Cisco (Chomu Books)
    Random Walk by Alexandra Claire (Gomer)
    Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
    Sequence by Adrian Dawson (Last Passage)
    The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Canongate)
    The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan (Gollancz)
    Gods of Manhattan by Al Ewing (Abaddon Books)
    Bringer of Light by Jaine Fenn (Gollancz)
    Final Days by Gary Gibson (Tor UK)
    Heaven’s Shadow by David S. Goyer&Michael Cassutt (Tor UK)
    The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Orbit)
    The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman (Michael Joseph)
    Dead Water by Simon Ings (Corvus)
    The Ironclad Prophecy by Pat Kelleher (Abaddon Books)
    11.22.63 by StephenKing (Hodder and Stoughton)
    Shift by Tim Kring and Dale Peck (Bantam)
    Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (NewconPress)
    Echo City by Tim Lebbon (Orbit)
    Nemonymous Nights by D.F. Lewis (Chomu Books)
    The Age of Odin by JamesLovegrove (Solaris)
    Wake Up and Dream by Ian R. MacLeod (PS)
    The End Specialist by Drew Magary (HarperVoyager)
    Germline by T.C. McCarthy (Orbit)
    Savage City by Sophia McDougall (Gollancz)
    Embassytown by China Miéville (Macmillan)
    Equations of Life by Simon Morden (Orbit)
    Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (Picador)
    Hell Ship by Philip Palmer (Orbit)
    The Shadow of the Soul by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
    The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky (Hodder and Stoughton)
    The Recollection by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)
    The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
    Here Comes The Nice by Jeremy Reed (Chomu Books)
    The Demi Monde: Winter by Rod Rees (Jo Fletcher Books)
    by Light Alone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
    Down to the Bone by Justina Robson (Gollancz)
    The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (Sandstone)
    Regicide by Nicholas Royle (Solaris)
    Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer (Gollancz)
    War in Heaven by Gavin Smith (Gollancz)
    Reamde by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic)
    Rule 34 by Charles Stross (Orbit)
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Hodder and Stoughton)
    The Waters Rising by Sherri S. Tepper (Gollancz)
    Osama by Lavie Tidhar (PS)
    Dust by Joan Frances Turner (Berkley UK)
    The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates (Solaris)
    Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Harvill Secker)
    All Clear by Connie Willis (Gollancz)
    Blackout by Connie Willis (Gollancz)
    Son of Heaven by David Wingrove (Corvus)
    The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood (Picador)
    The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)"

    ... I now have a month to work my way through as many as possible, lol. Or not. Or... I think I may be mad...

    There's also a 'pick the shortlist' competition. :-) (on the vector editors blog 'torque control')
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    So, now that I'm officially a nerd for Seagull Books (who'dda thunkit, a bookseller has a thing for a smallish press)(hunh), I've read Tomas Espedal's Against Art, which I want someone else to read so that we can talk about it. One of those.

    Just found Christopher Fowler's books on a shelf at the public library. I've been surrounded by work books for so long that I haven't treated myself to a wander through these stacks in far too long. anyway, it's a fun mystery - there are several. So, I'm happy.

    Extra Virginity is, as expected, treating me to a whole raft of reasons why it's important to know more about the sources of my food than I do. Olive oil is not pretty business.

    Been wallowing in the bloody history of Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Seriously, that city hasn't had a century's peace in 3 thousand years.
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    I just put a hold on a copy of Against Art at the library. So, gimme a few weeks to get through the ten other books on the way, and we'll talk. :)

    I'm almost done Toll The Hounds. Man, is it a dreary piece of ass. Right now I'm just pushing through the last 200 pages out of fealty to the series.
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    Just finished The Faceless by Simon Bestwick and it was fantastic.
    He's part of this new wave of British horror where every character starts broken and if they survive long enough, they might get fixed. But he writes such compelling characters that you don't mind their problems, you mostly want them to recover.
    The story is about ghosts of mutilated First World War soldiers and a hospital that housed them after. There's some quite shocking stuff and the end sequence of the book if nothing I saw coming.
    I really, really enjoyed it.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2012
    Brave New World Revisited - oh Huxley, if you were alive today how you would freak out.
    I've been going through more audiobooks than books:
    Content - some essays and articles needed an update despite being recent but overall it's an interesting reading on copyright
    Down and Out in Magic Kingdom - it made me want to go to Disneyland, I think I'd appreciate it more now than when I was 12. Cory's 3rd fiction story I read. Makers still holds its place as my favorite.
    Ready Player One - I'm just at the beginning, Wheaton's reading brings way more fun to the book.
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    Recently finished two books on vernacular architecture:
    Simple Shelters - Jonathan Horning
    Architecture without Architects - Bernard Rudofsky

    Up next are two books by William Gibson:
    All Tomorrow's Parties
    Distrust that Particular Flavor
    • CommentAuthorGordon
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th 2012
    Almost finished Kraken by China Meiville.

    Really enjoying it - it's a nasty, dirty reaction to the typical urban fantasies clogging up the book shelves. A qiant squid goes missing from a London museum. Turns out it's a kraken, possibly a god and definitely going to bring about the end of the world. Well worth picking up.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2012
    Plowed through Indignation by Philip Roth (whom I've never read, but put on hold at the library because the protagonist of The Instructions told me to). What a fantastic little novella! One of those things that makes you slap yourself on the forehead and scream "Why didn't I think of that?" It was just so .... efficient, in its humour, and its cleverness, and all its little details. Totally cool.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2012
    Finished Ready Player One yesterday. There were a lot of things that were annoying me like the cardboard villain, the writer's annoying tendency to explain every detail about the OASIS instead of letting the reader fill in the blanks by himself, a lot of predictable plot turns, a deus ex machina near the end
    where one of the creators of OASIS revealed himself not so out of the blue and offers his help
    but overall I had a great time listening to it, great fun.