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    I started A Serpent Uncoiled by our new landlord a few days back - thought it was a little slow to start with, but then it stealthily got it's hooks into me. Only about half way through, but thoroughly enjoying it.
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    Pleased to hear it, Corey!
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
    @oldhat - I saw the Julia Child/Avis De Voto letters at the library one evening and made the squee noise, I'm so glad to know that they are as good as they seemed :)

    @allana - Definitely!

    @everyone else - I am totally trawling this thread for books to suggest for the store. Which, of course, means that I'll have to read them. Darn. hee hee hee

    That said, I'm halfway through All the Roads are Open by Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Clear and direct travel writing about a journey across Afghanistan and the surrounding mountains by Ford car in 1939. This is the shit.

    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
    Finished listening to "The Girl Who Played With Fire." Going to hold off on the third Larsson novel for a bit.

    Almost done with the anthology "Songs of the Dying Earth."

    Restarted the latter-day space opera Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross.

    Started reading a collection of Carl Bark's Donald Duck adventures.
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    Black Gods - CL Moore
    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - NK Jemisin
    Soul Mountain - Gao Xingian
    The Education of Millionaires - Michael Ellsberg
    The Secret History of Moscow - Ekaterina Sedia
    SPIN selling - Neil Rackham
    Tranceformations - Bandler and Grinder
    Prime Chaos - Phil Hine
    Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
    a couple of trades of Shade the Changing Man by Peter Milligan, which is still really good

    Probably other stuff.
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2012
    @WaxPoetic It's a mix at the start, when they're just learning more about each other, but I do love these letters. Good cooking tips along with discussions of politics. I'm really enjoying the bond these two women have. Also! As soon as I'm done this I'll be picking up Extra Virginity. After hearing you talk about how awesome it is combined with reading the preface (part of the "free preview" feature with my kobo) it sounds like a great read.
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
    The "New Cthulhu" collection is pretty boss.
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
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    Just read all 27 volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Completely validated the tattoo on my arm from years ago.
    Not sure what to hit up next, either Akira or A Princess of Mars
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
    I have to say--Princess of Mars blew my expectations out of the water.
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2012
    @Fauxhammer, we just got copies of that in the store today. i may have to check it out now. Stupid awesomely awesome sci-fi adventure stories. *sigh*

    Also, @oldhat - I totally get what you meant about Hamilton hating her husband for the whole 2nd half of the book. I do have to say that I loved Chapter 16 (the one about the panel of women chefs) and also the one that had the guy cleaning out the egg to get the 13th one out of the dozen probably better than anything else in the book.

    Finished the Schwarzenbach travelogue and loved it so so much. The writing is highly energetic without being scattered or sentimental (for the most part) and the descriptions of the landscape of northern Afghanistan in 1939 just make me weep for the desert wind.

    Am thinking that I could make a kind of set out of All the Roads Are Open and The Punishment of Virtue and The Wandering Falcon and maybe Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. I'm all itching to start a travelogue book group. One of my co-workers lurved The Best American Travel Writing 2011, and now I want to read it. And like 4 other books that I grabbed today.

    hm. mebbe I need to flesh this out into a proper blog thing. ...
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2012 edited
    @WaxPoetic, Oh, I LOVED the panel of women chefs bit. And her sister meeting that chef was great. But man...all hidden within the MY HUSBAND SUCKS bits...still a great book.

    Out of curiosity, have you read "The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran AdriĆ 's elBulli" by Lisa Abend? It looks interesting...
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    Finished the City and the City yesterday.

    A good read, I liked the different phrasings that would pop up to remind you that it was in a foreign place.

    Also, I thought you spell 'kerb' as curb? Maybe it's just a regional thing.

    Up next is either part two of the Baroque Cycle or The Sound and the Fury
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    Little Brother - it was okay. I don't recommend reading it if you recently read or plan to read Context after because there are so many subjects that Cory explains
    that, when those subjects arose in Little Brother, they had a taste of propaganda in me. Nevertheless, it's a cool book. Learned lots of stuff from it.
    The Hunger Games - for a YA novel, it surprised me it was darker than I was expecting.
    I'm taking a break from the Hunger Games trilogy with The Richest Man in Babylon because I know if I continue to go through the remaining books, it'll burn me out and not be as interesting as the first one was.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    @oldhat - Omigosh! That looks really fun. Yeah. I may have to go to the library for that one...

    Read Foreign Bodies last night. I really like how easy it can be to read good writing.

    Well, back to my wishlist I go...
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    Reading Our Tragic Universe at the moment. Interesting, and well written, but doesn't really seem to be going anywhere.

    The last really good book I read was The Handmaid's Tale,. I just love Atwood's style, especially in her sci-fi books. A good balance of character and setting, without letting the conceit get in the way of the storytelling.
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    While still going through the Child/DeVoto letters and getting my morning brainfood from Neil deGrasse Tyson's Merlin book, looks like I'm also picking up Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer.
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    Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold

    (Really good so far; first time reading Bujold.)
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012 edited
    Night Train To Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. Holy shit am I sucked in to this book. Not enough that I didn't get reminded of Possession and then have to go read it before bed, but I am definitely willing to forgo food or a good night's sleep tonight to find out what happens next.

    I love that.

    edited because the mouse and the link are being stupid together. guh.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    I needed some room to run around after too long in the library with academic journals, and escaping to mouldering old Gormenghast Castle wasn't doing the trick, so I opened up Fight Club. It's a quick read and zips along - what a palate cleanser. Brief, brutal. Unfortunately, I've seen the movie far too many times not to picture Helena, Ed and Brad (and 'loaf), but it's been extremely entertaining all the same.