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    It's a new year so here's a new Book Club thread. Welcome, welcome, everyone.

    I love having time off work during Christmas. It gives me time to get some reading done. The last little while I've been working on A Storm of Swords and not doing to well. So instead, I took a break and read China Miéville's "Embassytown". Great book, fairly quick read. I like how Miéville is able to write a story and slowly reveal things throughout the entire book that help paint a fuller picture of the environment and characters. Some people would get frustrated with it as they want everything described to them right away. I'm okay with it.
    The book itself, for those that haven't read it, takes place on a distant planet and is a political story about human interference. Highly suggested to you all.

    Next up is "Gun Machine" from a little known writer that I'm sure none of you have heard of.

    What have you wonderful folks been reading? It's always good to know what other people think of various pieces of literature.
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    I'm annihilating Scalped right now. I always heard it was great but never really got into it and goddamn.

    The one off issue about the elderly couple was probably the most emotional issue of a comic I've ever read. One of the best issues I've ever read of any comic.

    Also working on Woodrell's the Bayou trilogy.
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    Warped Savant- I loved Embassytown. Probably one of my most favorite books.

    I am now reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Only a couple chapters in so far but so far so good. Last book of his I read was Kafka by the Shore, which i liked parts of. Some of his work is difficult to get into I think.
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2013
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    Just finished: Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

    Just started: This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It by David Wong
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    @InvinicibleM

    That issue and the two directly after it are my favorite three issues that Jason Aaron's ever written. Those three issues are authentically incredible.

    EDITED TO USE 200% LESS OF THE WORD BRO.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2013
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    Silmarillion, because I actually never got around to it >___>
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      CommentAuthorfogus
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2013
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    Currently reading "The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age" by Mark Prendergast. I'm only 20% in, but the coverage is staggering. A lovely book so far.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2013
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    Ha, re-reading THE AMBIENT CENTURY too right now :)
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2013
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    If Amazon isn't lying, I'll be reading Gun Machine starting Friday.
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    Read 'Gun Machine' over Christmas, it's great, a lot more restrained than 'Crooked Little Vein' it has a similiar level of odd but not as constant, either that or I'm desensitised to the oddness. Will talk about it more later in the month, I don't wanna risk spacing out and posting any spoilers.

    Also read all the trades of 'Scalped' and loved it all the way through, and @InvincibleM that single issue story is fantastic, it's the only issue i picked up the monthly of, the dueling narrative, dove tailing in and out of unison is superb writing. And the original script of it is floating about online.
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    Finished Gun Machine, great story, really keeps you interested, very well paced. I've never read a detective novel before so I really had no idea what to expect or how it compares to other ones. I'll probably get around to reading a book or two by Jo Nesbo this year so that might put it a little more in perspective for me. I really enjoyed seeing things from the antagonists point of view from time to time. It all unfolded very nicely. Took, well, 2 days to read, but I've been reading a lot more lately.

    Also read through Twelve Day of Fast Fiction by Lee "Budgie" Barnett. Entertaining little thing with some really good lines in it. Remember when he was doing the art challenges on here? Give him a title of 4 words or less and a single word that had to be in the story? Yeah, it's a group of that with a Christmas theme and all of the stories are 200 words. Oh, and the titles / words were provided by people like Ellis, Wil Weaton, Fraction, Amanda Palmer, Gaiman, etc., etc., etc. My two favorite stories in it are "The Impossible Box" and "The Christmas That Wasn't". It's worth picking up and giving it a read through purely for the little write-ups that he did about the various people that provided the challenges.
    For those interested, it can be downloaded as either a .MOBI (Kindle) or .ePub (various / most other readers) from his website. Here's a link.

    Currently halfway through Morrison's Batman run again, Nausicaa and Charles Stross' Accelerando will be next.
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    Scalped was brilliant hey. It (and DMZ) got me into graphic novels and for awhile I was obsessed. I think it was the sixth collection... The Gnawing (if I remember right). That was just so intense, that book (and everything in the volumes that had bought us to that point) really renewed my love for the series.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013
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    I've resolved to read a book a week in 2013, and first up are Gun Machine, Twelve Days of Fast Fiction, and Old Man's War.

    On the comics tip, I picked up the first three issues of Thor: God Of Thunder (amazing) as well as the first two collections of Simonson's run, which blew my mind as a kid.
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      CommentAuthorPaprika
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2013
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    Currently reading Dennis McKenna's Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss. I'ts a worthwhile read to put some rational perspective on a lot of his and his brothers escapades.
    • CommentAuthorFrank
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2013
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    I had a go at 1Q84 but found it too slow going ... I mean the girl was in the taxi like 500 pages (Ok bit of hyperbole there) and nothing of note has happened yet . I love Grisham, King and Gibson so I think Murakami might just be a different kettle of fish for yours truly :)
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2013
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    Was up till 6am finishing Gun Machine the other day, really enjoyed it.

    I was very amused at the seamless placement of a recipe- with full instructions- into the narrative!
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      CommentAuthorbudgie
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2013
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    Re: Twelve Days of Fast Fiction - very kind of you, sir - Thank you!

    I'll be releasing a new fiction project as from Monday:

    Starting on Monday, my novella entitled You’ll Never Believe A Man Can Fly will be serialised on my blog.
    The world outside your window has never known super-powered beings until now. The first is a man named Ian Davies, an ordinary man who’s about to face some extra-ordinary events in his life. But what if, instead of giving an interview to The Daily Planet, he's interviewed by The Guardian, a newspaper with a reputation for typos?

    He wanted to be known as The Public Defender. But someone at the Grauniad forgot the word Public has an ‘L’ in it…
    Described by one reviewer as “Siegel and Shuster via Douglas Adams”, the novella will appear, Monday to Friday every week, at around 1,500 to 2,000 words every day.

    You can read it like that, every day.

    Or you'll be able to buy the ebook (formatted for ePub and Kindle, just like The Twelve Days of Fast Fiction) containing over 55,000 lovely words, all in the right order and everything, at any point for £4.99, just by clicking on the link in each blogpost.
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    The world outside your window has never known super-powered beings until now. The first is a man named Ian Davies, an ordinary man who’s about to face some extra-ordinary events in his life. But what if, instead of giving an interview to The Daily Planet, he's interviewed by The Guardian, a newspaper with a reputation for typos?

    He wanted to be known as The Public Defender. But someone at the Grauniad forgot the word Public has an ‘L’ in it…
    That is one of the best openings for a book that I have ever read!
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2013
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    Started reading Iain Banks' Hydrogen Sonata recently. I think I'll be grabbing Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ after that.
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    Reading Scarlett Thomas The End of Mr Y and China Mieville Kracken at the moment.