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    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2014
    @Vorn, that's how I feel about pulpy noir. There's always a gorgeous femme fatale and no matter how badass she is, more often than not she relies on a guy, either for protection or love. Even if she's the main character.

    But then I just sit back and enjoy the "YOU OWES ME MONEY YOU SON OF A BITCH!" "GAAAAAH YOU CRAZY ASSHOLE!" "I killed him. Not clean and quick, but slow and messy. The kind of kill I liked."
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2014
    @oldhat You should check out Megan Abbott's Queenpin if you haven't already.
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    Just finished the Scar by China Mieville.

    I'm not a big on fantasy as a genre anymore(burnt my self out as a young teen on the Swords and Sorcery stuff), but fuck if that wasn't an entertaining ass read. It was pretty popcorn and leaves me feeling a need for a heavier piece of writing, but Mieville really pumps out those rad as hell moments.

    But alternate realities and giant beasts are some of my favourite things, so I was predestined to like it. Also, Uther Doul, the most badassy badass who never managed to go too far into farce.
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    The Scar is one of my favourite Mieville books, when he's in the mood the imagination is outstanding. Perdido Street Station is set in the same world too.

    Something that wasn't a favourite of mine was Retrovirus, by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmioti, which I took a huge disliking to
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    @Ryan S Thomason

    Oh I read Perdido Street Station already. I liked it a little bit more than the Scar, if only because Perdido leaned a bit more to the horror side of things.
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2014
    So. I have a whole pile of books. And chores to do (not complaining, mind, just saying) and things and things and I really just want to curl up with tea and cat and read Europe in Sepia, Manhattan '45, The Old Ways and A Time of Gifts.

    Also I've got Barry Powell's translation of The Iliad, which may be changing my mind about that epicness thing of weird war issues. I love me The Odyssey in every translation I can find, so this is kind of a nice change.

    Also in re: Mieville - lovedlovedlove The Scar. The world-building was so thorough and unexpected and brilliantly mad.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2014
    This is really making me jones for another Bas-Lag story. Loved all three, but Iron Council ended in a way that left me thinking "Surely he can't just leave it there?". It's absolutely the right ending, given the themes of the book, but the fanboy in me is definitely thirsting for more.
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    Kurt Vonnegut, reading Slaughterhouse Five. Day made:
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2014
    My book reading is pretty shoddy at the moment. I used to be one of those people who'd continue reading a book whilst walking down the street after getting off public transport. Nowadays concentration requires some effort. Anyway, to get back into the swing I'm doing:

    Nick Cave - The Death of Bunny Munro.
    William Burroughs - The Place of Dead Roads.
    Warren Ellis - Gun Machine.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2014
    Let's see - I've read Kiarna Boyd's Blessed and Cursed Alike, which is a rare urban fantasy I don't want to throw across the room. The author's apparently one of the founders of Liminal Nation. Currently re-reading the Paul Cain Omnibus, a collection of hardboiled stories by a guy who lived a life out of one of his stories. Also making my way through David Corbett's The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV and the profoundly annoying All God's Children out of sheer bloodymindedness.
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    Miéville is one of the writers I'm blisteringly envious for, in a constructive sense. Although, I was toying with the idea of a scifi-book that had something to do with linguistics and where space was a more direct metaphor for sea than usual, and then I fucking read Embassytown right after the idea started to gain traction. Goddamnit Miéville! :D

    If you like big monsters and more horrorish stuff, check out Railsea by the man.
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    @Vornaskotti - Embassytown is one of my most favorite books. I know the feeling when you have a great idea and then see it done by someone else. I ended up changing my idea around a bit and rewriting it.
    I have Railsea but have not started to read it yet.
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2014
    Embassytown was good but also angering. It's definitely not where I would've gone with a language-as-real-thing story, so I'm mixed on it.

    Right now I'm reading a set of Dorothy Parker stories. They're very sad. But it's a good transition out of the class-snobbery of Austen that I've been dwelling in for the entire winter. Some of it is poignant but most is just portraits of stupidity.
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    I just read the first few pages of Neuromancer. Enjoying the noirish style and Gibsons self indulgence with the language.

    Also a few chapters into "Call Me Burroughs," Barry Miller's biography of William S. Burroughs. It's pretty big, and I'm not too far into it yet.

    I'm also pecking away at James Joyces' "Ulysses." Though I have been on and off for like a year now. It's a lot of fun to read sometimes but very slow going to interpret.

    A friend gave me his copy of "Joy of X." It's a math book, but it's more like a humanities introduction to it. Could be fun for the Math curious among us who aren't trying to pound through a bunch of algebra problems.
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    I'm currently reading this - Wildwood, a journey through trees by Roger Deakin. I say currently - I've been reading it very slowly and very carefully for about two years. It's a really beautiful, slow book about trees and woods, and every time I read an excerpt I feel a longing to be outside and to be able to appreciate nature in that way. Just lovely.
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    Currently reading Hannah Arendt's EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM, her controversial report on the Adolph Eichmann trial. Her take is that Eichmann was more of an unimaginative company man than a super-evil Nazi genius. Also, the excuse that the Nazis forced an occupied country to have its Jews killed is repeatedly shown to be ass-covering b.s. I'm curious to see how all this information leads to the formulation of Arendt's famed concept of the "banality of evil."
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2014
    I've been on a horror binge for a while now, so it's mostly been Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon and Poppy Z Brite. Also, started re-reading Lumley's Necroscope series, which is super enjoyable. Finally,picked these babies up yesterday:

    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2014
    I tried to get into Lumley, but couldn't get past every other sentence having an exclamation point.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2014
    @Nigredo: I loved Vance's Alastor series. Besides being in the same star cluster, they have something else in common. One character, who notices a problem and fixes things.
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    I read the first book of Steph Swainston's Fourlands books some time ago, and it sort of stuck with me. Started reading the second book in the series earlier this month and it's equally… unique in some sense. Is anyone else here familiar with her books? The series is a rather interesting mix of heroic gritty fantasy with weird anachronisms, as well as some alternative drug induced reality stuff that makes it a weirdly appetising cocktail. Calling it heroic fantasy is a bit off, since maybe it's maybe far more new weird. Doesn't seem to fit genres well, but genres suck anyway.