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    So what books and magazines are on your reading pile for this month?

    I've been prevailed upon by friends to start reading the Aubrey-Maturin series, so I'm partway through MASTER AND COMMANDER right now, while a pile of ARCs and manuscripts glare barefully at me.

    Also have an INTERZONE and an ASIMOV'S to read (or throw in the bin).

    You?
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    I'm reading Tom Sawyer, more because I can and feel I ought than because I like. But we'll see how it goes.
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    Reading a classic one, "I Am Legend", and liking it so far, although I hate sentences like "Oh, those vampires! Neville wanted so much to strangle Ben Cortman to death!", but it's just one of these minor, unimportant things that bother me.

    Also having to read - yes, having, I'll need to make a mini-documentary developing its main themes - a Brazilian book called "Meu Querido Canibal" ("My Dear Cannibal"). After twenty pages I'm already bored out of my mind, and have concluded it's a History book disguised as a narrative. The "protagonist" shows up for three lines every ten pages so far.
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    i am starting up Alamut by V. Bartol. It was partial inspiration for the game 'assissian's creed', which was how i was turned on to it. i know it has been popular in yugoslavia and in several other countries for some time. i am about two chapters in and find it interesting and insightful into a strange and 'hard' subject for most americans.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    I'm a little bit into UN LUN DON by China Mieville. I'm enjoying it so far, and it definitely has a Alice In Wonderland kind of vibe to it. Also been re-reading MY BORING ASS LIFE by Kevin Smith, and am contemplating re-reading LONELY WEREWOLF GIRL by Martin Millar because I finished it last week and really, really loved it.
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    mainly re-reads...



    Arkham Asylum (the recent edition with the script+notes) - morrison/mckean

    Global Frequency - detonation radio (collection)

    On the Road - Kerouac

    automated alice - jeff noon


    new=

    Blankety Blank by D. Harlan Wilson (for a review on fractalmatter.com....if I can finish it in time)
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    @ warren

    Master and Commander is the only O'Brian book I've managed to finish. All the jargon got to me after a while...





    Finishing this. Very impressive.


    Next up:

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    Going to re-read some Fante I think

    Fante
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    Survivor is still my favorite Palahniuk book.

    I got The Blade Itself, after seeing it recommended as no-nonsense fantasy populated by utter bastards. This appealed to me. We'll see if it's any good.

    I'm embarrassed to say that I still haven't read Against the Day, despite getting it for Christmas. I keep meaning to, but somehow, every time I go to pick it up from the bookshelf, I get distracted.
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      CommentAuthornoblelion
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    The Escapist

    Has some great history on the character...



    Dense as hell.

    I've been reading this last book for the past few years, on and off. I've resolved to finish it this month.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    Eliade is always worth re-visiting.
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    I'm seriously contemplating starting that History: Fiction or Science series by Anatoly Fomenko......
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    It will probably be entertaining at least...
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      CommentAuthorChrisSick
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    On a sci-fi kick, right now, as well as a stack of comics I've been meaning to get through forever...

    Just banged out- Burning Chrome by Gibson, Crecy by Our Host, and books two through four of Tom Strong by Mr Moore.

    Now working through - The Scar by Mieville(still grinding through), Spook Country by Gibson, The Stars my Destination by Bester(recommended by Our Host, obviously) and then, if I finish them up quick enough, PKD's Paycheck and Other Stories and SubUrbia by Bogosian and Copenhagen by Frayn(last two are both stage plays).

    Being unemployed and having money at the same time kicks ass.
  5.  (1635.15)
    This month:
    - Thomas Carlyle's "On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History" for my doctorate (in a curious, bizarre fascist view in a Portuguese translation, a typical product from the Salazar's years).
    - The Leon Bloy's diary.
    - Perhaps, nick Cave's "And the Saw the Angel".
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      CommentAuthorChrisSick
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    Also anyone reading Iain M. Banks' Culture cycle and what can people recommend about it?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    _The Iron Council_ by Mieville

    _Hobby Games: The 100 Best_

    And I need to start reading a new comic, now that I finished "Grease Monkey." Probably high time I finished the last couple of volumes of Transmet.
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    Also anyone reading Iain M. Banks' Culture cycle and what can people recommend about it?


    I'm a big sci-fi fan at times, and Banks usually doesn't disappoint. There are a few that don't work as well as they should, but the rest are very nice. Generally the thing that's prevalent in the books is the strong sense of build towards climax that each one tends to get, meaning they get nicer and nicer (and harder to put down) as you get further in.

    If you want a start point, I'd recommend either Player of Games or Use of Weapons as two that are perhaps more about single characters, and are generally a bit of an easier introduction to Culture novels. That said, I started with Excession and it's still my favourite sci-fi book by Banks.
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      CommentAuthornoblelion
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    @ChrisSick - I've been reading the Tom Strong stuff lately too. Didn't care for it at first, but really got into it by the third one. The fifth one has a GREAT two-parter episode in it, so look forward to it.
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      CommentAuthorChrisSick
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2008
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    Ted, thanks, I have to work through this massive stack, and then onto that, I think. Except by then I'll probably be on sci-fi and fantasy overload, so I'll probably steer back to my normal Scottish surrealist fiction(Welsh, Warner) or work through the rest of my old favorite Southern Gothics(Crews, O'Connor).

    Bernard, Yeah, I actually was over the top in love with Tom Strong vol., two didn't disappoint, but I felt three was a weak link and four followed with a lot of alternate versions of Tom/Tesla Strong from different planets/realities. Four sort of continued that but I thought the Alien Invasion Ant was good stuff, probably going to put off book five for a bit. How many are books are there in the series?