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    • CommentAuthorjayverni
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008
    @ Eli

    Phenomenal. I have never seen that, but it is now on my short list. And you are right. I don't think I did them back to back either. A little too much paranoia? And with Marlowe staring you down, I think that's the way to go too. You definitely have spurred me to read Mr. Wilson again in the near future, though, and I definitely thank you for that as well as the treat above!
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    I thought Consider Phlebas the best of Bank's Culture books, with Excession a close second. Enjoyed them all, though.
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008

    Shermer is a great writer. I picked this up from the used bookstore I work at and so far its really good. I guess for me it's kind of preaching to the choir - I didn't need any additional convincing of the silliness of ID, but it certainly does a good job of destroying the arguments for it. Recommended for anyone interested on the subject but weary of the harsh presentations of people like Dawkins and Hitchens.

    It took a lot of convincing before I finally gave Discworld a try, but I'm enjoying it. It's much funnier than I thought it would be and successfully avoids the many pitfalls of the fantasy genre.
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    Just finished The Unblemished by Conrad Williams - wonderfully written, very, very gory and horroterrific, espeically towards the middle and end but early on very nicely creates a salty atmosphere of creeping paranoia that thickens to where you can almost taste it. Its perhaps not quite as brilliant as the blurbs and Barker think it is , in part because of the Sinclair-esque touches but its still an excellent read.
    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008 edited
    I'm currently rereading my Sandman collections.

    For research for a personal project, I'm also reading through The Histories by Herodotus. Partly for the details in and of themselves, but just 'how' a chronicler, well, chronicles.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    Herodotus rocks. I love the bit about the giant ants who collect gold, and the garden in Ethiopia where people can get free boiled meat.
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    This is interesting so far. Kinda of been slacking off from reading this month.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I'm about to start Out, by Natsuo Kirino. Looks good. I've been grabbing Japanese novels when i can....
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    Finished UN LUN DUN a week or so back, which I really enjoyed. Breezed through MODERN MASTERS: MICHAEL ALLRED over the course of two lunch breaks. Just bought BUTCHER BIRD last night and haven't even cracked the cover yet.
    • CommentAuthorCrusherJoe
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
    just finished:
    Space Boy by Card
    A War of Gifts by Card
    Inside Straight, the new Wild Cards novel, edited by Martin
    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Clarke

    in the middle of:
    Raised on Radio, as I'm a fan of old time radio
    The Black Arrow, on audio, but hasn't grabbed me yet
    The King of Elfland's Daughter, by Lord Dunsany
    Bone, the big big one, by Jeff Smith

    on deck:
    I own over 200 books I haven't read yet, so what's next depends on my mood and the genre/author that I just finished, but I gotta complete the Irene Adler series before meeting Carole Nelson Douglas at DragonCon, providing she doesn't cancel.

    And I'm scoring the text of some public domain fiction that I'm going to read as a podcast, free time willing.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    HOUSE: A MEMOIR by Michael Ruhlman, who wrote a quality book about celebrity vs chef vs celebrity chef called REACH OF A CHEF. i'm curious whether he can talk about renovating a turn of the century house and crown molding with the same delicacy.

    on the other side of that, AMBITIOUS BREW, a history of American beer. i'm up to LORDS AND LADIES in my marathon of Pratchett. for some reason i've decided i want to read all of them sequentially. this will hurt.
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
    i'm up to LORDS AND LADIES in my marathon of Pratchett. for some reason i've decided i want to read all of them sequentially. this will hurt.

    wow. good luck to you and be careful. I tried that many years ago with Vonnegut, didn't finish them all, and am still a little twitchy.
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    Finished Donald Barthelme, and feel like writing some sci-fi flash fiction in his style...

    Ordered "Sagas of the Icelanders", but will probably read Jonathan Carroll next. The sagas might be best kept for the next Alaskan Winter.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    • CommentAuthorroceal
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008

    That would be Seamus Heaney? I normally won't quibble, but it leads me to a shamelessly name dropping funny story! Seamus is an old family friend, and a truly wonderful guy. If you're lucky enough to get to know him, and then tell him you like a particular poem of his, he gets it printed on a poster, signs it, frames it, and then sends it too you with a letter saying hello. My family has a few of these, but I've never had the nerve to pick one to his face.

    Anyway, one night a few years ago he was at a dinner party at my parent's house where I was staying. I was in a mood (being a teenager), and didn't eat with them. He stumbled tipsily into the room I was watching television in, looked lost, opened his mouth, but couldn't find any words. After about five seconds of the two of us staring in confusion at each other, he raised his hand, shouted "Ronan!", and walked right out. I have rarely laughed so hard in my life then at a Nobel Laureate smiling and speechless.

    Oh, and I'm reading Naomi Klein's latest and the Riverworld books again. It's been a while since I read them, and I'd forgotten how much everyone smoked and never realized how 2d the female characters were before.
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2008
    I realized tomorrow is the beginning of May. And I left my HST at home. And I don't think I can blow through half of the book in one night. Although I could if I tried.

    To be fair, though, I've had some distractions, mostly school.

    And also Templesmith's Wormwood Vol. 2, Invisibles Vol. 1, Transmet Vol. 2, and Fall of Cthulu have interrupted me. But I'll probably put it away in the near future, so as to pick up something else.