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    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales by H.P. Lovecraft
    • CommentAuthorInexperto
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
    I splashed out last week and dropped £102 on a pile of GNs and trades from Amazon, all of which turned up yesterday.

    Read through the blockbusters last night - Ultimates vol 2 hardcover, Powers vol 10, Ex Machina vol 6 - and, well, they were as good as I'd expected them to be. Finished Criminal vol 2 a couple of hours ago - had to extend my lunchbreak because I was just sucked in by the characters and storytelling.

    Going to have to decide what to crack open this evening - Fell vol 1, Nemesis The Warlock book 1 or Making Comics by Scott Mcloud.

    Current proper-book-with-words-and-no-pictures is the P K Dick biography I Am Alive And You Are All Dead.
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    Patrick O'Brian, "The Yellow Admiral" on audiobook
    Tony Le Tissier, "Patton's Pawns: The 94th US Infantry Division at the Siegfried Line" on dead trees with words
    China Clugston, "Blue Monday" on dead trees with pictures, rereading for the Nth time
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
    Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol. First time.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
    Just finished Mr.B by Clive Barker (which read more like a Gaiman novel oddly enough)

    Next up, I am catching up on some older stuff I never read but somehow acquired...
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein
    The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    Empty Chair by Jeffry Deaver
    A stack of Richard Stark/Donald Westlake novels

    My next major comic undertaking is to reread Lone Wolf and Cub beginning to end.
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    Empty Chair by Jeffry Deaver
    Great book, one of the best of the Lincoln Rhyme series.
    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008

    Agh, don't tell me that! I mean, I found it impossible to read Heart of Darkness when I attempted in high school, and ended up just reading Chinua Achebe's assessment of it. I was sort of hoping Lord Jim would be less dense. Not like I've actually even made to start it at all.

    I'm reading Charlie Chaplin's autobiography right now, and finding it wonderful. In the introduction, David Robinson says how a lot of people were disappointed how he barely talks at all about "his craft", but honestly, I think it will be all the better for it. I can analyze the films on my own time.

    I have to read Albert Camus's La peste (The Plague) for a class, and though we're allowed to read it in English, we are encouraged to read it in French if we can, and I figured I might as well, though it's been years since I've use the language.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
    Lucretius - On the nature of things.

    Its cool stuff honestly. A philosophic poem on physic. Basically the guy is an epicurean, and the book talks about atoms and the void and matter pretty much 2200 years ago.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
    The Dark Half - Stephen King
    Flight - Sherman Alexie
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
    I can't afford to buy any books right now and I don't particularly like using the library so I'm continuing in my quest to re-read all the Discworld novels right now. Finished Guards! Guards! a few days ago and am now a good way through Moving Pictures. Then it's on to Reaper Man unless I manage to procure something else before then.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
    I will destroy all planets a compilation of the works of Fletcher Hanks the creator of Stardust the superwizard and Fanthomah
    a strange yet irrestible read of the truly strange, his work is almost an example of some kind of perfect Insanity wherein he achieves an almost childlike wonder about a sinister subject matter.
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008
    My carry-around-with-me books are currently:
    Celebration, by Harry Crews, and Lolita, by Nabokov, neither of which I ever got around to reading before. Oh and also Archy and Mehitabel, by Don Marquis, a collection of wonderful and hilarious free-verse poetry, as written by a cockroach during Prohibition.

    And my keep-at-home book is:
    Gravity's Rainbow, by Pynchon, which I'm re-trying-to-read (of course).
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
    Just finished When the Women Come Out to Dance, a collection of Elmore Leonard short stories. About to start River of Gods, by Ian McDonald.
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    Started reading Romanitas by Sophia McDougall. Didn't finish.

    It's an appealing premise - Rome never fell and has continued to the 21st century. I was looking forward to reading some quality speculative fiction.

    Sadly the story pretty much ignores the backdrop in favour of a hackneyed adventure plot involving three characters on the run, all of them under seventeen. There's no sense of engaging with alternate history side of things and what you are left with is a mediocre fantasy story. For my money it should have been about half the length and reformatted for a younger audience. It felt like it wanted to be a children's novel.
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    I just finished Foucoult's Pendulum which is...well...not as great as i had hoped. pretty much to some up it's an exercise in obsessiveness. On all participants' parts. THe author, the reader and the characters.

    I also just finished vol. 1 of the new Immortal Iron Fist Book.....what a great take on a former c list marvel character. It's great to see that guy cool again. I'll be ordering vol. 2 as soon as possible.
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    We're going to shift this to a monthly thread.

    -- W