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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Right now I'm reading:

    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier
    Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol 3
    Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Currently reading Liber Null & Psychonaut by Peter Carroll.

    Next up will be either Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore, or Crooked Little Vein by our lovely host.
    • CommentAuthorStitchy
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Chuck Palahniuk is fantastic. Survivor is one of my favorite books in the past 10 years.
    • CommentAuthortulpa
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Reading some Fritz Lieber short stories, going to follow with a bit of Harlan Ellison.
    • CommentAuthorNevin
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    I just wrapped up Catch-22.

    I don't get it. Maybe I need to be my Grandfather. However, it did manage to churn my guts and make me want to cry. So painful.

    I'm also reading a bunch of Ted Chiang "stories". And Fiasco.

    And blogs. A never ending series of blogs. American political ones. Like talkingpointsmemo and mydd. Wonk! Wonk!
    • CommentAuthorredcrow
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Just finished "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman. Fun, with a bit of a Venture Bros. vibe in the villain-narrated chapters. Currently: "Independent People" by Halldor Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Laureate. Up next: "Njal's Saga", or maybe "The New Space Opera" anthology. Also dipping into John Howe's Fantasy Art Workshop, which is like a visit to his studio. I love visiting artist's workplaces.
    • CommentAuthorIdanCohen
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Henry David Thoreau's Walden, which is far too correct to have been written by a dude so dead as he is, Douglas Hoffstader's Godel Escher Bach, which is far too full of math, and a book in hebrew called Seperation: Politics Of Space In Israel, which is about gentrification and walls.

    I may be trying too hard to be smart. I did read a Robert Rankin the other day.
    • CommentAuthormize
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    I am never without several books. I am seriously considering carrying a messenger bag, regardless of any man-purse accusations, because pockets are becoming increasingly insufficient to carry my daily amenities (cigarettes, tobacco, pipe, book, notebook, spare book, spare cigarettes).

    The books my nose is currently buried within are as follows, in order of priority, lowest to highest:

    Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization by Iain Gately
    The Cartoon History of the Modern World by Larry Gonick
    Fault Lines (collection of Expiration Date and Earthquake Weather) by Tim Powers
    The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
    The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
    Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

    Of course, Good Omens is a re-read, and I literally just finished Anansi Boys by the fantastic Mr. Gaiman earlier today. I may re-read Crooked Little Vein, once one of those aforementioned novels is complete. I received it the same day as The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and finished it within 36 hours.

    Starting this weekend, I will be reading Scott Pilgrim vols. 1-4, provided Amazon.hell actually provides them on time (my Invader Zim DVDs are 8 days late and still not here yet; they will rue the day they prolonged my Irken training).

    Also on the to read list (once I have more time and/or my current books are complete): Finish Koushun Takami's Battle Royale. Richard Bachman's Blaze. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell again. Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Brother of Sleep by Robert Schneider (not the same guy as Deuce Bigalow, don't worry). Alchemy by E.J. Holmyard.

    I read the same way people eat. I enjoy the smell of a bookstore much more than that of cooking foodstuffs. I suspect strongly that I may die without words. I am not willing to experiment.
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    Peter Bogdanvitch's "Who the Hell's In It?", a book of biographical essays on many of the great actors of the twentieth century, each essay being almost entirely about Peter Bogdanavitch.

    • CommentAuthorBill Reed
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Just finished up The Hours, by Michael Cunningham. Reading it was like swimming through pudding.

    Also reading River Town, the non-fictional account of one Peter Hessler's time spent as an English teacher in the middle of China.

    Knee-deep in Moore and Campbell's From Hell. Reading it for the first time. Quite an interesting tome.

    Hope to get to reading some more Pynchon soon, as well as this pile of hardback Jack Kirby Omnibi I've been accruing.
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    "I'm on a chuck palahniuk binge right now. just finished survivor, finishing invisible monsters and just picked up fight club."

    Not sure if you're re-reading, or reading them for the first time, but if you are a first timer, I'd recommend you skip Diary and Lullaby. Make sure you don't miss Choke (my favourite of his) and Rant (his latest book, and interesting because it's written as an Oral Biography).

    "Knee-deep in Moore and Campbell's From Hell. Reading it for the first time. Quite an interesting tome."

    I'm currently re-reading From Hell. Last time I read it it was a lend from a friend, this time I bought my own copy. Goddamn that's a brilliant book. Sir Gull's trip through London with Netley is astounding, and makes me want to go on a psychogeographic journey through my city... Though it's quite a young and shallow city, so it wouldn't be anywhere near as interesting.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Books - Into the wild (Which I was reading for book club but I might not make it in time)
    Comics - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier
    Manga - MW by Osamu Tezuka (plus like 10 other manga sitting on the self to read)
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    To anyone into comics,the recent Moon Knight Annual written by novelist Duane Swierczynski was quite a shock.I thought the monthly series was not all that great,in my opinion.But this was one of the best comics I've read all year.

    I picked this up after reading a preview,simple and powerful tale about how a simple encounter with one of these masked vigilantes can empower the everyday individual,in this case a rape victim.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Tooth of Crime by Sam Shepard and
    A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, by Adrienne Kennedy.


    and the original Deadman, because Neal Adams is wonderful.
    • CommentAuthormiccas75
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Picked up Graveslinger #2 and Killing Girl 3 & 4 today. Lunch and breaks at work I've been getting through Fighting Terrorism - Benjamin Netanyahu. Trying my best to find time to finish Suttree - Cormac McCarthy.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    Just finished Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss before that, on Scalzi's recommendation. Rothfuss' prose is brilliant. Now reading Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay and the second volume of Journey to the West.
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    Halfway through The Black Dossier, probably follow it up with my copy of Exit Wounds.
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    mostly through Rant by Palahniuk
    Just started No Logo by Naomi Klein after carrying it around for an age
    and Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
    • CommentAuthorTrue Grit
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    I finally got round to reading The Maltese Falcon, it was awesome welles! next on the list is The Time Machine, I'm trying to make my way through some classics y'see. Also, half way through a book by Gilda O'Neill called The Good Old Days, about life in Victorian London, it's pretty grim, in a good way.
    • CommentAuthorjeffx
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
    "G33k Mafia" by Rick Dakan. I talked to him at a conference a little while where he was talking about his book in progress. There is a sequel to the book that I will probably read eventually.

    It is pretty good. I am a little more that halfway through it. I