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  1.  (22.101)
    Rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide series, as I'm between books and can't be arsed to get to the bookstore to pick up La Vita Nuova, which is what I really want to be reading.

    Edit: oh, it's going to be one of those kind of days, is it?
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Sheesh, I've been reading so much lately... recent good picks have been:

    - Kafka's "Metamorphosis"
    - Colin McGinn's "Problems in Philosophy: The Limits of Inquiry"
    - Dante's "Inferno" (The Longfellow Translation)
    - Wittgenstein's Poker (interesting for history, light and occasionally misleading philosophically)
    - Allen Ginsberg's "Howl"
    - various books from Pratchett's Discworld series
    - Wil Wheaton's "The Happiest Days of our Lives" (which is a quick but fun read, and definitely the book I've enjoyed reading most since Warren's "Crooked Little Vein")

    On a different note, for those of you not familiar with it, I've been playing around with goodreads a lot lately. It's a pretty simple to navigate site that lets you keep track of and review the books you've read, are currently reading, and have yet to read, and share them with other users on the site. It comes complete with personal reviews and ratings if you really want to keep track of your thoughts or make valued recommendations to people. It's been a good resource so far for finding new things to explore.

    For anyone on there, my username is bschory over there too. Feel free to add me as a friend.
  2.  (22.103)
    Savage Dragon Archives 1 and 2
    First time I ever read them and I'm sorry I missed out on them the first time around - I was into my pretentious teenager phase when Image was new and avoided all things superhero for many years. Really looking forward to volume 3.
  3.  (22.104)
    Currently reading 'Survivor' by Chuck Palahnuik. It's taken its time to get started, but it's starting to move now.

    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    My weekly pile of comics, which is a smattering of stuff with and without the super-heroics. Can't wait to get the new Casanova when that arrives in the mail next week.

    I just read the first collection of Brubaker and Fraction's Iron Fist series. Action-packed kung-fu fun.

    I just finished all of Kage Baker's excellent and fun Company series.

    I have a big stack of novels on my shelf to read, and I'm trying to decide what to go at next. The latest William Gibson? Some Charles Stross? Or perhaps a short story collection I have from Jonathan Lethem? I can't decide.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007 edited
    I just finished Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman. MAN! What a load of bullshit and propaganda that was. Still, it was entertaining so I don't count it as wasted time. It only took me two days to read it afterall.

    I'm looking for something to read next, but I think I'm going to end up falling back on something I know I'll enjoy. Like some junky sci-fi or something.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Currently I'm only reading Wittgenstein's Blue and Brown Books, sadly.
    However I did just finish about 12 books in the last month-ish.... Beowulf, some of the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, George R.R. Martins' The Armageddon Rag, Shibumi by Trevanian... some others I can't remember off the top of my head. Finals are next week and the week after so after that I'll probably read through another dozen book or so...
  4.  (22.108)
    Currently reading The Kenneth Williams Diaries, and finding it impossible to stop the phrase "had the barclays" from entering my own everyday vocabulary. Well, not everyday, but you know. As fascinating as he was talented, his collected diaries are also thick enough that you could hollow the book out and live inside it, but there's not an uninteresting entry in the whole thing.
    • CommentAuthorCaBil
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Read Key to the Kingdom, a new manga released by CMX
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    re: mr. y - i've been reading scarlett thomas since "going out", she keeps getting better with each new book, its a crime that her older stuff is hard to get. though i believe there are recent US editions. the orange coloured mr.y was the US edition, the red and black the UK, the hardbacked UK edition was a beautiful thing. i gave about 3 of those away to people.

    like a few folk i'm reading charles stross. re-reading the electronic accelerando at work, because work sucks. reading for first time, the jennifer morgue, and rather enjoying that combination of fleming and lovecraft.

    i just finished russell hoban's latest - my tango with barbara strozzi - i loved the dialogue in this, i could hear it being read to me as i read it.

    i've just read volumes 1-5 of the manga - air gear - big silly fun. thorougly enjoying it.

    part way through catch 22, which a friend gave me when she found out i had never read it. really enjoying the absurdity of it.
    part way through tales from nowhere, a series of travel stories published by lonely planet, something about "nowhere" appeals to me.
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    Battling through 'Brothers Karamazov' at home and T'he Wee Free Men' (Pratchett) on the bus to work.

    The later increasing difficult to stay awake through whilst reading every morning on the bus. Thinking of ditching it for Easton Ellis' 'Glamorama'
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    top of the stack:

    that Chabon book that was previously a serial. Gentlemen of the Road. Not feeling it. Liked Yiddish Policemen's Union well enough, but this is too Boy's Own Adventure. Ivanhoe for Khazars. Less sword swining. More Jewish mysticism.

    Little, Big. Someone conned me into reading it even though it's about faeries. That pretentious ass Bloom likes it. Charming in its way, but i keep nodding off now. I dunno. Not giving up.

    Dreams & Stones. Magdelena Tulli. Read comparisons to Bruno Schulz. Been on a Polish lit thing anyway, since i just finished Gombrowicz's Bacacay. Barely cracked the spine though.

    Waiting for the Dog to Sleep. Jerzy Ficowski. Also Polish. Also influenced by Schulz, to the point that he wrote a biography on him which i haven't read.

    Japrocksampler. Julian Cope. Why read a book about bands that i've either never heard of, or own stuff by and remain untouched by it? "cause it's written by Cope.

    Still have to finish Bolano's Savage Detectives as well, before 2666 and Nazi Literature in the Americas come out.

    and lots and lots of comic books. Even the shitty ones.
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Just finished Bukowski's Pulp
    Reading Gaiman's Fragile Things off and on
    Up next
    Sean Scully's Resistance and Persistance : Selected Writings or Vinge's Rainbows End
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    I'm reading "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. I love the pace of it and how Moore doesn't hold your hand because he knows you have a brain and you know how to fucking use it. Great book.
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    I'm reading Dune for the first time and finding it kind of slow.
    • CommentAuthorjona
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Reading Francis Wheen's How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World - trying to make sense of the world chaos of the last 30 years and why we are such idiots.
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007 edited
    I think my favorite book at the moment is Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk [did I spell that wrong? Maybe]. Anyway, it's amazing and I highly reccomend it.

    Also, I'm really excited about The Mist coming out as a movie because it's always been my favorite Stephen King story. Have any else ever read it?
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    Just when I'd gotten back on track with reading, the holiday video game release madness has descended upon me. Up to that point, I've recently gotten through:

    Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson, quickly found himself up with George R. R. Martin so far as favorite epic fantasy authors go and he hasn't disappointed yet
    Crooked Little Vein - slow in getting to this, but ripped right through with glorious abandon, I have fun imagining who I might scar most with it
    Welcome to the NHK(light novel) - Tatsuhiko Takimoto, different enough from the anime that it made it harder to relate to, but still a solid offering and I'm still amazed at the difference in pacing/development between the two.
    Hospital of the Transfiguration - Stanislaw Lem, still early on in the book, enjoying the viewpoint, but the book's dense and not as immediately satisfying as all those lovely portable video games that are coming out right now, causing my (non-Phoenix Wright) reading to stall out.
  8.  (22.119)
    El3mo said:
    I Am A Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstader
    [ non-fiction ] "What do we mean when we say 'I' ? " - Just started it, looks good.
    Definitely report back on this one. I am reading Daniel Dennett's Consciousness Explained (which managed to lull me into a state of grasping the damn concept for four chapters before kicking my ass), and am on a consciousness and self kick.
    • CommentAuthorMatty
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
    I recently downloaded a complete run of Rom:Spaceknight, and I'm soldiering through them a few issues at a time before bed. I dig Bill Mantlo. Might go to the library this weekend and check out whatever catches my eye while wandering around avoiding the homeless and the insane.