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    • CommentAuthorMr. Pants
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Just finished reading Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix. I swear, the most imaginative fantasy is currently being done in YA fiction. Nix is just fantastic to read. Since then I've been reading Honor Among Enemies by David Weber and Coyote Road: Trickster Tales Edited by Datlow and Windling in fiction. I find the Honor Harrington Series a nice break.

    In non fiction I'm currently reading The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, The Scars Of Evolution by Elaine Morgan and Why Intelligent Design Fails by Matt Young and Taner Edis. Finally to throw this into a completely strange loop I'm reading Jesus The Christ by Talmage.
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    Right now I'm reading the new issue of the Sirenia Digest, more broadly I'm reading After Dark by Haruki Murakami and The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (stop looking at me like that).
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    I'm re-reading Miranda July's No one belongs Here More Than You. If you enjoy minimalist authors like amy hempel or carver, i can only recommend this book. There are some jewels of sentences in there. One short story called "The Swim Team" opens on the first sentence :
    This is the story I wouldn't tell you when I was your girlfriend.

    After the short story's title, you have to smile.
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    The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
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    Currently reading and re-reading:

    Otto Rahn: The Real Indiana Jones by Nigel Graddon. A bad title, and not very well formatted, being self-published through Lulu, but it's the best English language biography of real life Nazi grail Hunter Otto Rahn that I could find (outside of Richard Stanley's film documentary included as a bonus feature on the recent Dust Devil special edition dvd of Dust Devil).

    The Poet And The Lunatics by G.K. Chesterton. Most of Chesterton's novels and stories are transformative experiences, but the final chapter of this particular book keeps me coming back to it again and again. I avoided the guy for years because I hated the idea of a priest (Father Brown) as a detective, but boy was I wrong. Before I found Chesterton I was beginning to think I was losing interest in literature all together.

    Reasonable Doubt by Colin Wilson. Wilson has written a lot of so-called non-fiction over the past few decades and basically made himself look like a crackpot by writing a million introductions to books about Atlantis and space aliens, but he STARTED his career by formulating his 'new existentialism' in the scholarly and critically-well-received The Outsider, and followed it up with a series of detective novels in which philosophical detectives (in The Glass Cage the protagonist is a Blake scholar who lives in a shack) track down serial killers (these books were written years before Thomas Harris introduced us to Hannibal Lecter, when sex murder was something you didn't read about anywhere but True Crime magazines). Each novel is a recapitulation of the theories he expounded in The Outsider, and are filled with great conversation. He did the same thing with science fiction (The Space Vampires was turned into a very bad but compulsively re-watchable Tobe Hooper movie called Lifeforce, in which a stark naked energy vampire with large breasts very nearly destroys the earth after astronauts are killed by mummified giant bat-men inside a comet) AND H.P. Lovecraft, a number of times. The best one was The Return Of The Lloigor, which is better Cthulhu mythos stuff than Lovecraft's own. Wilson also introduced me to Chesterton, for which I can never thank him enough. There's a small Wilson cult out there, but most of his books can still be found reasonably cheaply, online if not in your local used book store.

    Twisty Little Passages by Nick Montfort. Not really enjoying this, but it's the only print book I could find that deals with both the history and current state of interactive fiction. Text adventures, that is. Yes, like Zork. Shut up. They were the first computer games and are still the most interesting computer games, though they're now currently only being written by a growing community of enthusiasts who believe that the first true masterpiece in the form has yet to be written. Unfortunately, Montfort prattles on a lot about riddles, for some reason, when the obvious trend in interactive fiction is toward completely puzzleless, entirely plot and character-driven games.

    The Plot by Will Eisner. Eisner's graphic novel about the pernicious forgery The Protocols Of The Elders of Zion.

    Everything I can get my hands on by Richard Sala.

    The Murderers Among Us - The Memoirs of Simon Wiesenthal, nazi hunter.

    What I'd like to be reading is a new issue of Fell.
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    I just finished up The Savage Dragon Archives v.2, and I'm slogging through Thoreau's Walden, as I really do want to have read the thing, despite his rampant hypocrisy. I've also begun Wagner's Grendel: Devil's Legacy. After I've finished all that, I'll probably finally start A Confederacy of Dunces or another Modesty Blaise, or The Portable Dorothy Parker, or one of my Hard Case Crime novels.

    I wish to God that I had more free time.

    Will
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Currently I am reading Franz Kafka, The Complete Works. I am not sure why they call it <em>The Complete Works</em> since Kafka never complete 85% of the stories.
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      CommentAuthorBenMiller
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    About halfway through Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robinson. My third book by him and is so far the best of the three (though I miss Pan from Jitterbug Perfume). Just got done re-reading Hell's Angels by Thompson for the first time in about a decade. Had forgotten how truly visceral his style was even that early in his career.
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    I'm finally reading the Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse series and also can't get my nose out of the Fourth World Omnibus books. I am also rereading All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland for kicks.
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    I just started Lethem's "Motherless Brooklyn" and Absolute Dark Knight (which is goddamned massive.)
    • CommentAuthorart4899
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Just finishing Alan Furst's The Foreign Correspondent. Just about to start Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    regarding the "spook country" vs "pattern recognition" discussion somewhere up there. they're essentially one and the same plot and device-wise, which is fine so long as i you expect it. i just made the mistake of reading them out of succession. "spook country" always tasted better when reading it in airports. the setting just fit.

    though i mentioned this in the social networking thread, i also endorse goodreads.com. the navigation isn't the most logical, but it eventually does what i want it to. you can post your own writing as well.
    http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/193690
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      CommentAuthormrkvm
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Just started reading the first collection of Denny O'Neil's run on The Question (http://www.amazon.com/Question-Vol-Zen-Violence/dp/1401215793) this morning. Good stuff so far.
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    Books: reading THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy, with BLOOD MERIDIAN in the wings. Alas, got temporarily bogged down in HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill and RIVER OF GODS by Ian McDonald. Has anybody read BRASYL by McDonald?

    Comics: bought collected edition of THE NOCTURNALS by Dan Brereton, who used to be a regular at Flying Colors, a shop where I worked many, many years ago. He once brought in some BLACK TERROR pages, prior to getting a deal with Eclipse to publish the book. They were amazing and having the NOCTURNALS book takes me back aways.

    POPGUN: huge Image anthology. Some of the material reads/looks like portfolio material (nice to look at but gimme a story, eh?) but there have been a few gems thus far (page 150ish out of over 300 pages).

    JACK KIRBY'S FORTH WORLD, volume 3: Bombast at its best. As Grant Morrison described Kirby's oft-maligned writing style - "It's like Mickey Spillane got together with Alan Ginsberg and they wrote the bible!" Best damn Kirbyquote ever and it's TRUE!
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Jaredrules-

    Woohoo, another Italo Calvino book to read. After I found him the only other book I could find was Marcovaldo, which I found boring, but cute. The Baron In The Trees is another one of my favourites. Something about the way he describes the forests of Italy as one long sea of possibilities connected me to my childhood dream of disappearing into the sky. Good read, better if read aloud, possibly to a girl/boyfriend.

    Metalcowboy-

    I agree. Nothing about the characters really sticks with me, though I have felt the same way about some of his characters before, only to change my mind one a second read. Specifically the stalker in the subway box city.

    Robb-

    I totally read Pattern Recognition while stranded in both Narita International Airport and the giant sprawling donut that is Minneapolis' airport. I love airports. At least when they have smoking rooms that you can get trashed in and talk to random assholes for hours.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Reading:

    Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel

    A collection of color Sunday installments of "Krazy Kat"

    The third installment of "Fables."
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Went shopping for Christmas for my parents today, spent a shit ton on books....
    I basically only ever tell people to give me cash or books for Christmas when they want to get me something, and House of Leaves was on the tip top of my list of books I want. I've been meaning to read it for 5 years now... just never gotten around to it. Shame on me...
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      CommentAuthorJaredRules
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
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    Oh god, House of Leaves. That book is an experience.
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    Just re-read the first 3 Planetary trades and the first 6 Walking Dead.