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    So what books and magazines are on your reading pile for this month?

    I've got a few issues of SONGLINES, an INTERZONE and a BELIEVER to read, as well as a friend's manuscript and an sf anthology called, I think, SEEDS OF CHANGE, that someone sent me.

    You?
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    The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Muller: It's creaky on the edges, being a first novel and all, but so far it's creating a world I'm really intrigued by. A small utopian community tries to fend off the influenza pandemic of 1918. Eerie stuff.

    Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates: Dark little novellas about the last days of Twain, Poe and Hemingway. Just read the one about Mark Twain and it is marvelous.

    Daeva-Kiss of the Succubus: A gaming supplement/splatbook done as a collection of found narratives and objects. A Vampire version of "FOUND" magazine or "The House of Leaves". A friend of mine worked on the series doing art and I've been really intrigued by the design and style of these books. White Wolf continues to make gaming into an art.

    I'm waiting on back issues of Weird Tales. Got Harpers, Bust and Adbusters as my usual magazine load.
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    Juxtapose Magazine: I recommend it to any 'outsider artists' out there. Full of good stuff.

    Tattoo Flash, Tattoo, Skin & Ink, Tattoo Savage, International Tattoo: I finally realized all my drawings look like they could be tattoos. I read them/flip through them just to see a range of kick ass artwork on the human body. Also, I get creative when seeing kick ass artwork.

    Wizard: the only mag subscription I have. I at least have to keep up on what's going on in the comic world.

    Toyfare: This may sound funny, but action figures are pretty alright for setting up figure drawings. Hell, I use to use hotwheels to draw cars.

    As for the book front;

    Finishing up a book of Irish Folklore (A Treasury of Irish Folklore edited by Padraic Colum), Fear and Loathing in America by Hunter Thompson, and am re-reading I am Legend by Richard Matheson.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    just started HEY RUBE by Hunter S. Thompson (and I really should thank Mr. Ellis for getting me interested in his work, just by the comparisons of Spider Jerusalem to HST).

    read Naruto volume 1, based on the recommendation of Martin Millar. I liked it and will probably buy the 2nd volume next week.

    Also picked up The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard, which I haven't cracked the cover yet.
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    @Scott

    I highly recommend "When the Going Gets Weird: The Twisted Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson : A Very Unauthorized Biography". Albeit, there is an authorized HST bio coming out soon (if it's not out already), but this is a good read.
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      CommentAuthorCaz_Nova
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    Pratchett's Discworld "Guards Guards"
    Booker T. Washington - Up From Slavery
    W.E.B. DuBois - The Souls of Black Folks
    James Weldon Johnson - The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
    Frantz Fanon's - Wretched of the Earth

    I'm going to get to some French Existentialism soon hopefully. I want to learn french so I can read Camus, Voltaire and Sartre in French. That's like my current life goal though. It's gonna take some time.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    @graphicartistx

    I'll have to check out that biography, along with the rest of Thompson's library of work.
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    This month I will be up falling into social dementia with:

    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    The Great Derangement - Matt Taibbi
    OMAC: One Man Army Corps - Jack Kirby
    Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
    I am going to be small - Geoffrey Brown
    Doctor 13 - Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

    I've also got the Economist coming in regularly... although I do tend to fall behind and sift the entire month on a night that I can't knock myself unconscious with bricks. I'm looking forward to Coilhouse cracking print. Interested to see what everyone else subscribes to, or at least picks up regularly. Perhaps I'm missing somethings.
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      CommentAuthorbschory
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    Currently on the table:

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki
    The Mile High Club - Kinky Friedman
    Still plugging away at No god but God by Reza Aslan, but keep getting distracted

    More to follow shortly
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    I really ought to bring in actual word-books into work with me on Sundays, plenty of backlog and it was dead enough today that I reread all of Seven Soldiers over the course of the afternoon.
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      CommentAuthorphotomagex
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    A great read is Stephen Hunter's - Dirty White Boys. Go pick it up in the book store or library, read the first page and see if you can put it back down.

    I highly recommend A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I just picked up the special anniversary DVD and was surprised to find out that the movie was not released in the UK due to Burgess' concerns of violence towards him and his family. The thing that surprised me was that a major motion picture company would part with the obvious revenue this could have generated for them. Anyhow, back to the book....the thing that is so amazing is by the time you have finished reading it, you can speak the dialect Burgess created for Alex and his Droogies.

    I am also into Mr Gaiman's - Smoke and Mirrors. The thing I love about his short stories is you never know where you will end up. You may be in this world, this dimension or another place you never thought existed with characters you want to know more about. His short stories always leave me wanting more.
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    I just finished An Anthropologist on Mars and am just starting The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.

    After that I'm looking at How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker and the latest issue of McSweeney's.

    I have a couple books on behaviorism a friend loaned me, but those will probably have to wait until July.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2008
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    Finally reading the copy of Leviathan Three my mad Russian friend left with me. And I need to finish Stewart Mader's Wikipatterns.

    After that, who knows? I keep starting on John Crowley and then being distracted by something else, which baffles me as his writing is sublime. Perhaps M. John Harrison's Things That Never Happen.
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    Currently reading:

    ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Okay, but confusing. I keep getting all the Buenida men mixed up. A friend says this book should be subtitled "The Story of Eight Men named Jose Maria"

    THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT by Roland Barthes, which is making my brain hurt a bit.

    I'm going to France towards the end of June and I'm going to take McCarthy's BLOOD MERIDIAN and Morgan's ALTERED CARBON.
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    Magazines: physically Mens Health, Mens Fitness, Healh for Men (yes, I am trying to lose weight!), GQ, Esquire (yes, I am trying to care about how I dress!), Time, New Statesman, The Economist, Powerslam, Official Man Utd, Poker Player and World Poker Tour. Also, Empire and Wired online. And if the features catch my eye possibly Official Xbox 360 Magazine, Official Nintendo Magazine and Sight and Sound. I <3 magazines!

    Books: I just started and finished DEVIL MAY CARE, the new James Bond book by Sebastian Faulks 'writing as Ian Fleming'. It was very Fleming in parts, but it was also very movie-Bond in parts, which isn't exactly what I was after. I'm a big fan of the original books and overall I enjoyed it and would welcome a second one from Faulks, but if it's going to be 'writing as Fleming' it needs to be more Fleming-esque for me.

    Next up is 1968: THE YEAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD, Mark Kurlansky's look at that seminal year in culture.

    After that I don't know, but I've got the second Hunter S Thompson letters collection, a couple of Norman Mailer books, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and Barack Obama's second book on a pile, as well as hundreds more unread on my book-shelves. I like to play it by ear.
    • CommentAuthorrough night
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
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    King Rat by James Clavell: I'm enjoying it so far. Beyond the good story, the different ideas portrayed through each character about what makes honor in an untenable situation is really interesting.

    The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard: The only books by him I've read have been his autobiographies, which I picked up after watching "Empire of the Sun" the movie. I didn't even know when I started that he was a science fiction writer. Since Warren mentioned this recently, I figured it was a good place to start.

    The Gunslinger by Stephen King: I have friends who begrudge me for not having read this sooner. Things just kept jumping it in the line of books to read.

    Oh, yes, and a pile of photoshop books and magazines so's to learn the evil, indecipherable program.
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      CommentAuthorlordmitz
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
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    @ rough night: king rat's an excellent book. i remember trawling through clavell's shogun when i was about 13 or so when i found it on my mother's book shelf. i think that was the book that started me on reading books.

    as for reading now? i'm such a geek. i'm looking forward to reading the D&D 4th ed handbook, out this week. i hear chicks dig that sort of stuff.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008 edited
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    read this yesterday:



    reading this now:



    up next:


    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
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    GN's:

    I finish the last few pages of Black Dossier, (despite some poor reviews and the admission that I skip read a lot of the prose the work is immense and shows Moore's mastery and incredible knowledge of literary conventions).

    I just got the Adventures of Luther Arkwright from Amazon for about £6! Oh yes, this has been on the to read list for a while now, and will be taken on the train to work today.

    I went to forbidden planet to get Slaine the King signed by Pat Mills (due to a new found obsession with anything he writes. Mills is THE MAN and a really nice guy, so after Arkwright, Slaine comes next.)

    I dunno if I'll get time but two books on the pile are Kings The Gunslinger V2, and a non-fiction book called Hardboiled Fiction, Pulp culture and the Cold War by Woody Haut.
    Also I'll try to pop to my local library to peruse this months Sight and Sound, the only real source of intelligent movie criticism.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2008
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    I'm finally going to read "Our Cancer Year" by Harvey Pekar and his wife.