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    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009 edited
    Just finished Bukowski's Post Office. Enjoyed the part one the best. Will probably get around to Ham on Rye this month. Also enjoing his poetry in Come On In!

    Also I have been reading through some HP Lovecraft due to all the mentions in last month's thread. I chose the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft collection.

    Started Richard Back's Illusions today. The first chapter was scans of what I assume to be Bach's journal, oil stains and all. I am looking forward to it.

    Edit: I am also always slinking through various product design books. Any suggestions on books of design research, materials, manufacturing, product collections, etc etc are greatly appreciated.
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    New one from James Morrow - Shambling Towards Hiroshima
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    Currently reading The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner. Which is so far excellent and uncomfortably contemporary and prescient.
    • CommentAuthorASedano
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
    Just recently finished Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
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    Am halfway through Haruki Murakami's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running", a (sort of) memoir/diary about a few month span during which Murakami trained for his yearly marathon. I don't run, but love Murakami's novels, and he is one of those writers that makes you want to go out do whatever it is that he is talking about (like listening to classical music or making pasta, or attacking a bakery...). It sneaks up on you, because he'll be talking about smoking, or his old jazz bar, or how he got started as a novelist, and then you'll all-of-a-sudden realize that you've been reading about fucking RUNNING for 20 pages.

    Anyway, it's pretty interesting to hear Murakami's story in his own words (as his own as they can possibly be, given that they're translated from Japanese...), even if it covers a lot of the same ground seen in other places. A good, short, relatively quick read while waiting to hear news on what we'll be seeing from him next.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Still reading Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Loving every bit of it.
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    Reading the last book in the Dark Tower series, snappily titled The Dark Tower, despite the fact that I have already reached the 'Stephen King Fucks It All Up Like He Always Does' margin that stopped me reading any of his other works long ago. Great but flawed fantasy. Up next; Albion, a history of the English language by that moon-faced oddball Peter Ackroyd.
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    My Recommendation this month is..... What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues by Jessamyn conrad.

    Now that Obama is in Power, i remember reading that one thing that americans can do to make their country better (and for non americans to be better informed) is to read up more on American history and politics. I found this book and it is brilliant at explaining the basics about american politics and the sturcture of the politcal system (e.g. what is the electoral Colledge, the difference between a Libertarian and a Neo Conservative...) and then looks at the main issues in politics, their histories and where most people stand on the issue and why.

    I found it very informative and as it was taken on a non-partisan perspective it threw up mny interesting surprises. Like democrat politicians who are pro-coal and pro-logging and Republicans who are pro-Stem Cell research.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Tom Robbins - Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates (for the millionth time)
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Reading The Rum Diary, Hunter S Thompson, for the first time. Part of what I asked to receive for Xmas; I asked for books that changed people's lives or perspectives. I have already read To Say Nothing of the Dog and Midnighters: The Secret Hour.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009

    I loved The Rum Diary. Definitely a different style.
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    Reread The Demolished Man. You must read Bester. All of you, now, read him now, do it, YOU MUST
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    I read The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta in two or three days. I claimed a headache and went home from work early last Thursday to finish it. Very good, but I think there was about 50 pages of story to left to tell after the book ended.

    Currently reading The Sound and the Fury by Faulkner. It's quite excellent, but I have to be in the mood to sit down with it for at least an hour, as it takes some warm-up and cool-down, as well as a mindset that is willing to be a little bit confused for a while.

    Listening to The World According to Garp by John Irving. Amusing, but the recording is crap. Kind of a hollow, buzzy sound, like it was re-recorded from a cassette.

    I listened to In the Woods by Tana French recently. It was an extremely frustrating book that leaves you hanging on one of the big mysteries of the story, plus the main character starts acting like a total douchebag about 1/2 through, which, again, is frustrating.
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    Steve Martin - Born Standing Up
    Considering rereading Meyrink's The Golem.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Done with Dune. On to Dune Messiah today.

    Also picked up Blood Meridian this week, which will probably be next after I get this trilogy banged out. Won't be quite as fast though... I've been doing a lot of reading on the bus recently, but I'm transferring all my commutes back to the bike. Tough to read whilst cycling.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Been on a binge the last few weeks,
    -Concrete Island - JG Ballard - brilliant take on the desert island cliche
    -The Dirt - Mötley crüe - Loved it, probably because i couldn't care less about Mötley Crüe
    -Strange and Stranger, The World of Steve Ditko - pretty good overview of Ditko's life and work

    -Dangerous Visions - edited by Harlen Ellison -I'm sandwiching short stories between books and these are absolutely perfect so far.

    Currently switching between:
    -The Road - Cormac McCarthy - reads like a mantra, it hypnotises me for pages on end, then trows me out in a haze.
    -Led Zeppelin - Mick Wall - for some reason I'm in a mood for rock bios, must be the new Supernatural season.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009

    Yeah, I read The Road a couple weeks ago. Just burned straight through it. Fucking fantastic.
    • CommentAuthorLiam
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    I've almost finished 'outlaws, rebels, freethinkers and pirates' by Bob Levin. I found it complimented 'Men of Tomorrow' by Gerard jones quite well. After that I'm torn between 'Sirens of Titan' or 'Rant' which have both been in my work bag for a few weeks.
    Hopefully, if it turns up this month I will be reading '9987' the debut novel by Nik Jones. We used to live together at Uni so I'm interested to see what he's come up with.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
    Nearly 100 pages into 2666 and finding the ride enjoyably smooth.
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2009
    Finally broke down and started reading Vurt. Only one chapter in yet, but so far I fucking love it.