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    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2009
    The Changeling by Joy Williams
    Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel

    My friend just finished 2666 and sent me a text: "There's a prison scene in part five that almost made me vomit."

    @ sacredchao

    Did you get to The Paperhanger yet? That one left me unsettled.
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2009

    About 200 pages in...not terribly impressed. Reads like an awkward cross between Eco, Walter Miller and Vonnegut so far...
    (Re: Neal Stephenson's Anathem)

    It gets way better past the midpoint. The finale is very good.

    In the end, it might be my least favorite Stephenson, but that's still superior to most of the fiction I read. It does have a sort of tedious beginning, and some of the middle is a bit blah. The set piece at the end is great though.
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    @sacredchao Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett - sounds like i've been right to be putting that off. i enjoyed the first in the series, the second was a bit more iffy, and couldn't help but feel he wasn't going to sustain it right.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    I'm fairly certain I started it somewheres in January, but I just finished up Terry Brooks' Running with the Demon with a push through the final quarter of the book, leaving me feeling accomplished as I've been downright terrible about reading for a while now(accursed games and anime and their death grip on me). Trying to decide if I want to push on with the trilogy so I can see how he bridges it to the Shannara books, or to rotate over to something else in my growing stack. Possibly looking to get back to Stanislaw Lem's Hospital of the Transfiguration, as I got sidetracked from it for one reason or another.
    • CommentAuthorKayne0X1
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    Just finished reading Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons. They've been around for a while (they published 20 and 19 years ago respectively), but I'd never got around to them. Damn they were good.
    • CommentAuthorKayne0X1
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    @ Brent Wilcox:

    The next two Night Watch books are just as good as the first. Haven't read The Last Watch the fourth book, but I might pick it up tommorrow.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    101 Ways to Kill Your Boss by Graham Roumieu -- hilarious and DARK!
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    Finished re-reading Time Enough For Love yesterday, and it is exactly as good as I remembered it. Still crazy and full of love.

    Just picked up Heinlein's Revolt in 2100 | Methuselah's Children, and so far it's kind of creepy. Fundies (favorite new word, right next to "Long Island Special") scare me.
    • CommentAuthorFinal
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein
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    Just finished Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes - loved it, gonna try and get a copy of the film this weekend.

    Also perusing a JG Ballard collection, as well as his Empire of the Sun. Picked up the three volumes of Asimov - The Early Years second hand for 50p each - they're very well thumbed but they smell GREAT. Got a Raymond Chandler collection on the shelf that keeps calling to me and I keep meaning to re-read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.

    2666 sounds great, gonna pick up a copy on payday.
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    Just started 2666. Got it for my birthday.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    @Twicetold -
    I just finished that one. It was pretty creepy.

    @Remotepush -
    Yeah, basically you are correct. It's kind of like he combined the plots from Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo, put them in a blender with some ice and rum, and out poured Bangkok Haunts.
    • CommentAuthorgjmiller
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    I've just finished Japrocksampler by Julian Cope. It's extremely good and I'm putting it up there with Our Band Could be Your Life.

    Next up - The first two Gervase Fen mysteries by Edmund Crispin. I already read the third one and am really looking forward to these.
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2009
    Okay, I am about ready to be done reading Dune books for a while. I've loved them, certainly, but I could do with a change after three straight. And not Cormac McCarthy, either... something a little lighter. Maybe Breakfast of Champions.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2009
    Starting Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin. Wow.
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    I am currently rereading Guards Guard by Terry Pratchett. It is odd because the last time I read it I read the graphic novel (big comic) version) and although it is the same story it reads quite differently.
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    Ok. Finished Of Human Bondage early in the month and really enjoyed it. Absolutely classic novel, autobiography, tale of coming of age and coming to terms with the world around you, and how you as an individual deal with it. Brilliant, and not sullied or dark when touching on the eternal questions of the human heart. There is darkness there... essentially its all in your head, no one cares, there is no god, and you are going to die alone and afraid... so make the most of it! Seriously it can't help but be inspirational when you stand back and look at the whole story.
    So after that... i plunged right into Cormack McCarthy's The Road. Woah. I read that one at a suggestion of a friend. She had heard me pitching a post-apocalypic tale of my own and told me I should check this one out. I say again... woah. So that book was just like being awfully impressed with someone and having them punch you in the balls 2/3s of the time you are with them. I read it in 3 days and was mezmerised. Brutal... as a father I had way too many sick to my stomach and cold sinking feeling in my heart moments... but man... good writing. I wont forget that story for... well... ever.
    After all that stuff I decided to take a romp through His Lordship's Crooked Little Vein. That was brilliant as well, and the perfect escape from all that emotional heaviness. Thanks Warren, that shit was exactly what I needed. ie... laughing out loud on the train wondering what poor Mike was going to stumble into next... or who(m) his filthy assistant was going to do next... I really enjoyed it.
    Now I'm reading 2001 by A.C.Clark and about halfway through. Man Clark is a giant... but he sure sounds like he needs to get over himself in the introduction to the copy I bought. Good stuff so far... but I was already a huge fan of the movie... I'm liking it... and trying to decide which direction to go next.
    I have a pair of Ian M Banks books on deck and The Stand which for some reason I've never read... but after doing the Dark Tower series at the end of last year I could go a while without reading any King for a few more months.
    Happy reading...
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    Just finished Orpahans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. Very simple and easy read, but touches on some deep issues.
    Also finished Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. The book is divided up into 3 parts. The first part is journal entries and I loved it, totally enthralled with the writing and the subject. The second part is interviews, and while not as good as the first part it was still enjoyable. Third part returns to the journal and finishes up the story. Something about the way Bolaño writes just hooks me. I love the long, never ending sentences I guess. I have his giant opus 2666 sitting on my desk for when I have time to devote to it.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
    @J. Thaddeus
    If you like Bolaño's sentence work, I think you might like Henry James—Bolaño is kind of like a colloquial James.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
    @jgmiller - "Our Band..." is high on my list of books to pick up. I was heavily into the punk scene in the late 80's and 90's and am very interested in this one. I read "Come as You Are" by Azerrad and liked it quite a bit.