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    @John Oak Dalton:

    Good call. The Hard Case Crime novels are godly, especially The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain.

    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2008
    Focusing my attention on and halfway into Eduardo Galeano's The Book of Embraces. Greatest thing I've read in months.
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    Working through an enormous pile of Samuel R. Delany- currently working on Tales of Neveryona, which is excellent but far from a casual read.

    I've got an 8 hour train ride coming up next week, during which I expect to zip through Fetish Diva Midori's Master Han's Daughter

    Last, a friend loaned me the dominatrix autobiography Princess Spider.
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
    I heart my new PULPHOPE book. *glee*
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2008
    Finished "THE LOCKED ROOM" - the happy bank robbers make me smile.
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2008

    Thanks for the reminder on PULPHOPE! I really need to get that one.
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    I'm getting my fantasy on w/ George R R Martins A Clash of Kings. About 150 pages in waiting for someone to inevitably make a stupid mistake
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2008
    Just finished Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen. It was excellent. I'm sure I'm biased a bit since I have Buddhist leanings, but I thought it was incredibly interesting to gain the perspective of a Zen master who sits firmly outside the mystic bullshit that often gets dragged in to things.

    If you want to learn anything about Japanese Soto Zen, while ignoring all the nitty-gritty ceremonial stuff, and as it looks through the irreverent eyes of a punk rocker/Japanese monster movie maker (Go Ultraman!), grab that book.

    I'm moving on to Siddhartha, partially because I loved it in high school and it's been far too long since I've read it, and also because of inspiration from the above.

    In the words of Brad Warner: "Question Authority. Question society. Question reality. Question yourself."
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2008
    Last week, I picked up Dhalgren again after losing it for a few months. Then I read the last 400 pages in one sitting.

    I am completely confounded. Definitely not... dissatisfied, but... broken? In the head? You know the grim, headachey acceptance you feel after an all-nighter? That.

    Next on my list was The Raw Shark Texts, which opens sorta like Dhalgren, but couldn't possibly hold up in comparison. Probably a poor followup choice, in that regard. It's got a good hook early, then gets very first-book-ish when the story gets moving. The ending Jaws reference is way too long, too, if you're familiar with the movie.

    Up next: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins.
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    Well, I lusted after a new hardcover called Matter from Iain M Banks today, but it will have to wait.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2008
    Found a mint copy of The Rainbow Affair which features an American take on some British sleuths and such. Trying to find who claimed James Bond was a thug.
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    Reading the American Library's "TALES" of HP Lovecraft. I haven't read them since I devoured all his works one summer in high school. Call of Cthulhu still stands up as an amazing short story. The Shadow Out of Time still kicks me in the head. I'm so very glad that neither of these have been made into movies, they stand as such pure stories of weird fiction. Yes, I know about the b/w indy Call of Cthulhu, that was very clever.

    The Dragon Waiting by John Ford: Neil Gaiman spoke so highly of him when he passed away, I finally hunted this down. It's really fun. I also read his Star Trek book "How Much for Just the Planet". The only Star Trek book I've ever read. A musical comedy with tap-dancing aliens and pie-fights, better than anything Star Trek I've ever seen.

    Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. A book about the most successful brothel in US history. Great Chicago story.
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    The Dragon Charmer by Jan Siegel
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    The Raw Shark Texts was a total let down. After all the good things I had heard about it, it seemed very "English-lit-student-clever" (does that make sense?) to me. Like the author had read something he thought was interesting, wanted to write a book about the idea, but either didn't understand it enough or know enough about it, so he just avaoided actually saying anything about it and just kind of danced around whatever the subject was for 400 pages.
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    Horror short stories at the moment...collected works by M R James , Algernon Blackwood and Ramsey Campbell.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2008

    Agreed. It takes an interesting idea -- if you count the meme as a sentient abstraction, does it have predators? -- and gets way too literal way too quickly. Broken ribs and furniture? I was ready for broken semantics.

    I got a kick outta the flipbook, though.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2008
    I'm reading S.M. Peters’ “Whitechapel Gods.” Here's a good review of it.

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    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2008
    Can this be closed? And a March one started?