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    I'll start this up this month as, going forward, I intend to participate in these threads. (I'm not sure why I haven't in the past.

    Just finished reading Zero History by William Gibson this morning. (I hadn't bought it sooner 'cause my wife and I were buying Kindle's for each other for Christmas.) Nice wrap up to Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. Not many people from the first book were used in this one but when they were it was done really well. I really liked how much Milgrim developed and grew in this book. I was a little surprised by that.

    I'm about to start Jonathan Carroll's "The Land of Laughs," and then about 5 other books that I want to read.
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    I can't get past the first few chapters of Red Mars. I'm trying, but I just can't seem to find the time!

    Managed to find a really nice copy of the Tolkien Bestiary for $6 the other day. I've been devouring that.

    Re-reading Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire".

    I'm looking for stuff that will inspire me for my trip to Europe in march. Travel stories, or realistic fiction that takes place in Europe. Any suggestions? The Dervish House made me want to re-visit Turkey, and I'm looking for something similar for Europe!
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    i'm carrying around Augustine's Confessions and the latest issue of Cabinet Magazine.

    i might be intentionally misreading Augustine, but does anyone else find him downright snarky and impudent? i know i have to keep in mind that this open-letter-format thing is just a rhetorical device, that he's not actually writing to God, but...
    • CommentAuthorSuresh N
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I was reading Spook Country, and borrowed Zero History so I could read it as soon as I finish. Though I received a copy of Boneshaker for the holidays. I was really looking forward to it, and stopped so I could read it. Now I'm going through it whenever I have some free time. Which like many people this time of year I've sorely lacked. I'm loving the book. I'll have to pick up Dreadnought. Before I do that I plan on finishing Spook Country, and then going through Zero History.
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    I just finished the Ender's Saga (for the first time) and now I'm about halfway through Philip K. Dick's "Galactic Pot Healer". So far not much has happened.
    • CommentAuthorkstop
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Just bought and devoured Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein - it's an account of his time in Japan working as a Yomiuri reporter on the organized crime and vice beats. Good stuff, though it gets more and more grim as it goes along.
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    Suresh -- Let me know what you think of Boneshaker as that's one of the books on my 'to-read' list.
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    @kstop - i have that one in a list of books to read for research... looking forward to getting into it, but yeah, I hear it's grim as all get out.
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    After hearing so many people ranting on about it, I picked up a box set of the first three Dresden Files books the other day, and plan to start it soon. I hope it's as noirish as it looks.
    • CommentAuthorkstop
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @kevinmellon - not grim all the way through, but he definitely gets a rude awakening or two.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    @looney - If you've not read it, I know Foucault's Pendulum put some European itch in my shoes. Heavy on the (crypto)history too.

    As for my reading this month, I really enjoyed Alan Moore's Voice of the Fire, which I believe was his debut prose novel. A series of short stories set in and around Northampton, each taking place at a different period in the town's history, from 4000BC to 1995CE. A very good book. Some of his techniques of tying elements together between different vignettes seemed familiar from the hypertextuality of his comics work.

    Since finishing that I've been reading Shakespeare for the first time since high school - Hamlet, Othello, and The Merry Wives of Windsor so far.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    Just killed Sandman Slim and Kill The Dead, loved them both.

    Am currently reading Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer; I'm warming to it.
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    just back from visiting the inlaws over new year.
    found a great second hand shop and bought a frankly scary amount of graphic novels.

    Gus & his Gang - Chris Blain (some sort of western thing - looks very nice)
    The Poor Bastard - Joe Matt (autobiog kinda thing)
    Electropolis: The Infernal Machine - Dean Motter (liked the look of the art - i know nothing about the book)
    A Disease of Language - Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (already have part of this but how could i resist)
    Hellboy vols 2 & 10 (been meaning to pick up some hellboy for a while)
    House of Mystery vol 3 (which i bought cause there's a Gibert Hernandez story)
    Battlefields vol 4 - Garth Ennis (only actually found out about this series the other day)
    Red (really dug the film - looking forward to this)
    Sherlock Holmes: The trial of sherlock holmes - Moore & Reppion (I loves me some sherlock - hopefully this is better than their Albion thing which i thought was a mess)
    Witchfinder - Mike Mignola (some sort of hellboy spinoff in think)
    The Dead Man - John Wagner & John Ridgway (old 2000ad - some badly burned fella with a familiar chin does the long walk)

    gots me some reading to do.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    @ Osmosis

    You might like Adam Thorpe's ULVERTON if you liked VOICE OF THE FIRE. I think that Moore may have based VOICE on ULVERTON, which also consists of a number of stories set in different periods in the same area. Awesome novel.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    Doctorow’s Makers had a compelling beginning and was going really well but at a certain point he looked like he was about to loose control and crash the story. As a romance I thought it’s way better than Eastern Standard Tribe.
    Reread the Scalped Vol.1. When I first read Scalped I thought it was a good concept but didn’t care enough for the story. With the reread I think I’ll try more volumes later to see if I get more interested. DMZ vol.3 and 4 on the other hand cleared my doubts, I’m sticking with the series.
    Now I’m reading Stephen King’s anthology Night Shift. Amazing how he almost never fails to get a disturbing feeling in the reader.
    Next I haven’t decided between HG Well’s The Time Machine or Chabon’s Kavalier & Clay.
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    Finished Richard Olney's REFLEXIONS over Xmas: autobiography of the food writer. Going back into ELECTRIC EDEN and SPECIAL SOUNDS, and a few books I have to write blurbs for.
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    Currently in the middle of Celine's Journey to the End of the Night, Kathy Acker's Empire of the Senseless and Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2011
    Just starting: Sleepless by Charlie Huston
    Just finished (on the graphic novel front): The One by Rick Veitch
    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    finishing <i>nothing to envy</i>, a grim account of life in north korea and adbusters magazine carnivallesque rebellion issue. next in line is nick carr's <i>the shallows</i> and steven johnson's <i>where good ideas come from</i>. Also <i>the cabinet</i> magazine and to get real depressed the economist the world in 2011...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    Read most of the Pohl tribute anthology Gateways on my vacation back east.

    On the plane home, I finally finished the last volume of Trimetropolitan.

    Also started Windup Girl.