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    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    struggling with moorcock's dr.who novel, not finding the terraphiles the most interesting characters, and we seem to be a little too bogged down in whats going on with them, though hoping this is all set up and the doctor starts to take more of an active role that throwing in the occasional one liner.
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    Just finished Life During Wartime which was exceptionally good,drug generated psychics,post human blood feuds and incandescent psychedelic detail.
    Highly reccomended...

    I got the Walking Dead Hc. 6 for xmas and as always it was a real pleasure.

    Just started Zero History,Milgrim is uber cool love how his life experiences have equipped him for his role with Blue Ant.

    Books lined up are The Windup Girl,Kraken,The City And The City,Falling Man,Jasmyn,The Book Of Lost Things,Jonathan Strange & M. Norrel,Pop Apocalypse,Scandal & The Feast Of The Goat.
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    Anarchy -- You have read Pattern Recognition and Spook Country first, right?
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    Battling David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. I love the book but it is exhausting to read and I feel like I'm spinning my tires every time I pick it up.

    I also got quite the haul of Comics for both Christmas and at a post christmas Sale at the local comics shop. I've only read Bryan Lee O'Malley's Lost at Sea which I will lend to every girl I ever know from here on, Gail Simone's Welcome to Tranquility which was great superhero fun as well as Bite Club which was quite good. Risa Del Toro now ranks as a favorite of mine.
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    @InvincibleM - I know what you mean in Re: Infinite Jest. I got through a bit more than 100 pages before I had to put it down. It's a real brick, and I can only handle so many of those in any given span of time. Great writing though, and I definitely want to get back to it some day.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    Currently reading Ancestor, by Scott Sigler--AWESOME techno-horror book so far, with a lot of great, quirky characters and sound, hard science backing it up.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2011
    Hey, it's a book!

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    Just finished reading "The Lands of Laughs" by Jonathan Carroll. I liked the story but the fact that it was his first novel was fairly obvious. Some of the relationships seemed a little forced, and some of the descriptions for various scenes really pulled me out of the story. The ending seemed a little rushed, but still finished everything off, so that was good. The story starts off with a guy that wants to write the biography of his favorite children's author. The first two thirds shows him trying to do that with a couple of hints to the mystery behind it all. The last portion is how the guy deals with it all. I'd suggest it to people as it does have some really good bits in it and I plan on reading more of his stuff.
    A friend described the authors writing style as such: "I always thought Jonathan Carroll's books were like those dreams that start out fine but little by little they get stranger, not enough to wake you up but definitely stranger, and all of a sudden you're in a full-blown nightmare with no idea how you got there."

    Now I'm going to start on Cherie Priests "Boneshaker".
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2011
    Started reading selected stories of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown short stories. Father Brown's "quiet wit and compassion" is contrasted with his "moody and caustic predecessor," Sherlock Holmes. Pretty fun. They'll hold me off until I can get my hands on a used copy of The Man Who Was Thursday.

    Plodding through Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, I ate up Titus Groan and then left it for a long time, finding it difficult to dive back into. I really love the language in these books though. Can't quite put my finger on a descriptor; haunted, uneasy....

    Just finished The Search for Philip K Dick (2010), written by his 3rd wife of 6 years, Anne R. Dick. Pretty sad, and also very interesting. She has dredged up a lot of painful memories to paint an intimate portrait of the man.

    Want to get my hands on: Nova Swing by M. John Harrison. Looking forward to reading this.
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    @Warped Savant William Gibson Is debatably my favourite author I have most def read both Pattern Recogniton & Spook Country as well as everything else that I am aware that he has written ;)..
    Really like Milgrim as i was overly fond of the old benzos for a time.
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    Just finished Zero's fucked my sleep patterns but it was worth it.
    I knew the designer of the Gabriel Hounds was it !
    • CommentAuthorColby
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2011 edited
    Just started reading:

    A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- Basically the third book in his A Song of Fire and Ice series of fantasy novels of which I would personally put on pedestal with Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series as some of the best Fantasy stories you'll come across. Bar none. Yeah, don't really like Tolkien, sue me.

    Werewolves and Shapeshifters edited by John Skipp
    Wastelands edited by John Joseph Adams - These are just two simple anthologies focusing on shape shifters and the Apocalypse, some cool shit in here.

    And in the middle of Jack of Fables volume six by Bill Willingham: I don't know exactly what to say here, it's Jack of the Tales in another hilarious adventure revealing more of the relevant mythology in the book. So if you like Fables' bastard child come see, stay awhile.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2011
    Just before the years end I finished The Dark Tower, really enjoyed my second run through.

    Now I've just started A Game of Thrones and I am terribly dismayed to learn that book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire was released in 2005 and Book 5 is...TBA.

    Anyhow, I am really enjoying the first book so far. Moving through it kinda slowly because the POV Chapter set up really makes each chapter dense.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2011
    Geek Mafia by Rick Dakan. I got an ipod touch for christmas and got a bunch of free ebooks from, and discovered it on there. So far I like it, though it's riddled with typos, which is fuck ass annoying. Edit plz! It's a real easy read, though, and so far a lot of fun
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    Kid Anarchy -- I love Gibson's stuff. Haven't read it all yet, but will given enough time. Living where I live I loved the end of Spook Country. I could take you down and show you some of the places used in Vancouver even though he didn't name them. the descriptions were spot on.
    I had hoped the Cayce was the designer, and was so glad when it happened. I loved that they never actually named her though.
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    @warped savant that was a nice touch I agree.
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    Hitting a bunch of stuff this month. Picked up a bunch of Bernard Cromwell books (Agincourt is the one I'm working on, I can't remember the name of the other three I grabbed). I also picked up a Biography of Augustus by Anthony Everett, a book I wanted to read when it first came out but haven't found the time for. I also picked up the new Theodore Roosevelt biography, "Colonel Roosevelt". Roosevelt ranks high on my list of all-time historical personalities, so I can't wait to devour it either!
      CommentAuthorAdam Witt
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2011
    Doing the 52 Books thing this year. January's list:

    Amy Bloom - COME TO ME (about halfway through this right now -- she's a fine writer, but most of what she writes about doesn't grab me.)
    Nick Hornby - HIGH FIDELITY
    Walter Kirn - UP IN THE AIR
    Cormac McCarthy - BLOOD MERIDIAN (technically, this is a finish, since I've been reading it for ages.)

    Also found a slipcased set of Remender's STRANGE GIRL at my local Half-Price Books. That's my next big comic read.
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    Read China Mieville's Kraken. Got through the first three quarters in one sitting. It has pretty much all the stuff that characterises most of his work. Compulsive readability, romantic rebels, juicy prose, batshit awesome monsters, kinda shit ending.
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    Just finished Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell (the bookstore didn't have Winter's Bone, so I grabbed this). It was quite good - sort of like a more mature Chuck Palahniuk, except in the Ozarks.

    Reading Pale Fire by Nabokov. Fucking good stuff. I just finished the poem itself and am a couple pages into the "commentary."