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    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2011
    I just realized how silly it was to blab about superpowers-as-replacement-for-social-mores on a comic-book forum.

    Appropriately, next up from the library is a non-fiction called Being Wrong, by a lady whose TED Talk on the subject I thoroughly enjoyed. Hopefully it's not all "making mistakes is how we learn and grow, guy" and actually has some interesting philosophical content. She seems to have done her homework, so far.
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    Started reading Kill the Dead the other night, the sequel to Sandman Slim. I probably should have re-read Sandman Slim before starting it (but I gifted my copy to a friend), as I'd forgotten much of it, but Kadrey has managed to slowly re-introduce everyone/everything without it coming across as lazy exposition. I could even say that he isn't really re-introducing everything, but that I'm just slowly remembering it all.
    Anyway, loving it - already think it's better than the first and I love the pulpy page-turning-ness of it.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Just started reading Dead Souls by Nicolai Gogol .I reckon once i get used to the russian slang i will be laughing out loud. I've not read a "classic" for ages so feel a wee bit daunted. I've also been reading an old,yellow-brown soiled book of shorts by Harlan Eillison (could he be the time warp child of uncle Warren!).Some blinders in it..Time of the Eye its called.I love reading stories on battered pulp..much better than sterile tech delivery systems one sees people using on the London Public Transport System.
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    ::my name is red::

    I finish The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco and now Im reading My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk again, an awesome and breathless novel set in 1591, after that I want to read The Black Book, also by Pamuk.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Went up north to visit the parents recently, with a brief stop in Inverness where I spent most of the afternoon in this wonderful place. Had to restrict myself to £20, or I'd have spent all of my travel money and utterly crippled myself trying to carry everything home. Even so, I managed to pick up:

    NEW WORLDS 4 edited by Michael Moorcock
    THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION NO. 4 edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss
    DYING OF THE LIGHT by George R.R. Martin
    ALWAYS COMING HOME by Ursula K. LeGuin
    FALLING OUT OF CARS by Jeff Noon
    NOT BEFORE TIME by John Brunner
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Just finished the first two volumes of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, which was very interesting, and moved on to READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline, which reads like a poor man's Douglas Coupland novel. Not a bad thing though.
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World by Jay Bahadur. Really finding it interesting on the motives behind piracy, how society in Somalia sees them and how the government has unintentionally helped train better pirates.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    I've been going through the piles of unread comics collections I have.
    Marvel Zombies - Initially the Millar and Kirkman's runs were fun and then they turn it into a franchising. The Machine Man mini-series are mildly fun but not as the original runs and that one-shot with the Marvel Apes... guh, what a wast of money.
    Air - I collected the comics when they were published but only read the first 5 or 6. Now I read it from beginning to end. It's a shame it was cancelled so early, it had some potential despite some minor details that were annoying me. The main one is the artist who is very good drawing people but backgrounds not so much. Some perspectives were really forced and weird.
    Next is Grant Morrison's Batman which I've been collecting but haven't read in ages.

    I also won a copy of the translated edition of A Dance with Dragons. It'll be my "literature" reading right after my exams.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Reading Slaughter-House Five for the first time, almost done. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get to it, and somewhat bummed that it was never required reading for me.
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Finished re-reading the first four volumes of "Songs of Ice and Fire," and am now about 1/3 of the way thru "Dance With Dragons." Helluva lot better now that my memory is refreshed; it's been 11 years since encountering some of those characters.

    You know how they say the middle book of a trilogy is the weakest? It appears to apply to septologies as well. Book five, on the other hand, is looking up. The threads are starting to come back together, and old clues are leading to new revelations. Up the Lannisters, frequently.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    Got my bookstore's very last Raymond Chandler novel, which turned out to be The Long Goodbye, my favorite. I'm currently gobbling it up - it's exactly as good as I remember it.

    Next up is Charlie Huston's The Mystic Art of Erasing All Signs of Death. Guess what sort of mood I've been in for most of the summer?
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    @ Nil- You got hold of some old skool belters there mate. I hope you enjoy devouring them.

    @ Argos-Slaughter-House Five-It must have been decades ago that i read it. I fancy i could read it again. I think "they" made a film of it years ago that i saw as a young kid..I can't recall if i enjoyed it. I'm probably wrong and maybe getting it confused with something else.

    Gogol is fucking hilarious!
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    Finished reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    I understand why it was my grandfathers favorite book.
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2011
    Halfway through Toby WIlkinson's "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt," which is doing a good job of covering all 31 dynasties efficiently but thoroughly.

    As a companion book, I'm also reading Bram Stoker's "Jewel of Seven Stars." I'm already in my autumn turn-of-the-century horror mode.
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011 edited
    I've picked up my Elric Omnibus again after a long break. Readable, but so far the writing is wince-inducingly bad. I've read Gloriana (which was awesome) and am aware that Moorcock has gone on to impress lots of people I admire, but I'm left pretty underwhelmed by this gothy sword and sorcery stuff. Does the series get better with Stormbringer?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011
    Anyone heard of, and doing, Gaiman's All Hallow's Read proposal?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011
    Just finished Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye. Beautiful, as ever.

    Now starting Charlie Huston's The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. You know. To pick my spirits back up, after Chandler.
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    Finished Tricia Sullivan's Maul and was utterly blown away by its mix of action, microbiological theory, and the idea that if women ran the world, things would still be screwed up but in a different way.

    Started in on Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and resent that I don't have more time to read more than a few pages at a gulp. Ah well, at least my curiosity was piqued enough to find out what happens when you microwave a frozen grape.
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    Rambled about William Gibson's Neuromancer for a bit over here. Am gna start on Sterling's Schismatrix soon, but right now have to v. quickly cram about the EU for an internship I start next week (MEGA scared). Luckily, this book (which was a third off at the Gower St. Waterstones) is pretty interesting so far.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2011
    Finished the first four volumes of "Songs of Ice and Fire" and dove into "A Dance With Dragons." Short opinion: it's the best of the last three books, possibly second only to the first. Very pleased.