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      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
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    Just finished reading: The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom.
    This one blew me away. The prose is beautiful, the story is straightforward, and the ambiguity of the ending surprised and inspired me. Great fucking book; it's one of those pick-it-up-and-can't-put-down books.

    Currently reading: The Hollow Man, by Dan Simmons.
    Midway through, honestly painful and beautiful. Never read a Simmons novel before this one, and that will change when I'm done.

    Up next: Horns, by Joe Hill.
    Loved Heart-Shaped Box so I'm quivering to read this.

    Meanwhile, when I need to do some reading just to kill time, I keep a copy of No Flesh Shall Be Spared by Carnell on me. I read it when it came out last year, a surprisingly good zombie book. Zombie killing as a spectator sport. There's a lot of badassery going on in this novel.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2011
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    i've just started On Nietzsche by Georges Bataille. so far it's everything i have ever wanted in a book and a philosophy.
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    William T Vollman - You Bright and Risen Angels

    About 50 pages in and just scratching the surface of it so far.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
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    Never read a Simmons novel before this one, and that will change when I'm done.


    Read The Terror next! Don't try to find out what it is about beforehand. Just read it and go with it.

    Simmons' Hyperion Cantos are a high watermark of Science Fiction, and I recommend them as well, but you should read The Terror. I think it's hard not to feel that book.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
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    @ mybrainhurts

    ANGELS is awesome. Takes a lot of effort but it's fucking worth it.

    Currently reading Simmons' ENDYMION.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011 edited
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    finished Red Mars - good recommendation, enjoyed it a lot. Will definitely pick up the sequels when I get a chance to scour the local 2nd hand bookshop

    started reading This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson, about the voyage of the Beagle
    good fun so far, like Master and Commander but with less cannon and more SCIENCE

    edited for spelling -.-
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2011
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    i've started The Man In The High Castle by Philip Dick the other day, i like it so far.
    I just finished Ender's Game, really good.
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    I'm waiting for the sequel of The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman, 'The Last Four Things', to me released.
    *huff*

    I started reading 'Shadowmancer' by I don't know who, but you don't want to know anyway, it was shi-.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2011
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    Currently reading Countdown to Lockdown- Mick Foley. I'd been wanting to get it since Foley appeared on the Daily Show to promote it, and it reminded me how eloquent the man is (and, being a TNA mark, I'm interested to read his views on the company). He's donating pretty much any money he'd earn for it to ChildFund International and RAINN, so that doesn't hurt in getting to want to pay for it.
    In the same shopping trip, the fella found a copy of Chuck Palanuik's Snuff for five bucks, so I'll give that a shot after he finished it. I don't really expect it to deviate much from the normal Palanuik pattern, but it's apparently written in a rotating first-person, and that gimmick is fascinating to me.
    • CommentAuthorBMTMTC
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2011
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    The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington
    • CommentAuthorjkimpton
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2011
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    Just finished up
    Things your grandchildren should know - Mark Everett ( MR E )
    Beautiful, sad and all so enlightening (with regards to his music) If you have even a vague interest in the Eels its a must read.
    The traitor spy - Judy Canarvan ... Its jam packed full of story but its just not that interesting a tale to tell , would not recommend.
    Currently reading Pulp - Bukowski. Not my fav. CB book I have ever read seems more an exercise in making the protagonist as unlikable as possible.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2011
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    Role Models by John Waters,a wonderful book written in the man's usual charming style and Exhibitionism For The Shy by Carol Queen, a self-help kind of book that I'm hoping will...er..help me. Be okay with sexiness on my part. We'll see.
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    The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The War of the Worlds by the improbably named Manly Wellman.
    Holmes, Watson and Professor Challenger pitting their wits against those despicable alien chappies.
    utter tosh but fun nonetheless.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2011
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    I'm currently reading the Warriors anthology by GRRM as well as a seemingly never-ending list of parenting books my wife keeps tossing my way (we're due end of March). After that anthology there will be The Living Dead 2 and Steampunk.
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      CommentAuthorizenmania
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2011
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    The escape artist bits of ridiculous new NBC show The Cape put me in a sudden mood to re-read Kavalier & Clay. So I am doing that.
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    I got Super Sad True Love Story from a friend for Christmas. Really liked it. It kind of reminded me of Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Womack, in that they are both written in diary format and set in a collapsing New York, but apart from that it's a very different book.

    Now I want to read Absurdistan.
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    I finished The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness, the second book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, which I'm now almost certain is the most adult, grown up and traumatic series of books ostensibly written for teenage readers that I've ever read. Still, I can't recommend it strongly enough, even if I'm terrified of how the series as a whole is going to end.

    Then I tried to lighten things up with Murakami Ryu's somewhat intense 70s counter-culture story Almost Transparent Blue. It was good, but turned my stomach more than once. That doesn't make it any less good by the way.

    And now halfway through Akutagawa Ryunosuke's novella Kappa, which is a satire on Japanese society in the 20s and on all of humanity's evils, especially his! He killed himself not too long after writing it!

    I think I need something a little less intense next, but the only thing I've got is the final Chaos Walking book. I'm going to get more comic books.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2011
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    Polished off Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things. Went down like a light and lovely pastry confection and tonight I'm taking it easy and contemplating, the intellectual equivalent of licking my fingers. Not that the work is really that sweet, it's not just dark - horror-wise - some of the stuff that goes on is quite cruel. Ghosts and vampires and such abound, of course, but so does Blackbeard, Great Old Ones, and a really terrifying, really human yet monstrous mobster. I don't really like horror very much but I'm used to Gaiman giving even darkness a bit of delight. It's been a long time since I read anything by him that didn't make me wish I could see that place with my own eyes. Still... so... evenescent. Like rousing from a thick, amazing dream that made me happy and sad and frustrated all at the same time, I don't want to wake up all the way yet.

    So I'll wait till tomorrow to begin reading Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man.
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    I finished The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness, the second book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, which I'm now almost certain is the most adult, grown up and traumatic series of books ostensibly written for teenage readers that I've ever read. Still, I can't recommend it strongly enough, even if I'm terrified of how the series as a whole is going to end.

    I loved those books!
    not sure how you mean its traumatic though?
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    finished What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly. Pretty interesting, not sure it is essential though.