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    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2011
    Started reading Supergods tonight. At my pace I should finish it some time next year.
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    *blows dust off keyboard*

    Been traveling the past 6 months, hardly read at all while on the road. What I did read was:

    Babylon Babies - Maurice Dantec

    Dense, complex, harsh, hilarious, fascinating, hallucinatory, bugfuck. Reading it feels like the closest thing I can think of to what reading Neuromancer when it was first released must have been like. Recommended.

    Phantastes - George MacDonald
    Published in 1857; a gorgeous dream of fantasy and myth, one of the founding books of modern fantasy. What inspired a whole generation, once, that then inspired the next... A real treasure.

    Babur Nama
    Autobiography of Babur, the founder of the 15th Century Mughal Dynasty. Apparently the earliest example of autobiographical writing? And generally bizarre, as he moves from discussing the finer points of poetry to stacking heads in pillars without blinking. Idiosyncratic, evocative, otherworldy.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2011
    @ undulatingundulate

    I happen to own a very old (1905?), sextodecimo two volume edition of Phantastes :)
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
    Sigh..Narcotics Anonymous basic text..beam me the fuck up Scotty!!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
    Finished: Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City, Foglio & Foglio

    Started: Songs of the Dying Earth, Martin & Dozois, ed.
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    The Dervish House by Ian McDonald has a slow start to it, but gets more and more compelling until the whole plot races towards a brilliantly climactic end. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first few chapters lead me to believe I would, which is always nice.

    Crude World by Peter Maas on the other hand is not so much a book you can enjoy as it's about how oil functions as a 'conflict resource' and is really good, but really depressing. The final chapter doesn't seem to really work however, a sort of 'throw it in' to make people less depressed.

    Now I have to choose between The Road Less Travelled or Zoo City. Self-help or sci-fi, any ideas Whitechapel?
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    -Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven -- From the guy that wrote "Tuesday's with Morrie". Really good book that starts off with the main character dying. The rest is about the things he learns from the people that somehow affected his life. My dad suggested it to me, he read it on a recent trip. Quick read, but it's one of those books that I think everyone that likes touching stories should read.

    -Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Beauty and the Beast -- Read this as I just can't seem to be able to get into "Feast of Crows". You can see where the Disney movie came from, but this didn't have the singing, Beast is a little more... possessive, the bad guys get punished a little more, and there's no Gaston.
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011 edited
    Just finished
    Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut...hell of a book, one of the best portrayals of religion in literature.
    followed by
    The Last Colony by John Scalzi, I keep picking at this (Old Man's War) series and love it. It's fun, entertaining, and somewhat thoughtful scifi.
    then I tried
    Pawn of Prophecy the first book of the Belgariad by Eddings. I'd heard this was one of the classics of fantasy. I got through about 75 pages before I just couldn't take anymore of it's predictable genericness and Tolkien-envy. Perhaps before the fantasy market was flooded this was a high-water mark. Maybe I'm just jaded and spoiled by Song of Ice and Fire, Kingkiller Chronicles, and First Law trilogies. I'm in the mood for some fantasy, but something less tepid than Pawn of Prophecy. Please, do suggest and help.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2011
    Finished KILL YOUR FRIENDS by John Niven, which was very well written but clearly, intrusively and annoyingly derivative (AMERICAN PSYCHO).

    Starting Cecelia Holland's FLOATING WORLDS.
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    Last month I read "Nemesis" a short novel by Philip Roth and was... quite different (in a good way!) from my other books, 3 of 5 stars :)
    I start reading "The History of the Siege of Lisbon" (José Saramago) this month, thats the kind of books that I love!

    By the way... someone with a Goodreads account???
    • CommentAuthoredyhdrawde
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
    @Warped Savant If you can't get into Feast of Crows, stop now. The Pendergast books just get drier and drier
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011
    I think I've almost given up on Supergods after months of putting it down and picking it back up again. When he's talking about his life and comic history I'm in love with it. But then he starts talking about travelling in the 5th dimension on bubbles and I just lose all interest.

    I'll try and stick it out, but...I dunno.
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2011 edited
    So far the most chilling book I've read this year has been Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald. It's written in 1959, but it's now as timely as ever. A really strong comment against nuclear weapons, executed in a really touching and chilling way.
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    @edyhdrawde -- I'm guessing you meant the Song of Ice and Fire books as opposed to The Pendergast ones. But thanks for the heads up. It's annoying 'cause I want to know what happens... I'm sure I'll give it another shot after the current thing I'm reading.
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2011
    I took about ten books back to the library unfinished, including Reamde and Dune Messiah. Couldn't get into them.
    I did manage to read Story of O in its entirety, though. Meh.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
    The Giant Book of Zombies edited by Stephen Jones. First published as The Mammoth of Zombies in 1993.Clive Barker,Ramsey Campbell,Dennis Etchison,Joe R. Lansdale(Yay!),H.P Lovecraft,Brian Lumley,Karl Edward Wagner and many more.
    Pulp city!I love pulp.And zombies.
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
    Reading John Lithgow's Drama: An Actor's Education. He gets a bit pretentious at times (born and bred in theater after all), but so far a wonderful book on his life.
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    Just picked up Consider Phlebas for the first time in twelve years and got stuck straight in. I'll probably be finished by tomorrow, very easy to read and quite fun. Also managed to answer the question of what, 'A Culture Novel' means in the first 10 pages; a question I always asked myself every time I saw Mr Banks books on display with that phrase emblazoned upon them, but never previously bothered to find out the answer to.
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2011
    Love Banks' Culture novels.
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    Just finished reading "The Strange Case of Finley Jayne" by Kady Cross. It's a free Kindle book that's a prelude to a series called "The Steampunk Chronicles". It's about a girl that has some odd powers (really strong, good hearing, heals fast, etc) that gets hired on to be friends with a girl. It's a decent length for a free book, has an actual ending rather than simply ending with "Want to find out how this ends? Download the full book now!" crap that they do in some of the free downloads. Written well enough that I'd consider buying the next book but there's a few things I want to read first.

    Now I'm reading "Early Mourning" by Tim Kress because Warren Ellis told me to.
    Partway through the first chapter and it's going along quite nicely.