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    Just finished The City and The City by China Mieville and Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan each good fun in their own way. I'm now considering whether to read Fire on the Deep, The Fall (Guillermo del Toro does freaky vampires!), or Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, choices, choices...
    Also I'm looking at finding some money to get the collected edition of The Incal, 145 Australian dollars has to be worth it, surely?

    Must finish Perdido Street Station as well, I've been reading it for more than a year now...
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
    Read all of Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell last night. Pretty good, though the movie may be better in some ways.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
    Fire on the Deep is fun. Half of the book feels kind of like Usenet in Space. It also has the balls to base the story around a highly improbably kind of physics that is then logically adhered to, in order to get FTL travel into the story and still feel a little bit hard science fictiony.

    The sequel, A Deepness in the Sky, is based in the same universe, but takes a different focus and is even better.
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
    @ Jamie Heron

    Borges, always!

    Currently reading Frederic Pohl's BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZON, the second novel in the Heechee sequence. Liking it more than GATEWAY in some ways.
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    I consumed Kadrey's Butcher Bird in a single day. I have an intense love of narratives where people go to hell and the whole Christian mythology of demons and angels.
    Next up is the giant stack of comics the boyfriend got me for xmas including Arkham Asylum Madness (with Sam Kieth! swoon!) and our own Warren's Scars.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    @nigredo: It's been a long while, but if I remember right, that one ends with one of the most amazingly ballsy lines in science fiction.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    have been reading 3 books over the new year/january period...

    Spin: 20 Years of Alternative Music: Original Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Techno, and Beyond: and overview of some of the music events and genres covered by SPIN magazine. From Madonna and the Smiths, to Grunge and Techno, each subject gets an essay from one of the their main writers, plus highlights that appeared in the magazine itself. While not going into great depths, some of the Essays are rather compelling.

    The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club By Peter Hook. The Joy Division/New Order bassist retells some fo the Fun Moments in running the Hacienda. Found it a lot funnier than i thought it would be.

    Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 By Simon Reynolds: Decided to re-read this and it's still one of the best music books out there.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    Nextwave - AWESOME, I want MORE comics like this
    Transmetropolitan Vol.7 and 8 - aww, vol.9 is so far away
    Phonogram Vol.1 and 2 - hmm I think I'll have to reread later to make a definite judgment
    Kavalier & Clay - loving it, read half of it in the past 4 days which is an impressive speed since I'm swamped in university work
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2011
    Started R Crumb's The Book of Genesis Illustrated last week and The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One) by Joe Abercrombie just last night.

    Also read The Courtyard last night since Neonimicon is so dang good I had to get it.
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011 edited
    @ Allana

    I did a year or so as a philosophy major, so once Bataille entered my orbit, I made a beeline for him. I haven't gotten far into On Nietzsche yet, but if it's half as good as I've heard, I'm really going to dig it. I can't wait for the chapter you mentioned. I am deeply interested in being able to philosophically justify the fact that I am an unaccomplished nobody.
      CommentAuthorCK Burch
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011
    I finished The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons and found it simultaneously beautiful and disappointing. There was a lot of human depravity on display, which I have no flinching at, but there was no rhyme or reason for the seemingly random encounters Jeremy Bremen went through. Ultimately the narrative was a meandering exercise in mathematics and spacial reasoning. The love story was beautiful, but I couldn't figure out what, exactly, the overall point of the story was.

    About to start reading Horns by Joe Hill, not sure what's next on the radar after that. Maybe a re-read of No Flesh Shall Be Spared. Destructively entertaining.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011
    @ Andre - Regarding Chandler and the BIG SLEEP - when they were making the film -

    The Big Sleep is known for its convoluted plot. During filming, allegedly neither the director nor the screenwriters knew whether chauffeur Owen Taylor was murdered or had killed himself. They sent a cable to Chandler, who told a friend in a later letter: "They sent me a wire ... asking me, and dammit I didn't know either".

    One of those screenwriters? William Faulkner. So yeah.

    Still enjoying Damon Runyan. Finished RED DIRT MARIJUANA & OTHER TASTES by Terry Southern but I read that every year.
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    @mister hex: HAHAHAHAHA. Hell, I don't even remember who Owen Taylor IS, nevermind who killed him or whether he dies or kills himself or plants flowers or has sex with horses. Nearly everything about this book disappears from my mind as soon as I stop reading it, and when I return I have no idea what is going on.

    I'm six chapters into Charlie Huston's SLEEPLESS and his writing is frighteningly good. The setting and the plot reveal themselves at just the right pace, and Huston's writing style is immensely enjoyable. The format he uses for dialogue is genius, conjuring a vivid image of the conversation in the reader's mind.
      CommentAuthorAdam Witt
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2011
    Ditched my old stack because nothing was really grabbing me. Still planning on wrapping up BLOOD MERIDIAN.

    So, I'm halfway through LOOK AT THE BIRDIE by Kurt Vonnegut. Came out last year -- the first of a few collections of his previously uncollected fiction. Great stuff. It's amazing watching him come into his own through these stories.

    After this, I'm either finishing FORESKIN'S LAMENT by Shalom Auslander or POPULATION 485 by Michael Perry. I'd like to find time for THE ABORTION by Richard Brautigan, too.
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2011
    About to start The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick. Would like to check out The Search For... after. (Thanks for that @mattrd.)
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    @adam witt
    i loves me some Brautigan. Hawkline Monster is a masterpiece.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2011
    Just finished The Name of the Wind. If you like an entertaining fantasy read, I'd suggest it. Nothing deep but the characters are interesting and engaging.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011
    @infomancer, i'm in a later section of the book which is interesting as a Bataille memoir but less compelling as a philosophy (less development, more reiteration) - but it's still pretty enjoyable. i think it gives the freedom to be outwardly unambitious, while leaving some grey area for the publication of and profit on my own self-centred ramblings. not that 99% of the world needs justification for that, but i do....
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011
    also i'm zipping through Jane Jacobs' Dark Age Ahead. she sure does like her tangents (the chapter on communities became a rant about traffic and transit, for example) - i can't tell if she gets the benefit of the doubt because she's a beloved figure or because her writing style is so charming. she would've done better not to bother imposing a structure on her ideas, i think. i'm also jealous that she gets away with as little citation as she does. a couple of anecdotes and a "friend of a friend said once" somehow makes a crazy compelling argument.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011
    @allana - the book store I used to work at once sponsored an event with Jane Jacobs, where she was to be interviewed by radio's Andy Barrie. She had an ear-horn that she used to hear with, like the last surviving veteran of the American Civil War or something. All was going well until a man in the audience started to have chest pains and collapsed in the crowd. Neither Andy Barrie of Jane Jacobs paused for even a moment to acknowledge this. It wasn't until the paramedics showed up that they decided to pause for a break.