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    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011
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    Reading Laughter in the Dark by Nabokov. One of his lesser works, but still pretty decent.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2011
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    Finished A Game of Thrones and am more then halfway through A Clash of Kings. So far I am really enjoying the books a lot. I feel like the POV-Chapter style really helps to flesh out the entire world of A Song of Ice and Fire because you get exposed to so many different aspects so frequently. Just about every character's stories have me interested, only Brann's is kinda eh to me thus far. The supernatural stuff has started to get a bit batshit though, so I am a little concerned at how crazy things are gonna get.

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    John Locke is a lot more interesting than I remember. Revolutionary radical who ended up as the patron saint of Liberalism. His politics in a nutshell: IF YOU TOUCH MY PROPERTY I WILL GET TOGETHER WITH MY FRIENDS AND KILL YOU LIKE A DOG!

    Mentioned this in the comics thread: the second omnibus collection of Peter David's Fallen Angel is out. A great writer pretty much doing what he wants. And its really good value for money as well.
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    The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
    Ripped through this in a few hours. Tight, gripping, fun.

    Cults of Unreason - Christopher Evans
    Excellent history of early Scientology, and other cultish stuff.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2011
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    Clifford Simak - City
    • CommentAuthorKidAnarchy
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    I just finished The City & The City.
    It has been keeping me company during my recent bout of Insomnia,
    Excellent book,It was good to have a different setting to New Crobuzon even though I do love that world and I found his style a lot more restrained...no foetid scarfs voluminously carressing limpid necks sort of thing ;)
    I really like China Mieville and have enjoyed all of his books.
    Now reading Kraken.
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    Half way through Guy Gavriel Kay's "The Wandering Fire". I've been a fan of Kay for years but have never read his first three books (it's a trilogy, this is the second book of it) and it's... well... I had tried reading the trilogy before and stopped halfway through. This book is reminding me why. I really like the story but the first half of this particular book really bugs me. It's non-linear story-telling, which I generally don't mind... but this one is done rather poorly. The book starts with a particular event and then the first half of the book goes over the two days before but not in order, through the eyes of 5+ characters, and doesn't use anything to really let you know when each event is happening.

    That being said: I like the story and events that happen in it. Pretty damn epic, fantasy story, has some typical fantasy stuff hidden by different names (ie: "lios alfar" instead of "elf", "svart alfar" instead of... either dark elf or goblin... depends on how you want to picture them, there's mages but only 3 of them and then have an interesting source of power, etc.) I was going to say more but then got distracted by food... Ummm... yeah.... It's good but I'd suggest other stuff from the author first (ie: Sailing to Sarantium/Lord of Emperors, and Under Heaven.)
    OH! I'm also reading this set because one of the characters appears in a later book (Ysabel) and they say what happens to everyone else at the end but don't tell you which thing happens to which character. My curiousity is getting the better of me. That, and it's the only thing of Kay's that I haven't read.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    Just purchased Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. A really interesting read, though it's kind of...eerie that the main character Oskar went through similar kind of bullying that I did. And I had similar fantasies of killing them all like he did. Hrm.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    @oldhat - have you seen the film? It's really chilling, and the end is just incredibly satisfying.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    @oddbill - I've seen the trailer, but I wanted to read the book before I watched the film. It looks really good, though. Well..the Swedish one, not the American one.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    Yeah, the Swedish one. I haven't seen the American remake. I heard it was a respectable effort, but I can't imagine why it was necessary. The Swedish film was perfect.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    And I just learned something.

    Never read this book while the lights are dimmed during a cold winter's night with Fever Ray's If I Had A Heart playing in the background. Now I'll be sleeping with the lights on.
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    Finished Tom Spanbauer's IN THE CITY OF SHY HUNTERS, a novel set in New York City during the early days of the AIDS crisis and NYC's war against the homeless. A powerful work that also broke my heart in several spots.

    Turning now to the more cheery climes, relatively speaking, of Stanislaw Lem's metaphysical mystery (if it is that) novel THE INVESTIGATION and Alison Bechdel's memoir about her closeted father FUN HOME.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    Put aside The Two Towers at the end of first half. I'm trying to stretch the series out.

    Now reading an issue of Make magazine, and Windup Girl.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    Re-reading American Gods right now. After that, I'm thinking about re-reading my whole collection of Harry Potter.

    ...

    Don't look at me like that, I grew up with those books.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    @DarkKnightJared, if anyone gives you shit for it, I'll totally beat them up. Those books are fucking AWESOME.

    Still slogging through 2666. That 300 page section of RapeMurderRapeMurderMurderRapeMurder was a bit slow going for obvious reasons.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011
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    Peter Townsend - Jazz in American Culture
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
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    My boyfriend discovered this book, Atlanta Nights (by "Travis Tea"), that is horribly, horribly written (quite on purpose). We've been spending the last couple weeks opening it up to random pages and reading the particularly special paragraphs to each other. i recommend checking it out just to see how absurd the whole thing is.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
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    @Argos: The Making Light blog has some insider information on the writing of Atlanta Nights.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2011
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    Re: Bataille. I really liked The Cruel Practice of Art when I read it. Thanks, Grant Morrison!
    (that whole site + plus a laser jet printer or a friend at a copy shop= lots of good reading!)

    Can anyone recommend a psychedelic mind-fuck hard-boiled detective novel?

    Has anyone read Signature of the Celestial Spheres: discovering order in the Solar System - Hartmut Warm ?I'm going to try to do an interlibrary loan, but I'm worried the book will be incomprehensible.

    Reading:
    Imagining Sex: Pornography and Bodies in Seventeenth-Century England -Sarah Toulalan. Academic writing is funny enough by itself, but combined with old school smut and the slang they used back then this book is cracking me up. Needs more pictures. Seriously, those woodcuts and etchings are nice. I'll most likely finish it before I have return it.

    The Revolution of Everyday Life - Raoul Vaneige. I think you have to be on stimulants to read this book, but it's fun. I'm reading it on a kindle and I've highlighted tons it. Lot's of beautiful turns of phrase. Got sent a PDF by a friend ages ago (it's legal?), but I put off reading it because the title made me think it was some new agey Oprah book of the month.

    Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X - Aaron Pablo Hillegass. I dunno this is the fifth, (or sixth?), time I've tried to start programming. I get a little better each time, but there is always this nagging doubt that I won't stick with it long enough to get good, so I might as well stop now. It seems like a quality book though.

    Theory of Harmony - Arnold Schoenberg. I knew very little about reading music notation/theory before starting and that's making for slow goings. I really like Schoenberg's (or the translator's) writing style. Even when I don't understand all the technical terms there are plenty of interesting ideas and lots of tangents. It's actually motivating me to learn the technical aspects because to text is so interesting. Other music books I've tried reading I've given up on because they were too straight forward. I'm going to have to return this to the library before I can finish it unfortunately, but I'll buy it when I get when I get the money for sure.

    Re-reading:
    Nature of Order Book 1 The Phenomenon of Life - Christopher Alexander. I always get so many good ideas when I read this series. It's too bad it didn't really take off with actual architects.

    Envisioning Information - Edward Tufte. Makes me want to draw comics again.

    One Human Minute - Stanislaw Lem. What's the word for when something is comical and depressing at the same time?

    Finished(?):
    ICONIC TREATISE GOTHIC FUTURISM Assassin knowledges of the remanipulated square point's one to 720° to 1440° - THE RAMM-?LL-Z?? . Anyone into typography and/or magic oughta read this. It makes more sense once it gets going, haha. Is there anything else I can read like this? I mean it's crazy, but parts of it make sense too!

    You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto - Jaron Lanier. I picked it up randomly and it was better than I thought a modern book with "Manifesto" in the tile would or could be. He does a god job of illustrating ideas in a simple manner to allow them to fully sink in. The concecpt of "locked-in" changed how I see the world. He should have come up with a better name though, it's no "meme". Lanier did a good job of making modern life seem like sci-fi. The writing style was similar to browsing the net which made for a quick, easy read.

    The Raw Shark Texts -Steven Hall. I gave up on this one. It felt like a heroic fantasy plot with some "literary" trappings on top. Uhh, I'll stick with Borges.

    Boobs - Suzy McKee Charnas. I was looking at the Nebula Award winners and nominees for best short story on Wikipedia and I'll admit the title made me curious. For 99 cents it was a fun read with a good punchline. The writers of the 2000 horror movie
    Ginger Snaps
    probably owe Suzy McKee Charnas some money.

    I wish I knew of a better way to buy short stories on-line. Compared to a novel the cost per page can really get up there and I can't buy as many as I would like to, but a good short story is uniquely satisfying. Sometimes I think that my "enjoyment" of a few long tedious novels is just my brain's way of coping. Sorta like how you become euphoric when oxygen is deprived from the brain or get runner's high from pushing too hard. I mean, hell I enjoyed American Psycho and all the talk about 80's pop music.