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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:45 pm  Reply with quote
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Just finished 'The Most Human Human', which is great for the first two-thirds before lapsing into stuff you've read a thousand times before at the death.

Just starting on this which is interesting thus far.
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I'm currently working through the epic "Infinite Jest" which is highly entertaining and extremely dense at the same time. I suspect it's going to take the rest of the summer to get through all 2.5 inches of it.

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Harold Marcus - A History of Ethiopia
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Awesome review Smile

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hahaha nice 1!

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J.G.Ballard-The Drowned World

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Fantastic novel. The dark side of Indian development.
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Interesting...

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Elric.
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Elric.
All of it.
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I was so obssessed with the Elric books in high school that I read the original 5 or 6 back to back...I know they made some others later on in the series...then I read all the other Moorcock stuff(lot's of good but nothing ever got me like the Elric stuff...even when Elric made appearances in some of the other books)I also got all the records he was on from Hawkwind to the Deep Fix...talented man...



STORMBRINGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i'm having a bit of an overload at the moment

about half way through Iain Banks "transition", but had to dive into Irvine Welsh's "Reheated cabbage" to enjoy xmas dinner with begbie, whilst i also sped through Charlie Brookers "unnovations" while at a friends this weekend, and still have Phillip Reeve's "Scriveners Moon" awaiting

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Interesting...


My wife met her briefly at CGI 2 years ago and said she was quite a nice lady.
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Perdurabo - The Life of Aleister Crowlet (new edition)
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chickenf1sh wrote:
I'm currently working through the epic "Infinite Jest" which is highly entertaining and extremely dense at the same time. I suspect it's going to take the rest of the summer to get through all 2.5 inches of it.


Still reading it, 6 weeks later. Smile

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Those of you with Kindles - the best collection of short stories you will read in years, written by a very nice and supremely-talented guy, only 99p.

Just get it bought.
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Just finished Rodinsky's Room, which drew me in until I was totally fascinated. Working 'round the corner from said room (which is on Princelet Street) meant I could walk there on lunch breaks and made everything all the more evocative.

Now reading Murakami's 1Q84, fantastic stuff as always.
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chickenf1sh wrote:
chickenf1sh wrote:
I'm currently working through the epic "Infinite Jest" which is highly entertaining and extremely dense at the same time. I suspect it's going to take the rest of the summer to get through all 2.5 inches of it.


Still reading it, 6 weeks later. Smile


I've been reading Infinite Jest for about a month. Currently on the footnote of the second excerpt from Steeply's interview with Orin.
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Just finished Rodinsky's Room, which drew me in until I was totally fascinated. Working 'round the corner from said room (which is on Princelet Street) meant I could walk there on lunch breaks and made everything all the more evocative.


Great book, totally absorbing - but then I am a sucker for Iain Sinclair.

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I've been reading Infinite Jest for about a month. Currently on the footnote of the second excerpt from Steeply's interview with Orin.


Great stuff. I've got a couple of hundred pages to go. I was going to say I'll miss it when I've finished, but I've lucked in to a free copy of "Bring Up The Bodies" by Hilary Mantel and I can't wait to get into that.

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Cheetah Chrome:A Dead Boy's Tale-From the Front Lines of Punk Rock

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martin amis's Einsteins monsters, written in the 80's when things were a bit more tense but still a valid reminder that we are living in a nuclear war

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Awesome:


Also:
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J.G.Ballard-The Drowned World

das ist my favorite book!

I've also read "Das Schloß" recently. it was painful.

I haven't read a new book in ages, instead I've been rereading everything I read before (and liked) in other languages (in particular, "Lord of The Rings"... I almost bought a copy in Czech one week ago, and only my sorry economical situation could stop me from rereading it, again). I think this attitude could make me a closet-minded person one day; it's not even completely my fault, I tried and tried, but new books (as well as new music) have been so boring lately. I put my trust into this thread... let it be my literary salvation.

if anyone here can post his "favorite-lesser-known" books & authors list, I would be very thankful.
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if anyone here can post his "favorite-lesser-known" books & authors list, I would be very thankful.

If you've never read anything by Samuel R. Delany, read anything by Samuel R. Delany (particularly Dhalgren).
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I just read 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus. Great premise (language as disease); weird book.

Just got Chris Ware's 'Building Stories', which looks bafflingly wonderful.

Wish I could say this was going to be available soon: http://roychristopher.com/godflesh-streetcleaner-33-1-3-book-proposal
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royc wrote:
I just read 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus. Great premise (language as disease); weird book.

Sounds interesting, but one review I read said it lost its way in the second half a bit.
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Wish I could say this was going to be available soon: http://roychristopher.com/godflesh-streetcleaner-33-1-3-book-proposal


I'd buy that!

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that was a lovely, celebratory read in itself. i particularly liked this quote

"Once in a while, people need to be crushed emotionally and intellectually to be reminded of reality. "

i will try getting it into conversation amidst xmass frivolities Smile

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chickenf1sh wrote:
royc wrote:
I just read 'The Flame Alphabet' by Ben Marcus. Great premise (language as disease); weird book.

Sounds interesting, but one review I read said it lost its way in the second half a bit.
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Wish I could say this was going to be available soon: http://roychristopher.com/godflesh-streetcleaner-33-1-3-book-proposal


I'd buy that!


Thanks!

Yeah, like I said, 'The Flame Alphabet' has a great premise, but I'd agree that it kind of wanes about two-thirds of the way through.



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that was a lovely, celebratory read in itself. i particularly liked this quote

"Once in a while, people need to be crushed emotionally and intellectually to be reminded of reality. "

i will try getting it into conversation amidst xmass frivolities Smile


Justin's so great. I interviewed him twice in the 1990s, and he was totaly down with the 'Streetcleaner' book. Unfortunately, I couldn't sell it to the 33 1/3 Series. I may try it again next time around.

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33 1/3 were positively begging for pitches about a year back, so you might still be in with a shout if you hop on it sharpish.
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33 1/3 were positively begging for pitches about a year back, so you might still be in with a shout if you hop on it sharpish.


Yeah, I responded to that call, and went through the process. Once rejected, I just posted the sample chapter and table of contents on my site for all to read. Like I said, I may revamp it for the next call (they only do them every other year or so), so we shall see.

I think 'Streetcleaner' totally deserves a 33 1/3 entry, even if I'm not the one to write it.

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Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Byard Rustin - John D'Emilio
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almost finished with:Kinski Uncut-The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski


about to start: The History of Island Records

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JG Ballard-Vermillion Sands


I love these stories. Working my way methodically through The Complete Short Stories of J G Ballard and it's a marvel. One of the great ones for sure. Also been reading short stories by John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor and Paul Bowles.

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I love these stories. Working my way methodically through The Complete Short Stories of J G Ballard and it's a marvel. One of the great ones for sure. Also been reading short stories by John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor and Paul Bowles.


Fucking. Love. Bowles. His novels are all really good (I think anyway) but his short stories...man....and some of them are absolutely brutal. Criminally underappreciated.
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If I'm listening to an audio book can't I post it in this thread or should I start a new thread call it what audio book are you listening to then the mods could sticky it?
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Just finished the final "Game of Thrones" book, A dance with dragons. The mother of all cliffhangers!

You knew nothing Jon Snow....

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A fun Xmas present from the wife.
She also got me "The White People and other stories" by Arthur Machen and "The Billposter's Bucket" (latest Viz Annual). Smile

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Killer Show by John Barylick...

about the Great White Rhode Island Station fire...harrowing and gruesome stuff...incredibly concise and from what I hear is the best book written on the subject...

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