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Author:  Lyssa [ Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:46 pm ]
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I've only ever read the first one. I just found out there's a library about half a mile from me, though, so I plan to go there tomorrow and take home at least 10 books to read for the next few weeks. I wanna read the one about the Restaurant at the End of the Universe or something along those lines, and I wanna read some of the other stuff mentioned through here. I am going to get Men at Arms and Feet of Clay and maybe one or two other "cheer me up" books, plus something by Neil Gaiman (I've really only read Good Omens and the graphic novel Sandman series; I need to expand on him) something by McCaffrey because you mentioned those books so many times, Munky, and I wanna read something by Sedaris, because you recommended him, Starrah and I am kind of picking ones at random that come recommended. :D

Nacho: Anansi Boys didn't hold my attention well either. I think it was crappy.

Caligo: I've heard a lot about SM 101, and I tried reading it, but it's all very stereotypical and very much "This is How You Do It." I'd recommend making shit up as you go, honestly. Jay Wiseman just isn't all that great, though I may be biased.

(I reply to things after a long time sometimes.)

Author:  Starrah [ Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:43 am ]
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Lyssa: I'd recommend American Gods by Gaiman (my all-time favorite book), and Me Talk Pretty One Day by Sedaris (a newly-favorite book). Also, I have Feet of Clay sitting around somewhere and I never read it. Let me know when you start it; I'll start it at the same time!

As for SM101, I heard it criticized on Savage Love as too intimidating, and a book called Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Philip Miller came highly recommended instead. I've never read either of them, but just sharing. :)

I also love this thread. So many new ideas!

Author:  Lyssa [ Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:04 pm ]
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Ohh, thank you! I am gonna head out now with my list! :D

I love this thread too. I've been wanting something good to read for so long, but I haven't had any ideas.

Author:  Starrah [ Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:33 pm ]
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New stuff being read:

The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited by Ira Glass. It's basically a collection of "personal journalism"--nonfiction stories reported with the author's presence heavily weighing in. It's more or less like reading stories that belong on This American Life. I'm really enjoying it.

I'm also re-reading American Gods by Gaiman, because I want to see if I love it as much years later as I did when I read it twice six years ago. About a third in, still enjoying it.

Author:  Munky [ Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:32 am ]
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I just finished reading Chris Bachelder's Bear V Shark (a satirical novel about media saturation and the American way of life, throw away your television type stuff). I had forgotten how depressing it is. I'm more aware of how heavy-handed it is as well, though, which takes some of the magic away. Still a great read, though; it's very cleverly-executed.

I'm now re-reading Robert Rankin's Knees Up Mother Earth, which is... Well, it's Rankin. You like Rankin or you don't, but this is one I particularly enjoyed, but have only read once thus far (some of his stuff has gotten 5+ revisits).

Haven't had a lot of time for pleasure reading this month, unfortunately, as I've been very busy with the kind of reading that is not pleasurable.

Author:  nacho [ Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:01 pm ]
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I read this!

It was pretty good.

Author:  Starrah [ Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:24 pm ]
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Just finished re-reading American Gods for the third time. Yep. Still love it just as hard.

Author:  Ethanol [ Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:28 pm ]
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Uh, school has been kicking my arse recently, so not much on the reading front. I have read 2 books while trying to avoid a third really shitty one, though.

I read 'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman. Give me any coming of age story and I'll probably be in tears by the end. This was no exception, I was in tears on the train. It has ghosts and monsters and all kinds of things. I gave my thoughts on it here.

I also read 'The Unholy Book of Mischief' by Elle Newmark and I loved that too. It had a kid as the protagonist, but wasn't a childrens/young adult novel, which I think a lot of people are tempted to put kid-protag books into. I absolutely loved it. It's about a chefs apprentice who LEARNS stuff. It also has timeless wisdom and torture and awesome food. Something for everybody really. I gave my thoughts on it here.

I'm about to start reading The Satanic Verses. I felt I had to read something properly grown-up. I still haven't finished reading the terrible book I'm avoiding. I will do it though. I will read the shit out of that book. Mark my words.

I remember really liking Anansi Boys, but I think I read it all at once.

Author:  Lyssa [ Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:30 pm ]
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I have been reading stuff lately!

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a very neat book. I read it once before, but I was maybe 14 when I did, so I didn't understand it as well (plus I think I skipped the bits that were too technical or whatever). It's about an incredibly schitzophrenic girl who believes that she is a denizen of two different worlds. One of them has some gods in it who yell a lot, and the other one (earth) is a loony bin. It takes place in the 40's, I think, and was written around thereabouts.

Neverending Story was excellent, thank you nacho. I loved the whole thing. I would recommend finding a proper copy of it instead of an ebook. Nacho says that in ebooks the format gets rid of the different color, but in the real book, scenes are color coded to let you know where the characters are (red and green). Very good fantasy, lots of giggles.

Carpe Jugulum, a Terry Pratchett book, made me giggle a lot while I was working my way through the somewhat more serious...

His Dark Materials series, which I think that absolutely everyone from #spite should read. (It looks like most of you have anyway.) It really was amazing, and I am grateful to sunder for recommending it to me. It made me do a lot of thinking.

Author:  Starrah [ Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:52 pm ]
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I love HDM, and I can also thank sunder for recommending it. :)

I've been reading Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson, and I absolutely love it. It's a cyberpunk novel that came out in '92, and a lot of the tech in it has since become reality. It's also about religion, and about ninjas (ok, not ninjas, per se, but there's a lot of sword fighting with katanas!). Love love love.

I also read the first two books that True Blood is based off of, by Charlene Harris, and they were ok. TV show is actually better, I think.

Finally, I read a novel by the same author that writes Vampire Hunter D, and it reads like an anime. Kinda dull.

So...Snow Crash! Is awesome!

Author:  sunder [ Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:16 pm ]
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Huzzah for Snow Crash!

Author:  nacho [ Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:15 pm ]
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<3 Snow Crash. Anyone have any other cyberpunk recommendations? I need something to read in a TTY in Vim with green text on a black background to feel 1337.

Author:  Munky [ Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:16 pm ]
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So anyway, I hadn't really been reading a lot of late. However, I had to take a long train journey at the very end of March. I started reading Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors on the way down, and by the time I got home at the end of the day I had nearly finished it. For some reason this kicked off a bit of a reading binge. I'm actually getting through nearly as much as I used to! So here is what I've read in the last few weeks.

Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors
I enjoyed this very much. As with any collection of short stories I enjoyed some more than others, but for the most part I found them rather compelling. Some genuinely creepy ones in there, and I found a lot of the auto/semi-autobiographical insights fascinating as well. Also I want to kick him for hiding a story in the introduction; I only noticed it because I was flicking back to look at his explanations of how the stories came to be.

Gaiman - The Sandman
I guess I was in a Gaiman mood, so I revisited a few of these-- Season of Mists, Brief Lives, World's End, The Kindly Ones, The Wake, and Endless Nights. I was particularly struck by how some of the more subtle details of the plot made themselves more prominent, particularly some of the foreshadowing and hinting ahead in Brief Lives. I was also really hit by just how good The Wake is-- I think it would be tough to have an ending much better than that. It's so... satisfying, I guess. Provides a real sense of closure as well as rather elegently explaining why what happened happened... Nothing ham-fisted in this end of the series.

Moore - Watchmen
I had neither read this nor seen the film before. I did enjoy the sort of heroes-in-a-realistic-world thing; I know that's sort of a tired trope these days but I appreciated it for what it was nonetheless. I also enjoyed the plot and structuring and so forth, but I can't say it lived up to the hype (for me, anyway). I also thought it took a serious turn downhill in the last two issues, with a majorly gay ending. I'm told that's done better in the film though, which I do actually want to see now.

Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
This one really sucked me in. It's only second novel by her, so I haven't gotten tired of what I suspect is a fairly repetitive formate. Anyway, I was completely hooked on this, staying up until three in the morning to finish it, in the end. It's a very compelling mystery and I enjoy the way she writes (wild use of stereotypes aside). I'm also a sucker for locked-room mysteries, although this was only sort of one. The ending was quite silly and difficult to stomach, but I guess that's part of the fun, right? Something completely over-the-top was almost what the story called for...

Steve Alten - Meg, A Novel of Deep Terror
I am reading this at the moment, but I have read it before so I can already sort of post my thoughts. The back of the dust jacket reads: "Two words: Jurassic Shark". That's... basically all you need to know! Look up a summary-- it's a silly as it sounds. Luckily, it's also extremely fun! I picked up my copy cheap and second-hand which seems to have been the way to go about it, really. Highly enjoyable trash, recommended if you read that summary and thought "that sounds badass" BEFORE you thought "that sounds really fucking stupid"...

Author:  Starrah [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:57 am ]
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I'd recommend the first three on your list to anyone. All classics, in my opinion (I think I bought nacho a copy of Smoke and Mirrors for a long-ago birthday, yes?). Personally, I thought the Watchmen film didn't do the graphic novel justice at all, but to each their own. :)

I just started Hard-Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World, by Murakami. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's completely bizarre, and I think a good follow-up mood for Snow Crash. It kind of overtly blends detective/mystery, cyberpunk, and fantasy. And it seems to being doing the same thing that Murakami did in Kafka on the Shore, where there are two completely different story lines in alternating chapters that I assume will eventually converge: one very sciency/cyberpunk, and one straight-up fantasy.

Author:  nacho [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:08 pm ]
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Yep! And you marked all the best stories! :D

Author:  Starrah [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:44 pm ]
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Man, I'm good.

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