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    OH, GOD, MY EMOTIONS.

    I'm on the epilogue of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" and I've nearly burst into tears twice. Fuckin' Neil Gaiman.

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    Just finished Blood and Bone (part of the malazan series).

    Reading:

    Marching with Ceasar: Conquest of Gual
    Blood of the Underworld
    Dust of Dreams (second time)

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    Just FYI, if any of you haven't, you should read at least one book by Umberto Eco.

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    The only Eco novel I've read is Foucault's Pendulum, and it's garbage. I suppose I should read The Name of the Rose at some point. Do you recommend any others?

    Currently finishing up this for the book group: awful, pretentious crap:



    Also, still working my way through this, it's taking me months: stimulating, thought-provoking, but also quite tedious and infuriating too.

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    Buadolino by Eco is hilarious.

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    What are you reading?

    I got about halfway through "The Name of the Rose" when it came out, and I nearly lapsed into a coma.

    Now reading:
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    I really enjoyed The Ocean at the End of the Lane and am resisting the urge to re-read it already. It reminded me a lot of Coraline, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    I also was thoroughly entertained by Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies. I think Chris Kluwe has a career in writing once his football days are over. In fact, he's currently working on a sci-fi trilogy. That's something to look forward to for sure.

    My current read:

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    Ignore the tacky cover, this is one of the best horror books I've read in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slave2thewage View Post


    Ignore the tacky cover, this is one of the best horror books I've read in a while.

    While I enjoyed the story, its such a rehash of a HP lovecracft story.

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    That's why it's a Lovecraftian horror book . I'm on the second story (39% through, according to my Kindle) and I'm digging the Bram Stoker atmosphere in that one.

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    The two previous books were pretty cool,let's see if this one can live up to my expectations.

    And A Feast for Crows is right up next.

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    A story of a Nigerian woman's immigration and integration thus far told in flashbacks. Considering the prose reading like a heavy handed coming of age story and six hundred-some page size, it's an enjoyable page turner. The romances and excerpts from the fake blog in particular stand out for me.
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    Flicking between these two right now. I also read Al Jourgensen's book a few days ago.



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    Just finished (again) Cormack McCarthy's "No Country For Old Men"

    Picked up two new books today:
    - William Gibson: Neuromancer
    - Robert Leckie: Okinawa

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegro View Post
    I just finished that one...The Lit Crit name-dropping is true (I had to run to Google a few times and I was a Lit major undergrad) but I think he captures Lit nerds very well. Science nerds, too. And I sure learned a lot about manic depression.

    It looks like a crappy summarization isn't necessary on this one. I'll add that the psych ward experience was also well researched, that so far I'm far more sympathetic to Leonard than Mitchell and finally, I had no idea there was an album of Led Zeppelin's Greatest Hits in 1982.

    Edit:I guess the board doesn't do compounded quotes or images so I'll spare everybody the trouble of looking it up and say that I'm on The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
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    What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bokononist View Post
    Edit:I guess the board doesn't do compounded quotes or images so I'll spare everybody the trouble of looking it up and say that I'm on The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.
    LOL thanks, I was, like, HUH??

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    What are you reading?

    Casual vacancy. Well written but nearly every character is a total asshole living in a personal hell.

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    Just finished up Demian by Hermann Hesse, Metamorphosis from Franz Kafka (I'm not sure I understand why this book is supposed to be so great) and now, god help me, this:




    It's highly entertaining, especially the Trent Reznor hazing stories. I read in some promo somewhere that it makes the book about Motley Crue, Dirt (which was also highly entertaining, even though I don't actually like Motley Crue), look mild by comparison. I'm halfway through the book, and I'd have to agree. I'm such a sucker for rock tales.

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    50 Shades of Grey - reading it slowly, so far, soo boring.

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    Finished the Al Jourgensen book yesterday. It's surprisingly hilarious (and lucid) as long as you read it for entertainment and take it with a grain of salt.


    Quote Originally Posted by miss k bee View Post
    50 Shades of Grey - reading it slowly, so far, soo boring.
    I read a quarter of that book; the writing is fucking terrible, and the main character is an emotional and sexual idiot. All I could think the whole time was that there has to be far better erotic literature out there. At least the prisoners at Gitmo are enjoying it though.

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    I could probably tolerate reading the Fifty Shades trilogy if it was read by George Takei and interjected with lots of "Oh Myyyy!"
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    Yes the writing style is not great. People who like this book must never have read any erotic fiction ever, or maybe any good books.

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    I started reading:


    It's really interesting so far but his narrative is a bit odd. It's not as "objective" as I was expecting it to be meaning he uses terms like "porno-machine" for the airport scan, but I'm not that surprised judging by the title of the book. Since I'm already familiar with tomsdispatch.com I was prepared for the kind of story it was going to be telling. Other than that not a lot of the information he writes about is that much of a surprise to me, unfortunately, except when he does talk about stuff that happened during the Bush administration, only because at that time I wasn't entirely tuned into politics, being the young teen I was and part of the time still living in Brazil. It's still interesting to read everything I've read in articles here and there put together into a book.

    Anyone that read political books have anything to recommend for me? I want to find a book that talks more about the history of the CIA, there seems to be a few of them out there but I haven't gone through and checked out the authors or reviews yet to make a decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo3375 View Post
    I read this last year, so good! It took me quite a while to realize I did enjoy it though only because all the characters seemed so annoying- except Nelly!- but then I fell into the reality of their world a little better, one where they are so isolated and have to put up with the people they are around. I was glad there was a character I cared about, Nelly, to keep be going through the book because so many times I wanted to stop reading because of the dialogue of the, in my mind, "stupid teenagers". Hehe, anyways...I'd be interested to see what you think of it!

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    Perhaps I'm just coming from the depth of Euginides' novel but the dialog and character building here is just awful. I killed half the book in a day and still can't find much I like about it and if it was longer I'd just give it up. I guess it's Young Adult, vulgar Young Adult, since the chapters alternate between the thin, forgettable reflection of zany children in a mentally abusive family to the dimensionless, damaged thirty-somethings they turned out to be. I want to put myself in a frame of mind where I can enjoy it for what it is but I can't get over stuff like a discussion between a journalist and three veterans revealing that not one of the four knows the meaning of PSI.

    It name drops James Chance and the Contortions. That's something you don't see everyday.
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    Started reading, "Black Like Me" again since my buddy gave me his extra copy the other day. I forgot how big that guys balls were, much respect.

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