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presently on the go, we have...

Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves

just recently taken a break from this'un, after getting about two thirds of the way in. highly recommended, but don't approach it lightly. my best attempts at describing it to friends and colleagues have been something along the lines of "modern horror... it's... intense."

certainly one that merits focus. but it's worth it.


E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey

you may have seen this mentioned in the media in recent times. it's a New York Times #1 bestseller, etc etc. it's also fucking dreadful. I fear for the bookreading public of the world, and indeed the entire female populace, if something as bland and asinine as this causes such a furore.

it's been dubbed 'mommy porn' by some media outlets. my own moniker would be far less sensational. and probably a damn sight more offending. for the record? it started life as a Twilight fanfic. and that's how it reads. when I say it's an appallingly conceived, horribly written and eyeroll-inducing excuse for modern erotica, that's not hyperbole.

the reality of the situation actually makes for far more compelling reading than the 'novel' itself - a fortysomething mom has a mid-life crisis and ends up getting her obtuse and irreverent fanfic published, earns a fuckton, and subsequently has a multitide of studios fighting over the movie adaptation rights... while elsewhere, far more competent writers merrily submit their superior works to places like literotica.com for no reward other than a handful of appreciation in the comments box.

somewhere, Anne Desclos is turning in her grave. :(


also revisiting Satre's No Exit, as I finally got my own copy for my birthday last month (have read in the past), and beginning to poke at J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker :bat:

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Getting stuck into "A Dangerous Man" by Charlie Huston, the final part of the Henry Thompson trilogy.

And I'm still working my way through "Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft". His style is hard work in places and some of the stories just don't do it for me but the high points are worth the effort.

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Just got a Kobo touch, I have started to read the old Doc Savage pulps from number one on.


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Packing away a stack of books for a short holiday to a small caravan in a drizzly part of England (seems I like my weak adjectives). I try and rotate my reading between fact and fiction as I think it keeps my noggin appeased.

It may sound incredibly dull but Be Your Own Financial Adviser (Jonquil Lowe) has really helped me get my head around how my finances can be sorted.

Just in case you lose all hope in me, I decided upon a trip down memory lane and have gone back to Eddings' Belgariad Series. I'm currently half way through Queen of Sorcery and had forgotten how much I loved Garion's story.

Also, if I am ever feeling a little fed up, I always rely on Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes series as a guaranteed pick-me up.


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Books: Call of Cthulhu. How do you beat a classic?


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At the moment I'm reading the entire 'Hitchhiker's Guide the Galaxy" 'trilogy' by Douglass Adams. Currently on "Life, The Universe, and Everything". After I'm done with that I plan on reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.


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Working through Full Dark, No Stars novella collection by Stephen King. Half way through that now. Also just finished Foundation (1st book in the Foundation trilogy) by Asimov, so I've got the next two in stock. Wrapped up in the Gone series by Michael Grant with one book yet to be published.

Slowly working on Necronomicon as well. Got the Complete Works of Shakespear, which I'm not yet up to the task of reading. Some books I want to reread as well. Oh, and House of Leaves is an amazing book.

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Started You Only Live Twice yesterday.


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Really must finish the Sword Of Truth books but I am so caught up in my Batman comics that I don't know when that will every happen!


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Working on reading some top 10 lists while catching up on comics. Right now just got into The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.


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I have sort of a yearly project: Im reading through the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (about to finish the 3rd out of 10), and intersecting other books everytime I finish a volume... otherwise its just too much! once I finish this one, I'll probably read Return of Depression Economics, by Krugman.

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After You Only Live Twice I read
Lewis Black's I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas
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Bob Newhart: I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things that Strike Me as Funny
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Sarah Silverman: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee which I finished today
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Every Michael Crichton book I can find... this is just a partial collection, I still have to get them all in one place though ^_^

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