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    Ha, oops...genetic. But, also...

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    Interested.


    I quit The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus because I was reading it very, very slowly. That is to say rarely choosing to read it. I am now reading Toast, a collection of short stories by Charles Stross. Hard sci-fi, techy, post-humany stuff. Some of the stories are great, most of the stories have something great about them so I am happy.
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    John, I will have to check that out.
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    I really liked his novel Accelerando (available as a free ebook); "Lobsters" from this collection is a slightly different version of the first chapter from that novel.
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    I recently finished Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You, which is probably the best (or at least my favorite) thing I've read since A Visit from the Goon Squad a couple years ago. I'm not usually given to laughing out loud when I read, but I found this one really funny, with a rich vein of melancholy running underneath, which I always respond to. This was the first thing by Tropper I've read, and now I'm eager to read more.

    Now I'm on to Palahniuk's Rant, and I'm experiencing the same love/hate thing I seem to have with all of his work. Basically, I have to get past whatever gimmick he's mining in each book before I can really enjoy it. In this one it's an oral history of a guy who gives rabies to practically everyone he meets. There's also a half-baked attempt at class warfare satire, but it's all a little too scattered to do much for me. Palahniuk's playful and dextrous enough that it's never less than entertaining, but this one feels like a minor work in his bibliography.
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    Working on blood, bones & butter
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    Started reading The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time since high school, where I'm pretty sure I just read the Cliff Notes anyways. Started it last night already got about 70 pages in. This is going to be my first book in about 3 years. I'm honestly a little excited about it.
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    I love John Le Carré's Smiley trilogy so much.
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    I loved this book.



    I'm trying to get through Talk About Kevin and it's sooooo hard.

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    My book on transcendental meditation keeps putting me to sleep.
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    hi guys - could someone please give me some tips on which ereader to buy and are there any private trackers that serve books? i'm sure this is a trite conversation to have in this thread, so if someone would kindly PM me, that would be great. i am touring Africa for the summer and want to have a book strategy for the long bus rides. Cheers!

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    I love my Kindle PaperWhite, has a long battery life, several days worth.
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    I love my Kindle PaperWhite, has a long battery life, several days worth.
    I got my girlfriend one for Christmas.

    The paperwhite is amazing. For the price (just get the one w/the ads and save money, can always purchase to turn off later if they really bother you), I think it's $119 and you won't get a better deal. Can read in the sun, can read in the dark, battery lasts forever. You won't be dissapointed. Can sync your smartphone to the bookmarks, download kindle app and you can read on your phone if you forgot your kindle.

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    Also, when my Kindle broke, I did an online chat and they shipped me a new one which arrived two days later.
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    Also, when my Kindle broke, I did an online chat and they shipped me a new one which arrived two days later.
    Happened to my GF also.

    Did yours "freeze" in a corner?

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    I finished Toast; the best ones were mostly in the beginning.


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    But now I'm reading Octavia Butler's trilogy, Lillith's Brood (Xenogenesis) Anyone interested in sci fi and intergalactic extraterrestrial genetic engineering would be wise to check it out.
    I started this and am about halfway through the first book and am enjoying it thus far. I had not even considered the pun in the title but hey.
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    Recently finished Mary Roach's Packing For Mars. I know she's got a new one out, but I didn't read the last one. It was pretty entertaining and informative, it certainly doesn't glamorize space travel. I particularly liked the chapter on motion sickness.

    I'm currently reading Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Have never read any of her work before, I was assigned to read Beloved in a college class but never finished it.
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    Has anyone read an H.P. Lovecraft? Is it enjoyable?
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    I loved his stuff. I read a collection of 22 stories. He had a formula, so by the end that started to get fairly obvious, but he's so dark and entertaining that it wasn't a detriment. The Cthulu story is fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruetheday View Post
    I don't fucking care. I don't even know who the hell Dave Wang is.
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    you used to be that guy that just Dave Wang's everybody. that guy. he's gone now, and whoever you really are showed up, and that was utter disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmjamalawesome View Post
    Has anyone read an H.P. Lovecraft? Is it enjoyable?
    I've read quite a few of his stories. Some of his stories – like The Cats of Ulthar, Cool Air, and The Statement of Randolph Carter – are enjoyable in the way that episodes of The Twilight Zone are enjoyable. If you're a fan of the show, I think you'll be a fan of Lovecraft. I've found some of his mythos stories – like The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness – to be interesting, but not as enjoyable as I would've hoped. His writing almost seems to intend on informing rather than entertaining. It can be very dry.

    Barns & Noble has a great hardcover with just about everything in it. You have to make sure to get their latest edition of it though, because I think earlier ones have a lot of typos.
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    Also, I wanted to post in here that I've been reading Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day, little by little, for about a year now. I'm almost on page 800. It's very fun. I'm just a slow reader.
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    No, but that has the same stories that I've read, so essentially yes.

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    I've found some of his mythos stories – like The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness – to be interesting, but not as enjoyable as I would've hoped. His writing almost seems to intend on informing rather than entertaining. It can be very dry.
    That's actually one of the reasons I liked those so much. They seem almost like journalism, which was a very great idea at the time and still isn't pulled off quite as convincingly as he did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Also, I wanted to post in here that I've been reading Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day, little by little, for about a year now. I'm almost on page 800. It's very fun. I'm just a slow reader.
    I admire this. I'm still recovering from Gravity's Rainbow over a year ago.
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    That's actually one of the reasons I liked those so much. They seem almost like journalism, which was a very great idea at the time and still isn't pulled off quite as convincingly as he did.
    It certainly benefits the feeling that his stories are real lore of our own world, as though we can stumble upon the Necronomicon in some forgotten library in Massachusetts. The pacing just doesn't seem to lend to the horror, for me. It absolutely does read like journalism. Actually, it reminds me a lot of the essays I read in an undergraduate anthropology class that I had.

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    I admire this. I'm still recovering from Gravity's Rainbow over a year ago.
    I read that one too, back in 2011. I actually managed to tackle that over a summer, and then I figured that I would do the same to Against the Day in the summer of 2012. I ended up taking breaks after some of the sections to read other books, and now I'm finally trying to make my way to the end.

    Although it's bigger than Gravity's Rainbow, it is a much easier book to follow. I actually know what most of the characters are doing in this one!
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    Every time i open a book im like "Hey, where are all the pictures at?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Also, I wanted to post in here that I've been reading Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day, little by little, for about a year now. I'm almost on page 800. It's very fun. I'm just a slow reader.
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    I can't believe it, but I finally finished Gravity's Rainbow. Only took me a year. Can't say I got it all, but man was that fun. Also recently finished Zadie Smith's NW - officially now my second favorite Smith book behind the perhaps never to be eclipsed On Beauty and Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman which is delightfully loony. Postmodernism before modernism, I guess? I've heard people find it a frustrating and dull read. I was thoroughly entertained.

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    Can anybody recommend a good biography of Winston Churchill that isn't a $75 box set?
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