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Re: Revenge of What book are you reading at the moment?

Postby Dead Kid » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:16 pm

Leonard Cohen - Beautiful Losers

Sexually explicit madness. The blurb on the back comparing it to James Joyce is about right, but at least the vocabulary isn't remotely as challenging. Got it for Xmas '13, the year I spent battling through Ulysses.

edit: oh yeah, can't go past mentioning the 2 glorious pages dedicated to describing constipation. Amazing.
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Postby OnlyInTheMorning » Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:13 am

Kurt Vonnegut: Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons ...one of his better short story collections

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Postby Marrow » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:34 pm

Just finished China Mievelle - The Scar. So good, was afraid the ending was going to be shit/weird, but finished on just the right note.

Started reading Anathem because apparently it's great/mindfuck, then the Malazan series.
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Postby Drax » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:58 pm

Just finished:

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Brilliant.

Now back onto:

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Bloody hell it's long. And I'm a fucking slow reader. But decent so far.

Also dipping a bit into this:

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Fucking excellent and unexpected Christmas present.

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Postby haiku terror shades » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:21 pm

Gar! just gave up on Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer - Tried reading his City of Saints and Madmen a couple of years back and it's if anything, worse.
Anyone into his stuff, I liked the IDEA of it but he just introduces a bunch of stuff and keeps introducing stuff and never really follows up on any of it. Also the narrator characters speak with an annoying level of authority of a world they don't seem to know very well but are never surprised by.

Also had to quit reading Neal Stephensons REAMDE which I will go back to at some point - I just tried it too soon after reading The Peripheral (auth. Willam Gibson) and the change from extreme minimalism to extreme maximillism was a bit too much.

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Postby 9seconds » Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:06 pm

i got halfway thru shantaram recently, i was obsessed by it, but since ive been back in civilisaton, i havnt touched it
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Postby the croc » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:08 pm

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Just finished this trilogy. Margaret Atwood is such a boss. Only discovered her this year.

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Postby snuff » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:57 am

Real good.

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Postby Dead Kid » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:45 pm

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Read this one recently, another wee classic from Bran. This one's got a dear leader with an unhealthy obsession for ponytails.
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Postby PertHJ » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:59 pm

Recently finished the first four main books in Alastair reynolds Revelation Space book. Recently liked them, although found the ending of Absolution Gap a bit lazy?

A while back I started reading Kim Stanley Robinsons Mars Trilogy, I fucked up though and started reading the third book second due to badly labeled epub files, I realised halfway through and now have a major error and my brain doesn't know what to do.

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Just finished this trilogy. Margaret Atwood is such a boss. Only discovered her this year.


Prompted me to start reading Oryx and Crake
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Postby Kerry » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:51 pm

Bought a couple of books at the Livraria Lello in Porto recently.

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Postby the croc » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:49 pm

PertHJ wrote:

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Just finished this trilogy. Margaret Atwood is such a boss. Only discovered her this year.


Prompted me to start reading Oryx and Crake


Good shit.

I'm back on a comic buzz now after not really touching them for most of this year.

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I just started this yesterday. Grim post apocalyptic fare with mutant hybrid animal children 4/5

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This is one of my favourite things I've ever read. Bat shit crazy, deranged and hilarious 5/5
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Postby Subcide » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:47 am

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5/5 Bleak, violent and heartwarming at the same time. Great writing. Post apocalyptic is generally a win for me anyway.
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Postby 9seconds » Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:56 am

Memoirs of a damaged civilisation - Dave Dictor

not far in, but enjoying it so far.
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Postby Subcide » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:23 pm

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Really hard to describe this in a few words, check out some of the reviews here to get an idea: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/222 ... he-sellout
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Postby Max » Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:05 pm

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Entertaining insider account of the Melbourne and Sydney rock scenes from the 60s onwards and his time managing AC/DC. Bits about several NZ bands will be of interest too. I knew the music business was brutal, but the Young brothers sound like thoroughly unpleasant people, hard arses who'll screw you over once you're no longer useful to them. Sounds like that's what happened to Brian Johnson, the hearing loss story was probably just PR bullshit.

Lots of funny bits, e.g.

An unlikely face backstage after the gig was Johnny Young, the host of Australian TV's Young Talent Time....Johnny was an old friend of Bon's from the days in Perth...Johnny had just driven around America on vacation with his son.

'You have no idea how sore my arse is', he told Bon.

Unfortunately, Bon had fogotten to flick off his wireless mic. Now a full house at the Whisky knew the unfortunate state of Johnny Young's arse.


So a good read, recommended. Your local library probably has it.

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Postby snuff » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:52 pm

Just finished this, can't wait for the film adaptation.

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Just started;

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Postby 9seconds » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:34 pm

the future eaters, its pretty good
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Postby the croc » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:24 pm

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I watched the PBS documentary years ago which was really good. Basically a it's the diary of a guy who builds a cabin in the woods by himself. The dude is super humble and has lots of nice little observations about life.

Doco is on youtube:
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Postby 9seconds » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:29 pm

yeh, ive watched that doco many times, its super satisfying watching him handsawing perfect planks.

he filmed the whole thing himself, just his friend narrated it after he died.

just read a book called 'cabin porn' which while nowhere near as awesome as proennoke, was pretty sweet
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Postby Dead Kid » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:06 pm

Just re-read Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. A recommendation from an online friend when I was 19. Thought it was gonna be dull because the 1st time around it did little for me and I couldn't remember anything that happened in it. That's a pretty scathing assessment of Rand considering at that age I was swayed by books about Roswell aliens and alternative facts about gravity. As a full-blown adult the book was much better, though depends if you like prose that stretches words beyond their intended use. Or the absurdity of characters who embody philosophical extremes. It's not really even a spoiler to say it's the character holding the viewpoint opposed to the author who nonsensically reveals themselves to have a conceited motive. Knew the slug to the crotch was coming but kept turning the pages anyway.
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Postby the croc » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:50 pm

I forced myself to read Atlas Shrugged and I had to stop because it sucked so bad. It is a steaming pile of shit. So is Ayn Rand.

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Postby dustbinflowers » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:21 pm

9seconds wrote:the future eaters, its pretty good


His one on human migration into North America is cool too.
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