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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 5, 2011 - 7:59pm
noise (short stories inspired by the sonic youth)
50% (2 votes)
the zero - jess walter
50% (2 votes)
Total votes: 4

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 5, 2011 - 8:00pm

kirk, i cant add more than two choices!

the other two i saw on my shelf and thought might be fun were

NOW IS THE HOUR - tom spanbauer

STAY GOD - nik korpon

reply with votes accordingly.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun October 5, 2011 - 8:33pm

Click Edit, then click the "add another coice" button.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 5, 2011 - 8:37pm

maybe a brief description of what they are about.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 5, 2011 - 8:53pm

Now is the Hour

The year is 1967, and Rigby John Klusener, seventeen years old and finally leaving his home and family in Pocatello, Idaho, is on the highway with his thumb out and a flower behind his ear, headed for San Francisco. Now Is the Hour is the wondrous story of how Rigby John got to this point. It traces his gradual emancipation from the repressions of a strictly religious farming family and from the small-minded, bigoted community in which he has grown up during a time of explosive cultural change. Transforming this familiar journey from American Graffiti to On the Road into something rich and strange and hilarious is the persona of Rigby John himself. Intimately in touch with his fears, hesitantly awakening to his own sexuality, and palpably open to life's mysteries, Rigby John is a protagonist whom readers will fall in love with, root for, and be moved by.

Stay God

Damon lives a content life, playing video games and dealing drugs from his second-hand store while his girlfriend, Mary, drops constant hints about marriage. If only he could tell her his name isn’t really Damon. If only he could tell her who he really is. But after he witnesses a friend’s murder, a scarlet woman glides into his life, offering the solution to all of his problems. His carefully constructed existence soon shatters like crystal teardrops and he must determine which ghosts won’t stay buried—and which ones are trying to kill him—if he wants to learn why Mary has disappeared

The Zero

From its opening pages—when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head—Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. Remy has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency known as the Department of Documentation. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell—or send him circling back to himself—is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

Noise

For more than twenty-five years, the antimelodic "noise" of Sonic Youth has assaulted us, exhilarated us, inspired us. Why?


Katherine Dunn says it's because they operate in the foggy world between the real and the surreal. Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic Youth caught her, years ago, when she was falling. J. Robert Lennon says it's because Sonic Youth rip it apart. Emily Maguire was hooked because once she was in love with chaos.


Their sound is caustic, elemental, nihilistic—and quite unlike any other cult band ever to achieve rock godhood. In Noise, twenty-one great literary voices offer short fiction based on or inspired by songs from Sonic Youth—a raucous coupling of music and literature featuring marrow-colored goo, severed hands and abandoned babies, Patty Hearst watching the apocalypse on TV, and other unruly images of the Zeitgeist.

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. October 5, 2011 - 10:09pm

Hmmm they all sound good. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 6, 2011 - 7:17am

If we're voting, I vote Stay God.

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capelesswondergirl from Kansas is reading The Morganville Vampires series October 6, 2011 - 8:37am

Assign them numbers, throw them in a hat, draw out numbers.  That's the only way I can ever choose.

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. October 6, 2011 - 3:24pm

Alright book club killer, pick one so I can start reading it haha.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 October 6, 2011 - 4:12pm

I voted The Zero,
Always interested in tales from an imagined other side, plus it sounds completely demented.

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway October 6, 2011 - 5:23pm

I <3 Sonic Youth.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 6, 2011 - 8:57pm

@jacko if there isnt a clear winner by monday i'll pick one. i havent read any of them myself, and wouldnt mind reading any of them.

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PattiM from Traverse City, MI is reading The Contortionist's Handbook October 7, 2011 - 9:49am

I haven't read any of them, so all of them sound good. Since I have to choose though, I would say Noise.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 7, 2011 - 10:05am

unless anyone has any objections we could read all of these in the next few months. it just depends on the order you want to read them, in my opinion.

 

thats two for NOISE, and one for THE ZERO and STAY GOD, if we're keeping track at home.

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Tina Marie Morlock from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is reading Letters from the Earth October 7, 2011 - 11:26am

Stay God sounds interesting.

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CJ Roberts from Salem, MA is reading goodreads.com/cjroberts_dmm October 7, 2011 - 11:40am

Stay God

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Nav Persona from Purgatory is reading The Babayaga October 7, 2011 - 1:13pm

me too - Stay God

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. October 7, 2011 - 2:28pm

blah i change my vote to stay god

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 7, 2011 - 2:53pm

Stay God sounds quite interesting.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 8, 2011 - 8:15am

I want to post here that The Official LitReactor Book Club will be holding off until December.

That way, any book that is decided here can be discussed for November. 

I'm still hoping you pick Stay God because I've been meaning to read that for a while now.  (And if I get a vote, I'm voting for that.)

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 8:17am

you can vote. im voting for that now that im not in charge (which is a bit of a relief) even if i was using this as a vehicle to eliminate my to-be-read pile... and i do mean pile... i wasnt going to influence the voting either way, but i dont care if you do.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 8, 2011 - 8:26am

ha - YOU'RE in charge this month!

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 8:36am

gee thanks pete. now i wish i would have picked a book i have already read and discussed. something like LEAN ON PETE, or... MY ABANDONMENT maybe....

both are fantastic books, by the way.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 8, 2011 - 9:23am

I already ordered Stay God and The Zero so whichever.

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. October 17, 2011 - 4:04am

What do you guys think about doing Dermaphoria one month?

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 17, 2011 - 4:34am

Just go over to The Velvet, man.  There's tons of Clevenger threads.

 

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 17, 2011 - 9:01am

i wouldnt be against it, dakota, but it's something that most of us have read (im guessing). so we can discuss it, but i wouldnt push to have a book club month for it, at least not here.

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. October 17, 2011 - 11:52am

Yeah I'd say a lot of people on here have read it, I didn't think about that.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 17, 2011 - 1:28pm

I think Clevenger said he was putting the finishing touches on something new anyway, didn't he?

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound October 17, 2011 - 1:37pm

Yeah, he has said that Pete. But he is also trying to find an agent for it and wont release it with Cage so it may be a while before we see it.