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. December 27, 2011 - 11:41pm

Some Stephen Graham Jones, Baer, Korpon, Ross, Thomas, Donald Ray Pollack, and Bukowski. Amazon and B&N gift cards so I'm excited to devour these beasts. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books December 28, 2011 - 10:34am

I got a nice stack of books from the in-laws and Husband for Christmas. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal, and The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde.

I also picked up a few used books in Oxford: Close Range, short stories by Anne Proulx, Espedaire Street by Iain Banks and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 28, 2011 - 10:42am

Just got Miles from Nowhere, by Nami Mun in the mail.  I'm reading so many books in a row that they are starting to blend together.  

Also Atomic Robo on my Kindle Fire.  Damn, I love me some comic books on that thing.  

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water December 28, 2011 - 10:45am

I've wound up buying so many books the last couple of months that last night I had to make a list of books to finish reading before I'm allowed to buy anymore:  Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, El Narco, Solo Faces, Warmed and Bound, Howdunit: Writer's Guide to Police Procedure, Lonestar Noir, Best American Noir, Gardens of Night, Best American Crime Reporting, Dermaphoria, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Puglist at Rest, American Masculine, and The Swerve.....I seem to be more addicted to buying books than to reading them :(

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Dean Blake from Australia is reading generationend.com December 29, 2011 - 6:15am

The Steve Jobs biography.

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. December 29, 2011 - 10:41am

Slaughter House 5.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 29, 2011 - 11:43am

Man, I loved Slaughter House 5.  I read it in one day.  I couldn't put it down.

I'm trying to think of what to spend this $25 B&N Gift Card on... I was kind of thinking Illuminatus! Trilogy.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound December 29, 2011 - 11:47am

Just ordered the journal of Bust down the door and eat all the chickens. Also, the neverenders by Michael sonbert.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 30, 2011 - 6:34am

I ended up ordering:

By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends by J. David Osborne

The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Please Do Not Shoot Me In The Face by Bradley Sands

Anybody who hasn't read Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You by Bradley should check it out.  It's a great story and hilarious.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 30, 2011 - 2:21pm

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

The Elephant Vanishes by Murakami

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie

I shouldn't even have these books.  I've got a backlog sitting on shelves all over the house.  My wife looks at them and suggests reading them.  But, you know, I see books sitting on shelves that aren't my shelves and think, "Fuck, I've gotta get that before it ceases to exist and I never get the chance to own it."  So I buy it and take it home and put it on my shelf.

In order to step away from this habit, I bought a Nook a couple days ago.  I have put two books on it, one novel and one anthology.  I think I can control myself.  I am the little engine that could.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon December 30, 2011 - 3:07pm

That's funny because I feel the same way.  Book are going out of print so often, I always have to scoop them up while I can.  haha

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 30, 2011 - 5:32pm

You can never have too many books.  That's like saying you can get your fill of blowjobs, nonsense I say!  Blowjobs for everyone, I mean books.

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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu December 30, 2011 - 10:35pm

I just bought The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. After reading his essay and the first few pages of that book I hit the buy button instantly. It should be at my house soon.

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones December 31, 2011 - 2:50pm

Volt by Alan Heathcock

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated January 1, 2012 - 8:10am

Pretty much every book by C. G. Chesterfield.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 2, 2012 - 7:58pm

Went to Half Price Books this evening and picked up the following:

1. The Lost - Jack Ketchum

2. Try Fear - James Scott Bell

3. Try Darkness - James Scott Bell

4. Granta Family Book circa 1997 featuring a short by Bret Easton Ellis

5. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror circa 2009

6. Las Vegas Noir

7. These Guns for Hire: 31 Short Stories about Hit Men

Last week, picked up:

1. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster

2. Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

3. Mystic River - Dennis Lehane

4. Lights Out - Jason Starr

5. The Little Sleep - Paul Tremblay

6 Money for Nothing - Donald E. Westlake

Gots me some serious reading to do...

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch January 2, 2012 - 8:18pm

I need to do less cooking/housework and more reading/writing (I don't want to be a Victorian woman!!). Still not finished The Marriage Plot, and I'm also reading Correction by Thomas Bernhard. And I bought about 20 books in the last month or so! Most of them from what LitReactoreians said they liked.

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CStodd from NY is reading Annie Prouxl's Fine Just the Way It Is January 2, 2012 - 8:21pm

The Visible Man, Chuck Klosterman. Really liked Downtown Owl, so we'll see. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 2, 2012 - 9:35pm

I love Half-Price books!  Their clearance wall has like one and two dollar books and they are popular books not like obscure crap that no one would read.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest January 3, 2012 - 1:11am

Yeah, Half price is good. The clearance wall is where I found the two Bell books. I've gotten a lot of my Stephen King books from the clearance shelf.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 3, 2012 - 1:36am

I got a Dean Koontz book for a dollar.  Yes, I read Dean Koontz, he is my one guilty pleasure. Although he essentially writes the same story over and over. Also got a weird Orson Scott Card book, I was expecting sci-fi and it turns out to be the one book he wrote about child abuse.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 3, 2012 - 5:56am

You know, I liked one Dean Koontz book.  The one about the talking dog?   Not that bad.  Although its been awhile.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 3, 2012 - 12:19pm

@Averydoll:  I agree.  Watchers was pretty good.  But every movie they tried to make of it was really, really terrible.  Really terrible. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 3, 2012 - 1:04pm

Watchers!  Yeah, that's the one.  I didn't know they made a movie of it.  I can't imagine it being good. 

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 14, 2012 - 9:20pm

My school textbooks that I haven't bought yet.

And:

By Steve Aylett
- The Crime Studio
- Atom
- Novahead
Mostly because I own Slaughtermatic and I didn't know that it was the 2nd book in the Beerlight books series.  And then I thought - I might as well buy them all.

Also bought by Bradley Sands:
- My Heart Said No, But The Camera Crew Said Yes!
- Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy
Now I think I own all of Bradley's books that are available.  :)

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Dan Shewan from Boston, MA is reading Crime and Punishment January 15, 2012 - 6:06am

Just ordered Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman, House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and The Outlaw Album: Stories by Daniel Woodrell last night. 

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dcronin from Melbourne, Australia is reading Paying For It - Chester Brown January 15, 2012 - 6:32am

Hi all,

I'm new here. First post.

I just did a big order which will keep me busy for the next couple of months

David Foster Wallace - Brief interviews with Hideous Men
Donald Ray Pollock - Knockemstiff
Donald Ray Pollock - The Devil All the Time
Don DeLillo - Falling Man
Patrick DeWitt - The Sisters Brothers
Denis Johnson - Train Dreams
Raymond Carver - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Looking forward to them!!!

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works January 15, 2012 - 8:18am

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

The Ones That Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones

 

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 15, 2012 - 10:17pm

kurt vonnegut -- look at the birdie (short stories)

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 15, 2012 - 10:58pm

I just ordered Susanna Clarke's books Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel and Ladies of Grace Adieu for a friend.

If you like Neil Gaiman and haven't read these books, then I advice you to look into them.  They are awesome.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 18, 2012 - 8:44pm

@hetch:

ok lets see. I got a big amazon gift card and I got the following:

Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader
Warmed & Bound: Velvet Anthology
 Scott Wolven: Controlled Burn
 Paul Malmont: The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril
 Craig Davidson: The Fighter
 Craig Davison: Rust & Bone
 Charlie Huston: The Mystic Art of Erasing All Signs Of Death
 Christa Faust: Choke Hold
 Pollocks: The Devil All The Time

that's one hell of an awesome list.

just got a box of PKD off ebay: Valis, Ubik, Three Stigmata..., Do Androids..., Radio Free Albemuth, The Divine Invasion and two short story collections of his.

AND, just hit up Myopic Books in Chicago where I picked up two by Cormac: Suttree and Child of God.

just got a box of Xmas love in the mail too, Amazon gift card with William Gay's The Long Home AND Provinces of the Night, Woodrell's Winter's Bone and Cormac's Outer Dark.

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water January 18, 2012 - 8:43pm

I just did a big order which will keep me busy for the next couple of months

David Foster Wallace - Brief interviews with Hideous Men
Donald Ray Pollock - Knockemstiff
Donald Ray Pollock - The Devil All the Time
Don DeLillo - Falling Man
Patrick DeWitt - The Sisters Brothers
Denis Johnson - Train Dreams
Raymond Carver - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

You, my friend, have good taste.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 18, 2012 - 8:45pm

I'm reading the autobiography of Malcolm X.  God, white people suck!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 18, 2012 - 8:49pm

That can be construed as a not-so-subtle come-on.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 18, 2012 - 8:52pm

You can suck it, Utah lol

No but seriously, I see why he was so angry at white people. His childhood was fucked up. It's sad to think people could get away with so much back then. Literally his teacher called him a n-word to his face, his guidance counselor in school told him he could never be a lawyer because he was black.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 18, 2012 - 8:55pm

I was told I could never play basketball just because I'm white and have no talent for the sport.  But we persevere.  Look at me now!  Working in construction.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 19, 2012 - 1:44am

Unfortunately Danny, that's just how it was. The shocking thing is they probably didn't even think they were being racist, just talking to second class citizens. Is shocking.

 

I got sent some PDFs from Deadite Press including: Zombies and shit by Carlton Mellick III, Ghoul by Brian Keene and The Haunter Of The Threshold by Edward Lee.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 19, 2012 - 5:58am

I was told I couldn't be a brain surgeon because I'm dyslexic.  It was on that day that I realized the human brain actually had the parts of the brain written on it, in English.  It's also the day I went on a hunt for dyslexic brain surgeons - of which there are many.  Keep in mind I was told this whenI was 27 and already had no intentions of becoming any sort of doctor. 

I just bought Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction by Salinger.  I've read it before, but I didn't own it.  Now I caught 'em all! 

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly January 19, 2012 - 9:02am

I scored an edition of Day By Day Armageddon that was self published by JL Bourne.  Some have said they're hard to come by.

Also got a papery copy of The Road, my digital copy is about worn out.

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water January 19, 2012 - 9:06am

I scored an edition of Day By Day Armageddon that was self published by JL Bourne.  Some have said they're hard to come by.

Awesome book.  The sequel was somewhat of a letdown, but the original is fantastic.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly January 19, 2012 - 9:20am

@Pop, I agree.  I wasn't a fan of zombie stories until I read DBDA.  I haven't read many others, but nothing has compared so far.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 19, 2012 - 1:45pm

I just bought Skullkickers.

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TwistedPaper from Poland is reading "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe & "Seven Wonders" by Adam Christopher January 19, 2012 - 2:47pm

Sean Williams "Metal Fatigue". Totally unexpected buy, I've never heard anything about it before.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like January 19, 2012 - 7:53pm

Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell

The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness

Selected Poems by Jorge Luis Borges

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 20, 2012 - 8:22pm

kurt vonnegut - welcome to the monkey house

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 20, 2012 - 8:36pm

Fuck, I love Welcome to the Monkey House.  Those are some tight short stories.  So many brilliant ones.  They are the kind that I end up talking about at parties because someone will bring up a social subject (birth control, equal rights, WMDs, .... thomas edison?) and I'll say, "I read this short story by Kurt Vonnegut..."  and I'll go off telling one of his stories from that book.  

 

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 20, 2012 - 8:49pm

we're reading mister bergeron for a class, and it wasnt in the back issue of the text i bought, but if those stories are even *as* good as what i read so far in look at the birdie, then im excited.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 20, 2012 - 9:13pm

They are even better, in my opinion, but that was the first Vonnegut I ever read... so it's got that special place in my heart.

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JameseyLefebure from Liverpool, Uk is reading The Gunslinger- Stephen King January 21, 2012 - 4:29am

I went shopping yesterday after a complete fucker of a day and took out my frustration on my bank balance and came home with a good few books that i've been meaning to buy for ages.
I got

1, The Strain by Guilmero Del Torro (I wont even attempt to say I can spell his name!) which is a vampire trilogy (recently made into a comic i'm reading as well frm Dark Horse).
2. 11.22.63 by Stephen King (aka GOD).
3. The Talisman Graphic Novel.
4. The Dark Tower:The Fall Of Gilead graphic novel :)

Now I just need some actual time to sit down and read them!

 

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy January 21, 2012 - 11:52am

I'm about to order 29 different books I need this semester, later this week. Couldn't list them all from memory, but here's an incomplete list of them.

http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3S2ZSV87DVOZ6/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v