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MikeyLikesIt from Calgary is reading Don't get too comfortable - David Rakoff January 21, 2012 - 11:55am

Jamesey - I just picked up Stephen King's 11.22.63 as well. The marathon that will ensue after I read the first page will be epic.

Also picked up the Steve Jobs Biography and the original, unabridged version of Peter Pan. 

bryanhowle - I feel the same way about the first Vonnegut I ever read, Sirens of Titan.  

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones January 21, 2012 - 12:08pm

@sam: im sorry

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 21, 2012 - 12:11pm

I haven't read Regeneration but I read the last book in the trilogy, The Ghost Road. First (and only, so far) book to make me cry. It's great. Although I don't think my favourite character is in that book, Billy Prior.

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy January 22, 2012 - 3:00am

I think I'll live. Luckily, most of the books are ones I want to read. The stuff that isn't listed consists mostly of more Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen.

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day January 22, 2012 - 11:53am

I just bought The Family Fang and the new C Whitehead novel.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 22, 2012 - 12:09pm

Women, Ham on Rye and Post Office by Bukowski.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 22, 2012 - 2:10pm

Nice! Jay I always love the books you buy and read.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 22, 2012 - 2:17pm

Pete, you do know that's because I base a lot of them off your book selection clubs and goodreads picks right? Today I genuinly went on goodreads, saw you describe Bukowski and brought them!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 22, 2012 - 3:56pm

I love Bukowski.  Reading his prose in order is a great journey.  

Post Office (1971)
Factotum (1975)
Women (1978)
Ham on Rye (1982)
Hollywood (1989)

 

My favorite book of poetry is You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts January 22, 2012 - 4:08pm

Good thrift store score:

Jim Harrison - Legends of the Fall

George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener

Denise Mina - The Dead Hour (some skank yoinked Field of Blood right before I could get to it)

 

on the nook:

Nick Mamatas - Starve Better

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 22, 2012 - 4:53pm

Right on Jay!  That's awesome.  haha

You were one of the people that pushed me to give bizarro a shot.  So we've both been helping each other out nicely.

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. January 22, 2012 - 7:46pm

Which Bukowski book should I start with I wonder...

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 22, 2012 - 9:35pm

Women was my favorite.  Post Office and Factotum are good too.  But Women is my favorite.  Maybe just because it's the first one I read.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 22, 2012 - 9:45pm

Women was the first I read and my favorite, too.  I'd start with Post Office, though.  

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 22, 2012 - 10:39pm

I got the book, "Your Anus and You".  I'm learning that my anus is my best friend.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit January 23, 2012 - 9:05am

Just picked up A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge and Accelerando by Charles Stross.

Judging by their plot summaries, and the reviews I've read, they're among the best science fiction novels of the past two decades. Right now I'm finishing up Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno -- it's too bad he hadn't written the scripts for the prequel films. They would've been damn good movies, if Plagueis had actually been part of the story arc. Instead Lucas forced us to follow the gripping development of a banished Gungan.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 23, 2012 - 11:33am

@Aliensoul77 Your anus is my best friend, too.

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. January 23, 2012 - 12:13pm

Got Cameron Pierce's LOST IN CAT BRAIN LAND last night. And finishing up King's FULL DARK, NO STARS this week.

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. January 23, 2012 - 12:16pm

Renfield-- Did you see Mamatas' list of Ten Bits of Advice Writers Should Stop Giving Aspiring Writers? Pretty funny.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 23, 2012 - 12:17pm

What did you think JRJ? I liked it other than the first story, which kind of dragged on for me until near the end. The one about the loan extension was a good one, although I was confused that it was described as "Hilarious" and "King's funniest story" considering I didn't laugh once. Maybe it was my British sense of humour.

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. January 23, 2012 - 12:25pm

Agreed that the first story has its share of meandering (though I liked the voice, and the ever more miserable condition of the body in the well was alternately funny and disturbing). I think it's a really solid collection, though it's not going to knock DIFFERENT SEASONS or SKELETON CREW any lower on my list.

And, yeah, "funny" King usually just hits me as "goofy" King.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts January 23, 2012 - 9:03pm

Did you see Mamatas' list of Ten Bits of Advice Writers Should Stop Giving Aspiring Writers? Pretty funny. -- JRJ

 

Yeah saw that on Twitter. I missed hearing about the book until the Stoker Award shortlist popped up and picked it up immediately. I find it pretty hilarious that despite his vehement hate for writer advice, he keeps writing really smart, useful advice. Halfway into the book now, it's really interesting to see him do the shop-talk from a writer and an editor's viewpoint. I don't why I read these kind of books, other than they're like TMZ network for storytellers, but this is probably one of the more thought-inducing.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff January 24, 2012 - 5:03am

So, last week I ordered The Devil All The Time for the book club. And also Warmed And Bound - finally - and Amy Hempel's Collected Stories.

Too bad there's a massive truckers strike in Italy these days.

I used to love strikes.

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JamestheBaker from Oregon is reading The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein January 24, 2012 - 6:02am

Waiting for As a Machine and Parts and 2030: What Really Happens to America to get in the mail. Should be today!

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy January 29, 2012 - 3:40am

This is most of what I just purchased for my semester. I still need to get five or six more.

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy January 29, 2012 - 3:42am

Oops, this was a double post.

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. January 29, 2012 - 2:01pm

Just copped DEVIL ALL THE TIME and threw it into the nighttime reading rotation in prep for the Book Club next month.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 29, 2012 - 4:22pm

Nice pile of books there.  That's weird James Ellroy wrote a novel caleld "Blood's a rover".  Harlan Ellison was supposed to write a novel called that like twenty years ago, it was the name of his long never produced novel.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 29, 2012 - 4:37pm

I'm actually looking to try some new stuff by contemporary writers that are weird, strange, gritty but not cartoony or too over the top. I like horror but sometimes too much supernatural stuff can come off cheesy. What authors would you say are worth my time, I mean there are all these books out I see on amazon that claim to be cutting edge or dark fiction but filled with the usual cliches.  What books have you read (lesser known authors) that you just went, "Wow, that was awesome"??  Something where the prose is as good as the story.

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Korey January 29, 2012 - 4:50pm

I just finished reading Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot. This book is definitely worth checking out. I give terrible summaries so here is a link to the book if anyone wants more info. http://www.powells.com/biblio/71-9780802170910-0

What else did I pick up....?

Wide Eyed and Baby Geisha by Trinie Dalton. Her sentences are amazing. http://sweettomb.com/

Oh, I grabbed another copy of Slaughterhouse 5. The bindings on a few of my old Vonnegut paperbacks gave out. Now I need to find something to do with them because I don’t have the heart to throw them out.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 29, 2012 - 5:20pm

Alien - grab By The Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends by J. David Osborne.  Thank me later.

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade January 29, 2012 - 5:41pm

All used, all several years old:

The Violence of Our Lives: Interviews with American Murderers by Tony Parker

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis

The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck

...and four Richard Laymon titles I don't remember.

 

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. January 29, 2012 - 5:59pm

Alien- Ketchum, Brian Evenson, John Shirley, Cody Goodfellow, J. David Osborne, Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron. And Selby's stuff usually produces a sense of horror for me. And Robert R. McCammon and Lansdale have some great stuff that's non-supernatural and still very intense.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 29, 2012 - 6:49pm

Alien sounds tasty. I really like Evenson.

Thrift store finds this weekend:

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 29, 2012 - 8:11pm

@JRJ - one hell of a stack. i have most of those.

@aliensoul77 - i'd say Stephen Graham Jones (ALL THE BEAUTIFUL SINNERS, THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY), Craig Davidson (RUST & BONE, THE FIGHTER, and SARAH COURT [pictured above in JRJ's stash), Paul Tremblay (IN THE MEAN TIME) for sure. hell, check out almost all of my book reviews at TNB. and don't shy away from the ladies, either. Lindsay Hunter (DADDY'S) is one of my favorites authors going, and Tina May Halls' PHYSICS OF IMAGINARY OBJECTS was so great. CUT THROUGH THE BONE by Ethel Rohan, too.

http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/author/rthomas/

 

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 30, 2012 - 12:48am

Went to a used book store and got:

 

Sex On The Moon by Ben Mezrich

Bright Lights, Big City by Jsy McIniry

Headhunters by John King

Jennifers Government by Max Berry

 

All for about £8? Swhing.

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J David Osborne from Portland, OR January 30, 2012 - 3:55pm

'The Bayou Trilogy' by Daniel Woodrell. Almost tore through the whole first novel in one sitting. Probably the best crime writing I've read since Pelecanos's last one.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 30, 2012 - 6:14pm

^very cool, JDO. got that myself, recently along with Winter's Bone. and i've got your novel here too, been meaning to dig into that for a long time, just buried.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 30, 2012 - 6:32pm

Richard read it now!  You won't be disappointed it.  It kicks the most amount of ass possible.  :)

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J David Osborne from Portland, OR January 30, 2012 - 10:14pm

I know what you mean, RT. I've got a stack myself. Pete: you are my dude. Luh you, bruh.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon January 31, 2012 - 12:10am

Haha thanks!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 31, 2012 - 12:04pm

The Best American Noir of the Century on the Kindle for $1.99.  Today's Amazon e-book deal.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 31, 2012 - 12:11pm

@Bryan:  I've read a bit of that.  There is some good stuff in there.

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Max Redford from Your basement. is reading Mirrorshades: The cyberpunk anthology, Mondo 2000: Guide to life on the New Edge, Book of Cthulu January 31, 2012 - 12:16pm

Grr.  Double-posted.  

 

 

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Max Redford from Your basement. is reading Mirrorshades: The cyberpunk anthology, Mondo 2000: Guide to life on the New Edge, Book of Cthulu January 31, 2012 - 12:15pm

Was at my local used bookstore the other day and picked up a few books.  The only one I've started reading is Blood Oath by David Morrel.   I love his style.  

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JameseyLefebure from Liverpool, Uk is reading The Gunslinger- Stephen King January 31, 2012 - 2:44pm

I just got (and have very nearly finished) The Talisman graphic novel, i got it for £2.19 on play.com! :) 
it's not very good unfortunately which is a shame though cause the book it's based on is brilliant!! :) 

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JameseyLefebure from Liverpool, Uk is reading The Gunslinger- Stephen King January 31, 2012 - 2:45pm

oh and @Mikeylikesit - what do you think if 11.22.63? I've not had much time to read, but i'm about 60 pages in and think it's very good!! 

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Ash from the dark ghoulish woods creaking just outside the unhinged door, the macabre biting at the heels. is reading Our Tragic Universe February 1, 2012 - 3:22pm

I just bought Germline by T.C. McCarthy and Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas. Reading Our Tragic universe first because i've read other Scarlett thomas books and they're really great. I'm not disapointed so far.

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray February 1, 2012 - 11:05pm

These little buggers finally got to my mail box. Anyways my week has been going great so far how about you guys?

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray February 1, 2012 - 11:08pm

I guess you have to click to enlarge (sighs)