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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated February 27, 2012 - 9:18pm

Ex-Heros

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 27, 2012 - 9:20pm

I love Penny Dreadful

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. February 28, 2012 - 9:05am

Now I've got Twilight, by William Gay waiting for me on my kindle.  Shit, my stack of books keeps growing and growing and growing.  I don't even know how to read!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 28, 2012 - 9:08am

@howie - it's funnier because you typed it.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 28, 2012 - 9:10am

If it makes you feel any better I've had Gravity's Rainbow sitting on my bookshelf for two years.  I have not opened it.  It's beginning to take on a mythological quality for me.  I pass it, I look at it.  I do not touch it.

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz February 28, 2012 - 9:21am

I've never read any Elmore Leonard and I'm going to borrow my friend's Justified dvds so I figured I'd read up on the character beforehand. I picked up the short story collection When the Women Come out to Dance and Pronto, which both feature the main character from Justified. I'm almost done the short stories and will probably start Pronto next. So far, I'm kind of 'meh' on his writing style. Nothing against it and they're quick reads but nothing that's making me wanting to go & dig around more of the catalog.

I also picked up Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen which I read about 11 years ago. Got it on Amazon for about 5 bucks. I remembered enjoying that collection & figured it's a good one to have in the home library. 

After those - who knows? I should probably take a buying hiatus. I have plenty in my queue. I'm good at buying them but not so great at reading them quickly. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 28, 2012 - 11:05am

@alex - yeah, they're great bookstores. you'd love WP too. no, my books won't be on the shelves.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor February 28, 2012 - 11:16am

Ira Levin? Haven't thought about him in years

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 10, 2012 - 9:39pm

Ira is great.

Well, while I was War brainstorming I went thrift-store hunting;

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Decline of the Lawrence Welk Empire by Poe Ballantine (ironically this junk shop was literally blocks away from Hawthorne Publishing's office).

Blue River by Ethan Canin (first edition)

Enderby's Dark Lady Anthony Burgess (first edition)

 

$17-

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons March 12, 2012 - 1:18pm

Devil All The Time is Awesome. Can I also recommend Ready Player One and and Silent Land.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons March 12, 2012 - 1:22pm

Devil All The Time is Awesome. Can I also recommend Ready Player One and The Silent Land.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 12, 2012 - 2:07pm

Has anyone ever read Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scaizi? I bought it because it sounded funny. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 12, 2012 - 4:52pm

I havn't but I've read just about every other John Scaizi book so please tell me how it goes.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 12, 2012 - 4:57pm

I just received Hst Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone book and Pkd's Exegesis. I originally got these from the library but only I few pages in they were both worth buying.

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War March 12, 2012 - 5:03pm

Hot Pink ~ Adam Levin, short stories, really good so far
The Sufferings of Young Werther ~ Goethe, new translation, worth reading again

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War March 12, 2012 - 5:08pm

Oh and the Return to Nevron series by Samuel Delaney ~ gotta find the time to read

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon March 12, 2012 - 6:49pm

Nikki said: I just received Hst Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone book and Pkd's Exegesis. I originally got these from the library but only I few pages in they were both worth buying.

I've wondered about that Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone.  I recently put it on my amazon wishlist.  Thompson's writing can only be taken in short binges for me.  I read like a ton of his stuff.  And then I can't read him for a long time.  But, yeah, I feel the need to read something new since watching The Rum Diary.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 12, 2012 - 7:25pm

God I thought that movie sucked and I really really wanted to like it for so many reasons. I stuck it out for like 50 minutes then walked out of the theater to go get rum and cokes then set myself to blotto

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon March 12, 2012 - 8:17pm

I thought it was alright.  But that's about it.

But then, I was drunk off of Jameson when I watched it.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 13, 2012 - 2:19am

In the last two weeks

"The Road" Finished

"The Hunger Games" Finished.

"All the Pretty Horses"

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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews March 13, 2012 - 3:35am

I've only read a couple of his essays and liked them so yesterday I ordered 10 Harry Crews books.  Hopefully by the time they get in I will have "My Fathers House" finished and can devote a month to reading as much Crews as possible.

I also picked up "My Custom Van: 50 mind blowing tales that will blow your mind all over your face" by Michael Ian Black. So I got that to look forward to.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 13, 2012 - 4:49am

Amsterdam Stories by Nescio and Satantango by László Krasznahorkai

They won't arrive for another two weeks or so, so I'm catching up on other stuff I bought.  For the last few months I've actually been spending more money on books than going out -- congratulate / pity me.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. March 16, 2012 - 9:53pm

Archelon Ranch by Garrett Cook. As I'm going to be doing some workshopping with him and Bradley, thought I should check some of his stuff out. I have his novella in the bizarro starter kit already, and Bradley recommended this novel.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit March 16, 2012 - 10:08pm

The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick

Playgrounds of the Mind by Larry Niven

The Academy by Bentley Little

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin March 16, 2012 - 10:19pm

I want one of the secret copies of Fear and Loathing that Hunter stockpiled or Jan stole. I like to believe.

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The last book I bought was the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

I mean, I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy, but when I do read fantasy I prefer rougish fantasty (I mean, I write stories about criminals and lunatics, I don't care much for "strong and noble" characters, I prefer quick, clever and unscrupulous). I've read a couple of such fantasy books in the past (pulp stuff mostly, but I do recommend Apropos of Nothing by Peter David (I recommend everything by Peter David, honestly, I read the PSI Man series when I was like 8 and I've been a fan of his since)) but few have had so much glee in every page. I mean, it's light reading, but it is fun.

I got Zen and the Art of Writing with it, but that only lasted like 3 hours.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon May 11, 2012 - 7:13am

Just bought Flashover by Gordon Highland. Gonna be starting it either before or after The Thin Man.

http://gordonhighland.com/words/novels/

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon June 29, 2012 - 8:01am

Just ordered pbooks of these:
- Invisible Monsters Remix
- I Didn't Mean to Be Kevin by Caleb J. Ross
- Praise of Motherhood by Phil Jourdan
- Zombie Bake-Off by Stephen Graham Jones
- By the Time We Leave Here, We'll be Friends by J. David Osborne
- Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison
- The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

 

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Daniel Brophy from Taunton, MA is reading The Power of One June 29, 2012 - 8:09am

The Magicians. Knocked it out in four days.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 29, 2012 - 12:36pm

After the Rural Gothic conversation awhile back I bought a bunch of Cormac McCarthy, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Donald Ray Pollock.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books June 29, 2012 - 12:43pm

My two most recent purchases were Praise of Motherhood by our own Fylh and Out Of Touch by Mr. Tietz(I managed to download it about 12 hours before the Kindle edition went *poof*, so I am pretty pleased with myself). I also recently got a stack of books in a trade, so that's....Dope by Sara Gran, The Things They Carried and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life June 29, 2012 - 12:45pm

Donald Ray Pollock is just so godamned good. I knockemstiff is a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. The devil all the time is fantastic as well.

 

I just bought '500 ways to tell a better story' by chuck wendig. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 29, 2012 - 12:47pm

You've got a week to know and apply all 500 of those ways.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 29, 2012 - 3:49pm

We've got a Book Club discussion starting in a couple days, so I was hoping this thread would be full of folks announcing they've gotten their hands on that one. . . You'll love it, I swear. *

Me, just picked up Pike by Benjamin Whitmer, We Live Inside You by Jeremy Robert Johnson, The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman, The Soul Consortium by Simon West-Bulford, and Unaccustomed Mercy by D.B. Cox.

 

 

* The swearing's more of the cursing kind than the promisory kind, though I'm reasonably fucking certain you'll find the read enjoyable.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break June 29, 2012 - 1:19pm

The Visible Man is one of my recent favorites. Really good shit.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 29, 2012 - 3:48pm

I've loved Klos's nonfic. He has a simple and entertaining style that puts music in culturally-insightful contexts, a la Cameron Crow's "uncool," or Nick Hornby. Though it helps that we grew up with the same jams.

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Robert.B from Northern Ireland is reading The Last of the Savages By Jay McInerney June 29, 2012 - 4:53pm

Just ordered Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk and The Last of the Savages by Jay McInerney

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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 June 29, 2012 - 6:03pm

Twenty bought within the last month:

1. Travels in the Scriptorium - Paul Auster

2. Invisible - Paul Auster

3. The Manchurian Candidate - Richard Condon

4. Quarry - Max Allan Collins

5. Quarry's Ex - Max Allan Collins

6. Eureka - Jim Lehrer

7. Asia Hand - Christopher G. Moore

8. Vengeance is Mine - Mickey Spillane

9. My Gun is Quick - Mickey Spillane

10. Lights Out - Jason Starr

11. The Girls of Murder CIty - Douglas Perry

12. Casino Moon - Peter Blauner

13. Flood - Andrew Vachss

14. False Allegations - Andrew Vachss

15. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

16. Calibre - Ken Bruen

17. I Am Not a Serial Killer - Dan Wells

18. Manic - Terry Cheney

19. The Visitation - Frank Peretti

20. The Stand - Stephen King

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Robert.B from Northern Ireland is reading The Last of the Savages By Jay McInerney August 3, 2012 - 11:51am

What I've bought in the last few weeks,

 

Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney (Currently reading)

 

HHhH by Laurent Binet

 

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

 

Underworld by Don Delillo

 

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

 

 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks August 3, 2012 - 12:11pm

I've heard great things about Delilo and never managed to remember to pick up one of his books.

I just bought The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus and a textbook on Judaism.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 3, 2012 - 12:28pm

July -

Praise of Motherhood - Phil Jourdan

If On a Winter's Night a Traveler and Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino

Junky - William S. Burroughs

No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy

All the Time in the World - E. L. Doctorow

The Elements of Style - Strunk & White

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

Digital Barbarism - Mark Helprin

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat - Andrez Bergen

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

Stay God - Nik Korpon

Broken Piano for President - Patrick Wensink

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 3, 2012 - 12:54pm

American Fantastic Tales:Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940's Until Now editted by Peter Straub.

Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin (she's a good friend, support her if you like urban fantasy)

The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty

11/22/63 by Stephen King

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 3, 2012 - 4:27pm

This week I started The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker. I love the way he writes, but he gave away the flipping end of the story in the introduction! And I don't mean, he alluded to it - he told the audience the outcome in black and white, on the basis that it didn't matter, because the overal theme was more important. Gah!

Last week I read Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Beautiful to read, a fun adventure to follow, but ultimately a bit of a pointless story.

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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 August 3, 2012 - 5:00pm

Too many to list, but mostly Elmore Leonard. One of the greatest, if not the greatest, crime writer of all time.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like August 3, 2012 - 5:01pm

As evidence that I do not ignore everything I read on LitReactor, I offer the fact that I recently acquired a copy of Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On August 3, 2012 - 5:29pm

HHhH, Laurent Binet

The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock

And I know it's not fiction, but Arguably: Essays, Christopher Hitchens.

Currently finishing The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore August 3, 2012 - 7:56pm

F*ckload of Shorts - Jedidiah Ayres

Every Shallow Cut - Tom Piccirilli

Forecast - Shya Scanlon

Dead Money - Ray Banks

Pike - Benjamin Whitmer

The Death of Sweet Mister - Daniel Woodrell

Drive - James Sallis

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

The Best American Noir of the Century (James Ellroy, editor)

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 3, 2012 - 9:15pm

Which reminds me... I also picked up Gordon's Flashover. I forgot because it hasn't shown up in the mail yet.

I've got The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff. Still haven't read either one. I really need to do that.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs August 3, 2012 - 9:59pm

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading August 4, 2012 - 7:43am

Thanks for ordering my book, Mr Riser. I hope it proves of interest.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 4, 2012 - 9:28am

I've no doubt. Looking forward to it.