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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 4, 2012 - 9:30am

some great books on here, especially your list Gordon. i have half of those.

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La Emme Nikita from Los Angeles is reading A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin August 4, 2012 - 12:15pm

Just picked up the Bradbury tribute anthology, Shadow Show (insert happy dance).

Prior to that it was A History of the People of Sweden by Moberg and Finding Atlantis by David King (both research for my next novel), and Ragnarok by AS Byers. 

 
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gotMEwrong from Charleston, SC is reading "American Gods" August 7, 2012 - 6:44pm

My last purchase was Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters (Remix). 

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 7, 2012 - 8:17pm

I finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman last night. Kind of disappointing, but pretty enough to read. 

Tonight I bought Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan. She taught a week of a horror class I did through litreactor in June, so I'm looking forward to reading one of her novels.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 7, 2012 - 8:55pm

Justice League: New Frontier 1-6 on Comixology and Power Yoga, by Unrica Norberg.

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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago August 9, 2012 - 9:59am

Last Friday I ordered One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Less Than Zero, and Cathedrals.  they should be in my mailbox any day now.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 9, 2012 - 1:42pm

I just got Duma Key and The Dead Zone for a dollar each, and picked up Revolutionary Road for five bucks.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 9, 2012 - 1:57pm

Also, Broken Piano for President.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 10, 2012 - 9:15am

Just ordered a few things from Amazon and other places. A back issue of Black Warrior Review to read the Roxane Gay story "Strange Gods." From Amazon: Best American Short Stories 2012 (out this October), Dare Me by Megan Abbott, and Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (stories).

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics August 10, 2012 - 9:19am

Just dropped a wad of cash on college textbooks, but luckily several of the required texts for my Literary Criticism class and Eastern Religions class are on Kindle. You'd be shocked how hard it is to find large-print college textbook alternatives! If anyone here wants to start a business in an untapped niche, start a college textbook business for those with vision impairments.

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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 10, 2012 - 9:51am

So that's why you're squinting in your picture.

I got my textbooks also. Things are fecking huge. Book for American history (gag) and one for astronomy. Still haven't heard back from my speech professor about whether I need a book.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 10, 2012 - 12:07pm

I got my books for this semester and found that I already owned 90 percent of the books in the short novel anthology that they made me buy.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 10, 2012 - 12:26pm

Return it!! 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 10, 2012 - 2:34pm

I'm sure they were "old editions" and were no longer relevant. That's what they tell me whenever I need to buy a new $300 book. Right after they hold me upside down by my ankles and take any cash I got floating around in my pockets.  

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 10, 2012 - 2:45pm

I don't know that Faulkner is making many changes to As I Lay Dying, but for some reason, they want you all to have the same book.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 10, 2012 - 8:30pm

I've been in the class that just said, "Everyone just have a copy of Fahrenheit 451."

Later you spend huge amounts of time going, "Well it's 5 pages in the third chapter in my book, not sure how far it is in yours..." and it's just ring a round the disaster. I'm not saying they DIDN'T steal a bunch of money making you buy a over priced copy for no good reason, but it's worth a few extra dollars for everyone to have the same copy of the book.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks August 10, 2012 - 9:42pm

@Dwayne That's why you buy the eBook version and just do a quick search for the first three words of the paragraph they're referencing.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 10, 2012 - 11:03pm

Yeah, because you can totally count on 30 strangers to have bought the ebook version and know how to use them. Good plan.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 10, 2012 - 11:14pm

Just got Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre, by Keith Johnstone (based on Craig Clevenger's suggested reading list for his class).  The introduction called "Notes On Myself" is fucking awesome.

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

@Dwayne I meant for yourself. While everyone else is flipping through the pages, you can scan the referenced passage and consider what was said.

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Robert.B from Northern Ireland is reading The Last of the Savages By Jay McInerney August 12, 2012 - 1:54pm

Story of My Life by Jay McInerney

Girl with Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

American Studies by Mark Merlis

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 12, 2012 - 3:22pm

I bought On Writing Horror last night, and joined the Broken Piano for President club earlier today.

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. August 12, 2012 - 4:01pm

Flashover by Gordon Highland

Broken Piano For President by Patrick Wensink

Malice In Blunderland by Jonny Gibbings(print copy)

The Rules Of Attraction by BEE(I don't want to ruin my first edition copy)

The Maltese Falcon by Dashielle Hammet.

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Michael Filippone from Los Angeles, CA is reading Zeroville by Steve Erickson August 13, 2012 - 1:17am

I just got:

Zeroville by Steve Erickson

The Hour of The Star by Clarice Lispector

The Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck

Assumption by Percival Everett

I'm excited about all of them. I just started Zeroville today and I like it a lot so far.

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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago August 25, 2012 - 2:08pm

I just ordered Brief Conversations With Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace and Welcome To The Fun House by John Barth. 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks August 26, 2012 - 5:29pm

I had to buy Small Gods by Terry Pratchet, Night by Elie Wiesel, Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach, Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, and Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman for school -- luckily, I got all of them in eBook format so I don't have to lug them around every day and ruin my back even more. I finally broke down and bought an actual Nook rather than reading them on my tiny smartphone.

I'm also working on Broken Piano for President and hope to finish it by September, but as evidenced above, I have a shit ton of reading for school getting in the way.

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones August 26, 2012 - 10:44pm

I'm jealous that Michael gets to read Zeroville for the first time. I had such a blast reading that.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 27, 2012 - 12:33pm

Got Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Y.  So good.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines August 28, 2012 - 9:58pm

@bryanhowie - isn't it ever? I got my copy of Dora in a shipment with How Georgia Became O'Keeffe by Karen Karbo, The Balloonists by Eula Bliss, and Cowboys are My Weakness by Pam Houston. Christmas in August! And then I found an early edition of As I Lay Dying in a secondhand bookstore/used record shop cum cafe in Nelson, BC last week. My nightstand spilleth over. 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 29, 2012 - 8:36am

I bought Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock, Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, The Stranger by Albert Camus, The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka, and The Mamoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 20, all of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books on Kindle, Everyday Writing by Midge Raymond, and 1500 Writing Prompts by Bryan Cohen

I also picked up a whole series of books for my son. 100 Facts About... various topics. 20 books in total.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 29, 2012 - 12:17pm

I think I've said this a few hundred times, but I love Knockemstiff.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break August 29, 2012 - 12:20pm

More than The Devil All the Time?

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 29, 2012 - 12:45pm

I can't decide.

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. August 29, 2012 - 3:41pm

Can't wait to read Dora. And Devil All The Time. 

But since I'm broke, I picked up No Country For Old Men and The Song Of Susannah from the library.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 29, 2012 - 4:41pm

Half Price Books is having a 20 percent off sale this weekend. I am bound to come home with some stuff from that.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies August 29, 2012 - 8:55pm

yes, more than Devil All the Time. love Knockemstiff.

just ordered a TON of books, things my agent suggested i read, things i've been meaning to pick up, this is all over the last month or two:

Signed/Limited re-release of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Serena by Ron Rash
Chemisty and Other Stories by Ron Rash
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (ed Jeff/Ann VanderMeer)
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones
The Croning by Laird Barron
Best American Short Stories 2012
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (stories)
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The River King by Alice Hoffman
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
 

thoughts?

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon August 30, 2012 - 5:16am

What's this about the limited edition American Psycho?

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underpurplemoon from PDX August 30, 2012 - 6:13am

Got a free book just looked abandoned. It was Children of the River but there were three pages missing! Normally I wouldn't mind pages missing if it was a boring book, but the story was quite interesting. I may switch over to writing for young adults.

I have a place where book exchanges happen, it's pretty cool. Sometimes I don't even remember the titles I'm reading because there's a lot. You only remember the good ones though.

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. August 30, 2012 - 7:53am

Signed/Limited re-release of American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break August 30, 2012 - 8:06am

I can't believe Bryce prefers van Patten's card to mine.

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There is actually a Tim Price in my class. 

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Robert.B from Northern Ireland is reading The Last of the Savages By Jay McInerney September 1, 2012 - 8:35am

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

Junky by William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

There but for the by Ali Smith

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

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Robert.B from Northern Ireland is reading The Last of the Savages By Jay McInerney September 1, 2012 - 8:38am

@Richard, enjoy reading 'Dare Me', love that book.

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Meredith_103 September 1, 2012 - 8:47am

In addition to my required reading, I also ordered Knockemstiff, Dare Me, and Dora: A Headcase. Based on the comments on this thread, all three are going to be even better than I expect. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies September 1, 2012 - 10:14am

sweet, thanks, @robert.b i've been meaning to read her work for a long time.

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. September 1, 2012 - 2:47pm

Considering pre-ordering Skag Boys. 

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres September 1, 2012 - 2:51pm

newest additions to my bookshelf:

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III

The Kafka Effect by D. Harlan Wilson

Office Girl by Joe Meno

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger

 

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bettegh from Tortola is reading Witches, Wife Beaters & Whores, common law and common folk in early America by Elaine Forman Crane September 5, 2012 - 11:59am

I just bought The Jules Verne Steam Balloon by Guy Davenport used from an Amazon seller. I have no idea who Guy Davenport is but discovered Octavia Butler that way last month and Harry Crews the month before.

OOoooh yeah....yesterday, someone gave my daughter a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey as a gift and said "I just love the name Sebastian, don't you?" I made it through six pages.

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books September 5, 2012 - 12:31pm

I just bought a huge stack of Occult literature and the like from the used book store. For research on a project I'm hoping to take on. I also bought Love Wins by Rob Bell, which is a non-fiction book that got him driven out of his congregation (where he was the pastor!). I've heard a lot of great things about it, so I'm looking forward to it. When I have time.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On September 5, 2012 - 3:52pm

In the middle of Devil All the Time, so no spoilers please! My early review is that it goes deeper than Knockemstiff, but it is a novel vs. a short story collection--that I loved, btw.

Recently bought:

Mortality, Christopher Hitchens

Madame Bovary, Flaubert

Summertime Lies, Bernard Schlink