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AnyDaveWillDo from England is reading Lots of books March 27, 2013 - 11:11am

I just picked up Extinction Journals and Angel Dust Apocalypse and a first edition American Psycho.

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AnyDaveWillDo from England is reading Lots of books March 27, 2013 - 11:12am

I just picked up Extinction Journals and Angel Dust Apocalypse and a first edition American Psycho.

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AnyDaveWillDo from England is reading Lots of books March 27, 2013 - 11:12am

I just picked up Extinction Journals and Angel Dust Apocalypse and a first edition American Psycho.

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AnyDaveWillDo from England is reading Lots of books March 27, 2013 - 11:15am

Three times apparently?

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break March 27, 2013 - 11:20am

The multi-post thing has been happening a lot. I don't know the hell why. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 27, 2013 - 11:23am

I think it's because we've got a server lag.  Any time I click post lately I've got to wait almost two full minutes for the thing to actually post.  When it does that it's easy to think you just didn't click it at all and click again.  And, apparently, again.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break March 27, 2013 - 11:24am

I'm experience the same thing...takes about a minute or so.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 27, 2013 - 12:10pm
  • The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Writings from Postcommunist Romania by various
  • Point Omega: A Novel by Don DeLillo
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel by Roberto Bolaño
  • The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard

--- all for about $25. With this addition to the stacks, I think I'm set for a while.

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries March 27, 2013 - 12:55pm

l found a pocket sized little thing in an Antiquarian bookstore which describes in some detail the craft of building longships. I don't know why that appeals to me so much.

Also recently purchased Ian C Esslemont's Blood and Bone but gave up trying to read it after a few chapters. It's very frustrating, because I know there'll be Malazan treats in there, but his style really doesn't agree with me.

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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 March 27, 2013 - 12:55pm

LIttle Stalker - Jennifer Belle

The Seven Year Bitch - Jennifer Belle

Hit and Run - Lawrence Block

The Divine Comedy - Dante (although I didn't buy it. It was given to me.)

Noir - Robert Coover

Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk

Nemesis - Jo Nesbo

Expiration Date - Duane Swierczynski

Severance Package - Duane Swierczynski

Fun & Games - Duane Swierczynski

Bad Chili - Joe R. Lansdale

Dermaphoria - Craig Clevenger

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 27, 2013 - 1:09pm

l found a pocket sized little thing in an Antiquarian bookstore which describes in some detail the craft of building longships. I don't know why that appeals to me so much.

Sounds cool. I also don't know why.

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries March 28, 2013 - 8:27am

Sounds cool. I also don't know why.

I'm pretty sure this means we should get together and build one.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like March 28, 2013 - 11:12am

I'll build one, sail to Sweden, then let you take it apart so we can build it again.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 28, 2013 - 11:52am

I hear violins.

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries March 28, 2013 - 1:48pm

I'll build one, sail to Sweden, then let you take it apart so we can build it again.

It's every girl's dream. . .

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Michael.Eric.Snyder March 28, 2013 - 4:19pm

I have this gigantic book called The Chronicles of Amber, but I can't decide whether or not I want to devote the next month to reading it, feeling it dig into my chest and potentially causing ribcage reduction when in bed, or forearm fatigue sitting in a chair, or just general shortness of breath carrying it around everywhere. 

I wouldn't have considered reading it, except that one of the essays here mentioned it as a sterling example of first person narrative.

I wouldn't have felt this way before e-readers. 

 

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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 March 28, 2013 - 6:49pm

Most Ambers I've met we're hot, so I'd give it a whirl. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 28, 2013 - 6:50pm

Everyone I've known to read it loves the CoA or hates them, so let me know.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 30, 2013 - 11:59am

@gordon - quite a haul, well done, sir.

@moon - you haven't read Dermaphoria yet? Oh man, you'll LOVE it. if it doesn't creep into your top 10 all time i'd be surprised.

i just picked up a collection of short stories by Kealan Patrick Burke, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania, and two by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. had $25 sitting at Amazon, so, that had to be spent. i like KPB's work, wanted to read more short stories of his.

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simulacrum from Las Vegas is reading shit March 31, 2013 - 11:02am

i spent a cold hard seventy five dollhairs on comfort and critique by peter sotos, and i ordered no by boyd rice yesterday.

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fport from Canada is reading The World Until Yesterday - Jared Diamond March 31, 2013 - 12:29pm

Lord of the Flies for litreactors:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Penal-Colony-ebook/dp/B004VTHSA6/ref=tmm_kin_t...

 

post, zombie, dystopian, TEOTWAWKI, literary, transgressive, boat building, horror... 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break March 31, 2013 - 12:34pm

@sim

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts March 31, 2013 - 2:58pm

i spent a cold hard seventy five dollhairs on comfort and critique by peter sotos, and i ordered no by boyd rice yesterday.

As much as I love me my power electronics, everything I've read by Peter Sotos has been rife with vapidity. I'm big on Dennis Cooper lately, who does the porno vibe but it's actually written well. James Havoc was pretty cool too.

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simulacrum from Las Vegas is reading shit March 31, 2013 - 5:58pm

what have you read by sotos? the order of things ive read by him goes selfish little, index, pure number one, tool, and i am currently reading comfort. at this point in my reading, i wouldnt say im bored of the man, but, since his books are so non linear and change confusingly from non fiction to a more fictionalized narrative and often cover the same tired themes with the same predictable language, im just not nearly as fascinated with the dudes work as i was when i first read him.

 i do find his books far more interesting than his work in whitehouse, though, even though later sotos era whitehouse is my favorite.

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simulacrum from Las Vegas is reading shit March 31, 2013 - 6:01pm

also, im surprised because i assumed there wouldnt be any noise heads on this board.

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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff March 31, 2013 - 8:00pm

I got Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and The Law Of Nines by Terry Goodkind a couple weeks ago. They are now sitting on top of the other books I have yet to read. Anxious to read them though.

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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 April 1, 2013 - 2:26pm

@moon - you haven't read Dermaphoria yet? Oh man, you'll LOVE it. if it doesn't creep into your top 10 all time i'd be surprised.

- It's on my next five To-Read list. I'll let you know what I think of it. But, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

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simulacrum from Las Vegas is reading shit April 4, 2013 - 11:37am

just picked up nabokovs the original of laura. every page includes a single index cards, and a transliteration below of the notes thereon. personally, i am greateful for that so that i can shamelessly ape nabokovs style, structuring, etc.

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Ian from Texas is reading Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne April 4, 2013 - 3:19pm

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne

Behold The Man by Michael Moorcock

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore May 1, 2013 - 7:17am

Fish Bites Cop - David James Keaton
Staring Into the Abyss - Richard Thomas
To Die Upon a Kiss - Craig Wallwork
Poachers - Tom Franklin
Bad Behavior - Mary Gaitskill
Among the Missing - Dan Chaon
Zombie Spaceship Wonderland - Patton Oswalt
Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: A Most Excellent Comedie and Tragical Romance - Adam Bertocci

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon May 1, 2013 - 12:33pm

Those top 2 are going on my next amazon order.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories May 31, 2013 - 3:02pm

Just reeled in my birthday book haul. Time to put the kettle on and settle in for a bit.

Howl’s Moving Castle
The Ice at the Bottom of the World
Nos4a2
Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror ‘12
Collected works of Algernon Blackwood
My own copy of Demon Theory so the library can have theirs back, haha
And 5 Chuck Wendig writing guides

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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 May 31, 2013 - 4:27pm

Wait, Howl's Moving Castle was a book? God damn it. I didn't know that.

I buy way too many books. Way, way too many. This month:

 

What's a Dog For? - John Homans

The Crying of Lot 49

Inherent Vice

Against the Day - Thomas Pynchon

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

a couple atlases

Grow Your Own Vegetables - Rachelle Strauss

Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-Earth

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun

The Children of Hurin - Tolkien

Sustainable Gardening - Michael Lavelle

The Prague Cemetery - Umberto Eco

Stone Spring - Stephen Baxter

City at the End of Time - Greg Bear

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 1, 2013 - 9:59am

Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs

This Dark Earth by John Hornor Jacobs

Among Prey by Alan Ryker

All Tomorrow's Parties by William Gibson

The Child Thief by Brom

The Yard by Alex Grecian

Shadows of Fear editted by David Hartwell

Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters editted by Michele Slung

Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates

Prelude to Foundationby by Issac Asimov

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

 

That really isn't even half of what I bought this month. The bookstore I love is going out of business, so I spent some time there.

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jcabb from Manila is reading Don Vicente by F. Sionil Jose June 3, 2013 - 8:09am

I just got me a Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russel and Flash Forward by Robert Sawyer. I am also getting into Non Fiction these days, anybody buying out there? I got The midnight disease by Alice Flaherty. Curious what goes on inside writer's heads, looking forward to this one. 

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions June 6, 2013 - 6:17am

The Best American Noir of the Century edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler

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Jennyanydots June 8, 2013 - 7:32am

Recently purchased:  A Thousand Splendid Suns; And the Mountains Echoed (both by Khaled Hosseini, whose first book I admired, when I finally got around to reading it)

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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 June 9, 2013 - 3:02pm

I've still yet to read The Child Thief but have had it for at least a year I think now. I'm so backlogged.

Finally got a copy of Bradbury's The Illustrated Man, which so far is as wonderful as expected. Also snagged The Toynbee Convector. Then went on a spree at the flagship Half-Price Books in Dallas when my friends were here visiting for about a week from out of town, and ended up with Jack Faust by Michael Swanwick which sounds so so cool, Ellis's Lunar Park, Chris Kelso's Shadenfreude (actually I think I got that off Amazon.com), Eco's The Island of the Day Before, E. L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, James Lee Burke's Feast Day of Fools, and Le Carre's The Constant Gardener. Oh, and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. And for comics, Neil Gaiman's Eternals.

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Nathan from Louisiana (South of New Orleans) is reading Re-reading The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, The Bone Weaver's Orchard by Sarah Read June 12, 2013 - 10:19pm

Last books I actually bought were:

All Due Respect: The Anthology
Shock Totem #6
Bleed
by Ed Kurtz
Donnybrook by Frank Bill
The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson

Those are the last five as far as purchases. Left out lit mags. Have Out of The Black by John Rector on pre-order (Only 3.99 :), also just ordered Junkie Love by Joe Clifford. Would love to buy DC Pierson’s Crap Kingdom, but at a reasonable price. 11 bucks for the Kindle? Can’t wait for I Against Osbourne by Joey Goebel to get a U.S. release. Hoping The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford gets a digital release much sooner than later, and that The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy comes out this year instead of next. 

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 13, 2013 - 9:06am

I love Shirley Jackson, and really liked The Haunting of Hill House. Speaking of The Illustrated Man, a co-worker of my girlfriend found a copy at Half-Price Books that was signed by Bradbury, on the regular shelf, for the regular price. I'm not sure how the store missed that, but she called me to come look at the signature. It appears to be real. If not, it is too good of a facsimile to say that it isn't.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts June 23, 2013 - 2:45pm

Good day second-hand book shopping, plus a new one.

Rick Bass - Colter

Frank Bill - Donnybrook

Rick Bragg - Ava's Man

Chelsea Cain - Heartsick

Jim Carroll - The Petting Zoo

Robert Ferrigno - The Horse Latitudes

Joe R Lansdale - Devil Red

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! June 24, 2013 - 1:37am

Richard Thomas ~ Staring into the Abyss

Nik Korpen ~ Bar Scars

Chris Lewis Carter ~ An Overly Pleasent Apocalypse

Solarcide ~ Nova Parade

 

Yay for short stories :)

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Nav Persona from Purgatory is reading The Babayaga June 26, 2013 - 1:22pm

Recent purchases include

  • Staring Into The Abyss - Richard Thomas
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
  • American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
  • The Strain - Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

 

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Dean Blake from Australia is reading generationend.com June 26, 2013 - 2:29pm

I just bought 'The Innovator's Dilemma with Award-Winning Harvard Business Review Article "How Will You Measure Your Life?"' on Kindle.

The intro article changed my life. You can actually read the entire article for free as part of the 'look inside' sample.

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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff June 26, 2013 - 5:06pm

I picked up two from Snubnose Press for their 99 cent sale. To Die Upon A Kiss by Craig Wallwork and A Wind Of Knives by Ed Kurtz. I'm going to try and read these real soon. Especially Wallwork's.

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Shannon Barber from Seattle is reading Paradoxia: A Predators Diary by Lydia Lunch June 26, 2013 - 8:01pm

I just bought: (print books) Billion-Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson's Creek and Other Adventures in TV Writing by Jeffrey Stepakoff (found it at Big Lots I was strangely excited by that), From the Borderlands: Stories of Terror and Madness, Mr X. by Peter Straub. For ebooks I picked up: Running Dry the Complete Series by M. Christian, Odds and Ends an Assortment of Sorts by Dustin LaValley and Black Futurists Speak An Anthology of New Black Writing. I'm pretty stoked.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 26, 2013 - 9:21pm
  • Leper Creativity: Cyclonopedia Symposium by Various
  • Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe, 1520-1536 by James Reston
  • Points for a Compass Rose by Evan S. Connell
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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 27, 2013 - 5:52am

Just bought Story Physics by Larry Brooks. Not usually a fan of craft books, but this one came highly recommended.

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Gordon Rekcikssa from The Free City of Greyhawk is reading City of Night by John Rechy July 24, 2013 - 11:50pm

Yesterday I found hardcover first editions of Karate Is A Thing Of The Spirit and The Hawk Is Dying, both by Harry Crews. Paid less than $3 for both of them at a Humane Society thrift store. I also picked up a paperback edition of Sartre's Essays In Existentialism for fifty cents.

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Kaz I Lay Dying from 'Mercuh is reading 1491 July 25, 2013 - 1:07pm

My last haul included:

The Secret Life of Bees, which I enjoyed as a beach-read but now only vaguely remember. 

100 Years of Solitude, which I gave up on as of today. I may restart it at some point, but part of it was spoiled for me and it punched a hole in my enthusiasm.

1491, which I'm about two pages into and fairly excited for. Most non-fiction books about the pre-Columbian Americas are unforgiveably dry, but apparently this one is both entertaining and informative.