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  1. blakewest

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    I recently started reading China Mieville. Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and now Iron Council. I really enjoy how he captures that sense of horror of forces operating on a scale that renders an individual human totally insignificant. Every bit as good as Lovecraft. The Scar has probably been my favorite of the three books.

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    Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

    After a vague catastrophe has befallen New York ( and presumably everywhere else...) the city has sunken partially into the ocean. In the story, we follow a fourteen year old girl named Molly, who has befriended an elderly magician named Felix ( or stage name Orlov The Conjuror if you prefer ) We quickly learn that Felix might have much more to him than his sleight of hand magic tricks, putting Molly and himself in great danger in the post apocalyptic setting. Mignola and Golden have crafted a well paced exciting tale here, including a bit of horror, sci-fi, and adventure, sprinkled with a bit of occult and steampunk. What makes it even better is the illustrations peppered throughout the book from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

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    Ive been reading murakami a lot lately, anyways after I raved to a friend how much I enjoyed "A heartbreaking work..." she suggested reading Infinite Jest, I had read consider the lobster, which is very fun, but Infinite Jest has some pages that I cant get past without a dictionary, hahaha. Im liking it a lot, even if its so much work.

    Anyone here can recommend any more magical realism? Non-latin american authors, Ive exhausted those. hahaha, thanks!
     
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    Ana Blandiana
     
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    Current rotation:

    Cloud Atlas: Being in film I am sure nothing needs to be said.

    The Rise of theodore Roosevelt: Sometimes I real hoot. Often tedious. I doubt we will ever have such a real man as President again.

    Noam Chomsky Making The Future: Are there any leaders in the world that arent total a-holes?


    Looking for suggestions on main land China authors. Life in current motion. Or Phillipino scifi.
     
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    I just finished Snow Crash (again). This book just amazes me every time. Stephenson was/is way ahead of his time!
    Oh, and just naming his main character Hiro Protagonist puts this book in the top ten. Yes, also in your top ten, like it or not ;) .

    Started Game Of Thrones and cannot put it aside.

    Oh, and I bought Palahniuk's new one, Damned. I have not started yet as I was so disappointed by his last two books . . . but it sounds so promising. Has anyone read it yet?
     
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    Thanks! I did a quick search here at work and only poetry pops up.

    Im reading the big sleep again, such a fun book.
     
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    Really? I have an antology of her short stories in Spanish. May be they're not available in the languages you're looking for?
    Mmmm... How about Amelie Nothomb?

     
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    Shoot me the name of her anthology in spanish, Ill try that route. Thanks!

    Also, thanks for the Amelie Nothomb recomendation!
     
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    I'm reading, mostly on the can, a translation of this rather thick collection of Italian folktales that were collected and retold by Italo Calvino. The stories are soothingly repetitive, consistently odd, and frequently jarring as hell.

    Here's a few paragraphs that I haven't read yet about it from Ursula K. Le Guin: https://newrepublic.com/article/114763/ ... lo-calvino

    What's everyone else reading?
     
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    Attempt #2:

    A friend here asked me for some recommendations about what to read next. Rather than wrack my brain to come up with some sort of perfect list, I just typed up what I could remember reading or, as was often the case, rereading this year. Figured I'd share it:

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    Chronopolis and Other Stories - J.G. Ballard
    Dogwalker - Arthur Bradford
    The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington
    Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Philip K. Dick.
    The Magus - John Fowles
    Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link
    Demonology - Rick Moody
    Birds in America - Lorrie Moore
    The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake - Breece D'J Pancake
    The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa
    In Youth is Pleasure - Denton Welch

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    I'd love to chat about any of the above, or hear about what you all have been murdering your free time with.* Care to share?


    *That isn't Pokémon GO! ;)
     
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    Grabbed this on a whim and have just kinda been obsessing over Ed Brubaker's work ever since.



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    halfway through this. i remember driving over the bay bridge and having the East Bay Rats just swarm pass me full speed with reckless abandon. These dudes were wild. http://www.vogue.com/13411297/alex-abramovich-bullies-interview/
     

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