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Title: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 30 March, 2009, 10:04:36 pm
I was thinking it might be good to have a thread not based on any one book or series but just were people could post and say "this is what I'm reading at this moment. It's quite good/a bit crap"
If theres already one like it please direct me there and ignore this one. I had a quickk scan of the topics but if it's there I didn't see it.
For the record I always have 4 books on the go at once. A hardback that stays at home, a paperback that I cary with me everywhere I go, an American GN that sits by my bed and is read at the rate of one issue a night, and  a 2000ad GN that sits by the lav.A couple of episodes is just right for an average visit you see.

Current batch are : Blackguards by Nathan Long. Not loving it, 'twists' can be seen coming a mile off but I'll persevere. It should last until Unseen Academicals hits the shelves.

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey.  Very intrigued so far. Not far into it but looking good. Actually inspired to read this by a post by stacee on the forum. Cheers. After this it'll be the new(ish) one by Mark Billingham , In The Dark. Now theres a guy who can keep you guessing.

Sandman : Fables and Reflections. Pure Class but you don't need me to tell you that. Then Preacher: Alamo. Bit of trepidation there. Can the finale live up to the build up? Quietly confident Garth won't dissapoint.

And finally Robusters.  I was assured that the dreaded Mr. Mills was actually good back then. I was lied to. Tripe, and not even enjoyable tripe. I'll finish cos I started but I don't hold out much hope.  After that it's The VC'S  by Finley-Day. I'm sure he won't let me down.

So thats what I'm readin. What about you?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 30 March, 2009, 10:35:08 pm
Maxed out library card today.

Words: Margaret Atwood, Wilderness Tales. Enjoying it. Read Paul Auster's Man in the Dark yesterday. Some enthralling sections but ultimately less than the sum of its parts. Has that City of Glass thing where he sets up a horrifying metaphysical scheme then seemingly gets bored and talks about something else, in this case a clumsy and unconvincing account of Western hostages in Iraq.

Comics: MK Library has a faintly irritating display about how "It's not all capes and superpowers" which results in lots of grown-up comics. Someone working there really enjoys the work of Jason and noSaw I've read pretty much everything he's done. At the bottom of the current pile (I organise it so that the books I most want to read are at the bottom) is Shenzhen by Guy Delisle. I read Pyongnang the other week and was blown away and I suggest you try and get hold of it.
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Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 30 March, 2009, 11:19:56 pm
I'm on with a few bits and bobs at the minute; reading the second Flashman, which is pure caddery and bounderhood in their most definite sense. Also have a bookmark in The Princess Bride marking my umpteenth reading, and for the past three years I have (very slowly) been working my way through Les Miserables, which is really good in many parts but then Hugo decides to send you off on a two-hundred page summary of exactly everything that happened at Waterloo in a colossal snoozefest so you have to go read about five Pratchetts just to clear your mental palette. Also, nobody's sung yet, which is really disappointing.

Finally, I've recently discovered Tiber Fischer, who was recommended to me in university but I never got round to reading until the other week. He's awesome, so I'll be hunting out a copy of the Thought Gang as soon as I can.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 30 March, 2009, 11:37:12 pm
It's with a mixture of pride and shame that I have to report I'm re-reading Paradise Lost. It was seeing Uriel as a fallen angel in Necrophim that drove me to it: "But but but.... that's just wrong!"

 :lol:

I'm tutoring a girl who's studying Animal Farm, so I read that again yesterday, and I've recently read Of Mice and Men, and I'm currently reading it with my adult ed. GCSE class.
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Post by: Hoagy on 30 March, 2009, 11:44:35 pm
Just finished All Star Superman 1+2 (Cheers MEG), Born Again and NOW I'm reading Miller and Steinewics ELECTRA! And AKIRA.

Want to read, WE3 next.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Trout on 30 March, 2009, 11:48:47 pm
Teletext.
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Post by: eggonlegs on 31 March, 2009, 12:24:09 am
Haunted Weather - David Toop
Sound Unbound - Dj Spooky
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 31 March, 2009, 01:01:12 am
Quote from: "King Trout"
Teletext.
I always wondered where tomorrow's news came from.  ;)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 31 March, 2009, 07:44:07 am
Currently reading Brooklyn Follies by PAul Auster. Not as good as his other books but still enjoyable.

Comics wise I've almost finished the 2nd Showcase Presents Haunted Tanks volume and will I think move onto the second half of the Giffen / Levitz Legion run before returning to my 2000ad reread at the 800s.

Princess Bride, great film, great book by the way.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 31 March, 2009, 09:51:34 am
lost boy, lost girl byt Peter Straub.
Marvel Essentials Powerman and Iron Fist Vol 1.
Best New Manga Vol 3
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Post by: TheEdge on 31 March, 2009, 11:26:36 am
has anyone read the Battle Royale series manga its very good
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Post by: satchmo on 31 March, 2009, 11:31:05 am
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. It's great.
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Post by: satchmo on 31 March, 2009, 11:33:59 am
Quote from: "His Lordship rac"
Marvel Essentials Powerman and Iron Fist Vol 1.

Ah Marvel Essentials, my heart burns there too.  :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 31 March, 2009, 11:39:14 am
Megazines. Currently up to Meg.211.  'At-swim-two-birds' by Flann O'brien, again. 'The Two Towers', again, got a nice Folio Society edition off ebay a while back.

I'm also going to try some of the stuff people are talking about here. Where's best to start with Paul Auster?

Don't normally <sniff> post daytimes <cough, cough> during the week <sniff, cough> but I've got the worst cold in the history of mankind. It might even be plague. Day off! Woo-hoo!
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Post by: satchmo on 31 March, 2009, 12:00:52 pm
The New York Trilogy is a good one Kerrin...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 31 March, 2009, 12:20:47 pm
I only stumbled across Paul Auster about a year ago when I feel in love with the cover of Timbuktu and being someone who thinks that very often you can judge a book by its cover I snapped it up. While I don't think its particularly representative of his work it is a glorious book and if you like dogs then I can't recommend it highly enough.

My personal favourite of his that I've read is Mr Vertigo but I'd actually suggest that New York Trilogy might be more representative of his work? It's a damned fine read also.
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Post by: Old Tankie on 31 March, 2009, 12:31:49 pm
Just read a brilliant GN - Crecy by Warren Ellis, Artwork by Raulo Caceres.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 31 March, 2009, 12:33:59 pm
Stay away from Travels in the Scriptorium until you've read a lot o his other work.
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Post by: Jonathan O on 31 March, 2009, 12:36:13 pm
I'm a sucker for a book list:

This week I are mostly been reading Up The Walls of The World by James Tiptree Jr and Punisher: Widowmaker.

Along with all the books what I've got to edit.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 31 March, 2009, 12:41:54 pm
Also I'm midway through DC Showcase: Brave and the Bold vol 2. That Boston Brand sure is a drip.
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Post by: TordelBack on 31 March, 2009, 12:52:11 pm
Reading some fairly good books at the moment, but probably not anything very creditable.  The last really great book I read was Neal Stephenson's huge Anathem, which I thought was brilliant from beginning to end.

Currently amusing me is William Millar's  The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Celestial Sphere, which is way more fun than it sounds, and has me merrily working out positions on charts and pretending to be a smart astro-type.  My wife is thoroughly sick of hearing about it.

Just finished Charles Stross' Hidden Family, the second book in his odd economic fantasy series The Merchant Princes, and while it's all very clever I'm still not sure if I like it or not.

Nearly finished David B.'s Epileptic comic collection, which is painfully eye-opening, in light of my finding out that one of my colleagues suffers quite badly from epilepsy. It's also quite beautifully drawn.

Just starting Lappé and Goldman's Shooting War collection, another one I'm quite sure is terribly clever, but I'm not convinced is my cup of tea.

Also reading Gardner Dozois' indispensible Years Best SF anthology (No. 14), which is, as always, utterly superb.  

Closer to home, I'm re-reading Slaine, which is often even better than I remember it.  

If it counts, I'm presently addicted to several web-comics, including stablemates Order of the Stick and Erfworld, both of which are currently apocalyptic in tone, and the excellent SubNormality.  

My current audio-book choices for commuting are Patrick O'Brian's superb Aubrey-Maturin novels as incomparably read by the late Patrick Tull.
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Post by: Mikey on 31 March, 2009, 12:52:36 pm
I like these threads as they usually flag up stuff I've missed...

I'm just about to start 'A chaos of language' by Moore & Campbell, and after that the comics list is 100 Bullets -Samurai and I finally got the last couple of Transmetropolitan books, so I'm thinking of starting at the beginning to get the full impact.

I have about 4 or so Interzones to catch up on and a similar number of Black Static. Next book up is Anathem by Neal Stevenson (which I got when it was published!). Also have a Brian Aldiss edited compilation and some other novels that I can't even remeber the names or authors of - they're too far under the pile.

Parallel to all that is The Geology of Iceland and Teach Yourself Icelandic, pronounciation of which is a bit like chewing toffees (Hae!Komdu saell og blessaður!Hvað heiter ðu?).

Dragging slightly off topic...but in the past I have worked with people who 'don't read' apart from magazines an that. I often wonder how the hell they wind down before going to sleep and what they have to entertain themselves beyond yer everyday TV and the daily grind. They really don't know what they're missing!

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 31 March, 2009, 01:08:34 pm
Quote from: "Mikey"
I often wonder how the hell they wind down before going to sleep and what they have to entertain themselves beyond yer everyday TV and the daily grind. They really don't know what they're missing!
Not everyone finds reading useful as an aid to sleep. Too much mental stimulation after 11pm sometimes keeps me awake all night.

Your work colleagues probably entertain themselves with video games, drinking alcohol or having a wank before bed.
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Post by: Martin Jameson on 31 March, 2009, 01:46:57 pm
I am just about to start reading "Matter" by Iain M Banks and JD Case Files 11. This is after a year of reading nothing. Not even 2000ad, although that is about to changed.
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Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 31 March, 2009, 02:06:15 pm
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'At-swim-two-birds' by Flann O'brien, again.

Reading another of Flann O'Brien's, myself. The Dalkey Archives. What a great writer.

Mind you, I'm also halfway through re-reading Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, another cracking book (Did you know, for example, that medieval scholars never thought the earth was flat?)

Just finished reading LOEG: Black Dossier. Enjoyable, if not earth-shattering. Nice bit of 3d, you don't see much of that these days. Except in reality of course
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Post by: dweezil2 on 31 March, 2009, 02:07:21 pm
Just finished reading 'I Am Aive And You Are Dead:A Journey Into The Mind Of Philip K. Dick', which is every bit as intense and "way out there" as one of his novels.
Just started 'When Giants Walked The Earth-A bIography Of Led Zeppelin', which, so far, is compulsive reading.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 31 March, 2009, 02:34:29 pm
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Your work colleagues probably entertain themselves with video games, drinking alcohol or having a wank before bed.

Of course, reading and wanking are not mutually exclusive.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 31 March, 2009, 04:51:00 pm
As way of comics I'm reading Invisibles volume 5 at the moment (I liked the first two but I didn't like 4. This one is interesting although i'm uneasy about the hand of glory stuff, being a real spell and all. [spoiler:1h99ktsf]And I could do without the juices stuff.[/spoiler:1h99ktsf])

A strange series the Invisibles. I'll read some stuff and thing "What a bunch of pretentious nonsense" (usually the trippy mind expanding 'Es and Mushrooms stuff) then I'll come across some time travel/transdimensional stuff which is genuinely rather interesting. I wish the little Scouse goit would stop swearing though.

In way of Novels, I'm Reading Gemmell's Legend.  I've read other Gemmell books and rather enjoyed them. I'm finding the romantic stuff in this particular book a bit irritating though. I'm not against a bit of that, it's mainly the way it's dealt with I find irritating.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bouwel on 31 March, 2009, 05:57:01 pm
I'm currently working my way through Greg Egan's 'Permutation City' (well worth a read), Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939-49 (not bad, but The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Rhodes) is more definitive) and Verbal Judo (for use in dealing withy awkward members of the public at work).

-Bouwel-
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 31 March, 2009, 07:13:01 pm
Tornado comic plus various old 2000ads ,comics and various reference books but the time i spend reading is absolutely minimal as doing art takes up a lot of my spare time.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ancient Otter on 31 March, 2009, 08:27:56 pm
Comics wise I'm tearing in Deathblow: ...And Then You Live! by Brian Azzarello and Carlos D'Anda and Wasteland Volume Three: Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos. Book wise, I'm reading War PLC by Stephen Armstrong.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 31 March, 2009, 10:46:47 pm
Quote from: "House of Usher"
Quote from: "Mikey"
I often wonder how the hell they wind down before going to sleep and what they have to entertain themselves beyond yer everyday TV and the daily grind. They really don't know what they're missing!
Not everyone finds reading useful as an aid to sleep. Too much mental stimulation after 11pm sometimes keeps me awake all night.

Your work colleagues probably entertain themselves with video games, drinking alcohol or having a wank before bed.
It's all those things that leave me lying awake and reaching for a book.

Usually have a novel and a spot of non-fiction on the go, but I've gone full on reality this week. Lying on the bedroom florr we have One Palestine, Complete: a fairly readable and even-handed history of the British Mandate. In my bag for reading on the bus is Madness Visible, a fairly impassioned and rather partial journalist's memoir of the Balkan wars of the 90s.

In the Prog stakes, I'm catching up on 1250 - 1272: Helter Skelter, The Romanov Empire and R*volution. Not bad stuff.

I'll add my name to any petition to get Greg Egan more publicity - heartless, brainy, hard sci-fi like nobody else ever made - and I Am Alive... is a real eye-opener, even if you already know PKD was a bit mental.
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Post by: House of Usher on 31 March, 2009, 10:53:34 pm
Alcohol completely ruins sleep for me.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 31 March, 2009, 11:16:05 pm
Just realised, I'm a total phillistine compared to you lot. You're all, like, intellectuals and junk. Gonna have to think about digging out some of those Dickens booksI never got around to cracking the spines on I reckon
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Post by: Trout on 31 March, 2009, 11:19:00 pm
Those Kim Newman books are bloody fantastic!
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Post by: satchmo on 31 March, 2009, 11:24:21 pm
Quote from: "King Trout"
Those Kim Newman books are bloody fantastic!

I can't put it down, it's quite brilliant. Criminal that it's out of print.
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Post by: Trout on 31 March, 2009, 11:41:33 pm
Yes, it is. I found a copy in the library, in pre-child days when reading was possible.

The ending's mental, too.

- Trout
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Post by: ABC Fernando on 31 March, 2009, 11:59:03 pm
Comic: Daredevil (Miller-janson); Black Dossier (Moore-O´Neill)
Book: Salvador Dali collection (gala-dali foundation)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ignatzmonster on 01 April, 2009, 01:21:18 am
Books wise, read 13 Clocks by Thurber (which is charming as shit BTW) and am now reading Crash by Ballard. You do not look at cars or airports or highways the same way after. Fantastic science fiction and still shocking 35 years later.

Comics wise read Pluto by Urasawa, Scalped by Aaron, and Zippy the Pinhead: Kingpin.

I have to have a book to sleep. Not that they make me sleep mind you, but I know when to sleep when I can no longer concentrate on the page in front of me.

Oh, and just got in Casefiles 12 and have been enjoying that of course. Love that early Weston art. Not to say I think he shouldn't have evolved but I wish SOMEONE was still drawing like that.
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Post by: Albion on 01 April, 2009, 07:30:56 am
Comics - I've just started re-reading all the Dredd stories from the Meg.

Books - The Autumn books by David Moody. I'm on the third one now, Purification, really enjoying these.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 01 April, 2009, 08:16:24 am
Quote from: "peterwolf"
Tornado comic plus various old 2000ads ,comics and various reference books but the time i spend reading is absolutely minimal as doing art takes up a lot of my spare time.

Are the Tornado's any good? I kinda want to get hold of Starlord as it looks to have some pretty good stuff in it but Tornado doesn't seem to hold as fond a memories for people?
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 01 April, 2009, 08:56:18 am
just picked up CAROLINE by neil Gaiman,
a favoured writer of mine.
shall begin it tonight.

also re-reeading the hitch hikers giude to the galaxy, for the sheer fun of it,
to remind myself what the littery world lost when he died before his time.
so many brillant quotes, and off the wall statements made.

his explanation of the uses of a  towel  being one of my favourites.
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Post by: House of Usher on 01 April, 2009, 09:45:56 am
And I'm reading Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It's a lively and entertaining read, to be got through in big chunks at a time.
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Post by: Judge Kirby on 01 April, 2009, 11:30:27 am
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his explanation of the uses of a  towel  being one of my favourites.

i love towel day. its the best day  8-)

not reading anything at the mo. im gonna pick some stuff up later tho. maybe some manga.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 01 April, 2009, 05:25:31 pm
I've got three books on the go at the minute (one is never enough for me);
The new Tony Hancock biography, Night of the Morning Star (Modesty Blaise novel), and The Tent, The Bucket and Me (which has had me howling with laughter as Emma Kennedy reminisces about camping holidays in the 70's - anyone else ever pissed in a bucket in the dark? And then knocked it over?)

Comics I'm reading;
Tank Girl Volume 1, The Spirit by Darwin Cooke, and Stickleback

How I have time to do anything else is a mystery!
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Post by: Bouwel on 01 April, 2009, 05:38:59 pm
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Just realised, I'm a total phillistine compared to you lot. You're all, like, intellectuals and junk. Gonna have to think about digging out some of those Dickens booksI never got around to cracking the spines on I reckon

Faplad: If you're reading anything it puts you above the greater majority today. Just read what you enjoy.

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Are the Tornado's any good? I kinda want to get hold of Starlord as it looks to have some pretty good stuff in it but Tornado doesn't seem to hold as fond a memories for people?

I have a complete run of both somewhere in the lock-up. Starlord was pretty good with high quality paper and lots of colour. It introduced Ro-Busters and, regreatably, TimeQuake. Not a bad read.
Tornado was pants. I've read all of them exactly once; when I first bought them. Sitting here I can't remember one thing about them. Never a good sign.

-Bouwel-
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 01 April, 2009, 06:23:38 pm
Quote from: "Daveycandlish"
anyone else ever pissed in a bucket in the dark? And then knocked it over?)


Just those few words made me laugh and wince at the same time. I might well check out that book.

I can recommend Cooke's Spirit heightly enough - its brillant.
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Post by: Noisybast on 01 April, 2009, 07:08:29 pm
Finally got round to reading Spurrier's Contract, having owned it for more than a year.
Pretty good stuff, although whether you'll like it probably depends what you think of Si's comic work, as he uses a lot of the same verbal tics and mannerisms, only more so, this being prose.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 01 April, 2009, 07:19:01 pm
Quote from: "Colin_YNWA"
Quote from: "peterwolf"
Tornado comic plus various old 2000ads ,comics and various reference books but the time i spend reading is absolutely minimal as doing art takes up a lot of my spare time.

Are the Tornado's any good? I kinda want to get hold of Starlord as it looks to have some pretty good stuff in it but Tornado doesn't seem to hold as fond a memories for people?

It was a comic that didnt quite know what it was and couldnt decide what it wanted to be.

it was trying to be a bit of everything or a mixture of war stories and sci fi and some boys own adventure stories and it never really took off.

I bought a run of them quite cheaply on Ebay because it has an Alan Hebden/Belardinelli strip in it that i was interested in reading.
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Post by: Bouwel on 01 April, 2009, 07:26:24 pm
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I bought a run of them quite cheaply on Ebay because it has an Alan Hebden/Belardinelli strip in it that i was interested in reading.

Ah, was that the rip-off of Dick's 'We can remember it for you wholesale'?
I seem to remember a martian frozen in ice?

-Bouwel-
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Post by: flip-r mk2 on 01 April, 2009, 11:33:39 pm
Monthly comics : Hellblazer, The Walking Dead and Captain Britain.

Collections : Just finished JD case files 10, rereading Strontium Dog collections.

Novels : Just finished The Mermaids Singing by Val Mcdirmaid and started A Snowballs Chance In Hell by Chris Brookmyre.


flip
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 02 April, 2009, 09:18:05 am
Hi all, just making my second post whoop whoop  :D

I've got almost the entire collection of Ian Rankin Rebus novels waiting by the side of my bed to read . . .was in two minds about which one to read first, may have to give The Falls number one place since reading here that it mentions 2000ad . . .

Best fact of all, though, is that I got them all for 20p at a library book sale!
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Post by: stacey on 02 April, 2009, 11:48:53 am
Satchmo/Trout, I haven't been able to get a copy of that one but have read Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman and it was the dogs dangly bits!

Fapland - glad you picked up the Fix books I think they are fabulous.

This morning I read Doctor Who: The Whispering Gallery a one shot by Moore+Reppion and art by Ben Templesmith, twas really good though a bit light and quick.  I likes the art.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 02 April, 2009, 02:02:08 pm
Comics: Prog, Meg, Four Feet From A Rat (if and when it ever comes out again), MWOM.

Collections: Walking Dead (waiting for vol 10- August, apparently), just finished CaseFiles 10, Savage, Origins and Kano this week. Eagerly awaiting Astounding Wolf-Man vol 2, hardback Spider-Man (BND and beyond) and paperback Ult.Spidey, Charley's War.

Books: Currently reading Grennie's Dredd Vs Death nov, have a stack of stuff to catch up on including a couple of unread China Mievilles, a reread of The Trickster by Muriel Gray, the last half of the third David Wellington 'Monster' novel and Pig Island, by her who's name I've forgotten.

Steev
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 03 April, 2009, 10:42:37 pm
A lad at work who's been borrowing my Gns for a while now - he plowed through the S/D files in consecutive nights, Rogue too and now has hold of Dredd case files no.1 - turned up at work today with a bulging carrier bag containing the first 9 Horus Heresy books. "To return the favour" he says. He's the guy who lent me Blackguards and wasn't impressed that I'm not impressed. He seems determined to turn me on to the whole Warhammer/40k stuff. "You'll love these for definite" he says. "Dan Abnett's well involved."

He knows me so well. Not sure when I'll get through them all but he's talking about something called Gaunts Ghosts when I'm done. I hadn't realised Dan Abnett was so prolific in the world of prose fiction.

Finished Sandman 6 today. Tomorrow I begin the final Preacher.
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Post by: House of Usher on 03 April, 2009, 11:12:20 pm
Quote from: "faplad"
A lad at work who's been borrowing my Gns for a while now turned up at work today with a bulging carrier bag containing the first 9 Horus Heresy books. "To return the favour" he says.
Guh! "cheers, mate."  :? I once had a chat with some young people in Games Workshop who asked how many Warhammer 40k novels I'd read. I'd read Deathwing, which had been published at least 10 years earlier, and was therefore no longer worth reading because it's old. I'd also read a few Warhammer Fantasy Battle novels and at least one Dark Future, but I can't remember which now. I asked them who was their favourite science fiction author. "Dan Abnett. Who's yours?" I think I said John Wyndham. They'd never heard of him, nor The Day of The Triffids. *sigh*.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 04 April, 2009, 11:21:18 pm
Quote from: "House of Usher"
I asked them who was their favourite science fiction author. "Dan Abnett. Who's yours?" I think I said John Wyndham. They'd never heard of him, nor The Day of The Triffids. *sigh*.

Abnett is my main man when it comes to comics and my mate knows this cos I tell him pretty much every day but I've yet to sample the delights/dissapointments of his novels so I can't really comment. If you're talking favourites then I'm going for Stephen Donaldson. I could never get into his so called classic fantasies - I gave up on Thomas Covenant after the third attempt saw me slipping into a coma - but his Gap space opera's are bloody good stuff. Not as well known as the Covenant books but far more deserving of praise in my opinion. I couldn't put them down. 15 years since I last read them and I  can still remember where I was when I read certain sections. Must dig them out sometime
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Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 05 April, 2009, 01:55:39 am
Quote from: "House of Usher"
Quote from: "faplad"
A lad at work who's been borrowing my Gns for a while now turned up at work today with a bulging carrier bag containing the first 9 Horus Heresy books. "To return the favour" he says.
Guh! "cheers, mate."  :? I once had a chat with some young people in Games Workshop who asked how many Warhammer 40k novels I'd read. I'd read Deathwing, which had been published at least 10 years earlier, and was therefore no longer worth reading because it's old. I'd also read a few Warhammer Fantasy Battle novels and at least one Dark Future, but I can't remember which now. I asked them who was their favourite science fiction author. "Dan Abnett. Who's yours?" I think I said John Wyndham. They'd never heard of him, nor The Day of The Triffids. *sigh*.


Eeesh. Now, I quite like our Mr Abnett's 2000ad work, and I even enjoy his Gaunt's Ghosts novels from time to time, but that's because I like to read about things being blown up by goodies who win against the baddies. The prose itself is really quite bad, I'm afraid to say. Which is a shame indeed, because I remember some of the old GW tie-in novels being quite readable for that sort of thing.

Any sci-fi fan who's not heard of Wyndam ought to be punched a bit.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 05 April, 2009, 04:54:56 pm
Gulp...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Peter Wolf on 05 April, 2009, 06:55:08 pm
The Daily Telegraph guide to Castles + Ancient Monuments of Scotland.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: lborl on 05 April, 2009, 08:38:36 pm
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Stephen Donaldson. I could never get into his so called classic fantasies - I gave up on Thomas Covenant after the third attempt saw me slipping into a coma

Faplad, did you get as far as the second book though - THE ILLEARTH WAR?  The Covenant series escalates *significantly* from that point on.

My most recent novels were THE FOREVER WAR (Joe Haldeman) and I AM LEGEND, which were both excellent, but still overshadowed by THE STARS MY DESTINATION by Alfred Bester, which I read in between. THE STARS MY DESTINATION is the *best* thing I have read since GORMENGHAST. I am tempted to go all Steven Wells about it here, but probably should just leave it at that.

Comics-wise, SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST by Joshua W Cotter. It was *beautiful*.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 05 April, 2009, 09:12:17 pm
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Stephen Donaldson. I could never get into his so called classic fantasies - I gave up on Thomas Covenant after the third attempt saw me slipping into a coma
Faplad, did you get as far as the second book though - THE ILLEARTH WAR?  The Covenant series escalates *significantly* from that point on.

My most recent novels were THE FOREVER WAR (Joe Haldeman) and I AM LEGEND, which were both excellent, but still overshadowed by THE STARS MY DESTINATION by Alfred Bester, which I read in between. THE STARS MY DESTINATION is the *best* thing I have read since GORMENGHAST. I am tempted to go all Steven Wells about it here, but probably should just leave it at that.

Comics-wise, SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST by Joshua W Cotter. It was *beautiful*.
Donaldson is one of those folk, much like Frank Herbert, whose writing I think is pretty dreadful but once you get far enough in to get caught up in the story and the world I can leave that behind. Even with that, the Covenant books do go on a bit. I've never read any of his later stuff.

Stars My Destination is one of the best sci-fi books ever.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 05 April, 2009, 09:25:36 pm
Let's jaunt!

Great book. Gully Foyle is a brilliant character. I've thought for a while that this would make a good film.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ignatzmonster on 06 April, 2009, 03:41:37 am
Stars Are My Destination is fantastic. I read it because of the (earned) effusive praise on this board. And damned glad I did. Demolished Man is good too. I've never had any problem with Martin Amis (though he's a pompous twat now and again, though who isn't) until I read a dismissive comment from him on Bester. Now I feel nothing but grudge.

Quote from: "Kerrin"
Let's jaunt!

Great book. Gully Foyle is a brilliant character. I've thought for a while that this would make a good film.

Will Smith seems to have taken it on his shoulders to make mediocre action flicks of SF masterpieces so you may get your wish yet.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 06 April, 2009, 08:59:40 am
besides case files 12 which i eventually tracked down....
just got "hater" by dave moody. not started yet but just started two weeks off so catching up with stuff
(also got about 7 hours of family guy and scarface  on sky plus to catch up with ! )
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 06 April, 2009, 09:35:01 am
Recently persuaded my fictionally-picky wife to read Stars my Destination, and she's hardly shut up about how brilliant it is since.  Gives one a warm glow, Spreading The Word.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Wake on 06 April, 2009, 10:35:59 am
I've just started reading a new book written by a good friend of mine: The Adamantine Palace (http://http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0575083743?ie=UTF8&tag=oscar200004&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0575083743) by Stephen Deas (http://http://www.stephendeas.com/).

I'm not normally a fan of books with lots of unusual names but this one starts with some family trees and has short chapters each focussing on a small number of characters so I'm getting on pretty well with it so far.

Basically it's about dragon riders and rival royal houses.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 06 April, 2009, 10:40:32 am
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Recently persuaded my fictionally-picky wife to read Stars my Destination, and she's hardly shut up about how brilliant it is since. Gives one a warm glow, Spreading The Word.

Yep, apart from a couple of Arthur C. Clarke / Philip K Dick novels I'm not normally a huge reader of sci-fi myself (2000ad aside), but a friend of mine gave me that one a few years ago and by Jesus it's good, very difficult to believe it's about 50 years old.
By the way, if anyone hasn't read Cormac McCarthy's The Road yet, do so as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 06 April, 2009, 07:20:06 pm
Knights of the Old Republic vol.1 and  Aldebaran vol.1 turned up today so I'll be tucking in to them soon along with the Zarjaz issues I've got left to read and about another 40 or so Megs till I'm up to date. Plus Paul Auster's 'New York trilogy' should turn up in the next couple of days so I'm sorted for reading material for a little while.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 April, 2009, 10:01:07 pm
Greg Bear is doing some Halo novels. Should this come as a surprise?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 07 April, 2009, 10:09:06 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
Greg Bear is doing some Halo novels. Should this come as a surprise?
It's a bit of a comedown, but maybe he's run out of Arthur C Clarke novels to update.

I met Greg Bear once. He was pleasant and tall.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 07 April, 2009, 11:31:19 pm
Greg Bear's The Forge of God is great.

I'm just about half way through Neal Stephenson's The System of the World, which is tops.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 April, 2009, 09:03:38 am
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Greg Bear's The Forge of God is great.

It really is, and the sequel is even better.

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I'm just about half way through Neal Stephenson's The System of the World, which is tops.

Also awesome beyond adjectives.  Stephenson generally is the absolute business, not least because he affords me the greatest pleasure imaginable by writing really, really long books, so that when I'm about 100 pages in and loving it, I can heft the volume and know there's 100s and 100s of pages left... mmmm, niiiice.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 08 April, 2009, 03:26:06 pm
For a bit of light easy reading pick up "prisoner of the daleks" a new doctor who novel...its rather good feels like a mix of old and new who and daleks a plenty and they also speak in the old dalek tv 21 style font which i liked.


and silverfin. the young james bond graphic novel by charlie higson and illustrated by non other than kev the walker! avoided it at first as i thught it was a "teen bond" style 90210 thing ....but it aint its period ,and just darn fun ....
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: satchmo on 08 April, 2009, 03:27:23 pm
I loved The Forge of God, and Eon too.

I've finished Anno Dracula, it was superb from start to finish, and it had a cheeky Dark Shadows reference in it which made me smile too.

Next up is To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, I've been meaning to read the Riverworld series for years. It's a shame it took him passing away to get my arse in gear though, but I'm excited about starting it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 08 April, 2009, 03:31:09 pm
Quote from: "The Enigmatic Dr X"
I'm just about half way through Neal Stephenson's The System of the World, which is tops.

Just coming to the end of Quicksilver, which has been a joy. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 April, 2009, 03:36:45 pm
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Next up is To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer, I've been meaning to read the Riverworld series for years. It's a shame it took him passing away to get my arse in gear though, but I'm excited about starting it.

I don't think it'll disappoint.  My advice is to stick it out right to the end, it delivers.

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Just coming to the end of Quicksilver, which has been a joy. Really looking forward to the rest of the series.

I don't think it'll disappoint.  My advice is to stick it out right to the end, it delivers.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 08 April, 2009, 04:24:08 pm
While sorting my collections out.

I am reading "The Best of Tharg's Future Shocks", " as it was collected as a  graphic novel just recently.

"Slaine Time-Killer" as it was reprinted in the Megazine a few years back. I remember buying this years ago in Sydney. It was the first time I could read the story entirely. I really like the artwork that chosen to be colorised and reproduced as title pages in each of the six issues.

"Slaine The Book of Invasions". As they were printed in the progs. Not readiing it in any order or even all the way through. So I might be reading "Tara' at one stage and "Moloch" next. The last I was reading was "Scota". I still don't have all of these, So, I have the graphic novels to fall back on incase really want to read it properly.

On subject of going through my colections. It's really abit of knightmare when you have so many of them. Espeically, when you think think some have gone missing from your collection.  I remember the good old days when 2000AD was only the old newspapery Progs, and then there were the "Best Of "Reprints. Now there is "The Megazine", "The Extreme", "Judge Dredd Magazine". Of which there might be alteast three different types of and then all the graphic novel reprints. Whats worse is that they are all worth getting also. As I have been rereading the few that I mamaged to buy.

It was this morning that I was looking for one of "Slaine Time Killer" Megazine issues. Number  204

Of my collection of Slaine Qulaity comcis. I now have quite a pile of these, yet not of them Some of them are doubles or triples.

Alot of these were sold to me  bundled in pairs. Would you beleive that the ones I were looking for this morning were bundled as Issues "Nine" and "Elven".  

Think about it.

What do think the seller was trying to tell me?

Anyway, I managed to find these again.

I also have a copy of "Catch Twenty Two" beside me. Somebody said this was good reading.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 April, 2009, 04:27:59 pm
Just started Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, which is exceptionally creepy.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 08 April, 2009, 04:39:39 pm
Im reading my way through a set of early 90s Megs. Is it me or is there a lot of incomprehensable shite in there amongst the gems? I've had to give up even bothering reading the mess of Calhab justice, african judges and Shimura makes no sense whatsoever. I'm I being particularly retarded or was thrill power that low?? I read the meg for its first year and have taken it up again recently but a lot of this stuff is turgid. I have progs 1300 -1400 to catch up on next. Looking forward to that.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bouwel on 08 April, 2009, 05:23:46 pm
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Im reading my way through a set of early 90s Megs. Is it me or is there a lot of incomprehensable shite in there amongst the gems?

It's not you.
This era marked the moment where I silently closed my prog, looked outside and went to discover women; never to re-open a prog until the post 2000's.

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 April, 2009, 06:46:02 pm
One of the great things about the Meg is that's (unlike the Prog) it's really impossible to be nostalgic for the glories of yesteryear - they're there alright, but they're few and far between.  Like Bouwel I got pretty sick of the Meg in the early 90's, which for a price I couldn't really was boring and confusing me in equal measure.  So many of its stories could have been good (CalHab, Shimura, Harmony) but just weren't.  By which I mean to say the Meg of the 21st century is the best its ever been.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 08 April, 2009, 09:15:26 pm
How true. I've been working my way slowly but surely through the meg in an attempt to get up to date without missing any of them and some, if not most of the old stuff from the 90s was utter shite. I'm up to 2005 now and it's just getting better and better. The Simping Detective is an absolute joy and I just (last night) read 237 the 15th anniversary issue with the giant 'Flood's 13' story in it, Henry Flint does Branch Moronians, sheer class.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: worldshown on 09 April, 2009, 11:45:19 am
Working my way through Charlie Brooker's Dawn of the Dumb with John O'Farrell's Utterly Impatial History of Britain lined up for a re-read.

However, this sounds like it might be worth a go. Pride and Prejudice...With Zombies!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7985728.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7985728.stm)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 09 April, 2009, 12:56:45 pm
Just read Grendel: Behold the Devil, by Matt Wagner.

This was a long time coming as I bought the issues via mail order from a CShop and they didn't post them till they had them all.

The art is as good as you would expect from Matt Wagner, but the overall story left me feeling let down. Of the two main storylines running through the issues, one of them ultimately served to just allow Wagner to show the over arcing meta plot for Grendel in a series of double page spreads. This told me nothing new and leaves me feeling that Grendel should be left alone now.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 09 April, 2009, 03:40:26 pm
Finished reading V this week and am considering another attempt at Gravity's Rainbow. I'll read it all the way through this time, oh yes I will...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tjm86 on 09 April, 2009, 05:27:45 pm
Currently re-reading Stephenson's Cryptonomicon - absolutely hysterical, still one of the best he has done - think I'll have to check out Anathema looking at one or two of the recommendations above.

Working through tooth into the mid hundreds ( early ABC, still brings back fond memories, Disaster 1990 - the most accurately named story in tooth ever? )

Just received the latest two volumes of Barefoot Gen - a history of Hiroshima.  The only manga outside of Akira I have ever read and one that I would heartily recommend to anyone.  Most harrowing comic I've ever had the pleasure of.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 09 April, 2009, 05:43:52 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
Finished reading V this week and am considering another attempt at Gravity's Rainbow. I'll read it all the way through this time, oh yes I will...

Arh Gravity's Rainbow. I'm normally a pretty stubborn reader but that book gets the better of me every time. That and Kerouac's Doctor Sax and David Mamet's Wilson: A consideration of the sources. One day I'll get um sussed!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 09 April, 2009, 08:28:14 pm
Any Neal Stephenson fans got an idea of what Enoch Root is all about? Who/what is he?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 09 April, 2009, 10:22:39 pm
Quote from: "The Enigmatic Dr X"
Any Neal Stephenson fans got an idea of what Enoch Root is all about? Who/what is he?

Far as I know there's no more info beyond what's in the four books - but I find it very hard to believe that Stephenson isn't/wasn't planning to explain him a bit more at a later date.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tjm86 on 10 April, 2009, 05:32:44 pm
Quote from: "The Enigmatic Dr X"
Any Neal Stephenson fans got an idea of what Enoch Root is all about? Who/what is he?

knowing Stephensons penchant for Mathematical and IT jokes I wonder if it has something to do with the Eroot class used to handle persistant objects between uses of applications.  Considering the manner in which the character seems to turn up and interact within the books this seems plausible.  Of course there could be something in the Wikepedia comments!

BTW anyone else tried Grimwood's Arabesque?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Trilobite2 on 10 April, 2009, 06:29:27 pm
Quote from: "Tjm86"

BTW anyone else tried Grimwood's Arabesque?

I read them a little while back. I thought they were good but a bit hard to follow in places. Much preferred 9 tail fox but that might be my brain lacking athleticism.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dounreay on 11 April, 2009, 07:32:21 pm
Sign me up for the Neal Stephenson fan club too. Currently in the last 100 pages of Cryptonomicon, the first time I've read any of his work. I'm not entirely sure if it is sci-fi ( I'm not entirely sure what it is to be honest) but it is absolutely compulsive reading.  The kind of book you read way into the wee small hours, when you should be tucked up in bed.

After that, it's two collected works of Howard Waldrop- one of short stories, one of novellas. Some I've read before and love, like "The Ugly Chickens" and  "A Dozen Tough Jobs", others are new to me. Mmmmm...luvverly.

Comics, just read the first few pages of Marvels "Secret War". Bought it because the art caught my eye but no idea if it will be a decent read of not.

Did notice that Nick Fury doesn't seem to have stogie permanently screwed into his face anymore, when did he give up smoking?  Come to that does anybody smoke in US comics anymore?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 11 April, 2009, 08:36:37 pm
Just to lower the intellectual tone of this thread completely (oh wait, it's okay, Dounreay is already talking about Marvel), I picked up a fantasy novel breezeblock last week in the library (they let me have 10 books at a time!  10!  I'm not made of stone!) -  Kate Elliott's King's Dragon.  After a shakily familiar start, I've been pleasantly surprised (about halfway through now).  Then today I noticed that it's Book 1 of 7.  Anyone read any more of this, and should I bail out now, or does it deliver on its early promise?  I'm not adverse to very long series (loved Tad William's Memory, Sorrow & Thorn and Otherworld monsters, for example), but I don't really want to start if its going to peter off into nothing after I've wasted countless hours... (You can see that I was a fun guy to go out with).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 11 April, 2009, 10:03:21 pm
Before I begin, I must explain that MK Library has a superb GN section, with a wide and varied selection of every type of comic, both old and very new. Whoever orders the books clearly knows what they are doing and has excellent taste. I will always have some gratitude for them for introducing me, no matter how impersonally for introducing me to Love & Rockets, the first comic which ever truly had an effect on me, and one which allowed me to really appreciate the medium. This year alone, I've discovered Jason, Guy Delisle and David Heatley.

I also appreciate the fact that they organized a display of GNs at thhe front. It does have a faintly irritating "It's not all "capes and superpowers"" sign, but it is a commendable and proactive means of promotion.

That said, do you know what they had on this display today? Fucking Nemi, that's what.

Still working my way through Margaret Atwood's ouvere.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 12 April, 2009, 12:18:33 am
In the post that started this thread I expressed some trpidation about reading Preacher:Alamo. I was worried it might not live up to the epic build up. Just finished it and I've got to say I thought it was superb. The heroes prevail and the bad guys . . . well . . . don't. What more can you ask for from what is essentially an epic western. Also, Glenn Fabrys themed covers for that last arc were a sight to behold. The Tulip one was haunting. I actually had a dream about her. we'll leave that there. Anyway, it's Swamp Thing next, A Murder Of Crows. Should be good. Still haven't finished any of the others I've been trawling through cos good (Felix Castor) or bad (Blackguards) my time's spent mainly reading 70's comics on the Battle and Action sites. Finished Hookjaw today. [spoiler:314xsdgx]Rick getting his head bitten off.[/spoiler:314xsdgx] Didn't see that one coming. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dounreay on 12 April, 2009, 10:19:56 am
Okay, I admit it, reading the occasional Marvel GN is my dirty little lemonade drinking secret.

My relationship with Marvel is like my relationship with kebabs. I know I shouldn't but every now and again you just gotta have one.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: crazykdg on 12 April, 2009, 11:07:19 am
any of you guys got any 2000ad graphic novels that youd reccomend to read
(i know it doesnt actually relate to the subject but im bored and have no books to read)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 12 April, 2009, 11:23:57 am
Quote from: "crazykdg"
any of you guys got any 2000ad graphic novels that youd reccomend to read
Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Depending upon what you've read in the prog and meg already. I can heartily recommend all of them, but in particular.

D.R and Quinch.
Leviathan.
All of the Dredd complete case files, in fact that's a legal requirement, IT'S THE LAW!
Ditto Strontium Dog.
Nemesis.
Kingdom.
The V.Cs.
Halo Jones.
Slaine. All of 'em.

Just read them all basically, you won't be disappointed.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 12 April, 2009, 01:14:29 pm
Quote from: "Dounreay"
Comics, just read the first few pages of Marvels "Secret War". Bought it because the art caught my eye but no idea if it will be a decent read of not.

Did notice that Nick Fury doesn't seem to have stogie permanently screwed into his face anymore, when did he give up smoking?  Come to that does anybody smoke in US comics anymore?

I know Marvel has banned any of it's characters and edict from Joe Q. So no stogie for The Thing, Wolverine or Fury these days. Not sure about DC but it wouldn't surprise me.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 12 April, 2009, 01:34:07 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
I also appreciate the fact that they organized a display of GNs at thhe front. It does have a faintly irritating "It's not all "capes and superpowers"" sign, but it is a commendable and proactive means of promotion.

That said, do you know what they had on this display today? Fucking Nemi, that's what.
I quite like Nemi. I mean, I wouldn't read a collection but it's better than that other rubbish you get in the Metro.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 12 April, 2009, 10:21:07 pm
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it's better than that other rubbish you get in the Metro.

Is it still "This Life"? That's just about the only comic strip which allows me to say "I could do better than that" and not feel like a complete douchebag.

Today I reread For the Man who has Everything. Previously I'd felt that it was just a "normal" Alan Moore comic. Miles better than 95% of other superhero comics of course, but not in the same league as the Watchmen's and the V's. A Skizz rather than a Halo Jones.

However, I've had to reconsider this. Despite what Byrne and his ilk might protest, it's a true Superman story, and really a brilliant Batman story and a great Wonder Woman story as well. The authors refuse to hold back about any aspect of his power and his capacity for heroism, even going so far as to completely ignore "Clark Kent", in the process effortlessly reminding us just how easy it could be for lesser writers to hide behind secret identities. Superman could be just another conqueror of worlds, another lunatic, and for the briefest moment he is when he knocks Robin over with his voice. But ultimately he isn't, he's always going to stop, because he has to. What's really shocking is that I actually felt disappointed at the end that we didn't get to see or hear WW's desires as well.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 12 April, 2009, 11:24:37 pm
Nemi is well designed. That's all. It has nothing worthwhile to say. I wish it were better. It ought to be. As it is, it shouldn't be anywhere near a library.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 12 April, 2009, 11:37:30 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
Today I reread For the Man who has Everything

It's just superb, isn't it? As you say, the JBF fraternity who want to paint Moore as somehow opposed to the concept of heroism seem able to blithely ignore the utterly heart-rending moment when Kal-El tells his son "I ... I don't think you're real." Add to that note-perfect characterizations of Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman and you have a comic that deserves its place of honour in DC's publishing history.

As an aside, the JM DeMatteis' adaptation of this story for the Justice League cartoon series probably qualifies as the only successful Alan Moore adaptation to another medium, ever. Notwithstanding my own, as yet unpublished, Sinister Ducks magnum opus, of course.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 13 April, 2009, 10:04:00 am
Akk, we're discussing Nemi and For The Man Who Has Everything at the same time?  It's bad enough that they share a medium, in the same way that the Crazy Frog and Mozart's Serenade No. 13 in G Major do.

On the equally painful subject of JB, I recently read a pretty good comic written and drawn by him - Star Trek: Crew, which appears to be a sort of tribute to the late Majel Barrett, following her Number One character from The Cage.  As noted it was pretty good stuff (if you like that sort of thing), and I couldn't shake the feeling that it was an older piece being reprinted, but the inidicia showed 2009 - I didn't think he did this kind of work any more.  Anyone know any more?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 13 April, 2009, 10:55:29 am
Quote from: "TordelBack"
As noted it was pretty good stuff (if you like that sort of thing), and I couldn't shake the feeling that it was an older piece being reprinted, but the inidicia showed 2009 - I didn't think he did this kind of work any more.  Anyone know any more?

He's actually said over on his forum that he's quite happy doing Trek (and now Angel) licensed stuff for IDW and feels no urgent desire to return to superheroes. I'm pretty sure that it is current.

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 13 April, 2009, 01:03:06 pm
Thanks Jim, I knew the answer was to be probably found over on the JBF but I've sworn off that place for more than a year now, and am much happier for it.  Your sacrifice will be remembered.  

So the old bugger still has talent.  I'm strangely pleased to hear it, as a former fan of his FF work in particular.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 14 April, 2009, 07:45:15 pm
This morning " Conquering Armies" --by Cal and Dionet, A Heavy-Metal Book-- arrived on my doorstep.

A large graphic novel, poster sized and my copy sadly is noticably second hand. The front and back covers have been worn from the rest of the book's binding.

Though, I was forewarned about this by the seller.

I did search for this when I read the Pat Mills forward in the new 'Slaine Warrior's Dawn" Graphic novel. If my memory serves correctly, this work was a source of inspiration for one of the Slaine artists. I would think that s it's Glenn Fabry's just from the look of it --It's the way the huge fortress cities are drawn-- , but I this is "Warrior's Dawn". So, I think he was addressing Mike MacMahon.

Anyway, this beautifaully illustrated book is even written in English. Something I didn't expect. I was expecting French or German syntax. So I can easily read the thing as well as enjoy the pictures.

My immediate impression is "300" ( You know the film.) and a Richard Corben influence in the artwork. Despite the lack of colour or painting. Perhaps either Cal or Dionet were the non de plumes. One which might have actualley been Richard Corben. Off the top of my head, I'm unsure of which is the artist. Usealley it's the second name, but only at a guess.

Who ever the artist really is, I like the way they do buildings, temples, underground lairs. Most of the art in particular. They just don't stop at doing shapes, shading, shadows.

It's the intricate etching. The detail becomes more apparent after staring at the detail that immediatly catch your eyes.

Why I mention this here and now. Well I honoured to be reading something that partialley inspired Slaine and I''ve bene reading this on and off all day.
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Post by: Kerrin on 15 April, 2009, 09:08:41 pm
I noticed Neal Stephenson's name popping up quite often in this and other threads, so I thought I'd check 'im aht. 'Snow Crash' turned up today. A new highly recommended author to tuck into, luxury. And the second volume of '100 Bullets' as well. Lovely.

I've been almost exclusively reading megazines recently, bloody things are addictive. Some great articles on the small press in the ones I've read in the last few days.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 15 April, 2009, 10:11:48 pm
Just finished rereading ALL STAR SUPERMAN.

It's brilliant - especially not having to wait 3 months between issues.

Chock full of more ideas on every page then I've ever had in my entire life.

And fantastic art.

Must catch up with that Alan Moore Superman story - don't believe I've read it.

Next up - Cormac Mcarthy and THE ROAD.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 15 April, 2009, 10:36:11 pm
Currently enjoying a bumper volume of Dykes to look out for. Really interesting stuff. Got Krazy Kat afterwards.
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Post by: Mikey on 16 April, 2009, 03:23:47 pm
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'Snow Crash' turned up today

That's where I started with Stephenson - a friend gave it to me. He had picked it up just for the sake of it - I actually think he bought it to break a twenty for change or something. The cover was truly awful and had a crap picture of a dude on a Honda 50 (or equivalent!) which in no way reflects the one biker in the book. The blurb sounded shite too - but it's aces!

It was this one...

http://http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4OYGjUrdllo/SMSc6-u_GtI/AAAAAAAAHB0/I5X_cB4JmTg/s1600-h/bcl_stephenson_snowcrash.jpg

I can't recommend 'The Diamond Age' highly enough either - you're a lucky blighter for never having read them...those books are actually about the lenghth of one of his chapters nowadays (I have just started Anathem myself, so will be my reading for a while I should imagine).

M.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 16 April, 2009, 04:02:21 pm
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Must catch up with that Alan Moore Superman story - don't believe I've read it.

I'd recommend Across the Universe which has FTMWHE as well as a bunch of other Moore DC stuff.

Finished reading another Krazy & Ignatz collection, this one from Herriman's twilight years. It really is the strip that keeps on giving.

Started Bottomless Belly Button. I thought it was just going to be another scratchy-indie tale of dysfunctional people but it's surprisingly moving.
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Post by: House of Usher on 16 April, 2009, 04:17:01 pm
I lent my younger brother the trade paperback of Alan Moore's Superman stories to read on the train home after he came to visit me once. He lost it. Like he lost every book I ever trusted him with.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 April, 2009, 04:49:18 pm
Just bought 'Tales of Heresy' a collection of short stories from the Horus Heresy series. Once I've finished Eisenhorn I'll start on it.
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Post by: TordelBack on 16 April, 2009, 05:30:00 pm
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'Snow Crash' turned up today


That's where I started with Stephenson - a friend gave it to me. He had picked it up just for the sake of it - I actually think he bought it to break a twenty for change or something. The cover was truly awful and had a crap picture of a dude on a Honda 50 (or equivalent!) which in no way reflects the one biker in the book. The blurb sounded shite too - but it's aces!


I don't rate SnowCrash too highly when I read it ten years ago, and it actually put me off Stephenson for years, until I was lent Quicksilver by a friend.  After the Baroque Cycle (just epic), Cryptonomicon (his best novel IMHO), The Diamond Age (amazing) and Anathem (hugely satisfying and vaguely educational) I'm a a rabid fan.  But SnowCrash just didn't do it for me.  Maybe I should give it another chance.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 April, 2009, 05:54:05 pm
Quote from: "TordelBack"
I don't rate SnowCrash too highly when I read it ten years ago, and it actually put me off Stephenson for years, until I was lent Quicksilver by a friend.  After the Baroque Cycle (just epic), Cryptonomicon (his best novel IMHO), The Diamond Age (amazing) and Anathem (hugely satisfying and vaguely educational) I'm a a rabid fan.  But SnowCrash just didn't do it for me.  Maybe I should give it another chance.
For what it's worth I adored Snow Crash and while there are some exceptionally stodgy lumps of Sumerian exposition, there's a verve and energy about it that puts it firmly in the pile of books that I'll pull out and reread whenever I'm lying in bed and can't sleep. I agree that Cryptonomicon is his best. It takes the same energy and applies it to a better paced story which is far better entwined with the clever bits.

There our opinions diverge, unfortunately. I didn't think much of The Diamond Age, although that may be because of my fondness for Marshall Bonehead out of Bad Company, and (as I'm sure I've flabbergasted JIm with before) I thought Quicksilver was totally tedious and in dire need of a good editing. I keep meaning to give it another go because of the adulation it gets, but I've still never plucked up the courage.
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 16 April, 2009, 06:18:28 pm
Im presently reading the All Arms Drill Wing manual.

Pace stick & Cane Drill
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 April, 2009, 06:21:16 pm
That's an absolute must for all fans of 2000ad you've got there Logan ;)
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Post by: Kerrin on 16 April, 2009, 07:56:49 pm
Uh-oh. I hope you've been working on your 'tache as well Logan. You going for Sgt/Major then fella?
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 16 April, 2009, 10:06:12 pm
Quote from: "COMMANDO FORCES"
That's an absolute must for all fans of 2000ad you've got there Logan 8-)
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 16 April, 2009, 10:08:10 pm
Quote from: "Kerrin"
Uh-oh. I hope you've been working on your 'tache as well Logan. You going for Sgt/Major then fella?

Became Squadron Sergeant Major on the 1st April, get my WO2 on the 1st June.

Tried to grow a tashe once, it looked like an anorexic caterpillar had died on my upper lip.
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Post by: Kerrin on 16 April, 2009, 10:19:55 pm
Congratulations Sar'nt Major. And Warrant Officer in June eh? You won't know what to do with all that extra money. Well done mate.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 17 April, 2009, 02:36:08 pm
Just started reading In The Dark by Mark Billingham. I've read every novel he's written so far and never sussed any of the twists so either he's very good or I'm rubbish. Either way I enjoy them. It will take a while to read though cos I'm still wading through the sevenpennynightmare stuff. Dredger and Mike Nelson are my current reads and then it'll be Hellman. I swear, those sites are bloody addictive. All I need now is one that does the same sort of job with Warlord and Victor. Hint Hint.
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Post by: mogzilla on 17 April, 2009, 09:46:26 pm
Now i've actually been reading "hater" by dave moody i can say wot a big pile of shit..........................








 :D











..................tastic story telling...

very "james herbertish" i think and a cant put it down book especially when [spoiler:gwyb5i6b]the protagonist(it reads in the first person) turns to the "dark side" or does he?[/spoiler:gwyb5i6b]

blody brilliant...apparently this guy does good zombie novels but havent found any yet...onward to amazon!
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Post by: Albion on 18 April, 2009, 04:55:56 pm
Quote from: "mogzilla"
Now i've actually been reading "hater" by dave moody .......
...apparently this guy does good zombie novels but havent found any yet...onward to amazon!

I've been reading his Autumn series of zombie novels and the first three are excellent.
I'm not so keen on the fourth one, The Human Condition. It is a collection of short stories based around different characters and doesn't work as well and isn't as gripping as the first three.

I'll be reading Hater soon too.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 18 April, 2009, 10:43:16 pm
Just read the Big Nowhere by Ellroy. Elloy's crime dramas read like an exorcism on the page. All of the time's uglyness and corruption are on display and inescapeable from the main characters. It's weird but I think that it's an IMPORTANT gesture, especially since 50's America is too fequently portrayed as a conservative paradise. Ellroy doesn't just remind us the past is another country, he reminds us it's like Somalia, not a country you want to vacation in.

Quote from: "Godpleton"
Finished reading another Krazy & Ignatz collection, this one from Herriman's twilight years. It really is the strip that keeps on giving.

Started Bottomless Belly Button. I thought it was just going to be another scratchy-indie tale of dysfunctional people but it's surprisingly moving.

At times I think Herriman said everything that needed to be said about love and desire. On your recommendation I think I'll give BBB a try.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 28 April, 2009, 02:23:59 pm
As mentioned previously I usually have a number of books on the go at once. Over the last couple of days I've finished In The Dark (no I didn't get the twist), House Of Mystery vol 1 (the story of the girl who marries the fly is both sick and brilliant) and The VC's (Finley Day era. Bloody fantastic. No-one did war like this guy.)

So almost a clean sweep of my current reads and a good batch they were. Only one to let the side down is the terrible Blackhearts which I'm still trawling manfully through although I'm starting to lose the will to live. Just so you know, it's a series set in the warhammer world written by Nathan Long and it is absolute tosh. Cliche ridden nonsense that doesn't even see fit to follow it's own internal logic from one chapter to the next. It reads like it was written by a 12 year old. Long is described as a former struggling screenwriter. If this is the calibre of his storytelling it's no wonder he struggled. Seriously, I've started so I'll finish but I'd advise anyone else to avoid like the plague.

Starting Fables tonight. Am I on to a winner anyone?
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Post by: stacey on 28 April, 2009, 03:35:40 pm
I love House of Mystery I think its awesome and also the covers are glorious.  I just picked up six issues of The Secret Six at the comic fair at the weekend and im enjoying it very much, picked up some random old progs and megs which I am looking forward to and have also just finished reading the two trades of The Irredeemable AntMan which were the dogs dangly's yes they were.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 April, 2009, 04:43:16 pm
Re-reading Fun Home and I'm getting a lot more out of it second time round, possibly because I've read some of Bechdel's other work.

The Great Margaret Atwood binge has lead to Lady Oracle, which is haunting.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 28 April, 2009, 04:56:51 pm
Quote from: "Godpleton"
Re-reading Fun Home

what a coinky-dinky - I've just read this from the library a few weeks ago and loved it.

Also recently took out the graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman's Coraline - the style of the new movie looks horrible and inappropriate to me after enjoying P Craig Russell's seriously spooky depictions of the button-eyed family.
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 28 April, 2009, 06:27:09 pm
I 'm having trouble focusing on just one book at the moment and I'm still alternating betweent the collected 'The Best of Tharg", "Dr and Quinch", "Slaine the King", "Slaine Horned God" as graphic novels as well as "Slaine: Time-Killer" as it was reprinted in the Megazine scattered around me and "Conquering armies" ( By Gal and Dionett)

Although, I have now also been reading bits of "Barlowes, Guide to Extra Terrestrials." There's some funny aliens in there. As well as John Carpenters "The Thing" which looks rather more muppet-like than it did in the film.
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Post by: uncle fester on 28 April, 2009, 06:27:28 pm
Um, I'm reading Button Man ...for the first time. Don't shout, I hadn't heard of it....  :oops:
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 28 April, 2009, 07:13:14 pm
I just read "Chaser" by Dean Koontz (although apparently he used a pseudonym originally). I get the impression Koontz isn't too highly regarded but I've read a heap of his stuff lately and I always find I can't put it down, the man knows how to spin a tale. This was great too, not a hint of the supernatural, just a great gritty crime thriller.
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Post by: uncle fester on 29 April, 2009, 08:12:23 am
I've read a few of his too. Good stuff if you don't have any preconceptions. And much more solid than a lot of similarly pigeon-holed authors.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 April, 2009, 08:56:39 am
Quote from: "Keef Monkey"
I just read "Chaser" by Dean Koontz (although apparently he used a pseudonym originally). I get the impression Koontz isn't too highly regarded but I've read a heap of his stuff lately and I always find I can't put it down, the man knows how to spin a tale. This was great too, not a hint of the supernatural, just a great gritty crime thriller.

He's good until you realise he uses the same cast of characters for every book.
But the crowning moment, and the one that stopped me reading his books forever was on reading The Bad Place and finding it it has exactly the same twist he'd used in a previous book.
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Post by: uncle fester on 29 April, 2009, 09:02:40 am
Quote from: "His Lordship rac"
Quote from: "Keef Monkey"
I just read "Chaser" by Dean Koontz (although apparently he used a pseudonym originally). I get the impression Koontz isn't too highly regarded but I've read a heap of his stuff lately and I always find I can't put it down, the man knows how to spin a tale. This was great too, not a hint of the supernatural, just a great gritty crime thriller.

He's good until you realise he uses the same cast of characters for every book.
But the crowning moment, and the one that stopped me reading his books forever was on reading The Bad Place and finding it it has exactly the same twist he'd used in a previous book.


You should try a Nick Pope novel...
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Post by: TordelBack on 29 April, 2009, 11:57:23 am
Phew, for a second there I thought you were talking about Stephen Coonts.  Because then I would have been forced to kill you.  Never has an attempt to stave off boredom while staying with the in-laws gone so horribly wrong as my reading the copy of Saucer left no-doubt innocently in the spare room.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 29 April, 2009, 02:23:29 pm
I read a lot of Stephen Coonts when I was a teenager and with the exception of  Flight Of The Intruder - which I thought was incredibly dull -  I seem to remember enjoying them immenseley. Don't think I've read Saucer though so I can't comment on that one.

Having said that  Tom Clancy is the God of implausible pro America techno thrillers in my house. Jack Ryan. Patriot Games , Red October, Clear And Present Danger. Pure Gold.
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Post by: TordelBack on 29 April, 2009, 02:40:26 pm
Ah Faplad, truly we are two but sides of the same coin.  Yours being the scarred and tasteless Two-Face side, obviously.
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Post by: stacey on 30 April, 2009, 10:35:21 am
Quote from: "uncle fester"
Um, I'm reading Button Man ...for the first time. Don't shout, I hadn't heard of it....  :oops:

I have totally failed to find the first trade in Newcastle, the second vol - plenty.  How annoying is that?
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Post by: Kev Levell on 30 April, 2009, 12:38:09 pm
I've taken a brief hiatus from my efforts to catch up reading the last 8 years worth of progs and am happy chomping my way through Watching the Watchmen.

What an absolutely top book. I've read Watchmen countless times over the last twenty odd years and each time I read it, I notice something else... then just when I thought I'd seen it all, this book throws up yet more things I was totally unaware of.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 01 May, 2009, 09:47:39 pm
Polished off The Black Dahlia today, and whilst it was a enthralling read, it's still a bit much, I thought.

Currently plowing through some Osamu Tezaku stuff, Dororo and Buddha. Captivating.
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Post by: Floyd-the-k on 02 May, 2009, 02:56:46 am
Euripedes 'the Suppliant women', which is good stuff once you get used to how much chattier it is than Sophocles and Aeschylus
An old Dr Who novel which is pretty damn ordinary and reminds me (shudder) of whatsername - umm, 'Mel'.....only reading it because I have a mysterious Dr Who compulsion lately

Kant and Foucault for study - Kant is difficult but worth it, Foucault is annoying but worth it

the Psalms in the King James Bible - which are terrific - there's something for everyone (well, everyone except people who hate the idea of reading Psalms) there.   I read one a day
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 02 May, 2009, 02:52:12 pm
Lowering the tone...

Primeval: Fire and Water, by Simon Guerrier. Another cracking Primeval novel- a series that has filled the 'tv tie-in novels written for adults' slot pretty well for me, since the BBC stopped pumping out proper Dr Who books and went over to cack-handed pissery with their tie-ins.
Star Trek: Assignment Earth GN, by John Byrne (it's bloody awful, as you'd expect)
6 issues of Eagle (&Wildcat/&Mask) from the late 'eighties.

Steev
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Post by: vzzbux on 02 May, 2009, 04:10:19 pm
Just started 'The Zombie Survival Guide' by Max Brooks.

Seems good for a laugh so far.





V
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Post by: Bouwel on 02 May, 2009, 04:52:47 pm
Follow it up with 'World War Z'. Excellent book.

-Bouwel-
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 02 May, 2009, 08:32:00 pm
I've just finished reading "Incompetence" by Rob Grant, picked it up for cheap in a charity shop. It was well worth the price, it's a pretty gripping read that handles humourous and serious situations with equal clarity. I'm now wondering if the author's other books are worth picking up - anyone here read any of them?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 02 May, 2009, 08:49:02 pm
Quote from: "Bouwel"
Follow it up with 'World War Z'. Excellent book.

-Bouwel-

Seconded. It really is spectacular. I'm a dyed-in-the-guts zombieholic, and this (along with Walking Dead and Romero's films) is as good as the subgenre gets. You won't regret it, I promise.

Steev
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Post by: Bouwel on 02 May, 2009, 09:00:02 pm
I just hope the film is truthful to the book.
If it is, we have a powerful treat awaiting us.

-Bouwel-
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Post by: Satanist on 05 May, 2009, 03:53:48 pm
Quote from: "SpookyTheCat"
Quote from: "Bouwel"
Follow it up with 'World War Z'. Excellent book.

-Bouwel-

Seconded. It really is spectacular. I'm a dyed-in-the-guts zombieholic, and this (along with Walking Dead and Romero's films) is as good as the subgenre gets. You won't regret it, I promise.

Steev

Thirded, World War Z is a great read.

I just finished Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry which is utter tripe but I still kind of enjoyed it.

Its like Dan Brown wrote 24 with terrorists intent on unleashing a zombie plague.

I've just started reading Child of God by Cormac McCarthy.
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 05 May, 2009, 03:59:16 pm
Catching up with the B.P.R.D books, which I'd fallen somewhat behind with lately (7 and 8 for now, then perhaps the next two).

Forgotten how much I loved this series - I think I might rate it better than the Hellboy books it span out of; it seems to have a much clearer idea of where it's going, and the gradual evolving of the characters is a constant joy. Nothing's allowed to stand still, the status quo only exists to be overturned and challenged, and I genuinely worry for the fates of my faves characters. It's one of the only ongoing American series that I'd rate as highly as Tooth.
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Post by: Bouwel on 05 May, 2009, 05:46:55 pm
Just started 'The Devil You Know' by Mike Carey and I have to say it's shaping up nicely.

Gave up on Permutation City. I'm sure it's a great book, just not for me.

-Bouwel-
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 06 May, 2009, 07:40:15 am
I'm currently reading Frank Miller's Daredevil omnibus. Now nothing new there was I've read all the stories in one form or another over the years BUT my cooment is to do with the practicality of omnibus editions.

While they certainly look great on the shelf I'm struggling to find a comfortable position to read this beast of a collection in. I weighs a ton and I worry the spine might get damaged under its own weight. Its to thick to easily open and read flat and apparently its irriating if I use my wife's legs as a book stand (when she's laying her legs across me on the sofa you understand I don't expect my wife to specific spend the evening holding books for me to read!).

Yeah so great read but damned annoying to read. I'll learn my lesson in the future.
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 May, 2009, 08:16:05 am
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I use my wife's legs as a book stand

The very rock upon which a good marriage is based.  In sickness and in health and as a lectern.
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Post by: House of Usher on 06 May, 2009, 09:38:41 am
I've got to read An Inspector Calls just to teach half an hour of a one-off tutorial to a private student. It'll cost me about £7.00 to obtain the reference material I need, so it's more an investment in future earnings than a gig that will make me money in its own right.

I've also been reading this bijou thing of beauty here:

(http://http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51O9Yj79pCL._SS500_.jpg)
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Post by: Satanist on 07 May, 2009, 12:55:53 pm
Righty-ho. Just finished Child of God and it reads pretty much like Son of Fink. So much so that is how I imagined the character looking for the 2nd half of the book.  It was alright if a tad disturbing.

Need to check the bookcase when I get home to see whats next.
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Post by: Tweak72 on 07 May, 2009, 02:19:12 pm
Valérian: Spatio-Temporal Agent. by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. but only the English translated ones as I am monolingual. I may relent and get the French ones just for the art.

These books were apparently a massive influence on the original Star Wars films design ands story elements as well as the latter part of the trilogy. Also them artist designed a lot of stuff for teh Fifth Element film.

If you like Mobious' stuff or like the Métal Hurlant or Heavy Metal magazine check these guys out as they are part of the same French 60's comics movment

http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Val%C3%A9rian_and_Laureline

(http://http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/06/Valerian_and_Laureline.jpg)

(http://http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a6/Valerian_Astroship.jpg/350px-Valerian_Astroship.jpg)
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Post by: Kerrin on 07 May, 2009, 10:35:29 pm
Enjoying 'Snow Crash' by Neal Stephenson. Started clunkily (over elaborate descriptions of hardware etc)  but soon got into it's stride. It's a good read.

Got the 3rd '100 Bullets' TPB yesterday and I thought I'd just have a quick glance at it before I nodded off last night. Fat chance. Slept straight through my alarm this morning. Awesome comic series. Risso's art is so clean and economical and yet lush and atmospheric that it makes me go back and look at panels just to get another hit. The dialogue is some of the best I've read, graphic novel or otherwise. If you haven't read these do yourself a favour and get them.

Picked up another Heath Robinson collection on ebay as well, I've got far too many of these now. Oh well.
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Post by: clarence worley on 14 May, 2009, 11:47:53 am
Scalped by Jason Aaron, published by Vertigo....brutal, crime thriller set on a native american reservation... constantly amazes me, top of my must read pile month in month out.

Young Liar's by David Lapham, published by Vertigo.... I would try and explain/give a brief synopsis but it's so strange and offbeat I would not know where to begin. Shame it's getting cancelled this summer.

Book wise, ''The Corner'' by David Simon, creator of the Wire.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 14 May, 2009, 09:59:39 pm
I've been contemplating Scalped for a while now, whenever I've sneaked a look at the Vertigo site. The trouble is I am currently reading Swamp Thing, Sandman, Lucifer, Y:The Last Man, Fables, Buffy:Season Eight and now Sgt. Rock. I have neither the time nor the disposable income to add any more to that list. Even when they start to finish I've got my eye on Hellblazer and 100 Bullets and of course Jack of Fables when the time comes. I'm sure I'll get around to Scalped at some point though.

On the subject of Sgt. Rock. This is the original 50's series in the Showcase book and despite the rather obvious flag waving and wholesome messages of courage and teamwork it has one thing very much in it's favour. Joe Kubert. As a relative newcomer to any comic not 2000ad - hence the list of classics I'm catching up on above - this is my first exposure to a guy I'm reliably informed is a legend. I can see why. I lay no claim to being an expert but the artwork on display here is blowing me away.

Oh, and I'm about to start reading Jasper Ffordes Nursery Crimes books. Loved his early Thursday Nexts but felt that the series went off the boil a little so we'll see how this goes.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 May, 2009, 10:43:34 am
Quote from: "faplad"
 
On the subject of Sgt. Rock. This is the original 50's series in the Showcase book and despite the rather obvious flag waving and wholesome messages of courage and teamwork it has one thing very much in it's favour. Joe Kubert. As a relative newcomer to any comic not 2000ad - hence the list of classics I'm catching up on above - this is my first exposure to a guy I'm reliably informed is a legend. I can see why. I lay no claim to being an expert but the artwork on display here is blowing me away.

Those Showcase Presents are great books. Otherwise there no way I'd able to read such classic work by master of the form such as Joe Kubert. Yeah in the first Rock volume (the second one nears the top of my to read pile) has some hockey sentiment BUT they stories are so well crafted and told that they stand up pretty well I think. And the art oh the glorious art...
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Post by: Tweak72 on 15 May, 2009, 12:21:12 pm
Just finished Volume 2 of John Byrnes Complete Next Men which I have to say has an interesting and strong main plot but suffers a lot from some really awful ideas and some over use of...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tweak72 on 15 May, 2009, 12:22:46 pm
Quote from: "Tweak72"
... Story telling devices like starting the next cut scene with a "voice over from the previous finishing plot thread.  

which was done to many times for my blood. the way [spoiler:29d0h21c]he uses the MIV "back up comic" as a semi separate story before melding the stories togeather[/spoiler:29d0h21c] was pretty cool though [spoiler:29d0h21c]although the phantom other comic beings like Concrete and Hellboy[/spoiler:29d0h21c] kind of detracted from the last part of the story.
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Post by: Kerrin on 15 May, 2009, 04:36:47 pm
This weekend I shall mostly be reading "100 Bullets". I managed to get volumes 4,5,6,7 and 9 for £20 on ebay. Result. No other bugger bid. They got delivered this morning.

And "The Goon, Chinatown" turned up about 5 minutes later.

Our postman at work just puts anything from amazon straight on my bench now. That's good service.

An embarrassment of riches. But what to read first. "Zima Blue" by Alastair Reynolds turned up yesterday as well.

So I'm all right for reading material for a bit.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 May, 2009, 09:35:07 pm
"William Shatner"'s 'Star Trek : Avenger'- which is yet another of "his" series of novels featuring Kirk messing about in the post-death Next Generation universe, taking the piss out of the pompous Next Gen characters, generally being brilliant, shagging loads of alien birds and taking on the borg single-handed. Grud help me, I love them! There's a cracking Spockplot to this one- and the chapter where Spock and Kirk suddenly meet again (struggling manfully in what can only be described as a lights-off homo-erotic fumble) brought a ridiculous grin to my face and a tear to my eye. A hundred pages to go, and I'm already scouring eBay for one of the remaining two that I haven't read.

Also plodding through 'Spider-Man: With Great Power...', which I'm finding to be tedious in the extreme. Christ, it's only 5 issues and its taken me three weeks (and one library renewal) to get to chapter three! I'm a lifelong Spidey-fan, but this is utter dirge.

Steev
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Post by: Bouwel on 16 May, 2009, 07:01:52 am
I'm on the next Felix Castor book by Mike Carey. Again, not bad thus far.

Further reports as the situation warrants!

-Bouwel-
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Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 17 May, 2009, 07:06:54 pm
I came back from town today with copies of Maus, Don Quioxte, and the new Aberystwyth novel clutched to my chest. I am so spoilt for choice I have no idea which to open first.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 May, 2009, 07:16:27 pm
Currently reading a collection of short stories by Saul Bellow. It was hard going at first but well worth it.

Comics wise I've recently been re-reading Warren Ellis's Stormwatch, one of my favourite superhero comics. Also re-read The Mother's Mouth by Dash Shaw. I hated it at first but a second read-through reveals its vital nuances. One use of repetition in particular is incredibly haunting. Also started The Portable Frank which is just beautiful.
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Post by: mogzilla on 17 May, 2009, 08:36:56 pm
Quote from: "The Satanist"
Righty-ho. Just finished Child of God and it reads pretty much like Son of Fink. So much so that is how I imagined the character looking for the 2nd half of the book.  It was alright if a tad disturbing.

Need to check the bookcase when I get home to see whats next.


ive just got that. cormac still doesnt know where his quotation marks are on his keyboard.
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Post by: mogzilla on 17 May, 2009, 08:42:51 pm
if any one knows where  can find the "autumn" series of books by david moody without having to remortgage the house (ebay,amazon im talking to you!) i'd be grateful...i emailed dave and enquired about the reprints but he dont know yet the fact that hes not afraid to reply to his fans is quite nice and down to earth....just hope they get the film released soon.
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Post by: stacey on 17 May, 2009, 08:45:37 pm
Quote from: "Bouwel"
I'm on the next Felix Castor book by Mike Carey. Again, not bad thus far.

Further reports as the situation warrants!

-Bouwel-


I love those books, with a passion.  I think Fix is just a perfect character, he learns and is adaptable, he isn't superheroy in the way that he gets pretty bloody beaten every now and again, he's funny and sarcastic and honourable.   I love Fix.  I don't like Pen much, but i love the rest of the books supporting characters.  Just, yes. I love these books I do.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 17 May, 2009, 11:15:22 pm
Just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy - astounding, harrowing, staggering and other such words are applicable. Cannot WAIT for the upcoming movie adaptation from John (The Proposition) Hillcoat.

Also reading 'The Graveyard Book' - not as good as Coraline, but entertaining nonetheless, and all the Hellblazer collections I can get me hands on (sorry, that one's a comic and not a book).
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 24 May, 2009, 03:25:23 pm
Ok, I've been mentioning Blackguards since the start of ths thread - the reason being that it's taken forever to read cos of it being so mind numbingly bad and me not being willing to endure more than a chapter at a time - and I can now announce that I've finished it.
    Did it build from it's humble beginnings to a rousing climax that blew me away with it's intricate plot reversals and masterful tieing up of all the loose ends I had, in my naivete, laughed off as gaping plot holes and cock ups?
   
No.

It was shit.

Gonna read Peter Falks autobiography next.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 24 May, 2009, 07:18:35 pm
About halfwat through "The System of the World" by Neal Stephenson, and I'm enjoying it. Next up I've got "Drama City" by George Pelecanos, can't wait.

Found one of Mike Carroll's books in MK Library, but deliberately didn't check it out as revenge for his WHOLESALE THEFT of the first short story competition. (That and my card was maxed out). How does that feel, Mike? How does that feel?
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 May, 2009, 09:37:21 pm
Started reading Michael Moorcock's Cornelius Quartet. I read stacks of Moorcock when I was a teenager but, for some reason, the Jerry Cornelius books completely passed me by. Read the first one, The Final Program, and found it pretty shit. Oh well, at least it was short. Hopefully the next one'll be better.

Comics wise, I've just finished Case Files 12. Some good stuff in there and very interesting to see how Wagner was building up the Dredd getting old angle in the lead up to Necropolis. Just the odd line dropped into a story now and then, all building up to convey the sense that Dredd's time could be up soon. Clever stuff. It also reminded me where Dog Deever got his username from.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 27 May, 2009, 03:53:37 am
Well, Peter Faulks autobiography turned out to be more a collection of random anecdotes in no particular order, lots of blank pages between chapters and pages of photographs and Faulks own art.All in all a very slight read. Thing is though, I've thoroughly enjoyed it. The guy comes across completely charming and I could happily read his stream of consciousness waffle for another book or three. Actually gutted it's finished.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 May, 2009, 10:28:50 pm
Reading Warren Ellis's first prose novel from '07 which is basically just the usual middle-of-the-road Ellis yarn but without the benefit of cool pictures. All the characters speak in the same way, the usual horrible stuff happens and we get the usual constant stream of wacky concepts and factoids that ultimately get a bit annoying. At least it's not one of the "Space thing" stories which all have the same plot.

"Oh no, there's some sort of giant space/interdimensional thing and it's going to kill a load of people in extremely horrible ways."
"Not to worry, I've figured out to kill it by using science or otherwise by being rationalistic because science is just so awesome."


Gonna start a George Pelecanos binge.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 29 May, 2009, 10:47:10 pm
Read 'No Country for old men' by Cormac McCarthy and very good it was too with it's bleak landscape and even bleaker people all at the mercy of unforseen consequences that their greed (Moss) or evil (Chigurh) unleash. There really are no clean getaways and fate might be put off or denied for a while but in the end the forces facing you will become to big to control and will destroy you and the people you care about.Chilling.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 29 May, 2009, 10:51:07 pm
I just got me the first three volumes of The Savage Sword of Conan tpbs off Ebay. I used to get the comic as a yoof, but WH Smith in Southport were very lacksidaisical and I eventually gave up in frustration. The meagre collection I had somehow disappeared and, remembering fondly, I succumbed to the listing.

Wow. The writing's a bit florid, but in an entirely fitting manner and much of the black and white strip artwork is nothing short of stunning. I'm going to have to get the rest of these - it's just a pity that there aren't a few colour pages to show off some of the cover art but still, a cracking addition to my collection. Knocks Slaine into a cocked hat, imho.

I purchased them from here: http://http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260379391446  and the guy accepted a best offer of £29.95 with free postage, in case anyone's interested.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 29 May, 2009, 10:59:00 pm
I recently finished "Eve Online" even  though I don't play the game I just liked the cover artwork. A pretty good read and had some decent lines like "Heaven , the most constructive farce of all time."

Just started Astropolis -Saturns Return, good so far.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 June, 2009, 02:22:37 am
Recently set aside my Sgt. Rock book - little too repetitious to read it all in one go - for a bit of House Of Secrets. Another Showcase Presents book that illustrates just how lucky we are to be living in this era. The book contains 18 issues of HoS from way back when, I forget the dates but it contains the first Swamp Thing story if that narrows it down, and with a few notable exceptions they are very poor. Characters who act in the most ridiculous ways, solely to get them in position for the "twist" endings. Very bad. I might be more forgiving - simpler times and all that - if the few good ones weren't so much better. The talent was there back then so why was the mindless fluff tolerated.

Also rcently finished The Kindly Ones. The best Sandman yet and that's saying something. An absolute masterpiece with a really, really downbeat ending. Lets just say, Gaiman pulls no punches with this one. A bit sad though cos it means I only have 2 more of these to read. Do't know what'll replace it in my GN rotation. Torn between 100 bullets and Hellblazer. Probably go with bullets and leave Hellblazer till I run out of Swamp Thing trades but I;ll no doubt change my mind 20 times between now and my next book run.
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Post by: Kerrin on 02 June, 2009, 07:08:49 am
Go with Bullets Faplad. I've just finished the 9th one and they are freakin' awesome.

Also just read "The Goon, Chinatown", as it says inside the front cover "This ain't funny", good but short.
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Post by: Kev Levell on 02 June, 2009, 10:15:52 am
Currently chomping my way through 2002's run of Megazine - Lenny Zero is currently sitting at No.1 for best story but the death of Otto Sump has carried the most weight. I'm skipping over the reprints but it was nice to see the Ezquerra version of Bad Company.
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Post by: Shakara on 02 June, 2009, 10:52:51 am
Sitting near me ready to be consumed is a weighty hardback copy of Michael Palin's Diaries that I managed to pick up for £3. What a summer it shall be.
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Post by: Buddy on 02 June, 2009, 11:41:37 am
Guitar for Dummies

Cause I'm learning the guitar and I'm a dummy.
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Post by: Albion on 02 June, 2009, 06:23:36 pm
Quote from: "Shakara"
Sitting near me ready to be consumed is a weighty hardback copy of Michael Palin's Diaries that I managed to pick up for £3. What a summer it shall be.

Palin's Diaries are very good. More enjoyable than I expected.

I'm currently reading the Dredd V Death novel and Vol. 2 of the Meg.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 02 June, 2009, 06:51:35 pm
Quote from: "faplad"
Also rcently finished The Kindly Ones. The best Sandman yet and that's saying something. An absolute masterpiece with a really, really downbeat ending. Lets just say, Gaiman pulls no punches with this one. A bit sad though cos it means I only have 2 more of these to read.
Not reread Sandman in a while, but Brief Lives and Season of Mists were my favourites. I remember catching up and starting to buy it in single issues from #50; the wait between some of the installments of The Kindly Ones was absurd.  I know I could just look it up, but I thought there was only The Wake after that, and isn't this thread all about the conversation?
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Post by: Kerrin on 02 June, 2009, 07:31:21 pm
Nearly finished "Zima Blue and Other Stories" by Alastair Reynolds.

Another hugely enjoyable collection of short stories from the "Revelation Space" author. He does BIG cosmological stuff very well, i.e not shit boring, and comes up with wonderfully bizarre worlds, alternate realities and deranged characters .

Great SF.

Just like the vast majority of his other work (with a couple of notable exception's, but hey, whatchygonnado?)
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 June, 2009, 11:23:02 pm
Quote from: "The Cosh"
I know I could just look it up, but I thought there was only The Wake after that, and isn't this thread all about the conversation?

Well, the back of the books I have list eleven. After The Kindly Ones there's The Wake and Endless Nights. Turns out now that The Wake is the end of the ongoing series and Endless Nights is a collection of one offs, one per member of the Endless.
Makes its purchase only mildly less essential but is a slight dissapointment as I thought I had slightly more of the main plot to come than is the case.

In the Library today to use their computers cos their machines load comic pages a hell of a lot faster than my laptop - still reading a lot of old IPC stuff on the sevenpenny sites, my God they're a treasure trove - and while waiting for a screen to free up I picked up All Star Batman And Robin. Nice, attractive hardback with a gushing introduction from some DC top bod about the legendary creators within. Figured  it was worth a look even though I normally avoid the Superhero genre like the plague.
Er. . . I have  next to no knowledge of what Batman is supposed to be like but I'm fairly certain this isn't it. Didn't read all of it.
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 03 June, 2009, 06:35:27 am
just purchase Daryl shans vampire series,
they are for my son, whom considers them to be great,
hoping for reasonable if adolescent read in these volumes.
the intention is to get into his interests and have something of common ground we can discuss.

though his ability to get the subs envolope before i do is a heart warming moment i carry.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 03 June, 2009, 09:23:43 pm
Quote from: "faplad"
I picked up All Star Batman And Robin. Nice, attractive hardback with a gushing introduction from some DC top bod about the legendary creators within. Figured it was worth a look even though I normally avoid the Superhero genre like the plague.
Er. . . I have next to no knowledge of what Batman is supposed to be like but I'm fairly certain this isn't it. Didn't read all of it.
Wrly_brd discovered a wonderfully hilarious review (http://http://www.2000adonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=24025) of this a while ago. God-damn Batman!

Quote from: "faplad"
After The Kindly Ones there's The Wake and Endless Nights. Turns out now that The Wake is the end of the ongoing series and Endless Nights is a collection of one offs, one per member of the Endless.
No 11, Endless Nights is definitely worth having if you've enjoyed 1-10, even though The Wake concludes the actual story-arc. The quality of the stories and art remains high, though they did start scraping the barrel with some of the later spin-offs. Annoyingly though (for us anally retentive comic geeks) it's a wider and taller volume (well my copy is) than the other ten, thus ruining the symmetry of a  perfect set on my shelf. Yeah, petty, I know!  ;)
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 11 June, 2009, 11:31:28 pm
Just finished THE ROAD by Cormac Mcarthy.

Bloody hell it's good.

I'm looking forward to the film. Hopefully starring Will Smith.  And they should give him a gun with more than a couple of bullets in it.  I reckon he should have twin Uzi machine pistols and do that really cool thing where they strap another clip onto the bottom of the one in the gun.  And there's be some well cool action scenes - with THE MAN surfing down the road on top of his shopping trolley in a balletic slow mo orgy of violence as he blasts his guns at hordes of cannibals on either side of him as a petrol station explodes in even slower motion behind him and he outruns the explosion on the trolley.  And I reckon he should be able to start the negine of the boat he and the boy find and sail off to an island where the ash hasn't made it and it's still sunny and possibly they were filming the Hawaiian Tropic sun tan lotion advertisments there so there are loads of good looking women for him to repopulate the earth with.
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Post by: radiator on 11 June, 2009, 11:42:33 pm
Reading The Stars My Destination for the second time - don't think I've ever read a book twice before.

It's well good.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 11 June, 2009, 11:45:28 pm
DC Showcase: JLA vol 3. Pretty good, even when Zatanna shows up and I have to spend ages reading the backwards words and I feel like a retard.

Jeff Smith's Shazam, enormous fun.
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 12 June, 2009, 07:45:35 am
This morning I am mostly reading my EASP, sure a couple of boarders will know what it is as I'm about to run the first exercise that I've planned, organised and will be running 8-?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 June, 2009, 09:21:01 am
Quote from: "Tiplodocus"
Just finished THE ROAD by Cormac Mcarthy.

Bloody hell it's good.

I'm looking forward to the film.

It bloody is good.
The movie doesn't have Big Willie though, but Aarogorn.  http://the-road--trailer.blogspot.com/ (http://the-road--trailer.blogspot.com/)
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 12 June, 2009, 09:54:18 am
Quote from: "Roger Godpleton"
Jeff Smith's Shazam, enormous fun.

Jeff Smith's Shazam is absolutely glorious. As it goes I'm also enjoying RASL by him as and when it comes out
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Post by: klute on 16 June, 2009, 07:46:52 pm
Atm im reading a few things rhe michael moorcock corum series as one of the above poster's mentioned i also read the books in my teens and whilst digging out the 1st and 2nd series of cyberforce and codename strykeforce comics by image to read i came across michael moorcock..

Im all so reading a book called easy riders,raging bulls by peter biskind which is a tell all book about the film industry in the late 60's 70's and 80's and thus far seems good.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 16 June, 2009, 08:42:43 pm
Almost finished John Fishers Tony Hancock biography (only taken me 3 months! It's a big heavy book to be reading five pages a night before you nod off!) and have just picked up Let The Right One In because I enjoyed the film so much earlier this year.
Comics wise I have just bought the latest Dan Dare reprint The Phantom Fleet. So that should be good.
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Post by: Judge Man on 18 June, 2009, 04:47:14 am
The last manga/comics that I have read is Manga Messiah.
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Post by: Kerrin on 24 June, 2009, 08:21:03 pm
The latest Joe Abercrombie book "Best Served Cold" turned up today. Excellent.

His "First Book of the Law" trilogy was class. The wonderful 'Inquisitor Glotka' is one of my favourite characters to appear in any medium for ages. A delightfully twisted specimen. I'd recommend them without hesitation.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 30 June, 2009, 05:40:51 pm
I've just finished "DC Universe: Last Sons" by Alan Grant, featuring Lobo, Martian Manhunter and Superman. It's a really fun ride; I was expecting only the parts with the Main Man to be interesting, but the whole book was gripping and very readable, a superhero-ish tale with a science fiction edge.

I've always maintained that Lobo comics, when written by Grant, are some of the most entertaining comics around, and this book is no different for being in prose. It's actually achieved the impossible: made me interested in reading some more stories about the Manhunter character. If you get a chance to read the book, take it - it's fab.
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 30 June, 2009, 06:27:24 pm
This Thursday the 1st I'll be reading, mignola's witch finder, chew one and two by image captain America reborn, boys 32 and checking out Coleby's art on the authority 12
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Post by: TheEdge on 02 July, 2009, 10:11:12 am
Afterblight : OPERATION MOTHERLAND

LEE Keegan [spoiler:1fdyeu3m]gets blown to shit again. I'm also extremely upset at the demise of ROWLES, but at least he got to go with a bang[/spoiler:1fdyeu3m]

Have any of you read the afterblight chronicles,
If not, WHY THE HELL NOT. ITS PRACTICALLY ESSENTIAL READING MATERIAL IN THE MIDDLE OF A SWINE FLU EPIDEMIC
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Post by: DavidXBrunt on 02 July, 2009, 10:40:25 am
Y - The Last Man. I'd bought, and quite liked, the first 8 books but never got around to the last two. I've rectified that and am reading it at 2 episodes a night. 20 down, 40 to go.

Jack of Fables - Huge fan of Fables but I dropped Jackoffables after 5 intending to just buy the trades. Ended up buying the first 5 books in one go and catching up. I think I may have enjoyed it more in single issues actually. I'm a bit disappointed by how far behind we are on collections, Image do the sensible thing with Walking Dead of churning them out so you can keep bang up to date. Jackoffables however is nearly 12 months behind.

War and Peace, a chapter or two each day on the bus to and from work. I'm working through a selection of Rusky buks at the moment and taking the chance to read this again.
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 02 July, 2009, 10:47:16 am
just bought the trades of The Boys volumes 1-4
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 02 July, 2009, 11:28:03 am
Started reading Balzac and wondered why I never started sooner.
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Post by: The Monarch on 02 July, 2009, 01:29:17 pm
jackoffables (god I love eliza wall for that line) is a great laugh

I still love the main fables book though its took a really cool turn after the end of the war
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Post by: Dandontdare on 02 July, 2009, 09:13:00 pm
Quote from: "zombemybabynow"
just bought the trades of The Boys volumes 1-4
say what? I've had vol 4 on pre-order with Amazon for what seems like forever (added vol 5 recently too) Must pop over and check what the latest estimated delivery is.
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Post by: House of Usher on 03 July, 2009, 01:07:54 am
I'm reading Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld from 1987+, reprinted in hardback as vol.1: 'Wahoolazuma'.

(http://http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/15/15805.jpg)
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 03 July, 2009, 10:39:20 am
Finally completed my collection of Beanworld a few months back and its now very close to the top of the pile and will be read sometime this summer. Can't wait as the stuff I read back in the day was brillant, brillant stuff.

Hope there's more new stuff coming after the X-Mas special
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 03 July, 2009, 03:43:06 pm
The Boys Volume No.4 came out Wednesday 1st July.

Got all the issues so far of The Authority: world's end by Abnett and Coleby, Tres, tres bon

Check it out if you haven't - even if like me you've never read the authority or wildstorm comics before.
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Post by: vzzbux on 08 July, 2009, 08:26:20 pm
Just found my Sven Hassel books in my loft. Will take some time to plough through these again.







V
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 08 July, 2009, 09:23:15 pm
Just started the Harry Potters for the first time. Quite enjoying them, too.  Finished the third on the train this morning.
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Post by: Grae the puppetmaker on 08 July, 2009, 10:22:50 pm
Just read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. God that's harrowing. And grim. And more harrowing.

Now re-reading my Transmetropolitan trades.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 July, 2009, 11:14:13 pm
I've started reading Planetes, a manga about space garbage men. It may have just been my melancholy disposition at the time but I had to stop reading at one point because of how affecting it was.
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Post by: SamuelAWilkinson on 08 July, 2009, 11:47:59 pm
I'm currently re-reading, for at least the tenth time, Spike Milligan's war memoirs - Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall et al. Really funny at some parts, horribly moving and affecting at others. Should be required reading.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 09 July, 2009, 12:23:49 am
No blacks. No dogs. No Irish.

Not Godpleton's new sig, but Johnny Rotten's autobiography. Equal measures self-aggrandising, blame-passing, revealing and obfuscating but always fascinating and completely hilarious. It's the kind of writing which perfectly captures the rhythm of speech: you can hear him sneering out every short, clipped sentence. The insertion of commentary from a number of other people who were there makes for an interesting sense of perspective too.
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 10 July, 2009, 09:12:29 pm
Nearing the end of Neal Stephenson's 'The Confusion', with the first few Flashman books and some H.G. Wells lined up for after that.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 11 July, 2009, 10:17:24 am
"The New space Opera" by various writers. Ok rather than star stunning. Not really my idea of space opera either, too techie and not enough blasting those tentacled aliens. At least not so far.

Just read Christopher Moellers graphic novels "Iron Empires- Faith Conquers" and "Shiva's War",. now that is my idea of space opera plucky humans blasting oogley 'orrible aliens,a bit Warhammer 40k, but I like that sort of stuff anyway.
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Post by: OpusAndBill on 11 July, 2009, 11:14:35 am
Nightmare Town, a Dashiell Hammett short story collection.
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Post by: Mardroid on 14 July, 2009, 12:13:15 pm
I grabbed a few books from the library recently, most of which I've read.

Recently I read a DC GN crossover with Superman and Captain Marvel (I think it was called 'First Thunder.' Awful as it sounds, it was actually fairly decent.

I also read an Anne Rice novel 'The Body Thief.' Not bad, but I'm slightly tired of the big twist at the end of her books. Don't get me wrong, I like a twist in a story, but in her case it tends to feel tacked on after the main story is finished, and rather out of nowhere just for shock value. And much as I don't mind different sexual orientations being depicted in novels (it's realistic after all) 'every character being bisexual is a little daft. (Ok, that's an exaggeration.)

I then read a Manga called 'Monster' by Kurosawa. I often avoid mangas as I find the dialogue rather excruciating, and the sheer amount of sound affects (each with speech baloons!) irritating. And this suffered from all that. To be fair there actually was a decent plot in this story though. Unfortunately it turned out to be the first volume in a series, so the stories not over yet. I'm not sure if I will bother to hunt the others or not. I'd like to know what happens, but the corny cliches and cheese is a bit overpowering.

I just started a novel, White Wolf by David Gemmell. Too early to tell how it is, but it's ok so far. Gemmells not a favourite author as such but he tells a decent yarn with interesting worlds and creatures. The 'killer with a conscience' theme is a bit repetitive though. But then it is an interesting theme.
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Post by: worldshown on 14 July, 2009, 12:30:49 pm

I then read a Manga called 'Monster' by Kurosawa.

Is that the one with the Japanese surgeon in Germany and set in the late 80s? If so then I have seen some of the anime of it.

The anime is well plotted but it does tend to drag, though the antagonist (when he appears) is a pretty memorable villain.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 14 July, 2009, 02:18:54 pm
Hello! I figured I'd add to this impressive list:

As far as books, I've just finished a collection by Lord Dunsany, who is far and away, my favorite writer. Just this morning I cracked open Duncton Wood by William Horwood; I absolutely love animal stories, and this came highly recommended by the fellow working the thrift store counter. So far, so good.

And as for comics, I am rereading my Conan the Barbarian collection 1-375 back to back to take in the full glory (and bumps) of its amazing (by  monthly standards) run. I am currently on 212. Amazing how Roy Thomas could do no wrong for 110 issues during his first stint, and then lost it completely for his second stint at the end of the run. Also, it becomes incredibly evident how amazing Barry Smith (not yet Windsor) was in comparison to those that followed, even John Buscema. Whither art thou, BWS?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 July, 2009, 06:17:34 pm
Read Confederacy of Dunces for the first time which is great and also horribly depressing.
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Post by: Kerrin on 14 July, 2009, 07:35:40 pm
That's one of those ones I'm definitely going back to...one day. I've been reading "Red Mars" by Kim Stanley Robinson, again. Also "The Goon" vol.7 and I just got the third of the "Aldebaran" series by Leo from Cinebook.

If you haven't read them Kim Stanley Robinson's "Mars Trilogy",red green and blue, are a fantastic tale of the colonisation of the red planet.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 14 July, 2009, 07:46:19 pm
I agree Kerrin, although the books to tend to go through some serious dry spots. A fantastic trilogy indeed, and they sit upon the shelf regulated to my favorite sci-fi. Still, as wonderful as the three of them are, combined they aren't a patch on Dune!
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 14 July, 2009, 08:15:24 pm
Read Confederacy of Dunces for the first time which is great and also horribly depressing.

Good grief Roger Godpleton is that you. All this modifying of avatars is making it difficult to spot people. What fun!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 July, 2009, 10:31:51 pm
Yeah, it's Synnamon. I'm being "postmodern" and shit.
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Post by: TordelBack on 15 July, 2009, 01:20:52 pm
Re-reading Name of the Rose, and frankly I'm not finding it the mind-bending experience I did all those years ago.  Is it me, or is Umberto Eco just a little bit full of stomm?  

When I read this first, I saw it as an eye-opening exercise in semiotics and hermeneutics, with a clever and colourful narrative and setting to pull the reader along.  Now it feels like a Sherlock Holmes Elseworlds.:   William of Baskerville, a tall skinny hook-nosed drug-addicted master of deductive detection, called in to investigate a locked-room mystery uncovers a labyrinthine conspiracy.   Maybe I've grown thicker with age, or maybe post-modernism is the preserve of the young and forgiving (see above).  I'll persist.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 15 July, 2009, 01:52:03 pm
American Gods.
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 15 July, 2009, 02:05:13 pm
About 2/3rds of the way through the Talisman by King & Straub. As much as I'm enjoying it (Not read it for many years) it hasn't aged well for me.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 July, 2009, 12:16:11 am
Re-reading Name of the Rose, and frankly I'm not finding it the mind-bending experience I did all those years ago.  Is it me, or is Umberto Eco just a little bit full of stomm?  

When I read this first, I saw it as an eye-opening exercise in semiotics and hermeneutics, with a clever and colourful narrative and setting to pull the reader along.  Now it feels like a Sherlock Holmes Elseworlds[/i.
Can it be both and can he be full of stomm and still good? I haven't read if for a while, but I've always thought it manages to integrate the two sides in a way that nothing else of his that I've read (not that much, tbh) has. Foucault's Pendulum is tedious pish though: sort of like Illuminatus without the jokes.
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Post by: Mardroid on 16 July, 2009, 12:25:51 am

I then read a Manga called 'Monster' by Kurosawa.

Is that the one with the Japanese surgeon in Germany and set in the late 80s? If so then I have seen some of the anime of it.

That's the one.
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Post by: Grant Goggans on 16 July, 2009, 02:12:06 am
I just finished About Time 3 and the fourth Moomin book, and I'm working on Lester Bangs' Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life and Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba's Casanova.  And prog 1635.
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Post by: TordelBack on 16 July, 2009, 09:20:27 am
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Can it be both and can he be full of stomm and still good?

Mmmm.   I'm a bit further in now, and I'm enjoying it a lot more.  Oddly, it's the insanely enormous descriptive lists (every figure in an ornately carved doorway or manuscript margin described in detail, every herb and its effects both in moderation and in excess) that I'm finding most fun - very Neal Stephenson (as I'm sure Eco would hate to hear).  I really enjoyed Foucault's Pendulum when I read it, but that was nearly 20 years ago and I may now be viewing its memory overly positively because of comparison with its runtish bastardised offspring The Da Vinci Cock. 
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Post by: Tweak72 on 16 July, 2009, 09:41:49 am
Baron & Rude's Nexus.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 16 July, 2009, 12:10:22 pm
I'm reading Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld from 1987+, reprinted in hardback as vol.1: 'Wahoolazuma'.

Well just finished reading the whole thing (all 21 issues and the recent X-Mas special) and have to say its brillant. If anybodies tempted and they should be, the second hardcover (after the one House Of read) is out now I think and this completes the original run AND THEN and this one has me very excited. There's a new original 216 page graphic novel out in November. WAYHEY!!!!!!
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Post by: Mikey on 16 July, 2009, 12:32:26 pm
Recently finished Anathem by Neal Stevenson - top banana as per usual.

And just read vol.1 of Moore,Bissette & Totlenbom's Swamp Thing (starts at issue 12?) and it's absolute aces. I'm sure a lot of you have already read the bugger,but it takes me a while to get 'round to these things sometimes.The only very minor quibble I have is that I would really like to see the sublime artwork in monochrome - the colouring is excellent but almost too simplistic sometimes IMO.

M.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 16 July, 2009, 12:59:27 pm
Re-reading Name of the Rose, and frankly I'm not finding it the mind-bending experience I did all those years ago.  Is it me, or is Umberto Eco just a little bit full of stomm?  

When I read this first, I saw it as an eye-opening exercise in semiotics and hermeneutics, with a clever and colourful narrative and setting to pull the reader along.  Now it feels like a Sherlock Holmes Elseworlds[/i.
Can it be both and can he be full of stomm and still good? I haven't read if for a while, but I've always thought it manages to integrate the two sides in a way that nothing else of his that I've read (not that much, tbh) has. Foucault's Pendulum is tedious pish though: sort of like Illuminatus without the jokes.

I loved the Name of the Rose (and after reading it I understood the film second time around!), but I totally agree with Cosh about Foucoult's Pendulum. I took this when I was travelling in South America last year as I thought it's size-to-density ratio made it good value, especially for the 11 hour flights. Read about 40 pages and then actually preferred the in-flight action/romcom starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey - yes, it was THAT shit. Maybe it's his fascination with cracking this devilish new Ultimate Code - a password protected Word Processor file - ooooh, spooky! Doesn't have the same thrill as a lost text by Aristotle, or even the crappy DaVinci code!

I ended up reading a Terry Pratchett and the last 2 Harry Potters, plus Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux, during the rest of the trip, all borrowed from the on-truck library or various hostels.
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Post by: TordelBack on 16 July, 2009, 04:09:53 pm
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Recently finished Anathem by Neal Stevenson - top banana as per usual.

Easily the best book I've read in the past 12 months.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 16 July, 2009, 10:11:14 pm
Re-read 1602 recently and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I quite like Gaiman when he writes about human beings before he piles on the twee crap.
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Post by: TheEdge on 20 July, 2009, 08:53:50 am
The Last Watch :D
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 20 July, 2009, 11:22:23 pm
Screen Burn and Dawn Of The Dumb. Pure genius. Ashamed to say that I'd never heard of Charlie Brooker before seeing these dirt cheap next to the tills in HMV. Never laughed so much in a long time.

Spooky thing is I was buying, amongst a big pile of other stuff that was in the sale, Dead Set. Totally oblivious. None the wiser till I got home. 

Also reading the various Torchwood novels. CoE reminded me that I hadn't bought any in a while so off I trundled to Waterstones and bloody hell there are millions of the buggers. How often are they releasing them? Anyway, bought the lot and know what I'm reading for the foreseeable future.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 21 July, 2009, 08:34:27 am
Screen Burn and Dawn Of The Dumb. Pure genius. Ashamed to say that I'd never heard of Charlie Brooker before seeing these dirt cheap next to the tills in HMV. Never laughed so much in a long time. 

If you get the chance check out 'Screenwipe' on BBC4 or he has a new quiz tonight on Channel 4 I think. The fella's genius.

Speaking of which started re-reading Ann Nocenti's Daredevil run this weekend. I know when it comes to DD people always talk about Miller and Jansen's run or the Bendis one, both fine fine efforts BUT for me the Nocenti run will always be the best its simply brillant.
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Post by: Kerrin on 21 July, 2009, 06:35:50 pm
Hey Faplad, Charlie Brooker usualy writes a column for the Guardian on Mondays, it's in section 2 of the paper, or online I guess. Not this Monday though, the workshy fop is on another holiday. Next Monday though.
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Post by: OpusAndBill on 21 July, 2009, 07:31:44 pm
Speaking of which started re-reading Ann Nocenti's Daredevil run this weekend. I know when it comes to DD people always talk about Miller and Jansen's run or the Bendis one, both fine fine efforts BUT for me the Nocenti run will always be the best its simply brillant.

Totally agree. It went downhill rapidly after she left.
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Post by: radiator on 21 July, 2009, 07:44:11 pm
Currently about halfway through The Demolished man by Alfred Bester, which I'm enjoying but it hasn't grabbed me like The Stars My Destination did.

Also working my way through Shakara: The Avenger to refresh my memory for the new series, and just today got Wilt, the final 100 Bullets volume - can't wait to get started on that one!
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Post by: Kerrin on 21 July, 2009, 08:31:40 pm
and just today got Wilt, the final 100 Bullets volume - can't wait to get started on that one!

YEE-HA! I was thinking this wasn't out till the 28th of August, canceled the Amazon order and got one on eBay. Cheers for the heads up Radiator. Come on postie, hurry UP! Two to three working days, cuh, IwannitNOW!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 21 July, 2009, 09:05:20 pm
Started reading The Question. Good but a bit dated.
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Post by: Comrade Aleksandr on 22 July, 2009, 10:47:10 am
The History of Modern China: 1850-2009.
My Dad bought it for me since I'm studying Mao's China at college.
Really didn't enjoy it a t first, but after making myself read a chapter a day of it for the past few weeks, have really gotten into it!
I'm at the mid 1970s at the moment. Chairman Mao, the 'Great Helmsman' has finally, finally,finally died!
Deng Xiaoping is slowly rising up through the Parties ranks again after being discredited and purged durring the cataclysmic Cultural Revolution.
I'm also not far off finishing Cities in Flight by James Blish.
As soon as I hve finished it, I'm going to start on Valis by Philip K. Dick.
When I finish the China book I intend to finish Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche.
And try and get hold of Endymion omnibus by Dan Simmons.
Anyone here read Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 July, 2009, 12:06:39 pm
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And try and get hold of Endymion omnibus by Dan Simmons.
Anyone here read Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons?


Indeed I have! They're all stone cold classics.
Rise of Endymion is a bit overlong, I think, but more then worth it in the end... for a reason I cannot discuss because of spoilers.
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Post by: TordelBack on 22 July, 2009, 12:26:53 pm
I enjoyed Hyperion a lot, but for some reason could never get into Fall of Hyperion, so went no further.  Have to give it another try  someday.
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Post by: Kerrin on 22 July, 2009, 05:42:51 pm
I've read the collected editions of 'Hyperion' and 'Endymion', they're both good though I preferred 'Hyperion'.
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Post by: Comrade Aleksandr on 23 July, 2009, 01:11:47 pm
I enjoyed Hyperion a lot, but for some reason could never get into Fall of Hyperion, so went no further.  Have to give it another try  someday.
You really must!
The revelations at the end are astounding!
The philosophical conclusions it reaches about how an all-loving God could call Abraham to sacrifice his son is breathtaking!
There making Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion into a film you know. How the Hell you can condense the two into a single movie is beyond me. Though I'm a-praying the Judi Dench will play CEO Gladstone. And as long as it somehow involves John Hurt I'll be happy ;)
Any over cast suggestions? 
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 July, 2009, 01:22:36 pm
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Any over cast suggestions?


Hurt would make a good Duré... or possibly Sol Weintraub.

Martin Silenus- Oliver Platt

Kassad- him off Lost that plays Said.




edited: got a character name wrong... the shame!
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Post by: satchmo on 23 July, 2009, 06:06:17 pm
Just got the Tales Designed To Thrizzle hardcover by Michael Kupperman,it's beautiful and hysterically funny. Also got All Select Comics 1 (one of them 70th anniversary Marvel books) that he has a Marvex The Super Robot story in. Its mental, but the reprints of the original Marvex stories are even mentaler!
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 24 July, 2009, 12:27:16 am
Found by sheer luck an advanced copy of the last of James Ellroy's Underworld Trilogy: Blood's a Rover. If you have never heard of it try the first American Tabloid.

Also picked up Asterios Polyp: David Mazzucelli's first comic in nearly a decade. It IS good but I am sorry to say does not live up to the hype. I am also sorry to report it is not better than Born Again so under Miller's shadow he must remain.

In better news Cooke's Parker adaptation is hot shit. All crime comic fans go snap it up.
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Post by: Comrade Aleksandr on 24 July, 2009, 09:04:53 am
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Any over cast suggestions?


Hurt would make a good Duré... or possibly Sol Weintraub.

Martin Silenus- Oliver Platt

Kassad- him off Lost that plays Said.




edited: got a character name wrong... the shame!

I'm just hoping that it won't be another 'Dune'.
Woeful film, couldn't finnish watching it if you paid me.
Actually, you probably could... ;)
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Post by: Kerrin on 31 July, 2009, 05:57:35 pm
Malcolm the ancient teddy boy, our postie at work, delivered a bumper harvest of new books today. It's always nice when stuff you've ordered days and weeks apart turn up in one delivery. So I shall mostly be reading, Orbital vol2, The Losers vol1, The Goon vol8, Wireless, a new short story collection from Charles Stross and last but by no means least Photoshop Elements 6 for Dummies. Excellent.

Still can't quite believe they're making a film of Hyperion.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 31 July, 2009, 06:06:09 pm
I enjoyed Hyperion a lot, but for some reason could never get into Fall of Hyperion, so went no further.  Have to give it another try  someday.
Hyperion's fabulous and Fall of Hyperion closes out the story well enough. I've read the Endymion ones and, while there are good sections, they drag quite a lot.

Simmons does like to make his hefty tomes. I read The Terror (a sort of horror about what might have happened on Franklin's lost expedition to find the Northwest Passage) last year and it was also jolly good but could've easily lost 200 pages.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 01 August, 2009, 10:13:01 am
'Tide of Souls'- Abaddon books new 'Tome of the Dead'. Or new to me, anyway. Like the format-change, like the contents even more. I've been a bit lukewarm to these so far, as each one has tried to twist the zombie idea into something else, when what I've REALLY wanted to read is a stonking great zombie apocalypse story. This one, on the other hand, is doing the job. I'm about halfway through and it's all gone a bit Bravo Two Zero on me, but it's still massively entertaining.

Steev
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Post by: House of Usher on 02 August, 2009, 03:30:51 pm
At the start of the summer I read two Shakespeare plays. Julius Caesar was alright, I suppose. There's a good clown (a cobbler) in the first scene, and there are a couple more good scenes in it: Brutus in his orchard the night before the assassination, and Mark Anthony's speech after Brutus's speech in the marketplace after the assassination. The signs and portents are so numerous and over the top it's comical. But the Civil War at the end is just awful, and it's hard to imagine it done well on stage. "Oh no! Titinius is captured! I must kill myself! *Urgh*." [enter Titinius], "Oh no! I was winning, and so was Brutus, but mistaken reports of my having been overwhelmed got back to the camp. Now we've lost." Repeat until everyone's dead.

Two Gentlemen of Verona was even worse. A very lightweight comedy with no very good characters. I recommend giving it a miss.
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 04 August, 2009, 10:44:56 am
Usher - have you ever read any of George Bernard Shaw's stuff about Shakespeare and Bardolatory? You'd dig him the most!

At the moment, I'm about halfway through To Dream of the Dead, the latest Merrily Watkins mystery by Phil Rickman. I think a lot of 2000AD readers would really enjoy them. Merrily Watkins is an Anglican priest in a small village outside Hereford, and also the diocesan "deliverance minister" (that's "exorcist" to you and me). As a result, she gets consulted by the police in any crimes with an apparent ritual or religious slant. There's never an actual supernatural element to the solution, but there's lots of stuff about religion, mysticism, folklore and art. They're really fun, well-written mysteries which, in passing have a lot to say about contemporary Britain, religion and atheism, Christianity in a multifaith society, city and country and heritage and progress. They're really atmospheric popular fiction, and I'm really surprised they haven't been adapted for TV, as I think they have a really broad audience appeal.

By the way, I'm an atheist!
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 August, 2009, 10:54:43 am
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At the moment, I'm about halfway through To Dream of the Dead, the latest Merrily Watkins mystery by Phil Rickman.

Good call!
I'm a fan of the Merrily Watkins books too. Great cast of characters, brilliant plots with stonking twists.
But as you point out, the best this about them is the atmosphere- they ooze it from every page.
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 04 August, 2009, 12:15:20 pm
Nice to know I'm not the only Merrily admirer out here!

By the way, when I said I was an atheist, I wasn't being defensive; it's just that as soon as I say the books are about a priest, I worry people will think they're some sort of evangelical deal and be put off reading them. Which means I was being defensive, perhaps!

And, atheist or not, I must say that I fancy Merrily Watkins to bits...
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 August, 2009, 12:20:20 pm
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By the way, when I said I was an atheist, I wasn't being defensive; it's just that as soon as I say the books are about a priest, I worry people will think they're some sort of evangelical deal and be put off reading them. Which means I was being defensive, perhaps!

Yeah, I know what you mean- I get funny looks from people who know my views on religion when I describe these books to them!
I don't think UFOs are real either, but it doesn't stop me enjoying the X Files.. (well, shit stories towards the end did, but you get my point...).

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And, atheist or not, I must say that I fancy Merrily Watkins to bits...

Yeah... I know what you mean.
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 04 August, 2009, 12:29:50 pm
Well, I'm not a militant Dawkins-style atheist; religion just doesn't work for me. I actually find Dawkins as offensive as the opposing fundamentalists he rails against. As long as people tolerate other opinions and harm no-one, I think they have the right to find whatever meaning they can in the Universe. Whatever gets you through the night, yeah?

But it is a bit weird how, as soon as you say you like a novel about a priest, people assume you must be a Christian. I mean, I like The Silence of the Lambs, but I haven't eaten anyone yet!
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 August, 2009, 12:31:05 pm
Yet..?
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 04 August, 2009, 12:42:57 pm
Well, I like to keep my options open! :-)
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Post by: Mardroid on 05 August, 2009, 02:03:16 am
As far as GNs are concerned I got America from the library yesterday. A nice surprise. I've seen quite a bit of recommendation for that collection as a 'classic' in the Dredd timeline. And of course connected to America Beeny, who I've seen in the comics, her being in fairly recent progs and all.

I liked it. Can certainly see why it has it's classic status. Not the first time I've seen stories from the point of view of the citizens but the way it was handled was interesting, taking a first person narration and for both Dredd and Bennett Beeny as it did. And daring actually to be quite touching in places too! (As well as disturbing. Bennett's fate was certainly a twist, and a slightly freaky one at that. Yet touching too... )

Dredd certainly seemed harder than he is in the current strips, albeit he had his reasons. I liked America Beeny's description of him in Cadet: "You're not bad. You're just what the system made you."

And finding an ethical reason for America Jara's acts of terrorism (evil though they were) added dimension. A lot of villains in Dredd stories tend to be rather one dimensional, which isn't a bad thing for comedy strips, etc, but this more complex take is welcome.

It had the sequels Fading of the Light and Cadet too. Good stories. Part of me feels that America fits better without the second sequel though (something Wagner even referred to in his introduction.) Leading to America Beeny though, I agree with his conclusion.

Oh, and it was amusing to see Beeny treat Dredd like a perp. Heh.

Lovely art too. Colin MacNeil was artist for all stories, yet it's interesting to see the difference in style when others had colour duties. Mind you the first story is described as 'painted.' I'm not sure if that means literal oils or watercolours were used or  whether it's just a style using the usual inks.

The female faces look a bit masculine though. Which I guess makes sense considering Jara and Bennett(Senior)'s ending.

As for other GN's I picked up Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin and The Dead Boy Detectives. I've yet to read them.

As for other books, I'm currently reading Sergei Lukyanenko's The Night Watch. I rather liked the film (The Day Watch not so much. That seemed way pretentious with the driving up flats rubbish... good though it looked) I haven't got far yet, but so far so good. I actually picked up the other books in the series too (The Day Watch and The Twilight Watch. They had the sequel book too, but I thought that was enough for now.)

For some reason the library stored them in separate places. General fiction and Science Fiction. If I hadn't accessed the computer I wouldn't have known the first and last books were in the library. (I gravitate towards the sci-fi and GN sections as you can imagine.)
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 05 August, 2009, 12:40:47 pm
I remember thinking Fading of the Light was a bit of a misfire when it ran in the Megazine, but when I read the three collected stories back-to-back, I thought it worked wonderfully as the "second chapter" leading into Cadet. It's interesting how much a story can be altered by context.

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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 05 August, 2009, 12:51:37 pm
Read "The Space Beagle" by Van Vogt...interesting golden age era sci-fi - made more interesting in that two of the tales, 'Discord in Scarlet' and 'The Black Destroyer' heavily influenced "Alien". One of the aliens captures the crew members one by one to lay its eggs in them. Good stuff.
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Post by: TordelBack on 05 August, 2009, 03:01:55 pm
Just re-read the Firekind EE, prior to rehoming it.  Feck that's good stuff, as neat a SF story as you'd read anywhere, a sort of Ursula Le Guin meets China Mieville meets Poul Anderson thingie, with Paul Marshall's best-ever art.  Is John Smith 2000AD's most under-appreciated writer?
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 August, 2009, 05:34:41 pm
Hardboiled Cthulhu -short story compilation by various authors. Ten-tacular so far.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 August, 2009, 05:57:58 pm
Started on Dan Simmons (Ilium) thanks to the recommendations of you fine people. I'm enjoying it so far, but some of his writing seems a tad dodgy ("Achilles is relatively stupid - a sort of infinitely more handsome Arnold Schwarzenegger".)

Also reading the newest George Pelecanos. Haven't read a single thing by him that wasn't completely absorbing.
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Post by: TordelBack on 05 August, 2009, 06:48:03 pm
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"Achilles is relatively stupid - a sort of infinitely more handsome Arnold Schwarzenegger"

So this is the novelisation of that Troy movie?  ;)

(You know, the one in which Menelaus dies and Helen escapes, and they do not, as you might have reasonably have expected, return to Sparta together).
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Post by: Sefton Disney on 05 August, 2009, 11:05:52 pm
Zarjazzer - what's the title of the Cthulhu compilation? It sounds like just my cup of ichorous, blasphemous tea!
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Post by: Kerrin on 05 August, 2009, 11:19:31 pm
Hardboiled Cthulhu is the title Sefton, Amazon have got it here,http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardboiled-Cthulhu-Two-Fisted-Tentacled-Terror/dp/0975922971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249510382&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardboiled-Cthulhu-Two-Fisted-Tentacled-Terror/dp/0975922971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249510382&sr=8-1), though so have others I expect. Quite tempted by this myself.

How do you do that nifty thing so the link just appears as a blue word of your choice as opposed to the full URL?
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Post by: Dandontdare on 06 August, 2009, 11:56:19 am
How do you do that nifty thing so the link just appears as a blue word of your choice as opposed to the full URL?

Wake explained this to me some time ago - the text you type BETWEEN the brackets is what shows up but if you put an = sign and the copied link after the word URL and inside the first brackets, it works, eg:
url=paste copied link here]type text you want it to appear as here[/url]
(I've removed the very first bracket so that it doesn't actually reformat it as a link)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 06 August, 2009, 12:34:35 pm
Thanks, Zarjazzer - apologies for the misunderstanding. I'll keep an eye out for that one. I recently stumbled across a book in Taunton Library, The New Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. It's not precisely Lovecraftian, but it might well appeal to you. It's published by Tachyon.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 06 August, 2009, 12:59:16 pm
Last thing I finished was 'Heart of Empire' by the estimable Bryan Talbot. Absolutley stunning colour work, but IMO overall a lighter read than the Adventures of Luther Arkwright. In 'Heart...' the realtively quick dispatch, when it came,of the Vatican assassin didn't really work for me- the book starts with him and I expected,indeed hoped,he'd be there for the duration as I got the impression the whole story may hinge on the Vatican's attempt to conquer Britain etc.

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 06 August, 2009, 06:26:37 pm
Thanks, Zarjazzer - apologies for the misunderstanding. I'll keep an eye out for that one. I recently stumbled across a book in Taunton Library, The New Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. It's not precisely Lovecraftian, but it might well appeal to you. It's published by Tachyon.

Also newish but of a distinctly Lovecraftian bent are Charles Stross' novels "The Jennifer Morgue" and "The Atrocity Archives". They're good fun, set in the present day and concern the adventures of a guy who works for what is effectively the Ministry of Cthulhu Affairs. There's also a short story set in the same reality in Stross' latest collection of short fiction "Wireless". Another brilliant Scottish SF writer.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: satchmo on 06 August, 2009, 07:35:03 pm
Just got Darwyn Cooke's Parker today, I'm going to start it later. It's gorgeous.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 August, 2009, 07:36:03 pm
I'm halfway through 'Fallen Angels by Mike Lee' and I expect to finish it tonight. It's the latest in the Horus Heresy series and is quite gripping with the action really hotting up right now.
Long live the Emperor
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: satchmo on 06 August, 2009, 07:37:53 pm
Hardboiled Cthulhu is the title Sefton, Amazon have got it here,http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardboiled-Cthulhu-Two-Fisted-Tentacled-Terror/dp/0975922971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249510382&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardboiled-Cthulhu-Two-Fisted-Tentacled-Terror/dp/0975922971/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249510382&sr=8-1), though so have others I expect. Quite tempted by this myself.

How do you do that nifty thing so the link just appears as a blue word of your choice as opposed to the full URL?

There is also a Sherlock Holmes Vs Cthulhu collection called Shadows Over Baker Street...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Over-Baker-Street-Terror/dp/0345452739
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 07 August, 2009, 07:28:07 am
Just got Darwyn Cooke's Parker today, I'm going to start it later. It's gorgeous.

Very tempted by this. I've loved everything I've read of Cooke's and while I know nowt of Parker as a character from what I've seen it looks great... maybe another one for the Amazon Wish list...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 07 August, 2009, 10:13:51 am
Thanks to Kerrin and satchmo for helping out sefton when he inquired. I wandered off without checking. So apologies to Sefton.

Just a quick review on "Hardboiled"-fun so far only one story disappointed not because it was rubbish but just inappropriate -a sort  of celtic/viking setting instead of the sleazy bars, dodgy speakeasies and darkened alleys I'd got used to.

Also to follow up Kerrins note on Charles Stross in the back of "The Jennifer Morque" is an excellent article about why he write th e story and how Lovecraft still keeps a (tentacled?) grip on us even now.
 
It has a fabulous line " The harvest of fear" which I think should be a title for another anthology. :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 07 August, 2009, 12:45:02 pm
No worries, Zarjazzer. Manty thanks to you, Kerrin and Satchmo for the information.

I really like the idea of bringing Lovecraft into the modern age, so I'll definitely be checking out the Charles Stross books. I'm also a massive Sherlock Holmes fan, so Shadows Over Baker Street will definitely be added to the shopping list.

I'm not sure when they're due out, but I read recently that a company called Perilous Press is planning to publish a new line of Lovecraft-inspirerd fiction. The series editor will be the noted Lovecraft scholar, S.T. Joshi, and one of the writers lined up is Brian StablefordN so it could be well worth keeping a three-lobed eye open for their stuff. Also, there's a brilliant Lovecraft-inspired tale, simply entitled N., in Stephen King's latest collection of short stories, Just After Sunset. It's not the first Lovecraft-related story King has written and, if you've never read them, I really recommend Jerusaalem's Lot [sic] and Crouch End, from Night Shift and Nightmares and Dreamscapes, respectively. I especially like Crouch End, having had a friend who lived there for a while.



Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 09 August, 2009, 07:13:23 pm

Just read Back To Brooklyn and The Pro but wrote about them in the Garth Ennis thread. The other one I picked up, and which I,m about halfway through is The Furies. This is Mike Carey doing The Sandman and since I'm loving the Lucifer collections I thought I'd give it a go. So far, the story seems like another example of Carey totally 'getting' Sandman. This reads, to my mind at least, as proper Sandman, totally in keeping with the style and tone of the series. Course, he could bollix it up before the end but I doubt it.

The art though. It's one step away from being a photo story it's so realistic. John Bolton, who could be a megastar for all I know but I've never heard of him, is blowing me away with this stuff. I'm usually a traditionalist whwn it comes to art but for some reason this bloke has totally won me over. I can't put my finger on why but he's completely changed my opinion of photo realistic art in comics, so well done that man.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 09 August, 2009, 08:59:37 pm
I'm reading Hellblazer 'Hooked' by Peter Milligan at the moment, having not read Hellblazer since about 2000, and I'm wondering how and where he got the scar, and how long ago. Anybody?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 09 August, 2009, 09:16:30 pm
I'm reading Hellblazer 'Hooked' by Peter Milligan at the moment, having not read Hellblazer since about 2000, and I'm wondering how and where he got the scar, and how long ago. Anybody?
You're not the first person from here to ask that: Chicks dig scars. (http://hellblazer.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=5944&hl=scar&st=120)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 09 August, 2009, 10:15:21 pm
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I'm reading Hellblazer 'Hooked' by Peter Milligan at the moment, having not read Hellblazer since about 2000

Coincidentally, me too.  Actually not bad, is it?  Sorry to hear about Our Cheryl, though, she'd enough to put up with over the years without that...

Thanks for the clear-up on the scar, Cosh.  Was wondering myself.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Radbacker on 10 August, 2009, 08:55:24 am
Well I Started American Gods yesterday, is it worth it or am i wasting my time (opinionsplease I have 3 friends that have read 2 like 1 said it was a pile of crap).
got the last 2 books of 100 Bulletts but gonna re-read them all before I get onto these last two and some more Fables (absolutly top series, only just twigged the Fables are supposed to be the Jews) and Ex-Machina (i'll take Mayor Hundred if there is no Yorick around)GN's to keep me going.

New Malazan (Steven Erickson) book is out end of the month, Queen of Dreams I think its called cant wait for that.  Epic fantasy at its most EPIC.

CU Radbacker
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 10 August, 2009, 01:17:22 pm
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Well I Started American Gods yesterday, is it worth it or am i wasting my time

I loved American Gods and have actually read it twice - a rare thing for me nowadays. The start is atrocious IMO - well, the first few pages at any rate - and judging by the rest of the book I always think it's intentionally written like a bog standard thriller, before the weird happens.

There are some overlong sequences late tin the book, but overall I think it hits the mark superbly.

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 10 August, 2009, 04:00:34 pm
Well I Started American Gods yesterday, is it worth it or am i wasting my time (opinionsplease I have 3 friends that have read 2 like 1 said it was a pile of crap).

Its ok a bit of a page turner but nothing too new for Gaiman.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 10 August, 2009, 04:04:49 pm
I haven't read American Gods myself, but I really enjoyed his Anansi Boys.  Do they cover similar ground?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 10 August, 2009, 04:36:17 pm
Yeah, pretty much. Anansi makes a brief appearance in American Gods. They're both a good read but like Mikey said you have to stick with Gods for a few pages before it really gets into its stride.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 10 August, 2009, 05:13:39 pm
Currently I am reading 'Patient Zero' by Jonathan Maberry.

It is very, very bad.

End of review.

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 10 August, 2009, 08:39:03 pm
Well I Started American Gods yesterday, is it worth it or am i wasting my time (opinionsplease I have 3 friends that have read 2 like 1 said it was a pile of crap).
Its ok a bit of a page turner but nothing too new for Gaiman.
I'd agree with that. There are very few surprises in it, but it's alright if you're on holiday.

Tordelback, it's the same basic idea that underpins most of Gaiman's writing, just a different pantheon. At least with Anansi Boys they were less familiar to me. It also suffers from the tendency of every book I've read by a comics writer (caveat: not that many) to overdescribe everything. Presumably because they're terrified that the reader wont be able to understand what's happening without pictures.

Your own mileage may, of course, vary but I also find Gaiman's novels to be promne to sequences that might have worked in a comic but that seem stupid or cheesy in prose.
Title: Re:whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hoagy on 10 August, 2009, 10:55:21 pm
Ed mcbain money money money
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: OpusAndBill on 12 August, 2009, 02:32:42 pm
A bunch of old D.C.T. Warlords for indexing purposes (and finding it mighty hard to get excited about them), and an old Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year. Some good stuff in that.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 12 August, 2009, 04:28:14 pm
I've just read the latest Boys graphic novel, "We Gotta Go Now," and it's absolutely superb. The last three pages alone are worth the price, and further proof of why I love comics more than any other medium. Plus, in terms of prose fiction, recently finished the new Mark Billingham book. It rocks.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: DavidXBrunt on 12 August, 2009, 04:36:59 pm
Pride

and

Prejudice

and

ZOMBIES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_and_Prejudice_and_Zombies
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 12 August, 2009, 05:14:13 pm
recently finished the new Mark Billingham book. It rocks.

How New is new? Is this In The Dark or has he brought something out more recently. I ask because I absolutely love his books (despite being beaten by the twist in, oh, all of them) but I've not been on a proper book run for a while.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 12 August, 2009, 09:19:00 pm
Hiya Faplad! The Mark Billingham book is pretty much brand new, only been out a few weeks, it's called "Blood Line," and it's a new Tom Thorne one, not a stand alone like "In The Dark." It's well worth a read!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 12 August, 2009, 11:33:14 pm
Hiya Faplad! The Mark Billingham book is pretty much brand new, only been out a few weeks, it's called "Blood Line," and it's a new Tom Thorne one, not a stand alone like "In The Dark." It's well worth a read!

Well, I know what I'm doing this weekend. Cheers for the heads up.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 13 August, 2009, 11:24:05 am
Catching up on The Goon trade paperbacks and also about halfway through David Bishop's Fiends of the Eastern Front Omnibus. Bram Stoker meets Sven Hassel - possibly the ultimate concept in pulp fiction! I can't understand why someone hasn't bought the movie rights for Fiends... yet. I'd think it was a better bet than a new Dredd movie. On a more serious note, I'm really impressed by Bishop's historical research (thanks to Hellman, Johnny Red and Panzer G-Man in Battle, I developed a deep interest in the Eastern Front and the Winter War). Some time ago, I came to the conclusion that, rather than being a tortured, misunderstood Romantic, a real vampire would basically have the psychology of a Nazi serial killer, so I think that the vampirism-as-fascism metaphor works extremely well. Good stuff. I hope there's another comic strip in the works, sometime.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ignatzmonster on 13 August, 2009, 06:04:34 pm
Just got done reading Derek Raymond's How the Dead Live. Not the strangest thing I've ever read but up there. It's like someone cut and pasted Mickey Spillane dialogue and Pessoa's Book of Disquiet.

Now reading The Goshawk by White.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 14 August, 2009, 01:06:16 am
Currently reading The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiesen, an account of his treks in the Himalaya in the company of a naturalist mate who's keen to get a glimpse of the titular beast. So far it's been long on Buddhism and noticably short on Leopards. I'm hoping this is not going to become some sort of metaphor for the enervating search for inner peace and enlightenment which we only finally catch a glimpse of at the end after having given up on the quest and accepted our lot in life. I'd much prefer an inundation of the beautiful, furry fuckers. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbR3cUnCdJk)

I got the book in a charity shop and, despite a lack of annotations so far, it has a name - emilyhunter - at the front and on the last page, just below "Whitman, Walt, 67", there is a hastily taken note: "free puppies 748-0916." Connoisseurs will agree that the lack of an area code only enhances the effect.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 August, 2009, 10:52:11 am
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Well I Started American Gods yesterday, is it worth it or am i wasting my time

I loved American Gods and have actually read it twice - a rare thing for me nowadays. The start is atrocious IMO - well, the first few pages at any rate - and judging by the rest of the book I always think it's intentionally written like a bog standard thriller, before the weird happens.

There are some overlong sequences late tin the book, but overall I think it hits the mark superbly.

M.



It was all a bit meh to me.
For me it just oozed 'Look at me! I'm a writer!'
And the writing wasn't half as clever as he seemed to think it was.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 14 August, 2009, 11:09:58 am
For the most part, I really enjoyed American Gods, especially Mr. Wednesday. But that quirky, chirpy, gay punk girl who turns up about halfway through is one of the most annoying characters in English-language fiction.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 14 August, 2009, 11:17:03 am
Interesting range of opinions on American Gods - think I'll line it up in my 'fiction' spot if I ever finish my re-read of Name of the Rose.  Currently occupying the Non-Fiction slot is Dava Sobel's The Planets, which is surprisingly engaging, and in the Comics spot is the paperback of Bish-Ops endlessly fascinating TPO.

Must confess that I actually 'read' Anansi Boys over a fortnight's commuting, through the miracle of audiobook.  It was read (performed?) by Lenny Henry, and it was a bit of a treat.  The different voices for Anansi and his 'sons' were spot-on for Lenny's range: primordial con-man, bored London office worker and Caribbean sleazebag.  Highly recommended for that alone.  

I also listened to Mrs. Henry's reading of Gaiman's Coraline, and I didn't enjoy it all.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 14 August, 2009, 01:18:31 pm
I haven't got around to Anansi Boys. I should really get my skates on, because (despite the impression I may have given above) I loved American Gods and Anansi is one of the best characters in it. According to Neil Gaiman, though, Anansi Boys isn't exactly a sequel to American Gods, just a novel that shares certain themes and ideas with it.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 August, 2009, 01:22:39 pm
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just a novel that shares certain themes and ideas with it.

Gaiman trotting out the same thing again, eh? Who'd have thunk it..!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 14 August, 2009, 02:49:37 pm
Pride and Prejudice and ZOMBIES

That sounds like a hoot. And it sounds well written, too. The only thing about it I'm sure I would absolutely hate is the climactic scene with Lady Catherine de Burgh. I can't really believe that of her, and one thing I absolutely hate is ninjas. I don't think they automatically improve anything they're added to, nor do I think they automatically make comedy funnier.

I do hope they make it into a film, even with ninjas in it!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 14 August, 2009, 07:19:44 pm
You're a cynical man, Your Lordship. :-)

With regards to something The Cosh said back along, about Gaiman over-describing everything in his prose - am I the only person who thinks he does that in his comics, too?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 August, 2009, 07:29:45 pm
Re-read Supreme recently and was tickled to see Supreme's girlfriend wearing Ignatz Mouse earrings at one point.

Started reading some Dennett stuff. S'alright.

Reading the JLA Deluxe volumes. Love the scripts but is the Porter art ever ugly or what?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 15 August, 2009, 11:38:46 am
I'm currently reading the Roderick series of books for children. I had a good chuckle reading "Roderick Shoots a Spaniard." It took me ages to track down a copy of "Roderick Stalks an Eskimo" from an antiquarian bookseller, and frankly it wasn't worth the expense, but it's nice to have the set:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqUn5rwnROY&feature=PlayList&p=C1B51B4CAAAAFD44&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=19
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 August, 2009, 02:11:51 pm

Reading the JLA Deluxe volumes. Love the scripts but is the Porter art ever ugly or what?

Yeah on another thread just waxed lyrical about how great the Morrison JLAs are but have to admit not a fan of Porter's art, functional at best, though to be fair the stuff I've seen of his lately has been alot better.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 15 August, 2009, 02:47:30 pm
I finished the second of "The Losers" TPBs last night. Jock's inkwork is class, really strong images from madcap lines and super sharp silhouettes. The script from Andy Diggle is good fun and he hits just the right note by not getting too special forcey.

Got the third one to start today as well, think I'll crack open a tinnie.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 August, 2009, 09:33:48 am
I haven't got around to Anansi Boys. I should really get my skates on, because (despite the impression I may have given above) I loved American Gods and Anansi is one of the best characters in it. According to Neil Gaiman, though, Anansi Boys isn't exactly a sequel to American Gods, just a novel that shares certain themes and ideas with it.
Anansi Boys is in the same universe as American Gods, but where American Gods was a big budget blockbuster, Anansi Boys is a far more low-key (ha ha, I made a funny) affair.  That's by no means a criticism, I enjoyed it hugely. 

Also worth finding is Gaiman's short fiction collection "Fragile Things" which features a rather good short story starring Shadow from American Gods (and many other things that are almost as much fun).

As for what I'm reading at the moment, I'm finishing up Matter by Iain Banks - one of his Culture novels and very diverting.  My non-fiction at the moment is In The Heart of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick - the true story of the events that inspired Moby Dick.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 17 August, 2009, 09:48:17 am
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As for what I'm reading at the moment, I'm finishing up Matter by Iain Banks - one of his Culture novels and very diverting.

Really a great read, one of his best and pretty deep in places.  Be interested to know what you thought of the ending when you get there.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 17 August, 2009, 09:57:23 am
I'll be sure to let you know TordelBack.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Radbacker on 17 August, 2009, 10:45:05 am
bit further into American Gods now glad you all said it was a slow starter, first couple of chapters didn't really know where it was at but by the time we hit chapter 3 guy eaten by a vagina I now see.  Seems to have a bit of an early Clive Barker feel at the moment (more DAmnation Game/Weave World than his later kids stuff obviously).
Speaker of Barker whats he working on at the moment (I'm behind in The MEG so I haven't read the interview) I'd heard he's diving back into HArry D'amour/Art novels and gonna do a Stephen King and link his seperate books? any hints in the interview

CU Radbacker
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 17 August, 2009, 02:08:09 pm
I've just finished reading Omnivistascope 5. Yet more cracking stories and pictures inspired by the former boarder known as PVS. AND a reprint for the wonderful 'Tides & Currents' strip he did with Julia Bax for FQ 05.

Well worth picking up if you are a fan of independant comics.

Omnivistascope (http://www.omnivistascope.com/)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 17 August, 2009, 02:37:53 pm
Excitement abounds !!

:)           :)           :)           :)           :)           :)           :)           :)           :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Eric Plumrose on 17 August, 2009, 03:10:22 pm
Can't justify forking out over half a week's wages for a ticket (not that I'm much of theatre-goer, anyhow), so the library ordered me a copy of Stoppard's ARCADIA.

And it's been a fucking ace read.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: locustsofdeath! on 17 August, 2009, 03:13:22 pm
Arthur Machen's "Hill of Dreams". Second time reading it, no less enchanting - and depressing.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: dannbradfc on 17 August, 2009, 06:05:06 pm
i've too much to read but lucky i now have two weeks off. At one time all i got was the 2000 progs and meg. But i wanted more and mistake or not i began to search. Been a late comer to comics really i had to research but the first thing i started collecting other than 2000 was animal man. I struck gold really and i've still got a few of them to read needing only four from  the 89 vol.2 run. Consequently i've got into doom patrol and justice league europe which is great fun, all dc you may have noticed. Prob is having to work out all the multiverse's is a bit mental. And sadly i've recently dropped buying the megazine. This is in part to finding other 'new' to me stuff to read. The tank girl thing was pap, and together with the citi defence dinosaur thing it just was'nt worth the time or money. The progs are still superb though and bought every week

Indeed my voyage into other comics has proved to me the value of the prog 32 pages LITTLE OR NO ADVERTS, BIGGER PICTURES AND A POUND CHEAPER THAN SOME COMICS. The american market needs to wake up as pretty soon no-one will be buying the monthlies and only getting trade paperbacks as its cheaper and less hassle.

anyone any other suggestions of what to buy bulk wise from the bargain bins, i've been recomeneded Starman and the question
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 17 August, 2009, 06:24:34 pm
I finally joined the library today. I've had no time even to read library books since leaving Leicester in 1995, so there was little point my joining sooner, despite the library's very good opening hours and the library being on my route about 3 days of the week; but at the moment I'm buying so few comics I'm all out of bedtime reading.

On my first borrowing:

300
Civil War
Constantine/Hellblazer: The Devil You Know, Black Flowers and Reasons to be Cheerful
Superman, True Brit

Deborah borrowed Nemesis vol.1, Caballistics Inc. 'Creepshow', Lemore 'Wedgies.'
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: dannbradfc on 17 August, 2009, 06:29:51 pm
I finally joined the library today. I've had no time even to read library books since leaving Leicester in 1995, so there was little point my joining sooner, despite the library's very good opening hours and the library being on my route about 3 days of the week; but at the moment I'm buying so few comics I'm all out of bedtime reading.

On my first borrowing:

300
Civil War
Constantine/Hellblazer: The Devil You Know, Black Flowers and Reasons to be Cheerful
Superman, True Brit

Deborah borrowed Nemesis vol.1, Caballistics Inc. 'Creepshow', Lemore 'Wedgies.'
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: dannbradfc on 17 August, 2009, 06:31:23 pm
my library is sooo far out of date and its stock is just kiddie stuff i nthe main
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tjm86 on 17 August, 2009, 06:35:41 pm

anyone any other suggestions of what to buy bulk wise from the bargain bins, i've been recomeneded Starman and the question


Don't know if you'll find them in the Bargain bins but 100 bullets and Y the last Man would be ones I would recommend.  The other stuff worth looking into is Edginton / Disraeli's War of The Worlds adaptations and Sequels [ Scarlet Traces / Great Game ].  Scarlet Traces was reprinted in the Meg a few years back and Dark Horse has done some very nice hardback editions of all three that are insanely reasonably priced [ £11 for Great Game ].  I must also confess an affection for The Alien Legion not to mention The Last American.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 17 August, 2009, 07:20:50 pm
I finally joined the library today. I've had no time even to read library books since leaving Leicester in 1995, so there was little point my joining sooner, despite the library's very good opening hours and the library being on my route about 3 days of the week; but at the moment I'm buying so few comics I'm all out of bedtime reading.

On my first borrowing:

300
Civil War
Constantine/Hellblazer: The Devil You Know, Black Flowers and Reasons to be Cheerful
Superman, True Brit

Deborah borrowed Nemesis vol.1, Caballistics Inc. 'Creepshow', Lemore 'Wedgies.'

Manchester Libraries have a great graphic novel collection and add to it regularly. I can usually find at least half a dozen to get out every couple of weeks, mainly stuff I haven't read, occasionally an old favourite like Preacher or a Dredd GN.

They do seem oddly distributed though - half by the SF section and half in the kiddies/young adult section, often with very little discernment. I occasionally point out stuff by Garth Ennis or Grant Morrison to the staff, just so that they get the message and I don't have to browse in the kiddie area, with all the odd glances that causes!

Oh and True Brit is a bit shit I'm afraid. Co-written by John Cleese about 20 years after he had his last funny idea. I bought it (in hardback no less) on a surge of optimism following the excellent Superman:Red Son. Should've known better!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 17 August, 2009, 08:10:19 pm
I'm currently reading the Roderick series of books for children. I had a good chuckle reading "Roderick Shoots a Spaniard." It took me ages to track down a copy of "Roderick Stalks an Eskimo" from an antiquarian bookseller, and frankly it wasn't worth the expense, but it's nice to have the set:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqUn5rwnROY&feature=PlayList&p=C1B51B4CAAAAFD44&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=19

Roderick shoots a Spaniard?
Roderick Stalks an Eskimo?

I ain't not never heard of none of 'em!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 August, 2009, 08:38:59 pm
I finally joined the library today. I've had no time even to read library books since leaving Leicester in 1995, so there was little point my joining sooner, despite the library's very good opening hours and the library being on my route about 3 days of the week; but at the moment I'm buying so few comics I'm all out of bedtime reading.

On my first borrowing:

300
Civil War
Constantine/Hellblazer: The Devil You Know, Black Flowers and Reasons to be Cheerful
Superman, True Brit

Deborah borrowed Nemesis vol.1, Caballistics Inc. 'Creepshow', Lemore 'Wedgies.'

You're welcome.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 17 August, 2009, 11:25:08 pm
You're welcome.

Cheers, I do remember you suggesting it. It's been on my 'to do' list for a long time. In fact, I joined the library in the town where I worked a year and a half ago, but it's taken me 8 years to join the one round the corner from where I live!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 August, 2009, 04:32:58 pm
A big pile of late eighties Eagles, liberated from my local second hand bookshop at 50p each (minus a hefty discount). All splendid stuff, blah blah, Doomlord, Survival, Ortiz, Death Wish vs Dracula, blah blah.

However, what caused the biggest chortle was some of the letters pages- you wouldn't get the like of these in comics these days. An impassioned plea to ban fox hunting, an astonishing two-paragrapher waxing lyrical about the benefits of pasteurised milk and the following joke: "What has twenty two yellow legs and two wings?" (answer: The Chinese football team!). All splendid stuff, Tharg should take note.

Steev
Off to write to 2000AD about the benefits of lard.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 August, 2009, 04:42:18 pm
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As for what I'm reading at the moment, I'm finishing up Matter by Iain Banks - one of his Culture novels and very diverting.

Really a great read, one of his best and pretty deep in places.  Be interested to know what you thought of the ending when you get there.

Heh! Me too!

The new book's out in a month or two, and I've discovered to my delight that I, as a mod over on the Banks forum, have a proof copy of it winging it's way towards me as we speak..!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Emperor on 18 August, 2009, 05:55:13 pm
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As for what I'm reading at the moment, I'm finishing up Matter by Iain Banks - one of his Culture novels and very diverting.

Really a great read, one of his best and pretty deep in places.  Be interested to know what you thought of the ending when you get there.

Heh! Me too!

The new book's out in a month or two, and I've discovered to my delight that I, as a mod over on the Banks forum, have a proof copy of it winging it's way towards me as we speak..!

Ooo nice. Let us know what you think - I'll probably put that one on my list for Santa.

I just found the time to get racking through some books I've had for a while Matter was up first and I thought it worked well. I was slightly annoyed by the ending (getting a Grant Morrison vibe from the whole thing - a wild wave of stunning ideas getting wrapped up awkwardly at the end) but then I realised there was more after the appendix and was satisfied with it. ;)

I'm currently half-way through The Prefect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prefect) by Alastair Reynolds and it is progressing nicely (as always!!). I'll then crack on with the Viriconium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viriconium) omnibus edition.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 18 August, 2009, 07:34:45 pm
New M.Banks? WOO-HOO!

 I wasn't too sure about "Matter", I enjoyed it but, I dunno, it just seemed a bit, off target somehow. Is the new one a Culture novel?

I'm going to definitely give those "Viriconium books" a look Emp'and I thought "The Prefect" was excellent.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 18 August, 2009, 07:38:42 pm
Currently reading 'Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Incredible Hulk'.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 August, 2009, 07:44:31 pm
Currently reading 'Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Incredible Hulk'.
oooh, I bought that a few weeks ago. It's a pretty good selection, but I would have liked to see it extend to Planet Hulk / World War Hulk. I didn't remember those 'Maestro' stories at all, but I now know how to torture the Hulk - just break his neck and then force him to have quadraplegic sex with half a dozen Betty clones. Simple!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 18 August, 2009, 07:58:45 pm
Currently reading 'Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Incredible Hulk'.
oooh, I bought that a few weeks ago. It's a pretty good selection, but I would have liked to see it extend to Planet Hulk / World War Hulk. I didn't remember those 'Maestro' stories at all, but I now know how to torture the Hulk - just break his neck and then force him to have quadraplegic sex with half a dozen Betty clones. Simple!
I've also borrowed World War Hulk from the library, so that'll be read in the near future.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 18 August, 2009, 08:37:02 pm
Hard Boiled Cthulu. Good stuff but there is a tale that's got nothing to do with Noir more a fantasy tale. If you like short horror stories then this collection may be for you.

Available at amazon. I won't put a link 'cause I'm too stupido to do it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 18 August, 2009, 10:32:14 pm
I've just read Marvel's Civil War. I wanted to share my impressions of it, but I've been reading what people have said on here first to see what everyone else had to say. Interesting. I think I agree with a bit of everything said.

I found it really gripping. Firstly, I've waited more than 2 years to read it. Secondly, I hardly read any Marvel comics these days, so I barely have a clue who's who and what's going on in it, so it may have had a greater impact on me because there's less chance of familiarity breeds contempt.

I meant to read a chapter or two before bed, but I ended up reading 6 chapters in a row before my eyes protested too much for me to read on. It made me care what happened, so score one for Mark Millar there. I didn't care much for the artwork. There are some nice poster pieces and splash pages, but a lot of the storytelling frames are quite workmanlike.

Despite the actions of the characters being forced to fit what the plot demanded of them, for the most part their dialogue was characteristic even if their actions weren't. The same can't be said of Reed Richards and She-Hulk, who are really, really badly written. I've never read either of them written worse. The super-villains, where they appeared in walk-on roles, were mere cardboard cut-outs, and I don't recognize most of them.

The political agenda, the violence and the reliance on big science and almost insuperable technology all conspired to suggest this was the Ultimates universe spilling over into the Marvel mainstream. I like the brutality in The Ultimates, but I don't want to see it in The Avengers. I found it a really depressing read, although the effects are quite fleeting because I have had little investment in the Marvel Universe for the past 20 years or more. The deaths are horribly casual and needless, and I was sorry to see one of my old favourite characters killed off. Having said that, I was surprised to see he was still around, because I don't think he was when I stopped reading Marvel! As it goes, that character's death had a big shock impact, so it's probably justified where the others weren't.

I'm rambling now. I've not quite recovered from my jaw-dropping read yet. It was big, exciting, violent and frequently illogical. I liked where the Marvel Universe ended up when it was all over, but I hated how it got there. Most of all, I wanted to see Tony Stark's head just smashed right in.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 19 August, 2009, 08:03:48 am
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I've also borrowed World War Hulk from the library, so that'll be read in the near future.

Definitely the best crossover epic thing I've read in years.  Great fun.  Be sure to follow on into The Incredible Hercules - a good fun read.

Inspired to give DC a go by the excellent Wednesday Comics, I'm currently picking at the New Krypton stuff over in the Superman books- it's surprisingly entertaining, except for the Supergirl segments, which must be the most unfocussed flip-flopping mess I've ever seen in an ongoing comic. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 August, 2009, 09:27:18 am
New M.Banks? WOO-HOO!

 I wasn't too sure about "Matter", I enjoyed it but, I dunno, it just seemed a bit, off target somehow. Is the new one a Culture novel?

I'm going to definitely give those "Viriconium books" a look Emp'and I thought "The Prefect" was excellent.

The new one is a non-M, although it is apparently a kind of sci-fi tale... from what I hear it's in the Walking on Glass/ The Bridge mold... in fact it's being published as an Iain M Banks in the States.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 19 August, 2009, 12:05:05 pm
Have finished The Definitive Incredible Hulk and am now reading The Batman Chronicles, Volume 3.  I've really enjoyed the first couple of volumes (and have volumes 4 and 5 lined up to read in the near future), as it's interesting to see how Batman has evolved over the years, and how he was actually quite gritty and dark before the TV series came along.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: brendan1 on 19 August, 2009, 06:27:15 pm
'One' by Conrad Williams, which is a bit like a slightly lower-rent, horror film version of Cormac Macarthy's 'The Road'

Also recommend 'The Unblemished' by the same author

And as a final treat, if it hasn't been mentioned yet, you should treat yourself to 'Stone Junction' by Jim Dodge

Simply wonderful, thrilling and joyful storytelling, and a quite superb intro by Thomas Pynchon too

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 20 August, 2009, 11:09:00 am
Finished The Batman Chronicles, Volume 3.  More old Batman goodness, with a weird foray into a fairy tale kingdom and the Joker 'dying' about three times.  I enjoy the structure of the books, as you get to the Batman issues every so often and get a Joker story and a couple of others.

I've now moved on to All Star Superman, Volume 1 though I'll probably interleave episodes of that with stories from The Batman Chronicles, Volume 4.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: starscape on 20 August, 2009, 05:56:20 pm
Captain America has been the best book on the shelves for the last two years or so. Shame Steve Rogers is just about back but what can you do.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 20 August, 2009, 10:38:47 pm
As hell will freeze over well before I ever get round to digging my old progs out of storage I got "Satan's Island" for some lovely Wagner/Walker goodness with added Willsher and Kennedy. Nice.

Also got the latest Neal Asher, "Shadow of the Scorpion", always good for a bit of Culture-lite fun, lots of giant AIs, ships, cyborgs and alien stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 20 August, 2009, 11:00:25 pm
New M.Banks? WOO-HOO!

 I wasn't too sure about "Matter", I enjoyed it but, I dunno, it just seemed a bit, off target somehow. Is the new one a Culture novel?

I'm going to definitely give those "Viriconium books" a look Emp'and I thought "The Prefect" was excellent.

The new one is a non-M, although it is apparently a kind of sci-fi tale... from what I hear it's in the Walking on Glass/ The Bridge mold... in fact it's being published as an Iain M Banks in the States.

Fantastic news, I a big Iain Banks fan but I haven’t ever been able to get into any of his Iain M Banks books. Maybe its about time i gave them another try?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 20 August, 2009, 11:29:04 pm
Absolutely Gav. If I was going to recommend one to start with it wouldn't necessarily be the first "Culture" book "Consider Phlebas", I'd go for "Use of Weapons" or maybe even "Excession". The non "Culture" books are all good as well, "Feersum Endjinn" is great fun, and "The Algebraist" is a fantastic story. I prefer his SF stuff but then I'm a science fiction fan. Geek, I believe the modern term is.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Emperor on 21 August, 2009, 04:12:51 am
Absolutely Gav. If I was going to recommend one to start with it wouldn't necessarily be the first "Culture" book "Consider Phlebas", I'd go for "Use of Weapons" or maybe even "Excession". The non "Culture" books are all good as well, "Feersum Endjinn" is great fun, and "The Algebraist" is a fantastic story. I prefer his SF stuff but then I'm a science fiction fan. Geek, I believe the modern term is.

In the Culture novels I tend to hit people with "Player of Games" and "Use of Weapons" first. That tends to work for all but the sci-fiphobic and should ease people into the Culture so the other books will make more sense.

With the non-Culture books "Feersum Endjinn"'s language can put people off, so I used to go for "Against a Dark Background" but "The Algebraist" is a damn fine novel (and AaDB is now falling apart it has been read by so many people) but I'd need to find more people annoy before I can use that as my non-Culture introduction.

Iain M. Banks is a great "gateway" author. If folks enjoy that and want something a little harder then I point them to the slabs of Alastair Reynold (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Reynolds)'s (pretty much everything in chronological order) and if they are looking for something a bit more space operay then it is over to Peter F. Hamilton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_F._Hamilton) (Night's Dawn and then The Commonwealth Saga). If they were looking for something smaller scale and more personal then they could try Ken MacLeod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_MacLeod).

Of course, if they don't like M. Banks' books despite my best efforts then you have to get creative. Despite my enthusiasm China Miéville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Mi%C3%A9ville)'s Bas-Lag books can be a tricky sell to your average 'civilian' with its mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror but if you are reading this then I think you'll like them if you haven't tried them already (which reminds me that I should get The City & the City now I'm working through my backlog - it sounds great). If all else fails Tim Powers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Powers) usually works - my Dad enjoyed Declare and I can't think I've convinced him of anything else.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 21 August, 2009, 07:31:50 am
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In the Culture novels I tend to hit people with "Player of Games" and "Use of Weapons" first. That tends to work for all but the sci-fiphobic and should ease people into the Culture so the other books will make more sense.

Yeah, Player of Games is definitely the place to start with the Culture, very self-contained, followed by the rather chilling Use of Weapons.   If you don't like those, give up.  Consider Phlebas is a a much more rewarding read as a second or third Culture novel, followed by Look to Windward.  Inversions and Matter are very good stories, but leave them until you've read most of the others as they come at the Culture from a very different angle.  I never really liked Excession despite its epic scope, but plenty of wise folk love it.  Avoid State of the Art completely. In fact pretend it doesn't exist.

As to the non-Culture SF stuff: The Algebraist I thought was a terrific read right up until a disappointing ending.  Against A Dark Background is a very interesting premise.  Song of Stone is pretty poor fare.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 21 August, 2009, 09:24:25 am
I find Banks' sci-fi a bit like blancmange. I enjoy it while I'm reading it, but the soothing prose slips down so quickly and easily that I can barely remember anything about it the next day. I like the backdrop of The Culture but the stories generally seem very slight. Excession's probably my favourite and the only one I can actually remember the plot of this morning.

Probably an easy step for anyone who's read The Wasp Factory to make though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 21 August, 2009, 03:12:21 pm
Update: I am now on chapter eighty (yes, you read that right) of 'Patient Zero'. It's picking up a bit. Only forty-five or so chapters to go!

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 21 August, 2009, 03:28:03 pm
Liked "Matter" a great deal, I tend to prefer my Banks without the "M" but at least his sci-fi is more consistent than his non-genre fiction (everything without the "M" since the excellent "Whit" has been simply dreadful).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 21 August, 2009, 03:29:38 pm
I'm now reading FreakAngels (http://www.freakangels.com), Batman and Superman are on hold.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 21 August, 2009, 09:39:49 pm
Liked "Matter" a great deal, I tend to prefer my Banks without the "M" but at least his sci-fi is more consistent than his non-genre fiction (everything without the "M" since the excellent "Whit" has been simply dreadful).

I quite enjoyed The Steep Approach to Garbadale, but I can see you point, the majority of his more recent work have not been as enjoyable as his earlier novels.

Thanks everyone for the advice and as always you have most helpful. Looks like it’s going to be Player of Games and Use of Weapons to get me started and maybe Excession after that then (big fan of The Wasp Factory).

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: PsychoGoatee on 21 August, 2009, 10:13:41 pm
For current comics, I always read Invincible, Savage Dragon, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Conan The Cimmerian. And of course 2000AD and The Megazine, although I'm behind on those.

I'm also plowing through the 1980's G.I. Joe comics lately, since the movie is out.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Sefton Disney on 23 August, 2009, 07:21:45 pm
I've just finished Bad Men and The Black Angel by John Connolly. I really enjoyed his blend of hard-boiled noir and the supernatural; it put me in mind of a collaboration between Stephen Hunter and Peter Straub (which is Very Good Indeed, by the way!). I'd recommend them to anyone who enjoyed Michael Marshall's Straw Men novels, or F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack books, which explore similar territory.

At the moment, I'm reading the third Merrily Watkins novel by Phil Rickman, A Crown of Lights, then I think I'll probably start working my way through Connolly's Charlie Parker books from the beginning.

Player of Games and Use of Weapons get my vote for a newcomer's first Culture novels, too.

And, lastly, respect to Steev - your heroic perseverance with Patient Zero is an inspiration to us all. :-)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 23 August, 2009, 07:43:13 pm
"Fallen Angels" more on the Horus heresy in WH40k universe. Quite fun, bit ponderous in places yet still manages to keep you interested even though you know the ending.

Comic book wise apart from twoofy I was reading "Descendant" from Image but haven't yet managed to get a copy of the second one.Good cover and decent art and story.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 23 August, 2009, 07:51:36 pm
Currently reading "If Chins Could Kill" by Bruce Campbell, the worlds greatest b-movie actor ever and "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.  Enjoying both hugely. 

Last two comics I read were "Leviathan" by Edginton & D'Israeli (which I missed in the prog, it occuring during my long period of unfaithfulness.  LOVED it.  Also "Yesterday's Tomorrow's - The Collected Comics of Rian Hughes" recommended to me by this very forum.  Dare and Really & Truly were the only things I was familiar with but the rest of it is just as beautiful.  Good writing too (and I'm not a huge fan of Grant Morrison who scripted lots of this stuff so that's saying a lot).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 24 August, 2009, 01:42:35 am
Still reading The Batman Chronicles, Volume Four.  Still enjoying the early Batman stuff.  Was slightly disappointed by the lack of The Joker in Batman #6, but he's back in #7 (which I'm part way through currently) so it's all OK.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 24 August, 2009, 08:19:20 am
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Currently reading "If Chins Could Kill" by Bruce Campbell

If you're enjoying this, check out "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way".  The wife swears by it.  Ooo-err.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 August, 2009, 11:08:49 am
If you're enjoying this, check out "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way".  The wife swears by it.  Ooo-err.
I'll just bet she does....  That's certainly on my list, but I was constrained by what was on the 3for2 at Waterstones...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: uncle fester on 24 August, 2009, 12:55:18 pm
Have just started reading From Hell.

I'll see you back here in about six months  :o

(Are there any other single GNs the size of phone books??)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 27 August, 2009, 09:08:16 pm
The leopards continue to be elusive, so I've had to turn elsewhere for my cheap thrills. Recently read The Black Cloud by Sir Fred Hoyle. I was surprised to stumble across this in a second hand shop as I had no idea the eminent astronomer had ever turned his hand to sci-fi. The tagline on the typically stylish Penguin jacket is "Science fiction by a scientist" and it could be seen as a deliberate attempt to demonstrate the appropriate, British way to respond to a mysterious extraterrestrial threat to life on Earth. Not terribly much happens and the characters are all essentially passive. Assumptions are made and conclusions extrapolated from them. Sometimes these are correct but, more often, something totally different happens and our boffins have to figure out why, never forgetting to remind us that that's okay as they were working from the most reasonable premise the first time. Stacks of people die offstage and nobody really minds too much; technological advances are made through a combination of Great British ingenuity and international co-operation across pointlessly obstructive political divisions.

Fred takes time out to have a few mildly amusing digs at amateur astronomers, academic rivalries and political meddling in science (why the Brits work far better than the Yanks) and everyone drinks plenty of tea. There's the odd shag and a funny Russian and it's all written in the pleasantly detached tone one would associate with a senior civil servant of the period interrupting your normal wireless programming to announce an impending nuclear strike. Good fun for fans of British sc-fi.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 27 August, 2009, 09:27:26 pm
Finished The Batman Chronicles, Volume 4 and was disappointed to discover that someone had cut all of the cover pages out of the library copy of Volume 5, so read World War Hulk instead, which was really good.  Kinda wish I'd read Planet Hulk beforehand, but it was still a very enjoyable read.  I'm now reading The Joker: The Greatest Stories Ever Told.  I'm part way through the Jokerfish arc, and I'm enjoying it a great deal.

I leave you with one page from it:
(http://www.rocketllama.com/blog-it/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Joker_patentoffice.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: PsychoGoatee on 27 August, 2009, 09:29:17 pm
That page is... awesome. :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 27 August, 2009, 09:42:56 pm
Hurrah, finally finished the re-read of Name of the Rose.  All my niggles and doubts about obvious murderers and even more obviously anachronistic references vanished as the true purpose of the novel is revealed in the final pages.  Now I see why I remembered it as being so brilliant.  Well worth what turned out to be a very slow read.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Emperor on 27 August, 2009, 10:06:42 pm
I thought "The Prefect" was excellent.

Finished and yes indeed it was - he has yet to disappoint and I can't recommend the books highly enough. I've read most of them (House of Suns next and I'm back up to speed in time for Terminal World) and you can't really go wrong but if you are going to get into the Revelation Space stories (and you should) then it makes sense to read them in order as I suspect they make more sense that way):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Reynolds#Novels
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 27 August, 2009, 10:31:39 pm
If you are a Reynolds fan then you may want to check this (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2009/jun/19/alastair-reynolds-scales-short-story) out. It's Alastair reading a short future war story of his called "Scales". Exclusive to the Guardian apparently, though it has to be said his writing is way better than his reading.

Can't wait for "Terminal World".
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 27 August, 2009, 10:37:13 pm
Found Inherent Vice in MK Library quite by accident t'other week. It's very good, funny like Pynchon usually is even if I don't know what's going on in the first read through. Hopefully it will be a decent primer for my annual attempt at Gravity's Rainbow. I'll get all the way through it this time. Oh yes I will.

Also read Balzac's Droll Stories. I'm still a neophyte, having only read Lost Illusions so I found it almost twee at first, but all my doubts faded once I got to The Succubus.

I've read all the good GNs at MKL at least twice and most of the cape stuff there so it looks like I may be reduced to Star Wars comics *shudder*. That, or actually buying GNs.

PS. Boobs, Your Mom, Meat based sandwich etc.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 27 August, 2009, 10:42:43 pm
I've read all the good GNs at MKL at least twice and most of the cape stuff there so it looks like I may be reduced to Star Wars comics *shudder*. That, or actually buying GNs.
Have you looked into requesting them from the library?  I know that the Peterborough libraries accept requests (though I don't know that they always fulfil them).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 27 August, 2009, 10:46:29 pm
Love the Joker Fish story- they adapted it for the Animated Series a number of years back.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 August, 2009, 08:37:33 am
I've read all the good GNs at MKL at least twice and most of the cape stuff there so it looks like I may be reduced to Star Wars comics *shudder*. That, or actually buying GNs.
Have you looked into requesting them from the library?  I know that the Peterborough libraries accept requests (though I don't know that they always fulfil them).
My mate does that, if she really likes something she buys a copy for her shelf - a very wise move.  And as a result her local library is full of really good GNs, thus sorting out all her neighbours with good reading. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 28 August, 2009, 09:16:50 am
 
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...if you are going to get into the Revelation Space stories (and you should) then it makes sense to read them in order as I suspect they make more sense that way):

I'd recommend tackling at least some of the Reynolds short story collection Galactic North first, especially the superb story "The Great Wall of Mars" (also available in the old anthology Spectrum SF, and I think the Dozois Best New SF collection for 2000 too), which is the real starting point for the Revelation Space universe and certain key characters.    It's also a cracker.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 28 August, 2009, 09:39:26 am
I've just picked up the Ian Rankin Hellblazer graphic novel "Dark Entries" on import - got it yesterday, which made it a pretty impressive day; I also found out one of my stories has been accepted for a prose magazine :-)

I'd recommend the book to anyone who's a fan of Rankin, ghostly goings on, or the slightly satirical subject matter. If you can get your hands on it before the UK release date, still listed by Amazon as early October, do so - it's a gem.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 August, 2009, 11:09:52 am
Looking forward to that one, Stronty.  What's not to like?  Constantine written by Rankin?  Sounds ideal.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 August, 2009, 04:02:12 pm
Just read #3 of Morrison and Quietly's Batman and Robin.


By god it's good comics.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 28 August, 2009, 04:06:54 pm

By god it's good comics.

Oh, yes. Yes it is. First mainstream superhero comic in over a decade that's made me think of setting up a regular order. That's how good it is.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 August, 2009, 04:08:23 pm
The last page reveal gave me goosebumps. Cannot wait for the next issue!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 28 August, 2009, 04:13:19 pm

By god it's good comics.

Oh, yes. Yes it is. First mainstream superhero comic in over a decade that's made me think of setting up a regular order. That's how good it is.

I've got the first couple of these, and enjoyed them, so I do plan on picking up the third.

Does anyone know when Morrison and Quitely's run ends (and where I can find that sort of information myself)?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 August, 2009, 04:14:45 pm

By god it's good comics.

Oh, yes. Yes it is. First mainstream superhero comic in over a decade that's made me think of setting up a regular order. That's how good it is.

I've got the first couple of these, and enjoyed them, so I do plan on picking up the third.

Does anyone know when Morrison and Quitely's run ends (and where I can find that sort of information myself)?

Quietly finishes with issue 3, I think, then there are 2 other artists for 3 issues stints (Frazer Irvine and someone else I can't remember) and then Frank's back for the final 3.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 28 August, 2009, 04:25:19 pm

By god it's good comics.

Oh, yes. Yes it is. First mainstream superhero comic in over a decade that's made me think of setting up a regular order. That's how good it is.

Cheers!

Jim

Couldn't agree more.  Makes me hope that Bruce Wayne stays dead for a good long time.  Fascinating to see that Batman can actually work as a 'role'  rather than a specific person.  The Prof Pyg(malion) stuff was inspiredly horrid, and the Dollgirl sidekick is creepy as bejayzus.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 28 August, 2009, 04:28:23 pm
The Prof Pyg(mallion) stuff was inspiredly horrid.

Morrison has described the series as less grim than previous Batman stories, but more creepy ... "It's like David Lynch doing the Batman TV show." (http://uk.comics.ign.com/articles/961/961488p1.html)

Top stuff.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 August, 2009, 06:42:58 pm
Add to that brilliant character moments like Dick talking to Alfred and his complaining about the cloak, and Gordon and his men not being fooled by the 'new' Batman 'Wasn't he taller?'... then you've got a nigh on perfect read- and that's before you factor in Frank Quietly!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 30 August, 2009, 05:26:18 pm
Yeah just read the third issue and echo wants already been said. I'm loving the development of the Doll Girl in an 'evil Robin' role. Daimon's mistakes surely coming back to haunt him?

The line of Dick's in response to Gordan's chastisment is just another of those classic Morrison moments. Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 30 August, 2009, 06:29:36 pm
Have finished The Joker: Greatest Stories Ever Told, and have now moved on to Batman: Contagion.  Enjoying it thus far.

And, yes, I've spent a good few minutes looking at that page with the full-length Joker from the Jokerfish story over the past couple of days.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 30 August, 2009, 07:59:09 pm
Aside from Flesh, I also picked up the first issues of 'The Marvel Project' and 'The Ultimates 4' (or 'Ultimate Comics Avengers' as it now appears to be called) and (sigh, here we go again) 'Ultimate Comics Spider-Man'- after I'd picked myself up from being floored by the sheer vomitous hideousness of Marvel's new Ultimate cover-designs, I gave these a read last night.

The Marvels Project, on first go, appears to be MARVELS done all over again, with slightly less-impressive art and stilted dialogue. We're back in '38/'39 at the start of the Marvel Universe, back with the creation of the first Human Torch, and the Second World War is once again threatening. Once again, it's told by an "outsider"- only this time, one with a twist. It's much as you'd expect, and- excepting one magnificent sequence of the Sub Mariner attacking some Nazis which includes one of the best panels I've ever seen in a Marvel comic- pretty bland.

The Ult. Avengers is more in the style of The Ults 1 & 2, thankfully. It's lack of a numeral at least means I don't have to spend the rest of my life feintly perturbed that I'm missing the '3' trade. Millar seems to have gone minimalist with the dialogue this time, which means it's a brief read. This, coupled with the paper Marvel seem to be printing everything on these days, makes the comic seem insubstantial. It's lovely and white and I'm sure those for whom the "art is the thing" are loving it- but for a luddite like me, who wants my cash to buy something that feels worthwhile, it's bordering on "flimsy". A fairly good read, all told. I'll pick up the collection when it appears in six months.

The new Ult. Spidey is an abomination. Apparently, something called "Ultimatum" happened, killing millions of New Yorkers and necessitating the reboot of a perfectly good title, with a ridiculously crap artist. There's the stink of manga about the whole thing, and when in costume, Peter Parker's head now apparently swells up to a perfectly round balloon shape that is at once distracting and revolting. Never before have I been so offended by an artistic choice- but this pissed me off no end- after years of glorious Bagley and even that guy who followed him, this is just a bad joke. Gwen Stacy's back too. I'm several trades behind in the original series, so I have no idea if that's a new development or something familiar. Last I knew she was murdered by a symbiote. The Kingpin reappears, only to be immediately killed by someone looking a bit like Mysterio, so I don't know what that means. And the comic is pitched much lower than the "classic" Ultimate Spider-Man. Hate it with a passion. But, being a Spidey completist, I'm doomed to see it through its hopefully short run.

Oh, also picked up the Amazing Spider-Man annual. The US one, not the Panini UK thing. Claims to be "The Wedding Issue", but marvellously isn't. Cracking little story, with an unprepared-for twist that threatens twisty-turny clone shenanigans are just around the corner. Only this time, I hope, done for entertainment not for sales.

Other than that, I'm reading a book about Lake Monsters. It is good.

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 30 August, 2009, 08:11:47 pm
Steev, do you buy SFX? If you check out this months issue they have a 4 page interview with Bendis about the relaunch of the Ultimate universe.

In it he bigs up the new Spidey artist. Apparently he pushed to get him. Bendis also says, of Ultimate Spiderman, "I'm gonna ride the book into the ground"  Okay. I've quoted him out of context but from what you're saying that sounds awfully prophetic.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 30 August, 2009, 08:27:04 pm
No, I'm not an SFX reader, more a Deathray man. I suppose Bendis would say that, wouldn't he? Take a look at the cover of Ult. Spidey #1- that perfectly round head is replicated throughout the comic, and isn't just an attention-grabber. It really does throw you out of the art- picks you up by the scrotal sack and heaves you out of the panel, such is its awfulness.

There's so much wrong with the comic that there aren't enough words in my computer. Why they've done this to a title that was seen by many as "Spidey's only hope" following the- er- "controversial" OMD/BND over in Amazing, is anyone's guess.

Thankfully, I have really enjoyed Amazing since One More Day, so it doesn't upset me as much as I imagine it does all those other people who rant on the Internet.

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 30 August, 2009, 08:44:27 pm
Currently plowing through Dead Souls, which is certainly an illuminating read.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 31 August, 2009, 12:51:56 am
Currently plowing through Dead Souls, which is certainly an illuminating read.
Read that last summer. I was surprised at how funny it was. Did you get the same vibe from it? I'm guessing that "plowing" means not.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 31 August, 2009, 03:58:56 pm
Currently reading The Walking Dead 10 which is, as always, great fun. If fun's the right word.

Also just about to start the new Mark Billingham book. It's over a week since I heard it was out, on this very thread I believe, but events conspired to keep me away from a bookshop until Saturday gone. I have decided that this is the one that I'm going to figure out before the end. I'm usually pretty good at this kind of thing but for some reason Billingham beats me every time. Basterd.

Locke and Keye has been a recent highlight for me. Got the first colection - Welcome to Lovecraft - from the library and devoured it in one sitting. Lovely cartoony art that shouldn't work with the horror but somehow does and the kind of expert pacing you'd expect from a seasoned pro, rather than the first timer we have here, have made it a fantastic read. It's by Joe Hill, fruit of Stephen Kings loins, and I reckon he's a definite chip off the old block. It's made me want to check out his novel and short story collection as well. If he can keep up this kind of quality I see no reason his career can't have the longvity of his dads. Hell, I'd say this is better than Kings early work. Different medium I know, but in terms of character and dialogue it beats Carrie or Firestarter hands down.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 31 August, 2009, 04:45:15 pm
I certainly appreciate the humour in Dead Souls, it's brilliant.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 31 August, 2009, 06:35:38 pm
Just read and really enjoyed Cancertown by newcomers Cy Dethan and Stephen Downey. It's the story of a  man with a tumour in his head who can slip in and out of a bizarre alternate London inhabited by grotesques with cool names like Crosshair, the Corpsegrinder, the Piecemaker, Evil Twin and Babyface. He becomes involved with the power struggle between these 'players' and ultimately unravels the origin of Cancertown.

It has a few rough edges script-wise -I'm not sure I fully get the ending, and there were a couple of "HUH?" moments along the way - I'll have to have a re-read. Also, the hero is just a bit too much like John Constantine. The story has nods to Clive Barker, also Neil Gaiman's Neverworld. The art by Stephen Downey (coloured by Mel Cook and gloriously lettered by Nic Wilkinson)is really nice - here's a couple of tasters:

(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/cancertown001.jpg)   (http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/cancertown002.jpg)

It's published by Insomnia comics, who I've not come across before - you can view the whole first chapter on Cy Dethan's site: http://www.cancertown.co.uk/ (http://www.cancertown.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bouwel on 31 August, 2009, 07:15:45 pm
Just completed John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos for the first time since English Literature class. Well worth your time if you've never read it. Day of the Triffids is next on the list I think.

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 01 September, 2009, 07:45:16 am
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...if you are going to get into the Revelation Space stories (and you should) then it makes sense to read them in order as I suspect they make more sense that way):

I'd recommend tackling at least some of the Reynolds short story collection Galactic North first

Seconded. Espesh as the prologue & conclusion of Absolution Gap* won't make much sense without familiarity with the titular story of said collection.

LoveloveloveLOVE House of suns -- think space opera rebooted to year zero via Jean Cocteau.

*Reynolds' only duff note in Stevie's eyes. Quite a trainwreck of a novel IMHO.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 01 September, 2009, 08:11:14 am
Comics-wise just started into 100 Bullets.  Somebody reassure me it gets better, because the first few issues, meh.  

Aside: started and finished a Justice Society of America hardcover by Geoff Johns, set after (I think) Infinite Crisis, picked up from the library on account of a nice cover.  

It was one of the worst comic books I have ever read.  

The nephew of the Wesley Dodds Sandman's love Diane can turn into sand.  The son of Wildcat can turn into a wildcat.  And the grandson of WWII cyborg Commander Steel can turn into steel.  Why, for the love of crimminey, why?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 01 September, 2009, 10:04:26 am
Locke and Keye has been a recent highlight for me. Got the first collection - Welcome to Lovecraft - from the library and devoured it in one sitting. Lovely cartoony art that shouldn't work with the horror but somehow does and the kind of expert pacing you'd expect from a seasoned pro, rather than the first timer we have here, have made it a fantastic read.

I've found myself flicking through this a few times in Waterstones, wondering if it was worth a punt. Must confess the cartoony art did make me wonder if it would adversely affect the horror aspect - nice to know it doesn't, because it is rather fabulous.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 01 September, 2009, 10:04:56 am
Double post, nothing to see here.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 01 September, 2009, 02:00:35 pm
Prog 662, at the moment.  My first shipment of eBay buys has arrived. \o/
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 01 September, 2009, 02:29:44 pm
Nice!

Enjoy them, Odd Bloke, and keep us up to date on what you're enjoying and otherwise as you go.  We're nosey like that.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hazel on 01 September, 2009, 07:27:59 pm
Can I cheekily mention my other half's debut novel:

"Joe Fury and the Hard Death" by Paul Anthony Long

It's out today and available on Amazon and in indie bookshops and some Waterstones.

It's a fast moving funny hard boiled fantasy sci fi adventure. It was reviewed by Pat Mills from 2000AD who said lots of nice things about it including that "it was a pleasure to enter Joe Fury's weird world. Hell... Eternal Wars... Giant Robots... Dinosaurs... These are the elements of classic fantasy I am very familiar with in my own world of comics and are smoothly and excitingly executed here."

For more information and details of how to order online see http://www.softeditions.co.uk/site/i...d=97&Itemid=27

Many thanks for your time.

Hazel x
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 01 September, 2009, 07:38:21 pm
Comics-wise just started into 100 Bullets.  Somebody reassure me it gets better, because the first few issues, meh.

I found the first TPB (issues 1-5) to be the weakest of the 13, and then they get better and better. I'd say stick with it, and if you can't get on with them you may curse my name to your dog.

Seriously though, they improve immensely.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 September, 2009, 01:36:13 am
I recently added Bullets to my GN rotation and the first book is inching its way ever closer to the top of the 'to read' pile so of course now is the time for someone to raise doubts about it. I took the plunge because it seemed to be universally admired. Hope this isn't the start of a backlash.

Just bought The Writers Tale. Read the first chapter tonight. Amazing to see how much of season four of Who was there in Davies head before he'd even written the Titanic episode. Also, how different some things could have turned out. I was torn over whether to get this cos it's bloody expensive and moneys tight but I got a deal on a copy with a torn dust sleeve and I'm glad I did cos that first chapter has me convinced it's gonna be a fascinatiing read.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 02 September, 2009, 02:09:09 am
Enjoy them, Odd Bloke, and keep us up to date on what you're enjoying and otherwise as you go.  We're nosey like that.

Very well then.  I have read progs 660-663 thus far, and my musings thereon are contained below.

Overall, I'm impressed.  I'm dropping into the middle of quite a few storylines, which is making some things confusing.  I'll cover my brief thoughts on what I'm reading below

The Dead Man - I picked this up at episode 11 and have followed it to where it morphs into the Judge Dredd story.  I like the art on this, and I didn't find the story at all hard to pick up.  I really like how it moves from The Dead Man into Dredd, particularly how we see Dredd having to move on from the blinding of the boy with him.

Zenith: Phase 3: War in Heaven Part 2 - My least favourite thrill that I've seen thus far, by a ways.  Most of the problem is picking it up part way through; I have no idea what is going on.  But the art doesn't really help, it's too indistinct and minimalist for me to be able to easily distinguish between characters, and it distracts me from the writing too much for me to have an opinion on that.

Chopper: Song of the Surfer - Probably my favourite thrill of these 4 progs.  I pick up the story just as the race starts, which means I'm not as invested in Chopper as I might otherwise be, nor do I know anything about his competitors.  Nonetheless, it's a testament to the art and writing that I've still been drawn in by this, and am looking forward to its conclusion.

Bradley - This is a little too entrenched in the early 90s for me to really get to grips with (my second birthday was the day before the cover date of #662).  It seems a little garish and overbearing.  Reminds me of those two irritating puppets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_and_Zag_(puppets)) off of The Big Breakfast.

Judge Dredd: I'm Manny, Me Fly - Alright.  Feels a bit like Tharg thought "oh crap, we don't have any Dredd for this prog" and had a droid quickly rework a Future Shocks script.

Tharg's Future Shocks - Out of the couple I've read, nothing special.

Judge Dredd: A Letter To Dredd - This is my earliest exposure to a Dredd that isn't just one-dimensional, and it's interesting to see how he reacts to this letter.  It works well as a prologue to the Tale of the Dead Man stuff.

Slaine - This is very pretty, but I have no idea what's going on.  Doesn't help that the first prog it was in was missing a page of backstory and exposition but even with that I'm confused.  But, as I say, very pretty.

Judge Dredd: Tale of the Dead Man - Seen the first two episodes of this thus far, and I like how it's developing.  It'd be interesting to know how much I'm missing having not caught the start of The Dead Man.

Bix Barton - Only caught the pilot of this, and don't really know what to expect.  Am looking forward to finding out.


Hmm, having finished all this, I wonder if this thread is really the best place for this.  I'll put it in here for now, but is there a better place to put this sort of stuff in future (somewhere in the Spoilers section, maybe?)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 September, 2009, 02:30:46 am
COLINYNWA has been posting a running account of any interesting stuff in his big reread in the "other reviews" section for a while now. I reckon thats your best bet, although I doubt anyone would object too strongly if you posted in here.

The above brings up another point. Has anyone else ever been in that situation where you meet someone, and then you bump into them a few times, and pretty soon you're seeing them every day and they're calling out to you in the street and you realise that you don't know their name but you feel like you've left it too long and they'll be offended if you let on so you daren't ask? 

What does YNWA mean?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 02 September, 2009, 06:47:06 am
What does YNWA mean?

You'll Not Want Another? ;)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 02 September, 2009, 06:52:23 am
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(my second birthday was the day before the cover date of #662)


Drokk.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 02 September, 2009, 07:43:26 am

Drokk.


Funt!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 02 September, 2009, 08:53:18 am
Drokk.
Funt!
Sneck!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 02 September, 2009, 09:15:17 am
What does YNWA mean?

I've been asked that a couple of times recently. Apparently PJ Holden thought it was a big up to NWA BUT its actually You'll Never Walk Alone. Which is either an obsure reference to Invasion and Robusters, me showing my love of musicals OR a reference to years of following Liverpool Football Club.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 02 September, 2009, 11:24:22 am
Drokk.
Funt!
Sneck!

 :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 02 September, 2009, 01:49:18 pm

By god it's good comics.

Oh, yes. Yes it is. First mainstream superhero comic in over a decade that's made me think of setting up a regular order. That's how good it is.

Cheers!

Jim

Couldn't agree more.  Makes me hope that Bruce Wayne stays dead for a good long time.

I think the best move would actually be for him to come back, but not retake the Batmantle (;D).  That way we don't have his miraculous resurrection hanging over us while we're enjoying the state of play.  However, if it does get to a point where Bruce Wayne is going to take over again, it can be more natural than him just appearing because sales are flagging.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 04 September, 2009, 09:12:57 am
I've just read "The Devil in Amber," by Mark Gatiss, in pretty much one sitting. It's a great and gripping read, and also brought back fond memories of hearing the author do the voice of Judge Death . . .
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 04 September, 2009, 06:49:50 pm
Just started into Jack McDevitt's second Alex Benedict book Polaris.  Not as much fun as his Academy books, but then what is?

Also, seeing as the library was flat out of 100 Bullets Vol.2 I decided to give Preacher a third or fourth chance, having recently come round to liking Ennis current stiuff.  Nope, I still don't get it.  I re-read Dixie Fried over lunch.  I thought it was badly paced and unfunny. Even though it only took me half an hour to finish, I was actualy bored by the end.  Apart from their comedy accents all the characters sound the same, to-wit, they all sound like fecking arseholes.  Pages upon pages of characters laughing at Arseface, oh ha-ha-ha.  And that Bill Hicks hagiography was so clumsy as to be insulting.  Somebody explain the appeal, I've really tried.

I did like the the Neil Gaiman character though. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bouwel on 04 September, 2009, 07:06:31 pm
The latest Felix Caster novel dropped through my letter-box this morning. Thus far it's pretty good, although poor Fix does seem to live in a world of woe.

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 September, 2009, 10:33:57 pm
I decided to give Preacher a third or fourth chance, having recently come round to liking Ennis current stiuff.  Nope, I still don't get it.  I re-read Dixie Fried over lunch.  I thought it was badly paced and unfunny. Even though it only took me half an hour to finish, I was actualy bored by the end.  Apart from their comedy accents all the characters sound the same, to-wit, they all sound like fecking arseholes.  Pages upon pages of characters laughing at Arseface, oh ha-ha-ha.  And that Bill Hicks hagiography was so clumsy as to be insulting.  Somebody explain the appeal, I've really tried.

I did like the the Neil Gaiman character though.  

Interesting take. I'm a huge fan of Preacher. I do think it's a book that works best the first time around - if you find you like it, as I did when I first saw it in the meg reprints, then it works well on an episode-by-episode basis, as I was always keen to find out what happens next. I've also re-read most of it in GNs from the library (did The Meg reprint all of it? If not, I went on to read the rest), and enjoyed those, but it was a while ago. I must admit, the last time I picked one up though, I was much less impressed, but this is true of about 95% of all American comics I read. (there's a whole other discussion there)

True it's indulgent, as all Ennis' stuff is. He creates characters who proceed to indulge in various levels of danger and deviancy whilst spouting off endlessly about the author's particular obsessions and fascinations. The same could be said of most writers! The thing is, I get off on the stuff he talks about. I often quote the bit about Chaplin vs Laurel & Hardy, as it really struck a chord with me (and is absolutely true).

I can't be arsed googling to find out when Preacher was written, but I suspect that so much other stuff has been influenced by it that to someone approaching it now, it may look like a poor knockoff, whereas it was actually the ground-breaking original influence.

but if it don't float your boat, what the hey! Plenty more comics in the Sea. I don't rate 100 bullets as much as most people seem to. Loved the first couple of books, as I got off on the total mystery and the fact that within this mysterious context, they were incredibly moving individual stories; but once the backstory and explanations started appearing, it just killed it and I never enjoyed them much after that. And walking dead is another *yawn* zombie story. Chacun a son gout, mon ami!

PS - who was the 'Neil Gaiman character'? As I said, it's been a while!
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Post by: TordelBack on 04 September, 2009, 10:52:35 pm
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PS - who was the 'Neil Gaiman character'? As I said, it's been a while!

One of the pathetic wannabe vampires Cassidy encounters in New Orleans.  He looks just like Gaiman and writes godawful pre-emo poetry, before having a successful career 'reinventing the genre'. 

The Laurel and Hardy bit (although I probably wrongly remember it as being a comparison with the Three Stooges) is the main reason I keep coming back to Preacher - i thought it was utterly brilliant (being an L&H fan myself), and made me think there must be more to the series than I was seeing.  Unfortunately subsequent worshipful sequences involving John Wayne and the aforementioned genius Bill Hicks just retread the same ground.   For me  Jesse and Cassidy just come across as Mary-Sues through which Ennis fills endless pages with his ontological project of classifying all living beings as either Mate or Wanker.  I will persevere with a re-read because there are some good jokes in there, and some inventive violence, but I don't see where all the adulation comes from.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 04 September, 2009, 10:54:58 pm

(being an L&H fan myself)


I knew there was a reason I liked you!

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 September, 2009, 11:01:53 pm

(being an L&H fan myself)


I knew there was a reason I liked you!

Cheers

Jim

Have either of you been to the Laurel & Hardy museum up in... um, the Lake District somewhere? It's bloody fantastic! And the man who curates/ lives in it is astonishing. Anyone with even a passing interest in L & H should make an effort to go.

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 04 September, 2009, 11:02:54 pm
And the man who curates/ lives in it is astonishing.


Does he sit in a fireplace with bricks falling on his head?

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 September, 2009, 11:09:08 pm
For me  Jesse and Cassidy just come across as Mary-Sues through which Ennis fills endless pages with his ontological project of classifying all living beings as either Mate or Wanker. 

 ;D ;D ;D You have just summed up the entire oeuvre of Garth Ennis in one sentence. Genius!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 September, 2009, 11:10:47 pm
Started Madame Bovary because I'm so fucking sophisticated.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 September, 2009, 11:19:04 pm
And the man who curates/ lives in it is astonishing.


Does he sit in a fireplace with bricks falling on his head?

Cheers

Jim

Basically- yes. The place is like a cave, chocka with period L&H memorabelia- with a DVD cinema shoved on the side. It's amazing- and the bloke is lovely, has been there since The Very Dawn Of Time, and the MOST Enthusiastic MAN in THE world!

Steev
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 04 September, 2009, 11:24:56 pm
Basically- yes. The place is like a cave, chocka with period L&H memorabelia- with a DVD cinema shoved on the side. It's amazing- and the bloke is lovely, has been there since The Very Dawn Of Time, and the MOST Enthusiastic MAN in THE world!

Sold!

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 September, 2009, 11:28:09 pm
And the man who curates/ lives in it is astonishing.


Does he sit in a fireplace with bricks falling on his head?

Cheers

Jim

Basically- yes. The place is like a cave, chocka with period L&H memorabelia- with a DVD cinema shoved on the side. It's amazing- and the bloke is lovely, has been there since The Very Dawn Of Time, and the MOST Enthusiastic MAN in THE world!

Steev

This has inspired me, I've wanted to see that place for years, and I may just take a spin out there very soon - it's not that far from Manchester. Their website (http://www.laurel-and-hardy.co.uk/home.htm (http://www.laurel-and-hardy.co.uk/home.htm))s brilliant in it's amateurishness. I love the way it takes a while to load (but with THAT music to keep you entertained) and then opens with the sentence "This weekend, Saturday 18th April we will be making our move to bigger, brighter and better premises at the Roxy Cinema on Brogden Street, Ulverston. "
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 September, 2009, 11:34:12 pm
And the man who curates/ lives in it is astonishing.


Does he sit in a fireplace with bricks falling on his head?

Cheers

Jim

Basically- yes. The place is like a cave, chocka with period L&H memorabelia- with a DVD cinema shoved on the side. It's amazing- and the bloke is lovely, has been there since The Very Dawn Of Time, and the MOST Enthusiastic MAN in THE world!

Steev

This has inspired me, I've wanted to see that place for years, and I may just take a spin out there very soon - it's not that far from Manchester. Their website is brilliant in it's amateurishness. I love the way it takes a while to load (but with THAT music to keep you entertained) and then opens with the sentence "This weekend, Saturday 18th April we will be making our move to bigger, brighter and better premises at the Roxy Cinema on Brogden Street, Ulverston. "

Ulverston! That's it. And yes, I remember now that it was soon to be moving when I was there last July... so in all probability it's now in a soulless prefabricated building, with everything sorted into neat displays and the lovable man replaced by a teenager dressed as Laurel reading from a multi-lingual guidebook.

Hope not though. It was just like someone had taken every existing L&H thing and shovelled them into a roughly-hewn cave, then put a man in to look after it, with nothing but L&H movies for company, for fifty years.

One of the autistic guys I took up there is a massive fan and he was absolutely overwhelmed.

Steev
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Post by: Dandontdare on 04 September, 2009, 11:41:47 pm
Ah man, I've dug out my old tape from the last time BBC2 had a season, and am watching The Music Box as I type this - "1127 Walnut avenue? It's just up there, top o'the stoop..."

EDIT : Stan's just kicked a woman in the arse for laughing at him, and she's punched him in the face.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 05 September, 2009, 12:27:05 am
I will persevere with a re-read because there are some good jokes in there, and some inventive violence, but I don't see where all the adulation comes from.
I feel pretty much the same way about Preacher. Having loved Ennis' run on Hellblazer I bought the first ten or so issues thinking it would give him the canvas to expand on some of the thigns he did there and I just never got into it. I frequently think about giving it a go again but would probably prefer picking up something I've never read before.

I think Ennis (as probably captured on the "Ennis, etc" thread) veers wildly between the brilliant and puerile childishness. While never quite approaching the Django Zoon level, there are times when his zest for OTT vileness is just unpleasant while other times it can be both hilarious and affecting. On the other hand, he has a gift for that sympathetic, manly, boozy conversation that really captures something about people. There's no real difference between Jesse & Cassidy's conversations and those between John Constantinen and the Lord of the Dance or, a personal favourite, Kit and her family in Heartland other than my own affection for the characters.

I stick with The Boys out of a combination of annoyance at having missed out on Hitman & Punisher and the fact that every now and then there is a flash of real character beneath the pastiche.


And now an update on The Snow Leopard. After another fifty pages there still weren't any fucking leopards so I gave up.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 05 September, 2009, 01:31:16 am
I live in the town where Stan Laurel spent his formative years. Apparently his parents ran the local theatre. I did not know this until relatively recently because for as long as I could remember said theatre was simply a burnt out condemned wreck and no effort at all was made to emphasise it's history. Then the council decided that it was an eyesore and hads to come down. At which pont the whole town erupted into a frenzy of "save our historic theatre" madness. It was at this point that I became aware of it's significance. Didn't save the theatre though. In truth, it had been dangerous for years and was beyond repair.

They renamed the spot Theatre Corner and put up a statue of the man himself. Well, actually they built an office building and did the whole renaming and staue bit over the road where the public loo was. Oh, the sense of history. Now of course, the novelty has worn off and todays kids are no more in the know than I was.
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Post by: Odd_Bloke on 05 September, 2009, 01:34:11 am
They renamed the spot Theatre Corner and put up a statue of the man himself. Well, actually they built an office building and did the whole renaming and staue bit over the road where the public loo was. Oh, the sense of history. Now of course, the novelty has worn off and todays kids are no more in the know than I was.
You should get the council to try and knock the public loo down, perhaps it'd have the same effect.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 05 September, 2009, 02:35:24 am
Nah, the loo had to go to make way for the statue, which now stands on the exact spot. 
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Post by: TordelBack on 05 September, 2009, 01:08:06 pm
I'm on a bit of an Alex Robinson kick at the moment, working my way through the library's holdings, and I just misappropriated more than an hour of supposed work time reading his Too Cool to Be Forgotten in one sitting.  It's absolutely amazing, couldn't recommend it highly enough.  The guy is a serious talent.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 05 September, 2009, 07:41:29 pm
At the Mountains of Madness, again. S'been a while but it still makes me go all cold and goose-pimply.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 05 September, 2009, 07:47:59 pm
Dan Abnett's Horus Heresy. Forgot how good it was.
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Post by: Odd_Bloke on 06 September, 2009, 01:46:22 pm
Patrick O'Brian's Master & Commander (http://www.librarything.com/work/6621).  This is at least my third time reading this, and I still love it (and the other 19 novels that follow it).
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 September, 2009, 02:11:22 pm
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Patrick O'Brian's Master & Commander.  This is at least my third time reading this, and I still love it (and the other 19 novels that follow it
).

Love this series, with very few exceptions (the immensely improbable rescue by a raft of south-sea amazons, mainly), and actually have to force myself to stop reading lest I do all 20 in a row.  Currently I'm paused before Nutmeg of Consolation.   Master and Commander itself is a magnificent novel, but the sequence I love best is in Desolation Island where the Waakzaamheid is chasing the horrible old Leopard in the Roaring Forties - the climax of that chase is one of the most gripping, gut-wrenchingly terrifying things I've ever read.  I also rather like the sequence in Other Side of the Medal where Aubrey ends up in the Stocks.  Stirring stuff.  Oh, and the fate of the Polychrest in Post Captain!  Genius!

Aside:  in recent years I've been learning to sail with an old friend, and as the Aubrey Maturin books are about all I knew of sailing before I started pretty much all of my jargon comes from there.  Thus we are forever heeling to larboard, missing stays and sailing  on a bowline, even those all those terms are archaic and irrelevant.  Drives him mad.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 06 September, 2009, 07:50:01 pm
I've just finished the new Ian Rankin book, "The Complaints." It's a quality read, anybody wondering if it's worth picking up, I'd recommend it highly. Plus just finished the last short story in the Edinburgh-themed "Crimespotting" anthology, which is one of the best collections I've read in recent memory. Great, great stuff, and for a pretty good cause, too!
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 September, 2009, 07:50:12 pm
At the Mountains of Madness, again. S'been a while but it still makes me go all cold and goose-pimply.

Read it again last summer- a superb piece of work.

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Dan Abnett's Horus Heresy. Forgot how good it was.

I've just this very afternoon bought one of the collected editions of Dan's Warhammer books to have a go at them, never having read any before.

Currently reading Steve Earle's short story collection Doghouse Roses.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 06 September, 2009, 09:16:34 pm

Currently reading Steve Earle's short story collection Doghouse Roses.

Hadn't released Steve Earle had written a book. I'm assuming that's the Copperhead Road alt country Steve Earle. If so is it any good?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 September, 2009, 09:30:21 pm

Currently reading Steve Earle's short story collection Doghouse Roses.

Hadn't released Steve Earle had written a book. I'm assuming that's the Copperhead Road alt country Steve Earle. If so is it any good?

Yup, that's the one.
Steve's one of my favourite artists ever. The book is, so far very good- Steve's voice comes through loud and clear. The title story in particular is a hard read such is it's amazing honesty- it describes the life of a country rock artists who happenes to be a heroin addict...
And I was surprised to see a story called Tanneytown, which tells the same story as the song.

Yes- recommended.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 06 September, 2009, 09:52:45 pm
Just read #3 of Morrison and Quietly's Batman and Robin.


By god it's good comics.

Ace letterer and all-round top bloke, Todd Klein agrees with us. (http://kleinletters.com/Blog/)

Which should annoy the crap out of John Byrne, if nothing else!

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: WadesWiddleYellowBoxes on 07 September, 2009, 09:51:00 am
Jumping between Judgement on Gotham, Sandman's Dolls House and What You Make It by Michael Marshall Smith (Superb...)
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Post by: Odd_Bloke on 07 September, 2009, 12:23:22 pm
In my current campaign to finish reading books I'm in the middle of, I'm reading the following (in order of start date):

Key Thinkers in Christianity, edited by Adrian Hastings (started 2009-04-19)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (started 2009-07-18)
Koppett's Concise History of Major League Baseball by Leonard Koppett (started 2009-07-18)
Collected Short Stories by Patrick O'Brian (started 2009-07-22)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (started 2009-07-27)

To incentivise myself, I'm not allowing myself to read any TPBs/GNs until these are all completed (which could take a while with The Count of Monte Cristo).  However, I haven't excluded reading actual comics from this, which might be a mistake...
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Post by: Nap Normal on 07 September, 2009, 10:38:56 pm
I've a few books on the go at the moment. Bernard Cornwells  Azincourt and Christopher Fowlers Bryant and May series about two detectives who's offices are above Mornington Crescent tube station.Both authors I can highly recommend.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 08 September, 2009, 12:21:03 am
As part of my resolve to use my enforced free time constructively and start properly pursuing that writing lark I've been wittering on about for years ,I've been reading The Writers Tale. Fascinating read and a very full on warts and all account of a writers life. I've finished now though and a trip to my local bookshop - which a friend told me had an excellent section on such things - revealed that they had precisely one relevant title.  The Writers Tale.


So I picked up "If Chins Could Kill" instead.

Other than that I'm reading Mark Billinghams latest, a Torchwood book(Twilight Streets) Essenttial fantastic 4 vol.1 and some Delano era Hellblazer. So a decent selection.
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Post by: WadesWiddleYellowBoxes on 08 September, 2009, 12:28:43 pm

So I picked up "If Chins Could Kill" instead.



Fantastic read. Campbell is a hoot. I'd love to read a follow up (Make Love...don't count) which delves into his back to backs in Bulgaria and experience on Bubba Ho-Tep.
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Post by: Satanist on 08 September, 2009, 01:12:47 pm
To Kill a Mockingbird - Cos the wife just finished it and I feel I really should read it. So far so good.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 08 September, 2009, 06:16:50 pm
"If Chins Could Kill" is flat out amazing, he's a character and it's all very good. 

I challenge anyone not to enjoy "To Kill A Mockingbird" - it's really gently done and a good tale, well told. 
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 08 September, 2009, 06:18:46 pm
Looks like I'll be reading issues 1 to 26 of THE INVISIBLES as Cosh has rather kindly just posted them to me.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 10 September, 2009, 11:05:36 pm
Just finished the latest batch of graphic novels I got from the public library at the weekend:

Top 10 book 1 - This was a very welcome re-read of an old favourite by Alan Moore, inspired by Top 10: The 49ers (the prequel) which I took out a few weeks ago.

The Astounding Wolfman by Robert (Walking Dead) Kirkman & Jason Howard - brilliantly bonkers werewolf/superhero mash up. Recommended.

Tales of the Batman: Tim Sale - a collection of the artist's early stuff (mainly 90s). Some are okay, but oh boy, there were some bad Batman stories being told last decade. The worst, sadly and surprisingly, by Alan Grant. I can't begin to list the things I hated about "Madmen across the Water".

Fantastic Four: True Story by Paul Cornell & Horacio Domingues - Oh dear oh dear. Now I've always loved the FF, from the days when I'd pester my big brother to "show me rock-man" in his comics, and it's hard to write a FF story that I won't enjoy on some level, but this laboured voyage into the "realm of literature" was bloody awful. Imagine distilling all of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore's worst reference-dropping tendencies, (but removing the ability to actually write convincing scripts) and then filtering the results through the brain of a 15 year old art student, whose girlfriend has added some pictures ('cos she's, like, really talented, yah?) and you'll have some feeling for this.
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Post by: Dog Deever on 10 September, 2009, 11:09:17 pm
Just finished rereading Just A Pilgrim (Ennis / Ezquerra), both books- for the umpteenth time.
It really is good stuff.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 10 September, 2009, 11:10:09 pm
Started "The Kraken Awakes" by Juan Wind Ham.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 10 September, 2009, 11:28:40 pm
Finished If Chins... today. A very fast read but not in a bad way. I just couldn't put it down. Everyone on here who praised it were spot on. 

Trouble with fats reads is you need to replace them fast and so yet another trip out beckoned. This one netted me "My Boring Ass Life" by Kevin Smith. I've yet to be disapointed by one of his movies so I'm hoping his "voice" will come through in the book.


Can I ask a question about To Kill A Mockingbird?

  Read this at school and got really peeved at my teacher about it. During the trial the girls says something like "I've never kissed a boy, what Daddy does doesn't count." I read this, and I wasn't alone, as a reference to sexual abuse but my teacher flat out refused to accept it as a theory and openly mocked anyone who thougt it. He went on to tell us that if we mentioned this theory in any coursework on the book it would harm our grade.

Whose read this book? Did anyone else think this? I just remember being totally pissed off by the whole stuation. I tell you, I love dreading before Eng. Lit. GCSE but those two years pretty much sucked the joy out of it for me. I didn't read for pleasure for years afterwards which I would imagine is not the desired effect.
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Post by: TordelBack on 11 September, 2009, 02:05:33 am
Just finished Denise Mina's run on Hellblazer.  (Un)holy crap, that was poor.  The oh-so clever punchline to a year's worth of incoherent drawn-out comics appeared to be "Scottish footie fans support anyone against England".  Not arguing the point, just wondering about the mindset of who commissioned this?  And to think they booted Eddie Campbell.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 11 September, 2009, 04:36:44 am
Just finished Denise Mina's run on Hellblazer.

You're obviously constructed of sterner stuff than Stevie there TordelBack; I dropped Mina's from my standing order after her second issue (cue trademark grumbling from comics retailer who is unable to comprehend anyone following creators not characters).

I generally give new teams 3 issues grace, but not being a big fan of Leonardo Manco's art didn't help things either.
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Post by: Radbacker on 11 September, 2009, 10:06:11 am
well finished American Gods while on holidays and glad i stuck through the first few chapter, got a bit of a Clive Barker feel to the whole thing and certainly didn't go the way I thought it would.
GOt the last two 100 Bullets collections to read now but think I'm gonna have to go back throught the first 11 to remember whats goiung on.  Also got V7 of Fables to do and V5 of Ex-Machina too.
Book wise I'm waiting for the new Stephen Erickson Malazan novel, Dust of Dreams (i think) lots more magic and destruction on the way.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2009, 04:30:48 pm
Way of the Barefoot Zombie, by "Jasper" Bark of this parish.

Had been put off by so-so reviews and jumped to 'Tide of Souls' first- which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, a hundred and thirty pages into Barefoot, and I'd say it was not only just as good- but also has added laffs.

Definately worth a punt.

SBT
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Post by: mogzilla on 13 September, 2009, 11:34:54 pm
johnathon strange and mr norrel...well i will be reading it in a bit .got a first edition  today.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 14 September, 2009, 12:15:14 am
Just finished Paul Auster's New York Trilogy.



What the f**k was that all about, then?
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Post by: Kerrin on 14 September, 2009, 12:20:37 am
I started that a couple of weeks ago and got as far as the odd chap who hires him, then a load of zap bang SF books turned up so I'll get back to it. I take it you you didn't fully engage with the book then Sharky.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 14 September, 2009, 12:52:01 am
I tried, Kerrin. I even persevered with it all the way to the end. But I missed the point. (Unless missing the point is the point, in which case I got it...)

It's one of those books I'm going to have to read again as I'm certain that it is very clever indeed. Unfortunately, I am not very clever indeed.
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Post by: Odd_Bloke on 14 September, 2009, 01:10:29 am
Just started reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman.  I really need to get this in GN form, as reading off of a screen really isn't the same.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 14 September, 2009, 01:50:07 am
Just started reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman.  I really need to get this in GN form, as reading off of a screen really isn't the same.

Tell me about it.  I'm currently reading Swamp Thing off a website. (You may remember me ranting about Swamp Thing collections being crap) The thing is, the site is not exactly official and isn't the most technicaly sound. It doesn't handle double page spreads very well, varying between simply scanning them as seperate pages, which makes no sense storywise or scanning the spread in its entirety with a huge crease down the middle. I suppose I should be grateful the site exists at all really or eldse I'd be knackered trying to read this series.

All I need to do now is find a site that will let me ead al the Hellblazer issues I can't get hold of in GN form.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 14 September, 2009, 03:08:22 am
demonoid.

'nuff said
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Post by: Bouwel on 14 September, 2009, 07:49:39 am
Just completed the latest Felix Castor book by Mike Carey of Hellblazer fame. Not a bad read and I wouldn't say no to another book in the series, please.

-Bouwel-
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 14 September, 2009, 08:25:26 am
Just finished Paul Auster's New York Trilogy.



What the f**k was that all about, then?

I'm a big Paul Auster fan and while I have no doubt at all I don't get all the meanings etc I always find him an enjoyable read. Typically his books deal with indentity and effects chance and random events have on life... well that's my take but I'm certainly no expert!
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 14 September, 2009, 10:11:17 am
Way of the Barefoot Zombie, by "Jasper" Bark of this parish.

Had been put off by so-so reviews and jumped to 'Tide of Souls' first- which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, a hundred and thirty pages into Barefoot, and I'd say it was not only just as good- but also has added laffs.

Definately worth a punt.

SBT

Yup- I've written a review for the 2000adreview site- hasn't went up yet- but I'd agree this is a damned good book.
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Post by: Kerrin on 15 September, 2009, 06:20:26 pm
"Transition", the latest Iain Banks novel turned up today, so I'll put the "Viriconium" omnibus by M. John Harrison on hold. Quite a strange book "Viriconium", there's a dreamlike quality about the atmosphere created by Harrison, intershot with lucid, infrequent moments of action and sparse exposition, not entirely taken by it to be honest.

And I'm off to see "The Thing" (John Carpenter) on the big screen tonight, hur-hur-hur, I love that film, "... on the menu tonight...Dog Surprise!"
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 15 September, 2009, 10:10:50 pm
OOh I used to love those VIRICONIUM books.

Strangely, a lot of the way Sinister Dexter talks about the city reminds me of them.
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Post by: stacey on 15 September, 2009, 10:51:30 pm
Just completed the latest Felix Castor book by Mike Carey of Hellblazer fame. Not a bad read and I wouldn't say no to another book in the series, please.

-Bouwel-

Is that Naming of The Beast? I'm halfway through it and flipping well loving it.  This is one of my favourite ongoing series, Mike Carey owns the gritty urban fantasy as far as I am concerned, the man rocks the big one!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 15 September, 2009, 10:56:34 pm
Read Batman: Death in the Family today. I like Jim Starlin and all but this was pretty hokey, spesh when The Joker becomes the Iranian Ambassador.

Also read JLA: Rock of Ages in the deluxe GM volumes today and its pretty much THE MOST AWESOME COMIC EVER.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 September, 2009, 11:02:04 pm
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Transition", the latest Iain Banks novel turned up today

That's next on my list... can't bloody wait!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 September, 2009, 11:31:05 pm
Also read JLA: Rock of Ages in the deluxe GM volumes today and its pretty much THE MOST AWESOME COMIC EVER.
Is that the one where Batman has a seven year battle of wills with Darkseid's head torturer? If so, it is pretty awesome.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 16 September, 2009, 01:24:45 am
"Transition", the latest Iain Banks novel turned up today,

Nice one! Let me know how you go. Stevie was eyeing that particular minx in Dymocks but the latest Egan anthology Oceanic in trade as well as Ian McDonald’s River of gods & Strossy’s Saturns children both in paperback were enough for one visit
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 16 September, 2009, 01:45:12 am
I explored the somewhat limited selection of comic material in the library today so i will start working my way through them.

There is a hardback collected edition of Shakara and Charlies War for starters .

I am also 2 thirds of the way through From Hell.

Not to mention Church Archeology [English Heritage] and Understanding Small Period Houses by Amanda Laws but no one will want to know about that here.
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Post by: Kerrin on 16 September, 2009, 07:38:27 am
"Transition", the latest Iain Banks novel turned up today,

Nice one! Let me know how you go. Stevie was eyeing that particular minx in Dymocks but the latest Egan anthology Oceanic in trade as well as Ian McDonald’s River of gods & Strossy’s Saturns children both in paperback were enough for one visit

'River of Gods' and 'Saturns children' are both excellent reads, I keep nearly buying Ian McDonald's 'Brasyl' as well, he's a great writer. I've just noticed, while looking at amazon to remind myself how to spell 'brasyl', that he's got a collection of short stories set in his future Indian scenario, 'Cyberabad Days', out as well, cool, another one for the list.

'Transition' has started very satisfactorily.
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Post by: Delingpole on 16 September, 2009, 05:16:30 pm
Home book: Iain M Banks - Inversions
Work book: Stephen E. Ambrose - D-Day

Recently read the excellent "Coward at the Bridge" - a WWII adventure set at Arnhem, by someone called James Delingpole.

No relation.

Honest.
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Post by: Buddy on 16 September, 2009, 05:44:04 pm
I explored the somewhat limited selection of comic material in the library today so i will start working my way through them.

There is a hardback collected edition of Shakara and Charlies War for starters .

I am also 2 thirds of the way through From Hell.

Not to mention Church Archeology [English Heritage] and Understanding Small Period Houses by Amanda Laws but no one will want to know about that here.

My local library has just had a massive revamp (it's now about 4 times the original size) and I had a scoot through it recently for GN's but couldn't find any.

So here is my question... what section would I find the Graphic Novels under. If I asked the librarian 'where are the graphic novels' would I get funny looks or directions to collected volumes of my fave comics??
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Post by: TordelBack on 16 September, 2009, 05:59:42 pm
I find Comics are usually under the Applied Arts section, near sculpture, posters and ceramics (somewhere about 741 under the Dewey Decimal system).  However, a lot of libraries segregate the actual GNs from the 'how to draw comics' and 'history of comics' stuff, and stick them in the Teenage/Young Adult section of the library.  I still wince when I see Walking Dead, Preacher and Joe Matt sharing a shelf with Peanuts, Garfield and Tintin.

To save embarrassment your library probably has an online catalogue that you can browse from the safety of your own home.  Just try keyword or author searching for the big names.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 September, 2009, 06:21:18 pm
They're always on a separate shelf in the Teen section in Glasgow libraries.

Who actually uses the "Teen"section? It's the last place I'd have looked for anything hen I was one.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 16 September, 2009, 07:48:46 pm
In Manchester they've recently acquired their own racks (there are lots of lovely comic fans in the buying dept obviously!), but before this they were split between the Sci-fi and children/young adult section (often at random with no regard to content: "would little Jimmy like Spongebob or Preacher today?")
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Post by: dweezil2 on 17 September, 2009, 02:28:17 pm
Just purchased Ennis' 6 issue Punisher War Zone mini-series, for the ludicrous sum of £1.21, of Ebay, so I'm really looking forward to ploughing through them. A nice bundle of The Boy's back issues turned up today also! What recession?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 17 September, 2009, 02:31:18 pm
Just finished reading Lost Girls for the first time.
I'm not sure exactly what I expected of it, but I don't think that this was it!
It was a surprisingly funny book, which for some reason was something I wasn't expecting.
There are some interesting themes raised throughout. I say 'raised' rather then 'dealt with' as Moore just throws them out and then doesn't carry them to any sort of conclusion.
Still, it's a good book.
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Post by: Hoagy on 17 September, 2009, 03:05:44 pm
The Society Of Others by the writer of Gladiator... yep, Gladiator. William Nicholson, I think off memory. Its a kind of Catcher in the Rye/Kafkaian mish mash. Not as good as either, how does the Mighty Boosh song go... Taking elements of the past an Elements of the future an creating samfin thats half as good!!Ha!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 17 September, 2009, 06:50:16 pm
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Work book: Stephen E. Ambrose - D-Day

I like the "I'm a destroyer man!" bit on Omaha.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - was fresh off reading BAND OF BROTHERS. I know his style isn't everyone's cup of tea* but I like Cornelius Ryan so I'm probably wrong about that as well.

I think he balances the righteousness of cause, the honour of the men doing the fighting and the ass-hattery of the men giving the orders just nicely.

* A cup of tea is, of course, what the British Troops stop for every ten minutes while letting our American cousins get slaughtered.  There's a bit of this you need to ignore as well. Or read his rather excellent PEGASUS BRIDGE - which is about the British Glider Commandos. He keeps his admiration for them up throughout (but then manages to throw in afew "Bloody Brits, didn't know what a good thing they had" in the last few pages.
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Post by: Bouwel on 17 September, 2009, 07:11:37 pm
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Work book: Stephen E. Ambrose - D-Day

Now, I used to like his books until I started to look at other works after seeing and reading 'Band Of Brothers'. From what I can gather he was very badly thought of both as a person, writer and historian. This isn't just limited to his cherry-picking of subject matter but also to out and out plagerism of other peoples works.

If you're looking for a good WW2 read I can reccommend 'The Great Escape' by Paul Brickhill or, for something more contemporary (Vietnam era), 'ChickenHawk' by Robert Mason.

-Bouwel-
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Peter Wolf on 17 September, 2009, 10:49:21 pm

In my library the comic/GN section is in the young persons section which is possibly the best bit of the library as it is seperate from the main adult section.Also it has black leather sofas where you could sit and read all day if you liked.





The library here is a lovely bit of architecture as it is only a couple of yesars old or so but it has a pitifully small selection of books which seems to defeat the object of spending so much on a library building with hardly any books in it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 18 September, 2009, 03:02:45 am

In my library the comic/GN section is in the young persons section which is possibly the best bit of the library as it is seperate from the main adult section.Also it has black leather sofas where you could sit and read all day if you liked.

The library here is a lovely bit of architecture as it is only a couple of yesars old or so but it has a pitifully small selection of books which seems to defeat the object of spending so much on a library building with hardly any books in it.

For a moment there I thought you meant your own home libary.I think you mean the public libary. With black leather couchs, very comfy.

I've always wanted one of those  antique personal libary, reading room and study combined with comfy arm chairs, leather couchs, reading lamps, and large coffee table in the middle. Mostly affliated with well to do people.

Though, I'm quite happy with what I have at the moment.. My bed of sorts, which can be acouch and with reach of my bookshelf filled with Case files, Judge Dredd, Nemsis the Warlock, Robusters, Ace Trucking, and Strontium Dog.

Right now I pulled out the first Judge Dredd Case File and have started re-reaading it.

I had read half way through this one I first brought it and reshelved it when I started reading something else.

Completeing "Judge.Dredd vs Judge Death" has rekindled my interest in anything to do with MC - One.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 18 September, 2009, 03:42:53 am
There are some interesting themes raised throughout. I say 'raised' as opposed to 'tumesced' as Moore just dangles them in front of his audience and then doesn't bring them to any sort of climax.

Here, I fixed that for you, Your Lordship
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 September, 2009, 07:15:19 am
There are some interesting themes raised throughout. I say 'raised' as opposed to 'tumesced' as Moore just dangles them in front of his audience and then doesn't bring them to any sort of climax.

Here, I fixed that for you, Your Lordship

Ha! Cheers Steven!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Marbles on 18 September, 2009, 08:04:00 am
Finished reading Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' the other day. Totally blown away. What an incredible book. Read it before the film (featuring Viggo/Aragorn) comes out next month & ruins it.
Now reading the non-fiction 'Bloody Victory' a new take on the battle of the Somme in 1916. Pat Mills would not approve.

On the GN front reading Adrain Tomine's 'Summer Blonde' which is also superb.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 19 September, 2009, 05:26:02 pm
Just read "Impaler" #4, with art by board local Matt Timson. Bloody good, geddit, bloody good, huh? Great atmospheric painty art from Matt and it's a cracking story. The panel Matt has used for his current avatar is even better in context.

And I'm about half way through "Transition" by Iain Banks. A return to form after the rather, in my opinion, lacklustre "Steep Approach...". I can see why it's being sold as an Iain M Banks in the States.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 21 September, 2009, 04:07:21 am
And I'm about half way through "Transition" by Iain Banks. A return to form after the rather, in my opinion, lacklustre "Steep Approach...". I can see why it's being sold as an Iain M Banks in the States.

A pox on you Banksy! Looks like another purchase for Stevie...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 21 September, 2009, 09:12:03 am
It's good news to be sure.  'Garbadale' annoyed me because it was a nice setup that never went anywhere, an odd cross between 'Crow Road', 'The Business' and 'Player of Games' that should have been fun but lacked any kind of conclusion.  I appreciate that this may have been the point, but it didn't stop me being let down.  

To be honest I've never really forgiven Banks for endlessly writing about games I want to play, but can't because they don't bloody exist.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 21 September, 2009, 09:32:24 am
Doing Online Survey's , inbeteent pages of "Judge Dred Caes Files NUmber One and Slaine the Exile.

I just finished "Slaine the Defiler, but I skipped a few chapters in the midddle.

Maybe thats just being sympathetic to the comic strip as I have collected it.

Even if "Defiler" finish's right where "Horned God" should start if Steven Saville was going to write another Slaine novel.

There's none of the dialge where Slaine is saying stuff like.....

IT WASN'T FOR
 A WOMANS LIPS
I TOOk THIS TASK....


 and...

BY
JOINING
FORCES
WITH THE
OTHER FREE
TRIBES


ENOUGH OF THESE ARGUMENTS..
 OUR LAWS WISLEY PREVENT ME
 TURNING INTO SOME POWER MAD DICTATOR WHO GOES ON...
 AND ON... AND ON.


followed by...

 ONCE THE
 POWER OF THESE
 FOUR MOST HOLY TREASURES ARE
 COMBINED, NOTHING
 CAN STOP US. WE WILL DESTROY THE DEMONS OF THE DEEP
 AND TIR NAN OG
 WILL FINALLY
 BE FREE.


That might have lead on to a imagined "Horned God/Spoils of Annyn" inspired third Slaine Novel.


No, I'm not expecting this, but just alittle curious as to how it mighthave gone.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 23 September, 2009, 08:52:54 pm
Finished "Transition", loved it. If you're a fan of Banks, it's a good one.

Got, "The Boys" vol2 TPB and one of Neal Asher's latest "Orbus" today, looking forward to reading both. Asher does write a rollicking SF romp, there are always plenty of drones, cyborgs, big guns and nasty aliens to liven things up. Top entertainment, not what you'd call life changing but great fun.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 September, 2009, 09:36:26 pm
'Let The Right One In'- the novel upon which the recent Swedish blockbuster was based. Went into this quite sniffy and expected to be jumping up and down on it by page 100, shouting "Die! Die! Damned pretentious load of arse!". Instead, I found myself utterly gripped, and am now 300 pages into it and completely, unapologetically, in love with all the characters- and am finding it quite emotinal when bad things happen to them.

Basically, twelve year old boy with issues, falls for his mysterious twelve year old neighbour- who just happens to be a 200 year old vampire-like creature who seems to command absolute sensual mastery over anyone she meets. Woven around this are various other characters and their stories, who become more interwoven as we go along.

Haven't seen the movie- and possibly won't, as I'm enjoying this too much to maybe accept that it wasn't written entirely for me. In all likelihood probably will though, as I've fallen for the whole thing.

If I had a criticism, it's that maybe there are too many characters, maybe with too-similar names and it's become a little trying to keep up with it all. But really, it's no criticism at all, as each one is a pleasure to read.

Two hundred pages left to go and I'm mourning its passing already.

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 September, 2009, 10:56:16 pm
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Finished "Transition", loved it. If you're a fan of Banks, it's a good one.

I've just started it- so this is good to know!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 24 September, 2009, 12:00:29 am
I've recently read a pretty little French comic book called The Professor's Daughter, by Joann Sfar and Emmanual Guibert. An Egyptologist's daughter and a 3000-year-old mummy run off together and almost have adventures. It's utterly charming, delicately painted, and written and plotted with a very light touch.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 24 September, 2009, 09:44:08 am
I read the first of the Blackest Night: Batman's the other day, and really enjoyed it.  Think I'm going to have to check out more of Blackest Night (though I might have to wait for the trades).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 24 September, 2009, 09:57:52 am
Finished "Transition", loved it. If you're a fan of Banks, it's a good one.

Bah -- gonna have to wait another week or so until Bleep.com charges Stevie's Warp20 boxset* what he pre-ordered before he can think about the Banksy.

*2 new Seefeel cuts hot ding!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 24 September, 2009, 10:11:43 am
*2 new Seefeel cuts hot ding!!!  ;D
Really? Stuff that's not on the rerelease of Quique?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 25 September, 2009, 03:21:27 am
Really? Stuff that's not on the rerelease of Quique?

You betcha Cosh.

Lookee here http://warp.net/records/warp20/warp20-box-set-first-tracklistings-confirmed (http://warp.net/records/warp20/warp20-box-set-first-tracklistings-confirmed)

Their cover of 'Acrobat' by Maximo Park is also available separately on http://warp.net/records/releases/various-artists/warp20-recreated (http://warp.net/records/releases/various-artists/warp20-recreated)


Whilst we're talking Warp, the following news vaulted Stevie into the exact same realm of delight as small children are by an especially wobbly jelly http://warp.net/records/broadcast/new-mini-album-broadcast-and-the-focus-group-investigate-witch-cults-of-the-radio-age-out-now-to-download (http://warp.net/records/broadcast/new-mini-album-broadcast-and-the-focus-group-investigate-witch-cults-of-the-radio-age-out-now-to-download)

Bookwise, Ï was just about to embark upon Paul MacAuley's The Quiet War until learning that there is a sequel; so shall hold off until I can read both together.

I've delved instead into the geological strata of my To Read pile & surfaced with The Difference Engine. Only 20 pages in but Sterling & Gibson have done a topnotch job of worldbuilding & introducing Our Protagonist so no complaints thus far.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 25 September, 2009, 03:30:46 am
I shall be starting Triumff by Mr Dan Abnett in the next few days when play.com deliver it.
Had a good old chat with Dan about it earlier in The Grinning Demon and am really interested to see how he goes about with this trilogy in his version of now.

(http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t136/commandoforces/2000ad%20Sites/Triumff.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 26 September, 2009, 01:25:22 am
I shall definitely be picking up Triumff. This and the new Pratchett (which I had convinced myself was due much earlier in the year and have therefore been waiting very impatiently for) are the next new books on my want list. Of course I've still not read Bloodline yet, despite starting it a good couple of weeks ago. I do seem to be neglecting my books of late. Must do better.

I've read only two of Mr Abnetts previous novels - the first Gaunt book and the first Horus Heresy book, which convinced me to read the rest of the series of which I recently finished the 3rd - and since they were both shared universe tie-ins to a game system I have less than no interest in and yet still managed to hook me completely I am mucho intrigued as to what he can do when let loose on his own creations.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 29 September, 2009, 03:35:45 am
Halfway through The Difference Engine which is thrumming along very nicely. Stevie's long rated Sterling but may need to reassess my opinion on that cove Gibson. Mallory's encounter with Hetty is an especially incisive piece of writing -- both tender & poignant.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Odd_Bloke on 29 September, 2009, 07:11:28 pm
I read Dawnthief by James Barclay in the last 36 hours or so, which is brilliant fantasy.  Comes highly recommended.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 29 September, 2009, 07:54:12 pm
Halfway through The Difference Engine which is thrumming along very nicely.

Ooh. I'm jealous -- nothing like reading a good book for the first time, and The Difference Engine is a very good book. If it weren't the perilously unstable stack of unread books that's accumulating on the bedside table, I'd be tempted to dig that one out and read it again.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 29 September, 2009, 10:25:05 pm
I'm with Jim on that.  It's such a good read.  And this from someone who, for the most part, avoids sci-fi in novel form (don't know why, I just do).  Reading that for the first time was a rush.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 29 September, 2009, 10:38:23 pm

Stevie's long rated Sterling but may need to reassess my opinion on that cove Gibson


I'm a big Gibson fan, but I think that one's appreciation of his work changes when you realize that he's actually a travel writer.

I'd actually recommend Pattern Recognition, which isn't SF at all, but which turns that neon-washed, slightly hallucinatory vision of Gibson's onto a contemporary setting with startling clarity.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 September, 2009, 08:27:40 am
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I'd actually recommend Pattern Recognition, which isn't SF at all, but which turns that neon-washed, slightly hallucinatory vision of Gibson's onto a contemporary setting with startling clarity.

Agreed, very good stuff.  The Neuromancer 'sequels' eroded my interest in Gibson, but later stuff like the Bridge books and Pattern Recognition are great.  Haven't tried Spook Country yet, any takers?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 30 September, 2009, 08:30:44 am
Agreed, very good stuff.  The Neuromancer 'sequels' eroded my interest in Gibson, but later stuff like the Bridge books and Pattern Recognition are great. 

I liked Virtual Light, but thought Idoru was really quite weak, to the extent that it put me off reading All Tomorrow's Parties until quite recently, which was a shame, because it's a fantastic book.

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Haven't tried Spook Country yet, any takers?

It's in the unstable pile. Now that the winter nights are drawing in, I may well have a bash.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 30 September, 2009, 08:31:47 am
but I think that one's appreciation of his work changes when you realize that he's actually a travel writer.

Rightyo, All tomorrow's parties & burning chrome didn't do it for me but I'll keep that in mind
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 September, 2009, 09:15:11 am
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Rightyo, All tomorrow's parties & burning chrome didn't do it for me but I'll keep that in mind

Yeah, Burning Chrome did absolutely nothing for me either.  Note to Mr. Gibson:  you are not meant to be a short-story writer.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 30 September, 2009, 12:30:51 pm
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Rightyo, All tomorrow's parties & burning chrome didn't do it for me but I'll keep that in mind
Yeah, Burning Chrome did absolutely nothing for me either.  Note to Mr. Gibson:  you are not meant to be a short-story writer.
Really? I think Hinterlands and Red Star, Winter Orbit from that collection are two of the best things he's done. Reading his later stuff I think he sees himself more in a hard-boiled noir tradition with the sci-fi trappings not much more than window dressing. Except Neuromancer, obviously.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ancient Otter on 30 September, 2009, 08:09:44 pm
I actually preferred Burning Chrome to Neuromancer. Haven't read anything else by him though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 30 September, 2009, 08:18:56 pm
I thought "Spook Country" was middling to be honest.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 30 September, 2009, 08:43:44 pm
Burning through the Warhammer 'Horus Heresy' books at the moment. I'm onto 'Fulgrim' already.

Their all a little bit similar since they follow the same plotline but from different characters points of view. A little bit samey perhaps but the action scenes are terrific and gory.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 October, 2009, 11:14:25 pm
Just pre-emptively started my annual holiday attempt at Gravity's Rainbow, and 80 pages in I have to say that it is a great fucking book.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 08 October, 2009, 11:20:19 pm
Batman and Robin #5 ...

Good stuff. Mozza still firing on all cylinders. Very, very good stuff.

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 09 October, 2009, 05:23:34 pm
I've just read "Epilogue," by Steve Niles - not read much "30 Days of Night" so wasn't sure what to expect. This is a great read, though, and I'd recommend it to any fans of either vigilante or vampire stories. One thing, though - the trade graphic novel I read only has four episodes in it - anyone know if there are any more out there?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 09 October, 2009, 08:57:25 pm
Burning through the Warhammer 'Horus Heresy' books at the moment. I'm onto 'Fulgrim' already.

Their all a little bit similar since they follow the same plotline but from different characters points of view. A little bit samey perhaps but the action scenes are terrific and gory.

I thoroughly loved the way that was done. Mr Dan Abnett & Graham McNeill are doing the same further on in the series. Dan's doing 'Prospero Burns' and Graham's doing 'A Thousand Suns' which, again show one event from different sides!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 11 October, 2009, 12:08:55 am
I've just finished Unseen Academicals. It joins the list of stories about sport that are much more interesting than actual sport. Featuring heavily, as it does, one of my favourite character pairings in Discworld - Ponder Stibbons and Mustrum Ridcully - it was always gonna stand a good chance of impressing me but I must say I was still surprised at how good I found it. Not surprised that Pratchett span a good yarn of course, just that I was expecting the football stuff to drag it down for me. Not even remotely, as it turns out.

I have a question for any Pratchett afficionados. How do you spell afficionado? Is this right cos I'm loking at it and it just looks wrong.

No, my question is this. Is this the first Discworld book to have no appearance by Death? It's certainly the first time I've gotten to the end of one and thought "hmmm, wheres he got to then?"  See, while I've re-read the early ones umpteen times, and can therefore immediately recall the plots of all of them, the later ones which have only been read once are a lttle more vague. Hell, there are 78 of them. Can't keep them all at the top of my head.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 11 October, 2009, 12:19:30 am
Good news there, faplad.  Always look forward to a new Pratchett.  

I'd be fairly sure DEATH is in all the 'main' Discworld novels, although I don't think HE was in the early Tiffany Aching books (originally positioned as kids books).  
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 11 October, 2009, 12:26:37 am
You're right of course. Now you say it it's obvious. Don't remember noticing it at the time and yet it was the first thing that popped into my head this time. Funny how the mind works.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 11 October, 2009, 12:48:37 am
Hellblazer trade paperbacks, in haphazard order, from da library. And Fables trades too, in as close to correct sequence as possible.

I just read Azarello's first Hellblazer storyline - the one with the good ol' boys and the dog pr0n enterprise. Hugely improbable, but an entertaining yarn nevertheless.

Whereas my girlfriend, the real brains of the outfit, is reading a 30-year-old paperback book of essays about Marshall McCluhan I rescued from Oxfam's recycling box when I worked there.
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 11 October, 2009, 08:13:09 am
I think Azarrello's first storyline was actually the one before that - Hard Time. Art by Richard Corben and excellent all round to boot.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 11 October, 2009, 08:46:33 am
Batman and Robin #5 ...

Good stuff. Mozza still firing on all cylinders. Very, very good stuff.

Cheers!

Jim

Just read it and yep very good stuff indeed. Not a big fan of the art at the moment but Morrison is sure turning out some fine superhero comics.
Title: Re: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: House of Usher on 11 October, 2009, 12:26:18 pm
I think Azarrello's first storyline was actually the one before that - Hard Time. Art by Richard Corben and excellent all round to boot.

Oh right. I was a bit tired when I read the intro!

A 30-year-old paperback book of essays about Marshall McCluhan

Edit: Marshall McLuhan
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 12 October, 2009, 01:38:49 pm
Just finished The Death of Grass by John Cristopher.

It's a 'cosy catastrophe' yarn that deals with the breakdown of modern society from the titular disaster, via a journey to a safe haven.

I found the tension palpable, and it's direct look at the stark choices people must make in these situations leaves a lot for the reader to consider. Unsurprisingly for a novel first published in the 1950's, horrific events are not blatantly detailed but left to the reader's imagination - which I found refreshing.

And yes, our heroes do stop for tea regularly and the ladies do the washing up!

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 12 October, 2009, 02:23:33 pm
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And yes, our heroes do stop for tea regularly and the ladies do the washing up!

Proper order, no need to abandon basic human decency just cause you're killing people to steal their food. 

Great book, Death of Grass.  I was suffering through a few minutes of The Day After Tomorrow the other day and was struck by the contrast between Chistopher/Youd's The World in Winter and the moronic scenes where US refugees are welcomed with open arms as they ford the Rio Grande (apparently having walked all the way from as far north as Washington...).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 12 October, 2009, 04:01:12 pm
To my shame, that's the first book of his I've read so I'm keen to pick up the rest.

Next up is around a year and a half worth of Interzone and Black Static.

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 October, 2009, 04:05:17 pm
RED HULK! love it. planet hulk, world war hulk and now this. modern hulk rocks. sbt.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 12 October, 2009, 04:16:19 pm
RED HULK! love it. planet hulk, world war hulk and now this. modern hulk rocks. sbt.

Small Blue Thing - you'd better run and hide as the rest of the internet is going to hunt you down with the burning touches and the pointy pitchforks, trap you in a corner with Jeph Loeb and do terrible, terrible things to you.

(I should point out I've read none of the Hulk of late (well for like 14 years! and so have no opinion of its quality or otherwise so any chasing I do with pitchforks will be purely the result of mob mentality)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 12 October, 2009, 06:14:12 pm
modern hulk rocks

Totally agree.  It's been Proper Comics all the way since the start of Planet Hulk.  Hell, even spin-off book Incredible Hercules has been a blast.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 12 October, 2009, 06:19:00 pm
I was pointed toward Planet Hulk as a fairly self contained story that would help ease me into superhero comics without worrying too much about continuity and whatnot. I read it in it's entirety and I have to say that while it was a good story it felt stretched way beyond what was decent. I mean there is padding and then there is Planet Hulk.

Splash pages and others with 2 or 3 panels, most without dialogue, meant that the average issue took about 5 minutes to read. The art was nice and all that but somewtimes you want a meatier read.

Had this been told in half the page count I reckon I'd be calling it a classic but as it stands it's only a qualified success.  In my opinion of course, and qualified by saying that it's the first Hulk comic I've ever read.

I'll definitely be checking out more Hulk though. I think that the Pannini collections are about to delve into World War Hulk so I'll pick them up.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 12 October, 2009, 07:57:42 pm
I'm not a fan of superheroes, but the closest I get is the occasional Batman collection.  Jeph Loeb's Long Hallowe'e & Dark Victory are both astonishngly good. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 12 October, 2009, 08:01:26 pm
I have no idea what's been going on in the world of the Hulk, but recent issues featuring a red Hulk, lots of female heroes going up against said red Hulk, and a pointless skirmish between the red Hulk and the Defenders got me dipping into it for a while, and I was very roundly entertained. I wish I had the money to follow these developments both forward and back to source!

 :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 12 October, 2009, 08:02:53 pm
I'm not a fan of superheroes, but the closest I get is the occasional Batman collection.  Jeph Loeb's Long Hallowe'e & Dark Victory are both astonishngly good. 

Tim Sale's art on Long Halloween was pretty special, too ...

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 12 October, 2009, 08:11:39 pm
Oh yes.  Tim Sale is amazing.  Together with Loeb they're unbelievable.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 October, 2009, 08:15:53 pm

Small Blue Thing - you'd better run and hide as the rest of the internet is going to hunt you down with the burning touches and the pointy pitchforks, trap you in a corner with Jeph Loeb and do terrible, terrible things to you.

I know- if you dip into the comics section over at NerdCentral (Gallifreybase, to those not in the know. Or with taste) it's as if Jeph Loeb has ruined 40-odd years of perfect comics. As I see it, Hulk has always mostly been unreadable- excepting the sublime Herb Trimpe issues reprinted back in the day in the first MWOM. It's only become interesting since Planet Hulk (and maybe, going back a bit, 'Banner' and 'The End'- and I'm not sure about one of those). But the Red Hulk stories are an absolute blast! I laughed out loud at several points during the first volume- notably when he punches The Watcher in the face. I cheered the Green Hulk, giggled at the dialogue (in a good way) and felt sorry for The A-Bomb. Job done, I thought.

The second volume was a bit problematic, as the art was a bit rubbish in parts- but the new Wendigos were excellent (didn't they just appear in the Wolverine & The X-Men cartoon? Nice bit of cross-media pollination, if so). And the WendiHulk was sheer gold! I've always loved the Marvel take on the Wendigo legend, and this is an interesting new direction.

I'll be picking up more, as soon as they hit my local library- I don't BUY this stuff, Usher- I only want to read it... though I confess to contemplating an eBay trawl for collected Planet Hulk, WWH and Rulk, as I think they're worth the shelf space.

Amusingly (or not, actually) I picked up the 2004 UK Hulk annual for my eldest the other day for a quid. Behind the kid-friendly "3D" cover I was somewhat shocked to discover a 20-odd page Hulk story, in which he basically continually tries to rape She-Hulk! He wants to "mate", you see, and doesn't get that she's his cousin. It's SUPPOSED to be touching tale of how lonely the Hulk is, but Paul Jenkins completely mishandles it, and it's just a series of fights and implied attempts at rape!

Anyway... Red Hulk- yeah! cool.

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 12 October, 2009, 08:21:25 pm
I'm presuming this is the same Paul Jenkins whose entire run on Hellblazer remains the longest stretch of the title to remain completely absent from the rather extensive TPB collections?

That Hulk story sounds like a laugh actually, although obviously not for the kids.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 October, 2009, 08:26:53 pm
It really wasn't. Ugly art that didn't flow, horrible colouring and lunking dialogue. Unbelievable crassness putting that in the kids' annual- and them sticking a nice friendly 3D picture on the front! Didn't they even READ it before printing?

But Mike- PICK UP RED HULK Volume One! It's mad, hilarious, packed with action and just fantastic fun!

Edit: Yes, same Paul Jenkins. He also wrote Spidey for a bit- and while not terrible, it told no new stories.

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 12 October, 2009, 11:28:26 pm
To my shame, that's the first book of his I've read so I'm keen to pick up the rest.
The Sheep Look Up was one I enjoyed a lot with a similar eco-disaster premise.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: vzzbux on 13 October, 2009, 08:49:12 pm
Just started reading Republic Commando Triple Zero. I am quite disappointed that Atin isn't the commando from the Honour Guard story as the scarring on the face of RC Theta 2088 would have tied in with Atin's first appearance in Hard Contact. God how sad am I.







V
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Noisybast on 15 October, 2009, 08:55:06 am
Just finished Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment. Might read Nation next.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 17 October, 2009, 04:29:15 pm
Just finished reading The Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss - the latest Lucifer Box novel in paperback. Bloody brilliant! If you haven't read previous Lucifer Box books, don't worry, it's not necessary as this stands on its own as a pastiche of the James Bond novels. I mean, how can you not like a story that includes a femme fatalle and her henchman called Victoria Wine and Oddbins, a half-Turk half-Geordie called Whitley Bey and an evil organisation called A.C.R.O.N.I.M??!!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 17 October, 2009, 07:01:21 pm
Just finished Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment. Might read Nation next.

You could certainly do a lot worse. I was a bit wary of this one since it was his first non Disc book in an awfully long time but to be honest, it's excellent. Quite dark in places but it has a lot to say about faith and predestination or lack thereof. Is predestination a word? If it is did I use it correctly? Anyway, a very good read, as is par for the course with Pratchett.

how can you not like a story that includes a femme fatalle and her henchman called Victoria Wine and Oddbins, a half-Turk half-Geordie called Whitley Bey and an evil organisation called A.C.R.O.N.I.M??!!

That sounds awesome. I'v been completely oblivious to Gatiss having a series on the go. How many are there? Shouldn't tempt myself though cos I still have about 8 Horus books, 3 or possibly 4 Felix Castors and a big pile of Tempe Brennans to catch up on. Thats after I finish Bloodline which I'm finally getting stuck into properly and the book I've just picked up about The Wire.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 17 October, 2009, 08:40:25 pm
Almost done with Gravity's Rainbow.

On hols I read Born Again & Electra: Assassin back to back. They are great comics.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 October, 2009, 08:50:30 pm
On hols I read Born Again & Electra: Assassin back to back. They are great comics.

They are indeed. I might not be a fan of his later work but in his day Miller was great.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: amberkraken on 18 October, 2009, 10:05:58 am
This is a huge thread to wade through it all, but comics I'm reading at the mo

Chew - this is amazing and would've fit well in 2000AD. It's a detective that gets readings from eating stuff, so has to eat victims to find out what happened!

Ink - This is a final crisis spin-off, but I don't know what final crisis was (not really a DC fan) picked up the 1st issue because of the artwork. I've been completely blown over by it.

Leah Moore & John Reppion's Holmes - pick this up when it goes collected if you haven't read it! it was really fucking good.

Adaptions of 'Ender's Game/Shadow' and 'Do android's dream...' books I never got round to reading but am enjoying them very much, can't compare to originals though.

North 40 - Cthulu with rednecks! a good start so far.

Kevin Smith and Grant Morrison's Batman - both have started well, with Grant being a lot better.

Darkest Night - Hmm, I did say I didn't really like DC, but there's quite a bit I'm picking up. This is really good too, not bothering with the endless extras, just the main one.

Sweet Tooth - only a couple of issues in, not too much happend yet, bnut looking very promising.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 18 October, 2009, 11:51:10 am
That Dan Abnett-LEGION.(Horus Herersy)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 18 October, 2009, 07:25:18 pm
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how can you not like a story that includes a femme fatalle and her henchman called Victoria Wine and Oddbins, a half-Turk half-Geordie called Whitley Bey and an evil organisation called A.C.R.O.N.I.M??!!

That sounds awesome. I'v been completely oblivious to Gatiss having a series on the go. How many are there?

He's done three; The Vesuvius Club, an Oscar Wilde/Sherlock Holmes late Victorian-type affair, The Devils' Amber a Richard Hannay/Boys' Own 1920's jaunt, and then this one, The Black Butterfly, all starring Lucifer Box. And I recommend them all!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: starscape on 18 October, 2009, 09:38:48 pm
Comicswise, just read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century 1910.  Boy that was a poor comic.  Very disappointing.

Bookswise, read the latest Thomas Covenant 'Runes of the Earth'.  I'd heard bad things about it but I really enjoyed it.  As good as any of his other Covenant books (which are tremendous).

In fact, I was so impressed I've been hunting for some more of similar quality but ended up re-reading a bunch of Moorcock, with some Tarzan thrown in.  Can't stand the likes of Robert(?) Jordan or David Eddings-type where it's straight fantasy without the emotion but if anyone's got any other suggestions (Gene Wolfe would be another favourite), let me know.

Chris
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tjm86 on 19 October, 2009, 06:18:26 pm
currently savouring Pratchett's Unseen Academicals.  This man is getting scary in his social commentary now.  Humour not as sharp as it once was but much more incisive.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 19 October, 2009, 06:45:21 pm
I'm reading that at the moment as well TJM. Finding it quite enjoyable.

In fact, I was so impressed I've been hunting for some more of similar quality but ended up re-reading a bunch of Moorcock, with some Tarzan thrown in.  Can't stand the likes of Robert(?) Jordan or David Eddings-type where it's straight fantasy without the emotion but if anyone's got any other suggestions (Gene Wolfe would be another favourite), let me know.

I'm a big Gene Wolfe fan as well Chris, I'm just contemplating a reread all the way through The Book of the New Sun, Long Sun and Short Sun.

Have you tried Joe Abercrombie's stuff? Very enjoyable, start with The Blade Itself. Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, and, The Red Seas, are a good romp too.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 19 October, 2009, 06:45:38 pm
On hols I read Born Again & Electra: Assassin back to back. They are great comics.
Coincidentally, I bought Batman:Year One last week. It was good (even better the second time when I discovered some extra pages which had been mysteriously stuck together before) but it was no Born Again.

I was pretty surprised to learn it was originally published in the normal Batman monthly. I'd always assumed it was a DKR style mini-series.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 October, 2009, 11:20:41 pm
20 pages of Gravity's Rainbow left. I'm looking forward to reading it a second time in a better position to see it as a single narrative rather then as a series of vignettes. For this reason I prefer the shorter Pynchon novels and it's not just because I'm thick so fuck you. You read Terry Pratchett which makes your opinion on anything at all completely invalid in any case.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 19 October, 2009, 11:44:14 pm
You read Terry Pratchett which makes your opinion on anything at all completely invalid in any case.

No love for Pratchett Roger? Say it aint so.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: starscape on 20 October, 2009, 09:43:35 am
Have you tried Joe Abercrombie's stuff? Very enjoyable, start with The Blade Itself. Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, and, The Red Seas, are a good romp too.
Judging by the reviews on Amazon, The Blade Itself might be worth seeking out.

Thanks,

Chris
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 20 October, 2009, 10:36:27 am
GO GODPLETON!  YOU ARE OUR GOD.

Pratchett?  First four letters are bang on, never did anything for me.  Sorry.  I feel the same about Douglas Adams.  I just wish I had trusted my instincts on both writers and left it at just the one book.  That's brain-space I could be using for other things....
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tjm86 on 20 October, 2009, 11:45:08 am
one thing I've always loved about this site is the diversity of taste .... that plus the blatantly obvious bating that goes on!
 ;)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 20 October, 2009, 07:57:25 pm
GO GODPLETON!  YOU ARE OUR GOD.

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq47/spugnut/FatBuddha.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 21 October, 2009, 02:16:50 pm
Whats with the Pratchett hating ? He's one of the most original fantasy writers out there. Save the hate for plagerising hacks like JK Rowling.
Having said that reading the new Pratchett book 'Unseen academicals' at the moment and whilst written to his usual standard (which I consider good) it aint grabbing me at the mo. Nation was wonderful though and I'd reccomend it to anyone.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: worldshown on 21 October, 2009, 04:37:22 pm
Agreed. I'm about half way through Nation at the moment and whilst it is quite a departure from the Discworld stuff, I am enjoying it.

Unseen Academicals can wait 'til paperback.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 21 October, 2009, 06:12:57 pm
Whats with the Pratchett hating ? He's one of the most original fantasy writers out there. Save the hate for plagerising hacks like JK Rowling.

With you all the way on the Pratchett defense but can't really go along with describing Rowling in those terms. To not like her work is one thing but plagiarising  hack seems a tad extreme.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: starscape on 21 October, 2009, 08:21:58 pm
I'm another who can't stand Pratchett.  Love Douglas Adams but Pratchett is too much...um...'I'm middle aged but proud to be a Live Action Role Player' about it...if you know what I mean (probably not).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 21 October, 2009, 11:11:16 pm
Bookswise, read the latest Thomas Covenant 'Runes of the Earth'. I'd heard bad things about it but I really enjoyed it. As good as any of his other Covenant books (which are tremendous.)

In fact, I was so impressed I've been hunting for some more of similar quality but ended up re-reading a bunch of Moorcock, with some Tarzan thrown in.  Can't stand the likes of Robert(?) Jordan or David Eddings-type where it's straight fantasy without the emotion but if anyone's got any other suggestions (Gene Wolfe would be another favourite), let me know.
I sort of enjoyed the first Covenant books. Despite being far too long and unbelievably badly written, there is something engaging about having a total shitbag protagonist, although I think making him an unapologetic rapist was possibly a step too far.

I do like Eddings first fantasy books but haven't read anything since then. Some others you may like, although there's a good chance you've already read them. Raymond Feist's alright: the Servant of the Empire ones in particular have a refreshing lack of the sort of cloying, homespun morality which plagues the genre.

George RR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series is great, but you may want to wait until sometime around 2017 to make sure he doesn't die before finishing it. Again the individual books are far too long and teeth-grindingly repetitive at times, but there are a whole host of wonderfully vivid and nasty characters engaged in a sprawling plot that twists and turns in the most unexpected ways.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 21 October, 2009, 11:12:00 pm
whoops. double post.

Might as well add that I can't be bothered with Pratchett either. Don't thing he's shit as such, just over-rated and nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is. Something you can't really say about Pynchon.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 21 October, 2009, 11:21:08 pm
A Song Of Ice And Fire is officially my faourite ongoing series of the moment but the wait between books is absolutely ridiculous.  I've taken to reading the whole thing again whe a new one comes out.  Funnily enough, this has yet to seem a chore, despite the length of them.

I actually cottoned on to this series cos I had a conversation with my local librarian, who recomended them as something to fill the time between Dark Tower books. Shortly before King found his groove and Martin slowed to a crawl. Oh well.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 October, 2009, 12:07:33 pm
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Save the hate for plagerising hacks like JK Rowling.

Ummm, you don't like her, fair enough, but accusing a writer of plagiarism is a pretty fucking serious thing.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: radiator on 22 October, 2009, 12:15:40 pm
Unbelievably I'm still working my way through the enormous stack of 2000ad graphic novels I picked up for £2/£2.50 a pop at that cheapy book shop - with loads still left to go. Currently reading Sinister Dexter: Murder 101 - most of which is stuff I've never read before.

Also just got the new Charlie Brooker book, The Hell Of It All which will serve me well on the tube. I stopped reading The Guardian regularly a few years ago so the columns collected in this book are nearly all new to me - bliss!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 22 October, 2009, 12:16:55 pm
Agreed, that's a hell of an accusation,not to mention unproven.  

I'm very confused that you say that because I've literally no idea where you'd get that from.  
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 22 October, 2009, 01:33:07 pm
I adore Song of Ice and Fire but I've not read the last two. I'd rather just wait now 'til the whole thing's been finished, or I keep losing track of stuff between books.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 22 October, 2009, 03:14:34 pm
Agreed, that's a hell of an accusation,not to mention unproven.  

I'm very confused that you say that because I've literally no idea where you'd get that from.  
Maybe pagerising is a tad over the top (although there have been cases brought against her, I don't think anything has been proven) Will "deeply, deeply unoriginal with every concept" do ?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 October, 2009, 03:22:28 pm
Agreed, that's a hell of an accusation,not to mention unproven.  

I'm very confused that you say that because I've literally no idea where you'd get that from.  
Maybe pagerising is a tad over the top (although there have been cases brought against her, I don't think anything has been proven) Will "deeply, deeply unoriginal with every concept" do ?

Yup! Though where you see deeply unoriginal, I see clever riffing on the tropes of classic English children's literature.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 22 October, 2009, 03:31:11 pm
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Though where you see deeply unoriginal, I see clever riffing on the tropes of classic English children's literature

Ditto.  Also, kids reading hundreds and hundreds of printed pages, in the same way I devoured Biggles or the Famous Five (neither of which have much literary heft).  It's a Good Thing, whatever you feel about the merit of the works themselves.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 22 October, 2009, 03:48:50 pm
Absolutely. If it gets children reading, it's a good thing. If other authors had the advertising might of Waner Brothers pimping their books at every turn I'm sure they would have a similar effect. As for comparing JKRowling with WEJohns, Johns was a hugely prolific and respected pioneering author, editor and columnist for 40 years or so. Don't write Biggles off :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 22 October, 2009, 04:02:42 pm
I'd never do Capt. W.E. Johns down, he was my gateway to SF even before Star Wars, and author of two of my favourite book titles: "Gimlet Bores In" and "The Camels are Coming".  But he was no master wordsmith.  And I think Rowling had enjoyed some considerable success before Warners ever got involved, on the strength of the very readable first Potter books.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 22 October, 2009, 04:24:35 pm
We'll have to agree to disagree on that one then. Though Johns work is definately 'of a time', some of it being almost 90 years old, he was (in my opinion) a very good writer. I have only read the first Potter book admittedly but it read like it had been written by an ocelot on acid. I've no problem with authors taking concepts and ideas from previous works, hell even Shakespear did that. It only really works though if the resultant product is better than the original. It dismays me when I read about how wonderful and original Rowling is and how her books get children reading when the children never get a chance to read the books that had been ripped off which were in general so much better. She's a clever lady, no doubt about it, don't think she has ever given any credit to the authors that got her where she is.

sorry. I'll shut up and go back to my hole now.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 22 October, 2009, 08:36:54 pm
I'm about 100 pages into Perdido Street Station by China Meiville and it is beginning to pick up- which is nice.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 22 October, 2009, 09:30:43 pm
It dismays me when I read about how wonderful and original Rowling is and how her books get children reading when the children never get a chance to read the books that had been ripped off which were in general so much better. She's a clever lady, no doubt about it, don't think she has ever given any credit to the authors that got her where she is.
Well I've always thought they were a sort of bastard hybrid of Mallory Towers and Earthsea, so I suppose it's 50-50 on whether the originals are better. I fail to see how kids can't read these other books though. The amazing about reading one book is it almost always (the exception being Empire of the Senseless which made me wish I had no eyes. Or fingers, in case there's a braille version) makes you want to read more books. Books by the same author, books in the same section at the library, books that sound similar, books that are completely different, books with lurid covers depicting semi-naked barbarian wenches with wanton eyes, books that inspired the one you liked, books other people mention and so forth.

Rowling always gets plaudits for getting kids reading, but I alwasy think we should take time to appreciate another Edinburgh author who successfully penetrated an even harder demographic. It may not still be the case, and it's almost certainly because I grew up near Edinburgh, but Irvine Welsh managed to shift a lot of copies of some quite structurally experimental books to a large number of young, under-educated men in their teens in twenties. Chapeau, sir.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 October, 2009, 09:47:41 pm
I'm abot a third of the way through Charlaine Harris's fourth Stookie Sackhouse "Southern Vampire Mysteries" novel- which most people will probably eventually know as 'True Blood series four', if it lasts that long.

I read the first three books in a week- becoming utterly obsessed and addicted to each page... but the fourth one isn't doing it for me at the moment, I'm sorry to say. I'm going to crack on then give them a rest to read 'Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter' ("She loves her country... and hates zombies!") before tackling Sookie books 5-9 in the lead-up to xmas.

Also ploughing through the first volume of 'Death Note'- the very first manga that hasn't made me want to declare war on the East and invade single-handed. Banzai-style.

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 23 October, 2009, 10:09:05 pm
Well, since we seem to share absolutely none of the same tastes my recommendation might not mean much but for what it's worth I thoroughly enjoyed Deathnote. While it flags, ever so slightly, in the middle it soon recovers and is well worth the effort.  I'm also not that big a fan of manga but this one definitely won me over.

And True Blood is almost certain to last that long. I may have imagined it, cos I can't find it anywhere, but I'm sure I read somewhere that Season Three had recently launched Stateside and was smashing records. (If I have conjured this up out of thin air someone feel free to tell me)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 October, 2009, 10:17:26 pm
Well, I'm enjoying it so far, so your reccommendation is a good one. Did you mean it flags in the middle of volume one- or around the volumes 5 & 6 mark? I picked it up for a quid in a charity shop- which also had volumes 3, 4 and 5. But luckily not 2, or my nerdism would have demanded I buy them all.

The only thing I can't stand is this ridiculous affectation of printing them arse-about-face. Would it REALLY hurt to flip them for a Western audience- like, you know, every other book published in the English language? It's not like the art is particularly good, or that it would suffer if mirrored.

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 23 October, 2009, 10:31:17 pm
I read that the guys publishing Deathnote in this country print all their stuff in the original format. Thay have quite a lot of series on the go and some of them have suffered in the past from flipped artwork. Plus, I suppose it's at least partly a marketing tool to appeal to the purists.

The flagging I referred to was meant as mid series, rather than mid volume. Without giving too much away, the story kind of peaks and then a second arc kicks in which is a bit too similar to the first to begin with. As I say though, it soon rights itself.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 October, 2009, 10:36:20 pm
I'm abot a third of the way through Charlaine Harris's fourth Stookie Sackhouse

Or even Sookie Stackhouse. Ha!

SBT
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 October, 2009, 10:40:01 pm
Read the Bizarro story Eric Powell drew today. It's fun, but one thing which irritated was that the Bizarro-Green Lantern was in the Sinestro Corps, and midway through he gets called by his Ring to take part in (I presume) the Sinestro Corps War. This stuff always makes it difficult for me to fully enjoy DC Comics to the full extent of fullness.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 23 October, 2009, 11:40:10 pm
I'm reading 'Fables' in trade paperbacks from the library.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 23 October, 2009, 11:48:11 pm
I'm reading 'Fables' in trade paperbacks from the library.

That's how I read 'em - but in a weirdly disjointed order!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 24 October, 2009, 12:02:31 am
Either of you know who the Adversary is yet?  good old Gepetto

This was a massive let down to me.  One of the earlier books seemed to make this clear (march of the wooden soldiers with the, well, wooden soldiers, and them all calling pinnochio 'brother' and not being supposed to hurt him.) but then the series was written as though it was still a big secret so I figured I'd read to much into the earlier stuff. Then it turns out I was right all along.

The assumption all the characters made, that Geppetto was a slave to the Adversary, made them seem like idiots. It certainly wasn't my frst thought. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 24 October, 2009, 12:13:10 am
Clearly you haven't read the most recent issues where the real Adversary turns out to be your mom.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 24 October, 2009, 12:21:46 am
Ah, didst I judge to harshly to quickly? Is it all much more complicated than I thought? Should I have had more faith?

Or did that spoiler tag hide a typically rapier like piece of wit from Mr Godpleton?

This is some kind of twisted psycological torture.
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 24 October, 2009, 06:30:35 am
How are you enjoying Fables, Usher? I really enjoyed the first three (as far as i've gotten at the moment). My recent decision to plough through Hellblazer again from the beginning has seen me just complete the Paul Jenkins era. Three plus years and it's better than i remembered. Sean Phillips is, with Leonard Manco, my favourite artist on that book. Shame mood of it will ever be collected.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 25 October, 2009, 02:12:59 pm
 I'm currently reading The Fear Machine, having recently read Original Sins and The Devil You Know. Now, without wanting to piss on anyones chips or whatever but I'm having a hard time of it with this series.

Now, I thoroughly enjoyed Moore/Veitch eras Swamp Thing and consider Sandman one of my all time favourite comics. Lucifer is fantastic (though I've not finished it yet) and I'm enjoying what little I've read so far of The Books Of Magic. What I'm saying is that I 'get' the whole Vertigo vibe in most cases.

Hellblazer though, for sme reason, just isn't doing it for me. Although I'll admit that Fear Machine is something of an improvement over the other two it still isn't 'up there'. What am I missing? Delano just seems to be trying too hard. Is he, and this initial run of Hellblazer, held in particularly high regard? Or are subsequent writers more credited with the titles longevity?

Not that it matters though because I'm about to give it up for the time being. Unfortunately, funds mean my GN purchasing is being slashed and since I know that this series is a bit of a headache to collect in the trades it's first on the block.


Oh, and I'm reading Hamlet.  :-\
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 25 October, 2009, 03:17:52 pm
For me Jamie Delano was ok, although it's often it's hard to find the stories he DID pretty much nail down major aspects of the character and his world that everyone after has exploited.

Garth Ennis doesn't quite do it for me either.  If Delano was too cerebral and plodding, Ennis seems to think Constantine's an action hero which is far from the truth. But again, moments of brilliance and more excellent ideas that were built upon by subsequent writers.

Paul Jenkins' era is not (and probably will never be) collected in trade paperbacks.  He addressed various contradictions, had a few cracking ideas but funstered it all up at the end by "resetting" his entire run which was a shame.

Garth Ennis' return for the five part "Son of Man" exmempliies the best of is run and is up there with Dangerous Habits for me.  Cracking stuff.

Warren Ellis' run was essentially a six-parter called "Haunted" which is very good and a few nice one offs collected in "Setting Sun" - all pretty good.  Maybe a little to similar to Ennis' stuff but with a bit mre quality. 

Brian Azarello's run starts with Constantine in an American prison for murder and the rest of the run continues in the US.  I thought this was a bit lazy of the American writer at the tie and detracted from the feel.  But now I resalise it's one of the best periods.

Mike Carey's stuff is amazing.  I won't spoil any more than that.  So is Andy Diggle's.  Denise Mina's .... isn't.  Not BAD, just not great.  And a little too over the top in places (what I mean is obvious if you read it).

Hellblazer isn't ONE series.  It's acollection of series.  Each writer's take being almost a separate animal from the last.  If you're finding Delano a trial, grab Haunted, Son of Man, Dangerous Habits, All His Engines or Diggle's whole run for a clue as to what the big deal is.  This is what libraries are for my friend.  Request a book forms are a lifesaver.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 25 October, 2009, 03:20:36 pm
Just realised, if you liked Lucifer, get Carey's six tpbs and All His Engines, a cracking OGN by Carey and Manco.  They're REASONABLY self-contained.  You've got a grounding in the character and as for those questions/niggles that crop up when reading something you've ot read from the beginning - that's what THIS place is for, mate.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 25 October, 2009, 03:20:55 pm
I've been burning through Y: The Last Man.

I have a few issues with it - I really hate the overly strong language, for one thing. But this story is absolute gold! Really clever, quite believable stuff.

I'm up to volume 6 so far. It's probably the best comic I've read since I zipped through Akira earlier this year.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: fresno bob on 25 October, 2009, 05:01:51 pm
Looking forward to Victorian Undead.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 25 October, 2009, 07:10:08 pm
Re:  Hellblazer.  Thing to remember about Delano's Hellblazer is that this was pretty much the only book of its type in production at the time.   He was stepping into Alan Moore's (!) shoes on the character at the launch of the whole Vertigo line, Sandman was still almost a year away, and he had 22 pages a month to fill with a spivvy London (or so it seemed) con artist in a blue suit.  It's remarkable that he found the direction that he did, and managed to build Moore's utterly brilliant thumbnail sketch into a rich and deeply screwed-up character.  Much of the early Hellblazer does feel awkward and as faplad says often seems to be trying to hard, but it was a real achievement for its time.  The Ennis stuff that follows is much lighter in some ways, and definitely more fun, helped by Dillon's crisp clear storytelling.  Some of the situations are cracking though.

I haven't read much of the Jenkins and Ellis stuff yet, and I notice that Mike omits Eddie Campbell's aborted run, but FWIW I agree with him entirely about Carey and Diggle - both are quite brilliant, Diggle's run in particular being a delight.   The less said about Denise Mina's misguided stab the better.
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 25 October, 2009, 07:18:25 pm
Eddie Campbell's 3-4 issues are a pure joy but what else would you expect from him? The man's a comics genius, and i don't throw that word lightly.

Another highlight of Hellblazer for me is Delano's one off story detailing what the deal is with Chas's debt to constantine. Issue 84 i think, called "in another part of hell" and, i think, collected in the otherwise mostly forgettable "Rare Cuts".
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 October, 2009, 07:22:07 pm
Has anyone else read the Chas miniseries? I thought it was glaringly inept. Carey is the bestest Blazer.
Title: Re: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: House of Usher on 25 October, 2009, 08:25:26 pm
How are you enjoying Fables, Usher?

Brilliant. It's my favourite escapism at the moment. My mind is currently boggling about Cinderella and Prince Charming still being married circa 1810 when their story was written about 1697, and there apparently being characters from the stories of Kenneth Grahame, Beatrix Potter and Lewis Carrol at the farm, when no fable has escaped from the Homelands for about 200 years.

But, as I say, brilliant, brilliant escapist fun. I'm on book 4 right now.

I started reading all the Hellblazer I could get from the library (gloomy stuff!) but I'm busy with Fables at the minute. Also looking forward to reading Y - The Last Man. It's great reading comics this way, whipping through them at speed and not having to squeeze £2.40's worth of entertainment out of every 22 pages!
Title: The same subject you see elsewhere no the thread - blame my stupid phone
Post by: Mike Gloady on 25 October, 2009, 08:30:57 pm
Good news. When next i buy American comics, i have to decide whether it's Y - The Last Man, DMZ and Fables. Enjoying all three at the moment. When you don't like superheroes or zombies there's not huge selection (and i hardly need it, my reading for the foreseeable future is mapped out already).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 25 October, 2009, 08:32:16 pm
Well, since I'm attempting to read the series from the beginning and in as complete a form as possible I've only read early Delano so far. As well as Moores Swamp Thing stuff with the character of course. I can appreciate the point that Delano was very much out on his own at the time and may therefore be due some slack. It's sometimes difficult to keep that kind of thing in perspective when you're coming to all this stuff after the fact. I try to keep it straight best I can - not reading Hellblazer until after the Swamp Thing arc that introduced him and putting off Lucifer until reading the Sandman arc where he abandoned Hell etc - but it isn't always easy.

I have to say though that reading the very early Hellblazer stuff was my first experience of reading a Vertigo book and immediately thinking of Garth Ennis' pisstake of Vertigo cliches in the Preacher introduction.

Not surprised to hear that Carey is so well thought of, because between Lucifer, The Furies and Felix Castor the guy has yet to fail to impress me.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 26 October, 2009, 02:45:12 pm
I'm not a huge Carey fan - a lot of the titles he's written just do not appeal to me. But I did pick up Faker, and thought it was brilliant! Due for a re-read soon, I think.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 26 October, 2009, 07:47:56 pm
Just started "Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut. Anybody read any "Ignition City" yet?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hoagy on 26 October, 2009, 07:55:10 pm
Sirens of Titan is utterly fantastic. Chronosynchlastic Infundubli will stay with me forever
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 26 October, 2009, 08:53:30 pm
I'll say it is. I'm a massive Vonnegut fan and would heartily recommend any of his books.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 26 October, 2009, 09:30:44 pm
Sirens of Titan is utterly fantastic. Chronosynchlastic Infundubli will stay with me forever
Thanks Krom. That phrase has stayed with me for twenty years or more, but I'd long forgotten the book, beyond probably being something I read in a Gollancz classic SF edition.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hoagy on 26 October, 2009, 09:50:34 pm
Uhuh.

I was recommended Slaughterhouse 5 but when it wasn't available we went for Sirens. Since then, I got hold of Slaughterhouse ad found it nowhere near as delicious as Sirens.


Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 28 October, 2009, 03:02:35 am
Well, finished The Fear Machine and while it has redeemed Jamie Delano in my eyes to an extent, being a marked improvement over the earlier stories, it still left me a little underwhelmed. I'm gonna keep reading though, for now.


I've been meaning to read a bit of Vonnegut since listening to a reading of Slaughterhouse 5 on Radio 7, which managed to impress me no end, despite the reader being rather underwhelming. The story itself was almost hypmotic. In fact, I'd venture to say that it's the only reading, as opposed to dramatisation, that I've really appreciated on 7. For some reason they don't usually work for me.

As a complete newcomer to Vonnegut, is there one book that people would recommend as a decent starting point?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 28 October, 2009, 10:26:26 am
As a complete newcomer to Vonnegut, is there one book that people would recommend as a decent starting point?

Not a single work, but the collection Welcome to the Monkey House completely blew my mind when I was a youngish teenager.  
IIRC it has the awesome short 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow'. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 October, 2009, 10:31:12 am
I heard that reading of Slaughterhouse 5 too - the reader wasn't exactly inspiring, but you'd have to be a stilted, monotone chump of John Major proportions to get in the way of that book.  Loved it, but again, the only Vonnegut I've read (I ran out and bought a copy after two parts and finished it in short order).

So thanks for the recommendation, Tordelback.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 28 October, 2009, 10:36:42 am
I'm just about set forth on 'The Grey Knights Omnibus' by Ben Counter. It's another Warhammer 40,000 book. It was that or Bill Oddie's autobiography and seeing as I've just finished Roger Moore's I thought I go for a bit of action!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin Zeal on 28 October, 2009, 12:55:59 pm
At the moment I'm reading A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley. Very good, but a bit heavy going at present. Hopefully it will get easier as it goes on.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 October, 2009, 01:05:59 pm
The board's very own Wild Seven (aka Kate, my other half) has chucked a copy of the original Battle Royale novel at me.  Great stuff.  I struggled to read it last night with a horrible gut-ache threatening to distract me.  I fought bravely on.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 28 October, 2009, 02:44:00 pm
book 5 of Charlaind Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries: Dead As A Doornail. Top stuff! sbt
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: wild-seven on 28 October, 2009, 02:48:53 pm
The board's very own Wild Seven (aka Kate, my other half) has chucked a copy of the original Battle Royale novel at me.  Great stuff.  I struggled to read it last night with a horrible gut-ache threatening to distract me.  I fought bravely on.

It's very good, I highly recommend it. I'm currently reading 'Epitaph for a Spy' by Eric Ambler and dipping into the short stories of M.R James (it's nearly Halloween, a good enough excuse for anyone!)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 28 October, 2009, 03:14:53 pm
book 5 of Charlaind Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries: Dead As A Doornail. Top stuff! sbt

I shall be scouring market stalls and second hand shops for these in the near future.
Can't abide generic tie in covers and so need older editions. Still, it's more fun to hunt them down. Not to mention cheaper.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 28 October, 2009, 04:43:43 pm

As a complete newcomer to Vonnegut, is there one book that people would recommend as a decent starting point?

My personal favourite is "Deadeye Dick" but for more 'typical' Vonnegut you can't go wrong with the two 'famous ones' "Breakfast of Champions" and the aforementioned "Slaughterhouse 5"
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 October, 2009, 10:16:05 pm
Almost done with Quicksilver. Up next is Proust. That's right, Proust.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 October, 2009, 10:49:50 pm
Almost done with Quicksilver. Up next is Proust. That's right, Proust.
That reminds me of something.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Ignatzmonster on 29 October, 2009, 04:50:33 pm
Out of curiosity has anyone been reading the collections of old US comic strips? I regularly pick up the Krazy Kats but due to my addiction to an unnamed import and crime comics I haven't really been digging in my pocket for any of the others.

My brother for my birthday got me Terry and the Pirates vol 4 and I'm pretty floored by it. It's like a lost John Ford or Howard Hawks picture. The hardest things to get used to are the repeat panels and the fact Terry and Pat never choose the girls I personally fancy. It is pricey (probably boils down to roughly 22 pounds) but it took me about a week to get through. Anyone else read this?

He also bought me the new collection of Prince Valient. Th artwork in that needs to be seen to be believed.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 29 October, 2009, 04:59:44 pm
Jack of Fables: The (nearly) Great Escape. Awesome. Especially the 'breakout' issue. Really exciting, fun stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 29 October, 2009, 05:13:40 pm
I've just read this and finished it thinking that, yes, it was a really good story but also a niggling feeling that I didn't know who half the supporting characters where. Which is rather appropriate given the motives of the villain of the piece. Thats my excuse anyway. I fully intend to have a good old google session in the near future.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 29 October, 2009, 05:15:36 pm
Almost done with Quicksilver. Up next is Proust. That's right, Proust.
That reminds me of something.

Was it Madeline Stowe?  Madeline Albright?  Something to do with Madelines, anyhow...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 29 October, 2009, 10:27:39 pm
CRIKEY! #12, successfully ordered from my local cornershop-of-magical-wonder. Fab! my new best mag.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 29 October, 2009, 11:48:30 pm
I'm halfway through 'The Surrogates' - intended to read it before the Bruce Willis movie came out. Failed miserably. It's kinda cool, in an improbable sci-fi sorta way.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 November, 2009, 12:35:42 am
Well, while I know that there is something of a baklash towards The Wire at the moment, as always seems to be the case when something becomes to popular, I'm stil fascinated by it. So I've been reading The Truth Be Told, which is marketed as essentially an episode guide but is so much more.

The bulk of the book is the guide, written by a staff writer on the show and going into a lot of detail on character arcs and the themes of the show rather than trivia. This in itself would make the book a worthwile read. But then you get the extra stuff.
An introduction by David Simon that runs almost 40 pages and includes a transcript of a letter he sent to HBO early on where he essentially tells them they'd be idiots not to run with the show. You get chapters by George Pelecanos and Bill Zorzi. Interviews with Melvin Hayes (real life drug lord turned actor) and various other cast members, and one of the most exhaustive cast and crew appendixes I've ever seen.

It's a cracker of a book. If you like The Wire of course.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 November, 2009, 03:20:04 am
appendixes

I think that should be appendices. Yes? No?

God, the things that matter when you can't sleep.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hoagy on 02 November, 2009, 04:45:53 am
Yeah. Its Appendice.


Very phallic word. Timecheck 4:42am
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 02 November, 2009, 05:02:49 am
Cheers Krombasher.  I gave up on sleep at a certain point cos I need to be up with the nephew in the morning. I know full well that if I got to sleep after 4 theres no way I'm getting up again in time to take him to school.

It'll probably be an afternoon nap for me. You know, like a toddler or a particularly old pensioner.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TheEdge on 02 November, 2009, 09:53:56 am
pride and prejudice and zombies

and

The Blade Itself
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 03 November, 2009, 09:44:10 pm
The Blade Itself is great!

Bumper Amazon parcel today with Dredd case files 3, The Boys 4 and the first Transmetropolitan. Yee-haa! And The Sirens of Titan is fantastic,  I'd forgotten how much I love Kurt Vonnegut's writing. It's one of those books I wish was longer, I'm getting worryingly close to the end.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 November, 2009, 09:46:34 pm
Well, while I know that there is something of a baklash towards The Wire at the moment...
Really?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 04 November, 2009, 08:19:49 am
And The Sirens of Titan is fantastic,  I'd forgotten how much I love Kurt Vonnegut's writing. It's one of those books I wish was longer, I'm getting worryingly close to the end.

Yeah his writing style is such a delightful breeze to read, especially when you consider the dark subjects he covers.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 04 November, 2009, 12:46:05 pm
I'd not thought of it like that, Colin, but you're absolutely right.  He really IS very easy to read which is odd considering the darkness of the material.  THere's a very wicked sense of humour in there too, a fine writer and one that I'm ashamed to say it took me so long to discover. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Hoagy on 04 November, 2009, 02:19:50 pm
Not only the darkness of the material but the amazing amount of complexities to understand in Sirens initially would have been, by any other writer, very difficult to absorb.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 04 November, 2009, 03:46:03 pm
Just picked up a couple of Durham Red GNs to settle me back, gently, into the world of 200AD.  ;D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 November, 2009, 03:48:10 pm
Excellent choice there, great stories and superb artwork.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 04 November, 2009, 06:09:26 pm
Well, while I know that there is something of a baklash towards The Wire at the moment...
Really?

Well, maybe I'm imagining it a little but I've definitely seen anti Wire sentiment in a couple of places on the web. I seem to rmember it getting a bit of stick on here a little while back. A  thread to do with shows that people didn't like despite everyone else raving about them. I remember The Wire bing quite a (un)popular choice. That and I've overheard a couple of conversations recently with people bemoaning it's popularity.

Maybe I'm making more of it than what there is. As I say, I'm still a massive fan.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: radiator on 05 November, 2009, 07:14:19 pm
About halfway through the audio book (does that count?) of Into Thin Air by John Krakauer, a first hand account of an ill-fated 1996 attempt to climb Mount Everest. It's gripping stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 05 November, 2009, 07:43:07 pm
Excellent choice there, great stories and superb artwork.

Just about halfway through Vermin Stars. I must say, it's great stuff. Engaging and fun, with some fantastic characters. Godlokin is particularly cool.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 07 November, 2009, 10:26:16 am
"Ravenor" trilogy and Star Wars Invasion-Colin Wilson,(yes it is he) is art droid on that.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 07 November, 2009, 10:41:11 am
Somebody at the local library must really like Bendis-era Avengers. Sadly, after four TPBs of the stuff, I do not.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 07 November, 2009, 11:45:31 am
Oh man oh man the Bendis Avengers brings out the sore nerd in me. I'm a massive traditional Avengers fan full runs (well if you include the Essentails up to 120ish) up to 320 of volume one, Full run of volume 3 and stuff like that. I REALLY gave the Bendis Avengers a full chance 'cos it was quite good comics BUT after issue 48 I gave up and let the death of The Wasp be an end. It was an ok comic that wasn't the Avengers as I understood them. I completely accept that I'm in the minority as its so massively popular so I just need to get over it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 07 November, 2009, 01:02:56 pm
The Ghost stories of M. R. James. >shudder<
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 09 November, 2009, 07:22:57 pm
Alice In Sunderland. My first Bryan Talbot, apart from that one shot he did for one of the christmas progs. Got it out of the library on a mad whim since it's not the kind of thing I normally read but it's beeen bloody wonderful so far. He's made a fan of me.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 10 November, 2009, 01:52:21 pm
Yeah, it's a cracking read Fappers. I've been warming up to re read of it myself.

I'm up to date with Interzone and have 3 or 4 Black Static to read, then it's a full read of Transmetropolitan (got the last couple of books last xmas!)

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 10 November, 2009, 01:54:44 pm
Ooh, just finished the first TPB of Transmetropolitan, it's ruddy good.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 10 November, 2009, 03:00:10 pm
Reading the new HHGG book at the moment. Still not sure yet though. There is a lot of good about it but too many niggles, and too much blatant fan service. The style is nice and although the Guide appears to be more invasive than the Adams books (actually commenting on the narrative rather than an aside to the narrative) and the characters are well handled. There is however so much of it. Adams was exceedingly economical with his writing but this book, everything is cranked up to 11. Having Cthulu appear was an odd choice too. Gonna stick with it though.

Thinking of getting Triumff next. Anyone read it? Doesn't appear to have been out in hardback though :( I hate paperbacks.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 10 November, 2009, 06:38:10 pm
Still working my way through Neuromancer by William Gibson.

It's an odd read. Very compelling and delightfully character-driven, yet at times I must admit to feeling a bit lost in all the techno-jargon...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 11 November, 2009, 12:48:58 am
Just started my third reading of The Crying of Lot 49. I think it's probably my favourite book ever written.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 11 November, 2009, 03:34:08 am
Ooh, just finished the first TPB of Transmetropolitan, it's ruddy good.

Ah! I have that on my shelf, waiting to be read. I read the first story arc 'Back On The Street' a while back. It is indeed the dog's danglies.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 11 November, 2009, 09:49:59 am
Just started my third reading of The Crying of Lot 49. I think it's probably my favourite book ever written.

That's the one with the historian of postal companies, Genghis Cohen and Dr. Hilarious?  If so, it's the only Pynchon I've ever read. I don't think I enjoyed it as much as you...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 11 November, 2009, 04:55:00 pm
Just received the new Stephen King book in the book, all whopping 900 pages of it. Have had a quick read of the first few pages and am looking forward to getting stuck into it. There's really nothing like a brand new King book, I look forward to it every year, I'd be lost if he ever truly did retire :-)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 November, 2009, 05:08:48 pm
Thanks for the heads up on that SD90, I always get the latest Stephen King novel for the missus and now I've just seen it on Amazon for £9 so I'm well happy.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 11 November, 2009, 05:13:08 pm
Yeah, I got it for £9, too - bargain purchase, considering I don't get my first pay from my new job til the 28th! But some things are worth finding the cash for, and a new King book is definitely one of them :-)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Alski on 11 November, 2009, 05:59:38 pm
just read "The Umbrella Academy - Dallas"

just as good as the first volume, with Gerard Way showing immense promise with a tale that feels like a bit of vintage Alan Moore (before he went mad). In line with this, Gabriel Ba's art is like a nice cross between Kevin O'Neil and D'israli.

Well worth picking up, but you should read vol 1 first.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 11 November, 2009, 11:47:36 pm
Excellent, I thought the first volume was pretty good but then I didn't really have much of a clue who Gerard Way was, so having no preconceptions may have helped. Just lent it to a mate who's a bit of a muso and his immediate reaction was "Gerard Way? Are you sure?". Looking forward to a bit more expansion on the back story, such as, how the guy ended up with the body of a gorilla.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Alski on 12 November, 2009, 09:23:27 am
You'll have to wait for that explanation! There's more to come though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 November, 2009, 10:34:20 am
Just received the new Stephen King book in the book, all whopping 900 pages of it. Have had a quick read of the first few pages and am looking forward to getting stuck into it. There's really nothing like a brand new King book, I look forward to it every year, I'd be lost if he ever truly did retire :-)

Agh! I forgot about this- that's another one to add to the pile...

I'm almost finshed rerading El Sombra by our pal Al Ewing. It really is wonderful, and it's helped by hearing Al's voice in my head while reading it!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 12 November, 2009, 11:04:33 am
Just received the new Stephen King book in the book, all whopping 900 pages of it.

Good Lord! That man needs an editor!  :P

Some of King's work is amazing. Other books, however, I find terrible.

I hear this is meant to be a return to form, though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 12 November, 2009, 10:00:25 pm
Is that the "Under the Dome" one? Now I'm sure I'm wrong, and I am a King fan ('IT' is my fave) but I couldn't help thinking "Jeez, I wonder if he saw the Simpson's movie and thought 'now there's an idea with legs'".

And, I got Transmetropolitan vol2 for £2.20 on eBay, free postage.  ;D <Does smug smartypants dance>
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 12 November, 2009, 10:03:32 pm
Some of King's work is amazing. Other books, however, I find terrible.

I know what you mean. His ouevre is one of extremes - lyrical masterpieces or borderline unreadable hackwork.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 November, 2009, 10:12:40 pm
Is that the "Under the Dome" one? Now I'm sure I'm wrong, and I am a King fan ('IT' is my fave) but I couldn't help thinking "Jeez, I wonder if he saw the Simpson's movie and thought 'now there's an idea with legs'".



Indeed- if he saw the Simpsons Movie 25 years ago, when he says he first started this book!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dark Jimbo on 12 November, 2009, 10:15:52 pm
I couldn't help thinking "Jeez, I wonder if he saw the Simpson's movie and thought 'now there's an idea with legs'".

Indeed- if he saw the Simpsons Movie 25 years ago, when he says he first started this book!

I think it's more likely he's read The Midwich Cuckoos.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 12 November, 2009, 10:17:55 pm
Is that the "Under the Dome" one? Now I'm sure I'm wrong, and I am a King fan ('IT' is my fave) but I couldn't help thinking "Jeez, I wonder if he saw the Simpson's movie and thought 'now there's an idea with legs'".



Indeed- if he saw the Simpsons Movie 25 years ago, when he says he first started this book!

DOH!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 13 November, 2009, 09:03:14 am
Can't get into King, tried many times.

As for your bargain, Kerrin - go you!  Transmet is a classic.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 13 November, 2009, 09:19:51 am
It is indeed "Under The Dome," and it seems a great read so far - not slow to get into things like some King books, it's straight into the action! Only problem is, the page count of 900 makes it a bit of a bugger to carry into work to read on my break . . .
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 13 November, 2009, 01:41:12 pm
Some of King's work is amazing. Other books, however, I find terrible.

I know what you mean. His ouevre is one of extremes - lyrical masterpieces or borderline unreadable hackwork.

So true. Carrie vs Tommyknockers.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: uncle fester on 13 November, 2009, 01:49:42 pm
I really have gone off Stephen King's writing. Everything I've read of his involves someone being sick and the 'evil atmosphere' ending up as a furry animal about as scary as the rubber suited aliens in early Star Trek. I can understand that after 30 years (?) of churning them out, the ideas might become less original but uh...  ::) Then again I found The Amityville Horror quite shivery, and I'm probably alone on that one.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 13 November, 2009, 11:58:38 pm
I know some of us keep banging on about it ...

(http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb36/jimcampbell2000/BR06.jpg)

But Morrison's really doing the business on Batman and Robin ...

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 15 November, 2009, 02:35:04 am
Detective Comics. From the beginning, pre Batman. Currently issue 14, dated April 1938. They are an education I can tell you. Slam Bradley, Speed Saunders, Cosmo (master of disguise) and of course SPY. Classics one and all.

My particular favourite is Cosmo. In one issue he needs to get on board a ship. He hangs around said ship and cudgels the first crewman he sees. After hiding the body he disguises himself as a sailor by putting on a striped shirt (and changes his ethnicity by putting on a fake moustache), before continuing to hang around the ship. An officer comes from the ship looking for his crewman, sees Cosmo and the following exchange takes place :

Officer  : Hey Spick, looking for a job?

Cosmo    : Si Meester.

Hey presto, he's aboard.

The casual racism is nothing compared to the rampant sexism though. SPY is a good one for that, with a man/woman team in which the man constantly belittles his partner, despite them supposedly being lovers.

I'm loving them, if I'm honest, even if I am reading them on a probably not strictly legal scan site. Does anyone know of a way to get these stories properly, without breaking the bank? I'd imagine they are pretty much forgotten about now.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 November, 2009, 09:28:31 am
Wow its good to know there's nowt out there that you can't get hold of from these illegal file share sites!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 16 November, 2009, 12:58:58 pm
Yeah, that's good work going on there.

From a legal perspective, there may be a chance that some of the older stuff may be in 'public domain'? I'm not sure - just speculating...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 16 November, 2009, 01:06:50 pm
Hey HOO-HAA, don't know if you'd realised but the link in your sig is broken mate.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 16 November, 2009, 10:24:40 pm
Hey HOO-HAA, don't know if you'd realised but the link in your sig is broken mate.

Cheers, mate... got a bit trigger-happy with the ol' https. Good of you to let me know :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 17 November, 2009, 11:56:09 pm
Postman willing, I should have The Question – Zen and Violence come tomorrow. I do love me some Denny O’Neil.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 18 November, 2009, 12:12:17 am
Postman willing, I should have The Question – Zen and Violence come tomorrow. I do love me some Denny O’Neil.

I really liked that O'Neil/Cowan series -- if you've not read it before, you should really enjoy it.

Rick Magyar was a perfectly good inker for Cowan, but I think it's worth mentioning that his ideal inker was actually Bill Sienkiewicz (http://denyscowan.com/Work_Images/images/DOCZERO4.jpg), which is the only way that I could think of improving that run ...

DC are soliciting Cowan and Sienkiewicz on The Question in Jan 2010 (http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/comics/?cm=13781), by the way ...

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 18 November, 2009, 12:21:01 am
Oh Jim, now you've got me all hyped and flustered.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 19 November, 2009, 01:38:52 pm
I have finally finished China Meiville's Perdido Street Station. I really enjoyed it, there were 'some' rather predictable moments and one rather stupendous Deux Ex, but the characters were absolutely astounding and the inventiveness of the setting was superb. Next is Grandville.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 November, 2009, 01:41:03 pm
Finished Grandville the other day and I would say it's possibly Talbot's best, IMO.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 19 November, 2009, 01:41:46 pm
I read that rather recently too, Bolt.  Enjoyed it quite a bit.  And it IS stupendous, isn't it?  
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 19 November, 2009, 06:03:13 pm
I'm really looking forward to getting "Grandville" when I get paid - the creator himself is doing a signing at ny local Waterstones in a few weeks, too, so might go the full nerd hog and get some stuff signed!

Just finished the new Stephen King book, too, and I'm happy to report that it's a great return to form. Well worth getting, for any lapsed fans.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: wild-seven on 19 November, 2009, 06:40:29 pm
I'm just finishing 'Fanny Hill' - nothing like a bit of 18th century filth to while away a stormy evening!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 November, 2009, 08:24:14 pm
I know some of us keep banging on about it ...

(http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb36/jimcampbell2000/BR06.jpg)

But Morrison's really doing the business on Batman and Robin ...

Cheers!

Jim

Just finished reading this issue. I'm running out of superlatives.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 19 November, 2009, 08:49:56 pm
Just finished reading this issue. I'm running out of superlatives.

It's just a genuine pleasure, isn't it?

I haven't really read much of Morrison's mainstream US stuff -- I pretty much stopped buying US comics just as he started landing the really high profile gigs, so I think I'm going to have to rectify that. Any suggestions as to where I should start?

Cheers!

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 November, 2009, 09:03:07 pm
This book has started me picking up US books again too.
I'm doing a bit of grazing- reading 28 Days Later, the new Batgirl book, Capt America Reborn (out of curiosity more than anything else) and the odd random thing that catches me eye.
Morrison's JLA stuff is worth reading- I've got some of the trades and they are great- he really understands how the superhero thing works, and has the relationship between the Big Three down perfectly.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 19 November, 2009, 09:10:15 pm
I liked his XMen quite a lot and JLA was full of great little character moments for everyone. Even bloody Aztek.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 November, 2009, 10:49:00 pm
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Capt America Reborn (out of curiosity more than anything else)

All of the Brubaker Cap trades are brilliant comics.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 19 November, 2009, 11:32:20 pm
I'm reading PAINTING RUBY TUESDAY at the moment.  I'm pretty sure it's a girl's book (I borrowed it from Mrs Tips because she was laughing so much while reading it I felt honour bound to see what the fuss was about).

Oh and BATMAN and ROBIN.  STill brilliant but I wish Quietely was on interior art.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 20 November, 2009, 12:58:37 am
So I'm continuing my read of the old Detective Comics and come across an ad for the first issue of Action Comics. Ah, I think, I wonder...

Yep, the same site has all the early Action stuff too. Was surprised to see Superman on the cover of issue 1 though. I'd assumed that he came along some time later, in the same way Batman/Detective happened.

I realise my (woefully inadequate to begin with) geek credibility has just been obliterated. Never mind.

Meanwhile, in the world of words without pictures, all the talk of King has reminded me that I have yet to read Duma Key or the collection of shorts he brought out a while back. This after years of being first in line for new King material. Not sure what changed. Can't realy claim disilussionment as I enjoyed Cell and Lisey.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 20 November, 2009, 09:05:41 am

Oh and BATMAN and ROBIN.  STill brilliant but I wish Quietely was on interior art.

I can't disagree with that. On the other hand, it's nice to see a high-profile book that's maintaining something approximating a monthly schedule, which having Quitely as the sole (or even main) artist would preclude.

On balance, I like having the book come out on a reasonably reliable schedule ... if there were two and three month gaps between issues, I suspect I'd lose interest quite rapidly.

Cheers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 20 November, 2009, 09:19:41 am

On balance, I like having the book come out on a reasonably reliable schedule ... if there were two and three month gaps between issues, I suspect I'd lose interest quite rapidly.

Since there's a skip month in December according to DCs advanced solicitations Febuary will actually have two issues so it catchs up! Hows that for keeping the pace going. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Judge Cassidy on 20 November, 2009, 09:31:21 am
I'm currently collecting the comic version of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' and enjoying it greatly (first time I've ever had a comic on subscription order at Forbidden Planet). Blade Runner is all well and good, but I've always wanted to see 'Sheep' done in a visual format and this is working very well. I love the fact they have gone out of their way not to simply copy designs from 'Blade Runner', aside from giving Deckard a big brown trenchcoat (but then again, surely that's what instantly springs to anyone's mind when you hear the name Rick Deckard- the coat). I'm passing the comics on to my dad when I've read them and he is enjoying them as well; I told him there'd probably be a big collected volume at the end of the run, but he said he was happy to have the individual issues! Very unusual for him...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 21 November, 2009, 07:15:28 am
I just read the graphic novel 'Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising', which I gather has raised a bit of hype for itself. It got a feature in a digital arts magazine I read regularly a few months back, and the amazing looking artwork made me me punt it to the top of my 'stuff to buy' pile.

Oh dear.

Easily the most disappointing comic I've read this year. A real missed opportunity. I feel so badly for everyone involved.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 21 November, 2009, 08:15:00 am
Finally got my hands on Zen and Violence after days of missing the Postman by mere minutes.

Sadly, I blasted through the whole 170-something pages in around 45 minutes, but it left me wanting more. Charming, exciting, and it captures the attention in a way few comics truly do. Lovely stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 21 November, 2009, 05:35:41 pm
I know some of us keep banging on about it ...

But Morrison's really doing the business on Batman and Robin ...

Cheers!

Jim

Just finished reading this issue. I'm running out of superlatives.

You know some things are just worth banging on about. Read this on the way to Leeds today and it is simply brillant.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 21 November, 2009, 05:44:06 pm
I'm about to give Marvel Zombies 4 my third attempt. Loved One, Two was dismal, but made readable by Sean Phillips's art, Three was magnificent- but this, this is simply so turgid as to defy belief. Even Kev Walker's drawings can't save this one I think.

A real shame.

SBT (crying because his zombies let him down)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 21 November, 2009, 06:13:42 pm

You know some things are just worth banging on about. Read this on the way to Leeds today and it is simply brillant.

Bolt-01 tells me I missed you at Thought Bubble, Colin ... sorry about that!

CHeers

Jim
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 21 November, 2009, 06:31:45 pm
Didn't realise you were there Jim. To be honest a bad nights sleep, not for once due to our 5 month old but rather by wife who's suffering with a hacking cough means you didn;t miss much. Was knackered and really not on the best of form and left by about 3! Dagnabbit. Still nice to meet a couple of people and will be great to meet more at a later date.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 22 November, 2009, 11:09:43 am
"Innocence proves nothing" by Sandy Mitchell. More Dark Heresy mayhem. Fun so far.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 22 November, 2009, 01:52:37 pm
Recently treated myself to the 6 volumes of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore. It must be 15 years since I read these, but it's a testament to their quality that I remember almost every detail. There are Marvel and DC GNs that I read in the last month that I couldn't summarise if my life depended on it!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 22 November, 2009, 07:39:05 pm
I finished Damnation Alley today. What a great book.

I'm on the last volume of In Search of Last Time. We get it, your fat girlfriend died, we don't need, like, 80 pages of moping. [/faux philistinism]
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 22 November, 2009, 07:57:13 pm
[/faux philistinism]

I didn't know you pretended to collect stamps Roger. That's great.

I'm halfway through rereading the 'Hyperion' omnibus and I'm trying to decide between 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt next, or 'Black Swan Green' by David Mitchell.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 22 November, 2009, 08:10:05 pm
I'm on the last volume of In Search of Last Time. We get it, your fat girlfriend died, we don't need, like, 80 pages of moping. [/faux philistinism]
Germaine Greer had a diverting column in The Guadian the other week concerned, in amongst the posing, with the difficulty in translating style. Which are you reading?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/nov/08/germaine-greer-proust

I'm halfway through rereading the 'Hyperion' omnibus and I'm trying to decide between 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt next, or 'Black Swan Green' by David Mitchell.
Black Swan Green isn't as good as Cloud Atlas, but it has a poorly researched reference to 2000AD in it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 22 November, 2009, 08:58:20 pm
Just finished Sansom's Dissolution, the first Shardlake book.  It doesn't start well, but picks up nicely, and has a good end.  There's a very nice joke about Name of the Rose about a third of the way through that I wish had been at the start, as the comparison was painful up to that point (murder in a monastery, with religious schism and secular control as a backdrop).  Pity that I twigged the murderer as soon as they appeared.  Still, looking forward to the next one.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 22 November, 2009, 09:02:13 pm
I thought they improved markedly after 'Dissolution' TB. There must be a new one on the way soon.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Judge Cassidy on 22 November, 2009, 09:12:12 pm
I finished Damnation Alley today. What a great book.

You should watch the film, I love it. I mean, it's pretty much a B-movie, but it's good fun. Plus you get John 'Hannibal Smith' AND Stringfellow Hawke together in the same film, driving a huge armoured truck! And the classic line:

"This whole town is infested with killer cockroaches, repeat, KILLER COCKROACHES!!"
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Post by: stacey on 22 November, 2009, 09:43:05 pm
Just finished reading vol 2 of The DMZ it was awesome, I enjoyed it much more than vol 1 but wonder if it was because I read it straight after reading Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, so the idea of the USA being in civil war seemed almost too real.  Both of these are awesome and very recommended reads.  I have now just started reading Jasmyn by Alex Bell which is a modern and very creepy and well written fairy story which I am enjoying very much, hope the quality keeps up throughout the book.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 22 November, 2009, 10:07:49 pm
DMZ is a cracking read.  Only read the first three TPBs, but they're ace.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 22 November, 2009, 11:30:08 pm
At the moment I'm reading the second book of The Wheel of Time: The Great Hunt.
I've read all the series before but I'm ploughing my way through in preparation for when I get the new book, The Gathering Storm. It's a shame Robert Jordan died before completing the last book, but he left lots of notes (and written sections.) so I'm hoping the new chap did him proud. I've heard mixed things, but largely positive.

Speaking of series of books, where the original author died, I grabbed And Another Thing from the library a couple of weeks back. I'm surprised it even turned up that early! I've yet to read it though. (I'm not keen on reading two books at once.)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 23 November, 2009, 07:38:24 am
At the moment I'm reading the second book of The Wheel of Time: The Great Hunt.
I've read all the series before but I'm ploughing my way through in preparation for when I get the new book, The Gathering Storm.

You're a stronger man than me Mardroid, I managed to get to halfway through the sixth book before I lost the will to carry on.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 November, 2009, 05:06:46 pm
Reading some of the Krazy Kat kollections again. Every panel is a work of art.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 23 November, 2009, 10:51:17 pm
You're a stronger man than me Mardroid, I managed to get to halfway through the sixth book before I lost the will to carry on.

Heh. I know what you mean. I read some of the middle books feeling that the story hadn't moved on much despite how much had happened. That being said I still enjoyed them, and rather like the subplots and the world as a whole.
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 24 November, 2009, 07:07:27 pm
Just started to read "The Exterminators", drawn by the excellent Tony Moore. Anyone else read it? Seems cool so far.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 24 November, 2009, 07:29:37 pm
Just started to read "The Exterminators", drawn by the excellent Tony Moore. Anyone else read it? Seems cool so far.

Read the first TPB, really enjoyed it.  Waiting on the library to get more in...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mechanix81 on 24 November, 2009, 08:56:50 pm
I've been reading 100 Bullets, an issue a day. Just read issue 89. Long, hard slog, and it's no easier to follow. Still, I love it so...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 26 November, 2009, 01:01:42 am
I'm reading The House of M at the moment. It's ok, although that little psychic girl turning up out of nowhere seemed a little too convenient. On saying that, I wonder if there is a twist concerning her later which explains that.

My theory is that she is an aspect of the Scarlet Witches personality, a sane part that's aware of what's going on. Wanda isn't strictly psychic though, but then again, according to Emma Frost she isn't in the conventional sense either. Or maybe she's a plant from Xavier?


I'm half way through. It'll be interesting to see how far out I am...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 26 November, 2009, 05:02:09 am
I finished Damnation Alley today. What a great book.

'tis indeed. On the way through did you experience the whole thing drawn in your mind's eye by Bolland & McMahon like Stevie did?

I've just begun Flood by Stephen Baxter (with Ark waiting in the wings). Must say that I'm enjoying it more than the Time's Tapestry books, but geez --& I mean this as a tribute to Baxter's writing-- the opening chapters weren't half gruelling!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: vzzbux on 27 November, 2009, 09:33:43 pm
Just started Republic Commando True Colours.







V
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 27 November, 2009, 10:16:57 pm
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 28 November, 2009, 11:38:57 am
Just read Frankie Boyle's autobiogrhapy, pretty much in one sitting - it's a fine, funny read. Don't know if anyone else here has read it, but the Galaxy's Greatest gets a few mentions, and a character that isn't Judge Dredd even gets mentioned by name, which was a nice surprise.

Just treated myself to "Fahrenheit 451," too, as I'm on something of a classic sci-fi read at the moment - "The Shrinking Man" by Richard Matheson I got through last week, and I couldn't help thinking it would make a great movie if re-made today - imagine how scary all the giant people (and things!) could be made to look.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 November, 2009, 12:02:19 pm
Boyle's book is sitting on top of my to read pile.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 28 November, 2009, 12:21:09 pm
It's a great, great read, I did it pretty much in one go - pausing only to watch "My Bloody Valentine" (lured in by the free 3d glasses) and to eat. Got a few tellings off from the other half for laughing too loudly, though - a not uncommon occurence in my life.

As well as 2000ad, he mentions others comics, and seems like a massive fan of comics in general, even saying at one point that they can be life-changing. Always nice to see a truth like that stressed.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 November, 2009, 12:30:44 pm
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As well as 2000ad, he mentions others comics, and seems like a massive fan of comics in general, even saying at one point that they can be life-changing. Always nice to see a truth like that stressed.

Cool- and I should mention that during the HiEx weekend, Frankie is playing the same venue!
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 28 November, 2009, 12:40:49 pm
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As well as 2000ad, he mentions others comics, and seems like a massive fan of comics in general, even saying at one point that they can be life-changing. Always nice to see a truth like that stressed.

Cool- and I should mention that during the HiEx weekend, Frankie is playing the same venue!

Wow - surely there are a few stories to be had from THAT fact! I'll have to take a look at the audience on the DVD release, see if there's any obvious crossover between the two different events :-)
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 November, 2009, 12:43:51 pm
Wonder if Frankie's up for wandering about with a few geeks.  That man makes me weep with laughter. 
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 28 November, 2009, 12:49:13 pm
The book is great - imagine his Mock The Week style humour, but without the censorship of TV. That said, it's not just an exercise in crudeness; it's pretty well written, with the humour adding to the story, not detracting from it. And I laughed pretty hard at it, but since the other half was trying to sleep next to me, it was more her doing the weeping . . .
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 28 November, 2009, 04:27:21 pm
I've been reading "The Scorpion" by Desberg and Marini as recommended by Bolt. It's a good swashbuckling story but the artwork is just unreal. Every single panel is an absolute masterpiece. I'm onto the second trade and chuffed to bits to see there's a third on the way.

Got "The Umbrella Academy; Dallas", "Hellboy" 8, "IR$" vol1 and "We3" as well. I think I may have developed a bit of a habit.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 28 November, 2009, 06:47:03 pm
How annoying is this?

While trawling Amazon, I found a collection of Tokyopop manga digests based on the old Starcraft computer game (a game I devoured and went back to many a time in my mis-spent youth!) - looking it over, I saw that a number of western writers were attached to it. So I ordered the lot!

Volumes 2 and 3 arrived today, and I'm RARING to read them- chamoping at the bit, I tells ya! BUT WITH NO VOLUME 1 TO START WITH, I AM DENIIIIIIEEEED!!!

Shame. They look really excellent. I'll be reading 'em as soon as the rest of the volumes arrive.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 28 November, 2009, 09:54:46 pm
DIVIDED KINGDOM by Rupert Thomson.

Dark, speculative fiction at its very best. Loving it!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 28 November, 2009, 10:04:39 pm
I've been reading "The Scorpion" by Desberg and Marini as recommended by Bolt. It's a good swashbuckling story but the artwork is just unreal. Every single panel is an absolute masterpiece. I'm onto the second trade and chuffed to bits to see there's a third on the way.


Have to say just checked thes eon Amazon as I'm a big fan of Zorro comics and always fancy a little bit of swashbuckling (or War, or Cowboy, or Jungle action) comics and his is entirely new to me but sounds superb. Another for the wish list!
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 November, 2009, 11:05:08 pm
Ubik by Phillip K. Dick. Cracking, moves at a hell of a pace and races along, throwing out all kinds of brilliant ideas in huge amounts. A chapter's worth of this would, in lesser hands, be stretched out to an entire novel. Hugely entertaining. Recommended.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: starscape on 29 November, 2009, 09:55:16 pm
'Time Out of Joint' is my fave Philip K Dick book.  I'm halfway through (but put it on hold) Man In The High Castle which is pretty decent too.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tiplodocus on 30 November, 2009, 07:44:16 pm
Quite a few stand up comedians have geeky tendencies but they don't get let out very often. 

I sometimes think it might be a nice idea to try and get a gig organised at a Con' with lots of geek firendly comedians.  But then I remember that most people go to Con's for comics, a beer and a chat and don't really fancy having to stay quiet while a comedian is on.

I think we should see if he fancies popping down the bar for a few afterwards though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 30 November, 2009, 08:47:47 pm
Six Degree's about the horror's unleashed by global warming. Some say it's all shite and the scientists have been 'massaging' the figures but still a pretty scary book.

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 30 November, 2009, 10:19:39 pm
I recently read the graphic novel 'Groom Lake' by Chris Ryall and Ben Templesmith.

Dear lord. Funniest book I've read all year! Recommended to anybody who gets a laugh out of aliens butt-probing rednecks!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 30 November, 2009, 10:41:55 pm
I'm about 25% complete on Rupert Thomson's Divided Kingdom, and loving it, but Let The Right One In just popped through the letterbox, today, and I'm gagging to get stuck into it (especially after watching the flick).

I'll probably just do what I usually do and read both at feckin' once.  ::)
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Post by: Goatilocks on 04 December, 2009, 02:03:04 pm
Currently reading:

Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces,

Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka - The Operation Reinhard Death Camps,

New issue of Terrorizer,

Flesh (Rebellion graphic novel).
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 December, 2009, 11:06:22 am
re-reading the Diamond Throne by the late David Eddings, strange i keep finding all these rather strange inconsistancies. Oh well.
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Post by: Hoagy on 05 December, 2009, 12:08:17 pm
Just finished Arkham Asylum for the first time in over fifteen years. Been wanting it on the bookshelf for that long. Got Obama's book with the times today. Quick scan reveals its either he's a very good writer or he has the best writing staff money can buy, over the pond. A bit of Ian Rankin's Rebus to whet the taste buds as I plan to begin collecting Hellblazer in the near future. And a bit of Templar fiction I picked up cheap. Still haven't finished Next by Crichton. 
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Post by: amberkraken on 05 December, 2009, 03:09:06 pm
Just finished a proof copy of Joe Hill's 'Horns'.
Wow!
This is so fucking good. It'll be the step that takes away people picking up his books because they wonder what Stephen King's son writes like, to picking up his books because everyone says how great they are.

It's about a guy who wakes up after a heavy night drinking with horns (hence the title) and he finds himself a demon, more like that devil that sits on your shoulder in cartoons! and people keep asking him if they should do things (their dark feelings) and he can make them do things. All this set with a very moving story of his girlfriend who was raped and killed. and predictably, he uses his power to find out who did it. But the way the story goes isn't so predictable. I enjoyed every last page! When it comes out, go get it!
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Post by: wild-seven on 05 December, 2009, 04:05:42 pm
I'm just about to re-read 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks - 25 years on and still a belter
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 05 December, 2009, 07:41:26 pm
I've just picked up the novelaisation of the old Dredd movie - it was a buy two get the third free, and it was the only thing vaguely culty there. For my sins, I'll be trying to discover if the book explains any of the myriad plot holes of the celluloid piece . . .
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 05 December, 2009, 07:42:35 pm
No it doesn't and neither do the audio books ;)
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 05 December, 2009, 07:46:12 pm
Damn! Ah well, it was free, I suppose . . .
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 December, 2009, 05:53:54 pm
Just finished Verdus in the RoboHunter Droid Files - for the very first time.  No idea how I missed it before this, I was sure I'd read it but I definitely hadn't.  It's absolutely great!  Best of all is watching Gibson's artwork literally take off, as the mountains of robots grow higher, denser and more insane, and the lines on Sam and Kidd get progressively cleaner and simple.  What a treat! 

What really struck me about Verdus is that this is a story that simply could not have appeared anywhere else other than 2000AD.  A one-year with a machine gun?  A lovesick limbless robo-meter with boobs?  A sewer droid called B.O.? The entire population of colonists killed in a fire - that Sam started?  Fantastic!

Now on to Day of Da Droids, which I definitely have read, and love. 

 



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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 06 December, 2009, 06:36:40 pm
It's absolutely great!

It really is, isn't it? I still maintain that Verdus is solid fried gold for a CGI kids' series ... relentlessly inventive visually, plotted with a superb sense of escalating panic, and just enormous fun.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 December, 2009, 06:36:49 pm
I'm just about to re-read 'The Wasp Factory' by Iain Banks - 25 years on and still a belter

Yup. Pretty much a perfect book.
I revisited it again during the summer and was surprised that it was a lot funnier than I had remembered.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 06 December, 2009, 06:45:09 pm
I revisited it again during the summer and was surprised that it was a lot funnier than I had remembered.

Oh, yeah ... in an "Oh, God, I really shouldn't be laughing at that" sort of way ...

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 December, 2009, 06:53:01 pm
I revisited it again during the summer and was surprised that it was a lot funnier than I had remembered.

Oh, yeah ... in an "Oh, God, I really shouldn't be laughing at that" sort of way ...

Cheers!

Jim

Indeed, I should have made that clear, lest folks thought I was a bit weird...
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Post by: I, Cosh on 06 December, 2009, 07:04:44 pm
I accidentally reread the first two volumes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials this weekend. They really are extremely good books.

Then I deliberately reread Legend of the Holy Drinker. They've got a bit of a cheek charging six quid for it, but it does prove that short is often best.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 06 December, 2009, 07:13:16 pm
How do you accidentally read two whole novels?

Not that I'm complaining you understand, they're great.  Just wondering how you get further than the first page or two without thinking "hey, I'm meant to be doing the washing up!"
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 06 December, 2009, 07:21:53 pm
I listened to the Dark Materials audios again last month on my commute. I hate the end of the third one, it's the most utterly heartbreaking thing ever written.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 December, 2009, 07:24:33 pm
Libra by DeLillo which is pretty cool.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 06 December, 2009, 07:35:44 pm
Libra by DeLillo which is pretty cool.
Of the de Lillo that I've read, Libra was the best.
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 December, 2009, 09:14:57 pm
I accidentally reread the first two volumes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials this weekend. They really are extremely good books.

The important part of this statement is 'the first two volumes'.  They're both great.  Even the bulk of the third one is good, but the resolution/revelation leaves me utterly cold.
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Post by: satchmo on 06 December, 2009, 09:52:03 pm
I've gone a bit William Gibson mental this week, just finished Spook Country which I loved, and it led me back to Neuromancer. For the third time. The odd anachronism aside it is ageless and magnificent. And I really must finish reading the Riverworld series. Who built the bastard?! And why?!
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 December, 2009, 10:16:18 pm
And I really must finish reading the Riverworld series. Who built the bastard?! And why?!

Oh, you definitely should persevere.  I held off on reading The Magic Labyrinth and Gods of Riverworld for years, but they turned out to be quite satisfying 'conclusions' to a superb series.  I still think there's a great TV show lurking in Riverworld somewhere - I had high hopes for the abortive Kevin Smith (the other one) series.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 06 December, 2009, 10:26:43 pm
I accidentally reread the first two volumes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials this weekend. They really are extremely good books.
The important part of this statement is 'the first two volumes'.  They're both great.  Even the bulk of the third one is good, but the resolution/revelation leaves me utterly cold.
As it happens, my ex-girlfriend's brother still has my copy of the third one and it wasn't in the library yesterday so I'll probably not get to that this time. As I remember it tries to cram far too much in.

One thing I meant to comment on, given its topicality on another thread, is the neat way sex is dealt with in the books. Acknowledged but not explained or dwelt on.
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Post by: Kerrin on 06 December, 2009, 10:35:53 pm
And I really must finish reading the Riverworld series. Who built the bastard?! And why?!

Oh, you definitely should persevere.  I held off on reading The Magic Labyrinth and Gods of Riverworld for years, but they turned out to be quite satisfying 'conclusions' to a superb series.  I still think there's a great TV show lurking in Riverworld somewhere - I had high hopes for the abortive Kevin Smith (the other one) series.

Christ, I thought it finished in a bit of a rush. So the dogfight and what have you weren't near the end at all. I'm wondering where I got up to.
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Post by: House of Usher on 06 December, 2009, 11:04:21 pm
I'm looking forward to reading properly again in my unoccupied hours as soon I start getting paid - at work - for any work-related reading I do.

This weekend I read Blood Brothers by Willy Russell on the bus to and from London for teaching purposes. I surprised myself by finding it not only a good read but also very moving in places. For 2 years though I've been disapproving of its inclusion on English Literature GCSE reading lists. "That's not literature!" I would complain. By all means put it on the reading for English language and get them to do coursework on it, but setting it for an exam seemed wrong to me.

When I wrote the outline of my English Literature GCSE course I selected The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde) from the Pre-1914 drama list and Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw) from the Post-1914 after consulting some prospective students. When the course began I had a couple of late joiners who asked what the books were and I told them. One asked "aren't we doing a Shakespeare?" (no) and the other asked "why don't you do Blood Brothers?" (because I don't want to teach it and I can't see the benefit of it to a class of adult learners who are in class of their own free will and don't have to be engaged by literature that speaks to their own experience in a very literal way).

Initially I objected to the implication that I had made some sort of mistake in selecting Shaw rather than Willy Russell for inclusion in a course on literature, but it soon became apparent that the reason why she would rather study Blood Brothers was because she had already read it in school and it would therefore involve less work on her part!

Anyway, I still don't have a high opinion of Blood Brothers as literature, but it's a good read and a successful piece of drama. I can see its usefulness for engaging school kids who don't really want to be in school or learn anything but who can nevertheless be reached through art (Russell's original purpose in writing it), but it's a pity if by competing with other plays for space on the curriculum it narrows rather than broadens their learning experiences, hence my view that children's exposure to the play properly belongs on the language and drama syllabus.

So, erm... I've been reading Blood Brothers then.  :-[
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Post by: TordelBack on 07 December, 2009, 05:18:05 am
I've a soft spot for Willy Russell, ever since I spent some happy weekends painting inner-city streetscapes and skylines on backdrops for a school production of Our Day Out. 

This was in happier days, since we got away with producing soft positively lewd images of our gorgeous leading lady for the posters.  I also drew some tragic illos for the programmes, almost my only 'published' 'art'!
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Post by: Hoagy on 07 December, 2009, 07:06:48 am
When playing pool in the pub, at around 17 - 24 years of age, I'd often say Pygmalion, in frustration at a bad shot. Now it is a word that has subliminally entered my psyche at this time through a glance of it elsewhere. But I've become intrigued to find whether or not, it can be quantified as a passable utterence, in cuss. And, is it worth a read?
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Post by: vzzbux on 07 December, 2009, 05:16:25 pm
Just treated myself the Commando picture library Battle of Britain 70th aniversary collection from The Works for £6 will start tucking into this one tonight.







V
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Post by: House of Usher on 07 December, 2009, 05:47:26 pm
Pygmalion - is it worth a read?

Well, that rather depends. If you mean instead of watching the film of My Fair Lady I'd say 'no' - the film is quite sufficient. But if you mean for the purpose of getting better acquainted with the original text, I'd say 'yes.' Shaw's dialogue is very well observed, and the best of it makes it through to the musical version. A more faithful film version (with the afternoon tea scene not moved to Royal Ascot) pre-dates both the musical and the Second World War.
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Post by: House of Usher on 07 December, 2009, 06:28:52 pm
I've a soft spot for Willy Russell, ever since I spent some happy weekends painting inner-city streetscapes and skylines on backdrops for a school production of Our Day Out.

I like Willy Russell a lot. I saw 'Our Day Out' performed the drama teacher's own form group at school, and it was marvellous. Superb performances from everyone involved, not just drama enthusiasts, and a really touching rendition of 'Why Can't it Always be like This.' The headmaster's hackles rose at the swearing, even from the girl marvelling at a crystal chandelier "Cor! Look sat that bleedin' great lampshade."

I still prefer his grow-up work though: Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, even though the film of Educating Rita is marred by a really horrible and dated synthesizer backing track. I could even countenance teaching Educating Rita as genuine Post-1914 literature, except most of it would be lost on school kids, as it's definitely not about people who haven't left school yet. Adult learners would probably enjoy it, although some might find the themes unbearably close to home.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 13 December, 2009, 12:39:55 am
My 4 at a time (hardback, paperback, American GN, twoth GN) rule has fallen by the wayside because of a scarcity of twoth trades. Once Droid Files and Anderson arrive from book depository I'll be back in action. They will also sadly be the last books I buy in a while. Yes, the money has finally run out. I put it off this long by getting my American trades from the library but the day has come. Never mind.

Anyway, my Hardback is Skullduggery Pleasant, which has raised a fair few chuckles so far and lead to me embarresing myself on another thread. After that it's Duma Key, as I attempt to catch up with my King. Hints have been dropped that Under The Dome may be heading my way come Christmas so now seemed the time.

In paperback I'm reading Triumff, which is everything you'd expect from Mr Abnett. Whether thaats a good thing or a bad thing is up to you but I'm loving it.

Then there is my American GN, which at the moment is the Hawkman Showcase. This is the first Showcase book to grab me properly since Jonah Hex. Probably because it's the first I've read since Hex that wasn't written by Robert Kanigher. Although he did do the back up strips in the Hex book, which made it end on a duff note so Hawkman is probably gonna have to go down as my favourite so far. After I finish this I've got a bit more Delano Hellblazer to read although without the book in front of me I can't remember the collection title. It's the collection that comes after Fear Machine chronolgically.
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Post by: House of Usher on 13 December, 2009, 01:06:16 am
Re: Blood Brothers (yawn!) - I checked the AQA GCSE Eng. Lit. syllabus on Friday, and Blood Brothers isn't even on it, so that's all right then! Probably why I chose the AQA syllabus in the first place.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 15 December, 2009, 08:54:42 am
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvinde Lindqvist

Excellent. Better than his latest novel, Handling the Undead (also a good read, mind).

I do suspect, however, that much is lost in the translation - particulalrly with dialogue.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 December, 2009, 01:14:52 pm
Just finished reading Jack Kirby's '2001 a Space odyssey'. Wow that was good fun, the first 7 issues in particular. Its a shame when the more traditional superhero narrative of the Machine Man (nee Mister Machine, nee X-51) issues takes over as those early issues are some great craziness. I'd have loved to know where he'd have taken it had it not changed track, I assume cos of poor sales as its clear from the letters pages etc that he was building something.

Still if you can hunt down these little talked about Kirby issues I can't recommend them highly enough. Inspired.
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 17 December, 2009, 01:43:24 pm
Way of the Barefoot Zombie by Jaspre Bark.

Trash- utter trash- but really enjoyable page turning trash. Great fun, but not one for lunchtimes...
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Post by: James Stacey on 17 December, 2009, 01:59:51 pm
In paperback I'm reading Triumff, which is everything you'd expect from Mr Abnett. Whether thaats a good thing or a bad thing is up to you but I'm loving it.

I'm reading Triumff at the moment too. Like an alternate history Flashman. Really enjoying it.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 17 December, 2009, 02:22:10 pm
Didn't want to start a new thread, but felt I had to warn everyone...

If anyone's considering the new Viz-style comic POOT, (issue 2 currently in the newsagents £2.50), then seriously don't. It's even worse than all the other pale imitators that came out. Very very poor indeed.

The only joke that made me even smile featured Judge Dredd oddly enough. The "gag" is that the character changes every panel - from Frankenbstein's monster to a dinosaur to a baby etc. 3 panels from the end he turns into JD while on a train - and then is the same in the next 2 panels, prompting the punchline "shit - forgot to change at Crewe"

If you think that's weak, the rest of it is much much worse.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 17 December, 2009, 04:52:22 pm
Sounds grim, Dan. :(

I'm  reminded, though, of a wonderful Viz strip from back in the day called Frankenstein's Cock, where the good doctor created a huge, stitched up, electrified, veiny member to wow the ladies. 

Halcyon days!  :)
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 19 December, 2009, 08:58:07 am
I've just finished 'WAY OF THE BAREFOOT ZOMBIE' by Jaspre Bark.

This is a cracking little volume- it wears its heart on its sleeve, along with many other internal organs, but the plot is solid (apart from one really annoying thing near the very end) and as you would expect, the tension in places is palpable.

I was expecting this to be a 'slog' of a book, but it was entertaining, gross, funny and even informative. I never knew this much about Voodoo, and I've seen 'Live and let die!' :)

Trash genre fiction it may be- but it was a damn fine read too.
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Post by: stacey on 19 December, 2009, 09:04:03 am
I'm reading the 1st trade of The Red Seas. I haven't been enjoying this very much in the prog, I didn't really get it, and probably wouldn't have picked up the trade but I got sent it and I'm half way through now and its fooking brilliant! I really, really like it, it's funny and exciting and beautifully drawn. So I'm well pleased.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 19 December, 2009, 10:41:28 am
I've just finished 'WAY OF THE BAREFOOT ZOMBIE' by Jaspre Bark.

This is a cracking little volume- it wears its heart on its sleeve, along with many other internal organs, but the plot is solid (apart from one really annoying thing near the very end) and as you would expect, the tension in places is palpable.

I was expecting this to be a 'slog' of a book, but it was entertaining, gross, funny and even informative. I never knew this much about Voodoo, and I've seen 'Live and let die!' :)

Trash genre fiction it may be- but it was a damn fine read too.

Or to put it another way: http://www.2000adreview.co.uk/site/index.php/Book-Reviews/Way-of-the-Barefoot-Zombie.html
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 19 December, 2009, 12:31:58 pm
And that is why you are a writer and I'm a pencil monkey...
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 22 December, 2009, 04:09:32 am
I've now finished Triumff and it was a tr... No I can't do it. It was really really good though.
 
In its place I was going to dip back into the Horus Heresy for a book or two but instead I've gone with the Last Legion books by Chris Bunch, which on the surface appear to be a similar kind of thing. Bunch is a name that I've notice a lot over the years but never gotten around to trying so when I notice the Library had a full set of these Legion books I thought what the Hell.
 
I'm only a couple of chapters in so no real opinion yet although I've noticed he has an annoying habit of refering to characters by their Christian names one second and their Surnames the next, often within the same paragraph. Since the names are all of the exotic alien type and I'm not fully familiar with all the cast yet it can get a mite confusing. It can feel like there are twice as many characters in a scene.

Also, I've just hit Mark Millars run on Swamp Thing. It's a trifle strange. On the one hand he couldn't possibly be worse than Nancy Collins but on the other... the heroine goes from fragile, emotionally damaged damsel in distress to gun toting Sarah Connor wannabe in about 3 pages. There is a whole sequence set in Holland with an immortal woman who decides the best use of immortality is to be a Hooker who lets clients kill her, and his new big villain is a Big Game Hunter with an eyepatch whose built like a brick shithouse and spends a lot of time talking about being afraid of the dark. It's all a bit 'not quite right'.

Course, this could be the era everyone thinks of as the rennaisance of the title and I'm just not grasping the subtleties. Wouldn't be the first time.
 
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Post by: OpusAndBill on 22 December, 2009, 06:22:40 pm
Just finished reading Jack Kirby's '2001 a Space odyssey'. Wow that was good fun, the first 7 issues in particular. Its a shame when the more traditional superhero narrative of the Machine Man (nee Mister Machine, nee X-51) issues takes over as those early issues are some great craziness. I'd have loved to know where he'd have taken it had it not changed track, I assume cos of poor sales as its clear from the letters pages etc that he was building something.

Still if you can hunt down these little talked about Kirby issues I can't recommend them highly enough. Inspired.

Agreed. Issue 5 (Norton Of New York?) is one of my all-time favourite comics. You can still pick up the whole series on ebay for about a tenner, or less - at least I've seen it go for that fairly regularly. I've never been able to get my hands on the treasury issues adapting the movie, though.

Currently reading the 60th anniversary issue of F&SF.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 22 December, 2009, 06:28:12 pm
Since the names are all of the exotic alien type and I'm not fully familiar with all the cast yet it can get a mite confusing.

This is what always buggers up a book for me and that's why I can't get into fantasy stuff. Names as long as a paragraph, no thanks!
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 22 December, 2009, 10:27:07 pm
Just started Seize the day on my daily commute. Man, can this Saul Bellow write. He oughta be awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature or something.

Oddly enough, a small part of Stevie is anticipating down on his luck protagonist Tommy Wilhelm discovering that he's in actual fact an android.
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Post by: House of Usher on 22 December, 2009, 10:38:31 pm
I don't even know what I'm reading at the moment!  :o

...but at least I haven't got to read anything for school any more!

Over the Christmas break I will, however, be reading Zarjaz #08. Cheers, Bolt-01!  :)
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 22 December, 2009, 11:28:31 pm
Droid Files and Psi Files arrived today so I'll be digging into them soon enough. All new material to a relative newbie like myself so really looking forward to it.

Views in the relative thread when I'm done.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 23 December, 2009, 12:14:35 am
Just started Seize the day on my daily commute. Man, can this Saul Bellow write. He oughta be awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature or something.
Henderson the Rain King completely blew me away and I went out and grabbed a fistful of his other books. None of which I've been able to finish as they're all about dreary middle-aged academics having affairs. I should really give them another chance.


Over the past week, inspired by Comics Should Be Good's top 100 storylines (Dredd didn't make it), I've been rereading Sandman. I'm just over two-thirds of the way through and ,sadly, I really haven't enjoyed it this time. All the criticisms of its empty archness and gothic, pseudo-intellectual posing which I used to scoff at seem to ring true this time and I keep being brought up short by the sort of florid, horribly overwritten descriptive prose which I've always associated with Gaiman's novels.

For such a well regarded series it's interesting how pedestrian the art is for the most part. There's the odd issue illuminated by a Bryan Talbot or P Craig Russell then your straight back to Kelly Jones or Sam Kieth next issue.

There are still great moments and excellent individual issues (usually the incidental short stories like Ramadan) but, overall, I feel like I've had a faithful old hound put to sleep.
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Post by: wild-seven on 23 December, 2009, 07:44:41 pm
Just started read 'The warriors' by Sol Yurick (you may have seen the thoroughly excellent film of it), I've only just started it and it seems like it's going to be good - had to skip the introduction though; 45 pages of rambling about existentialism*

*Blimey, I spelt this right FIRST TIME!
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Post by: House of Usher on 24 December, 2009, 03:58:10 am
I had a quick flip through Zarjaz #8 last night. Blimey! I'm sure it's the best one yet. Some fabulous artwork. I was especially impressed by Kenin Levell's. And Ben Clark! How long were you planning on keeping it a secret that you can draw? Nice one, dude. Well done to all concerned. That's a very fine fanzine.
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Post by: TordelBack on 24 December, 2009, 05:41:03 am
Just finished Arthur Ransome's We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (this is the level of literature my brain can handle at the moment) - it's just a perfect story!  I loved Swallows and Amazons (book and movie) as a kid, but other than Swallowdale found the sequels pretty unengaging -  Peter Duck basically derailed me, and I never went on.  If only I'd tried this one.  Highly recommended, if you can handle the conventions of 1930's middle class children's adventures (and if you learned to read in the 70's you probably had to).
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Post by: das on 24 December, 2009, 05:56:59 am
Raymond Roussel biography  @las press
dada's women  ruth hemud
a game of war   guy denord
a power governments cannot suppress   howard zinn

and finishing off my missing progs with a run from 1200-1400
thrill power overload indeed !!

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Post by: Dounreay on 24 December, 2009, 03:19:50 pm
Just finished Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. Not a bad read with a cast of characters who are all coniving shits and/or complete bastards. Loads of blood and snotters throughout.

Holiday reading is Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, Neal Asher's Prador Moon and Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (cos you need to read something scary at Xmas) with the on-going Complete Tales of Para Handy for some laughs. Now how good is that?

But before all that, there is the annual re-read of A Christmas Carol, this very evening. 50-odd pages of sheer delight from Mr Dickens.

Make mine an egg-nog and Merry Crimbo to one an' all! 
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 25 December, 2009, 11:20:41 pm
Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (cos you need to read something scary at Xmas)

Stevie's only recently read this myself -- it's a goodie.
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Post by: amberkraken on 26 December, 2009, 09:41:59 am
I'm reading 'The Martian Chronicles' by Ray Bradbury. I'd not read any of his stuff before, and everyone seems to start with 'fahrenheit 451', but I'm doing a free-form RPG about the first colonisation of an alien planet and thought it apt.
So far it's really good. It's short stories that are all set in the start of the colonisation of Mars. It can be very depressing at times but is also full of very black humour that makes you laugh instead of crying.
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Post by: House of Usher on 26 December, 2009, 02:17:04 pm
I was a devoted reader of Ray Bradbury as a teenager in the 1980s. I started with 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and 'The Stories of Ray Bradbury' vols 1 and 2. He was a superb writer in his day.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 26 December, 2009, 06:05:29 pm
Just getting towards the end of "Showcase Presents: Booster Gold". Just straight forward 80s superhero comics but heavens to mergatrode such enjoyable straight forward 80s superhero comics. I thought this collection would be fun but didn't realise quite how much fun. What a romp! Fantastic stuff.

Got lots of reading for X-mas including a number of books about pirates that I'll be getting onto soon BUT next up is the new Charley's War (Volume 6) which I'm very much looking forward to.
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Post by: blixab on 27 December, 2009, 05:02:10 pm
Just about to start reading - The death of Bunny Munroe by Nick Cave - lets see whether his literature is as good as his lyrics!
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Post by: amberkraken on 27 December, 2009, 06:05:36 pm
I've read Bunny Monroe. I really enjoyed it, but it's clearly not foe everyone.
Warning: He does masterbate a LOT in the book. -and I couldn't help but picture Bunny as Nick Cave! (shudder!)
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 27 December, 2009, 11:04:25 pm
Just about to start reading Handling The Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who wot wrote Let The Right One In- and very much looking forward I am too.

Just finished Grandville by Mr Bryan Talbot, of this parish, which was an xmas present from my wife- and which was a hundred pages of sheer badgery joy.

SBT
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Post by: mogzilla on 28 December, 2009, 10:37:18 am
my wife got me a "ripley's" book about the wierd stuff in our world included are a picture of a mans arm (sans man) in a croc's gob and a gross chinese market with oven ready dog!

also got a young bond book wich i dont really like and a nice monsters book of doctor who...
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Post by: House of Usher on 28 December, 2009, 10:54:39 am
I popped into town yesterday to spend some of the HMV token I was given. I spent it on books, which included a coffee table book of Salvador Dali (Taschen), The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 1001 Pin-up Girls (Taschen), The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, and my favourite, Sleeveface: photographs of people holding up record sleeves in front of their faces. Cute and whimsical, and only £3.

At the same time I noticed how many utter shite comedy fantasy novels there are at the moment playing with literary themes and characters.
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Post by: TordelBack on 28 December, 2009, 11:04:02 am
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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Let us know how that one goes, Usher, I've been thinking about picking it up.  Feel free to keep any reactions to the 1,001 Pinup Girls to yourself though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 28 December, 2009, 11:07:10 am
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories was £3 in the HMV sale. I'll give a reaction as soon as I've read it or Deborah's read it for me. She's a faster reader than I am!
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Post by: wild-seven on 28 December, 2009, 03:09:04 pm
I liked 'Oyster Boy' but then I'm a sucker for all things Tim Burton *awaits the wrath of Gloady*
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 28 December, 2009, 03:18:38 pm
No wrath, it's all subjective. 

I just get the impression that he's constantly makiing the same film/whatever (which I've not usually thought much of the previous times he made it).  I will usually watch his flicks though, there's usually SOMETHING to latch onto though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Jared Katooie on 28 December, 2009, 03:23:01 pm
Johnny Depp?
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 28 December, 2009, 04:36:34 pm
"Blood Pact" been out since October  I think but I got it for Christmas.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 December, 2009, 05:55:23 pm
Read Ringworld on Boxing Day. Starts out great but sort of fizzles out at the end. I know there's at least one follow-up, but do we ever find out who or what built the Ringworld?

Recently had Frederick Forsyth's The Afghan thrust upon me by my cousin. The thriller is not a genre I've ever dabbled in and it was a strange read as at least half the book was flashback over the entire careers of the two main characters and the reader already knows the solution to the mystery which the security bods are trying to solve. One of the flashback strands does manage to give an excellent overview of Afghan history and politics since the Russian invasion, effectively illustrating the foolishness of viewing the Afghans as a united force under the Taliban, Islam their own notional government or anything else. That bit was good.
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Post by: TordelBack on 28 December, 2009, 10:44:52 pm
I know there's at least one follow-up, but do we ever find out who or what built the Ringworld?

Yes we do, ( it was the Pak), revealed in the sequel The Ringworld Engineers.  There are at least two other sequels that I know of, and a handful of prequels, and it's part of Niven's Known Space universe, which when last I looked comprised dozens of short stories and not a few novels, even some by other authors.

There's some smart ideas there, but TBH I find Niven on his own clever but a bit dull - possibly unique amongst authors I find his collaborative novels (Footfall, Mote in God's Eye, Legacy of Heorot) muh more fun.  His politics are well dodgy (IMHO), but he did give us the short story/essay that preempted just about every dirty joke ever made about superheroes, 'Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex'.


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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 December, 2009, 10:49:06 pm
Yes we do.
Ah. I read Protector years ago.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 29 December, 2009, 02:07:30 am
Read Ringworld on Boxing Day. Starts out great but sort of fizzles out at the end. I know there's at least one follow-up, but do we ever find out who or what built the Ringworld?

Loved Ringworld when I was  all of 12, but it's not Orbitsville or Rendezvous with Rama, is it Cosh?

Skip straight to the 4th book Ringworld's Children -- more plot than the preceding books combined in half the page count of any of the individual volumes.

Do not even contemplate Ringworld Throne Cosh. The unintentional pun of the title says everything you need to  know about this book
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Post by: das on 29 December, 2009, 06:17:51 am
wheeee just finished the dredd vs aliens era progs !!
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 29 December, 2009, 01:54:12 pm
I'm reading Ed Brubaker's Captain America.

It's at it's best when it avoids the sillier elements of the Marvel universe, but it seems like a precarious balancing act. For example, I keep wndering if Nick Fury is going to turn out to be a robot, or how long it takes before Civil War crashes into the ongoing storyline and derails it.

Stupid Marvel.
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Post by: Albion on 29 December, 2009, 04:25:29 pm
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories was £3 in the HMV sale.

I hadn't even heard of this until I read it here, thanks.
Mrs Albion went shopping today so got it for me in HMV. I'm a fan of Tim Burton so hopefully it will be £3 well spent.
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Post by: das on 29 December, 2009, 06:01:58 pm
id like to suggest anyone who has a deviant sense of humour to read 'crooked little vein' by warren ellis. really funny, really messed up, really dirty.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 29 December, 2009, 07:43:54 pm
Already on my list.  Yet to read anything by Ellis I didn't like.  Can't say that about many other writers....
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Post by: das on 29 December, 2009, 07:56:28 pm
Already on my list.  Yet to read anything by Ellis I didn't like.  Can't say that about many other writers....




i believe it's his only book, (not a comic)
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Post by: I, Cosh on 29 December, 2009, 08:41:11 pm
Read Ringworld on Boxing Day. Starts out great but sort of fizzles out at the end. I know there's at least one follow-up, but do we ever find out who or what built the Ringworld?
Loved Ringworld when I was  all of 12, but it's not Orbitsville or Rendezvous with Rama, is it Cosh?
I've not read Bob Shaw (or even seen any of his books, come to think of it) for years. Time to have a rummage around perhaps.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 December, 2009, 11:18:35 pm
I found Crooked Little Vein to be spectacularly tedious and predictable. All Ellis characters speak the same way and there aren't massive pictures to look at.
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Post by: das on 29 December, 2009, 11:33:23 pm
I found Crooked Little Vein to be spectacularly tedious and predictable. All Ellis characters speak the same way and there aren't massive pictures to look at.


how about brion gysin then ???
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Post by: amberkraken on 30 December, 2009, 08:39:03 am
I have read 'Crooked Little Vein ', but don't remember it...I think it had something to do with dinosaur sex, but now that I've written that I'm not sure I've gone mad!
I may have liked it...
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 December, 2009, 09:12:24 am
Already on my list.  Yet to read anything by Ellis I didn't like.  Can't say that about many other writers....




i believe it's his only book, (not a comic)
I know. 
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 30 December, 2009, 03:18:06 pm
I have been reading Brave New World again which was written by our favorite Eugenicist/Humanist Aldeous Huxley.

It is a work of fiction but its also a political model or a kind of political manifesto rather like 1984 which was also written by another insider by the name of Eric Arthur Blair.If you understand the subject matter then its clear that these books are not just works of fiction but are predictions of sorts.
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Post by: TordelBack on 30 December, 2009, 04:09:03 pm
IIt is a work of fiction but its also a political model or a kind of political manifesto rather like 1984 which was also written by another insider by the name of Eric Arthur Blair.If you understand the subject matter then its clear that these books are not just works of fiction but are predictions of sorts.

I'm not sure if you're joking there, Peter, but Brave New World is an attack on/warning about the type of society it describes - not a manifesto for its creation.  Huxley is highlighting the role of conditioning rather than coercion in controlling a population - through bland mass production and ordered lives, and the dulling effect of ubiquitous sex and drugs.  This is pretty clear from the very outset, where it's described as being set in "the year of Our Ford 630".  

As to being a eugenicist, Huxley had a long and varied intellectual life, and ditched eugenics fairly early on it it.


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Post by: Dandontdare on 30 December, 2009, 04:13:16 pm
"dystopian" (the opposite of "utopian") novels such as Brave New World and 1984 (and indeed huge chunks of sci-fi in general) are not so much predictions of what the author thinks the future WILL be like, or manifesto for what it should be like; but an allegorical reflection of, or a satirical comment upon, the times in which they were written. Orwell called his novel 1984 as it was an anagram of the year in whcih it was written, 1948.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 30 December, 2009, 04:14:03 pm
IIt is a work of fiction but its also a political model or a kind of political manifesto rather like 1984 which was also written by another insider by the name of Eric Arthur Blair.If you understand the subject matter then its clear that these books are not just works of fiction but are predictions of sorts.

I'm not sure if you're joking there, Peter, but Brave New World is an attack on/warning about the type of society it describes - not a manifesto for its creation.  This is pretty clear from the very outset, where it's described as being set in "the year of Our Ford 630".  

Thats very true in the same way that 1984 is a warning.Theres different ways of looking at these works.


However if you research the background of the Huxleys and the orgainisations that they were connected to then you will see that there is truth in what i am saying.My poinion here is based on the background of the Huxleys rather than just the book itself.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 30 December, 2009, 05:56:14 pm
I have just started reading 'If chins could kill: confessions of a B movie actor' by Bruce Campbell and already I am hooked. I hope to get quite a lot read tonight whilst at work.
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Post by: wild-seven on 30 December, 2009, 05:57:36 pm
I have just started reading 'If chins could kill: confessions of a B movie actor' by Bruce Campbell and already I am hooked. I hope to get quite a lot read tonight whilst at work.

Oooh I got that for Xmas, it's next on my 'to read' list
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Post by: TordelBack on 30 December, 2009, 07:29:05 pm
I have just started reading 'If chins could kill: confessions of a B movie actor' by Bruce Campbell and already I am hooked. I hope to get quite a lot read tonight whilst at work.

Oooh I got that for Xmas, it's next on my 'to read' list

Brilliant book.  As always I'll add my unreserved recommendation for the follow-up-of-sorts Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.
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Post by: Mangamax on 30 December, 2009, 07:37:38 pm
Just finished "Tarzan Of The Apes" and am just stunned by it.
None of the films i saw in my childhood, nor the Ron Ely TV series, nor the crappy Filmation cartoon nor Greystoke, could've prepared me for the real deal - an exhilarating, tense, downright NASTY tale that fair speeds along.
Only the blimey-thats-racist-now moments betray its time period origins, the rest could quite easily be a contemperay thriller.
The last couple of chapters are quite weak though and am looking forward to the next book to see how things pan out.
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Post by: das on 30 December, 2009, 08:35:15 pm
Just finished "Tarzan Of The Apes" and am just stunned by it.
None of the films i saw in my childhood, nor the Ron Ely TV series, nor the crappy Filmation cartoon nor Greystoke, could've prepared me for the real deal - an exhilarating, tense, downright NASTY tale that fair speeds along.
Only the blimey-thats-racist-now moments betray its time period origins, the rest could quite easily be a contemperay thriller.
The last couple of chapters are quite weak though and am looking forward to the next book to see how things pan out.

all the tarzan books were great as i remember.  read them in order. and keep in mind that burroughs never left the usa during his life.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 30 December, 2009, 09:00:18 pm
I'm about to read Richard Matheson's 'The shrinking man'.Bless you Waterstone's Bookshop.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 December, 2009, 09:13:50 pm
Following my huge enjoyment of the truly EXCELLENT "Ubik" by Phillip K. Dick a few weeks ago I'm about to tuck into "The Three Stigmata of Palmer  Eldritch" by the same author.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 30 December, 2009, 09:21:45 pm
Just finished "Tarzan Of The Apes" and am just stunned by it.
None of the films i saw in my childhood, nor the Ron Ely TV series, nor the crappy Filmation cartoon nor Greystoke, could've prepared me for the real deal - an exhilarating, tense, downright NASTY tale that fair speeds along.
Only the blimey-thats-racist-now moments betray its time period origins, the rest could quite easily be a contemperay thriller.
The last couple of chapters are quite weak though and am looking forward to the next book to see how things pan out.

all the tarzan books were great as i remember.  read them in order. and keep in mind that burroughs never left the usa during his life.

If you like the Tarzan books, you'll LOVE the John Carter stories - Amazon is selling the first three in one HB volume for something like only 7 pounds. You could do worse, much worse!
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Post by: Mangamax on 30 December, 2009, 09:30:22 pm
Was thinking about them, as i only know the comic versions as the books never really got a proper release in the UK, but wondering if it'd be better to wait until the Pixar film is made and the inevitable "deluxe" additions come out?
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 30 December, 2009, 09:35:05 pm
True about the delux editions, but if you decide to go for it at least the price isn't bad. The John Carter series is incredibly cool. I love the comics as well...I believe Dark Horse is looking to do something with the older ones (not the Marvels, which I love) similar to what they did with the old Tarzan comics.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 31 December, 2009, 05:49:00 pm
comics wise …before returning to my 2000ad reread at the 800s.
Have you really read 400 Progs this year Colin? Chapeau.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 31 December, 2009, 06:12:56 pm
comics wise …before returning to my 2000ad reread at the 800s.
Have you really read 400 Progs this year Colin? Chapeau.

Is that a bad thing???? I read a heck of a lot of comics and have read a lot more besides 500+ Progs to be honest. I get public transport a lot and get a lot of reading done then.

Edit - Oh I should add that until Prog 1000 I was cherry picking stories rather reading the whole thing.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 31 December, 2009, 06:25:25 pm
comics wise …before returning to my 2000ad reread at the 800s.
Have you really read 400 Progs this year Colin? Chapeau.
Is that a bad thing????
Not a bad thing at all, it's just that I started reading again about four years ago with Prog 1450 and it's taken me until now to read the 270 Progs before it.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 31 December, 2009, 07:49:08 pm
Finished reading "The Demolished Man" by Alfred Bester - a true sci-fi classic, and I'm wondering if the psychic police featured were an influence on PSI-Division? Plus just got through the newest Tomes of the Dead release "Hungry Hearts" - and it's an absolute delight, possibly the best  I've read in the series so far. For anyone who laughs at things they really shouldn't, I can't recommend it enough.

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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 31 December, 2009, 08:22:46 pm
Finished reading "The Demolished Man" by Alfred Bester - a true sci-fi classic, and I'm wondering if the psychic police featured were an influence on PSI-Division?

I think it's safe to say they were an influence on Babylon 5's Psi-Corps ...

And, yes, it's a fantastic book.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: Buttonman on 31 December, 2009, 10:37:42 pm
Those Christmas Books in Full :

THAT MITCHELL & WEBB BOOK : nice thick tome but not a titter to be had and no Numberwang.

Harry Hill's TV Burp Book : Pretty poor with only a couple of sherry induced smiles at best.

CHARLIE BOOKER : THE HELL OF IT ALL : A great collection of his Guardian columns. Some of it a bit dated with The Apprentice two series ago discussed in detail but funny and happily offensive.

ADRIAN MOLE : The Prostate Years : Still to read

VIZ : THE COUNCIL GRITTER : I didn't renew my VIZ sub as it was getting as unfunny as they said but this is a great toilet book format with some real laughs.

JUDGE ANDERSON : THE PSI FILES : Nice heavyweight book but it does remind you that Anderson's stuff (Ranson excluded) is largely superfluous.

DREDD CASE FILES 14 : Are my hands getting fatter (yes) or are these getting smaller? Nah I'm happy with this full colour reprint of Necropolis which had been underrated by me first time around but has now been elevated to 'pretty good' status.

To summarise this Christmas' bounty : smiles
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Post by: das on 31 December, 2009, 10:57:59 pm


If you like the Tarzan books, you'll LOVE the John Carter stories - Amazon is selling the first three in one HB volume for something like only 7 pounds. You could do worse, much worse!

BIGGLES of course !

and the evil part of that is that i'm american and read them all as a kid,
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 01 January, 2010, 11:49:02 am
Following my huge enjoyment of the truly EXCELLENT "Ubik" by Phillip K. Dick a few weeks ago I'm about to tuck into "The Three Stigmata of Palmer  Eldritch" by the same author.

Just put PKD's official website on my favourites again. The comic strip (sorry Graphic Novel) of 'Do Androids dream of electric sheep?' has sold out and has been sent back to the printers for another run.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 01 January, 2010, 12:06:01 pm
It's a comic.  No such thing as a graphic novel, only fat comics.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 01 January, 2010, 03:51:26 pm
(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg86/ToadyCat/sci%20fi/blade_runner_comic_p36-1.jpg)

How true.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 02 January, 2010, 12:53:43 am
The Girl with Bangs

By Zadie Smith

I fell in love with a girl once. Some time ago, now. She had bangs.


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Post by: I, Cosh on 02 January, 2010, 01:06:27 am
I fell in love with a girl once. Some time ago, now. She had bangs.
Was she American?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 02 January, 2010, 01:11:00 am
I dunno, I was twenty years old at the time and prey to the usual rag-bag of foolish ideas. I believed, for example, that one might meet some sweet kid and like them a lot - maybe even marry them - while all the time allowing this kid to sleep with other kids.
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Post by: critter on 02 January, 2010, 09:53:06 pm
Right now I'm reading the first installment of "The Minotaur Wars : Night of Blood", written by Richard A. Knaak. Its been a really good book and I'm hoping the other two volumes will be to.
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Post by: das on 02 January, 2010, 10:45:35 pm
now plowing through the new issue of  Tape-Op
http://www.tapeop.com/ (http://www.tapeop.com/)
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Post by: TordelBack on 03 January, 2010, 01:19:25 pm
Reading Dozois' Best New SF 22 (that's No. 26 to US readers), and am happy to report that so far it is a vintage year.   There's an Alastair Reynolds short in there with ideas that could happily power a half-dozen novels.  Short is the only way to go with SF, Diggle's shot-glass of rocketfuel made flesh, and the Dozois retrospective is the best of all annual collections.
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Post by: Emperor on 03 January, 2010, 04:41:50 pm
Was thinking about them, as i only know the comic versions as the books never really got a proper release in the UK, but wondering if it'd be better to wait until the Pixar film is made and the inevitable "deluxe" additions come out?

I'm not sure what you count as a "proper" release but I bought them as a kid in the Del Rey reprint when I was working my way through the pulpy science fantasy and just plain old fantasy books (at the same time as boxing off the Victorian sci-fi). Looking on Amazon they are selling for bugger all but I imagine if you went to a good well stocked second hand book shop you could scoop up the lot for buttons.

Also while the copyright situation is... trickier than I would have thought (I was under the impression there was a hard 1923 wall beyond which everything was public domain but apparently not) but an awful lot of his work is freely available with more in Australia because they used (or used) a 50 year rolling wall, as opposed to a 70 year one elsewhere:

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/b#a48
http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#burroughs

Makes it almost worth investing in one of those fancy electronic book thingamebobs.

Good to hear Dark Horse might be doing collections of the Marvel series - I enjoyed those too.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 03 January, 2010, 06:14:17 pm
Is that the Marvel Jon Carter. I'm loosing track. I wish they'd do some better value Tarzan reprints from Marvel and DC. I have the first of the Kubert collections as I found it at a bargain price but can't justify the expense of buying the rest.
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 03 January, 2010, 06:59:37 pm
Re Reading Powers teh Definitive Hardback Collection 1 & 2 as I'm waiting for my last Christmas present to be delivered Book 3 8-)
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Post by: das on 03 January, 2010, 07:38:06 pm
Is that the Marvel Jon Carter. I'm loosing track. I wish they'd do some better value Tarzan reprints from Marvel and DC. I have the first of the Kubert collections as I found it at a bargain price but can't justify the expense of buying the rest.

dude read the BOOKS!!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 January, 2010, 12:28:28 am
Finally settled into Terry Pratchett's Nation after a few false starts, and it fair cracks along one you get the first hundred pages under your belt.  A nice mix of actual and alternate history, it's shot through with Pratchett's humanist ideals, possibly to the detriment of realism, but that's hardly a critique given the story, and it could do with a shorter edit for younger readers, I thought.

Odd symmetry had me reading his youngster's Mirror's Edge comic (based on the game, which she also scripted).  It's quite good.
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Post by: Emperor on 04 January, 2010, 12:39:46 am
Is that the Marvel Jon Carter. I'm loosing track. I wish they'd do some better value Tarzan reprints from Marvel and DC. I have the first of the Kubert collections as I found it at a bargain price but can't justify the expense of buying the rest.

dude read the BOOKS!!

No reason you can't read both ;)

Colin I'm talking about the Marvel series anyway:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter,_Warlord_of_Mars
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 04 January, 2010, 08:29:41 am
Must admit I've never read an Burroughs but this conversation has left me tempted. The question is will I remember after I wade through my X-mas pile?
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 04 January, 2010, 08:39:46 am
Must admit I've never read an Burroughs but this conversation has left me tempted. The question is will I remember after I wade through my X-mas pile?

As stated, I'm a huge John Carter fan. Read both the books and the comics if possible (there is a Barnes & Nobles HB edition collecting the first three novel which I just bought used for 1.99). The books are quite good - full of adventure, action, savagery - and the Marvel comics start off pretty nicely and boast some great Gil Kane art and remain pretty fun throughout the entire run. They're getting tougher to find not though; maybe because of the upcoming film, people are paying more attention to them. The older series (Gold Key) are even more difficult to get your hands on, but the word is that Dark Horse will be collecting these. Check them out Colin, books and comics - they're well worth it. Best Sword & Planet out there along with REH's Almaric.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 04 January, 2010, 08:44:30 am
Well the Gil Kane art is certainly a selling point for the comcis. Reckon I'll go for the Tarzan books first. We'll see. I have pirates ahead me for the time being though...
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Post by: satchmo on 04 January, 2010, 08:50:10 am
Read Batman-The Black Casebook over the weekend, my girlfriend got me it for Christmas. And Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus, God I love her :)

It's a great book, Robin Dies At Dawn was my favourite, just for the bit where Batman fights a Triffid. As a companion piece to Batman RIP I can't recommend it highly enough.

And I'm nearly finished The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman, already my thoughts are gravitating to Dracula Cha Cha Cha...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 January, 2010, 04:40:16 pm
Been reading World War Z for what seems like an age right now, it's good and all but I just can't seem to get into it properly. It's really staccato, just as you're getting into someone's story you're onto another one, and there's not nearly enough variety in the accounts for me. It's been relegated to bog book so I can get a chapter per poo until it's done, because I want to get onto my xmas books. Got the Nick Cave novels to look forward to and started Pride&Prejudice&Zombies last night which is good fun so far!
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Post by: Emperor on 04 January, 2010, 06:35:26 pm
Must admit I've never read an Burroughs but this conversation has left me tempted. The question is will I remember after I wade through my X-mas pile?

Too much meat and not enough veg = Xmas pile.

Anyway it is worth giving them a spin. I read them as a pre-teen and loved all the derring-do, but I am unsure how it'd measure up if I read them now. I reckon they'd still be OK - there is a lot of good stuff from the pre-Golden Era of sci-fi which got a slating at the time and has been partly forgotten (ERB is the main one form the early 20th Century who made it through). The great thing is the bulk of it is public domain and usually free to read online or collected in cheap volumes. You'll find Alan Moore has mined a lot of it for LoEG (like Gullivar Jones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gullivar_Jones)) so it won't be as unfamiliar as it once was and I think Jess Nevins next book is on the pulp fiction of the time which should be good (if heavy going by his Fantastic Victoriana).

If the sword and planet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_and_planet) genre tickles your fancy then check out some of the others - I moved on to the Dray Prescott series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dray_Prescot_series) after reading the John Carter books (as a small mountain of books will attest to). Just steer clear of the Gor series unless... "that kind of thing" is your bag.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 04 January, 2010, 06:44:10 pm
I remember liking the Gor...er...what are there, twenty-some books? ...series. But I read those when I was 12...
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Post by: Emperor on 04 January, 2010, 07:54:11 pm
I remember liking the Gor...er...what are there, twenty-some books? ...series. But I read those when I was 12...

I read the first one or two but there was definitely something wrong and I didn't read any more. It was only much later that the Gorean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorean) subculture became better known and it all clickkd into place:

http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2000/05/18/gor/
http://old.disinfo.com/archive/pages/dossier/id432/pg1/index.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4996410.stm
http://tammy212.livejournal.com/18112.html
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 04 January, 2010, 10:26:47 pm
Right before I left PA to move to England the local library had a book sale - I think they get rid of everything not checked out in maybe 3 or 4 years - and on the last day they had a dollar bag sale, as in bring a bag and whatever you can fit in it is a dollar. There were say 10 or more of the Gor paperbacks, and a bunch of other S&S/S&P stuff, so I filled probably 3 bags full of the stuff. That was three years ago and I haven't even gone through any of it - but I will, someday, I will, ha.

I remember Gor being pretty well-researched as far as real historical elements being written in. As a kid, I liked the series. I was a Conan/REH nut and once i read all of those, the pastiches and then the John Carter series, I really wanted anything I could get. I was reading a book a day!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 January, 2010, 11:20:48 pm
Beckett's Trilogy which is the fucking bomb. According to the blurb on the back it's the fourth most important work of literature in the twentieth century so I reckon I'm Kafka away from being an expert on 20th century literature
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Post by: JayzusB.Christ on 08 January, 2010, 01:23:05 am
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Beckett's Trilogy which is the fucking bomb

That should be the blurb on the cover.  Always meant to get round to reading Beckett but haven't managed it yet, unless you count watching Krapp's Last Tape on Youtube. Which you couldn't really count.

Two people have told me that Beckett looks like an older version of me.  Although he's becoming a less older version all the time.


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Post by: Mikey on 08 January, 2010, 01:17:21 pm
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Been reading World War Z

I really enjoyed that, even though I didn't really expect to - although I read it on holiday, between naps on the sun lounger. I read 'The Stars My Destination' on the same holiday and it's fantastic...

Just finished 'Mockingbird' by Walter Tevis. I must admit I'd never heard of him before Mrs Mikey bought me it, but it was good read, if a bit obvious in places IMO. Some sections I really enjoyed, possibly because it reminded me of other things I enjoyed more.

Now onto Alan Moore Swamp Thing bk2 - and can't get enough of it. Definately recommended for those like me who had always wanted to get round to it.

M.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 08 January, 2010, 01:41:51 pm
Now onto Alan Moore Swamp Thing bk2 - and can't get enough of it. Definately recommended for those like me who had always wanted to get round to it.

I read these (off a mate) about 18 years ago, and just before christmas I treated myself to all 5 books of the Moore Swampies - pure class!
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 08 January, 2010, 02:07:53 pm
Was it Alan Moore that wrote the story arch about the other Swamp Things? Only they turned out to be baddies? I remember something like that, and it was a very melancholy, spooky story.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 08 January, 2010, 02:34:58 pm
He wrote about previous inacrnations, such as the chinese "ghost in the reeds" or somesuch, and one in the British fens - don't remember them being baddies as such. I think later wtiters may have brought them back so this may be what you're thinking of. How often has Moore created a cool caharcter or event for a single issue only to have this rich seam of creativity mined (and sometimes ruined) by people who take over his books later?
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Post by: Mikey on 08 January, 2010, 03:01:54 pm
Yeah, I've just read the 'previous/other swampies' revelation (but I don't know if any actual stories will come up in later volumes).

Interestingly, mentioning the beast in the fens - that's Grendle that is, as Grendle is a pronunciation of 'grindle', an old English name for fen or murky type pond! Still used in some parts of England I believe?

M.
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 08 January, 2010, 03:17:24 pm
Sneak reading Powers: The Definitive Hardback Collection 3
It was waiting for me on my desk at work but its too big to sneak inside any of the paperwork I'm supposed to be reading 8-)
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 09 January, 2010, 03:27:33 pm
CHARLIE BROOKER - THE HELL OF IT ALL

Just a collection of stuff he's written for The Guardian but given that I don't get THE GUARDIAN, it's all pretty new to me.  It's very funny stuff and he's even put the C word back in plenty of places where doubtless it was previously excised.

One slight complaint is, I can read a funny comment about CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER just now and understand it because, even though I don't watch it, I know who is on because of the blanket magazine and paper coverage. When the column is referring back to BB8 though, I haven't got a clue about half the people he is referring to. The insults are still pretty stealable though.

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Post by: wild-seven on 09 January, 2010, 04:27:13 pm
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CHARLIE BROOKER - THE HELL OF IT ALL

Have you read his two previous collections? They're both excellent and have caused serious pain with all the mirth they caused

Also this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Mirth-Woe-Alistair-Coleman/dp/1897312121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263054329&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Mirth-Woe-Alistair-Coleman/dp/1897312121/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263054329&sr=1-1)
The man known as ScaryDuck offers some of the finest stories published on his mighty blog. May contain traces of Mirth, Woe and being sick-inna-hedge
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Post by: House of Usher on 09 January, 2010, 04:41:23 pm
Last night I finished reading Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner's Our Cancer Year which has made me more scared of chemotherapy and shingles than of cancer. Another Harvey Pekar comic that highlights what a headstrong arse he can be, firstly for electing to take a 12-week rather than 12-month course of treatment, and secondly for insisting upon contuing to go to work and not take the 9 months' sick leave he'd accrued.

Now I'm reading Gavin Baddely's Goth Chic, which is really very well written and thorough and not self-indulgent, hyperbolic or stupid.
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Post by: Dog Deever on 09 January, 2010, 04:46:45 pm
I just got 'The Programme' (Pete Milligan / C.P. Smith) and the first collection of 'Preacher' (Ennis / Dillon) today- which I am ashamed to say I have never read despite many recommendations.

Not sure which to read first, so I keep flicking through both in a purposeless way!

I very nearly bought 'Red' (Warren Ellis / Cully Hamner) instead of Preacher, but at £10.99, when the actual comic only takes up half the book, it seemed like a bit of a rip.
Anyone red it?
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Post by: TordelBack on 09 January, 2010, 04:50:49 pm
Last night I finished reading Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner's Our Cancer Year which has made me more scared of chemotherapy and shingles than of cancer.

It's good though, isn't it?  I've been working my way through Pekar's stuff and yes, he really s a insufferable headcase (his poor wife), but when you read  a chunk of his work the simple honesty of his observations and the raw humanity it exposes is hugely compelling.
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Post by: Mikey on 11 January, 2010, 01:04:28 pm
Agreed - I wanted to punch the bugger while reading 'The Quitter', but the honest self appraisal is refreshing to see.

M.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 11 January, 2010, 05:54:42 pm
ereading "Soon I will be  Invincible" again a novel about capes and supervillains, also bought "Mass Effect" comic not too bad at all. Nice art.  
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 12 January, 2010, 09:36:16 am
Just read the latest Tomes of the Dead novel "Hungry Hearts," and I have to say it's possibly the best yet. Gory but outragously funny, it's well worth a read. Unlike, sadly, the new Dean Koontz book, which I ploughed through last week. As a hardcore Koontz fan it hurts me to say that this one is terrible - so bad that it's dissuaded me from getting his books as soon as they're released in future. I finished it a week ago, and I'm still struggling to understand what happened in it. Avoid, even if you're a fan like me.
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Post by: Mardroid on 13 January, 2010, 02:41:24 am
I'm reading Watchmen.  I read it before years ago and wasn't over keen for some reason. However I enjoyed the film, and finding it going for a ridiculously cheap price on the internet recently, couldn't resist ordering it.

It's enjoyable so far. I've finished chapter 1 and the excerpt of Hollis Mason's 'Under the Hood' which was a lovely little read all of it's own.  I'm particularly curious that old 'Superman' comic books were one of Holis's inspirations considering I heard one of the film creators (probably the director) that that pirate comics have replaced superhero comics in this reality. If he isn't wrong. I'm assuming the disfavour of super hero comics came later.

I've just started 'The Fires of Heaven' in my reread of 'The Wheel of Time' also.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 January, 2010, 10:55:39 am
Almost done with "A House for Mr Biswas" which is an illuminating read.
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Post by: Van Dom on 13 January, 2010, 11:02:24 am
Finished "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami a few days ago.
What an experience. Incredibly freaky, it gets right under your skin. At one point I swear it was going to give me an out-of-body experience. I can't describe what I mean, just what was happening and the way it was written was literally dragging me into the scene. Pretty intense.

Anyone read this?
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Post by: House of Usher on 13 January, 2010, 12:29:52 pm
Last night I read Harvey Pekar's The Quitter in bed over two sleepless hours.
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Post by: TordelBack on 13 January, 2010, 06:09:39 pm
Started reading Banks' Transition - very good so far, but some of his made-up words seem a lot silly.  It has a touch of Walking on Glass about it, which is one of his more under-rated books, so that's nice. 

Also, just read Robert Reed's short story 'Five Thrillers' - holy heck, that really is something!  Literally the plots of five SF novels, spanning decades in the wildly OTT career of one character, and the fate of the whole human race.  If you've ever struggled through the six books of Piers Anthony's endless Bio of a Space Tyrant series, this is basically a clever, well written version - in 38 pages.  Outstanding.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 13 January, 2010, 06:18:22 pm
Last night I read Harvey Pekar's The Quitter in bed over two sleepless hours.

I couldn't get on with this. Got it out of the library last year, but found it rather unengaging. Don't think I ever finished it.
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Post by: Mattofthespurs on 13 January, 2010, 06:55:34 pm
Bought the new Dean Koontz today. "Breathless" it's called.
Not exactly high art but it's been a couple of weeks since I read an actual novel having been reading some history tomes instead.
Should be some good, easy reads.
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Post by: House of Usher on 13 January, 2010, 06:56:05 pm
I know where you're coming from, Dandontdare. I didn't understand the rave reviews that were splashed all over the cover. I found the circumstantial details of the times he lived in more interesting than the details of Harvey's own adolescence and young adulthood.

There were some revelations though. I'd never have sussed Harvey Pekar for a brawler, an 'A' student or a star football player if I'd not read this book.

At one point the artist gets a walk-on character's gender wrong. The text refers to Danny's friend and his date, but we actually see Danny's friend's date and another female friend of hers. The friend whose date Harvey cops off with doesn't even appear in the scene; instead some goofy girl appears who isn't even mentioned.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 January, 2010, 10:49:43 pm
Recently finished my reread of Sandman. The Kindly Ones was a lot better than I remembered it and Marc Hempel's art is an absolute joy. He really manages to convey the central idea of the mythic being a way of interpreting the everyday in a way none of the other artists did. There's also an extraordinary quality about his art whereby depth emerges from something that initially seems deliberately flattened. That might seem like a description of any comic art but I know what I mean.

Also just started David Peace's Tokyo: Year Zero. Not sure what to expect from it.
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Post by: starscape on 15 January, 2010, 07:41:13 am
Got a few X-Men Pocket Books, which has the Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne classic run.  I'm enjoying them far more now than I did at the time.  Can't stand Wolverine (over-exposed and not really my kind of hero either) but, as just another member of the team, although a little grouchy, he's working pretty well.
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Post by: uncle fester on 15 January, 2010, 08:34:30 am
Just finished Dark Entries by Ian Rankin. I must confess I know next to nothing about Constantine but this was good fun with some very black humour thrown in.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 January, 2010, 09:45:19 am
I'm about 50 pages from the end of A Game of Thrones.
Great, meaty stuff. I'll certainly be reading the rest of the series, but I think a shorter book first...
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 15 January, 2010, 11:47:48 am
I'm about 50 pages from the end of A Game of Thrones.
Great, meaty stuff. I'll certainly be reading the rest of the series, but I think a shorter book first...

An utterly superb book, that one, and I'm not really one for modern fantasy on the whole. So many genuinely shocking moments in that series, and Martin's casual attitude to the wellbeing of his characters really makes you fear for your favourites. It's also nice to truly wallow in the dirt and blood of the battlefield - not much fantasy seems to capture the sheer downright nastiness of mediaeval warfare quite so well.

The second book, A Clash of Kings, is very much the equal of Thrones in terms of quality. The naval battle climax is an absolute joy. The third book (published in two volumes in thw UK) wraps up the first part of the saga and brings the civil war to a close. After that things start to ramble a bit, and whether the eternally delayed fifth book ever appears is anyone's guess. I'm hoping it's not going to go all Robert Jordan...
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 January, 2010, 12:17:31 pm
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Martin's casual attitude to the wellbeing of his characters really makes you fear for your favourites

Damn right! I'n not a fantasy fan either- but so many folks told me this was good I could no longer ignore it.
I couldn't believe it when Eddard was killed! I actually re-read the scene a few times to make sure I wasn't mistaken.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 15 January, 2010, 12:33:08 pm
Guys, you've got me really intrigued. Besides Tolkien I'm not a fantasy fan, but I love Sword & Sorcery, so would "Game of Thrones" appeal to me? Your descriptions make it sounds much more raw than most modern-day fantasy.
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 15 January, 2010, 01:07:03 pm
Guys, you've got me really intrigued. Besides Tolkien I'm not a fantasy fan, but I love Sword & Sorcery, so would "Game of Thrones" appeal to me? Your descriptions make it sounds much more raw than most modern-day fantasy.

Raw is most definately the word. It's almost more 'mediaeval fiction', if there is such a thing, as much as it is fantasy fiction - much more concerned with the politics, warfare and nitty-gritty of a fuedal world than any of the usual high-magic gubbins of fantasy.

What few magical elements there are are very low-key and underplayed. There are no elves, goblins, dwarfs, or anything of that sort, few monsters, almost no magic users. I think the original intention was to do a sort of 'War of the Roses' style saga, centered mainly around a few royal families and their Shakesperean squabbles.

I suppose I'd describe it as 'fantasy for people who don't really like fantasy.'
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 15 January, 2010, 01:17:24 pm
Just finished Dark Entries by Ian Rankin. I must confess I know next to nothing about Constantine but this was good fun with some very black humour thrown in.


I thought this was a really great read, too, I read that Ian Rankin was supposed to be taking over the writing of the main Hellblazer comic itself at some point, does anyone know if any of that has happened yet?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 January, 2010, 01:25:52 pm
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I suppose I'd describe it as 'fantasy for people who don't really like fantasy.'


Spot on- that's me that is.

Like Jimbo says, it's not 'fantasy' as it's usually (by me at least) understood. Even the few occassions when something 'fantasy' happens, there's usually enough ambiguity about it to make you think it might have happened anyway.
It's really all about the characters though- there is a Big Story going on, but they way he has choosen to tell it brings it right in and focuses it on how it affects individuals- even if that individual happens to be the king.
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 15 January, 2010, 01:30:30 pm
Rac, I have to ask - has Tyrion Lannister also become one of your favourite characters in, well, just about anything ever?
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Post by: uncle fester on 15 January, 2010, 01:42:25 pm
I read that Ian Rankin was supposed to be taking over the writing of the main Hellblazer comic itself at some point, does anyone know if any of that has happened yet?

I have no idea but on the strength of Dark Entries I'd happily read more.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 January, 2010, 01:48:48 pm
Rac, I have to ask - has Tyrion Lannister also become one of your favourite characters in, well, just about anything ever?

Yes! He is an absolutely wonderfully realised delicious character! Even now- 800 pages in I still don't know who's side he's on! Apart from his own, that is.
I've a soft spot for Arya too. I just hope she doesn't die horribly in the next 20 or 30 pages...
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Post by: Emperor on 15 January, 2010, 03:33:47 pm
I read that Ian Rankin was supposed to be taking over the writing of the main Hellblazer comic itself at some point, does anyone know if any of that has happened yet?

I have no idea but on the strength of Dark Entries I'd happily read more.

My understanding was that he was discussing a story arc with Vertigo and it morphed into the graphic novel, which Vertigo used to launch their Vertigo Crime line.

Hellblazer seems fairly tied up for the next year or so, with Simon Oliver taking over from Peter Milligan (last I heard anyway), and based on Chas I am a tad worried (but it should be fine once he gets his feet under the table). Beyond that... who knows? Review of Dark Entries have been... mixed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Entries_(comics)#Reception) (why I've not bothered reading it yet) but I'm sure if he has another story up hi sleeve Vertigo would be interested, probably in a graphic novel to better target Rankin's core audience.
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Post by: uncle fester on 15 January, 2010, 03:44:57 pm
I'd say those reviews are quite harsh,. But then I would expect no less from reviewers. I'm yet to read one (musical, literary or other), that I agree with. It's easy to slate something. They just happen to get paid at the same time.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 15 January, 2010, 05:23:57 pm
Apart from the central premise being about 5 years late, I thought Dark Entries a fine entry in the Hellblazer canon.  He'd appeal to me as a future writer.

Milligan's leaving the title?  His work was certainly fun and diverting in lots of ways (despite not being a favourite creator of mine in many ways) and it's a shame he's already leaving.  Oliver's work on "The Knowledge" (the Chas Chandler mini-series) was an interesting concept but the execution felt like a first draft.  Hopefully he'll be able to continue to build on the excellent work Diggle did resurrecting this title both commercially AND artistically. 

Right, I've got an upset tum tum and I'm off to lie on my bed, listen to Susumu Yokota and reread Edginton & D'Israeli's "Leviathan"
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 January, 2010, 06:24:56 pm
Got a few X-Men Pocket Books, which has the Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne classic run.  I'm enjoying them far more now than I did at the time.  Can't stand Wolverine (over-exposed and not really my kind of hero either) but, as just another member of the team, although a little grouchy, he's working pretty well.

I was the other way round (except for not really liking Wolverine which I'm completely with you on). I loved the Cockrum/Byrne Claremont run when I was younger but when I tried to read it again a couple of years ago I found it really hard work. Really hard work. I know it the day it was ground pretty exciting but I didn't think it aged well. To be honest the longer the Claremont run went on the worse it got. I even struggled to get through the John Romita Jr issues which used to be my favourites.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 15 January, 2010, 06:35:28 pm
I read that Ian Rankin was supposed to be taking over the writing of the main Hellblazer comic itself at some point, does anyone know if any of that has happened yet?

I have no idea but on the strength of Dark Entries I'd happily read more.

My understanding was that he was discussing a story arc with Vertigo and it morphed into the graphic novel, which Vertigo used to launch their Vertigo Crime line.

Hellblazer seems fairly tied up for the next year or so, with Simon Oliver taking over from Peter Milligan (last I heard anyway), and based on Chas I am a tad worried (but it should be fine once he gets his feet under the table). Beyond that... who knows? Review of Dark Entries have been... mixed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Entries_(comics)#Reception) (why I've not bothered reading it yet) but I'm sure if he has another story up hi sleeve Vertigo would be interested, probably in a graphic novel to better target Rankin's core audience.


That's a shame, I've been looking forward to reading further works on the character by Rankin. That said, "Dark Entries" has made me want to pick up some of the regular Hellblazer monthly issues, so I guess it's done its job, really. I'm just waiting for the next storyline to start up, hoping to add it to my regular comic reading pile :-)
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Post by: Gibson Quarter on 15 January, 2010, 08:25:57 pm
One of my favorite reads in the last 6 months is 'GUS' by Chris Blaine. (I think the english reprint is called 'Gus and his gang' ) This is a quirky little graphic novel that I could not put down. If you see it, I highly recommend you give it a read!
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 15 January, 2010, 10:44:01 pm
I am enjoying Matter. Banks' culture stuff is good. Then again, I liked Synamon.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 15 January, 2010, 11:14:27 pm
Reading Atrocity Exhibition for the first time. I liked the song better.[dullard off]
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Post by: amberkraken on 17 January, 2010, 07:55:21 pm
I love the 'Songs of Fire and Ice' series. It's amazing I'll have to admit that my favourite character is Jamie I wont say why, incase it spoils it for people who haven't read them.
Though Adie took all the George RR Martin's when she left, so I'll have to buy and read them all again for when the next book comes out (though it's been delayed 3 years already!)
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Post by: Mardroid on 18 January, 2010, 05:21:09 am
I enjoyed the Songs of Fire and Ice series too, that which I've read anyway. (So far I've read the third book. Or is it the first half of the third book? It appears to be distributed in 2 novels or as a collection. I've been getting them from the library and haven't been able to find the latter. That's the thing about libraries, they really are a wonderful resource, but rarely are entire series available. At least when you'd like them.)

I do like magic in my fantasy books, but then again it does exist here, just in a subtle and interesting way. The Stark kids and their dire-wolves for example. The girl and her dragons. The eunuch and that rather horrific experience with how he became... you know... and what's with Arya's mate with the changing face for example? Just voicing a thought, if you know, don't answer, I'll find out for myself later.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 18 January, 2010, 08:16:02 am
That's the thing about libraries, they really are a wonderful resource, but rarely are entire series available. At least when you'd like them.)


Libraries being a wonderful resource normally have an ordering service whereby if you request something if its availabel they'll get it in. Talk to the best resource in your library the staff hopefully they'll help out?
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Post by: I, Cosh on 18 January, 2010, 08:45:25 am
Another vote for a Song of Ice and Fire. It does go on a bit, but it's full of great, unpredictable characters  and unexpected plot twists. The magical elements are almost non-existent in the first couple and handled well when they do appear.

I am, however, contemplating waiting until they're all written before buying any more to avoid having to reread the whole lot every five years. Although the need to provide source material  for the tv series might speed him up a bit.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 January, 2010, 10:23:16 am
Well, the end of Game of Thrones..!

I had expected the dragon eggs hatching to be the Big Event at the end of book 2... shows what I know.

Started reading Al Ewing's I, Zombie. Great so far!
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 18 January, 2010, 01:57:04 pm
Well, the end of Game of Thrones..!

I had expected the dragon eggs hatching to be the Big Event at the end of book 2... shows what I know.

Started reading Al Ewing's I, Zombie. Great so far!

I, Zombie is a quality read, Rac, it's absolutely mental! Drop a line on here when you've finished it, I can guarantee you'll not see any of the end stuff coming :-)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 18 January, 2010, 03:24:39 pm
Libraries being a wonderful resource normally have an ordering service whereby if you request something if its availabel they'll get it in. Talk to the best resource in your library the staff hopefully they'll help out?

Oh, I know I know, the thought has occurred to me. I'm just one of those quiet types who prefers to find what I can just by myself and only ask help from people if I absolutely have to. I dislike bothering people, even if it is their job being all resourceful like. ;)
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 18 January, 2010, 10:30:32 pm
Reading Atrocity Exhibition for the first time. I liked the song better.[dullard off]

So it's not filling you with a desire to fuck Ronald Reagan?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 January, 2010, 10:36:02 pm
I'd rather fuck you, darling.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 18 January, 2010, 11:27:25 pm
I'd rather fuck you, darling.

Well it's not as if Stevie hasn't heard that before. We've all our own cross to bear bebe  ;)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 18 January, 2010, 11:46:48 pm
Your mom was really bearing my cross for 8 hours straight.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 22 January, 2010, 12:52:15 am
After a three year break I bought the third volume of Promethea last week so I've been rereading the first two. Just finished the shagging issue. JH Williams is the best artist working of the comics today.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 25 January, 2010, 03:47:14 pm
Reading Atrocity Exhibition for the first time. I liked the song better.[dullard off]

I liked Atrocity Exhibition better the second time around after I'd read a good chunk of Ballard. The first time it felt sort of willfully obscure. The second time it felt like I was reviewing everything he'd written through some beautiful fugue. If that makes any sense. Probably not, eh?

I wish we could get it in the States without the annotations. It's hard to find a plain jane copy here.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 25 January, 2010, 04:13:44 pm
Read a fuck ton of black and white comics over the weekend. Mostly because I just love a good black and white (which tooth is always good for), but also because I've been slogging through a huge stack of superhero comics my brother left behind when he stayed over for the holidays. Last week I spent many an hour with Marvel and I think I needed to get the taste out of my mouth.

The Marquis: Danse Macabre by Guy Davis. I had some trepidation at the beginning because the first issue is heavy on the exposition but once it gets going it's pretty amazing. A disturbing world and just amazing design all over the comic in every tiny detail. If there is a better artist of monsters I'm open for debate, but I think Davis takes the prize every time.

Eddy Current (Ted Mckeever Library): Very much a period piece in a good way. It belongs next to Dark Knight Returns, Electra Assassin, and Ed the Happy Clown as an interesting reflection of late Eighties America.

Torpedo by Abuli/Bernet: A mean, vicious little crime comic. Just great. Alex Toth actually draws the first two stories, but apparently US comics had not prepared him for Abuli's sense of humor and he left in a huff. He should have stayed to avoid being blown out of the water by Bernet. Some of the best work by one of the best artists alive.
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Post by: TordelBack on 25 January, 2010, 06:55:27 pm
In the middle of Chabon's outstanding short/novella The Final Solution.  Now that's good fanfic!
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Post by: wild-seven on 25 January, 2010, 07:13:35 pm
Just finished Charlie Brooker's 'The hell of it all' - the man is solid gold and I think I'm beginning to nurse a rather unhealthy crush on him  :o

Also my copy of 'Amerika' arrived this morning - yay, yay and thrice yay! This after pre-ordering it from Amazon and then being sent and e-mail telling me they couldn't get hold of any copys. Which TOTALLY explains how they're selling them now....
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 25 January, 2010, 10:24:01 pm
Well, the end of Game of Thrones..!

I had expected the dragon eggs hatching to be the Big Event at the end of book 2... shows what I know.

Started reading Al Ewing's I, Zombie. Great so far!

I, Zombie is a quality read, Rac, it's absolutely mental! Drop a line on here when you've finished it, I can guarantee you'll not see any of the end stuff coming :-)

And you were correct.
I'd like to complain that the title ofthis book was a little bit misleading...
I enjoyed El Sombra- but this was a different kettle of fish. I honestly can't remember the last time I have read anything as original as this book.
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Post by: Dog Deever on 25 January, 2010, 11:42:02 pm
Someone at work recommended a novel to me today- I forget what it was:
"Oh, I think you'd like this... blah blah blah"
"Has it got pictures and speech bubbles?"
"Eh?"
"Fuck off then- I'll hate it for sure"

I enjoyed Peter Milligan's 'The Programme' so much that I got book 2. It's great.
Some top art in there too.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: vzzbux on 26 January, 2010, 08:02:04 pm
Republic Commando : Order 66

Just started this one.






V
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 28 January, 2010, 11:57:05 pm
The Question: Poisoned Ground.

I found myself in the comic shop with £13 to spare, so...
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 January, 2010, 12:11:26 am
I paid £3 for my copy. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 29 January, 2010, 10:40:50 am
I think someone mentioned this before but I've just finished reading 'Showcase Presents: Batlash' and its absolutely superb. I mean really classic stuff. I've really enjoyed the stuff I've read with him before and loved this great character but to read all this original appearances in one book is a joy. Oh oh oh and that Nick Cardy art simply beautiful, beautiful (and you get some Don Speigle and George Moliterni to boot).

One of DCs true undervalued classics much as I love Jonah Hex I do wish if DC was going to go for one Western character it'd be Bat Lash
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Post by: Mattofthespurs on 29 January, 2010, 06:34:46 pm
"Deliverance" by James Dickey...Again.  :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 29 January, 2010, 07:01:41 pm
I won't be reading this even though it's the latest in the 'Horus Heresy' series, I shall be listening to it tonight, at work.
Raven's Flight by Gav Thorpe and read by Toby Longworth is the latest installment in the series but it's an audio CD (75mins).
Here's the synopsis:-
After the horrors of the Dropsite Massacre, Corax and his mighty Raven Guard face a desperate struggle to survive in the caves and mountains of Isstvan V. Escape from the roaming Chaos Legions seems impossible.
Meanwhile Colonel Valerius of the Imperial army begins suffering horrific dreams, believing teh Raven Guard to be in trouble - are such nightmares enough to initiate a daring rescue?
The decimated Legion must hold out against the forces of the World Eaters long enough to reach an improbable salvation and escape this hostile world.


Death to the Chaos Legions and The Emperor Protects :D

P.S. I hate it when the word decimate/decimated is used incorrectly, don't you?
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 29 January, 2010, 09:16:51 pm
Ah the Horus Heresy is great stuff. Just re-read the series up to 'Fallen Angels.' Can't wait for 'Raven's Flight'
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 29 January, 2010, 11:22:42 pm
Finished Zola's The Kill. Very nearly entered the estemeed canon of books what I tugged off to.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 30 January, 2010, 02:00:34 am
I paid £3 for my copy. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA.

You haemorrhoid.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 January, 2010, 07:40:36 am
Quote
Very nearly entered the estemeed canon of books what I tugged off to.

It'll look pretty out of place next to all those Hardy Boys.


Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 30 January, 2010, 10:12:36 am
I have a cannon I tug off with if that helps.

Tucking into Nikolai Dante: Amerika later today.  All a-tingle as it's stuff I've already read (a first in the Dante trades since book 5) and I already know it's amazing.  Be nice to read it all together though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 30 January, 2010, 03:02:23 pm
Working through Brain Aldiss' 'A science fiction omnibus' and there are some crackers alright! I'd never read 'Nighfall' by Asimov for example and a brilliant one pager called 'Answer' by Frederic Brown that would be a great future shock...

...but it also contains this - the opening paragraph from Kim Robinson's story 'Sexual Dimorphism'

"The potential for hallucination in paleogenomics was high. There was not only the omnipresent role of instrumentation in the envisioning of the ultramicroscopic fossil material, but also the metamorphosis over time of the material itself, both the DNA and it's matrices, so that data were invariably incomplete, and often shattered. Thus the possibility of pyschological projection of patterns onto the rorschacherie of what in the end might be purely mineral processes had to be admitted."

Mine eyes! That, in my opinion, is a great big stinker and no mistake. Did he not read it out loud first?

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 January, 2010, 03:15:27 pm
Quote
That, in my opinion, is a great big stinker and no mistake. Did he not read it out loud first?
Kim Stanley Robinson doesn't write, he regurgitates, and  the more you read of him the more obvious this becomes.  Sometimes the stuff he regurgitates is interesting.   Sometimes it's just puke.

I'm trying to imagine discovering Asimov's Nightfall for the first time.  What a treat!  It's hard to overemphasise just how good Asimov really was.
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Post by: Mikey on 30 January, 2010, 03:49:30 pm
Yeah, nicely put TB. I've liked much of Robinson's stuff, but that was like pulling teeth to read.

And with Asimov, I've only ever read the Robot stories and wasn't too keen to be honest - that story has revised my opinion.

M
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Post by: M.I.K. on 30 January, 2010, 11:02:59 pm
Rorschacherie isn't even a word.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 31 January, 2010, 07:52:03 pm
Huysmans' Against Nature which I'm not getting along with. It kinda feels a bit like a precursor to a faux-literary inane twitter feed where J.K talks about whatever he saw earlier today.

Started a re-read of V. Hilarious. Pynchon is a genius.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Goatilocks on 02 February, 2010, 09:48:18 pm
Re-reading some of my old Warren EERIE & CREEPY magazines from the 1970's. Particularly enjoything EERIE # 59, featuring Dax the Damned, a darkly depressing sword 'n sorcery romp:

http://bronzeageofblogs.blogspot.com/2010/01/dax-damned.html
 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 02 February, 2010, 09:58:03 pm
Been reading the House of Secrets Showcase #2. It's a bit crap, like reading the same story over and over again for 500 pages. I think most enthusiasts are mostly enthusiastic about the Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala and Bernie Wrightson artwork.

Also I've been wading through the 3 months' worth of American comics that built up with my friendly neighbourhood comics stallholder in the time I was unable to get into town during my lunchbreak. Bunch of Savage Dragon, bunch of Invincible. Just getting started on the backlog of The Boys.

I envy Godpleton his reading matter, which sounds much more intellectually nourishing.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 03 February, 2010, 06:58:30 am
I envy Godpleton his reading matter, which sounds much more intellectually nourishing.

V?  I suppose it depends if it's the novelisation of the original mini-series, or just the follow-up.
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Post by: House of Usher on 03 February, 2010, 09:20:03 am
"Juvenal? Well, I suppose it was quite childish, yeah."  :lol:
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 February, 2010, 09:23:55 pm
I was saying uncomplimentary things about Kim Stanley Robinson upthread, but his interesting Fifty Degrees Below appears to be on Sky News at the moment.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 06 February, 2010, 11:55:11 pm
THE SKIN PALACE by Jack O'Connell

Very cool stuff.

I actually had the pleasure of getting a couple of books signed by Jack, on his recent tour. Very nice guy.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 07 February, 2010, 01:30:01 pm
Quote
That, in my opinion, is a great big stinker and no mistake. Did he not read it out loud first?
Kim Stanley Robinson doesn't write, he regurgitates, and  the more you read of him the more obvious this becomes.  Sometimes the stuff he regurgitates is interesting.   Sometimes it's just puke.
Well, yes, he does do that a lot, but there are occasional moments of lyricism buried amongst it. There's a bit in Antarctica where he's describing being out on the icecap which is quite lovely.

I've not read any of his recent climate change books. Does he still have that thing where everything will turn out fine if we just have a big scientific conference?

It seems I've been reading nothing but comics recently. Got the second Northlanders trade last week which was decent enough: not as good as the first but I'll probably still take a look at the next one. Then the library came through with the first volumes of Lucifer and Scalped. Lucifer is an agreeably nasty cove in places and you can't argue with Chris Weston's visions of Hell. Scalped I'm not sure about. It's a decent set-up but everyone in it's a prick. Why are so many Vertigo comics so brown?
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 07 February, 2010, 01:44:07 pm
Why are so many Vertigo comics so brown?
Because they pinched so many Twoth artists in the '90s?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 February, 2010, 06:58:52 pm
Started Heinlein's Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I have vague premonitionary concerns that I am liable to find it spectacularly irritating.


BITCH.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 07 February, 2010, 07:55:17 pm
Just started reading "And Another thing..." Pt 6 of Douglas Adams Hitch Hikers Guide ... Hmmm
And the Fortean times magazine...
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Post by: TordelBack on 07 February, 2010, 08:06:24 pm
Scalped I'm not sure about. It's a decent set-up but everyone in it's a prick.

Stick with it The Cosh, you get to see literally everyone's perspective eventually, and find out that while they are indeed all pricks, they're complex interesting pricks - even apparently random muscle has stories that are worth reading.

As to KSR, yeah, he has his moments - but he just seems to bury them under mounds of poorly disguised notes from stuff what he has just read.  The Climate Change/Science in the Capital books are okay with a pleasantly low-key style that at least acknowledges his note-taking approach. The second one in particular is interesting with escaped Zoo animals and the Washington homeless caught in a big freeze, the third one is a bit of a letdown.   He seems to have read a lot of Thoreau before writing the first two, and too much Buddhist literature before the third, and generally spends a lot of time pushing the benefits of outdoor life and adventure sports, but his basic point is that the sheer scale of the US military budget allows for the possibility of tackling climate change through diverting it into a science budget, and mass-producing Stirling engines and the like.    If you can stomach that, they're reasonable page turners.


Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Desiree on 08 February, 2010, 08:10:22 am
Just reading Naruto Shipuden latest comic release, I am new here and it seems it only view from member in this forums become fans of Japan Anime series
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Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2010, 10:38:06 am
Sower of spam she may be, Desiree at least spares me the dishonour of yet another double-post...

Talking of KSR (well, I was), BoingBoing has a piece about a recent talk he gave, in part about the idea of 'Future Shock':

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/08/kim-stanley-robinson-4.html

FWIW, I don't agree with some of his points - the 'historical speed' of today is not faster than it was in the 20th C in any real way.  Would anyone that saw the changes in the world 1914 and 1924, or 1938 and 1948 really have experienced less change than those of us that lived from 2000 to 2010, be less able to cope with startling revelations of science? 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 08 February, 2010, 11:03:42 am
Having 'finally' finished slogging through EMPYRION (which I found to be in real need of a good editing!) I'm now about to start MEGA-CITY Undercover that I got from the Rebellion table at Brum-con last October.

Sheesh!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Gloady on 08 February, 2010, 02:52:54 pm
Enjoy it - MCU is a fine little collection. 
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Post by: Mikey on 08 February, 2010, 04:23:20 pm
FWIW, I don't agree with some of his points - the 'historical speed' of today is not faster than it was in the 20th C in any real way.  Would anyone that saw the changes in the world 1914 and 1924, or 1938 and 1948 really have experienced less change than those of us that lived from 2000 to 2010, be less able to cope with startling revelations of science? 

If you look at it from the perspective of the availability of information on any given event in the world and how quickly it can be accessed by quite a proportion of the world's population,and the ways howyou can access it, I think you could say we are going 'faster'. Fair enough - not much change from the late 20th C, but jeebus! it's a extremely different from when I was a nipper in the '70s & 80's.

Technological 'events' are surely more commonplace, aren't they?

M.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 08 February, 2010, 04:28:10 pm
I'm a couple of hundred pages into Under the Dome. Still at the 'you're making a lot of work for yourself here, Stevie' stage as he sets eveything up.
And even with that- he's already wrong footed me with a couple of arc that I assumed would play out through the rest of the book being resolved within a few pages.

Great stuff so far.

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Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2010, 04:44:52 pm
Fair enough - not much change from the late 20th C, but jeebus! it's a extremely different from when I was a nipper in the '70s & 80's.

Aye, but  that's over 30+ years, and really a lot of consumer technology.  On a bigger scale, how different was Europe in 1890 and 1925?  (from Bismarck to Mein Kampf, or Van Gogh to Television, on the way taking in Duke Ellington, women's suffrage, flappers, and a World War), I'm not disputing huge technological change or geometric changes in computing cost/power ratios, but surely the changes in people's lives over that period were far greater than the arrival of the Internet and mobile phones 1975-2010?  It's the argument that we folk of the 21st are more exposed to change, more able to deal with it, and less liable to 'future shock' than our 19th/20th C ancestors - I don't buy it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 08 February, 2010, 05:00:39 pm
It's the argument that we folk of the 21st are more exposed to change, more able to deal with it, and less liable to 'future shock' than our 19th/20th C ancestors - I don't buy it.

I'm with you there. As I understand it, the point about an increase in pace is that the new thing now comes along before you're used to the old one - future shock. As an aside, I think I'm now offically 'getting on'; I can't work out how to get my video to work  :-\

History isn't my strong suit, but the changes you're talking about didn't take off so immediately did they? Or if they did, did they come into everyone's life with equal rapidity?

M.  
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 08 February, 2010, 07:40:47 pm
Having 'finally' finished slogging through EMPYRION (which I found to be in real need of a good editing!)

It did drag on a bit, didn't it. I just recently reread "Hyperion" but baulked at tackling "Empyrion" again. 

I'm reading "A Clash of Kings" at the moment, thanks to the squaxx who recommended this series, great fun. And by the bed is also "Fafrd and the Gray Mouser" GN with Mike Mignola on pencils. I'm going to have to read the novels after I've finished it, there's some brilliantly dry byplay in the dialogue.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 08 February, 2010, 08:40:12 pm
As I understand it, the point about an increase in pace is that the new thing now comes along before you're used to the old one

Well, I don't get used to anything, nor do I really 'buy into' anything new. I don't have time to absorb new consumer crap as it comes along: I tend to leapfrog onto whatever is about to become obsolete once it gets down to the £20-100 price bracket. Having an unattractive consumer profile makes me pretty much immune to 'future shock.' So does being chimeric and adaptable from a skills point of view: I never have the right skills set to have a proper career or earn decent money, but I'm sufficiently skilled, qualified and adaptable never to have to worry about being out of work for long, so future shock doesn't come rushing round the corner leaving me suddenly obsolete.

On a bigger scale, how different was Europe in 1890 and 1925?  (from Bismarck to Mein Kampf, or Van Gogh to Television, on the way taking in Duke Ellington, women's suffrage, flappers, and a World War

Surprised TordelBack's list ommitted the motorcar, but I suppose you can't have everything.  :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2010, 09:42:09 pm
Surprised TordelBack's list ommitted the motorcar, but I suppose you can't have everything.  :)

I considered it, but cars in prototypical form were chugging around in the 1880's, and actually in production in 1890 - and I figured if I was going stretch a point to give TV a 1925 birthday (the year of Logie Baird's first successful transmission) it wasn't fair to also be pretending cars were a post-1890 innovation.   Which compromise actually speaks to Mikey's point - how widespread and simultaneous were these kinds of changes?  It's a good question, and maybe a real difference with today's situation.  
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 08 February, 2010, 10:12:01 pm
cars in prototypical form were chugging around in the 1880's, and actually in production in 1890

E.M. Forster was still bemoaning the dramatic change the motorcar had made to life as late as 1910, though. And he was born in 1879, so would barely have known 10 years before their existence.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2010, 10:23:24 pm
E.M. Forster was still bemoaning the dramatic change the motorcar had made to life as late as 1910, though.

No question, it was a huge change in the 1890-1925 period - and far more relevant than my conceit that TV had impinged on people's lives by 1925, when really it hadn't (just yet).  

I suppose my real objection here is a deep-seated dislike of arguments that assert the superior abilities or capacities of contemporary peoples - it's one end of the road that starts with giants building megalithic tombs and aliens building the pyramids.  Folk in the past were different from people in the present in the lives they led and the ways they viewed the world, but they were just as canny, and just as intellectually flexible (of course also just as cruel, stupid and gullible).  I'm arguing that numerous rapid changes are nothing new, and well within the capacities of people of all eras to absorb and deal with.

I'm also wildly off-topic.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: JOE SOAP on 08 February, 2010, 10:25:52 pm
Didn't neanderthals have bigger brains and bodies?, they didn't last long.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 February, 2010, 10:29:20 pm
Didn't neanderthals have bigger brains and bodies?, they didn't last long.

I refuse to rise to your bait, Garageman!







(A minimum of 100,000 years is quite a long time)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Cthulouis on 08 February, 2010, 10:50:10 pm
They had shorter, stockier bodies, its presumed to be a surface area thing.

At Christmas I got into an argument with a guy who claimed Leonardo Da Vinci was born "ahead of his time". The fact that I was pissed out of my head prevented me from 1) walking away, and 2) providing an articulate argument against his point.

I woke up the next morning knowing that I, 1) must have seemed a it of a tw*t, and 2) that I was bloody well right.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 08 February, 2010, 10:52:43 pm


I refuse to rise to your bait, Garageman!







(A minimum of 100,000 years is quite a long time)


Puny Sapien.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 08 February, 2010, 10:55:30 pm
Why did I read that as 'Leonardo diCaprio'?  ::)

I'm now imagining the sprout-faced boy actor, born into his proper epoch, going to school in a bacofoil space-suit and eating rehydrated food in pill form for dinner, prepared by a robot. In 'The Jetsons.'
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: JOE SOAP on 08 February, 2010, 10:56:39 pm
Why did I read that as 'Leonardo diCaprio'?  ::)




cos you're light on your feet.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 09 February, 2010, 10:26:04 am
Didn't neanderthals have bigger brains and bodies?, they didn't last long.

But they had wee wangers. Died of shame when Cro-Mikey Man showed up.Ask Tordelback, he knows.

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 09 February, 2010, 08:55:41 pm
The Spy who came in from the cold-John Le Carre. Got the new Stephen King Under the dome in hardback. Looking forward to that one having seen Salem's Lot again on the Horror Channel.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 11 February, 2010, 01:18:27 am
At Christmas I got into an argument with a guy who claimed Leonardo Da Vinci was born "ahead of his time". The fact that I was pissed out of my head prevented me from 1) walking away, and 2) providing an articulate argument against his point.

Actually a lot of the designs in his sketches were pretty prophetic*. Not that he got practical versions to work, (his 'flying machine design didn't work for example, although it's very interesting)  but I believe he even drew a tank of sorts!

Anyway, back to books. On my chug through the Wheel of Time series I'm now on Lord of Chaos. I think this is where the story tends to slow down a lot and puts some people off, but I still find it interesting.

I'm also reading a GN Gotham Central: Dead Robin.  On first look it appears to be a Batman book. While he certainly appears in it, the story is mostly told from the point of view of the Gotham City Police Department. It's basically a cop story featuring superheroes, and (certain clichés aside, particularly in dialogue, etc) it works very well!

Oh, and in my lunch break today, I went to the 99p shop in Eltham. I found there volumes of Charles Dickens hardback books going for (guess it) 99p! I picked up the Pickwick papers. (This version is in 2 volumes, but for £2 that's pretty good!)

I tend to keep mostly to fantasy and horror when I read (I'm open to sci-fi, but I seem to prefer that on TV programmes/films and comics for some reason) but I do like some Dickens, particularly David Copperfield and Great Expectations.

*Prophetic is probably the wrong word. But just as many sci-fi authors have predicted things that have since come about, the same is true for his sketches. It's understandable he would be thought ahead of his time in that regard.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 11 February, 2010, 08:43:04 am
I'm also reading a GN Gotham Central: Dead Robin.  On first look it appears to be a Batman book. While he certainly appears in it, the story is mostly told from the point of view of the Gotham City Police Department. It's basically a cop story featuring superheroes, and (certain clichés aside, particularly in dialogue, etc) it works very well!


The Gotham Central collections are something I'm eying very keenly just just about holding off buying. The team of Brubaker, Rucka and Lark is a winner and the concept is one that really intrigues me. I've no doubt I'll buckle soon and buy them and would be interested to hear what other people think of them?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Cthulouis on 11 February, 2010, 06:51:22 pm
At Christmas I got into an argument with a guy who claimed Leonardo Da Vinci was born "ahead of his time". The fact that I was pissed out of my head prevented me from 1) walking away, and 2) providing an articulate argument against his point.

Actually a lot of the designs in his sketches were pretty prophetic*. Not that he got practical versions to work, (his 'flying machine design didn't work for example, although it's very interesting)  but I believe he even drew a tank of sorts!

Perhaps, but he was still a product of the culture he grew up in. If he was born at any other time, at any other place, he probably would have been equally brilliant, but not necessarily in the same way. The guy was arguing that people in the past were thick, then along came Leo, and people were still thick, then in the 20th C, we all became brilliant. Gah.

As you say, back to books:

I am reading this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Evolution-Extinction-Dinosaurs-David-Fastovsky/dp/0521811724/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265913736&sr=8-1

I got it for Christmas, having put it on my wish list on the strength of the 2 star review. A book on evolution, apparently “Overly Devoted to Cladistic Studies”. Well, fancy that. I found myself reading this “bad” review and thinking “But, that’s surely what you would want from a book with that title”. It’s certainly what I wanted. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Dandontdare on 11 February, 2010, 07:25:52 pm
My new word of the day - CLADISTIC (and since I looked it up, add "phylogenetic" to that list!)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 11 February, 2010, 08:41:33 pm
My favourite word of today is 'voivodship.'

At work I encountered this word in a response from a foreign correspondent who used the word as an approximation of an English term which turned out to be 'domain.'

Brilliant!  :lol:

I've long known what a Voivod was, but I'd never given any thought to what one might call the territory that lies within his purview.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: das on 22 February, 2010, 02:28:23 am
just back from vacation in florida
and a nice 80f it was
and i got a tiny tiny bit caught up on my reading;
Burroughs' Port of Saints
a biography of raymond roussel
and a bunch of ashley wood graphic novels

best is getting back home, being an evil american, i have only in the last few months completed by 2000ad collection
and am in the middle of a run covering 2001- 2006 some 300 progs !!!
just wallowing in prog after prog

lovely overdose indeed !
(http://<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/weirdpixie/ubRadio%20SALON/ubsalon_109_13.jpg">)
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 22 February, 2010, 09:51:31 pm
Having another whack at Stephen King's DUMA KEY.

Got bored towards the middle, last time I tried reading it. But I'm kinda in the mood for a bit of King, at the minute...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Taryn Tailz on 22 February, 2010, 10:00:05 pm
Got my hands on the Judge Dredd book "The Savage Amusement" so have just startd reading it.  :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 22 February, 2010, 10:07:19 pm
Started 'Under the Dome' by Stephen King. I'm hooked already!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HdE on 23 February, 2010, 12:36:27 am
I just blew through the second collected volume of ABC Warriors - The Volgan War.

Dang it - awesome stuff! I do get the sense that things may be building to something with a note of finality to it for the Warriors, which fills me with dread.

And a point of interest - I do believe I've fallen in love with the model who plays the p[art of Lara   :-[
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 February, 2010, 09:26:13 am
Started 'Under the Dome' by Stephen King. I'm hooked already!

I'm halfway through it- but hadn't had time to pick it up over the past couple of weeks, I just dipped in again this morning and by god it's bloody good.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 23 February, 2010, 11:02:55 am
Under The Dome is brilliant, a total return to form - I'm quite chuffed that a review of it I wrote has just been posted online, too  :)

Just read "Haunted" by Chuck Palahniuk, which is a great read, a novel made up of horrible and satirical stories, and an Iron Man prose novel called "Virus," which was fun, if a bit padded.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 23 February, 2010, 09:57:16 pm
Some Ursula Le Guin. Read The Left Hand of Darkness at the weekend and I'm halfway through The Dispossessed now. Good stuff. This is what people mean when they talk about sci-fi being used to explore our own society, but I'm worried it might turn me into a feminist. Fear of Flying next.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Cthulouis on 24 February, 2010, 11:35:47 am
Late to the party I know, but I just read Maus.

Bloody hell, that was a bit good.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 February, 2010, 11:41:44 am
Late to the party I know, but I just read Maus.

Bloody hell, that was a bit good.


Shamefully, I've not read it yet! Well, I've read the first couple of chapters so far- but I'm in the middle of a shit load of review stuff.
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Post by: volo on 24 February, 2010, 08:40:14 pm
Late to the party I know, but I just read Maus.

Bloody hell, that was a bit good.


I agree, it really is a classic.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 25 February, 2010, 09:52:23 pm
On the way home this evening I bought 5 of the 7 issues of the second series of Phonogram. Sadly FP didn't have #3 or #5. I've just read the first one and I can honestly say it's one of the best single issues of any comic I've ever read. I was suffused with joy as I read it.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 26 February, 2010, 11:00:36 am
Late to the party I know, but I just read Maus.

Bloody hell, that was a bit good.


Went to a reading and signing of this in Waterstones years ago, but drank so much free wine waiting for my turn that my lame question came out as gibberish, and I repeated it three times because I didn't understand Spiegelman's answer. Very embarrassing.

Excellent book though. See if your library has a copy of his "in the shadow of two towers". It's a huge-format book about 9/11 and is excellent.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 26 February, 2010, 12:38:58 pm
I was suffused with joy as I read it.

A WONDERFUL endorsement!  :D
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Post by: Mikey on 26 February, 2010, 01:12:09 pm
See if your library has a copy of his "in the shadow of two towers". It's a huge-format book about 9/11 and is excellent.

Seconded - I actually own a copy! And Maus is a heart rending and brilliant with it.

M.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 26 February, 2010, 06:11:00 pm
See if your library has a copy of his "in the shadow of two towers". It's a huge-format book about 9/11 and is excellent.

Seconded - I actually own a copy! And Maus is a heart rending and brilliant with it.

M.

It's not a book I'd buy becuse it's a) unfeasibly enormous to fit on a bookshelf and b) rather expensive.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 02 March, 2010, 09:50:07 pm
Maus - jeez, that's a hell of a book. Really powerful.

Just commenced volume one of The Walking Dead, with volume two lined up straight after (fantasic birthday presents courtesy of my good lady).
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Post by: nev on 02 March, 2010, 10:06:02 pm
Strontium Dog: The Final Solution
Unfortunately Simon Pegg has already ruined the end for me, although I forgive him as Spaced was rather amusing.
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 02 March, 2010, 10:11:23 pm
Ha ha ha!
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 02 March, 2010, 10:25:48 pm
As I was re-reading Madame Bovary today all that stuff with the lawnmower on Mad Men last week began to make sense.
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Post by: Cthulouis on 02 March, 2010, 10:27:46 pm
See if your library has a copy of his "in the shadow of two towers". It's a huge-format book about 9/11 and is excellent.

Seconded - I actually own a copy! And Maus is a heart rending and brilliant with it.

M.

It's not a book I'd buy becuse it's a) unfeasibly enormous to fit on a bookshelf and b) rather expensive.

Yeah, I've seen the big one and always assumed it must be a special edition. Is there a smaller version out there, or is this why DDD suggested a library rather than a shop?
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Post by: Dandontdare on 02 March, 2010, 10:50:12 pm
I've never seen a smaller version - I think it was designed to be a one off collectible.

And I got it wrong, it's actually called "in the shadow of NO towers"  :-[
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 02 March, 2010, 10:59:49 pm
Still on DUMA KEY by King, with a side helping of ON WRITING.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 03 March, 2010, 10:36:41 am
"Rise of the Iron moon" by Stephen Hunt. Quite Jules Verne but with a modern twist, steampunk influences especially. Fun though so far and I keep finding excuses to read more. :P
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Post by: wild-seven on 03 March, 2010, 10:38:46 am
I've just started Alan Moore's '25,000 years of erotic freedom' - it looks good and yes Roger, there ARE lots of pictures of naked ladies in it
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Post by: Kerrin on 03 March, 2010, 11:04:52 am
"Rise of the Iron moon" by Stephen Hunt. Quite Jules Verne but with a modern twist, steampunk influences especially. Fun though so far and I keep finding excuses to read more. :P

I take it you read the first two Zarjazzer, "The Court of the Air" and "The Kingdom Beyond the Waves". I thought they were all pretty good fun. There's a new one out as well "Secrets of the Fire Sea (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Fire-Sea-Stephen-Hunt/dp/0007289634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267614025&sr=8-1)".

I'm about half way through the third of George R R Martin's "Fire and Ice" books. So many storylines, and all brilliant.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 04 March, 2010, 10:23:25 am
Kerrin-er, no! I just got it as I liked the blurb on the back. I had no idea he'd done others. Luckily you don't need to know lots of what went on before to enjoy it.I shall keep the others on my to buy list as I'm really enjoying this one. 
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Post by: I, Cosh on 08 March, 2010, 09:29:44 pm
Some decent holiday reading for me. The Siege of Krishnapur by Mr JG Farrell was an enjoyable microcosm of British society during the Indian Mutiny which did a good job of managing its array of different voices, even if some of them were a bit heavily symbolic.

Up the Walls of the World by Mr James Tiptree, Jr was corking good sci-fi. I'm sure I recall Wake recommending this before and you can put me down for a plus one. It's initially split into three main strands, but there's one set on a fantastically well thought out, fully realised and truly alien alien world which really stands out. Tiptree's own identity also adds a bit of a frisson to the pervasive theme of gender roles.

Just started Mr Alistair Reynolds' Revelation Space. It's a hardback, so awkward to read in bed.
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Post by: Kerrin on 08 March, 2010, 09:42:54 pm
If you're reading 'Revelation Space' for the first time you're in for a treat Cosh.

I got the hardback 'Kick-Ass' and volume 1 of 'Chimpanzee Complex' in the post today. I've actually got a backlog of trades now. Excellent.
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Post by: Emperor on 09 March, 2010, 01:24:10 am
If you're reading 'Revelation Space' for the first time you're in for a treat Cosh.

I feel joy and pity for him, pity only because he is now going to have to keep reading the rest of the books until, one day, he finds he has enough bricks of books to build a kennel.
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Post by: Strontium Jimmy on 09 March, 2010, 11:14:09 am
Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, the last in his Hyperion series. So far an entertaining and creative series if a little uneven.
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Post by: TordelBack on 09 March, 2010, 01:35:06 pm
Up the Walls of the World by Mr James Tiptree, Jr

Shouldn't that be Ms James Tiptree Jr?  An excellent tale.

Reynolds does seem inhumanly prolific, but he seldom disappoints.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 09 March, 2010, 04:05:13 pm
Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, the last in his Hyperion series. So far an entertaining and creative series if a little uneven.

I loved this book. Yes, too long, I think, but a stunning conclusion to the series.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 09 March, 2010, 08:21:18 pm
Up the Walls of the World by Mr James Tiptree, Jr
Shouldn't that be Ms James Tiptree Jr?  An excellent tale.
As my dear, departed Gran used to say: I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking you know.
Tiptree's own identity also adds a bit of a frisson to the pervasive theme of gender roles.
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Post by: vzzbux on 09 March, 2010, 11:03:35 pm
Just started Star Wars Imperial Commando.

Just seen the new RC figure in the evolutions pack. Unless he has a new uniform in this book, this isn't Fi Skirata. It still wont stop me buying it though. And he wasn't a sergeant.
(http://www.actionfigurehq.com/starwarsnew/loose/fiskirata.JPG)
This is Fi
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/swmerchandise/images/4/4b/FiRC.png)



V
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Post by: Christov on 11 March, 2010, 04:19:23 pm
A very battered copy of Batman: Dark Victory. Bloody hell Amazon, why do I always get dog-eared comics from you lot?
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Post by: TordelBack on 11 March, 2010, 05:54:21 pm
It still wont stop me buying it though.

Not when this version (finally) has articulated knee joints!
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Post by: The Monarch on 12 March, 2010, 02:54:00 pm
Fresh from a1 comics I got the twelve:spearhead drawn by chris weston and err written by a promising newcomer to american comics called Crhis weston

its good...its really good the only downside to it is I want weston to write more twelve!
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Post by: Goatilocks on 13 March, 2010, 09:07:37 pm
The Black Death - Philip Ziegler
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 13 March, 2010, 09:11:35 pm
Read the latest tpb of The Boys on Thursday. Loved the Nazi superman bit!
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 13 March, 2010, 09:40:40 pm
Got the Image comics Chew first tpb (#1-#6)  great art, excellent story and can't wait to see what's going on with the vampires?!!
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 14 March, 2010, 11:36:51 pm
I've got four on the go right now, as per.

Duma Key, which I've been intending to read for months but never got around to. Glad I finally did though cos it's got me absolutely hooked already and I've barely scratcjed the surface.

Droid files 1. You don't need me to tell you how good this one is.I'm spinning it out, determined to make it last. Last few of these phonebooks have been gone in a flash and I'm kicking myself for the long waits.

Lucifer : Evensong. Don't want this one to end either. One of my favourite comic series since I launched myself into US comics a couple of years ago. Will probably read it again now in it's entirety. Really hoping Carey can pull off something half as good with Unwritten.

Carey again with Dead Mens Boots. Felix Castor no.3 and the character has really won me over. I'm really hoping that this series runs and runs.
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 15 March, 2010, 09:37:08 am
Just over half way through Neil Gaiman's Graveyard book- which I'm enjoying loads.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 15 March, 2010, 12:29:35 pm
I'm in the middle of Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland. It's all very intersting and I love the different styles, but it feels just a litle bit too ... educational, if you know what I mean.
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Post by: Mikey on 15 March, 2010, 03:27:04 pm
but it feels just a litle bit too ... educational, if you know what I mean.

I can see where you're coming from, but I just ran with the whole thing, pored over nearly every page and was at turns surprised, fascinated and thoroughly entertained. It was right up my street - but I'm sort of familiar with the area he's talking about and already had an intetrest in some of the stuff he covers, so maybe that made a difference. You're going to tell me you're from Sunderland now aren't you?  ::)

I also seen it as a less overtly/possibly mystical Moore take on the resonance of place and history and their interactions.

I'm reading 'The Death of Bunny Monroe' at the minute, which is maybe off topic for these parts. It's vile, funny, horrific and tragic with occasional flashes of virtue. Yes, just like the Bad Seeds!

M.
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Post by: Alski on 15 March, 2010, 07:29:40 pm
just read the first Mouse Guard book - i like it.

Also Mark Evaniers biog of Jack kirby. A very good, interesting read. It's in large format with loads of cool pix as well.
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Post by: Albion on 15 March, 2010, 09:52:51 pm
I'm in the middle of Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland. It's all very intersting and I love the different styles, but it feels just a litle bit too ... educational, if you know what I mean.

I know exactly what you mean. I got to a point with it where I though it was getting a bit bogged down by facts but I stuck with it and loved it. An amazing book.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 15 March, 2010, 09:54:22 pm
Duma Key, which I've been intending to read for months but never got around to. Glad I finally did though cos it's got me absolutely hooked already and I've barely scratcjed the surface.

Yep, I agree. I'm reading it at the minute, as well. It's King at his best - both the characters and story are really grabbing me.
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Post by: Albion on 15 March, 2010, 09:58:00 pm
I'm reading 'The Death of Bunny Monroe' at the minute, which is maybe off topic for these parts. It's vile, funny, horrific and tragic with occasional flashes of virtue. Yes, just like the Bad Seeds!

I read Bunny soon after it came out. I enjoyed it a lot, not a perfect book but a good read. I thought And the ass saw the angel was better but it's a very different book to that. It was a bit weird reading about places I know of in the story as I am from Sussex and Nick Cave lives in Hove and set it around local areas. I'm a huge fan of Nick Cave.
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Post by: Mikey on 16 March, 2010, 10:28:13 am
I thought And the ass saw the angel was better but it's a very different book to that.

Agreed - I haven't finished Bunny Munroe yet, but in relation to the music, I would say it's more Grinderman than Bad Seeds - not a bad thing at all IMO of course, but a different set of parameters.

M.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 March, 2010, 11:28:36 pm
If you're reading 'Revelation Space' for the first time you're in for a treat Cosh.
I feel joy and pity for him, pity only because he is now going to have to keep reading the rest of the books until, one day, he finds he has enough bricks of books to build a kennel.
Hmm. Can't say I was overly impressed. It was a reasonably entertaining pageturner but nothing spectacular and far too long. I'd get another one out of the library, but I wouldn't order it specially.

Just finished the first double-length collection of Ex Machina. An interesting premise and pretty good so far, but (didn't this come up before about Dredd trades) it really, really annoys me that the book doesn't have breaks between the individual episodes. It's not hard to tell where they are, but surely the least you could expect is a full covers gallery just so you can admire the pretty pictures the artist drew.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 19 March, 2010, 01:03:16 am
Pride of Baghdad. Vaughan and his fucking animals. First Ampersand and now this lot. I'm starting to question my manhood.

Also been compelled to lay everything else aside to read the chronicles of narnia. Several nights a week I read to my nephew. The other nights his parents do it. He's just delving into narnia and it made me realise I've never actually read them all, in proper sequence. So now I'm trying to stay ahead of his story time so the random chapters I get stuck with don't ruin the books for me.  Surprised me by actually being much more accessible than I thought they'd be for a modern kid. For some reason I had the idea that they were very stuffy and old fashioned but not so. He seems to enjoy them anyway.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 March, 2010, 08:28:00 am
Surprised me by actually being much more accessible than I thought they'd be for a modern kid. For some reason I had the idea that they were very stuffy and old fashioned but not so. He seems to enjoy them anyway.

It's all good up until that horrible moment you realise you're trapped in a particularly inventive Sunday School.  

Still love 'em though.  

One of the great joys of reading to kids is finding out just how brilliantly many books are structured for reading aloud in shortish chunks.  The Hobbit in particular is an effortless joy to read aloud, with relaxing rhythms, breathing pauses and frequent repetition of lists that allow your brain to switch off entirely. 

I've also amazed to find out just how compelling kids find Enid Blyton.  It shouldn't be a surprise, seeing as I must have devoured 50 or more as a kid myself, but to see how even her 'lesser' stuff about Tooth Fairies and Noddy grips kids who are normally focussed on firefights and football is fascinating.

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Post by: Mike Gloady on 19 March, 2010, 09:13:55 am
It's all good up until that horrible moment you realise you're trapped in a particularly inventive Sunday School.  
So that's halfway through the first book then?
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Post by: Mikey on 19 March, 2010, 09:50:04 am
I've never read any Enid Blyton, not have I read more than The Lion, the witch...

Is that child abuse?

I picked up Ark by Stephen Baxter last night and realised it seem sto be a continuation or sequel to 'Flood'. Has anyone read Flood and should I read it before I get into Ark?

M.
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Post by: James Stacey on 19 March, 2010, 09:52:56 am
Chronicles of Narnia are arsom. Yeah they wear their intentions on their sleeve, but great childrens books.

I'm reading TPO. Finally got a copy. Looks like Mongoose are selling loads of 2000ad graphs on ebay cheap for some reason. It's a cracking read and makes you appreciate the fact the comic got past prog 50 let alone 500 and 1500
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 19 March, 2010, 01:32:11 pm
THE BROKEN WINDOW by JEFFREY DEAVER.

It's a Linoln Rhyme novel, apparently.  I haven't read one before but the main hero is a criminologist quadraplegic with a tough feisty girlfriend cop who used to be a super model.  No really.  It wrings a bell actually, I think I saw the uniformely excellent Denzel Washington play a similar character in a film whose name escapes me.

I am kind of dreading reading it because of the fantastical characters but it's alredy made some valid points about the drip feed of personal information into the public domain (though these seem to be quoted from elsewhere at times).

I'll bet a lot of us have posted enough on this forum for a determined person to work out names, domestic status and partial adresses.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 March, 2010, 05:07:16 pm
I'll bet a lot of us have posted enough on this forum for a determined person to work out names, domestic status and partial adresses.

And in some cases, genital peculiarities.
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Post by: Kerrin on 19 March, 2010, 05:22:33 pm
I can make mine look like the batmobile.

Just started "Terminal World" by Alastair Reynolds, and just finished "The Goon" vol 9 from Eric Powell, which was, as usual, awesome.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 19 March, 2010, 06:30:52 pm
"Titanicus" by D.Abnett and  "Star Wars omnibus Emissaries and assassins" TPB. not too bad.
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Post by: blakaam kaplow on 19 March, 2010, 09:13:52 pm
Fahrenheit 451 and Bury my Knee at Wounded Heart, can't recommend the former but the latter, I'm half way through and it's the best history book I've read bar none.
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Post by: blakaam kaplow on 19 March, 2010, 09:14:59 pm
Bugger; Bury my Heart at wounded Knee
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 19 March, 2010, 10:08:33 pm
HA!  Dredd gets to you, eh?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 March, 2010, 10:52:33 pm
Acme Novelty Library.

Brilliant, but every so often it does kind of get to the point where you want to go down to Dixons and buy a whole bunch of shit before heading to Burger King to stuff your face just because you think it would annoy Chris Ware.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 20 March, 2010, 02:02:02 am
I picked up Ark by Stephen Baxter last night and realised it seem sto be a continuation or sequel to 'Flood'. Has anyone read Flood and should I read it before I get into Ark?

Absolutely. I read 'em back to back in the new year & they're two of Baxter's finest.

Be warned: Flood is relentlessly bleak. Ark is just brutal.
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Post by: TordelBack on 20 March, 2010, 07:38:25 am
Absolutely. I read 'em back to back in the new year & they're two of Baxter's finest.

That's good to hear - I used to read everything he put out (his NASA books remain some of my favourite SF), but his previous three series (Time's Tapestry, Destiny's Children and Manifold) did increasingly little for me to the point that I stopped reading.  Last one I really enjoyed was the utterly bleak Evolution, a corker.  Shall pick up Flood for my proposed camping holiday some months hence.
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Post by: Mikey on 20 March, 2010, 11:07:54 am
Cheers Stevie - the fanboy in me proably couldn't have hacked reading a second book first! Although in P6 I read Dinosaur Planet II and never read the first.

I thought the first two Manifold books were great, but wasn't so fussed on the third right enough. And Evolution was a good 'un - have you read the Mammoth books? I loved them!

M.
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Post by: TordelBack on 20 March, 2010, 03:48:00 pm
Although in P6 I read Dinosaur Planet II and never read the first.

Dear god!  The only good thing you can say about the ludicrous Dinosaur Planet is that it isn't as bad as Dinosaur Planet II.  It's hard to imagine how anyone could make books about a dinsoaur planet so utterly crap, not to mention wasting a perfectly arsom title.  I've been partial to a bit of McCaffrey in my time, but those books... shudder
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Post by: House of Usher on 20 March, 2010, 07:48:39 pm
I've been reading the hardcover graphic novel of Black Hole by Charles Burns. It's depressing stuff, and I'm glad I've finished it. It's a pity the gripping mystery that unravels at the end doesn't build over the course of the story. Things happen earlier on and you just think "huh; that's weird." You don't actually see that they were part of a mystery until the solution appears.

Critics have said the story is supposed to evoke the atmosphere of a '70s teen horror movie, but to me it just seemed melancholy and surreal, with far more pathos than horror.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 23 March, 2010, 05:11:09 pm
'Bout a hundred pages in to The Mist, which a student kindly let me borrow. BIG fan of the film, and although the novella is quite enjoyable, I must admit that the movie trimmed a lot of flab. First Stepehn King I've ever read, and I dunno, seems a bit... excruciating at times. Not doubting he's a fabulous ideas man, but I suppose I'm just one from the minimal, get-to-the-point Bukowski/Hemingway/McCarthy school.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 23 March, 2010, 06:43:10 pm
The Mist is one of King's finest moments. Great stuff!
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Post by: das on 23 March, 2010, 06:55:17 pm
GROOM LAKE
Ben Templesmith art !!!

IDW the only OTHER comic company
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 23 March, 2010, 09:06:45 pm
I'm in that school too, MGB.  King might be more readable for me if he had a good editor who trimmed everything by a third.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 23 March, 2010, 09:16:04 pm
Joe the Barbarian, which I'm really enjoying.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: M.I.K. on 24 March, 2010, 03:06:44 pm
Just got The Bumper Book of Solar Wind (Volume 1) through the post.
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Post by: Skullgrin140 on 25 March, 2010, 02:44:35 pm
At the moment I'm reading the Star Trek Movie prequal, very good comic.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 25 March, 2010, 11:12:08 pm
Star Trek Movie Prequel comic?  Is that the one with various next gen characters in it?  I thought (much as I loved TNG) that the comic managed to suck everything that was fun and enjoyable out of the movie.  (But there was some great art).


THE BROKEN WINDOW by JEFFREY DEAVER did, indeed, turn out to be shite. 
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Post by: TordelBack on 26 March, 2010, 09:58:23 am
I thought (much as I loved TNG) that the comic managed to suck everything that was fun and enjoyable out of the movie.  (But there was some great art).

Agreed.

Currently reading Robert Harris' magnificent Lustrum, the second of his novels about Cicero, and definitely the best historical fiction about Roman politics since I Clavdivs.  He's come a long way from his disappointing Pompeii. In fact, if you enjoyed the gloriously silly Rome TV series ("Thirteenth! Thirteenth!"), you'll enjoy this as a prequel, although there are considerably less boobies.

Also near the end of the second of Sansom's Shardlake books, Dark Fire, a fabulous murder mystery set in Tudor London after the Dissolution.  

On a bit of a historical fiction kick, it seems.


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Post by: Kerrin on 26 March, 2010, 05:12:30 pm
Those Shardlake books by Sansom are a fantastic read TB and what's more they just get better and better. We must be due a fifth soonish. There are also quite advanced plans for a screen version I believe, involving Kenneth Branagh.
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Post by: TordelBack on 26 March, 2010, 05:38:28 pm
Those Shardlake books by Sansom are a fantastic read TB and what's more they just get better and better.

Really enjoyed the first one too.  It started off irritating me greatly by seeming to be a cheap Tudor knock-off of Name of the Rose, and then came the moment when Shardlake spots a copy of Aristotle's lost treatise on comedy, only to be told that it's a 14th C fake from an Italian monastery... From then on it was obvious that this was going to be a lot of fun.
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Post by: House of Usher on 26 March, 2010, 10:46:04 pm
I am now reading The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman, mentioned here previously by Satchmo. At the moment I've got a keen interest in C20th warfare and fantasy, so I skipped Anno Dracula altogether and went straight to WWI.

Impressions of the first chapter: Kim Newman tells a good story, but in this particular book it's hard to see the things he's describing ("cakes of frozen snow gleamed vaguely"), it's taken for granted that the reader shares the author's frame of reference ("bundled in his trenchcoat and a useless tartan blanket"), and the reader is invited to imagine the appearance and attire of the character before the author drops in the helpful information that Lieutenant Winthrop isn't standing out in the snow, he's sitting in the passenger seat of a moving Daimler. Trying to imagine what he's describing is a bit like being a police artist and having to keep rubbing bits out in your imagination and draw them again; you can hardly say it's just like being there.

Anyway, it's mysterious and exciting, and by all accounts a scholarly achievement, and I'm looking forward to all the action and adventure and reference spotting to come.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 28 March, 2010, 06:52:51 pm
All-Star Superman. The first time I read this I thought it wasn't bad. Nice art, decent story, but I couldn't understand what everyone was going daft about. This time round it really clicked for me as a marvellously warm and engaging story about what makes Superman so great which never gets corny. With gravity guns and uranium jewellery.

Also reading Warrior which, being an anthology, ranges from the great to the mediocre, with almost nothing actively bad. It even has a range of articles on aspects of comics which verge on the interesting and a letter from one T Proudfoot decrying T'n'A covers.
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 28 March, 2010, 07:53:48 pm
Finished reading Wolfskin Vol 1. Plot wasn't bad, but I mainly bought it for the truly grotesque levels of violence , all beautifully rendered by the talented artists.

They didn't half curse a lot in the stone age though, bloody hell!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: uncle fester on 29 March, 2010, 03:02:55 pm
An innocent day out in town turned sour when I was forced where I was forced - forced, I tells you! - into Forbidden Planet by invisible agents... The swines.

So now have Durham Red - Vermin Stars, ABCs - Black Hole and Forty-Five to tuck into.

So far I've only read the page of Forty-Five illustrated by Mr Timson, but that was nasty enough to guarantee my attention for the others.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 30 March, 2010, 01:47:23 pm
Bairn is alternating Narnia with Dahl so sans the need to keep aheadof him I've shelved Narnia for now and am back on my regular reads. Duma Key still ongoing. I often find myself, with books I'm realy enjoying, reading them in very small chunks, to make them last longer. People comment that they must be dragging, or a chore to read, because they take so long but it's the oppposite. I'm prolonging the pleasure.

Also, Horus:Descent of Angels, Psi-Files 1 and Savage Sword of Conan 2 (Dark Horse reprints of 70's Marvel stuff.) All three are literally just started in the last couple of days so I can't really say much about them other than a couple of observations about the Anderson book.

This is not a complaint, I understand the economics and practicalities behind the decision and I know that to have done otherwise would have made such a bumper volume impractical but some of the art in later stories - haven't read them yet but have had a quick flick - seems awfully murky. The Carlos Ezquerra stuff in particular hasn't transferred at all well. As i say,just an observation, and something I'm willing to live with for the great value of the package overall.

Secondly - "Dodder for it" is my new favourit line. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Albion on 30 March, 2010, 01:59:01 pm
Thrill-Power Overload as I have finally got a copy. Hurrah!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Goatilocks on 30 March, 2010, 02:05:50 pm
Received in the last couple of days:

Nemesis Book 2
Marvel Essential - Tales of the Zombie Vol. 1
DC Showcase - Strange Adventures Vol. 1

Waiting for JD # 9.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 March, 2010, 02:46:31 pm
I picked up Ark by Stephen Baxter last night and realised it seem sto be a continuation or sequel to 'Flood'. Has anyone read Flood and should I read it before I get into Ark?

Absolutely. I read 'em back to back in the new year & they're two of Baxter's finest.

Just started into Flood on Stevie's recommendation - it is indeed very good, even if all the characters will talk like they're characters in a Stephen Baxter novel.  I was completely gripped from the scene where the waves start to surge across the carpark of the Millennium Dome as it's being evacuated...   Very John Christopher, and very scary.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Robin Low on 30 March, 2010, 10:14:33 pm
Currently struggling with Bill Hussey's Through a Glass, Darkly. A friend of mine once told me that he threw The Da Vinci Code across the room in disgust, and I nearly did the same with this on the bus today. I'm not sure whether I'm more annoyed by the amateurish writing and frequently lousy dialogue, or the staggering number of glowing and enthusiastic reviews on the net.

Regards

Robin
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 31 March, 2010, 07:25:50 am
Marvel Essential - Tales of the Zombie Vol. 1


Uh never got around to this one. It looks bloody lovely let us know how you get on with it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 April, 2010, 11:27:14 pm
Reading Dozois' Best New SF 22 (that's No. 26 to US readers), and am happy to report that so far it is a vintage year.   There's an Alastair Reynolds short in there with ideas that could happily power a half-dozen novels.
Despite not being blown away by Revelation Space, I got Reynolds' short story collection Galactic North from the library and I'm glad I did. I'm enjoying his stuff a lot more in concentrated form than I did at novel length. It's also interesting to see him fleshing out some of the stuff that I had to just accept without explanation in the novel. Good show.

The library are also doing a good job serving up trades of Ex Machina. I'm up to volume 6 now and still finding it quite enjoyable even though it seems that getting a job in the mayor's office is a doddle.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 03 April, 2010, 11:37:38 pm
Just finished Alastair Reynolds "Terminal World". It's a damn good read and a pleasant change for being a more personal, character driven piece to his previous novels. You're spot on about his short fiction prowess Cosh, "Zima Blue and Other Stories" is particularly good value now they've finally reprinted it. "Diamond Dogs and Turqoise Days" is also fantastic.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 04 April, 2010, 12:01:56 am
The thing about Revelation Space as a novel is that the Demarchist universe draws a lot on the shorts that precede it (Great Wall of Mars in particular).  Add to that a bunch of pretty unlikable characters and I think it can be quite a hard sell as the first novel in a series.  

On a similar note I just saw a newly published Baxter Xeelee omnibus that only has the novels, not the shorts.    Not to say all the contents aren't brilliant (they are), but the shorts do a lot to give them context.

I love a big novel, even a big smelly series, but SF's optimum form is the short story.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 04 April, 2010, 11:00:21 am
just finished "Emperors Mercy" by Henry ZHou.The most entertaining book I have read in ages -just what i like military sci-fi (WH40k) with twists,betrayals and a blasting a plenty.

On to "Doomtroopers" mostly bought as I liked the cover. Still establishing the chracters though given the breathless speed of the book I just finished it seems a bit slow. Still early days yet.

After that I have one of Neil Ashers "Polity" books to read "Prador moon". I like my a blastng- the- xenos sci- fi I do. Not tried any of these Asher books before so looking forward to it.

Blimey this post is almost a novel in itself. :D

oops just realised it's called "Deathtroopers" not doom troopers that can be my novel... :P
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 05 April, 2010, 01:39:03 pm
Had a birthday relatively recently (well last month) so I splurged on a 2000AD GN: Judge Dredd: Origins.

I'd just started buying the Prog while that was ending, so I figured it would be worthwhile to grab the rest in collection form.

I largely liked it. The historical stuff was interesting enough, and the present day stuff, while seemingly quite a basic story had a lot more complex things to say. Particularly interesting in light of the stories it spawned.

And the two headed mutant character(s) from the first story were great comedy.

I just recently (literally today) finished Captain Britain: A Hero Reborn volume 2.

I found the collection in the library recently and borrowed it mainly out of curiosity as I've read a lot of good things about Captain Britain.  This stuff was terribly corny though, although not unamusing.  I realise it wasn't really aimed at me though, this being back in the days these comics were aimed at kids. I think I might well have liked it back then too, and it was entertaining enough even now, albeit for the wrong reasons. (Sorry comes across very snobbish.)

I'm curious to see how the Alan Moore take compares with this. The basic premise of the character and his abilities, powers, etc, is interesting enough.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 05 April, 2010, 06:21:22 pm
I'm curious to see how the Alan Moore take compares with this. The basic premise of the character and his abilities, powers, etc, is interesting enough.

Its a mile above and beyond the early stuff its great as is the stuff by Delano and later Davis after it.

The Black Knight stuff is different again and while not as good still very entertaining.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mardroid on 05 April, 2010, 08:58:58 pm
Cheers for the feedback Colin, I'll keep my eye out for them.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 11 April, 2010, 02:32:17 pm
finally giving halo jones a go.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 11 April, 2010, 03:51:19 pm
McMafia by Misha Glenny. Suffice to say some of the Balkan wars were more to do with expanding various drug empires than nationalism. Europe is wide open to these wide boys and there Kalashnikovs and their friends from Columbia are even allowed to pop over and machine gun people they believe [rightly] were cheating them.

Globalization eh, ain't it wonderful?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 11 April, 2010, 07:26:34 pm
Raffles.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: maryanddavid on 11 April, 2010, 10:18:36 pm
Just read the first two Y The last Man, and have really enjoyed them, Great writing, the art is good, but a little generic american comic art. Looking forward to reading the rest.

David
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: klute on 12 April, 2010, 06:51:45 pm
At the moment im reading alan moores watchmen and the summons by john grisham
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 12 April, 2010, 08:36:01 pm
been to the library for the first time in ages

so... reading three goon gns, marvels by alex ross and spider-man brand new day...
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 13 April, 2010, 12:45:43 pm
Since I last posted in this thread I doubt I've read 20 pages combined of the two novels I'm on with.  I have however read an absolute shitload of comics.

In no particular order;

Books/Names/Age of Magic/Magick.  In which the lead character becomes progressively more obnoxious as successive writers fail miserably to tell a half decent story about him. The Molly character is qute endearing though, in the earlier series.

Unknown Soldier v1.  In which the hero is a flag waving uber patriot and the villlains, including reglar appearances by several real world Nazis, including Hitler himself, are some of the most crudely drawn characatures I've ever read and the editors congratulate themselves for the 'gritty realism' that makes their comic stand out against other publishers.

Sandman Mystery Theatre. Early days as yet, with me just delving into the second storyline but if the first - The Tarantula - is anything to go by this should be a keeper.

Jonah Hex v1.  Being the sad little completist that I am I felt compelled, before reading the well regarded new series, to go back and read the earlier incarnations. These are actually realy solid stories. I'm not overly versed in Western comics in general but this one is certainly much better than I thought it would be. Given the writer - Michael Fleiscer - I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and the duffness to creep in but it hasn't hapened yet. Still got a lot to read and very much looking forward to it.

The Losers. What can I say? I've just read the first 20 issues over the last 3 days and I daresay I'll finish the series before weeks end. Excellent stuff, and criminal that it didn;t run for longer. Again, not well versed in the history. Did it end so soon intentionally or was sit cancelled? I know Vertigo series tend to be finite but 70ish issues seems to be the norm. 30odd seems awfully short.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tiplodocus on 16 April, 2010, 09:08:43 pm
MAN AND WIFE by TONY PARSONS.

I've not read the first (Man and Boy) as apparently you don't have to. The missus got this free with SHE, another one of those magazines that proves, as HOU (I think) said that "Feminism has failed utterly").

Anyway, some bits of it are brilliant but I have two major problems with it.
a) the secondary characters are really badly written. Really. Like he pot rough placeholder sketches in "Character A is an arsehole" and then forgot to go and replace them with anything decent.
b) it's not funny. And this sort of book should be.

He's also projecting a lot. His kid loves Star Wars. But the original movies. I reckon most kids today would be bored rigid by the original movies (though appreciateing that they exist).  Cue everyone onthe board giving me examples of their eight year old kids loving the original movies and hating the prequels.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 17 April, 2010, 07:21:15 am
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Just read the first two Y The last Man, and have really enjoyed them, Great writing, the art is good, but a little generic american comic art. Looking forward to reading the rest.


I loved this series. I always felt it would make a good tv series a la 70s show KUNG FU, as Yorick wanders the land

I've just bought the latest Jonah Hex collection to have a go at. Now where's me cuppa and kitkat?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 April, 2010, 07:42:43 am
Just finished Roger Stern and Tom Peyer's late 80s Atom series. Nowt like random silly 80s superhero nonsense that's really bloody good to hit the spot. Wonderful fun!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 17 April, 2010, 12:03:16 pm
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Just read the first two Y The last Man, and have really enjoyed them, Great writing, the art is good, but a little generic american comic art. Looking forward to reading the rest.


I loved this series. I always felt it would make a good tv series a la 70s show KUNG FU, as Yorick wanders the land

I just couldn't get into Y... I tried, even buying and reading the first TPB, but it just didn't connect with me.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 17 April, 2010, 12:36:33 pm
I am still reading The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman. I'm up to page 140 and, so far, a lot of characters have been introduced and nothing has happened that has moved the plot forward. I was expecting a bit more action, to be honest.

It scores highly on the geek factor for assembling so many characters from literature and cinema into a single coherent narrative, but it's not the literary achievement Anno Dracula is trumpteted to be by the reviews printed on the dust jacket.

One chapter is just lifted straight out of Swamp Thing #83, 'Brothers in Arms,' substituting two other literary mad scientists for Anton Arcane and wasting them both.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 17 April, 2010, 03:49:09 pm
I'm in the middle of rereading Shade The Changing Man and it's predominantly great stuff. The Ernest & Jim story wasn't as brilliant as I remembered but there are plenty of others which are better. I've just read two single issues which deal with almost exactly the same things as Milligan's Scab storyline in Hellblazer and the interminable Greek Street, both with a lot more wit and in just 24 pages.

Also, I now know where Banners' avatar comes from.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 17 April, 2010, 03:57:25 pm
Okay, I apologise if this is old news to all you hardened geks out there but I'm still reading old Detective Comics and have just come across a stamp collecting column, called Stamp Detective, written by someone caled Phil Ately.  Good grief.

Oh, and in Unknown Soldier Hitler has just been briefed on how many Jews will b gassed this month and is literally dancing around the room, singing "soon there will be none left, soon there wil be none left."

Why aren't todays comics as subtle as this? 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: radiator on 17 April, 2010, 04:07:48 pm
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I just couldn't get into Y... I tried, even buying and reading the first TPB, but it just didn't connect with me.

Same here. I think the main problem with it for me was that I was entirely unconvinced by the concept. Its an interesting idea - a world without men - but I didn't buy how it was portrayed at all - things didn't seem nearly messed up enough. I also thought that some of the dialogue was cringe-inducing and the artwork functional but bland. Brian K Vaughn seems very popular these days, but I seem to have an inexplicable aversion to his work.

I had the same thing with The Losers, Astonishing X Men, Sandman, Fables and The Walking Dead - all hyped series - all left me scratching my head wondering what all the fuss was about. I bought book one of each, all of which eventually ended up on eBay.

So far I've yet to find a US series that can fill the gap left by Transmetropolitan, Preacher and 100 Bullets.....

I recently read book one of the deluxe hardback Saga of the Swamp Thing - it's probably Moore's longest stretch of mainstream work, and I've never read it before so it's a bit of a treat. I've always tended to avoid hardback graphic novels, but it's an absolutely gorgeous book. I've been so impressed with it that I've started replacing my tattered, decade old Preacher trades with the lovely new hardback editions.
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 17 April, 2010, 04:50:48 pm
So far I've yet to find a US series that can fill the gap left by Transmetropolitan, Preacher and 100 Bullets.....
I bought book one of 100 Bullets a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to getting stuck into it. It was one of those all too familiar moments when in FB and thinking that I wanted to buy something but nothing took my fancy. (There has been a comics drought for me over last few years.) I was thinking of buying Walking Dead but opted for 100 Bullets. I like the newsprint paperstock. Ok, it will probably go yellow but I like graphic novels to be printed on the paper stock that the original comics were printed on otherwise the colouring can be really garish, as is the problem with many of the Marvel reprints (which I don't buy) and with some of the Swamp Thing reprints.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 17 April, 2010, 06:06:26 pm
I'm in the middle of rereading Shade The Changing Man and it's predominantly great stuff.

Funnily enough I'm starting on re-read of Shade next with the first 19 issues. Looking forward to it as I used to love it and haven't read it since it first came out and have never read the last 20.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 22 April, 2010, 10:25:41 am
Took delivery of Dave Langford's collected White Dwarf/Gamesmaster review columns teh other day. One to leave on teh bedside/bogside table to be immediately followed up by a visit to Amazon I think. Read the first few on the bus and he's already stuck the boot into Hubbard, Donaldson and Heinlein, been very complimentary about a non-fiction work by someone I vaguely know and given me half a dozen recommendations! This is a book that's going to cost a lot more than the cover price.
I'm in the middle of rereading Shade The Changing Man and it's predominantly great stuff.
Funnily enough I'm starting on re-read of Shade next with the first 19 issues. Looking forward to it as I used to love it and haven't read it since it first came out and have never read the last 20.
The way I remember it, it starts to go downhill really quickly after #50 and I finished A Season in Hell (can't believe I forgot what happens at the end) last night, so I'm just about to find out. I'd be interested to see what you make of it. For me, the real standouts have been: Edge of Vision, the couple of episodes focusing on Kathy towards the end of the American Scream, Shade the Changing Woman and pretty much everything once they get to the Hotel.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: GlovePuppet on 22 April, 2010, 10:52:02 am
I was reading some Sci-Fi (Heinlein, Haldeman, Herbert), but I pulled out my Father's collection of 2000AD (70s to the 90s).

So I'm reading old 2000AD.  :lol: :P
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 22 April, 2010, 11:33:40 am
Well a week with a fair amount of public transport has meant I've read my first section of 'Shade the Changing Man' 1-19 in just 5 days and chuff me its an interesting read. If you ever want to see an artists development over 18 months I can't think of a better example. Chris Bachalo's art comes on in leaps and bounds as he gets more confident. The only thing I've read quite like this, from the perspective of seeing an artist develop, is the early Cerebus stuff in the first trade.

As for story I was a little disappointed with the early issues. They are very good but they start to become a little repetative. Another aspect of American life exposed to madness, deal with it move on. It really comes to life when Lenny arrives, not because of Lenny herself persay, though she is an interesting character but its a useful benchmark. After this the book starts to broaden its scope, or well in fact narrow it and becomes a closer study of the characters and all the richer because of it. The issues from 8 onwards are superb mainly because of the wonderfully complex relationship between Kathy and Shade.

That said the American Scream storyline wraps up very nicely and my oh my in Troy Grenzer Pete Milligan creates one of the great comicbook villians for me.

Reading a few other bits and bobs before returning to the second chunk up to issue 50 which I'm really looking forward to.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 April, 2010, 11:45:35 am
Recently finished Cancertown, which was pretty good.
Currently reading a history book on the Samurai and Ian Rankin's Dark Entries. I'd guessed the twist to be that they're all dead, but he's just got rid of that halfway through, which was rather pleasing.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Satanist on 22 April, 2010, 01:35:13 pm
Just got 3 volumes of Lovecraft off the Mrs for my Bday. Aint ever read any of that so looking forward to getting stuck in.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 22 April, 2010, 05:51:04 pm
I got a couple of "Legends of the Law" last week, the old DC version of Dredd. Not heard good things about them, but the storyline I got was written by Wagner and Grant, and I thought it was great fun - just like 2000ad Dredd but with a few changes that I thought actually worked well. Anyone else read any of them, and is the stuff written by other writers really as bad as everyone makes out?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: SuperSurfer on 22 April, 2010, 06:25:16 pm
I got a couple of "Legends of the Law" last week, the old DC version of Dredd. Not heard good things about them, but the storyline I got was written by Wagner and Grant, and I thought it was great fun - just like 2000ad Dredd but with a few changes that I thought actually worked well. Anyone else read any of them, and is the stuff written by other writers really as bad as everyone makes out?

The first few Wagner/Grant DC Dredd's issues were great in my opinion. Shame that they haven't been reprinted. As I have said before round here, it was a treat to read Wagner/Grant Dredd with entirely different pacing in longer episodes. As for the issues that followed – well, they just didn't work at all for me.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 22 April, 2010, 07:33:04 pm
I got a couple of "Legends of the Law" last week, the old DC version of Dredd. Not heard good things about them, but the storyline I got was written by Wagner and Grant, and I thought it was great fun - just like 2000ad Dredd but with a few changes that I thought actually worked well. Anyone else read any of them, and is the stuff written by other writers really as bad as everyone makes out?

The first few Wagner/Grant DC Dredd's issues were great in my opinion. Shame that they haven't been reprinted. As I have said before round here, it was a treat to read Wagner/Grant Dredd with entirely different pacing in longer episodes. As for the issues that followed – well, they just didn't work at all for me.


Yeah, I suspected the non Wagner/Grant stuff wouldn't be very good - the same shop had a few issues by other writers, and I didn't get them - remembered reading that they weren't very good. The story arc I got, though - great stuff.

It would be great to see the good stuff reprinted - that and the Case Files would be a great one to pass on to the young ones out there, to get them into Dredd  :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 22 April, 2010, 07:39:36 pm
Brubaker and Philips' Criminal.  Read the whole thing in one sitting.  Absolutely fantastic. 
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Post by: Kerrin on 22 April, 2010, 07:59:09 pm
Looks good, volume one ordered from amazon, cheers TB.

I'm about three chapters into "The Dispossessed" by Ursula LeGuin and it's great stuff. Hadn't realised, till I just looked at the Wiki page, that it's part of the same universe as "The Left Hand of Darkness", which I thought was a belter. I thought that (the left hand) must have had some influence on Iain M Banks when he came up with the concept of The Culture.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 22 April, 2010, 08:21:41 pm
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I'm about three chapters into "The Dispossessed" by Ursula LeGuin and it's great stuff.

My absolute favourite SF novel.  It's part of what's retrospectively known as the Hainish sequence (as they tend to involves Mobiles of the Ekumen, based on the planet Hain), much of which is contained in short stories of unbelievable brilliance.  It's let down only by the first two novels, which are only so-so, but best of all all the elements work on their own.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 22 April, 2010, 08:33:50 pm
Woo-hoo! Just checked out The Hainish Cycle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainish_Cycle) on Wiki and it looks like I got me some book buying to get done. I'm chuffed to bits there's so much more of this to read, cheers for the heads up TB. I think I'll start with some short stories, "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" methinks.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 22 April, 2010, 08:43:31 pm
Recently finished Cancertown, which was pretty good.

Yeah, I really enjoyed this one. The character-specific lettering was a little annoying after a while, but a dry script and some great looking nasties - I'm a sucker for big eye-ball creatures!

(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/cancertown002.jpg)
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Post by: Radbacker on 23 April, 2010, 04:05:25 am
back on the Barker again, reading Imajica as there's a new print just out down here.  Fraking brilliant but very disturbed writter.  No one can get across squeamish horror and aching beuty in the same paragraph like Barker can.  last time I read this I was 16 years old and though it was worth another read (having recently been on a Barker kick after reading the Comic adaptaion of The Great and Secret Show and the Novella Nightbreed again.)

Cu Radbacker
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 23 April, 2010, 02:00:44 pm
I've just read Batman: Lovers and Madmen - which, despite being yet another account of the "first" time Bruce Wayne meets The Joker, is pretty fun. One quibble, though - it kind of writes The Killing Joke out of continuity. Why would ANYONE want to write one of the greatest graphic novels ever out of continuity??
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 23 April, 2010, 06:22:20 pm
Which, on a bit of a tangent has apparently been paid tribute to in a recent episode of South Park.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/04/22/swipe-file-south-park-vs-the-killing-joke/ (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/04/22/swipe-file-south-park-vs-the-killing-joke/)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: nev on 23 April, 2010, 06:36:01 pm
Reading A Clockwork Orange. Horrorshow novel.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 23 April, 2010, 11:17:58 pm
My take on Killing Joke is that we're not supposed to take the origin sub-plot as canon in the strictest sense. It "could" be the true story, but it's anyone's guess as to whether it is or not. The fact it's in B&W shows how ultimately futile and irrelevant such guesswork is when he's crippling Barbara in colour.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 24 April, 2010, 12:41:47 am
A long bus journey means that I've finally finished the paperback I've had on the go for weeks, Descent of Angels (part of the Horus Heresy) and gotten well stuck into my next, Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs. 

After that it will be books 4 and 5 of the Felix Castor books and then more Horus, with the return of Dan Abnett to writing duties. All told I'm quietly confident I've got some really good stuff ahead of me.

No surprises though, since they're all parts of ongoing series but Castor 5 I'm all caught up with that series so I have to pick out what to put in the fantasy/horror slot of my ocd rigid rotation.

So it's between Memory Sorrow And Thorn by Tad Williams, a couple of Clive Barker books (Weaveworld and something else the name of which escapes me) or a little series about a guy called Brak the Barbarian, which I think is just the 3 books I have, and seems to be some sort of Conan style thing.

Any suggestions which I should go for first? They are all completely new to me, yes, even Clive Barker.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Radbacker on 24 April, 2010, 06:52:19 am
Weave Worlds a good Barker book to start with.  Modern fantasy story with magic and demons and all that jaz.

I was trying to explain to my non comic reading friend why i was laughing so hard at that last episode of South Park twas a good thing and I picked up what was going on really fast which is unusual for me.

Mt current toilet book is The MArs Mystery - A tale of the end of two worlds.  Its one of those non-fiction books where they grab a whole heap of scientific data and speculate about stuff, in this case trying to prove two geat civilizations existed at the same time on MArs and Earth between 10000 - 60000 years ago both wiped out by the same catastrophy.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 24 April, 2010, 10:41:52 am
Thousand Sons of the Hous Heresy series. 120 pages in little has happened. Damn knew I should have tried a Pax Britannia books instead.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 24 April, 2010, 08:18:17 pm
My take on Killing Joke is that we're not supposed to take the origin sub-plot as canon in the strictest sense. It "could" be the true story, but it's anyone's guess as to whether it is or not. The fact it's in B&W shows how ultimately futile and irrelevant such guesswork is when he's crippling Barbara in colour.


True. But there was a Shadow of the Bat two-parter that flashed back to the same backstory as The Killing Joke, so I'd always thought it was an accepted part of the continuity.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Christov on 24 April, 2010, 09:20:52 pm
Been blazing through the hardback of Morrison's Batman & Robin.

Fackin' lahhhhvely.
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Post by: mogzilla on 25 April, 2010, 01:05:30 am
restricted files 1 again
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Post by: Mardroid on 25 April, 2010, 01:42:31 am
I've finally got hold of A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold. Trouble is, it's been a while since I read the last book so I've forgotten some of what's happened before, although the general gist is easy enough to pick up.

Good read though.

Major spoilers! Don't highlight unless you've read the book. What a shocker though! I expected treachery at the Frey castle (things seemed to be going too well) but I didn't expect that to happen. I've read George R R Martin is renowned for killing of main characters but it's still quite a shock when it happened to characters that main. I say characters, Robb has taken rather a back seat after the first book, taking part in major events behind the scenes but with no POV, so I suppose its not that surprising he'd die in hindsight. The other character though...?

I'm just hoping that what happened to Arya was a bit of misdirection. (Don't tell  me, I'm only about a quarter through so far.)
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 25 April, 2010, 07:49:26 am
The new Modesty Blaise collection. Brilliant stuff!
Isn't it about time they made a decent film version of this?
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Post by: House of Usher on 27 April, 2010, 11:21:39 pm
I've just added to my reading pile 'The Audit Society ~ Rituals of Verification' by Michael Powers.

I've really had quite enough of audit and its rituals of verification in my past 3 jobs and my present one (which even involves devising them), so I thought I'd cheer myself up by reading an academic critique of the phenomena.
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Post by: HdE on 28 April, 2010, 03:46:57 am
Just finished reading volume 1 of 'Chew' by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Best comic book I've read all year. Bloody brilliant stuff! It's highly original, side-splittingly funny and ... god dammit! I think I'm gonna read it again soon!

Y'all OWE it to yourselves to check it out. Go on - Google it!
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 28 April, 2010, 04:04:45 am
My comic shop man keeps pushing that GN to me. I think I know the whole tale by now.
Apparently it was one of the top sellers of the last quarter and the first comic sells for about £100 at the moment.
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Post by: HdE on 29 April, 2010, 06:25:16 am
YIKES!

'Tis a quality read, big time. I got the trade for about eight quid. Pee'd myself laughing all the way through!
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 02 May, 2010, 01:47:18 am
Just received DOMAIN by James Herbert, which I will read alongside the SD case files (4).

An excellent combo, I hope!  :D
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 03 May, 2010, 12:39:45 am
Just started Middlemarch. Dorothea and Celia have 100 pages to lezz up or I'm outta there.
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Post by: Emperor on 03 May, 2010, 03:40:59 am
Just started Middlemarch. Dorothea and Celia have 100 pages to lezz up or I'm outta there.

Unless you are the one who stole the "mucky marginalia" edition I made, you might want to save yourself some time.
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Post by: willthemightyW on 03 May, 2010, 06:57:49 pm
Mainly 2000ad GN's. I recently went through a phase of reading Will Eisner stuff, and I still do, but more things like the case files, search/destroy agency files, slaine and will hopefully buy abc warriors the meknificent seven, and i am really enjoying all of it.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 03 May, 2010, 07:12:00 pm
Pride and Prejudice. And Zombies.
The graphic novel version.


Any book that starts;
"It's a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains"
can't be bad!
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 03 May, 2010, 07:17:42 pm
Anybody else picking up the new "Warriors" series, "Jailbreak?" I picked it up at random in my local Travelling Man, just for something to read whilst waiting for a bus - and it was a really good read! I'd recommend it to any fans of the original movie, it gets the tone right and really captures the spirit of the characters. Plus we get to see Ajax being hard, which is always a good thing.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 03 May, 2010, 07:38:14 pm
Just finishing McMafia by Misha Glinney probably the most depressing book I've read on the current state of the world.
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Post by: Emperor on 03 May, 2010, 07:51:03 pm
Just read the collection of Alan Davis' Killraven - nice work and a solid story, he really got back to the core of the character, plus it is lovely art from him as always. Not sure what else they could do with the character and setting but this self-contained soft reboot works a treat.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 03 May, 2010, 07:54:13 pm
I'm reading James Herbert's DOMAIN.

Good, honest, shoot-from-the-hip horror.
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Post by: vzzbux on 03 May, 2010, 08:40:12 pm
I'm reading James Herbert's DOMAIN.

Good, honest, shoot-from-the-hip horror.

Hope you started with Rats and Lair first.






VNP
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Post by: willthemightyW on 03 May, 2010, 09:18:43 pm
Gaspipe by Philip Carlo. It's a true story of a mafia boss.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 May, 2010, 10:33:23 pm
I may have imagined this but I recall throwing one of Herbert's rat novels across the room because it actually used the word "scurry" on the first page.

He did start of the lovely sub genre of scary monsters and sex novels though.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 03 May, 2010, 10:58:36 pm
I'm reading James Herbert's DOMAIN.

Good, honest, shoot-from-the-hip horror.

Hope you started with Rats and Lair first.


I read RATS a couple of years back. LAIR I had ordered, but DOMAIN arrived first so got stuck into it.
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Post by: House of Usher on 03 May, 2010, 11:18:56 pm
Unless you are the one who stole the "mucky marginalia" edition I made, you might want to save yourself some time.
Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell got sent to prison for that! Good for you for keeping up an ignoble literary tradition.

Any book that starts "It's a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains" can't be bad!
Oh, but I bet it can. At least it got turned into a graphic novel, which I suspect is its proper medium. Wouldn't mind seeing it on the telly either.
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Post by: Mikey on 04 May, 2010, 11:04:50 am
I've got '...with Zombies' in my to read pile. It was bought for me as a christmas present and I haven't lifted it yet as I suspect it may not live up to my expectations.

I'm catching up on Interzone (again!). Some cracking stuff - but I can't remember most of the authors or story titles off hand  :-[ I have this trouble with a lot of short fiction anthologies & collections, so I usually only get a fix on the names & titles when I have a year end review.

I'll get back to you...

M.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 May, 2010, 11:10:16 am
I'm reading James Herbert's DOMAIN.

Good, honest, shoot-from-the-hip horror.

Hope you started with Rats and Lair first.


I read RATS a couple of years back. LAIR I had ordered, but DOMAIN arrived first so got stuck into it.

I used to love Herbert when I was younger and read these many times.
He's run out of ideas though, and has been writing the same bloody story for the past half dozen books.

Oh- and avoid The City, the GN he did with Ian Millar. It's supposed to be a fourth Rats book, but is, in fact, rubbish.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 04 May, 2010, 01:19:30 pm
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I used to love Herbert when I was younger and read these many times.
He's run out of ideas though, and has been writing the same bloody story for the past half dozen books.

Oh- and avoid The City, the GN he did with Ian Millar. It's supposed to be a fourth Rats book, but is, in fact, rubbish.

To be honest, The Rats was the first Herbert book I read - and I only read it fairly recently. I liked the concept, but didn't realise he'd written sequels until a few weeks back. His writing is very accessible and for that I enjoy it. He also takes time to flesh out the characters (often just before he kills them - which is a tad annoying).

Back at school, you were either a King reader, Herbert reader or Shaun Hutson reader. I chose King and have read a lot of his novels through the years. I like his character development (second to none) but would fire his editor - the man needs someone to power-down the word count.

I'm really enjoying Domain. Alas, I'll probably pick up The City, now you've brought it to my attention :) I did try to read that Crickley Manor book but failed at the first chapter. Just wasn't grabbing me at all...
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 May, 2010, 01:24:00 pm
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Back at school, you were either a King reader, Herbert reader or Shaun Hutson reader.

Too true!

I'm a King reader now... Hutson was fucking appalling.

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Alas, I'll probably pick up The City, now you've brought it to my attention

Don't say I didn't warn you!

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I did try to read that Crickley Manor book but failed at the first chapter. Just wasn't grabbing me at all...

His last few books have basically been the same haunted house story, and every bloody one ends with some sort of elemental catastrophe- be it a flood or fire.
I think the last book he did that I thought was worth anything was The Ghosts of Sleath, although Nobody True was a great high concept.
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Post by: pauljholden on 04 May, 2010, 01:34:13 pm
I've just ordered up "Thor" vol 1 and "Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin" - though I shant be reading either, mostly I'll be staring and going 'OOHH' 'AAAHH' at the lovely pictures...

-pj
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Post by: Kerrin on 04 May, 2010, 07:44:51 pm
Received "The Wind's Twelve Quarters", a collection of short stories by Ursula LeGuin, and "Coward; Criminal vol 1" by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips in the post today. Supoib.

And Amazon tell me "The Scorpion, vol 3; The Holy Valley" is en route, even supoiber.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 04 May, 2010, 10:10:28 pm
I used to love Herbert. Formulaic maybe, but it was a good formula. My copies of The Rats, Lair and Domain were much in demand at school, everyone borrowed them. When laid down, each one would instantly flop open to the graphic sex scene that he always included.
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Post by: Kerrin on 04 May, 2010, 10:17:36 pm
When laid down, each one would instantly flop open to the graphic sex scene that he always included.

 :lol: Yep, hold "The Rats" up by it's spine to easily find the pages where there's shagging and then some poor chap gets his feet chewed off.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 May, 2010, 10:35:41 pm
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He whisked off her shoes and panties in one movement, wild like an enraged shark, his dusky totem beating a seductive rhythm. Mary's body felt like it was burning, even though the room was properly air conditioned. They tried all the positions, On Top, Doggie and Normal. Exhausted, they collapsed onto the recently extended sofabed.

Then, a Hellbeast ate them.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 05 May, 2010, 06:37:49 am
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Back at school, you were either a King reader, Herbert reader or Shaun Hutson reader.
... Hutson was fucking appalling.


That was the joke even back at school. We used to read Hutson aloud, giggling. His thing was to go for the graphic violence, sex, the works. All very appealing to some of us twelve year olds, at the time. Is he still writing?

I used to love Herbert. Formulaic maybe, but it was a good formula. My copies of The Rats, Lair and Domain were much in demand at school, everyone borrowed them.

I'm really impressed, thus far, by Domain. There's nothing fresh there at all, but it is very accessible and, therefore, enjoyable.

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When laid down, each one would instantly flop open to the graphic sex scene that he always included.

haha! Loving Roger's 'excerpt' by the way!  :lol:
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Post by: Hoagy on 05 May, 2010, 07:40:38 am
Okay.. I picked up Kick Ass (now a major motion picture!) Batman, The Black Glove and LOEG 1910.

Half way through the latter two and a page into the first.

I kind of like Herbert's change of pace with Sepulchre.

Rats I never got my teeth into and Shaun Hutsons riding of that cfertain camel's back cerainly convinced me not to go there. I read the Dark and Fluke too. I always wanted to read the Spear.
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 06 May, 2010, 07:38:17 am
Received "The Wind's Twelve Quarters", a collection of short stories by Ursula LeGuin, and "Coward; Criminal vol 1" by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips in the post today. Supoib.

Stevie's quite envious of you there Kerrin, reading both Le Guin & Coward for the first time.

I'm 130 pages into Reynold's Terminal City & am quite pleased to report that the tone is more akin to the more recent material of Zima Blue than the cosmic New Space Opera of his mostly excellent Revelation Space novels.* A cracking treat.


* Redemption Ark was quite a trainwreck though, wasn't it?
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 10 May, 2010, 02:07:32 pm
ASTERIX.

 Read a few of these when I was a kid but never a) got a lot of the jokes and b) realised how many of the buggers there actually are.

I never knew I wasn't getting the jokes of course, which is part of the beauty of the series I suppose.

Anyway, came across a big pile in the Library - possibly the same copies I was borrowing 25 years ago judging by the tattered state of some of them - and grabbed the first 4. Loving them. Will probably try to read the lot now.

I could probably look up some reviews but what the hell, I trust the opinions on here so I was wondering, given that the series seems to run for so long, is there a point where it's kind of agreed that it goes off the boil? Any unnessential ones I shouldn't worry to much about if the Library hasn't got them?
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 10 May, 2010, 03:07:38 pm
Arh man you're on one of my favourite topics I LOVE Asterix some of the finest comics every produced. If you're reading old copies with the titles carved out of a menhir Obelix is carrying then the order isn't the same as the books were produced. A chronological list can be found here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Asterix_volumes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Asterix_volumes)

All the books have something to offer but for me they are really at a peak between 'Legionary' and 'Obelix and Co'. With 'Asterix and the Soothsayer' being my favourite. The books after Goscinny's death (Great Divide onwards) aren't a patch on the ones he wrote though I do have a soft spot for 'Black Gold'. The later one's are nice to look at still but the stories are pretty much all over the place.
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Post by: James Stacey on 10 May, 2010, 03:40:45 pm
yep they went down hill at around '& Son' and the recent crop have been mediocre at best, although as Colin says, they still look good. Some of the original ones have been re-released recoloured I think to make up for some of the, lets say interesting, colour pallets used for the first few. Worth checking out
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 10 May, 2010, 05:35:51 pm
Asterix was great! It was my first introduction to the word 'orgy' as I recall. In fact, I have very early memories of asking my red-faced father what the word 'orgy' meant. 'It's just another word for big party', he said. :)
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 10 May, 2010, 05:38:08 pm
Yeah there's bit in 'Asterix in Switzerland' that looking back I really wasn't getting... and that's no bad thing!
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 10 May, 2010, 07:03:59 pm
Cheers for the responses everyone. I shall descend upon the library with that wikipedia list and see what I can scoop up.

I have to admit that I've been chuckling away at these a lot more than I expected to. I suppose if I'm honest, my reasons for picking them up were about 50/50 nostalgic/ironic. Really did have the idea that they were quite childish. Had no idea they were held in such high regard.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 10 May, 2010, 08:40:07 pm
Well they are children's books so its not a bad assumption. That of course doesn't mean they are not magnicient and incredibly clever.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 10 May, 2010, 08:52:57 pm
It's those open minded, non judgemental Space Marines once again in A thousand sons, a Horus Heresy book by Graham MacNeill.

Grab your Bolter and get blastin'! [oh er missus!]
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Post by: House of Usher on 11 May, 2010, 12:11:02 am
I've just read Nevermore, an indie graphic novel anthology adaptation of 9 Edgar Allan Poe stories, published by SelfMadeHero in 2007.

It was an impressive little book. Six out of the nine stories have very polished scripts, and the contributors are a mix of professionals and semi-/non-professionals, including big names like Jamie Delano, Steve Pugh, John McCrea and Edgington and D'Israeli.

Dan Whitehead and Stuart Tipples' adaptation of The Raven is deftly paced, and the visuals keep the situation in view when the words alone might run away with the reader, causing one to lose sight of where they came in.

There are imaginative updates of The Pit and the Pendulum, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Heretical as it may be to say so, I'm grateful to Edgington and D'Israeli for doing The Murders in the Rue Morgue in a mere 10 pages!

The real highlight for me was The Oval Portrait, adapted by David Berner and Natalie Sandells. It reads like only the cream of the crop of strips published in a 1970s edition of House of Secrets, which, if you read a lot of them in series, is a very patchy read. David Berner's writing is fantastic, and Natalie's drawing style evokes a certain vintage, specifically DC's end of the eighties Wasteland horror anthology.

A bit expensive at £12.99, but cost me nothing to borrow from the library. A nice little travel-sized volume, it helped pass the time on a long coach trip.
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Post by: TordelBack on 11 May, 2010, 01:23:13 am
I recently started reading Asterix the Gaul to my 4-next-week boy, but found myself chuckling at the puns in almost every panel, and then being forced to explain (at length) what I was laughing at - we barely made it to the second page.  Excellent stuff, and just as good as I remembered - just much, much funnier (if you share a love of supra-Abnettian puns).
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 11 May, 2010, 01:26:55 am
A absolute spudload of sources for my dissertation about Sheffield's buildings. What I have learned: people hated Sheffield's buildings.

"The old buildings of Sheffield are something of a joke. In style after style there is the demure and the second rate" Ian Nairn

"Architecturally Sheffield is a miserable disappointment" Nikolaus Pevsner

"It has a population of half a million and it contains fewer decent buildings than the average East Anglian village of five hundred" George Orwell

Sigh.
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Post by: House of Usher on 11 May, 2010, 11:00:50 pm
"It has a population of half a million and it contains fewer decent buildings than the average East Anglian village of five hundred" George Orwell

The WJEC exam board presented Orwell on Sheffield as a comprehension piece in its Higher Tier Paper 2 English exam in June 2006. I think it was an inspired choice!
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Post by: nev on 18 May, 2010, 06:17:13 pm
Nikolai Dante: The Romanov Dynasty.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 18 May, 2010, 06:22:50 pm

"It has a population of half a million and it contains fewer decent buildings than the average East Anglian village of five hundred" George Orwell

Sigh.

I shouldnt think that Sheffields architecture is that much worse than any other Northern town/ city that expanded rapidly during the Victorian era.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 18 May, 2010, 07:41:49 pm
"Line War" by Neal Asher an AI heavy book but fun despite the mostly non-human cast.I think it would have helped if I'd started with the first book in the series as it can get a bit confusing between dragons, draco-men, polity AI's, Golems and  killer arachnid gun platforms.

Also just got "Kull the Conqueror" by Robert E Howard. Never read any Kull and as they're mostly re-hashed "Conan" stories I'm looking forward to seeing how they stand up.Some excellent illustration work in there too.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 22 May, 2010, 01:11:06 am
Earlier this week I finished the 5th Felix Castor book, The Naming of the Beasts. I meant to come on here and rave about it sooner. Suffice to say, it was fecking superb.

 I've enjoyed all the books in this series but this one was just in another league. By halfway through the book I was convinced half the cast were for the chop and was genuinely distraught at the prospect, while the final confrontation between Castor and his Demonic nemesis is just an incredible, all-in, last ditch desperate struggle for survival that is absolutely gripping from start to blood soaked finish.

Highly recomended. Carey is gonna have to really go some to match this with book 6.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 22 May, 2010, 09:07:26 am
Just finished 'A pirate of Exquisite Mind' a biography of William Dampier who if you've not heard of him was a buccaneer who did some incredible studies to the natural world, helped develop travel writing, inspired Jonathon Swift and Charles Darwin, sached Spainish towns and coined the word avocado amongst many other things. If that's not a life worth reading about I don't know what is. Fantastic book.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 22 May, 2010, 05:06:56 pm
I'm reading two fellow Snowbooks authors; MANEATER by Thomas Emson and GHOSTS OF MANHATTAN by George Mann. You couldn't get two more different writers! Emson writes with a style so economic, it feels as if it's been relayed to you by some guy on the run. Mann's style suits his steampunk tale; comic-book, campy and fun. Bot enjoyable reads.
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Post by: wild-seven on 22 May, 2010, 11:13:23 pm
A biography of Beau Brummel - influence for 'This Charming Man' FACT!
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Post by: Mike Gloady on 22 May, 2010, 11:17:27 pm
Not really a sci-fi/fantasy reader (not outside Tharg's Emerald Organ anyway), heck I'm rarely a fiction reader - but I'm on the last throes of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and it's really rather good.  Very outside the norm, which is nothing but a good thing for me.

Now if only I wasn't too tired to read it tonight.
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Post by: dweezil2 on 24 May, 2010, 11:13:44 am
Punishermax is absolutely on fire at the moment.
I didn't think anyone could top Garth Ennis on his run, but this comes pretty darn close.
The 'Bullseye' story running at the moment is all kinds of arsom, with a side order of more arsom!
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 27 May, 2010, 05:39:36 am
Punishermax is absolutely on fire at the moment.
I didn't think anyone could top Garth Ennis on his run, but this comes pretty darn close.
The 'Bullseye' story running at the moment is all kinds of arsom, with a side order of more arsom!

Oh good I'm a fan of Aaron's Scalped but not his Weapon X work. i'm glad to hear he's a good fit for Punisher.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 30 May, 2010, 06:07:28 pm
Anybody else picked up a copy of Stephen King's new novella "Blockade Billy" yet? It's a really great read, quite stripped down for his style, and has a creepy little short story thrown in as a bonus. It's highly recommended for fans :-)
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Post by: Darren Stephens on 30 May, 2010, 08:07:12 pm
Just started on Hellbazer : Pandemonium. Seems great so far. Jocks the man as far as I'm concerned.  :D
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 30 May, 2010, 09:22:13 pm
Anybody else picked up a copy of Stephen King's new novella "Blockade Billy" yet? It's a really great read, quite stripped down for his style, and has a creepy little short story thrown in as a bonus. It's highly recommended for fans :-)
Didn't know this existed- but I shall track it down.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 30 May, 2010, 09:41:18 pm
Anybody else picked up a copy of Stephen King's new novella "Blockade Billy" yet? It's a really great read, quite stripped down for his style, and has a creepy little short story thrown in as a bonus. It's highly recommended for fans :-)

My main criticism of King has always been his verbose style; I love his characterisation, his storytelling and his style of writing, I just think he often overdoes it in terms of word count. For me, his best writing has been his more economic writing; Cell, Carrie etc. 
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 30 May, 2010, 10:42:23 pm
Finished Atwood's "The Year of the Flood" today. It's a sort of sequel to "Oryx and Crake" if you're interested.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 31 May, 2010, 12:36:59 am
Finishing off Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs.

Then it will be Legion by Mr Abnett. I'm finding the Horus Hersy books a curious read because individually they can seem qite slight reads but the series as a whole is a quite involved Universe building exercise that manages to surpass it's big men with guns game tie-in roots and become something rather special. At first I resented the fact that the books seemed to back track and go over a lot of the same ground several times but I've realised that there is always something new in each interpretation. The series isn't designed to be a linear narrative so much as a series of snapshots. It's really grown on me. Not bad for a series that was shoved on me by a pushy mate and I never would have touched were it not for Dan Abnetts name on Book 1.

 I was gonna delve into Weaveworld by Clive Barker after that, my first taste of Barker, but I've had the Joe Pitt books by Charlie Huston  brought to my attention so if the first one of them arrives at the library Mr Barker will be put on hold again. I do like an ongoing series over a standalone.
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Post by: puggdogg on 31 May, 2010, 05:02:28 am
Last night I finished reading 'Cursed Earth Asylum' by David Bishop. Now
i don't know what to read next. Maybe 'Nation' by Terry Pratchett.
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Post by: Robin Low on 31 May, 2010, 08:48:44 am
The Fabric of Sin by Phil Rickman
A Very Short Introduction to Logic (one of the huge and excellent V. Short Intro range)
Glorantha: The Second Age (a roleplaying book, all setting, no rules as such)

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 31 May, 2010, 09:18:07 am
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I was gonna delve into Weaveworld by Clive Barker after that

This one jockeys for the postion of Best Book Ever with Iain M Banks's Use Of Weapons.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 31 May, 2010, 02:49:31 pm
Anybody else picked up a copy of Stephen King's new novella "Blockade Billy" yet? It's a really great read, quite stripped down for his style, and has a creepy little short story thrown in as a bonus. It's highly recommended for fans :-)

My main criticism of King has always been his verbose style; I love his characterisation, his storytelling and his style of writing, I just think he often overdoes it in terms of word count. For me, his best writing has been his more economic writing; Cell, Carrie etc. 


Yeah, this one is more in line with those, and close to the "Different Seasons" set of novellas - very conversational style of writing. It's made me quite excited for the next King release, which (I think) is going to be another set of novellas. After "Lisey's Story," which I've never been able to read, it's great to be getting excited about his work again :-)
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Post by: Stuzzle on 31 May, 2010, 06:45:13 pm
I, perusing through my local Waterstones today, am a bit late on the discovery train I realise, but I have now found Garth Eniss' "The Boys" Volume 1 'Name Of The Game'  :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Bolt-01 on 02 June, 2010, 09:51:12 am
This weekend I read issues 12 & 13 od Sgt Mike Battle- And loved 'em. Graham really does this so well. I've got 14 & 15 ready and waiting a little further down in the pile, so I'm looking forward to those immensely.

About to read Lady S from Cinebooks.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 02 June, 2010, 10:00:13 am
How Not to Grow Up by Richard Herring.
Very good so far. As expected it is funny and more than a little purile in places, but ti is also astonishingly moving and bravely honest.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Spaceghost on 02 June, 2010, 11:15:13 am
Just started The Noise Within (staying loyal to Rebellion) after seeing the ad in the prog. It's already action packed and fun. Not the best written book in the world, it really makes you appreciate Iain M Banks' fantastic literary skills, but it's fast and exciting.

Next I've got The New Space Opera anthology and Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Marbles on 02 June, 2010, 02:49:54 pm
Just finished 'Engleby' by Sebastian Faulks, loved it. Plot :-

70's student weirdo gets obsessive about fellow female student, she then goes missing presumed, but was he involved in her disappearance ? He just can't remember...

Really well written and thought provoking.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 02 June, 2010, 06:20:17 pm
Just finished Shade 20-50 and boy its a great read... except... well I know that perceived wisdom says Shade goes off the boil after issue 50 but I have to be honest I thought 'A Season in Hell' (issues 45-50) wasn't quite up to the level of what'd gone before. Even the ending didn't have the impact that it should have to me.

What also struck me was my attitude to some of the characters had changed a lot since I first read the issues in my late teens early 20s. Lenny especially while more interesting to me was as cool as I remember her, in that she pissed me off at times... I'm getting old!

Still know where Banners' avatar comes from now!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 03 June, 2010, 11:15:21 pm
catching up on the hamlyn trades i missed like ,raptaur (bugger,paid 3 quid for that then ot it free a couple o weeks later in the meg ::)) fetish and babes in arms

what happened to siku? liked his take on dredd almost cariacture ike inikada or wotshis name was from regime change liked that stuff too!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: James Stacey on 04 June, 2010, 11:49:47 am
what happened to siku?
He did a 'Bod cover a couple of weeks ago
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 04 June, 2010, 12:15:55 pm
what happened to siku?
He did a 'Bod cover a couple of weeks ago

Which Pete Wells covered in his excellent Covers Blog here

http://2000adcovers.blogspot.com/2010/05/siku-red-dead-redemption.html (http://2000adcovers.blogspot.com/2010/05/siku-red-dead-redemption.html)

Which included at the bottom a linkie t Siku's website so you can see exactly what he's up to these days.

http://www.theartofsiku.com/ (http://www.theartofsiku.com/)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 04 June, 2010, 02:28:51 pm
we gotta gettim back on a dredd strip!!!

just finished my hamlyn collection(thanks amazon) of blind justice book of the dead and democracy now

and dredd and lobo!!!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 07 June, 2010, 04:17:11 pm
Just finished "SUPERHUMAN" by Michael Carroll of this parish. Loved it! The story and characters were spot on and I laughed out loud several times, mainly at another of Lance's quips. Aimed at the teenage market but highly enjoyable for all. If you've got a teenager buy them a copy, if you haven't, buy one for yourself. Available from the link below...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Human-Michael-Carroll/dp/0399252975/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1275923658&sr=1-2-fkmr0 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Human-Michael-Carroll/dp/0399252975/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1275923658&sr=1-2-fkmr0)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: puggdogg on 08 June, 2010, 08:00:11 am
I'm about half way through Strontium Dog Agency Files vol.1 I've never read any SD before. I had only listened to the audio dramas starring Simon Pegg.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 08 June, 2010, 08:45:31 am
Downriver by Iain Sinclair. I think I'm missing something.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 08 June, 2010, 09:18:24 am
Halfway through Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs, an original take on an autobiography.  It's very funny and frequently thought-provoking, but as it goes on I'm growing to dislike the man himself.  That he makes me feel inadequate as a person is only part of it, but it's probably a big part. Pity, because I love his work.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 12 June, 2010, 10:34:21 pm
Ploughing through Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth 02.

It's been years since I saw Cam Kennedy's B&W artwork on this, and it's chuffing brilliant!

I'm actually surprised the book is as good as it is, as a lot of the early collections have left me cold previously.

Recommend this one though.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 12 June, 2010, 10:36:00 pm
Just started Walt & Skeezix vol 1.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 12 June, 2010, 11:30:50 pm
I'm on my third run with Stephen King's Duma Key. It's getting exciting, again, and hurtling towards a rather creepy finish. The man writes well, when he wants to; you have to give it to him.

After I'm done with that, I'll either return to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or start on a rather delightful mint condition, first edition Cujo I picked up today from the charity shop I work at :D 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mike Carroll on 13 June, 2010, 01:12:09 am
Just finished "SUPERHUMAN" by Michael Carroll of this parish. Loved it! The story and characters were spot on and I laughed out loud several times, mainly at another of Lance's quips. Aimed at the teenage market but highly enjoyable for all. If you've got a teenager buy them a copy, if you haven't, buy one for yourself. Available from the link below...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Human-Michael-Carroll/dp/0399252975/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1275923658&sr=1-2-fkmr0 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Human-Michael-Carroll/dp/0399252975/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1275923658&sr=1-2-fkmr0)

Cheers, Kerrin! Always happy to see positive reviews!
-- Mike
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 June, 2010, 02:19:57 am
A couple of your books are in MK library, and I make a point of picking them up, finding another 15 items to max out my allowance so I "have" to put it back because that's how I roll.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 June, 2010, 02:42:46 am
because that's how I roll.


you must be pretty chubby.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Devons Daddy on 13 June, 2010, 10:27:08 am
Forty five'45. Bloody awesome!!!!!   Also downloading the art of war. Two fold see how it is the iPad and as it may help in my carear development.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 13 June, 2010, 12:09:00 pm
After a truly awful week it's good to cheer yourself up with the H.P Lovecraft Omnibus: Dagon and other macabre tales.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: willthemightyW on 13 June, 2010, 01:03:44 pm
Public Enemies by Bryan Burrough, it's pretty good.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: puggdogg on 15 June, 2010, 05:02:13 am
This morning I just finished reading Terry Pratchett's nation.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: zombemybabynow on 15 June, 2010, 12:21:51 pm
very excited 'bout m. lark's upcoming art on asm

other than that images chew - give the first tpb a go, only costs 7 quid
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 June, 2010, 12:25:31 pm
Excel sheets.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 15 June, 2010, 12:39:50 pm
Excel sheets.
I love Excel.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 June, 2010, 12:56:47 pm
Excel sheets.
I love Excel.

I don't!

200+ pages of info to type in!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: nev on 15 June, 2010, 03:37:53 pm
Excel sheets.
I love Excel.
I love Excel. Just spent the last two days making a beautiful file.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 15 June, 2010, 03:56:07 pm
Excel sheets.
I love Excel.
I don't!

200+ pages of info to type in!
There must be an easier way!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 June, 2010, 04:01:31 pm
Excel sheets.
I love Excel.
I don't!

200+ pages of info to type in!
There must be an easier way!

Probably... all done now anyway. I'm now typing this and looking busy!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 15 June, 2010, 11:58:16 pm
Dragon Warriors 'Friends or Foes' RPG sourcebook, with contributions from one Robin Low - our Robin Low?  If so, lift that bushel, man!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 21 June, 2010, 01:25:53 am
Halfway through Strange Tales vol 1. So far Paul Pope's Inhumans and Dash Shaw doing Dr. Strange are worth the price of admission on their own. I would have to choose Pope as the ultimate fantasy Dredd artist right now.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Darren Stephens on 21 June, 2010, 05:06:15 pm
Got Hellboy : The Wild Hunt and The Boys : Herogasm for Fathers day. Just started on the HB one....Duncan Fegredos work on that is exceptional. :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: M.I. on 21 June, 2010, 06:06:32 pm
Mario Puzo - The Sicilian
Terry Pratchett - The Wee Free Men
Haruki Murakami - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - yes, this is mainstream, but I want to know what awaits me in the end )
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 21 June, 2010, 06:13:14 pm
Just started Cujo by Stephen King. If you've read his book, On Writing, you'll know that Cujo was written during the worst of his alcoholism meaning he can't remember actually writing very much of it. That said, I'm actually really enjoying it so far. Quite different style of writing to the last book of his that I read; Duma Key. 
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 21 June, 2010, 06:52:55 pm
I'm reading The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings. I didn't know quite what to expect. It was lent to me by a work colleague who knows the author.

It's a very well written historical novel of the 20th Century, of unlikely small-world coincidences and degrees of separation. It's impressively well researched, convincingly authentic and difficult to put down. The tone, trajectory and descriptive detail remind me of reading Iain Banks.

The plot: the prologue is a mess of fragments of the various characters' lives, then a girl called Kathleen, who has a natural mathematical aptitude, wanders around London during the Blitz and dreams of using her talents to help the war effort. College drop-out Saul Cogan flirts with the 1960s counter-culture after winding up at a squat in the aftermath of an Anti-Vietnam rally. Anthony Burden, former student of Alan Turing, struggles with his sexuality in war-torn London and marries a Jewish girl before resorting to eletro-shock therapy to make him 'normal' - that's the first 200 pages.

From the reviews on Amazon I'm expecting a great big let-down of an ending, but I don't know how much Amazon customer reviews can be relied upon. I don't care if the ending is good or not, it's just nice to have something to read that is skilfully written.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 21 June, 2010, 07:42:01 pm
faker by mike carey and art by some fella called jock entertaining stuff but couldnt help wonder what happened to the "poor "prof the girl blackmailed  ;)

pay day and grandville later this week!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: willthemightyW on 25 June, 2010, 07:53:47 pm
waiting for Alan Moore's future shocks to arrive, bought and re-reading strontium dog: The Final solution. Hoping to get some more hellboy.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 25 June, 2010, 10:02:41 pm
A third of the way through Bodyworld. You need to read this too.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: puggdogg on 26 June, 2010, 01:42:24 am
Last night I just finished reading V for Vendetta which I had owned for a couple years but was too lazy to pick it up and read until now.

Then I started the complete D.R. and Quinch.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 26 June, 2010, 08:13:16 am
Just ordered "The Fuller Memorandum (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuller-Memorandum-Laundry-3/dp/1841497703/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277536091&sr=8-1)" by Charles Stross, the third of his "Laundry" books, having recently reread the second. More adventures of Bob the techy secret agent and his dealings with the denizens of the vasty deeps.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Emperor on 26 June, 2010, 04:53:31 pm
Just ordered "The Fuller Memorandum (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuller-Memorandum-Laundry-3/dp/1841497703/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277536091&sr=8-1)" by Charles Stross, the third of his "Laundry" books, having recently reread the second. More adventures of Bob the techy secret agent and his dealings with the denizens of the vasty deeps.

Oooooooo it is out? I thought it wasn't being released until next month (or did you pre-order it?). Exciting!!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 26 June, 2010, 06:22:11 pm
Yep, it's in stock at Amazon, click the link in my previous post. Ordered "The Boys" vol 6 and "Betelgeuse" vol 3 as well.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Strontium Jimmy on 27 June, 2010, 05:50:16 am
The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I'm halfway through the second book Before they are Hanged. A enjoyable romp.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Zarjazzer on 27 June, 2010, 11:15:31 am
Joe Abercrombie's ace!

I'm reading Hammers Slammers a military sci- fi,(oh what a surprise! :)) book written by a Vietnam vet (and it shows) -brutalising and chilling.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 27 June, 2010, 11:22:36 am
I finished reading The Weight of Numbers by Simon Ings. The negative reviewers on Amazon are just carping. It does tie up and it does have a proper ending. It's quite a bold move to make a human trafficker the hero of your novel. I think the readers who didn't like it were expecting something more than just a novel, so no wonder they were disappointed.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 29 June, 2010, 12:50:30 pm
Still hammering my way through CUJO by Stephen King and thoroughly enjoying it. If this is the kind of writing that alcoholism breeds, I need to get myself a drink :)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 June, 2010, 12:55:44 pm
Still hammering my way through CUJO by Stephen King and thoroughly enjoying it. If this is the kind of writing that alcoholism breeds, I need to get myself a drink :)

Yeah- that's what I thought too!
I'm not sure if he says it in On Writing, but he also says he cannot remember writing Cujo... now that's just not fair.

Anyway- Reading Hardcore Troubadour, a biography of Steve Earle. It's hair raising stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Tiplodocus on 29 June, 2010, 07:01:29 pm
Just finished Tony parsons MAN AND WIFE. That was hard work. Like Nick Hornby but without character, obsession or laughs.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 29 June, 2010, 07:15:09 pm
A Boots Booklovers Library copy of a 1958 memoir of the 1920s by one Beverley Nichols, called The Sweet and Twenties. It's very scrappy - intentionally scrap-booky - flitting from one mane-check to another and not terribly well written, but a mine of information and opinion on life after the Great War. He knew Noel Coward, don'tcher know.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: PsychoGoatee on 29 June, 2010, 07:44:39 pm
Can never get enough of Savage Dragon, Invincible, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, and Conan The Cimmerian.

And of course, 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine.

Plus manga: Blade of the Immortal, Gunsmith Cats, and Bastard!!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 29 June, 2010, 09:16:10 pm
flitting from one mane-check to another

Lice?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 29 June, 2010, 11:55:24 pm
Almost finished The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Volume 2. More short stories by Ursula Le Guin which get better and better. Vaster than Empires and More Slow has been the best so far, but they all have something to give even when it's just a particularly intense passage. I also like her acerbic little intros to each story and I find the idea of her being published in Playboy quite astounding. I've always heard that it used to be a magazine that featured a lot of good writing, but I've never really been able to believe it.

On a related note, I've just spent an hour reading every post Tordelback's ever made concerning "le Guin." There's a few.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 30 June, 2010, 07:42:35 am
Almost finished The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Volume 2.

There's a volume 2? Class. Not long finished the first one, which it has to be said was about the finest collection of short stories I've ever read.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: I, Cosh on 30 June, 2010, 11:39:17 am
Almost finished The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Volume 2.
There's a volume 2? Class. Not long finished the first one, which it has to be said was about the finest collection of short stories I've ever read.
There was, but if you're copy was published in the last twenty years it probably includes both the original volumes.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 30 June, 2010, 11:53:34 am
There was, but if you're copy was published in the last twenty years it probably includes both the original volumes.

S'right.

Juts finished Jack McDevitt's Seeker, one of his very best.  I actually cheered out loud (in public) at the final revelation.  Go humanity!
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: HOO-HAA on 30 June, 2010, 12:40:19 pm
Still hammering my way through CUJO by Stephen King and thoroughly enjoying it. If this is the kind of writing that alcoholism breeds, I need to get myself a drink :)

Yeah- that's what I thought too!
I'm not sure if he says it in On Writing, but he also says he cannot remember writing Cujo... now that's just not fair.

Yep, that's correct. He can't remember writing Cujo. Which annoyed him, as I recall. He likes that book (unlike Rose Madder or Insomnia which he describes as 'try hard')

The thing about Cujo is that it's riddled with adverbs, which he speaks ill off in On Writing. Good to see how he had to hone the craft like the rest of us, evolving his style with each book he wrote. Still, it's odd that it's his earlier work I always hark back to (Carrie is one of my all-time fav reads) as opposed to some of his recent, more literary output.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 30 June, 2010, 10:01:48 pm
There was, but if you're copy was published in the last twenty years it probably includes both the original volumes.

Having read "Vaster than Empires and More Slow" (brilliant story, I always new there was something strange going on with vegetables), I should have realised that. I shall go and stand in the corner.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Something Fishy on 01 July, 2010, 01:38:14 pm
Currently a collection called "The Monster Book of Horror Comics".

Just ordered the "Stainless Steel Rat Collection".  Been meaning to read them for years.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Aaron A Aardvark on 01 July, 2010, 02:35:18 pm
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman

The Emile Heskey of tyrants, interesting stuff.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Colin YNWA on 01 July, 2010, 02:39:13 pm
What he was just a big sad bear?
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Aaron A Aardvark on 01 July, 2010, 03:02:55 pm
What he was just a big sad bear?

Basically yes. Just hopelessly out of his depth and the harder he tried, the worse he got, until he nearly blew up the world. If it wasn't for all the death warrants I'd feel sorry for him.

(And I bet Cappello still picks him, dumb-ass.)
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 01 July, 2010, 08:30:57 pm
Just ordered the "Stainless Steel Rat Collection".  Been meaning to read them for years.

You're in for a treat Fishy. They're great fun. It's about time there was a film of The Stainless Steel Rat.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Something Fishy on 02 July, 2010, 03:31:45 pm
Just ordered the "Stainless Steel Rat Collection".  Been meaning to read them for years.

You're in for a treat Fishy. They're great fun. It's about time there was a film of The Stainless Steel Rat.

Ace!

I've fancied reading them since they were in the prog years ago, just never got around to it.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Kerrin on 02 July, 2010, 05:53:46 pm
The original novels by Harry Harrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harrison) are well worth a read Fishy. Plenty more stories on top of the ones adapted for the prog.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 03 July, 2010, 01:31:24 am
I've just finished The Gunpowder Plot, which was, as promised, a very accessible and eminently readable overview of the whole affair. I'm not widely enough read to comment on how this account may differ from others on the subject but it seemed, to this layman at least, to be pretty unbiased and evenhanded to the various factions involved.

I was surprised to reads that there is zero evidence that the plotters mined there way in to the cellars and that this is generally poo poo'd by historians as Government propoganda, because I remember it being taught as fact at my school. In fact, this book did bring back a lot of stuff from school and then poke holes in it.

I can understand simplifying the facts slightly to give kids an overview of a complicated subject but to teach a blatant lie seems slightly off to me.

Anyway, I enjoyed the book and it actually made me quite moved at the fates of some of the players as the inevitable body count started to rise. It made me realise how easily we forget, with the passage of time, that these names in a book were once real people. Not an original thought I'm sure but I can honestly (and slightly shamefully) say that I never really think about these things in any meaningful way.

In fact, I got to thinking when I finished this that I couldn't recall the last non fiction book I'd read that wasn't some kind of 'making of' a tv show or something like that. I am resolved to do better.

Not yet thugh cos I'm reading Droid Files 2. Which sadly is leaving me a little cold at the mo. I loved the first book but this one started with a footie story (I wouldn't get the gags if they were aimed at contemporary sports figures so I've no chance here) and then launched into a musical story which requires you to put the dialogue to music. Often to tunes I don't know. Very off putting and drags me out of the story. I'm hoping that the whole book isn't full of these gimmicky types of stories because I was really looking forward to more like book 1.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: TordelBack on 03 July, 2010, 10:04:21 am
Quote
Anyway, I enjoyed the book and it actually made me quite moved at the fates of some of the players as the inevitable body count started to rise. It made me realise how easily we forget, with the passage of time, that these names in a book were once real people.

That's exactly what I took away from it too, that and the reaffirmation that in behind every 'major event' of history there's at least two bunches of silly sods all pulling in different directions and tripping each other up.  Apparently it's just how we do things on my planet.  See also:  Robert Harris' outstanding Cicero novels.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 03 July, 2010, 01:55:20 pm
Just ordered the "Stainless Steel Rat Collection".  Been meaning to read them for years.

You're in for a treat Fishy. They're great fun. It's about time there was a film of The Stainless Steel Rat.

You'd have filmgoers - and before it even got that far, studio executives - saying "so, where's the rat in this picture? And it's like this robot, yeah? Made of stainless steel? And this Jim Degrees fellow is hunting it down?"

 ::) :lol:
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Something Fishy on 04 July, 2010, 10:11:17 am
The original novels by Harry Harrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Harrison) are well worth a read Fishy. Plenty more stories on top of the ones adapted for the prog.

That's the ones I've ordered.  A collected edition of three of them. Looking forward to them.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 04 July, 2010, 11:23:34 am
ENFORCER by Matthew Ferrar a Warhammer 40 K omnibus novel type of thing.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: House of Usher on 04 July, 2010, 11:58:25 am
I'm reading Omniviscope Mk5 and Mk6.

Paul Scott's inventiveness never ceases to amaze me, and as usual there's a wealth of artistic talent bringing the stories to monochrome 2D life.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: trapperconnor on 05 July, 2010, 11:41:31 pm
Damn, got a lot on my plate at the moment, currently reading Strontium Dog Vol.4, Doctor Who: Escape Velocity, Torchwood: Border Princes, Spiderman Clone Saga Book 1 and trying to get around to reading Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted. PHEW!

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: mogzilla on 06 July, 2010, 06:14:07 pm
stainless steel rat for me too :D :D :D
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: puggdogg on 07 July, 2010, 02:40:28 am
Last night I started Dredd Case Files Vol. 3.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Something Fishy on 07 July, 2010, 08:48:07 am
stainless steel rat for me too :D :D :D

The comics or books?


I only just found out they've released the GN. Funny timing that I just decided to get the books for the first time (having been reminded about about it in SFX).  I may have to get the GN too (though I have a few Dredd ones to get too).
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: nev on 07 July, 2010, 11:01:23 am
Just read The Road whilst camping, bloody amazing, I couldn't put it down.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Mikey on 07 July, 2010, 11:23:36 am
The Beggar Maid by Alice Monroe.

It's a series of linked short stories following the character Rose and her changing relationship with her parents, particularly her adoptive mother Flo, as Rose moves out into the wider world. Well, Canada at any rate. Semi autobiographical, it's not genre, as I'm sure you guessed.

Munroe writes with a directness and frankness that suits the humble home life of Rose, growing up on the poor side of Hanratty. I'd describe it as part social commentary, part local history exploration of who Rose is and the social changes she witnesses.

There's some great musings on being dirt poor and not knowing it until the wider world comes knocking, and how that feels - which strikes a chord with me. The dialogue between the women, their experiences and their attitudes to the world really remind me of my own mother and her family and how, ultimately, you can take Billy out of the Hill but not the Hill out of Billy. (explains my soft spot for country!)

Great stuff!

M.
Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Daveycandlish on 07 July, 2010, 07:36:51 pm

Just got Rainbow Orchid volume 2 by Garen Ewing in the post this morning
Loved this when it was in BAM! all those years ago and can't wait to start on this!

Title: Re: Whats everyone reading?
Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 07 July, 2010, 11:07:47 pm
Today I returned to the library a lovely coffee table book by Alan Barnes and someone else whose name escapes me at the moment that's all about Hammer films through the years.

I'll confess that I got it primarily to look at the pictures, because there is a wealth of stuff in there, from reproductions of posters, portraits of the various bits of totty  and all sorts of behind the scenes shots of cast and crew. I got sucked in by the ext though, which I expected to be not much more than glorified captions but was anything but. There is a 2/3 page article on every genre film they produced, and overviews of their other titles, like the war movies and their forays into adapting sitcoms for the big screen.

It's a few years old now I think so anyone on here with any interest has probably seen it but if not it's well worth a look. It's certainly got me on the lookout for some of the titles it talks about. I hadn't realised how prolific they actually were.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 08 July, 2010, 01:04:42 am
Finished "The Grass is Singing" by Doris Lessing and it's probably the most overwhelming book I've ever read.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 08 July, 2010, 09:28:45 am
Super Human by some guy Carroll...
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Post by: vzzbux on 08 July, 2010, 10:58:08 pm
The missus is hammering her way through the Twilight saga at the moment.
I on the other hand am going to go through my Titan Nemesis Book 2 followed by Judge Death.






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Post by: flip-r mk2 on 08 July, 2010, 11:07:25 pm
Flu by our very own HooHaa.



filip
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Post by: Emp on 09 July, 2010, 09:37:29 pm
Just finished "The Whispers" (a Charlie Parker novel) by John Connelly. A good book made better if you've read all the ones before.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 09 July, 2010, 09:42:09 pm
Today I returned to the library a lovely coffee table book by Alan Barnes and someone else whose name escapes me at the moment that's all about Hammer films through the years.

 

I think I saw that on sale at Forbidden Planet - it was too pricey to pick up, but looked delicious. There was another one beside it called something like 'The Women of Hammer' which also... er... looked rather tasty.

Flu by our very own HooHaa.

flip! Thanks so much for taking a chance on flu! I really hope you enjoy it, sir.

I'm currently working on the edits for my next release through Snowbooks, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Due out January 2011. Bang on time for Hi-Ex! :)
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Post by: Devons Daddy on 10 July, 2010, 11:28:08 am
Medium Rare, by Anthony Bouridan.

his follow up to kitchen confidential, this is mid life crisis version, of acknowledgement to world of change in culinary terms.

great read. but am in the same place as the author, no longer a chef, and acknowledge that at this stage its a good thing.incredible details and descriptoins that truly encapsulate the meals he has eaten. how we see the industry as insiders now on the outside.

not sure how this will play to the rest of the world, but the hospitality mid lifers will enjloy this as much as his Kit/Con. the rest of the world, i think you will be intrigued and enjoy.
on amazon and Ibooks as a great download,not sure of the hard back or soft back at USD $13 its a steal.
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Post by: flip-r mk2 on 10 July, 2010, 01:26:19 pm


flip! Thanks so much for taking a chance on flu! I really hope you enjoy it, sir.

I'm currently working on the edits for my next release through Snowbooks, Drop Dead Gorgeous. Due out January 2011. Bang on time for Hi-Ex! :)
120 pages in and really enjoying the Flu(never thought I'd ever say that)glad you didn't go with running zombies(hope they don't start speeding up later).Hope to make to Hi-Ex and maybe 2D next year if everything goes to plan, then I can get you to sign my copies of Flu and Drop Dead Gorgeous when it released.


filip
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 10 July, 2010, 01:51:58 pm
Gave up on Hammers Slammers i just couldn't get into it though the initial stories were good but it was so light on any sort of plot/interesting characters that in the end I didn't give a damn if the protagonists and their hover tanks got blown away or not.

Back to star wars with the Shadows of Minbar-okay but a bit odd as Luke is still new to the force yet can juggle/control an already  flying ship which just smacks too much of that Force Unleashed drivel that I shall say no more!

Also read some comics -AFter Dark written by Wesley Snipes of all people-quite good and more Star Wars TPB of Empire-good but with some wobbly art here and there.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 July, 2010, 11:28:56 am
Finished Stephen King's Cujo. A heart-breaking, powerful read centred around a rabid dog. For me, this is King at his best - simple, character-driven horror that leaves you moved at the finale. Wonderful stuff.

Going to move onto David Moody's Dog blood now.   
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Post by: TordelBack on 11 July, 2010, 07:07:25 pm
Read the first Young Liars trade, which finally showed up in my local library.  Oh dear.  I don't think I get Lapham at all.  More distasteful disjointed over-narrated nonsense, and seems solely to exist to set up a few ker-ay-zee splash pages.  How it's like "a really good rock-and-roll song", as the endorsements claim, I have no idea - limited range, repetitive beat and makes no sense, maybe?  It's all very nicely drawn, I admit, but basically I want that hour of my life back.  There's a reason songs are only a few minutes long.
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Post by: willthemightyW on 12 July, 2010, 10:12:59 pm
Requiem Vampire Knight vol.1 by Pat Mills and someonefrenchwhosfirstnameIcan'tremember Ledroit. It arrived today, and so far it's very good.
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Post by: puggdogg on 13 July, 2010, 01:01:26 pm
Last night I finished reading the final TPB of the Goon. I read through all ten volumes. Now I'm having withdrawals. Damn Eric Powell has created a masterpiece series. I think tonight I'll start on Dredd Case Files Vol 04.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on 13 July, 2010, 02:50:56 pm
Just rocked the Button Man: The Killing Game TPB, classic classic stuff.
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Post by: radiator on 13 July, 2010, 03:12:55 pm
Over my holiday I read:

All You Need is Kill (prose novel) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
I got this because I heard a movie adaptation is being fast-tracked into production so I wanted to be ahead of the curve! Also the premise grabbed me (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, essentially). It was OK, a quick, action-packed read but at times it reads a little like fan-fiction thanks to some ripe dialogue and overuse of swearing - I think a lot of that may be down to the translation from the original Japanese. It also sort of feels like it is an adaptation of a manga or anime series - it has that vibe. Some neat sci-fi ideas, though and I look forward to seeing the movie. 6/10

Batman and Robin Volume 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Philip Tan
Posted my thoughts on this elsewhere. First half = hugely enjoyable, second half lost me a little. 7/10

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K Vaughn and Niko Henrichon
I borrowed this from the local library and having read it, am glad I didn't pay any money for it. It was OK/poor, and did little to change my mind about Vaughn, who I've long thought to be a wildly overrated writer. It started well, but the heavy handed story and dialogue just started irritating me by the end - it just kept reminding me of the similarly themed, but infinitely superior We3. The art was accomplished, but too overtly digital-looking for my tastes, and a little too Lion King-esque also. 3/10
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Post by: SMOKESCREEN:ED:9 on 13 July, 2010, 05:46:04 pm
At the moment, for all who care :-[

I'm tucking into Wolverine no.900 just got it the other day, and I'm actually pleasantly surprised at the quality. I normally don't go beyond the Inferno/1990's mark (roughly thereabouts) when it comes to X-men and marvel stuffs, but hey Can't fault it.

And alongside that I'm getting my teeth stuck into a collection of Kafka short stories. Can't get enough.
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Post by: TordelBack on 13 July, 2010, 11:35:42 pm
Just finished Douglas Coupland's Generation A, which as far as I can make out turns out to be straight-up science fiction.  I like Coupland a lot, and look forward to each new book, but this...  I really don't know what to make of it.  More of a companion piece to Girlfriend in a Coma than Generation X.  A strange direction to take after The Gum Thief and the excellent J-Pod, although it contains elements of both.

 Is it a meditation on the effects of Web 2.0 on society?  I honestly don't know.  Answers on a postcard, wiser heads.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 July, 2010, 12:08:24 am
Is it a meditation on the effects of Web 2.0 on society?  I honestly don't know.  Answers on a postcard, wiser heads.
Sorry, I haven't read any Coupland since Girlfriend in a Coma.

Finished The Ringworld Engineers last weekend, which was silly, improbable fun. Started reading Inconstant Moon - a collection of Larry Niven's short stories - immediately after and so far it isn't. Most of the stories have a good central idea, but he doesn't seem able to deal with them either in enough depth or with sufficient storytelling verve to satisfy. Still, they are short so they're ideal for the bus.

Disheartened, I turned to In Search of Robert Millar, a biography of Britain's best ever cyclist. Despite the total lack of input from the subject, the details of his career are interesting. Assuming you're interested in that sort of thing. Unfortunately, the godawful, saucer-eyed naivety displayed by the author in fallling hook, line & sinker for the mythical Big Man/razor gangs/Britain's hardest pub view of Glasgow has me questioning everything else he writes. 
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Post by: O Lucky Stevie! on 14 July, 2010, 12:25:28 am
Is it a meditation on the effects of Web 2.0 on society?  I honestly don't know.  Answers on a postcard, wiser heads.

There's a copy in the Mesozoic layer of Stevie's reading pile, so he let you know when he gets too it.

Finished The Ringworld Engineers last weekend, 

Don't feel shy on skipping the appositely-entitled Ringworld Throne & heading straight to Ringworld's Children -- more plot than the previous three volumes combined in half the page count count of each. Easily the best thing that Niven's written in decades.
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Post by: Spaceghost on 14 July, 2010, 08:43:27 am
Over my holiday I read:

All You Need is Kill (prose novel) by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
I got this because I heard a movie adaptation is being fast-tracked into production so I wanted to be ahead of the curve! Also the premise grabbed me (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, essentially). It was OK, a quick, action-packed read but at times it reads a little like fan-fiction thanks to some ripe dialogue and overuse of swearing - I think a lot of that may be down to the translation from the original Japanese. It also sort of feels like it is an adaptation of a manga or anime series - it has that vibe. Some neat sci-fi ideas, though and I look forward to seeing the movie. 6/10

I read this too and drew similar conclusions. Poor translation from Japanese not hitting the right tone with the dialogue. I think it could potentially make a good film though.

Reading Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley now. Just the sort of widescreen space epic I'm into at the moment.

By the way, don't bother with The Noise Within by Ian Whates. It's poorly written, predictable, boring tripe.
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Post by: Proudhuff on 14 July, 2010, 02:47:25 pm

Also reading Warrior which, being an anthology, ranges from the great to the mediocre, with almost nothing actively bad. It even has a range of articles on aspects of comics which verge on the interesting and a letter from one T Proudfoot decrying T'n'A covers.

Haha! Top that Buttonman!
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Post by: mogzilla on 17 July, 2010, 10:24:30 am
technically not started reading it yet but just got "alan quatermain" from a book sale at school for the bargain price of 30p
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Post by: 4junk2pop on 18 July, 2010, 10:21:06 am
Last night I finished reading the final TPB of the Goon. I read through all ten volumes. Now I'm having withdrawals. Damn Eric Powell has created a masterpiece series. I think tonight I'll start on Dredd Case Files Vol 04.

The Goon is great,  I've only read a few of the early TPB's so far. Not got around to getting anymore yet.

I'm abroad and only thing I have with me is Tank Girl TPB volume 2. I'm not great at summing it up as a whole but it was just
Absurd, random, beautiful and outdated :P
I enjoyed volume 1 more. I have volume 3 at home, I'll give that a whirl when back in blighty.
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Post by: mogzilla on 18 July, 2010, 10:29:19 am
i'm off for the summer soon so a trip to manc is in order to stock up on reading material for when it rains and mini mog is watching the same programmes on playhouse disney for the fourth time that day ... grandville looks interesting ...
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 July, 2010, 09:24:21 pm
Bookwise, 'Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile'- the sequel to DBDA, by JL Bourne. Post-apoc zombie brilliance by a serving US naval officer (it says here...) The Permuted Press delivers another absolute blinder, and is fast becoming my favourite publishing house.

Comicwise, 'Scalped', 'Northlanders' and 'Resurrected' currently float my boat- along with the sublime 'Walking Dead' obviously. 'Crossed' by Mr Ennis knocked at the door of my middle-aged sense of reactionary wrongness, but I've decided to like it, so as to appear cool to kids.

SBT
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 18 July, 2010, 10:02:47 pm
Bookwise, 'Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile'- the sequel to DBDA, by JL Bourne. Post-apoc zombie brilliance by a serving US naval officer (it says here...) The Permuted Press delivers another absolute blinder, and is fast becoming my favourite publishing house.

Comicwise, 'Scalped', 'Northlanders' and 'Resurrected' currently float my boat- along with the sublime 'Walking Dead' obviously. 'Crossed' by Mr Ennis knocked at the door of my middle-aged sense of reactionary wrongness, but I've decided to like it, so as to appear cool to kids.

SBT

A good list right there. I haven't read DBDA but Mr Bourne sure can pull a crowd amongst the zombie fans. He's an old labelmate of mine from when my debut novel, Drop Dead Gorgeous was on Permuted (due for re-release in the UK through Snowbooks in 2011). DBDA2 is being paired with FLU by Amazon UK, I notice.

Crossed is an outrageously good series. Especially the Ennis run. To be honest, for character-driven z-horror, I think it rocks the socks of even Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Brilliant stuff without compromise!
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Post by: Mike Carroll on 19 July, 2010, 03:09:11 am
Currently reading Filth, by Irvine Welsh. It's like ploughing through Ulysses as reinterpreted by Quentin Tarantino, via Rab C. Nesbit. I'm about a quarter of the way in and slowly getting used to the dialect. But I will never - ever - get used to the lack of quotation marks. I mean, the book's hard enough to understand as it is, but when you can't tell whether the narrator is speaking aloud or just pondering, it's a whole different kettle of ballgames.

That said, it's all rather enjoyable so far.

-- Mike
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Post by: mogzilla on 19 July, 2010, 05:03:18 pm
Currently reading Filth, by Irvine Welsh. It's like ploughing through Ulysses as reinterpreted by Quentin Tarantino, via Rab C. Nesbit. I'm about a quarter of the way in and slowly getting used to the dialect. But I will never - ever - get used to the lack of quotation marks. I mean, the book's hard enough to understand as it is, but when you can't tell whether the narrator is speaking aloud or just pondering, it's a whole different kettle of ballgames.

That said, it's all rather enjoyable so far.

-- Mike


had that trouble with cormac macarthy's stuff and his penchant for suddenly having characters launch into spanish (all the pretty horses) we only did o level french at school!!!!
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Post by: klute on 19 July, 2010, 07:29:11 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vril_Dox#L.E.G.I.O.N._.2789-94


Im currently reading L.E.G.I.O.N. i have the complete 80's and 90's run of this comic so im working my way through them again.

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Post by: TordelBack on 19 July, 2010, 07:40:04 pm
A history of the Workhouses of Ireland by John O'Connor.  It's a topic I've had cause to dip into before, but sweet fecking jeebus, the shower of bastards.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 July, 2010, 07:42:43 pm
Started Weathercraft, which I expect will take well to multiple readings. Also started Walt &
Skeezix
Vol 1.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 July, 2010, 07:55:52 pm
Started Weathercraft, which I expect will take well to multiple readings.

Is that the Jim Woodring GN?  Is it as good as it looks, and is Frank actually in it?
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 19 July, 2010, 07:57:33 pm
A history of the Workhouses of Ireland by John O'Connor.  It's a topic I've had cause to dip into before, but sweet fecking jeebus, the shower of bastards.

I remember studying that in school and thinking the exact same.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 19 July, 2010, 08:01:28 pm
Frank and his creepy ass dog things are most definitely in it, but Manhog is the lead. It's arsom.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 July, 2010, 08:13:17 pm
Frank and his creepy ass dog things are most definitely in it, but Manhog is the lead. It's arsom.

Class-  off to pester the library to get a copy.
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Post by: vzzbux on 20 July, 2010, 10:15:37 pm