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Post  OldProfessorBear Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:27 am

I am reading The Da-Da De-Da-Da Code. My first attempt with this author, who is seriously hinged sideways.

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Post  Prof. George of Chaos Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:05 pm

I read Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom last night and I'm about to start on Little Brother after this sojourn on the forums.
I'm also partway through John Safran Fouer's Everything Is Illuminated (a rather good book (and film). It's curious how much more quickly one seems to read things online than on paper), and (though it's been much longer since I went back to this one) Douglas Hofstadter's Godel, Escher, Bach: And Eternal Golden Braid.

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Post  Plum Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:00 pm

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:
I'm also partway through John Safran Fouer's Everything Is Illuminated (a rather good book (and film). [/i].

I finished Everything Is Illuminated yesterday funnily enough, its stunning isn't it?

I'm on The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers now, its the most compelling book I've read in a long time, thoroughly eccentric. I'm also pootling my way through A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness, which is jolly naughty so has to be read in secret when the small units are abed.
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Post  Prof. George of Chaos Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:25 pm

[quote="Plum Phlogiston"]
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I finished Everything Is Illuminated yesterday funnily enough, its stunning isn't it?

Absolutely yes. Brilliantly broken english.

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Post  MaggotyAnne Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:03 pm

I loved Eugene Hutz in that movie! His music was awesome in the soundtrack as well.

I'm reading Making Money, and Oliver Twist.
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Post  Prof. George of Chaos Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:57 pm

Terry Pratchett and Gogol Bordello are both very magnificent indeed.

Vetinari being what he is I think it's fairly safe to expect he has some definate ideas about what Ankh Morpork is going to be like. What sort of thing do you think he's moving it towards?

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Post  Kirsty Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:38 pm

China Mieville - Perdido Street Station (again), also Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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Post  Herr Döktor Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:56 pm

Currently, 'Shakespeare' by Bill Bryson.

Good luck with 'The Da-De-Da-De-Da Code' Old Professor Bear, I've been with him since the original Brentford Trilogy, and I find it hard to keep up with him!
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Post  pocalypse Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:19 am

The Alchemy of Stone by ekaterina sedia.

(add her name to the horrid name list)
(its a suprisingly scrumptious name)

and its amazing.
i had to pick a free-read for my english class.
amazing.
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Post  Zepherius Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:32 am

Too many favourites here -Pratchett, Hutz, China Mieville, GEB:EGB (which I've not read but I know I need to.) I'm currently reading the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I'll follow it with American Gods. It's the only major work in any medium by Gaiman I've not read, and apparently I'm saving best for last.

Prof. George of Chaos wrote:
Vetinari being what he is I think it's fairly safe to expect he has some definate ideas about what Ankh Morpork is going to be like. What sort of thing do you think he's moving it towards?

Stronger industry. Modern infrastructure allowing the city to run. I wonder (perhaps) if this is TP's plan to tell a form of Discworld climax while he has time. In the first book, the city was a stereotype mediaeval warren with an evil despotic oligarch. It's still a warren, and still run by a despot, but fairly. It's almost Victorian, with a functioning modern infrastructure (manned humaned peopled by some awesome folks may I say). Beginning with the AMCW on up to the Banks, it's like one big process. The story of Ankh Morpork's journey to Modernity could be, alongside Death's journey and the succession of the Witches, the binding narrative of the series. I think it's going to involve the golems too: they won't be used simply as power sources any more with the Axle in place, which of course have big implications for Miss Dearhart+Co.

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Post  A.G.Morgan Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:16 am

Just finished Victory of Eagles. It kicked ass.
The whole time there's this character, a general named Wellesley, who show's little love for our traitorous heroes, but who also proves himself to be a very competent commander.

And the whole time, I'm getting the feeling I've heard that name before. Then at the end he's made a duke and all that, and I slap my forehead and say "THAT'S what his name was back then!" I'm sure you Brits knew as soon as you saw the name Wellesley, but as an American I never learned much about the Napoleonic Wars in school.

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Post  vermillion Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:54 am

i am literally just starting the paradise snare: the han solo trilogy. .....<3

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Post  OldProfessorBear Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:17 am

Herr Döktor wrote:
Good luck with 'The Da-De-Da-De-Da Code' Old Professor Bear, I've been with him since the original Brentford Trilogy, and I find it hard to keep up with him!

Ah, that would be the trilogy in seven volumes, I believe?

Well, time will tell ... I'm well into it now ...

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Post  stormfeather Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:36 am

Having recently just slogged through the "his Dark Materials" triolgy aka The Golden Compass et al (and the books do have some lovely moments betwixt the slogging) and finished up a Ridley Pearson cop mystery that was supposed to include the Seattle Underground (actually didn't have that much in it) and finished Shanghai Tunnels about Portland Oregon (again not so much about the tunnels! Curses- false titling)
I am now re-reading the Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley....
because it's a damn good book and it cures my insomnia, except when I read it, then fall asleep, I drop the heavy tome on my head and then wake up again...
and get up and come look at spare goggles again....
I'm hopeless.

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Post  Steamblast Mary Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:10 pm

I've just finished Kate Mosse's Sepulchre. It was a slog, but it held my interest enough to see it through.

Also just re-read Waiting for Goldalming. I had to laugh when it described the location of the Barber's, it turns out we would've walked right past it when we were lost in London looking for the guesthouse for the Kew Gardens meet in August.

Does anyone else suspect Tom Holt and Robert Rankin are, in fact, the same person? Have they ever been photographed together?

Planning to embark on China Mieville's Unlondon as soon as SO's finished with it. Then looking forward to George Mann's The Affinity Bridge. So no spoilers, please!


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Post  MaggotyAnne Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:16 pm

Kirsty wrote:China Mieville - Perdido Street Station (again), also Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The last two changed my life. How could you read them at the same time?

And I got to see Gogol Bordello live last fall. Best. Concert. Ever.
I was smashed into crowd barrier the whole time.
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Post  Dax Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:32 am

I any of you would like a change of pace, I strongly recommend "Fool on the Hill" by Matt Ruff. It is a modern fantasy, and its brilliant.
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Post  BaronPablo Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:59 pm

I'm currently reading "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis. It's chilling, entertaining, and humorous at times.

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Post  Dandeliondream Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:19 pm

I am reading Journey to the center of the earth,by Jules Verne,I have not seen the film but I was told it was not good,but it was on the shelf for the last year or so and so I started it,I love the old grammer and words, it is just great.
After this I plan to read:frankinstein, by mary shelley,and reread alice in wounderland not steampunk, but I do like it .
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Post  Gazongola Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:57 am

Robrt Rankin. The Da Da De Da Da code, and Armageddon The Musical. Then I will be reading a book called 'The Path of Alchemy'.
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Post  Jemima Annabelle Clough Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:00 am

Re-reading a book on corset construction

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Post  CaptZaphod Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:49 am

I'm currently reading "Dispatches from Wondermark Manor" Vol 2. by Mark Malki.
I highly recommend these 2 books. As Mark describes them...they are absurd.
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Post  Abraxas Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:51 am

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Kirsty wrote:China Mieville - Perdido Street Station (again), also Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Is BNW still required reading in schools these days? I certainly hope so. I didn't realize for a long time that Sir Huxley has a great repertoire of writings in all sorts of genres, many of which have become favorites. Ape and Essence -- even darker than BNW. Antic Hey -- sorta like "the mask" but they guy dons a fake beard and creates a whole new persona for himself. Crome Yellow -- predates Catcher in The Rye, and puts that teeny angst in flowery edwardian language.
Currently finishing up Dickens "Our Mutual Friend" and Nabokov's "The Defense". Not sure what's next, though I've got that old hankerin' for some good sci-fi going on.
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Post  Tanuki Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:32 am

I just got the Great Outdoor Fight book by Chris Onstad. Read most of it since it arrived this afternoon, but still have a few extras to go.
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Post  Lady Penelope Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:45 am

"Skybreaker," the audio version (full cast recording), although I've checked the hardback out from the local library as well.
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