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 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

THE KLF: Chaos, magic and the band who burned a million pounds. By John Higgs.

Fascinating stuff.

 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

While I try and figure out what to read next having just finished The French Powder Mystery, here are some more of my recent not yet posted reads:

This batch includes the final Sabina Kane stories by Jaye Wells, the first Dan Garrett PI novel by Glen Cook, the first Ellery Queen novel, a pair of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI short stories by Kevin Anderson, and a super-hero novel by Brandon Sanderson

 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

The Secret Team, by former coordinator of conventional military support for covert operations Colonel Fletcher Prouty.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Currently plowing through the 4th volume of George R.R.Martin's ongoing saga, GAME OF THRONES, called "A Feast for Crows." Wanted to read the books before I watched the series. (Fat chance. There are still 2 more announced books to be released, each of them no doubt at least 1000 pages long, like all the previous ones. But writer Martin has been more caught up in writing TV episodes, and enjoying celebrity; so, though I have hopes he will eventually release the final 2 books, it's entirely realistic that he may either continue to be sidetracked, or could even pass away first. (There is precedent. Another writer with 2 "R's" in his name also died before completing his final work for publication, so that it took his son to put it together for him posthumously.)

The more I read it, the whole GAME OF THRONES reminds me of the same kind of sex and violence so prevalent in what are called "Jacobean Tragedies," Shakespearean-type plays written in the decades following Shakespeare's death. These plays abounded in tales of vengeance and slaughter, with kinky sex thrown in. The most famous of them, 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, by John Ford, concerns a young man who has an incestuous relationship with his sister, then, having made her pregnant, kills her, and appears at a feast hosted by her husband, where he places her heart, skewered on his dagger, on the plate of his brother-in-law. That is, before he, and several others, including the brother-in-law, end up dead by play's end.

Sound familiar?

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Currently, I'm reading Stephen King's "11/22/63".

I read this a little while ago. Pretty formulaic but half a head above others of his that I've read over the past few years. One device that I really liked was how the portal re-sets the past when it's used. It doesn't avoid all those tedious "butterfly effect" implications that have been done to death elsewhere but it did introduce a tension that I hadn't seen in other time travel stories.

After a marvellous couple of weeks with Murakami (cf previous entry) I'm tackling Bleak House. Haven't yet developed the patience to enjoy it but will persist. At least for a while.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 6:12 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Presently reading A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The Secret Team, by former coordinator of conventional military support for covert operations Colonel Fletcher Prouty.

Helps you understand the way things really work

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

What am i reading ? sorry folks can't tell you on this board. that is the way the world is , I guess.

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:58 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

So I finally got tired of the plodding on of Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton. Hamilton has some great ideas but he just goes off onto threads exploring things that are not obvious why we are there. It is sometimes hard to even follow what exactly is going on. The books are just too long and too much of it is mediocre at best. Though there might be a really interesting main plot under all of this, too many side plots are being developed at the same time (a lot like George R.R. Martin's books).

So instead I started reading The Blade Itself

Also I finished Dune, Children of Dune, Dune Messiah, and God Emperor of Dune all through the audiobooks. God Emperor of Dune was a bit hard to get through but the first three were largely solid.

Now for audiobooks I'm going through Physics of the Future

 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Fahrenheit 451-As I get older they may have a point? Oh to go outside and breath the fresh air and look at all the beauty of nature and GOD'S creations. To clear one's mind from all the rubbish and liars of man's inhumanity to man.Hey isn't it a lovely day. The same world , the same existence, but seen in a different perspective. To sit in the meadow and if to experience, to then with pen and paper maybe write something good, something decent, something Godlike. At least to think it-LIFE.the beauty not the ugly.

 Posted:   Sep 29, 2014 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I've been working my way through some genre classics. In the past few months I finally read Poul Anderson's classic The Broken Sword, published the same year as The Lord of the Rings, which was excellent. I've also read the first two (out of four) books in Jack Vance's Dying Earth series, and rarely have I read anything so much fun. And also the first two (by publication order, not chronological) of Octavia Butler's Patternist series, which are rather brutal but very readable.

Of course it's not all classics. I read Star Wars: A New Dawn which is a prequel to the new show Star Wars Rebels and also the first of LucasBooks' new line of official canon Star Wars novels; it was rubbish. Greg van Eekhout's highly-acclaimed California Bones was also not very good. I rather appreciated Steve Sundberg's Street Logic.

Next up I plan to read some books by recently deceased authors I've admired: Returning My Sister's Face by Eugie Foster, Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake and 25 Years in the Word Mines by Graham Joyce.

 Posted:   Sep 29, 2014 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I've been returning to an old favorite - Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective novels. At least the ones from the 1970s to the late 1990s. The series has rather "jumped the shark" during the past 15 years. But the earlier books are THE best private eye mysteries since the golden age.

I will also be re-reading Jean Shepherd's short story collections in October. Although I've been aware of Shepherd for a long time, I only started reading his fiction a year ago. Very pleasurable, nostalgic, sardonic stuff.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I've never read this book before, but I picked it up recently for cheap. I was a bit concerned that having seen the film it may dilute the impact of the book, but not so.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What am i reading ? sorry folks can't tell you on this board. that is the way the world is , I guess.

Man, am I so glad you're gone, you creep.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I've read Bleak House (my first Dickens) and Macbeth over the summer. Also the new Huruki Murakami; the third in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy; The Shock of the Fall and a few others that currently evade memory.

All very different, all riveting in their own ways.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

recently read:

conversations with CLINT - Paul Nelson
MUSTS, MAYBES...- David Picker great book on United Artists!

ZEALOT - The Life and Times of Jesus
(if Mel Gibson had read this before making PASSION, he might still have a creer in Hollywood)


must read for WWII and Hollywood buffs!

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

So I finished The Blade Itself and gave up on Pandora's Star and I am still making my way through Chapterhouse Dune audiobook.

I also recently started reading Prelude to Foundation

I am also reading through Antifragile

And switching occasionally to Before They are Hanged

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan by Eiji Yoshikawa (author of my all-time favorite novel, Musashi)

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Castile   (Member)

"Perfidia" (James Ellroy)

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The Martian by Andy Weir. About a quarter to go, should finish it off this afternoon. It's about a man who's left on Mars (left for dead) when the crew has to make a quick exit, & how he survives. I haven't given anything away, this is all covered in the first couple of pages. It's a great read, I believe the author published it himself last year (electronic publishing), it was then taken up by a mainstream publisher & has become a best seller. Later this month Fox starts shooting the movie, Ridley Scott directing, it should be great if he doesn't muck it up.

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