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Reply #45 - 31. Aug 2004 at 14:14
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Thanks for the info - I wouldn't say it was bad, but it did seem like it was cut in half and then stuff was just hastily tacked on so it would say The End instead of To Be Continued!  I thought it was a very interesting idea, but I used to be into programming.
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Reply #46 - 05. Nov 2004 at 20:30
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Just finished Pigs Have Wings

Overlook Press is releasing a ton of great old P. G. Wodehouse books in nice hardbacks, acid free paper etc.  I've already picked up 6 of them!

Now I'm reading A Series of Unfortunate Events - The Bad Beginning (book 1) and it's pretty good so far.
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Reply #47 - 13. May 2005 at 20:39
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Right now I'm reading Jack London's The Iron Heel. It's about a socialist revolutionary trying to start a revolution against capitalism in 1912. One of the cool parts of it is that it's presented from an historical standpoint- the presenter writing about the document hundreds of years after the events. Probably the inspiration for Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream. It's fascinating because it forewarns of the advent of corporations being in charge of everything. The novel was written in 1908. Reveals London's socialist tendencies more than his other books. It's an awesome read so far.
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Reply #48 - 14. May 2005 at 02:09
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So, it occurred to me- I noticed a lot of people mentioning books by Blaylock's friend Tim Powers- but not his other writer friend & surfing buddy, Lewis Shiner. This seemed like a good place to do it. Shiner's books, while they don't resemble Blaylock's at all, do share something in common. No one else could write them. Shiner has a wonderful & unique voice. If you want to try him out for the first time, try Glimpses, Deserted Cities of the Heart or Slam! There's a depth to his writing not often seen in fiction.
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Reply #49 - 16. May 2005 at 01:21
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Shiner's great.  You left out Frontera and Love in Vain, which are two of my favorites.  It's too bad he hasn't written much recently.

-Neil
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Reply #50 - 16. Jun 2005 at 13:39
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Finished A Series of Unfortunate Events through book 11.

Finally got a COMPLETE copy (including all 10 stories) of Dr. Dogbody's Leg from abebooks.  I first bought a copy through Amazon from a 3rd party and what I got was an earlier Redbook book with only 3 stories.  Found a 1940 reprint of the 1st edition for $18, which includes all 10 stories plus illustrations.  Pretty nice book.  The prior owner annotated the front that he bought it in June 1940.  I'm tempted to add my own June 2005 annotation....  Maybe it will keep going and in 2070 someone else will add their name!
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Reply #51 - 19. Oct 2005 at 14:12
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Guess nobody else has been keeping up with this either.

I read a few more Wodehouse books - still haven't ready Dr. Dogbody for some reason!  Just picked up The Digging Leviathan in a hardback edition from England on ebay - $17.50.  The Dustjacket is a little wrinkled, but otherwise in great condition.  Also just got the latest Series of Unfortunate Events books from Amazon - it was a preorder and I don't think it's in the stores yet.  Off the top of my head, it is titles The Penultimate Peril, so I guess there will be 13 books in all.
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Reply #52 - 24. Oct 2005 at 18:54
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...<Just picked up The Digging Leviathan in a hardback edition from England on ebay> ...

Hey, good find.

I still want the Arkham House "Lord Kelvin's Machine" (I never seem to have the money whenever I run into one - shabby unemployed poor person that I am).

Last few reads: RGK The Art of Roy G. Krenkel (a favorite illustrator); Dow Mossman (fat literary novel - at least partially outstanding); Boxcar Children (5 or 8 of 'em, eat like candy - yum), Ken Wilbur (interesting, but my head hurts now), E.C. Comics (fun), Judy Bolton (better than Nancy, me thinks), Cormac Macarthy (Suttree, a tough long endurance run, but WoW can that guy write! Head nods sleepily in spots, and spins ecstatically in others); and Helen Fuller Orton (Kid's mystery & history author - 1940's) .
Yeah, kinda ecclectic, I guess.
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Reply #53 - 30. Mar 2006 at 04:08
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Looking at my last post on here, I see that I hadn't finished Master and Commander. I picked it up again awhile ago, read to about the same spot and quit. Currently reading 1984 (again) for school; Looking for Lovedu (also for school) - a book about a trip through Africa, pretty interesting so far; and Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters. A nice new stack of birthday books, fourteen to be exact, tempts me away from the enormous pile of spring break homework. Not to mention a couple of Blaylock books I've got my eye on...namely cheap used copies of The Elfin Ship and The Last Coin. Oh, and I still haven't finished 13 Phantasms.
So there you have my summer reading list.
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Reply #54 - 30. Mar 2006 at 19:12
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I envy you not having read those two. I'll probably bring one or both up to the lake this summer, despite having read them several times already.
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Reply #55 - 13. Apr 2006 at 16:18
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i traditionally like reading the first 2 Cheeser books in spring/summer-it goes well with strawberries "smashed" over ice cream. i'm trying to read a book about procrastination, but i get behind with homework & goofing off. then i re-read most of my favs during the summer-Anne McCaffrey, Rowling, Shakespeare. then if i really want to venture out, i ck the stacks of clearance books at the stores & try something new. i got Timeline a couple of years back & still haven't gotten half through it! i'm not sure if it's me or the book on that one. i love to read Watership Down in July. am i the only one out there who reads certain books over and over each year at certain times?? i do read them at other times of the year if i get a chance, but i have a thing (neurosis?) about reading the same books at certain times--and i feel unfulfilled sometimes when i don't follow protocol. recently picked up a Pern book by Todd & Anne McCaffrey-seems pretty in line with her writing-i was worried with the son coming into the deal.
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Reply #56 - 21. Apr 2006 at 13:19
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I just found "The Magic Spectacles" and have read about a page and a half.  Already it has sent me into a sort of strange nostalgia of things and events which Ive never actually experienced, like any good Blaylock book.  I am very happy with the purchase, as it turns out to have been a first edition!  Its in beautiful condition, hardcover, and includes lovely illustrations by someone with the unlikely name of Ferret.  It is my first new Blaylock book in a while, and its just a great feeling, thought Id share with yall.
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Reply #57 - 28. Apr 2006 at 22:53
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Great to see such a wide reading net cast by the Ashbless Society.

Right now, I'm on three books:
The Clerkenwell Tales by Peter Ackroyd...an expansion on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Dark and detailed. He's a bit more famous since his London biography came out, but his early Hawksmoor and Chatterton remain favorites.

Lincoln by David Herbert Donald. Getting to know one of the most admired presidents in US History.

The Expectant Father by Arman Brott. Probably self explanatory, eh?

I just finished The Invisibles graphic novel saga by Grant Morrison. The whole 7 vols. Good stuff, but I don't think it was as influential as its fans and creator thinks it is. I really recommend it though.

Chain of Command by Seymor Hersh...telling the world about our current administration's interogation tactics.
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Reply #58 - 15. May 2006 at 21:56
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I'm reading Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton, and just found The Gnomes Engine on eBay. Both are out of print, so I'm excited to have gotten my hands on them.

I'm about halfway through, and Goblin Moon reminds me quite a bit of Blaylock (mainly in setting/atmosphere).  It takes place in a parallel-earth sort of reality, in a large victorian city. The opening chapter begins with river scavengers finding a mahogany coffin containing the perfectly preserved remains of a man surrounded by several arcane texts. Hobgoblins, vile sorcery, a homunculus, and a tavern called The Antique Squid should all sound somewhat familiar.
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"He'd worked his way through half of G. Smithers, having long ago come to the conclusion that reading is perhaps the finest thing in the world to do in one's leisure time."
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Reply #59 - 03. Jun 2006 at 06:00
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A friend loaned me some Hellboy paperback novels - I'm on the 2nd one now, although I apparently read the third one first...  The first one is about a lost army.  The second is based on Norse Mythology - pretty good.  Recommended for fans of the movie.  The third is kind of like the Da Vinci Code, but not very well written and about twice as long as it should have been.
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