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Shane W
12-16-2008, 05:07 PM
I just finished Breakfast of Champions and I just started Kafka on The Shore

Up next is:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Winkie
In Your Dreams

Kedd
12-16-2008, 05:07 PM
Edit:

Oh wait, you said NOVEL.

I'm rereading World War Z right now

TIP
12-16-2008, 05:11 PM
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Magnum V.I.
12-16-2008, 05:12 PM
About to start The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester.

Zack
12-16-2008, 05:14 PM
They're not novels, but I'm reading The God Delusion and The Reason Driven Life

Shwicaz
12-16-2008, 05:28 PM
I just got on a novel kick lately.

I recently read two books by Susanna Moore.

The first was called "All The Big Girls" and was about a character's in a women's prison. One is a psychaiatrist, one a prisoner, one a guard, and there is another character who is outside the prisoner--an up and coming actress.

Their stories are all interconnected, and broken up into chunks where the story is told from each person's perspective. It was interesting enough to get me to try another one of her novels.

So, I went on to 'In the Cut'. This is an thriller in which a woman accidentally witnesses a woman giving a man a blow job in the basement of a club when she is looking for the bathroom. The woman giving head is found murdered in the park across the street from the house of the woman who saw it. Who is the killer. The book throws out some suspects (the cop investigating the case, the ex-boyfriend with a too-keen interest on what is going on in her life, and the young student who appears to have a crush on her).

The ending of the book is quite shocking, not for its resolution, but for the lack thereof.... the killer is revealed, but the book feels as if it is ending in the middle of the story. A brave decision that I at first hated, but have since come to appreciate.

I just discovered that the novel was made into an 'erotic thriller' (oh god) starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeniffer Jason Leigh. (shudder). Apparently, the film throws in this whole sub-plot into the film that was not in the book--in the film the lead character's younger sister is decapitated by the killer--so I may have to give it a look-see to see if the ending is the same.



I am currently reading an interesting novel called "The Exception" by Christian Jungerson. It is the story of four women who work in the Danish Center for Information on Genocide. It is their job to catalog the statistics and facts on genocide and war criminals. They start receiving death threats after publishing an article on a war criminal....but the women come to believe that the letters may have originated from one of the women in their very own office.

The story is amazing, because you really get into the heads of Iben, Malene, Ann-lise, and Camille. Each chapter is told from each woman's perspective, so you get the same facts presented at times, but see them in a new light. This gives you a greater insight into each character, and allows what should be mundane conversations into moments of heightened suspense.

Each woman could be the culprit. Or none of them. It's quite enjoyable.

xyzzy
12-16-2008, 05:30 PM
You guys are classy. I'm reading Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colors.

MabusRex
12-16-2008, 05:33 PM
Halfway through Brysingr

Jew Mafia
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
Finished up A Prisoner of Birth by Jefferey Archer. Not sure what's next.

AndrewG
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
You guys are classy. I'm reading Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colors.

Fun book!

mitchymitchymitchy
12-16-2008, 05:44 PM
i just started heart shaped box by joe hill-- aka joe king aka stephen king's son.

it seems to be a basic ghost story, but not bad even though i'm only on page 50

NickKicksAssTomorrow
12-16-2008, 05:54 PM
'xenocide' by orson scott card (book 3 of the ender's series), loving it so far, more so than 'speaker for the dead' (ender's series book 2)

Taki Soma
12-16-2008, 05:56 PM
quarter way into reading 'the cat who walks through walls' by Heinlein

Michael Wagner
12-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Now: A Dangerous Man

Later: American Gods

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 06:09 PM
This is what I read on the commutes to and from the workplace:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c88/jhiss/073930646401_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg


This is what I read before bed:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c88/jhiss/51B994HEZNL.jpg

Shane W
12-16-2008, 06:11 PM
This is what I read on the commutes to and from the workplace:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c88/jhiss/073930646401_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg






How is this? I've nearly looked at it several times.

jason hissong
12-16-2008, 06:15 PM
How is this? I've nearly looked at it several times.

I'm about one hundred pages in. I like it, but it hasn't taken a hold of me the same way Gun, With Occasional Music or As She Climbed Across the Table did.

It's good. It's Lethem at his Lethem-ian best. He has such a distinct style for this book.

I'll let you know what I think more when I've finished.

artimoff
12-16-2008, 06:56 PM
I'm 300+ pages into Atlas Shrugged.

Schroedingers Cat
12-16-2008, 06:57 PM
I'm reading 'Have You Seen the Horizon Lately' by Jamie S. Rich. Good so far but I am only 40 pages into it.

Just finished 'Earth Abides', which was a good read. Love those '99.9% of the people on earth die' type of stories.

Not sure what I am going to read next. Probably either the 2nd Dexter novel or maybe the novelization of 'Batman: No Man's Land'.

Jim

baldonetoo
12-16-2008, 07:20 PM
I keep staring at the Yiddish Policeman's Union but can't seem to start it. I loved Kavalier and Clay, hated Summerland his YA book, so I'm hoping for the good Chabon but afraid.

Donal DeLay
12-16-2008, 07:24 PM
Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Yes, for the first time.

greg donovan
12-16-2008, 07:28 PM
You guys are classy. I'm reading Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colors.

i just finished that series. i was absolutely amazed at how awesome it was.

great character development. i also really enjoyed how the book explored the way people define themselves and the concepts of nature vs. nurture.

plus it was cool that there were no classic SW characters so you have no idea who lives or dies.

greg donovan
12-16-2008, 07:30 PM
currently reading 'The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome' by Michael Curtis Ford

Blane
12-16-2008, 07:31 PM
Reading War of the Flowers and The Road (McCarthy).

Just finished Every Last Drop.

HoldFastNow
12-17-2008, 08:38 AM
Just finished Caught Steeling and A Drink Before the War, starting The Wheelman.

jamestolliver
12-17-2008, 08:41 AM
I'm getting ready to read The Known World by Edward P. Jones. I believe this book won the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago.

Marc Lombardi
12-17-2008, 08:49 AM
Lazy Bones by Mark Billingham

1g88
12-17-2008, 08:54 AM
a collection of robert e howard conan stories

Wigner's Friend
12-17-2008, 09:01 AM
Notes from Underground, The Time Machine Did It, and Hero of the Underground

Doug
12-17-2008, 09:05 AM
Blindness by Jose Saramago

It's really good, but very dark.

Next, I don't know. It depends on what I get for Christmas.

NeverWanderer
12-17-2008, 09:17 AM
I'm currently reading...

The Philip K. Dick Reader
Batman: No Man's Land
30 Days of Night: Immortal Remains
Perdido Street Station
Madhouse
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Homicide: A Year On the Killing Streets
Button, Button and Other Stories

...and probably others I can't remember at the moment. :)

Tuco
12-17-2008, 09:25 AM
Just finished Princep's Fury by Jim Butcher, and about to start Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Patrick King
12-17-2008, 09:30 AM
I started reading the second Dark Tower book a few months ago, but got about 2/3 through to the part with the Lady of Shadows or whatever, and just got bored with it. That series has really disappointed me so far, it's incredibly slow, with maybe one or two scenes of actual action/intrigue.

I did start reading Shadows of the Empire last night, since I've been on a major Star Wars kick and never actually read it before.

PeterSparker
12-17-2008, 09:33 AM
So, I went on to 'In the Cut'. This is an thriller in which a woman accidentally witnesses a woman giving a man a blow job in the basement of a club when she is looking for the bathroom. The woman giving head is found murdered in the park across the street from the house of the woman who saw it. Who is the killer. The book throws out some suspects (the cop investigating the case, the ex-boyfriend with a too-keen interest on what is going on in her life, and the young student who appears to have a crush on her).

The ending of the book is quite shocking, not for its resolution, but for the lack thereof.... the killer is revealed, but the book feels as if it is ending in the middle of the story. A brave decision that I at first hated, but have since come to appreciate.

I just discovered that the novel was made into an 'erotic thriller' (oh god) starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeniffer Jason Leigh. (shudder). Apparently, the film throws in this whole sub-plot into the film that was not in the book--in the film the lead character's younger sister is decapitated by the killer--so I may have to give it a look-see to see if the ending is the same.





I haven't read the book, so I can't say how the endings might differ, but I can say that it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I mean it even had Meg Ryan naked, (not that you would probably care :) ) but that made it worse, she seemed like she was trying way too hard at this point in her career to be more "serious", and it wasn't working. (plus she shoulda done it 10 years ago when her body might have been worth seeing). But I digress :) Aside form that, it just seemed a very unispired movie all the way around. Might be a little more interesting as you compare it to the book, but it really was a dud.



As for me, I just started The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. I got it as a birthday gift last month from a good friend. She reads a lot, and knows that I do too and thought I'd like it. I've literally only read like the first 20 pages, but I enjoy it so far.

Dan-C
12-17-2008, 09:38 AM
I just started The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

19bernardo87
12-17-2008, 09:40 AM
The Golden Compass.

The Dean
12-17-2008, 10:19 AM
Christopher Fowler may be one of my new favorite authors.

Here's a quote from him on writing genre novels (horror/sci-fi):

"I love the stomach-drop you get from truly emotional books and films, but they need an intelligence behind them to provide a kick. I hated the porno-dumb violence of Kill Bill and Sin City, films aimed at 14 year-olds discovering erections, and I abhor the misanthropic streak of much post-modernist writing, but I love stories that create fatally flawed humans. I dont appreciate the ghettoisation of the genre, and many of the stories I consider to be horrific do not fit into easy horror categories. I think horror, like SF, has passed through its experimental golden period, and dont enjoy 'comfortable mainstream horror fiction aimed at Goth girls and populated by vampires in black leather coats. This creates a problem for me, because I drift across the genre into other areas, and it confuses readers looking for a consistent backlist."

I'm reading the first novel in his "Peculiar Crimes Unit" series. It's about two old, eccentric detectives who fist meet in London during the WWII air raids and solve unusual "locked room" mysteries. This book covers both their first and last mysteries and the odd parallel that brings them full circle. It's dark, funny and really well done

Shwicaz
12-17-2008, 12:19 PM
I haven't read the book, so I can't say how the endings might differ, but I can say that it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I mean it even had Meg Ryan naked, (not that you would probably care :) ) but that made it worse, she seemed like she was trying way too hard at this point in her career to be more "serious", and it wasn't working. (plus she shoulda done it 10 years ago when her body might have been worth seeing). But I digress :) Aside form that, it just seemed a very unispired movie all the way around. Might be a little more interesting as you compare it to the book, but it really was a dud.


How funny. Yeah, Meg Ryan doesn't do shit for me, but then I have a feeling the movie won't either.....


Christopher Fowler may be one of my new favorite authors.

I'm reading the first novel in his "Peculiar Crimes Unit" series. It's about two old, eccentric detectives who fist meet in London during the WWII air raids and solve unusual "locked room" mysteries. This book covers both their first and last mysteries and the odd parallel that brings them full circle. It's dark, funny and really well done


this sounds right up my alley.

ManOfMiracles
12-17-2008, 12:27 PM
Stephen King's Everything's Eventual and Skeleton Crew.

GelfXIII
12-17-2008, 12:47 PM
Spade and Archer - by Joe Gores
The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon.

http://www.booklistonline.com/images/1530/15391/ad-gores-b.jpg

Excellent so far (I'm about half way through it).

Queen of the Ban Age
12-17-2008, 12:48 PM
Currently reading Gregory McDonald's Confess, Fletch. I'm absolutely loving it, too. I've been reading it slowly to savor it.

Jet
12-17-2008, 12:53 PM
Currently reading Gregory McDonald's Confess, Fletch. I'm absolutely loving it, too. I've been reading it slowly to savor it.

That's the one with Flynn, right.

I just started the 4th Flynn book, Flynn's World.

Gregory
12-17-2008, 12:57 PM
I just finished World War Z and started I, Robot.

Queen of the Ban Age
12-17-2008, 01:01 PM
That's the one with Flynn, right.

I just started the 4th Flynn book, Flynn's World.

That's the one.

I've heard some pretty so-so reviews of the Flynn books. Are they as good as the Fletch ones? I saw a couple of them at the used bookstore and haven't gotten then yet. I am very much enjoying the Flynn character.

The Dean
12-17-2008, 01:26 PM
That's the one.

I've heard some pretty so-so reviews of the Flynn books. Are they as good as the Fletch ones? I saw a couple of them at the used bookstore and haven't gotten then yet. I am very much enjoying the Flynn character.

Forgive my ignorance, but are these the movie characters? "In Like Flynn" and "Fletch"?

Queen of the Ban Age
12-17-2008, 01:37 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but are these the movie characters? "In Like Flynn" and "Fletch"?

Fletch is, yes. The first Fletch movie is loosely -- very loosely -- based on the first Gregory McDonald book. The book is lightyears better and I can't imagine Chevy Chase playing him now.

There's never been a Flynn movie to my knowledge. He's an Irish cop who investigates Fletch in the second novel. Looks like it's just a name coincidence in that case.

I recommend the Fletch novels to anyone. They're really amazing to read, and Colin talked me into it based solely on McDonald's writing style, as mine is very similar. Lots of very unique, realistic dialogue and very spartan prose.

Gunter
12-17-2008, 01:49 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but are these the movie characters? "In Like Flynn" and "Fletch"?

Are you sure you aren't thinking "In Like Flint"? With James Coburn?

Jet
12-18-2008, 12:30 PM
That's the one.

I've heard some pretty so-so reviews of the Flynn books. Are they as good as the Fletch ones? I saw a couple of them at the used bookstore and haven't gotten then yet. I am very much enjoying the Flynn character.

So far two of the Flynn books are good and one is kind of slow.

JesterPepper?
12-18-2008, 01:00 PM
Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith

I'm reading more non-fiction these days. I don't know how that happened.

Patch
12-18-2008, 05:32 PM
Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

-- and I've enjoyed it immensely so far.

jason hissong
12-18-2008, 05:34 PM
Currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

-- and I've enjoyed it immensely so far.

I've read both No Country and The Road and neither gripped me.

Patch
12-18-2008, 05:40 PM
I've read both No Country and The Road and neither gripped me.

That's surprising because Blood Meridian is excellent. A grim, fatalistic western odyssey.

J. Wilson
12-18-2008, 06:28 PM
I just started reading Star Trek Destiny: Book II Mere Mortals.

c. page
12-18-2008, 06:35 PM
finshed the road by cormac mccarthy, and am currently working my way through a heartbreaking work of staggering genius by dave eggers.

Petyr Baelish
12-18-2008, 06:36 PM
I'm only two pages in. Its predecessor is a tough act to follow:


http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/057507695X.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Guirk the Thudner
12-18-2008, 06:49 PM
Just finished Walter Mosley's The Right Mistake, the latest, (and probably last) collection of short stories about urban philosopher Socrates Fortlow, the sagest murderer who ever lived, (or at least lived pretend life).

It's wicked good, just like the previous books Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Walking the Dog.