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Old 09-02-2012, 06:41 AM   #951 (permalink)
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Game of thrones, the entire series, is STILL on my to-read list. Moving house this week so I'm going to make me a comfortable little corner to sit and force myself to read.

I think I have maybe 20,000 books I want to read haha, and I think I know why I don't read much anymore though.

I read SFX magazine, finish it and then Total Film comes my way, read that and Uncut pops through the letter box. I also pick up NME once or twice a month, FourFourTwo magazine, Q magazine sometimes and occasionally MoJo, Evertonian and download current PWIs with the Insider. Ive just downloaded all of the PWI 500s, since 1991-2012 & Empire has just been delivered. Ive got every Meltzer Newsletter on my iPad from the late 80s to mid 90, also read weekly current wrestling newsletters. I've just converted 1990-92 WCW Magazine scans and late 80s-mid 90s WWF magazine scans to PDF to put on iPad. I've also started getting in, slowly, to reading comic books. Because I've only just began there is so much to read, as well as ALL of the classics to go, I've currently got every issue of The Boys and DMZ Im in the middle lf reading, as well as keeping up with The Walking Dead. I also have a lot of reading material for work such as marketing and business books. I also keep up with quite a few blogs on all different subjects, member of a couple of forums, heavy social media user and try to read the newspaper every day.

I recently told someone in work how I don't read much anymore and then thought of everything I actually DO read, it's amazing.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:03 AM   #952 (permalink)
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My husband's on a zombie kick ever since he read WWZ a month or two ago. Not my thing, but whatever entertains you.

I'm pretty much bored as fuck with everything I've been reading lately. Waiting for the Legion ebook on Monday and the new Brent Weeks in a few days.

I did read the new Terry Brooks the day it came out, and it's much better IMO than the prequel trilogies.
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anybody here read The First Law series? I thought the first 3 in the series were good but the stand alone book Best Served Cold was mediocre. Have not read The Heroes yet.
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the heroes is amazing.

agree w/ bsc being the worst though. got repetitive. red country's out soon, too.
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Anyone familiar with these writers?
Ballard was a phenomenal author and it saddens me that it was his death that finally reminded me to dig into his back catalogue. You can make a good argument for many sci-fi writers showing flourishes of premonition but the depth of Ballard's prophetic vision is truly eerie at times. Not familiar with Blish but if he can be mentioned alongside Ballard then I may have to look into his work.

If sci-fi is your thing I'd recommend Nick Harkaway's 'The Gone-Away World'. Part thriller, part comedy and absolutely mind-bending in it's epic sense of scale. One of my favourite books of all time, science fiction or otherwise. I'm currently chewing through his second novel 'Angelmaker' which is revealing itself to be fantastic as well, if a little more grounded in reality.
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Lately, I can't seem to finish shit so I took break from my usual reading material.. picked up some short sci-fi stories, namely from J.G. Ballard and James Blish. I enjoyed Ballard's "Billenium". It's a very short story (probably published in a magazine). The story isn't fleshed out but it's a thought provoking (if depressing) look into the effects of overpopulation.
I'm just now starting on Common Time (Blish). Anyone familiar with these writers?
I love Ballard. He was due to guest lecture at my university but died just a couple of days before he was due. I was gutted. I signed up for that particular module just to have the opportunity of meeting the guy and listening to him speak.

If you want short stories, have you ever read the Sherlock Holmes stories? Everybody is aware of them but very few people I actually talk to have read them. They're a really great read, surprisingly different from the cliched, over parodied version of Holmes that I expected. The novels are a decent read as well, and are fairly short and digestable (they were written to be serialised in short form, so they move at a rapid pace with plenty of twists and turns, and cliffhanger after cliffhanger). I would recommend starting with the first novel, "A Study In Scarlet" (which introduces the two central characters brilliantly) and then you're pretty much free to read them in any order you please (continuity wise they shift about in time a lot anyway).

If you like Ballard, try reading some of HG Wells short stories. I recently saw a book of his complete short stories in a lush, faux-leather bound hardback for about £30 - sounds a lot but this volume contained EVERY short story he ever wrote (literally hundreds). You can obviously pick them up in smaller editions as well, and I'd suggest 'The Country of the Blind'. Every single one of his short stories is so packed with ideas and invention that most could all easily have been stretched out into novels. Remember, this is the same dude who brought is 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man' and 'War of the Worlds' - three of the pivotal cornerstones of modern sci-fi and three of the most iconic stories in any genre. All worth exploring.

Raymond Chandler's short stories have been collected in a volume called 'Killer In The Rain', which is a must-read. He ended up recycling a lot of these stories and turning them into novels, but the original shot stories have a more gritty, brutal, less polished nuance. Worthy reading.

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That's a brilliant book. There was a brief period of my life where that book seemed to crop up everywhere I went. I found it on the tube (twice), left in a pub, in the staffroom at work and then (strangley) at Alton Towers. It seemed to be following me everywhere I went. It's a good read, though.
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^ Modern Myth I'm not going to quote your entire post because that would be a senseless waste of internet but agree with everything you say. Wells is one of those rare authors whose current praise lives up to his written legacy. I've never browsed this thread before today because the levels of literacy on this forum have always struck me as questionable at best but I'm glad I ducked in. Anything else you could recommend in a similar vein to the authors you mentioned?
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If sci-fi is your thing I'd recommend Nick Harkaway's 'The Gone-Away World'. Part thriller, part comedy and absolutely mind-bending in it's epic sense of scale. One of my favourite books of all time, science fiction or otherwise. I'm currently chewing through his second novel 'Angelmaker' which is revealing itself to be fantastic as well, if a little more grounded in reality.
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I love Ballard. He was due to guest lecture at my university but died just a couple of days before he was due. I was gutted. I signed up for that particular module just to have the opportunity of meeting the guy and listening to him speak.

If you want short stories, have you ever read the Sherlock Holmes stories? Everybody is aware of them but very few people I actually talk to have read them. They're a really great read, surprisingly different from the cliched, over parodied version of Holmes that I expected. The novels are a decent read as well, and are fairly short and digestable (they were written to be serialised in short form, so they move at a rapid pace with plenty of twists and turns, and cliffhanger after cliffhanger). I would recommend starting with the first novel, "A Study In Scarlet" (which introduces the two central characters brilliantly) and then you're pretty much free to read them in any order you please (continuity wise they shift about in time a lot anyway).

If you like Ballard, try reading some of HG Wells short stories. I recently saw a book of his complete short stories in a lush, faux-leather bound hardback for about £30 - sounds a lot but this volume contained EVERY short story he ever wrote (literally hundreds). You can obviously pick them up in smaller editions as well, and I'd suggest 'The Country of the Blind'. Every single one of his short stories is so packed with ideas and invention that most could all easily have been stretched out into novels. Remember, this is the same dude who brought is 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man' and 'War of the Worlds' - three of the pivotal cornerstones of modern sci-fi and three of the most iconic stories in any genre. All worth exploring.

Raymond Chandler's short stories have been collected in a volume called 'Killer In The Rain', which is a must-read. He ended up recycling a lot of these stories and turning them into novels, but the original shot stories have a more gritty, brutal, less polished nuance. Worthy reading.



That's a brilliant book. There was a brief period of my life where that book seemed to crop up everywhere I went. I found it on the tube (twice), left in a pub, in the staffroom at work and then (strangley) at Alton Towers. It seemed to be following me everywhere I went. It's a good read, though.
Thanks for the suggestions guys.

And yeah, the literacy here is low but this thread is one of the very few saving graces on this forum.
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I ordered Red Dragon, Silence Of The Lambs, and Hannibal. I love all three movies, but I've never read the books before. I can't wait. Goody, goody!

(Yes, I intentionally left out Rising. Not a fan of prequel stories.)

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Silence of the Lambs is an amazing novel. One of the few books I've actually re-read.
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