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Ted Downum
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Right now I'm reading:

Stoner, by John Edward Williams:  A novel about a farm boy who becomes a professor of literature in early 20th-century Missouri; simply, beautifully written, very moving.

The Boilerplate Rhino, by David Quammen: Picked this up because I found the title intriguing, and very quickly got hooked.  It's a collection of short essays, originally written for Outside magazine, that touch on a wide variety of natural-science topics, from suburban lawns to the evolution of fruit to the mating habits of jellyfish.  Quammen's a brilliant writer, and I plan to track down his other stuff when I'm finished. 

Reaper's Gale, by Steven Erikson: Volume seven of Erikson's humongous fantasy epic, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, my escapist-reading addiction of the past year.  My goal is to finish all nine published books before the tenth and final volume comes out in March.  I might get there.

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 Michael Arndt wrote:

The Big Rich by Bryan Burrough

Read that last summer.  Really good.  Enjoyed it quite a bit.  I've got Burrough's PUBLIC ENEMIES in my "to read" pile.

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Just finished the new Stephen King book "Full Dark, No Stars" and now I'm reading an anthology called "Zombies:The Recent Dead".

Up next is the new Dean Koontz "What The Night Knows" and "Holidays On Ice" by David Sedaris.

I also just received all 4 of the book in "The Mad Scientists' Club" series. I haven't read them in a good 30 years, so they are waiting in the pipeline.


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Fabrice Renault
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I am currently reading the complete Elric by Michael Moorcock.
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Currently: Collection of Phillip K. Dick's greatest
stories and re-reading Lord of the Rings.

Next: In the mood for science and history so DK's Earth
and Universe and A New History of the World by J.M.
Roberts.

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The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.

Gob-smacking account of courage, kindness and fellowship at the world's end and in almost unendurable conditions. 
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I am rereading William Queen's UNDER AND ALONE.
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I just finished Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYS. I really enjoyed it. Next in the queue is Ken Follett's FALL OF GIANTS.
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Just finished Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Just started SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore. A modern Sherlock Holmes fan and Arthur Conan Doyle try to solve murders in alternating chapters.
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Just finishing up Canticle by Ken Scholes. Very good work, not sure if I'm okay with the seemingly epic length I foresee coming (remember when trilogies were thought to be really, really long?).

About to start Time Traveler's Never Die by Jack McDevitt.

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I may have to put UNDER AND ALONE away so that I can start reading the
copy of FIRE & WATER: BILL EVERETT, THE SUB-MARINER, AND THE BIRTH OF
MARVEL COMICS my wife just handed me!
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 My recently read list:

  Crota by Owl Goingback. How can you not read a thriller by an author with that name. It turned out to be a fast and scary little thriller.

 Stiff by Mary Roach. More than you ever really want to know about what happens to dead bodies.(thanks JB).

 Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth. This ones about a vampire under an oath to serve the President of the US since Andrew Johnson. Another fast and fun little book.

 Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagen. Man do I miss Carl Sagen.

 Death from the Skies by Dr. Phil Plait. This one is about the various and messy ways the Earth might meet its demise.

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"The Monster Show" by David J. Skal
"The Man In the High Castle" by Philip K. Dick
"Lafayette" by Harlow Giles Unger
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Just started The Golden Compass, by a guy whose name I'm blanking on but I'm too lazy to check (Phil Pullman, maybe?).
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Matt, I have also read Public Enemies. Enjoyed it very much. Enjoying the heck out of The Big Rich. A good read. 

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THE MAKING OF THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. It's every bit as good as the first one.
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"A Game of Brawl", Bill Felber.  An account of the 1897 pennant race between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Beaneaters. 

The Beaneaters are today's Atlanta Braves.  The 19th century Orioles were an NL team that folded after the 1899 season.
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Just last night I finished "Transfer of Power" by Vince Flynn.  I read his latest Mitch Rapp book, "American Assassin", during the holidays and decided to read the series from the start.  "The Third Option" is next on the nightstand.
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Got a bunch of books at Xmas, jumped in with FINISHING THE HAT, by Stephen Sondheim -- a collection of lyrics, notes, reflections, thoughts, gossip and passion for musical theatre.

Reading Sondheim's words and tone reminds me of the way Byrne speaks -- they share a love of their particular genres and are disheartened (and in some ways, bitter) about the state of their industries today.  Both are craftsmen and masters of their art.  Both are well-spoken and intelligent. 

There were moments -- if I hadn't been reading about LYRICS -- that i would've sworn that I was reading one of Byrne's short essays.

Highly recommended (even if you're not a Sondheim freak, as I am!)

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The news today, oh boy.
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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith.  

Yes, zombies!  It's a re-imagining of the classic "Pride and Prejudice" with your favourite brain-eaters thrown in.  I dare say that it's deliciously hilarious!




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Marcel,

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies absolutely cracked me up! So, so funny!

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Just finished:

WALLY'S WORLD - The brilliant life and tragic death of Wally Wood, the
world's second-best comic book artist

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I finished reading "The Great Gatsby" and I put Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" in my backpack to read on the train coming home from work during the week.   I figure I'll switch to reading some contemporary books afterward.
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THE LONG EMERGENCY by James Howard Kuntsler.  As much as I absolutely love his WORLD MADE BY HAND series, I sure hope his dire post-peak-oil predictions are wrong.
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