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Book 9 was 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' by Michael Chabon

http://scalingthetbrpile.home.blog/2019/02/28/book-9-the-amazing-adventures-of-kavalier-and-clay-by-michael-chabon/

TL;DR A great, sprawling tale set during the Golden Age of comics in which two cousins' lives rise and fall alongside the art they so enjoy creating.

(It's many pages long, so that TL;DR doesn't really tell half of the story >_>)

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I finished a Scanner Darkly yesterday. Not sure what I’ll get into next. 

You guys that have already read multiple books, how often do you read? 

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25 minutes ago, VerbalPuke said:

I finished a Scanner Darkly yesterday. Not sure what I’ll get into next. 

You guys that have already read multiple books, how often do you read? 

I read every day. Normally, at least an hour though possibly two.

Primarily, it is because my wife goes to bed earlier than I would do normally. It gives me a reason to go to bed to be with my wife, but not to go to sleep too early.

Also, it generally is something that I try and use as a means to stop me drinking. Can't really read if I'm drunk...

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I usually only read during my lunch breaks at work, with an hour lunch now I should be able to get more reading done. 

I keep a book at home to also read but have been busy and haven’t as much as I want. 

Work is for novels where as informational is at home (mostly because I want to avoid any reason for somebody to give me shit over reading something too political).

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I didn't realise "Look Who's Back" was a book - there's a film adaptation on Netflix, in a kind of Borat-y unscripted style, and it's fucking chilling in places.

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13 minutes ago, Skummy said:

I didn't realise "Look Who's Back" was a book - there's a film adaptation on Netflix, in a kind of Borat-y unscripted style, and it's fucking chilling in places.

Yeah, my stepdad said it was really good.

I liked the book a lot. It is a realistic enough interpretation of what could happen, worryingly enough.

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Trying to find the name (and author) of a book I found a few months back and wanted to read, but I lost the info and all I have at the moment is a description:

A detective (not sure if he's police or a private investigator) who is a vampire is trying to stop a serial killer who is also a vampire, without vampires existing being exposed to the public.  Its a modern times setting, and I believe it is also the first book of a series that has a few more volumes. I believe there is some fire (possibly a flaming pentacle?) on the cover, but I may be thinking of a different book.

Any help would be appreciated.

 

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I read Junky by William S. Burroughs last week. It is pretty short to be fair but was a good read. I probably should have read his stuff years ago but just never did. 

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Finished Dark Hollow, and I definitely recommend it. It is pretty creepy but entertaining without going over the top. Not much gore in the book until the characters head toward the final confrontation with the monster. My only gripe is that I saw part of the ending coming a mile away, but it doesn't detract from the story at all.

Also has the most....interesting....way for the monster to be unleashed:

 

A woman gives a blowjob to a statue of a Satyr, which causes it to come to life as a flesh and blood being! (You do find out where the Satyt came from and how it ended up a statue at a point later in the book.)

*edited to add* Here's what I've read, so far: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/14652821

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Thought it might be easier to just post the Tweets about the books I've read.

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Just got done with this:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40109372-doctor-who - Based on the script for the movie they considered doing during the Fourth Doctor era. It was a good story. My only complaint is that the first half of the book, leading up to what's really going on, took too long. 

One reviewer, though, was an idiot for asking why Ian Marter got credit in the inside copywrite, etc info. Ummm....because he wrote or co-wrote the script it was based off.

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On 28/02/2019 at 21:44, Liam said:

I read every day. Normally, at least an hour though possibly two.

Primarily, it is because my wife goes to bed earlier than I would do normally. It gives me a reason to go to bed to be with my wife, but not to go to sleep too early.

Also, it generally is something that I try and use as a means to stop me drinking. Can't really read if I'm drunk...

I know you wrote this a month ago but I kinda envy people who are able to do this. My girlfriend is a light sleeper. I go to bed early because if I go when she's already asleep, she'll wake up, so I can't, and I'd never be allowed to turn on the light to read anyway. I still read everyday though. Spending over 2 hours a day n your daily commute gives you plenty of time to read.

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Offshore sounds great, definitely going to check that out.

I'm currently reading "Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire" by Akala, and it's absolutely brilliant.

I, to my shame, didn't know Akala's work until very recently, and it's a wonderful mix of sociology and biography. The first couple of chapters were interesting but "tell me something I don't know", and then the third goes into the public perception of black athletes, and constructs of blackness and whiteness, and I was just absolutely gripped. Phenomenal stuff.

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4 hours ago, Skummy said:

Offshore sounds great, definitely going to check that out.

I'm currently reading "Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire" by Akala, and it's absolutely brilliant.

I, to my shame, didn't know Akala's work until very recently, and it's a wonderful mix of sociology and biography. The first couple of chapters were interesting but "tell me something I don't know", and then the third goes into the public perception of black athletes, and constructs of blackness and whiteness, and I was just absolutely gripped. Phenomenal stuff.

Akala's book is on my to read list for sure.

I read Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge a few weeks ago and it's a really eye-opening read. As a white person, you really don't consider any thing you have as an advantage or any of the subtleties about racism. The chapter about slavery in England was something I was completely unaware of because as far as school education went, slavery was an American thing.

On a completely different route, after seeing the film and having lots of people praise the book I figured I'd give Ready Player One a read. It's really good and while you obviously know the outcome, the journey to get there is so, so different to the film.

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1 hour ago, TMM said:

Akala's book is on my to read list for sure.

I read Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge a few weeks ago and it's a really eye-opening read. As a white person, you really don't consider any thing you have as an advantage or any of the subtleties about racism. The chapter about slavery in England was something I was completely unaware of because as far as school education went, slavery was an American thing.

On a completely different route, after seeing the film and having lots of people praise the book I figured I'd give Ready Player One a read. It's really good and while you obviously know the outcome, the journey to get there is so, so different to the film.

Why I'm No Longer Talking... is a great read.

This is also the obligatory 'don't read Armada' post.

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Just finished Ghost Walk, the sequel to Dark Hollow, which introduced a new character that's the hero of this and subsequent books.

Unlike Dark Hollow, I have to give Ghost Walk a bad rating. I'll be giving it two stars, since Goodreads doesn't allow half stars. (Or it would be 2 and a half; I'm not rounding up to 3) There's not enough real horror for my tastes, and what the author did to the hero from Dark Hollow in this book was just....wrong. The ending felt rushed and just plain sucked. He's done two or three more books featuring the new character, and I'm in no hurry to read them. Might read more of Brian Keene's work, but not the rest of this series.

Debating what to read next. Is anyone familiar with a horror author named Edward Lee? I have his books Brides of the Impaler and The Golem. But I don't know which to read, or if I should go with a different genre.

 

 

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Just finished Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. I was actually planning on reading it shortly before he committed suicide but never got around to it, and put it off until now because i didn't feel comfortable reading it right after he died. If you're a fan, I definitely recommend reading it. I have another of his books, Medium Raw, but am holding off on reading it for a bit. I rarely ever read two nonfiction books in a row, and never two by the same author.

Up next? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39681050-when-the-man-comes-around

 

 

 

 

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