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Old 05.15.2008, 10:10 PM   #1161
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I just finally got around to starting Lord Valentines Castle by Robert Silverberg. Very engaging from the start. It appears we have a science fiction novel that reads like Fantasy in the tradition of such work set by Anne McCaffrey (who is quoted raving about the book within the paperback edition). The planet Marjipoor is apparently vastly large with more than one species of humanoid roaming it, but the technology, after 8,000 years has devolved to the equivalent of our Dark Ages. The book begins with a commoner who's suffered some sort of memory loss who just happens to share the same name with Lord Valentine, the ruler of the gigantic planet.
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Old 05.15.2008, 10:22 PM   #1162
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Old 05.15.2008, 10:59 PM   #1163
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Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories by HP Lovecraft.

Weird to read this book after hearing about Cthulu all my life (my dad's a huge sci-fi nerd) and finding it to be so completely mindblowing.
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Old 05.16.2008, 12:15 AM   #1164
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Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories by HP Lovecraft.

Weird to read this book after hearing about Cthulu all my life (my dad's a huge sci-fi nerd) and finding it to be so completely mindblowing.

"Mind blowing" is an especially amusing description of Lovecraft's books given that's exactly what tends to happen when his protagonists look upon the images of the Old Ones!
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Old 05.16.2008, 03:57 AM   #1165
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Reading this at the mo. Not very good. The usual Brit taking lazy swipes at America's supposed cultural decline. As though British culture is in perfect health at the moment.
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Old 05.16.2008, 05:16 AM   #1166
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Old 05.16.2008, 08:57 AM   #1167
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Old 05.16.2008, 08:36 PM   #1168
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Psycotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs.

I'm halfway through and I love it.
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Old 05.16.2008, 09:33 PM   #1169
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I haven't read any of Ulysses in a week...going to start back tomorrow. About 100 pages to go.

Recently bought to read after Ulysses:

Brave New World
The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving
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Old 05.16.2008, 09:57 PM   #1170
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Old 05.16.2008, 11:01 PM   #1171
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My wife and I went to our local library today and got library cards. Tonight I'm going to start reading The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
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Old 05.16.2008, 11:05 PM   #1172
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Is this your first time in a library? Well, better late than never.

I'm still into Dance with the Devil by Stanley Booth.
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Old 05.17.2008, 02:31 AM   #1173
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I've been on a real Vonnegut kick lately.

I just got this book from the library recently but I'm in the middle of Voices From The Street by Phillip K. Dick which so far I'd say is okay but not his best.
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Old 05.17.2008, 06:08 PM   #1174
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Is this your first time in a library? Well, better late than never.

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Old 05.17.2008, 06:47 PM   #1175
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick.
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Old 05.17.2008, 06:51 PM   #1176
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I read that last year. Don't get the fuss over Dick. I mean, I like Dick, but I couldn't ever be enthusiastic about Dick. I enjoyed Dick, but I couldn't ever see myself shouting about Dick in the streets to other people. I've met quite a few people who love Dick, but I wouldn't say I was one of them. Alright and all, but I wouldn't ever go to being a full-time Dick-lover.
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Old 05.17.2008, 07:04 PM   #1177
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Old 05.17.2008, 07:12 PM   #1178
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I'm reading the Satyricon of Petronius [etc]. I love how classics (as in proper classics, not Victorian guff) are bawdier than a Sade-ian blush.
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Old 05.17.2008, 07:27 PM   #1179
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On thursday I read all 262 pages of The Color Purple by Alice Walker. In the preceding three days I had read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I really enjoyed Hawthorne's likening of the child born of sin to a wildflower, as well as his entertaining polysyllabic adjectives.

Read The Scarlet Letter if you can, but pass up Walker's drudge through the land that time forgot.

Oh, and in between serious books, I do like to read a series of books about my home city of Liverpool- the Haunted Liverpool series, which is now up to about 17 books, is a collection of paranormal tales that are full of real detective work on the part of the author, Tom Slemen, who sat next to me on the bus once. He's written a Wicked Liverpool book too, which is just about grisly victorian murders. It's sort of heartwarming to know that orphan children were used as human guinea pigs for vaccines in the 1800s, right on my doorstep!
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Old 05.17.2008, 07:37 PM   #1180
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Wow, I tried to read that a few years ago but really couldn't get to grips with it. There's a contemporary novel by Michael Bracewell about a bloke who bunks off work that's packed with references to it. I'll try and find the title.... hang on...........looking on amazon....bear with me......here ya go....it's called 'Perfect Tense'.
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