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    "Finishing Touches" by Thomas Tessier per Lopez's recommendation.

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    Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

    Quick read and since it is Dave Barry, hilarious!
    A Comfort Zone is not a Life Sentence

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    I just started John Scalzi's The End of All Things - the summation of the Old Man's War books. Time for some actual science fiction to cleanse the palate from all the fantasy I've been reading.
    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

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    Just finished Samuel R. Delany's Phallos, a very peculiar book: it's a gay, pornographic novella without all the lubricious parts, leaving a weirdly empty book about absences.
    Do not bug a wombat, 'cause wombats bug back,
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    Another music biography for me. I just finished Doug Pinnick's (Kings authorized biography "What You Make It". It is not the best written book in the world, but the information was interesting.

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    Recently started The Music Of James Bond by Jon Burlingame, who was the man who got the original soundtrack to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV show released on three double CDs. I met
    him when I went to The Golden Anniversary Affair, the 50th anniversary of TMFU in Culver City, Ca.

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    Now reading: The Long Sunset by Jack McDevitt. About a starship ride to visit what appears to be an alien civilization, against the backdrop of politicos saying "it's too dangerous!"
    Do not bug a wombat, 'cause wombats bug back,
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    Just started Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc. by Jeff Tweedy. Very humorous and enjoyable so far.

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    Next up: A Lit Fuse, the authorized biography of the late Harlan Ellison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    On the horror front I highly recommend the trilogy "Night's Children" by Peter F. Hamilton. It's a space-opera where the dead are coming back and possessing the living, and they are not nice. The three volumes - sometimes each split in two, because they're big - are The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God.
    I tried to get into that with the first book, but I just couldn't. For some reason, I couldn't stand any of the main characters in that story. Maybe that was Hamilton's intention -- and if so, he definitely succeeded. But it made for a very unenjoyable read for me, and about halfway through I gave up and moved on to another book. Maybe it just wasn't for me.

    That being said, I've read other books by Peter F. Hamilton and really enjoyed them. Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained I found very enjoyable, and the "character" of MorningLightMountain was a really interesting take on an alien intelligence IMO. His "Void Trilogy" was pretty good too. Definitely not horror though.

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    Just finished Serpent Girl by Matthew Carnahan. A disjointed (no pun intended) novel about a young carnie who falls for the limbless side-show freak, Eelie the Serpent Girl. The freaks own the broken-down circus for which the narrator works. Once he gets in good (again, no pun intended) with Eelie, he decides to rob the circus as it's a money maker. He gets some ne'er-do-well pals of his to partner in the heist. Through a series of flashbacks, we find that he's been double-crossed. Trying to get his share of the dough, he ultimately encounters a combustible meth lab, a murderous biker gang, and the freaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Just finished Serpent Girl by Matthew Carnahan. A disjointed (no pun intended) novel about a young carnie who falls for the limbless side-show freak, Eelie the Serpent Girl. The freaks own the broken-down circus for which the narrator works. Once he gets in good (again, no pun intended) with Eelie, he decides to rob the circus as it's a money maker. He gets some ne'er-do-well pals of his to partner in the heist. Through a series of flashbacks, we find that he's been double-crossed. Trying to get his share of the dough, he ultimately encounters a combustible meth lab, a murderous biker gang, and the freaks.
    Here in the Western US, we call that 'Thursday.'

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    Started reading "Cries And Whispers 1983-1991 - Sylvian/Karn/Jansen/Barbieri/Dean" by Anthony Reynolds, the second book on Japan and its members (the first one, "Japan: A Foreign Place", was published three years ago).
    What I liked about Reynolds approach that he doesn't give David Sylvian all the credits, but that he sees the qualities of all members.
    That was one of the reasons I stopped reading Christopher E Young's book "On The Periphery": in his words Karn, Jansen and Barbieri were just Sylvian's musicians.

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    Creepers by David Morrell

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    Currently reading A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. So far, very enjoyable!

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    The Regulators by Stephen King

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    So, Anyway.... by John Cleese
    A Comfort Zone is not a Life Sentence

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    Beren and Luthien by JRRT
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    I took a break from Lewisohn's "Tune In" Beatles bio to read Eric Idle's "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life". While in parts it seemed to just be a list of his encounters with the rich and famous, there were also really touching chapters about his friendships with George Harrison and Robin Williams. And of course if you're a Python fan his recognizable humor (or humour for our British members), is all over it. Overall, an enjoyable read.
    No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. - Kurt Vonnegut

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou View Post
    So, Anyway.... by John Cleese
    Read that a while back....interested in your thoughts after you've finished it.

    Currently reading several books at once, as usual. The Messiaen Companion edited by Peter Hill. The Matter of Wales by Jan Morris. Gaiman's Norse Mythology. And collected poems of Geoffrey Hill and W B Yeats.
    "And this is the chorus.....or perhaps it's a bridge...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by wideopenears View Post
    Read that a while back....interested in your thoughts after you've finished it.

    Currently reading several books at once, as usual. The Messiaen Companion edited by Peter Hill. The Matter of Wales by Jan Morris. Gaiman's Norse Mythology. And collected poems of Geoffrey Hill and W B Yeats.
    Me too. And the funny thing was that the day after I read a piece about David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees in Cries And Whispers 1983-1991 I read about the same album in a chapter on Talk Talk, Japan/Sylvian and Scott Walker in Fearless - The Making Of Post-Rock.

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    Recently read Rachel Cusk's 'Outline' trilogy and it was brilliant.

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    Just started Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear. This will take a while - 1000 pages...
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    Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite, an autobiography by Roger Daltrey

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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    Thanks A Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite, an autobiography by Roger Daltrey
    Reading that one now as well, but not too far into it yet.

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