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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:02 am 
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I'm reading "Blonde" by Joyce Carol Oates at work and "The Diaries of Franz Kafka" at home.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:59 am 
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Have been neglecting this thread!

Finished 'The Sundial' by Shirley Jackson. Very, very dialogue heavy, funny and dark until the last page. In some ways a complete bitch-fest, in others a real horror story. Excellent.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:43 am 
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Sounds great - I need to read some of her work.

Two months later I'm still reading the books I posted above. The Kafka is 450 pages and dipping in and out before bed is proving tiring, the Oates is 900 pages and I'm 645 into it. Both are good, but just taking a while to get through.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:19 pm 
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Ah, Kafka! Not sure if I've read the diaries, might have to look them up.

Got Morrissey's 'Autobiography' from the local Oxfam on Saturday. A few pages in, it's reading like the prose of a 6th Former who's just discovered poetry. I'm keen to hear his take on life/punk/The Smiths, so will persevere, but I hope it improves. Don't any of these people (so-called celebrities) have to run their work past an editor?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:07 am 
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The Kafka diaries are interesting, but also not. There are snippets of unpublished stories, works in progress, and some insights into him as a person; but there's also a lot of stuff about people who no longer have relevance. Still, I'm persevering!

Haven't read Morrissey's autobiography (apparently his novel is even worse). I was a big Smiths fan back in 1983 and have dipped into a few solo albums so I would be interested in reading about the period. I might pick it up from the library.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:53 am 
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I seem to have lost touch with this thread. I've read over 50 books since I last posted here (in November I did my own version of Nanowrimo, picking out the 30 shortest books in my TBR pile and starting a new one each day). I'm too damned lazy to list them all, though anyone really wanting to know, can find cover photos of them all on my Facebook page. I will however, as she's posting above and an interested party, mention that "Storylandia #15 - Collected Stories by Julie Travis" was one of them.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:45 pm 
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Pete - thanks for taking the time to read 'Storylandia'. It's appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:09 am 
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It took me three months but I finally finished both "The Franz Kafka Diaries" edited by Max Brod and "Blonde" by Joyce Carol Oates. The diaries were sporadically interesting, especially the travel diary section at the end which was a much quicker read in comparison to the rest of the book, but "Blonde" was fantastic and my favourite book read this year.

I've since read Jeff VanderMeer's "Annihilation" which I also thoroughly enjoyed. I'm currently catching up with the Black Static's I put aside whilst I was reading the above and I've also picked up "Mr Vertigo" by Paul Auster to read at work.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:17 am 
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Still reading "Mr Vertigo" at work. After catching up with a couple of issues of Black Static at home I'm now reading "Sliver" by Ira Levin.

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Books read so far in 2016, "The Madness of Cthulhu Volume 2", edited by S. T. Joshi, and "The Harlequin" by Nina Allan.

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Finished "Mr Vertigo" by Paul Auster which is one of his weakest books in my opinion and I've picked up "Mr Palomar" by Italo Calvino which I'm really enjoying so far.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:46 am 
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I’ve finished Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’. 457 pages of suffering. Moz’s and mine.

I’m now reading a few Moomintroll short stories (Tove Jansson), which have a slightly Buddhist quality to them, and then, the main attraction: ‘Sleep Has His House’ by Anna Kavan, a Surrealist writer who died just after I was born. Shamed to admit I’d not been aware of her until very recently, but am very much looking forward to reading her work.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:42 am 
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I read a couple of Anna Kavan books last year ("A Scarcity Of Love" and "Who Are You?") and really enjoyed them. The former almost made it to my top three books read in 2015. Quite intense at times, but very good.

I think I'll pass on the Morrissey bio. I had been interested, but from what I've heard I'm better off keeping my own memories.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:07 pm 
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Books read since I last posted here, "Vermilion" and "The Pleasure Merchant", both by Molly Tanzer who I'll be interviewing in Black Static #51, plus "Sharkpunk" edited by Jonathan Green, and "The Female Facotry" by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter.

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Finished Paul Auster's "Mr Vertigo" which wasn't great, and enjoyed Italo Calvino's "Mr Palomar" which was.

Caught up with Black Static, and am now reading "The Mahe Circle" by Georges Simenon at home which I'm really enjoying, and "The Extremes" by Christopher Priest which is looking good so far.

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