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Posted 04 March 2012 - 12:07 AM

The Looking Glass War, John le Carre.  About twenty years after WWII, the Cold War is in full swing, and a hopelessly outmoded British intelligence section launches an operation in East Germany.  It's fascinating, in a way, because it's horrifically hypnotic, there's a constant sense of impending doom, of people failing, things going wrong, without respite.  Although it's 100% spy fiction, it's basically a horror story.  It's easy to see how writers like Charles Stross and Tim Powers took that sense of dread and used it for their own supernatural spy novels.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:24 PM

FreakAngels is quite good so far.  Entirely online, too.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:05 AM

Currently I'm finishing A Dance with Dragons, from A Song of Ice and Fire series.

If Martin decides to write more than seven books of who ate what or who wore what at what exact time, I'm gonna have a little chat with the guy... Right now I'm pretty happy I'm going to have a pause with the series.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

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FreakAngels is quite good so far. Entirely online, too.
Fantastic time waster. Thanks for the tip, FA! :blush:

Oh, and the coincidence is not lost on me either: FreakAngels - FA... :)

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:49 PM

LOL!

Jack has a nice no-nonsense air about him.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

No no no, now I've done it. I checked FA and must stop reading it. I could only read it at work and this is REALLY not a good time. Looks great though!

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

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I checked FA and must stop reading it. I could only read it at work and this is REALLY not a good time.
Impossible. Very nearly wet myself in the Interludes - so be prepared to stifle yourself silly, SV! :blush:

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Jack has a nice no-nonsense air about him.
No-nonsense indeed (no spoilers from me). He's a solid pick.

I probably like Arkady the most - she's kind of 'out there' yet not at all unresourceful. There's plenty of 'wordliness' to go around in the others, but she is probably the last one where a sense of innocence remains.

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Ta-ta! :)

*Off to FAngels again!*

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

Even though it's online I can see myself buying the graphic novels.  I also didn't know I wanted a FreakAngels throw until I saw they existed, and then I did want one.  And I saw they were sold out.  And I cried.

Actually, my favourite so far is Kaitlyn.  A sheriff, but sexy.

Sigh.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:39 PM

Crossed webcomic.

Very NSFW, looks like they will copy the FreakAngels format.

I really enjoyed the first volume from Ennis and Burrows.  It was great, and I recommend it without reservation if you're not of a sensitive disposition.

Family Values, by Lapham and Barreno, wasn't as good, as it often covered the same ground as the first volume, although it was still worth reading and I don't feel hard done by having bought it.

A new series, Badlands, marks the return of Ennis and Burrows, and I'll be snapping that up.  I'll be reading reviews of the Crossed stuff by others and maybe buying it, maybe not.  I hold out high hopes for Crossed 3D and Psycopath.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 02:55 PM

Crossed: WYWH Chapter 2

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:54 PM

Masterpieces of Terror And The Unknown

Selected By Marvin Kaye

I was at the library this week and picked up this gem.
It's a collaboration of short stories that deal with; Vampires, Ghosts, Aliens, Werewolves, Demons, Gargoyles, Living dead, Evil Teddy Bears, etc.

Some notable authors are; Stephen Crane, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Richard Matheson, Bram Stoker, Jack London, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson,  Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Orson Scott Card. Plus many other authors including the ones mentioned above who have at one time written stories of the Macabre.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:55 PM

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell.  Mitchell is this good: upon reading a book of his, I immediately went online and bought everything he had written.  He's a genuinely excellent writer.  This tale of a Dutch outpost in the otherwise-isolated Japan of the 18th century is fascinating because it seems like a fantasy novel, yet you know it is not.  The Dutch present a recognisable, if slightly basic, Anglo-Saxon viewpoint you can empathise with, amongst a very foreign culture.  Slow-paced, but a good read.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:24 PM

Three Bags Full.  A mystery in which some sheep try to solve the murder of their shepherd.  An interesting read, actually, and fairly well done.  Requires you to get past the idea of anthropomorphised sheep, but other than that, fairly solid.  Could do for sheep what Watership Down did for rabbits.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:10 PM

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.  I don't remember it being this good.  All tens, cry the judges.  A boy falls off a roof one snowy day in Copenhagen.  A neighbour, Miss Smilla, is an inuit from Greenland, who spots various clues due to her knowledge of snow and ice.  She investigates, and it is great.  If anyone is asking why there aren't any hardcore female protagonists, point them this way.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:01 AM

I finally finished FreakAngels. Freaking awesome. Almost cried in the end.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

Ah, you finally made it through. :)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:27 PM

Currently reading "A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin.

Still pretty hooked, this series is definitely fun to watch and read even more.

Did someone here know anything about World War Z?
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Not read a book in a while, but got Dodger by Terry Pratchett for my birthday, so when I'm not shooting Sectoids I'll be reading that before bed :)
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:02 AM

View PostAzrael Strife, on 10 October 2012 - 06:27 PM, said:

Currently reading "A Clash of Kings" by George R. R. Martin.

Still pretty hooked, this series is definitely fun to watch and read even more.

Did someone here know anything about World War Z?

Try Joe Abercrombie's work, he's better than Martin.

World War Z is good, a little too pro-Israeli/USA for my tastes, and it has several idiotic misconceptions, but it's a nice idea and worth a read.  Watch out for the dreadful film coming soon!

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 10:03 PM

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