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Sunday, January 29, 2006

What should I read? And why?


I've been chewing my way through the Hard Case Crime series.

For nonfiction, have you picked up the Will Eisner books "Comics and Sequential Art" and "Graphic Storytelling"? Fantastic stuff, and he really taps into the advantages of comic book storytelling vs other media. There's also the "Understanding Comics" book by Scott McCloud. Fun book explaining different aspects of how comics work, all done in comic book format.

On the comic side, I've been loving Ex Machine by Brian K Vaughn and Tony Harris.

By Blogger Kody¬†Chamberlain, at 1:25 PM  

I'm reading a great book - Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs. It's a book of true stories from his life, childhood to now. He's hysterical.

By Blogger Christina, at 3:42 PM  

THE MOON AND SIX PENCE by W. Somerset Maugham.

Because it kicks ass.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:15 PM  

For fiction -

Case Histories
The Kite-Runner
The Time-Traveler's Wife (my fave read of the past five years)
The Ha-Ha
The Dogs of Babel

The End of Faith - by Sam Harris
The Opposite of Fate - Amy Tan

That's just off the top of my head - I'll let you know if I think of anything else.

I also just picked up the Complete Peanuts, from 1950 to 1958 (four volumes) and I can't recommend it enough, Schultz was a genius in his own way.

By Blogger Joshua James, at 4:35 PM  

THE LAND OF LAUGHS by Jonathan Carroll.

Except if you like Neil Gaiman's stuff, you've probably read it already.

By Blogger Stephen Gallagher, at 5:56 PM  

"tough jews" by rich cohen. takes a look at the jewish murder inc guys, the effect they had on the people from the area and father son relationships.

very interesting read.

By Blogger Abrasive Entertainment, at 6:15 PM  

Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell... An excellent book about small events that essentially change our world... He takes alook at epidemics, fads and a bunch of other things... very well written

Freakonomics is another great book that I've read. Funny and insightful :) Its by Steven Levitt

By Blogger Jason Sanders, at 6:27 PM  

Oh yeah, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is an excellent fantasy book by Susanna Clarke. Amazingly indepth, reads like an alternate history of England. Lots and Lots of footnotes make it very interesting and you should read it before the movie comes out... have not clue how their going to pull that off...

By Blogger Jason Sanders, at 6:29 PM  

The Ghost with Trembling Wings

By Blogger CharlieDontSurf, at 12:40 AM  

I second the reccomend for "The Kite Runner". Excellent book that moved me and gave me a new insight into the Muslim world.

By Blogger writergurl, at 8:58 AM  

I'm embarassed to so shamelessly self-promote, but you should be reading my online novel DINGO (chapter 1 is here.)

26 of the 27 chapters have been posted and the final chapter goes up this Friday. It's a fun little pulp fantasy which you can read in a couple of lazy afternoons.

By Blogger Unknown, at 10:23 AM  

Obviously you should be reading The Schreiber Theory, the book that tries to give screenwriters their due (or is that their overdue?).

According to author David Kipen, we've been brainwashed by a pernicious way of thinking about movies that favors the director over the writer. Kipen shines the spotlight on the screenwriter and takes aim at "auteurism," the influential theory of moviemaking that emphasizes the singular vision of the director in making a great film."We're seeing the consequences of an irrational and disproportionate emphasis on directing at the expense of screenwriting," Kipen says. To redress the imbalance, Kipen proposes a "screenwriter-centered way of thinking about film" (the "Schreiber" of his title is Yiddish for writer).

By Blogger Random Commenter, at 11:01 AM  

John Birmingham's got a fun alternative hostory series going set during WWII - first book is called Weapons of Choice, and the second (Designated Targets) was recently published... very good reads...

Second the Complete Peanuts recommedation above - those books are a must-have... :)

By Blogger John Hudgens, at 11:58 AM  

Since Mike Nelson started it (Thanks, Mike!) I'll continue the shameless self promotion by urging you and everyone reading to go pick up both volumes of the TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN anthologies. Not just for my short story contributions, but for the stories by Jess Nevins, John Peel, Brian Stableford, Win Scott Eckert, Randy & Jean Marc Lofficier, et al.

You can get them both at:

By Blogger Cunningham, at 2:15 PM  

David Mitchell's CLOUD ATLAS is the best book I've read in a few years. Nearly virtuoso fiction.

It involves some commitment to really throw yourself into it, but about 1/4 of the way in you'll be hooked.

That, and (not because I'm always thinking about storytelling prospects on the screen) I think it could make an kick-ass film if done just right. Kind of in that they-said-The-Hours-could-never-be-filmed sort of way.

By Blogger is that so wrong?, at 6:57 PM  

Did you pick a book yet? Add to the list "The World According to Garp" because it is funny and moving, "As I Lay Dying" because the point of view play with knock your socks off, and "Blood Meridian" because Cormac McCarthy takes to ask all American values in beautiful prose.


By Blogger AdicaRoy, at 11:38 PM  

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