Books Completed in '07

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  • In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami [That's right -- I started the year by finishing a book. Maybe this is a harbinger. Ha!]
  • L'Abbé C - Georges Bataille
  • Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
  • Perfume - Patrick Süskind
  • Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel García Márquez
  • Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film - Jimmy McDonough
  • Steps - Jerzy Kosinski
  • Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Outer Dark - Cormac McCarthy
  • Your Movie Sucks - Roger Ebert
  • The Elementary Particles - Michel Houellebecq
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  • Pop. 1280 - Jim Thompson
  • Awake in the Dark - Roger Ebert
  • The Plot Against America - Philip Roth [The first of the four Roth books I've read that I don't think totally whiffed the ending.]
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
  • How to Survive a Horror Movie - Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
  • The Zombie Survival Guide - Max Brooks
  • Nothing's Sacred - Lewis Black
  • The Cellar - Richard Laymon
  • In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  • Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design - Wendy Northcutt
  • King Suckerman - George P. Pelecanos
  • I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
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Slowly working my way back to semi-literacy...

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Did you like Haunted? i liked the short stories better than the main story.

Individually, the stories were interesting in that scorching Palahniuk way; by the time the ending rolled around, though, they'd gotten a bit monotonous. The framing device is certainly effective as well, but the message is a bit clumsy. I don't think it's one of Chuck's better books. That said, it's still a decent read.

Well i certainly think is better than his last 4 fiction books, Lullaby, Diary and Invisible Monsters, in fact i think that witha few differences Invisible Monsters and Lullaby are the same book.

Now his 2 non fiction books are awesome.

I never read Invisible Monsters, but I remember thinking Lullaby was pretty cool. Haven't read Diary yet either. I doubt he'll ever top Survivor, honestly.

the thing is that after you read 2 books by him, you have read them all, but there are always cool elements about them, he is still one of my favorite writers even if i feel that when he writes fiction he is on autopilot.

My favorite is Choke, but i admit that Survivor and Fight club are probably better books.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel García Márquez

So ... what did ya think? It was an interesting read for me, there in very tropical Jamaica ... ;-) (At the very least, it's a short book, so that's good.)

I was quite fond of it, as I have been with pretty much all the Márquez I've thus encountered. The way he writes is intoxicating -- it's one of my fondest wishes to some day continue and perfect my study of Spanish just so I can read One Hundred Years of Solitude in its native language.

How was Big Bosoms and Square jaws?, i have it on my shelf, it might be my next book to read.

I did read The Very Breast of Russ Meyer, it was pretty good.

It was a damn good read. McDonough pieces together a fun, lively and respectful portrait of the man while also not discounting that he could be a real nasty son of a bitch. The last chapter is unaccountably sad, as it details Meyer's mental deterioration, about which I was unaware. Mostly, it really made me want to go watch some Meyer.

Hey! Watchmen!

Anyway, how was Your Movie Sucks? I know I loves me some Ebert...

I was a bit disappointed in Your Movie, actually -- part of the fun of I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie was that it drew from all over his career and unearthed some reviews of which I was unaware. You could track the evolution of his writing style. The new volume, though, doesn't contain a film from earlier than 1999. Still a breezy read, but not all that.

Also... yeah, Watchmen. I've been furiously trying to get all my friends to read that now. It's great stuff.

I really enjoyed I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, even if I read it so long ago I can't remember too much of it. I had the feeling that Your Movie Sucks would be kind of how you described it.

As for Watchmen...I loaned a copy of it to my cousin (an aspiring comic book artist who, astonishingly, had never read that or The Dark Knight Returns) back in March and still haven't gotten it back. :-\",0,[06/29/2007 08:13:31],1
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madmen with a strange desire to murder their own children with an ice pick

Jesus. You know my tastes all too well. :-)

I've been reading Blood Meridian on and off for a year now. It's not exactly a swift read, and those chapter rundowns make it easy to forget it for a while and then pick it back up.

Just wait 'till you get to the end. The last chapter is one of the most horrifying things I've ever read. That last paragraph before the brief epilogue is burned into my mind.

How is In Cold Blood? Is it dry?
I'm not really sure I should read it soon.

It's, like, the exact opposite of dry. Capote's writing style moves like fire and his ability for turning phrases is exemplary. Because it has the drive, character work and cold irony of great fiction, I had to stop every few pages and remind myself that this is, in fact, based in truth. It's a hell of a book.

What did you think of the Bataille book? I have been interested in reading one of his books at some point.

Johnny Waco

It's pretty good, though I think it's the least of the three Bataille I've read. It seems a bit simple by his standards. Blue of Noon has a more fascinating real-world angle, and Story of the Eye is some kind of weird porno masterpiece. I'd steer you towards either of those before L'Abbe C.

Once you mentioned the title, I remembered that Story of the Eye was the one that sounded pretty intriguing to me. I'll definitely check it out.

Johnny Waco