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Just put a set of square brackets around what you already have there, and voilá!

Working an average of 62 and a half hours per week leaves me little time to read, which is a real bugbear for me, so at present I’m re-reading the graphic novel Eternals by Neil Gaiman, as well as the novel The Bridge by Iain Banks.

This week is a pain as I had an extra 12 and a half hour shift, which also meant that I was too tired to drive to a pub gig in Nottingham featuring an American band that I love named Thank You Scientist!

Presently I'm almost finished re-reading Brian Aldiss' "Barefoot In The Head", written in 1969 (the last time I read it was probably 30 years ago, so I guess this might actually count as a first reading).
I'm finding it a really difficult and challenging, but ultimately rewarding, piece of "experimental" literature.
It's sort of an SF novel; Kuwait has dropped psychedelic aerosol bombs on Europe and North America, and so almost everyone in the novel talks, acts, and reacts as if they are permanently under the influence of LSD.
Aldiss writes it from that mindset, too, so at times it's quite confusing. Reminds me a lot of John Lennon's writing. It's also been compared to James Joyce's style.
As I said, a deep and difficult read, but I'm really enjoying it.
I've never read any Aldiss, and I'm planning on tracking down some more of his stuff.
Are you familiar with him?
Any suggestions for further reading?

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I picked a biography of Zora Neal Hurston on Friday. It's been a pretty good read. I didn't realize she and Langston Hughes had a fallout over a play that wasn't finished.

@Fuzzy Any Aldiss you can find will be worth reading. His book "Trillion Year Spree" on the history of science fiction is an examination of his roots as an SF writer and one of the best accounts of the genre there is.

I remember being completely freaked out by "Hothouse" when I read it as a kid. "Report on Probability A" "Frankenstein Unbound" and the Helliconia Trilogy are particularly worth a look, too. But he was a master of the short story; "Supertoys last all summer long" was going to be made into a film by Stanley Kubrick. It was eventually completed by Steven Spielberg as "A.I.".

I have a signed first edition of "Finches of Mars" - I was a bit of a fan. Sadly (and perhaps spookily) Brian died two years ago today.

shakespeares comedies. reading them, and then watching the bbc productions from the early 80s

@billwhite I studied with those tapes in the library - didn't have the time to read them for the exam. Great productions!

lowhum, i used to hang out at the media center of the universty library and watch hamler wth derek jacobi at least once a week. saw only a few others i the seres but wasnt crazy about them. now, watching the whole series, they are consistantly good. i never liked the comedies, but seeing the very early ones for the first time is making me change my mind about them.

I just finished reading "Nevada" by Zane Grey, written in 1926 and 1927 (it was originally serealized in a magazine).
I've never read a western before, so it was quite interesting.
I was expecting lots of excitement and gunplay and stuff, but there was actually very little of that; it was mostly about family politics and lots of love story as well.
Really compelling, though; Grey really has a way with words, especially when he's describing the environment and landscape - it's obvious that he really loves the natural world.
I also noticed that his female characters seem to be more reasonable and level-headed than the male characters, a situation that is unusual in early 20th century literature.
I got this book for ten cents at a second-hand place; because "Nevada" was such a good read, I'm going back there today to see if they have any more westerns.

Time to start "A Brief History Of The Vikings" by Johnathan Clements....

i recently read Robin Ince's I'm A Joke And So Are You. It is about humour and humanity. while it uses comedians' mind process i wonder how much that is creative types or performers, especially of original material, in general. I was blown away at just how much Me it was. reading it was like feeling understood. highly recommended.

@wobbie wobbit It's an amazing book, isn't it? Robin is a friend, and a lovely, lovely person.

I'm now reading Stephen Brusatte's "The rise and fall of the dinosaurs" and it's one of the best science books I've read in years. Cracking stuff!

A book about ghosts and weird things that happens after someone dies.

@headfirstonly that's cool, yeah really good book i thought

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Off and on (more of the latter) I've been reading African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan. it's interesting...a bit tedious, and it reads more like fiction than an actual account of his life.

Once again, a tremendous list of possibilities to keep me occupied over the winter. Smile

I've recently read one of the most charming books I've ever encountered. The protagonist is a pet crow, and the book will have you laughing out loud or breaking your heart, often on the same page. It's a first novel from this author, and I can't wait to read her next one. The book is 'Hollow Kingdom' by Kira Jane Buxton. An absolute must-read. Hilarious, intelligent, zany, thought provoking, poignant - it covers all the bases.

Greetings again, @Donna Devine!
Your words of joyful enthusiasm just moved me to snatch a spot on the waitlist for ‘Hollow Kingdom’ — only 3 folks ahead of me with 6 copies circulating. Shouldn’t be long.