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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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I haven't read this yet, but Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception sounds interesting to me. Frequently these days I let the authors featured on The Daily Show influence my book choice. I didn't learn of this one there (I read a review of it in the paper this weekend), but I hope to see the author interviewed by Jon Stewart in the near future.
I watched that film version of Leroux's novel. It follows it pretty closey, but injects an element of goofiness into the proceedings that isn't there in the book.
I don't read that much prose fiction these days, but a few weeks ago, I read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

I wouldn't have picked it myself, as I understood that it was probably 'harrowing' (it is!) but my wife got it based solely on McCarthy's Irish name, and raved about it so much I had to read it. Having read it, I'd have to declare - it's a masterpiece of our times! It's still going around inside my head. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
I'm reading Planet of the Apes Revisited by Joe Russo and Larry Landsman. It's about the making of the five movies and it has some great stories and anecdotes.
"Thinking in Systems: A Primer" by Donella H. Mead. I have always loved the concept of systems theory. Found this book on Amazon and downloaded to my Kindle.
I just finished Zero History, William Gibson's new novel. Enjoyed it very much, as usual. He always pull me right in. I would certainly recommend it to any Gibson fan (surely there must be some among this group?). Tomorrow I'll start Smoker, Rucka's 3rd Atticus Kodiak novel.
Finished Smoker on Monday. I'm a little concerned about the direction Rucka is headed with the introduction of master assassin Drama, but I liked the book. Kudos to him for breaking the pattern of ending the novel with a shocker (although Atticus finally calling Bridgett qualifies as a cliffhanger). I started Cormac McCarthy's The Road, another book I've been meaning to read for awhile. Thanks to Figs for the reminder. I'm still wrapping my head around the bleakness of it: McCarthy paints a convincing picture of a dying world, with no hope. The language is stunning, though, with poetic imagery in the midst of the most mundane scenes.
Stephen King's Pet Semetary. I enjoy King's short stories for the most part, but I'm not big fan of his novels. Half way through this one and my opinion has not changed in that regard.
Finished The Road a few days ago, and I'm still thinking about it. Haven't returned it to the library yet, because I keep picking it up and rereading bits of it. For a complete change of pace, I'm back to Rucka. Shooting At Midnight is the next Atticus Kodiak novel, sort of. It stars his P.I. girlfriend Bridgett Logan, with Atticus only appearing in the background. So far we mainly see his efforts to get back together with her, from her perspective.
Finally read "Secrets in the Shadows," a 2005 bio of my favorite comic book artist: Gene Colan. The parts about Colan's decline (first under Shooter at Marvel, then under Giordano at DC) make for sad reading. It's clear that Colan needed a sympathetic writer-editor like Stan Lee, Marv Wolfman or Steve Gerber, who understood his unique style of art. A lot of people didn't.

The parts about Colan's life with his late wife, Adrienne, are heartbreaking, if you know about the unhappiness Colan has been through over the last year.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa
George said:
Finally read "Secrets in the Shadows," a 2005 bio of my favorite comic book artist: Gene Colan. The parts about Colan's decline (first under Shooter at Marvel, then under Giordano at DC) make for sad reading. It's clear that Colan needed a sympathetic writer-editor like Stan Lee, Marv Wolfman or Steve Gerber, who understood his unique style of art. A lot of people didn't.

The parts about Colan's life with his late wife, Adrienne, are heartbreaking, if you know about the unhappiness Colan has been through over the last year.

I'm well aware of Gene Colan's difficulties with Jim Shooter, but I did not know of any problems with Dick Giordano at DC. What happened?

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