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Anyone tackle Mason & Dixon yet?
I've started it (heh, that must be the most frequently stated comment about Pynchon).
There are some delightful tales in it, such as Mason meeting his wife involving an octuple Gloucester (a man-crushing cheese) and the French chef's story of a mechanical duck that falls in love with him and forces him to flee to America.
The writing style (it's written in 17th century English) works well and isn't really that hard to read, although it did take me a long to to infer what "to smoak" meant. I finally figured it out by context.
But, like I say, I've sort of lost traction on it, about three quarters of the way through. Which is about where I lost it in Gravity's Rainbow.
My favourite Pynchon novel is still V. I've read it three times over the space of fifteen years. If you've look at the home page of my site on jc's server you have a fair chance of stumbling on a quote from V. And the Paris Perl Monger's server is called sferics :)
At the moment I'm reading Terry Pratchett. I was over in England this summer and I bought the next four books in the series. Which should time me over, oh, at least until Tuesday.