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Postby number none » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:33 am

I would say no

Crime and Punishment is the easiest way in
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Postby Seamus » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:34 am

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burning thru this on the plane ride back home right now. carver makes short stories seem so easy.


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Postby son of chucky » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:00 am

number none wrote:I would say no

Crime and Punishment is the easiest way in


thanks, ill grab this from the library today
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Postby galactagogue » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:45 pm

yea theres one story in it in particular that really killed me. i think its called A Serious Talk. where the estranged husband takes the souvenir ashtray with him after cutting the phone line lol. idk i loved the mania of that little slice of truncated narrative.
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Postby theta » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:01 pm

dmitry wrote:you should read it if you want a hybrid of cyberpunk and space opera where everyone is a huge asshole

a lot of you people are talking about this Dhalgren which i had never heard of but maybe i should read that next


if u love space opera x cyberpunk and everyone's an asshole why don't u love bruce sterling?

anyway def read dhalgren
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Postby theta » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:02 pm

i just finished Image

good but weirdly rapey
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Postby j-ol » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:03 pm

carver is just the best. even thinking about his stories makes my heart cyclically swell and sink.
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Postby Viola Swamp » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:07 pm

highly recommend

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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:20 pm

I dislike the current Dalkey Archive cover-art aesthetic:

http://www.dalkeyarchive.com/product-tag/forthcoming/

I'm sure I've whined about it ITT before, but I'm reminded of it again because I'm currently reading their reissue of John Barth's The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, so here we are.

This is the cover art seen online

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but this is the cover art on my copy

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Postby dmitry » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:56 pm

theta wrote:
dmitry wrote:you should read it if you want a hybrid of cyberpunk and space opera where everyone is a huge asshole

a lot of you people are talking about this Dhalgren which i had never heard of but maybe i should read that next


if u love space opera x cyberpunk and everyone's an asshole why don't u love bruce sterling?

anyway def read dhalgren


i haven't read any bruce sterling's fiction aside from an attempt to get through Difference Engine, i said he was a narc because of his account of operation sundevil The Hacker Crackdown, which is a fawning account of law enforcement
what should i read by bruce sterling

im into dhalgren so far. no idea what's going on, it feels like running around in STALKER without ever doing any quests
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Postby theta » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:59 pm

oh i just think cyberpunk space opera with assholes is a perfect way to describe the shaper/mechanist setting
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Postby theta » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:00 pm

dhalgren is like crustpunk the sims and i mean that in the best way possible
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Postby madness and chaos » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:07 pm

theta wrote:dhalgren is like crustpunk the sims and i mean that in the best way possible


definitely gonna pick this up now
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Postby Spoons » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:35 am

Not sure if this has been posted yet.
50% off all books and free shipping within Europe.
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Postby adam sampler » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:40 am

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Postby Dead_Wizard » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:43 am

World Goes On arrived yesterday, beaaautiful looking hardcover edition.

Wish I could find a cheap copy of Lincoln in the Bardo, my friend keeps hounding me about it.
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Postby haddonfield » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:18 am

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hadn't heard of this, and finding something like it has started to seem increasingly necessary for me lately. thanks.
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Postby walt whitman » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:10 pm

not sure why but i have a strong distrust of any book that mentions PHD and MD on the cover, hm
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Postby tanaka » Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:19 pm

walt whitman wrote:not sure why but i have a strong distrust of any book that mentions PHD and MD on the cover, hm


made me think of this

b.s. indeed
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Postby dvr » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:33 pm

dmitry wrote:finished the second revelation space book. don't read it! it's bad
it did make me realize that the first book was actually very good
you should read it if you want a hybrid of cyberpunk and space opera where everyone is a huge asshole

i think i'm gonna read the Mars Trilogy. anyone read it?
a lot of you people are talking about this Dhalgren which i had never heard of but maybe i should read that next


What?? I liked Chasm City. Not really much of a space opera though, I'd say more 3 different settings/times/plots that eventually come together.Toggle Spoiler I do agree that reading this made me realize how good the first book was. Just the whole time in city was so action-packed (lol) and well-written, I liked the dystopian/dark setting.

Earlier this year I read Red Mars and Antarctica by KSR. I much, much preferred Antarctica, the characters (while a bit cookie cutter) were easier to follow and care about. Red Mars seemed like a bunch thrown together in a short time, like it could have been 3 times as long. There is another boarder or two though that really liked Red Mars.

Anyway, I just ordered Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap. I'm hoping it gets more space opera/hard science again.


I'm reading this right now:
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It's not bad, easy read. I didn't know anything about Kings Canyon/Sequoia NPs. Second book I've read this year on NPS employees (first was Ranger Confidential, which I think is better).
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Postby trigross » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:55 am

on a vietnam kick - re-reading
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just ordered -
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and for kicks
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which is much funnier than i thought it would be (i assumed the tone would be like stalker for some reason)
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Postby trigross » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:57 am

also i think i picked up the above edition of roadside picnic/troika on a library free rack and apparently it's super oop
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:06 pm

New Krasznahorkai is so good. More in the realm of Beckett than here's ever been (at least up to where I am at); eerie discursive essays linking the more structured stories. Overall mood of cosmic absurdity/insignificance. There's one story early on that did something I've never really seen done before and it had me wigging out, like straight up wig flipped.
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Postby tea preacher » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:23 pm

Stalled on my reread of Anna Karenina so just started this:

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Postby Plainsong » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:32 pm

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Just started reading, but liking it so far.
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Postby gauchebag » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:31 pm

Finally making serious headway on Gravity's Rainbow, only 300 pages left
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Postby walt whitman » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:53 pm

Plainsong wrote:Image
Just started reading, but liking it so far.

ya book legit rules. i like it more than his zany~ stuff
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Postby son of chucky » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:03 pm

stephen king's misery. great read.
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Postby object » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:16 pm

I could never really get a handle on Burroughs' cut-up stuff. Loved Junky though.
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Postby theta » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:12 pm

just finished

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now reading

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