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Postby quentincompson » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:53 am

Hi all, it's been a while.
I'm looking for your good and always appreciated rec.

I need well written book about spies. Looking for fiction but not necessarily genre fiction.
William Boyd restless could be an example. Or Le carré The perfect spy. Or Nguyen The sympathizer...
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Postby Seamus » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:12 pm

quentincompson wrote:Hi all, it's been a while.
I'm looking for your good and always appreciated rec.

I need well written book about spies. Looking for fiction but not necessarily genre fiction.
William Boyd restless could be an example. Or Le carré The perfect spy. Or Nguyen The sympathizer...


I haven't actually got round to it yet but everybody seems to love Your Face Tomorrow
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Postby the upland trout » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:41 pm

Your Face Tomorrow is amazing. Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Assignment: Or, on the Observing of the Observer of the Observers might be worth checking out too.

I finished the Nagle book last night and yeah, it sucked. It's poorly written, superficial, seems somewhat transphobic, and does not demonstrate any real grasp of the theoretical stuff (Gramsci, the Frankfurt School, Butler, etc.) that she is sometimes engaging with, which is unfortunate because we need a good book on this topic.

Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity is great though. It's a nice multi-species history of a particular type of material agency that doesn't get bogged down in the sometimes annoying lingo that often characterizes work done in this area.
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Postby abs » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:44 am

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now reading:

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this was great.

now:

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Postby internetfriend » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:01 am

Dead_Wizard wrote: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.

damn this is good to hear, i’ve been needing something like this
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Postby winjer » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:34 am

Dead_Wizard wrote: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 nocents » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:13 am

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

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This author is a pretty hardcore right wing evangelical, and his prior work (especially his bio of Bonhoeffer) has been heavily criticized for being inaccurate. I don't know about the Luther book.
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Postby tanaka » Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:28 pm

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Best laid plans etc. Lin Biao, Chairman Mao's chosen successor decides to off him and take his place, coming up with a complex plan involving false flag attacks on Chinese border troops to make it seem as if the Soviets were responsible. Following that, believing that war was afoot Mao was to retreat to a mountain hideout where Lin's goons were to do him in. While this is going on, Lin's son forms his own deep state clique intent on snuffing Mao, devising a much simpler plan - blowing him up. Alas, both plans go awry and everyone ends up dead or in jail, which is probably for the best because things might've turned out a lot differently if at that time the Soviets and the Chinese squashed their beef as Lin has hoped and the alliance between the US and China had never formed.
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:32 pm

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Picked a nice looking used copy of this up after seeing New Directions just reissued it. Is The Shape of Water at all related to this? Seems awfully familiar...
In the quiet suburbs, while Dorothy is doing chores and waiting for her husband to come home from work, not in the least anticipating romance, she hears a strange radio announcement about a monster who has just escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research…


Vollmann's UAE piece in Harper's was pretty funny in the sense that he's such an incompetent journalist. It has some cool bits about the region but his failure to uh, compensate the people he's interviewing, have an interpreter, have a location to interview people, etc. kinda stonewall his efforts. Judging by this his "Carbon Ideologies" stuff is going to look at nuke power/fukushima in the 1st book and "the oil brotherhood" in the 2nd.

There's this story in "The World Goes On" that is so hard to describe and is basically a mean practical joke directed at the reader that I loved nonetheless. Basically, two bros in Kiev get interrupted by an annoying third party and the guy just doesn't stop talking about banking rules and mergers for the entire run. Felt like being trolled by Beckett or something
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Postby Smerdyakov » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:20 pm

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Somehow took me like 50 pages to realize I was reading an allegory, damnit.

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He raises some good points.
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Postby tea preacher » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:46 pm

nocents wrote:
tea preacher wrote:Stalled on my reread of Anna Karenina so just started this:

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This author is a pretty hardcore right wing evangelical, and his prior work (especially his bio of Bonhoeffer) has been heavily criticized for being inaccurate. I don't know about the Luther book.


Good to know. His treatment of indulgences so far has been ignorant at best and disingenuous at worst. Was hoping this would be scholarly and objective but I am quickly disabused of that notion.
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Postby warmhouse » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:31 am

i have just started WAR AND PEACE.

I am still finding my groove. I hope I tap into something here. The constant switching between "english" and French is fairly annoying.

I will continue to update.
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Postby wollogallu » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:44 am

rip william gass :(
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Postby the upland trout » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:27 pm

Yeah pretty sad about this. The Tunnel was an important book for me in my early 20s.
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Postby blab » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:16 pm

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Postby wollogallu » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:09 pm

didn’t think it would actually happen. can’t wait to do a reread.

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Postby water, sunbeams » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:28 pm

blayk, indeed I love that he wrote this. accessible and clean.

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is wonderful. probably one of the only books of '17 i'll finish.
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Postby water, sunbeams » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:29 pm

just picked up In the Heart of the Heart of the Country by Gass last week, I should read it right?
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Postby sadville » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:35 am

yes

RIP

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Postby Barthes Starr » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:56 pm

Dead_Wizard wrote: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.


which story?
just picked it, can't wait to dig in this weekend
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:04 pm

One part of the Universal Theseus lectures where the narrator begins to tell the events of The Melancholy of Resistance as something that happened to himToggle Spoiler and "The Swan of Istanbul". First one was more of a nerd moment 2nd had me smiling.

I just finished it and have to say the only story that just went over my head was the "Bankers" one, which I mentioned upthread a little bit as more of a long joke at the expense of the reader.
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Postby supersaturated » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:15 pm

I thought this story was great - "Cat Person" by Kristen Roupenian

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person
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Postby theta » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:39 pm

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Postby dmitry » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:12 pm

did you like snow crash
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Postby theta » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:38 pm

yeah it was good
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Postby Milk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:59 pm

I've started Neuromancer after finding a perfect copy on the sidewalk.


I think i seriously haven't read a book in closing on two years now. It's not like my bookshelves arent full of books i haven't read yet.
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Postby blurst of times » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:14 pm

i'm reading frankenstein :twisted:
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:50 pm

Ever read a preface or introduction that was quite possibly better, & more interesting than the actual book proper it was setting up?

Hannah Arendt's preface to Walter Benjamin's Illuminations is a masterful distillation of Benjamin as a thinker and just plain eccentric weirdo, & more entertaining than a 100 biographies
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