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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 blayk » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:16 pm

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it's good so far
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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?
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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

finished Image

now on to Image
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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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Postby granger » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:43 pm

picked up a hard copy of the third reich today because i couldn't resist the board game gimmick. tempted to re-read it.

just started the museum of eterna's novel by macedonio fernandez
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Postby dvr » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:45 pm

Is Michael Chricton's Timeline okay?
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Postby dvr » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:48 pm

dvr wrote: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).


This was okay. Got bogged down with unnecessary details but overall a good outdoor mystery kinda story. Mostly liked the NPS employee job descriptions and career paths
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Postby David Lobster Wallets » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:30 am

DZANC IS REPRINTING WOMEN AND MEN

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Postby son of chucky » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:47 am

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

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person


whoa, i know this author. good for her.
I am going to buy more books about elderly dogs in the future. Thank you.
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Postby supersaturated » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:55 am

son of chucky wrote:
supersaturated wrote:I thought this story was great - "Cat Person" by Kristen Roupenian

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person


whoa, i know this author. good for her.


Cool! I felt the story was beautifully of the moment and timeless.
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Postby G_S » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:43 am

just popping in to say RIP Gass. read the Floating Opera this year and it was fun. need to dive deeper.

and a hearty FUCK YES at that mcelroy news
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Postby son of chucky » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:01 pm

yeah "cat person" was great. really good dialogue too.
I am going to buy more books about elderly dogs in the future. Thank you.
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Postby tanaka » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 am

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late contender for best book i've read in 2017. the section on the Tiananmen massacre is heartbreaking.

i read this over the weekend. it's short, it's good and involves boats:

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gonna close out the year with these two

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Postby son of chucky » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:14 am

reading cujo by stephen king. it's not very good. i think i recall reading somewhere that he wrote it in a alcoholic/coked out rage.

also reading lincoln in the bardo, which is really amazing.
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Postby mission » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:20 am

G_S wrote:just popping in to say RIP Gass. read the Floating Opera this year and it was fun. need to dive deeper.

and a hearty FUCK YES at that mcelroy news


Floating Opera is Barth.

A book I read at a very impressionable age and still take as truth.
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