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Postby gold and glass » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:02 pm

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IT SLAYS I JUST TOLD YOU
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:01 pm

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For how brief it was, the mark it left on Europe Central is huge. There's some direct references (Raspberry colored boots being a recurring thing), but I found the propagandist narrative voice to be very close to what Vollman deployed. Very cool book. Would say the titular story is probably the highlight, especially when paired w/ it's medieval mirror in "Dogs and Books", but I also greatly enjoyed "The Magic Card Dealing". I am curious if the Russian prison divination stuff in there was purely fictional or based in reality.

Starting up Hyperion now :ugeek:

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I think I have talked about starting this book since middle school.
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:54 pm

Mishima was amazing. Will almost certainly reread within the next few years.

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I'm a sucker for food essays. This is reading fast, but is also very dated.
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Postby zellar » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:42 pm

atomicbombshell wrote:actually, speaking of... today i reread one of my childhood favorites:

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this is such an amazing girl-positive book about a scrappy, stubborn, smart princess living with dragons. highly recommended for any little gal you know aged 8-14.


This was a very cool recommendation. I got it to read with my daughters (they're 7) and they love it. Do you know if the rest of the series is as good?
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Postby Ferrous Bueller » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:46 pm

finally got around to reading the Stench of Honolulu

it was so gloriously stupid, it makes me happy just thinking about it
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Postby atomicbombshell » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:17 pm

zellar wrote:
atomicbombshell wrote:actually, speaking of... today i reread one of my childhood favorites:

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this is such an amazing girl-positive book about a scrappy, stubborn, smart princess living with dragons. highly recommended for any little gal you know aged 8-14.


This was a very cool recommendation. I got it to read with my daughters (they're 7) and they love it. Do you know if the rest of the series is as good?


AHH! i'm so glad you did that :) the rest of the series is at least 3/4 as enjoyable (if i recall correctly) -- haven't reread the sequels in going on 20 years probably. but cimorene is always a badass lady character. gonna reread this year to confirm for sure though. tell me how it goes!

ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.
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Postby Jabberwocky » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:49 am

Can someone recommend the best Stendhal to read and what the best translations available are? I'm particularly interested in his travel writing throughout Italy but any suggestions are welcomed.
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Postby good news » Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:34 am

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Postby No Good Advice » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:19 pm

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ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.


this is great. lindgren is great
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Postby gargamel » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:34 pm

i just finished the guermantes way (which has a great ending, wow) and decided to take a break to read transit. i loved outline so i have sky-high expectations. after that i have lincoln in the bardo and class trip to scope out. anyone read carrere? what's good?
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Postby scarsdalevibe » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:36 pm

I just read Guermantes Way a few months ago. Descriptions of food were my favorite! Also the chapter after his grandmother diedToggle Spoiler, wow.
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Postby scarsdalevibe » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:38 pm

zellar wrote:
atomicbombshell wrote:actually, speaking of... today i reread one of my childhood favorites:

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this is such an amazing girl-positive book about a scrappy, stubborn, smart princess living with dragons. highly recommended for any little gal you know aged 8-14.


This was a very cool recommendation. I got it to read with my daughters (they're 7) and they love it. Do you know if the rest of the series is as good?



Absolutely loved this whole series as a kid. I was really into dragons in general but these were my favorites.
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Postby scarsdalevibe » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:43 pm

dvr wrote:Next up, I started it maybe about 12 years ago, got 100 pages in and put it down:
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working my way through this right now. struggling with it a bit - the quotient of made up words is almost too high to read smoothly. but wacky weird things are definitely happening
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Postby powderfinger » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:45 pm

haha nothing about Wolfe or BOTNS makes for smooth reading

but it's the best; the fucking best
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Postby zellar » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:53 pm

No Good Advice wrote:
atomicbombshell wrote:
ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.


this is great. lindgren is great


Thanks for these recommendations - ordering this one as well. I've struggled a little bit getting them into longer form stories (tried Harry Potter and a few others but they weren't that interested). They're loving Dealing with Dragons though and I keep catching them reading with flashlights after lights out. Very cool to see.
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Postby gargamel » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:52 pm

scarsdalevibe wrote:I just read Guermantes Way a few months ago. Descriptions of food were my favorite! Also the chapter after his grandmother diedToggle Spoiler, wow.



yes i am very close with mine still so that part was very hard-hitting. in general it's pretty satisfying to go through an arid passage of proust, like the dreyfusard stuff, finally feeling confident eventually he's going to return to something incredible
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Postby Kwisatz Haderach » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:18 pm

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Postby quilty » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:23 pm

gargamel wrote:in general it's pretty satisfying to go through an arid passage of proust, like the dreyfusard stuff, finally feeling confident eventually he's going to return to something incredible

this is one of the best incidentals of the novel being so huge overall
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Postby atomicbombshell » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:12 pm

zellar wrote:
No Good Advice wrote:
atomicbombshell wrote:
ALSO please get your girls into Image if they don't know it already. such a good girl-positive novel.


this is great. lindgren is great


Thanks for these recommendations - ordering this one as well. I've struggled a little bit getting them into longer form stories (tried Harry Potter and a few others but they weren't that interested). They're loving Dealing with Dragons though and I keep catching them reading with flashlights after lights out. Very cool to see.


rad. try them on redwall, too. starting with martin the warrior.
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Postby the upland trout » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:22 pm

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Postby vivian darko » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:23 pm

the upland trout wrote:Image

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Postby the upland trout » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:24 pm

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Haha. What do you think of Bergson?
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Postby vivian darko » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:26 pm

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Postby the upland trout » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:35 pm

Cool. I started reading him to just fill in some gaps in my knowledge, but right now I'm about halfway through and finding it much more persuasive and interesting than I was expecting... though some of his ideas about memory still seem really bizarre to me. But maybe I just don't quite understand him yet. And even if it's as bizarre as it seems, it's still entertaining.

I'll almost certainly start Creative Evolution right after I finish Matter and Memory.
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Postby alaska » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:33 am

i've been procrastinating on a longer write-up i wanted to do for y'all but figured i'd mention octavia butler's parable of the sower was absolutely terrific
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Postby scarsdalevibe » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:35 am

alaska wrote:i've been procrastinating on a longer write-up i wanted to do for y'all but figured i'd mention octavia butler's parable of the sower was absolutely terrific



great book!
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Postby bazooka » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:43 pm

what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?
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Postby scarsdalevibe » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:51 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


I recently read Anansi Boys and had that experience. Also generally any YA has done this for me. I have a similar strategy - pageturner in between denser reads
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Postby meeshpotato » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:53 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


tapping the source if it sounds like it'd be your thing
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Postby nocents » Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:39 pm

bazooka wrote:what are some good "page turners"? i used to do this thing where i'd read some lite fiction to switch my brain into reading mode, before moving onto whatever. my best reading was done during this period, and i want to get back into it. but yeah any tips for books that are easy to burn through where you want to know what happens next?


all grown up by jami attenberg, which just came out last week, fits this. the book focuses on a woman in her late 30s who isn't hitting the same life milestones as other people (kids/marriage/job/etc.) but who is still, in her way, growing up. it's non-chronological, and the short-ish chapters flit around between most of the decades of her life. the same basic friends/family show up throughout the years, but the way that she interacts with them changes. the book kind of feels like memory, with how it swirls around between important moments in her life.
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