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Postby moses » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:10 am

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the majority of my reading time over the last year has been spent reading this trilogy. Pretty great, but not really sure if worth the investment

Congratulations! I really want to tackle this and also his two books on the Mediterranean someday.


that is really incredible. I just got the first volume but I kind of just plan to flip through it on the toilet.


Cheers!

First volume is actually pretty readable - the second one is the slog.
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Postby wolfie » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:57 pm

i started dostoyevsky's the gambler but i'm not in the mood for it.

everything this guy writes is like a fucking soap opera combined with a therapy session
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Postby furrowed brow » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:06 pm

lol.

To be fair, The Gambler was rushed and has an unusually generic main storyline. The actual gambling scenes are great though, imo. Have you read The Double?
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:42 pm

Locus Solus starting to drive me nuts a lil past the halfway point. Like, there's no plot. It's just

"here's a weird-ass .....metal pipe that sprays oil out on a canvas. It's 3 metres long. It's aluminium coated. It curves back on itself forming a circle. In the corner a french guy is sobbing. I will now describe to you the sobbing frenchman's life."

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Postby trigross » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:10 pm

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Postby A WOMAN IN TROUBLE » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:53 pm

Dead_Wizard wrote:Locus Solus starting to drive me nuts a lil past the halfway point. Like, there's no plot. It's just

"here's a weird-ass .....metal pipe that sprays oil out on a canvas. It's 3 metres long. It's aluminium coated. It curves back on itself forming a circle. In the corner a french guy is sobbing. I will now describe to you the sobbing frenchman's life."


i really enjoyed it when i read it, but probably haven't thought about it since

so yeah keep chuggin away lol
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Postby robespierre » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:20 am

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one of my favourite discoveries in a while
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:14 pm

Picked up Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote. This whole opening section of poems to him are so cool. Think I'm gonna bust out some more "classics" this year.

@trigross I saw the whole set of those books and it made me really want to read it!
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Postby dmitry » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:15 pm

trigross mug and some other people had a big discussion about the journey to the west
iirc the conclusion is that the monkey story is cool

i tried reading this but it was too much for me. but i may just read the money except instead
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Postby trigross » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:39 pm

I told my partner I decided I wanted to read all four of the Chinese classical novels and she rolled her eyes at me

I've already read three volumes of the jin ping mei (in college though, I was on a lot of speed probably) and a lot of other classical Chinese lit so I'm used to the writing

just gotta get used to more monkeys killing wind demons and Buddhist philosophy and less sex scenes I guess
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Postby dvr » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:25 pm

trigross, re: your avatar, have you seen still life? (jia zhangke)
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Postby dvr » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:28 pm

just finished this, super good.

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I went out and then bought:

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I started Red Mars, about a quarter through it. I think it's gonna be kinda a slog.
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Postby Hambelt » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:23 am

I've absolutely loved 2312 and enjoyed Aurora, but could not finish Red Mars no matter how hard I tried.

Have had trouble focusing on reading lately, but was about 50 pages into this:

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when I got distracted and finally dove fully into:

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Which is awesome as expected.

2140 isn't bad, and i'll probably pick it up again, not sloggy like the mars books, just didn't click yet.
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Postby Hambelt » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:24 am

Also really need to finally pick up some Vinge, where should I start?
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Postby dvr » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:56 am

fire upon the deep. Or deepness in the sky (actually the second book, but doesn't really matter)
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Postby mancubz » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:39 am

i had kind of a hard time getting really into memoirs of a polar bear until the second part, but oh dang was it good.
then i read this book because the internet reviews made it seem like it'd be a light read that was also like well done or whatever. holy shit did this book suck.
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like the fact that npr compared this WASP soap opera to the bell jar is fucking nuts. never read this god-awful book.

but i'm now in the middle of
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which is just so much better.
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Postby abs » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:14 am

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but i'm now in the middle of
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which is just so much better.


just finished this and i am just.. so not impressed. I thought that the first essay was very strong but then there was this odd mixture of memoir essay and sincere journalism that sort of missed the mark on both accounts. I felt like I could see the meat of the story that she was offering about homelessness, or the bird sanctuary, or whatever, but that ultimately her voice was lost and they fell flat for me.
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Postby abs » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:36 am

bread - you know her, right? saw your last name referenced in the final essay.
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Postby moses » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:01 am

Really nice psychoanalytic intro for early childhood development stuff
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Wow. Absolutely loved this. Highly recommended.
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Postby abs » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:43 pm

ok ya time for this

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Postby winjer » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:36 pm

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reading the second half of this because i forgot about it, and just started:

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Postby gold and glass » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:43 pm

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A lovely book, as long as you aren't expecting a biography of Vic or something



finally finished this today, which was hard to do. feel like i lost a friend i never knew.

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^This made me feel awful all day, but I loved it


everything this guy writes slays, i hope he keeps it up
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:20 am

Finally finished Europe Central. While I liked it overall, I kinda wish Vollmann had written a novel entirely centered on Shostakovich.
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Postby criss elliott » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:36 am

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my first graham greene
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Postby criss elliott » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:37 am

mostly trying him because this song has been stuck in my head lately

it feels like it's time
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Postby futurist » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:32 pm

just ordered a bunch of Dennis Cooper. excited to dig in.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:56 pm

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Barbara Comyns - Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

80 pages in; Comyns's prose moves nimbly enough making this a quick (so far) read, but too much of this is like misery porn
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Postby what the schmuck » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:06 pm

just finished
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now reading:

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and

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Postby tricksforchips » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:17 pm

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currently. Also trying to get better at chess so a few chess books!
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Postby forest design » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:22 pm

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reading the second half of this because i forgot about it



Love An Elemental Thing and didn't end up loving this one as much as I was hoping. It was pretty scattered and uneven, imo. The magic of An Elemental Thing, for me, was in Weinberger's straight-faced retelling of the stories/myths/whatever of so many different cultures. Right away in Ghosts of Birds he's retelling the Judeo/Christian stories and rolling his eyes the whole time, which made it read more like a snarky blog post than what I expected from him.
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