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Postby sadville » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:40 pm

alexander theroux's books are really fun just to flip through and read a page at random

I hope to read them for real someday but those are Big Commitments

figured since i'm on the road with my dog i'd read this (which is real good so far but it's rick bass so):

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Postby incoherent grunting » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:39 pm

What do you mean by "but it's Rick Bass so"
It'll get bad, or, of course it's good?
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Postby sadville » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:42 pm

I mean of course it's good. I thought rick bass was generally well-liked 'round these parts, hence the lazy boarding :)
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Postby Ampersand » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:52 pm

Mr Spaceship wrote:I want to read Arabia Felix next, keep hearing so many good things


Yeah this thread shamed me into buying it.
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Postby dvr » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:07 am

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Thorkild Hansen - Arabia Felix
Which is good so far (only 20 pages in) but maybe consider skipping the Colin Thubron introduction? He tells you who comes back and who doesn't, and maybe it would be more exciting not to know? A question for Seamus perhaps



I just picked up A Canticle for Leibowitz and read the introduction. DON'T READ THE INTRODUCTION FROM MARY DORIA RUSSELL before reading the book.

I remembered a hpn post about "don't read the introduction" and thought it could have been for Canticle. Turns out it wasn't, here's a bump though for everyone talking about reading Arabia Felix.
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Postby conductor » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:17 am

Personally I'm enjoying knowing who survives as I read, and there are a few lines in the text early on that seem to telegraph it anyway.
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Postby abs » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:40 am

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anyone read this/her? recommended by a woman at the bookshop whose tastes seemed to match mine.
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Postby tawny frogmouth » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:23 am

my goal this year was to finish all the books on my shelf, and i finally did it. so now i have a library card for the first time in like 20 years and i've just been putting a bunch of the books in this thread on hold. libraries, man. they're good!

also i'm at 53 books for the year. i set a personal best for myself in 2017 and now i'm trying to beat it
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Postby HotFingersClub » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:15 am

dvr wrote:
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Thorkild Hansen - Arabia Felix
Which is good so far (only 20 pages in) but maybe consider skipping the Colin Thubron introduction? He tells you who comes back and who doesn't, and maybe it would be more exciting not to know? A question for Seamus perhaps



I just picked up A Canticle for Leibowitz and read the introduction. DON'T READ THE INTRODUCTION FROM MARY DORIA RUSSELL before reading the book.

I remembered a hpn post about "don't read the introduction" and thought it could have been for Canticle. Turns out it wasn't, here's a bump though for everyone talking about reading Arabia Felix.


Having finished it, I came down pretty firmly on the side of Skip The Introduction, or at least save it until after
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Postby Sweet Gregory Pectin » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:27 am

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just finished this tonight

best new book i've read in a couple of years if someone was to ask me to describe white life just before 9/11 i'd give them this book and the sopranos on dvd
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:52 am

Now:

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The Red-Haired Woman - Orhan Pamuk

Next:

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The Hospital - Ahmed Bouanani

Then:

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The Little Town Where Time Stood Still - Bohumil Hrabal
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:53 am

I will NOT apologize for the large images!
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Postby HotFingersClub » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:00 am

Nor should you
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Postby HotFingersClub » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:35 am

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David Niven – The Moon’s a Balloon
I won’t be a party to this “most entertaining book ever written” rumour (although I think everyone should provide their nominations ITT) but it was definitely a lot of fun. Niven is unbelievably charming and seems like a pretty sound bloke given the era in which he lived.

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Russell Hoban – Riddley Walker
Incredible. The POV makes it hard sometimes to actually picture what’s happening (harder to picture than to understand, if you see what I mean), but the language is absolute music, and such a pleasure to get to grips with, allowing for moments of real hilarity and somehow profound emotion, coming at you with the pretences of fancy words stripped away. So many candidates for the Great Sentences thread:
Its some kynd of thing it aint us but yet its in us. Its looking out thru our eye hoals. May be you dont take no noatis of it only some times. Say you get woak up suddn in the middl of the nite. 1 minim youre a sleap and the nex youre on your feet with a spear in your han. Wel it werent you put that spear in your han it wer that other thing whats looking out thru your eye hoals. It aint you nor it dont even know your name. Its in us lorn and loan and sheltering how it can.

Every body knows Aunty. Stoan boans and iron tits and teef be twean her legs plus she has a iron willy for the ladys it gets red hot. When your time comes you have to do the juicy with her like it or not. She rides a girt big rat with red eyes it can see in the dark and it can smel whos ready for Aunty. Even if they dont know it ther selfs the rat can smel if theyre ready.

And, in context, one of the most powerful lines I’ve ever read:
O what we ben! And what we come to!


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Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert – More Than Two

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Muriel Spark – Memento Mori
I wish my copy had this cover. The one they sent me is awful
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Postby Kenny » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:36 am

I finished Told By An Idiot and loved it. I think I liked Towers of Trebizond a little better but I loved the humor in Told by An Idiot and after reading 3 books by Rose Macauley this year I really want to read more/all

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Postby chad » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:26 pm

i blitzed through convenience store woman yesterday and liked it! It's a good pick if you want to finish something in one sitting and feel mildly to moderately unsettled. i can't really think of any comparisons to it....except maybe tao lin? in terms of the staccato narration

i started some james salter stories today and they're fine. i googled him and there was immediately an article that cited how racist/sexist he is though. not sure if i will continue : )

i've started doing this cheat-y thing where i just eat up the quick reads and put off the Big Ones but i need to get my hands on a Big One soon
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Postby gambra » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:30 pm

I'm about to move soon and pulled out my dead Kindle with the intention of throwing it out but thought I'd give it another shot at getting it charging and it worked! Now have a functioning kindle again so now finally getting back to reading this

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Naming Names - Victor S. Navasky
THIS IMPACT WILL CONTROL ALL MARGINS

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Postby Kenny » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:21 pm

Finished The Two Towers which I liked a lot better than FOTR this time around, always thought Two Towers suffered from being in the middle but I felt like this time it was a lot more driven and had greater set pieces than the FOTR which takes a loooonnnng time to get chugging along.

Gonna start tomorrow:
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Postby reversemigraine » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:26 pm

Kenny wrote:Finished The Two Towers which I liked a lot better than FOTR this time around, always thought Two Towers suffered from being in the middle but I felt like this time it was a lot more driven and had greater set pieces than the FOTR which takes a loooonnnng time to get chugging along.


On my latest re-read I found myself getting a little disappointed that the film adaptation of TTT didn't end with Sam hurtling himself into the doors of Cirith Ungol and knocking himself out.
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Postby Kenny » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:27 pm

Film TTT is definitely the worst one. BLEGH!!
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Postby alaska » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:29 pm

convenience store woman looks really interesting, thanks chad
riddley walker looks interesting too, thanks hot fingers club

i just started

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Postby the upland trout » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:46 pm

HotFingersClub wrote:
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Russell Hoban – Riddley Walker
Incredible. The POV makes it hard sometimes to actually picture what’s happening (harder to picture than to understand, if you see what I mean), but the language is absolute music, and such a pleasure to get to grips with, allowing for moments of real hilarity and somehow profound emotion, coming at you with the pretences of fancy words stripped away. So many candidates for the Great Sentences thread:
Its some kynd of thing it aint us but yet its in us. Its looking out thru our eye hoals. May be you dont take no noatis of it only some times. Say you get woak up suddn in the middl of the nite. 1 minim youre a sleap and the nex youre on your feet with a spear in your han. Wel it werent you put that spear in your han it wer that other thing whats looking out thru your eye hoals. It aint you nor it dont even know your name. Its in us lorn and loan and sheltering how it can.

Every body knows Aunty. Stoan boans and iron tits and teef be twean her legs plus she has a iron willy for the ladys it gets red hot. When your time comes you have to do the juicy with her like it or not. She rides a girt big rat with red eyes it can see in the dark and it can smel whos ready for Aunty. Even if they dont know it ther selfs the rat can smel if theyre ready.

And, in context, one of the most powerful lines I’ve ever read:
O what we ben! And what we come to!


This is one of my very favorite books.
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I finished rereading this today. It is without a doubt my favorite work of philosophy.

When I was in graduate school people gave me shit for being into the Frankfurt School. Adorno in particular was apparently unforgivably gloomy and irrelevant (and elitist and too difficult to read). I was going to write my dissertation on Adorno but I was again and again discouraged from doing so because doing so would be "career suicide" (lol because going into academia is career suicide).

Now that the world we live in is self-evidently shit I can feel smug about suspecting it was shit all along.

Also reading these:

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Postby goofjan » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:11 am

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loving this anthology of super short crime/mystery stories. the first story is amazing, available here:

https://www.arkint.org/j-robert-lennon-1/
plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby vivian darko » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:51 am

yeah riddley walker is one of the best books ever according to me
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Postby Kenny » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:50 am

Anybody have a Jstor account?

I was thinking about As Told By An Idiot by Rose Macaulay (1923) and was thinking about how similar it was to The Years by Virginia Woolf (1937)

Both are about following the histories of families from the 1880s to the then current day (1923 and 1937)

I was thinking about how Woolf seemed to look down on Macaulay somewhat and then sort of.... stole her idea... (Not to say that I didn't like The Years, it is actually one of my favorites)

Anyway it looks like there might already be an article on the subject:
https://www.jstor.org/stable/3831496?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Edit: The site reminded me that you can read 6 articles a month for free, so nm on the account ask!

Edit Edit: Ah, interesting, this article makes the argument that The Years may be a sort of rebuttal to Told By An Idiot! (There are TWO Roses in The Years...)
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Postby trigross » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:39 am

vivian darko wrote:yeah riddley walker is one of the best books ever according to me


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Postby Mr Spaceship » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:39 am

I finished Never Let Me Go on Saturday and it upset me all weekend
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started this

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