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Postby cooly » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:54 pm

Haven’t read or heard of that but it sounds right up my alley. Thanks!
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Postby saranclaps » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:32 am

Interpreter of maladies.
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Postby Kenny » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:30 am

wrong thread.... so I'll just say I started Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, which is the first Chandler I've read

Edit: That Barlaam and Jahosephat book looks interesting but it's £33 over here!!!!
2nd Edit: Oh I think I found some random Amazon page for puting Jahosephat instead of Josaphat lol nm it's £5
3rd edit: I've always wanted to get around to reading this:

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One of the central texts of the Middle Ages, The Golden Legend deeply influenced the imagery of poetry, painting and stained glass with its fascinating descriptions of saints' lives and religious festivals. By creating a single-volume sourcebook of core Christian stories, Jacobus de Voragine (c. 1229-98) attracted a huge audience across Europe. This selection of over seventy biographies ranges from the first Apostles and Roman martyrs to near-contemporaries such as St Dominic, St Francis of Assissi and St Elizabeth of Hungary. Here, witnesses to the true faith endure horrific tortures; reformed prostitutes win divine forgiveness; while other women live disguised as monks or nobly resist lustful tyrants. Lucid and compelling, The Golden Legend offers an enthralling insight into the medieval mind.
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Postby Sports Fan of the Year » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:39 am

Neat! I'm less than 1/7th of the way through A Brief History of Seven Killings (a revelation so far) and a collection of three Chandler novels is next on my list. Dunno if I'll read them in succession or between other books but I'm looking forward to it, enjoyed too many film adaptations to not get around to him eventually.
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Postby HotFingersClub » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:50 am

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Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat
This was fine if you’re in the mood for some observational comedy from 1889. Holds up better than you’d think but it’s not exactly laugh out loud.

Now:
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Helen DeWitt – Some Trick
People hate this, right?
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Postby aububs » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:53 am

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extremely, very, very good book
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:54 am

"Hate" is a strong word, but I recall not caring much for it
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Postby mudd » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:27 pm

I’d go with “grave disappointment”. There are like 3 good stories and no great ones.

I’m starting the lucky star on audio.

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Postby goofjan » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:32 pm

RIP Charles Portis
plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby deadbass » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:18 pm

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Read this over the weekend. Thought it was pretty bad, unfortunately.
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Postby mudd » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:46 am

i just put the audiobook of william vollmann's the lucky star on the dropbox.

along with amina cain's indelicacy, even though i didn't like creature i'm looking forward to that one.

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Postby bongo » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:48 am

mudd wrote:i just put the audiobook of william vollmann's the lucky star on the dropbox.


many thanks!
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Postby No Good Advice » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:05 am

Merciel wrote:Finished the Neapolitan Novels. Loved the first three, was a little underwhelmed by the fourth.
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Reposting this from the HBO thread because it's pretty good but also because I can't quite comprehend how dumb the quotes from other reviews are https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/06/ ... -disappear
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:58 am

Didn't know there was a new Vollmann, but then there's always a new Vollmann
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:42 pm

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just in time for tonight's debates :(
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Postby saranclaps » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:54 pm

Hate Interpreter of maladies. Am I the only one who dislikes this? I find something offputting about her writing style and the stories feel manipulative to me?

Trying david carr's night of the gun now.
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Postby Kenny » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:47 am

Finished Chandler's The Big Sleep last night. It was fun and the main character and his dialogue are great, but I could tell it was a fix up of short stories so the overarching plot wasn't the greatest I've read. Still the characterization was good and I'd definitely read another Chandler.

Now I'm going to try to rush through a re-read of Wolf Hall and Bringing Up The Bodies for the new Cromwell book
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Postby guy forget » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:41 pm

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This was so good.


I started this the other day, outstanding book so far
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Postby incoherent grunting » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:15 pm

that on my library holds - any good?
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Postby speakers » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:47 pm

speakers wrote:
Smerdyakov wrote:
mudd wrote:
mancubz wrote:I got Samantha hunts “the seas” yesterday and I’m halfway through it
I love this weird cold longing aqueous shit


Oh man I loved this book, really took me by surprise. I followed up with a book of her stories which was also really good, in the same sort of small town slipstream way. Looking forward to reading her next couple novels.

I picked it up because Maggie Nelson wrote the intro and will do so again for anything she suggests.

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I got this at the library after seeing these posts. I really enjoyed it.


this is next up for me, when i finish circe, which is great


finished the seas, great and heart breaking

just to reiterate, Circe was wonderful and it looks like the whole audiobook is on Spotify

now reading manhattan beach

Also one last plug for independent people, fucking masterpiece
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Postby concerning » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:51 pm

Just starting:

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taken a bit of time to get used to the language but so far it's pure good vibes.
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Postby scrumptown » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:18 pm

incoherent grunting wrote:that on my library holds - any good?


yeah, it is, someone in this thread a few months ago described it as scrump corporate tech dystopia or something similar
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:38 pm

I love Mason & Dixon with all my heart. Among its many pleasures, it is one of the most moving portraits of friendship depicted in fiction.
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Postby helix krull » Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:41 pm

speakers wrote:Also one last plug for independent people, fucking masterpiece


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Postby mancubz » Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:04 pm

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Postby Merciel » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:02 pm

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Read this over the weekend. Thought it was pretty bad, unfortunately.


Why?

I read that a week or so ago too and am still sorting through my thoughts on it. I think "good" and "bad" are not really judgments I want to render on it -- it's clear that it did what the author wanted, and achieved that effect marvelously -- it's more just a matter of what I think of the effect intended. Which is what I'm still sorting through.
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Postby winjer » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:55 pm

ugh jim harrison is just too good

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Postby cooly » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:27 pm

does anyone have a strong feeling on ovid translators? wanna read some ovid
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