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Old 06-25-2019, 09:18 PM   #241
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I'm not good with crosswords unless they are on easy mode. that looks cool though

 
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:20 PM   #242
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Also, I had to grab this from the "special collection" at the downtown Houston library for some reason. It's good, not great. Not regretting spending time with it but nothing to write home about.


 
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:43 AM   #243
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They're all good but the first one is some of the best sci fi i've read.


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Old 06-26-2019, 03:22 PM   #244
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I remember liking Oryx and Crake. Haven't gotten to the other two but, at this point, I'd have to read O&C again if I were to tackle the others.

 
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:28 PM   #245
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Oryx and Crake is phenomenal. Perfect story, dark as fuck.

The other two are worth reading if you liked the first one. And you find out a lot more about the story.

 
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:18 PM   #246
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Currently on book two of this sci-fi trilogy; suck it,Took



I'm finding them a little dry and the characters a little flat, and I'm not sure if that's the translation or what, but there are a ton of fascinating ideas in here that keep me reading

First one is about a woman making first contact with aliens during China's Cultural Revolution; second book so far is about preparations to meet them

 
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Old 06-28-2019, 06:23 AM   #247
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Read it in one sitting as I grappled with the difference between bivalence and the law of the excluded middle. Not sure how much I appreciated the story within a story format

 
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:05 AM   #248
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“A Problem”

by Jorge Luis Borges

Translated by Andrew Hurley

Let us imagine that a piece of paper with a text in Arabic on it is discovered in Toledo, and that paleographers declare the text to have been written by that same Cede Hamete Benengeli from whom Cervantes derived Don Quixote. In it, we read that the hero (who, as everyone knows, wandered the roads of Spain armed with a lance and sword, challenging anyone for any reason) discovers, after one of his many combats, that he has killed a man. At that point the fragment breaks off; the problem is to guess, or hypothesize, how don Quixote reacts.

So far as I can see, there are three possibilities. The first is a negative one: Nothing
in particular happens, because in the hallucinatory world of don Quixote, death is no
more uncommon than magic, and there is no reason that killing a mere man should disturb one who does battle, or thinks he does battle, with fabled beasts and sorcerers. The second is pathetic: Don Quixote never truly managed to forget that he was a creation, a projection, of Alonso Quijano, reader of fabulous tales. The sight of death, the realization that a delusion has led him to commit the sin of Cain, awakens him from his willful madness, perhaps forever. The third is perhaps the most plausible: Having killed the man, don Quixote cannot allow himself to think that the terrible act is the work of a delirium; the reality of the effect makes him assume a like reality of cause, and don Quixote never emerges from his madness.

But there is yet another hypothesis, which is alien to the Spanish mind (even to the Western mind) and which requires a more ancient, more complex, and more timeworn setting. Don Quixote—who is no longer don Quixote but a king of the cycles of Hindustan—senses, as he stands before the body of his enemy, that killing and engendering are acts of God or of magic, which everyone knows transcend the human condition. He knows that death is illusory, as are the bloody sword that lies heavy in his hand, he himself and his entire past life, and the vast gods and the universe.

 
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:21 PM   #249
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Also, I had to grab this from the "special collection" at the downtown Houston library for some reason. It's good, not great. Not regretting spending time with it but nothing to write home about.

what sorts of stories are they? fiction or non?

my fav book about chicanos and mexicans is this one, for sure. i identify with it so much even though i don't always feel like a "real" Mexican because my spanish is not very good and i'm constantly and mostly surrounded by white people in Chicago unless I am volunteering. i'm certainly treated like a real mexican, though.


 
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i am reading this now:

 
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:22 AM   #251
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Is there a translation in Orcish?

 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:13 AM   #252
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i am reading this now:
The lead singer of Austin band Ringo Deathstarr has a very low opinion of Jasper, a town in which he grew up (or maybe just spent a few years). That book looks interesting.

 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:15 AM   #253
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what sorts of stories are they? fiction or non?
The first story was a sort of "trickster tale" and the rest were fiction except the last story I think it was involved the author in a pretty cool full circle meta way.

 
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:59 AM   #254
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the ghost stories of edith wharton

 
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:47 PM   #255
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Reading the first book in The Magicians trilogy. I love the TV adaptation and wanted to see what the books were like.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_...Grossman_novel)

Also reading Wilder Girls, which is a weird feminist queer-girl body horror story. Liking it a lot.

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/11/74003...-your-own-risk

 
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I don't know about the ending of this. Everything up to the last couple of pages (of Offred's narrative) was superb but then...

I kinda wish the last chapter wasn't added. If things were more ambiguous it would have been a stronger end, I think.

 
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