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D. 11-15-2018 12:00 AM

I'm currently reading O Pioneers by Willa Cather. It's a gentle, slow paced book but in a good way. It's not a long novel and could easily be read in an afternoon. But I like taking it slow.

redbreegull 11-15-2018 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4481148)
I'm currently reading O Pioneers by Willa Cather. It's a gentle, slow paced book but in a good way. It's not a long novel and could easily be read in an afternoon. But I like taking it slow.

is that one where (spoilers): they throw the young bride to the wolves out the back of a wagon?

or is that My Ántonia?

redbreegull 11-15-2018 12:19 AM

I read both in a seminar I took on Cather and a few other authors but I cannot distinguish the two books anymore

vixnix 11-15-2018 12:42 AM

slowly grinding through Identity by Francis Fukuyama

It's good but I always find stuff like this such a grind. Too many ideas to consider in each chapter, to just keep ploughing through, but then when I stop, I'm so reluctant to pick it up again

it sort of becomes like going to the gym

FoolofaTook 11-15-2018 07:42 AM

Finished Hitchhiker's Guide last night. What a bummer. End with the main characters daughter commiting murder and the bad guys destorying all the possible Earths in all parallel universes. Everyone dies and evil prevails.

:(

RenewRevive 11-15-2018 08:48 AM

The Earth is Weeping by Peter Cozzens.

RenewRevive 11-15-2018 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4481144)
I still need to get on Girl On the Train. I feel like I'll love it.

I enjoyed it, no spoilers but I felt the ending could have been handled better. It's pacey and an easy read. Gone Girl is better written although the final section pushes unreality too far. The film made a good decision in changing the ending. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is excellent although the side-plot with the magazine and the industrialist is boring. I actually stopped reading when the main plot finished as it then goes off into the subplot at that point, which held no interest for me.

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I remember giving up on Neuromancer but I should give it another try.
I read it about 20 years ago. It's pretty stylized but you should give it another go.

FoolofaTook 11-15-2018 09:59 AM

Yeah, I think I'm going to read that next. Looks cool.

D. 11-15-2018 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by redbreegull (Post 4481158)
is that one where (spoilers): they throw the young bride to the wolves out the back of a wagon?

or is that My Ántonia?

def not o pioneers haha

i mean, there is murder but not that gruesome :cry:

D. 11-15-2018 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by RenewRevive (Post 4481233)
I enjoyed it, no spoilers but I felt the ending could have been handled better. It's pacey and an easy read.

i feel like this book is probably right up my alley right now, so i think i will bump it up on my list a bit.

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Gone Girl is better written although the final section pushes unreality too far. The film made a good decision in changing the ending.

It's been at least 5 years or more since I read GG or any Flynn so I'm gonna have to re-read or maybe look up a summary. I haven't watched the movie yet because i am ridiculous.

Disco King 11-15-2018 12:47 PM

Haven't read the book, but the movie is terrible. You're not ridiculous for not having had watched it.

RenewRevive 11-15-2018 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4481246)
i feel like this book is probably right up my alley right now, so i think i will bump it up on my list a bit.


It's been at least 5 years or more since I read GG or any Flynn so I'm gonna have to re-read or maybe look up a summary. I haven't watched the movie yet because i am ridiculous.

It's not super-deep or anything, good treatment of alcoholism though. I haven't bothered with the film, the casting for the main character seemed off. The book is set in London btw.

Gone Girl is a strong adaptation, you could certainly do a lot worse. I recorded the Sharp Objects serial a while back and when I finally sat down to watch it realized that I'd changed my TV contract so it was locked :( Fuck! A downloading-i-will-go.

yo soy el mejor 11-16-2018 03:25 PM

drinking: a love story and blackout are both p good first-hand books about alcoholism.

my therapist recommended the first one.

yo soy el mejor 11-16-2018 03:28 PM

i finally finished shadow of the wind at 580-something pages. i miss it. it was a real page-turner as it went on and every time i had the chance i was excited to crack it open to see what happened next.

now i am reading homage to catalonia by orwell. it's his personal account of fighting in the spanish civil war for POUM (Partido Obrero de Unification Marxista). Now that's how you travel.

redbreegull 11-16-2018 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by D. (Post 4481244)
def not o pioneers haha

i mean, there is murder but not that gruesome :cry:

yeah but that is pretty fuckin brutal when: the angry husband shoots his wife and the guy who is in love with her with a shotgun in the field and they are crawling towards each other as they die

that image and the wolves from the other Cather book I read are what stuck with me the most

FoolofaTook 11-16-2018 06:55 PM

i tried neoromancer which is good but just isn't right for some reason.

think i might read some ursula instead. still have like half of the hainish cycle left to devour.

D. 11-16-2018 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by yo soy el mejor (Post 4481664)
drinking: a love story and blackout are both p good first-hand books about alcoholism.

my therapist recommended the first one.

I've read a coupla books on alcoholism. b is a year sober.

lit: a memoir
drink: the intimate relationship between alcohol and women

D. 11-16-2018 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by redbreegull (Post 4481714)
yeah but that is pretty fuckin brutal when: the angry husband shoots his wife and the guy who is in love with her with a shotgun in the field and they are crawling towards each other as they die

YEAHHH that was good.

though i wonder why frank didn't seem more upset; i get his relationship with marie was uh complicated but he seemed to still think highly of her and emil,

RenewRevive 11-17-2018 05:37 AM

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Originally Posted by yo soy el mejor (Post 4481665)
i finally finished shadow of the wind at 580-something pages. i miss it. it was a real page-turner as it went on and every time i had the chance i was excited to crack it open to see what happened next.

now i am reading homage to catalonia by orwell. it's his personal account of fighting in the spanish civil war for POUM (Partido Obrero de Unification Marxista). Now that's how you travel.

If i recall correctly wasn't his wife with him?

FoolofaTook 11-26-2018 09:50 AM



I just downloaded the Books of Earthsea, containing everything from the cycle. It's got the last of the stories, which was written not long before Ursula passed.
Check out this description of a grimalkin:

"The cat sauntered round the foot of the low bed and elevated himself weightlessly onto it. He had been fed. He sat down and washed his face and ears, wetting one paw patiently over and over, and then undertook extensive cleansing of his hind parts, sometimes holding a back paw up with a front paw so that he could clean the claws, or holding down his tail as if expecting it to try to get away. Now and then he looked up for a minute, immobile, with a strange absent gaze, as if listening for instructions. At last he gave a little belch and settled down beside Ged’s ankles, arranging himself to sleep."

D. 11-26-2018 10:04 AM

i want to buy those real/unreal short story collections of hers.

D. 11-26-2018 10:05 AM

i actually have the catwings series by her :D

FoolofaTook 11-26-2018 10:58 AM

lol do you read it to your hell-spawn/childemon?

i think that's the only stuff of hers i have encountered that I went :erm:

i only read a couple of the real/unreal stories, i think. there was one called sur, where a bunch of south american women get to the south pole first. it's fucking awesome. ursula subverts everything.

Shadaloo 11-26-2018 12:44 PM

Finished Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone. Way to shit the bed after two great books.

Onto Dylan Jones' David Bowie: The Oral History

D. 11-26-2018 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by FoolofaTook (Post 4484220)
lol do you read it to your hell-spawn/childemon?

i think that's the only stuff of hers i have encountered that I went :erm:

I read the first one. The kidemon will definitely have a slightly altered view of the world probably due to someone trusting us with a kid.

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i only read a couple of the real/unreal stories, i think. there was one called sur, where a bunch of south american women get to the south pole first. it's fucking awesome. ursula subverts everything.
fuuuck can't wait to order them.

slunken 12-09-2018 03:55 PM

About halfway through Neuromancer. I love it. Exactly what I was looking for. I have some LeGuin on deck.

Should I go with "left hand..." or "dispossessed" next? I've only read "lathe of heaven" by her

FoolofaTook 12-09-2018 03:59 PM

i don't know why neuromancer didn't grab me. :(

isn't lathe of heaven great? what a total mindfuck! i love the turtle aliens.

both those two you mentioned are really, really good. but if i had to pick one, i would go with left hand.

FoolofaTook 12-09-2018 04:00 PM

“Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way.”

FoolofaTook 12-09-2018 04:06 PM


FoolofaTook 12-09-2018 04:06 PM

ok i will stop now

slunken 12-09-2018 04:32 PM

I'm a sucker for dystopian future Tokyo where it's always raining and everything is highly stylized and crowded and neon re:Gibson

I'll go with left hand next, thanks.

Also want to track down John Shirley's "eclipse" and Effinger's "when gravity fails"

D. 12-09-2018 06:44 PM

I'm reading a Hank Williams bio, despite not being a fan. (It was like $4 on clearance and I like reading about music.) The book is heavy on the minutiae of recording sessions, but it does a decent job of painting a picture of the music industry at the time.

I wouldn't recommend it but I'll finish it.

yo soy el mejor 12-20-2018 03:27 PM



Gettin' started on this and just made it to part 2. Lots of words in this book!

noyen 12-20-2018 11:10 PM

i can't seem to focus to read much so im doing the audio books for the beastie boys book, radical candor (forced by work), cured the lol tolhurst autobiography, and finally getting to the kim gordon girl in a band memoir.

plz don't ban me.

D. 12-21-2018 03:36 AM

BAHN MI

FoolofaTook 12-21-2018 01:42 PM

finished Breakfast of Champs (BARAMZA!)
halfway thru Sirens of Mars (ZARATHRUSTRA!!)

kurt is a hoot and a half

smashingjj 12-21-2018 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by noyen (Post 4490053)
i can't seem to focus to read much so im doing the audio books for the beastie boys book, radical candor (forced by work), cured the lol tolhurst autobiography, and finally getting to the kim gordon girl in a band memoir.

plz don't ban me.

lol, torhurst

I might need to try this. I'm fully millennial nowadays, can't read any book anymore. completely fucked up. I'm just distracted at every sentence

FoolofaTook 12-21-2018 07:06 PM

"O Lord Most High, Creator of the Cosmos, Spinner of Galaxies, Soul of Electromagnetic Waves, Inhaler and Exhaler of Inconceivable Volumes of Vacuum, Spitter of Fire and Rock, Trifler with Millennia—what could we do for Thee that Thou couldst not do for Thyself one octillion times better? Nothing. What could we do or say that could possibly interest Thee? Nothing. Oh, Mankind, rejoice in the apathy of our Creator, for it makes us free and truthful and dignified at last. No longer can a fool like Malachi Constant point to a ridiculous accident of good luck and say, ’Somebody up there likes me.’ And no longer can a tyrant say, ’God wants this or that to happen, and anybody who doesn’t help this or that to happen is against God.’ O Lord Most High, what a glorious weapon is Thy Apathy, for we have unsheathed it, have thrust and slashed mightily with it, and the claptrap that has so often enslaved us or driven us into the madhouse lies slain!"

mxzombie 12-22-2018 12:02 PM

i am just finishing the 2017 best american science and nature writing. my boss receives it as a gift each year and always passes it to me to read. they are generally pretty interesting and good to read while i commute.

D. 12-22-2018 03:48 PM

i love the best american series. i've read a couple of the travel writing ones.


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