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#401 Offline El-P

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Posted Jan 03 2016 - 12:40 PM

Started reading Augustine of Hippo's Confessions.


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Posted Jan 07 2016 - 03:18 PM

Started reading Augustine of Hippo's Confessions.

I've always wanted to read his stuff, from historical records to theological discussion. You, my good man, are lucky.

 

 

 

I myself have started reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman Vol. II. I've been on hiatus from it since September of last year.


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Posted Jan 08 2016 - 09:10 AM

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Posted Jan 08 2016 - 09:09 PM

Read four Sherlock stories, a few Ambrose Bierce stories (wanted to read something of his, but didn't think they were that great), and began the Welcome to Night Vale novel. Really good, has very much the same feel as the podcast while still being a different style.

Didn't finish the Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath yet, but I'll get to it once I finish the Night Vale book.


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Posted Jan 20 2016 - 01:08 AM

OK, here goes:

 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (absolutely first-class novel), The Land Across by Gene Wolfe (the great SF&F author writes a great Kafaesque 21st Century thriller), VALIS by P.K.D. ( a great novel about theology, philosophy, paranoia, metaphysics, madness, drugs, mental illness, pop culture, and it is brilliant, even if it goes over the rails sometimes).

 Gilead's Curse by Dan Abnett (the underrated sequel to Gilead's Blood), Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King, Legend by David Gemmell (the legendary *nopunintended* fantasy author's classic first novel. If you haven't read any David Gemmell, go read some, he's great.), The Night Lords Trilogy by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (one of my favourite all-time SF series), Double Eagle by Dan Abnett (high-octane SF aerial combat in the Sabbat Worlds).

 Currently reading The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (one of the greatest Australian novels ever written) and The Collected Stories of Raymond Chandler.

 

There. That's all the novels I can remember reading (though doubtless there are some that I've forgotten).


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Posted Jan 20 2016 - 02:29 PM

Read The Wendigo, Hound of the Baskervilles, halfway through The Sign of the Four, and still reading the Welcome to Night Vale novel.


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Posted Jan 24 2016 - 08:11 AM

Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake. The final novel of the magnificent Gormenghast Trilogy (which I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone I meet) is best appreciated when read a few months after the first and second novels (which are best read consecutively e.g. 10 seconds to a week in between), as to let yourself cool down before entering this most technologically fantastical of the trilogy. Titus Alone is, as China Mieville once said, extremely underrated. People say, Yeah, beautifully written but disjointed, unreadable vastly inferior to Titus Groan and Gormenghast. (Books I and II), attributing this to the fact that Peake's mind was wracked with a horrible disease at the time.

 But wait a few months to cool down from the first two, and it becomes truly brilliant. Titus Alone is, admittedly, the strangest of the trio in sheer sense of oddness, but after about twenty-five chapters in (most of them are very short), there is more reason to keep on reading other than the force of Peake's incredible prose. New characters develop considerably and we see some really interesting one-offs, like the sinister Mr Veil and his companion Black Rose. It's quite the page-turner, in fact, and gives a sense of distance and otherness which is appropriate, considering what kind of situation Titus has got himself into.  

 However, Titus Alone CANNOT be read without having read the previous two novels. By that I mean that Titus Groan and Gormenghast can comfortably  stand as masterpieces by themselves, but without their supporting presence (backstory, foundations etc.), Titus Alone is a disjointed collection of manically poetic ravings, with a incomplete allegory for concentration camps done by the brief appearance of the factory. I have a feeling that if Peake were wholly well at the time the allegory would have been a major point.

 Titus really grows as a character - in Gormenghast he was rather dull and dry compared to Steerpike, Fuschia, Flay, Bellgrove, Barquentine, Prunesquallor & all the others - but he matures and becomes far more interesting and at time incredible in Alone. The novel is an interesting old/future tech hybrid, almost steampunkish but not quite, as well as being far more elegant and tasteful. The comedy of manners elements are stronger than ever here, and there are many good laughs to be had as well. Muzzlehatch & everyone in the Under-River are probably the best characters in the novel - the Under-River section is both haunting and funny at once.

 There is not so much a villain or villains in the novel as a presence. A country thronged with bureaucracy and prison camps, the latter "told, not shown" with a spiderstouch of allusion, twisted minds in beautiful bodies, sceptical throngs, and incredible technology in an almost Austenian  or Waughlike world.   

 This is a rather long review for the a page entitled sharply and succinctly: "Last Book You Read", but the Gormenghast Trilogy is such a wonderful phenomena that a short comment about but a single one of those books grows into a bit of a baroquely labyrinthine review.

 Read The Gormenghast Trilogy before you die. Put it up there with Lord of the Rings. Titus Alone is a lot better than many say it is. Remember that.

 

Still on Collected Stories and Kelly Gang. Also reading Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook. Another Great Australian Novel and the original and best realistic outback horror story. Superbly written, disturbingly eerie and haunting.


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Posted Jan 25 2016 - 05:32 AM

Picked up 'The Night Atilla Died', by Michael Babcock again. I abandoned it several months ago. It's an enjoyable read so far, but sometimes I feel like the author is just planting plot in-between the lines. He says that philology does that but it is the whole-hearted truth. In short, a diplomat is grouped up with a small posse, one member was supposedly an assassin that stealthy killed Atilla while engagin in a mission of peace with the main diplomat Priscus (Atilla died shortly after the diplomat and posse left). Some sort of an old Roman conspiracy to kill the 'scourge of God' headed by Emperor Theodosius II. I'll have to read it all to say if I believe the author or not.

 

I found humor to how, according to every other historian, Atilla died by choking on his own blood while having a nosebleed while sleeping, all on his wedding night. The man drank too much (hardcore party i guess) and it popped a blood vessel, or something like that. I'm kind of hoping it stays that way, it's a great conversation piece and adds dark humor to history.


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Posted Feb 02 2016 - 06:06 PM

I suspended Confessions of Augustine to read Lovecraft's The color out of space and The Dunwich horror. I was mildly entertained, Lovecraft can surely be boring and repetitive at times. Some say that The Dunwich horror is one of the best short stories by Providence man. I still think nothing tops The shadow over Innsmouth.


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Posted Feb 04 2016 - 01:54 AM

Finished off Kelly Gang. Loved it.

Keeping up with my Australiana vibe, I'm currently reading Cloudstreet. It's easier reading than True History of the Kelly Gang, but even more addictive  (110 pages fly by in no time). Also reading Ross Poldark by Winston Graham. Extremely addictive as well.

Finished off Wake in Fright. it's haunting and quietly disturbing, but genius through and through.

 

EDIT: Finished Cloudstreet. Phenomenal stuff. Also reading Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.


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Posted Feb 11 2016 - 06:39 AM

I personally have not read a full book for a few years, I'm going thru that stage where I don't have enough time to read whilst juggling school and my LEGO building and a job, but I do believe the last full book I read was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" a few years back.

Could have been "Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex" but I'm not 100% sure on that.


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Posted Feb 11 2016 - 07:10 AM

I finished Confessions (despite me not being christian, I found it very deep for the time it was written and decorated here and there with reflections fascinating and true even today) and now I'm into another classic: Ulysses by Joyce. I'm not even a third into it, but it's crazy.


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