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#481 Offline Millennium

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Posted Jul 10 2016 - 07:49 AM

In the last month, I've read the following:

 

  • Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. Real masterpieces. The prolix, semi-poetic and redundant syle may seem a little annoying at first, but they are flowing, inspiring novels.
  • An essay on taoism (after reading Siddhartha and before Narcissus and Goldmund. It was key in understanding eastern philosophies' influence on Hesse and his 'obsession' for dualism/duality).
  • Buddhism and theosophy and Christendom, Moral re-armament and Islam, collections of Gandhi's writings, interviews, speeches. I'd never thought that Tolstoj and Gandhi wrote letters to each other.
     

​I'm currently reading Manfredi's Empire of dragons for the third time.


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#482 Offline Erasmus Graves

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Posted Jul 14 2016 - 10:08 PM

Escape Velocity by Charles Portis. A good miscellany of his work (including what is perhaps the only interview with him) and has some great essays on his novels by others.  


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#483 Offline Iaredios the Hip Historian

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Posted Jul 15 2016 - 12:32 AM

In the middle of The Winter King. Liking this book so far. It has a slow build up, but its a great book. I love how Derfel, the main character, is a faithful Christian when he writes of his past, and despite that he hates the character Saint Sangmus but due to his authority Derfel has to BS his way around it and overly adores him in titles and flatterings that demonstrate just how much he hates him. Excellent writing in this.

 

This book has a lot of details, the depth of such in the Brythonic language amazing me, so I went to go look for a mod for Crusader Kings II based on the book, and I found that one exists! It is not only for the book series, but for the fickle time period that is Late Antiquity and Early Medieval (end of the Third Century Crisis of the Roman Empire, to the Rise of the Komnenoi and the First Catholic Crusade), a period that should seriously have its own name, and is set in Western Europe (not sure if it goes into Hispanisa or not). Unfortunately, the description of that bookmark, called 'The Winter King', looks to have stuff set from the second book, Enemy of God, as somethings don't line up, like Lancelot being a major character and the infant king Mordred now being a late child, so I have been spoiled of things that will probably happen at the end of the book I am reading. I am still going to finish it, however! The things make sense, considering where I am in the book, now i just have to read up how exactly Arthur gets there, along with the rest of the world.


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Posted Jul 16 2016 - 08:55 PM

In the middle of The Winter King. Liking this book so far. It has a slow build up, but its a great book. I love how Derfel, the main character, is a faithful Christian when he writes of his past, and despite that he hates the character Saint Sangmus but due to his authority Derfel has to BS his way around it and overly adores him in titles and flatterings that demonstrate just how much he hates him. Excellent writing in this.

Good to know you're enjoying it, Iaredios!

 

 

Just finished The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. A great Western, one of those rare cowboy noir books that pop up from time to time. Started Herman Wouk's Winds of War - the two part epic novel series that encapsulates the whole WWII experience. Loving it so far.


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Posted Jul 16 2016 - 10:31 PM

Today I finished The Burning Bridge, the second novel in the Ranger's Apprentice series. It's a very good series, and I recommend it to anyone who likes medieval fantasy stories.
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Posted Jul 19 2016 - 04:25 PM

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. My brother purchased this a while back to see what all the fuss was about and he greatly enjoyed it. Seeing as it has been a while since I have read a book, I decided to heed his recommendation and read it. It's been good so far, and for the most part, the author does a great job of blending the biographical style with a more traditional novel style. I say "most part" because the introduction goes to significant lengths to inform the reader that the book is essentially a biography of Abraham Lincoln the vampire hunter and frequently reinforces this with entries from his vampire hunting journals, yet he occasionally switches to a more novel-like narration--it's a little difficult to explain what I mean. It's not jarring (as I said, he does a good job of it), but I've found myself wishing he would have stuck to one or the other. That said, I don't think he would be able to tell the story well enough if he did, and the unique approach is refreshing. I certainly look forward to reading further.
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#487 Offline Erasmus Graves

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Posted Jul 19 2016 - 09:42 PM

Currently reading Neuromancer by William Gibson - the original cyberpunk and still amazing thirty-two years on. Also reading Deadwood by Pete Dexter and Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone.


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#488 Offline Kopekemaster

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Posted Jul 20 2016 - 09:17 AM

Haven't read as much recently, but I finished The Dunwich Horror and am still working on So Long and Thanks for All the Fish.
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Posted Jul 24 2016 - 05:21 AM

Finished Deadwood. Working on the Winds of War and the rest of 'em.


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Posted Jul 24 2016 - 12:24 PM

I finished a clockwork orange. Now, I'm reading Shogun


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Posted Jul 24 2016 - 08:11 PM

I finished a clockwork orange.

Have you seen the movie yet? I'm not usually a fan of watching movies based on books, but I highly recommend doing so for that book. I think the movie adds a bit of "reality" that the book alone couldn't provide as well, and you get a voice attached to Alex's narration - a very fitting voice.


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Posted Jul 30 2016 - 03:19 AM

I picked up a translation of the Alliterative Morte Arthure (Arthur's Death) last week at a yard sale, so I've been reading that. It's a pretty interesting read so far, and one I've been meaning to read for awhile now.


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Posted Aug 01 2016 - 02:08 AM

Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard. Depite an amazing blurb, it isn't one of Dutch's best. However, it is absorbing, has good dialogue and some memorable moments.

Reading Libra by Don DeLillo - a brilliant novelistic exploration of the effect on society of Lee Harvey Oswald and the J.F.K. assassination, pushing the assassination's metaphysical side to life. I can see how Ellroy was inspired to write American Tabloid and the rest of the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy after reading it.


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Posted Aug 01 2016 - 02:43 AM

Their Eyes Were Watching God was actually a very good read. 


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Posted Aug 05 2016 - 08:33 PM

Finished Dog Soldiers. Great read. Also onto volume 2 of Underworld U.S.A. -- The Cold Six Thousand. It's great. The really short sentences aren't as off-putting as everyone seems to think they are--I think they work rather well, though I'll agree with Ellroy's self-assessment of it having too much style and not quite enough emotion.


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Posted Aug 11 2016 - 02:12 AM

Been a while since I've picked it up, but I finally got back to it.

 

The Winter King.

 

I can't believe where I stopped reading, because where I was at Arthur seemingly solidified long-lasting peace in the south Brythonic kingdoms, and when I continue almost immediately endless war seems inevitable. "That madness called love". Madness indeed.

Love the reference to the Trojan War, it was exactly what I was thinking of before it came up.


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Posted Aug 11 2016 - 06:25 AM

Finished Libra. Masterpiece.


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Posted Aug 11 2016 - 12:27 PM

Oh geez, I forgot to update it here. I finished So Long and Thanks for All the Fish and the short story Zaphod Plays it Safe. I've started Mostly Harmless.

 

This series seriously just gets better and better the more of it I read. SLaTfAtF was a rather unusual book in the series, I must say, for reasons I'm sure anyone who has read it will know. I definitely enjoyed it, though, I thought Arthur's and Fenchurch's little love story was nice.


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Posted Aug 23 2016 - 06:12 AM

Finished The Cold Six Thousand. Well... that ending was unexpected. I should start reading American Pastoral before the movie comes out.


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Posted Aug 30 2016 - 03:32 PM

After a couple of months of not reading The Winter King, first from toothaches, then immediately afterwards mourning the loss of my dog, I felt I was finally at a place where I could comfortably continue reading. And today, I got through a huge chunk of the book! Yeah!
 
Derfel (main character) was sent to Ynys Tedes, island capital of Benoic, on behalf of his warlord Arthur, who had an oath to the King Ban to fight invading Frankish hordes.  Characters introduced include Lancelot and Galahast.

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Knowing how in the old romance tales of King Arthur, Lancelot seduces Guinevere (Arthur's wife), I am sincerely interested how and when this book or the sequel(s) will incorporate and execute this.

Derfel's title for him, Lancelot: King of Nothing made me want to listen to a certain song of the same name. Haha.


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Posted Sep 03 2016 - 03:21 AM

Finished The Black Dahlia.


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Posted Sep 03 2016 - 09:42 PM

Last book I finished would be Warriors
Book 4
Rising Storm

The book I'm working on now is
Warriors
Book 5
A Dangerous Path

Both written by Erin Hunter.

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Posted Sep 09 2016 - 03:59 AM

Finished American Pastoral.

​EDIT: Also finished A Scanner Darkly and Das Boot.


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Posted Sep 21 2016 - 08:58 AM

Just, very sadly, finished Mostly Harmless. I've loved this series.

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But anyway. That was a great series. Highly recommend it to anyone.

 

Now I'm on to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I love the movie, and recently found out that the book is actually semi-autobiographical, which is pretty interesting. Should be a fun read.


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Posted Sep 26 2016 - 01:50 AM

Now I'm on to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I love the movie, and recently found out that the book is actually semi-autobiographical, which is pretty interesting. Should be a fun read.

Ah, the Gonzo madness of Dr. Hunter Stockton Thompson.

 

I've been reading some Don Winslow and am currently on Edward Bunker's No Beast So Fierce. A bona fides crime novel classic, written by a real criminal who really went through the mangler of the System.

EDIT: Finished No Beast so Fierce


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