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lurk_moar

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I have kindle induced ADHD, so five different books from different genres including nonfiction.

At least three different audiobooks going at once too.
 

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I just started The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, yet another dystopian novel. It's interesting so far, although not as creative as Oryx & Crake.

I'm also working on Shirley, one of Charlotte Bronte's lesser novels, but I'm moving through it extremely slowly since I only read it when I forget my primary book, and it's, so far, boring as fuck.
 

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Nick Rackets got me into 40k so now I’m reading The Burden of Loyalty from the Horus Heresy series.
 

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this book is incredible. The entire thing is a complete meta narrative. The main is drawn into the world of books and fantasies to escape the banality and emptiness of life

She ends up drawn into infidelity because she so hates the reality of her life. She continuously ignores real problems and her familys love in favor of fantasy and dreams

Its absolutely about idiots escaping into art to break free of there problems, or responsibilities
 

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I'm about half way through Victor Hugo's Les Misérables I (the Yves Goblin edition), having finished Volume 1 and finished the first part of Volume 2. So far I like it except that I don't think the story needed a whole 70 pages about the holiness of Monseigneur Bienvenu plus another 60 something pages detailing the battle of Waterloo
 
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it just goes on and on and on and on...
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I'm about half way through Victor Hugo's Les Misérables I (the Yves Goblin edition), having finished Volume 1 and finished the first part of Volume 2. So far I like it except that I don't think the story needed a whole 70 pages about the holiness of Monseigneur Bienvenu plus another 60 something pages detailing the battle of Waterloo
I'm up to Part 5, 12th chapter on the Penguin translation (not sure on Volumes), and I've had a bit of fun reading the sarcasm in Hugo's summaries of history. Just got the the bit with Fantine being arrested. But then I read a couple of chapters, then read something a bit lighter, then go back.
 

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Finished Madame Bovary. Amazing. I'm on this now

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Fantastical novel. I've never read Kafka. The whole thing reads like an indictment of our entire bureaucratic society. And of course the entire work could be read as a purley symbolic tale about the human condition. It stabs at the absurdity of existence I didn't think possible. Truly nihilistic in its jump to pull the rug out from the very foundations of society

Highly reccomend. I'll probably pick up The Castle next time. It's as if Brazil 1985 were actually a competent movie

I'd honestly place it in my top 3 with Finnegan's Wake and The Stranger
 
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Started reading Wizard at Large by Terry Goodkind.

I've heard his Sword of Truth series is basically him jerking off to Ayn Rand, and morbid curiosity got the better of me. Wanted to see how preachy and up his own ass he gets for myself.
 

Oscar Wildean

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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I've always loved the movie and watching it recently made me want to actually read the novel. I thought it'd be easy to track down. It wasn't available on the original Amazon page so I got it used.

I had no idea that Richard Yates wasn't well known until decades after he died.

@ApatheticViewer Unfortunately for me I never even finished Madame Bovary because she annoyed me and I honestly couldn't stand her as a character.
 
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Swan Song by Robert McCammon. It's a post apocalyptic novel from the 80's. It has some supernatural elements in it. Not overbearingly so though. It opens with the U.S. president trying to decide if he should bomb first. It follows a few characters around that are still alive after Russia (of course) bombed the shit out of the U.S. and they end up all meeting a little later on. The devil shows up throughout the book too and you follow him around a bit as he's watching Faces of Death repeatedly and getting excited for the incoming bombs. You also see him gleefully running around and trying to fuck with the survivors.

My favorite character is this crazy ex military guy. Colonel Macklin. In the beginning of the book he's helping out at a big shelter built into the side of a mountain (basically Fallout vaults) to sort of boost morale cause he's a war hero. But you start to see quickly that he's pretty unstable and has this thing he calls the shadow soldier (which is sort of a stand in for his dad) that's constantly giving him advice, telling him how weak he and the people around him are, and repeatedly saying "Discipline and control. These are what makes a man." And after the bombs hit he teams up with a kid named Roland that he believes is a kindred spirit based on the look in his eyes when they first met at the opening announcements for the shelter. Then off they go to have wild adventures of drugs, rape and murder.

In following chapters there's a gang of violent people that came from a mental asylum led by a crazy bastard that calls himself Lord Alvin and talks about being a carpenter and keeps pointing out that "Jesus was a carpenter", people that get weird growths on their entire heads, a magic glass ring that both calms people and allows people to communicate even if they speak different languages, a little girl with the ability to hear the pain of plants and help them grow, a trailer with basically a mob boss that sits on top of a large stash of food and drugs etc.

Seriously. Read it. I've read it a few times now and I always notice something new. It's almost 1k pages and is a gem from start to finish.
 
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Yeah same. At the very least things don't exactly turn out very great for her at the end.
I can see why she's listed as one of the most annoying book characters in the literary world. It's hard to get into books when characters are completely loathsome. I felt bad for the husband in the novel.
 

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started this. Its definitely not as good as Trial but it works as a companion piece

The Trial is litteraly about the chaos surrounding K. And his inability to make sense of the world around him

The Castle by contrast is about K. Breaking thru and exploring that mystery. Most of the book is clearly symbolic with Klamm clearly representing God and the Castle representing Idealism. Klamms secretary could also be taken as a priest.

The Trial is about the question of why and The Castle is that answer. I think Albert Camus said the same thing.
 

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I taught myself to read German with Kafka (well, after first reading the Grimm fairy tales as parallel English-German texts). He writes so clearly and un-clunkily that he really is perfect for that purpose. If anyone is interested in how to do it -- it's as simple as getting two copies side by side, reading the English first, then the German (I suggest German because it's pretty similar to English and so really quite easy to learn to read -- not sure if I could've done it with Norwegian or something) while looking up each individual word, then rereading the German as a complete sentence, and finally moving on the next sentence. You end up absorbing the grammar as a matter of course.
 

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Its definitely not as good as Trial but it works as a companion piece
you should get all his works (he wasnt very productive so its not that much) and follow his degradation into madness.

He writes so clearly and un-clunkily that he really is perfect for that purpose. If anyone is interested in how to do it -- it's as simple as getting two copies side by side, reading the English first, then the German (I suggest German because it's pretty similar to English and so really quite easy to learn to read -- not sure if I could've done it with Norwegian or something) while looking up each individual word, then rereading the German as a complete sentence, and finally moving on the next sentence. You end up absorbing the grammar as a matter of course.
Der Untertan would have helped you to understand the germans and humanity while learning german.


I read "Phänologie des Geistes" atm. I realy dont understand how Marx was a fan of Hegel....
 
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The Ladykiller by Martina Cole. Women are being brutally raped and murdered in London by a man known as the Grantley Ripper, and it falls to Detective Kate Burrows to find him.

After the Ripper murders the daughter of a prominent crime lord, she becomes involved with him and a relationship blossoms - one that could cost her her job.

I'm rather engrossed. You get an insight into the past of George Markham, the Ripper, and see how he became so fucked up (mostly thanks to his evil mother) On the surface he's a polite, softly spoken gentleman in a loveless marriage who quietly fantasizes about viciously assualting his nagging wife and any pretty young woman who speaks to him, convinced that "they all want it", thanks to his binges on violent porn.

The parts with Kate Burrows' family drama and hardman Patrick Kelly feel like the rolling pins that are tenderising the juicy meat that is George Markham - preparing him for his inevitable and grisly demise. They're necessary, but I'm not as interested in them.
 

Guts Gets Some

"Sword=cock" -Susumu Hirasawa
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Berserk 36.

The infamous "boat" arc that I was dreading based on word of mouth.
I can understand it having to wait years to get through it, but one after another, it's more standard Berserk and thus, amazing.
 

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I just finished up Koji Suzukis S which which went steeply downhill in the last quarter or sixth of the book. There was a lot of really good build up and intrigue going on, and then it just gets explained away by an exposition ghost and everybody lived happily ever after and there were no problems ever again. It made me at least want to read Ring since I imagine it would his stronger writing since nothing really has to be explained in that.

Now I'm starting up the first Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels by Yoshiki Tanaka. I'm still only in the prologue which is the history of the space empire but its been pretty neat so far. The Galactic Empire are basically space Nazis but a lot more efficient from what it seems. The Free Planets Alliance are originally built from a group of penal colony escapees, and how they got out was pretty cool. They were imprisoned on a resource rich Planet to mine for space ship materials, the planet was mostly frozen with more dry ice than water ice. After seeing a kid sail a dry ice boat on water a man got the idea to build a ship from a gargantuan deposit of dry ice and eventually him and 400,000 people escape on it and they journey 10,000 light years to escape and begin resettlement with the remaining 160,000.

I'm nowhere in it but for some reason it really gives me the feeling I got whenever I read a Dune novel. After this I'm either going to read Kafka on the Shore, or Almost Transparent Blue if I can manage to find a decently priced copy, both by Murakami.
 
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