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Pynchon eventually rewards you for the effort put in, though, even in the arguably more difficult to read Mason and Dixon.
I agree. Dianetics just gets crazier and crazier. Utterly beyond me how anyone can believe this stuff, much less subscribe to Scientology.
 
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Just started A Distant Mirror. A look at the 14th century's negative aspects of life. Seems the author is trying to make a correlation between 14th century common man suffering, and the suffering of soldiers and civilians during WWI
 

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Saga, by Tonino Benacquista.
It's the story of four unsuccessful screenwriters, who are asked by a French network to write a soap opera that will be aired at 4.00 am. It has to be cheap, since the network is producing it just because, per European laws, they have to air a certain number of hours of original fiction. Marco, Luis, Matilde and Jerome are given a room with a computer, a printer and a sofa, and an unlimited credit at the pizza place around the corner. Since their producers told them "do whatever", they interpret it as "do whatever you want"... they do it, and it's hilarious.
 
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I started off on 1Q84 by Murakami. I like his style, just don't care for how often he writes about banging married women or cheating in general. I couldn't finish South of the Border, East of the Sun, I felt bad for Yukiko.

I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Murakami had wrecked homes before, he loves married women.
Murakami is one of those authors who once you see their particular tics/obsessions, you can't unsee them. Not just married women, but specifically things like his obsession with ears, cats, jazz, very involved description of the breasts on teenage girls, Cutty Sark whisky, sex that involves the act as engulfment etc etc. 1Q84 is where he lost it for me, it felt like the Murakami-ness of his writing for the first time overpowered the story.
 
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Murakami is one of those authors who once you see their particular tics/obsessions, you can't unsee them. Not just married women, but specifically things like his obsession with ears, cats, jazz, very involved description of the breasts on teenage girls, Cutty Sark whisky, sex that involves the act as engulfment etc etc. 1Q84 is where he lost it for me, it felt like the Murakami-ness of his writing for the first time overpowered the story.
I'm about halfway through the book, and most of the Murakami-isms are muted enough to not bug me. The love story between Aomame and Tengo seems kind of random though, like he didn't think of it until the book was already partially written. I like the ambiguous evil of the Sakigake leader and Aomame not being sure she did the right thing, but Tengo's storyline remains juuuust interesting enough to hold me. Sometimes Murakami does amazing with his empty male characters, but Tengo should have really had something else going for him.

I would be willing to guess Murakami rode on Epstein's plane before. Fuka-Eri didn't have to be 17 and the sex scene with her is very detailed. Plus, the narrative can't decide between there being sexual tension between Fuka-Eri and Tengo or not, and talking about her tits and whatever else gets tiring. She's an ethereal beauty, I got that 500 pages ago.

The story might've been more interesting if it was between Aomame and Ayumi, especially since Aomame appears to be bisexual, but I don't think Japan likes bisexuals. From the schlock I've read over the years, Japan doesn't even seem to think homosexual sex is "real sex." I expect Aomame to never think of Ayumi again.
 
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