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AutistiCATS: the Musical
Wow, read the first story and all I can say is “ew wtf.” *Definitely* not for everybody.

I just finished a minor CS Lewis binge- read Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and Till We Have Faces. All excellent, but TWHF was definitely the best.

TWHF is a re-imagining of the Cupid and Psyche myth, which was not one with which I was particularly familiar and it didn’t change my enjoyment of the story at all. The setting is a barbarian nation state somewhere in Europe with minor contact with Ancient Greece, and the main characters are the ruling family and their servants/slaves. It can feel pretty bleak, but Lewis takes you out all the way to a cosmic view at the end and the ending is happy-ish. I don’t want to spoil anything because the book is that good, I would recommend it to absolutely anyone.


Bim, guess what?
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I’ve just finished Night of Thunder by Stephen Hunter, which is the fifth book in the Bob Lee Swagger series. I’m docking points for the backstory for one of the antagonists being essentially reused from the previous book (relative of a supporting character who excelled at a particular sport and then used their skills to kill people), though this did end up resolving itself pretty differently. On the plus side, I was definitely blindsided by the twist at the end, so kudos to Hunter for pulling that off so well. I’ve got the next Bob Lee Swagger book inbound, plus a couple of the Earl Swagger novels and Dirty White Boys. Those won’t be here for a while yet, so I’ve been reading Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage in the meantime after it got recommended in the riot thread.

Kujo Jotaro

Every Man Dies
Finished reading The Brothers Karamozov by Dostoevsky. While I did find it an enjoyable and thought provoking read I fail to see why it is almost always cited as his best work. Admittedly I've only read one other novel by Dostoevsky, that being Crime and Punishment but I found it much more enjoyable. While Crime and Punishment is a book with a singular protagonist and a rather linear narrative, The Brothers Karamozov is a book with 4-5 protagonists (potentially more if you count the one off chapters) that while largely focusing on the titles name sake and their father also includes a litany of side stories that tie into the main arc. Each of these side stories is interesting in its own regard, (in fact my favorite collection of chapters is father Zossima's) but they distract from the central narrative of the book. As a result the book seems to drag on much longer than is necessary.

What I believe he set out to do in this book is paint a picture of the type of people, view points, and philosophy's you might find during 19th century Russia. Obviously Dostoevsky did not live through the revolution, but the book much like crime and punishment feels like a prelude of whats to come and provides critic of the socialist philosophy that was slowly creeping its way across Russia during his lifetime. This is not including the numerous religious themes he explores, and also does not mention the psychological aspects of the book that could be talked about extensively.

Over all I did enjoy this book, and would highly recommend it despite my saying that it seemed to drag on too long. Maybe I'm too much of a midwit to grasp the full complexity of the novel, but I would still contend that Crime and Punishment is his best work and is an amazing character study/psychological break down of a murder.


Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live.
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Just finished ”Great Short stories of John O’Hara,” which was excellent. Particularly the opening story which details him working as the driver for a doctor during the 1918 Flu Pandemic in a coal mining town.

Half-way through “Two Serious Ladies” by Jane Bowles...and goddamn, it’s almost a perfect novel. Years ago I had a friend who raved about it, but would never let me borrow it to read. They said they’d never be able to find another copy if it got lost. (And I discovered the first edition they owned is worth like $1200 today, so they were right.) But I found out a few months ago it had been reissued a few years ago and bought it in paperback. It’s fucking awesome.

I only remembered it because I recently read The Sheltering Sky by her husband Paul Bowles. (But it’s weird to call them husband and wife since she’s a total lesbian and he was gay.)
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I only remembered it because I recently read The Sheltering Sky by her husband Paul Bowles. (But it’s weird to call them husband and wife since she’s a total lesbian and he was gay.)
They may have been but they traveled together, they lived together until her death and they seemed to love each other very much although so far as I know their "marriage" was nearly entirely platonic.


Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live.
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They may have been but they traveled together, they lived together until her death and they seemed to love each other very much although so far as I know their "marriage" was nearly entirely platonic.
Oh, don’t misunderstand me, I think they were incredibly fond of each other, intellectually matched and platonically in love. The problem was they were gay people in a straight marriage. Even the way Paul writes about her in The Sheltering Sky demonstrates a profound depth of understanding and regard for her.

According to biographers they did have a sexual relationship for about the first year and half of their marriage, then they were close companions that had sexual relationships with other people.

If you want to go down a fascinating rabbit hole Jane Bowles was in a relationship for some years with Libby Holman. Holman was involved the the bizarre death of her first husband - the heir to the RJ Reynolds fortune. They seemed to have the ultimate debauched 1920’s party pad, like a Southern Jay Gatsby. Reynolds was likely just a drunken suicide (likely too Reynolds was a closeted gay guy and might have been rebuffed by a male friend that night). Since Libby was a jewish, scandalous bisexual singer in North Carolina they tried to pin a murder charge on her. Luckily she was pregnant, and all the dirty laundry a trial would have aired meant the Reynolds family had the charges dropped.

After Zachary Reynolds died her next relationship was with a female DuPont heir. Her list of lovers is fascinating. I really hope a good biography is published about her one day.
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You're the man now, dog!
Here are the next five books I plan to read (because if I write it down somewhere it will help me focus on doing it)

1. Death Note Vol. 1 (already started)
2. Strange Weather in Tokyo (also already started)
3. The Antidote
4. Dune Messiah
5. Imajica


Drowning Pumpkin
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Algorithms to Live By. Interesting premise, although a lot of the algorithms came from game theory or other mathematical disciplines. However, if you want to sell a book, it's worth considering that there are a lot more programmers than mathematicians.
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The books in TES V: Skyrim. While it may be in a video game, they're still books, and some of them are legitimately as long as certain ones. The Real life of Barenziah is an anthology of books I like quite a bit within the game. Long, but worth it.


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I have a ton of books I need to finish, but currently I'm trying to read

-metro 2033
-the entire lovecraft collection (big heaping book with every short story and actual stories)
-bugles are silent
-a couple civil war books
-day by day Armageddon shattered hourglass
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Stilgar of Troon. Facial Fremen-isation surgery
Just started (both re-reads):
The Great and Secret Show - Clive Barker
The Sunset Warrior Trilogy - Eric Van Lustbader

Next up:
Rocks: My life in and out of Aerosmith - Joe Perry
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
Grunts! - Mary Gentle

Slowboat to China

Level 6 Hairy Hands Syndrome
I just finished Extreme Economies by Richard Davies. The whole point of the book is basically "Where the fuck is economics going? Who knows?" He visited several unusual examples of successful, failed, and fringe economic systems and wrote case studies of each, interviewing the people who had to live and work within them.

To my surprise, I found the fringe economies--the ones forging new frontiers, the possible models for the future--the least interesting. The examples in the section on successful economies were fascinating, especially the chapter on a Syrian refugee camp's black market economy. He draws the distinction between two camps in the area--one where free trade and activity is permitted, and the other which is more rigidly regulated. In both camps, people have their basic needs provided for and technically don't have to work, but the folks in the free trade camp are much happier and more productive. They want to be out and doing something, making money, feathering their nests, engaging their minds, building businesses. Good for them.

The book doesn't really offer any answers, more simply showing you some of the options for economies of the future. I did find it encouraging that the author didn't believe he knew how to set out a new economic plan or anything, but it does sort of leave you with the feeling that it's shrugging and going "Dunno, man, I just work here." Still, as a collection of glimpses into different economic systems and the pros and cons therein, I found it pretty interesting.