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Re: Literature Thread - But wait! There's more (books)!

Post by masa » Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:26 am

Outer dark was all right, completely different to what i was expected but still solid

The sunset limited was eh, i just kept hearing Samuel L jackson All the way through

Sappho's fragment were quite poignant, though i felt much of the commentary provided by the translater was unnecessary

No idea what to think of the orchard keeper, prosaically it was great like all mccarthy but storywise there wasnt very much going on?? Kept jumping with no focus so idk good read though

Currently on Inherent Vice which is fantastic, man. Totally gnarlicious, Pynchon is so groovy. Also pushing to the end of Treasure Island and theyre about to find the treasurr i think eton mess GETTIN REEL
1. Daughter of Dreams - Michael Moorcock
2. Death of a Naturalist - Seamus Heaney
3.The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson
4. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. Greed: From David Hume to Gordon Gekko - Stewart Sutherland
6. Legion - Brandon Sanderson
7. Destiny's Brother - Michael Moorcock
8. Imagining Alexandria - Louis de Berneires
9. Son of the Wolf - Michael Moorcock
10. Human Chain - Seamus Heaney
11. Legion: Skin Deep - Brandon Sanderson
12. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce - Slavoj Zizek
13. Faust Volume 2 [anthology]
14. The Metatemporal Detective - Michael Moorcock
15. Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West - Cormac McCarthy
16. Outer Dark - Cormac McCarthy
17. The Sunset Limited - Cormac McCarthy
18. Stung with Love: Poema and Fragments - Sappho
19. The Orchard Keeper - Cormac McCarthy

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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Crisps » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:30 pm

been reading some fitzgerald short stories and they really are just the bomb, he is the absolute boy and no messing

see you've been reading some heaney masa, did you enjoy because i just can't get along with him i find him right clumsy and wi'out much to say
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Re: Literature Thread - But wait! There's more (books)!

Post by masa » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:33 pm

oops

thought Death of a Naturalist was fab some really great poems, Human Chain was a bit eton mess. overall mixed reception.

inherent vice was groovy as gooseberry fool. treasure island was class. the red pony was good, depressing. as i lay dying was gooseberry fool and really good. now reading ulysses, finally.
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by masa » Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:52 pm

Just to say something before i go crazy: Ulysses is gooseberry fool balls mad

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Re: Literature Thread - But wait! There's more (books)!

Post by masa » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:08 pm

read 100 pages of ulysses before i got bored, gooseberry fool dropped/10

the road was good, depressing and grim and all that lark, though not as out and out devastating as some people make it out to be. siddhartha was also very good would recommend

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1. Daughter of Dreams - Michael Moorcock
2. Death of a Naturalist - Seamus Heaney
3.The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson
4. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. Greed: From David Hume to Gordon Gekko - Stewart Sutherland
6. Legion - Brandon Sanderson
7. Destiny's Brother - Michael Moorcock
8. Imagining Alexandria - Louis de Berneires
9. Son of the Wolf - Michael Moorcock
10. Human Chain - Seamus Heaney
11. Legion: Skin Deep - Brandon Sanderson
12. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce - Slavoj Zizek
13. Faust Volume 2 [anthology]
14. The Metatemporal Detective - Michael Moorcock
15. Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West - Cormac McCarthy
16. Outer Dark - Cormac McCarthy
17. The Sunset Limited - Cormac McCarthy
18. Stung with Love: Poema and Fragments - Sappho
19. The Orchard Keeper - Cormac McCarthy
20. Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
21. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
22. The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
23. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
24. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
25. How to Cure a Fanatic - Amos Oz
26. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Donkey Kong Jr. » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:09 pm

Actually read a book for once and it's not even fiction.

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer. Overall, pretty decent, interesting book about improving your memory and how to memorise properly. While there are a few interesting methods, there are no shortcuts, you have to spend lots of time getting better and practicing all the methods to improve your memory skills. And who has time for that ?
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by RichardUK » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:14 pm

I only tend to read history books, guide books, language books and the odd autobiography
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Mephisto » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:42 pm

finished The Great Gatsby, brilliant obviously, now working my way through The Handmaid's Tale, i love the premise but not sure it will keep me hooked throughout, we'll see.

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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Spilskinanka » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:07 pm

Reading my first fiction book for like 2 years. I chose Dune to get me back reading books which aren't about military history.

It's really good so far and I've only read the first section
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by DJHero » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:13 am

Finished Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. Both amazing works of literature and obviously Aeneas is cooler because Odysseus is a whimp.
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by masa » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:38 pm

A clockwork orange is gooseberry fool great but i can only just make out whats going on half the time, gooseberry fool sake anthony im dont slooshy russian

Also tom sawyer is okay, twain knows how to write magnificently and very consciously but i cant help find myself a bit bored by it all

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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by Bix » Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:02 am

I think when you mention the whole 'bored by it all' .. that may explain why my taste in books changed so drastically. Also why I will never ever stoop low and pick up a J K Rowling. I mean its all too wholesome and fun for little kids. If Harry Potter had been a bit wayward and even tried it on with Hermione or something, but no 7 gajillion pages of a good little boy swishing a stick about. I would have more fun doing that myself.

I am on the look out for a decent autobiography or a twisted horror written at least as good as the old Stephen King stuff. Any recommends would be appreciated.
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Post by Pineapple » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:06 pm

Bix wrote:Also why I will never ever stoop low and pick up a J K Rowling. I mean its all too wholesome and fun for little kids. If Harry Potter had been a bit wayward and even tried it on with Hermione or something, but no 7 gajillion pages of a good little boy swishing a stick about. I would have more fun doing that myself.
Could you have made it any more obvious you haven't bothered to read the books.
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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by masa » Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:37 pm

did you even read past chamber of secrets bix??

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Post by kerr9000 » Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:09 pm

I would describe my own stuff as a poor man's Stephen King, I will post you a link lol

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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Mephisto » Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:00 pm

masa wrote:A clockwork orange is gooseberry fool great but i can only just make out whats going on half the time, gooseberry fool sake anthony im dont slooshy russian

Also tom sawyer is okay, twain knows how to write magnificently and very consciously but i cant help find myself a bit bored by it all
I just started Huckleberry Finn and am loving it, though I've got the same problem you had with Clockwork Orange what with the many varied phonetically written Southern dialects.

The Handmaid's Tale - i liked the ideas and it was quite well written but chapters were just too short, it never really got going and there was far too much rambling

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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by weakboson » Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:56 pm

Started reading Wolf Hall the other day. It's nice to be remind myself that I can read. Only read the first part so far but I hope I actually get round to finishing it.

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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by Bix » Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:27 am

Pineapple wrote:
Bix wrote:Also why I will never ever stoop low and pick up a J K Rowling. I mean its all too wholesome and fun for little kids. If Harry Potter had been a bit wayward and even tried it on with Hermione or something, but no 7 gajillion pages of a good little boy swishing a stick about. I would have more fun doing that myself.
Could you have made it any more obvious you haven't bothered to read the books.
I've borrowed a friends book, could have been Goblet of Fire.. I simply didn't enjoy the way it was written and didn't even finish it. I was done with books like that in my teens at the latest. My taste in literature is very bit part, my intense curiosity with aggressive situations or even things that are disturbing or unnerving. I never garnered any of that from the pages of the Harry Potter I once read a chunk of.

I can appreciate the fantasy within them is great for some, I'm sure if you have room for yet more magical mysticism you won't be disappointed .. but I won't get involved or for me 'put the time in' if my own personal reward isn't there. In a book I'm not looking for emotions or magical fantasy.. I get that from my Rpg's and films.

I guess I will never be able to prove or disprove my impression of J K Rowling ..

I will say I am all about quality > quantity .. but its not easy to stick to that when time is of the essence.
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Re: Literature Thread - Do You Read What I Read?

Post by Cruizer » Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:23 am

masa wrote:A clockwork orange is gooseberry fool great but i can only just make out whats going on half the time, gooseberry fool sake anthony im dont slooshy russian
Wow, I'm certainly not a prude and I had seen the film before reading the book so should have been somewhat prepared but the book was truly shocking. The violent and rape bits were more shocking on paper then the film and there was a bit where he got some 10 year olds drunk and drugged and had his way with them.

I did like the book though, Anthony was a really interesting character. Yes I did also like the controversial chapter 21 that the film skipped (it certainly wasn't as illogical that he would want to change and it was eluded to throughout the book that he would - he wasexhausted by his lifestyle, loved classical music, frustrated with his friends and was very intelligent) :D
Bix wrote: I am on the look out for a decent autobiography or a twisted horror written at least as good as the old Stephen King stuff. Any recommends would be appreciated.
Stephen King is great - so many great books; Misery, Cujo and Pet Sematary, Stand By Me, Dreamcatcher, Shining, Carie, Everything Eventual (specifically1408) and The Mist. He is very talented, his characters are very vivid and while its often quite hard to make a book scary, but he's excellent at understanding the way the readers mind works and has made some scary psychological stuff, e.g the scene where the elevator wakes up in The Shining.
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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by masa » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:29 pm

Well well well well well well, my little droogies, I can certainly govoreet that A Clockwork Orange is a dobby old book, real horrorshow. Although, I think, the sinny is much more choodnessy, O my brothers.

reading gulliver's travels now, it's ok good fun and the prose is good but because of the genre (satirizing travel literature) it feels very dull and slow a lot of the time

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Post by Dix » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:37 pm

Read Jonathan Livingstone Seagull the other day. Was pretty good.
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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by K2. » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:40 pm

Got two of Tony Benn's diaries here to read as well as Owen Jones' first book, going to be a fairly left wing few days at least of reading
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Post by D.J » Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:48 pm

Reading non-fiction again at the moment, i'm currently in the middle of a truly excellent WW2 book, and am also enjoying A Royal Welcome which i picked up at the palace shop last weekend.
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Re: Books and stuff - where old men come to read

Post by Cruizer » Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:27 pm

I'm reading Shamtaram at the moment which is about a gun runner who escapes prison and runs away to India. Pretty good the chapters are way too long and as only read in bed and like to read to the end of chapters it means I get about an hours less sleep than I'd like.
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Post by Mephisto » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:06 pm

K2. wrote:Got two of Tony Benn's diaries here to read as well as Owen Jones' first book, going to be a fairly left wing few days at least of reading
Balance it out a bit more, throw in some Rand.

Summer's coming to a close and I've read one gooseberry fool book. I'm such an underachiever. Actually that's not quite true, only one fiction book. I've been reading some amazing interview collections with directors (best set is with Mike Leigh). But still, underwhelmed by my summer reading to say the least.

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