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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8620 on: April 08, 2018, 05:55:15 AM »
Picking off about one a year. Moonraker was fantastic and makes me scratch my head of why the movie was the way it was.

Well might you scratch!
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« Reply #8621 on: April 08, 2018, 05:58:44 AM »
Thread Duty:  Started this the other day, good fun.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8622 on: April 08, 2018, 08:02:00 AM »
First novel by Kenzaburo Oé (Nobel)

Crisp laconic style very different from his latter style full of humanity.  I find Oé way of writing stunning.


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« Reply #8623 on: April 08, 2018, 04:56:23 PM »
An excellent book. Even better is his In The Shadow of the Sword

I've got that on the pile to read shortly after. Have you read his book on the Ceasar Dynasty?

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« Reply #8624 on: April 08, 2018, 04:58:41 PM »
I've got that on the pile to read shortly after. Have you read his book on the Ceasar Dynasty?

It is one of several books I have on the go at the moment. So far, good but not up to his others.
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« Reply #8625 on: April 12, 2018, 10:31:31 PM »
Unfortunate, but in this imperfect world, unavoidable, I fear.
Well, at least he isn't dressed in his Zardoz gear.

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« Reply #8626 on: April 16, 2018, 07:46:41 AM »
Finished my reread of Gravity's Rainbow, and what stood out is how much stranger and  barely comprehensible it is compared to Pynchon's later work like Against the Day, Mason & Dixon or Vineland (but still entertaining)

now another reread but something a little more sober




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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8627 on: April 16, 2018, 04:29:54 PM »
The Darkest Part of the Woods - Ramsey Campbell
CIRSOVA magazine, issue one.
And a bio on Ernic Kovacs.

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« Reply #8628 on: April 17, 2018, 07:48:42 AM »
1133 pages. Done.


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« Reply #8629 on: April 17, 2018, 09:13:58 AM »


now another reread but something a little more sober



A very good book, as most Sebald works.  On this topic I am reading this book on exiled composer.



An annecdote from this book: Giovanni Baptista Lulli was abducted in Rome for la Duchesse de Montpensier who wanted a young italian to teach her the language.  You know the next part of the story.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8630 on: April 22, 2018, 07:09:05 AM »


Henry Miller - Tropic of Cancer

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8631 on: April 22, 2018, 07:17:37 AM »
Re-reading The Great Gatsby.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8632 on: April 23, 2018, 07:10:29 AM »
Re-reading The Great Gatsby.

That is a great read  8)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8633 on: April 23, 2018, 03:14:39 PM »


Very poorly written. I'm about a third of the way in and already amazed that someone can make an insiders story of flipping mob wiseguys so dull. I doubt I'll make it to the Trump parts unless I jump ahead.

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Very poorly written. I'm about a third of the way in and already amazed that someone can make an insiders story of flipping mob wiseguys so dull. I doubt I'll make it to the Trump parts unless I jump ahead.

Well, he's a cop, not a writer. Good evidence that he actually wrote it, that it was not ghost-written (attributed or not).

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« Reply #8635 on: April 27, 2018, 09:11:52 AM »
The Darkest Part of the Woods - Ramsey Campbell
CIRSOVA magazine, issue one.
And a bio on Ernic Kovacs.
The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman (great!)
The Black Company by Glen Cook

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« Reply #8636 on: April 30, 2018, 07:32:06 PM »
I don't know anything about this but thought I'd give it a try.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8637 on: April 30, 2018, 07:43:36 PM »
I don't know anything about this but thought I'd give it a try.



I have not read that but Trollope is a favorite. The Way We Live Now or The Warden are the usual first Trollope.
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« Reply #8638 on: April 30, 2018, 08:26:42 PM »
The Way We Live Now is a book I keep meaning to get to. Would you rate it as one of his best?

TD:

One of the few Geoff Dyer books I hadn't read. Short and fast, but with his trademark freewheeling intelligence and unexpected digressions and connections.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8639 on: May 01, 2018, 01:06:42 AM »
Trying to get into the habit of writing more about what I read. I posted some thoughts on my blog about Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, which I finished reading about a week ago.