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21 Sep 2010, 4:25 pm

Bought a second hand Gulliver's Travels to reread, and a copy of Cloud Atlas, which all the poncey TV book critics were into a year or two back. Is it actually any good?


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23 Sep 2010, 3:43 pm

I am trying to find time to finish Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.


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23 Sep 2010, 8:33 pm

Will you please be quiet, please? by Raymond Carver



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24 Sep 2010, 8:10 am

Mordant's Need

Also I just started reading A Bitter Revolution by Rana Mitter.


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25 Sep 2010, 2:50 am

Poems by Maya Angelu

Poetry is about the only thing that can hold my interest...that and short stories. I have an attention span of a nano-second


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01 Oct 2010, 11:26 pm

Sartre's The Age of Reason.



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02 Oct 2010, 4:18 am

Finished Notes from the Underground; didn't like it or see why the author bothered. Still reading Elric. By way of Wiki ended up watching the Daicon IV opening animation. That was weird. Playboy bunny surfing on Stormbringer, w t proverbial f? Also reading a collection of Continental Op (early detective fiction) stories. Will start Spellbound when Elric is done.


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02 Oct 2010, 5:29 am

Just finished the second book on the temperance brennan series by kathy reichs and Im trying to find the third one.


Meanwhile Im reading Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami, I have heard a lot of great reviews about Murakami and I think a little break from reading tempes books wont do me any harm.


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02 Oct 2010, 6:09 am

I'm a few chapters in to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters-Vol 1 by Gordon Dahlquist.



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02 Oct 2010, 11:42 am

Finished A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick



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02 Oct 2010, 12:01 pm

UnderINK wrote:
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

moog, i have read a lot of Hesse's books (let's see - Demian, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, Gertrude, Siddhartha, and Rosshalde i think). been meaning to read The Glass Bead Game.

one of my favorite quotes ( i think this is from gertrude):
"The artist is not, as ordinary people think, a gay sort of person who flings off works of art here and there out of sheer exhuberance. Unfortunately he is usually a poor soul who is being suffocated with surplus riches and therefore has to give some of them away. It is a fallacy that there are happy artists; that is just philistines' talk. Lighthearted Mozart kept up his spirits with champagne and was constantly short of bread, and why Beethoven did not commit suicide in his youth instead of composing all that wonderful music, no one knows. A real artist has to be unhappy. Whenever he is hungry and opens his bag, there are pearls inside it."


Ah, katzefrau, I am not suprised that you like Hesse. :-)

I've only read Demian and Siddartha so far, both are wonderful books.

Thank you for the quote. I am not sure if it's quite true, but I am not an artist anymore.

I've been making a little index of page numbers where I found something that strikes a chord with me in Steppenwolf.

I just read this; "Eternity is just the redemption of time, it's return to innocence, so to say, and it's transformation back again into space" There was a recent cosmological theory that circulated the internet recently with the premise that the universe may indeed do exactly that. It made me laugh to find it written here in this book.



Right now I'm reading non-fiction, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (from where I plan on reading The Greatest Show on Earth. Before this book I read God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens, and after all listed, I will be trying to get a copy of Stephen Hawking's The Grand Design).

But when I was younger, I poured through Hesse and Dostoevsky as a daily ritual. Demian is an AMAZING book that opened my eyes to the concept of Taoism when I was barely ten years old, which is sort of related to what he calls Abraxas--- there should be neither light nor dark, rather a balance of the two coexisting in perfect harmony.

Dostoevsky is by far my favorite author, though. The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment were exquisite for a plethora of reasons. Any other Dostoevsky fans, or am I nutter?


I too am a huge fan of both Dostoevsky and Hesse. Der Steppenwolf and The Demons (The Possessed) are probably my favourites, although it's a close call.


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02 Oct 2010, 12:14 pm

At the moment I am reading HP Lovecraft's Shadow Over Innsmouth in French.
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Yes I know that the idea of HPL in French is rather weird, but I am still learning French and the method that really works for me is reading. Got the French translation of The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward some time ago and thought I could go on.
French is primarily for long commutes though, at this moment before I go to bed I read several pages of Victor Pelevin's Numbers. In Russian, of course, I find that Slavic languages lose quite a lot of their expressive power when translated in English.



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02 Oct 2010, 12:22 pm

If you want to read in French and like Lovecraft, check Huysmans - you might like it (À rebours made a rather strong impression on me, although it was a long time ago).


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02 Oct 2010, 1:24 pm

Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out.
I am actually using ebooksgratuits.com to get something to read, they seem to have quite a variety there.



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05 Oct 2010, 4:59 pm

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It's very good so far, only got it today but already almost half way through. It's basically about some alternate world where it's all run by chimps and bonobos and there's this chimp that thinks he's a human. In that world the bonobos are the chimps' equivalent of a black person, so there are references to "bonoboism" and stuff like that.
Also, this book is not for the prudish, seriously some of the stuff on there is just pervy :lol:


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05 Oct 2010, 5:09 pm

MONKEY wrote:
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It's very good so far, only got it today but already almost half way through. It's basically about some alternate world where it's all run by chimps and bonobos and there's this chimp that thinks he's a human. In that world the bonobos are the chimps' equivalent of a black person, so there are references to "bonoboism" and stuff like that.
Also, this book is not for the prudish, seriously some of the stuff on there is just pervy :lol:


"Jenny" by Douglas Preston is very good but it will break your heart. It's about a family that raises a chimp to live as a human ( as

much as possible). The story is fictional but he states that all the incidents described in the book are incidents that happened to

one of five different chimps. Did I say that right? Things start going wrong when Jenny reaches sexual maturity. She doesn't

fully belong in either the human or chimp world and the results are tragic. It is well written though.