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Posted 10 April 2019 - 03:53 AM

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man i've have 2666 on my shelf for like 5 years and i just can't begin. it's a mastodont piece. had a period of reading thicker books, with the first part of the man without qualities being the culmination. after that it's most often been 3-400 pages maximum with a couple of exceptions

 

regarding deus ex, it's MD. never played any of the other ones so i can't really compare. but am having fun nonetheless :)

 

how's the southern reach trilogy? wanted to read annihilation after having seen the movie, but decided not to. can't remember why though.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 04:15 AM

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man i've have 2666 on my shelf for like 5 years and i just can't begin. it's a mastodont piece. had a period of reading thicker books, with the first part of the man without qualities being the culmination. after that it's most often been 3-400 pages maximum with a couple of exceptions

 

regarding deus ex, it's MD. never played any of the other ones so i can't really compare. but am having fun nonetheless :)

 

how's the southern reach trilogy? wanted to read annihilation after having seen the movie, but decided not to. can't remember why though.

 

 

2666 is worth the time imo. pretty harrowing to get through around the middle but it's a fkn beautiful novel in the end.

 

ah wicked, I thought the art in MD was pretty amazing at times and Ed Harrison's work on the soundtrack is absolutely stunning. felt like the story was pretty weak in the end but i did still have fun. HR was pretty fantastic so def recommend it if you enjoy MD.

 

really loved the annihilation book! I was also a bit sceptical going into it for some reason, but it was a really rewarding read after watching the film.

I honestly had never read anything like it before, even just the descriptions of the world around the character's was really interesting haha. The second book is meant to be a bit of a drag to get through, but I'm enjoying it so far.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:52 AM

Just finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles, holy shit that ended up getting crazy towards the end

 

For the most part the story is relentlessly tragic which made me think of Grapes of Wrath (which I hated for that reason) but the sense of closure and of reprieve for the lovers towards the end of the book was beautiful.

 

Also beautiful descriptive imagery of the English countryside through the changes of season



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:36 AM

Finally reading Watership Down, reading the book is nowhere near as traumatic as watching the film.

 

Disappointed. Still a very good read though. *insert pancake bunny emoji here*



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:39 AM

Sourdough was breezy and fun.

Reading Woman in the Dunes now and it's OK. Waiting for some shit to happen but maybe it'll just be all dreamlike the whole time.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 08:27 AM

A fkn speeding ticket

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 10:47 AM

Just finished Tess of the D'Urbervilles, holy shit that ended up getting crazy towards the end

For the most part the story is relentlessly tragic which made me think of Grapes of Wrath (which I hated for that reason) but the sense of closure and of reprieve for the lovers towards the end of the book was beautiful.

Also beautiful descriptive imagery of the English countryside through the changes of season


Yeah, my 19th century lit. professor in university called Hardy a sadist for what he made Tess go through.

Hardy also did quite a number on Jude the Obscure as well, by the way. Equally good, I’d say, if not more so.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:38 PM

I'll look into it, thanks 



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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:50 PM

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:54 PM

Great cover



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 12:31 AM

Just finished Knut Hamsun’s “Hunger”. 250 pages about a guy going, wait for it, hungry.

Not a pleasant read, as you can imagine, but very good.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 03:31 AM

That book is so special to me. I bought it when I was about 13/14yrs old because the cover haunted me. I was not ready for any sort of 'literature' at all, I mainly read Clive Barker and Stephen King. That Book did something to me that is beyond description



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:52 AM

That book is so special to me. I bought it when I was about 13/14yrs old because the cover haunted me. I was not ready for any sort of 'literature' at all, I mainly read Clive Barker and Stephen King. That Book did something to me that is beyond description


I can imagine. While reading it I felt a bit sorry I hadn’t picked it up 25 years ago. It would’ve made much more impact then.

Youth is wasted on the young, but a certain class of books is definitely also wasted on the middle aged.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 03:31 PM

 

That book is so special to me. I bought it when I was about 13/14yrs old because the cover haunted me. I was not ready for any sort of 'literature' at all, I mainly read Clive Barker and Stephen King. That Book did something to me that is beyond description


I can imagine. While reading it I felt a bit sorry I hadn’t picked it up 25 years ago. It would’ve made much more impact then.

Youth is wasted on the young, but a certain class of books is definitely also wasted on the middle aged.

 

 

def. It was this cover btw

 

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Was in a second hand book shop I used to browse in for hours. The cover disturbed me and gave me that weird deja vu feeling of half remembering a dream.



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 04:57 PM

That book is so special to me. I bought it when I was about 13/14yrs old because the cover haunted me. I was not ready for any sort of 'literature' at all, I mainly read Clive Barker and Stephen King. That Book did something to me that is beyond description

I can imagine. While reading it I felt a bit sorry I hadn’t picked it up 25 years ago. It would’ve made much more impact then.

Youth is wasted on the young, but a certain class of books is definitely also wasted on the middle aged.

I felt a bit like this when I read ‘On The Road’ in my twenties. If I had been a teenager it probably would have blew my mind.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 05:03 AM

On the other hand, I thought Jane Austen was really boring in my teens and twenties.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 01:43 AM

even though i feel too old (i.e. not a teenager anymore) to be enticed by romantisation of poverty á hamsun's hunger or a beat lifestyle (read quite a few beat/counterculture works; fariñas been down so long is a personal favourite) there's still something extremely appealing/fascinating about those books. to my slight shame i can't get over it or make up my mind about whether it's just a privileged middle class trip. they're always about lonely men, too. i think watching into the wild in my teens was a really formative experience lol



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:49 AM

Not sure I'd characterize Hamsun as romantization, but as far as the Beats are concerned I get your point.



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 05:19 AM

fair enough. hamsun aint necessarily romanticising poverty but i'd still contend there's something in my (our?) reaction that counts as such. am i making sense? for some reason his arguably shitty life at the same time has some appeal. maybe in its simplicity



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:16 AM

even though i feel too old (i.e. not a teenager anymore) to be enticed by romantisation of poverty á hamsun's hunger or a beat lifestyle (read quite a few beat/counterculture works; fariñas been down so long is a personal favourite) there's still something extremely appealing/fascinating about those books. to my slight shame i can't get over it or make up my mind about whether it's just a privileged middle class trip. they're always about lonely men, too. i think watching into the wild in my teens was a really formative experience lol


That’s fine, I kind of envy that as I wish I felt similar. I read Drop City by TC Boyle in my teens instead which sadly may have made me more of a cynical prick.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:23 AM

i sincerely hope hope i didnt come across as derogatory, cause that wasn't my intention at all. am very much a cynical prick myself; trying to work on that.

 

and speaking of formative experiences, my belief is that whatever art that leaves teenagers with a sense of something having hit close to home or having taught them life lessons, has more to do with it rhyming with their actual formative childhood experiences and personalities than insights from the piece of work itself.



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 02:49 PM

'hsin hsin ming' by sosan

 

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:35 PM

i dont think I 'got' 2666. Been trying to find good texts elaborating on its supposed greatness but couldnt find any, though i'm sure there must be and i haven't looked in the right places



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 10:42 PM

“A Farewell to Arms”. Manly men doing manly things. But fuck me Hemingway can write. It’s like the third time I’ve read this and his descriptions of places and people still give me thought boners.

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