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    Posted: July 10 2013 at 21:59


A fantasy novel before there were fantasy novels.


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Just finished reading John Dies at the End, which I found to be a great/hilarious romp through Philip Dickian environments, led by Douglas Adams.  Plus wig monsters.

Now I've started reading Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami. Finally reading my first Murakami, and the first six chapters have me interested and enjoying it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote BaldFriede Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 13 2013 at 05:58
Murakami is great; I love "A Wild Sheep Chase" and his opus magnum "1Q84."If you are interested in Japanese authors I also highly recommend Kobo Abe.. Start with "The Box Man"; it is kind of a Philip K. Dick novel Japanese style. Not that it is SF, but you will perfectly lose your grab on reality when reading it.

And  you should also read "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" by Yukio Mishima. Mishima was probably the last samurai.

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Originally posted by SaltyJon

Just finished reading John Dies at the End, which I found to be a great/hilarious romp through Philip Dickian environments, led by Douglas Adams.  Plus wig monsters.


Hey Salty.

If you enjoy absurdity in your reading, especially Douglas Adams, then have you checked out William Burroughs yet? He's written other novels than Naked LunchWink
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen

Originally posted by SaltyJon

Just finished reading John Dies at the End, which I found to be a great/hilarious romp through Philip Dickian environments, led by Douglas Adams.  Plus wig monsters.


Hey Salty.

If you enjoy absurdity in your reading, especially Douglas Adams, then have you checked out William Burroughs yet? He's written other novels than Naked LunchWink

Or try Jasper Fforde (yes, with a double "F"). Start with "The Eyre Affair", the first novel in the Thursday Next series. Delightfully weird, but you should know a lot about English literature. And it definitely helps if you have read "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë.

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Recently realized I haven't read many books by women. Been trying to correct that these last weeks. Had already read some classics like Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (love the former), so I picked up some modern ones, namely Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Wow to both - more than the stories, it was the writing that did it for me. Already have the follow-up to Wolf Hall on my bedside table, but what should my next incursion into Atwood territory be?   
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Re reading my favorite SF trilogy (again) - currently about halfway through


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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 16 2013 at 09:45
Originally posted by Jim Garten

Re reading my favorite SF trilogy (again) - currently about halfway through

 
I should ck that out...haven't read any Robinson in years.
If you like complex sci-fi ,I highly recommend Ian Banks Culture series., and the old Ringworld series by Niven.
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It's been awhile since I've read existential stuff. I guess that binge was a different era.
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It's been awhile since I've read existential stuff. I guess that binge was a different era.


that's one hell of a book, one of my favourites.

recently finished:

Thomas Bernhard - Woodcutters (maybe one of Bernhard most absurd works, the second book - i think - in this commentaries on the arts/artist)

"Earlier, no doubt in a final effort to attract everyone's attention, he had suddenly removed his lower dental plate and held it front of the actor's face, remarking that life was short, man a frail creature and death not far away. This had prompted the actor to utter the word tasteless several times, while Auersberger replaced the dental plate in his mouth. His wife naturally jumped up once more, intending to get him out of the music room and into the bedroom. Again she did not succeed; Auersberger threatened several times to kill her and pushed her away, so that she stumbled against the actor, who caught her in his arms, whereupon Auersberger exclaimed Oh how tasteless! several times, then dozed off in his peasants jacket." 

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William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying.
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Originally posted by Kotro

Recently realized I haven't read many books by women. Been trying to correct that these last weeks. Had already read some classics like Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (love the former), so I picked up some modern ones, namely Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Wow to both - more than the stories, it was the writing that did it for me. Already have the follow-up to Wolf Hall on my bedside table, but what should my next incursion into Atwood territory be?   
 
If you liked The Handmaids Tale probably Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood (in that order as they form a series) by Atwood would be enjoyable as well. Also Alias Grace was a great book about a lady who was sentenced to prison for 16 years, maybe guilty, maybe not.
 
Handmaid's Tale is indeed a masterpiece, one of the best books I've ever read.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 22 2013 at 16:05
Originally posted by Jim Garten

Re reading my favorite SF trilogy (again) - currently about halfway through


I have these and never read them. But if  you say it's good maybe the time has arrived to rectify that.
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I liked it.
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2d/CuckoosCallingCover.jpg/200px-CuckoosCallingCover.jpg

I liked it.

I thought it was pretty good,Rowling should have published it as her first non-Potter book instead of the dreadful The Casual Vacancy.

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Originally posted by josuu

Originally posted by Kotro

Recently realized I haven't read many books by women. Been trying to correct that these last weeks. Had already read some classics like Jane Austen and Mary Shelley (love the former), so I picked up some modern ones, namely Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Wow to both - more than the stories, it was the writing that did it for me. Already have the follow-up to Wolf Hall on my bedside table, but what should my next incursion into Atwood territory be?   
 
If you liked The Handmaids Tale probably Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood (in that order as they form a series) by Atwood would be enjoyable as well. Also Alias Grace was a great book about a lady who was sentenced to prison for 16 years, maybe guilty, maybe not.


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It would be a hit in English, but i'ts only in french, the leader of Harmonium who has gone trough plenty of high and lows...


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