Share what you’ve read and what you thought of it. Ask for recommendations and just discuss it all. Comics/manga included, I guess
Currently, I’m reading Les Miserables and it’s quite engaging but very much bloated. Hugo goes into such great detail about backgrounds of backgrounds and just some irrelevant details. It kind of reminded me of Joyce with his dedication to description of routine and mundane little things but at least here it’s not the main focal point and the narrative itself is substantial enough to dare skip the uninteresting parts(for me it was the Waterloo battle) and still continue reading. Overall, I definitely see why it’s considered a classic but not sure if I’ll ever be revisiting it after finishing
Slowly trying to get back into reading. Find fiction books to still be a bit troublesome honestly. I find non-fiction books to be a lot easier to read. Currently been going through a few different James Bond non-fiction books. I read all of Ian Fleming’s Bond books years ago, would like to try and start getting all the non-Fleming books, which there are quite a number of.
Been reading the Yu-Gi-Oh manga. It’s very interesting, seeing something transform about a manga about games in general to something that would evolve into being about a card game it created. There are alot of books from the original manga and all the spin-offs, so just casually collecting them through sites like eBay. Havn’t read any other manga actually, makes me want to look into others.
As for comics, I’m subscribed to Star Trek: Year Five and the current X-Men run, but to tell the truth, havn’t kept up to date to them despite buying them. I need to catch up on them at some point, and get my small comic collection organised. Been reading IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog which I do keep up with since I like to talk about it in a thread on a Sonic fan forum. I really enjoy it, with the general derth of Sonic content right now, IDW is the only thing that really fills the void right now, and it’s written by fans who know how to write the characters and give the fans what they want.
2018 : 66 books read
2019 : 77
2020 : 90 !
I set myself page goals per day.
Fav authors : Dostoïevski, Tolstoï, Proust, Zweig
Wow! I think I’ve read about 35 to 40 books last year depending on whether you count some short stories, tractates and what not. Before that I had never counted but it wasn’t that much anyway.
My favourite author is probably Kafka but my all time favourite book is Martin Eden by London. Not a huge fan of Tolstoy(I read War and Peace in school but not in full. And this autumn Anna Karenina which i found great except for the last third or so). Dostoevsky’s style is not exactly my cup of tea as is the subject matter but Crime and Punishment was pretty good, definitely revisiting it in the future. I never finished Idiot though. The last two authors you mentioned are unfamiliar to me, could you recommend something by them?
goddamn right. i always go back to kafka, philip k dick and vonnegut.
with dostoyevsky, i liked everything in crime and punishment except the sweeping family histories. I’ve the attention span of a gnat and couldn’t figure what they had to do with anything. still, it gave us proto-columbo i never finished it, mind.
notes from the underground though… i read it as a teenager and it freaked me out how much it captured the way i think… only to later realise he was condemning it
i’ve got too young kids so i don’t get a huge amount of time to read, especially with lockdown, so i’m not reading anything too strenuous at the monent.
i’ve just started the city and the city by china whatshisface which has very intriguing premise. i’m also dipping into the occasional story from gibson’s burning chrome and a chapter of ghosts of my past by mark fisher now and then.
comics-wise, i’ve just finished the new hellblazer, which is a return to form for comic’s best character. not many writers get constantine but si spurrier nailed it.
Oh yeah, totally forgot about him. I read Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5. Loved both but couldn’t help but see the similarities between them. I hope his other works offer something different, got any recommendations?
I don’t remember it being a big problem for me. What I didn’t like was the naivete of the epilogue (not only because of the obvious religious message which could’ve been done much more elegantly) and some of the prolonged sequences where the main character walks around the city. Knowing Dostoevsky was a gambler (which lead to him being poor most of the time), I always feel like he wrote a lot of it only to get a little more money because the payment was dependent on the word count back then
his later stuff gets very similar, with many personal stories being repeated. frankly, it’s his voice that i love, so that didn’t bother me too much until timequake (not recommended).
i like slaughterhouse and cradle, but i personally think vonnegut really hits his stride (in terms of his ‘voice’) with breakfast of champions, mother night, and god bless you mr rosewater. mother night is particularly affecting.
his essays are great too. it’s like being told a story by your funny, cynical and slightly depressed granddad.
you might like this:
ah, i never finished the last section so missed the epilogue. the whole “let me tell you about this family in this prefecture that will now go on for 25 pages” just got too much. i like the double a lot and i’m looking to hit the idiot at some point.
that last bit about word count sounds like philip k dick, though he used to bang out tons of short stories amped up on amphetamines, so the quality can vary.
I recently read After The First Death. It’s about a group of terrorists that hijack a bus full of children and hold them and the driver hostage on an old railroad bridge. The story switches between the perspectives of the driver, Kate, one of the terrorists, Miro, and a teenage boy named Ben who has a role in the hostage situation later on in the story.
Would highly recommend. Excellent novel.
Get out of my head.
This. I love all his work, but Slaughterhouse-Five and Mother Night are the ones that I keep coming back to.
Proust wrote In Search Of Lost Time, it’s one of the hardest book to read. I don’t think you’ll like it but you can try the first volume. It is a sum of intelligence and culture.
Zweig is one of the most famous Austrian writer who notably denounced Nazism. His style is refined, psychologizing, feminine. Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Beware of Pity, The Royal Game, The World of Yesterday are some very good examples.
I have currently begun reading The Witcher: Baptism of Fire, I stalled half way through the first chapter back in the late summer and never really got around to pick it up again.
It’s mainly due to I only read on weekends in bed early in the morning, setting an alarm for 6 and using the morning light to read in. However here in the winter, I’ll have to wait until past 8 to get before the sun rises and I can’t lay in the bed past 7. So it’s very little reading I get done in the fall and winter.
When I’m done reading Baptism of Fire, I’ll read a few of Lovecraft’s short stories and then throw myself over The Poetic Edda.
Some comics news. Apparently DC had a bunch of really good comic ideas and instead of just letting them all run they decided to let people pick one. But they don’t have creative teams so it is useless.