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Unread 04-22-2013, 08:01 PM   #586
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Unread 04-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #587
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Just finished "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters. Creepy sad gothic-type romance with paranormal elements in a post-WWII setting. Her '40s stories are really bleak and depressing. I think I'll try to get hold of one of her Victorian lesbian romances next.

Going go try again to tackle Koike & Kojima's "Lone Wolf and Cub". The first time I tried reading one of these I thought I was having trouble following the plot. But the plots aren't that complicated, at least no more so than your average political-intrigue-and-assassination stories. It's not even that in some word balloons half the words are transliterated but not translated from Japanese. It's the teeny tiny pages, and resulting teeny tiny print, thank you very much Dark Horse. Were they printed this small in Japanese originally? I sort of doubt it. But I find myself holding the book really close to my face and squinting, especially when I try to read before bed.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 09:19 AM   #588
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Just finished "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters. Creepy sad gothic-type romance with paranormal elements in a post-WWII setting. Her '40s stories are really bleak and depressing. I think I'll try to get hold of one of her Victorian lesbian romances next.
I read Fingersmith ages ago and recall liking it. I think that the faux-Victorian-with-lesbian-under-currents genre is overdone these days, but Sarah Waters was one of the first.

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My boyfriend let me borrow his Sword of Shannara Trilogy and I'm addicted.
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Just finished Shakespeare's The Tempest, about to start working my way through some of Poe's short stories
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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:05 AM   #592
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Gold Bug and the Cask of Amontillado are two of my favorites.

Tried reading Matched got mad at it and decided if I wanted something that sound like Ray Bradbury that I sould read Ray Bradbury. Read Fahrenheit 451.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:07 AM   #593
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Finally beginning Les Miserables because I've become a slave to the media and only proactively read classic literature when there's supporting incentive from a film adaptation. When I picked up the tome, a nice guy at the counter was really emphatic I check out The Man Who Laughs as well.
Hooolygodthisthingishuge. I know Hugo was famous for devoting chapters to things completely unrelated from his main plot, but God Almighty this is improvised blunt-force trauma waiting to happen.


Though the day before last I finished 'The Pyschopath Test' by Jim Ronson, which was great as expected of Ronson. His syntax is always easily digestable and the content seamlessly put together. I have a healthy respect for purple writers, but as a purple writer personally, reading concise, immediately intelligible shit is just fantastic.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #594
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Finally beginning Les Miserables because I've become a slave to the media and only proactively read classic literature when there's supporting incentive from a film adaptation. When I picked up the tome, a nice guy at the counter was really emphatic I check out The Man Who Laughs as well.
Hooolygodthisthingishuge. I know Hugo was famous for devoting chapters to things completely unrelated from his main plot, but God Almighty this is improvised blunt-force trauma waiting to happen.
Try reading Dumas (father and son).
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Unread 05-01-2013, 01:33 PM   #595
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Try reading Dumas (father and son).
I worked my way through The Count of Monte Cristo with two of the children I babysat; they were probably seven and eleven at the time and they loved it.

Right now I'm almost at the end of A.E. Marling's Fox's Bride. It's the successor to Brood of Bones, which I wound up really enjoying, and so far this one has been fun, too.
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I'm reading through Townie, by Andre Dubus III. It's PiC's assigned reading for one of her lit classes, but my mom used to live in the same neighborhood as him, so she wanted to read it. I just steal it off the coffee table every now and then.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 06:08 PM   #597
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Unread 05-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #598
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Just finished "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters. Creepy sad gothic-type romance with paranormal elements in a post-WWII setting. Her '40s stories are really bleak and depressing. I think I'll try to get hold of one of her Victorian lesbian romances next.

Going go try again to tackle Koike & Kojima's "Lone Wolf and Cub". The first time I tried reading one of these I thought I was having trouble following the plot. But the plots aren't that complicated, at least no more so than your average political-intrigue-and-assassination stories. It's not even that in some word balloons half the words are transliterated but not translated from Japanese. It's the teeny tiny pages, and resulting teeny tiny print, thank you very much Dark Horse. Were they printed this small in Japanese originally? I sort of doubt it. But I find myself holding the book really close to my face and squinting, especially when I try to read before bed.
I hope that you do come to read it, and get through it. It taught me many Buddhist philosophies in life, and addresses the human condition, spirituality, corruption, sacrifice and the nobility of the samurai spirit. It's also very dark - all of the characters (save perhaps the glorified Itto) are flawed in some manner and make concessions in their daily life. At the end of the 28 volumes, I was moved to Man-Tears by the ending. The pay-off was absolutely worth the while, and I am a proud owner of the series. I revisit it once in a while like an old friend.

I have been reading Frank Herbert's "Dune". I find it a great work of science fiction thus far. The plot is incredibly layered, and it takes a few moments to pause to think about what is going on as the dialogue unfolds. Many of the characters have the ability to see beyond words and gestures - guessing the speaker's true intents. In this way, the plots-within-plots-under-words reveal themselves to the audience, but the arrival of such conclusions can be quite elusive for the reader. At least - this is what I find.
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