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Old 04-01-2013, 04:14 PM   #46
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Depends on if you you actually read it or just looked at the pictures.

If you look into Japanese art history, you'll sadly see it's been around for quite some time. So disappointing to find out some of my favorite Japanese artists did some disgusting paintings / woodblock prints....in the freaking 1800's.
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If I take a break from a book half way through because it's kinda dry and I have no motivation to read it and I just read a book containing similar information, does that make me a fucking quitter?
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No. I find it hard myself to complete a book that I have no interest in. A lot of people do it. I really wonder what motivates some people to finish books they don't like because it sounds like torture.
One of my favorite quotes from Dorothy Parker:

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
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One of my favorite quotes from Dorothy Parker:

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
I have a bookmark with that quote on it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:30 PM   #49
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Still catching up:

Gustave Baumann's Southwest, by Joseph Traugott
This is a collection of Baumann's very lovely woodcuts, with some biographical context. I got this in Denver when I had to go because of the cancelled U2 show. They had some of his woodcuts there. I read this recently because I'm going to Phoenix this month to see a band and there's a Baumann show at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The Case of the Spurious Spinster, by Erle Stanley Gardner.
Erle does love his ridiculous plots. This one was fun because we have this season on dvd and we've watched this one more than once, I think. Some underhanded business dealings, impersonation, and a murder. Poor Ken. He didn't deserve it. Sometimes the victim clearly has it coming; Ken didn't.
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Bought a bunch of books today, many of which are preorders, including this:

A Delicate Truth: A Novel: John le Carre: 9780670014897: Amazon.com: Books

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Cleopatra: A Life - Stacy Schiff

Pretty good. I've been meaning to read about Cleopatra for a while because even though she has the reputation of being an enthralling beauty with a wild sex life, she was also known for being an intelligent strong woman.

This book is considered to be a good first step in learning about her, plus Caesar and Mark Antony, and it was. Schiff points out something very poignant at the beginning - no written letter or description of Cleopatra survives, except Roman propaganda. So all that we can do now is examine the propaganda, look at the evidence and analyze who Cleopatra really was.

The downside to this book is that the paragraphs were quite long, and Schiff really went overboard describing how beautiful the city of Alexandria was. Yes, it certainly was a beautiful place and it's sad that it's underwater now, but enough of the gushing.
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So I started the second book from Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. Not really sure why. I ended up being incredibly lukewarm on the first one by the time I finished it. Like nsw said, it was ok. It was too ok, too solid in its mediocrity that I'm not really sure why I feel compelled to go on with the series. Even with the impending war the union is facing from both the north and south, the geography seems so poorly fleshed out. Very rarely can I not distinctly picture a setting and its overall map as I'm reading, often making up my own details in absence of--and then as they're filled in, I sometimes get annoyed when mine are wrong and I have to start imagining things looking a different way, but that's another story. I was originally chalking it up to a slow pace, that the novel was just taking its sweet time in setting the stage, getting all the plot ducks in a row, and introducing the major characters. And there are two major examples in the first 50 pages of Before They are Hanged (on a side note, if the hang/hung grammar had been otherwise in the title, I wouldn't go near the thing with a stolen pair of eyes) that sort of redeem a lot of the vague geography for me. But I'm not really sold on the books yet, they're still just merely ok.
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Just finished "Wool" by Hugh Howley. Yet another dystopian or post apocalypse book strongly recommended to me that had a semi promising premise but fell flat. Everyone is 2 dimensional, the same phrases are used over and over again, zero nuance to be found anywhere, etc. Apparently Howley wrote this over many years, during his lunch break while working at a bookstore. He then self published over the Internet, people latched on, buzz began, publishing company swooped in, movie rights were optioned, etc. So that's a nice success story, just wish the book were actually good. Oh well.

350 pages into "Taiko" and also about to start "The World at Night" by Alan Furst, the 4th book in The Night Soldiers series.
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Guess who finally finished Atlas Shrugged today! Yeah!

It actually got pretty exciting, barring the odd 60-page speech. OK, there was just one 60-page speech, but that was more than enough. Otherwise, the last two-thirds of the book were really good; the first third was really slow.

Poor Eddie Willers.

I'm not even going to get into the philosophical stuff here. That's another book in itself.

I'm going to read a short book about dragons now! Or maybe some Michael Crichton. And I think I earned a piece of cake or something. Where's my prize???
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I warned you about that speech. Glad you finished, though.

Your prize is that randians will embrace you now, whereas Rand haters will now despise you. Enjoy.
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Guess who finally finished Atlas Shrugged today! Yeah!

It actually got pretty exciting, barring the odd 60-page speech. OK, there was just one 60-page speech, but that was more than enough. Otherwise, the last two-thirds of the book were really good; the first third was really slow.

Poor Eddie Willers.

I'm not even going to get into the philosophical stuff here. That's another book in itself.

I'm going to read a short book about dragons now! Or maybe some Michael Crichton. And I think I earned a piece of cake or something. Where's my prize???


There you go!

Really, I'm amazed at anyone who can read a 1000 page book and not get tired.
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There you go!

Really, I'm amazed at anyone who can read a 1000 page book and not get tired.
Not singling you out here but I've never understood that sentiment. What's the difference between one 1,000 page book and three 333 page books? I mean, I get that tons of people are scared off by long books but I don't understand why, especially if it's good. If anything, a lengthier book is a preference for me, it allows for greater character development and I get to live in that world all the longer. BUT THAT'S JUST ME.
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Not singling you out here but I've never understood that sentiment. What's the difference between one 1,000 page book and three 333 page books? I mean, I get that tons of people are scared off by long books but I don't understand why, especially if it's good. If anything, a lengthier book is a preference for me, it allows for greater character development and I get to live in that world all the longer. BUT THAT'S JUST ME.
The last time I read a 1000 page book was Anne Rice's The Witching Hour - that was back in high school. Since then, I haven't found anything worth all those pages.
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I used to dread the giant books because I'd get sick of slogging them around! Ha.

Kind of a moot point now with the Kindle, but I've been slogging around a lot of hardcover books from the library the past few months, and sometimes I'm dismayed when I pick it up from the library and see it's a big-ol' heavy-ass book.

But if it's something I want to read, I'm certainly going to read it.
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The last time I read a 1000 page book was Anne Rice's The Witching Hour - that was back in high school. Since then, I haven't found anything worth all those pages.
Which 1000 page books have you read and found unworthy? And if the answer is "none" then this is a silly conversation. To each their own of course, but yeah, this just makes zero sense to me.
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