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Old 08-15-2016, 12:16 AM   #826
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Oh fuck that book for real. Worst assigned reading in the worst class I've ever taken.

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Old 08-15-2016, 12:31 AM   #827
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I finished Half-Blood Prince recently. For the first time. The last 40 or so pages are so desperately sad.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:06 PM   #828
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I'm trying to read Moby Dick and struggling. How the fuck do people do it? Do people still read this shit? It's so fucking long and racist and not really as pertinent as I was expecting. It's mostly just the 19th century wiki article on cetaceans but without the cetacean needed joke. I'm about 250 pages in so the plot is beginning to start, but I sure hope a lot of cool whale monomania stuff happens soon.
I read it a few years ago, and half the book is the actual story, and the rest is Fun Facts About Whales (that are mostly wrong). The story itself is pretty good, but the rest can be skipped, except the chapter about making a poncho out of a whale penis; you've got to read that one.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:12 PM   #829
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Oh, and guess what! I'm several years late to the party, but the other day, I bought the 20th anniversary edition of Infinite Jest. I found it at Hastings for $12 while picking through their remains as they go bankrupt.
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:56 PM   #830
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I used to work at a Hastings when I lived in Albuquerque. Fun times.

Wish I was there so I could feed off the carcass as well.
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Old 09-11-2016, 12:16 AM   #831
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I used to work at a Hastings when I lived in Albuquerque. Fun times.

Wish I was there so I could feed off the carcass as well.
It was a popular hangout in high school and still a nice place to go just to have a leisurely browse at all the stuff. I'm going to miss it.

I once traded in a bunch of CDs for store credit and then bought a stack of books and some coffee, and I ended up spending just 10 cents for all of it. I felt like the Ultimate Shopping Champion.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:27 AM   #832
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I read the first three Song of Ice and Fire books over the summer, but now that the fall semester has started, most of what I'm reading is for the Early World Lit class I'm teaching. In the last four weeks, it's been:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Genesis
Song of Songs
The Iliad
Oedipus Rex
The poetry of Sappho
The Medea

Next week we read Plato's apology then it's on to South Asia and China.
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:15 PM   #833
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Just finished The Girl on the Train. It was one of those mystery/thrillers where you're like, hmm ok I think I know where it's all going, but there're still plenty of pages left so hopefully there's some other juicy twist left... oh wait there isn't. Wouldn't be as much of a problem if the book had something else to offer other than the central mystery, but there's really nothing else there, no compelling characters, nothing interesting to say. Could be one of the rare instances where a movie might improve on the book.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:50 PM   #834
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Yeah, I was really underwhelmed by the book - I might have just read it too late after all the hype. I even guessed whodunnit early on (and I never get that stuff right).

No interest in the movie at all.
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I just finished The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi. Good read, a dystopian mystery set in near-future. Comes together really quickly towards the end though. Pretty sudden wrap-up, but a minor critique overall.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:59 PM   #836
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I'm reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. It's really hard to follow because it's based on a lot of vague dialogue full of spy jargon. I'm trying to think of what it's about exactly, and I can't even explain that. Spies talking about things? The movie is on Netflix, so I think I'll watch that after I finish the book so I can figure out what I just read. I became interested in the author after watching The Night Manager. I hope his other books are better, because I just bought two others.
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