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Old 08-14-2016, 11:16 PM   #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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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, 09:06 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, 09:12 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, 09:56 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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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, 10:27 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, 10:15 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, 11:50 AM   #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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Old 10-02-2016, 09:14 PM   #835
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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, 04:59 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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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.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a classic in the genre, sorry you didn't enjoy it. LeCarre is a master, what an unbelievable career.

It's been a while since I've posted in here, so, just a few books I've read recently that I enjoyed a lot:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...eman-in-moscow

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...last-policeman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...4-city-on-fire

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...round-airlines

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...-a-little-life

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...efore-the-fall

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ld-fame-citrus

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...a-small-player

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10365343-zone-one

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...0-annihilation (All three books in this series were enjoyable, and I liked how they all had a bit of a different tone/feel despite being 100% related to one another)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...om_search=true (This whole series was good but this book was my favorite of the trilogy)

Also working my way through The Expanse series, finished the 4th book not too long ago.

Also, every book in the Night Soldiers series by Alan Furst has been a joy. They're slightly same-y and should probably not be read one after the other or anything like that, but they're all amazingly evocative and wry. I'm up to the 10th book in the series.
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I'm working my way through your links, but have been meaning to ask - did you read the final book in the Passage trilogy? I remember you didn't care for the second book.

I enjoyed it, but a lot of the impact was lost by having so much time between the books that I had completely forgotten what had happened (I should have done a Wikipedia recap or something first).

Before the Fall was very good, and I really enjoyed the Last Policeman series.

Annihilation started out AWESOME but lost some of its oomph in the third book for me. Zone One also very good. I recall liking Gold Fame Citrus, but I think the first half was much stronger than the second.
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I'm working my way through your links, but have been meaning to ask - did you read the final book in the Passage trilogy? I remember you didn't care for the second book.

I enjoyed it, but a lot of the impact was lost by having so much time between the books that I had completely forgotten what had happened (I should have done a Wikipedia recap or something first).

Before the Fall was very good, and I really enjoyed the Last Policeman series.

Annihilation started out AWESOME but lost some of its oomph in the third book for me. Zone One also very good. I recall liking Gold Fame Citrus, but I think the first half was much stronger than the second.
I did read the third book and your memory is accurate. I LOVED the first one and found the 2nd to be not nearly as good. However, I did enjoy the 3rd and would place it between the first two. I agree, though, the time gap and my advancing age/# of books I've read makes it hard, sometimes, to maintain momentum or even a strong recollection of all previous events. I'll usually go back and at least read a synopsis of prior books, usually, to mitigate that a bit.

Before the Fall was pretty easy reading but also insanely hard to put down. I read it because the author is the show runner for Fargo. I'm going to read his earlier books.

The Annihilation series definitely ends better than it begins but I still was digging it at the end. I think they're making the first one into a film AS WE TYPE.

Zone One I dug just a lot. I don't read a ton of zombie novels (World War Z was the one I had last prior to this one) but the way this was framed and its focus really appealed to me, and I loved it.

The author of Gold Fame Citrus also has a collection of short stories out that I read prior to this novel, really liked that book as well. I don't read a ton of short story collections but this came highly recommended and so I went for it.
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The Annihilation series definitely ends better than it begins but I still was digging it at the end. I think they're making the first one into a film AS WE TYPE.
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