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The Books/Reading Thread

Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Matt, May 16, 2007.

  1. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    So I finished the collection of Djinn and La Maison de rendez-vous last week. La Maison is what anyone familiar with his style should come to expect and serves as a pretty fascinating precursor to his film The Blue Villa (1995) which really needs to be rescued from obscurity. Djinn was shockingly accessible. I figured it'd be one of his most dense and difficult given the whole textbook trickery but it's honestly where I'd tell newcomers to start with ARG. The sense of dislocation and narrative shifts are still there but it feels like he's holding your hand a bit along the way (there's a pun in that sentence you'll pick upon after reading). The actual grammar exercises he intended to teach with it don't become all that noticeable until later in the book in the form of repeated words and phrases and even that he does regularly in other novels.
     
  2. Einherjar86

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    Very cool--thanks. Out of curiosity, does it look like a textbook (i.e. with lessons, units, etc.) or like a conventional novel?
     
  3. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    Totally conventional.
     
  4. Oblivious Maximus

    Oblivious Maximus I am the worm

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    Got my copy of Dune today, gotta finally get into this book. Only experience to Dune is the old RTS/strategy game from forever ago..:lol: trailer looked sick. Never watched the Lynch version
     
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    I'm actually trying to re-read Dune before the film comes out. Just started last night.
     
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    did you get past book 1? is that "required"?
     
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    Nah, I never bothered with the sequels. I've heard from people I respect that they aren't as good, or really worth getting into. The first book is a self-contained story.
     
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    My review of this book can now be seen via this Mystery Scene magazine link.
     

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