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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
     
  6. Einherjar86

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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"?
     
  8. Einherjar86

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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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    Just recently finished Marieke Lucas Rijneveld's The Discomfort of Evening. I don't wanna hype this too much, as it's probably not everyone's cup of tea; but I thought it was an absolutely gorgeous and disturbing read. The narrator is one of four siblings on a Reformist Dutch dairy farm. Needless to say, gothic queasiness ensues. I'd recommend it for those fans of Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, and other varieties of modernist gothic writing. It's distinct from works by those writers, though. There's more outright horror here, mostly horror at the prospect of being a biological body (lots of anxieties about infection, contagion, decomposition, etc.--one major plot point involves an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among cattle). The narrator on more than one occasion fantasizes about being able to take off their body like a piece of clothing. Oh yeah, and there's sexual depravity galore, bordering on incest. Not what you'd expect from a highly religious farming family.

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    Just starting this book by Hugh Raffles. It's ostensibly a memoir about the death of his two sisters, but more accurately its a retrospective through processes of deep time and geological formation. I'm psyched.

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    Dune hit for me like Star Wars. Probably good in its day but a drag now. Also triggered me a bit for the time I wasted back in the day reading Terry Goodkind.
     
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    the dune movie release date got delayed by 10 months lol
     
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    I finished it a while ago but only just now got around to writing up my thoughts on the Kyle Mills thriller Total Power.

    Last night I finished reading the new Maddie Day Country Store mystery Candy Slain Murder. It came after I met the author at a local bookstore earlier in the afternoon (properly distanced and masked of course). I'm a big fan no doubt but the book was phenomenal! My thoughts on the book can be seen via this Goodreads.com link.
     
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    I've been re-reading it for the film release, and find the prose way less palatable than I remember. The roaming free indirect style is jarring, and the didactic tone of characters' interior thoughts feels wrong.

    Still a pretty awesome story though. And more complex than Star Wars ever was.

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    Vegard Pompey ALLY TO GOOD, NIGHTMARE TO YOU

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    Dune is a masterpiece.
     
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    Dak's main problem with fiction is that it's fiction.

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    Mostly true although I'm still fitting in a little bit of the Black Library for super light reading. I enjoy world-building as far as it goes, but so much of fiction is hamfistedly bad and/or alternately trying too hard. Of course, it must be noted that "non-fiction" is in the most significant part still fiction.
     
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    I've read the prequel books written by Frank's son after he died
    Those were awesome
     
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