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  • September 28th, 2016, 09:32 AM
    Making Conversation, by Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
  • September 25th, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Reading Brief Lives (see previous post) and The Space Machine, by Christopher Priest.
  • September 24th, 2016, 01:30 PM
    Hoo boy. A whole lot of stuff, most recently John Aubrey: My Own Life, by Ruth Scurr. An amazing biography of the author of Brief Lives, compiled from his notes and other writings, and presented as though it were a diary.
  • September 24th, 2016, 12:48 PM

    Anyone read or reading

    Arno Schmidt's "Bottom's Dream"

    Bottom's Dream by Arno Schmidt, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

    Errr..anybody using it for weightlifting ?

    1496 pages in English translation from the German and at, with a 14" spine...

    (Hoping to see B&N around this time next year...)


    A single day a la James Joyce...weighing in at 13 arguably an Edger Allan Poe fan


    PS. da DOOG rarely reads fiction and this mega-book keeps up that tradition
  • June 16th, 2016, 03:28 PM
    Buncha stuff: Jack Faust, by Michael Swanwick; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There and The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, both by Catherynne M. Valente; and Lock In, by John Scalzi.
  • June 16th, 2016, 04:58 AM
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad.

    Short, but incredible dense and dripping with metaphor. I can see why it frustrates some of the reviewers on Good Reads, but personally i find it really immersive. Looking forward to rewatching Apocalypse Now when I'm finished!
  • May 27th, 2016, 10:59 AM
    Read Voice of the Whirlwind, by Walter Jon Williams, and started Career of Evil, by "Robert Galbraith" (J.K. Rowling).
  • May 26th, 2016, 08:06 PM
    Reading the latest John Sanford: Lucas Davenport novel. It just came in yesterday. I thought I had all of The Prey series but I don't count 26 novels on that shelf.
    Extreme Prey looks great so far, an assassin plans to kill a Hillary-like candidate. (I'm on HIS side)

    I like your latest signature line, I had never seen that quote from Freud before.

  • May 21st, 2016, 11:34 AM
    Hardwired, by Walter Jon Williams, and The Missing, by Tim Gautreaux.
  • May 18th, 2016, 11:52 AM
    Also Ken MacLeod's The Corporation Wars: Dissidence.
  • May 17th, 2016, 03:16 PM
    The Whites, by Richard Price.
  • May 16th, 2016, 05:48 PM
    Just finished Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. Now reading This Census-Taker, by China Miéville.
  • May 10th, 2016, 07:39 PM
    The Real Bingo
    The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • May 9th, 2016, 04:30 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by bappy164 View Post
    "Gitanjoli" by Robindranath Tagure
    Tell us about that --perhaps with a post--someday.

    I plan on looking at the BHAGAVAD-GITA [in English] soon...

    It has this concept of Eternal Recurrence and Western (German) philosopher Friedrick Nietzsche also had a concept of Eternal Recurrence but I believe they are (almost) completely at odds.

    Only reading will tell.

  • May 8th, 2016, 07:59 PM
    Read A Deadly Shade of Gold, by John D. MacDonald (old but good). Reading Undermajordomo Minor, by Patrick deWitt.
  • April 24th, 2016, 01:39 PM
    Into Everywhere, by Paul McAuley, and My Struggle: Book Five, by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
  • April 23rd, 2016, 12:29 AM
    "Gitanjoli" by Robindranath Tagure
  • April 21st, 2016, 11:06 AM
    DOOG has done an amzing feat for which he had to call up da CaaT and even earned some praise: He read a work of fiction and said work was some 1,157 (or so) pages.

    Somewhat disappointed with ending --is that all there is?-- and feel somewhat taken in as if , well look at all the history, science etc I could have read in 1,000 plus pages and walked away smarter.

    Some great fiction leaves you smarter but I can't say that 1Q84 left me so enlightened.

    the question arises: "Why did I not stop?" There must have been something there and maybe like Hitchcock wants you wondering what is next. The quality of writing--which mentions Chekov's Law that if a gun is mentioned is has to be fired includes all manner of details that add nothing to plot or character development as the author were being paid by the word like Dickens or Dostoievski except he's neither. So leves me wondering...maybe the strange plot line..still needs editing.

    Back to non-fiction except to re-read L'Etranger and maybe other novels per Camus (Le Chute ?)..wait for a list of others...including Kissinger World Order (better than expected) and Ha-Joon Chang Economics The Users Guide i.e. political economy rather than econometrics.- Paul Johnson History of Jews..biased but brilliant at times...Julian Jaynes, Physics and Philosphy

    If I ever mentioned any before its because I read non-fiction in installments.

  • April 18th, 2016, 11:48 AM
    Byron's Don Juan (rhymes with "screw one").
  • April 16th, 2016, 04:35 PM
    Plot, place, language, social satire, and a genuine fondness for his characters. What's not to like?
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