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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:12 am 


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I busted out Kesshou Seidan by Sakyo Komatsu. At 200 pages, and being a collection of short stories where the last is the title of the book, it's not too daunting. I should finish it in the next couple of days, just making the 1 year cut off. I really need to find a new J-author though.

When I was done reading Japan Sinks by him (pretty bad translation here, but I've no regrets), I picked up Silence by Shūsaku Endō, which I've had resting in my home library for about as long as the former. By a strange coincidence, I finished reading it soon before hearing the news about then-upcoming Scorsese's film adaptation. Apparently, between Japanese one and the latest, there was a Portugese* film as well.
Book (better translation this time) does not read like a material easy to adapt for the screen at all. Rather, it's practically begging for NOT doing the source material justice in a film form. Wouldn't make much sense without highlighting all the poverty and atrocities described, crucial to the character development, at a great risk of completely overshadowing the latter. Also, the epistolary form must tempt many a film director (such as Martin Scorsese of the Taxi Driver fame) into further off-screen narration, as if not yet enough harm was already made by this.

*) Reading about Os Olhos da Ásia now, its linking with Chinmoku seems to be quite loose.
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:23 am 


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been reading Keiji Nishitani's Religion and Nothingness (which I really ought to finish but I'm too hyper focused on video games like a big idiot) and probably will hop onto something like Wittgenstein's Philosophical Grammar or somethin' next...or possibly Arthur C. Clarke's Fountains of Paradise.
Tried reading the sequel to Ringworld recently, but it was trash.
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:12 am 


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BrainΦΠΦTemple wrote:
been reading Keiji Nishitani's Religion and Nothingness (which I really ought to finish but I'm too hyper focused on video games like a big idiot) and probably will hop onto something like Wittgenstein's Philosophical Grammar or somethin' next...or possibly Arthur C. Clarke's Fountains of Paradise.
Tried reading the sequel to Ringworld recently, but it was trash.


How's Ringworld (not the sequel)? I've been meaning to read that. Have you read anything Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle worked on together, The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer ?

Finished:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Likely one of the few members who hadn't read this. Thoroughly enjoyed every page. Wish I'd of read it sooner.

A Confederacy of Dunces
- "Don Quixote of the French Quarter". Follows the adventures of the highly intelligent but slothful misanthrope, Ignatius J Reilly, and his attempt at obtaining gainful employment and the array of colorful characters he meets in the process. I've read a few reviews calling A Confederacy of Dunces the literary Curb Your Enthusiasm, and that's accurate but the only distinction I would make is that Igantius hates everyone. I found myself regularly alternating between wanting to hug Ignatius and punch him in the face, often on the same page, particularly during his scribbling in his Big Chief tablets which serve as a platform to launch his volley of diatribes against contemporary society. Reviews are polarized, and I'm in the camp that found it hysterical.

currently reading:

The Illuminatus! Trilogy
- Halfway through book one. A kaleidoscope of esotericism, occultism, sex, drugs, and rock & roll all wrapped up in a succulent conspiracy theory. Incredibly entertaining, but christ the writing is irritatingly confusing at times. Narration regularly bounces between 1st and 3rd person or entirely switches characters, or species. If there was ever a body of fiction deserving of Alan Moores interpretation.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:59 pm 


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Just finished The Terror by Dan Simmons.

Just let this book about 80 pages to start (80 Simmons pages, may be a bit long) but then you're in for a tremendous trip with those guys on their frozen boats, and will not come back the same.
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
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BrainΦΠΦTemple wrote:
been reading Keiji Nishitani's Religion and Nothingness (which I really ought to finish but I'm too hyper focused on video games like a big idiot) and probably will hop onto something like Wittgenstein's Philosophical Grammar or somethin' next...or possibly Arthur C. Clarke's Fountains of Paradise.
Tried reading the sequel to Ringworld recently, but it was trash.


How's Ringworld (not the sequel)? I've been meaning to read that. Have you read anything Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle worked on together, The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer ?

Finished:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Likely one of the few members who hadn't read this. Thoroughly enjoyed every page. Wish I'd of read it sooner.

A Confederacy of Dunces
- "Don Quixote of the French Quarter". Follows the adventures of the highly intelligent but slothful misanthrope, Ignatius J Reilly, and his attempt at obtaining gainful employment and the array of colorful characters he meets in the process. I've read a few reviews calling A Confederacy of Dunces the literary Curb Your Enthusiasm, and that's accurate but the only distinction I would make is that Igantius hates everyone. I found myself regularly alternating between wanting to hug Ignatius and punch him in the face, often on the same page, particularly during his scribbling in his Big Chief tablets which serve as a platform to launch his volley of diatribes against contemporary society. Reviews are polarized, and I'm in the camp that found it hysterical.

currently reading:

The Illuminatus! Trilogy
- Halfway through book one. A kaleidoscope of esotericism, occultism, sex, drugs, and rock & roll all wrapped up in a succulent conspiracy theory. Incredibly entertaining, but christ the writing is irritatingly confusing at times. Narration regularly bounces between 1st and 3rd person or entirely switches characters, or species. If there was ever a body of fiction deserving of Alan Moores interpretation.


Ringworld is really dumpy and corny, but overall, it's a fun read. Also, I haven't read any of the collabs that Niven and Pournelle did, but The Mote in God's Eye has been one that has seemed like it might be pretty dang neato
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Ranting?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:37 am 


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Tom Sawyer is a jerk.
In honest, the last ten chapters nearly ruin Huck Finn for me. The antics of a dull boy who gets his friends into deep thick. Oh no, let's do it with prime style then. A load of truck. Cuss him. When you think the king and the duke are the biggest creeps in the adventures, hold on, no, it's the "best friend". Jump through hoops for me. Get skinned in the process. Yes, Mas Tom. Here's $40 for yo' trouble. Yes, money is magic and heals every wound. Twain takes a easy way out, protects Sawyer (Twain's persona?) and resets the ending to default. I rather let him have Jim and Huck operate a brothel in New Orleans. Away from that numbskull-village. Blame it!
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 Post subject: Re: tongueless
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Nameless by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham

What to write? I read the comic book. I'd buy the shirt. I'd ignore the movie.
Poking the fun out of smart-alecky readers with the I've-seen-it-before 'tude in the I-Age of media, there's this line further down, when the outline of the story seems clear. "IT'S LIKE THE GODDAMN 'EXORCIST' MEETS 'APOLLO 13'!". Right. No. There's a vortex of layers and references. Breaking it down to two names is violence. As is the anger of some, who might feel they're not smart enough for this. I got scared with a simple method, really. Till then I had my defenses up against the mutilations and atrocities. All it took was one page told in five panels. Depicting lab rats, the captions read like this: 1 [Friend far away.] 2 [Friend COME HOME!] [Friend!] 3 [Friend not same.] 4 [Friend sick.] 5 [All sick!] [Hide!] [Not me!]. Through the hairline fracture the horror seeped in. Nihilism is not cute. It's dread. But that's no way to deny the book its greatest trick, the underlying reverse psychology. From the mouth of the magician:
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"Basically this whole book is urging girls to rise up, slaughter the rock star superhero warrior archetype and save the world!"


I'm going for Annihilator next.
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:06 pm 


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Lately I've read a few more of Asimov's novels that fit into the greater robots/empire/foundation hypersaga, and realized that I've actually read most of it (across a couple decades maybe), which is almost 20 books.
Gotta love Asimov, though you're not forced to read eveything in there, honestly his style and charaters appear repetitive, but it's a pleasure to connect the dots of the greater subplot and see the few traits of genius holding it together.
I've read a script has been floating around forver, but honestly this is no TV material, only a cleverly condensed form would do yet that'd be too much for most writers and film makers no matter what, failure guaranteed.
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 Post subject: Re: tongueless
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Nameless by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham


Excellent! Then again, I like the guy enough to have written about, and met with him (twice, even!).

I would suggest the bald bastard's early works, if you are not acquainted with them: Zenith, the 2000 A.D. stories, and of course Animal Man and Doom Patrol. I would add his Vertigo material too (The Filfth, in particular) but those are more polished but at the same time less genuine and brimming with wild, atomic-powered ideas thrown at the reader with no care about processing abilities and decency of imagination. Doom Patrol's run, in particular, is at the same time "standard J. Kirby's hero" fare (i.e. super, yes; heroes, sort of; with huge burdens, quite so) mixed with enough ideas and references to beg for a breather after reading each issue. Actually, the series does not feature references, but proper uses of ideas taken from one domain (say, recursion, alliteration, phantom limb hallucinations, talking monkeys, Belgian sit-coms) and plugged into the series as proper narrative themes ("tropes", if you wish). One thing is having one character citing Borges; another is using his ideas for a genuine story arc with a few punches in between (and there's Flex Mentallo and Danny the Street! Instant win!).

These days Grant Morrison (TM) has become a fairly mainstream guy, but Grant Morrison (the chief) has steered Heavy Metal into the right direction. His stories and editorials on the magazine are glorious: those who would gawk in horror at Savage Sword of Christ should be denied even the comfort of plain water, I dare say!
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:21 pm 


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Just finished the second First Law book. Character development was pretty great, i think. Glokta still the best.
I'll take on the third book sometime soon, i hope.

Almost two and a half years later, here I am starting it. :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading?
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Around 2002-2003, when I was 22-23, I decided to select a few SF authors and works that I had to explore at a later stage, when the scarcity of good works would/could have become an issue.


I am currently loving Iain M. Banks' books, and even enjoying his "plain" fiction work as Iain Banks.

I am then finding Robinson's Mars trilogy overall interesting but problematic in the way it uses (national, cultural) stereotypes instead of characters. Interesting bit: Border Down was clearly inspired by this trilogy (e.g. the city with the orbital elevator, in the game and in the books, is called "Sheffield").

I have a lot of works on the backbone (say, the whole Dune soap opera, almost every book by Neal Stephenson), but I am getting too old and easy to be trolled by games. I hope not to finish my reading list too soon :lol:
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