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What book are you reading?
« on: 06 Apr 2020, 21:41 »
If there already is such a thread, please unite this with it :)

As for myself, I am reading Ubik, by P.K. Dick.

I am generally focused on niche writing (symbolism/allegory), and rarely go over the ww2 mark... But K. Dick is somewhat of a variation of Borges, albeit in different scope (and very different personality), so I have read a few of his works.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #1 on: 06 Apr 2020, 22:11 »
In Germany, we have a publisher that specialises in very cheap, low quality (thin paper, no proper cover, small, doesn't survive reading more than two times) editions of classic (mostly german) literature, usually used in schools because they are so cheap. When my mother stopped teaching, I "inherited" a whole collection of them and for half a year now I've been reading one after the other. Currently, I'm reading Immensee by Theodor Storm.

In general, I prefer fantasy, light reading to distrect myself from the world.

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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #2 on: 06 Apr 2020, 23:23 »
In Germany, we have a publisher that specialises in very cheap, low quality (thin paper, no proper cover, small, doesn't survive reading more than two times) editions of classic (mostly german) literature, usually used in schools because they are so cheap. When my mother stopped teaching, I "inherited" a whole collection of them and for half a year now I've been reading one after the other. Currently, I'm reading Immensee by Theodor Storm.

In general, I prefer fantasy, light reading to distrect myself from the world.



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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #3 on: 07 Apr 2020, 20:24 »
Oh wow I haven't heard Erlkonig in a very long time. Every time I hear it I can't help but hope it ends differently. :~(

I posted this to another group, but I'm reading one of the Discworld entries.

(Cool idea for a thread, KyriakosCH. ;))

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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #4 on: 07 Apr 2020, 21:20 »
Thanks :)

Of what I have read from Goethe, it is my favorite. But I can't read him from the german text, so I have to suppose it was why I didn't like Faust (part 1) much, other that some scenes.

I now read Ubik. It is interesting, but I can't say I liked it that much. Same deal with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Maybe because, unlike with Borges, there isn't any center of the labyrinth.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #5 on: 07 Apr 2020, 21:37 »
I haven't found it in traditional printed form, but I've read most of the short stories that make up The King in Yellow via Wikisource, and hope to get around to read the last of them during Easter.

Quite atmospheric, and they have stood the test of time well. Anyone fond of the works of Edgar Allan Poe should read them.


Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #6 on: 08 Apr 2020, 01:55 »
I haven't found it in traditional printed form, but I've read most of the short stories that make up The King in Yellow via Wikisource, and hope to get around to read the last of them during Easter.

Quite atmospheric, and they have stood the test of time well. Anyone fond of the works of Edgar Allan Poe should read them.

Thank you for reminding, I was planning to read this at some point, so why not now :).

Coincidentaly I only learnt about this book recently (or maybe remembered again after a long time, it's hard to tell), after listening to this piece on youtube (although it's a Lovecraft-inspired rather than based on original):
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #7 on: 08 Apr 2020, 01:58 »
^I have read a couple of the King in Yellow stories. Including the main one (with the casket carrying car and the watchman of the graveyard).
I read those years ago and I recall that while the central idea (the book, the yellow sign etc) was cool, the actual story was imo rather underwhelming.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #8 on: 08 Apr 2020, 09:42 »
^I have read a couple of the King in Yellow stories. Including the main one (with the casket carrying car and the watchman of the graveyard).
I read those years ago and I recall that while the central idea (the book, the yellow sign etc) was cool, the actual story was imo rather underwhelming.
Yeah, while I can see the influence and similarities to Lovecraft's writing, I'd say the stories I've read so far feels more like poetic dramas
with supernatural elements to them rather than the cosmic horror the titular King in Yellow have been associated with in pop culture,
which would certainly be disappointing for a reader hoping for Lovecraftian horror.


Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #9 on: 08 Apr 2020, 10:04 »
My favourite part of The King in Yellow is the collection of short prose "poems"/fragments titled The Prophets' Paradise. They are so creepy and evocative that the actual stories pale (hehe) in comparison. Actually, there is a small reference/homage to this section in If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers: https://twitter.com/deadidlegames/status/1204425833026347010 ;)

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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #10 on: 08 Apr 2020, 14:37 »
My favourite part of The King in Yellow is the collection of short prose "poems"/fragments titled The Prophets' Paradise. They are so creepy and evocative that the actual stories pale (hehe) in comparison. Actually, there is a small reference/homage to this section in If On A Winter's Night, Four Travelers: https://twitter.com/deadidlegames/status/1204425833026347010 ;)


Indeed, and it's all the more impressive that most of the poems manage to do so while being very symmetrical in structure and repeating the same phrases in a way that really makes you ponder the meaning of the very words.


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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #11 on: 08 Apr 2020, 15:09 »
Just finished re-reading (for the fifth time) "Boy's Life" by Robert R. McCammon, who is better known for deliberate (and fun) sci-fi schlock like "Stinger" and "Swan Song".

"Boy's Life" (nothing to do with the Robert DeNiro movie "A Boy's Life") is a wonderful book about the magic of life in a 1960's American small town seen through the eyes of a 12 year old boy. In the town of "Zephyr" everything that we believed in and wished was real as children, even the stuff that scared us, is real. "Old Moses", the local legend monster that lives in the river, exists, the Voodoo queen "The Lady" and her husband "The Moonman" have magical powers, and the ghost of a tragic hotrodder still drives his car along the twists and turns of the out-of-town backroads around October, to mention just a few of the many, many subplots. Despite the story wandering through so many little stories, everything is perfectly tied together in the finale of the central plot, which is a murder investigation with the feel of a Hardy Boys novel. Of course, such a story would not be complete without the "coming of age" and "losing the innocence of childhood" theme, which is handled perfectly.

One of my favorite books of all time, which I have dreamed of turning into an adventure game many times but the sheer work of doing so is just too daunting.

I'm amazed that there isn't a movie. Right now would be the perfect time, with nostalgia being a huge seller.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #12 on: 13 Apr 2020, 18:24 »

Uh, have I post only books translated in english? I mostly read italian writers.

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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #13 on: 13 Apr 2020, 19:15 »
^You can post about any writer.

I am thinking of reading Foucault's Pendulum, in english. I once tried reading it in greek, but the first chapter was very boring. I generally know the plot too, but it may be interesting :)

Edit: And so I started reading it. Currently read 1/10.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #14 on: 15 Apr 2020, 22:14 »
Hm, now read 90 of 309 pages of Foucault's pendulum. Will read the whole book. It is quite slow in its development, and can't say I am enthusiastic about the actual way of development, but since I now more or less the plot I will keep reading :)
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #15 on: 16 Apr 2020, 08:04 »
Hm, now read 90 of 309 pages of Foucault's pendulum. Will read the whole book. It is quite slow in its development, and can't say I am enthusiastic about the actual way of development, but since I now more or less the plot I will keep reading :)

I've read that... Don't want to give any spoilers but... I've read that...

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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #16 on: 16 Apr 2020, 21:52 »
I am on page 109 and would have abandoned the book if I didn't recall a friend telling me 5 years ago that she was ready to abandon it at a similar point (later on said it was the best novel she ever read).
But in my case... I am rather disgusted by Eco's writing on the brazilian adventure. :)

I have to suppose that Borges* and Kafka wouldn't have approved either. Likely neither would Pessoa.

*Borges, a writer Eco mentions a lot of times, certainly wrote far more pitiful melodramatic passages, but - to his obvious and poignant defense - almost entirely after he collapsed as a writer in the mid 50s and became a parody of what he once was. Foucault's Pendulum, on the other hand, is supposed to be Eco's greatest work, so disgust should not be as easily caused by it.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #17 on: 17 Apr 2020, 22:07 »
While I am continuing my attempt to read Eco (and still feeling disgusted), I read this nice short story by Leopold Lugones: https://www.erbzine.com/mag18/yzur.htm
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #18 on: 18 Apr 2020, 09:12 »
Half-way through now.
The more I read, the more I am surprised this is a famous book. Granted, it may still become interesting or impressive, but... most colossoi aren't really able to stand on feet of clay.

In particular I am surprised by the women in the book. They seem to be just one person, playing the same ridiculous role, which might as well have been entirely omitted.
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Re: What book are you reading?
« Reply #19 on: 18 Apr 2020, 10:20 »
Maybe wait until you're finished to give your thoughts? Liveblogging it is not, in my opinion, necessary. (I read the book a long time ago. I thought it was pretty good.)

For those who are going a little stir-crazy stuck at home, I can recommend the J.G. Ballard short story "The Enormous Space" (available in War Zone and The Complete Stories).