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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:37 pm

I should read a book.

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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:44 pm

'Walden' is interesting, but I don't know that I'm enjoying it. Like, I've got other books lined up that I think I'd rather be reading.
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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:12 pm

...alright, 'Walden' friggin sucks and is boring. Like, I read books fifteen minutes at a time at my store in order to energise myself--------'Walden' just exudes smugness and irritates me, and I'm so sick of it I could puke coat-hangers. How is this garbagey masturbatory crap meant to hype me up?

Screw 'Walden'. I just got 'The Last Unicorn---The Lost Journey', Pete Beagle's first draft of 'The Last Unicorn'. I actually want to read this, man. I'm super psyched.
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Post by Heroine of the Dragon » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:04 pm

I read often... I just forget to keep track of the books I've read.

Let me know how The Last Unicorn is, Boo!! :D
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Post by Booyakasha » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:43 am

I'm enjoying it so far. It's similar to the proper book, naturally, but certain things are different. In the proper book, the Unicorn learns she is the last from two hunters who venture into her wood--------in this version, she learns it from a sad dragon after challenging it to single combat.

I hope this version has Molly Grue, but I'd understand if it didn't. I mean, Peter S Beagle wrote it when he was twenty, and I kind of get the feeling that writing a Molly Grue requires some bitter life experience.
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Post by steeze » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:08 am

Just read American Gods. It was okay.

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Post by Booyakasha » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:44 pm

Finished 'The Last Unicorn----The Lost Journey'. It wasn't long. Just a fragment, actually----------it's clear Pete Beagle set it aside at about the one-quarter mark. It's interesting to see what might have been, but I think the story is far better for having Schmendrick and Molly Grue, Haggard and Lir in. Mommy Fortuna and Rukh. Captain Cully and Jack Jingly.

I mean, I like a 'what might have been' same as the next man, but if 'The Lost Journey' were the real book, there probably never would have been a movie. Certainly never would have been a 'Two Hearts'. Deal-breakers.
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Post by Booyakasha » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:40 am

So I'm reading 'Norstrilia'. It's kind of the t-bone around which 'The Rediscovery of Man' was the mashed potatoes and green beans and salad and bread and all, right.

The protagonist just manipulated the stock market to become so rich he bought the planet Earth in its entirety, and then barely survived the attack of a giant mutant sparrow sent by an evil telepath. To murder him.

It's far, far less retarded than I'm sure I just made it sound.
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Post by Booyakasha » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:13 pm

'Finished 'Norstrilia'. It was really, really good. I'm glad I read 'The Rediscovery of Man' first----------otherwise I wouldn't have known what the heck was going on.

I started 'The Ballad of the White Horse' by GK Chesterton. It's an epic poem about King/Saint Alfred the Great's victory over the Danes at the Battle of Ethandune back in the ninth century. It's incredibly compelling, and the language is beautiful.
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Post by Marilink » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:01 pm

Re-read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Just as good as, if not better than I remember it.

Making my way through Goblet of Fire, but now that school has started back up, it’s slow-going.

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Post by Booyakasha » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:40 pm

So I was reading 'The Ballad of the White Horse', at the bus stop this morning, and I started crying when Eldred was slain, and then again when Marcus died. It's a sad and gorgeous poem.
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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:45 am

A lot of my normal reading time has been repurposed into learning-another-language time, but I've got some new ebooks lined up, and a stack of paperbacks still in the TBR pile. So far this year I've read Fellside by M. R. Carey, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, and started on Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

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Post by Booyakasha » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:16 am

Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds wrote:
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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
What'd you think, lamb?

I thought it was good creepy biz.

Dunno but I'll be checking out the movie. I watched the 'Half in the Bag' about it, and Mike and Jay were profoundly unimpressed. Sometimes what works in print isn't at all suited to the screen, yeah? Yeah.
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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:54 am

I really enjoyed Bird Box and read it through the night, something I've not done with a book in a looooong time. Fast, tense, the flashbacks-to-present managed the pacing very well. Not overly explained, nothing too terribly kitschy, a good sense of dread, satisfying characters, the right level of death and gore to give the threat plenty of gravity. I might get to the movie eventually, if only because Josh is so damnably proud of it (and, you know, rightly so, good on him for breaking into that level of success), but I will approach it with the knowledge that movies and books are never the same beast, and I may well not find the movie all that great (from some vague spoilers I stumbled over, I'm pretty sure I won't be keen on some of the changes added for film, but... it is what it is). But yeah, I'd be happy to recommend any thriller/horror fan read the book, absolutely. Good entertainment, that one.

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Post by Booyakasha » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:25 am

Yeah. Yeah!

Ma's an elementary school librarian. She goes to book conventions occasionally, and comes home with tote bags full of stuff people just handed to her for nothin. Lots of it is absolute faff, but sometimes you get a 'Bird Box'. It was like, you know how sometimes there's a far-in-advance screener for a movie? Ma got 'Bird Box' so far in advance that I don't think it had a UPC. I can't check (like so many of my books, it is out in Dakota, on indefinite loan to Sis, who, a mother of four, has about as much time for reading as she has for climbing Everest).
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Post by Deku Tree » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:51 pm

steeze wrote:
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Just read American Gods. It was okay.
I just started this one.

I don't read books all that often, but sometimes I'll get on a reading kick after starting a book on a plane. I just finished The Last Wish of the Witcher series. I was surprised and amused at all of the references to Disney adapted stories. Otherwise it was about what I expected having played 2 of the 3 games. The games seem to have done a good job conveying characters from the books.

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Post by steeze » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:59 am

Deku Tree wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:51 pm
steeze wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:08 am
Just read American Gods. It was okay.
I just started this one.

I don't read books all that often, but sometimes I'll get on a reading kick after starting a book on a plane. I just finished The Last Wish of the Witcher series. I was surprised and amused at all of the references to Disney adapted stories. Otherwise it was about what I expected having played 2 of the 3 games. The games seem to have done a good job conveying characters from the books.
I was going to read these at one point because I love the series. I only stayed away from it because obviously it's a translated book so some of the language and writing would be foreign and references would go over my head. How was it in that respect?

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Post by Deku Tree » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:56 am

I didn't notice any issues like that. There was some throwaway reference to some kind of creature that didn't show up in my Kindle dictionary.

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Post by steeze » Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:27 pm

Probably going to look into it then. I took a break from reading to run through the manga from Hunter X Hunter that continues after the show doesn't. My brain needed a break from reading in general.

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:43 am

So I read the first Quantum Gravity book at work. It was pretty good. Probably I'll read the rest of the trilogy by and by.
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