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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:23 am

Following the recently read The Hero, it appeared that Lee Child recently released a (very) short story entitled James Penney's New Identity. It took about 45 minutes, and the ending was quite unexpected. In my personal opinion, this one was well worth a few minutes of reading time.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by ThePossum » Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:20 am

Commander in Cheat, How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly
Reilly takes a no holds barred view of Trump.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:31 pm

For a father's day gift, my daughter gave me The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, written in 1915. I'm starting it right away.
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Re: What are you reading?

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brothers wrote:
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For a father's day gift, my daughter gave me The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, written in 1915. I'm starting it right away.
See how you feel about it in the morning!
"Je n'ai pas besoin de cette hypothèse."
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:13 pm

I had no idea what to expect. This is a 55 page 1915 comical science fiction tale, the first half of which was one of the funniest descriptions of a guy who woke up and found he had become a bug. In some places, as I imagined the antics, I was laughing so hard I couldn't see the pages. I love funny literature, which minds me of several of Mark Twain's books. This would have been a great sketch for a comedy show. The last half is just about the family of the bug guy trying to cope with it all, and how he lived under the couch, crawled on the walls and ceiling, and quickly became ill and thankfully died, putting himself and his family out of their ridiculous misery. The stupid thing about it - the paperback (including the actual book) is a whopping 194 pages of egghead philosophy that's been gathered over a hundred years. Pretentious drivel such as - what was the symbolism of a giant cockroach shouting in bug language at his panicky family, which only scared them much more. I read all 55 pages and not one more, other than scanning to see why the book is so long. I told my daughter I really enjoyed what I had read of it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by drmoss_ca » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:46 am

Undoubtedly one of Kafka's more cheerful books, but still with that awful waking-nightmare quality only he could manage.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:14 pm

I did make a mental note to check out his Amerika one of these days.

Edit: I've decided to avoid literature that makes me feel negative or distressed. For that reason I'm done with Kafka. Got plenty of that already. I do give Kafka my sincere admiration for his funny story that made me laugh to the point there were tears.
PS: I've used the wrong word - this is fantasy, not mere science fiction. Kafka must have been decades before his time.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:17 pm

Just finished Foreign Influence and will begin Full Black, both written by Brad Thor.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:24 am

a gentleman in moscow

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by TRBeck » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:29 pm

Rereading Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin, an excellent collection of essays.

Reading Who Ate the First Oyster? for some light fun pop history.

Reading Zora Neale Hurston's short stories in search of some to use with my students.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by churchilllafemme » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:22 pm

I'm rotting my mind with fantasy: When Dragons Rage (DragonCrown War Cycle) in paperback and Of Limited Loyalty (Crown Colonies series) on Adobe digital, both by Michael Stackpole.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Kyle76 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:27 am

fallingwickets wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:24 am
a gentleman in moscow

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I really enjoyed that book. Hope you do too!
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by ThePossum » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:25 am

I am reading "Commander In Cheat" How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly. Very interesting read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:02 am

Black List by Brad Thor
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:16 am

Kyle76 wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:27 am
fallingwickets wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:24 am
a gentleman in moscow

clive
I really enjoyed that book. Hope you do too!
Excellent read....ending was.....couldnt turn pages fast enough :D

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:09 am

Seeing the consensus on Gentleman in Moscow, I'm also reading this one now.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by EL Alamein » Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:17 pm

The Annals of Imperial Rome by Cornelius Tacitus.

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by John Rose » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:09 pm

John Rose wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:48 pm
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, also by Haruki Murakami.
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Still working on it.
My problem is that I don't start reading until I go to bed.
Then I fall asleep after a page or three.
That's why I like the Kobo e-reader - it remembers where I was, and shuts off after a few minutes.
It won't take my glasses off though. :(
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PS: I've used the wrong word - this is fantasy, not mere science fiction.
A useful name is "Speculative Fiction", or "SpecFic". It covers a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, etc.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:34 am

So John, isn't all fiction speculative? :D Anyway, I like it!
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