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fav book you read this year?
 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-26 17:26 [#02631638]
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for me it was the 'remembrance of earth's past' series,
better known as the Three Body Problem series, after the
first book

honorable mentions are Destination: Void, by Frank Herbert
and Parable of the Talents, by Octavia E. Butler

these happen to be my most recently read books, so take this
with a grain of salt, really


 

offline RussellDust on 2023-12-26 17:32 [#02631641]
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The complete works of Yoshiharu Tsuge


 

offline obara from Aalsmeer on 2023-12-26 20:29 [#02631649]
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Do you have a good "imagination skill" ? These days when I
think I read Lord Of The Rings, Silmarillion, Hobbit back in
my kid/youth days I think: why ? I know it helped my English
vocabulary and the language knowledge, but.....My
imagination is not so great, when I speak to my friends and
compare their experiences when reading books.

I still like to buy sci-fi oriented paper magazines cause
they still come out, people still write, and write amazing
imagination/thought provoking stuff, but I feel kind of
disabled compared to my mates with "huge imagination" lol.


 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-27 00:07 [#02631654]
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i guess so

i wonder whether it goes away with age a bit. that's what
i'm thinking now

like instead of reading, i've been filling Goodreads with
what i've *read*. Amy average rating now is 4.5 stars. which
means i've scored LOTR very low, with 3 stars. i don't like
it and maybe it's also written not well for imagination.
(mind you that 3 booby problem isn't written good, but
that's more for the characters)


 

offline Wolfslice from Bay Area, CA (United States) on 2023-12-27 00:35 [#02631662]
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my mom bought me charlie kaufman's Antkind for christmas.
Because I enjoyed "I'm thinking of ending things" so much
and hadn't read it.

but I think it came out a few years ago.


 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-27 00:38 [#02631663]
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because i don't think i read any book that came out this
year, that isn't a prerequisite for this topic


 

offline Wolfslice from Bay Area, CA (United States) on 2023-12-27 00:39 [#02631664]
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gotcha.

I also re-read stephen king's Desperation and The
Regulators.

Don't think I actually read anything else this year, sadly.


 

offline RussellDust on 2023-12-31 09:51 [#02631777]
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I’m reading Klara and the Sun. It’s rather delightful.
Something about the prose deeply relaxes me.


 

offline RussellDust on 2023-12-31 09:53 [#02631778]
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Also reading 2001: night stories

I think it’s just called 2001: stories in English.
Hard sci fi, beautifully drawn.


 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-31 10:04 [#02631780]
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i've read that one this year, too!

the prose kind of reminds me of Atwood.


 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-31 10:05 [#02631781]
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link? curious to see this


 

offline big from lsg on 2023-12-31 10:09 [#02631783]
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it's from the same writer that wrote remains of the day


 

offline Combo from Sex on 2024-01-21 13:35 [#02632090]
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Last year I read "Middlemarch" by George Eliot and "Great
Expectations" by Dickens and I loved them.

English isn't my mothertongue and each book took me around 6
months to finish. But it was worth it.


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-01-22 15:54 [#02632108]
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Oval, by Elvia Wilk, was a very fun mess of things


 

offline Portnoy on 2024-02-13 14:05 [#02632559]
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I’m a bit late to the party.. but…

The pearl
John Steinbeck

People are awful; this book is a beautiful illustration of
that.

The other Steinbecks I read are also good at pointing out
how awful people are.

I could be missing the point but that’s what I see.


 

offline kei9 from Argentina on 2024-02-14 05:30 [#02632584]
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ive been reading schopenhauer's the world as will and
representation quite a lot almost a year in now

also plato, but more because i like the greeks and also to
understand christians whom steal bit by bit from phedon
(except for the reincarnation skit, that was a bit too much
for the jewish)


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:13 [#02632611]
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everyone should read Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5 is one of the best books

only read Siren's of Titan, that was the first one I read,
actually. have other ones of him as well, though


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:16 [#02632612]
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this comment inspired by Portnoy. people are awful, but i
agree with Vonnegut's approach of just bemusingly smiling at
them (kind of like you're a Tralfamadorian; or they
represent actually extracting yourself from society, which
doesn't help to much?)


 

offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2024-02-16 09:17 [#02632613]
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read cat's cradle next biggie, vonnegut is so good


 

offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2024-02-16 09:18 [#02632614]
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timequake too


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:28 [#02632617]
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i do have that one (played piano being the other one? can't
find it atm)


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:40 [#02632618]
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Children of Time is my favorite now

it's pretty hard scifi, but has thoughts on the human
condition as well. Tchaikovsky appreciates animals animals
very much, i love it


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-16 09:46 [#02632619]
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'animal animals' unintentional, but yeah the boundaries
between human and animal animals gets blurred


 

offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2024-02-16 20:28 [#02632635]
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Last London - Iaian Sinclair (not Clive Sinclair's
brother?)
he's about 80 now by the looks and still doing like 10
mile walks around London....
walking good.
i still don't understand what 'psychogeography' is, but it
seems more interesting than georgraphy apart from actual
maps which are cool ofc cos autism. whatever it is it seems
more like the way that I and everyone i know approach places
than... just lines on a map or whatever.


 

offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2024-02-16 20:36 [#02632636]
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>>>Clive Sinclair's brother
could be tho, has same DOME, 'spect


 

offline Monoid from one source all things depend on 2024-02-17 10:04 [#02632652]
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For years now, I can only read non-fiction books. I have no
idea why. Somehow, fictional content doesn't interest me
anymore. What did I read last year? Actually, a bunch of
books on music production.


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-17 10:37 [#02632653]
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i've had that phase. but now i'm like: fiction is a good
medium to talk about reality in. also because the nonfiction
i liked is written like fiction, like literary stuff. kind
of like how reality tv is heavily edited and scripted as
well


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-17 12:56 [#02632658]
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reading books on music production is a cool past time, of
course


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-02-19 02:29 [#02632681]
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i'm currently reading the turner diaries (it's not very
good)


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-19 08:14 [#02632683]
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well good, i guess, that it's not very good

this was the video that got me into jenny nicholson:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qMgMr0JcYJ4

about just a lame anti woke book, not literal fascist


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-19 08:22 [#02632685]
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or literal fascist in that the writer would totally be an
authoritarian (yes, that's not fascism. but i mean he's dumb
so mostly harmless. on the other hand: many dumb people can
become dangerous)


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-19 09:54 [#02632696]
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right, now remembered thought slime actually did a video on
these diaries

forgot what it's about, though. just that it's bad and lame


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-19 10:26 [#02632697]
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this seems off topic, though. i'm reporting you to
phobiazero, just to be sure


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-02-19 13:39 [#02632704]
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thank you, i accept the responsibility


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-02-19 13:47 [#02632705]
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there is an interaction much like this in the diaries where
the protagonist is given a suicide mission as punishment for
failing to kill himself and letting the feds capture him and
torture information out of him (he gets a metal rod inserted
in his rectum), and he goes thank you for the opportunity
it's all written in the same flat tone whether it's
recalling his torture and incarceration or hooking up with
his girlfriend ("nature took its course")
so he mostly comes across as pathetic and aimless
the book's strangely coy about its ideology but there sure
are a lot of intricate depictions of bomb making!


 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-19 16:19 [#02632708]
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maybe i'll read it some day

i read starship troopers, though. so i have street cred when
it comes to questionable fashy books


 

offline Roger Wilco from Mo's Beans on 2024-02-21 16:41 [#02632773]
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I'm re-re-re-re-reading Lovecraft and not just
because it's a bit racist.



 

offline big from lsg on 2024-02-22 09:51 [#02632782]
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really this thread was meant as a best of the year list for
last year. i have to point it out, though i don't mind it
being used different



 

offline Tony Danza from Fabulous Hollywood on 2024-02-22 13:38 [#02632787]
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I'm reading Revelations in Black by Carl Jacobi. Not on the
same level as Lovecraft, but from the same era, and
effective well crafted pulpy horror from the same Weird
Tales - Arkham House milieu. I read his story The Last Drive
when I was a kid, re-read it recently, and it's just as good
as I remembered. A perfect example of an atmospheric horror
story stripped down to its essential elements.


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2024-02-22 16:08 [#02632789]
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well i mentioned Oval and i think some of you would get a
real kick out of that book so you should read it!!


 


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