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#401 P3NGU1N

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 08:27 AM

Reading MacBeth by William Shakespeare for the fun of it. 



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Posted 25 December 2016 - 04:30 PM

Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:45 PM

Throne of Glass Series by Maas

 

One of the few series that gets better with each book. Cant wait for the next one



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:54 PM

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:33 PM

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Also reading King Lear by Shakespeare on the side at the same time.



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 02:01 PM

Just finished "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris. Should have enough time to finish another book before school starts on Tuesday



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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:55 PM

Station Eleven.



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:42 AM

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I just started this series. Read book one, book 2 and the mini book featuring the elderly vs the zombies. Really enjoyed them! Waiting for payday so I can buy the rest now  :)



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 04:23 PM

Death By Black Hole. By Neil deGrasse Tyson



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:09 PM

Paper Girls vol 2



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 05:58 PM

I'm reading 'El hogar de la Señorita Peregrine para niños peculiares' [idk the english title], i wanted to know the whole story that inspired the movie.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:11 PM

Ludo Martens' "Another View of Stalin"

 

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It's a bit hagiographical, but its one-sidedness is its virtue considering the contemporary current of popular perception.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 02:45 PM

I'm reading The Practice House. Slice of life book about a Scottish woman living in Kansas at the beginning of the Dust Bowl. Parts of it really resonate with me currently.



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 06:49 PM

Currently reading The Magician King by Lev Grossman and True Balance by Dr. Sonia Choquette.  Plus tarot, always reading tarot :p



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 06:57 PM

Currently reading The Magician King by Lev Grossman and True Balance by Dr. Sonia Choquette.  Plus tarot, always reading tarot :p

 

I'm going to demonstrate how to make a thread more interesting than just a basic bitch list of books:

Wow, Nymh, I love the Magicians series! The way they describe the casting rituals with the finger tutting and whatnot adds a great layer of depth and realism to what could otherwise have just flopped into the "Gritty Potter" rut. Whoever bought those books for you must be such a great fella'.

 

What do you think about how Quentin's personality develops across the first two books? (Or doesn't, as some contend?)



#416 Nymh

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 07:09 PM

I'm going to demonstrate how to make a thread more interesting than just a basic bitch list of books:

Wow, Nymh, I love the Magicians series! The way they describe the casting rituals with the finger tutting and whatnot adds a great layer of depth and realism to what could otherwise have just flopped into the "Gritty Potter" rut. Whoever bought those books for you must be such a great fella'.

 

What do you think about how Quentin's personality develops across the first two books? (Or doesn't, as some contend?)

 

Finger tutting is so cool, I love to practice (and I am better than you).  I should do that more.  I love seeing it in the show, that it looks as complicated and fantastic as I expect it to look.  I know this is a book thread, but I have REALLY been enjoying the show.

 

I haven't gotten to the end of the second book (again) yet, but from where I'm at right now, he seems to be coming to the understanding that his depression is fully within him.  In the first book, and the first half of the second book, he continually reaches out to things that he thinks will make him whole and happy because they are things that he loves, but every single time his depression comes crashing down on him.  So with regard to his depression, I think he's beginning to come to terms with the fact that until he sorts that out, nothing he does will make him happy.  I just don't know where he's going to go from there.

 

Otherwise, related to his personality, I would say that he has, at the point that I'm at, become increasingly reckless, careless and disconnected from his friends.  I think he's shifted from the intense grind of school to the intense grind of inner work that he's trying to figure out or distract himself from by staying busy.  But the business is much more poorly thought out than it was in the beginning - he used to be dedicated, hardworking, even somewhat ambitious, but now he just seems to be sloppily throwing himself at things like spaghetti onto a wall.  I can understand, what with the shit he's been through, but I am kind of wondering if/when he's going to snap out of it.



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:20 AM

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson 



#418 Sweeney

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:28 AM

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson


I have that on my Kindle, read it a couple of times.
Not a huge fan, to be honest (so who knows why I read it more than once?) because it's written in a very disjointed narrative style. I find the chapter where he's talking about the African warlord who is under house arrest in Queens particularly jarring.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:35 AM

I have that on my Kindle, read it a couple of times.
Not a huge fan, to be honest (so who knows why I read it more than once?) because it's written in a very disjointed narrative style. I find the chapter where he's talking about the African warlord who is under house arrest in Queens particularly jarring.

 

I'm at the part where he's at L. Ron Hubbard's house which I find interesting mainly because of all the information about Scientology that has been coming out. I agree with you about how it's written though. 



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:37 AM

I'm at the part where he's at L. Ron Hubbard's house which I find interesting mainly because of all the information about Scientology that has been coming out. I agree with you about how it's written though.


Yeah, I remember that part :) It's a really interesting read overall. That's probably why I reread it. Solved!

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 10:26 AM

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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

 

Oh, look, a clue.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 06:02 PM

Michael Parenti's "The Anti-Communist Impulse"


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It's hard to imagine it now, but since this book was written in the early seventies, when there was an ideological split between the global ruling powers -- an equalizer to an American imperialism which today goes unaccounted for (the absence of such a geopolitical pressure now giving them free reign in expansionism and genocide abroad, "austerity" at home) -- as such, the manner in which he talks about these opposing forces is discussed so casually (Soviet Union, revolutionary China, Vietnam, GDR, etc), that it's rather refreshing to see compared to contemporary (pre-revolutionary) socialist discourse and analytical methods.

In between, I'm also reading some of Brecht's plays:

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Check this out to understand Brechtian/epic theater:

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:55 AM

Taking a page out of Sweeney and Nymh's book to put a bit more substance into this. Unfortunately, I haven't an inkling about any of the recent books here so I can't quite do anything.

 

I just finished On Beauty by Zadie Smith. It's gloriously gritty (which i generally hate so it's also a shock to me).

 

It has all these interesting interactions and juxtapositions of different identities and languages. The jargon of sociopolitical against academic scholarship against street slang against sweet old lady chatter.

 

It's explores the opposing perspectives about black identity and affirmative action. Philosophizes about beauty in a way that nudges me to want to read more about these arguments but also so thick in academic jargon that it almost feels like tongue in cheek satire.

 

Finally, it's supposed to add an interesting layer of appreciation if you read Howards End. I haven't but I quite look forward to doing so and coming back to it.



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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:30 PM

I'm reading the Walking Dead comic book series...

I have the first couple books as a physical copy, but the other ones I'm reading online... don't tell the police



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Posted 20 August 2017 - 03:00 PM

The handmaiden's tale

 

fo school!




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