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Re: Right now I'm reading

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Excession by Ian Banks. Not quite feeling the series but I'd read a couple others after recommendations that were good. Don't generally read sci fi.
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Re: Right now I'm reading

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"Last of the Breed" by Louis L'Amour
I was fan of Louis L`Amour before i stumbled on this book :(
Hard tot believe it is the same author, some stupid variant of "Rambo" with caricature Russians :)

I wish i never met this book :))

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Rereading "Class" by Paul Fussell. A great book about the US status system.
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Wild Bill wrote:
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"Last of the Breed" by Louis L'Amour
I was fan of Louis L`Amour before i stumbled on this book :(
Hard tot believe it is the same author, some stupid variant of "Rambo" with caricature Russians :)

I wish i never met this book :))
Damn Wild Bill, I remember reading that thirty years ago. I agree that it was pretty lousy.
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Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:35 pm

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Post by JimZipCode » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:59 pm

Wild Bill wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:20 am
I was fan of Louis L`Amour before...
I read a shit-ton of L'Amour when I was a teenager. Very often would re-read them over the years; the literary equivalent of a can of Pringles maybe, or a package of Girl Scout Cookies. I know they're not "good"; but sometimes they're exactly what you want.

The 10 best Louis L'Amour westerns:
(by pub date)

  • Westward the Tide (London, 1950; first US publication 1976)
  • To Tame a Land (1955)
  • The Daybreakers (1960)
  • Flint (1960) **
  • Sackett (1961) **
  • Fallon (1963)
  • The Key-Lock Man (1965)
  • Down the Long Hills (1968) — L'Amour's only Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America
  • Reilly's Luck (1970) **
  • Fair Blows the Wind (1978)

**Top 3.

I once read an interesting essay by a guy named Jon Tuska, the foreward to a collection of L'Amour's stories. L'Amour of course got his start selling stories in the pulp magazine era. Tuska said there was an episode where L'Amour committed some very basic failure of professionalism — I forget the details, but he neglected to do some routine clerical thing that would enable him to retain or extend the copyright on his published stories — and he basically lost copyright to all his stories, prematurely. This was the reason behind his huge output of slim little novels. He took each of his "long stories" and expanded it into a novel, changed some names or some plot details, and just cranked that shit out. He was sort of hurrying to reclaim his intellectual property or something. Tuska said that the original (magazine) stories usually were much better than the later novel version. I wouldn't know; but that would make sense, and it would explain the hasty/sloppy character of a lot of his writing.

But damn I have enjoyed some of his books very much.
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Consequence, by Eric Fair. He was a contractor sent to Iraq to interrogate prisoners. He worked at Abu Ghraib.
I checked this out of the library, and read the preface or intro or whatever. Was intrigued.

Then my wife stole it from me, and she's been reading it for the last week or so. She says it's good.
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JimZipCode wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:59 pm
The 10 best Louis L'Amour westerns:
(by pub date)
  • Westward the Tide (London, 1950; first US publication 1976)
  • To Tame a Land (1955)
  • The Daybreakers (1960)
  • Flint (1960) **
  • Sackett (1961) **
  • Fallon (1963)
  • The Key-Lock Man (1965)
  • Down the Long Hills (1968) — L'Amour's only Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America
  • Reilly's Luck (1970) **
  • Fair Blows the Wind (1978)
**Top 3.
Hard for me to say wich i read, because most of his books i read in Russian, and they often changed title.
For example "To Tame a Land" in russian translate was "The gunfighter."
But i surely read those
[*] To Tame a Land (1955)
[*] Flint (1960) **
[*] Sackett (1961) **
[*] Fallon (1963)
[*] Down the Long Hills (1968)
[*] Fair Blows the Wind (1978)

And lot of others in russian.

Fair Blows the Wind i read in English (ordered printed book)

I would add some others to top list, but tastes are differ :)
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But damn I have enjoyed some of his books very much.
True word! :)

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Post by Wild Bill » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:57 am

Well... shame to admit, i started "The Doom Brigade" (Dragonlance: Kang's Regiment #1).
And even more shame that i like it so far :)

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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece by Stephen Fry
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Also, just finished...

Be Fit! Or be Damned! by Percy Cerutty
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Post by JohnDoe » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:18 pm

Finished Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections' a week ago.

Just finished Cormac McCarthy's 'All the Pretty Horses' last night.

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JohnDoe wrote:
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Finished Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections' a week ago.
I liked that a lot. I fucking loved "Freedom".

Purity was amazing, but the Annabelle section was so tough to read that I dropped the book for like six months or a year. Very, very glad I finished it though. It was excellent.
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Post by JimZipCode » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:25 am

Pops by Michael Chabon. Essays on dadhood. The first one, about his fashion maven teenage son, is great.
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JimZipCode wrote:
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Finished Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections' a week ago.
I liked that a lot. I fucking loved "Freedom".

Purity was amazing, but the Annabelle section was so tough to read that I dropped the book for like six months or a year. Very, very glad I finished it though. It was excellent.
Good to know.

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The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
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Post by Sangoma » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:28 pm

Zweig is an amazing author. When I was in high school I came across the collection of his short stories. They haunted me for weeks.
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Sangoma wrote:
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Zweig is an amazing author. When I was in high school I came across the collection of his short stories. They haunted me for weeks.
You know I wish I could agree but I find him to be a terrible bore. I'm pushing on, but I won't be rushing back. I guess what makes this book worth the effort is his evocation of fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian life and the interbellum period. He writes about a lot of interesting people, unfortunately he is not one of them. He's just too hypersensitive and priggish for me.

However, if you do like Zweig and want to try an author that is of a similar era and provenance--educated Austrian Jewry--try Ludwig Bemelmans. He's best known as a children's author but he penned a lot of great adult literature. He's everything Zweig wishes he was, a painter, author, bon vivant, and profound humanist. I suggest Hotel Bemelmans as a point of departure.
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Post by Fat Cat » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:19 pm

Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert

The most unique book I have read a very long time, I will have to read it again as the first time through it's pretty overwhelming. I give this book my highest recommendation.
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Post by Bram » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:10 pm

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is an unfinished fantasy trilogy. It took me 4 tries to break free of the first 20 pages as I found it sluggish. But once I hit page 50 and the story truly begins, I have been hooked.

Nothing all that novel so far - a young hero and his trials, with his wins and losses along the way. But there's definite poetry in the telling of it.
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Post by Fat Cat » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:35 pm

^^^I have had a few reading experiences like that, where once i finally push through an initial block I love the book.
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Post by Sangoma » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:57 pm

Some books make work the whole way. Doctor Zhivago is kike that, The Mansion by Faulkner as well. The ending makes it more than worthwhile.
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Post by Sangoma » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:00 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:07 am
Sangoma wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:28 pm
Zweig is an amazing author. When I was in high school I came across the collection of his short stories. They haunted me for weeks.
You know I wish I could agree but I find him to be a terrible bore. I'm pushing on, but I won't be rushing back. I guess what makes this book worth the effort is his evocation of fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian life and the interbellum period. He writes about a lot of interesting people, unfortunately he is not one of them. He's just too hypersensitive and priggish for me.

However, if you do like Zweig and want to try an author that is of a similar era and provenance--educated Austrian Jewry--try Ludwig Bemelmans. He's best known as a children's author but he penned a lot of great adult literature. He's everything Zweig wishes he was, a painter, author, bon vivant, and profound humanist. I suggest Hotel Bemelmans as a point of departure.
Ok, I will check him out. In exchange - my offering: The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil.
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