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text 2019-03-27 20:38
Seven Books I Need to F^(*!ng Finish Already
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
The Eight - Katherine Neville
The Alchemaster's Apprentice (Zamonia, #5) - Walter Moers,John Brownjohn
Brittle Innings - Michael Bishop
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

I am not ADHD or anything, but I sometimes see a shiny before I finish a book, even ones I like, and don't get back to it. Happens to most readers, I think. So here are a few, some I first opened years ago. All novels this time out, because collections and anthologies can be returned to at any time without issue (except reviewing).

 

1. Name of The Rose, Umberto Eco

 

This is ridiculous. I've been reading it, off and on, for about five years. It's long, dense, and translated, mostly. There are still chunks of Latin, as well as religious jargon and lore. But the prose is gorgeous, and the combination of books, monastic life, and murder keep bringing me back.

 

2. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry

 

There aren't a lot of 1,000 page Westerns out there, and this is probably the only one to ever win a Pulitzer. Beautifully written without being showy, but it takes a good while to get going. Still, I miss the characters.

 

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

 

Okay, a lot of these are doorstops, and this is another with seriously dense, intricate prose. The Victorian England setting also ensures many of the well-to-do characters are stuffy and dry. Still, the magic theory and use of Faery, along with Norrell's cantankerousness, are big draws for me.

 

4. The Eight, Katherine Neville

 

Chess, computer programming, and DNA are the cornerstones of this one, and it is fascinating. The characters are a little dull sometimes, and there are some doldrums that set in, but the story is intriguing enough that I need to find my way back.

 

5. The Alchemaster's Apprentice, Walter Moers

 

One of Moers's Zamonia novels, this one about a cat-like creature being fattened up for it's magical lard by an evil genius and learning alchemy while trying to escape. Fun, but a little too cutesy sometimes. Still, the flat-out weirdness and nifty lead, as well as my love for the author, keep scratching at the back of my brain.

 

6. Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop

 

SF/Horror with a golem, kinda, playing baseball in the Forties. He is, of course, a power hitter, but also a great fielder. It sounds perfect for me, yeah? The rub comes from the ineffectual narrator and rape as a major plot point. I tend to avoid that. But the core concept is still awesome.

 

7. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson

 

This is a different kind of thing. The book is second in a popular series, and quite good. The magic systems are deep, the story clever and twisty, and the characters are almost all engaging. I didn't stop because of the book itself, or even because of a shiny. It's because I saw Sanderson in an interview and disliked him terribly. A pompous, superior and mean-spirited if that hour was anything to go by. Still, I believe you should separate the art from the artist in most cases. He hasn't done anything to except him from that, and I didn't stop reading Harlan Ellison or Piers Anthony because they were jerks, and the books really good, so I need to just get over it.

 

That's the list. What books are crying out for you to come back?

Bye!

 

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text 2018-09-14 14:40
BOORING
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

alright, my edition has over 1000 pages. It is sooo long! For some reason, these people are amazed at how much money they have, which is pretty ridiculous. I hope the mini series from the BBC is better. The potential fell flat. 

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text 2017-11-06 14:41
Square 9 Task
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf. Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page. Post your results.

 

"Stone leaves and herbs quivered and shook as if tossed in the breeze and some of them so far emulated their vegetable counterparts as to grow."

 

I'm not saying what the question was, but this would be a weird answer, regardless.

 

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url 2017-03-27 16:49
10 [Science Fiction] Books You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
Dune - Frank Herbert
Foundation (Foundation, #1) - Isaac Asimov
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
1984 - George Orwell
Last and First Men and Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon
The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Source: io9.gizmodo.com/5924625/10-science-fiction-novels-you-pretend-to-have-read-and-why-you-should-actually-read-them
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text 2017-02-02 22:01
U.S. Kindle Sale: Miscellaneous
Still Life - Louise Penny
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie
N or M? - Agatha Christie
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Currently $1.99: Grant Takes Command, by Bruce Catton.  Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. Dirk Gently's Detective Agency & The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (one volume), by Douglas Adams.  The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie.  Want to read Christie in French?  They have several French editions of her novels, including Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, for sale at $1.99 each.

 

Currently $2.99: Still Life and A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny (the first two books in her Inspector Gamache series).  N or M? by Agatha Christie.  Bare Bones, by Kathy Reichs.

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