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text 2017-09-20 19:37
I have no idea what's going on
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

But I'm liking it.


Writing is also incredibly lyrical.

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review 2017-09-17 17:59
[Book Review] A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

The back of my copy in hand lists an excerpt from The New York Times review, "Angry, eloquent... a terrific story."  I can't disagree with that.  A Canticle for Leibowitz is bleak assessment of humanity in a continual cycle of self-destruction and struggle for survival, with strong themes on information literacy, morality, and anti-intellectualism.

I think I would have been far happier reading it... maybe last year.  However, it is definitely worth reading and I'm glad I got to it.

Discussion Fodder:

  • This book in many ways is about cycles and patterns.  What cycles and patterns did you notice (themes, civilization, narrative, etc)?
  • Does the Church as an archivist change the preservation and passing on of knowledge, and how does that manifest?  What are the differences between Science as a secular or as a religious practice?w
  • What do you think of the permutations of society and cultures present?  What about taboos and superstitions?  Concepts of ability and disability?
  • How do you think the understanding and conceptualizing of a past modern civilization stand?  What misconceptions and misinterpretations stand out?  What makes sense?
  • Let's talk about anti-intellectualism.  How does it resonate throughout the book, how does it resonate with real life?
  • Is the old man the same person in each part of the story?  Does he signify anything?
  • What determines right vs wrong?
Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/09/book-review-canticle-for-leibowitz.html
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text 2017-09-02 15:15
September Read: Dhalgren
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

Somehow Samuel R. Delany managed to stay under my radar for most of my life.  Reading about him and his works, I feel like the fact that I have yet to read any thing by him is absurd.

In Bellona, reality has come unglued, and a mad civilization takes root A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there . . . In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound. So begins Dhalgren , Samuel R. Delany’s masterwork, which in 1975 opened a new door for what science fiction could mean. A labyrinth of a novel, it raises questions about race, sexuality, identity, and art, but gives no easy answers, in a city that reshapes itself with each step you take.

This sounds exactly like a book I will love, and hopefully that proves true for the September Virtual Speculation pick.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-read-dhalgren.html
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text 2017-09-02 14:59
almost done
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

I'm both really enjoying and hating this read, and I definitely think that current... "politics" are tying to that dissonance.  Reads a little dry at times, but overall it's a worthwhile post-apocalyptic/post-modern civilization read.  Also, while it makes sense to have snippets of Latin interwoven, particularly for benedictions, I have no clue what any of it means and I'm never reading where I can toss it quickly into a translator.

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text 2017-08-19 20:45
Reading progress: 10%.
A Dance of Blades - David Dalglish

Lots of action, some melodrama and at 10% setting off for a road trip.  Seems like a good breaking point for today.


If you care to join the read, booklikes bookclub is here.


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