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text 2019-08-13 03:14
Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 818 pages.
The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nineteen Other Tales (Modern Library Classics) - Barry Menikoff,Robert Louis Stevenson

The Pavillion on the Links:

Still part of the New Arabian Nights, this is one of those "How I met my wife" adventure stories, more interesting during the mysterious first part than the beleagured on all sides second part. Fun enough, very Stevenson.

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text 2019-08-09 16:25
Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 818 pages.
The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nineteen Other Tales (Modern Library Classics) - Barry Menikoff,Robert Louis Stevenson

Dangerous and violent doings.

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text 2019-08-09 00:14
Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 818 pages.
The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nineteen Other Tales (Modern Library Classics) - Barry Menikoff,Robert Louis Stevenson

The Pavillion on the Links: The first chapter opens a mystery.

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text 2019-08-08 00:25
Reading progress update: I've read 481 out of 576 pages.
Peake's Progress: Selected Writings and Drawings - John Watney,Maeve Gilmore,Mervyn Peake

Notes for an autobiography: Peake was also born in China and grew up there! He left in 1922 so left before Ballard was born and he lived in Tienjin, not Shanghai. His early life  influenced the Gormenghast books.

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review 2019-08-06 16:40
The Big U, Neal Stephenson
The Big U - Neal Stephenson

A compelling, largely accurate satire of modern higher education that gets progressively more surreal, crazed and violent as it goes along. This was Stephenson's first published novel and you can tell - every apparently pointless chunk of bizarre exposition is actually important, the book is no longer than it needs to be, characters aren't picked up and dropped like a toddler with a toy and the "Guns make the USA Great, everybody should have one, preferably several" bullshit is at least minimally disguised and not the whole point of the story. (Btw, Stephenson, the refutation of your argument on this is splashed all across the news these last few days...I mean years...I mean decades..I mean the last century. Let's face it, reform has been over-due in your country since the end of the era of the Wild West.)

 

Anyway, the only book by this guy that I've read and thought was better was Zodiac, which manages to remain grounded in reality through-out instead of jumping the shark (or giant rat) like this does.

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