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Today: some short stories by Manly Wade Wellman in a very limited (small press) edition; I like them quite a bit, they very well relate that American backwoods-feeling that I have already encountered in the works of some other writers such as H.P.Lovecraft, but here it is enriched by more 'conventional' tales of sorcery, black magic and mystery and mixed with a good modicum of antiquated Christian ethics, but written in a good, honest and straight-forward fashion that I am enjoying quite a lot!
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^ I enjoyed very much Arendt's insights on the bureaucratic, modern 'banalities of evil' as exemplified by the Eichmann trial...I sometime should buy that volume about Totalitarianism, too. She is a good philosopher but of course doesn't come close to her boyfriend.
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"Lee: The Last Years" by Charles Bracelen Flood
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Trying to get through some of the dozens of books I bought on a literary frenzy I had last summer and decided I would try to get back into it with some shorter works. Currently getting through Carson McCullers's complete short stories and about to start on Beckett's dramas.
post #3366 of 5622
just finished this and Then we came to the end. loved both.

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The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. It just came out in January and I think this is the closest I have ever read a book in relation to when it was first published. I heard a review and interview with the author on NPR and it made me want to get it immediately... that's never happened to me before.

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I'm working on: The Great Gatsby Eat Pray Love (my wife has been trying to get me to read this for a WHILE) Why We're Liberals by Eric Alterman and at least one other one. Recently finished When You are Engulfed in Flames and I'm trying to prepare for an extensive reading path starting with selected classics and working all the way through the modern day with an emphasis on the essential readings on philosophy, politics, economics, literature, and religion.
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I just finished The Upside of Irrationality
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Nearly finished Dostoyevsky, The Idiot.
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Did not finish On The Road. I just don't get what all the fuzz is about.

Now, Desert by Le Clezio.
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Currently reading David Peace's The Damned Utd, so far the best book I've read all year.

Also working my way through Man in High Castle from the umpteenth time.
Interested in reading Buford's Among the Thugs once I finish The Damned Utd, as I'm on an ridiculous football kick.
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Currently reading David Peace's The Damned Utd, so far the best book I've read all year.

Also working my way through Man in High Castle from the umpteenth time.
Interested in reading Buford's Among the Thugs once I finish The Damned Utd, as I'm on an ridiculous football kick.

Among the Thugs is first-rate.
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just finished:

coming into the country - john mcphee
the first fish - john mcphee

working on:

macbeth
symbols and the interpretations of dreams - jung

up next:

midnight's children - rushdie
the wind-up bird chronicles - murakami
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Just picked it up from the library.
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Im reluctantly finishing up The Passage. 150 pages in, I was rapt and ready to call it the best pot-boiler in recent memory. Unfortunately the storyline does a complete 180 about a quarter of the way through the book, and strangely the quality-writing seems to disappear at the same time as the quality plot.

I guess I'd still recomend it for fans of the vampire apocalypse...

What an incredibly over-hyped book, huh? The first third was awesome, the last two-thirds were some of the shittiest writing ever. I found myself skipping 5-10 pages at a time and missing absolutely nothing. I could write a book on how bad this book is. Sorry for the length, but I've been holding this in a while. I was so irritated that the book never got better. No spoiler alerts, because I don't want any of you to actually buy this book. You'll thank me.

I can see why it was so bad. The author finished the first third of the book and his agent began shopping it around. Ridley Scott bought the rights, and wanted a trilogy. So, the author had to drag out the book, leaving:

1. Ridiculous action scenes that make no sense whatsoever. The train scene? A previously killed Bad Guy pops up (OOGA BOOGA!!!) out of some grate and fires a gun at our hero. Marginally important but likeable character throws himself in front of the bullet and dies in the hero's arms. Bad Guy get immediately slaughtered.
Extra asks "hey, how'd that guy survive a shotgun blast to the head?"
Expositive Old Guy - "he's a familiar, we've seen a few of them" This is the first and last mention in the entire book of "familiars."

2. Boring as shit characters. Can you name a single distinguishing trait of any of the characters? A few of them had black sounding names, that's about all we know of them.

3. Innumerable plotholes. Scan the Amazon fan discussion board. It's hundreds of sheep saying how they loved the book and then asking "but something I didn't get is how......"

4. Awful language - one chapter has eight uses of the word "thrumming"

5. The Amy character makes absolutely no sense.

6. The "ending" - one sentence in a "report" telling us that everyone in Texas died. Yeah, some peasants in a village held off the vampires for a century, but a massive military force behind an entrenched fortress can't?
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