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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6210 on: August 01, 2019, 11:38:14 PM »
Recently finished: The Arabian nights / the Husain Haddawy translation ; based on the text edited by Muhsin Mahdi ; contexts, criticism, selected and edited by Daniel Heller-Roazen (Norton Critical Edition).

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6211 on: August 02, 2019, 09:14:30 AM »
Apparently, George Steinbeck illustrated.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6212 on: August 02, 2019, 08:08:54 PM »
Kurt Vonnegut - Jailbird
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6213 on: August 05, 2019, 03:09:26 PM »
Parenting Toward the Kingdom by Philip Mamalakis
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6214 on: August 13, 2019, 06:47:26 AM »
I'm taking part in the Indie Fantasy Addicts summer challenge, so... lots of indie fantasy writers. ;D Currently on two fairytale retellings by Laura Greenwood: Betrayed (Rumpelstiltskin) and Frost's Forfeit (Snow Queen spinoff).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6215 on: August 15, 2019, 02:38:11 PM »
Mika Waltari - The Egyptian

Just found out that the local public broadcasting company offers this novel as an audio book or radio play free of charge. I believe I've read it twice or thrice and still one of the best fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended for anyone even slightly interested in historical novels.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6216 on: August 15, 2019, 02:53:50 PM »
Mika Waltari - The Egyptian

Just found out that the local public broadcasting company offers this novel as an audio book or radio play free of charge. I believe I've read it twice or thrice and still one of the best fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended for anyone even slightly interested in historical novels.

Waltari and Mary Renault were huge in Greece around 1990. I have all their novels on my Kindle queue, though I haven't got around to read them yet.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6217 on: August 15, 2019, 02:56:42 PM »
Mika Waltari - The Egyptian

Just found out that the local public broadcasting company offers this novel as an audio book or radio play free of charge. I believe I've read it twice or thrice and still one of the best fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended for anyone even slightly interested in historical novels.

Waltari and Mary Renault were huge in Greece around 1990. I have all their novels on my Kindle queue, though I haven't got around to read them yet.

How did you get your hands on those? Did Amazon have some kind of bundle of Waltari's novels?

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6218 on: August 15, 2019, 03:03:20 PM »
Mika Waltari - The Egyptian

Just found out that the local public broadcasting company offers this novel as an audio book or radio play free of charge. I believe I've read it twice or thrice and still one of the best fiction I've ever read. Highly recommended for anyone even slightly interested in historical novels.

Waltari and Mary Renault were huge in Greece around 1990. I have all their novels on my Kindle queue, though I haven't got around to read them yet.

How did you get your hands on those? Did Amazon have some kind of bundle of Waltari's novels?

The Mary Renault series was originally in text form - I think from Project Gutenberg Australia, where copyright laws are a bit different, although they did end up pulled. The Waltari ones, except for The Wanderer, I can't remember - it's been years, and when I first got a Kindle, I was watching the offers a lot more closely than I do now.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6219 on: August 18, 2019, 12:32:51 PM »
I liked 'The King Must Die.'
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6220 on: August 19, 2019, 02:26:47 PM »
The Brothers Karamazov

I forgot how much of a farce this novel is.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6221 on: August 19, 2019, 02:35:35 PM »
The Brothers Karamazov

I forgot how much of a farce this novel is.

Can you explain? I loved it.

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« Reply #6222 on: August 19, 2019, 02:49:41 PM »
I don't mean farce as a pejorative, but rather that most of the characters and situations (especially the women) are exaggerated and comical. I think The Idiot reads like a soap opera at times, but whereas The Idiot is more like a drama, The Brothers K version of soap opera is more comedic

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6223 on: August 19, 2019, 02:58:54 PM »
I don't mean farce as a pejorative, but rather that most of the characters and situations (especially the women) are exaggerated and comical. I think The Idiot reads like a soap opera at times, but whereas The Idiot is more like a drama, The Brothers K version of soap opera is more comedic

In that regard, probably not different from other literature of the time. My biggest problem with Dostoevsky's novels is that you have to plow through thirty pages of story to get to the profound philosophical gems. I thought the Brothers Karamazov was worth the struggle. But I haven't been able to make it through another Dostoevsky novel.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6224 on: August 20, 2019, 03:32:56 AM »
My biggest problem with Dostoevsky's novels is that you have to plow through thirty pages of story to get to the profound philosophical gems.

 :laugh: That's a bit amusing criticism for non-fiction.

I couldn't get through the The Brothers Karamazov mostly because the sheer amount of diminutives for all the characters. How am I supposed to know who's being who when every name is spelled differently in every page.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6225 on: August 25, 2019, 03:42:02 PM »
Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons - Watchmen

I've been meaning to get into comics for some years but never really bothered to do anything for it until a friend practically forced me to check this one. We were on a vacation in Milan on July and tried to find it from local comic stores and got weird looks every time we asked if there was anything in English. As per my stereotype apparently around there nobody reads anything in English. Gotta love Italians. Thankfully found it from a library after coming back to Finland.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6226 on: August 29, 2019, 07:50:58 PM »
The Unseen Realm by Micheal Heiser. I have not really started reading it yet (i.e. I'm two pages in). It seems like it will be interesting.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6227 on: September 09, 2019, 06:15:58 PM »


A fun garbage book.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6228 on: September 13, 2019, 09:06:04 PM »


Not supposed to come out till the 24th, but it was in my mailbox today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6229 on: September 13, 2019, 09:09:16 PM »
Nice.  :D  :laugh:
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6230 on: September 14, 2019, 05:06:28 AM »


Not supposed to come out till the 24th, but it was in my mailbox today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Not until Nov 12 here, and I'm not shelling out £20 for it anyway, but I'll be watching Marketplace after the holidays.
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