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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
Kurt Vonnegut - Deadeye Dick
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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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Re: What is everyone reading?
« 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.