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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Feb 2018, 21:47

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I'm re-reading Ulysses. It's an incredible piece of work, startling in its scope. I've never read a book that mirrors thought more accurately.

I'm also bald.

I have read Ulysses, but I must admit that I basically only finished it because I'd invested so much time and effort I thought I might as well get to the end. It didn't do much for me, but that might be because I don't think like an early 20th century Irish intellectual. I sometimes think about picking it up again, but I'm not sure I ever will.

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Postby Toby » 09 Feb 2018, 22:50

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Getting time to read this in amongst Ovidian studies.

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Re: New now reading

Postby the gorton gollum » 09 Feb 2018, 23:25

What does Banana Republic even mean? It makes no sense.
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Re: New now reading

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Camilla Grebe - The Ice Beneath Her

I love Nordic crime fiction, and Sweden's Camilla Grebe is becoming one of my favourites in the field. Previous books I've read by her were written in collaboration with her sister Åsa Träff, but this is her solo debut. It's the story of a Stockholm murder told from three perspectives, all three apparently unreliable. Peter is a doleful detective who listens to Morrissey and is trying to understand this baffling case. Hanne is a retired criminal profiler who takes on the case in an attempt to keep her mind fresh, as she's aware that she's starting to suffer from memory loss. The third part of the jigsaw is narrated by Emma a few months before the other two start their testimony. She was a working class woman who dated the principal suspect in the murder, a manipulative and misogynist businessman, and she is a strong candidate for being the victim of the murder. However, I suspect this is a deliberate red herring, as so far (150 pages into the book) the victim remains unidentified. Really compelling and psychologically convincing, this looks like another excellent chiller from this cold but fecund part of Europe.

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Re: New now reading

Postby quix » 10 Feb 2018, 00:47

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Camilla Grebe - The Ice Beneath Her

I love Nordic crime fiction, and Sweden's Camilla Grebe is becoming one of my favourites in the field. Previous books I've read by her were written in collaboration with her sister Åsa Träff, but this is her solo debut. It's the story of a Stockholm murder told from three perspectives, all three apparently unreliable. Peter is a doleful detective who listens to Morrissey and is trying to understand this baffling case. Hanne is a retired criminal profiler who takes on the case in an attempt to keep her mind fresh, as she's aware that she's starting to suffer from memory loss. The third part of the jigsaw is narrated by Emma a few months before the other two start their testimony. She was a working class woman who dated the principal suspect in the murder, a manipulative and misogynist businessman, and she is a strong candidate for being the victim of the murder. However, I suspect this is a deliberate red herring, as so far (150 pages into the book) the victim remains unidentified. Really compelling and psychologically convincing, this looks like another excellent chiller from this cold but fecund part of Europe.


I have put it on my list. Tack!

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Re: New now reading

Postby Copehead » 10 Feb 2018, 09:56

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I wouldn't call it intellectual, and I wouldn't say it's not intellectual. Would you call a painting "intellectual"?


Perhaps if it was a painting of Albert Einstein.

Doesn't seem that controversial to say some books are intellectual, perhaps highfalutin would be nearer the mark.


I have no problem with books being called intellectual - I just wouldn't use the term for the particular book under discussion.
I've seen the author referred to as a "literary artist", and, having read the book, I'd have no problem using that term to describe her.


OK, just looked a bit heavy going. Literary artist sounds good, highfalutin.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Positive Passion » 10 Feb 2018, 10:54

nev harp wrote:What does Banana Republic even mean? It makes no sense.


A place which claims to be a republic but its economy is based on one cash crop exported by one multinational company who maintain their monopoly and their profits by bribing senior ministers but treating the plantation workers like slaves.

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Re: New now reading

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the masked man wrote:Image

Camilla Grebe - The Ice Beneath Her

I love Nordic crime fiction, and Sweden's Camilla Grebe is becoming one of my favourites in the field. Previous books I've read by her were written in collaboration with her sister Åsa Träff, but this is her solo debut. It's the story of a Stockholm murder told from three perspectives, all three apparently unreliable. Peter is a doleful detective who listens to Morrissey and is trying to understand this baffling case. Hanne is a retired criminal profiler who takes on the case in an attempt to keep her mind fresh, as she's aware that she's starting to suffer from memory loss. The third part of the jigsaw is narrated by Emma a few months before the other two start their testimony. She was a working class woman who dated the principal suspect in the murder, a manipulative and misogynist businessman, and she is a strong candidate for being the victim of the murder. However, I suspect this is a deliberate red herring, as so far (150 pages into the book) the victim remains unidentified. Really compelling and psychologically convincing, this looks like another excellent chiller from this cold but fecund part of Europe.


I have put it on my list. Tack!


Hope you enjoy it. I personally loved how it ended. It was logical, but I did not see the big twists coming.

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Re: New now reading

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 17 Feb 2018, 00:25

I've read about 10 pages of Finnegan's Wake. About 5 times.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mission » 17 Feb 2018, 01:51

It's Finnegans Wake. To emphasise the pun - the Finnegans wake up, rather than just Finnegan's farewell funferal party.

And it is fucking hard to read. I would recommend something like this:

http://www.finnegansweb.com/wiki/index.php/Page_3

Or Joysprick by Burgess as a starter.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 17 Feb 2018, 03:29

mission wrote:It's Finnegans Wake. To emphasise the pun - the Finnegans wake up, rather than just Finnegan's farewell funferal party.

And it is fucking hard to read. I would recommend something like this:

http://www.finnegansweb.com/wiki/index.php/Page_3

Or Joysprick by Burgess as a starter.

I'll be sure to do an annotated read in my dotage. Meanwhile I'll continue with the Neapolitan Novels as they have resurrected in me the joy of reading fiction.
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Re: New now reading

Postby LeBaron » 17 Feb 2018, 14:40

I finished Persuasion the other day and it was, by some distance, my favorite of the Jane Austens. Though I miss the sort of mathematical grammar from Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice.

Onward to Dickens!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 17 Feb 2018, 14:48

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Not read any Chandler so I thought I'd start with a bio first.

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Postby Toby » 17 Feb 2018, 14:49

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And I'm studying Ovid now until May. It goes without saying that it is a work of utter genius.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Pansy Puff » 17 Feb 2018, 15:16

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Not read any Chandler so I thought I'd start with a bio first.

I've not read that but Chandler certainly has an interesting biography. Spot the connection with Farage.

Chandler is great, such a pleasure to read: the short stories and the novels.
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Re: New now reading

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I have very high expectations for it – if it doesn’t go into my top ten favourite novels I’ll be disappointed. It’s notoriously difficult to get into though, and the “plain English” brigade will find much to get in a froth about. I’m only four pages in but there’s already been at least one spectacularly unusual sentence. Hopefully I’ll be back to rave about it in a week or two!


Also starting:

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I bought a Mojo lately cause it had the Jam on the cover and inside was a review of this book.

I really enjoyed the introduction. It was a phenomenon first driven by a prurient, thrill-starved readership (office workers reading about juvenile delinquents as imagined by hacks) that later attracted insider writers (the “delinquents” themselves) and then branched out into various wacky subgenres (hippie detectives). I’m going to mine it for obscure authors.

There are lots of colour photos of the cover art, which is good. It’s very well laid out – it isn’t infested with sidebars and boxes and what have you – and equally easy to dip into or read in a linear fashion, which is what I’m going to do. It covers the USA, UK and Australia (I think the editors are Australian) in a series of themed chapters that each examine a few books in depth. The UK sections range from outrageous shite like Richard Allen to the excellent Laura del Rivo. It looks like a very good read indeed and I commend it to the BCB house!

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 20 Feb 2018, 09:28

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Bog standard crime fiction.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 20 Feb 2018, 09:42

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Not read any Chandler so I thought I'd start with a bio first.


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You're in for a treat. Make sure you read them in something at least approaching the right order, though. I read The Long Goodbye first, through necessity (it was the only decent looking book on a second hand book rack in Mallorca in 1987) but it is so clearly the last.

I've got that bio somewhere - I should dig it out and finish it.
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echolalia wrote:Image

I have very high expectations for it – if it doesn’t go into my top ten favourite novels I’ll be disappointed. It’s notoriously difficult to get into though, and the “plain English” brigade will find much to get in a froth about. I’m only four pages in but there’s already been at least one spectacularly unusual sentence. Hopefully I’ll be back to rave about it in a week or two!


Also starting:

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I bought a Mojo lately cause it had the Jam on the cover and inside was a review of this book.

I really enjoyed the introduction. It was a phenomenon first driven by a prurient, thrill-starved readership (office workers reading about juvenile delinquents as imagined by hacks) that later attracted insider writers (the “delinquents” themselves) and then branched out into various wacky subgenres (hippie detectives). I’m going to mine it for obscure authors.

There are lots of colour photos of the cover art, which is good. It’s very well laid out – it isn’t infested with sidebars and boxes and what have you – and equally easy to dip into or read in a linear fashion, which is what I’m going to do. It covers the USA, UK and Australia (I think the editors are Australian) in a series of themed chapters that each examine a few books in depth. The UK sections range from outrageous shite like Richard Allen to the excellent Laura del Rivo. It looks like a very good read indeed and I commend it to the BCB house!


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Re: New now reading

Postby the gorton gollum » 20 Feb 2018, 09:56

‘THE DAY OF THE DEAD’: PUTTING MALCOLM LOWRY TO JAZZ

https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the ... ry_to_jazz

Try the audiobook.

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