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What are you lainons reading right now? I'm currently reading through the Dune series right now.




Oh. Who runs this site then? Lainchan redirects here so I might as well have some type of discussion while things are figured out.


junk, seph, nildicit. works.


nope but they've got the 404 chiptunes back


wew, i thought appl*man had resurrected /cult/ already. header links have been restored at least.


Oh. Junk is pretty cool. I dunno the other two people tho. So why is there a new lainchan? At least they got more boards here right now.



I'm reading Snow Crash and Antic Hay.


>Antic Hay
I had no idea Huxley did comic books in the 1920s. How is that so far? I'm not really into comic books but I'll give Huxley's a try if it's good.


It is a "comic novel" not comic book, no pictures. It is full of cultural references that are lost on me like dialogue in French and talking about famous art and architecture. It has short and clever portrayals of characters and their thinking. I would not recommend it because it does not seem too relevant. I imagine that it was written in between social outings and romps Huxley adapting the conversation of the day to his purposes.



I am currently reading Notes from the underground by Dostoyevsky. The main character is pretty relatable


I'm currently reading Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. It is a very long book and Thomas Pynchon doesn't spoon-feed his readers when it comes to providing context clues for the miriad of WWII-era vocabulary either. I enjoy his style of writing with no main character, however, which is why I keep going.


Rebel Cities - David Harvey
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla - David Kilcullen
Urbanization Without Cities - Murray Bookchin


Oh. Yeah I'm not that big of a Huxley fan to read something that doesn't seem entertaining.
Gravity's Rainbow was out of my skill range to complete. I tapped out around page 200ish. I couldn't tell how I was moving from timeline to timeline in the narrative. Are you using a guide of some sort to get through the book or are you a very skilled reader?
Never read any Dostoyevsky but I plan to download/buy some of his works later on down the road. My backlog is big enough to last me a couple months so I don't want to bury myself in a huge book backlog. Is this your first Dostoyevsky novel?


I've been reading When Prophesy Fails. Non-fiction about just that. It's pretty entertaining.

When I was little I was extra scared about Nostradamus, and was certain I'd die in 1999. It takes me back.


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Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. It's an interesting story about how violent betrayal by the upper classes usually doesn't bring the populace on your side.


After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Not his weirdest work, but I kinda dig the grounding in reality.


When I read Pynchon in particular I've learned to give up trying to remember the names of the characters. The core of the effort in his writing is put into the themes and recurring motifs which are more important than any of the characters anyway. Someone had clued me into this before reading it so I was ready to go with his flow of writing, but if you were just reading without knowing his writing style you might have unconsciously read over the most meaningful parts looking for things like character development and plot progression which are there but don't really matter as much.


Newton's Principa Mathematica.

Thanks for linking them. Are you following some kind of path or study plan for math?


I should have studied before the previous attempt I made to read the book. I appreciate the tip. I still have Gravity's Rainbow in my collection so I'll give it another shot after I go through some more of my backlog. I'm going to follow a guide as well if it gets too much for me.


The math text is tangential, I'm currently studying algebraic number theory and I was linked the text by someone I look up to. That's why I'm working my way through it.


My mother who does a lot of translation work in Japanese recently recommended me Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I was going to start it when I have a bit more free time. Are his other works worth looking into as well?


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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is actually pretty damn cyberpunk, and just a very good book in general. I highly recommend it. It's done in the classi Gibson style, where it's all about the characters, and the technology isn't really described at all and serves as a backdrop to one of the two worlds. You will be confused as hell as to what's going on in the other world and you may wonder why you're wasting time reading about it, but there comes a moment where you realize "Holy crap, I get it!"

His other work can be roughly described by a two-axis system, where one axis ranges from "relatively straightforward" to "holy soykaf this is fucking weird", and the other axis ranges from "cool and stylish" to "overly navel-gazing". Where his books fall on these axes is a matter of opinion, but my personal opinion can be summed up by the attached image.


I'm reading "Ili kaptis Elzan!". It's going slowly because my Esperanto is not very good.


Dropped Dune and picked up Second Foundation instead. Dune was getting too dull for me and I much prefer Asimov right now. I also got a used Kobo Glo on Ebay for 20.99 plus shipping. Came out under 30 bucks for it. Totally worth it and now I can carry a large collection with me on the go :DDDDDD



Kobos (and e-readers in general) are awesome. Mine goes with me everywhere.


Yeah, this thing is coming with me to a lot of places. I'm glad I made the purchase.


I got pretty far along in Gravity's Rainbow, but then I lost my copy. I had no idea what was going on anyway. I'll come back to it after reading Bleeding Edge(The only book of his my local library had). Hopefully i'll be a bit more used to his writing style


I wish you the best of luck on your journey of reading GR. I think in the future if I revisit Pynchon that I will read a second novel alongside it so I won't feel so overwhelmed. My reading habit of reading one novel at a time will have to be readjusted when I come back to more difficult novels.

How are you enjoying Bleeding Edge now? Is it an easier read than GR?


I"ve found Bleeding edge to be a much easier read than Gravitys Rainbow so far. Its a pretty good book, although I do think the premise and characters of Gr are more interesting.


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just finished how to be both (ali smith). was a nice story, but felt less fitted-together than the other two i've read so far (the accidental, the myth of iphis). also probably the opposite of what most people here'd be interested in :P

now rereading The Ladies of Grace Adieu and a couple of poetry books while waiting for dana spiotta things to be shipped.

dune felt flat and awkwardly-written from the first page. never been able to make it past 10 or so

do they play nicely with lunix / arbitrary formats from arbitrary places?

bit off-topic, but how does one get into the novel-translating business? starting with other things and being noticed?


I read epubs and pdfs on my Kobo device. From what I recall from discussions in the past is that Kobo is more friendly towards DRM free formats and a wider variety than what Amazon supports out of the box.

Also the issue I had with Dune wasn't the writing, it was the story. It started out boring for me. I will give it another try one day and see if it gets better. But for now I'll complete Second Foundation which should be today. I'm moving onto these Garden of Sinner translations I found on the internet. If anyone is into the garden of sinners anime movies I have all the light novels translated if anyone is interested in reading the series.



>do they play nicely with lunix / arbitrary formats from arbitrary places?

Kobos work great with Linux. They work like regular fat32 USB mass storage devices, and read non-DRMed standard epubs just fine.


I'm interested! Smith sounds similar to Jeanette Winterson, have you read any of her books?

At the moment I am pretty busy with school but I'm reading the black maria by Aracelis Girmay. The last book I finished was Levertov's The Sorrow Dance.


not yet; recognised the name and she's in my backlog, apparently. looking at the amazang text preview thing, seems like smith is comparatively more lyrical, writing her books as poems. love that way of going-about-things, but it means developments take a bit longer, so she doesn't really get anywhere in short stories. will read more of this other person soon, though; does seem interesting.

and yeh, school school. shouldn't be reading, really, but too tempt X_X


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I'm reading the conquest of bread by Kropotkin.
It's quite interesting.

I'll probably do a thread on it once I'm done


A few weeks ago I picked up a complete collection of Lovecraft's works; I'm working my way through them bit by bit. The ones at the beginning are a bit primitive and unpolished, but there's some great stuff in there.


Going back and forth between Maldoror by the Comte de Lautreamont and Empire of the Senseless by Kathy Acker.
In terms of things I really liked lately, though- Cyclonopedia by Reza Negarestani is SO GOOD SO FUCKING GOOD WOW. Jane Mai's See You Next Tuesday is rad too, but I have a weird weakness for autobio cmoics that none of my friends seem to share.


Dude. After Dark is by far my favorite Murakami, and i've read everything prior to Absolutely On Music. Never understood why i like it so much, but lovely to see someone who shares my love!



One of the reasons I like After Dark more than most of his other work is because it's one of the few things Murakami's written in the third-person. Almost all his work is in the first-person in whole or in part, and I've never been a fan of that style from any author. I think only After Dark, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, 1Q84, and a few short stories are entirely in the third-person, though I could be wrong about Colorless because I haven't finished it. (Though now that I think about it, the "observing Eri Asai" chapters are debateably first-person.)

But I still like Murakami's first-person-perspective work despite that. The stories are strong enough that I can get past my normal dislike of first-person work and enjoy them.


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I got the B&N collected edition back when it had gold page border instead of silver and it's a great collection. I usually think their collected editions look tacky but the galaxy on the front matches lovecraft's work perfectly. They are in order of written date, so you get to read along as he developed as a writer. He always gets soykaf for being racist, and in his early work yoh can definitely see that misanthropy channeled into racism, but as you go through his work you start to see an evolution of personal philosophy. He starts to realize that things such as racism and community are but specks on the infinite void of time and space. That we are born memories, ghosts living in meat coffins carrying us to the grave. Sorry, kind of a tangent but yeah great collection.


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Reading Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", which basically goes through the history of physics in the early 1900 up to WWII, and covers all the details of how the Manhattan Project went down. So far, it definitely delivers its Pulitzer - it's easy to read, but has a decent amount of depth with the physics and cultural details. It gives great overviews of the lives of the major physicists of that era (Bohr, Rutherford, Heisenberg, Einstein, etc.), and shows the unfolding of quantum physics as its developed. I'm about 200 pages in so far, and I'm a big fan.


I've started reading Society of the Spectacle. I found it to be incomprehensible on my first attempt, so I read this to try to get a bit of context and picked up a better translation. It's still pretty confusing, but I think having knowledge of the concepts in advance does help.


>Society of the Spectacle
this is extremely similar to a book that I read by Mario Vargas Llosa called "La civilizacion del espectaculo". It translates to "Notes on the Death of Culture". It sounds very similar to what I've read on the book you mentioned, and I think you might enjoy it, as it is easy to read and very compelling, in Llosa's great essay style. This is actually the one book that gave me the shake-up necessary to doubt the stability and wholesomeness of modernity and start looking into geopolitics and political philosophy.

here's a link to a review of the book. I couldn't find a translated version of the work, so I'll just link the version in Spanish.


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Uh, are they? Based on the review you linked, "La civilizacion del espectaculo" sounds like a grumpy old man complaining about the "youth of today" with some old fashioned elitism about the cultured upper classes, while Debord's work is about the total rule of exchange-value over everyday life.

Is there actually any connection between the two? The review mentions Debord by name, but based on what's written there about the work, if he read him, he did not understand him at all.


Dark Sun is really great too.

That's where I learned about how the only limit to the terrestrial destructive radius of a Hydrogen bomb is when it boils the atmosphere so the blast escapes upward rather than traveling further outward!


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>Fanged Noumena by Nick Land
During the 1990s British philosopher Nick Land’s unique work, variously described as ‘rabid nihilism’, ‘mad black deleuzianism’ and ‘cybergothic’, developed perhaps the only rigorous and culturally-engaged escape route out of the malaise of ‘continental philosophy’—a route that was implacably blocked by the academy. However, Land’s work has continued to exert an influence, both through the British ‘speculative realist’ philosophers who studied with him, and through the many cultural producers—writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers—who have been invigorated by his uncompromising and abrasive philosophical vision.

Beginning with Land’s early radical rereadings of Heidegger, Nietzsche, Kant and Bataille, the volume collects together the papers, talks and articles of the mid-90s—long the subject of rumour and vague legend (including some work which has never previously appeared in print)—in which Land developed his futuristic theory-fiction of cybercapitalism gone amok; and ends with his enigmatic later writings in which Ballardian fictions, poetics, cryptography, anthropology, grammatology and the occult are smeared into unrecognisable hybrids.

Fanged Noumena gives a dizzying perspective on the entire trajectory of this provocative and influential thinker’s work, and has introduced his unique voice to a new generation of readers.


I'm reading soykafty tie-in novels.

I feel bad, but I needed the break.


I'm currently reading LotR: Fellowship of the Ring and started on A Confederacy of Dunces today.
Only about 2 chapters into A Confederacy of Dunces but so far I like it.
Slowly making my way through Wealth of Nations, too.
Quite the dry read.
Then again the book is from 1776.
Been downloading a lot of books about politics and economy and am planning on making my way through some essentials to get a better grasp on economy and politics.


I've be re-reading Wandering by Hermann Hesse. I find most of his work resonates with me. They have a kind of dreaminess combined with a confusion about how one should live their life.
I recommend anything by Hesse and Wandering in particular if you want a short read with a nice feel.


There is a pretty good cybersecurity ebook bundle going on at humblebundle at the moment.
Could be of interest for lains.

I got the whole pack, partially because I want to support DRM-free media.


Just finished The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. A very tongue-in-cheek look at time travel and the consequences thereof as practiced by a top secret government organisation in cahoots with witches. All in a big ol' brick of a book that turns out to be much lighter than any of Stephensons' previous work, owing I think to his coauthor's upbeat style and "softer" integration of historical elements.

Next up The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.


this and living my life by emma goldman, additional to some essays by bakunin, goldman and bookchin every once in a while.


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Terrorism and Counterintelligence - Blake W. Mobley

Some historical facts apparently have not been researched well enough but still it is a good book about group counterintelligence.


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Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown

If you like William Gibson or Bruce Sterling's later books you'll like this, if you don't, why are you here?


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Has anyone read The Stack: on Software and Sovereignty. The author is mainly a designer but it has good reviews by Bruce Sterling just to name a name. Also, what are your thoughts on Nick Land? Fanged Noumena? He says stuff I find interesting but it's hidden in so much of unintelligible symbolic or esoteric numismatics, weird arithmetic, strange stuff I attribute to style but it doesn't get much across.


What are your thoughts on fanged Noumena? Have you actually read it? I enjoyed the short story segments most, the rest either goes over my head or is just plain crazy.


Of course Debourd is related to text, I'm sure Llosa copied it from The Society of Spectacle, Debourd's most influential work, and a compelling critical theory of capitalism. I don't recommend Llosa's book anymore, but I began reading more about political theory because of reading that. I'm trying to educate myself on these topics to prepare for smart contracts taking over banks, insurance, and governance.


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Ayyy The Society of The Spectacle is probably my favorite book ever, I'd be glad to talk about it and try to explain/discuss some of the obscure points (I don't even understand the entire book, but I have good grasp on it - being French helped for sure).

Have you seen the movie-essays that Debord has produced (they are on youtube btw) ? Did you get to read other texts from and about Situationist International , the socio-politico-artistic movement that Debord was a part of which greatly influenced his world outlook ?


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The Stack is part of this emerging art/design/literature movement of Speculative Design. It's very interesting if you're already into this whole scene, which draws on the work of Metahaven, E-Flux, David Rudnick, Benjamin Bratton, etc. You can find a lot of shorter SD writing online for a good introduction. Wether you like all of it or not, imo it's the most interesting that happening in """intelectual""" culture today.


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I'm like 50% of the way through but never get around to finishing it.


I've been kind of slogging through Gibson's Spook Country. I like it but I just can't seem to get through it. I read Catcher in the Rye recently, liked that one a lot. I got a lot of books to read, might just come back to Spook Country some other time. I dunno yet.


I just finished LotR: Fellowship of the Ring the other day and I finished A Confederacy of Dunces yesterday.
What a ride.
I am probably starting on The Two Towers soon.


I've just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was really good but the ending felt weak.


I read that this year and I felt it was okay. The journey was definitely the best part of the novel, but I also think the ending was good enough considering the state of the man was in during the last half of the book.


I wanted the boy to die too.


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I'm reading The Ignorant Schoolmaster by Jacques Rancière. It's about Joseph Jacotot, a French teacher who by chance discovered that his students could learn on their own without the explanations of the teacher. The book is about this discovery, its implications and the methods Jacotot used to verify it. It's a pretty fascinating.


Don DeLillo's Underworld. Donny knows how to string together a sentence or two and a lot of the underlying themes are up my street but I just can't get into it.


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I saw, I conquered, wouldn't mind a t-shirt with the cover image on it either.

Holiday reading:
J M Coetzee Disgrace
Frances Dipper The Marine World: A Natural History Of Ocean Life
Walter Scheidel The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century
as well as re-reading some of the stuff on my shelf probably.


I just recently finished reading Cryptonomicon the other day. I think it's one of the most exciting and interesting books I've read in a long time and I'm looking forward to reading more from Neal Stephenson. Thinking Reamde next.


Check Snow Crash if you haven't already. I'm not much of a fan of Reamde but it might come across as a bit disappointing after Cryptonomicon.


I have read (several times) The DIamond Age & Zodiac, & love both of them.

Currently rereading Pattern Recognition. soykaf's definitely one of my favorite books.
Although, anyone else feels kinda stuck rereading old books, which feels much more comfortable than going through the huge pile (of non-novels) that is waitin for you ?


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What are some good /cult/ approved books? Not necessarily cyberpunk genre fiction, but something dystopian that makes you think, or just otherwise aesthetic. Gonna pick up 1Q84 soon, not sure what I'm getting myself into.


Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a must-read




The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle > IQ84 imo

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World should appeal also.

Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery is an interesting take on a would be author of said document. Best thing he did since Foucault's Pendulum.


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Why not read the original instead of the cheap knock-off?


I've picked up Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima, I'm going to start it around Christmas when I have some days off. I also got Infinite Jest and have the Dispossessed laying around since a while, it's about time.


Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon and Error are must reads in my opinion, I love his writing style.


You mean to get a glimpse at how to forge spooky world domination plans for the masses to support your somewhat less spooky world domination plans?


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Reading this and some other books on buddhism. Any other buddhists here?


ayyy my theravadin brother


Often don't take the time to read things, started back again with Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"


Interested in Buddhism…is that book a good place to start?


zen ftw. old samurai manuscripts are pretty good too


Gonna have to agree with you on Reamde so far. Not bad, I like some of the characters but it is not nearly as interesting. I did get Snow Crash and a few others recently and I'll be reading those soon. Seveneves seems pretty cool too.

Pattern Recognition was great. I do also kinda feel stuck like that.


have you read anathem? favorite stephenson.


The Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges
I started reading it after I first read "The Library of Babel," which is now my favorite short story of all time.
I just finished Dreamtigers.


Last time I tried reading it I just couldn't get into it. I'll try it again later this year.


Waiting for The Stranger and The Plague by Camus to come in the mail


Ghost in the wires.
It's very interesting. I'm enjoying it so far!


I finished Catch-22 today. What a hilariously sad book.


New to this place, and just started reading nureomancer. I really like it so far, though many of the fiction technological jargon is kinda annoying.


I love Neuromancer, it's a great book.

Currently I'm reading burning chrome and I plan to read the assassination complex by Jeremy Scahill next.

Also for book recommendation, I can recommend cyberia: life in the trenches of hyperspace by douglas Rushkoff, it has a lovely vibe to it


I plan on finishing the entire sprawl trilogy before moving on, but I'll take your advice. Thanks, Joi!


Catch-22 is the greatest education one can have on both mob mentalities and the inherent dysfunctionality of large organizations. I'd rank it as the greatest work of art of the 20th century. The fact that it's friggin' hilarious is just the cherry on top.


Almost finishing the godfather, going to start reading Battle Royale by Takami next week


last fiction book i've read was The White Plague by Frank Herbert, in summer 2016. Since then i haven't got much time to read more than a few programming and math books, even tho i'm currently reading A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
I plan on reading Cryptonomicon, and then Neuromancer as soon as I finish this book.


Im a newbie programmer so im reading mostly programming related stuff


Cryptonomicon is well worth the time to read. I may even re-read it soon.


good choice, the sprawl trilogy is such a classic (though Neuromancer is the best book out of it)

Since you're already planning to read Neal Stephenson check out Error and Snow Crash, phenomenal books


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Finally got my copy of Carl Jung's Red Book but I think that it will take quite some time to get through. I feel like I'm not intelligent enough to read more than a few pages a day. It takes a lot of reflection. Jung himself felt that he was going crazy when he wrote it, but if you are interested in the Gnostic side of religion or alchemy it's a good, if heavy, read.

I also am reading through David Bentley Hart's The New Testament: A Translation. Hart's goal was to create a translation of the Biblical New Testament without any of the doctrinal baggage that's come along with what you find in the day-to-day Bibles you find on the shelf. So far, it's been an interesting read and he's made some good choices on certain Greek phrases, even compared to my interlinear Bible copy. If you've got any interest in the history of Christianity, I can recommend it.


Valis by Philip k dick


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I'm reading Anti-Oedipus. It's more coherent than some people lead me to believe, but it's still pretty fucking trippy.


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I want to get around to Euclid elements, peloponesian war, and possibly zolzhenystysn



I wouldn't say that I am Buddhist but I have been reading about it. I've got the book in your pic, but I've barely touched it. Been too busy with tedious soykaf.


where would you put kafka's metamorphosis?


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Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher.
I wish I had started on Mark Fisher sooner, I think he would really resonate with /cyb/ too.

Other than that, Neuromancer but I'm sure everyones already read that.


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Enjoyed The Mountain Poems Of Stonehouse translated by Red Pine.

Gave up on Thoreaus' Walden.

Slogged my way through The Clay Machine Gun (I prefer the US title Buddha's Little Finger) by Victor Pelevin. A very weird blend of Russian history and culture, dark humour, and Buddhist philosophy.

Followed that with Sayaka Muratas' Convenience Store Woman about an eccentric woman whose working career is disrupted by her growing understanding of her distance from polite society and an even more unconventional man who enters her life.

Currently reading The Names by Don DeLillo.


i'm reading naked lunch now.

>everyones already read
i haven't.


Zerobooks has a lot of interesting stuff, I enjoyed "Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts" . Can you expand a bit on the title by Fisher it seems right up my alley.


Convenience Store Woman was one of my favorite reads this year. It was perfectly weird, I think it would really resonate with a lot of people here.

Not exactly the same but related, I also read Schoolgirl by Dazai and that was pretty solid. But I also found Hiromi Kawakami who is my favorite new author this year. "Strange Weather in Tokyo" is probably her best overall work but I really enjoyed Manazuru as well.


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Pretty much the most non/cyb/ thing in the thread, I've been reading all the Anne of Green Gables books. On #8 now which is about her youngest daughter and the others tending the homefires during WW1. Please don't excommunicate me, Alice.


Trust me, this is one alice who would never begrudge someone enjoying LM Montgomery's works. It's been a few years since I've read any of them though. I'm originally from PEI, and now living very far from home due to work. I tried re-reading the first one a few months ago and just got horribly homesick. I could see in my mind the landscape of my childhood, just as Anne described it, the blues and greens and reds.

I just can't call a place home if it doesn't have rich red soil and clay and sand, and deep blue water and light blue skies all the way to the horizon. It'd be career suicide, but almost every day I keep thinking about quitting everything, selling everything, and going back home for good. Alberta is just so damned soulless and artificial. No-one here gives a single thought to either history or legacy. It's all about making as much money this fiscal quarter as possible, damn the past and damn the future.


Oh wow… Newfie Alice here. Usually when I bring up Anne on imageboards I'm advised to watch the 70s anime adaptation (which admittedly looks pretty damn cool). I only visited PEI once, when I was four, but I have pretty clear memories of it. If the tarsands go up in smoke and burn the entirety of Alberta to the ground, I'll shed no tears but I hope you and yours make it out alive first.


A fellow islander! Granted it's not the same island, and yours is a hell of a lot bigger, but I think it's close enough for some measure of camaraderie. Us easterners gotta stick together, eh?

The new netflix Anne series is the one to watch, I think. Very true to the books so far. It's amazing filmmaking, they did a ton of location shooting on the island. The vistas of the gulf coast while Matthew takes Anne home for the first time are glorious. And everyone involved in the production has put in 100% effort, particularly in accents. It doesn't just look like Cavendish, it sounds like it too.


>I think it would really resonate with a lot of people here.

I would rate Strange Weather In Tokyo over Convenience Store Woman, it had a much stronger narrative and structure. Both are charming novels though.

I've yet to read Manazuru but I enjoyed The Nakano Thrift Shop. Slice-of-life romance like Strange Weather but the language is much more austere yet still beautiful.


Yea I am gonna start Thrift Shop soon after I finish A Record of a Night too Brief by her which is ok, not at all a novel though. More like a collection of symbolist short stories with a recurring character. Manazuru is one I didn't rate as highly as Strange Weather but I remember it more even though I read it first. Its quite depressing and the story is anything but easy to get but it really sticks with you. I had to read some reviews to fully get it (since its mostly told through very vague hints and metaphor) but once I did grasp the whole story I couldn't seem to stop thinking about it.


There is also the 1985 CBC adaptation. Though I was younger than Anne herself when I watched that, it flooded back clear as day reading the first book. I was startled at how my very old memories of that series matched the text pretty much exactly.

And yes, people like us have to stick together ^_^


>The Names by Don DeLillo
meh. I love his writing but this was more of the same really. Might read Players later.

Currently reading The End by Karl Ove Knausgård. Read the previous five books and my library had it, so why not?

I've had an urge to re-read a few books this year but I have too many waiting to be read.


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>The End by Karl Ove Knausgård
finished it last week, fantastic. the entire series is so well written but i have no idea why and i love that. if only i could read the original Norwegian.

came upon an interview between the author and Zadie Smith so I've started on her White Teeth that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now.


I picked up a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance from my neighborhoods' little free library a couple weeks ago and I've been reading through it a chapter or two a night with a bottle of porter right before going to bed. Before this, my reading was infrequent and sporadic. I think I'm going to continue doing this with other books once I finish this one.


A friend turned me on to A Breakfast of Champions. I had an English teacher in school who brought up Slaughterhouse Five a lot, so I guess this was sort of inevitable.


the last thing i read recently was the breakfast of champions, have to be honest it quite a good read.


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for some reason i stopped reading for two years or more and i'm using some economics and sociology classics to get myself back into it


Just finished reading Lautréamont's The Songs of Maldoror. What an exciting book, although I feel like most of it went over my head. I'm already planning to read it again!


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>…White Teeth that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time now
for good reason. it is a clever, funny book but that's not what I'm after these days.

Reread The Rings Of Saturn by Sebald (if I had a top 5 list, this would be on it). Slowly chipping my way through The Little Typer and another book that has been aging on my shelf Brighton Rock by Graham Greene


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Post-Exoticism in 10 lessons, lesson 11 by Anoine Volodine. Don't even know how i came upon this one, nor haven't went through it all yet, and am a bit reluctant to go through it too fast as i'd hate to see the last page… Thinking about it now, i would not and rather let it live.


What would the other four books be in it? Do you have a physical copy of The Little Typer or where can I pirate it? I've been looking for it…


Here are some of the books I've read past this year and found interesting:
Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber; Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott; Fanny Hill by John Cleland; glitterboys by Larry Kramer; Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky; Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery; The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood; Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann; The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Nightwood by Djuna Barnes; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul; We by Yevgeny Zamyatin; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Hyperion by Dan Simmons; Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World by Harlan Ellison; What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror by David Wong; Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut; Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card; Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger; The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton; Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse; Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline; The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan Spence; Man and Technology: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life by Oswald Spengler; The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe; A Hereditary Book on the Art of War by Yagyū Munenori; The Unfettered Mind by Takuan Sōhō; No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai; Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburō Ōe.
Recommend them all.


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Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger, a long and very realistic memoir of what WWI was truly like from the perspective of an utter badass. Junger's biography is too long and complex to go over this post, but just an fyi he joined the French Foreign legion in his early 20s. Yeah that epic.

As for political views Junger is certainly a student of the German Conservative Revolution, and was respected by pretty much the whole political spectrum in his days.

Anyhow, I'm reading the penguin version. The introduction was very nice, I like how Sartre when asked about Junger simply stated: "I hate him" and went along. So far its been slow but the terror of warfare and especially the toxic mix of agony and boredom has gotten to me. Really, Junger hits it home when he says the boredom kills you more than the fear.

I HIGHLY recommend it!


I bought The Man in the High Castle by Dick, Slaughterhouse 5 by Vonnegut and the Sprawl Trilogy by Gibson. Still haven't had any time to start reading em, tho.



That's funny, I'm reading the forest passage right now and enjoying it so far.


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Pretty chill, I have to admit.


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Currently reading this. It is a pretty good book.


Currently reading 'Lolita' , 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Don Quixote'
Crime and Punishment started a bit slow imo but I am about 25% through the book and its getting really good
Lolita is good so far and I have barely started on Don Quixote


Read American Psycho and really enjoyed it, which other works by Bret Easton Ellis are worth reading?


Great choice.


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Any of you Lainons into Hunter S. Thompson/Gonzo journalism? If so, I think he deserves to be talked about more within this community.

If not, and you need a jumping on point, I'd suggest one of three books:

-Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas

-Fear And Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

-Hell's Angels; A Strange and Terrible Saga


Reading "In the Miso Soup" by Ryu Murakami and enjoying it a great deal so far. Some descriptions are slightly more bare than what i am used to, it is a short book I guess but i cant help but wonder how it reads in the original language.


I finally got around to reading fear and loathing not too long ago and I love it. The exchanges between the characters become more entertaining the further you get into the book as you get clued into their inside jokes/mannerisms.


Do you know of any other good gonzo authors or titles? The only other author i tried (couldn't remember his name) felt like regular asshole hooked on cocaine.


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Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas is a bit of a mindbender, and quite depressing when he starts talking about the decline of the counterculture. I'm not shocked that the man killed himself later in life. His essay for Rolling Stone on the life and death of Richard Nixon is quite eye opening too:

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