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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gyre » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:59 am

Glad to.
I recommend the original Quatermass too, if you can find it.
It involved some of the same people, and was pivotal in science fiction for the bbc, and probably UK too.
Still holds up for me.
They've been running it locally.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:24 am

Just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, again.
Just started House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, again.

Eventually I'll be daring enough to pick up something new. Goodness knows there's enough on the list...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby lucky420 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:06 am

Just finished "The Storyteller" by Jody Picoult and "Running the Rift" by Naomi Benaron

Enjoyed both books
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:57 pm

Bumble wrote:In mean time I've read The metamorphosis by Kafka - and although a good story, that could be interpreted in many ways I DON'T think it is the most "seminal work of he 20th century"

So, Lady Chatterly? Portnoy's Complaint? Story of O?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Savannah » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:02 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
Bumble wrote:In mean time I've read The metamorphosis by Kafka - and although a good story, that could be interpreted in many ways I DON'T think it is the most "seminal work of he 20th century"

So, Lady Chatterly? Portnoy's Complaint? Story of O?


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ygmir » Fri May 17, 2013 8:05 pm

I finally got the final book in "The Eye Of The World" series, gotta start it soon!! been 20 years!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby katy potaty » Sun May 19, 2013 1:43 pm

BoyScoutGirl wrote:Just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, again.
Just started House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, again.


Loved House of Leaves, read it twice including all the footnotes and stuff but it's been a while. When I'm done with school maybe I'll read it again.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby lucky420 » Sun May 19, 2013 2:41 pm

World War Z
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun May 19, 2013 2:48 pm

I just finished Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, again. I understood it more deeply than my first go (as a teen) but I'll still need another re-read in a decade or so before I start to really get it, methinks...

On the other hand, I did just start The Restaurant at the End of Universe (Douglas Adams) for the first time and am having much less trouble with that brand of humor. When an author describes a jerk's slimy smile is eminently "brickable," I think we all understand.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun May 19, 2013 9:20 pm

A polish murder mystery (procedural) called A Grain of Truth.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:48 pm

"Love conquers all" by Robert Benchley.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Savannah » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:22 am

Walking Dead Volume 12: Life Among Them.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Box Burner » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:34 am

BoyScoutGirl wrote:I just finished Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, again. I understood it more deeply than my first go (as a teen) but I'll still need another re-read in a decade or so before I start to really get it, methinks...



An excellent book. Satire. The point being: just because we can doesn't mean that we should.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby tatonka » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:26 am

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:34 am

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:12 am

XVI—OPERA SYNOPSES
Some Sample Outlines of Grand Opera Plots For Home Study.
I—DIE MEISTER-GENOSSENSCHAFT
Scene: The Forests of Germany.

Time: Antiquity.

Cast

Strudel, God of Rain

Basso

Schmalz, God of Slight Drizzle

Tenor

Immerglück, Goddess of the Six Primary Colors

Soprano

Ludwig Das Eiweiss, the Knight of the Iron Duck

Baritone

The Woodpecker

Soprano

Argument

The basis of "Die Meister-Genossenschaft" is an old legend of Germany which tells how the Whale got his Stomach.[pg 079]
ACT I
The Rhine at Low Tide Just Below Weldschnoffen.—Immerglück has grown weary of always sitting on the same rock with the same fishes swimming by every day, and sends for Schwül to suggest something to do. Schwül asks her how she would like to have pass before her all the wonders of the world fashioned by the hand of man. She says, rotten. He then suggests that Ringblattz, son of Pflucht, be made to appear before her and fight a mortal combat with the Iron Duck. This pleases Immerglück and she summons to her the four dwarfs: Hot Water, Cold Water, Cool, and Cloudy. She bids them bring Ringblattz to her. They refuse, because Pflucht has at one time rescued them from being buried alive by acorns, and, in a rage, Immerglück strikes them all dead with a thunderbolt.

ACT 2
A Mountain Pass.—Repenting of her deed, Immerglück has sought advice of the giants, Offen and Besitz, and they tell her that she must procure the magic zither which confers upon its owner the power to go to sleep while apparently carrying on a conversation. This magic zither has been hidden for three hundred centuries in an old bureau drawer, [pg 080]guarded by the Iron Duck, and, although many have attempted to rescue it, all have died of a strange ailment just as success was within their grasp.

But Immerglück calls to her side Dampfboot, the tinsmith of the gods, and bids him make for her a tarnhelm or invisible cap which will enable her to talk to people without their understanding a word she says. For a dollar and a half extra Dampfboot throws in a magic ring which renders its wearer insensible. Thus armed, Immerglück starts out for Walhalla, humming to herself.

ACT 3
The Forest Before the Iron Duck's Bureau Drawer.—Merglitz, who has up till this time held his peace, now descends from a balloon and demands the release of Betty. It has been the will of Wotan that Merglitz and Betty should meet on earth and hate each other like poison, but Zweiback, the druggist of the gods, has disobeyed and concocted a love-potion which has rendered the young couple very unpleasant company. Wotan, enraged, destroys them with a protracted heat spell.

Encouraged by this sudden turn of affairs, Immerglück comes to earth in a boat drawn by four white [pg 081]Holsteins, and, seated alone on a rock, remembers aloud to herself the days when she was a girl. Pilgrims from Augenblick, on their way to worship at the shrine of Schmürr, hear the sound of reminiscence coming from the rock and stop in their march to sing a hymn of praise for the drying up of the crops. They do not recognize Immerglück, as she has her hair done differently, and think that she is a beggar girl selling pencils.

In the meantime, Ragel, the papercutter of the gods, has fashioned himself a sword on the forge of Schmalz, and has called the weapon "Assistance-in-Emergency." Armed with "Assistance-in-Emergency" he comes to earth, determined to slay the Iron Duck and carry off the beautiful Irma.

But Frimsel overhears the plan and has a drink brewed which is given to Ragel in a golden goblet and which, when drunk, makes him forget his past and causes him to believe that he is Schnorr, the God of Fun. While laboring under this spell, Ragel has a funeral pyre built on the summit of a high mountain and, after lighting it, climbs on top of it with a mandolin which he plays until he is consumed.

Immerglück never marries.[pg 082]

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II—IL MINNESTRONE
(PEASANT LOVE)
Scene: Venice and Old Point Comfort.

Time: Early 16th Century.

Cast

Alfonso, Duke of Minnestrone

Baritone

Partola, a Peasant Girl

Soprano

Cleanso Young Noblemen of Venice.

Tenor

Turino Young Noblemen of Venice.

Tenor

Bombo Young Noblemen of Venice.

Basso

Ludovico Assassins in the service of Cafeteria Rusticana

Basso

Astolfo Assassins in the service of Cafeteria Rusticana

Methodist

Townspeople, Cabbies and Sparrows

Argument

"Il Minnestrone" is an allegory of the two sides of a man's nature (good and bad), ending at last in an awfully comical mess with everyone dead.

ACT I
A Public Square, Ferrara.—During a peasant festival held to celebrate the sixth consecutive day of rain, Rudolpho, a young nobleman, sees Lilliano, [pg 083]daughter of the village bell-ringer, dancing along throwing artificial roses at herself. He asks of his secretary who the young woman is, and his secretary, in order to confuse Rudolpho and thereby win the hand of his ward, tells him that it is his (Rudolpho's) own mother, disguised for the festival. Rudolpho is astounded. He orders her arrest.

ACT 2
Banquet Hall in Gorgio's Palace.—Lilliano has not forgotten Breda, her old nurse, in spite of her troubles, and determines to avenge herself for the many insults she received in her youth by poisoning her (Breda). She therefore invites the old nurse to a banquet and poisons her. Presently a knock is heard. It is Ugolfo. He has come to carry away the body of Michelo and to leave an extra quart of pasteurized. Lilliano tells him that she no longer loves him, at which he goes away, dragging his feet sulkily.

ACT 3
In Front of Emilo's House.—Still thinking of the old man's curse, Borsa has an interview with Cleanso, believing him to be the Duke's wife. He tells him things can't go on as they are, and Cleanso stabs him. Just at this moment Betty comes rushing [pg 084]in from school and falls in a faint. Her worst fears have been realized. She has been insulted by Sigmundo, and presently dies of old age. In a fury, Ugolfo rushes out to kill Sigmundo and, as he does so, the dying Rosenblatt rises on one elbow and curses his mother.


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III—LUCY DE LIMA
Scene: Wales.

Time: 1700 (Greenwich).

Cast

William Wont, Lord of Glennnn

Basso

Lucy Wagstaff, his daughter

Soprano

Bertram, her lover

Tenor

Lord Roger, friend of Bertram.

Soprano

Irma, attendant to Lucy

Basso

Friends, Retainers and Members of the local Lodge of Elks.

Argument

"Lucy de Lima," is founded on the well-known story by Boccaccio of the same name and address.[pg 085]
ACT I
Gypsy Camp Near Waterbury.—The gypsies, led by Edith, go singing through the camp on the way to the fair. Following them comes Despard, the gypsy leader, carrying Ethel, whom he has just kidnapped from her father, who had previously just kidnapped her from her mother. Despard places Ethel on the ground and tells Mona, the old hag, to watch over her. Mona nurses a secret grudge against Despard for having once cut off her leg and decides to change Ethel for Nettie, another kidnapped child. Ethel pleads with Mona to let her stay with Despard, for she has fallen in love with him on the ride over. But Mona is obdurate.

ACT 2
The Fair.—A crowd of sightseers and villagers is present. Roger appears, looking for Laura. He can not find her. Laura appears, looking for Roger. She can not find him. The gypsy queen approaches Roger and thrusts into his hand the locket stolen from Lord Brym. Roger looks at it and is frozen with astonishment, for it contains the portrait of his mother when she was in high school. He then realizes that Laura must be his sister, and starts out to find her.[pg 086]
ACT 3
Hall in the Castle.—Lucy is seen surrounded by every luxury, but her heart is sad. She has just been shown a forged letter from Stewart saying that he no longer loves her, and she remembers her old free life in the mountains and longs for another romp with Ravensbane and Wolfshead, her old pair of rompers. The guests begin to assemble for the wedding, each bringing a roast ox. They chide Lucy for not having her dress changed. Just at this moment the gypsy band bursts in and Cleon tells the wedding party that Elsie and not Edith is the child who was stolen from the summer-house, showing the blood-stained derby as proof. At this, Lord Brym repents and gives his blessing on the pair, while the fishermen and their wives celebrate in the courtyard.[pg 087]

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby unjonharley » Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:19 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ^Rhino! » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:12 pm

Just finished Craig Johnson's newest, The Serpent's Tooth. Walt Longmire, Sheriff of Absaroka County (fictional county, but real Wyoming feel and thinking involved) in another adventure. - I couldn't put it down, and read it in an evening.

Currently reading The Civil War in the West by Earl Hess, a history professor, examining victory and defeat in the area west of the Appalachians and east of the Misissippi River during the American Civil War. - this one is a thorough account of the history and compelling in its analysis. It gives the "why" behind the action as well as the repercussions.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Turtleburp » Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:46 am

I (to my shame) have found a new genre of drivel.
Contemporary fantasy - urban fantasy I think it's called.

Reading it makes my criticism of Bumble's girls TV a little hypocritical
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby lucky420 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:40 am

Awww turtleburp no shame there. Read what you enjoy. Reading something you like can be a great escape...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Elorrum » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:30 am

I don't know if it counts as reading, but it is data assimilation: most recent audio book: Around the world in 72 days by Nellie Bly. It is telling about how the rest of the inhabitants of the world were really viewed as other, quaint, or backwards. Bly makes an attempt to get to know people, and see other cultures, but seems limited by her mission to tell a good yarn, and describe curiosities. Some of her insights are really awful to read today. I am wondering what the cold cream coincidence is for early female solo adventures re: Amelia Erhardt? I'm looking forward to learning more about Nellie Bly. I'm also much inspired by her travel kit (size mainly, not so much contents.)
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:03 am

You might enjoy this, Figjam...

And I'm trying to decide if I should buy Susan Bordo's latest on Anne Boleyn and our constant reinvention thereof.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby TomServo » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:50 pm

anything worth doing..is worth overdoing

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Gonzo Frothwood » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:52 pm

The entire Discworld main thread of stories for third time. On Thief of Time right now
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:40 pm

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby knowmad » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:01 pm

I just finished reading the entire "Stop Posting here thread"
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Turtleburp » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:18 pm

Gonzo Frothwood wrote:The entire Discworld main thread of stories for third time. On Thief of Time right now


A staple of my comfort reading diet!!

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Sic Pup » Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:52 am

I'm just finishing Ask Dr. Mueller. What a fascinating lady, just wished I could have known her while she was still with us. Although familiar with Water's work she never really hit my radar (and really, who could not be overshadowed by the fabulous Divine?). Richard Hell turned me on to her in his very compelling auto I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp. What an excellent writer and story teller, his stories are candid and forthright. He's not afraid to call a dick a dick and a pussy a pussy and although it has it's fair share of sexual exploits (and he does name names) it's not at all salacious, but rather, very respectful, however frank.

Next up, Pollan's Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation . Pollan is one of my favorite contemporary writers, and no, not for The Omnivore's Dilemna , as insightful and influential as that book was, but rather for The Botany Of Desire probably number 3 on my all-time favorite book list. It's one of those books that ends with an epiphany (at least it did for me), in it he tracks the history of four seemingly disparate crops (tulip, potato, apple and pot] and in the end ties them all together in a neat little package with a colorful ribbon and decorative bow. If you haven't read the book and have seen the PBS doc be advised it doesn't do it justice and is a must read IMO. I'm not sure what his obsession is with the number four, but he makes it work, repeatedly.

Not that anyone should care but my number two favorite book is Hardy's Tess of the d''Urbervilles , what can I say? I'm a romantic at heart and putty in the hands of a strong woman. Topping off my list is Conrad's Heart Of Darkness because I like dark, extremely dark.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gyre » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:11 am

I'll have to read the Mueller book.
Have you read all of Waters' stuff?
I love his writing style.

In the strong women area, not high literature or cinema, but after watching the actress talk about the film, had to order Fairgame.
Tarantino calls it an australian Straw Dogs.
Her interview is in Not Quite Hollywood.
Netflix has it, but it wil not come up under Fair Game, only Fairgame.
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