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#5761 Krystal

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 02:30 PM

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 12:38 PM

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:04 PM

View PostKrystal, on 10 March 2020 - 12:38 PM, said:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

I read 100 Years of Solitude, en español, a few years back It was pretty tough sledding, and I don't think it would have been any easier in English. I am curious how this book is.

Currently I am reading Go Tell It On The Mountain, by James Baldwin.

Also, I love your LDR avatar.

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Posted 11 March 2020 - 08:23 PM

View PostWandering Hermit, on 11 March 2020 - 08:04 PM, said:

View PostKrystal, on 10 March 2020 - 12:38 PM, said:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

I read 100 Years of Solitude, en español, a few years back It was pretty tough sledding, and I don't think it would have been any easier in English. I am curious how this book is.

Currently I am reading Go Tell It On The Mountain, by James Baldwin.

Also, I love your LDR avatar.
Thanks.  I also read 100 Years of Solitude.  I really enjoyed it.

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 08:42 PM

History of England by David Hume. The only negative aspect of the book is the lack of producing dates, or at least the years of the events. While reading, I find myself wondering, was this 1087 or 1088 and so on.

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 07:56 PM

Needed some fantasy to escape.  Re-reading The Book of Dust La Belle Sauvage (pt 1) by Philip Pullman.  It is going to be a trilogy and the second one just came out so I am enjoying this one again before I pickup the second.  It is a prequel to His Dark Materials, I think the Golden Compass is one of my favorite fantasy stories and this is great to see Lyra when she was a baby.  Put on the headphones and before I knew it, 4 hours had passed!  Going to finish the 2nd part tonight, especially since I don't have any hockey to watch :|

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 01:37 PM

Took a brief break from the stack of John D MacDonald to read this:
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I'm not a real fan of "the Wine"; I don't have any of their records, but grew up with them as they were all over Canadian radio in the late 70s-early 80s, and thought this might be a fun read. The book was on sale for 8$ and I had a stack of giftcards. :P

It's not the greatest read, although I enjoyed the background chapters on Nova Scotia (where I grew up), and the book made me want to revisit a few of their songs (they have a pretty decent catalogue). Unfortunately, there isn't much meat in the book, none of the things you'd expect from a "rock" memoir. There is a near song-by-song breakdown of most of their albums, but for what this band was able to accomplish, the info is strangely thin. Myles Goodwyn sadly comes off as a bitter man, although he owns up to many of his issues; and is a pretty good name-dropper. He also awkwardly offers a little too much personal info about a couple of his bandmates. Not that it's a terribly bad thing, but would be more in line with a "tell-all" book, as opposed to this "tell very little, except some sh*t about the drummer" kinda thing. He also likes quoting his own lyrics. A good editor could've steered this in a more interesting direction.

Oh, there were a couple of Rush references. Blink and you'll miss them.
(Alex wrote a blurb on the book jacket, Terry Brown is mentioned a couple of times, ditto LeStudio. Geddy appears in a shared cab ride.)

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Posted 18 March 2020 - 05:15 PM

I have been on a history kick lately.  Both are very good books, the royal cousins one becoming a bit of a slog near the end. Poor Tsar Nicholas; he never saw it coming until the end.
The other is about the London Blitz in WWII.  Everyone had to band together to fight against circumstances never known before. (Imagine . . .  )

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Posted 19 March 2020 - 10:45 AM

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

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Posted 20 March 2020 - 07:01 PM

I mean I may not come off as much of an intellect here but old Gamepro magazines from 98-2003. The ads in these magazines would be considered as "offensive" today. While I find it humorous and read it for entertainment as a professional in the tech industry I could technically say it's doing my homework.

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Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:42 PM

View PostWandering Hermit, on 11 March 2020 - 08:04 PM, said:

View PostKrystal, on 10 March 2020 - 12:38 PM, said:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez.

I read 100 Years of Solitude, en español, a few years back It was pretty tough sledding, and I don't think it would have been any easier in English. I am curious how this book is.

Currently I am reading Go Tell It On The Mountain, by James Baldwin.

Also, I love your LDR avatar.

James Baldwin is outstanding. My favorite is No Name in the Street.

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:21 AM

View Postblueschica, on 18 March 2020 - 05:15 PM, said:

I have been on a history kick lately.  Both are very good books, the royal cousins one becoming a bit of a slog near the end. Poor Tsar Nicholas; he never saw it coming until the end.
The other is about the London Blitz in WWII.  Everyone had to band together to fight against circumstances never known before. (Imagine . . .  )

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I read Larson's "The Devil in the White City" and really enjoyed it. It's about the Chicago World's Fair and the appearance of the "first modern serial killer" HH Holmes. It's heavily influenced by Capote's "In Cold Blood", and is a page-turner. I'll have to check this new one out. Thanks, blueschica! :cheers:

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 10:21 AM

Trying to alternate 2 MacDonald books (Travis McGee series/stand-alone novels) with other things. Just finished this greasy bit of speculative fiction:

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I've read a few of Ballard's books, and am still not sure if I am a fan. His writing is generally excellent, although I find his weird little quasi/queasy-poetic similes off-putting at times (kind of like Michael Ondaatje with an acid hangover). Luckily there's not too much of that on display here. Although his subjects are often grim and humourless, I found this to be a reasonably entertaining read, despite a very '70s ending (to me at least), and general cruelty to dogs and cats.
Opening sentence: "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months."

I can't rate stuff. 3/5? 7/10? I dunno...I'll probably re-read it at some point, or parts of it at least.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 10:59 AM

The Communist Manifesto (It's for a class, I swear!) I am not Comrade Spaceaudity11

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 01:00 PM

Reading The Communist Manifesto doesn't make you a communist any more than reading Mein Kampf would make you a Nazi or reading the Bible would make you a Jew or Christian . . . or the Koran . . . or The Wealth of Nations, etc., etc. Surely no one would be so quick to associate!

It's an important book, historically. Quite thin for the all the weight it bears.

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Posted 27 March 2020 - 08:06 AM

So since I have a little more time at home than I might otherwise, I've decided to go ahead and take on this 700-page tome:

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It's written by the guy who developed the listening algorithms for Pandora, and it's a deep dive into music theory. This is gonna be a tester for me because beyond knowing what I like, I know sweet FA about actual music.

Maybe in a month I'll emerge rattling on about polyharmonics and arpeggios!

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