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Book Thread Heavy MoleCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 42156214

This is a place for discussing and recommending books we might be reading, as well as our own writing projects as seems appropriate.

Discussion of audiobooks is fine as well, though you will have to submit your comments in the form of an audio recording:

https://vocaroo.com/

This thread is the successor to >>41918898

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Throughout October, I've been listening to the audiobook of Dracula.

Theres many movie and TV adaptions of Dracula, I just wanted to hear/read the original for a change.

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>>42156214

I love Don Quixote.

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>>42156214
>>42156225

I've had a copy of Don Quixote for ages but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

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>>42156225
>>42156231
I will probably undertake to read it in Spanish, for the practice and for the experience of reading a classic in a foreign language. For the sake of this thread I just like the art.

>>42156219
I'm sorry--I'm having trouble hearing you...

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>>42156252

Unless you're very confident in your Spanish I'd recommend something like First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book edited by Angel Flores, before you go tackling a full novel.
In the same vein but more to the point there's also Selections from Don Quixote: A Dual Language Book. Edited and translated by Stanley Appelbaum.

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>>42156268
That's a good recommendation. I've been reading some middle school level books and those are good for capturing the idiom of the language, but for me they don't impart a love of it, which only poetry can do. This may become a project for next year.

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If audiobooks count, I've been listening to The Two Towers. I'm also re-reading the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series for the third or fourth time.

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>>42156854
Do you do other things while you are listening to an audiobook?

Also you might smack me but I've never read anything by Scott Pilgrim.

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>>42156887
>Do you do other things while you are listening to an audiobook?
Usually stuff that doesn't require a lot of thinking, stuff that's fairly mundane so it doesn't detract or distract from my enjoying the audiobook.
>Also you might smack me but I've never read anything by Scott Pilgrim.
Scott Pilgrim is a character, not an author, ya dingus
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>>42156888
Well... That's why I haven't ready anything by him!

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>>42156889
It was written by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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>>42156854
Do you listen on audible, if so is it worth it?

I listen to the limited selection on YouTube while I’m doing my volunteering work, or I sometimes listen to pony fanfictions, or YouTube videos I need to catch up on. I generally manage to get through a decent novella or short (6 hours~) nonfiction book that way.

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>>42156941
Yes and yes. There are also good audiobooks for free on LibriVox.

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Give space books

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>>42156994
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: Odyssey Two
2061: Odyssey Three
3001: The Final Odyssey

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>>42157004
Ya'know, I think I actually went through them but I can't find anything after 2010 on my list

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>>42157004
4096: Odyssey 12.

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>>42157005
Oh well, the first two are the best. There's also Dune

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>>42157013
Done those too.

I am currently on a warhammer kick, but idk where to go after

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>>42157014

How about 40k then? There's a shitload of fluff for that. The Horus Heresy books are pretty good. Gaunt's Ghosts is excellent and highly recommended. Caiaphas Cain is also very good. Cain is based on The Flashman Papers, but he's much less of an asshole than Flashman.
The Imperial Guard series is very good. Especially 15 Hours and Cadian Blood.

There's also some heretical texts but I won't mention those here. The Inquisition might be listening...

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Just finished Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy.

The best Star Wars trilogy literally ever.

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>>42157018
Horus Heresy is waaaaaaaaaaay too long for me

I am going through Gaunt's Ghosts right now and by the time I finish I will have done both of the series Dan Abnet did himself. I just want to change things up so I don't do tooooo many warhammer books in a row

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>>42157025

Oh you're already reading 40k?

When you just say "Warhammer" I assumed you meant the Tolkien-esque fantasy universe. Though they are technically related Warhammer and Warhammer 40k are two completely different animals.
I've read much of the Horus Heresy, there's a lot of minor short-stories which can be safely disregarded.

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Currently reading Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem. It's a book compiled from her reporting on the 1961 trial of a Nazi official who was captured by the Israeli government when he was living retired in Argentina. Its famous refrain is "the banality of evil", the notion that horrendous crimes are often enough committed through bureaucratic stupidity rather than by radical malevolence, but the substance of the book is much less trite than might be suggested by the catch. Arendt has a keen sense of what constitutes a political action and does much to contextualize the trial (David Ben-Gurion's interest in promoting "Jewish consciousness" in the post-war era) and the actual difficulties faced by both the prosecution and the defense in dealing with such a ridiculous figure in Eichmann (who, for instance, thought he was joining the national guard when actually he was signing up for a low level intelligence gathering position in the S.S.).

The book offers a portrait of the vulnerability of people in the age of nation states and modernity, one hobbled by self-grandeur and ultimately turning hollow and parodic, and delivered in cold and unremittingly ironic tones. It is also, of course, in the wake of its shrewd assessments, a point of self-reflection.

A passage from the third chapter, 'An Expert on the Jewish Question':

Eichmann's mind was filled to the brim with [insipid mannerisms]. His memory proved to be quite unreliable about what had actually happened; in a rare moment of exasperation, Judge Landau asked the accused: "What *can* you remember?" [...] and the answer, of course, was that Eichmann remembered the turning points in his own career rather well, but that they did not necessarily coincide with the turning points of Jewish extermination, or, as a matter of fact, with the turning points in history (he always had trouble remembering the exact date of the outbreak of the war or of the invasion of Russia). But the point of the matter is that he had not forgotten a single one of the sentences of his that had at one time or other served to give him a "sense of elation". Hence, whenever, during the cross-examination, the judges tried to appeal to his conscience, they were met with "elation" and they were outraged as well as disconcerted when they learned that the accused had at his disposal a different elating cliché for each period of his life and for each of his activities. In his mind, there was no contradiction between "I will jump into my grave laughing," appropriate for the end of the war, and, "I shall gladly hand myself in public as a warning example for all anti-Semites on this earth," which now, under vastly different circumstances, fulfilled exactly the same function of giving him a lift.
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>>42157494

Interesting. I read Arendt's On Violence years back but nothing much of it sticks in my mind anymore. Its only 87 pages though so I think I'll read it again one of these days.
On Violence was published in I think, 1969. There are some pretty significant political parallels between the late 60s and early 70s and now.

VRG: On Violence "Introduction" #1
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I found a new light novel series to dig-into. Pic related.

No idea yet if its good or not, but the premises amuses me.
THE SPADE IS BROTHER TO THE SWORD! WE DIG FOR VICTORY!
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Picked up The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding about a week ago. This is regarded as a classic in the genre of the pre-industrial English novel, then typically a serialized form which treated moral subject matters. What interests me about this period is that it is a time when mores in the Old World were beginning to be changed with the tide of liberalism (with a capital 'L'), but were still yet understood in a less dogmatic or handed-down way than we think of them today (for example, when a bastard presented a true problem of parentage and association). Fielding is a writer of grand and humorous irony, perfect for the long form which was then beginning to burgeon in England.


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