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- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-04 12:53 PM
The current thread is getting a bit long, so I hope it's okay that I'm starting a new one.

I picked up The Metamorphosis  by Franz Kafka, inspired no doubt by Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.  The paperback contains just over 200 pages, but the text of the story less than 45.  The rest is "Texts and Contexts" and "Criticism."  I'll likely read the supporting texts and contexts, but literary criticism in the past has gone over my head.

The story itself is a good one.  I'm not sure I'm in any hurry to read more Kafka, but we'll see.  By the way, I see no link in this story between this author and Murakami's Kafka.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-04 1:14 PM
My son had to read Metamorphosis a month ago for school. When I asked what he thought, he responded....."At least it was short.":laugh:
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-05 8:37 AM
:laugh::laugh:

It was a good read.  I wonder if all of Kafka's work is short like this.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-04 1:41 PM Edited 2017-12-04 1:44 PM
I read that in a collection a while ago (picked it up for the same reason that you did:blush:). I thought it was okay but not great. The story that I really thought was well done was In the Penal Colony.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-05 8:38 AM
I'll look for that one.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-05 9:03 AM
It's a fairly uncomfortable read.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-04 1:43 PM
Matthew McIntosh's theMystery.Doc.

Mark Z. Danielewski had a picture of it on Instagram and it got me interested. I'm 500 pages in and am still unsure how to describe it. I can say that I am enjoying it so far however.
Parent - By st8rulz [us] Date 2017-12-12 1:05 PM
I'm reading Mr. Hockey, the biography of Gordie Howe's NHL dominance for 5 decades of playing pro hockey. I think EVERYONE should read it. :cool:

And hello everyone. :hug:
- By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-04 1:19 PM
I am reading The Accident by Chris Pavone.  I liked his first novel, The Expats which was a spy thriller.  This is more thriller/mystery which I am enjoying.
- - By jennyO Date 2017-12-08 12:44 PM
Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood.  I think this would have worked better as an audiobook for me.  Just seems a little lightweight intellectually.  then again, I was trying to give myself a break.

Audiobook:  SK's Insomnia.  Picking up more of the Dark Tower references than the first time I read it, which was probably 15 years ago (and before I'd read the DT series once, let alone twice).  I forgot how irritating the between-chapters music is! :cry:
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-14 4:25 PM
Now an Alice Munro collection, Dear Life.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-21 12:26 PM
Now on to more junk.  Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10 and listening to Michael Robotham's The Secrets she keeps.  Both are complete crap, but somehow compelling enough that I will finish them.  I think I'm ready for some good literature again.
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-10 9:24 AM
I just finished The Dark Tower (well, have the epilogue left) but what the hell?!!
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-10 12:15 PM
PERFECT ENDING
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-11 9:22 AM
After finishing it for real now and having had some time to process it I think it was a good ending. Probably could have even done without the Coda

SPOILER BELOW

So, do you believe he now has the horn and that's all he needs to complete the quest? Or is there something else he is missing as well?
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-11 10:44 AM
Spoilers below...

The horn allowed a sh*tty movie to be made in 2017.:shocker!:

I think that it's open to speculation whether this time was different. I hope that jennieo chimes in. I'd be interested in her opinion.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-11 1:50 PM

>The horn allowed a sh*tty movie to be made in 2017


Yes! :cry:  I thought it was their justification for doing away with SO MUCH good stuff.  And putting in a bunch of crap. :meh:
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-11 2:07 PM
You watched the movie :shocker!:
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-11 2:18 PM
No, but that's not going to stop me from shooting my mouth off.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-12 12:23 PM
:laugh:
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-11 1:59 PM
The horn is supposed to help him make things different the next time around.  I'm not sure how many cycles he maybe went through before and didn't notice the horn in the Tower?? or maybe he didn't get to the Tower on a lot of previous cycles. :wtf:  I think it's open to speculation how having the horn will make any difference.  I'm guessing maybe it will finally allow him to die.  I have this image of him as some lonely doomed knight, compelled to repeat the cycle for eternity.  And that there's something about this endless repetition that is necessary for the Tower and all of existence to continue ... but I may be reading too much in there! :laugh:

Honestly, I don't have all the answers.  Maybe I missed a ton of thing, but I've read the series twice now, and I think King deliberately left a lot of unanswered questions at the end.  (WHY is Roland having to go through this?  How can the cycle stop?  What would happen to him and the universe if he does?  Are his companions different in each cycle, or do Eddie/Susannah/Jake/Oy keep cycling too?)  But I think having all those unanswered questions makes the ending really cool.  Not totally satisfying for the reader, but then we always saw things through the eyes of Roland and his ka-tet, and they're in the dark about all this stuff, too.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-14 6:59 AM
I started The Gunslinger last night. It will be my third time. Ka is a wheel. :shocker!:

The last time I read it I ended up rereading the entire series straight through. I don’t think that I’ll do that again but I do plan on rereading the books again.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-14 4:24 PM
That's what I intended to do, but I ended up having to take "breaks" with other books.  And I finally succumbed to audiobooks for the last 2.
- - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) Date 2017-12-11 9:28 AM
Reading The Shining very slowly. I'm too tired at night to read much right now so I get through about 5 pages a night. I'll let you know in a year how it is compared to how I remember it.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-11 9:30 AM
I loved that book when I read it a thousand years ago. Of course, I then hated the movie since it ended completely different.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-11 10:45 AM
I don't get the appeal of the movie, I think that it sucks.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-11 2:01 PM
I liked the movie well enough, but then I saw it way before I read the book.  It's just very different.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2017-12-11 2:00 PM
That's a great book.  I also really liked Doctor Sleep (the sort-of sequel). :cool:
- - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2017-12-11 3:56 PM
I finally finished Shogun, a generally entertaining if overlong and dated yarn, and am looking forward to turning to some new book that I haven't selected yet.
Parent - - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-12 3:32 PM
How wrong is the beard about The Dark Tower ending?
Parent - - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2017-12-12 3:42 PM
To be fair, after 4000+ pages of the thing, you can sort of see how a case of Stockholm Syndrome might kick in to make a reader try to convince themselves that the ending was somehow satisfactory.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-12 6:51 PM
Well, I know who I won’t be voting for in the FOTY category. :mutmad:
Parent - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2017-12-13 5:25 PM
I have now started Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  I have not read Dickens in a very long time, so curious to see how this goes.
- By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-13 8:39 AM Edited 2017-12-13 8:41 AM
I finished Matthew McIntosh's theMystery.doc a couple of nights ago. It was really something, hard to say much more about it. The whole book is fragments of stories thrown almost shotgun style into the book - a few sentences of a story and then no mention of it for 100 pages where a paragraph or two more show up. In between are fragments of other stories, movie stills, photographs, transcripts of 911 calls from 9/11, blank pages, a shit ton of "*******" and other miscellanea. There's a general overarching story but for the most part the reader is getting a sense of unease throughout the book. It's over 1600 pages but probably has the same amount of text as a book 1/4 of that length. It mimics the way that we consume information in today's age very well, little snippets of random things overlapping and competing for attention. Overall I really enjoyed it. I ordered his first novel, Well.

Last night I reread Murakami's The Strange Library. I really like this story. The first time I read it I saw it all as a dream but this time I saw it more as a projection of the main character's worries about his mother's well being. Very, very good.
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-13 9:13 AM
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I haven't seen Blade Runner, which is based on this book, but want to (mainly I want to see the new one because of Ryan Gosling). I'm about half way through and it's a very good read so far.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2017-12-13 9:24 AM
huh huh huh, dick.
Parent - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-15 12:30 PM
Finished last night. Maybe it's above me or maybe I just don't get Dick but I didn't really love it.
- - By dnaff [us] Date 2017-12-15 9:51 AM
Popping in from the Masters forum as I do from time to time.....Has anyone read Damascus Gate by Robert Stone?   I'm 1/2 way through and really enjoying it.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-21 7:02 AM
Yes!!  Twice!!  The first read was interesting, but I got lost in all the names of people and places, so I re-read it a couple of years later.  I picked it up originally because Richard Russo (Straight Man, Nobody's Fool...) said he liked it.
Parent - By dnaff [us] Date 2017-12-21 9:52 AM
Exactly.  I'm going to let it digest a bit and read it again.  So many characters to track.  Interesting about Richard Russo. I've read several of his books and not really liked any of them.  ??
- By sideshowbob Date 2017-12-16 8:29 AM
Finished Isaac's Storm by Eric Larsen,. Rather disappointed; too much repetitive detail IMO 5/10
Now just started Remains of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro , based on the recommendation of a close friend . Stay tuned, please
- - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-18 9:40 AM
'Salems Lot . So far I'm overwhelmed with trying to keep all the characters in the town straight!
Parent - By insistor (needs a bigger dick) Date 2017-12-28 1:18 PM
I'm done...I think. I mean, it ended and then there was a bunch tacked on and now there is a deleted scenes part that I really have no interest in reading. I guess I don't get it. I thought Father Callahan was scared on the forehead with his cross and played more of a role?? That was never in there.
- By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-25 9:46 AM
I've started American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meachem.  I need to buy this one so I can underline about every other sentence!
Also started The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hooks.  Recommended on Facebook by a forumite I don't see here much, if ever, anymore.

We watched "Stronger" last night.  Thanks to that, and the previews they make you watch before the feature film, I've now put the following books on hold at my library:
- Stronger by Jeff Bauman
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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