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  1. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    15 June 2019 - 09:43 AM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 13 June 2019 - 04:23 AM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 13 June 2019 - 12:43 AM, said:

    View Postpat5150, on 12 June 2019 - 11:21 PM, said:

    Go get yourself The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky, which are both even better reads!




    Been a while since I last posted here. I think I followed Simeon's suggestion/imperative and read First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
    Still not sure what to make of it, though. I mean, I really enjoyed it for a number of reasons. For one thing, I just love books that are so singlemindedly dedicated to a single premise/concept. From what I can gather, Claire North regularly writes books around certain 'gimmicks', and at least in this book, it really pays off. Now while Harry did indeed get fleshed out rather nicely as a character - after all, we spend the entire novel and centuries of his lifetimes with him, I couldn't help but feel some distance towards him. The humour is probably part of the reason why: this sober/dark British kind of humour is not exactly my cup of tea. The melancholy, though, was beautifully integrated. As were the moral dilemmas that Harry has to face over the course of his lives. If there's one thing I would arguably fault the novel for, it would have to be a lack of suspense. partly due to the way Harry narrates his story, it isn't really 'exciting' because there is always this implicit assurance that Harry will figure stuff out eventually, and so the story becomes moreso about experience how he does it rather if he will pull through. That said, these are minor complaints in an otherwise pretty good book.

    After reading Mt. Char, maybe I was a little spoiled.

    Right now, I'm at the halfway point in Perdido Street Station and it's pretty great. Prose as rich as Mieville's is the kind of thing that belongs in a museum.
  2. In Topic: The sheer amount of new words and quotes

    15 June 2019 - 09:04 AM

    As a non-native speaker, I can definitely see what you mean. Actually, I'm currently having a similar experience reading Mieville's Perdido Street Station. I think what both Mieville and Erikson have going for them is how their choice of words is not only broad/diverse but that it is very evocative. Although I guess the difference between the two is that Erikson is moreso about using phrases and rhetorical devices to that end whereas Mieville has a knack for finding the right (obscure) terms to descibe very specific sentiments.
  3. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    10 May 2019 - 09:23 PM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 06 May 2019 - 03:03 PM, said:

    Finished my reread of The Library at Mount Char and it was just as bonkers and brutal and funny and wonderful the second time round. Really Great novel!

    If I got you to read this once again, then wow, good for you. I'm really enjoying Harry August, but I mentally keep coming back to how utterly stunning library at mount char was. So, I can only second yoU: What a great novel.
  4. In Topic: Ye Big Politics Thread

    05 May 2019 - 11:12 AM

    One thing I don't quite understand is why the right wing appears to have splintered into so many factions whereas the left seems to be mostly unified under the banner of the social democrats. Especially considering what you said, that for the majority of the past 20 years, the political right has ruled in Denmark.
  5. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    25 April 2019 - 05:59 PM

    View PostTiste Simeon, on 25 April 2019 - 02:48 PM, said:

    Gave up on the book I was reading called "Tavern" as it was just a bit too bland and generic.

    Started a reread of The Library at Mount Char instead. It's been a while and the talk of it has had inspired me to read it again. I'm guessing it holds up well a second time.

    Mmmmmhhh ;) Have fun


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    14 Mar 2019 - 07:32
    Happy birthday dude
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