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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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Currently re-reading "Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer.

"Whan that Godsylla with his breethe radioactif the toures of Yedo hath ybrent..."

Finally got around to reading both John Blake crime noirs: Little Girl Lost and Songs Of Innocence. I remember Rob Staeger recommending them. Wow, both of them were riveting. Full of twists and turns, and absolutely brutal endings. 

I just started Nick Harkaway's Tigerman, and am enjoying it. I loved his Angelmaker, so I bought this and Gnomon when the Kindle editions went on sale.

I have been reading too much fluff lately. (By "fluff" I mean 16 Dark Shadows paperbacks in a row and by "lately" I mean the last 20 years or so.) Fluff is entertaining and it does give one a certain feeling of accomplishment, such as the President gets when completing a simple cognitive test,but now that I find myself with some free time on my hands (ahem!) I have decided to delve into something a bit more meaty. first up is...

IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE: This one has been on my "to read" list for a long time, but I've just never found myself in the mood. I am in the mood now, for whatever reason. It's not exactly light reading, and just because I am in the right mood, doesn't mean I'm in the proper frame of mind. I'm glad our current President is barely literate or he would be using this as his playbook. As it is, every couple of chpaters I would find myself saying, "He did that!" Sadly, the answer to "It Can't Happen Here" is, to same extent, "It Already Has."

Recently read (or re-read):

The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
So I'm a Spider, So What?, vol. 9, by Okina Baba
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, by Yasutaka Tsutsui

The Master of Go, by Yasunari Kawabata

The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata

Now re-reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata

Whether or not you liked The Fountainhead, please, I beg you, do not watch the movie. 

Atlas Shrugged: Did we discuss this offline? May bey via Facebook/Tracy? In any case, whenever I hear of a politician advocating this book I ask ask myself, "Who does he identify with? Wesley Mouch?"

Reading "It Can't Happen Here" really f*cked me up. I meant to follow it up with 1984, my third (incomplete) time through, but I got only 30 pages in and I had to abandon it (again). I just can't deal with it right now,

No, I'm done with Ayn Rand. I do believe that the woman was insane. I don't recall that we've ever discussed her work.

My personal take is that The Fountainhead was a better book than Atlas Shrugged, in the same way that Ed Wood was a better director than Coleman Francis, although to be fair, I think that Ed and Coleman had brighter visions of humanity than Rand did.

 I've read and re-read It Can't Happen Here and Nineteen Eighty-Four.  If I believed in "prophets", I would count Lewis and Orwell among them.

I agree that The Fountainhead is a better book than Atlas Shrugged

(And again I caution, do not watch the movie!) 

Tinker's Plague by Stephen B. Pearl

Agency by William Gibson

Just finished the YA The Absolutely True Adventures of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and am about to start another, Most Pit, by Kristyn Dunnion. 

Also, the current issue of The Were-Traveler, featuring stories that use Lovecraftian tropes and influences to examine and subvert HPL's racist and xenophobic tendencies

and which includes a story by a writer whose name *cough* you might *cough* recognize and who *cough* is happy to engage in shameless self-promotion.

Re-read Thousand Cranes and Beauty and Sadness, both by Yasunari Kawabata.

The Baron said:

Recently read (or re-read):

The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
So I'm a Spider, So What?, vol. 9, by Okina Baba
Salmonella Men on Planet Porno, by Yasutaka Tsutsui

The Master of Go, by Yasunari Kawabata

The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata

Now re-reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata

I'm so glad you liked them!

The most recent books I've been reading -- Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt mysteries -- remind me a lot of the John Blake books...if mixed with a little Dirk Gently. DeWitt takes the "holistic detective" bit -- there are no coincidences, only clues -- and plays it for noir instead of laughs. And reading these books, you can see how torn apart she's become from her experiences of being a detective. I loved the first -- Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead -- and I like the second, Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, a lot. The first is set mostly in New Orleans, the second one mostly in San Francisco. The third, Infinite Blacktop, is set in Las Vegas, but I haven't gotten there yet. 

And I loved Angelmaker -- I'll have to give Tigerman a look!

Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) said:

Finally got around to reading both John Blake crime noirs: Little Girl Lost and Songs Of Innocence. I remember Rob Staeger recommending them. Wow, both of them were riveting. Full of twists and turns, and absolutely brutal endings. 

I just started Nick Harkaway's Tigerman, and am enjoying it. I loved his Angelmaker, so I bought this and Gnomon when the Kindle editions went on sale.

I recently finished reading Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This is a true story about the 1936 Berlin Olympics US Men's 8 Man Rowing team (that is quite a mouthful). It is awesome! I loved this book. Reading about these young, mostly poor kids from Washington going up the likes of Cal, Harvard, and Yale in college races all the way up to the Olympics. I was really getting excited and on the edge of my seat reading about rowing. ROWING!

Of course this deal with Hitler and Germany getting prepared for the Olympics and how they white washed what they were doing before they game started,

A decent amount, but not too many of photos sprinkled throughout the book.

Recently Re-Read:

Ring, by Koji Suzuki
Spiral, by Koji Suzuki
Loop, by Koji Suzuki
Birthday, by Koji Suzuki
Some Prefer Nettles, by Junichiro Tanizaki

Currently Re-Reading:

Seven Japanese Tales, by Junichiro Tanizaki

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