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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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"Oh, man, Jeff! I remember Illusions!"

If you liked Illusions, there is a direct sequel titled Illusions II. (I say "direct" sequel" because A Bridge Across Forever and One were sorta sequels.) i read it in a single sitting one time; I think it took me four hours. there's also a "Messiah's Handbook," covered in blue suede, exactly as described in Illusions.

I read Dune for the first time when i was a senior in high school, and I found it to be the most difficult book I had ever read at the time. I continued reading the sequels up through Chapterhouse Dune, the most current one at the time. When I went back to read the entire series a second time, I found much easier. I attribute that in part to me being more familiar with the milleu and in part to being a more sophisticated reader. I haven't read any of the postumous sequels or prequels or interstitial works, but I've read all of the Dune novels written by Frank Herbert himself.

Well it only took me 5 years, but I did pick up the other two "Watch" books. I wasn't looking too hard for them but I did see them at a Half Price Books the end of last year. I already finished Day Watch, and I thought it was very good. I'm taking a little break before I read the last one. I'm now reading Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard.

Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) said:

Ah thanks, Richard. I knew there was a series, but I didn't know the names of the other books.

Richard Willis said:

Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) said:

I thought a nice segue of reading a novel about the Cold War was reading the Russian novel Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyaneno. The Nightwatch is basically a agency "the good guys" called The Light Ones of the supernatural who make sure the Dark Ones are kept in check. It focuses on what amounts to a guy in charge of the IT department of the Moscow office, who is also a low-grade magician, who is drawn into field work. I've read the first two stories in the book, and I've enjoyed them quite a bit. Also, recommended.

He also wrote two more books, Daywatch and Twilightwatch. There are two Russian Movies, Nightwatch and Daywatch, which were adapted from the series. They are on my Netflix list but I haven't gotten to them yet. They sound really good.

DARK SHADOWS: I finished #16 in the series (of 32) DS paperbacks.

JAMES BOND: I have read all 14 of the Ian Fleming ones in order three times: once in junior high school, once in college, and once when I was 35 years old, plus I’ve read odd ones on a “one-off” basis from time-to-time. I determined the last time I read them that I need never read them again. There are John Gardner ones I’ve read only once, and at least one toward the end of his series of 14 I haven’t read at all, plus I haven’t read any of the more recent ones by other authors. But I was skimming through many of them last night (looking for drink references for a possible discussion thread) and I decided I just might read at least some of them through yet again.

JUST HOW STUPID ARE WE?: this was my main read this past weekend. Subtitled “Facing the Truth about the American Voter,” it places blame for the current state of American politics squarely on the shoulders of the voters. I’ve this book once before, but I don’t recall a lot of details, only that I liked it. I could have sworn I read it in the run-up to the 2016 election, but no, it was written in 2008. It’s chock-full of facts regarding issues and events, mainly but not entirely, between 2001 and 2008. The facts are presented in an interesting and fun way, but I can see why I didn’t remember more of them.

I don’t feel like writing any more about it right now.

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

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