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[–]mmultiplier 2 points3 points ago

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oo this post is a good idea and i love the books u mentioned

[–]you_may_die[S] 1 point2 points ago

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they're all nerd shit i've tagged u as a nerd

[–]mmultiplier 1 point2 points ago

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the ruse is up :3

[–]hoppet 2 points3 points ago

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I don't read books fast enough to participate weekly lol but I'd be able to comment monthly.

I'm reading two books right now.

One of them is Mistborn by Brian Sanderson. I read theStormlight Archives series at toasthaste's recommendation and apparently read Elantris with my partner without realizing it was the same author and now I'm hooked on his stuff.

I'm also Sword Art Online trash and am reading the fourth book of the Progressive series, which is an offshoot from the main series that fleshes out the events during the time of the first book (adapted in the first twelve episodes of the anime) and i'm gobbling it up so much lol I'm such a dork.

[–]you_may_die[S] 1 point2 points ago

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i'm gonna be reading dune for the next like 4 weeks and i'm in a "reading phase" right now so it is COOL

also this is a safe space to talk about books that you like no matter when you read them

[–]hoppet 1 point2 points ago

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dune is great and the whole series is pretty neat and funky but be ready for the fourth book which is kind of a slog if you're gonna go that far.

At the very least I recommend you read the first three.

[–]hoppet 1 point2 points ago

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well great aside from the white savior plot but everything's a problematic fav

[–]you_may_die[S] 0 points1 point ago

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yeah if i'm going to read any dunes after the first dune it won't be for a while but your vote of confidence means a lot because i don't often read sequels. usually i see it like bands where their first album is the distillation of everything they've accomplished as an artistic unit and to make a great second album is unusual. but possible

[–]oakreef 1 point2 points ago

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I think the fourth book is the one I stopped reading after

[–]FZA 2 points3 points ago

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im reading "patriarchy and accumulation on a world scale" which is a marxist feminist classic and it makes me more rad fem by the day. im also reading an anothology of contemporary japanese poetry which is very similar in style and trends to contemporary american poetry. im mostly just reading the female poets only though ive accidentally read some dudes since their portraits look like women and i dont know japanese name genders. im also rereading the anthology poems for the millenium part 3 which is a massive volume if well known and obscure romantic poets which i like to discover old ass white dudes i want to know better. the part 2 of modern and post modern poets is a bit more eclectic and imo a good introduction to modern american poetry. ive also been reading hannah weiner who ive linked poetry of here and she is very good and ginsburgesque but i feel bad saying that because she actually sees some shit and ginsburg was a sane tourist to estatic experiences. shes real and i love her poetry even though at time i struggle with it.

[–]FZA 2 points3 points ago

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here is a good poem by yoshihara sachiko

im really feeling this poem rn

[–]FZA 1 point2 points ago

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also this poem feels like it could be american in its sensibilities i feel like im crazy how similar contemporary japanese poetry is to american poetry

[–]you_may_die[S] 0 points1 point ago

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the poem's so fuckin good

[–]oakreef 2 points3 points ago

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Dune goes really off the deep end as the series goes on. I have Consider Phlebas as well and haven't read it yet. Maybe we can start it at the same time!

[–]oakreef 1 point2 points ago

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I finished No Mate for the Magpie by Frances Molloy which is a fictional memoire of a girl growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and it's pretty good and very funny and not as depressing as you would think from the setting.

Someone started an Ireland book club on the other site and for that I've started Dead as Doornails by Anthony Cronin which I've only read the first chapter of but is way more pretentious than I'm used to. The kindle's dictionary function is prooving useful.

I've also been reading a book written by James Shea who those who used to frequent SRSGaming might remember as Kirbyoto. He's written a lot of very strongly opinioned criticism of violence in games and films and he got banned from SRSGaming for being a bit of a prick but I've still been following his blog because even though I don't agree with him a lot of the time I find his arguments always interesting. Anyway he published a free book that looks over aspects of pre-industrial societies. So far it's just sort of a light compare and contrast of how certain things worked in various societies wored around the world (e.g. different systems of inheritance or governance, gender identity in various cultures) though unsourced. I wasn't sure what to expect from it but so far it's been nice and interesting light reading. Here's a link.

I've also been dipping in and out of a light book that catalogues folklore about the animals of Ireland.

[–]mustbecurious 1 point2 points ago

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Been alternating between the fingersmith, gone girl and a reread of pride and prejudice because the previous two books made me sad

[–]pushbroom 1 point2 points ago

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Honestly, I find Consider Phelbas pretty meh by Culture standards; I think Player of Games is the better intro.

[–]hoppet 0 points1 point ago

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moar like consider plebas amiright?

i dunno anything about the books lol i just saw a pun opportunity

[–]you_may_die[S] 0 points1 point ago

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cw one of the titles has a gendered slur in it. are there spoiler tags here? for now I'll just use the acronym with a footnote at the bottom

I also bought the first collection of DeConnick & De Landro's BP* and the first collection of Frank Miller's Daredevil run yesterday at the comic book store. Both of those are ones I'd been checking for at the library but never found. I read BP yesterday and it's really good but I found the scope of the collection interesting. If you read a lot of collected serialized comics you tend to expect some kind of self-contained arc, like the first work of a series or a season of a TV show, but BP#1 is very much the first act of a story. For those who are interested, it takes place mainly on an all-women's prison planet in a society that takes the term "patriarchy" to its literal endpoint. The series spends most of this volume worldbuilding, character developing and setting up the stakes with no cathartic payoff. I don't have any problem with the creators taking their time to tell the story the way they want to tell it, though, and I'll definitely pick up #2 if I see it.

As for Daredevil, I haven't read it yet but I'm a fan of the character (I've read some of Bendis' run, which is good, and I like the TV show) and I remember seeing Ta-Nehisi Coates and Combat Jack (a podcast host I really like) talk about how much they loved Miller's DD run on twitter. There's 3 volumes, so I'll decide if I'm gonna read the rest after I'm done this one. Not sure when I'll actually get around to reading it.

*Bitch Planet