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 No.632

Let's talk about the books/manga/etc that you are reading.

I'm halfway through After Dark by Haruki Murakami and I'm loving it, already bought another 3 books from him to read after this one

 No.633

>>632
1Q84 was quite enjoyable. I have the Wind-up Bird Chronicle next on my reading list by him.

Most memorable books recently are Worm (https://parahumans.wordpress.com/), which is an online series about a girl who controls bugs, and the Three-Body Problem, which is a Chinese sc-fi that got quite popular recently.

 No.635

>>633
I almost bought 1Q84 but I grabbed "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World".

Worm looks really interesting, thanks!

 No.636

I recently read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James which was very interesting. I've also been reading through Infinite Jest for the past month or so but progress is slow, although I'm really enjoying it (even if it's probably all going over my head).

 No.637

>>635
I'm actually reading Hardboiled Wonderland right now, it's a really interesting story. I haven't finished it yet but whenever I notice a connection between the two stories I get chills, this book's great.

 No.638

I just read through BLAME! for the first time and it's pretty cool. Atmospheric cyber dystopia thing that leaves enough to the imagination that you want more

 No.639

I've read quite a bit of Murakami and come to the conclusion that he writes the same book many times over. The themes, general structure, characters, ideas, etc, all seem to be duplicated over and over. As much as I like him, I don't feel as though it was a good use of my time to read anything beyond Kafka on the Shore & Wind-Up Bird, as those do his formula the best out of all of them.

 No.641

>>639
I can agree with this. Reminds me a lot of the likes of Dan Brown.

Even in 1Q84 when he tried to be more ambitious the protagonist and the woman ended up being the same templates used in other books.

That's not to say it is awful, just that he lacks versatility. If I was to recommend Murakami my advice would be to wait a bit between books.

 No.642

>>641
Yeah I remember when I read Angels and Demons, The DaVinci Code and Inferno all on the same month and it felt empty, I'm not saying that those were bad books but reading one after the other was a bad idea and showed me the "boilerplate" plot of Dan Brown

 No.643

I'm listening to "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. So far so good, I'm most likely going to buy it after I'm done listening to it. Apparently there's also a film adaptation https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4651140/ but I'm not sure if I'll be watching it. Movies nowadays are the literal spawn of Satan which is funny in a way because the book warns you about the devil taking many shapes.

 No.644

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>>632
>>639
>>641
I'm reading Wind Up Bird Chronicles cause I wanted something gentle I could sit and read last term when I was stressed with workload. Only about a fifth through but I'm enjoying the chill read.
Now that I have some more free time I'd like to finally get on to my copy of Crime and Punishment.

 No.645

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I am reading Belgarath the Sorcerer of David Eddings. It's a very pleasant and comfortable read, I feel like I'm on an adventure with some friends. I have not read the Belgariad yet but I will soon once I finish this one.
I am also reading Dreams of Terror and Death by H.P Lovecraft. I am a total newbie to H.P Lovecraft, but so far I am having a good time.
Finally, I am trying to pick up the Welcome to the NHK light novel again, but it's hard. I lost that flow I was in initially.

Happy reading everyone!

 No.649

Currently reading Awakenings by Oliver Sacks. It's a nonfic centered on a disease from WW1 that caused Parkinsons in people who contracted it, and Dr. Sacks giving them a drug, L-DOPA, which briefly alleviates the symptoms. Unfortunately, it also often has debilitating side effects.

While at times the book can get a bit dense in medical jargon, Sacks is a decently interesting writer to hold interest, as well as the narratives about patients.

>>638
Got my girlfriend into that recently, she loves the art but complains about the story constantly.

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 No.655

Right now I'm reading Beastars and I will be starting Midori Days. I always like watching the anime adaptation and the reading the source material to see the differences.

 No.656

>>644
oOOH I love crime and punishment, such a good read I highly suggest it

 No.660

Infinite Jest. It worries me how consistently fun it is, when everything about it shouldn't be. Ironically, it makes the point of the book harder to swallow, especially since I can't read most of it seriously. The really harsh ridiculous parts are certainly sad, but I'm too in tune with black humor not to laugh.
On the side, I've been getting back into Pratchett and Discworld. I didn't expect Moving Pictures and Small Gods to become my favorites. Highly recommend the latter if you are an edgy agnostic. The best of light reads and witty satire.

 No.661

Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles.

It was my favorite book as a child so i decided to read it again but in english this time. Seems to be way shorter than i imagined.

 No.662

https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2961893/1/Mother-of-Learning
Magic school timeloop fiction with really nice in depth magic systems. Final chapters just came out recently.

 No.663

No idea. I have a bunch of shit open.
But I'll probably read Grafton Tanner's "Babbling corpse", then Krasznahorkai's "The Prisoner of Urga", or if not that, I'll read Erofeev's "Moskva-Petushki" instead.

 No.665

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I’m reading The Stand by Stephen King . Pretty good so far

 No.666

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I'm reading Cur Deus Homo by St. Anselm and City of God by St. Augustine for class. They're both getting pretty good once I can wrap my head around them.

 No.667

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>>643
Nice. I didn't know there was a movie adaptation but I can't imagine it's any good.

I'm reading Book of the New Sun right now, it's dense and challenging but extremely good.

 No.677

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No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

 No.678

I work offshore and this time I brought 5 books including my Bible. Just in case I get stuck in a quarantine somewhere and also because I no longer have a laptop to watch anime on. So I brought Moby-Dick, a book on swords, the Silmarillion, and Metro 2033.
>>643
The Screw tape Letters are amazing, I actually have a box set of Lewis' works that I need to finish reading.
>>645
I picked up a compilation of Lovecraft's writings and I read it every October. I really like how all of the stories are about a man studying something, looking for answers rather than just experiencing whatever horror the story is about. I can see how some would find that boring though.

 No.679

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

is a trainwreck, I have no more words to describe it

 No.680

Clarice Lispector - All the Short Stories
I don't know how to translate "Todos os Contos" in english.

 No.681

>>680
Usually you see it as "Complete Tales" or "Complete Short Stories" or something like that

 No.682

>>681
Tales is such a bad translation though. It invites expectations different from what you'd get.

 No.684

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>>678
>bible
make sure it's a King James Bible! For reasons why see,
jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/1611_authorized_king_james.htm

 No.685

I'm reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. It's a massive book but I'm getting near the end. Before that in the last few months I read The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, and Neuromancer by William Gibson. I'm trying to always have a book with me at work to read on breaks.

 No.686

>>684
It's a Septuagint OT with a quasi- KJV NT. it's the Orthodox Study Bible if you're wondering. I think my pocket Bible is KJV though. It's neat because it's both testaments but it literally fits in my front pocket.

 No.688

>>684
I bought a NRSV bible under the impression it would be better, but I see so many people hail the KJV as the best bible. Should I continue with what I have or just read the KJV?

 No.689

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Currently reading The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson for some reason. It's pretty silly. I was at the library the other day and they just happened to have The Early History of God by Mark Smith, which is considered to be one of the seminal studies of early Israelite religion, so I'm reading that as well.

>>688
Not that sushi roll, but I study biblical exegesis at university.
The NRSV is a good purchase. It's both literal and readable, and has the added advantage of being the closest thing there is to a standard translation among English-speaking academics. The idea that the KJV is the best translation follows from a religious conviction that the translation itself as well as the base New Testament text, called the Textus Receptus (which is different from modern critical editions of the NT), were divinely inspired. The majority of biblical scholars do not believe that the KJV is more accurate than modern translations, and most modern translations do not use the Textus Receptus.
Unless you're sympathetic to KJV-only denominations, from a practical perspective you're better off just reading the NRSV anyway. The language of the KJV is so archaic that many familiar words have completely different meanings, so you will either not understand or outright misinterpret it without some kind of commentary (I haven't read it personally, but I've seen the Norton Critical Edition of the KJV recommended). A common example of this is the word 'conversation' in e.g. Philippians 1:27, which has nothing to do with talking. The NRSV is also a revision of the KJV and the footnotes (if your edition has them) should point out the major passages where the NRSV's NT disagree with other manuscripts, such as the ones used in the Textus Receptus, so it's also good preparation for reading the KJV.

 No.693

>>689
>>688
I think everyone should read both, or at least multiple translations. I like the archaic language of the KJV myself, although I'm also a huge fan of Shakespeare and other 16th century works. From that perspective, it's an incredible work of art.

 No.709

>>693
If sushi is really into it for whatever reason, they could even learn some ancient greek and read the original

 No.711

Started my rereading (almost 20 years later) of Capital Volume 1 and I'm aiming to work my way through all three volumes this year. The current downtime will aid this immensely.

 No.764

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Reading a history book on art. I like it, but I didn't realize how intermediate/high level it is. I get very little read because I have to google words every few seconds, though I do find the google quests enjoyable.

My favorite part is a dude in the 30's predicated how people would react to art today, cult vs exhibition value.

 No.765

>>689
Kissless Joyless Virgin?
sorry I just had to

 No.766

>>764
I feel like art history gets unfairly ridiculed as some kind of joke of a discipline but it's actually kind of really hardcore.

 No.767

>>711
Neat! I’ve been meaning to do the same - I read Vol 1 ages ago but never got around to continuing with the other writings. I own the others and they glare at me when I walk past the shelves.

 No.768

>>637
Same here! I'm about halfway through



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