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Elara
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Currently working through Fire and Fury because I just had to read about the trainwreck... it is a hard read. I am reading it out loud for Kaleb's benefit, so we have to take a break after a few chapters and just go, "Wow... just... wow."

Also read The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden for the book club I got roped into. It was a very interesting and fast read based around Russian folk tales. It is also the first book in a trilogy, and I admit that I kind of want to get the other two books now... I hesitate only because of the move and the fact that the kindle version is more expensive than the paperback.

Side rant... seriously, how can publishers justify the e-book edition costing the same or more than the physical copy? There is no material cost! No paper, no shipping! It is ridiculous! I am not saying it should be free or, like, $1... but 1/2 to 3/4 price would be a far more reasonable amount.
Rogue
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I actually haven't seen the movie. I'm pretty much waiting 'til it hits Netflix or HBO Now. The consensus seems to be that's it's pretty, but the story and acting are terrible.

Which is sort of how I've been feeling about the books, so perhaps they're a faithful adaptation?


Currently reading my copy of "Henry and Glenn Forever," a collection of comic strips about Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as a gay couple.
Elara
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I am curious, did you see the movie to compare?

But yeah, I remember reading about how heavily Valerian and Laureline influenced Star Wars... so it is really that strong?

Slowly moving through a re-read of American Gods because of the Starz show. Kinda slowed down since I got distracted by other things *cough*GameofThrones*cough*
Rogue
Posts: 11518/11623
Been reading the "Valerian and Laureline" series translated from its original French. It's what Luc Besson's new-ish movie, "Valerian," is based on. I'd actually been reading them before I discovered they'd made a movie, but they've actually been fairly daunting to get through, even though they're considerably short.

I mean, the illustrations are pretty great, but the stories are just not that absorbing for me.

Still, this series was coming out in the late '60s and early '70s. You can see A LOT of influence on "Star Wars" in the visuals.
Rogue
Posts: 11513/11623
If you like viking stories, it's quite good. The books are huge in appearance, but they read so fast. I've been getting them through the library on inter-library loans.

I actually haven't seen or read "Berserk," though I'd heard a lot of great talk about it from a friend many years ago.
Xeoman
Posts: 11444/11536
I hear amazing things about that one. Unlike modern day Berserk.

Maybe I'll read stuff someday...
Rogue
Posts: 11505/11623
Read the latest book in the "Vinland Saga" series. Still good shit.
Rogue
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Originally posted by Rogue
I've been trying to get through the memoir "Orange Is The New Black." It's just so friggin' boring listening to this woman go on about how much people liked her for being pretty and smart and nice and blond with blue eyes. I'm pretty sure she embellished the shit out of it.

I finally fucking finished the motherfucker. Yeah, it was not worth all that time.

Moving on to a book about headhunters.
Rogue
Posts: 11456/11623
I've been trying to get through the memoir "Orange Is The New Black." It's just so friggin' boring listening to this woman go on about how much people liked her for being pretty and smart and nice and blond with blue eyes. I'm pretty sure she embellished the shit out of it.
Lord Vulkas Mormonus
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I've been reading It, by Stephen King. Pretty great so far, a little slow moving, and a little creepy, but it hasn't gotten to be nearly the terrifyingly horribly story I've always heard people describe it as.

Maybe its because I still have something horrible waiting for me.
Elara
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Originally posted by Rogue
I really should read it. I read "Animal Farm" in middle school, just for fun, and my copy ended up going around my group of friends and never came back. It ended up pretty tattered and a couple of them thought it was their duty to crack the binding and told me I kept my books too nice.


Read Neil Gaiman's super-short graphic novel, "The Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" yesterday while sitting with the clients in the morning.



I saw, and contemplated, buying a hardcover combined edition of 1984 and Animal Farm. Perhaps that would be something you would be interested in? It was like $18 on Amazon.
Rogue
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I really should read it. I read "Animal Farm" in middle school, just for fun, and my copy ended up going around my group of friends and never came back. It ended up pretty tattered and a couple of them thought it was their duty to crack the binding and told me I kept my books too nice.


Read Neil Gaiman's super-short graphic novel, "The Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" yesterday while sitting with the clients in the morning.
Elara
Posts: 9459/9601
Reading 1984 because I figured that it was about time that I did. You know, I don't know what is creepier, reading it beforehand and seeing the parallels, or seeing the parallels and then reading about it, knowing that this book was written years and years ago.
Rogue
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Yeah, finished that book in about a day and a half. Would have been sooner, but we only read when we were physically together.

Since then read Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" in graphic novel form and am in the most recent volume of "Vinland Saga" that was released.
Rogue
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Brandon and I have unintentionally started taking turns reading aloud chapters of Asa Akira's memoir, "Insatiable: Porn -- A Love Story," to each other. It's an interesting read, at least.
Rogue
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Reading "Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good" by Chuck Collins. He's a great-grandson of Oscar Mayer and gave away his fortune so that he could make his own way.

I'm about a third of the way through it, and I recommend it. It's less memoir than putting a lot of the economic issues we have in perspective. He argues for the super wealthy to put their money back into the system and pay their fair share of taxes, among other things.


Other than that, finished the first omnibus of "Lone Wolf and Cub."
Elara
Posts: 9391/9601
Finally got a decent copy of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid so I am reading through those. Penguin Classic Deluxe edition... I am a bit sad that they are paperback, but they are nice copies despite that.
Lord Vulkas Mormonus
Posts: 4517/4539
I read Jurassic Park a long time ago. I thought it was really good! It's a lot more scientific and philosophical than the movie, but it's also a lot of fun.

Just... be aware, the exciting dinosaur-killing-people-part doesn't really start until about half-way through the book, which works for me, it just throws some people off a little bit.

Overall though, I'd highly recommend it.
Rogue
Posts: 11284/11623
I actually haven't. Been meaning to, but then decided it'd be a fun book to listen to in audio form with Bran, but there doesn't appear to be one for it.

Xeoman
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Have you read Jurassic Park? I always hear it's really good and quite different/darker than the movie.
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