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Old 10-07-2020, 12:30 PM
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I'm reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and though I'm enjoying the book, it's rather hard work on account of the very long sentences which often contain many clauses that interrupt the flow of meaning and make the sentences incomprehensible until I've read them several times, used by the author, and the multitude of characters introduced only by name with their personalities gradually described in short bursts of text often spaced several pages apart: especially as one never knows whether a character will be an important to the plot - not that the book has any sort of plot in the usual sense - or perhaps never mentioned again, but I suppose the book was written a long time ago when longer sentences were the norm and authors expected readers to work harder than they do today, and has a certain style which sets it apart from the mere commonplace lightweight novel.
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I'm reading #4026 by ceptimus, which does appear to be a good and helpful review - something which I am not at all surprised to find myself almost expecting from such a poster, in such a publication - but which may possibly be rather difficult to follow all the points of, as he is quite clearly illustrating the very same tendency to long and convoluted (or should that be convoluted and long? since the length is a consequence of the convolutions rather than its antecedent) sentences on the part of the author, Virginia Woolf, of the work he is reviewing, To The Lighthouse; this to the extent that I may need to go over it again several times - a need which I am nevertheless uncertain that I will meet.
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I'm reading way too many books at the same time, as usual. Heretics or herejes by Leonardo Padura for my Spanish class, Tudor: The Family Story (when all else fails, read about the Tudors. They were pretty fun) and Persephone Station by Stina Leicht - just started this one, it looks like a fun space opera.
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Oh, are we doing the on-topic thing?

I'm reading The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter, a sequel to The War of the Worlds. He's very much kept the 19th century science of the original - the Martians are still [omg sorry! spoiler!] firing cylinders from guns, space rockets not having really entered sf thinking at this time. And Jupiter is seven times older than Mars. And, of course, the style. Good so far ... but the massacring has only just begun.
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Don't laugh at me :glare: an old Nancy Drew book I found were she goes to the Nasca lines in Peru :taurus:
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Allie Brosh's new one, Solutions and Other Problems. I'm about halfway through it, because I'm intentionally taking it a chapter or 2 per day.

I'm also reading David Wong's (yeah, the cracked.com guy) debut novel, John Dies At The End. It's rather good, actually -- an odd mix of low & highbrow, with gore, Lovecraftian horrors, deadpan humor, existential dread, asynchronous plot, and a few other damned things.
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I liked John Dies At The End and it's sequel.
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We read Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong for the Sword & Laser book club. It was straddling the line between a parody of male aggression and just a book with rape threats in it. A few people in the book club didn't finish it that month.

I am currently reading Light: Science & Magic. It's one of those photography books I was told I should read, even if it thumbs a nose at the Door that reads, "The Eyes Are Not a Sense Organ."

I also started reading How to Be Antiracist, too, but discovered I really needed to focus on one or the other, and chose the more pleasant subject first.
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