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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - probably my favourites of his, great stuff, inventive fellow - often quite funny too



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Began 'El Tunel' (the tunnel) by Ernesto Sabato, a classic of Argentine literature. Short and instantly grabbing, highly recommended if you want something easy and fast to read, yet with originality and thoughtful.
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My brother has a bunch of PKD's stuff.  I'm sure I'll dip into them some day.
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That was one of the first ones I read, I believe it is called "the Man in the High Castle" but it has been a very long time since I read it.
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^ He was amazing, huh? Especially live 'Do Androids...' but some of his shorts are just as good, or better. Still haven't quite got round his alternate history one, Man in the Highcastle? Can't quite recall the title.
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When I was young I read all the Phil Dick books, great stuff.
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Last week, I finished reading "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, and really enjoyed it.  I'll be sure to read more of his work in the future.

Lately, I've been reading some comic books (I know, they don't really count), but also some sci-fi novels.  I recently read some of the short stories in the Harlan Ellison collection "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream".  I am about to start reading "Renaissance" by A.E. van Vogt.


They totally count I reckon Smile  Sounds good, and the Slaughterhouse Five is a classic.
One of the last sci-fi I read was a collection too, and it's got some great stuff in it


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^ I really like Vonnegut!
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Last week, I finished reading "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, and really enjoyed it.  I'll be sure to read more of his work in the future.

Lately, I've been reading some comic books (I know, they don't really count), but also some sci-fi novels.  I recently read some of the short stories in the Harlan Ellison collection "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream".  I am about to start reading "Renaissance" by A.E. van Vogt.
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I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it's extremely predictable, it's a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again ...
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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

^ classic pair!

idlero, have you read 'Norwegian Wood'? If so, what did you think of his so-called 'non-surreal' novel?


read it, I prefer his surreal novels(although I usually don't like surreal literature), "Kafka on the shore" being my favourite until now


That's interesting that you don't like a lot of surrealist stuff - it just goes to show how power his work can be, huh? I still haven't got to Kafka, though it's on my list. Curious as to why's it your fav?



Hard to explain , maybe because it was the first Murakami book I read and I was blown away by his style, anyway I really liked the story and in my opinionthis book has a special beauty...I plan to reread it in romanian translation, first time I read it in english.


I'll bump it up in the list and pick it up sooner I think - I know what you mean, I feel the same way about the Wind-Up Bird because it was my first of his.

Interested to hear what you think about any differences you spot between the feel of both versions, when you have re-read it. Translation is a fascinating art.

Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

Has anyone read his IQ84 trilogy?


Not yet, but it's on my list.
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^ Cool, I reckon I'll keep an eye out for it, Pablo - it sounds good and I'm in a critical-analysis-essay kinda mood
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Originally posted by Abraxas Abraxas wrote:

Well, I just finished 'Moth's by Karl Manders. Really liked it because I was extremely identified with the protagonist, the kid, who is also Dutch and loves to run. But the book deals about two parallel stories, the father who ends up going to east Europe in the second world war period, while his only child, grows with his aunt in Holland. Really moving and detailed.

I've already began Antonin Artaud's 'Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society' so far, it's great.


Split narratives are pretty cool - nice way for a writer to kinda place two books into one in a way. Is The Man Suicided by Society a bio more fiction?



It's an, how do I say it, opinion? essay? So far I'm reading the preface by the editor, which takes half part of the book, and explains Artaud's life, work, philosophy and much of the meaning of the book. 
I find it to be extremely interesting, since I share some of the basic ideas that Artaud had, that of trying to escape from social masses, which is just a tiny and simple part of what Artaud actually means.
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Has anyone read his IQ84 trilogy?
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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

^ classic pair!

idlero, have you read 'Norwegian Wood'? If so, what did you think of his so-called 'non-surreal' novel?


read it, I prefer his surreal novels(although I usually don't like surreal literature), "Kafka on the shore" being my favourite until now


That's interesting that you don't like a lot of surrealist stuff - it just goes to show how power his work can be, huh? I still haven't got to Kafka, though it's on my list. Curious as to why's it your fav?



Hard to explain , maybe because it was the first Murakami book I read and I was blown away by his style, anyway I really liked the story and in my opinionthis book has a special beauty...I plan to reread it in romanian translation, first time I read it in english.
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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

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[QUOTE=snobb]I have read  almost every Murakami book ( or better to say - almost every translation I could find, own his books in English,Lithuanian and Russian) LOL. Even have read his non-fiction novel about gas attack in Tokyo subway....

One of my most beloved modern writers


Wow! In three translations, Slava? How do they differ from version to version, in your opinion?

 

I expect it would be most interesting to read in original, because one of main thing I love in his books is that Japanese atmosphere - not touristic, but cultural, philosophical if you want. Unfortunately I don't speak/read in Japanese Confused LOL. I For me the  best translation is that one which brings most authentic atmosphere, it is if when reading I feel like I'm reading Japanese writer Murakami, not someone telling me his version of Murakami's book.
Tried to read one his book on Serbian as well, but was disappointed by translation (or my language knowledge wasn't good enough LOL)


I'm really curiuos how much of the atmosphere in his books is Japanese ,  sometimes I got the impression that it isn't  a specific japanese identity maybe because most of the cultural references quoted in his books are western and not japanese
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Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

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[QUOTE=snobb]I have read  almost every Murakami book ( or better to say - almost every translation I could find, own his books in English,Lithuanian and Russian) LOL. Even have read his non-fiction novel about gas attack in Tokyo subway....

One of my most beloved modern writers


Wow! In three translations, Slava? How do they differ from version to version, in your opinion?

 

I expect it would be most interesting to read in original, because one of main thing I love in his books is that Japanese atmosphere - not touristic, but cultural, philosophical if you want. Unfortunately I don't speak/read in Japanese Confused LOL. I For me the  best translation is that one which brings most authentic atmosphere, it is if when reading I feel like I'm reading Japanese writer Murakami, not someone telling me his version of Murakami's book.
Tried to read one his book on Serbian as well, but was disappointed by translation (or my language knowledge wasn't good enough LOL)
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Originally posted by idlero idlero wrote:

Originally posted by dreadpirateroberts dreadpirateroberts wrote:

^ classic pair!

idlero, have you read 'Norwegian Wood'? If so, what did you think of his so-called 'non-surreal' novel?


read it, I prefer his surreal novels(although I usually don't like surreal literature), "Kafka on the shore" being my favourite until now


That's interesting that you don't like a lot of surrealist stuff - it just goes to show how power his work can be, huh? I still haven't got to Kafka, though it's on my list. Curious as to why's it your fav?


Originally posted by snobb snobb wrote:

I have read  almost every Murakami book ( or better to say - almost every translation I could find, own his books in English,Lithuanian and Russian) LOL. Even have read his non-fiction novel about gas attack in Tokyo subway....

One of my most beloved modern writers


Wow! In three translations, Slava? How do they differ from version to version, in your opinion?


Originally posted by Abraxas Abraxas wrote:

Well, I just finished 'Moth's by Karl Manders. Really liked it because I was extremely identified with the protagonist, the kid, who is also Dutch and loves to run. But the book deals about two parallel stories, the father who ends up going to east Europe in the second world war period, while his only child, grows with his aunt in Holland. Really moving and detailed.

I've already began Antonin Artaud's 'Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society' so far, it's great.


Split narratives are pretty cool - nice way for a writer to kinda place two books into one in a way. Is The Man Suicided by Society a bio more fiction?


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