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Latest novel or book you read?


Professional Watermelon Farmer
I just finished 'The Magic Mountain', by Thomas Mann. (John Woods translation) A very long read, but all in all, I'm glad I stuck with it. For a lighthearted follow-up to 'Death in Venice', it certainly delivered. And it had one of the best closing lines of any novel I've read.

Next, some more 'fun' things by Ross Macdonald; hard-boiled detective sorta stuff.


Crazy Cat Lady
The Martian, still working on it... I have like 3 books I want to finish up before I go out and buy some new ones.


New Member
Over Christmas break I read The Outsiders and The Giver. I used to read a lot but stopped for years for no reason...I just can't pick up a book much anymore. But those two are my favorites too!


Hare Boi
I recently finished volume 2 of the graphic novel Preacher by Garth Ennis and it's awesome! I also am reading a textbook on biodiversity which is marginally less exciting.

Sarcastic Coffeecup

Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Star Wars
Verily, a New Hope.
It was SW Ep IV written as if it was a shakespeare play. Pretty amusing and a short little read.

Currently working my way through The City & The City by China Miéville, which is very nice so far


Active Member
I just finished His Dark Materials and...it was okay? There were some really interesting concepts thrown about but the execution wasn't as good as I expected.
I'm currently reading First Test by Tamora Pierce!


New Member
Currently reading The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil for a computer science class. It's a pretty interesting book on how technology is advancing enough to become and surpass human knowledge and abilities. As an example, a super computer in the future may start creating its own inventions without any aid from a human with it's "mind" equal to that of all brains of every human alive. It's a pretty long book though so you probably won't be reading anything else for a while.

Otherwise, the last book that I have completed was The Force Awakens. I'm planning to read all of the Star Wars movie novelizations as well as the books on the canon list.


hot ham sandwich
I was able to give the comic Megahex by Simon Hanselmann a shot recently. I have super mixed feelings on it, but it's mostly positive. The comic is entirely about terrible people and as a result it's not for everyone. There's a lot of really rough stuff in the book that i know for a fact can be triggering for people (abusive friends, sexual assault, addiction, etc.) especially given it's context in the comic which uses it as a set up for jokes, but it's really worth it in the end if you can stomach that stuff. Getting through it certainly wasn't easy for me but I'm happy i did.

It's a great character study of aimless early 20s to mid-30s year old slackers and stoners. It's about people who do a lot of awful stuff for the sake of a joke and how there hits a point where that stops being funny. There's no real good characters in the book, but they're all still going through life and not particularly well. I really appreciate how these people despite being over-the-top aren't entirely monsters. They're people and i think that's a side of this type of character that almost never gets dealt with, at least not in the mainstream. It's definitely a comedy, but it's still really good at being serious when it needs to be and i like that a lot. I'm trying to do my best to dig into more of Hanselmann's work because of this book.


Professional Watermelon Farmer
Been reading Joyce Carol Oates short horror fiction, and it's been quite good. Just finished, 'The Corn Maiden and other Nightmares", and was very impressed. She's pushing 80, with some 29 books of short fiction to date, and can still hit the mark, most of the time. I like the way she melds the personal/psychological aspects; she's always been dark, but when she started to write in the horror genre back with her book, 'Haunted', it was really interesting to see what happened.


Lord Pineapple
Most recently i finally finished "A Clockwork Orange" dont think reading JoJo counts as books or novels though XD


Hare Boi
Mushrooms, 3rd Edition by Shu-ting Chang. Exciting for me but probably not for most people.


it's a moth! it a dragon! no, it's a avali boi!
harry potter & the gobbet of fire
and, wings of fire: the hidden kingdom


Professional Watermelon Farmer
Currently reading Imaginary Cities, by Italo Calvino, and liking it a good deal. Very modern and abstract, but has some amazing images, and is set in a curious, sparse mythical past. It reminds me of Borges, and his book, Labyrinths, to some degree...


Professional Watermelon Farmer
Still reading Invisible Cities. What an amazing, abstract book, about the travels of a ficticious Marco Polo to all these bizarre 'cities': An excerpt:

Cities and the Dead, 2:

Never in all my travels had I ventured as far as Adelma. It was dusk when I landed there. On the dock the sailor who caught the rope and tied it to the bollard resembled a man who had soldiered with me and was dead. It was the hour of the wholesale fish market. An old man was loading a basket of sea urchins on a cart. I thought I recognized him; when I turned, he had disappeared down an alley, but I realized that he looked like a fisherman who, already old when I was a child, could no longer be among the living. I was upset by the sight of a fever victim huddled on the ground, a blanket over his head: my father a few days before his death had yellow eyes and a growth of beard like this man. I turned my gaze aside. I no longer dared look anyone in the face. I thought: "If Adelma is a city I am seeing in a dream, where you encounter only the dead, the dream frightens me. If Adelma is a real city, inhabited by living people, I need only continue looking at them and the resemblances will dissolve, alien faces will appear, bearing anguish. In either case it is best for me not to insist on staring at them." A vegetable vendor was weighing a cabbage on a scales and put it in a basket dangling on a string a girl lowered from a balcony. The girl was identical with one in my village who had gone mad for love and killed herself. The vegetable vendor raised her face: she had been my grandmother.

I thought: "You reach a moment in life when, among the people you have known, the dead outnumber the living. And the mind refuses to accept more faces, more expressions: on every new face you encounter, it prints the old forms, for each one it finds the most suitable mask."
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