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Offline kingkerouac

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« Reply #5300 on: Wednesday 30 September 2020, 11:20:24 AM »
Neil Gaiman reading his own Neverwhere was class.

Was trying to imagine what a TV series/film of this would look like without realising BBC did it in the mid 90's. The clips look s*** but at some stage I will give it a go.
I thought about that.
Presumably the author will only be invited to record his own work if his voice is the type you can listen to for hours.
I'm not sure I would have enjoyed Naked Lunch more with William Burrough's weird little voice.

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« Reply #5301 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 12:30:55 PM »
Narrator makes a big difference, fair play to Gaiman I felt it added to the experience. No way of telling of course. That particular book had sound effects between chapters as well. Even though I've enjoyed other content more this is my favourite listen so far for overall experience.

I listened to a series of books I think there were four, well the last book had a different author coupled with it was the weakest in the series it was a more difficult listen!
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« Reply #5302 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 12:36:06 PM »
About 70% of the way through Lonesome Dove. Got Warlock next & may revisit Dune again before the film is out in November.

Lonesome Dove was f***ing excellent, think I'll skip Warlock & Dune for now and carry on with the Lonesome Dove series.

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« Reply #5303 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 12:40:11 PM »
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, a one that has been on the reading list for a long while. Started off very well, I'm already acquainted with his style and his wonderful depictions of land, so very much looking forward to reading what is his best-known novel.

I finished A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov recently, and it immediately became one of favourite ever books. A story about a man's relationship with love, relationships, freedom and marriage on the surface, but it really delved deep into the male psyche, ego and soul. Despite being written in 1839 in a vastly different society to the one we know today, it still holds many truths which is a testament to the depths to which Lermontov reached within himself and his analysis of others to produce this wonderful book. All at the age of just 24 too, 2 years before his death... astonishing.
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« Reply #5304 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 12:49:35 PM »
If anyone's after some historical fiction to read, then I'd highly recommend James Michener.

His books are very heavy reading but they're definitely worth sticking with. I started with Space and have Alaska to read next.

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« Reply #5305 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 12:56:21 PM »
If anyone's after some historical fiction to read, then I'd highly recommend James Michener.

His books are very heavy reading but they're definitely worth sticking with. I started with Space and have Alaska to read next.

Just had a quick read up on him.
Amazing output of work from him. And all huge tomes as well.
Any particular reading order to his novels?

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« Reply #5306 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 01:27:08 PM »
Still reading the Inferno, onto Canto X.

I can only really read it when I have an hour or two free since it's so involving, for each canto I:

Read through Canto once clean
Read through Canto again with internet commentary via a couple of sites I favour
Read through notes from 4 different book sources.
Read a seperate book for background and canto commentary every 4 or 5 cantos

To be honest it only takes maybe 30 mins to an hour to each each canto through like this and there are 100 in total

I'm having a blast though, so many references and call backs to other stuff I've read recently, Homer, Virgil

Still it has left me looking to back read some of the stuff I've missed like Ovid for instance

Total nerd I know but I do have a background in this stuff :)

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« Reply #5307 on: Thursday 1 October 2020, 04:01:05 PM »
If anyone's after some historical fiction to read, then I'd highly recommend James Michener.

His books are very heavy reading but they're definitely worth sticking with. I started with Space and have Alaska to read next.

Just found out his Pacific book was what Rodgers & Hammerstein based South Pacific on.
Also he could certainly see what was coming politically. His book 'Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System' was critical of the Electoral College and how much of a danger to democracy it was.

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« Reply #5308 on: Friday 2 October 2020, 07:10:55 AM »
If anyone's after some historical fiction to read, then I'd highly recommend James Michener.

His books are very heavy reading but they're definitely worth sticking with. I started with Space and have Alaska to read next.

Just had a quick read up on him.
Amazing output of work from him. And all huge tomes as well.
Any particular reading order to his novels?


Sorry buddy just read this.

They're all stand alone novels so you can read them in any order you fancy. As I said in my post, they can be quite heavy reading. At times you feel like you're reading a school text book the amount of information thats crammed in.

Alaska covers the the gold rush, America's acquisition & furr trappers etc. But having quickly skimmed over the opening few pages the 'novel' starts 20,000 years ago with how Alaska was formed.

I wish he had done one on the Antarctic.

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« Reply #5309 on: Saturday 3 October 2020, 11:11:05 PM »
Audiobooking my way through the Way of Kings trilogy still. Dalinar is still that dude. :smitten:

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« Reply #5310 on: Saturday 3 October 2020, 11:30:10 PM »
Audiobooking my way through the Way of Kings trilogy still. Dalinar is still that dude. :smitten:

Just started Way of Kings again because I've forgotten everything about it.

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« Reply #5311 on: Saturday 3 October 2020, 11:32:37 PM »
High Concept about the movie producer Don Simpson . Salacious and mountains of cocaine so far (the book not me)

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« Reply #5312 on: Saturday 3 October 2020, 11:53:52 PM »
Audiobooking my way through the Way of Kings trilogy still. Dalinar is still that dude. :smitten:

Just started Way of Kings again because I've forgotten everything about it.
[emoji38] Its genuinely all new to me.

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« Reply #5313 on: Sunday 4 October 2020, 11:14:30 AM »
Way of Kings is bullshit man.

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« Reply #5314 on: Sunday 11 October 2020, 09:01:10 AM »
:lol: The first book is the best because he's not Goku yet, but it's better than I remember.

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« Reply #5315 on: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 02:10:46 PM »
Finished, first book I've finished in a reasonable amount of time since Worm I think.  :lol:

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« Reply #5316 on: Friday 16 October 2020, 01:59:17 PM »
:lol: You're gonna quote that post in two weeks.

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« Reply #5317 on: Friday 16 October 2020, 02:32:23 PM »
:lol:  I've started book 2 and remember literally nothing.

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« Reply #5318 on: Friday 16 October 2020, 03:41:22 PM »
Feels like a good time to go back and re-read all the Vonnegut again.

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« Reply #5319 on: Sunday 18 October 2020, 10:37:47 PM »
Bought Andrew Cotter’s book: Olive, Mabel & Me - Life and Adventures with two very good dogs.

As a dog lover and fan of his dry sense of humour, great read.
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« Reply #5320 on: Monday 19 October 2020, 01:30:59 PM »
Bought Andrew Cotter’s book: Olive, Mabel & Me - Life and Adventures with two very good dogs.

As a dog lover and fan of his dry sense of humour, great read.

He's the sports commentator who post those brilliant videos, isn't he?
Funny bloke.

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« Reply #5321 on: Monday 19 October 2020, 06:26:02 PM »
He is.
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« Reply #5322 on: Tuesday 20 October 2020, 11:56:31 PM »
:lol: You're gonna quote that post in two weeks.

:lol:  To be fair, it took him until 1000 pages into book 2 to turn into Scion.

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« Reply #5323 on: Wednesday 21 October 2020, 12:05:05 AM »
:lol: You're gonna quote that post in two weeks.

:lol:  To be fair, it took him until 1000 pages into book 2 to turn into Scion.

:lol: He'd f*** Scion up.

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« Reply #5324 on: Thursday 22 October 2020, 12:01:07 PM »
:lol: You're gonna quote that post in two weeks.

:lol:  To be fair, it took him until 1000 pages into book 2 to turn into Scion.

:lol: He'd f*** Scion up.

:lol: :lol:

I think I stopped midway through book 2 when I finally got it.