Very impressive, Samnell!
I look forward to reading it!
I love title schemes. It took me a bit to catch onto hers though, as I'm not heavily familiar with Eastwood, but "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" parody is unmistakable even for me.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
The plan is one substantive post every weekday. We'll see how long I can keep that up. :)
Check Steven Z. Brust's "The Phoenix Guards" and "500 Years Later." They're a riff on the 3 Musketeers and 20 Years Later.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I think I read it back in 7th grade and then again when I was about 20, but sadly that was many years ago.
I got my copy of 'The Story of O' back today. Didn't like it myself, so I lent it to an acquaintance who I thought would like it, as she's into all those 50 Shades of Grey type novels. The long and short of it is that she hated it and now thinks I'm a pervert, too, which is something I probably should have expected...
In other news...
Poli put the kettroll on:
Just finished 'Selected Writings of Vo Nguyen Giap', which is basically the same speech repeated 12 times over 300+ pages, and have now started on 'A People's History of the United States'.
Vo Giap, Ambassador of Bachuan wrote:
I'm sorry, what?
May have got the wrong end of the stick (bad choice of words), but this will tell you all you really need to know about the Story of O (NSFW? Wikipedia?)
Alternatively, sorry for snarking all over your Selected Writings, General :)
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Many goblins prayed for freedom, but it never did them any good until they started praying with their feet. And teeth. Mostly teeth. Sometimes fire.
So, Washington Irving is turning out to be quite the 18th-century prose stylist. Part travelogue, part short story collection, part philosophical essays, I am quite enjoying The Sketch Book, even though, truth be told, I just skipped four (4?!?) essays about Christmas. Bah, humbug!
Restarted The Reavers of Skaith which got lost in all of the shuffle between Malcolm and Jean-Paul and Washington.
Last book i read was "lizzie the lamb" with my baby boy
Pendin Fust wrote:
I loved Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. Hyperion I read normally... first time I read Fall of Hyperion, I finished it in 24 hours. Brilliant. Not to spoil your enjoyment of Endymion, but I much prefer Hyperion and Fall of to Endymion and Rise of.
If you are ever tempted to read Ilium and Olympos, they're pretty good, but not Hyperion good. Fall of Hyperion ties up all the loose ends, but at the end of Olympos, I was still wondering WTF I just read.
And I am just now rereading Hyperion. Just started the Priest's tale.
My winter library books have come in!
Three volumes of The Caerleon Edition of the Works of Arthur Machen, a hoary old 1923 set. Quite lovely.
The King in Yellow. I'm realizing that I only read about half of the stories in there the first time I picked it up. Huh, I wonder what the second half is like...
After Finitude by Quentin Meillassoux. Contemporary philosophy in what's called the "speculative realism" movement. Quite challenging to follow, but from what I can gather it's basically a critique of post-Kantian epistemology and scientific empiricim from a very unusual perspective.
Charlie Bell wrote:
Has anybody else read the Takeshi Kovacs books my Richard K. Morgan? Altered Carbon is the first one.
I've read the first two. They're really good. So is TH1RT3EN and his fantasy novels: The Steel Remains and The Cold Commands. His fantasy is very Joe Abercrombie-esque, but more subversive.
E.H. Carr was the author of the monumental, 14-volume A History of Soviet Russia that essentially took him his whole life to write up to 1929.
He was in his nineties when he started a similar series on the Communist International, but, sadly, died after finishing a couple of chapters that were turned into The Comintern and the Spanish Civil War which I am reading because it is very short.
Also contains a moving eulogy from Tamara Deutscher (who, I guess, isn't big enough to get her own wikipedia page...sexists!!) that originally ran in New Left Review.
Vive le Galt!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
My bad. It was Edmund Wilson who said that.
John Keegan just said: "perhaps the most revelatory autobiography of high command to exist in any language."
Anyway, blew through Carr (which was easy because there was only, like, 90 pages), chided myself about not finishing Brackett or Irving and then read the MacPherson preface to Grant's memoirs.
So, coming in on the home stretch with The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. Next story is finally Sleepy Hollow and then after that there's only 4 more pages.
I am surprised I have never heard more about this book or about this guy. I mean, except for the two stories everyone knows, which, btw, are like half of the stories in this book. Most of them are just whimsical essays.
Washington Irving, I read, was the petted, coddled, useless, scion of a well-to-do mercantile family who shipped him off to run the family concern in London and failed. So there's lots of essays of him idling about town, wandering into churches and libraries, visiting the haunts of Shakespearean characters and contemplating aesthetics.
Which I like to imagine is the 19th-century equivalent of [bubble bubble bubble]ing and collecting comic books.
Anyway, not for everyone, but I (so far) have enjoyed it quite a bit.
The Life of St Aethelwold, by Wulfstan Cantor, eds Lapidge and Winterbottom.
It's pretty good. Not as adventurous as Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend(which I read on the appropriate feast days, a bit at a time) but all hagiography has its moments.
Finally admitted losing interest in Foner. Now The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay 1776-1854. I'm hoping to plow through it (yeah, right) by the time my special order of Charles Dew's Apostles of Disunion comes in.
Apostles came in today. I knew it was short and focused, but the thing's got two period documents at the back and neither one is the obvious Cornerstone Speech. Squee!
Finished Washington Irving the day before yesterday and hope to finish The Reavers of Skaith today. At work? Hee hee!
My future reading plans were blown out of the water by an impulse visit to the public library which netted Daniel Abraham's The King's Blood (couldn't find the new Abercrombie, although the computer says it was there) and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself which will knock Ulysses S. Grant back onto the stand-by pile.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I somehow missed Jacobs up to now, and was pointed to her by this article, which Comrade Samnell might enjoy.
That's some good stuff. Jacobs' name was familiar to me, but I only knew her as someone Henry Gates brought back to general notice.