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Old 04-13-2019, 06:48 PM   #17576
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More natural history which at this stage of my life I find more surprising, more satisfying than fantasy.
In the Company of Bears by Benjamin Kilham. The author like Temple Grandin who writes the forward has a learning disability. This has not stopped him with his part-time research (IRL innovative gunsmith). He has in the course of years had a special organ he discovered named after him and taught the Chinese how to reintroduce Pandas into the wild
The book is subtitled ‘What Black bears have taught me about intelligence and intuition’
“...you will know that bears I have observed carrying out their daily lives have proven to me their ability to share and cooperate, judge and punish, forgive and reconcile. They have shattered myths, showing that they are social, not solitary; communicate with intention, not just emotion; operate with a moral code; and even demonstrate altruism, compassion, and empathy.”
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:07 AM   #17577
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:17 PM   #17578
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I have a spreadsheet that I have the Pulitzer price for fiction for the last 30 years + runner(s) up and the final 8 TOB books since the start

There have been very few misses picking from this list

Most notably “the shipping news”

My god was that boring


But I did read orphan masters son, sympathizer and goon squad because of it. So good trade.
I see that this year's Tournament of Books is now over with a novella I had not previously heard of, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, beating out my personal favourite, Michael Ondaatje's Warlight, on the I-couldn't-put-it-down criterion.

Something to add to the reading list ...
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:02 PM   #17579
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Already added all 8 to my list

Going to read the MARS one soon
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:00 PM   #17580
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I see that this year's Tournament of Books is now over with a novella I had not previously heard of, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer, beating out my personal favourite, Michael Ondaatje's Warlight, on the I-couldn't-put-it-down criterion.



Something to add to the reading list ...
How are these? Decent novels that tell a good story or flavor of the month political symbolism pieces?
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:10 PM   #17581
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How are these? Decent novels that tell a good story or flavor of the month political symbolism pieces?


I’ve liked most of the TOB quarter finalists I’ve read

I like just picking it up and reading without knowing anything about it

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Orphan masters son


Blew my mind.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:38 PM   #17582
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Orphan Masters Son was phenomenal. I can still remember reading several lines, sitting back and going "wow".

Fortune Smiles, Johnson's short stories, is great as well. I think only one has to do with Korea though.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:14 AM   #17583
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I'm doing a cool jigsaw puzzle that's a collage of old Edward Gorey illustrations that were used on novel covers. That pink War of the Worlds one I still remember from being on the little bookshelf in my 6th grade classroom back in the early 70s!

https://www.pomegranate.com/aa1043.html
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:52 AM   #17584
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:39 AM   #17585
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I’ve liked most of the TOB quarter finalists I’ve read

I like just picking it up and reading without knowing anything about it

Did that with Orphan master's son

Blew my mind.
Yes, I've found some interesting new books through that annual ritual, and also quite enjoyed the bookchat that it generates ...

Hip, did you read last year's surprise winner, Schweblin's Fever Dream? It knocked out Sing, Unburied, Sing and Pachinko, both of which I thought were much better. I found it interesting but not my genre.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:43 AM   #17586
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Yes, I've found some interesting new books through that annual ritual, and also quite enjoyed the bookchat that it generates ...



Hip, did you read last year's surprise winner, Schweblin's Fever Dream? It knocked out Sing, Unburied, Sing and Pachinko, both of which I thought were much better. I found it interesting but not my genre.


I have not read that one yet. I fall further behind every year
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:48 AM   #17587
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I picked up Murakami's Men Without Women and finished reading "Kino" this weekend ... came to post about it and found you guys have done all the hard work already.

Yeah, fantastic story... It was first published in 2015, so that makes it fairly modern for Murakami. His style and symbolism and main characters remain incredibly constant.

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This story almost seems like a best-of mashup of his recurring images and themes. Only lacks for a well.

I can't add much more to analysis already done here, though I don't think anyone mentioned two major events.

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I think it is probably important, one, how Kamita's position at the bar is described. He is tall but sits in a cramped space under a staircase. ... no spoilers necessary, that's the first graf of the story. His seat was "the most inconspicuous and the least comfortable."

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Old 04-22-2019, 09:36 AM   #17588
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A reddit thread on the meaning of Kino.

This story was excellent--just in case I didn't make that clear above. I'm still thinking about it.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:21 PM   #17589
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Out of this thread I got the suggestion for The Three Body Problem trilogy. Really excellent. It had some mixed reviews in this thread, and I think some of the critiques were fair. I've finished Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest, I'm working on book three now. I can highly, highly recommend all three. Thanks to everyone who reviewed it in this thread.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:39 PM   #17590
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Knights of the Green Cloth: The Saga of the Frontier Gamblers

One of Mason's recommendations. Very intriguing, crazy stories of poker in the 1800's. Would love to see a movie version made. Adventurous and wild story telling book.
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Out of this thread I got the suggestion for The Three Body Problem trilogy. Really excellent. It had some mixed reviews in this thread, and I think some of the critiques were fair. I've finished Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest, I'm working on book three now. I can highly, highly recommend all three. Thanks to everyone who reviewed it in this thread.
It seemed as though book two was a different style that book one. I haven't read book three yet. Let us know what you think of it.
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I picked up Murakami's Men Without Women and finished reading "Kino" this weekend ... came to post about it and found you guys have done all the hard work already.

Yeah, fantastic story... It was first published in 2015, so that makes it fairly modern for Murakami. His style and symbolism and main characters remain incredibly constant.

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This story almost seems like a best-of mashup of his recurring images and themes. Only lacks for a well.

I can't add much more to analysis already done here, though I don't think anyone mentioned two major events.

Spoiler:


I think it is probably important, one, how Kamita's position at the bar is described. He is tall but sits in a cramped space under a staircase. ... no spoilers necessary, that's the first graf of the story. His seat was "the most inconspicuous and the least comfortable."

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A reddit thread on the meaning of Kino.

This story was excellent--just in case I didn't make that clear above. I'm still thinking about it.
I am too. I bought a copy for a girl I'm dating, largely so she could read this short story. It really is something special, and summed up a portion of my life better than I could have ever hoped to do. Glad you enjoyed it as well, and thanks for linking that reddit thread, that guy has some nice takes.
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Just finished Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada. It's based on the true story of a couple who left anti-nazi postcards around Berlin during the early years of WW2. The book really captures the stifling fear of living under a totalitarian regime. It was a great read.
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I picked up Annie Leibovitz's At Work at La Biblioteca the other day with the idea of idly checking out some of the photos. Gave the text a try, and it turns out to be very good! She's a great communicator with a lot of great stories, going out to work with Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe etc. I love this book.
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