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What'cha Reading?

Valor by John Gwynne. Probably shouldn't have waited almost two months to continue the series, but I'm sure a lot of the stuff from the first book will come back to me
 

Matchstick

(He/Him)
I just saw this in a bookstore, not having heard of the author at all before. How is it?
I haven't read that one, yet, although I have it ready to go once I'm done with some other stuff, but P. Djeli Clark is great. The book is set in the world that started with A Dead Djinn in Cairo and a few other stories before he expanded it to a full novel. Mrs. Match totally dug it.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I just saw this in a bookstore, not having heard of the author at all before. How is it?
I'm sad to report that I gave it about 90 pages, but it didn't grab me at all. I liked The Haunting of Tram Car 015, and I loved Ring Shout (which I absolutely recommend), so I don't know why. It's not like it was bad, even! Just didn't click with me for whatever reason.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
My nickname is there for a reason ;) I'm fairly sure I've read all of Asimov's short stories published in Spanish, and all the major novels and major compilations in English. I'm only including the solo ones, though, as I haven't read the extended NIghtfall novel he co-wrote. But I read both NIghtfall (short story) and The Last Question when I was young, and I think they shaped my tastes for literature a lot.
I have read so many of Asimovs short stories, that I don't remember a lot of them (this sounds bad, it isn't, there are just sooo many, and so many of them good). The Last Question is one of my favourites of his. It's amazing, beautiful, and feels grandious and clever. Loved that one.

Anyway, I'm done with The Gods Themselves. The third part was good, but the second one is clearly the peak, for me. Very good read, recommended (at least for Asimov fans).

I also started rereading an old favourite of mine, The Metamophosis by Kafka. I'm only a handful of pages in, but I already remember, why I like this author so much. His language isn't really flowery, but it is prettier than, say, Asimov (who writes very dry and precise, which works very well for him). But it feels more, like he writes the way people back than talked? Dunno how true that is, anyway, I like the style.

Some years ago, I read that Kafka would read his works to his friends, and was always confused, when they didn't love. He thought his books were funny. (Don't remember where I read this, maybe I just imagined it) I never saw this, until now. Having Gregor not caring at all about being a giant bug, while being way more frustrated and scared of his regular live is such an absurd situation, I couldn't help but laugh, when the guy from his firm appears, to find out why Gregor is late. Dunno, I find it hilarious, maybe because it feels so true.

My point is, I seem to still love Kafka. Great author, and actually really easy to read (not counting subtext, but it the writing style is very easy to understand).
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Are you reading Kafka in German? I've loved his writing for a long time, I'd imagine it's even better in the original language. I wish I spoke more than just English.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I do, yes. Maybe I should give the english version a read, though, I imagine it would be interesting to compare the two. Hmm...
 
Valor was a miss for me unfortunately. Instead I ended up reading a novella Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. I quite enjoyed it.

Now, reading X-Men Epic Collection Vol. 5: Second Genesis by Chris Claremont
 
Some years ago, I read that Kafka would read his works to his friends, and was always confused, when they didn't love. He thought his books were funny. (Don't remember where I read this, maybe I just imagined it) I never saw this, until now. Having Gregor not caring at all about being a giant bug, while being way more frustrated and scared of his regular live is such an absurd situation, I couldn't help but laugh, when the guy from his firm appears, to find out why Gregor is late. Dunno, I find it hilarious, maybe because it feels so true.

Yes, absolutely. I remember being baffled in a college discussion section about The Metamorphosis when no one else thought the story was funny. He's transformed into a bug and all he can think about is being late for work or whatever. The gap between the body horror and the mundanity of his concerns is extremely funny, to me.
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Re-read Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer, which, at its best, feels like if Terry Pratchett took a stab at writing Something Wicked This Way Comes, and when it’s doing that it’s great. The back third shifts the focus away from that to the stories detriment.

Also, and I’m pretty sure this ain’t a component of the later books in the series, but there’s a point where “ironic racism” Kind of loses its sense of irony, particularly when your title character is a smug mid-century German aristocrat.
 
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