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I took a pause from reading The History of the Runestaff, which is a 4 book collection, to read some Knut Hamsun.

 

Read:

 

Knut Hamsun - Growth of the Soil

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Though, in Norwegian, and it's so well written! :D Yeah, I know the controversy surrounding it, but it's not without reason he got the Nobel literature prize because of it, even after being one of the earliest pioneers of modernism, he still pulled off this epic that pioneered in yet a new genre (Norwegian new realism and I guess with rather obvious national romanticism), a genre he would stick with to the end.

 

Well, what is it about? Something that sounds as boring as it can be, but for some reason it's not. It's about a hardworking man who builds his own home, creates a family and takes care of said family. What makes the book isn't simply the idyll of this, but rather how what should be such a simple idea is not. It's actually all about the interaction and conflicts with world around the main characters and modernity etc. It has some pretty clear messages about hard work, and some modernity skepticism etc which late Hamsun is known for politically.

 

I also read:

 

Knut Hamsum - Mysteries

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This one I didn't enjoy anywhere near as much, but it's a pretty interesting book and one of his earlier works. Don't get me wrong, the book has some great moments, especially the second half of the book and particularly near the end where things gets more clear and you learn about a lot of clever stuff. It makes you think a bit.

 

What is it about? Well, it's about an eccentric guy who comes to a city and acts... mysteriously. There are things in the city that is strange and the main character tries to figure some of it out while at the same time gets tangled into the mess. There's a couple of great characters and some love drama etc. :P

 

Another book I read:

 

Knut Hamsun - Pan

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I think this book is part of a series of books, but I haven't read them all. This book is simply one of his more famous, (though Hunger and Growth of the Soil are by far the most famous and better books of him).

 

One thing that is not too clear just casually reading the book is how the main portion of the book told by the main character himself is so painted by his own opinions about himself. That what he talks about is his perspective and it's not necessarily a positive perspective compared to what others look at him. It's mainly about two lovers, and their irrationality, how they do the wrong things in the moment, how a small misunderstanding leads to conflicts, pride etc, and how they reason about it.

 

Knut Hamsun - Victoria

 

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Often criticized for not letting us closer in on the characters, even though they are totally up in your face and we learn about their struggles etc. This one is all about bitter love and how you can end up harming the one you love. It can be a very frustrating read, I guess in a good way?

 

Knut Hamsun - Wayfarers

 

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Wayfarers refer to restless people, especially those who left from Europe to USA, but most of the story takes place in Norway. At first you may get the impression this book is about tricking people. It's not, and perhaps to an even larger degree than Growth of the Soil, this book has many characters and you get to learn about most of them rather intimately. It has many of the topics of Growth of the Soil, but instead of mainly focusing on one location, it focuses on an entire town and several other locations. It's about people's lives. In the center, like so many of Hamsun's books, you got an eccentric main character. This main character is not the focus of the entire book, as it mainly follows another character, but the two of them are friends and often work and travel together etc. The book even got two sequels. I've started reading the first sequel, well into it, but took a short break to finish up The History of the Runestaff.

 

 

Michael Moorcock - The History of the Runestaff

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_the_Runestaff

 

The story takes place in the Eternal Champion multiverse, and in a world rather parallel to that of reality and more precisely Europe. In the story Germania (Germany) is taking over the world. The main character is a bit unwillingly put in the role of doing a lot of stuff, which is pretty typical for an Eternal Champion. He's not as anti-hero as many of the other Eternal Champions, but he's more unwilling and everything is forced upon him. It's classic easily read sword and sorcery.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Champion

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_and_sorcery

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I've heard great things about "The Great Gatsby". I'm aware that they've made 2 film adaptions based off the book. Not sure which one I'll be watching in class, but I'll definitely watch both independently. I'm not familiar with "The Catcher In The Rye". All I know currently is that it's about a 16 year old boy who is going through the stages of moving from a teenager to a young adult. But then develops this mentality of him being the protector of the innocence. That's all I know for now. I'm looking forward to reading both of these books. Have a great day! :)

 

 

 

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Just finished up The Fireman by Joe Hill. This was my Halloween book this year, and it took me an extra two weeks to make it through. Good really, a little different take on the end of society with a fungus that causes people to combust. I wish more had been done to let the reader know what was happening throughout the world and in society in general.

 

Starting the Half-Made World by Felix Gilman. Which I guess is steampunk alt wild west.

 

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Got this at Target this weekend.

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Just finished 1984. I read it for obvious reasons... It had an incredibly saddening ending, and really applies to the modern world. 

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It’s bullshit, I did not hit her. I did nooot. Oh hi, Mark!

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Finished up the Half-Made World by Felix Gilman. Middling to good, world building was interesting, just drug out a bit.

 

Read the Goddamned by Jason Aaron, very cool take on Cain (Genesis Cain) fighting and killing peoples in the dawn of time.

 

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I've been really into thriller books (especially the multiple POV ones since they add to the suspense)  for around a year or so, so they have been in the spotlight for me. I recently bought The Silence of The Lambs and Into The Water. Both are really good books and I can't decide which to start, so I've been kinda reading both at the same time. 😅

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Just finished up The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs. .

 

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Probably my favorite book of the last few months. Alt reality where the Romans colonize America using technology based on the summoning and imprisonment of demons.

 

Just getting into Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Liking it. 

 

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Spoiler

When I first started this piece, I really wasn't sure on which side of the political fence the author was sitting and the spin that he would place on the players. I found out rather quickly that this writer for Rolling Stone was obviously a fan of the left and held rather poor esteem for those that opposed his political opinion. I had started this audiobook a few months ago and, after the initial rant against the Tea Party and Sara Palin, I had to stop because I wasn't in the correct frame of mind for listening to criticism of my personal political beliefs. Nevertheless, I gave the book another shot and soldiered my way thru the initial chapters, once I knew what to expect. Honestly, I'm glad that I did.

Although the author clearly favors the political views of the Left, and I definitely question his hero worship of people like Elizabeth Warren, I must give credit where credit is due. MT doesn't pull any punches when the people on the Left screwed over the American Public and he treats their failures equally along with those on the Right, even though he appears to personally enjoy exposing the failures of those on the Right more. He keeps the bias to a minimum when it counts and assumes the role of what the media SHOULD be as the unofficial 4th branch of the Check & Balances established by the Founding Fathers through the 1st Amendment of the Constitution; the Watchdog of Government for the American People.

EVERY person who considers him/herself a Patriot should read this book, hold your nose when your party of choice is called on the carpet, take into themselves the truth that we've, both Left AND Right, been duped by those behind the scenes pulling the strings of a marionette government and have had our country stolen from us starting back at the 1913 establishment of the 3rd National Federal Bank of the United States. Then once enough people have read this, we can all set a date to meet on the National Mall with our pitchforks sharpened and our torches dipped in pitch, ready for lighting, and we can March on the National Capital to take our country back from the Elitist and return it to us, those whom the founders intended to inherit the world's only true free Republic.

 

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On 2/2/2018 at 5:46 AM, brownskin81 said:

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When you are done with that...try this one...

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Just finished up a bunch o' books...

 

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and I'll finish this one up today...

 

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i'm fine and other lies by whitney cummings.

 

i literally preordered this in october and i only have time to read now :(

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2 hours ago, Jamescush147 said:

 

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Some comics and graphic novels.

 

Is that Jubilee?

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I am reading multiple books.

- The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

- Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden

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I have been reading through the entire Elmore Leonard bibliography.

 

Currently on Rum Punch (or as some might know it Jackie Brown)

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