[Applause]Everytime we finish a book we post here[Praise] (104)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-11 06:20 ID:CwXuimoY

This is a nice thread. Let's have a book edition.

I just read my first book by Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle". Murakami gets a lot of praise in these parts, and after reading this book, I can confirm that it isn't unfounded. The book to me felt a bit weaker towards the end, but I really liked hearing the stories of Nomonhan, Siberia, and such.

55 Name: Bookworm : 2011-10-27 22:49 ID:9gN2r2M4

Something fresh by PG Wodehouse

56 Name: Bookworm : 2011-11-19 22:11 ID:dqGdGdBq

Deep Fathom by James Rollins.

It didn't end the way I expected, but then I don't really know how I expected it to end. I just know I didn't expect the ending it had. Also I think the author might be anti-American, or at least anti-CIA.

57 Name: Bookworm : 2011-11-30 22:44 ID:QRP+7t2K

Finished book 4, Inheritance from the Inheritance cycle.
Oh, Eragorn, why must you pay such a price?

58 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-06 18:01 ID:dCCFDV19

High rise by JG Ballard

Man, I absolutely loved this book. It has a practical mirror image of many plot ideas I had been wanting to write (I had even gone so far as wanting the action to occur in a high-rise at one point). Makes me happy and yet sad to see that so much of what I wanted to make has already been completed.

Character psychology is wonderfully imperfect and yet driving. The brief, quasi-sociological descriptions of what is actually happening fit the pace nicely. All in all, I think I'm going to be reading quite a bit more of this fellow

59 Name: Bookworm : 2012-06-15 20:21 ID:dCCFDV19

Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm

I have mixed feelings about this book. A practical analysis of Nazism at times. but just as often a wishy-washy romanticization of the practical limits of freedom. In his hurry to point out that human beings are so often alienated and controlled externally, Fromm neglects to point out the even internally the individual is controlled. His descriptions of alienation however, are top notch. One cannot help but draw comparison during to Elull's The Technological Society.

Sometimes useful, most often without practical application. A mixed bag I suppose

60 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-16 05:11 ID:Heaven

I gave up on the collected works of Alexander Pope. He's got some excellent epigrams, but anything longer bores me to death.

61 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-16 15:43 ID:f9+SPwhR

I just finished The Maltese Falcon, it was pretty good.

62 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-18 05:45 ID:rGRCS59g

Finished The Girl Who Played With Fire.
I loved that series except for the last book. The author suddenly starts shoving science fiction into the magic and Eragon gets fucking squat for everything he went through. I love the series so much but it ended so badly.

63 Name: Bookworm : 2012-07-30 00:33 ID:dgsx+afK

Finished The Wall by Jean Paul Sartre. I haven't read fiction in a while and my critical reading skills have gone to shit. Did enjoy several of the character studies though.

64 Name: Bookworm : 2012-08-08 06:10 ID:dCCFDV19

[i]No simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945[/i]

Norman Davies REALLY hates Stalin. And Norman Davies REALLY wants to let you know all about it. Over and over and over again.

Excellent and balanced analysis of the wartime situation. Bleeding heart commemoration of every boy and his dog killed by the soviet regime. Occasionally it fits, most of the time it is just anecdotal irrelevancies. He also has a soft spot for Poland, you'd think there were more poles in the western armies than Canadians and Free French.

Don't get me wrong, the book is extremely detailed and deserves reading if you want a political evaluation of the war. The evidence is certainly well-researched and certainly not distorted. Davies just happens to really hate the soviets

65 Name: Bookworm : 2012-08-08 06:11 ID:dCCFDV19

somehow I knew that was going to happen. Hey, can't say I tried

66 Name: ni : 2012-08-25 07:42 ID:Zb0HG0BI


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67 Name: Bookworm : 2012-12-07 20:34 ID:DNpM9wPA

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.

Zipped through it. It was fun what with the Niel Gaiman and mythology and gods intersecting with real life.

68 Name: Bookworm : 2013-03-23 22:26 ID:VYt12S3z

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk.

It's a murder mystery novel set in Istanbul in the 1500s, and every bit as bizarre as that sounds. I rather enjoyed it, despite the bits about sticking needles in people's eyes.

69 Name: Bookworm : 2013-06-07 13:38 ID:WRxbX3wz

The Man in the High Castle
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Flow My Tears, Said the Policeman
A Scanner Darkly

Philip K Dick is the only author who matters

70 Name: Bookworm : 2013-08-22 19:33 ID:FcX9oCBn

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

It was horrible. Very well written and all, but the subject matter was just relentlessly miserable.

71 Name: Bookworm : 2013-08-23 01:54 ID:LSQ9kZsF

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Time Out of Joint. Thanks >>69, I was looking for more Philip K. Dick to read.

72 Name: eizi 42th : 2013-11-01 11:18 ID:3nBB5iRD


Anyone else?

73 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-08 08:36 ID:fSd2nmlD

Dead Lucky: Life after death on Mount Everest by Lincoln Hall

I was promised that it was something of a typical mountaineering memoir crossed with a hypoxia-driven hallucination but this assessment is overblown. It's at least 95% lucid. Of these books, it's one of the better ones.

Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil

Another memoir of the semi-disastrous 2006 season which Lincoln Hall barely survived. This stern warning about the dangers of the worst place in the world will likely do nothing to keep people away from it. You pretty much climb over frozen corpses to get to the top these days.

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas

Turns out everything about Everest these days is a scam from base camp prostitution, to Sherpa con men, to people passing cheap Indian welding gas off as Poisk oxygen. I bet Everest isn't even really the tallest mountain!

74 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-24 11:39 ID:fSd2nmlD

Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR by Kirsten Koza

This is the true story of a Canadian, who in 1977 at the age of 11, went on a cultural exchange trip to the USSR with a group of other children from around the world. At the height of the Brezhnev stagnation, the shortages of food and basic consumer goods is apparent even to these kids, whose heavily-censored trip was meant to showcase the best the Soviet Union had to offer (its Party elite). Written in the frantic tone of a hyperactive child thrust into absurdities of a Soviet summer camp, I found it very funny. A weird find. Highly recommended.

75 Name: Bookworm : 2014-01-26 15:22 ID:hEdkJ/UG

A Scanner Darkly - Philip K Dick
Kingdom of Fear - Hunter S Thompson

76 Name: japanese old boy : 2014-03-21 07:09 ID:owb9yEvJ

Your English is good at it!

78 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:43 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt

If it's about anything other than Everest, it's not worth reading! This one in particular is quite confusing since it's mostly translated from Russian/broken English. An interesting response to Into Thin Air. Turns out the "villain" of that book spent a lot of time at high altitude fixing ropes and nearly killing himself rescuing his own clients, mostly explaining his absence from the actual disaster of 1996. Climbing Everest is still a stupid idea, though. I've got it scheduled for 2019. Please throw my corpse over the side onto the pile, please.

79 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:50 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Has some interesting ideas that are statistically accurate, but won't convince anyone. A short read with very interesting ideas. If you're into controversy, it turns out that abortion is actually a very good thing from a very limited economic perspective. Then again, Rhodesia was a very good thing from a very limited economic perspective (but also made no one happy).

80 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 11:59 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens

Not sure when my mother got all super atheist, but it was right around the time she retired and didn't have to be polite to anyone ever again. So I got this book (or long essay?) shoved in my face.

Hitchens never has anything nice to say, not even about Mother (Fucking) Teresa. Turns out she was cool with terrible right-wing dictators and misappropriated donations. Then again, that's the Catholic hierarchy in general. If you're looking for a reason to hate a saint, go for it. If you prefer to believe she was a generally good person, or that anyone can ever be anything approaching any Christian definition of good, I'd ignore it.

81 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 12:15 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Rossiya: Voices from the Brezhnev Era by Alex Shinshin

A slightly interesting memoir of a trek across the USSR and the Eastern Bloc in the 1970s. Traveling from Vladivostok to Poland, Shinshin most-memorably notes subtle instances of Soviet rebellion in an era when supposedly no such thing existed. If you're into this sort of thing, you'll like it. Otherwise, you'll wonder why I'm even bothering to type so many (72) words about it.

82 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 12:50 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris

OM[Undefined], we get it. Christian/Islamic fundamentalism is awful. We know. This book seems to insist we can be "spiritual" without any god and that mostly involves Buddhism. Sure, whatever dude. The Buddha gets his oranges and incense as part of my personal superstition, and I live your dream or not, or whatever. In the meantime, my adopted gods have obviously acquired a taste for Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter Energy Bars in addition to their favorite bananas, as evidenced by my good fortune in traveling the South Pacific. Watch me fail to give a fuck and continue to leave offerings for the good of my wayward traveling companions who give their offerings to the wrong piles of rocks. I guess this might appeal to you if you have never once heard of an alternative worldview. Otherwise: atheism, yadda, yadda, yadda, the most-logical option.

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84 Name: Bookworm : 2014-10-19 21:39 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Sorry, I can't believe there's such a market for these books.

85 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 07:47 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Russia House by John le Carré

Imagine James Bond told from the perspective of his accountants. It's kind of like that. Except imagine that the James Bond in question fell into spying after his career in banking fell through. Not sure why this was forced on me, but hey, it offers some highly fictionalized accounts of the everyday early Perestroika-era Soviet lifestyle and I dig that for some reason. An entirely bureaucratic spy novel.

86 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 08:08 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Vast Unknown by Broughton Coburn

It's about the first American expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. After having been beaten in the race to #1 in nearly everyone else by 1963, Americans seek to play catch up in mountaineering too. Notable for a few technical firsts, the expedition was otherwise routine, including the death of one member. As far as these books go, it's OK. The best part is mention of the Camel cigarettes tie-in promotion. Oh, 1963, you so silly.

87 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-02 09:11 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Difficult to read if only because everyone has a difficult name. Gives a highly-fictionalized account of the many trials of the Norse Greenlanders in a style sort-of reminiscent of the sagas. Greenlanders were the hardest of Viking remnants, who managed to eke out an existence through primitive pastoralism in the worst theoretically-habitable place on earth. They did this for close to five hundred (miserable) years. They died out due to isolation, climate change, and invasion on two fronts. Take note, Western World! Or read about Rapa Nui, I guess.

Otherwise, cherish hilarious (in the Icelandic-sense, so not particularly) tales of St. Olaf the Greenlander and the various drawn-out stories of so-and-so's-dottir living a full and detailed life before suddenly dying by falling through thin ice while seeking out her lost sheep. If you're into misery porn, you might as well learn something from it! Read it!

88 Name: Bookworm : 2014-11-09 10:32 ID:IIVJ6/D1

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Taken from a series of magazine articles, it sure has that feel to it. Interesting stuff, most of which is plastic is bad, m'kay. If you deny the human influence on climate change, then buy six copies, have them delivered overnight air, burn them, read it on your good iPad and have a good laugh. Otherwise, it might make you a little nervous about the future.

89 Name: Bookworm : 2016-04-02 06:30 ID:IIVJ6/D1

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Las Vegas is in Clark County, Nevada. This story is about Hugette Clark. The woman inherited something like $300M, when that kind of money was a lot more than a Powerball prize. She used her fortune to live as a recluse in a New York apartment for thirty years and thirty+ more in a hospital room. All this while she owned sizable estates on the Santa Barbara and Delaware coasts that she hadn't visited in sixty years. Purely from an accounting perspective, this is a lot of fun!

90 Name: Bookworm : 2016-04-28 00:37 ID:uK1l8L95

Man I need to start reading again

91 Name: Bookworm : 2016-07-05 01:09 ID:IaD7nxEl

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

A Japanese woman obsessed with throwing things out and organizing (she admits to reading home magazines from age 5 for tips) tells you that you will be happier if you do the same. Essentially, you are to go through all of your possessions, hold eat item in your hands, and if it doesn't "spark joy," discard it. Gets wierder as you go along; at one point she advises people to thank things for their service as they are discarded. Heretical animism aside, she has a decent method. It won't change your life, but I was motivated to get rid of some things.

92 Name: Bookworm : 2016-08-09 17:42 ID:D9/mWCVp

I think the thanking is a good idea. For whatever reason, people get unduly attached or committed to their items. I guess it's the sunk cost fallacy. Making that commitment explicit by "thanking" it, makes it easy to get over and realize it was just a tool that had a purpose which is no longer needed without feeling guilty.

93 Name: Bookworm : 2016-08-30 05:33 ID:+Q4uelD3


Me too

94 Name: Bookworm : 2016-10-08 18:10 ID:lF4hvNsB

<i>Constellation Games</i> by Leonard Richardson

A disenchanted antihero game developer quickly becomes a pivotal player in a first-contact scenario by reviewing alien video games. I loved this book and I plan to read it again soon. Highly recommended for science fiction fans who also happen to be programmers.

95 Name: Bookworm : 2019-09-08 01:09 ID:fESqXmxM

Serotonin, by Houellebecq.

It was bleak. I love this author.

96 Name: Bookworm : 2019-11-05 13:18 ID:l31cmCac

I recently finished The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje. It had some really breathtaking prose, and the narrative structure is also fantastic.

97 Name: Bookworm : 2020-10-07 02:09 ID:bVHDjfST

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney

I fucking lmao when Greg's dad dumped a garbage can of water on teens for Halloween, classic.

98 Name: Bookworm : 2020-10-10 15:50 ID:ndOGv5GW

I finished Profesor Unrat by Heinrich Mann yesterday. It's about a paranoid nutcase of a teacher and it's beautiful. I've read afterwards that it#s about social critique and changing politics embedded in the historical context in which it was conceived yada yada yada but I think it's quality is vastly increased if you read it like it is. Compared to Thomas Heinrich's style is a lot more funky and interesting but also more light-hearted so it hits altogether differently.

I liked that one as well, I read Oblomov some time before that and somewhat hoped he would kill himself so I was welcoming the serotonin ending

99 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-08 17:42 ID:mFXuGBPU

Just finished "Flower for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes.
It got me in tears at the end, I just realized how much potencial I am wasting with each passing day by doing nothing at all, while so many people wished they had the opportunities I have.
It is a very good read and I can't recommend it enough.

100 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-23 00:12 ID:izY1XUaU

I read that when I was a teen and cried as well at the ending.

101 Name: Bookworm : 2020-12-31 04:35 ID:Heaven

i am a heron. i ahev a long neck and i pick fish out of the water w/ my beak. if you dont repost this comment on 10 other pages i will fly into your kitchen tonight and make a mess of your pots and pans

102 Name: Bookworm : 2021-03-20 14:48 ID:PjipmUdq

Been reading the Redwall series, finished the first two books, about halfway through the third.
It's a pretty fun little series, but I remember catching a look at the wikipedia and seeing a mention of criticism of it being repetitious, and I have to agree with what I've read so far.
It's not a major deal breaker or anything but the riddles and exactly 2 named allies dying among other thins is annoyingly ever-present. The main protags are also all very similar but that's kind of the point so whatever. 3rd book is looking a little fresher at least so far.
Also I had the weirdest issue reading the first one in that it has some weird early installment thing where it's vaguely implied they live in a world with humans with human-sized carts and buildings and the like; it was really confusing to try and envision it in my head since other parts made it seem like things were the size of the animals. And Redwall itself is made much, much smaller in the 3rd book, so at least it's not an issue in the later entries.

103 Name: Bookworm : 2021-03-20 20:12 ID:HzO56iFC

furry detected

104 Name: Bookworm : 2021-04-21 20:05 ID:ZOsDbIyY

I've read The white nights, by Fedor Dostoievski. A short book, However, a great book.

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