- Oct 25, 2017
I’ll be wrapping up Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker soon.
Next up is probably The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott.
Next up is probably The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott.
I read sixteen ways to defend a walled city and thought it was really good. Ending wasn't great, but it was definitely worth a read.
What translation are you reading? There are like four different translations on the Kindle store, with big price differences.Finished The Master and Margarita:
Outside of the Sinners Ball at the beginning of part two (which unfortunately felt like a bit of a slog), it was an absolute riot. Found myself surprised by how fond of Satan's retinue I grew as I approached the ending (Koroviev and Behemoth in particular), and just how enjoyable the whole Pontius Pilate narrative turned out to be.
The opening three chapters (two intellectual atheists debate the existence of Jesus with an irritating passerby they're unaware is actually Satan -> Satan's insistence that Jesus obviously did exist because he was there when Pontius Pilate sentenced him to death -> their desperation to rationalise Satan as some kind of academic or invalid (as he hilariously addresses all their unvoiced internal monologuing)) were sublime. That most of the book lives up to that insanely entertaining intro is super impressive.
The whole 'written in Stalinist Russia and chucked in a drawer when finished (after being destroyed and given up on a couple of times), only to be published after the authors death' thing is also a pretty good story in and of itself.
I read the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation, which includes a bunch of material that was initially censored (also available in the Burgin and O'Connor translation - from what I understand these two are basically the only 'faithful' versions (others like Glenny are easier to read, but omit information and are based on an incomplete manuscript)).
Thank you! I didn't know about the restored content.I read the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation, which includes a bunch of material that was initially censored (also available in the Burgin and O'Connor translation - from what I understand these two are basically the only 'faithful' versions (others like Glenny are easier to read, but omit information and are based on an incomplete manuscript)).
Here's the opening paragraph from those two:
Thank you! They look kinda equal
At the hour of the hot spring sunset two citizens appeared at the Patriarch’s Ponds. One of them, approximately forty years old, dressed in a grey summer suit, was short, dark-haired, plump, bald, and carried his respectable fedora hat in his hand. His neatly shaven face was adorned with black horn-rimmed glasses of a supernatural size. The other, a broad-shouldered young man with tousled reddish hair, his checkered cap cocked back on his head, was wearing a cowboy shirt, wrinkled white trousers and black sneakers.
One hot spring evening, just as the sun was going down, two men appeared at Patriarch’s Ponds. One of them – fortyish, wearing a gray summer suit – was short, dark-haired, bald on top, paunchy, and held his proper fedora in his hand; black horn-rimmed glasses of supernatural proportions adorned his well-shaven face. The other one – a broad-shouldered, reddish-haired, shaggy young man with a checked cap cocked on the back of his head – was wearing a cowboy shirt, crumpled white trousers, and black sneakers.
I've also read a bit about comparisons, and it's important to note that some people say the Pevear Volkhonsky translation misses some of the author's humor. A number of people seem to recommend the Ginsberg translation for the humor and poetic writing, even if it's based on the earlier, censored version, while others say not to read them. Some promote Burgin-O'Connor for the clarity of writing as well, while some further promote Glenny as well. Of course you'll find people recommending different versions based on certain qualities and it's a bit of a wash.
Check out Nico Walker's Cherry for a pretty vivid portrayal of PTSD and addiction (these probably aren't mental illnesses? But what do I know.)I am looking for shorter (~300 pages) novels that deal with mental illness for my bachelor thesis. It would be favourable if the main character has one but it's not necessary. It's important that the author doesn't have a mentall illness themself. I could just google but I thought that people here would recommend something that they have enjoyed reading. I would appreciate any tips.
Most of their books haven't yet come out in English - I've read Vita Nostra, which was released by the same translator in 2018. It's extremely good.
Anything really. Most of my life though I've always searched for something with the feel, depth, and world building of manga but in book form. Not so much just stuff with battle systems or lore, or intricate fights, but more the feel of serialization where you're with the characters for a long time and really get to know them. Fantasy lately has been really filling that niche, but discovering Web Fiction and Worm/Ward specifically has kind of grabbed me to where it's basically all I've been reading for a few months.
She's a Russian speaking Ukie, but our local library has very little selection (Vancouver Island) and she's already read all their Russian Lit.
lol this sounds so much more interesting to me than
Ooo interesting. The cover and the name of that book really grab my attention every time I see it at the bookstore. Maybe I'll give it a go.
I absolutely loved this book. Some of the characters are cliched, there's a very clear "evil" threat with few shades of grey, the pacing goes to hell in the last third of the book.... but it's so much FUN. Literally the definition of more than the sum of its parts. I was also convinced to read it by the promise of a single-volume fantasy epic, knowing I can leave the world behind after just the one book and be satisfied from a fantasy story is a rare occurrence, and it definitely delivered on that front. It has a really interesting world and likable characters and for whatever it's worth it kept reminding me of Fire Emblem: Three Houses in terms of story and characters. Really a treat.
I love these covers! I have them all except Messiah and Children (which are an older edition I think) and I am very tempted to buy these editions because the covers are so damn good. Messiah especially looks fantastic. My favourite cover and coincidentally book is God Emperor, I love the colour and it is the perfect contrast to Dune considering the two environments.
I think that feeling of confusion is by design. The whole thing is a messy affair to put it lightly. I remember when I read it ages ago and I felt like so much had happened only to realize the book itself only covered a short span of time. If I remember it's pointed out in a home-coming scene. I forget which character. In the midst of it all it's a different world. For those outside of it, it's just another day.Just finished The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. I think I liked it a little more than Best Served Cold. Only complaint would be there was so much going on that I sometimes lost track of what was happening between the different divisions in battle. I probably should've referenced the maps between sections more. Not sure that would've helped all that much since I was still checking the list of characters often trying to remember who was in what division too. The upside to the large cast is that there were tons of great characters. I enjoyed Bayaz quite a bit in the end but Calder and Gorst were probably still the best. Craw and Beck would be close behind those three.
I sincerely hope you enjoy itI started A Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss a few days ago, after finishing The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli. I was holding off A Wise Man’s Fear for a long time because I loved the writing in The Name of the Wind and it became my favourite book, but I was feeling in the mood to start it.
WMF is more of the same delicious prose. Enjoy!
Well, know you're just listing reasons A Song of Ice and Fire is so great. I'm pretty much always re-reading that series along with another book. Clash of Kings: still great!
Also why I love Jack Whyte's Arthur books, and my mom, the biggest Arthurian nerd on the planet, doesn't care for them.
I really, really enjoyed it until the second to last chapter where it completely imploded for me. 3/5 overall, but the ending left a really sour aftertaste >.<I've been reading The Bone Clocks for about a month and my interest is really waning. I really liked the first few sections that focused on personal drama, but now I'm in the "Let's explain the esoteric fantasy war going on behind the scenes!" part and, man, I just could not care less about what's going on. Should I continue? Does it shift back to personal drama? I'm about 78% of the way through.
Is this the book people always say is a little misogynist and wish fulfillment? I can’t remember if it’s the rothfuss books or this series