- Mar 9, 2011
Apart from Everyone Poops. I've already got that.
Finished Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian at the weekend. I can't stop thinking about it. A fantastic book. I've seen The Road and No Country For Old Men, but now considering checking out the novels, I really like McCarthy's style of writing.
Now I need a new book to read, any recommendations? All suggestions welcome.
Finished The Damned Utd, thought it was a cracking read and loved the way that the story shifted back and forth between when Cloughie was at Derby and then at Leeds so that when he was coming to the end of his tenure at Leeds the Derby story had him just about to take up his position at Leeds, very cleverly done. Think I'll give the movie a go now anyone know if it is any good?
Thanks! Much appreciated, I am fascinated by that time period and the way of living after reading Blood Meridian, so that might be a good shout.Well there's certainly nothing wrong with The Road or No Country for Old Men. Good books. If you wanted to follow up and read up on the Comanches, "The Empire of the Summer Moon" is pretty good. Not at all a comprehensive history of the Comanche, but a good (perhaps a bit sensationalist) read about them during the same time period as Blood Meridian, and focuses on their last war chief and his white mother. Interesting stuff. The savagery and scant, stark beauty of Blood Meridian reminded me of "The Painted Bird". Completely different time and place of course.
Anyhoo, just a couple of ideas.
That was interesting, thanks for the linkWhy Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences:
From a tightly constrained definition of human consciousness, Jaynes offers a wealth of archeological and historical evidence to build his thesis. A novel idea even now, Jaynes proposed that until about 3000 years ago the human mind was sharply divided - a "bicameral mind." One part dealt with the normal daily occupations of survival and reproduction; the other part was a conduit for communications with "the gods". Jaynes portrays the brain's structure and how it might generate hallucinatory voices and images that were construed as supernatural. Not until the civilization of Greece was well advanced did the consciousness we're familiar with arise and partially replace these hallucinatory visions.
Jaynes adduces evidence for this astonishing hypothesis from several sources. One is the "voices" heard by schizophrenic patients, which Jaynes interprets as a throwback to the bicameral mind of ancient times. Another is evidence from neurosurgery, where patients hear "voices" upon having their brains electrically stimulated. Another is the polytheistic gods of ancient civilizations, which spoke directly and intimately to individuals.
Richard Dawkins wrote of The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind that, "It is one of those books that is either complete rubbish or a work of consummate genius, nothing in between! Probably the former, but I'm hedging my bets."
Yeah, the first book is really awesome. I went full retard in those 2 books, read both of them in six days
https://www.redcafe.net/threads/fantasy-reads.373168/I started reading it the 11th. I've been reading slowly to enjoy it. So far, it's fantastic.
Just did a search on this thread for Catch 22 and I saw that most people - if not all, liked it. I stopped reading it 4-6 chapters in. Sure enough, it felt refreshing at the beginning, but does it really go anywhere? I felt like clicking through random threads at the caf for a giggle. Maybe it wont feel that monotonous if I read a few pages once a week.
I think you're right. Planning to read a few pages only once and again to keep me from getting tired of itYou sure give it another shot at some point I think mate, its absolutely terrific.
Not sure about it going anywhere really, there are plenty of things that happen - tonnes in fact, but there isn't a clear 'story' if that makes sense. The book jumps forward and back in time as well if I remember rightly, so that also prevents there being a clear narrative. But regardless that isn't the aim of the book and it loses nothing for that approach.
Within all the jokes and bizarre events there are some really clever points as well.
Stick to it mate, that's about all I can say. I can understand if it seems bordering on delirious in the beginning with all the to-ing and fro-ing, but it's a brilliant brilliant book with an inherent truth which stays with you, and some hauntingly brilliant passages and chapters.Just did a search on this thread for Catch 22 and I saw that most people - if not all, liked it. I stopped reading it 4-6 chapters in. Sure enough, it felt refreshing at the beginning, but does it really go anywhere? I felt like clicking through random threads at the caf for a giggle. Maybe it wont feel that monotonous if I read a few pages once a week. I bought Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase a couple of nights back, just to sooth my joy of reading. Looks promising so far.
Has anyone read Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Prisoner of Heaven? I loved the two books before it and don't really want to start this if it is that bad that it shatters what Shadow of the Wind and Angels Game built up.
Books I have about the American Revolution period(that doesn't mean I've read all of them):
1776 by David McCullough
Forced Fathers by Woody Holton
Unruly Americans by Woody Holton
Affairs of Honor by Joanne Freeman
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography doesn't touch so much on it but is worth reading.
I may have more in storage, but these are on my bookshelf. For primary sources, The Federalist Papers, Common Sense, etc. Gordon S. Wood is a prominent author/historian on the period.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/21/stephen-king-shining-sequel-interview...memories are the "real ghosts". It is a book as extravagantly inventive as any in King's pantheon, and a careful study of self-haunting: "You take yourself with you, wherever you go."
I never quite know what to make of King's Horror books - on the one hand, I sometimes feel like his writing is the work of an eternal thirteen-year-old (and meant for a similar readership); on the other, he's often very good. Any views?New Stephen King interview, in which he discusses his Shining sequel Doctor Sleep (amongst other things):