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akon
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"okreaders: a summer reading post"


  

          

Because the old post has unnecessary baggage

I recently finished reading ali smith’s how to be both
What an interesting book. I recommend it
About to start on the moor’s account, by Laila lalami
http://www.amazon.com/Moors-Account-Laila-Lalami/dp/0804170622
this looks interesting as well

post your recommendations

*from the other post, here are stravinskian’s recommendations for those struggling with a brief history of time )
“Better recommendations would include Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman (this was hugely influential to me), which is really just a novel and doesn't even pretend to be technical. Also, Kip Thorne's first general audience book, Black Holes and Time Warps, does much of what A Brief History of Time aspires to do, but much better

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http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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Subject Author Message Date ID
Adds to list
May 14th 2016
1
i've been on a poetry kick
May 14th 2016
2
I bought a couple of anthologies last year
May 18th 2016
27
i'm reading a little life by hanya yanagihara
May 14th 2016
3
I was completely overwhelmed by that book
May 17th 2016
6
Sapiens/Furiously Happy/Goodreads anyone?
May 15th 2016
4
LMAO
May 17th 2016
7
seriously... its intimidating
May 17th 2016
9
sent you a friend request...i'm inconsistent though
May 17th 2016
17
High-five! I basically use it as a check-list.
May 17th 2016
20
Sapiens ... so there's a youtube course on this
May 18th 2016
29
Sapiens is the best book I've read this year.
Jun 29th 2016
156
^
May 17th 2016
5
This one is astonishing.
May 17th 2016
8
here's my summer reading list
May 17th 2016
10
Man, I feel like I did Jesmyn Ward a huge disservice
May 17th 2016
11
will be my first. took this from bin's greatblacknovel post
May 17th 2016
13
Thank you, your order has been placed.
May 20th 2016
103
RE: here's my summer reading list
May 17th 2016
12
loved half of a yellow, didnt care for americannah
May 17th 2016
14
Half a Yellow Sun was so good
May 18th 2016
46
      Agreed
May 19th 2016
53
been meaning to read these two
May 17th 2016
16
I just picked up 'one day I will write about this place'
May 20th 2016
71
thought i responded to this
May 31st 2016
133
RE:
May 20th 2016
73
not arundhati
May 20th 2016
89
      RE: not arundhati
May 20th 2016
107
lavalle's devil in silver is SO GOOD!!!
May 23rd 2016
125
i'm on the cal newport tip
May 17th 2016
15
only non-fic right now for me: thinking, fast and slow
May 18th 2016
22
      Thinking, fast and slow
May 18th 2016
47
Been a decent year so far
May 17th 2016
18
Jimisin killed it
Jun 04th 2016
134
      update
Jun 28th 2016
155
           "Binti" is great
Jul 11th 2016
178
                ok, im gonna read these. thanks!
Jul 12th 2016
182
                you got your wish. part two drops January 2017
Aug 05th 2016
231
                     yup... and she got the hugo
Sep 12th 2016
234
                          gunna be reading Binti with my high schoolers next semester
Sep 12th 2016
238
                               YAASSSSSSS
Sep 13th 2016
240
"Darkness "-chapelle imitation voice
May 17th 2016
19
Blood Meridian, man...
May 20th 2016
98
      Dont bother with three stigmata...
May 21st 2016
116
           RE: Dont bother with three stigmata...
May 22nd 2016
119
You guys are inspiring me to get back on it
May 17th 2016
21
i just bought a Kindle because of this post.
May 18th 2016
23
i have a sony e-reader
May 18th 2016
28
      bro...i'm not pooping on your financial situation, it's different for al...
May 18th 2016
32
      i cant do the kindle fire
May 18th 2016
33
           word.
May 18th 2016
36
      Try Calibre - Also Eink is magic
May 18th 2016
48
           already got caliber
May 18th 2016
50
have you heard of this one?
May 18th 2016
24
no....might pick it up. thanks!
May 18th 2016
25
      here's another
May 18th 2016
26
           cant open that link. whats the name of the book?
May 18th 2016
31
                Under the Udala Trees
May 18th 2016
34
This is always the most humbling OKP Poast.
May 18th 2016
30
Non-Fiction/Self-Improvement...
May 18th 2016
35
Self-Improvement <-- books i avoid like the plague
May 18th 2016
37
Why's that?
May 18th 2016
38
      I can't speak for Akon but I generally find
May 18th 2016
39
           *seconds this
May 18th 2016
40
           Sometimes that's true...
May 18th 2016
41
                I read one a few years back that I really liked
May 18th 2016
42
                     That's dope....
May 18th 2016
43
I dug Switch.
May 18th 2016
49
Going to finally read some on my shelf that have been there for years
May 18th 2016
44
start with half of a yellow sun
May 18th 2016
51
      Fanon was really ahead of his time
May 19th 2016
54
      lol at this pot calling kettle black
May 19th 2016
56
           Hey this pot posted a few days ago !
May 19th 2016
58
                i will do so this week.
May 19th 2016
60
      Will do! Loved Purple Hibiscus. I've been told that this was better.
May 19th 2016
68
Disgruntled (Asali Solomon) and The Turner House
May 18th 2016
45
june jordan (rip) is just.... amazing doesnt quite capture it
May 18th 2016
52
I haven't read her stuff in a while, decided to revisit it.
May 19th 2016
57
      Im taking this recommendation
May 19th 2016
59
           i really loved affirmative acts
May 19th 2016
61
                I somehow think I met her when I lived in Oakland
May 19th 2016
64
                     lucky you!
May 20th 2016
74
Which ones?
May 19th 2016
62
      RE: Which ones?
May 19th 2016
63
halfway through Philip Roth's The Plot Against America
May 19th 2016
55
Have you read The Human Stain?
May 19th 2016
65
oh yeah
May 19th 2016
66
right on!
May 20th 2016
77
Either of you read "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis?
May 19th 2016
69
      I haven't
May 20th 2016
79
           me either, but Roth's book is clearly inspired by it
May 20th 2016
104
Good stuff, I want to read Roth and Faulkner next.
May 21st 2016
117
Right now I'm reading Octavia Butler's "Imago (Xenogenesis #3)
May 19th 2016
67
Blackass by A Igboni Barrett-love the new take on a Kafka classic
May 19th 2016
70
I've heard mixed reviews of Blackass
May 20th 2016
81
      it's on my list ,I want to read 'Hold it till it Hurts' first ,
May 20th 2016
82
           Hold it till it Hurts is on my shelf :-)
May 20th 2016
83
I share a building with a library
May 20th 2016
72
just finished: Parable of Talents, Men We Reaped & Erasure
May 20th 2016
75
Erasure is one of my favourite books ever
May 20th 2016
76
Dude, everything that Percival Everett writes is outstanding
May 20th 2016
78
i've read three of his books
May 20th 2016
84
hee hee hee you're gonna love that one
May 20th 2016
87
I gotta thank Ike for this in the Black Novels post
May 20th 2016
109
RE: Erasure is one of my favourite books ever
May 20th 2016
108
      please share when done
Jun 10th 2016
144
are you on goodreads?
May 20th 2016
80
I Am Not
May 20th 2016
110
finished When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz
Jun 05th 2016
136
if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 20th 2016
85
can you have a private account?
May 20th 2016
86
yes, you can
May 20th 2016
90
      Both signed up today
Jun 05th 2016
137
           What I don't like...
Jun 21st 2016
151
                There is a place on the "edit review" page
Jun 21st 2016
153
                     I think I hate rating on a scale of 5 with no halves
Jul 24th 2016
208
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 20th 2016
88
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 21st 2016
118
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 20th 2016
101
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 20th 2016
102
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
May 20th 2016
105
just joined - cuz I got my Kindle today
May 20th 2016
106
Yes. It's good for inspiration and looking back.
May 21st 2016
114
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
Jul 11th 2016
176
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31922906-ryan
Jul 12th 2016
186
RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here
Jul 20th 2016
192
New Easy Rawlins: Charcoal Joe (June 14th)
May 20th 2016
91
Salute
May 22nd 2016
122
will check this one out
May 22nd 2016
123
loved it
Mar 07th 2019
241
Anyone heard anything about Laymon's new book, Heavy?
May 20th 2016
92
Publisher's site says Sep. 2017. It'd be funny if that were a typo.
May 20th 2016
93
he's said soon. he gives us random snips on FB and then deletes
May 20th 2016
111
the round house by louise erdrich
May 20th 2016
94
i loved this book!
May 20th 2016
95
      i was just gonna ask you if you read any other erdrich
May 20th 2016
96
           the plague of doves
May 20th 2016
97
                apparently she just dropped a new one on may 10
May 20th 2016
99
Just started Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
May 20th 2016
100
that's a good one. read it when it came out.
May 23rd 2016
126
seeing double, by patrick wilmot
May 20th 2016
112
I've read it. I got it through it at the 2nd attempt n/m
May 21st 2016
113
Confession Saturday: I haven't read a book in over 5 years
May 21st 2016
115
this is exactly why I live alone and am childless
May 23rd 2016
124
      There are married ppl with kids who read a lot
May 23rd 2016
127
hilarious turn of fate:
May 22nd 2016
120
use the kindleapp in the meanwhile
May 22nd 2016
121
Just finished Lermontov's "A Hero of our Time" today (Nabokov translatio...
May 23rd 2016
128
The Mothership has landed
May 23rd 2016
129
dear god. victor lavalle is a damn fool
May 31st 2016
130
I was about to come in here and shout out The Ecstatic
May 31st 2016
131
it was me, sheesh... literally post 73, lol
Jun 04th 2016
135
      haha, its cause i got it from bin's post
Jun 08th 2016
138
the kindle is making it so much easier. finally finished Marc Ecko's boo...
May 31st 2016
132
Daniel Jose Older's "Shadowshaper" is YA but a fun book.
Jun 09th 2016
139
just fun?
Jun 09th 2016
140
Malka's his sister right?
Jun 09th 2016
142
      yes
Jun 10th 2016
143
      here is part of a convo they recently had with each other
Jun 12th 2016
145
      here the first 5 chapters of Infomocracy if folk are interested
Jun 12th 2016
146
      still not sure how i feel about these online preview chapters
Jun 13th 2016
149
      Get "Infomocracy"
Jun 28th 2016
154
the moor's account, laila lalami
Jun 09th 2016
141
FINALLY finished J-Zone's & Marc Ecko's books.
Jun 13th 2016
147
Once a Cop - Corey "Life" Pegues
Jun 13th 2016
148
My list for the Summer:
Jun 20th 2016
150
im down to six books on my list
Jun 21st 2016
152
Based on your goodreads review of Long Division
Jun 29th 2016
158
long division was pretty good
Jun 29th 2016
159
      I'm listening to it as an audiobook and it's super enjoyable
Jun 30th 2016
166
so would you like to know who is the narrator of Long Division?
Jun 29th 2016
160
      who is it?
Jun 30th 2016
168
           It's Baize...
Jul 01st 2016
169
                I have a question for you and akon
Jul 01st 2016
170
                yes. the book is broken into the sections of 2014, 1985 and 1964
Jul 01st 2016
173
                     oh hell YES
Jul 01st 2016
174
                You kinda spoiled it for me
Jul 13th 2016
189
                     really sorry about that bruh. didn't even think to put a
Jul 13th 2016
190
only bc they were fathers day gifts, I'm reading "the cook up"
Jun 29th 2016
157
What yall know about Ben H. Winters?
Jun 30th 2016
161
NOPE. those reviews / descriptions are telling
Jun 30th 2016
162
I thought he was black
Jun 30th 2016
163
      The clapback begineth. Older one of the few leading the charge
Jul 05th 2016
175
           whoa. a t.v deal? *before octavia butler?
Jul 20th 2016
193
The Last Policeman series was GREAT
Jun 30th 2016
165
      You think he can handle race?
Jun 30th 2016
167
           at a guess, no
Jul 01st 2016
171
finally picked up a Kindle, been clutching to physical books for years
Jun 30th 2016
164
yeah, my mistake was to get a Kindle fire
Jul 01st 2016
172
I want to gradually switch to digital, while building up my library
Jul 11th 2016
177
      the Kindle Paperwhite has a backlight to adjust brightness
Jul 11th 2016
179
           awesome, thanks
Jul 12th 2016
180
                now's the time BTW, aforementioned kindle is $89 today (usually $119)
Jul 12th 2016
181
                     only for Prime members n/m
Jul 12th 2016
184
                          I'm pretty sure all Amazon devices (Kindles, Fires, Echos)
Jul 12th 2016
185
here's my next list
Jul 12th 2016
183
Be interested in what you think about Satin Island
Jul 12th 2016
188
i dont know what this style of writing is called; but i hate it
Jul 31st 2016
224
      millennial meander?
Jul 31st 2016
226
oh I didn't rate it --
Jul 13th 2016
191
      yea, homecoming
Jul 20th 2016
194
      i didnt love/like under the udala trees
Aug 04th 2016
229
      Just did Homegoings for a boom club
Aug 29th 2016
232
just finished
Jul 12th 2016
187
Also the corrections by franzen
Jul 20th 2016
196
      believe the hype and pretty good are not equal
Jul 21st 2016
197
Finished Between The World And Me.
Jul 20th 2016
195
question: other than you fine folks...
Jul 21st 2016
198
wait.. didnt we talk about this before?
Jul 21st 2016
199
i also look at the bailey's prize (formerly orange prize)
Jul 21st 2016
200
RE: bailey's prize (formerly orange prize) <-- thanks!
Jul 28th 2016
212
goodreads recommendations are terrible
Jul 21st 2016
203
      I agree, but
Jul 21st 2016
204
RE: question: other than you fine folks...
Jul 21st 2016
202
thanks everyone. i'll check these places out.
Jul 21st 2016
206
Monthly Book List from author Ryan Holiday
Aug 01st 2016
227
Recent readings: Dodgers, Murray Talks Music, Don't Be a Jerk,
Jul 21st 2016
201
FAM, what'd you think of these books. fuck them reviews. lol
Jul 21st 2016
205
      Just linked for reference, not endorsing the contents of the links
Jul 25th 2016
210
Who want's to read Everfair with me in September?
Jul 24th 2016
207
i will
Jul 24th 2016
209
that looks good
Jul 31st 2016
225
How did I miss the fact that Slapboxing With Jesus is a collection of sh...
Jul 28th 2016
211
Man Booker 2016: the sellout!!!!
Jul 28th 2016
213
yeah i couldn't be bothered lol
Jul 28th 2016
214
RE: i think that's due to the fact that
Jul 29th 2016
221
      cool, i'll check out the ecstatic when i'm done with these
Jul 30th 2016
222
between the world + me was brutal
Jul 28th 2016
215
Currently reading The Idiot by Dostoyevsky
Jul 29th 2016
216
One of my favs
Jul 29th 2016
217
      grateful to my mother for forcing me to read them lol
Jul 29th 2016
218
           I read most of The Witch short stories
Jul 29th 2016
219
           which collection by Chekov do you recommend
Jul 29th 2016
220
                i enjoyed About Love & Other Stories
Jul 30th 2016
223
Almost done with The Way of White Folks by Langston Hughes
Aug 03rd 2016
228
summertime, by j.m coetzee
Aug 04th 2016
230
I know some of yall read History of Five Killings
Sep 12th 2016
233
the Marlon James book? (title is slightly different)
Sep 12th 2016
237
If it's the Marlon James book you're talking about, yes, it meanders in ...
Sep 13th 2016
239
Summer bout to end... should we wrap up and new post?
Sep 12th 2016
235
yes. this was an excellent post!
Sep 12th 2016
236

AFRICAN
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1. "Adds to list"
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Been on a fantasy/scifi bender lately and I need some heavier stuff.
About to start on this latest Knuasgaard {is anyone reading this ?}.
These posts always give me great recommendations

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blackrussian
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Sat May-14-16 06:27 PM

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2. "i've been on a poetry kick"
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rupi kaur - milk & honey
nayirah waheed - salt
mary oliver - thirst
revisiting warsan shire - teaching my mother how to give birth

  

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akon
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27. "I bought a couple of anthologies last year"
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and havent had time to read them

I should read them over the summer. adds
*the black poets - dudley randall and
*the oxford anthology of african american poetry
to the list

i also want to read salt. see what the everyone's on about

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http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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Latina212
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Sat May-14-16 10:51 PM

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3. "i'm reading a little life by hanya yanagihara"
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it is beautifully written and devastating at the same time

  

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janey
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6. "I was completely overwhelmed by that book"
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With distance, I have a few reservations about it, but I still think of it as an extremely powerful reading experience.

~ ~ ~
All meetings end in separation
All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
- The Buddha

|\_/|
='_'=

Every hundred years, all new people

  

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4. "Sapiens/Furiously Happy/Goodreads anyone?"
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Sapiens was a recent read on the history of humans that made me think and want to immediately read again. Dry humor scattered throughout, something rare in anthropology. http://amzn.to/24SYsrW

One of the books I'm currently reading is Furiously Happy and it is both hilarious and thoughtful look at living with mental illness. http://amzn.to/1Tc3XzW

Anyone on Goodreads? https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17700308-jak
I added Janey a few months ago and my god she devours books. Inspired me to read more, I'm up to one or two a week but she is at a whole other level.

See ya, JAK
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7. "LMAO"
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it's because I don't have a life LOL

~ ~ ~
All meetings end in separation
All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
- The Buddha

|\_/|
='_'=

Every hundred years, all new people

  

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akon
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9. "seriously... its intimidating"
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>I added Janey a few months ago and my god she devours books.
>Inspired me to read more, I'm up to one or two a week but she
>is at a whole other level.

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http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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17. "sent you a friend request...i'm inconsistent though"
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>Anyone on Goodreads?
>https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17700308-jak

i forget all about it and end up adding stuff in spurts lol

the key to happiness is not being rich;
it's doing something arduous and
creating something of value and then
being able to reflect on the fruits of your labor

  

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20. "High-five! I basically use it as a check-list."
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It's convenient to have a list to refer to in stores and libraries and see what friends are reading, although only a couple friends apparently use it.

I enjoyed Things Fall Apart but it's been ages (1999...hmm wonder why?) since I read it.

I had a website going that was doing basically the same thing (http://www.inputjak.com/) before a friend told me about Goodreads which saves tons of time. Unfortunately until today I didn't realize I had to manually set the dates I read the books which would be nice to have and I've begun adding them back in. (I've read 33 books so far this year?!)

See ya, JAK
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29. "Sapiens ... so there's a youtube course on this"
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>Sapiens was a recent read on the history of humans that made
>me think and want to immediately read again. Dry humor
>scattered throughout, something rare in anthropology.
>http://amzn.to/24SYsrW

I was looking for the coursera course but saw there are videos on youtube
Im gonna check these out- everyone lauds this book, ive added it to my list

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http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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TheAlbionist
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156. "Sapiens is the best book I've read this year."
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Well, I read it last August, but it's still within a year.

Utterly stunning. Ties EVERYTHING together.

_______________________________

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forever.

  

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5. "^"
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janey
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8. "This one is astonishing."
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It is also going to be divisive and, to some, offensive.

But despite my concerns, I was surprised by how well the story was realized. I encourage anyone who is remotely interested to read it, and to read the author's note first and last.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25894032-thomas-jefferson-dreams-of-sally-hemings

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All meetings end in separation
All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
- The Buddha

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='_'=

Every hundred years, all new people

  

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10. "here's my summer reading list"
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or rather, what im checking out from the lib

every day is for the thief - Cole, Teju
the moor's account - Lalami, L
long division - Laymon
Thomas Jefferson dreams of Sally Hemings *from janey's recommendation
A tale for the time being -
The Lowland - Jhumpa
We need new names - Bulawayo
testament of mary - Colm, Toibin
in a strange room -Galgut, D
the long son - Andrea Levy
remainder - McCarthy
the glass room - Mawer
an atlas of impossible longing - Anuradha Roy
Salvage the bones - Ward
the blazing world - Siri Hustvedt
the dog - Neil, J
us - Nicholls, D
The Devil in silver - LaValle

*I need some african writers*

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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11. "Man, I feel like I did Jesmyn Ward a huge disservice"
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I never read Salvage the Bones, but after reading her book Men We Reaped, I'm ashamed of myself for not picking her up earlier.

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All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
- The Buddha

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13. "will be my first. took this from bin's greatblacknovel post"
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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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103. " Thank you, your order has been placed."
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12. "RE: here's my summer reading list"
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>or rather, what im checking out from the lib
>
>every day is for the thief - Cole, Teju
I enjoyed this book.Not his strongest work but a good read
>Salvage the bones - Ward
At first it struck me as depressing and it is a heavy read but it is powerful. Well worth your time.

>The Devil in silver - LaValle
>I enjoyed this book a lot.

>*I need some african writers*
Ghana must go .Taiye Selasi
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is fantastic.I think Half of a yellow Sun will stand the test of time and I recommend it to everyone.
I hope folks add to this list because I'd love to read more

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14. "loved half of a yellow, didnt care for americannah"
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>Ghana must go .Taiye Selasi

***adds to list

>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is fantastic.I think Half of a yellow
>Sun will stand the test of time and I recommend it to
>everyone.
>I hope folks add to this list because I'd love to read more

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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46. "Half a Yellow Sun was so good"
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Don't remember how I heard about it but thankful I did.

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53. "Agreed"
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Beautifully written and ranks with the classics,imo.

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16. "been meaning to read these two"
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>long division - Laymon
>Salvage the bones - Ward

going to add them to my list
lol they are already on my kindle so i have no excuses

the key to happiness is not being rich;
it's doing something arduous and
creating something of value and then
being able to reflect on the fruits of your labor

  

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71. "I just picked up 'one day I will write about this place'"
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By Binyavanga Wainaina

>*I need some african writers*

I've also heard good thinks about 'Born on a Tuesday' by Elba than John.

I enjoyed 'The Hairdresser of Harare' which was more light and entertaining than literary (how are we defining this anyway?), but still offered insight on the commonplace/everyday which is still so rare for me to see when it comes to anything to do with Africa.

Didn't think much of 'we need new names' and I thought 'Ghana must go' was much better than both that and 'Americanah' (reason I group them together is they all deal with the African in the west & coming of age, in one way or another).

Speaking of which, I would love to get some recommendations for Black writing coming out of Europe. Do we have atone other than Zadie?

  

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133. "thought i responded to this"
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>By Binyavanga Wainaina

i havent read this, but i need to
i was so proud when he came out a few years ago
had kenyans who didnt want to talk about homosexuality
talking about homosexuality
and it was surprising that he got a lot of support
(despite all the other stupidity that comes with this topic)


>Didn't think much of 'we need new names' and I thought 'Ghana
>must go' was much better than both that and 'Americanah'

i loved we need new names (so much better than americanah- which i did not enjoy)
it was so reminiscent of my childhood (in nairobi, no less)
and i loved that she talks about what happened in zim
but doesnt really talk about what happened in zim

not too sure how i felt about the 'in america' part of the story
i didnt feel like americannah got it at all
(the experience of moving here as a student and straddling that line between
being that african who only has african friends (i wasnt that)
and being the african trying to fit into the african american world (including the afrocentrists and hotep-isms)

and realizing for the first time ever that you are black
(and what that means living in a race conscious society that does not speak about race)

new names ... i dont know how i felt about that part of the book

so...im still waiting for someone to *get* it right.

but i enjoyed the book

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73. "RE: "
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>or rather, what im checking out from the lib
>
>every day is for the thief - Cole, Teju
i prefer his non-fic to his fiction. this book has pretty sentences and some nice images, but overall went nowhere IMO and was boring

>the moor's account - Lalami, L
>long division - Laymon
as i said in the Black Novel post, this is the best fic since Junot IMO. I don't truss ppl who don't fuck with this book

>Thomas Jefferson dreams of Sally Hemings *from janey's
>recommendation
please DO NOT read this. there is so much other shit to read. it's just ridiculous that a book like this got published in 2016.

>A tale for the time being -
>The Lowland - Jhumpa
it's on my list too. i keep reading paragraphs sentences, but it never really grabs me

>We need new names - Bulawayo
>testament of mary - Colm, Toibin
>in a strange room -Galgut, D
>the long son - Andrea Levy
>remainder - McCarthy
>the glass room - Mawer
>an atlas of impossible longing - Anuradha Roy
Arundahti?
she is the best. have you read her other works? have you read her novel?

>Salvage the bones - Ward
INCREDIBLE. read Men We Reaped too. She is the best contemporary writer IMO

>the blazing world - Siri Hustvedt
>the dog - Neil, J
>us - Nicholls, D
>The Devil in silver - LaValle
>
LaValle is the fucn man. Haven't read this one, he also just released a new book The Ballad of Tom Black I need to get on. I recommend Slapboxing, The Ecstatic, and Big Machine to anyone who loves fiction

>*I need some african writers*
Teju is African, he just lives in NY
Dongola - Johnny Mad Dog

  

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89. "not arundhati"
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but god of small things is a favourite. I havent read her novel, will check it out
anuratha i have never read, so this will be my first

>>every day is for the thief - Cole, Teju
>i prefer his non-fic to his fiction. this book has pretty
>sentences and some nice images, but overall went nowhere IMO
>and was boring

i like it so far. reminds me so much of growing up in nairobi. *down to the crime*

>>Thomas Jefferson dreams of Sally Hemings *from janey's
>>recommendation
>please DO NOT read this. there is so much other shit to read.
>it's just ridiculous that a book like this got published in
>2016.

haha, janey recommended it. Will read it to see what i think (and let you know!)

>>an atlas of impossible longing - Anuradha Roy

>>Salvage the bones - Ward
>INCREDIBLE. read Men We Reaped too. She is the best
>contemporary writer IMO

cool, added.

>LaValle is the fucn man. Haven't read this one, he also just
>released a new book The Ballad of Tom Black I need to get on.
>I recommend Slapboxing, The Ecstatic, and Big Machine to
>anyone who loves fiction

>>*I need some african writers*
>Dongola - Johnny Mad Dog

*added

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107. "RE: not arundhati"
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>but god of small things is a favourite. I havent read her
>novel, will check it out

god of small things is her novel. her political books tho, Ordinary People's Guide to Empire, Power Politics, and War Talk pretty much helped redefine my ideas of the global political map and how we/i talk about international solidarity and speaking truth to power. i love her so damn much

>anuratha i have never read, so this will be my first
>
word. i'll look into it

  

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125. "lavalle's devil in silver is SO GOOD!!!"
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all his books are greatness.

also jesmyn ward's is fantastic.

now go runtelldat, ho.

  

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15. "i'm on the cal newport tip"
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just finishing up Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
http://calnewport.com/books/deep-work/
life changing book for me.

next up is another one from him....
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
http://calnewport.com/books/so-good/

after that i think i am going to hit up some fiction
i heard the baron in the trees is pretty good so it will probably be next
http://www.amazon.com/Baron-Trees-Italo-Calvino/dp/0156106809

also need to re-read seth godin's purple cow soon
http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Cow-New-Transform-Remarkable--/dp/1591843170/

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22. "only non-fic right now for me: thinking, fast and slow"
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was recommended by my advisor and really liking it

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47. "Thinking, fast and slow"
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Added to my list, appreciate it. I'm probably 80% non-fiction.

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18. "Been a decent year so far"
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Haven't really been anticipating anything except the book I just started - Too Like Lightening by Ada Palnuer. Less than a hunnid in but digging it.

I got Jimisin's latest one up next. Had to hold off on it after reading the whole trilogy straight. she got the Nebula nom which i really wish they had given her, even not having read the book, but yeah i gotta read it now.

Jo Walton's Necessity comes out in June or July. I didn't even realize it was a trilogy after reading the first two, but now I know it's coming I'm amped as fuck.

There's a pattern with the first and the last, and I'm realizing there may be something to it for me as a reader and aspiring writer. I like sci-fi/fantasy with high philosophical value. Not just philosophy in making you think, but really positing philosophy outside of the natural world context. Both of those authors are playing heavily with that. It's also underlying in Jimisin's trilogy and a lot of other stuff that I really like.

At any rate I'm hoping some other titles really grab me because I'm itching for a huge tbr list right now. I had a few days where I was waiting on Amazon and ain't have shit I wanted to read.

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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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134. "Jimisin killed it"
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I was pissed as hell when I realized the last thirty pages were appendixes.

Book was great though, world building, character development and the plot itself. Just a beautifully set up story. She played with time a lot here but I hope the followup continues right where this one left off. Her last trilogy was great but while all in the same world were pretty much all stand alone stories. The way this one all comes together in the end, it's got to continue from the same place. I'm all in and a true fan of her now.


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"I ain't no entertainer, and ain't trying to be one. I am 1 thing, a musician." � Miles

"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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155. "update"
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"Infomocracy"
"Edge of Dark"
"Drowned World"
"Rebirths of Tao"

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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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178. ""Binti" is great"
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When I think of all the world building she put into this character driven 100 pager, it blows my mind. Even more it was really just beautifully written. It bugs me out how traditional sci fi it is while doing so much more.

I read Asimov before this and the writing doesn't compare. Like a separate topic but something I remembered from reading years ago why folk like Delany and LeGuin were always my favorite, and reading 'classic' shit was always ho hum. They never cared about the people I just read Prelude to Foundation which is *the book* about the central figure for a whole universe Asimov built and by the end of it I really didn't know shit about him except he was a white male mathemetician who could kick ass. Whole thing lacked emotion. Binti is the start of a grat space opera but every aspect of the world and characters she built in setting the stage have so much more feel and as such realness, rather than ideas of.

</rantsandraves>

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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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182. "ok, im gonna read these. thanks!"
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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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231. "you got your wish. part two drops January 2017"
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234. "yup... and she got the hugo"
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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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238. "gunna be reading Binti with my high schoolers next semester"
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240. "YAASSSSSSS"
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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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19. ""Darkness "-chapelle imitation voice "
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Just finished: blood meridian and dog soldiers
Reading: the three stigmata of Philip eidrach (sp)
Next: a clockwork orange

Always reading: sandman, up to volume 9....I wish this series had no eventual end.

Taking shots in the dark/that's a bad call
Going straight for your head/ gotta saw it off

  

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98. "Blood Meridian, man..."
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That was bleak as fuck but great. Can see why they've had trouble with adapting it into a film. I have The Three Stigmata... on the kindle but haven't got round to it yet, how is it?

  

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116. "Dont bother with three stigmata..."
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Some interesting concepts lost in poor execution and just bad character development. I cared about no one, but it was such a great world he constructed for them, with pre cogs and such. I am sure he has done it better in other books.


Now reading: The man who would be king.


Blood Meridian stays with you...... unfilmable, ain't no way they could get this down right. Nobody is ready for that.

Taking shots in the dark/that's a bad call
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119. "RE: Dont bother with three stigmata..."
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That's disappointing. I haven't read any of his other books yet but I'll probably start with one of those then

>Nobody is ready for that.

Yeah pretty much.

  

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21. "You guys are inspiring me to get back on it"
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I've been way off my game since I stopped taking public transportation. Thanks for the recommendations

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23. "i just bought a Kindle because of this post."
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i have the app on my phone but i also have 4 half-read books on my phone because i realize reading a book on my phone is kind of painful.

i think i'll read a lot more on a full-size Kindle.

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28. "i have a sony e-reader"
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ive had one for... years (since at least 2009)
its a bit frustrating downloading books. and i have amazon prime but cant borrow books from their lib
so ive gone back and forth about getting a kindle
i cant justify the added expense though... my e-reader works just fine
its only frustrating when i need to download books and the web interface really sucks on it

*goes back and forth*

happy reading! welcome

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32. "bro...i'm not pooping on your financial situation, it's different for al..."
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but a 7" Kindle Fire is ONLY 49.99.

make that expenditure fam.

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33. "i cant do the kindle fire"
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i only half-explained why i bought the sony e-reader in the first place
(it was always more expensive than the kindle)
i love the screen - its e-ink - or thats what they call it,
but basically it's almost like reading on paper - no glare, can read for hours without hurting the eyes, and battery lasts forever, has an SD card slot
and dont need the internet to download books (I think this used to be an issue when the kindle's first came out
no way i was going to be #thirdworldliving with a device requiring internet access)

its why im still on this back and forth
maybe i will check out the new kindle's see if its improved from when i remember

*or i probably need to check if sony has some updates.

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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36. "word."
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yeah, the new kindle has an SD card for up to 128GB

i don't know shit about the glare on it and i assume you have to have a wi-fi connection to download stuff.

if you have Prime you get free Prime books, audio and video. plus the Kindle has Spotify (which I use religiously) and Netflix.

but, i'm not begrudging you your Sony reader.

i'm also excited for the Kindle because we have a new son and he's already into devices at 8 months even though he knows jack about it but there's options for kids books and learning games w/ the Kindle.

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48. "Try Calibre - Also Eink is magic"
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It's an app for your computer that allows you to convert formats and control your digital library easier. It does a bunch of other stuff too I haven't touched.

http://calibre-ebook.com

EInk is magic, I have a kindle myself. Of all the fantastic science occurring daily for some reason I can't get over it. It's not using power but there is something on the screen?!

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50. "already got caliber"
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the problem is downloading books from the library

they dont transfer to my e-reader when i use caliber

i have to download them using the internet app on the e-reader
which really sucks

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24. "have you heard of this one?"
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BFiSOp6oTAq/?taken-by=half_book_and_co

when I saw this yesterday I immediately thought of you...

~ ~ ~
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All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
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25. "no....might pick it up. thanks!"
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http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/
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26. "here's another"
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I bought this for my niece and she loved it. I have a copy and I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read it yet.

http://tinyurl.com/h2f2s7


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31. "cant open that link. whats the name of the book?"
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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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34. "Under the Udala Trees "
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by Chinelo Okparanta


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All life ends in death
- The Buddha

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30. "This is always the most humbling OKP Poast. "
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**********
"Everyone has a plan until you punch them in the face. Then they don't have a plan anymore." (c) Mike Tyson

"what's a leader if he isn't reluctant"

  

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35. "Non-Fiction/Self-Improvement..."
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Decisive - Chip and Dan Heath
Switch - Chip and Dan Heath
Relentless - Tim Grover
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead - Jerry Weintraub

  

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37. "Self-Improvement <-- books i avoid like the plague"
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>Decisive - Chip and Dan Heath
>Switch - Chip and Dan Heath
>Relentless - Tim Grover
>When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead - Jerry Weintraub

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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38. "Why's that?"
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39. "I can't speak for Akon but I generally find"
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that all you need to do is read the title of the books to get the gist of the message.

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All life ends in death
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40. "*seconds this"
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and also, they are generally tedious and self-important

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41. "Sometimes that's true..."
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But I find, more often than not, there's something useful to be gleaned from them...even if it's something small.

Maybe self-improvement wasn't the right heading...

Like 'Relentless' is a book written by a guy who trained Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant/Dwyane Wade/etc. It's not 'Self-Improvement', per se, but if you can get a glimpse into their thought-processes or what drives them...I figured it would be worth a read.

  

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42. "I read one a few years back that I really liked"
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I don't know if you ever saw Generation Kill, but there's a guy in the series who is played by himself. Rudy Reyes. He's the one who says that he wishes he could live on sushi because it's clean food?

Anyway, he wrote what he thought would be a self help book but it's a memoir of a sweet gentle soul in a hard body and it's really lovely. I would read it again



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All life ends in death
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43. "That's dope...."
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I'll throw it on the list.

  

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49. "I dug Switch."
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Riding elephants. Just riding elephants.

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44. "Going to finally read some on my shelf that have been there for years"
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or others that I've started and stopped:

1. Lester Spence - Knocking The Hustle:Against The Neoliberal Turn In Black Politics
2. Frantz Fanon - Wretched Of The Earth
3. Toni Morrison - Beloved
4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half Of A Yellow Sun
5. Richard Wright - The Outsider


  

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51. "start with half of a yellow sun"
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and then wretched of the earth
(which is so depressing to me- fanon basically predicted what would happen to my country when we got independence)



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54. "Fanon was really ahead of his time"
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You need to update on the S.Sudan situation on the blog!
So much has happened since your last post.

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56. "lol at this pot calling kettle black"
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>You need to update on the S.Sudan situation on the blog!
>So much has happened since your last post.


i really need to.
i havent been home in a year though (last year i almost got arrested outside of mausoleum - took a ride in the soldiers van and everything (during independence day celebrations no less).
i've always made it a point to be in juba july 9th, this year the motivation is just not there.


been focussing on health- will inbox you an article i wrote on neglected tropical diseases - depressing ish like that :o(

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58. "Hey this pot posted a few days ago !"
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Granted months later and a brain fart but still!
I understand how you feel ,I've been avoiding thinking too hard about the political and economic situation in Sudan too hard myself,it's fucking depressing.
But yeah we both need to embrace our neglected child lol

>>You need to update on the S.Sudan situation on the blog!
>>So much has happened since your last post.
>
>
>i really need to.
>i havent been home in a year though (last year i almost got
>arrested outside of mausoleum - took a ride in the soldiers
>van and everything (during independence day celebrations no
>less).
>i've always made it a point to be in juba july 9th, this year
>the motivation is just not there.
>
>
>been focussing on health- will inbox you an article i wrote on
>neglected tropical diseases - depressing ish like that (
>

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60. "i will do so this week. "
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im somewhat missing juba.
its still early summer, i might still decide to go for a few weeks

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68. "Will do! Loved Purple Hibiscus. I've been told that this was better. "
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Can't wait to find out. I'm anticipating the heaviness of Wretched. I'll have some extra days off work, so I can take my time with it.

  

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45. "Disgruntled (Asali Solomon) and The Turner House"
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finished those...


summer reading are all Afrofuturist tomes.

I do have June Jordan's collection of essays, "Some of Us Did Not Die" that I will be digging into soon.

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52. "june jordan (rip) is just.... amazing doesnt quite capture it"
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her voice wouldve been so necessary in the past 10 years
i miss that perspective she wouldve had
its sad that its a loss we have to endure

i love her writing.
she's one of the people that made me love and respect the african american perspective

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57. "I haven't read her stuff in a while, decided to revisit it."
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She is your smart Aunt who used to run with the Black Panthers...she has the clarity of a journalist, but her pen is rooted in her work as a poet. She is definitely missed.

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59. "Im taking this recommendation "
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Any particular works I should start with ?

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61. "i really loved affirmative acts"
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i own that book and dont know where it is currently (could be in 1 of 3 countries :o)

i think im about to buy it again.

june jordan to me, is an ancestor.


*yes, thats how much i love her

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64. "I somehow think I met her when I lived in Oakland"
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at a lecture or something in a library...that was how I started reading her work, and it was a revelation. "Technical Difficulties" was the first book of hers that I encountered.

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74. "lucky you!"
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62. "Which ones?"
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>summer reading are all Afrofuturist tomes.
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63. "RE: Which ones?"
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I have been reading (and rereading) "Black Quantum Futurism" Vol 1. : Theory and Practice, compiled by Rasheedah Phillips

then I have Ytasha Womack's "Afrofuturism: The world of Black Sci-fi and fantasy culture"

finally, I am ordering these two:

Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness: by Dr. Reynaldo Anderson

and

SPECULATIVE BLACKNESS: The Future of Race in Science Fiction by Dr. Andre Carrington


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55. "halfway through Philip Roth's The Plot Against America"
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Roth is one of my favourites, and Plot Against America has been on my bookshelf for a while. For some reason it seemed like the right time to start reading about the election of a populist President who begins to move America towards facism....

Next up on the to-read pile:

Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life - I saw her speak at a festival this past weekend, and started reading this in anticipation. Really engaging so far, although the extreme emotions everyone who's read it seems to go though ('harrowing' is the word that comes up the most) makes it a bit daunting.

Elena Ferrante's Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay - I've loved the first two books of Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, and have been spacing them out by only reading one every three months or so so that I don't just devour them in a rush. So this is on deck for Julyish, and I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

George Clinton's autobiography - I've had this for a while, but have been on a Funkadelic kick recently, so it seems like a good time to give this a try, possibly as a lighter option alongside A Little Life.


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65. "Have you read The Human Stain?"
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that one is hands down my favorite Roth


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66. "oh yeah"
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Roth was on such a tear in the 90s - American Pastoral is my favourite (and one of my favourite novels by anyone), but everything he wrote in that decade is amazing.

Cheers for the recommendation of Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings upthread, too - that sounds fantastic. I still remember you recommending Cloud Atlas in one of these threads waaaaaaay back when, which was the start of an enduring David Mitchell obsession for me.


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77. "right on!"
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Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings needs to be read with a lot of perspective. I'm serious about reading the author's note first and last. It's clear from his note that he is absolutely trying to respect Hemings' experience despite the incredible lack of information we have about her. He says he came to the project with a view that she had no agency whatsoever and that it was violent rape 100 percent. But he gave her a voice, and made her literate, and decided to give her some moral complexity as well, and as a result she is torn by all of her conflicting feelings about Jefferson and her station in his world.

I think he does a remarkable job with both Jefferson and Hemings and I think it is all the more remarkable because he is a white man writing this book. However, I am also prepared to learn that the reason (or a reason) that I think this is such a remarkable book is that I am white and, consequently, blindered to the race issues that O'Connor misses.


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69. "Either of you read "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis?"
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"It Can't Happen Here "is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a populist United States Senator who is elected to the presidency after promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and traditional values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion.


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79. "I haven't"
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thanks for the recommendation! I need to read a bit outside of the 21st century lol

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104. "me either, but Roth's book is clearly inspired by it"
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to the point that a character (if 'character' is the right word - almost everyone in the book is a real-life person living in fictional historical circumstances) directly invokes it: "It can't happen here? My friends, it IS happening here!". It'd definitively be an interesting comparison to read Lewis's book after Roth's.


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117. "Good stuff, I want to read Roth and Faulkner next."
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Taking shots in the dark/that's a bad call
Going straight for your head/ gotta saw it off

  

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67. "Right now I'm reading Octavia Butler's "Imago (Xenogenesis #3)"
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Really like it, "Dawn" is still my favorite though.

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70. "Blackass by A Igboni Barrett-love the new take on a Kafka classic"
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https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/blackass



Also trying to read all of Paul Beatty's stuff,Percival Everett's stuff and Octavia Butler's as well-going to be a busy summer..lol
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81. "I've heard mixed reviews of Blackass"
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I keep waffling on whether to read it.

Have you read Welcome to Braggsville? I fuckin loved that one.

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82. "it's on my list ,I want to read 'Hold it till it Hurts' first ,"
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before I read Welcome to Braggsville.
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83. "Hold it till it Hurts is on my shelf :-)"
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72. "I share a building with a library "
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So I finally decided to make the most of it.

As well as 'one day I will write about this place' (mentioned above) I also got 'bad feminist' by roxanne gay and 'the farming of bones' by edwidge danticat.

  

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75. "just finished: Parable of Talents, Men We Reaped & Erasure"
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4,5,5

Octavia, Jesmyn, and Percival are all the fucn truth, the light, the way

chipping away at A People's History

and waiting on my copy of When My Brother Was An Aztec to come in the mail...

after, probably more Percival (he's become a new favorite), some Nnedi, Cortazar and maybe Toni's A Mercy

  

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76. "Erasure is one of my favourite books ever"
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the book within the book was pure foolishness!
its been years since i read it and i still remember it. shit, i might read it again.

ive never finished a people's history. come close, but never finished :o(

just started teju cole's every day is for the thief.
lagos reminds me of nairobi

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78. "Dude, everything that Percival Everett writes is outstanding"
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I love Erasure and I'm constantly recommending it, but I think in general Everett is criminally underrated.

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84. "i've read three of his books"
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looks like i will be adding the rest to this summers list

wait what? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/355819.A_History_of_the_African_American_People_Proposed_by_Strom_Thurmond

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87. "hee hee hee you're gonna love that one"
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109. "I gotta thank Ike for this in the Black Novels post"
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I've read this and I Am Not Sidney Poitier. both are greatness. Started Glyph which is told from the perspective of a genius baby riffing on French linguist theory and LOFL.

you right, janey, he's criminally undervalued and celebrated.

after Glyph I'm read Sudder, Assumption, and Percivel Everett Written By Virgil Russell

  

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108. "RE: Erasure is one of my favourite books ever"
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>the book within the book was pure foolishness!
>its been years since i read it and i still remember it. shit,
>i might read it again.
>
LORT. lol. it's pure foolishness, wonderful and so damn meta all in one. I'm working on a small critical essay on it. the rhumpus, and book riot have shown interest. if either publishes i'll post it up in here.

>ive never finished a people's history. come close, but never
>finished (
>
i understand it a fucn brick and its heavy with the side of history he's exploring. I had read Takaki's A Different Mirror as an undergrad and the similarities are there, which is why it took me so long to get to Zinn's text

>just started teju cole's every day is for the thief.
>lagos reminds me of nairobi

word. it just felt too travelouge / memoir for me; and some of his "my ppl need to get it together" riffs where a bit strange

  

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144. "please share when done"
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>> I'm working on a small critical essay on it.
>

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80. "are you on goodreads?"
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sounds like we should be friends

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110. "I Am Not"
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was that a good play on subject/words???

you can link / inbox your IG tho. in that other post you said you also post stuff on there

  

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136. "finished When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz"
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it's a book of poetry

it's magic. it's brutal. it's surreal. it's an art

  

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85. "if you are on goodreads, post it here"
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as janey suggested ^^ there,
we should all be friends

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/885851-akon

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86. "can you have a private account?"
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i remember trying to set one up at one point, but i don't like public accounts. but i really want to set one up for my daughter who rads more than me. and wouldn't mind tracking my own reading.

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90. "yes, you can"
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137. "Both signed up today"
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Battling to see who'll have the bigger shelf.


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151. "What I don't like..."
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All reviews are public. You can have a private profile, but any review you make will be public. I'm not sure I understand the logic behind that.

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153. "There is a place on the "edit review" page"
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where you can file notes to yourself that won't be seen to others.

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208. "I think I hate rating on a scale of 5 with no halves"
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My goal is pretty much to only read 4-5 books but there's a lot of grey area in there. I rank one a 4 then look back and realize I've ranked another 5 when both are probably 4.5


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88. "RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here"
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www.goodreads.com/MrsDanvers


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118. "RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here"
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Gonna give goodreads a real shot:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27204151-jech

  

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101. "RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here"
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I haven't read very many at all so I feel out of my depth here lol but I'm hoping to start getting through a lot more books & I'm always interested in what other people are reading.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20107279-james-urquhart

  

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https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/52657782-richard-lawler

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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105. "RE: if you are on goodreads, post it here"
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https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13837299-francis-cooke


Francis.

  

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goodreads.com/Kareem75

  

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186. "https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31922906-ryan"
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https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31922906-ryan

  

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https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/995983-dmetrius

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91. "New Easy Rawlins: Charcoal Joe (June 14th)"
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I already got that pre-order in.

  

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122. "Salute"
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I want to see where Mosley takes easy next.
Not too many easy fans on this site.

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123. "will check this one out"
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havent really kept up

i met mosley a couple of years ago... in brooklyn
he was very gracious.

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241. "loved it"
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Anti-gentrification, cheap alcohol & trying to look pretty in our twilight posting years (c) Big Reg
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92. "Anyone heard anything about Laymon's new book, Heavy?"
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It's supposed to come out this year but I haven't heard anything in a while.

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"You can't beat white people. You can only knock them out."

"There is only one god and his name is death. And there is only one thing we say to death: not today."

  

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93. "Publisher's site says Sep. 2017. It'd be funny if that were a typo."
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111. "he's said soon. he gives us random snips on FB and then deletes"
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it's sounding like he's going the theme is going to be how he negotiates his Fat Blakc Male body in social, institutional, and sexual spaces.

I want another novel from him though, which he said, is also coming, but his essays some times get too christian moralistic and identity politics-y. he some one I consider a genius with the pen though

  

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94. "the round house by louise erdrich"
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started it before when i torrented a pdf upon its release, but never got that far. i picked up a paperback while i was waiting for my mom to get out of physical therapy. i've been slacking on my reading terribly the last few years, and i've always wanted to make a run at reading a slate of books written by native americans.

its kind of like Lolita in that it is about something terrible, in this case the brutal rape of a native american woman on a North Dakota reservation, but the writing is so good that it makes all the terrible shit go down easy and you float through the pages. i'm fifty-six pages in and i feel like shit, but man, what a smooth ride.

  

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95. "i loved this book!"
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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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96. "i was just gonna ask you if you read any other erdrich"
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and i was gonna say that i read green grass, running water previously by her

but something told me to google

and gg, rr, was written by thomas king

but i guess that doesnt really matter to the original question

you ever read any other erdrich?

  

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97. "the plague of doves"
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another beautiful book.

this is the only other book ive read
and you know what?
i should just go ahead and read the rest of her work

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99. "apparently she just dropped a new one on may 10"
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0062277022/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1463777941&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=Louise+erdrich

summer reading!

  

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100. "Just started Doctor Sleep - Stephen King"
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Last one I read was Knots & Crosses - Ian Rankin (first of a Scottish detective series) & will probably do The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss next but I'm slow with books, damn Netflix gets all my free time lol.

  

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126. "that's a good one. read it when it came out. "
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now go runtelldat, ho.

  

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112. "seeing double, by patrick wilmot"
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has anyone read it?
have yet to meet anyone who has read it, which i think is just a shame
i really enjoyed reading this book.

http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Double-Patrick-Wilmot/dp/0312342632/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463804134&sr=8-1&keywords=seeing+double+wilmot

All is not well in the West African State of Niagra. The General---the Unique Miracle of the Century---has banned all but country and western music; a giant statue of Elvis desecrates the sacred Amuz Rock; street children are terrorized by the General's disposal units, and someone is conducting experiments on unwitting Evangelical Christians. In Xanadu, Bob Marley, the sign painter, draws portraits that are more real than the real, more human than human, and longs for the mother stolen from him by Idi Amin Ogwu.
The nation rejoices when idealistic young army officers stage a bloodless coup, but the revolution and dreams of a utopian democracy are shortlived. An American-led "coalition of the willing" sponsors a countercoup and reinstates the General. The young idealists are rounded up, tortured, and murdered. Forced to flee to secret caves, the girlfriends, wives, and sisters of the revolutionaries gather together a guerrilla army of woman and children and prepare to wage a very unorthodox war against the General and his powerful allies.
Seeing Double is a provocative contemporary tale of dictatorship, kleptocracy, globalization, and greed. It is also a story of idealism, love, gangs, country and western music, Elvis, and war against terror.
With caustic humor and keen observation, Seeing Double is a biting satire that manages to be uncompromising in its analysis of world events and the African continent.

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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113. "I've read it. I got it through it at the 2nd attempt n/m"
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115. "Confession Saturday: I haven't read a book in over 5 years"
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Kids
Wife
Work
Side Hustles
Wife
Work
Kids

Not in that order
But man, it leaves time for little else
I may squeeze 45 mins to myself each day
But that's after 730PM when the kids are sleep and I'm dog tired

So, I made a challenge to read 500 pages this summer and I'm starting with those two Jesmyn Ward books (Thanks Janey & Astral Black....you too Akon (and yuuung jeeezzzaaayyy))


Before grad school I'd read a couple books a week
But now...

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124. "this is exactly why I live alone and am childless"
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Not just for reading, although I can't imagine how awful it would be not to read, but also I just need so much down time without taking care of anyone but myself, it just couldn't work.

Sorry to all you guys who wanted to marry me, but nope.

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All acquisition ends in dispersion
All life ends in death
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Every hundred years, all new people

  

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127. "There are married ppl with kids who read a lot"
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They tend to take their kids to 11am ballet lessons on Tuesday and 10am swim lessons on Fridays.

Aka SAHMs

Or you could just have your kids in bed by 8pm then read 8pm until 10pm adult bedtime

But I choose to decompress on OKP or watching NBA playoffs until nighty night time

My Jesmyn Ward books were delivert last night so I will begin reading tonight

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120. "hilarious turn of fate:"
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i buy a kindle to read more. i start reading a book i had that i had never finished and my brand new kindle that i've owned for all of 9 hours is fucked.

screen is all white and fuzzy, can't see shit.

so, long story short i got a new kindle coming from amazon tomorrow and my reading got put on hold until then (let's hope this one works!)

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121. "use the kindleapp in the meanwhile"
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>i buy a kindle to read more. i start reading a book i had
>that i had never finished and my brand new kindle that i've
>owned for all of 9 hours is fucked.
>
>screen is all white and fuzzy, can't see shit.
>
>so, long story short i got a new kindle coming from amazon
>tomorrow and my reading got put on hold until then (let's hope
>this one works!)

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128. "Just finished Lermontov's "A Hero of our Time" today (Nabokov translatio..."
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Really enjoyed this one. Pechorin is such a loveable scumbag. Great theme throughout on free will vs fate. Excellent sociological and psychological commentary. I just love those 19th century Russian novels.


Next up is either Nabokov's Transparent Things or Tolstoy's War and Peace. I also have Murakami's Wind/Pinball hardcover to get through.

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129. "The Mothership has landed"
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130. "dear god. victor lavalle is a damn fool"
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i mean,

ive read the ecstatic, the big machine and slapboxing with jesus
the hilarity!
oh, i also read long division.

i dont know who suggested these books but lets say im eternally grateful!

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131. "I was about to come in here and shout out The Ecstatic"
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I actually thought it was you who recommended it in the post way back when (maybe it was Janey?). But it was the first fiction book I've read since high school and I loved it.


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135. "it was me, sheesh... literally post 73, lol"
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I even req'd LaValle to PimpTrick in your last one

  

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138. "haha, its cause i got it from bin's post"
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and i cant remember who in that post first listed lavalle (i think it was ikemo)

anyway, i just finished devil in silver
this was an awesome, awesome read.

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132. "the kindle is making it so much easier. finally finished Marc Ecko's boo..."
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after like, 3 years.

about to finish J-Zone's book after like, 3 years.

as soon as i finish J-Zone's book I'm copping Between The World & Me which I've been meaning to read, and Ready Player One which was recommended and sounds interesting.

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139. "Daniel Jose Older's "Shadowshaper" is YA but a fun book."
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Just read it and gave to my Son.

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One Hundred.

  

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140. "just fun?"
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it's been getting every damn recognition and praise under the sun since it dropped

care to expound?

  

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142. "Malka's his sister right?"
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Just copped Infomocracy this week, can't wait to dig in.

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"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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143. "yes"
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145. "here is part of a convo they recently had with each other"
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http://www.tor.com/2016/06/10/malka-older-and-daniel-jose-older-discuss-their-novels-cyberpunk-and-democracy/

  

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146. "here the first 5 chapters of Infomocracy if folk are interested"
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http://www.tor.com/2016/02/22/excerpts-malka-older-infomocracy-chapter-1/

  

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149. "still not sure how i feel about these online preview chapters"
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i mean i guess it ain't no different than mp3 leaks, but it still feels awkward. the infomocracy ones have been up for almost two months. i didn't read them because i knew i was copping. i guess the thought is that if you read and are into it you'll pre order. kinda worked for me on Too Like Lightening. I already semi knew I was copping but all the blurbs were really vague and its a new writer. So I read the first chapter online, said yup and didn't read any more. I guess the real question is why five chapters. Like seriously one should suffice.

*shrug*

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154. "Get "Infomocracy""
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Fun political thriller that goes so deep into world building. There's a sequel already in the works.

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141. "the moor's account, laila lalami"
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i really think we need more books like this
it talks about the spanish expansion into the americas
and how horribly nasty these motherfuckers were...
conquistadoras, my ass
i think we only look at history from the perspective of the winners
but this book also highlights an expedition that was a failure from the beginning to end
and so... for those of us who ask... how could a handful of bastards just take over an entire continent
i think it shows that the progression was not as simple/straightforward as we now think

but... my heart wept for the americans.
they had no chance when they encountered these brutal sorry excuses for humanity



yes im mad, lets move on (c.... i think drclaw?)

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147. "FINALLY finished J-Zone's & Marc Ecko's books."
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been "reading" them for years (stopped years ago, finished them on the new Kindle).

now reading Between The World & Me (Coates). Also bought I Am Pilgrim because I heard it was really good.

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148. "Once a Cop - Corey "Life" Pegues"
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Heard him on Combat Jack telling his story of being a street dude turned cop. Great read so far.

Recently finished Angie Martinez's recent memoir. Recommended also.

  

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150. "My list for the Summer:"
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Already read:

Kanye West Owes Me $300 - Jensen Karp. Memoir of LA rapper Hot Karl and his attempts at **almost** making it big in the late '90s/early '00s. Interesting look at the state of the music industry in the days that the immediately preceded the Napster phenomenon, back when artist development was still a thing.

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline. I can see why Spielberg is making a movie out of this. Book was entertaining enough, though it took about 100 pages to get going. Already feels sort of dated though. And I'm beyond sick of '80s nostalgia.

The Damsel - Richard Stark aka Donald Westlake. Stark's "Parker" series kicks 20 tons of ass. This "Alan Grofeld series" spin-off was light and not nearly as engaging. The overall humor of the book comes across as extremely dated.

Now reading:

Prayers For Rain - Dennis Lehane. Generally love his Mackenzie and Gennaro series. About 200 pages into this. Very good so far.

Rest of reading list so far:

All Involved - Ryan Gattis
The Alienist - Caleb Carr
Black Money/Sleeping Beauty - both by Ross McDonald
Pet Sematary - Stephen King
Savage Season - Joe Lansdale

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152. "im down to six books on my list"
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might be time to reup

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158. "Based on your goodreads review of Long Division"
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I'll be listening to that next. Thanks!

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159. "long division was pretty good"
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I read it based on what someone wrote about it here on OKP in another books post

  

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166. "I'm listening to it as an audiobook and it's super enjoyable"
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160. "so would you like to know who is the narrator of Long Division?"
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Kiese revealed it to us last year on his FB. he was all coy as most of us were like "What... yo. fuck, no way". he was like "come on y'all. you knew, stop playin'"

No it is not City...

it'll headfuck you some more

I'm gunna re-read it soon. Beyond the church scene, I still stand by my claim that only Junot and Jesmyn have written better books in post-9/11 world

  

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168. "who is it?"
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169. "It's Baize..."
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she is writing from the near future about losing her father (City) and mother (Shalaya). she's trying to re-write the family history.

Kiese claims their are clues. one is when she tells City about finding her in the ellipses. The three dots in the letter "i" in the word Division.

  

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170. "I have a question for you and akon"
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I'm listening to it as an audiobook and fucking loving it. But are the time frames clearer if you are reading it on the page?

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173. "yes. the book is broken into the sections of 2014, 1985 and 1964"
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the font is different for the sections and it's clear when you are in a different time period

question for you Janey

who are the voice actors?

part of what makes me love the book so much is that the vernacular is uncompromisingly Black and southern and contemporary... is that apparent in the audiobook?

  

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174. "oh hell YES"
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I encourage you to go to audible and listen to a preview. The reader is so good that i immediately looked to see what else he's read. He's done a lot of Black erotica -- straight and gay.

But no really I just heard the part where City compares pronunciations of O in different regions and honestly wondered how you would even write it down. For me, the listen is perfect. I walk down the street laughing and snorting while listening to it

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189. "You kinda spoiled it for me"
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I had come back in this post and saw the subject then hit the back button.

technically his claim has to be that Baise is the author not the narrator though right? I mean it's a first person narrative, in all time periods.

That said *spoilers*





























he either spills the beans or slips up on page 257

"I don't understand Mama Lara. If we changed the future, how come I'm still here? How come you look the same in 2013 that you did in 1985? Say something. ****Why would my mama and daddy still have me if we changed the future?**** It just doesn't make sense."

Two sentences later she calls *him* City.

HAving gotten spoiled I immediately read that as City is Baize in some weird overlap of time thing. But I don't know.

Baize as the author I can buy. Trying to over complicate it beyond that is a bit too much for me.

Really enjoyed the prose, and City and Baize as characters. There are ome amazing scenes in it as well. But if I'm being me there's something off that just keeps me from saying it was great. It's partially that I don't think he got a full grasp of his time, or at the least wasn't able to bring it all together. Meaning there's a complete loop that could have been made which would have been awesome, but the whole blank pages and keep on writing felt almost like a cop out. Then I just don't think he handled violence too well, except for the kick in the back. There's some serious violence that happens in the book, and it just sort of happnes. With a character like City I'd have expected more to be sai about those acts. It felt like there were the start of some really great other characters but none of them really became anything more than anecdotes. Even Shalaya.

Again I still think it is really good, but I was waiting for an aha moment that never really came.

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190. "really sorry about that bruh. didn't even think to put a"
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spoiler alert. maybe a mod can change it for me?

>I had come back in this post and saw the subject then hit the
>back button.
>
>technically his claim has to be that Baise is the author not
>the narrator though right? I mean it's a first person
>narrative, in all time periods.
>
yes. even though that's a strange distinction, but i "get" / know what you mean


>he either spills the beans or slips up on page 257
>
>"I don't understand Mama Lara. If we changed the future, how
>come I'm still here? How come you look the same in 2013 that
>you did in 1985? Say something. ****Why would my mama and
>daddy still have me if we changed the future?**** It just
>doesn't make sense."
>
>Two sentences later she calls *him* City.
>
not a slip up. he claimed on multiple pages he litters clues about it. It's also, in retrospect, why when I read it i'd get confused at some of the language or POV

>HAving gotten spoiled I immediately read that as City is Baize
>in some weird overlap of time thing. But I don't know.
>
>Really enjoyed the prose, and City and Baize as characters.
>There are some amazing scenes in it as well. But if I'm being
>me there's something off that just keeps me from saying it was
>great. It's partially that I don't think he got a full grasp
>of his time, or at the least wasn't able to bring it all
>together.

what does that last sentence mean? 'cause without details it's a strange critique

Meaning there's a complete loop that could have
>been made which would have been awesome, but the whole blank
>pages and keep on writing felt almost like a cop out.

that's not what he was trying to do IMO. in interviews i've linked in other posts Kiese talks about those last pages, and says if we are with him then it's very difficult to accept what happens with those kids.

again, MO is that those kids, Black kids, have turned their back on the world and are going back in time to save themselves (or maybe the world), or that Baize got killed by time before she actually got to finish the book.

Then I
>just don't think he handled violence too well, except for the
>kick in the back. There's some serious violence that happens
>in the book, and it just sort of happens.

agreed

With a character
>like City I'd have expected more to be said about those acts.
>It felt like there were the start of some really great other
>characters but none of them really became anything more than
>anecdotes. Even Shalaya.
>
ehh, LeVander, and GMa, and the lil' white girl, and the Sentence tournament, and Baize, and Shalaya all owned the page as much as City for me, even though he's the "focus"/POV character

>Again I still think it is really good, but I was waiting for
>an aha moment that never really came.
>

that's cool, glad you enjoyed it. i thought the 1964 scenes were the weakest and I really hated the church scene: I wish he never went there. but i get it, he's a Black southern church dude

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>thing, a musician." � Miles
>
>"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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157. "only bc they were fathers day gifts, I'm reading "the cook up""
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and "the beast side" by Baltimore writer D. Watkins.

almost done reading the cookup. i haven't read any urban fiction since I read all of Donald goines books back in 1996, but this one isn't too bad (I guess).

  

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161. "What yall know about Ben H. Winters?"
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I'm considering picking this up - https://www.amazon.com/Underground-Airlines-Ben-Winters/dp/0316261246/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467284270&sr=1-1&keywords=underground+airlines

But then again I'm not sure.

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162. "NOPE. those reviews / descriptions are telling"
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"Tackling race while asking some hard questions"

"Blade runner meets invisible man"

"Alt history were slavery still exist"

"A thriller"

NAH I'm good

  

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163. "I thought he was black"
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He may be? But I see no self identifiers. If he is, and self identified it could be interesting. As it is... I'm good.

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175. "The clapback begineth. Older one of the few leading the charge"
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http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/ben-winters-slavery-underground-airlines-twitter-backlash/

  

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193. "whoa. a t.v deal? *before octavia butler?"
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and i didnt realize *this* is the first black scifi to deal with alternate realities
in a fearless manner

shit.


i'll put this down along with that book by that white gap year student who had to flee in the jungles of zambia from machete wielding hutus and tutsis

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165. "The Last Policeman series was GREAT"
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167. "You think he can handle race?"
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171. "at a guess, no"
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It would be a real surprise if he could.



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164. "finally picked up a Kindle, been clutching to physical books for years"
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but couldn't be more stoked to have a new device as well as the convenience. i've read on my iPad using the Kindle app plenty of times but reading an e-reader with e-ink is what's up.

currently reading The Devil in the White City https://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-City-Madness-Changed/dp/0375725601

after that gonna check on Donald Ray Pollock's new one The Heavenly Table https://www.amazon.com/Heavenly-Table-Donald-Ray-Pollock/dp/0385541295?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

and heard The Girls was pretty good so I added that to the list as well https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Novel-Emma-Cline/dp/081299860X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467305617&sr=1-1&keywords=the+girls

happy summer reading, everyone!

  

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172. "yeah, my mistake was to get a Kindle fire"
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backlighting sucks the big one

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177. "I want to gradually switch to digital, while building up my library"
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still prefer reading a physical book, and I like the idea of owning a nice library so I can lend or re-read them as I wish. But with my local library system having its catalog on the Overdrive app, I've been reading on my ipad more and more lately (maybe 1/4 of my reading, so about 1 book/month).

Which kindle is the best for just reading? I have an ipad/iphone so don't care about other apps. Ability to read in the dark would be a plus too.

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179. "the Kindle Paperwhite has a backlight to adjust brightness"
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can read in any level of light, e-ink so there's never any glare nor is it hard on the eyes. basically as close to reading paper as possible.

I got the one with "special offers" which basically means instead of a screensaver it's an ad for a recommended book. you can pay an extra $20 and get one without the special offers, or you can buy the one without and pay to have them removed if they bother you, but I don't see why it ever would.

https://smile.amazon.com/Amazon-Kindle-Paperwhite-6-Inch-4GB-eReader/dp/B00OQVZDJM/

  

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180. "awesome, thanks"
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NBA: Spurs / NFL: Jets
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181. "now's the time BTW, aforementioned kindle is $89 today (usually $119)"
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184. "only for Prime members n/m"
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no worries, this is more of a medium-term thing for me. Maybe if they have deals for Cyber Monday. Or if I drop enough hints to my wife by Xmas ha

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185. "I'm pretty sure all Amazon devices (Kindles, Fires, Echos)"
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are ALWAYS on sale for Cyber Monday

  

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183. "here's my next list"
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*finished the previous.

Summertime. Coetzee, J. M.
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Haddon, Mark. 
Flaubert's parrot. Barnes, Julian. 
Olive Kitteridge. Strout, Elizabeth. 
The garden of evening mists. Tan, Twan Eng,
Satin Island. McCarthy, Tom
Death in the Andes. Vargas Llosa, Mario,
A history of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond : Everett, Percival L. 
Narcopolis. Thayil, Jeet,
Tinkers. Harding, Paul,
Shylock is my name : The merchant of Venice retold. Jacobson, Howard, 
2666. Bolaño, Roberto,
Swimming home. Levy, Deborah. 
Fingersmith. Waters, Sarah,
Umbrella. Self, Will. 
The children's book. Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan),
Reading in the dark. Deane, Seamus,
Jamrach's menagerie. Birch, Carol,
The illuminations. O'Hagan, Andrew,
C. McCarthy, Tom,
Gilead. Robinson, Marilynne. 
Almanac of the dead. Silko, Leslie,
The high mountains of Portugal. Martel, Yann, 
Assumption. Everett, Percival L., 
The orphan master's son. Johnson, Adam,
Cat's eye. Atwood, Margaret,
Incognegro. Johnson, Mat. 
Under the udala trees. Okparanta, Chinelo, 
Time's Arrow. Amis, Martin
Alias Grace. Atwood, Margaret


*although janey did not rate under the udala trees that highly :o)

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188. "Be interested in what you think about Satin Island"
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I won't say anything now, but do report back.

I read that and The Affinities back to back. Completely different yet there's an interesting common thread between them.

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224. "i dont know what this style of writing is called; but i hate it"
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i like books to have some sort of plotline, and a sense of direction and purpose
satin island didn't- it really was just a frustrating read
snatches of good sentences and phrases in the midst of what read like muddled journal entries trying too hard to be obscure or interesting (ugh)
(not as bad as remainders - remainders was godawful!)

the character U- really? anthropologist?
and the best he could come up with was a rehash of the cargo cults?
i dont even know what purpose the other characters served - they didnt add anything
or the 'project' that was not described or...

ugh.
im done with tom mccarthy tbh


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226. "millennial meander?"
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>i like books to have some sort of plotline, and a sense of
>direction and purpose
>satin island didn't-

Out of curiosity what made you pick it up in the first place? I picked it up because i wanted to know where 'the project' was heading.... lol jokes on me.

>it really was just a frustrating read
>snatches of good sentences and phrases in the midst of what
>read like muddled journal entries trying too hard to be
>obscure or interesting (ugh)

I don't remember the exact place where it hit me but I know it was early enough when I looked at where I was at in the book and looked at how many pages were left and realized, there's no fucking way this is going to go anywhere good.

>(not as bad as remainders - remainders was godawful!)
>
>the character U- really? anthropologist?
>and the best he could come up with was a rehash of the cargo
>cults?
>i dont even know what purpose the other characters served -
>they didnt add anything
>or the 'project' that was not described or...
>
>ugh.
>im done with tom mccarthy tbh

If I'm honest I still like the premise of it, shit I still think about it, but not for the writing of the actual book, just the thought pattern. It plays into my work though which is another reason I probably picked it up. But at the end of the day it just wasn't a good book.

BUT!!

At the same time I could see myself not being the audience of it. Like the characterization the prose etc all screams lofty ambivalence of the millennial age to me and I have a feeling it will stick to those eyes more than my own. I'm trying to get some of them I trust to go in on it. I've seen them praise meatlessness like it before and in a way that I can almost understand/respect where they're coming from even if I don't agree.

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191. "oh I didn't rate it --"
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I just said I hadn't read it yet.

I didn't love Homegoing, despite all the rave reviews, so that's probably what you're remembering.

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194. "yea, homecoming"
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will let you know if this one is worth it

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229. "i didnt love/like under the udala trees"
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and i wanted to.
i really did

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232. "Just did Homegoings for a boom club"
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Where I was the only #000 and only male.

Awkward.

I'll come back and say more.

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187. "just finished"
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The blunderer- Patricia highsmith....not bad, not strangers on a train either

Herzog- Saul Bellows. An amazing book. Very real and the kind of book that made me love books in the first place. Felt like spending time with a real person.

Taking shots in the dark/that's a bad call
Going straight for your head/ gotta saw it off

  

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196. "Also the corrections by franzen"
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Believe the hype this was pretty good.

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197. "believe the hype and pretty good are not equal"
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haha

that novel is lauded as a contemporary classic, which means you would feel it's great... I have a homey who loves/rides for it. i still haven't read it.

  

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195. "Finished Between The World And Me."
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great read. great writing. should be high school curriculum.

Now I'm reading I Am Pilgrim. needed something light after Coates book.

also have Girl On The Train on deck cuz it sounded interesting, and I copped The Notorious RBG when it was on sale for 1.99 so that's in the queue too.

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198. "question: other than you fine folks..."
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where should I go for recommendations?

where do you look to? some of these books you mention seem a little obscure but sound very good. just curious where i can find better options than just cruising the Kindle suggestions on Amazon and Goodreads?

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199. "wait.. didnt we talk about this before?"
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i typically look at man booker prize winners and nominees (their long list has been fantastic)
there are also authors who if they have a book out, im definitely reading it
recommendations from friends...
when i lived in south sudan, i'd just read every book in friend's libraries cause thats what was avaible!
browing through bookstores or the library...

goodreads recommendations havent worked that great for me


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200. "i also look at the bailey's prize (formerly orange prize)"
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both winners & nominees

actually browsing in bookshops too rather than buying online. 2nd hand book sellers...i look for titles and covers that are somehow intriguing. there's something seductive about old, well thumbed books with yellowing pages.

  

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212. "RE: bailey's prize (formerly orange prize) <-- thanks!"
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hadn't even heard about it!

definitely looking into this

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203. "goodreads recommendations are terrible"
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they basically see you read a genre and recommend completely unrelated books that belong to the same broad genre.

  

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204. "I agree, but"
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I've found some good books there using the strategy I described above

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202. "RE: question: other than you fine folks..."
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themillions.com

lithub.com

NY Times Notable Books

I also read a lot of books by New Yorker staff writers. I also read the New Yorker's book reviews.

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206. "thanks everyone. i'll check these places out."
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227. "Monthly Book List from author Ryan Holiday"
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I've found quite a few books from author Ryan Holiday's monthly book list email. An overview of his tastes can be found here:

http://ryanholiday.net/reading-list/

Strangely enough I've never been interested in reading one of his own but do appreciate his ability/encouragement to devour books. He also tends to be non-fiction which is also where I lean.

Books I'm pretty sure I learned from his list (and recommend):
Shadow Divers - So good and I had zero interest in the subject (diving wrecks)
Letters from a Self Made Merchant to His Son
Titan
The Path to Power - Had zero interest in a 1200 page bio on LBJ's first thirty years. After reading this added every other book Robert Caro has written to my list.
The Tiger
Cyropaedia
Civil War Stories
Hunger
Babbit
Why Don't We Learn from History
Brave New World
The Sixth Extinction
Howard Hughes His Life and Madness
Silver Screen Fiend
Hiroshima
Stoner
All Things Considered
The Man Without a Country
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Pulphead

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201. "Recent readings: Dodgers, Murray Talks Music, Don't Be a Jerk,"
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The North Water, currently reading: Dr. Knox & Jiu-Jitsu University.

Dodgers:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/books/review/dodgers-by-bill-beverly.html

Murray Talks Music:
http://artsfuse.org/144541/fuse-review-and-appreciation-murray-talks-music-and-so-much-more-the-legacy-and-lessons-of-albert-murray/

Don't Be a Jerk:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildfoxzen/2016/02/review-of-brad-warners-latest-dont-be-a-jerk.html

The North Water:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/books/review-in-the-north-water-a-journey-to-the-arctic-turns-cutthroat.html

Dr. Knox:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27245867-dr-knox

  

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205. "FAM, what'd you think of these books. fuck them reviews. lol"
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210. "Just linked for reference, not endorsing the contents of the links"
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TBH I don't have the energy to write my own reviews.

I would give letter grades but that's probably not too helpful. With the links at least you can see what they're about.

  

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207. "Who want's to read Everfair with me in September?"
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https://www.amazon.com/Everfair-Novel-Nisi-Shawl/dp/076533805X/ref=pd_sim_14_27?ie=UTF8&dpID=51276WYK6NL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=YEZZ952BEPV9BG5BGT11

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209. "i will"
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though not really my type of book....

and id prefer to borrow and not buy
(but i will buy if we decide to read it)

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225. "that looks good"
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211. "How did I miss the fact that Slapboxing With Jesus is a collection of sh..."
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I woulda been on it time ago. Anyway I'm reading it now, and love it. Also Chimamanda's "The Thing Around Your Neck" and so excited I'm going to see her speak next week!

Up next: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

Any thoughts on the Man Booker long list that just came out?

  

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213. "Man Booker 2016: the sellout!!!! "
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i had to go looking for the list (aka, you should've posted it!)


J.M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus
Deborah Levy, Hot Milk
Ian McGuire, The North Water
Wyl Menmuir, The Many
Virginia Reeves, Work Like Any Other
Paul Beatty, The Sellout
David Szalay, All That Man Is
A.L. Kennedy, Serious Sweet
Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project
David Means, Hystopia
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
Elizabeth Strout, My Name Is Lucy Barton
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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a bunch of us read the sellout last year- so im pretty excited to see it listed here, fantastic choice!
im a huge fan on coetzee, so looking forward to reading this one
i *just* read olive kitteridge- so also looking forward to that elizabeth strout

i dont know the other authors..
here: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/07/inside-the-2016-man-booker-longlist/493259/

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214. "yeah i couldn't be bothered lol"
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i read the sellout and liked it, although it felt like it took ages to get going. glad it's on the list though

  

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221. "RE: i think that's due to the fact that"
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the second set of stories are all Anthony's (The Ecstatic's narrator) childhood to preteen years and told from his POV

the first 5 though are def shorts on their own. I love "Ghost Story", "Slave" and "Ancient History"

  

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222. "cool, i'll check out the ecstatic when i'm done with these"
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215. "between the world + me was brutal"
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216. "Currently reading The Idiot by Dostoyevsky"
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I'm about 70% through it, and it's just great. I never thought I'd say it, but I prefer him to Tolstoy.

I've also been reading The Fellowship, which chronicles the legendary Inklings, a literary group that counted CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien among its members. I'm about a quarter of the way through it, and they're still giving biographical background to its members. It's quite thorough.

On occasion, I read theological/philosophical pieces from Chesterton. I went through most of his major works, and am now reading through "What's Wrong with the World".

Starting the PhD program in the Fall, so this is the end of the line for "fun" reading for this guy. And just in time for Norm MacDonald's book to come out too. Pity.

  

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217. "One of my favs"
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Every few years I do a reread .
I also like Dostoevsky's work over Tolstoy's.

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218. "grateful to my mother for forcing me to read them lol"
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If we're talking dead white men of the russian variety, i LOVE chekhov (i'm all about short stories in case anyone hasn't noticed), and 'the Master & Margarita' by bulgakov is a must read IMO.

  

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219. "I read most of The Witch short stories"
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It was a few years ago, but many of them seemed to go right over my head!

  

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220. "which collection by Chekov do you recommend"
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223. "i enjoyed About Love & Other Stories"
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228. "Almost done with The Way of White Folks by Langston Hughes"
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It reads like Dubliners. I'm a fan.

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230. "summertime, by j.m coetzee"
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what an interesting little book

its about a writer who's writing a memoir about a specific time period of j.m coetzee (who in the book is recently deceased and whom this writer never met - its fiction)
and so he interviews 5 people who knew 'j.m coetzee' in the 70's
and their impressions/opinions of him
(which arent very high- either as a writer or his character/personality, even though two of them were his lovers)

i mean the book is ok, but i dont know what to make of this
like im not sure if this is how coetzee sees himself, or if this is a fictionalized person he made up, or if this is how the thinks his friends perceive him as or...
now i feel i need to read his memoirs, or at least find out if the real coetzee is like *this* coetzee

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233. "I know some of yall read History of Five Killings"
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I just got to 1979 and am wondering if there will be a point.

In some regard it's good writing, in others it just goes on and on, and that first reveal or whatever was just so anti-climatic from the build up. Even already knowing what was coming should have had something that I don't know. It almost pissed me off.
I'mma finish but wondering if my inclination is right that it's not really going anywhere. Or maybe there's a big surprise in store.

*shrug*

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janey
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237. "the Marlon James book? (title is slightly different)"
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I thought the writing was lovely, despite the fact that I really struggled with plot because of the patois. Ultimately, I was very glad I read to the end, and I felt like it ended perfectly, so don't give up.


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All acquisition ends in dispersion
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239. "If it's the Marlon James book you're talking about, yes, it meanders in ..."
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but there's one action scene towards the ending of the book that's such a huge payoff.
Overall it's a very ambitious work and I loved it, while recognizing at moments he might have bit off more than he could chew.

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imcvspl
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235. "Summer bout to end... should we wrap up and new post?"
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"I ain't no entertainer, and ain't trying to be one. I am 1 thing, a musician." � Miles

"When the music stops he falls back in the abyss."

  

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236. "yes. this was an excellent post!"
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i've read so much over the summer, its ridiculous

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i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.

  

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