Page 172 of 174 FirstFirst ... 72122162170171172173174 LastLast
Results 2,566 to 2,580 of 2600

Thread: What's the last book you read?

  1. #2566
    Princess Sparklefists Sansa Spark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    indoors
    Posts
    514
    I just finished The Lover by Marguerite Duras, and pardon me but it left me a little cold, apart from a few stunning passages.

  2. #2567
    worth a million in prizes .chris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    2,720
    Thanks to this thread I've been on a Shirley Jackson kick. I don't know how I've never been exposed to her before. I am so into her writing. I started with We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which was absolutely brilliant. It honestly blew me away with how great she is able to conjure up creepy atmosphere. I then read The Lottery and Other Stories. It amazes me that she can convey so much in so few pages! And now I've started The Haunting of Hill House. I'm hooked.

  3. #2568
    Yesssssss Castle and Hill House both knocked me over. Hill House in particular.
    "See everything as an illusion, and enjoy it even though you are not of it."
    ~Alanis Morissette, paraphrased

  4. #2569
    Princess Sparklefists Sansa Spark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    indoors
    Posts
    514
    Shirley Jackson is amazing.

    I'm finishing Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue today. I wish I'd read it before I read Crimson Petal because the comparisons are inevitable and not entirely favorable, though I do like the Donoghue a lot.

  5. #2570
    someone to fall back on Owen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sactown
    Posts
    2,144
    11/22/63

    Top form Stephen King. Moving, scary, thrilling, beautiful novel. Just started the Hulu series and... Man. King's descriptions were so rich and specific. I can tell the series has made a lot of creative changes. Not sure how I feel about it.

  6. #2571
    carried by the sound emanate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    1,906
    Quote Originally Posted by .chris View Post
    Thanks to this thread I've been on a Shirley Jackson kick. I don't know how I've never been exposed to her before. I am so into her writing. I started with We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which was absolutely brilliant. It honestly blew me away with how great she is able to conjure up creepy atmosphere. I then read The Lottery and Other Stories. It amazes me that she can convey so much in so few pages! And now I've started The Haunting of Hill House. I'm hooked.
    I feel like I only ever come in here to sing the praises of Shirley Jackson. I love her SO much. She was brilliant at building that creepy, atmospheric dread I so love in a book.

  7. #2572
    Quote Originally Posted by Sansa Spark View Post
    I'm finishing Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue today. I wish I'd read it before I read Crimson Petal because the comparisons are inevitable and not entirely favorable, though I do like the Donoghue a lot.
    I actually preferred Slammerkin to Crimson Petal, in the end. Michel Faber's prose and characters are fantastic but his structure frustrated me. He would spend pages and pages on mostly irrelevant subplots and then gloss over important stuff that happened to the main character. Slammerkin was just more tightly constructed and ultimately left a bigger impression on me.
    "See everything as an illusion, and enjoy it even though you are not of it."
    ~Alanis Morissette, paraphrased

  8. #2573
    Princess Sparklefists Sansa Spark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    indoors
    Posts
    514
    I can see that, for sure. When I read Crimson Petal, it was *exactly* what I was in the mood for, so it stuck with me as an all-time favorite.

  9. #2574
    What a sad thread. This is like watching robots being fed a regular diet of critic approved and commercialized fiction. Have you lot ever read a novel that wasn't on a bestseller list or lauded by critics and won some speshul prize? Have you ever read a novel just because it sounded interesting to you? Have you ever read an original piece of fiction in your life? Try it sometimes, and you might see what it feels like to be a real reader.

  10. #2575
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    Have you ever read an original piece of fiction in your life?
    Like what, for example?
    "See everything as an illusion, and enjoy it even though you are not of it."
    ~Alanis Morissette, paraphrased

  11. #2576
    Quote Originally Posted by The Markness View Post
    Like what, for example?
    It doesn't really matter the what. That's up to the individual. For example, I'm a Scarlett Thomas fan (The End of Mr. Y is a fave) but any novel you discover without looking at a bestseller list or from critics buzz would apply. Happy hunting! A whole world of literature awaits!
    Last edited by Scott; 05-05-2017 at 03:37 PM.

  12. #2577
    What kind of fuckery is this? emptytuileries's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    832
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    What a sad thread. This is like watching robots being fed a regular diet of critic approved and commercialized fiction. Have you lot ever read a novel that wasn't on a bestseller list or lauded by critics and won some speshul prize? Have you ever read a novel just because it sounded interesting to you? Have you ever read an original piece of fiction in your life? Try it sometimes, and you might see what it feels like to be a real reader.
    What a douche.

  13. #2578
    Administrator Ryan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    11,300
    He's a cunt and a troll, and he's gone.

  14. #2579
    Princess Sparklefists Sansa Spark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    indoors
    Posts
    514
    Thank god, I didn't want to have the "real reader" talk with somebody else in yet another corner of the internet. Do you read? Congrats, you're a real fucking reader.

  15. #2580
    and it sounds like all our lives Kari's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    15,407
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post
    He's a cunt and a troll, and he's gone.
    Thank you, Ryan. I mean, someone trying to start dramaz in THE BOOK THREAD= buh bye. This is the least dramatic thread ever and I like it that way!

    In other news, I have read a couple of books since I last posted:

    The Opposite of Everyone
    by Joshilyn Jackson

    I only read this book because it was on mega sale in the Kindle store, and I am so glad I did. It's about a super successful divorce lawyer who is estranged from her ex-con mother, and after her mother dies, she discovers that she has two siblings she didn't know about. She and her brother go on a quest to locate her younger sister. It's a wonderful book and I found the end very very moving.

    Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

    HOLY GOD THIS BOOK IS SO FUCKING SEXY, first of all. It really captures that intense longing you have when you are young and in love, but also manages to be this really profound meditation on what it means to have to be in the closet and not be able to express your sexuality fully in the world. I tore through this and I cried at the end. A beautiful book. Just gorgeous. I can't wait for the movie.

    Christodora by Tim Murray

    A story about a housing complex on the Lower East Side in NYC that spans over two decades, the most narratively important part being during the AIDS crisis. Some of it is very good, and some of it lost me entirely. There's one storyline involving a woman that really bothered me, since she is eventually punished very harshly for a decision she made when she was younger that felt really cruel to me. Sometimes the story got a little confusing and some of it felt pointless, but overall I enjoyed it.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •