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Nov. 11th, 2012 | 02:04 pm
Current Emotional State: accomplishedaccomplished

I guess I better organize this just a tad!

Starting on Sep 30, 2008.

I've slowed considerably since starting. Before this list I read a handful of other books but didn't bother to keep track of. This included World War Z, the Morning Star Strain (a zombie novel of poor quality but entertaining none the less), Jedi Twilight, The Woman in the Dunes, The Stranger, and The Road.

As of right now, The Road is my favorite book. Read it. Read The Road. People should plan on getting his book from me for the holidays.

 Brave New World:
Started: 9/30
Finished! 10/03

This story was a familiar one though I've never read the book before. The contradiction of high science and hedonistic living is almost complementary. Literature, art, family have been abolished for the sake of the greater good and the happiness of society as a whole. John the Savage enters the picture and tries to whip society into shape. (get it, get it?) Instead he chooses to live alone but finds that that is an impossible task. He goes off and kills himself in the end.

*****
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas:
Started: 10/04
Finished: 10/08

Really great and really amusing.

*****
Inter Ice Age 4:
Started: 10/09
Finished: 10/21

Alright, so this cat, this Dr. Katsumi creates a machine to predict the future! But he's unable to live with the future that the machine predicts since it's so far removed from the present! Can we say...massive tidal wave, destruction of the land, and fish children!?! Yes, yes we can. So this super secret society decides that the good doctor has gotta die.

The future and present, I suppose, will always be at odds with one looking negatively at the other. Doc Kats can't accept the whole Aquan civilization while the Aquans in turn, can not accept land dwelling humans shaped their entire society. I think the story moved kind of slow at times and other times became muddled but I was really looking forward to reading about the Aquans so I could've just been too impatient for the book.

It looks though, that Kobo Abe just may become a favorite of mine.


*****
Neuromancer:
Started: 10/22
Finished: 11/19
I have the long read thanks to work and a new xbox 360 and Fable II.

Had this book forever! I really enjoyed the gritty surreal feel of this book. I can see why people flip over the whole cyberpunk scene though I wish that scene was still true to the aesthetic that this book gave birth too. I fell head over heels with Case and was happy that he stayed true to himself in the end. Can't be a good cowboy with a liver that won't let you get high!

*******
A Farewell To Arms

Started: 11/25
Finished: 12/10

I cried at the end. Catherine and the baby died and now Fredrick is alone with war and death all around him. Does Rinaldi have syphllis? Will Fredrick be arrested for desertion? I don't know, it doesn't matter, really.

*******
Dune
Started: 05/07
Finished: 05/28

I'm glad that I went back and finished this book. I really enjoyed the story and the cadence of the plot. I found the people surronding Paul far more interesting then Paul himself and my favorite character out of the thing is Gurney Halleck. The ecological, political, and feminist plot devices did not go unnoticed and could not at times since many of these themes were horribly, horribly glaring. While Paul is the hero to the Fremen, I hesitate to say that he is the ideal Hero. Willing to let people die for his people, willing to risk an all out jihad and willing to manipulate his own duality for the sake of what he wants points to a man corrupted. The Lady Jessica points out several times that her son is not like the father with the way he rules but like the Grandfather; not only the Duke's father but Jessica's natural father, the Baron Harroken. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
 

 *******
2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C Clarke
Started:
Finished: 10/07

Holy crap giant space baby! I liked the ending alot especially the descriptions after Dave goes through the Star Gate. Very trippy very awesome.

Lolita
-Nabokov
Started: ...few days ago...what day is it? the 17th? So I started on the 11th or 13th
Finished: I dunno...a week or two after I started?

Nabokov can quickly become my favorite author. His words flow from the page, his imagery is amazing, his ego is huge. If it wasn't for the fact that he hated on Hemingway he would be beyond Awesome. The story itself was pretty great; at times I cringed but still read on. I found myself severely conflicted at who the "bad guy" is. Is it Lolita with her manipulative ways or H.H and his pedophilia and murderous ways. In a few years I'll reread this book.

The Sun Also Rises
-Hemingway
Started: 11/12
Finished: 12/02

Poor choice to read when one is breaking up with a boyfriend and in love with a good friend's boyfriend. Well worth the additional tragedy though.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
-Cory Doctorow
Started: 12/03
Finished: 12/10

 meh.

Wise Blood
-Flannery O'Connor
Started: Can't remember
Finished: 12/16

Holy Christ what a master piece. I can't even fathom yet what a great read this was.  

Death Troopers
- Joe Schreiber
Started: ?
Finished: 1/06/10 Thank God!

Such an awful Star Wars book. How could one go wrong with Star Wars and zombies, well this book does it. 

Blood Meridian
-Cormac McCarthy
Started: 01/26
Finished: 02/01

No words can describe how amazing this book is. Bloody, brutal, sadistic, awesome....even though can't do it.

Outer Dark
-Cormac McCarthy
Started: Not too long ago
Finished: 03/21

A nice little story about a brother and his sister and the child they had together. The sister sets out to find her child after the brother leaves it in the woods. Full of evil and misfortune the siblings go off on very different quests with very different endings. 

The "Will Reads":


This list will only get longer and longer and longer. If you have a suggestion then please feel free to leave a comment. I will make a short little list of the books that I plan to read in the very near future but probably won't because I'll just get side-tracked by other books. Such is life.

Ark Sakura:
Another Kobo Abe book! I loves him!
Here's an entry about how much I love Kobo Abe: http://katoki.livejournal.com/489374.html

Kangaroo Notebook:
Dude has radishes growing on his leg and goes to HELL VALLEY! Again, a Kobo Abe book.

London Fields:
Martin Amis wrote this one.

Against The Day
Thomas Pynchon. Harlock gave a description of this book and now I need it.






The "Now Readings":


I only ever read one book at one time unless it's a fiction and a non-fiction book. Maybe I'll include short stories in this list since I will take time out to read a story here and there along with a novel.

Currently Reading:

Dune Messiah
Frank Herbert
Started: Sometime during the week of June 7th? I think
LOST IT! Will resume later.

Brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky
Started: 7/15/10

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Katoki

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from: katoki
date: Oct. 9th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
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Harlock recomends: the left hand of darkness - le guin, the red and the black - stendhal, the master and margarita - bulgakov, ordinary people - judith guest, london fields - martin amis

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Katoki

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date: Nov. 25th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Haha. Awesome. I'll add you too, if you don't mind.

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ALC

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from: jackks
date: Jun. 10th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Howdy, can I suggest a book for your "Will Read" list that you've, of course, heard of and have very likely already read? "Nineteen Eighty Four" - one out of two of my absoloute favourite books, the Queen of all dystopian future novels and a great piece of post WW2 political writing. I can promise you, the last third of the book will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

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ALC

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from: jackks
date: Jun. 10th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Also, would you be terribly offended if I added you to my F-List?

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Katoki

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from: katoki
date: Jun. 10th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I am all about 1984. Read years ago. Of course you can add me though I warn you that I'm not too terribly interesting.

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Katoki

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from: katoki
date: Jun. 10th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Read it years ago....damn need more coffee.

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ALC

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from: jackks
date: Jun. 11th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
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I will not stop telling every person I come into contact with to read that book until the world stops associating the words "Big Brother" with reality television and re-associates them with political tyranny!!

Alas, I haven't read anything particulaly unique (that the rest of the world hasn't read before me) of late, so I have nothing exciting to suggest. Well, except my other favourite book (that you've no doubt already read): Notre-Dame de Paris?

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from: smithgilbertr
date: Jun. 12th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Surprisingly, I haven't read anything from Hugo. I'll pick this one up and give it a whirl.

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Katoki

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from: katoki
date: Jun. 12th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I was signed under my boyfriend's name with that last comment. Sorry for the confusion.

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ALC

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from: jackks
date: Jun. 14th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
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You've never read anything Hugo? Le gasp. You are totally in for a special treat of passion fuelled prose with Notre-Dame de Paris: Clash of lust vs chastity and the blackness of love. Fantastic book.

...

I'd be lying if I said I was anything but a total Victor Hugo fangirl.



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from: pugosawm
date: Apr. 15th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Very intereresting reading. thx

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