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    Wobblies and Zapatistas - Andrej Grubacic, Dennis O'Hearn.

    The Trial of Henry Kissinger - Christopher Hitchens.
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    I read May Man Prevail by Eric Fromm and now I'm reading On Being Human, I'm running out of titles by that author to read, without learning Spanish or German that is, which makes me sad. I also got a book on philosophy by Karl Jaspers, which is strange and I'm reading in installments because I couldnt read it at once, his style and pace of writing is odd and I dont know if he's entirely unbiased either.

    Besides that I'm reading Revenge of The Manitou by Graham Masterton and some comics, cheapo reprintings of Marvel comics in a small format, I've got the first appearence of Venom and The Hulk. I'm reading those books for the craic.

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    Just finished reading Tehanu; the fourth book in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Chronicles.

    Let's assume someone served you the most delicious lasagne. You picked your way through the dish, savouring every bit of it, and with the last spoonful of it, bit into a whole peppercorn, the bitter taste of it flooding your mouth and ruining, or somewhat hampering, your enjoyment of the meal.

    Tehanu is that peppercorn for me. I read the first three books during my spare time in a week, enjoying the beautiful characters, the otherworldy tone, the simple yet complex wisdom and the magic of it all; it was quite solidly high-fantasy fiction, in every way. Then, seventeen years after the third book, along came a gritty, introspective, real and bitter treatise on feminism and child abuse packaged as the final book in the high-fantasy series. The only things about Tehanu that linked it to the trilogy were the characters and the places within the book. She couldn't have penned it as a separate book; she had to have it ride Earthsea's coattails.

    I always found those people who ranted passionately about filmmakers 'ruining their memories' of certain movies, with unnecessary remakes and sequels, to be a bit melodramatic but I now know exactly how they feel. I loved the Earthsea trilogy (I refuse to see this book as part of it) but find my recollection of it to now be somewhat tainted. Frankly, I'm quite mad and sad about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    Just finished reading Tehanu; the fourth book in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Chronicles.

    Let's assume someone served you the most delicious lasagne. You picked your way through the dish, savouring every bit of it, and with the last spoonful of it, bit into a whole peppercorn, the bitter taste of it flooding your mouth and ruining, or somewhat hampering, your enjoyment of the meal.

    Tehanu is that peppercorn for me. I read the first three books during my spare time in a week, enjoying the beautiful characters, the otherworldy tone, the simple yet complex wisdom and the magic of it all; it was quite solidly high-fantasy fiction, in every way. Then, seventeen years after the third book, along came a gritty, introspective, real and bitter treatise on feminism and child abuse packaged as the final book in the high-fantasy series. The only things about Tehanu that linked it to the trilogy were the characters and the places within the book. She couldn't have penned it as a separate book; she had to have it ride Earthsea's coattails.

    I always found those people who ranted passionately about filmmakers 'ruining their memories' of certain movies, with unnecessary remakes and sequels, to be a bit melodramatic but I now know exactly how they feel. I loved the Earthsea trilogy (I refuse to see this book as part of it) but find my recollection of it to now be somewhat tainted. Frankly, I'm quite mad and sad about it.
    I recently finished The Tombs of Atuan but I'm still working through other books before starting The Farthest Shore. The tasty description of Tehanu however makes me want to toss the other books aside and focus on the Earthsea books.

    As to what I'm reading: "Le Petit Prince" by Saint-Exupery both in French and German, "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales", and "In The Shadow Of The Master".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dali View Post
    Just finished reading Tehanu; the fourth book in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea Chronicles.

    Let's assume someone served you the most delicious lasagne. You picked your way through the dish, savouring every bit of it, and with the last spoonful of it, bit into a whole peppercorn, the bitter taste of it flooding your mouth and ruining, or somewhat hampering, your enjoyment of the meal.

    Tehanu is that peppercorn for me. I read the first three books during my spare time in a week, enjoying the beautiful characters, the otherworldy tone, the simple yet complex wisdom and the magic of it all; it was quite solidly high-fantasy fiction, in every way. Then, seventeen years after the third book, along came a gritty, introspective, real and bitter treatise on feminism and child abuse packaged as the final book in the high-fantasy series. The only things about Tehanu that linked it to the trilogy were the characters and the places within the book. She couldn't have penned it as a separate book; she had to have it ride Earthsea's coattails.

    I always found those people who ranted passionately about filmmakers 'ruining their memories' of certain movies, with unnecessary remakes and sequels, to be a bit melodramatic but I now know exactly how they feel. I loved the Earthsea trilogy (I refuse to see this book as part of it) but find my recollection of it to now be somewhat tainted. Frankly, I'm quite mad and sad about it.
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    Middlesex-I hated this book at first but 150 pages in it's growing on me, glad i stuck with it.
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    Watchmen

    jock is reading this to me. we just finished chapter 3.
    my favourite pane(?) in this chapter was dr manhattan
    holding the bra. :>
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    I'm slated to read 'In Search of Lost Time' by Marcel Proust as part of my literary snob phase, but I've had the attention span of a gnat lately.

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