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Old 06-22-2016, 04:03 AM   #33
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Default Re: What are you reading?

Originally Posted by N64 Lord View Post
The Gathering by Anne Enright. Not as good as Bel Canto, but still a beautifully sympathetic book. I guess it's also depressing.

Right now though, that doesn't matter. Because I'm realizing that I love to read. This is frightening... because I do this every time I read. Why do I forget about this so completely? I've been attending some lectures from a biochemist.. and we've been discussing how the very first time you give a baby sugar, the baby almost literally lights up in shock and awe, and when you get older, sugar is only nice... But I seem to get that every time. I don't know why. The amount I read is still enormous. Even more strangely... before starting the book.. I wasn't worried about it being a chore to start, or looking forward to it. I know it isn't the quality of the book... But today, just for a while, I shone. To the point of scaring (surprising is probably more approaite) someone with how much energy I had after my holiday, and how enthusiastic I was about talking about something objectively dull. I certainty didn't do it for their company.

To me... this is worth describing as love. I haven't had this much passion in years. It feels so wonderful to be doing something for a reason other than resentment or gratitude. Looking at my history... I can predict that the feeling will wear off... What's more,, I'm unceirtain on how I'm supposed to view my life "the rest of the time". Is it just going through the motions? I want to keep thinking about it right now. This is a lot more addictive than any gum. I get up and go about my day everyday, then forget most of it, and don't go out of the way to make anything happen, but after being exposed to something as common as a book, This is more interesting than any superhero movie.
I think any good book is better than a superhero movie. Certainly trying to do a movie adaption of a book or a comic takes work, and in today's time writers are simply not as valued as they used to be. There are of course always badly written movies, from the beginning of cinema to the present. But I feel that the occurrences of such movies have been increasing in the last decade. No longer can you find any gems out there, as the species of masterpieces is becoming ever so rare. No longer can you find a film similar to Cloud Atlas. All is drowned in allegedly "dazzling" blockbuster hits with unbalanced funding. The majority of the green being used to fund the computer animation department. But anyway, it's indeed a shame that the quality of movies is going downhill every year.

Over the past months I have finished two books:
*The Doll - It was a great read! Although slow at the beginning, it was a good commentary into the times of the 19th century in Warsaw; going through the story of an aristocratic lady, Izabela, who sells herself to the rich and successful merchant Wokulski to save her family from financial peril. The author, Prus, takes many jabs at the aristocratic class, e.g. they are useless people who are fed by hardworking men. A look at the society of Jews is also included. Overall, a witty and very socialist-oriented read. I give this book 9 out of 10.
*Perdition by KS Augustin - Another enjoyable read. There were no sags as the book had a good grab on the reader. It's a science fiction story that centres around a man named Quinten Tamlan who used to be a rebel against the Republic - an oppressive regime that has spanned across galaxies. But after the protagonist's wife dead from a revenge shooting, Quiten lost his nerve and faded away into obscurity. Though when he took on a hybrid alien crew member, his meandering stopped and he found his spark of idealism again. Overall, a smooth read with well written flashbacks, round characters and a good flow of action. I give this book a rating of 10 out of 10.

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