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May. 19th, 2009 | 20:26

Yeah I did that thing where I stopped posting on LJ after a very short stint of trying to post regularly. Everything's just too much for me sometimes, despite the fact that I have very, very little going on.

REGARDLESS, I've been meaning to make this post for a while---things I have read so far this year, and things I plan to read soon.

Books : Read

Man of Bone by Alan Cumyn
    An incredibly intense book, to say the least. I'll call it 'modern day fiction'. You live in the head and nightmares of protagonist Bill Burridge, a worker for the Canadian embassy on the fictional South Pacific island of Santa Irene, as he is held captive by a rebel faction for nine months. Disturbing, depressing, heartwrenching.

The Shining by Stephen King
    Blew the film away. Easily the second most disturbing book I've ever read, and it reads like a dream. Third person, subjective omniscience, you're flipped back and forth between the lives of the major characters, reviewing and recounting different events from their point of view. The film may stand on its own, but the horror within pales in comparison.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    I'm sure I read this before. I knew the beginning, and the ending, but somehow paid little mind to everything that happened in between? Everyone knows this one, anyway. Worth reading, if you haven't. Still, it irks me that the one thing people always say about it is that Piggy dies, or that they kill Piggy. Technically, one person -- who was a skeevy creep right from the beginning -- murders Piggy. That aside, why the fuck does no one care that Simon gets brutally beaten and left for dead by the entire group?

Watership Down by Richard Adams
    Finally, finally! I saw the film when I was very, very young and have been wanting to read the novel ever since. It did not disappoint. I don't think I could ever re-watch the cartoon (maybe, I remember very little of it), but in retrospect, the film was a fairly good adaptation. For those of you who don't know: It's about a bunch of rabbits. Yep. It is not nearly as lame as it sounds, and quite frankly, I'm pretty sure Richard Adams could beat Brian Jacques in a duel. A... silly.. serious animal fiction. Duel. Yeah. You heard me.

Books : Reading

Voyage of the Fox Rider by Dennis L. McKiernan
    One of McKiernan's many novels surrounding the world of Mithgar. McKiernan's Mithgar is comparable to Tolkien's Middle-earth; a fantasy vision of our world in times long past, before the other races/species were driven out by the deeds and overwhelming nature of Man/Humans. I've attempted to read this multiple times over the past few years, but just never could get into it, for whatever reason. I'm not sure why, now, since I'm rather enjoying it. It's nothing too epic or extreme or amazing, but it's a pretty good read.

Books : Waiting List

The Fionavar Tapestries (omnibus) by Guy Gavriel Kay
    It'll actually be my second time reading it -- but it's been nearly ten years since the first time, so I can't exactly recall much about it. Like McKiernan's Mithgar series, The Fionavar Tapestries is more Tolkien-tradition High Fantasy, where multiple worlds/planes exist. It surrounds five young adults and their adventures as they're taken from their (our) world into that of Fionavar, and find that much more is expected of them than they could ever have guessed. Actually, it's a bit like The Chronicles of Narnia, except they're Canadian, much older, and there's lots of sex.

Uther by Jack Whyte
    Another that I've tried to read multiple times and just couldn't get into, for whatever reason. I know the first couple of chapters very well! It's Book 7 in The Camulod Chronicles, none of which I've read, but oh well. Delicious, extremely violent historical fiction.

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
    Burroughs' memoir of his adolescent years, written using journals he kept at the time. Some of it involves his life before his parents separated, but most of it takes place after that, when his mother gives custody of him to her psychiatrist. Some of you may be familiar with the film of the same name, which is, yes, based on this book, and yes, honestly based on true events.

Right Away Monday by Joel Thomas Hynes
    I haven't started this yet so I have no idea what it's about or what it's like, other than that I'm fairly certain it's narrated in first person, and the whole damn thing is written in a heavy Newfie accent. It follows the life of the narrator/main character (I don't dare call him the protagonist), Clayton Reid, for a year or so while he acts like a general moronic fuckup: drinking, shooting up, sometimes working, being an ignorant jackass, and sleeping around.

Vinyl Cafe Diaries by Stuart McLean
    I pity you poor people who don't know the joys of Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe. It's a weekly radio show featuring Canadian music, stories from listeners, and, most importantly, they have what this book is about: stories about Dave and his family. Dave is simple man who owns a second hand record store, and mostly tries to be a good person and not screw up too much in the process. He doesn't often succeed at that, but he certainly does try.

Webcomics : Read(ing)
I know I've posted webcomic links lots of times before, and I've mentioned most of these before, but this is just going to be ones that I actually make a point of keeping up with.

The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl

Three Plane Soul by Ian McConville & Matt Boyd

Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques

Templar, Arizona by Charlie Trotman

Hark! A Vagrant by Katen Beaton

The Meek by Der-Shing Helmer

Kukuburu by Ramón Pérez

Prydwen by Lynn Hogan

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from: aerospiritual
date: May. 20th, 2009 05:29 (UTC)

"That aside, why the fuck does no one care that Simon gets brutally beaten and left for dead by the entire group?"

That's because Piggy dies.

And Richard Adams mopped the floor with Brian Jacques and then proceeded to grind him up and sprinkle him over his rice pilaf.

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from: corvidophiliac
date: May. 20th, 2009 16:48 (UTC)

Hahah, well I didn't mean that none of the characters care. I meant that Piggy's death is the one thing people always make a big thing about when they're talking about it, and I found Simon's a lot more significant/brutal/disturbing.

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Books you havent read

from: Your Secret Admirer
date: Jun. 6th, 2009 23:42 (UTC)

First off, Newfoundlanders with any sort of self-respect at all dont like the word Newfie and you're use of it makes you look like more of an ignorant fuckhead than the "antagonist" in Right Away Monday". There is no shooting up in the book either. And if you had half a brain then you couldnt possibly whittle that sort of book down to a meaningless drinking story without ever having read it. What you wrote is idiotic. I wrote it, and I didnt write it for you. If you dont want to read it then give it away to some junkie or some boozer or some stupid mainland book reviewer. And go fuck yourself.

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Re: Books you havent read

from: corvidophiliac
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 23:26 (UTC)

1. All I did was reword the summary from the back cover, so that's an interesting statement. It's also an illogical one -- having not read a book, you could, in your lack of knowledge, whittle it down to nearly anything -- however accurate or inaccurate -- regardless of brain capacity.

2. Where are you even grabbing the term "antagonist" from; you put it in quotations yet it's not a word that was used -- or even suggested.

3. I don't know any Newfies who care if they're called "Newfies" or not. It's a common colloquial term, and one I will continue to use in informal statements and conversation, as I do now. Frankly, it's no concern of yours.

4. I don't care if you wrote it, or for whom you wrote it. The fact that you had it published means that it's free for anyone to read and criticise. Get over yourself, please.

5. Your juvenile insult tactics, combined with your failure at English, is hilarious; thankyou! I hope dearly, for the sake of my respect for Hynes, that this was just a really bad troll.

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