What are you reading?

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Wait till you get to the book that focuses solely on Ivan. Unpacks him very very well. Including that aspect. :)
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I joined the Kazuo Ishiguro club and read The Remains of the Day. I think the 1993 film adaptation is great, but I've loved films made from books I wasn't all that into before (e.g. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) so I didn't start the book with any preconceptions. That said, I thought it was great - both subtle and entertaining.
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The Remains of the Day has become one of my more treasured novels.
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Really? I should give it a try. I didn’t like his “Buried Giant…” book AT all and I think it’s to do with his writing style.

Currently reading a short story collection “In Memory of Terry Pratchett”. Just started the first short story and already LOL-Ed. Looks like it’s what I need.
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Frelga wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 2:10 am I went through two more Vorkosigan books. I could have done without the torture porn in Mirror Dance, and Memory felt slow in places, but overall they were solid. I feel like Ivan doesn't get enough credit from anyone, given how often he has to rescue Miles.
Torture porn? Maybe I'll drop this series.
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Well... It's a particular part of the book, not the whole book. And Memory is quite tame. But that part was intense, on my scale.
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Like Outlander/Diana Gabaldon? I hated that in the first book and almost stopped reading the series. ugh. *twitch*
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'You just said "your getting shorter": you've obviously been drinking too much ent-draught and not enough Prim's.' - Jude
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Cool project.

I'm listening to Thud! now. It had always hit hard, but it hits harder today.
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Jude wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 8:21 pm
Frelga wrote: Sun May 15, 2022 2:10 am I went through two more Vorkosigan books. I could have done without the torture porn in Mirror Dance, and Memory felt slow in places, but overall they were solid. I feel like Ivan doesn't get enough credit from anyone, given how often he has to rescue Miles.
Torture porn? Maybe I'll drop this series.
That would be like dropping Buffy for a couple of questionable episodes. :P
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I really don't get the hype for this book. The story is simply told and it's easy reading before bed. I thought perhaps it would be much like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day with it's with quiet storytelling and subtle yet poignant messaging, but no. It's a mystical story about a quest, which I enjoy, but it's religious allegory heavy which I have a strong aversion to. Still, I didn't want to discount the story for that reason alone. It held some (trite) aphorisms but it was much like a poorly made cream puff. Enticing to look at, but filled with far too much air and too little filling which, once consumed, leaves one disappointed at the hollowness. The ending (for me) was shallow.

I thought perhaps I was missing something so I went looking for reviews from other readers. There are many glowing reviews but for me this review on GoodReads comes close to summing it up.
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