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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Achtung Englander » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:03 pm

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I need a bit of fluff after reading Adults In The Room
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by The Jackal » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:09 pm

Just finished Remarque, and starting Child 44.

This is a rough start, tbh.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Snowy » Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:25 am

So you are really going for light and uplifting titles just now right Jackal? :lol:
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by The Jackal » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:52 pm

Pretty much. The quality of the book does pick up though.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by The Jackal » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:52 pm

So Child 44 did pick up pretty well. Worth the dodgy start, I say. Having now looked into the film (which I haven't seen), I can confirm that the story bares little relation to the novel, so don'tuse the film as a basis for picking this up.

After this, I began on Bridge On The River Kwai - which, I didn't know, was not only originally in French but was by the same person who wrote the basis for Planet Of The Apes. The latter is its US title - in Britain it was called simply "Monkey Planet"... Kwai has quite a darker ending to the film, so don't expect just a novelisation of the Alec Guinness masterpiece.

And now, I've potentially made a mistake by starting (right before Xmas and the new haul of books that brings) the 900-plus-page Wolf Among Wolves by Hans Fallada, set in Berlin in 1923. There's poverty, there's whoring, there's a lot so far to make it seem like I'll power through and finish it before I go home.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Achtung Englander » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:56 pm

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Re: Currently Reading

Post by The Jackal » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:37 pm

Wolf Among Wolves was very, very good - even if it took me most of Christmas and into January to finish. A few points in the later parts didn't seem to read clearly, as if it was making a point that I didn't understand or lacked a piece of information. I put this down to potential translation issues, though, which are a separate sub-realm of things to enjoy/acknowledge about translated work.

After that, I started on my Xmas books haul with the Strugatskys' Roadside Picnic - the source for the film Stalker, and in turn for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. It was written in the early 70s and gives me a bit of a Philip K Dick vibe in terms of the world it wants to present. Anyway, if you've seen/played either of the above then this is worth a go. It's a lot shorter than I expected, though.

...which is how I so quickly came to be reading, now, a book by Volker Kutscher called Babylon Berlin - actually it's got a much cooler name in German, but it's apparently been adapted for a Sky series and so it got released (either for the first time, or a re-branded re-release) under the show's title. The mate who bought me it has neither red it nor watched the show, but heard about it and is a big Philip Kerr fan, and he hoped it was akin to the Bernie Gunther novels. It's pretty good so far tbh - set in Berlin in 1929, following a mid-level detective who isn't as grizzled, competent or cool as the archetype would have you expect. Full verdict once finished, which may be sooner rather than later because I'm blowing through it atm.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by Achtung Englander » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:16 pm

The Jackal wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:37 pm
After that, I started on my Xmas books haul with the Tarkovskys' Roadside Picnic - the source for the film Stalker, and in turn for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games. It was written in the early 70s and gives me a bit of a Philip K Dick vibe in terms of the world it wants to present. Anyway, if you've seen/played either of the above then this is worth a go. It's a lot shorter than I expected, though.
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Re: Currently Reading

Post by The Jackal » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:41 am

I misspoke though, clearly - Tarkovsky directed the film, it was the Strugatsky brothers who wrote the book.
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