Author Topic: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread  (Read 6955 times)

Famous Mortimer

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #60 on: June 24, 2018, 04:02:57 AM »
Moby Dick, which would trim a few of the whale descriptions down a bit.

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #61 on: June 24, 2018, 09:56:05 AM »
Too late to edit it now, but by 200 - 300 I did mean to add the word pages there.

But I think Famous Mortimer got what I meant anyway. Never read Moby Dick. I nearly bought it last week though.

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #62 on: July 12, 2018, 01:35:13 PM »

Moore's  Jerusalem.

I started it in December, got a few chapters into its thin-papers-dense-with-words, got distracted by shorter books and haven't picked it up since January. What I'd read, I'd enjoyed. I was particularly impressed that I could feel such pathos for the maker of a "We Luv St Princess of Hearts Diana" collage.  Given the breadth and scope in his story, I was already noticing that, just when I was getting interested in something, off we would go to another time, another place (albeit, inevitably, still in Northampton); That'd probably annoy me less if I knew I'd get back to wherever we were before soon enough, with all the strands held in my tiny brain.

I'll get back to it eventually, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it. But it lurks there, promising to eat my future. I'll make a deal with myself: I'll have read Jerusalem by the time Bumper Book of Magic comes out. I reckon that'll be doable...


Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #63 on: August 23, 2018, 03:08:36 PM »
Catch 22. I've started it twice in the last 10 years and both times gotten to about page 50 and thought "Ahh fuck it" I fell asleep watching the film too.

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #64 on: August 23, 2018, 03:14:25 PM »
Tried a couple of Thomas Pynchon books; no go I'm afraid.
They just didn't grab me enough to give a shite about any
of the characters or plot/lack of plot to care enough to want
to read any more of them. Got about ten pages into one and
only about six into the other. Lots of people rave about them,
that's fine; each to their own,say I. But can someone PLEASE
put Dan Brown out of his misery as soon as possible? I was
lent the DaVinci Bollocks and did in fact read it all. That was
a few hours of my life I will never get back. Ho hum!

If he did carriage returns halfway through sentences, I bet you'd have lapped him up

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #65 on: August 23, 2018, 05:01:18 PM »
Ha. Just came here to post about Pynchon. I've picked Gravity's Rainbow back up. And it's keeping me glued this time, as the adventure side of it has ratcheted up.

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #66 on: August 24, 2018, 02:54:44 AM »
I had a bash at The Silmarillion again recently, to no available. I also never got through H.P. Lovecraft collection The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories. One day. One day.

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Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #67 on: September 18, 2018, 03:25:48 PM »
I'm trying to read 'The Man Without Qualities' by Robert Musil. The style is really odd. I like it, but it is hard to get into, and I think I'll probably never get it finished, not when other, more inviting books beckon.

On that note I tried to read Kierkegaard once and gave up in despair (very aptly). I felt like a dunce after trying and failing to understand him.

Re: What AREN'T you reading? A 'books you've stalled on' thread
« Reply #68 on: September 21, 2018, 08:47:29 PM »
I'm trying to read 'The Man Without Qualities' by Robert Musil. The style is really odd. I like it, but it is hard to get into, and I think I'll probably never get it finished, not when other, more inviting books beckon.

Funny, I remember reading that a few years ago and rattling through it, and yet I'm stuck on the comparatively slim 'Loser' by Thomas Bernard. I'm about fifty pages in and it's dawned on me that it is actually just going to be the narrator talking about Glenn Gould for another hundred pages. I wonder is the 'novel in one paragraph' just a bit of an intellectual gimmick.