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benedict
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 3:08:41 PM
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Just started reading Embassytown by China Miéville. For those who are not familiar with his work, I highly recommend checking out some of his work, esepcially his Bas-Lag novels.
heartbreak
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 8:49:41 PM
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benedict wrote:
Just started reading Embassytown by China Miéville. For those who are not familiar with his work, I highly recommend checking out some of his work, esepcially his Bas-Lag novels.


I've looked at his books at the bookstore a few times. Have heard good things. I think I've said this before too, should just go buy one.
MiaVRO
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 4:10:04 PM

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I just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. A good read, but it sort of fell short for me. I found there to be a lot of parallels with TRST.
I'd really like to read another Murakami, and i'm battling between
- Dance Dance Dance (a "sequel" to A Wild Sheep Chase, which I loved) or
- Norwegian Wood (heard great things, and movie's out too) or
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Suggestions?


Also, I think a lot of you will get a kick out of the blog. Enjoy!

http://betterbooktitles.com/archive
timlarsson
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 11:51:04 PM

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Mia: I just read Norwegian Wood, and I loved it. It's about half the length of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (which I haven't read, just held in my hands), and is a very quick read. I finished it in a couple of days, and I've heard that you have to read the book before watching the movie, since many parts are omitted and would be hard to understand without reading it first.

Also, that blog was hillarious! (http://betterbooktitles.com/post/4780304763/houseofleaves haha)
marsjams13
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 2:50:20 PM
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was amazing. It was my introduction to Murakami. . . highly recommended.

thanks for the blog link that is great.
benedict
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:21:25 PM
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I would recommend Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as well... fantastic book.

I just started reading Forecast by Shya Scanlon, and so far it has been a great read, thought-provoking and with wonderful concepts.

I had done a little research on Forecast, and found out that it was originally 'released' as part of an online serialization project, across 42 different websites (called Forecast 42 Project). That itself is an interesting way of approaching the 'publishing' aspect of the process.

Hard copies of Forecast are already hard to come by, but it is readily available on eBook and on the above 'mentioned' 42 websites.

Anyway, for more information also check out Shya's website, which also includes a trailer for Forecast!

Highly recommended, and I would be interested to see what you guys think...
timlarsson
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2011 1:14:41 AM

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Where did my reply go? Hah, I replied to this thread a few days ago.. Strange...
I just got the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and am quite excited to dig deep into it soon.
Forecast seems to be interesting, I really like it when authors use original marketing campaigns (like releasing it on 42 websites) :P
Steven Hall
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 1:19:35 PM

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timlarsson wrote:
Where did my reply go? Hah, I replied to this thread a few days ago.. Strange...
I just got the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and am quite excited to dig deep into it soon.
Forecast seems to be interesting, I really like it when authors use original marketing campaigns (like releasing it on 42 websites) :P


Sorry about your missing post Tim!
The mods let me know and I've spoken to our webmaster, but he can't see any reason for it, I'm afraid.
We'll keep any eye on the matter but, for now, we might have to write this one up as a random Franciscan attack!

S
benedict
Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 3:17:51 PM
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That is odd what happened to your reply Tim, and how it vanished!

Now reading Luminarium by Alex Shakar...
MiaVRO
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:33:51 AM

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I just finished Norwegian Wood, as per timlarsson's request. It took me quite a long time, considering its short length.
I have a few comments about it, but I can't quite express them right now.
It was a very emotional read for me.
timlarsson
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 9:27:27 AM

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Steven and benedict: I might've been so stressed out that I wrote it, and instead of posting it just closed the browser... Or maybe posted it but my internet went down, it is a bit unstable at times.

Mia: How did you like it over all? I'll send you a PM about the ending..
Conceptually yours...
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 3:35:34 PM

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Has anyone seen the film Norwegian wood yet??

See in black and white, feel in slow motion....
timlarsson
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4:50:30 PM

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I'm waiting for my girlfriend to read the book before we watch it together... so I haven't seen more than a few glimpses and as far as I got it, the reviews I've read have been acurate when they say that it doesn't explain everything like the book does.
Parkaboy
Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:38:47 AM
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MiaVRO wrote:
I just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. A good read, but it sort of fell short for me. I found there to be a lot of parallels with TRST.
I'd really like to read another Murakami, and i'm battling between
- Dance Dance Dance (a "sequel" to A Wild Sheep Chase, which I loved) or
- Norwegian Wood (heard great things, and movie's out too) or
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Suggestions?


Also, I think a lot of you will get a kick out of the blog. Enjoy!

http://betterbooktitles.com/archive


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is his best to date. Norwegian Wood is his most mainstream. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with ANY Murakami.
Conceptually yours...
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 5:46:16 PM

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Currently reading some stories from Edgar Allen Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, to be followed promptly by No-one here gets out alive, Jim Morrisons Biog. And I have just picked up Ray Manzeraks version of events.

See in black and white, feel in slow motion....
timlarsson
Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 1:15:02 AM

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Parkaboy wrote:
MiaVRO wrote:
I just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. A good read, but it sort of fell short for me. I found there to be a lot of parallels with TRST.
I'd really like to read another Murakami, and i'm battling between
- Dance Dance Dance (a "sequel" to A Wild Sheep Chase, which I loved) or
- Norwegian Wood (heard great things, and movie's out too) or
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Suggestions?


Also, I think a lot of you will get a kick out of the blog. Enjoy!

http://betterbooktitles.com/archive


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is his best to date. Norwegian Wood is his most mainstream. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with ANY Murakami.


I have to agree here! Still got a couple of hundred of pages left of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but I enjoy it far more than Norwegian Wood to be honest. Still think Norwegian Wood is the best place to start though, seeing how the Bird is twice as long.

Just ordered 1Q84 to dive right into when I'm done with the Bird. Read a few pages of it before, and it seems to be very similar to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, as it takes place in the 80's, divided in Three parts covering a few months each, and starts out by someone listening to classical music...
MiaVRO
Posted: Monday, July 4, 2011 2:04:18 AM

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Ah lucky you! 1Q84 isn't available in Canada until the end of October!
timlarsson
Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:37:55 PM

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Yeah, Sweden released Book 1 and 2 here simultaneously, and will release the third this fall. The English version wanted to release Book 1 and 2 as one book, and the Third as one, simultaneously... If i got it all correctly...
Conceptually yours...
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 11:15:20 AM

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The Subterraneans by Kerouac.

See in black and white, feel in slow motion....
benedict
Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 4:08:14 PM
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As mentioned elsewhere here, finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which was a fun and fast read, especially if you are into 80's pop culture and video gaming.

Now reading 1Q84, which is vintage Murakami so far, hooked me right from the beginning! For those who are interested, you can pre-order copies of the limited (to 1,500 copies) edition of the books (with red edges) from Foyles booksellers.
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