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Book/Author Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:13 pm
by slooroo
Finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was okay but probably overrated. There is beauty in the book but I think it gets choked by Coelho's preachy New Agey beliefs. I feel like he wanted to make his own Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse but didn't do as good a job. It's still alright though. If it was longer though I probably would've disliked it. It's kinda too long as is already because he tends to repeat the points of the book constantly.

Next up is The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. The master of horror actually wrote a mystery novel and this is it. I figured it'd be a nice little break before I read more serious works and it's pretty short.

Book/Author Thread

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:29 am
by Juneberry
Started reading more today. I started reading Satsuriku no Tenshi written by Makoto Sanada and illustrated by Kudan Nazuka. It's a horror manga that's gotten so much acclaim someone made a game out of it. The name in Japanese, by the by, is Angels of Slaughter, from what I'm aware.

Re: Book/Author Thread

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:00 pm
by slooroo
Juneberry wrote:
2 weeks ago
Started reading more today. I started reading Satsuriku no Tenshi written by Makoto Sanada and illustrated by Kudan Nazuka. It's a horror manga that's gotten so much acclaim someone made a game out of it. The name in Japanese, by the by, is Angels of Slaughter, from what I'm aware.
Can't say I'm familiar with that one but I never got huge into horror manga in general.



Just finished The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. It was basically King wanting to make the point that the mystery is more interesting than the answers which is why The Colorado Kid lacks any. It's okay I guess but I don't think it's King's best by any means. I wouldn't have paid the full six dollars for this book. It's an okay read for airplane rides or an afternoon with nothing to do though I guess. I didn't hate it but I can't really praise it that much either.

Next up is The Stranger by Albert Camus. I've heard a lot of great things about this book so I'm really curious to read it plus it's one of the book of the month choices on pewdiepie's subreddit right now. Camus is generally considered to be an amazing guy so I'm eager to see what I think.

Re: Book/Author Thread

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:30 pm
by slooroo
Finished The Stranger by Albert Camus last night. Pretty good even if I don't entirely agree with Camus's philosophy. I do think considering how short it is and the message it has though it's definitely a must read.

Next is Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki, another famous Japanese author. I like the sound of this book from the back of it so I'm curious to see what I think.

Re: Book/Author Thread

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:30 am
by slooroo
Finished Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki. This was a really good book and I think you can see this work in many ways depending on whether to want to see it as literal or as symbolic. It's fun to see the many potential interpretations and I don't think any would be entirely wrong considering the final words the protagonist leaves us with.

Next is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Strobel is a former atheist and journalist who decided to see if there is an evidence for a historical Jesus and if he could've been what the New Testament claims. I saw it on a recommended Christian reading list and since I saw it at Goodwill today I thought why the hell not. My only concern before starting is Strobel seems to favor Nondenominational Christianity with a bit of Baptist and Presbyterian on the side so I am concerned if Strobel's conclusions favor those forms of Christianity and if his atheist to Christian conversion makes his investigation biased.