What have you read lately?

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What have you read lately?

Post#1 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:08 am

Right now I'm working on _Dracula_ by Bram Stoker.

I first picked up this book in the early 90s when the film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola had come out. When I first read it, it was hard going due to the Victorian language and the epistolary nature of the novel, something my little preteen brain had a little trouble ploughing through.

But now that I'm 38 and having read everything from Sherlock Holmes to Aubrey/Maturin in the meantime, this reading is much easier and I am very much enjoying it.
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Post#2 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:25 am

So many of Dumas, and they're all glorious:
- The Three Musketeers
- 20 Years Later
- Reading currently The Man in the Iron Mask
- The Count of Monte Cristo

Also some Tana French:
- In the Woods
- Faithful Place

And Slade House by David Mitchell

Also reading The House of Leaves but I'm scared.
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Post#3 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:46 pm

The Slider wrote:So many of Dumas, and they're all glorious:
- The Three Musketeers
- 20 Years Later
- Reading currently The Man in the Iron Mask
- The Count of Monte Cristo

What are the translations like? Are they all by the same translator? I read _The Count of Monte Cristo_ a long time ago. I think it was an abridged edition. I liked it and would probably like it even more now. Maybe later this summer after _Catch-22_.
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Post#4 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:42 am

All were unabridged, and all by Blackstone Audio (I have a long commute in the car).

About the only common difference I've noted is that in some books the exclamation "The Devil!" is used to indicate surprise, and in the exact same context another book will use "The Deuce!"

I would give it another read, it is a masterful tale with almost no low moments.
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Post#5 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:55 am

I read primarily non-fiction. House of Leaves has been on my list for a while, though. I need to see if I can find a hardback version of it with all of the "features".

I recently started reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer. It's sort of a depressing read.

I also just bought The Oxford History of Byzantium, edited by Cyril Mango, and am super stoked for that. It's a collection of scholarly essays assembled to narrate Byzantine history from before the fall of Rome, to integration into Turkish society after the fall of Constantinople.

Do you know how rare it is to find good printed stuff on the Eastern Roman Empire? I think it's all I have outside of biographies of specific people.

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Post#6 » Tue May 07, 2019 3:04 am

Sephiroth9611 wrote:Right now I'm working on _Dracula_ by Bram Stoker.

I first picked up this book in the early 90s when the film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola had come out. When I first read it, it was hard going due to the Victorian language and the epistolary nature of the novel, something my little preteen brain had a little trouble ploughing through.

But now that I'm 38 and having read everything from Sherlock Holmes to Aubrey/Maturin in the meantime, this reading is much easier and I am very much enjoying it.

Finished! t really moved right along. There were definite moments where I was turning pages to see what would happen next. One thing I was surprised by was all the things Dracula could do that haven't survived in the modern conception of vampires.

I mentioned someplace else I was reading and someone commented that it was much more fun than he had expected and said it was kind of an 1800s technothriller. I agree, technothriller is an apt word.
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