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    great interview was a fan of chucks until i think "snuff" which i felt was shock for shocks sake , kind of clarifies some of that. kind of makes me reassess how i feel and think about all "shock" artists
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    Yeah I just finished Adjustment Day and I feel the same way. His last few books have been misses and it seems like he writes shock for shocks sake. The book was okay, but the ending was disappointing and the story itself could be frustrating at times. And Snuff was pretty forgettable.

    I'm getting ready to start The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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    Yeah, there were quite a few parts in the book where I was thinking that he was just putting on airs and not writing believably. For example, the brown recluse bit. Jesus Christ that made me gag. And the idea that...you know what, not getting into it. That part was just beyond the pale.

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    So I read The Circle. Not sure but I think I'm just outside the group who uses the Internet in such a way that this made sense. The gradual escalation of everything made it sound like a farce for most of the book. But then I saw this tweet and it lines up with where the book ended up saying social media would go. Sorta. Maybe minus the whole take over the gov't part.



    This subtweet for example:



    is full-on Mae and her "These people didn't vote for me. Why do they want me dead?" line of thinking.

    And I totally get that the thread is mostly sarcasm but there's truth in the sarcasm and that's what sucks about twitter. Really more than twitter at this point, with so many people saying you're the worst ever if you x instead of y. This is almost fascinating and I'd love to read some articles about it but I also want to not waste the time reading something that would probably make me upset anyway. huh.

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    Just finished reading Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle.



    If anyone's in the mood for a book that'll go well with the upcoming autumn/Halloween season, this might be what you're looking for. It's not a horror novel and there's nothing supernatural in it, unlike some of Jackson's other stuff, but it has a very spooky, gothic atmosphere and a lot of black humor.

    I think this is essentially a book about agoraphobia. It does an amazing job of putting you in that mindset, that feeling like the whole outside world is this hostile, scary place, and the only way to survive is to build your private, beautiful sanctuary and try to keep everything out. When I compare this with her famous short story, "The Lottery," it seems like Shirley Jackson must have had a strong sense of distrust towards society and the masses. When reading about her life and her personal struggles, I can't help wondering if this book was actually a bit of a fantasy and escape for her, as opposed to some heartbreaking look at mental illness. Obviously, this level of extreme agoraphobia is a terrible thing, and the book doesn't at all try to misrepresent that. But still, there's something fun about all the creepy sadness. It almost seem like an old fairy tale. I feel like Jackson was trying to do more than simply gaze down upon these characters with pity and horror. I think she really wants the reader to feel it deeply within themselves, to understand the immense appeal of hiding from the world and just wallowing in your own strangeness.

    ...Or something like that...idk. It's a short but incredibly fascinating book with a lot going on, and I haven't fully sorted out all my thoughts on it just yet. But I can't stop thinking about it ever since I finished it. Definitely Shirley Jackson's very best book from what I've read.

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    Woah I just finished the Three Body Problem trilogy and it's pretty amazing

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    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....4,203,200_.jpg

    Let's just say the parallels between the late Weimar Republic and what we're going through now are frighteningly similar.

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    I'm currently finishing Uzumaki for Halloween.

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    Law, law, law is all I read anymore. Finishing up my first year of law school and so needed a break. That brought me here.

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    Moby - Porcelain, because the description of its follow-up "Then It Fell Apart" like "What do you do when you realise you have everything you think you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart?" really intrigued me and I'm looking forward to that one too.

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    So far I've learned that in 1987 MCA paid for the gender reassignment surgery of one of their friends. Pretty interesting stuff.

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    i really do like this book, not sure the movie did it justice tho




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    Momo (in Slovak "Little girl Momo and lost time", or "stolen time") by Michael Ende, author of Neverending story. One-night book, similar to the Little Prince in that you can see many important themes to think about behind "fairytale" story, touching and double so it being christmas gift from one very close lovely person who knows how much I love Neverending story the movie, I confess sometimes I had to wipe a few tears. Also interesting that it was written in 1973 and already describing how parents don't have the time for children and everyone is just in such hurry all the time, even before all the internets and such. "But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart."

    Update: Had to boy also Neverending story finally, and even though I still consider the movie (1984) as one of the most beautiful ever, I must say that sometimes it felt, forgive me, too long. :-) Momo book 5/5, Neverending Story film 5/5, book 4/5.
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    recently finished Grady Hendrix's third novel, We Sold Our Souls, and it was amazing. i love all three of his novels and while this didn't overtake My Best Friend's Exorcism, it was fucking great.

    today i finished Red Dragon, which is the first Thomas Harris book i've read. i saw silence of the lambs once, i (regrettably) saw hannibal rising in the theater, and i'm obsessed with the TV show Hannibal. the book was good but i missed the tone & unreality of the show. don't know if i'll read silence of the lambs.

    started This Body's Not Big Enough For Both Of Us this afternoon, which is Edgar Cantero's third novel (in English, can't remember if he wrote any in Spanish previously). i loved his other two books so i'm really looking forward to this one. i'm only about 20 pages in and i'm already really enjoying it.

    it's nice to have the focus and drive to read so much. before i started my meds i had to be in such a particular mood to be able to read, and it was hard for me to read quickly. i have a giant collection of books that i started and never finished and i'm pretty hopeful that i won't be adding any more to that pile.

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