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Anyone who knows Philip Pullman: would I be able to follow the new one without knowledge of previous books?

 

No spoilers please! 

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3 hours ago, David Ayers said:

Anyone who knows Philip Pullman: would I be able to follow the new one without knowledge of previous books?

 

No spoilers please! 

I'm not 100% sure (because I haven't started the new book but read a general review), but I think it would be hard to get into this "world" without at least some knowledge about how the daemons work for example (they are similar but not exactly the same as a witch's familiar).  I would recommend reading The Golden Compass at least, if not the whole trilogy.

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8 hours ago, ejp626 said:

I'm not 100% sure (because I haven't started the new book but read a general review), but I think it would be hard to get into this "world" without at least some knowledge about how the daemons work for example (they are similar but not exactly the same as a witch's familiar).  I would recommend reading The Golden Compass at least, if not the whole trilogy.

Noted! Thank you. 

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Really not enjoying Lavery's Sandra Beck.  It's a bit too postmodern for my taste and there is an unpleasant Lolita-like undercurrent to many of the scenes (and because it is postmodern I don't know if these will ultimately be important to the plot, such as it is, or if they could have been dropped).  I haven't decided if I am going to push pause or eject on this one, but I'll decide in the next 25 pages.

I decided to tackle Rushdie's late novels next, so I'll launch into Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights shortly.

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I’m having a bit of a tough time getting into this, which I didn’t expect since I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. 

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56 minutes ago, Brad said:

I’m having a bit of a tough time getting into this, which I didn’t expect since I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. 

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That's interesting.  Many Austen scholars consider it her finest work.  I actually have not gotten around to it, but it is on my list. 

Despite its killer first line, I definitely preferred Sense and Sensibility over Pride and Prejudice. 

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26 minutes ago, ejp626 said:

That's interesting.  Many Austen scholars consider it her finest work.  I actually have not gotten around to it, but it is on my list. 

Despite its killer first line, I definitely preferred Sense and Sensibility over Pride and Prejudice. 

It’s a hard choice. I think I’m the other way around as there are some very great characters in P & P, but I also love S & S. It’s like choosing between greater and great.

I try to read an Austen book yearly. 

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Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower

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C.M. Waggoner's "Unnatural Magic":

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C. M. is the niece of an old Jazz buddy of mine, Jeff Waggoner. Jeff may be here on the forums but I remember him more from the Blue Note & Jazz Corner forums.

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Oliver Sacks - An Anthropologist on Mars

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I've known about Oliver Sacks for practically forever, but this is the first time actually reading any of his works.  Quite interesting cases, to be sure.

Next up:

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Just found an original copy of this gem in Oxfam. Superb stuff - turns out that this is the ex Surrey Library copy. Now has a good home.

Many interesting articles, including early reviews of 60s Blue Notes, Nessa releases etc.

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Attica Locke: Heaven, My Home

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On 11/16/2019 at 8:00 AM, John Tapscott said:

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Mel Torme wrote this well-regarded biography of Rich in the early 90's:

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Wrapping up Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Rushdie, which takes place in the intersection of the "real world" and fable with quite a few djinns crossing over and wreaking havoc.  I found quite a few similarities to his children's book Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  It's not top-notch Rushdie but it's entertaining.  I do have higher hopes for The Golden House.

I'm not entirely sure where I got the recommendation for Eugene Marten's Waste, but I just read it (it's barely over 100 pages) but I wish I hadn't.  It's a morally bankrupt piece of fiction (right up there with Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine).  I do wish I had read the rest of the reviews on Goodreads, instead of stopping after skimming the first few.

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Light From Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

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Waterland by Graham Swift

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A bit of a slow burner, but I'm enjoying it now that some of the (many) family secrets have been revealed.

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13 hours ago, ejp626 said:

Waterland by Graham Swift

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A bit of a slow burner, but I'm enjoying it now that some of the (many) family secrets have been revealed.

That's a beautiful book, such a feeling of place. I must reread it one day. Not sure he's surpassed it although 'Last Orders' is mighty fine.

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