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CLR Book Club Week 15 – and what are we reading apart from that? April 11, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This was very successful, suggestions for books we could read as part of the ‘club’ and an overview of other books people are reading. Any thoughts on the former, we could pin it down next week, and what of the latter?


1. yourcousin - April 11, 2017

Still plugging away on ICHH. Got nothing.

Just finished the book “Ostend”,


Also reading Zweig’s, “Messages From a Lost World” and the biography of Zweig called, “The Impposible Exile”.

Also rereading Roth’s works and perusing some of Remarque’s novels set between the wars (The Black Obelisk being my favorite).


2. Liberius - April 11, 2017

I’m reading Aldous Huxley’s Ape and Essence at the moment, the only thing I’ll say is that I’m glad it’s only 153 pages; I’d abandon it if it were lengthier.


3. Starkadder - April 11, 2017

I’ve been re-reading “The Silmarillion” by Tolkien. Pretty good-a fine approximation of the style of old legends like “The Kalevala”. It’s also quiet grim-good people suffer terribly, evil is only defeated at terrible cost, and the beauties of the world are doomed to be lost. I think there’s a reason none of the cookie-cutter fantasy writers of the Terry Brooks school have drawn on “The Silmarillion” as they did with “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”- it’s not an escapist work at all.


yourcousin - April 11, 2017

You know it’s funny you bring up Tolkien and Terry Brooks. I was read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in first/second grade. I read them years later along with other of Tolkien’s writing. Went through a fairly hardcore kick back in high school.

My dad was/is always a voracious reader but I found that he read far too much crap on paper ala the likes of Terry Brooks for my liking (maybe time will show me the errors of my ways). That of course does not apply to Louis L’amour whose every work is unique, refreshing, and breaking new ground. Love that guy.


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