Sunday Morning: One of the books that got me through college


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  1. Jaybird says:

    (And I got into a fight with erstwhile brother Austin Bramwell back in 2010 over Walter Kaufmann. If you want a dissenting view on Walter Kaufmann, Austin had one.)Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    I owe somebody here a thank-you, but I don’t remember who. I have a weakness* for scary vampire novels. Some time back someone recommended Robert McCammon’s They Thirst, and I read it as bedtime fare over the last couple of weeks. The ending was weak, but the middle parts were on a par with King’s Salem’s Lot for making me consider going to sleep with the light on**.

    * Somehow, part of me deep down believes that vampires just might exist. No idea why. Doesn’t apply to any other supernatural critters.

    ** I was in my early 20s when I read Salem’s Lot the first time. Finished in bed at 2:30 one morning. Turning off the light meant having to go across the room to the switch and then getting back to bed in the dark. Opted to leave the light on.Report


    Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix is good. I liked the story about the prospector. The last tale was quite affecting.Report

  4. Maribou says:

    I’ve been reading _Revenant Gun_ seemingly forever, through no fault of the book. I think it’s a combination of me seasonally acking brains (and thus consuming lighter fare – the very fluffiest of my podcasts Netflix shows instead) and me really not wanting the series to be over…..

    It’s a really good series!

    But start with _Ninefox Gambit_.Report

  5. For me, “Dubliners” by James Joyce played a similar role to what Faith of a Heretic seems to have played for you. Obviously, it’s not a work of philosophy, but it’s one of those books that really affected my life in many, sometimes inscrutable ways…..which is strange because I’m not Irish and I haven’t particularly enjoyed Portrait of an Artist or Ulysses (never tried Finnegan’s Wake). I’m actually re-reading it now.Report

  6. bookdragon says:

    Not anywhere near as heavy in terms of reading, but the book I keep losing after loaning it out is “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon.

    Just finished Season 3 of Amazon’s “Man in the High Tower”. It is not the book, but the first 2 seasons gave me some hope right after the 2016 election, and the writing is really good – so many themes of interconnection, redemption, twists of fate, the good and evil in all of us. Season 3 did not disappoint, but it did end on cliffhanger that will have me eagerly anticipating the next season.

    I also got “Cranky Ladies of History” from my Mom. Just started reading it, but the first couple short stories in the anthology are good.Report