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started reading Bête by Adam Roberts

Bête (2014, Gollancz) 5 stars

A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his …

Started reading this and finished about 10% in the first sitting! After The Odyssey I thought I was stuck with iambic pentameter but this book has brought me back to the world of prose 😛

The story is moving very fast; I thought it was going to be a long philosophical discource with the cow but no, the plot moves on and wow it's a whole different world! I won't say more because that may get into spoiler territory but so far it's all quite 😮

finished reading The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey (2017, Norton) 5 stars

Finished reading it this morning before work! Wow, that went by faster than I expected 😮

The story flowed so well I didn't even realise it was passing by. Aks tells me that The Odyssey is very accessible compared to other works of the period, so that makes sense, but it makes me want more. Also this is the first time I've happily gone through a whole workful of iambic pentameter! (The original Odyssey was written in dactylic hexameter, but this translation is in iambic pentameter)

Now...on to the iliad? 🤔

finished reading The red house by Mark Haddon

The red house (2012, Jonathan Cape) No rating

Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join him …

My Chennai reading :P I was thinking to take this to Bessy Reads, but that didn't end up happening. Anyway. This is the first book of Mark Haddon's that I've read that isn't The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; weirdly I was surprised that he's written other books! I don't know how to compare the two since I read the other one long ago, but this was a nice "slice of life" read.

I'm getting some Crome Yellow vibes, not in the writing style or anything but in the way that and The Red House are both setting us down in a place and observing the people there. There's no "plot" that follows anything as neat as a beginning, development, and ending; the story moves forward merely because life does so, too.

wants to read The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey (2017, Norton) 5 stars

I've never attempted to read any of Homer's works before, but I recently read an article about Emily Wilson (on Savs' recommendation) and now I'm interested! I like how her translation aims to avoid gratuitous complexity and avoid making things archaic just for the sake of sounding archaic—as she says in the article, "he didn’t sound archaic to the Greeks"!

www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/09/18/emily-wilson-profile

Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age (2004) No rating

I suddenly got onto a (re)reading spree of Paul Graham's essays, so when I realised it was a book I decided to read them in that form! A blazing fast read, although I regret not looking up the endnotes till I found them at the end of the book. I somehow assumed I'd reach them at the end of every chapter, but didn't realise I wasn't till I found them all at the end of the book instead >.<

Spice and Wolf Vol. 1 (AudiobookFormat, 2022, Yen Audio) 3 stars

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft …

Discovered this book when I was checking Bookwyrm moderation notifications! (I had to decide whether to approve the domain). Added to my e-reader, and now I'm reading it under the lamp at night. It's my first J-novel and I like it :)

finished reading Bunny by Mona Awad

Bunny (Paperback, 2020, Head of Zeus) 5 stars

Samantha Heather Mackey is an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA programme at Warren …

Okay, this wasn't as weird as 'Cursed Bunny' (completely unrelated book), but it was weird in a nice way because that made it not a typical college drama! I'm not going to say what the weirdness was