March 11th, 2009
|08:11 am - Book meme|
According to the BBC, the average adult has only read six of the Big Read's top 100 books. How many have you read?
I got this from pickwick on LJ, and since I'm a sucker for lists:( Read more... )
March 10th, 2009
|01:16 pm - wot is fanfic?|
I was having a discussion with artistsonly about what the difference is between fanfic, soap and more 'literary' fiction. Then I found this Observer interview:
"[A] Belfast writer, Anne Devlin, once made the point that this technique - of seeming to tell one story while actually telling another - is the central function of literary fiction.
It makes the reader reassess what is taking place on the page and so think ethically."
I loved that. 'Seeming to tell one story while actually telling another'. That's the kind of story I like, with layers built in, especially when the seeming story is simple and the underlying story is a lot more complex.
Funny, I keep hearing that the literary metaphor has gone out of fashion. I sincerely hope not. Because what is being described there is metaphor, pure and simple - or at least a lot of subtext.
Also, subtext may be the function of literary fiction but it's certainly not confined there. Sci-fi and fantasy in particular are full of it. After all, you'd hardly call Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or Doctor Who literary, but they're built on endless layers of commentary about our society.
March 8th, 2009
|10:05 am - Malarkey? or Effective way?|
More quotes from the self-help book 'How to Good-bye Depression If you constrict anus 100 times everyday. Malarkey? or Effective way?' by Hiroyuki Nishigaki. Because it's just so good.
On the power of positive thinking:
It can be compared to putting the key word (positive thinking and positive self-image) into a personal computer that has fallen into heavy oil, sludge or sewage. You had better take the personal computer from heavy oil, sludge, sewage and wash-repair-make it run on electricity. Then you can put the key word into it and make it work for you.
I don't think that's how most IT professionals would do it, actually... especially after the sewage.
So after you have finished your positive thinking (and have sucessfully wash-repair-made the heavy oil, sludge or sewage from your personal computer):
So, practicing what I have written you had better imagine above-mentioned good feelings. Healthy strong liver gives you the feeling of light spring breeze or of a tree's sprout that can relax and seduce other people.
I see. That's handy. Now I have the feeling of a seductive sprout in my healthy strong liver. Must keep practicing my good feelings and it might grow into a full forest. I could use my liver to seduce whole armies. World peace, here I come!
But wait, there's more. If I'm really lucky, I might start dreaming of the spirit.
The spirit sticks its pipe into your physical body or your aura during your dreaming, too. In such a case, you had better grasp both the tip of the pipe and the pipe during your dreaming if you feel better about the feeling of its tip. You can keep grasping the spirit for longer time than you grasp only its tip. At 3 A.M yesterday I was aware that the tip of the spirit's pipe stuck in my right eye...
A spirit that likes to come at you in your sleep waving its pipe? That sometimes just wants you to grasp the tip, and other times just goes ahead and sticks the whole thing in your most sensitive places? I really don't like the sound of that. Mr Nishigaki seemed to though. He was a very happy man.
This book continues to entertain.
March 7th, 2009
|07:06 am - BEST BOOK EVER|
I have discovered perhaps the funniest book in the world. I'm nearly finished it and I've been laughing out loud, painfully, at least three times per page all the way through.
The book isn't even supposed to be funny. It's a genuine self-help book. But I find it irresistable, and on two counts. Firstly, it's translated from Japanese but really badly. They seem to have used an automatic translator so cue bizarre mistakes a-plenty. Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, the author himself appears to be completely certifiable. Mistranslation plus lunacy. It's a fantastic combination.
Not convinced yet? Check out the title:
"How to Good-bye Depression If you constrict anus 100 times everyday. Malarkey? or Effective way?"
I'm really not making that up. That's the genuine title. Go see it on amazon if you don't believe me. And while you're there, why not read the pages of fantastic reviews that have been left by fans of the book? They're pretty funny too.
Okay, time for some quotes from the book. All mistakes in the quotes are intentional. ( Read more... )
February 23rd, 2009
|01:54 am - FREE BOOKS!|
Just in case you didn't already know....
WANT A FREE BOOK? Project Gutenberg is giving them away, for free!
Grab one now! Grab half a dozen! Can't decide? There's a choice of over 20,000. All are available! More every day!
Here's a selection of the ones I took:( Read more... )
October 1st, 2007
|10:18 am - Book meme|
Gacked from alchemia and schemingreader
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.
( the books )
Ha ha, I'm so opinionated! So many of these are struck through! Also: who ever finishes Ulysses? I think even the We-love-Joyce Ulysses appreciation Society recommends just flicking through it a bit.
Books from this list I'd like to read:
Madam Bovary (supposedly rather sexy)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A Clockwork Orange (I actually have it bought for 99 pence and sitting beside me, awaiting)
The Time Traveller's Wife
And I'm in the middle of Mrs Dalloway.