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    Kafka isnt for everyone..... Or.... anyone.... IDK he was so pitiful and miserable IRL that I read his stuff and I think "wow so this is what happens when you are an unfulfilled misanthrop with a pen and overbearing parents. You write borderline incesteous bug porn." Maybe I have the wrong mindset too.
     
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    Sounds like a you are an unfulfilled, cynical misanthrope.
     
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    When I actually read.. It was usually self loathing faggots anyhow
     
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    You should hear my sperge out on Wuthering Heights, I just hoped Heathcliffe would man up and go on a raping axe murdering orgy spree by the third or fourth chapter. Depressing, moody, self reflective literature isn't my thing outside of Victorian Gothic shit.
     
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    Or remember what if feels like to have an erection not brought on by the thought of your young male neighbor's crotch.
     
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    From what I've read I like Kafka, but I like his longer works better. His short "poems" or whatever you want to call them, often one line of text in total, are too short and too abstract for me. Their goal for the most part is to convey some general feeling to the reader, mostly loneliness and detachment, and they do so well. However, even when they do, you can't shake the feeling you're just reading gibberish. And that's not counting the various works published after his death without permission, many of which were just torn up pieces of paper his friend found in his house and has no way of knowing what they really were or should they even be published.

    The longer his writing is the more concrete. It expresses more specific ideas rather than abstract emotions. The Metamorphosis is multi-layered and multi-faceted work that, in relatively little text, creates a realistic depiction of a type of human relationship. Well worth the read.

    The Trial is clearly missing a lot and feels as unfinished as it is. From the completed chapters you can clearly feel K.'s gradual decline as the court grinds him down and rob him of his peace of mind and dignity until he transform from a proud man who scoffed at the investigation and planned to teach the entire system a lesson, to the sort of worn out shell of a man he looked down his nose at as he passed them by in the court chambers early on in the story. The final chapter shows his transformation completed, but a crucial middle point that should have contained some climax is noticeably missing. You can see hints of that in some unfinished chapters as well, like the few pages of the chapter where he goes to visit his mother, in what feels like a reaction to the realization of his impending doom.
    But we will sadly never know what this book was meant to be. In a way, it would have been better if none of it had been published at all, as Kafka had requested. I think it isn't unfair to assume his "friend" published every bit of scrap paper in Kafka's home he could find, down to his personal letters, for his own monetary gain.
     
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    I recently finished Koji Suzuki's "Ring" trilogy, his followup "birthday" and collection of short stories "Dark Waters". The first book is by far the best, having clearly stemmed from a fully formed idea. The net two seem more like a reaction to the unexpected successes of The Ring. The second book is the worst of the three, being riddled with plot holes, predictable and mostly uninteresting, and the third fixes a lot of those mistakes but still fails to live up to the quality of the original. Unlike the movies, these are not horror books, but instead suspense/mystery stories. "Birthday" tries to give some depth to the neglected female characters of the series and add a bit of closure, but apart from the Sadako story, is mostly unnecessary. "Dark Waters" is hit and miss. Overall, most people who would read those books are fans of "The Ring" who will be disappointed when they realize how far removed Suzuki's work is from the Japanese pop-horror genera they were looking for.


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    I also just read Osumo Dazai's "No Longer Human". At first the main character just struck me as a pretentious, self pitying egotists, but by the end I felt some sympathy for him. Much like Kafka, Dazai's work also comes from a dread of other humans and inability to connect with them. But whereas Kafka's anxiety drove him to self hatred and reclusiveness, Dazai instead became contemptfull of society and spiraled into self destruction.
     
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    All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    Im only a few pages in, but so far the story is interesting.
     
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    I don't usually like weeb comics but I've been reading "Uzumaki" recently. Pretty spooky and lots of nice body horror. The copy I have is a really nice hardcover too, so I like that :)
     
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    The Shining is a good book...among the very best of SK. And hailed as one of the greatest horror novels ever, appears in a lot of "Best of" lists

    The film is a mixed bag...the first half is one of the best horror movies ever, with instant classics as the bloody elevator, the twins etc... the second half becomes Friday the 13th and it's pretty boring and unoriginal

    Btw, I like Joe Hill's (SK's son) work...loved Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and above all, Locke & Key (comic book)

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    Book in an optimistic sense...more like novella, being under 100 pages

    From Kafka's full books, I think my favourite is The Castle, hands down
     
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    We disagree on both the book and the film but fair enough :)
    I think I just have a problem with King's writing style whilst the Kubrick movie has the perfect rhythm and atmosphere to please me, that's why I got such a hard on for it.
    I'm guessing by comparing it to Fryday the 13th you're mainly referring to the scene in the skeletons ? Its the goofiest part I can think of and wasn't in the European cut, else it probably would have left a bad impression on me as well.
    Beyond that I still think the movie in its entirety still holds up pretty well
     
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    No, I'm referring to the "laughable-overthetop-maniac-with-axe-pursues-retarded-scream-queen" part. You know, the entire last half of the movie...

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    Reading the Strain by del Toro, picked it up by random. It's a first part of a trilogy and a fairly fresh take on vampires, which in this case procreate by spreading parasitic worms with their long sharp tongue. It starts off with an out of contact jet airliner arriving in NY. Later on it seems to be developing into some conspiracy, because a human helped in transporting a slumbering OG bloodsucker into the plane. It was supposed to be a movie and there's a comic of it too.

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    I impulsively got myself an ereader, and loaded the thing with a ton of books that I'll probably never read. I'm hoping it'll help me get back into reading somehow... Also I got so many books that I don't even know what to start with now
     
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    What genre you fancy of lately?
     
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    Mainly science fiction. I was thinking about Hyperion or Red Mars, since they're both books I loved back when I was reading a lot, but I think I probably should start with something easier since I find it very hard to focus on a book now.
     
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    I have something nice for you, read this (preferably without looking at it in the net, and when you finish, look at the publication date, for maximum laughs)

    Short and sweet, and among the best 5 ever, imho
     
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    I'm about a quarter the way through this. The opening three chapters on stock and commodity bubbles were hugely influential in the modern development of economics and investing. It was published in 1841 so it's free in ebook form. It's nonfiction and verbose.

    There are some lulzy stories like the 15th century alchemist Le Marechal de Rays who killed over a hundred children from the Breton towns he ruled and used their body parts in satanic rituals to turn slate into gold.
     
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    Hardy.

    Nothing beats Hardy. Especially when it comes to selling your wife and child when pissed.

    Also, the poetry of Dylan Thomas
     
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    i'm sure i read that.
    Just finished Stoner which was lovely.
     
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    Still working on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Invisible Man is a rapist.
     
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It's pretty neat.
     
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    Actually liked the sequel better, Anansi's boys. But still a good one.
    If you're a fan of pratchett check out the one they did together, "Good Omens." Its one of my top 20 favorites.
     
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    Awesome, now I know what to put on my Christmas list! Thanks. :)