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Five for Friday!

Posted on: June 28, 2019

Welcome to  Five for Friday! The concept is simple – it’s a Friday, and I post a photo of 5 books, and then we chat about them in the comments.

The only things these books have in common are:
– they were on my bookshelf
– I’m interested in your thoughts on them.

have you read any of these? if yes, did you like them? If you’ve not read them, does the cover make you interested in learning more about the book?

 

Want to join in? Post a picture of 5 random books you own, with the tag #5ForFriday and get your friends talking.

 

 

This week we have two classics, to works of translated fiction and a surprise non-fiction book!

 

 

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (1967) – Would you look at that cover art!  and would you believe I’ve never read a Zelazny novel?  yeah, gotta fix that. Good thing this book is my local scifi book club’s pick for July.  Might be scifi, might be fantasy, might be a mix of both.  a mix of future planetary colonization and Hindu mythology.  I love scifi, I love mythology, so I am super excited to read this!

 

Monteverde: Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist by Lola Robles (2016) – This was recommended to me by Rachel Cordasco, so I had to give it a try!  Human scholar (the titular linguist?) travels to an alien world to meet the locals. there is a friendly nomadic group and a cave-dwelling group that are blind.  From what little info I can find about this book, it sounds like it might be a little bit Left Hand of Darkness, a little bit The Sparrow?

 

The Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (1946?) – this volume is all three novels together. This a classic, and at 1100 pages it looks intimidating.  Is this worth reading?  like, it looks fancy on my bookshelf, but if I’m never going to read it that real estate could be put to better use.

 

Koiminogatari by Nisioisin (2019) – Narrated by Kaiki Deishu!  If you’re familiar with the anime (or the books!) you’ll know Kaiki is the most brilliantly fucked up sympathetic villain  EVER!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should that Nisioisin is a best selling author in Japan, and that if you’re new to this series you shouldn’t start with this book.  Unforunately, you need to start somewhere near the beginning, which means starting with either Bakemonogatari or Nisemonogatari.  The books are paced MUCH better than the anime, but the anime is super stylish!

 

Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight by Dr. Sharon Heller (2003)  a non-fiction book in Five for Friday, what??   Sensory Defensive Disorder is an actual thing! it isn’t in my head,  I’m not making it up, i’m not doing these things for the purpose of being difficult.  i read the list of “common symptoms” of Sensory Defensive Disorder to my husband and he said I had every single one. I really can not wait for Sensory Defensive Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder to legit be on the autism spectrum.  although i do hate that it is called a “disorder”, it makes me feel broken and defective.  Cuz,  like, i don’t feel broken?  I just feel the way I’ve always felt?

 

 

 

 

 

11 Responses to "Five for Friday!"

Lord of Light is a top 10 sci-fi novel for me. One of the absolute best books I’ve read. Enjoy it!

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Great book. Rereading it now for our book club meeting

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Based on the Wiki for Gormenghast I just put the first book on hold at the library. Sounds awesome.

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Definitely worth reading.

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i wish i’d gotten it as smaller novel-sized volumes tho. this doorstopper looks like it will take me a year to read.

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Just pace yourself

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I am super sensitive to loud noises, I can’t stand the TV on too loud (my hubby is going deaf so I have to deal with that a lot!) and that’s why I don’t go to the movies very often. The volume is literally painful. I always thought I just had extra special super hearing, but maybe not?😬

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you do have extra special hearing AND you might have sensory defensiveness!

subtitles are my best friend. your husband might like closed captions too. I watch everything with subtitles or closed caption turned on. it’s made watching tv so much more enjoyable for me because I can actually figure out what the people are saying! i’m not hard of hearing yet, but when I’m visually overstimulated I have trouble hearing. once i figured out what was going on, I realized why i love stuff on tv that has hardly any talking – Samurai Jack, The Shape of Water, stuff like that.

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I read 1.5 of the Gormenghast novels in the early Sixties, and felt smothered. Good luck with them, perhaps you have more patience than I.

Lord of Light is pretty good, as I recall, but I think his short stories are superior to his novels, of which the Amber books are probably best.

I’m not familiar with the others.

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yeah, this big huge volume looks smothering!

are there any specific Zelazny short stories you recommend?

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