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Maybe should reread it someday. I thought it was super cheesy. Like throw on some sunglasses and add a motorcycle and you're watching Blade 4.

I admit it must have been original, exciting and REALLY SEXY back in the day.
The third chapter was a bit steamy...

I was on a huge Gothic Romance kick when I first read it (imo the direct ancestor of SF/F). Almost went into literature before deciding math was likely more lucrative.
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Finished The Stranger. Not sure why it took me so long to read it (it's been on my 'to read' list for 15 years). It's a quick read. I'll probably need to re-read it some day.

Halfway through Sojourn (third Drizzt book). I have Dune waiting for me afterwards.
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Maybe should reread it someday. I thought it was super cheesy. Like throw on some sunglasses and add a motorcycle and you're watching Blade 4.

I admit it must have been original, exciting and REALLY SEXY back in the day.
You have to remember it was published in 1897, and then you start to see some of the relatively new tech that shows up: telephones, typewriter & shorthand, wax cylinder recording & phonograph player... some of the stuff used had been around for decades, but others it's made a point of that it had been around for less than 10 years or it's the most up-to-date train or whatever
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oh, and the blood transfusions. though they didn't have blood typing yet, so that was, indeed, very dangerous
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Holy shit, that's a lot of pynchon.
i'm reallly old.
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about 1/3 through Middlemarch

I'm enjoying it so far -- all the sorts of things going on in a relatively small town: petty politics, gossip, and all sorts of the usual human foolishness. I don't find Dorothea much more foolish than anybody else, and I have a lot of sympathy for her and the other young fools.

The old fools... well, I have some sympathy for them, too.
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Proof of Conspiracy by Seth Abramson. Starting Chapter 1 now.
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Finished Sojourn. Started The Crystal Shard and will start Dune tonight. I've settled on having a bigger book for my commute and a 'little book' for before bed.
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Picked back up David Copperfield

I just realized the last 3 consecutive books I read all involved the search for a missing person... with a lot of similarities that I won't elaborate on because spoilers:
Searching for Sylvie Lee
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about 1/2 through Middlemarch.

I really like Mrs. Cadwallader. I want more of her.
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