The better to see you, my dear
BLopoly Roll 21

July 23th: Twentieth Roll

Bank Account: $204

Dice Roll: 6 & 6: 12: BL: 1 dice roll: 9: I wrote a bit about my back-packing summer.

 

Double Roll: 5 & 3: 19 New Orleans: tagged horror or Gothic, or is a ghost story: Like I said, I'm haunted by this square, this being my third landing on it since the shake up. Ended up listening to High-Rise, which is 173p., so $8 to my bank.

 

 

July 25th: Twenty-first Roll

Bank Account: $212

Dice Roll: 3 & 1: 23 Waterworks: Water on cover or someone cries: Looks like I'll be finishing Realms fast after all.

Review
4 Stars
I don't think I'll be watching this movie
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard

I was trying to explain what this was about to mom on WA, alienation, communication through violence, descent to barbarism. She said "Ah, sounds like Dogville". I left about a third in on that movie, and I don't think I'll be watching this one. It sounds like I did not like this, and, well, uncomfortable as it is, I though it bloody amazing. It's just that the madness that slowly creeps in, and has you partially numbed by the time the heavy stuff crashes in, would not have time to come to full effect in the span of movie time, and would make the impact of violence unbearable.

I realize what I'm saying is creepy as fuck, just as I was aware reading that while the characters are slowly inured to the rising wilderness, the reader is inured to the rising level of brutality. And you kind of welcome it, because you wouldn't be able to cope with it otherwise. I found, about 30 pages from the end, that I had felt more of an impact by the bottle throwing (that first act of violence perpetuated) than what was going on by the last third. Familiarity breeds contempt and repetition indifference.

Yeah... creepy as fuck.

Also, the first third or so was masterfully disquieting. In the context of that first line, which, for the unwary and squeamish, is:


Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.


every little war waged inside a big building takes an ominous shade. I lived in a building much like the one in this book for three years while a student. It was waaay outside of my money-bracket (hell, my parents money-bracket) but the old land-lady let me share her apartment for peanuts so she could have some company. I can tell you all the petty disputes and territoriality are true to life. Though they usually don't get this bloody (except for suicides. Those were an issue on Friday evenings).

Lastly, the symmetry. 3 for each, then 2 for each, then 1 for each (though he kinda cheated at the end), and one for what's left. I don't quite get what was going on with that clean-up at the end, though. End of settling pains?

That's that for my horror roll. I think I'll pick some regency romance next.

24 in 48 check in: Closing Survey

 

1. How many books did you read? Pages? 2 books and some %60 percent of a third. It amounts to about 550 pages.
2. How many hours did you read? I stupidly reset the clock and didn't realize after my last update, but adding this extra 90 min stretch, 17h 30m
3 & 4. What do you think worked well in this readathon? What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time? I'll answer both together: I don't know. I've never done any type of readathon before, so I can't really compare, and since I just jumped into the band-wagon at the last minute, I mostly kept to my usual pace of weekend reading.
5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Very likely on those on July. The January ones might be a bit trickier for me.

 

 

24 in 48 check in: Literary Dinner Party

 

Which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

 

First easy picks would be Merry and Pipping, both so amiable, enjoy a good meal, and full of stories to tell at the table. Jo March would pour the tea and exchange kids' hijinks with Molly Weasley while she knitted. Sara Crewe would listen with big eyes and then top any tale.

 

 

I won't reach the 24 hour mark, but I'm still reading

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 173 pages.
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard

“If you want to go higher, I’ll show you. There are a lot of air-shafts, you know. The trouble is, dogs have got into them—they’re getting hungry…”


This is... the slow rising level of insanity, and then comments like this, that make you realize how really nutty things are.


"While his neighbours on the lower floors remained a confused rabble united only by their sense of impotence, here everyone had joined a local group of thirty adjacent apartments, informal clans spanning two or three floors based on the architecture of corridors, lobbies and elevators. There were now some twenty of these groups, each of which had formed local alliances with those on either side. There was a marked increase in vigilante activity of all kinds. Barriers were being set up, fire-doors locked, garbage thrown down the stairwells or dumped on rival landings."

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 173 pages.
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard

I've just finished chapter 2 of 19, and I'm already disturbed beyond belief. This will be a difficult one.

Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 173 pages.
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard

It may be that I was primed by that first line, but there is this amazingly understated violent thread thrumming beneath the words. It's nerve-wreaking.

 

Like that bit where he throws the bottle. I felt like someone had jolted me.

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 173 pages.
High-Rise - J.G. Ballard

I'm listening to Hiddleston croon this one for the horror tag of my BLopoly roll

Video

High Rise by J. G. Ballard, read by Tom Hiddleston

 

I admit I never quite got the craze on the Internet over him, but my, that is one panty-dropper voice. Or maybe it's just that I'm more seduced by sound than sight *shrug*

 

And then the dog *wince* great way to douse the fire.

 

You are welcome.

24 in 48 Progress

 

Well, today was a reading failure indeed. Family life intruded big time, and I can't resent it because I had a great day. That said, I'm still burrowing with a book for the rest of the evening.

 

I’ve surpassed my expectations and already finished the two books I had reserved for this, so I’ll have to think what comes next.

BLopoly Roll 20

July 21th: Nineteenth Roll

Bank Account: $192

Dice Roll: 2 & 2: 33 Tomorrowland: a book set in space, tagged sci-fi, or has robot/cyborgs: Laughed through the weirdness of HHGttG's 216p., and add $6.

 

Double Roll: 1 & 4: 1 Frontierland: Title starts with letter in FRONTIER or is tagged western: Kept weirding myself (though in a very different way) with "The Gunslinger". 231p. and another $6.

 

 

July 23th: Twentieth Roll

Bank Account: $204

Dice Roll: 6 & 6: 12: BL: 1 dice roll: 9: Pic or story about a vacation.

 

 

The pic is from Purmamarca. Some eight summers ago, finished with the college term in the capital, two girl-friends and I grabbed a backpack each and went on a tour of the north-west of my country. It was like feeling your lungs expand after a long minute under-water. In a minuscule town over the mountains that lacked electricity, I saw the most breath-taking night-sky of my life. There was not a thing to do after sundown but to lay in the stone parapets and gaze up, and when I left I still didn't feel like I had enough of it.

 

Double Roll: 5 & 3: 19 New Orleans: tagged horror or Gothic, or is a ghost story: Man! I'm haunted by this square. And not much in the mood. Might go with another King.

Review
3.5 Stars
Nothing happy about it, yet...
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

Well, I... Shit. This is ambitious as fuck, in the fiction and existential department.

I don't like Roland, and I get that lofty ideals are useless from his position. But it's... He reminds me of that adage, the third part of which is that a man with only one reason to live is the most dangerous man in the world. His type of drive, his dogged pursuit, puts me in mind of a slow going bulldozer, and also of persistence hunting. All scary concepts. And his name, wasn't there an old poem...

It was dreary, and weird, and heart-breaking. And I'm puzzled and will continue reading.

 

This finishes my BLopoly double roll, and puts me almost halfway the 24 in 48 readathon.

 

 

The seven hour stretch was this book in almost one sitting. I had to take a break after Jake.

 

I'll roll again in a bit and maybe continue onto the next book. The neighbor is having a loud party with karaoke.

24 in 48 check in: We Need Diverse Books

 

Recommend books by diverse/#ownvoices authors

 

Oh my... I've read books about any kind of character you could imagine, but for the most part, I pay little attention to who the authors are, so I need to check my shelves and do back-ground research to answer this one.

 

The other thing is that I can name a lot of books with Latin-american leads written by Latin-american authors, but that's not a minority here, or in any way diverse for me. Perspective is an interesting thing, huh?

 

Off the top of my head, I would go with Maya Angelou's "I know why the caged bird sings". It was powerful, it was charming, and it was very human.

 

 

Edit:

 

- Anna Frank's Diary, by Anna Frank

- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

- Little Birds, by Anais Nin, if you feel naughty

Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

"He pried the legs apart and unholstered one of his guns."

 

*grimace*

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 231 pages.
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

 

So opens King's myth-world spine. I've procrastinated on reading The Dark Tower books for years, on this dread that I wouldn't love it. I have such tall hopes for it, I'm scared it'll fall short. But that's one awesome first line.

Review
3.5 Stars
British and Zanny in Space
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

I would call this sci-fi on mushrooms. Funny, but very weird.

On a side note: I've never been afraid of rats, but I might reconsider.

 

 

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The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde