Dec. 21st, 2015

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==== a book review ====
Reading L'Etranger. My impression might be way off because I don't even speak French, but this is the worst. blah blah super "deep" and "we are all Mersault"... well maybe if one also happens to be an incredibly boring and disgusting person. I have absolutely no patience for this - purposeful display of disgust and boredom(?). Like I said the last possibly purposefully awful books, I don't care if it may have been done self-consciously or ironically- if they really cared to make a point they could be doing it without putting the reader through all that again.

I think this book is somewhat like Homo Faber (I hated that one too) in genre and style and content and reception. Although again I might be wrong, that one was so boring I forgot everything and I don't entirely understand French. So if you love The Stranger you may like that one, I guess.

People are going to say I'm ignorant or immature for not being impressed probably. I don't care, I'm done excusing things because it's "innovative at the time" or "exemplary of its genre" or something or because the author's name sounds important. If a book doesn't impress me by itself it's just not a good book. Everyone needs to get over themselves.

==== in general ====
I am so sick of all these things I've been told are super profound, they all turn out to be not at all impressive. Every time some man has a thought everyone falls over themselves about how intelligent and universal and important that was? And then I have to read Brave New World or Lord of the Flies or whatever.

Seriously considering making it a strict rule to not read a single book by and about straight white men all of next year (because this year I read about literally 50 of them and that is way enough). I don't know if that is the cause of the problem but I'll try it, I feel like things certainly can't get more boring and annoying.
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How come, with the huge volume of books published constantly, I can't for example find more prehistory fiction than Clan of the Cave Bear series and a few children's books? Do we really just have a huge amount of the same types of romance novels and crime and stuff and absolutely no demand for some other genres one would expect to be a thing? What is going on.

Prehistory and steampunk are definitely on the 2016 reading list (I don't know if that's an actual list yet).

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