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Old 05-27-2016   #21
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

The pile left when I die that has not stopped growing for years faster than consumption.
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

Prince James Zaleski, you certainly make some great points, that i'm finding myself in agreement, particularly including this: "the idea of 'shared universes' is something I'm instinctively rebelling against right now as it is dumbing down people's ideas of artistic relationships and thematic connections beyond the most basic useless aesthetic level"

Personally, though I wouldn't say I'll never read a mythos anthology, at least not beacuse it's mythos. A lot of amazing stories and authors are to be found reading them (and you also addressed this). But maybe not the whole way through! Also sometimes one looks for a certain (thematic or stylistic) unity or particular theme, so I get reading them. But mostly I just check out some of the stories in those kind of anthologies.

And you make a great point regarding mythos elements appearing in unexpected places
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

I hear plenty of people say American Psycho is funny to them, but I have to wonder if the humor lasts throughout 400 pages. Would it be funny on the second read (since I reread many books)? Is the humor inherent in the prose?
I think if Bateman is an arsonist, I would read it.

Two more books I will never read:
Society of the Spectacle: I try reading it with a beginner guide to the book. It doesn't help. A quote

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The spectacle cannot be understood as an abuse of the world of vision, as a product of the techniques of mass dissemination of images. It is, rather, a Weltanschauung which has become actual, materially translated. It is a world vision which has become objectified.
Slavoj Zizek's books: I listen to the old boy's talks and read his articles, but I cannot get into his book. I try with Living in The End Times and things go well until he arrives at Maoism and psychoanalytic. That is when I know I am well and truly lost.

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Re: Books You Will Never Read

From what I hear, a lot of anthologies with Cthulhu in the title are not mythos anthologies but just stories inspired by Lovecraft in some way.
Maybe sometimes a way of selling cosmic horror to a wider audience?

Another thing, I have a really tough time finishing nonfiction unless I'm crazy about the subject. I so often find I've bitten off more than I can chew.

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Re: Books You Will Never Read

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From what I hear, a lot of anthologies with Cthulhu in the title are not mythos anthologies but just stories inspired by Lovecraft in some way.
Maybe sometimes a way of selling cosmic horror to a wider audience?

Yes, that is true it seems. I'm quite sure the "Black Wings" anthologies, for example, were renamed to "Black Wings of Cthulhu" so they would sell more when they released the paperback versions.

I haven't read the "Autumn Cthulhu" anthology from Lovecraftezine, but it does look interesting, and I heard that usually publishers have to put Cthulhu in the title, even if it's not all Mythos to signal that it's cosmic horror, or weird fiction, and for more sales.
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Reading the wiki entry on it is already boring enough: "The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage..."

A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R Martin. I read an excerpt in some forum where it was mocked for its clumsy language. I also avoid medieval-fantasy book series.

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I'd always said I would never finish Gardner's On Moral Fiction -- a book that I blame for a lot of self-righteous railing against so-called elitism, intellectualism and obscurity that we find in American and British criticism today -- but had to read the second half eventually in order to write an essay that condemned it fairly. That essay appeared in an anthology titled The Worst Book I Ever Read.
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

One type of fiction which I will never read is New Age fiction.
Contemporary examples would be _Mutant Message Down Under_ , _The Celestine Prophecy_, and _The Ringing Cedars_ series from Russia.

I've read _about_ those books and I have a good idea what they are about. A jejune "spirituality" expressed in jejune writing. The popularity of this kind of book is not a new phenomenon. I came across of list of New Age fiction, and there were popular titles in this category in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Now, I've read _Editorpha_, so one might say I broke my rule. Perhaps. But I was not seeking New Age fiction, and while _Ediorpha_ gives somewhat a New Age vibe, I was more interested in its psychedelic Hollow Earth story.


Also, I will never read Nicholas Sparks novels. From what I can tell, he writes sappy romance novels. I predict that, a generation after he writes his last sappy romance novel, his books will be forgotten. The same fate that occurred to Robert W. Chambers' romance novels. Unfortunately, Nicholas Sparks won't redeem himself with short stories that will have a profound influence on horror and fantasy.
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Re: Books You Will Never Read

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One type of fiction which I will never read is New Age fiction.
Nor I.

On that note I don't think I'll ever read Crowley's esoteric texts, even though they have influenced a good number of musicians and writers I enjoy. I'm interested in his short fiction, however.

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Re: Books You Will Never Read

The name New Age fiction reminds me of an author I wish to forget...Paulo Coelho. I randomly picked up The Alchemist one day and had to put it down after the first sentence. Some representative quotes:

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

He crams all possible putrid platitudes into his books, and yet he's more popular than Ligotti

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