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Joined July 2018

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Angsttier | Lola Randl
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A short novel about a man‘s quick descent into madness after moving to the country, this was a weird, dark and pleasantly unsettling read.

Companion piece: Karen Duve - Regenroman

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Scott Pilgrim Bundle Vs 1-6 | Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Waiting for 12+ years to reread these was a great idea because I had forgotten so much and got to feel all the feels again 🤩

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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An interesting set-up that is weighed down by one hell of a meandering plot - but saved eventually by a bonkers finale. I wish some confident editor had slashed some of the filler and reduced the page count by a hundred. 🔪

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Apollo | Chris Baker, Matt Fitch
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Mehso-so

Nice art, that‘s it.

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Undine | Friedrich de La Motte Fouque
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Short and sweet ⛲️

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Stern 111: Roman | Lutz Seiler
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My second read since it came out two years ago, during that strange first Covid spring. Which is peculiar because I don‘t normally reread books. There is just something about Seiler‘s prose that keeps sucking me in, even if Stern‘s story isn‘t quite as strong as Kruso‘s. I enjoyed every page of it and, weirdly enough, identified with completely different characters this time.

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Freak The Mighty | Rodman Philbrick
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(Potential spring read for my grade 8)

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Die Anomalie | Herv Le Tellier
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A neat little blend of genres that borrows heavily from modern serial storytelling - and that is no doubt going to be turned into a show itself. I enjoyed it a lot.

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His Master's Voice | Stanislaw Lem
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Mehso-so

A group of scientists tries to make sense of what might be a signal from outer space. I had hoped for a little more plot and a little less philosophy and scientific theory, essentially ignoring the narrator‘s initial warning that his report wasn‘t going to be a sci-fi story. It often reads like a precursor to first contact stories like Contact or Arrival/Story of your Life, though I wasn‘t really in the mood for its wordiness.

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An essay about the power of multilingualism, or lack thereof, in contemporary German society (and, to a degree, worldwide). Grjasnowa‘s age-old arguments praising the benefits of multilingualism and condemning normative language policies didn‘t fascinate me as much as the examples from her own diverse, multilingual biography and experience.

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Asterix Tour de France | Goscinny, Uderzo
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Repetitive.

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I‘ve been fascinated by the Franklin expedition for a while but knew almost nothing about Erebus‘s story pre-1845. Palin‘s style is often chatty but mostly subdued, a perfect fit for this type of non-fiction (ship biography, I guess).

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Not a perfect story, but still really good entertainment for a Saturday morning.

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Asterix and the Golden Sickle | Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
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🤷‍♂️

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Great (because it‘s short).

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Asterix and the Griffin | Jean-Yves Ferri
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Absolutely beautiful art and a fun story - if it wasn‘t for that ending, which seems a bit rushed and … unfinished.

Reading soundtrack: Beach House - Once Twice Melody (Chapter 3)

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Woyzeck | Georg Buchner
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Reread for teaching purposes. I wish more classics clocked in at less than 40 pages.

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Asterix and Cleopatra | Ren Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
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👃👍

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Mount Copenhagen | Kaspar Colling Nielsen
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An obscure, genre-hopping collection of stories set on and around fictional Mount Copenhagen. The way Nielsen pulls off his absurd idea and builds a microcosmos around this literary mountain is quite impressive, especially considering it‘s such a slim volume.

nosferatu Thanks for the tip, @Jari-chan 🤓 4mo
Jari-chan @nosferatu So glad you liked it as well 😄 4mo
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The Fifth Essence - Planet DiFool | Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
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Great art but another haphazard succession of events that could have been an interesting story. It‘s a shame I couldn‘t get into this series. I might return to it someday.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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A great read from start to finish, filled with crazy plot twists and surprises that somehow work. I can‘t even begin to imagine the amount of work that must have gone into plotting this novel.

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Evangelio: Ein Luther-Roman | Feridun Zaimoglu
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A fictional account of Martin Luther's secret stay at Wartburg castle in the 1520s, this one was a lot of fun to read. Zaimoglu joyfully mimics the vocabulary and style of 16th-century German, which made me smile and chuckle over and over again. Choosing to tell the story from his bodyguard's perspective is a neat literary trick, also because Zaimoglu's Luther is a superstitious and vulgar man whose paranoid ramblings get tedious rather quickly.

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The Fifth Essence - The Dreaming Galaxy | Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
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Mehso-so

Nah.

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What is Above | Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
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Mehso-so

Finishing this one took a little longer because I could not get into the convoluted plot. Here‘s hoping things will make more sense in the last two volumes.

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Listened to this 1946 radio play while baking cookies, a great story narrated by tough dudes.

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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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Provocative, well-written, and a true page-turner. The author uses relentlessly nauseating details to bring to life her idea of socially accepted cannibalism. A bonkers concept in theory, her thought experiment shows that it doesn‘t take much for the pieces to fall into place. (I also felt reminded of Michel Faber‘s Under the Skin and the "mercy/murky“ scene in particular. It might be time for a reread.)

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A fascinating biography of one of my favourite authors that doubles as a history of post-war Poland. Gall‘s writing style is a bit too dry and academic at times, but overall I absolutely enjoyed learning about Lem‘s writing process and finding out about some of his quirks (car races and secret candy, among others).

Reading soundtrack: White Lies - As I Try Not To Fall Apart

Jari-chan This book has been on my wish list since I've first heard about it 🙈 5mo
nosferatu You might end up liking it ☺️ 5mo
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What Lies Beneath | Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
Mehso-so

Stilted dialogue, extra strange plot twists. Not so sure about this anymore.

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The Luminous Incal | Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
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Much better! As fun and absurd as a video game that pulls you from one weird set piece to the next.

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The Incal #1 : The Black Incal | Alexandro Jodorowsky, Moebius
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Mehso-so

Not fully hooked on the story or the artwork yet, but I‘ll keep going.

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Asterix and the Big Fight | Ren Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
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🪨👍

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Ferien fr immer: Die angenehmsten Orte der Welt | Christian Kracht, Eckhart Nickel
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It pains me to say that the best thing about this semi-travelogue is the cover art. Kracht‘s essays are all over the place, lacking direction and wit. I learned that his trademark cynicism only really works for me when I‘m completely convinced I‘m reading fiction.

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Asterix the Gladiator | Ren Goscinny
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Why do I like these so much??

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Great story, great art. (Possibly reading too many comic books lately 🤷‍♂️)

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I‘ve decided to tackle this series more systematically after reading a few random volumes over the years. What a surprise, the first story is great!

KCofKaysville @nosferatu I loved several of these many years ago! A lot of fun. Not very pc tho'. 6mo
nosferatu It‘s true! That‘s also my main issue with most of the early Tintin books. 6mo
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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This got recommended to me by my school‘s librarian, but it didn‘t really click with me. So many of the truly interesting plot points are merely brushed away because they seem inexplicable to the child narrator. The ending, for example, could have been so much more.

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High-paced fun 🦀👍

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Das Teemnnchen | Heinz Strunk
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Short stories about society‘s rejects, narrated in Strunk‘s usual unforgiving, mocking, and (sometimes, rarely) compassionate tone. My responses ranged from disgust to laughter, often in rapid succession. It‘s a blessing none of these stories grew into novels because, being bite-sized, they just work.

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😶‍🌫️👍

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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Jolly good fun except for that nightmare-inducing lizard scene.

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I didn‘t really care for all of the episodes (or lives) and found some of the characters a bit too generic. Yet I devoured this 700-page tome within a few days, so I guess I did like it after all?! Strange!

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Paper Girls Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I‘m happy it ended on a high note.

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Paper Girls Vol. 5 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Still good fun. I wish my library had had it in English though, lots of the sharp dialogue got lost in translation.

Reading snack: carrot cake 🥕

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Paper Girls Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Totally okay.

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Mehso-so

Such an obscure and haphazard plot. Possibly my least favourite Tintin volume (of the ones I‘ve read).

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Kruso | Lutz Seiler
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There is so much to love about this book.

I love the mystical, gleeful first half, and now, having reread it, I have come to love the much darker, more harrowing second half and the cathartic epilogue.

I love the fact that Seiler‘s words and sentences are humming and buzzing with poetic ambiguity and beauty throughout.

I love the way the political turmoil of 1989 is reduced to a single, faraway location and a handful of characters.

Masterful.

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Vegetable-loving Yasmina and her friends uncover a conspiracy that turns the people of their city into mindless consumers of fast food.

Great art and a fun plot with unexpected twists and loveable characters. I would love to use this in teaching some day.

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We Stand on Guard | Brian K. Vaughan
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Tells a compelling, self-contained story. Also, great art.

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Der Untertan (German) | Heinrich Mann
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Slightly exhausting yet genuinely funny when you least expect it, this classic has kept me busy all summer. (Mostly because I have to teach it soon.)

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I absolutely admired Seiler‘s succinct yet poetic style in his two novels, Kruso and Stern 111. It‘s already present in most of these early short stories, which revolve around Seiler‘s usual themes – the eponymous story at the end of Die Zeitwaage even appears to be the blueprint for last year‘s Stern 111.

Highlights: Gavroche, Der Stotterer, Die Zeitwaage

Soundtrack: Linnea Olsson - Ah!