Down and Out in Paris and London
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Homage to Catalonia
when you go to Spain just to Kill Fascists but end up in the middle of a political mess and an anarchist revolution, by George Orwell.
I think about this every day of my life. It's him telling the reader what he saw and did in Catalonia, about his military service in the POUM, about how cool anarchist Barcellona and the militias were, and about how he had to flee to save his life because the Soviet Union joined the fight.
(beware, as he says multiple times: this only is what he saw and understood, it's not objective truth. It's a small and flawed (but very interesting imho) portion of the bigger picture!).
very recommended to anyone who thinks that 1984 and Animal Farm are anti-socialism.
The Baron in the Trees
young Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò is tired of always obeying his father, climbs up a tree and declares he'll never get down, and so he does. He lives a long and fulfilling life travelling from branch to branch, and earns the respect of the everyone around him
The story is set in the 18th century and is narrated by his younger brother who tries to write down all of his and other people's memories of Cosimo to tell his amazing tale.
very uhh, lighthearted? ~whimsical~ ? . It's cool to read about how he managed to live up there, how he found his way to connect with people.
Almost entirely the log of Mark Watney, an astronaut who's stuck on Mars and has to use all of his sciency knowledge to survive. Mark is so damn funny (“I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.”), and he never gives up. After all that happens to him, he still finds the strenght to keep going and find a solution. I've also read that it's pretty realistic
*is a monstrous vermin*
I don't have the words to describe it. Josef K. is arrested for an unknow reason, so he has to take a trip through the absurd world of The Law to understand what the hell is going on and demonstarte that he's innocent (but is he?). I loved it so much?!? (minus the way women are portrayed, what the hell Franz. cringe) I don't know what it is about exactly (like all his works), but nobody seems to know so. Is it a mixture of "I fucking hate my job" and everything described in Letter to my father with a pinch of "I just broke up with my girlfriend :'(" ?
I think it's better to read the extra unfinished chapters before the final one, just to let the ending slap you in the face like it's supposed to.
Kafka is famous for being doomy and gloomy, but there's humor in his stories, I swear
A not-so-veiled critique of the Soviet Union from someone who actually lived in it. 1984 was inspired by this book, but they're still very different. *better rambling coming soon*
1984Everyone and their grandmothers knows this book, so yeah. I really like it, the Ministry of Love part especially kept me glued to the pages, but I see why some people might find it dull (it's a novel by someone who was very good at writing essays, if it makes any sense)
a dumb thing:willow-herb is a flower. For whatever reason they were just "weeds" in my translation, so when I read this in english:
"And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble;"
it was a surprise. It struck me, more than it should have! "wow, purple flowers in this gloomy book?!". I knew that Orwell loved nature, that he could name lots of plants of the english countryside, and that he found the toad's eyes beautiful, so this was a nice little detail :)
Then, after a few pages, I read:
"His [Winston's] small but childish handwriting straggled up and down the page, shedding first its capital letters"
and I thought "wow, straggled like the flowers!". It's probably a coincidence. end of thing
C'era due volte il barone Lamberto (Twice Upon a Time the baron Lamberto)
I remember almost nothing of this one. There's an old rich baron named Lamberto who lives on an island in a lake. He found out that if people repeat someone's name that person lives longer, so he literally hired people to do so all day in his mansion and installed speakers everywhere to listen to them. And then stuff happens? All I know is that it was weird.
But what I remember very well is that my class had to compete with another on a quiz about it. The questions were so specific that not even the author could have remembered the answers. I was one of, like, the three people who had read the book in my group, the other class cheated.
Il Mistero Del Cane (The Mystery of the Dog)
A group of kids finds a wounded dog on Christmas day, they name him Febo. They take care of him, cure him (but he still limps) and they all adopt him. But *spoiler* one spring day Febo disappears and never returns.
Lots of nostalgia for this book, especially the illustrations. I remember the bigger brother being sad about having to wear long pants, the picture of this dog in the frosty grass, the shed where they kept him, their efforts to keep him warm and feed him, how they had to organize and take turns and did everything without telling their parents, and how happy they were in spring when they played by the river with him, when Febo tried to catch eels (I think?), when they all played football and febo was surprisingly good despite his limp. The ending was totally unexpected, I felt so sad for the kids and really wondered why Febo had run away, I coudnt explain it. I think it was the first book I read with an open end
Many years later I found out that my best friend had also read this book and was shocked by the finale.
my reading list is so long but all my books are still catching dust :/ (these aren't the only ones I read!)
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
old comic from Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim. Made of the best kind of dark humor.
an interesting Tumblr post where Jhonen talks about the comic:
"Johnny was never intended to be a depiction of a person suffering from any mental condition steeped in reality besides being a pompous turd. What he deals with is less fact-based mental disorder and more Lovecraftian.
Johnny was always meant to be based on a version of me that would have been one of those people you know, the ones that, sure they maybe got made fun of for being “weird” but were twisted into some disgusting, pathetic parody of the enlightened but thicker-skinned person they maybe should have become.
At the time of making those old books, I was having fun MAKING fun of a person I saw I could easily become without a decent amount of self confidence and a functional sense of humor, the dude that rants and rants about how much they hate a thing while becoming consumed by that thing, to where your identity is impressing others with how angry you are, how much smarter you are than the people you look down on and how everything would be better if you decided who lived and who died, what was right and what was wrong.
Nny, in my head, was a mix of relatable ideas thrown in with unknowable, cosmic horror. Person who gets made fun of for being different? Relatable. Person who lives out the nasty-fun wish-fulfillment of hurting everyone who hurts them? Ugly, but super relatable. interdimensional nightmare thing that uses weak-willed types for its own interdimensional nightmare thing plans? Maybe not as relatable, but cool. Filter all that through my dorky, 19 year old brain and you end up with the goofy mess JTHM turned into!
Now and then I get an angry email from someone commenting on my insensitive, wildly inaccurate portrayal of mental illness. Rather then respond to those people, I just stay quiet because those people are fucking crazy, am I right??"
if you're intrested, the Director's Cut TPB has all the Johnny comics and some extra things, "Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors" (which is also good) has the Squee spinoff and the extra comics from the original 7 issues. I still have to read the spinoff "I Feel Sick"...
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Mob Psycho 100
*better description coming soon* It's a manga, but mangas are japanese comics so
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures
*better description coming soon* not only a comic, but I didn't know where to put it
For Zerocalcare's comics go here. I wish I had more comics :(
Cute comics about a vampire and werewolf couple. From Sarah's Scribbles, but the artstyle is more realistic.
Yes I still think it's worth reading. Just... just ignore all the drama, pretend that Andrew Hussie is a fictitional character. The Unofficial Homestuck Collection is the best way to read it.
"What is Homestuck?
It's a webcomic.
It's also one of the most spectacular pop-culture phenomena of the past decade, beloved by millions of readers: a unique and massive internet-based narrative work consisting of comics, chat logs, gifs, games, animation, and music." -Homestuck.com
Sarah's Scribbles X
cute and relatable c:
Shen Comix X
Idk they make me smile :)
whatever these are called
Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture X
this person fucking despises contemporary architecture and I can relate
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