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Added by Darth Brutus on 30 Jan 2020 09:46
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24.2.

"The Dark Age: Ten Myths About The Middle Ages"

After some busy weeks finally had some time to read books again. This one is about all sorts of myths regarding the Middle Ages. Well written and very informative, one of the best books I have read on the subject matter.

This thing reminded me of one thing that our professor once told us. Some student of his had asked about some strange details in some basic theories and the professor couldn't give him any answers. Then he decided to check where these details actually came from, and turned out they were from some now forgotten author from the 1800's that later scholars have just taken for granted and referenced each other without ever checking the original source.
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7.2.

A critical essay of the negative effects of the rapid digitalization of our culture. A great book.
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Mikael Karvajalka - Mika Waltari
5.2.

Another epic historical masterpiece by Mika Waltari. This time it's about two Finnish dudes in the 16th century Europe.

Karvajalka means "hairy foot".
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5.2.

This took a while to read, but I finally got every single Murakami done. Killing Commendatore is the longest novel he has written so far, and in my opinion way too long. The story itself is quite flat and boring, until the last 100-150 it doesn't really go anywhere.
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Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
2.2.

Out of all the works of Murakami I have read so far, this might be my least favourite. Since this was my second to last Murakami, I'm already so familiar with his style that this romantic philosophical detective story felt just average good to meh.

Recommended for people who have not yeat read any of Murakamis's other novels.
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2.2.

Rather mediocre drama about a man who has falls in love with a woman other than his wife. Nothing really special or interesting here.
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1.2.

A collection of short stories about men, who have one way or another lost their touch with women. The first few stories were brilliant, but at the end I began to lose interest really fast. It's not that long book anyway, so no problems reading it through.
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1.2.

Once again a great novel by Murakami. This time a person attempts to make amends with his former friends and a woman, who accused him falsely of raping her. The friends had some color in their name, while the main protagonist was "colorless" or just your average Joe.
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28.1.

Somewhat overrated historical epoch. Even though I have seen dozens of film versions, the bleak ending still came as a surprise.
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28.1.

Read this alongside the Hunchback. One of Murakami's best and most surreal novels. This is the kind of stuff I just love.

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27.1.

I know the author from my former working place, so naturally I had to read his new book. It is one of the best and most informative Finnish academic releases I have read in ages. This thing opened whole new dimensions and interesting cultural and ideological contexts for me, like a well written stuff should.
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The Year of the Hare - Arto Paasilinna
26.1.

A Finnish comedy classic about a man who decides to run away from his boring life with a hare.
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Maa on syntinen laulu - Timo K. Mukka
26.1.

Another Finnish classic, but this time very... cynical and realist to the bone. Not my cup of tea, especially the accent these northern people talked was pretty much gibberish to a westerner like me.
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Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
23.1.

A romantic novel with a slight touch of eroticism and nostalgia.
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Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
23.1.

The finest piece of Afro-American existentialism you will ever find. Not just that, but it also tackles themes like inequality, black identity, religion and revolutionary ideas, etc.
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Nuorena nukkunut - F.E. Sillanpää
21.1.

Even though this novel is all about death, the beautifully lively text is rich of detail and allegories. It reminds me of a film called "Ballad of a Soldier".
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21.1.

This is one huge epic finale, maybe even too big for its own good. The final 100 pages are the best.
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Dance Dance Dance - Haruki Murakami
15.11.

A lesser Murakami. Nowhere near as good and funny as A Wild Sheep Chase.
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A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
11.1.

Amazingly surreal, smart and funny "detective" story like no other. This might be my favourite Murakami.

I read it in one sitting.
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Huge let-down. It's pretty much 1000 pages worth of air. Nothing interesting happens.
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Para Leer Al Pato Donald (Spanish Edition) - Ariel Dorfman,Armand Mattelart
4.1.

A Marxist analysis of Donald Duck comics. I read this thing alongside a newer critical analysis, and found the whole debate very amusing. Many points these dudes make can be easily debunked by checking the way these comics were made and published. Walt Disney himself didn't care about the whole business, so the publishers got pretty much free hands to do whatever they wanted, so you can't blame the big Walt for every nasty thing that happened in those comics.
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