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Added by Darth Brutus on 1 Jan 2022 01:15
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Darth Brutus's Bigger & Badder Book Diary 2022

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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 0
Under the Skin - Michel Faber
20.1.

I prefer the film version over this, the cool cinematic storytelling, aesthetics and audio tricks add so much to the atmosphere.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
20.1.

Another quasi-religious Dick. I don't know what else there is to say other than I don't like this stuff of his. Valis was so insane it was cool, but this is just bland and boring.
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19.1.

This one made me feel very angry because there really aren't any other novels of Oe's that have been translated into Finnish, so nobody here knows about this stuff.

This novel here is something of a mythical story about a village deep in a forest. The main character's aim is to collect and write down its oral history as told by his grandmother and the village elders. The story itself is a mix of both historical and mystical events, the main character goes through great personal struggle and growth just to finish his body of work.

What a blast, it's like a Miyazaki film in a literary form.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Divine Invasion (Vintage) - Philip K. Dick
19.1.

Ugh, I couldn't get any hold of it. The story is whatever pseudo-religious something, very shallow and boring.
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai
18.1.

One of the greatest Japanese novels ever written.

This one's also something of an autobiographical work with central themes such as social isolation, depression and suicide.

Very easy to read, very short yet extremely powerful and subtle. No wonder so many people love this things.
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People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Valis - Philip K. Dick
18.1.

This might just be the most extreme novel Phil K. Dick ever wrote. It's an autobiographical story about paranoia, schizophrenia and the complete downfall of one man's sanity. Nothing in the book makes any sense, but it's so full of esoteric and random information it works.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Todos Los Fuegos El Fuego - Julio Cortazar
16.1.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 9.3 IMDB Rating 0
16.1.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Bestiario - Julio Cortazar
14.1.
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People who added this item 168 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
12.1.

Some people will hate me for this, but I didn't really enjoy this novel, I don't think it's nearly as good as some folk make it out to be. I think Margaret Atwood is a great writer, but the content is very flat and empty.

You know the thrill: some fundamental christian cult has taken over America and all fertile women are being persecuted, they're kept as slaves and regularly raped and stuff.

My first issue is that the thing is so extreme it doesn't really represent even the smallest of minorities within the religion. Not even people in the middle ages were that extreme. It doesn't seem like Atwood understood the logic behind extremely conservative people at all.

My second issue is that it's so damn vague. Let's presume that this radical movement exists and could "somehow" take over America. Of course, I would gladly want to know what this "somehow" actually is, since it would be pretty much impossible in real life. The story is told in first person by a woman who doesn't know anything so at the end the reader is left completely empty-handed. It drove me nuts.

My third issue is that if only handful of women were fertile, they would most likely be treated like queens or goddesses, not slaves. The real life already has e-girls and other similar examples where thousands or millions of young men compete about the attention of a single woman and the succubus herself just runs away with their money. There's smaller "queen bee" cases outside social media, but my point is very clear. Many people find fertility hot and sexy, that's why men usually don't date women older than themselves.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
5.1.

One of the less surreal and bonkers stories of Dick's. Maybe that's also why it's one of the better ones, doesn't blow up completely into chaos.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
Hydra Head (2013)
4.1.

This site has stupid way of adding stuff. You never know how it reacts to the damn links, sometimes they add the stuff correctly, sometimes not.

However, this novel is really good.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
We Can Build You - Philip K. Dick
4.1.

The premise and the first half are actually pretty good, since it's all about robots, but the story falls apart quickly.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Inez: A Novel - Carlos Fuentes_II
2.1.

A romantic novel about a man going back to his younger days and the women he used to love.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Counter-Clock World - Philip K. Dick
2.1.

Finally a good one. This is a story of a world where everything moves backwards: people rise from the grave and go back to their mother's womb, libraries destroy knowlege etc. The actual story is what it is, but the main idea is so bonkers it alone keeps this afloat.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
Galactic Pot-Healer - Philip K. Dick
1.1.

Just another average Dick.

The next one is going to be great.
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People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
1.1.

I think this might just be the weakest novel I've read from Fuentes. It's something of a family story with themes like a dialogue between the old and the new world, but it just never really caught my attention like some other better novels of his. Good thing it's very short.
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