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Masanobu is 66% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"A Man Alone at Lunch": The story of a dying man. With a little more gut, he would have been Walter White. Now, seriously, it's pure poetry. And there was a surprising mention of Ronda. It's always nice to spot places you've been to.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 65% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Spider Spider": a seduction. These stories are truly well-written, but about half of them, like this one, are not earth-shattering, not memorable.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 63% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Night Before Prohibition": lit fic at its very best.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 60% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Life isn't a Short Story": a window to the curious process of writing a short story, and we get two in one.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 57% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Dark City": very poetic and quaint.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 56% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"I love you very dearly": Too sentimental.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 54% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Fish Supper": Good, but not good enough. The lit fic genre is full of stories like this one. It's a shame that the stories are so uneven. Aiken is better at chilling horror.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 52% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Strange Moonlight": A beautiful, sad story that very much reminded me of Maria Gripe. Very poetic.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 50% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"State of Mind": That was a perfect short story, my favorite from the collection, and I would even say among my top ten favorite short stories. Intelligent and disquieting. I will have to reread it.
Aug 28, 2015 04:07AM Add a comment
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 49% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Thistledown": A story about a woman who goes from conquest to conquest without ever settling. It is presented in the worst of lights, but again, the narrator, an ex-lover, is schewed. Should I like this and applaud its brilliance? Or was Aiken really the narrator and then this is all misogynistic bullshit?
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 43% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Round by Round": I loved this. Boxing and relationship dynamics. The ending was a bit too abrupt, though.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 42% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Silent Snow, Secret Snow": a boy's descent into madness. Poe did this one better. Of the two famous short stories by Aiken, I prefer Mr. Arcularis.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 37% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"By my troth, Nerissa": a little episode from the point of view of a depressed man - very well written.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 37% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Smith and Jones": a bit weird. It was a mix between Waiting for Godot and The Secret History
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 35% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Hello, Tib": I don't really know what to make of this one.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 34% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Anniversary": The stories are taking a turn for the dark. A man, tired of married life, daydreams about killing his wife. The ending is ambiguous. I can't shake the feeling that this is somewhat autobiographical, an attempt to explain the murder of his mother.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 31% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Impulse": This short story entertains two opposing viewpoints and follows their consequences - that civilization is only skin-deep, and that too give in to uncivilized impulses is the undoing of the self. Unsettling.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 28% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Disciple": a creepy story about death, immortality, and a legendary chess set, based on Christian mythology. I'm loving how Aiken mixed the biblical with the magical. I have to mull this story over.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 24% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Gehenna": This exploration of madness, lucidity and consciousness is my favorite short story so far. Conrad Aiken is at his best in his quiet horror stories.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 22% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Field of Flowers": An affair that doesn't go well ends in a petty revenge involving a delicate Japanese print. Exquisite, ridiculous, and insightful. It reminded me of Proust.
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Masanobu is 19% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Hey, Taxi!": Not one of my favorites. Nothing happened. But it is really beautifully written.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 18% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"A Pair of Vikings": That was a little too sexist for my taste. And what a shame, because the prose was perfect. Let's hope it's a one-time incident.
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Masanobu is finished with La guerra de la Independencia I (Episodios Nacionales, Primera Serie #1-4)
Acabada "Bailén" y con ella el primer volumen de la primera serie de los EN. Se lee rápido, pero ha sido el EN que menos me ha gustado de los cuatro que he leído. El culebrón de Inés continúa, cada vez con más intriga. Pero la batalla de Bailén se ha quedado en eso, una batalla. Le faltaban las habituales reflexiones de Gabriel, que hacen que podamos ver los eventos históricos con mejor perspectiva.
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Masanobu is on page 520 of 652 of La guerra de la Independencia I (Episodios Nacionales, Primera Serie #1-4)
La Mancha, si alguna belleza tiene, es la belleza de su conjunto, su propia desnudez y monotonía, que, si no distraen ni suspenden la imaginación, la dejan libre, dándole espacio y luz donde se precipite sin tropiezo alguno. La grandeza del pensamiento de Don Quijote no se comprende sino en la grandeza de la Mancha.
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Goodreads recommends me the list Real Man Books because I've read Daredevil and 17 other books on the list. Apparently I'm a real man. Good to know, Goodreads.
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Masanobu is 99% done with Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil
Are you insinuating I'm a mysoginist? / No, love. You deserve to be loved and content and fulfilled in your personal life, because your life as Daredevil will never offer you purchase from the storm. You need a place to hang your heart at the end of the day. You need peace. Look within yourself for that peace before you look for it in someone else. Because you'll only be setting that someone else up to disappoint you
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 15% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"Bow down, Isaac!": I'm warming to Conrad Aiken's style. This story had me reading nonstop - the ending was more twisted than I had foreseen. Very biblical.
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Masanobu
Masanobu is 11% done with The Collected Short Stories of Conrad Aiken
"The Bachelor Supper": just a quick story examining our strange customs regarding weddings. Poor Tom.
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