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MrMedici  ·  299 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's Hubski Reading?

    Finished Oliver Twist a little while ago after reading it off and on for the last few months. I enjoyed the book, but found it very slow going for some reason.

I'm speaking from my own experience as someone who's read a fair few early 20th century books (To Kill a Mockingbird, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle, and a few more), these books are kind of slow-going, probably because they were made for an audience with less entertainment options and thus more reason to stick around and read the books to the finish.

    At the moment, I'm reading Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton and trying to get myself started on Karen Armstrong's biography of the historical Buddha.

I like the name, Dragon's Teeth. What's it about? And what's the biography of the Buddha called?

Tiger_the_Lion  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I usually have to take my time with Dickens, but this last one took months. I just couldn't seem to get into a good rhythm with it.

    I like the name, Dragon's Teeth. What's it about?

Historical fiction about the Bone Wars. It's a previously unpublished manuscript, so it's in need of some editing, but I'm digging it so far.

    And what's the biography of the Buddha called?

I thought maybe I was forgetting a subtitle or something, but the book's just called Buddha.

AnSionnachRua  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A lot of Dickens' books were originally serialised, so there's a possibility they were padded out a bit for extra longevity. I've heard so about Great Expectations at least, though I haven't actually read anything of his.