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What are you reading?

And I just started How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino - this is a popular Japanese children's novel from the 1930s, translated into English for the first time - also, the next Ghibli film will be an adaptation of this book. I only just started but can tell I'm going to love it.

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I didn't realize that got translated....must go and search Book Depository.

I actually have a Japanese copy of the manga that was released in 2018 in Japan. I read it as part of my Japanese studies and loved it.

Yeah, must go to Book Depository now and make an order.
I'm currently reading Bret Hart's autobiography.

I haven't followed pro wrestling in 20 odd years. Recently, I've been reading books and watching youtube interviews of pro wrestlers from the 80s and 90s era of wrestling.
I haven't watched it since WCW died myself, but I too have been watching shoot interviews since 2015 and I still watch them over and over again, weekly.

Such great storytelling and hilarity. Love Kevin Nash; Bret may be my favourite wrestler ever, but Nash is definitely the one who'd the most-awesome, outside of the ring (I know the complaints people have about him, but the guy is a massively-intelligent... just great guy).
I haven't watched it since WCW died myself, but I too have been watching shoot interviews since 2015 and I still watch them over and over again, weekly.

Such great storytelling and hilarity. Love Kevin Nash; Bret may be my favourite wrestler ever, but Nash is definitely the one who'd the most-awesome, outside of the ring (I know the complaints people have about him, but the guy is a massively-intelligent... just great guy).

I regularly follow Hannibal's interviews on youtube. Are you aware of him, Truck?
He's my secondary watch; I'm all over Sean Oliver and Kayfabe Commentaries (Sean Oliver is a friggin' awesome human being) and have seen almost every interview, save for some of the ECW guys (couldn't care less) and the newer-WW guys he's done (Joey Ryan, Jamie Dundee), almost all of the Guest Bookers (don't care for them) and the one-offs, like Back to the Territories, Supercard, etc.

So all of the YouShoots (the best, by far), Breaking Kayfabes (second-best, IMO), Timelines (even the ones I didn't care for, like the 80s) and a few of the above things I don't care for (loved Dutch Mantel's Guest Booker; guy really is a super-intelligent human being as well, Balls Mahoney's YouShoot is great and I'm happy that Shawn was able to get Bruno on, 'cause Bruno's just awesome, period).

Have seen a fair bit of Hannibal (love his Demolition videos) and despise Rob Fenstein and his cheap, shoddily-done interviews. The only ones I've seen that I like, are his Jim Cornette ones (where Cornette-Face was first seen and he takes the ever-loving piss out of everyone :LOL:), otherwise he can go piss up a rope, with his shitty questions, cheap heat and classlessness.
He's my secondary watch; I'm all over Sean Oliver and Kayfabe Commentaries (Sean Oliver is a friggin' awesome human being)
I miss Sean Oliver...damn podcasts ruined the Shoot Industry as a whole...who needs to do shoot interviews anymore when everyone has their own damn podcast these days?

YouShoot was entertaining as all hell. Especially the games they'd play...The Ho Bag, The Dick Bag, What's in the Bag? and so on :D Yeah, I loved YouShoot.

I also love the Timeline stuff they did. Going through the various of WWF, WCW and ECW as told by talent that was there was actually rather fascinating. Yeah I do miss Kayfabe Commentaries...damn shame the podcast industry kind of killed them. They were the best shoot company in the business for a while there.



Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist -- After reading I Am The Tiger, I decided to go back to my favorite novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I absolutely fucking love this book. Still holds up even on third re-read. It's a disturbing and sometimes blackly funny horror story of two very disturbed young girls who plot a massacre at a Sing Along in Skansen (Sweden). It's so gloriously fucked up and utterly compelling in every way. Also, a fascinating satire on the Idol phenomenon as a whole. Hell, on this most recent re-read, it actually inspired me to write some fan-fiction this time around. So damn good! Still holds a punch!


Lovesickness by Junji Ito -- Yet another collection of horror stories from Junji Ito. I love this mans artwork so damn much :D Although some of the stories are a bit hit and miss. The central story that takes up much of the book is pretty anti climactic. Almost makes me wonder if there is more to come with that? It is mostly a book about perils of obsession though. But the random stories in the later half are pretty entertaining. The Strange Hikizuri Siblings was pretty entertaining in the later half :D
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Couldn't agree more and Sean basically alluded to that in every interview he's done; it's like the Breaking Kayfabe with Kevin Nash, where he talks about Film School.

"We were cutting film in the darkroom, splicing, etc. Now, any douchebag can take a camera and go shoot!"

Technology marches on...

On the reading front, I actually started Goldfinger and I like the slightly-different take the book has on the story, compared to the film. On chapter 4 and enjoying it so far! :D
I actually read the Balan Wonderworld novel, and it was surprisingly good. It makes the game make more sense, and it gives you a stronger affinity for the game world itself--really, what's in the novel should have been in the game, and the novel's biggest failing is trying to pack in a little too much. Cut out the repetitive aspects of the novel (the character-by-character introduction sections, for example) and it's a great novella, and add the important stuff from the novel to the game the game goes up by at least a few points.

Now I'm on to Ellery Queen stories. My dad and uncle are big fans, but my detective-story experience is limited to bi-yearly readings of Holmes. Not as brisk as the Holmes stories (and I think I prefer the shorter bursts), but I'm on my third EQ novel, and they're pretty good.

I'm also working on getting through Flow, but my "self help" books always take me a bit longer to get through!
So as mentioned in my last post, for the past 2+ months, I have been reading through the Bond books (from Goldfinger, on) and I am currently on Chapter 4 of, "You Only Live Twice."

Goldfinger: Ian Fleming (1959)

The book was fun and harkened back to a lot of what made the film great (plus, the fan-made game using the Goldeneye engine more-directly takes from the book at the beginning, then the film at the end), with changing the mid and end portions from the film, for the worse, IMO. Still, a solid novel, but IMO, the film is better.


For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming (1960)

This was an interesting one! As I've mentioned a couple of times on here, the film is my least-favourite of all the Bond films and is easily one of the bottom 5; it is a poorly-written, poorly-scored film and the Bond girl is arguably the least attractive out of all of them (with exception to Grace Jones, IMO :LOL:). The book though, has a TON of things that are in the film and even though there are 5 short-stories (the book isn't one, cohesive plot), 3/5 of them made their appearance somehow, someway, in the film (and the coral-dragging scene was actually lifted from the book version of Live and Let Die). You have a Havelock story (titled, "For Your Eyes Only)," you have a Kristatos and Columbo story (that differs from the film, somewhat, called, "Risico)," a story about Milton Krest (which is completely different from the film version in License to Kill; believe the just lifted the name, called, "The Hildebrand Rarity)" and two completely original stories that have not been shown on film, a story about a top-secret organisation that moves top-secret documents by motorcycle (called, "A View to a Kill)" and a story about a man and a woman, who married and the woman ruined herself, ate shit, then got some redemption, in a way (called, "Quantum of Solace).

Again, a great collection of short stories and it showed a different side of Fleming, when writing on Bond. I will say that the story titles that share their name with a film, they have 0 to do with them lol.


Thunderball: Ian Fleming (1961)

Funny how Kevin McClory tried to take credit for the story and everything, yet the film is VERY close to the book, which was mainly Fleming's doing (the additions in the film of Volpe, the shark pool, the Junkanoo, are not present in the book). The fact that McClory had, "Never Say Never, Again," made and tried to redo ANOTHER Thunderball treatment, tells me that there was a multitude of sour grapes there, but ultimately, exactly what was Fleming's and what was McClory's, we'll never know,

Anyways, the book I found to be much better than the film, with the heavy involvement of Leiter and the massive Italian connection between the villains and the Bond Girl, not to mention the plot isn't as ridiculous in the end, as the film. The beginning has Bond at a R&R clinic in England, where he has treatments and is fed a diet of an orange and cup of hot water for breakfast, snacks (as many as you wish) consisting of tea with nothing in it but brown sugar lol and for lunch and dinner, vegetable soup and nothing but.

I did this (without the rest, of course, as I still needed to wake up early and go to work) for the past 7 days and I'm down 11 pounds and feel lighter :LOL: (not just weight; lighter on my mind, in my step/touch, etc.). I do feel really cleaned-out as well, so I may do this, "cleanse," once every quarter of the year, going forward.

Great book! lol


The Spy Who Loved Me: Ian Fleming (1962)

A sidestory of sorts, told from the POV of a Quebecois woman who went to boarding school in England. She gets into some trouble while travelling from Montreal to Florida and Bond chances upon her. Another great plot and great story told by Fleming, that is quite-different from the usual Bond tone and flavour; this book, above all the other Bonds, shows his creativity and versatility in writing. Literally NOTHING from the book, is in the film, nothing... but that's a good thing, as the original story of the film version of TSWLM is one of the 5 best Bond films and Moore's best.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Ian Fleming (1963)


What a fantastic novel, the film is almost 1:1 to the book and the majority of changes are due to the change in political /economic climate, from the time of writing the book to when the film was made (the Lancia model in the book was hard to come by and couldn't get the rights, so they used a Mercury Cougar, the book was written before the Berlin Wall was constructed {and the end of the book takes place there}, while the film has it in some unknown place {somewhere in Western Europe,} etc.). The only non-differences between the two, are the second skiing scene (with Tracy) and Bond does not get captured, nor does Tracy (both do at different times, in the film). Rigg and Lazenby played their characters so well in the film, it is almost a mirror of the book. Of all the ones I've read so far, I believe this is the longest and most-detailed, but it was a wonderful ride from beginning to end.

Haven't read the last 3 books yet, but this is (probably) the best Bond book in the series; as stated by a ton of production crew that worked on the first 10-15 films or so said as well, OHMSS is considered by them to be the best film in the series and I put it 3rd, after Goldeneye (2nd) and Casino Royale (1st), which were made after said crew weren't involved with the Bond films anymore. Fleming pulled out his best for this.


I will post a quick snippet/review of the last 3 books, when I finish them and I figure to have them done by mid-January at the latest, at this rate.
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So yeah, it's mid-December and I've finished all the Bond Books! Hooray! lol

You Only Live Twice: Ian Fleming (1964)

Bond is reeling from losing his wife at the end of OHMSS and to snap him out of it, M sends him on an, "impossible," mission to Japan, where he befriends Tiger Tanaka and learns about the culture, country and traditions, of Japan.

I personally loved this book, as the tons of Japanese imagery brought me back to my trip there, 5 years ago (Christ, it's already been over 5 years!). I like how there was a lot similar to the film, but enough in it to make it different. The ending is different and interesting and I love when Fleming goes off-script like this. Truly, this is an enjoyable Bond novel and a different look for Bond.


The Man With the Golden Gun: Ian Fleming (1965)

After the events of the previous novel, Bond has been brainwashed by the KGB and is sent back to assassinate M (not a spoiler, so don't worry), which goes about as well as planned lol. To help get snapped out of it a bit, once he regains his memory, Bond is sent to Jamaica, to kill the assassin, Francisco Scaramanga.

Lots of Jamaica imagery and many little quirks that now have me more-interested in travelling there lol (I have wanted to go to Goldeneye for a few years now, but that's quite expensive for a week, with no meals or airfare {and even more if you include meals} so I'm waiting until I can afford it lol). It was a good book, but not Fleming's best (he was gravely disappointed in it, he has stated) and the film (that has been unfairly criticised for decades now) is infinitely-better, taking little to nothing from the novel, aside from Scaramanga's name, origin and 3rd nipple lol (even the gun is different). I do appreciate how Fleming evolved the political/espionage landscape as time went on in the world, but that doesn't save the novel from being just above, "ok."


Octopussy and the Living Daylights: Ian Fleming (1966)

Another short story compilation! The last of Fleming's Bond works, I rather-liked this compilation of short stories. Is it better than FYEO? Hard to say, as they are different in tone and settings, but it was an enjoyable read throughout. Octopussy resembles nothing from the film (even the Octopi are different), Property of a Lady has no violence and is a great little read (like Quantum of Solace), The Living Daylights has many similarities to the film (super-underrated and I quite enjoy the film) and 007 in New York is literally 6+ pages and ends quite humourously :LOL:


Probably on-par with the Chronicles of Narnia, in terms of my favourite book series, this was a wonderful ride from beginning to end, especially to see how the films took from the novels. If I had to rank them and compare with the films:

1. OHMSS (closest to the film of all adaptations)
2. From Russia With Love (fairly similar)
3. Casino Royale (same as FRWL)
4. You Only Live Twice (many similarities, many differences)
5. For Your Eyes Only (a lot similar, through the short stories)
6. Moonraker (completely and utterly different)
7. Octopussy and the Living Daylights (very little in common with the films)
8. The Spy Who Loved Me (the least in common of any book/film adaptation)
9. Dr. No (like YOLT)
10. Live and Let Die (quite different from the film, but keeps a small bit similar)
11. Thunderball (like YOLT)
12. Diamonds Are Forever (very little in common with the film, less so than LALD).
13. Goldfinger (quite a bit in common, with some stark changes for the worse)
14. The Man With The Golden Gun (a bit in common, but not a lot)

And for which films are better than the books/vice versa (IMO)?

(keep in mind, I'm not comparing which adaptation is better {since some are compeltely different}, just which is better of those entries)

Book Better:

Diamonds Are Forever
From Russia With Love
For Your Eyes Only
You Only Live Twice

Film Better:

Casino Royale
Live and Let Die
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Man With the Golden Gun

On Par:

Dr. No
Octopussy and the Living Daylights

Bond is tops.
Water Margin (aka Outlaws of the Marsh) just came in yesterday and have started reading that.

First chapter was great and typical of the Chinese mysticism found in the classic Chinese Novels; can't wait to get into the next chapter!
I'm currently reading "The Time Machine" by HG Wells, and I have an encylopaedic book on Celtic mythology to peruse.

I've been renting books from my local libraries for the past few months, ever since I renewed my library card.

I await my copies of "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis and "War of the Worlds by HG Wells, yours truly, haha.
I just bought 'Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases'. I just reread the manga the other week and I decided to purchase the novel after hearing good things about it.

I loved the anime and I feel old for watching it 14 or 15 years ago. :ROFLMAO: Time truly does fly...
i'm reading the war on the west by douglas murray.

i've also got killer in the krelimin by john sweeney to read. i think it's about putins rise to power(?)

both are library books.
Well, its not literature but I've been through this lately and its been very pleasant to read so far (very well written for hobbyists readers like me)
Quake 3 Arena Bot AI (pdf)

It can be a piece of interest for some people here with announced/un announced game projects (i.e. @Kenzo38130) or simply willing to read about AI.
While the code is tailored to shooter it could be adapted to fighting game AI.

This served for Quake1 'Coffee Bot', tutorials avaliable at Inside3D archives, which added rudimentary learning (quakeC, based on old C89 code tho.. It needs lot of rewritting for using outside Quake1).
I'm presently reading "War of the Worlds". HG Wells archaic writing style seems to be more accommodating to a contemporary reader such as myself compared to "The Time Machine". This tale of a Martian invasion of Victorian Britain arguably influenced franchises across the globe with its tropes, such as Macross, Independence Day, etc.

I've always been curious about the story of "Don Quixote", so I decided to borrow the Edith Grossman localisation of the novel. The reason why I went with Edith's translation is because of her contemporary writing style, of course. How am I supposed to appreciate a story if I have to contend with the archaisms by the first English localiser, Thomas Shelton? Pragmatism takes precedence.
On chapter 55 of Water Margin and it has been a PHENOMENAL read, thus far. Lots of repeating, lots of similarities with many characters and the like, but it's all part of a wonderful, epic story and it truly has you rooting for your favourites and the underdogs.

I didn't really want to read Journey to the West, but these novels have been so good thus far, I may have to...
17 chapters to go!

Again, not as good of a story as Rot3K, but still an absolutely phenomenal and epic story, it has been such a fun and rewarding read... but I have a feeling that there will be quite a bit of tragedy in the final chapters...