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oldpainless
Oct 30, 2009

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Ornamented Death posted:

Seven books, well over 5000 pages.

No, thatís too long

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StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA


oldpainless posted:

No, thatís too long

I read them in mass market paperback size and each one is a tiny brick. Good books though, a massive cast in medieval fantasy europe dealing with an invasion, corruption, and weird magic.

Eason the Fifth
Apr 9, 2020


Back in 4th grade (1990) I read a young adult book about Ulysses. It started with him fighting a boar as a young man and ended with him dying as an old man on a hillside years after killing Penelope's suitors with Telemachus. It wasn't Evslin's Adventures of Ulysses but it was similar. Any idea?

CherryCola
Apr 15, 2002

'ahtaj alshifa


Okay hereís a tough one that Iím trying to remember.

I read this book sometime around middle school, I think. (Sometime around Ď99/Ď00) It was a teen romance novel based in rural Minnesota where they had German POW camps and some girl Iím pretty sure falls in love with a soldier there. I canít remember which world war it was during, I just want to see if itís as weird as I feel like it might have been.

Gats Akimbo
May 28, 2007

Ignoring this post


CherryCola posted:

Okay hereís a tough one that Iím trying to remember.

I read this book sometime around middle school, I think. (Sometime around Ď99/Ď00) It was a teen romance novel based in rural Minnesota where they had German POW camps and some girl Iím pretty sure falls in love with a soldier there. I canít remember which world war it was during, I just want to see if itís as weird as I feel like it might have been.

Arkansas, but Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene?

CherryCola
Apr 15, 2002

'ahtaj alshifa


Gats Akimbo posted:

Arkansas, but Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene?

Oh poo poo thatís it! I must have gotten confused with some other stories of POW camps in Minnesota. Thanks!

filmcynic
Oct 30, 2012


So I've been straining my rusty brain for details about a short story that most likely appeared in a horror anthology during the early 1990's. (I've looked at titles edited by the likes of Douglas Winter and Kirby McCauley, but nothing rings a bell.) In the story, a lonely man travels to a remote desert area known for its mysterious†Stonehengian sculptures.†† The story ends with the man being transformed by the locals into a piece of living statuary, complete with a wind chime-like device placed between his teeth to catch the breeze.† †Aiiiiieeeeeee.†††

Nostalgic ick factor aside, the main reason I'm trying to track it down is that I seem to remember it being by an author with a reputation outside of the horror genre. I've been googling through the back catalogs of Paul Bowles and J.G. Ballard, but to no avail. (It really seems†like it would be by Bowles.) Help. Please.†

Myron Baloney
Mar 19, 2002

I believe in romance


Wedge Regret

Eason the Fifth posted:

Back in 4th grade (1990) I read a young adult book about Ulysses. It started with him fighting a boar as a young man and ended with him dying as an old man on a hillside years after killing Penelope's suitors with Telemachus. It wasn't Evslin's Adventures of Ulysses but it was similar. Any idea?

I can't find a book to match the date but that sounds like a Rosemary Sutcliff kind of book, maybe look her list up?

Nerdietalk
Dec 23, 2014



Looking for a very specific short story for a friend. It involves a team of figure skating girls training to be the best they could possibly be. This escalates to increasingly body horror as the girls transcend physical limits to become The Best.

Horrific self-damage for ice skating includes: sewing sequins into skin and/or attaching the skates right to their feet for better control on the ice.

Closest memory they have of the story is that it was included in a language arts book.

Len
Jan 21, 2008

Pouches, bandages, shoulderpad, cyber-eye...

Bitchin'!



I started a book back in 2013 or 2014 and I don't remember the name or author and didn't get very far before returning it to the library.

It was recommended in a thread here I think so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.

It was a scifi novel that started with the main character in space jail and this next part gets a bit fuzzy. The cells were tied up to some strategy game the inmates played against each other and when they did bad the cell shrunk and made life harder for them I think? Then the main character got released to go help the government (?) do something or other (steal something?)

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Hobnob
Feb 23, 2006

Ursa Adorandum


In Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief the protagonist starts out with many simulated copies of his mind trapped in a (simulated) prison bring made to play the prisoners dilemma. One copy gets sprung from prison to help steal something from a city on Mars, by one of the major factions.

If you remember tons of weird jargon with very little explanation, this is the book you mean.

Benagain
Oct 10, 2007

I WILL DERAIL ANY THREAD TO DEFEND PEOPLE WHO CHEAT ON THEIR SPOUSES BECAUSE I THINK THEY CAN DO NO WRONG. DO NOT LISTEN TO ME. I AM FUCKING STUPID.


Fun Shoe

I'm thinking quantum thief? There's a whole bit where they run prisoners through a literal prisoners dilemma forever.

Len
Jan 21, 2008

Pouches, bandages, shoulderpad, cyber-eye...

Bitchin'!



Hobnob posted:

In Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief the protagonist starts out with many simulated copies of his mind trapped in a (simulated) prison bring made to play the prisoners dilemma. One copy gets sprung from prison to help steal something from a city on Mars, by one of the major factions.

If you remember tons of weird jargon with very little explanation, this is the book you mean.


Benagain posted:

I'm thinking quantum thief? There's a whole bit where they run prisoners through a literal prisoners dilemma forever.

It's this. I remember the audiobook telling me his name, vaguely remember how it's pronounced, and knew for a fact I couldn't spell it

Useful Distraction
Jan 11, 2006
not a pyramid scheme

filmcynic posted:

So I've been straining my rusty brain for details about a short story that most likely appeared in a horror anthology during the early 1990's. (I've looked at titles edited by the likes of Douglas Winter and Kirby McCauley, but nothing rings a bell.) In the story, a lonely man travels to a remote desert area known for its mysterious†Stonehengian sculptures.†† The story ends with the man being transformed by the locals into a piece of living statuary, complete with a wind chime-like device placed between his teeth to catch the breeze.† †Aiiiiieeeeeee.†††

Nostalgic ick factor aside, the main reason I'm trying to track it down is that I seem to remember it being by an author with a reputation outside of the horror genre. I've been googling through the back catalogs of Paul Bowles and J.G. Ballard, but to no avail. (It really seems†like it would be by Bowles.) Help. Please.†

In Praise of Folly by Thomas Tessier

Data Graham
Dec 28, 2009





Data Graham posted:

Hey I was just remembering a series that I read as a kid and now can't find hide nor hair of it via google or wikipedia.

It was a slice-of-life style young-adult series centered around an adolescent girl living in Manhattan in like the 1950s, and the story/stories centered around being poor and Jewish. I remember some very specific snatches of text but they're of no help apparently.

One situation involved Halloween night where the POV protagonist was running around the neighborhood looking for a cat for some reason, and then a bunch of the neighborhood boys came running out swinging long socks filled with flour and whacking everyone they could find with them to leave big white marks. "Jonathan Katz" she yelled at one of them, which I remember thinking was lame because they were talking about cats at the time and it seemed too on-the-nose

Another involved an anecdote about how during winter the poor families would save on electricity by emptying out their refrigerators and putting all the cold food in a window box out on the balcony, because it's cold enough in New York to get away with that

Another anecdote was about her helping a starving street kid, offering him/her a sandwich and they were like "...Is it kosher?"

There was also a bit where she found a coin in the gutter and didn't know at first whether it was a penny or a nickel, and she wouldn't look at it because she wanted to spend however long she could imagining it was a nickel, because that meant she could get all kinds of candy at the corner store, like a big long pretzel stick and some gum and still have enough left over to buy like, a car or something. In the end she opened her hand and looked and lo and behold, it WAS a nickel!!

There was also a thing where she went to summer camp at Lake Tiorati, and they sang that "Skin-a-ma-rink-a-dink-a-dink, skin-a-ma-rink-a-do, Camp Tiorati we love you" song.

Come to think of it it must have been two completely different books/series because these don't sound consistent at all.

Any of this sound familiar to anybody?

Holy poo poo I just randomly remembered the title of this one, "Veronica Ganz" by Marilyn Sachs

Just bubbled up from the depths of my subconscious while I was on a meeting, wtf

filmcynic
Oct 30, 2012


Useful Distraction posted:

In Praise of Folly by Thomas Tessier

... Yep, that would be the one. Outstanding. Thanks!

Myron Baloney
Mar 19, 2002

I believe in romance


Wedge Regret

Data Graham posted:

Holy poo poo I just randomly remembered the title of this one, "Veronica Ganz" by Marilyn Sachs

Just bubbled up from the depths of my subconscious while I was on a meeting, wtf

Veronica Ganz doesn't wear pants!

Dell_Zincht
Nov 5, 2003

lEt'S mOsEy





Sobatchja Morda posted:


The second book was Dutch or Flemmish, published somewhere in the early nineties or late eighties, and featured a boy who was obsessed with gas stations. A gas station at the edge of his village has just installed a new automatic pump, and the boy is so impressed by the independence and autonomy of this new mechanism that he goes there every day to watch the gas pump. One day he runs away from home, decides to follow his dream, and goes to the gas station to become a pump himself. What follows is some weird chapters where, as the boy's conviction grows, his body slowly starts transforming into a gas pump. He's humanshaped, but shiny and chrome with a pump handle for a right arm. He takes great pride in this transformation and so does the book, which lovingly describes the changing seasons that bring rain and darkness but cannot lay a finger on his metal perfection.

I want to say I just imagined this, but I distinctly remember it being one of the first books that 7 year old Sobatchja didn't want to finish and trying to return it to the school library. But the teacher didn't let you return books until you finished them, so it was back to the old gas pump for me.

HOLY poo poo I DEFINITELY DIDN'T MAKE IT UP

Your memories of it are a bit more clear than mine, it's a shame you don't have plat, i'd love to compare notes.

Doctor Jeep
Dec 30, 2008



there was a cartoon where a kid turns into a car (and the transformation looks like something cronenberg would make, but for kids) so turning into a pump IS weird but still completely imaginable

edit: the parents using their son-pump at the end is both incredibly funny and disgusting

Doctor Jeep fucked around with this message at 09:15 on Apr 21, 2021

Kevin DuBrow
Apr 21, 2012

as requested

Trying to remember the name of a short story about a cartographer or geographer who discovers that one person had written a bunch of masterful yet lesser-known monographs on cities around the world under different pen names. Along with the accompanying maps, they capture the soul, history, and culture of these cities. He is obsessed with these books and they become his professional inspiration.

Decades later in his career, he finds one more book and is able to puzzle out the man's identity. He pays a visit to his house and is shown that even in retirement, the master cartographer has been producing exquisite maps of the local area. They talk about the nature of their art and what drives them in their work. I remember the ending is that the man drives home in silence.

Kevin DuBrow
Apr 21, 2012

as requested

E: quote is not edit

Rupert Buttermilk
Apr 15, 2007

RowboatMan: Freezing time is an old P.I. trick...


Dell_Zincht posted:

HOLY poo poo I DEFINITELY DIDN'T MAKE IT UP

Your memories of it are a bit more clear than mine, it's a shame you don't have plat, i'd love to compare notes.

Ha, I googled this book, and found your post earlier ITT.

Now I really wanna read this thing.

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wizzardstaff
Apr 6, 2018




Every time the gas pump boy comes up in this thread I want to find it, but search results are just other people looking for it on reddit/goodreads/this thread. Iím starting to get Candle Cove vibes from it, honestly.

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