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I'd prefer to read Alas, Babylon just because I already have it. But looking at both books, I think I would like The Road better. What do you think, D.H., want to change it up?
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I just read where you said you'd do Alas Babylon after The Road, Rose.
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Not to nitpick, but actually...Chris...I said I would do Alas, Babylon after The Road, if you joined us for The Road So what do you say, can we count you in? Discussion begins April 7. If it goes well enough, maybe we can entice an even larger group to join us for Alas, Babylon.BTW, I don't think you need to make anything formal out of this thread, we were proceeding with the understanding that this is an informal reading.
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This just isn't a good time for me to add anything more to my plate, Rose. I cannot promise to be able to participate in any extra discussions, despite my interest and desire to do so. I already own and have read Alas Babylon, so rereading it would not be as time consuming as buying and reading a new book.Briefly, I will explain my situation. My father has terminal cancer and we don't know how much time he has left. I'm extremely close to my father and am spending an increasing amount of time and energy just being there for him as his illness progresses.I add that to this thread just so you guys have some idea of why I sometimes am distant or don't reply to certain threads or even direct posts to me. I'm exhausted and spread thin, so something has to give and BookTalk is obviously one of those areas of my life that will suffer when I run short on time or energy.For example it is a Wednesday in the middle of the work day and I am over my father's house helping him with stuff instead of out trying to make a living or working on the BookTalk polls or whatever. One of these days I will make some posts in my personal Intro & Journal thread about my father and some other changes and developments in my life. The problem is that my father is alive and sometimes posts on BookTalk. I'm sure you can see why I wouldn't want to say too much knowing he could wind up reading whatever I say.So that is why I'm not the most active discussion participant. I just don't have much free time right now. That will change in the future, but for now I hope everyone understands and doesn't assume I am somehow drifting away from BookTalk or losing interest. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. From what you have shared here, I know you are very close to him. My thoughts are with you. I didn't mean the above to be any pressure; I was just teasing. I'm hoping to read a couple dystopian novels, including Alas, Babylon, whether or not you have the opportunity to join in. Family first, always.
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Well I've almost finished The Road at this point. I picked it up on Friday evening on the way to the train station. Thank God I did. The train broke down for two and a half hours. Would have been bored stiff without it. And not in a good way, as they say in Swansea.Its a very bleak book, but enthralling in its own way. It's probably a book to be admired more than it is to be loved. It gets under your skin. I'd really love to see it turned into a black and white graphic novel.I had my MP3 player with me on the train, and by chance happened to be listening to a playlist made up of Tool and Zao (10,000 days, Lateralus and The Funeral of God). They seemed to match the mood of The Road perfectly, so if you're somebody who likes some background music for your reading, I'd recommend those albums. Full of Porn*http://plainofpillars.blogspot.com
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Niall:Is'nt Tool an exceptional band? I always said that I think Tool was one of the most original sounding bands to come around in the 90's. Between them and the Chili Peppers (but the Peppers actually came around in the late 80's).Mr. P. I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you F****** STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? - George CarlinI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Oops, totally forgot about this. I've been on one of my twice annual comic book binges, but I'll pull out long enough to participate. And since I have tomorrow off, I'll drop by a book store and get started.
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I just do not like any new comics on the shelves. Even the old characters are drawn in this unappealing way. It all seems to resemble that Manga crap.Mr. P. I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you F****** STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? - George CarlinI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Chris' relationship with his father, journeying with him through his terminal cancer, may serve as a very powerful lens for our father/son protagonists in The Road. (Having also lived through my father's terminal cancer (throat, tounge, and lung) I hope that I can speak beyond sheer voyeurism or simply capitalizing on Chris' misfortunes for the sake of richer conversation.)In other words, one question we might consider: what is it that ties us to relationships deemed terminal? Why do we sacrifice our own health and prosperity to journey with someone doomed to chronic illness with no hope of recovery?In context of this Dystopic thread, why bother journeying with a doomed human species?
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