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Chris J. Karr

cjkarr@books.theunseen.city

Joined 11 months ago

Someone who failed their 2023 Reading Challenge and looking forward to making up for that in 2024.

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2024 Reading Goal

7% complete! Chris J. Karr has read 7 of 100 books.

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Robert M. Pirsig: Lila (1991, Bantam Books) 5 stars

Sequel to the wildly popular Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Pirsig expands on …

Interesting and I would dare to say - an important Quest

5 stars

It is a book that I will remember for a long time.

I have read another book by Robert M. Pirsig when I was about 19 years old by chance - it was left in the book exchange in the hostel I was working at - I had no idea what Zen was and some idea about what a motorcycle was. The understanding on how motorcycle works is not progressed till this time.

Lila: an inquiry into morals is continuation though set and patterns that was captivating and refreshing while I was reading it and will stay with me for some time for sure.

Alexander Belayev: Soviet Science Fiction (1972, Collier Books) 3 stars

Interesting collection of stories

3 stars

The stories in this collection were a bit hit-or-miss. Other than the names used within, (judging by this collection) Soviet science fiction seemed to have a lot in common with Western science fiction from similar eras. I wouldn't have been surprised to see any of these stories pop-up in a similar collection rescued from the local used bookstore.

Some of the tales failed to land with me, but I think that's more a function of eras than region of origin. Some of the tales seemed to be a bit slow and plodding, but not more so than Western stories of that era.

That said, the last tale about cryo-hibernation was worth the price of admittance alone. I won't spoil more than that.

Frank Herbert: Dune (Paperback, 2021, Ace) 4 stars

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, …

Classic

5 stars

It's been two decades since I originally read "Dune" and this re-read (to get ahead of the movie) was a delight. Looking forward to continuing on with the rest of the Frank Herbert-authored sequels in the weeks and months ahead.