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Mostly reading sci-fi, fantasy, and comics/graphic novels, but occasionally some other stuff too. Only posting books I've read/reading since joining in 2023 (maybe one day I'll go through my bookshelf and change this).

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75% complete! Barbarius has read 15 of 20 books.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (2014) 2 stars

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Spanish: Cien años de soledad, American Spanish: [sjen ˈaɲos ðe …

The worst book I've ever read.

1 star

This is, without exception, the single worst book I've ever read in my entire life. And now that I've seen there's a movie adaptation coming I feel like I need to scream my thoughts into the digital void.

This book gets hailed as one of the masterpieces; one of the greatest novels ever, but in actuality it's terrible, and it's terrible from the start. I stuck with this awful story right through to the end, because I thought, "If SO MANY people rave about this book, there must be a reason, right?" Wrong. And I felt ripped off that I DID commit to it's ending, when the ending is really only the ultimate climax of its awfulness and depravity. The best I can imagine as to why people like it is that perhaps this might be a lot of people's first experience at magic realism, and maybe THAT'S why they …

Magnum contact sheets (Paperback, 2020, Thames & Hudson) No rating

This special and important photography book presents, for the first time, the very best contact …

I've wanted this book for so long. It's utterly fascinating to see what other shots came before and after some of the most iconic and famous photographs of the last eighty years, and to hear some of the backstories that go along with them.