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« Reply #240 on: June 09, 2013, 03:15:46 PM »

After not reading any kind of fiction books, but only work-related, research, scientific etc. I stumbled upon William Hope Hodgson's - The House on the Borderland. (thanks to A. Brandal's dedication of some tape or so to this book). Wow. Was it my longing for the good read or is this book is really fantastic. It's been years and years since I've read something with such a big pleasure. Perhaps Lovecraft is also worth trying? For some reason I was always sceptic about Lovecraft's creations, but if he manages to reach such intense and beauty of cosmic horror as W. H. Hodgson, I guess it's worth a try.

I was lucky enough to find and read that book when I was very young, maybe 13 or 14, alongside some Clark Ashton Smith collections.

Lovecraft is very hit-and-miss - there are lots of lesser works and not so great fantasy stories unfortunately in print. And even if you just are in the wrong mood, the good stuff may not hit the spot - his work is often eerily dependent on the circumstances in which you read it. I would recommend At The Mountains Of Madness, The Whisperer In Darkness, The Colour Out Of Space, The Shadow Over Innsmouth as some of his very best.
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« Reply #241 on: June 11, 2013, 05:49:12 PM »

After not reading any kind of fiction books, but only work-related, research, scientific etc. I stumbled upon William Hope Hodgson's - The House on the Borderland. (thanks to A. Brandal's dedication of some tape or so to this book). Wow. Was it my longing for the good read or is this book is really fantastic. It's been years and years since I've read something with such a big pleasure. Perhaps Lovecraft is also worth trying? For some reason I was always sceptic about Lovecraft's creations, but if he manages to reach such intense and beauty of cosmic horror as W. H. Hodgson, I guess it's worth a try.

I was lucky enough to find and read that book when I was very young, maybe 13 or 14, alongside some Clark Ashton Smith collections.

Lovecraft is very hit-and-miss - there are lots of lesser works and not so great fantasy stories unfortunately in print. And even if you just are in the wrong mood, the good stuff may not hit the spot - his work is often eerily dependent on the circumstances in which you read it. I would recommend At The Mountains Of Madness, The Whisperer In Darkness, The Colour Out Of Space, The Shadow Over Innsmouth as some of his very best.

I'd also mention The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. In many ways the closest to Poe, but still with elements of the Cthulhu mythos. I actually prefer it to the Mountains of Madness.
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« Reply #242 on: June 11, 2013, 06:24:12 PM »

Thanks for your recommendations. Now going through "manifesto for european rennaissance". Fantastic. French new right..
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« Reply #243 on: June 11, 2013, 08:41:49 PM »

Peter Nilsson - Messias med träbenet
Yukio Mishima - Death in midsummer and other stories

Two collections of short stories. I guess everyone knows about Mishima (amazing stuff, as expected). Peter Nilsson on the other hand... doubt he's been translated to any greater extent. This is a fantastic pile of stories (Messiah with the wooden leg, or something like that), and just like Mishima his stories, at least in this volume, revolves around death. From a different angle though. Kinda folklorish, but without being corny. Rather unsettling at times actually.

I really liked "Messias med träbenet".... Picked it up for 5 SEK after a friend recommended it to me. Great stories... I can agree with the Mishima vibes.  Since we're talking swedish literature I can mention a book I just read for the second time - Startpistolen by Claes Holmström.
The books deals with the life of Robert Englund, a young man from Stockholm. Triathlon athlete and politically active on the far right. He makes a living from white slavery - selling swedish teenage girls to rich people across the world. Lots of violence and perversion, in an extremely amusing way. Recommended for those who understand swedish.
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« Reply #244 on: June 12, 2013, 07:43:31 AM »


I really liked "Messias med träbenet".... Picked it up for 5 SEK after a friend recommended it to me. Great stories... I can agree with the Mishima vibes.  Since we're talking swedish literature I can mention a book I just read for the second time - Startpistolen by Claes Holmström.
The books deals with the life of Robert Englund, a young man from Stockholm. Triathlon athlete and politically active on the far right. He makes a living from white slavery - selling swedish teenage girls to rich people across the world. Lots of violence and perversion, in an extremely amusing way. Recommended for those who understand swedish.

I wonder, could it be we were recommended this book by a mutual friend named Pelle? Anyhow, initially the title "En död varelse med många vita fjädrar" made me think of the song Skvaderkadaver. Turned out to be a false preconception, but it was nice while it lasted.
Thanks for reminding me about Holmström! I've been meaning to look that novel up for years. Seems to be hard to find though. Wonder if he had Kreuger or maybe the actor in mind when naming the character...
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« Reply #245 on: June 12, 2013, 11:46:40 PM »

Startpistolen by Claes Holmström.
The books deals with the life of Robert Englund, a young man from Stockholm. Triathlon athlete and politically active on the far right. He makes a living from white slavery - selling swedish teenage girls to rich people across the world. Lots of violence and perversion, in an extremely amusing way. Recommended for those who understand swedish.

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« Reply #246 on: June 13, 2013, 12:01:22 AM »


very interesting read, not only on Kraftwerk but also music in general in post-war Germany (and East vs West). very good.
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« Reply #247 on: June 14, 2013, 05:26:58 AM »

Just finished "House of Suns" by Alistair Reynolds (it was great)

Just picked up and about to start "Needful Things" by Stephen King.
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« Reply #248 on: June 14, 2013, 06:28:18 PM »

Just finished "House of Suns" by Alistair Reynolds (it was great)

Reynolds can be uneven - he always have great ideas, but doesn't realize them all the time, literally - but that is one of his better. Looking forward to his new book, second part of a trilogy he began some year ago; like House of Suns it's not set in the Revelation Space universe either.

Finally came around to read "We" by Eugene Samjatin/Zamyatin - found a Swedish translation at work, has been out of print for a long time: a masterpiece. Rather than the cold brutality and physical oppression of Orwell and Huxley, this was a more insidious dystopia, kind of reminding a bit about (what we know about) modern day North Korea. Beautifully written as well -  he was supposedly synaesthetic, which clearly resonates through the text. Just some day after finishing it I heard about pressure chambers they used in Soviet for torture, pumping out the air with some poor bastard inside - maybe Zamyatin's concept inspired the KGB? Life imitating art, hah.

And now, in remembrance of Iain M. Banks' recent departure from the land of the living: "The Hydrogen Sonata", the last (as it came to be) installment in the Culture universe.
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« Reply #249 on: June 15, 2013, 01:45:12 PM »

Offbeat: British Cinema's Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems edited by Julian Upton.

New Headpress book. Basically features what the title says, lots of obscure and some better known British films. Lots of black and white pics and some interviews and overviews. Hadn't heard of most of the films covered. The Black Panther(1977) is high on my list of films to see based on the descrpition. Good book.

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« Reply #250 on: June 17, 2013, 03:42:57 AM »

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« Reply #251 on: June 17, 2013, 04:44:38 AM »

Has anyone read Dog Days I&II by Gene Gregorits?

It's some of the best "fiction" being written right now. Volume I especially, which is kind of like crime fiction about a man who is driven to kill four pitbulls by poisoning them with antifreeze after his cat, Hank, is killed by them, which may or may not have actually happened, interspersed with events that are definitely pulled right from the authors life. His cat was really killed by the pitbulls, I'm just not sure he killed them in revenge. The prose is great, some of the pop-culture references are kind of lost on me, significance-wise, but all in all, the best modern novel I've read in a really, really long time.

Volume II is a little more uneven, seeing as how it was written over the course of six days in a maximum security mental institution, but it's kind of scatterbrainedness works on some levels. At some points I may een like it better than Volume I. It mostly details his ill fated trip to Costa Rica with a hipster girl whom he plies with cocaine for fucking, and whose purse and luggage he ultimately dumps deep in the forest into a river or something whilst going through cocaine psychosis. It also details the beginning of his time in Detroit, which will be finished off in Dog Days III sometime in the future.

I would write better reviews, but I'm about to kill my landlord right now and I'm having a hard time keeping my composure. I'm not really going to kill him of course, I'm just angry.

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« Reply #252 on: June 17, 2013, 05:46:02 PM »

UNBROKEN WARRIOR - The Richard Scutari Letters
Magnus Soderman & Henrik Holappa
When two key members (at the time) of north european resistance movement team up together to make book about one of better known members of Bruders Schweigen - also known as THE ORDER - one can't expect moderate and objective journalism. What we have here, is simply book to spark spirit among suitable people and glorify the sacrifice of political activism.
In opening lines where Henrik and Magnus talk about how correspondence with Scutari changed their lives and made them really think - at first I'm kind of disappointed how short and casual the actual letters are. But to think, that this is guy, who has been in isolation of maximum security prisons of USA since 1986, and gets letter from unknown teenager from Finland who expresses interests in racialist movement... How deep one would go straight away. Especially when your letters are being monitored and every word you express ends up piling up more reason to spend next months in hole...
Letters go through 2000 to 2008 and perhaps more interesting is the interview conducted by Magnus, and pieces was friends and associates of Scutari wrote about him. As well as "essays" of Scutari himself. While book proceeds... and finally ends, I have to say that I have zero doubts that still somewhat unsure teenager will find great example of deep rooted iron will and commitment to cause from this man. Despite spokesman of wotanism, he keeps things very simple and to the point. Repeats very basic ideas and quotations. For readers expecting something elitist or secretive, there is not. It's more like fatherly lessons of qualities of noble virtues of common man.
There is good "between the lines" information. You can see the first steps of nordic resistance movement. Where Scutari is the middle man, suggesting Henrik to contact Magnus and establish contacts to build bigger organization. His praise for usual suspects a'la D.Lane, B. Matthews, Savitri Devi, etc.. but also throws in curious names. Like in some sentence he refers to Homo Galactica -idea, although doesn't mention Myatt (of NSM, Order of Nine Angles,..) and tells the curious story of Glenn Miller. Power electronics fans may realize Operation Cleansweep track where sample repeats things about "white patriot party". Miller is still in the game, even running to senate in missouri 2010. Ex-KKK, ex-WPP guy who apparently ratted out The Order members who financed his 80's career with bank robberies etc.
c.150 pages, some photos, mostly text. Some typos and general language issues like we've used to in this field of writing... Nevertheless, good reading for those who would like to see something from man who has been target of semi-fictional books and hollywood adaptations.
Holappa is no longer the chief in Finnish Resistance Movement, Scutari finally couple years ago, decided to stop his political role, hoping to get out perhaps 2016... His mandatory release is 2026, at age of.. 78...

Now reading Kai Murros "Vallankumous ja sen toteuttaminen modernissa yhteiskunnassa"

Big Finnish book publisher LIKE did this in 2001. Political pamphlet titled "revolution, and how to put it in action in modern society". Pretty bad translation from my behalf, but can't really think what words exactly to use..  Back then, Kai Murros was perhaps sort of Mao influenced socialist. Before, he had already been member of conservative/right crap of kokoomus and now decade later he appears to have abandoned the left wing ideal and moved closer to traditionalist circles? This book, despite it's clear marxist tone, appears to be appreciated by all sorts of extremists. Manifest operates in brief to-the-point comments listed one after another. To think this violent, this fanatical text could be published by mainstream press and distributed all over the country in bookstores, can only happen as it talked about revolution of people against the plague of international financial capitalism. It still could boldly talk about "patriots" and nationalist commitments towards the state & people. But lets think if this book was to be published NOW, not 10 years ago, and this slight communist tone would have been changed to to something else... Not a chance. I'm sure conservative right will always hate him for being communist, and the left hates him for teaming up with blood conscious traditionalist... Therefore good book to grab. Provocative and harsh.
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« Reply #253 on: June 18, 2013, 07:53:07 PM »

The book by mr. Murros appeared to be very fine indeed... Recommended reading for finns. I doubt translation will be done. He is now quite active in Saratus site.

Thanks for your recommendations. Now going through "manifesto for european rennaissance". Fantastic. French new right..

Have you checked out North American New Right vol 1?
Came out 2012, still in print, obviously:
http://www.counter-currents.com/north-american-new-right-vol-1/

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North American New Right is the journal of a new intellectual movement, the North American New Right. This movement seeks to understand the causes of the ongoing demographic, political, and cultural decline of European peoples in North America and around the globe — and to lay the metapolitical foundations for halting and reversing these trends.

The North American New Right seeks to apply the ideas of the European New Right and allied intellectual and political movements in the North American context. Thus North American New Right publishes translations by leading European thinkers as well as interviews, articles, and reviews about their works.

Metapolitical project from web collected into book. Haven't read it all yet, but appears to be ok. When they say "new north american right", it has kind of... hmm... unpleasant tone to it. But be sure it has very little, if anything, to do with north american right. New really means that there is strong intellectual & euro perspective, including translations of Evola and such... And includes european writers too, but there is acknowledged the cultural difference of Europe and USA.
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« Reply #254 on: June 23, 2013, 05:27:45 PM »

Now starting Octave Mirbeau - Torture Garden. Never read this one before.
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