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I read a lot (sometimes). See me also on Mastodon at, on the web at, and on Gemini at gemini://

A note on why my reading history looks so empty: Also, unfortunately I've not really logged my books before this. I know /what/ books I've read, but not /when/ I've read them. Unlike my film logs where I've logged what I've watched when for years, not so with books. So, pretty much any book read before March 2021 is either a rough estimate for a date or I have no record of it at all.

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25% complete! nytpu has read 5 of 20 books.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Ebook, 2016, Standard Ebooks)
4 star

The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a serial in Lippencott’s Monthly Magazine, …

Really good, but with minor pacing issues

4 star

Beautifully written. However, there was one or two chapters in the middle that devote themselves to talking about Dorian's various fads and passing interests, and while I enjoyed the flowery prose they just meandered uninterestingly and I didn't see how they added to the plot or to the allegory—although it's very likely that I could've just missed the meaning. Other than that though, I really enjoyed it. Wonderful philosophical introspections (including questionable ones by Lord Henry), and a consistent but hidden underlying allegory (although admittedly obvious if you know about Wilde's personal life).

Unrelated, but even if I didn't know Wilde was primarily a playwright I still would've been able to tell because all the dialogue feels like a play rather than a novel.

The Shining (Paperback, 2006, Hodder Paperback)
4 star

Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, …

One of Stephen King's actually good books

4 star

Very minor spoilers of foreshadowing elements early on in the book

Heart of darkness (1950, New American Library)
5 star

Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage …

The greatest work of literature I've ever read

5 star

Also one of the most racist works of literature I've ever read. I wrote a whole paper about how it can and should still be appreciated as a work of art, while still being able to recognize it's main horrible flaw.

Hamlet (Hardcover, 1996, Macmillan - USA)
3.4 stars

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, adits hero, the tragic prince caught between action …

One of the greatest works of literature of all time

5 star

Definitely distinct from a lot of Shakespeare's other work though, I can understand the conspiracy theories that it wasn't actually written by him.

The King in Yellow (Paperback, 2020, Millennium Publications)
4 star

Wish the rest of the stories were as engrossing as the first four or so

4 star

Minor spoilers of the meta-plot