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The Complete Travel Writings of Mark Twain

Well damn. Who knew that this was going to be such a hard set to read?

If I have been trying to put myself to sleep at night with it, I have certainly been successful. *laughs* Trying to read a bit of this before I go to sleep for about three weeks now and my Kindle says I am 5% in. That's pretty awful for someone that likes to read as much as I do. Should have finished this already.

It isn't so much that the material is boring, but that the writing style of the thing just puts me to sleep. I guess. I know it isn't a race, but jeebus, I do expect things to move along, and this one? Well, it just isn't.

So I guess I'll put it aside for now as I've got several other books queued up to read. First of all the book I mentioned yesterday in this Needed to Switch It Up, The Cyberpunk Trilogy now has my attention. Getting through the first few chapters was quite diverting and left me wanting more. So there you have it.

Twain shall be put aside for now (seems almost un-American to say such) to be brought up later... Maybe.

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An Aside.

Been slightly conflabulated on how to reference books when referencing them. Quick google search and...

And there are a couple different schools of thought at work... Meh. You can use quotes or italics. Or a couple other things as well.

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tx_cronopio
Jan. 4th, 2017 05:57 pm (UTC)
As much as I love Twain? Yes. The 19th century style of writing is VERY tiresome.
texasts
Jan. 4th, 2017 06:15 pm (UTC)
It really is. Seems to take a lot of words to say anything.
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texasts
Jan. 4th, 2017 06:19 pm (UTC)
Seems to take a lot of words to say anything whether of substance or not.

Society was wholly different back then. So not only is he a snob, but seems quite the bigot as well.

Probably quite the enlightened gent for the time, but some of this is really hard to take.
anita_margarita
Jan. 5th, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
I tried to read it years ago. Slow going indeed - and I do love me some Twain - and yes, he may have been enlightened for his time, but it doesn't show so well now. Parts were amusing but in the end I had to abandon it.
kabuldur
Jan. 5th, 2017 10:15 am (UTC)
Never tried to read it...I don't think so, anyway. But other works of his are quite entertaining, as you know. It's probably something I would wade through...if there weren't so many other books calling!

There are many ways to reference books. You can use italics or some of the titular words in capitals or put the title in inverted commas. All are correct. It would only be if you were working for some publishing company or other sort of company where they have a house style where it would matter, but not here on lj as far as I know. I use all three at different times, just to be 'consistent'...NOT! You can also add author, and other details is you want, such as publisher, place of publication and year and ISBN number but none of these are necessary except maybe the author, depending on the context. You can put the author before or after your reference to the title of the book, or part thereof. Usually a quick google search will provide all the other details of the book you haven't provided. So, just decide for yourself what you want to do, and do it!
texasts
Jan. 5th, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
Well Twain can be entertaining, but the 19th century style can drag on a bit.

And it's a book. I'll likely pick it up again... Sometime.
kabuldur
Jan. 6th, 2017 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh, well I'm glad it's a book and won't 'time out' on Kindle!
indighost
Jan. 6th, 2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
You must be e-reading - all these percentages of how "done" you are, LOL.
texasts
Jan. 6th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
As much as I like the sensation of an actual book, at the rate I read most of the time...

Oh fuck it! Yeah, I am reading on my kindle.
indighost
Jan. 6th, 2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have a Kindle too, but I end up doing a lot of reading on my phone - it's pocket sized and comes with me everywhere so it's convenient to pick up any time. (Using the Kindle app). I do read on my Kindle when I travel, and sometimes at home. And I read actual books when I have them.
tjoel2
Jan. 8th, 2017 05:04 am (UTC)
I've never been good at reading before bed....I have to find a quiet time during the day, or I'll just fall asleep.
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