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Post by ChuckW » January 6th, 2019, 1:49 pm

Arqtiq: A Study of the Marvels at the North Pole by Anna Adolph (1841 - 1917).

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Described by author Liza Daly as a "strange masterpiece of outsider art," Arqtiq is a bizarre, borderline hallucinatory work of feminist utopian fiction. Equal parts sci-fi adventure, philosophical tract, and pro-Symmesian pamphlet, Anna Adolph’s strange, self-published novella centers its narrative around an aviator (also named Anna) who, along with a ragtag group of family and friends, charts an expedition to the North Pole in a retro-futuristic airship of her own invention. There, Anna and her crew travel into the hollow earth, encounter a race of telepathic giants, and uncover secrets about God and the universe.

Written in a style that teeters somewhere between modernist abstraction and amateurish enthusiasm, Arqtiq almost defies comprehension. It is a maddening and oftentimes incoherent tale that nonetheless fascinates with its unhinged imagination. It is perhaps one of the most exuberantly surreal and dreamlike works of utopian fiction from this era. (ChuckW)
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    Keywords that describe the book: feminism, utopia, utopian fiction, outsider art, hollow earth, proto-steampunk, christianity, surrealism, stream-of-consciousness

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Last edited by ChuckW on March 2nd, 2019, 7:50 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Post by craigdav1 » January 6th, 2019, 1:58 pm

MW coming up.

edit: Let me know if any changes are needed.

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Post by ChuckW » January 6th, 2019, 2:25 pm

craigdav1 wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 1:58 pm
MW coming up.

edit: Let me know if any changes are needed.

Woohoo! Thank you so much. :-)

I'll start recording this tomorrow. Just wanted to stake out my claim.
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Post by silverquill » January 6th, 2019, 8:09 pm

I'll have the PL of the final chapters of the Garden God finished tonight, so I would be glad to join you as DPL on this adventure, if you like.

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Post by ChuckW » January 6th, 2019, 9:01 pm

silverquill wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 8:09 pm
I'll have the PL of the final chapters of the Garden God finished tonight, so I would be glad to join you as DPL on this adventure, if you like.
Wow! The gang's all back together! :-) Thank you!

And I promise, I won't dump the sound files on you all at once like I just did with The Garden God.
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Post by craigdav1 » January 6th, 2019, 9:04 pm

Moving to Going Solo forum.

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Post by ChuckW » January 8th, 2019, 12:27 pm

Ugh, I hope this is even remotely coherent.

https://librivox.org/uploads/craigdav1/arqtiq_01_adolph_128kb.mp3 [16:58]
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Post by silverquill » January 9th, 2019, 12:27 am

Well, certainly well read, of course.
Whether there is something to be gleaned through the fractured syntax an seemingly random sotory line and absurdities, I guess remains to be judged. But, then, I thought Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury was just that and signifying nothing.

So, if you want to continue on, I'm willing to lend my ears.

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Post by ChuckW » January 9th, 2019, 8:36 am

silverquill wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 12:27 am
Well, certainly well read, of course.
Whether there is something to be gleaned through the fractured syntax an seemingly random sotory line and absurdities, I guess remains to be judged. But, then, I thought Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury was just that and signifying nothing.

So, if you want to continue on, I'm willing to lend my ears.
Thank you!

I generally enjoy reading these bizarre self-published stories from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, but this one almost defies comprehension with its garbled writing style. And Anna Adolph, for all her guileless exuberance, is no Faulkner/Woolf/Joyce/etc. And honestly... the book just gets weirder and more incomprehensible from here on out (the last chapter, in particular, is nonsensical).

I think I'm going to keep reading it, if that's okay with you. I've edited the summary to reflect how weird and incoherent this book gets at times -- hopefully that will deter casual listeners just looking for a fun sci-fi adventure. If this were any longer, I might be tempted to drop it right here and now -- but since it's a breezy 80 pages, I think I can manage it.

Chapter 2 is recorded and edited... and was generally quite easy to get through. Chapter 3 is also recorded... but was a nightmare to get through. It'll take me a while to edit through that catastrophe.

https://librivox.org/uploads/craigdav1/arqtiq_02_adolph_128kb.mp3 [11:28]
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Post by silverquill » January 10th, 2019, 7:47 am

Chapter 2 is quite well done, through the serpent and apples and orange storks the size of camels, and getting lost and found in two breaths!

Just came in a little hot at 93.7 dB

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Post by ChuckW » January 10th, 2019, 7:29 pm

silverquill wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 7:47 am
Chapter 2 is quite well done, through the serpent and apples and orange storks the size of camels, and getting lost and found in two breaths!

Just came in a little hot at 93.7 dB
This book NEVER STOPS.

Just wait. Things get even wackier in the next 2 chapters.

Unfortunately, the camel-sized storks never come back, as far as I can tell.

Thanks again, btw. Chapter 2 has been fixed and re-uploaded.

Chapters 3 and 4 are both recorded, but full of far more stumbles and errors than usual -- editing these two is going to be a really time-consuming task, so it might be a little longer before I pump those chapters out.
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Post by silverquill » January 10th, 2019, 11:16 pm

OK, I've marked it PL OK.
Take your time.

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Post by ChuckW » January 13th, 2019, 8:19 am

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Post by ChuckW » January 13th, 2019, 5:58 pm

And Chapter 4 (which almost broke me).

https://librivox.org/uploads/craigdav1/arqtiq_04_adolph_128kb.mp3 [33:05]
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Post by silverquill » January 14th, 2019, 8:40 am

ChuckW wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 8:19 am
Chapter 3 - https://librivox.org/uploads/craigdav1/arqtiq_03_adolph_128kb.mp3 [18:04]
PL OK

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