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Title: books to read
Post by: bill hates on May 08, 2008, 08:17:54 AM
post books you are reading, or books other people should read
im in the middle of reading three books right now




subcommander marcos
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im half way through the book and still dont know what to make of the guy. he was the spokesperson for the zapatista army during the mexican rebel movement. reading about his background life alone has been so interesting. really interesting portrayal of this guy, and stoked for it to be one of the first books i can actually read about him, seeing as i cant read spanish.


fahrenheit 451
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i had to read this book two years ago for school but didnt even open it. im stoked to be reading it now. it basically portrays how fucked up life will be in the future if we dont appreciate the things that make us human. enjoying little things, talking with other people, and most importantly, reading books. the main character is a fireman, only in the future, his job isnt to put out fires, its to start them by burning books.


blow back
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the word "blowback" refers to the bullshit we bring upon ourselves by the government's secret policies. its a super in- depth look at how and why shit comes back to us, due to our superpower mindset (america) and how we are further fucking up relations and making enemies all around. i feel like im on some nickdagger type shit, i apologize.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ahlee on May 08, 2008, 08:26:36 AM
toombs is big into the lit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on May 08, 2008, 08:36:15 AM
The Outsider by Albert Camus.  I remember reading the french version in french class a couple of times and enjoying it, for some reason lots of people disliked it, maybe because hating french class is pretty trendy in high school.  Either way, I decided to read it in english in the winter and I thik I enjoyed it even more.  Great book about lack of interest or enthusiasm for every day type of stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: loophole on May 08, 2008, 09:10:13 AM
yeah l'etranger is great. it's what got me wanting to write. i love how camus pretty much never talks about existentialism in it, he just conveys it subtly.

i really like jpod. but the tv adaptation sucks dick.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: artichoke on May 08, 2008, 09:13:17 AM
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Was pretty cool- basically detailing how rather than developing their own atomic bomb the soviet nuclear program was heavily reliant on spies stealing information from the allies.

I'm doing some Hemmingway right now to chill out after an intense semester.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: longballlarry on May 08, 2008, 09:19:37 AM
i read this recently, pretty funny stuff.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: erik. on May 08, 2008, 09:27:03 AM
The Long walk by stephen king
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ahl33 on May 08, 2008, 10:03:00 AM
fuck books, drink beer
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on May 08, 2008, 10:03:32 AM
greatest book i ever read
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reading this right now, its pretty noice

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tough omelette on May 08, 2008, 10:34:17 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bizarro gub on May 08, 2008, 10:47:24 AM
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thats funny omelet cuz all i saw wuz dis..
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tough omelette on May 08, 2008, 10:49:31 AM
that's the greatest novel in my car at the moment...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: stacks on deck on May 08, 2008, 11:04:12 AM
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men are better than women by dick masterson
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ricky mooney on May 08, 2008, 11:36:31 AM
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anything salinger
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: TheFrontSeatLife on May 08, 2008, 12:07:39 PM
Any Kurt Vonnegut. I liked Steve Martin's 2 books but the endings are always nice, but really anti-climactic.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on May 08, 2008, 12:57:06 PM
best book i've ever read. re-reading it for the summer

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just finished

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 08, 2008, 01:06:49 PM
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(the fuck up)
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anything by any of these authors will absolutely never disappoint.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MurrayHewitt on May 08, 2008, 01:13:32 PM
The Long walk by stephen king

Awesome book...It's supposed to be made into a movie at some point
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Lance on May 08, 2008, 01:28:50 PM
Fuck yeah, "Nothing in This Book is True, but it's the way things are" is one of the best reads ever, one of my personal favorite.  Kilgore if you liked that, read anything by J. Krishnamurti, dude straight kills it when it comes to knowledge, he's on a whole nother level, I just finished "On Love and Lonliness" by him and its one of the best books I ever read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 08, 2008, 01:38:08 PM
i've never read any of his stuff but 2 of my good friends always hype the dude up. he's on some next level shit is what i hear. i'll be sure to check it out. have you read "something in this book is true..." by bob frissell as well?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: leadpencil on May 08, 2008, 01:40:50 PM
The Time Travelers Wife. for all the hopeless romantics, plus time traveling, what more can you really ask for
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: biggums mcgee on May 08, 2008, 01:45:50 PM
good choice on the Huxley stuff. I'm always reading vonnegut books halfway through, then losing interest..
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: fuckingvegan on May 08, 2008, 02:48:42 PM
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Reading this right now, really well done.

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Re-reading this at home, I can't recomend this book enough.

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Up next
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: marty. on May 08, 2008, 02:56:05 PM
I'm such a science fiction nerd when it comes to books, all I really read anymore are Bradbury books cause they're all that will hold my attention.

But if you're looking for recommendations, I used to be really into Don DeLillo, back when I went to high school and was a sadder person. I'd still highly recommend White Noise though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: fuckingvegan on May 08, 2008, 02:59:13 PM
I'm such a science fiction nerd when it comes to books, all I really read anymore are Bradbury books cause they're all that will hold my attention.

But if you're looking for recommendations, I used to be really into Don DeLillo, back when I went to high school and was a sadder person. I'd still highly recommend White Noise though.

Ever Read the Foundation series by Asimov (sp?). I read book one and plan on reading the rest soon. I like to read Sci Fi after reading to much serious stuff, even though Sci Fi is good at slipping some serious stuff in the mix.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MexicanSpaniard on May 08, 2008, 03:02:33 PM
I'm such a science fiction nerd when it comes to books, all I really read anymore are Bradbury books cause they're all that will hold my attention.

But if you're looking for recommendations, I used to be really into Don DeLillo, back when I went to high school and was a sadder person. I'd still highly recommend White Noise though.

Ever Read the Foundation series by Asimov (sp?). I read book one and plan on reading the rest soon. I like to read Sci Fi after reading to much serious stuff, even though Sci Fi is good at slipping some serious stuff in the mix.
You spelled Isaaac's name right. Love his Foundation stuff but I read at least 2 of them out of order and have never even seen prelude to Foundation anywhere.
A few weeks ago I picked up his "very best of" which is 12 or so of his short stories but I haven't gotten around to it yet. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Lance on May 08, 2008, 03:02:53 PM
i've never read any of his stuff but 2 of my good friends always hype the dude up. he's on some next level shit is what i hear. i'll be sure to check it out. have you read "something in this book is true..." by bob frissell as well?
I have, I like Nothing in this book better though. IDK why just did.  It's like "Ishmael" and "Story of B"  Ismael was my favorite of the 2, I'm yet to read "My Ishamael"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: poocrusher on May 08, 2008, 03:48:35 PM
I really enjoy reading Neal Stephenson...I'm currently reading "the Baroque Cycle"  Its a historical trilogy. 
This is the third

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Also Snow Crash is awesome if you like cyber-punk books...There is even a futuristic skateboard in it.
http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=117 (http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/content.asp?Bnum=117)

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Most recently I finished "spin" a hugo award winning book by Robert Charles Wilson.  Fucking Awesome...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(novel) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(novel))

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on May 08, 2008, 04:18:26 PM
good thread ,i just finished the stranger
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: alienlurkshop on May 08, 2008, 04:23:06 PM
i've never read any of his stuff but 2 of my good friends always hype the dude up. he's on some next level shit is what i hear. i'll be sure to check it out. have you read "something in this book is true..." by bob frissell as well?
I have, I like Nothing in this book better though. IDK why just did.  It's like "Ishmael" and "Story of B"  Ismael was my favorite of the 2, I'm yet to read "My Ishamael"

I couldnt sit through Ishmael.

Im reading Franny and Zooey right now, and its good.
I also read "the road" last week and i kinda liked it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jesus0nvi4gra on May 08, 2008, 04:32:40 PM
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anything salinger

Dude wrote one good book.  I tried Franny & Zooey and one other and just didn't want to finish them.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: artichoke on May 08, 2008, 04:45:33 PM
Franny and Zooey was much better than Catcher in the Rye.  Raise high the Roofbeams was pretty good too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 08, 2008, 05:31:25 PM
good choice on the Huxley stuff. I'm always reading vonnegut books halfway through, then losing interest..

huxley is dope as well. keep trying on the vonnegut, you're missing out on the best dude ever, in my opinion atleast. if you're not digging his novels try A Man Without A Country, it's the last stuff he ever wrote and it's just a collection of his thoughts on everything really, mostly current events, life itself and politics.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on May 08, 2008, 08:06:01 PM
But if you're looking for recommendations, I used to be really into Don DeLillo, back when I went to high school and was a sadder person. I'd still highly recommend White Noise though.
White Noise is a very interesting book.
Although unrelated a cool book is Confederacy of Dunces.
Is anyone else into non-fiction.  I recommend books in the CBC Massey Lectures series, such as:
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and The Triumph of Narrative by Robert Fulford.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CigaretteBeer on May 08, 2008, 08:08:20 PM
Journey to the End of the Night,Ask the Dust,The Dharma Bums,Factotum, Cat's Cradle,For Whom The Bell Tolls,Notes Of A Dirty Old Man, South Of No North, Breakfast Of Champions,Hot Water Music,Pulp,Why I'm not a Christian,Tales Of Ordinary Madness, Septuagenarian Stew,Hollywood,Love Is A Dog From Hell,The Walrus Was Paul, On the Road , Invisible Monsters, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, No One Here Gets Out Alive, The 12th Planet, Atheism- The Case Against God, Post Office, Women, Ham On Rye, Tristessa, A Man Without A Country
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: skatemore,man on May 08, 2008, 08:39:40 PM
farenheit 451 is my favorite story told by way of the novel. Kingdom of Fear by HSThompson is a good read as well.  The Dark Tower series by stephen king is great. Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie was good. The Kite Runner is a sick book as well.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SFblah on May 08, 2008, 09:02:30 PM
anything David Sedaris

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski (I didn´t like the movie though)

Vonnegut

Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer. 

I agree with Jesus, I tried Franny & Zoey and I just didn´t want to finish it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: S.A.D.B. on May 08, 2008, 09:03:32 PM
Here are some good ones:

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: duck lake on September 08, 2008, 04:36:43 AM
bump
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SkeeterValentine. on September 08, 2008, 07:28:50 AM
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers.
     &
Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sebastian toombs on September 08, 2008, 09:52:42 AM
Kozo Uno, "Principles of Political Economy: Theory of a Purely Capitalist Society"


this should be mandatory reading for everyone in the "McSame picked a woman VP" thread...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Codithou on September 08, 2008, 03:00:44 PM
L’Étranger by Albert Camus
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Battle on September 08, 2008, 03:48:00 PM
books poison the mind.
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Post by: SLAPTASTIC on September 08, 2008, 03:59:24 PM
The Master & Margarita.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on September 08, 2008, 08:01:45 PM
Looking at my desk:

Streets and Patterns - about city layouts
Game Theory a Nontechnical Introduction
Nikos Salingaros stuff about fractal design in architecture and urban design
Lee Iacocca's autobiography
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sebastian toombs on September 08, 2008, 08:05:50 PM

"after the ice age: the return of life to glaciated north america", by e.c. pielou.  its a kind of history of the return of animal and plant life to northern north america after the retreat of the last ice age.


http://books.google.se/books?id=knEyjCYWEHQC&
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ice nine on September 08, 2008, 08:10:43 PM
halfway through franny and zooey. just finished 'journey to the east' by herman hesse(sp?), pretty good. also just finished 'hocus pocus' by vonnegut, was a great story as always but i cant stand his comedy whatsoever, its almost to the point where i dont want to read anything more by him for fear im going to start hating him.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SR Junky on September 08, 2008, 08:38:54 PM
halfway through franny and zooey. just finished 'journey to the east' by herman hesse(sp?), pretty good. also just finished 'hocus pocus' by vonnegut, was a great story as always but i cant stand his comedy whatsoever, its almost to the point where i dont want to read anything more by him for fear im going to start hating him.

ha, that reminded me I never finished that one and I look on the ground and there it is, 20 pages to go.  I don't think I can remember the story too much in zooey if i ever could, but just reading Salinger sentence by sentence is still enjoyable.  I'm also reading 'The Soft Machine' by William S Burroughs which is so fucking dope when I can understand what's going on.  It made more sense the one time I read it when I was high.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pelican on September 08, 2008, 08:41:51 PM
anything by richard brautigan. currently reading "revenge of the lawn" collection of short stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SR Junky on September 08, 2008, 08:50:50 PM
anything by richard brautigan. currently reading "revenge of the lawn" collection of short stories.

duuuude Brautigan is so good.  I haven't looked at it in a long time but I've read a bunch of his stuff.  definetley pickup the set with confederate general from big sur, dreaming of babylon: a private eye novel 1942, and the hawkline monster: a gothic western.  fond memories.  the story in revenge of the lawn about the christmas trees is pretty cool if I remember correctly
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: baxty on September 08, 2008, 09:06:53 PM
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I only read books about bands, or musicians.




Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Wizard Fuck on September 08, 2008, 09:16:00 PM
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just bought this.

I used to read a lot of Walter Dean Myers a few years back. Fallen Angels really hit me hard.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Chad Fernandez on September 08, 2008, 09:23:38 PM
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“Extraordinary . . . a virtuoso verbal performance.”
—Book World

One morning a doctor and his son set out on daily rounds through the grim mountainous Austrian countryside. They observe the colorful characters they encounter—from an innkeeper whose wife has been murdered to a crippled musical prodigy kept in a cage—coping with physical misery, madness, and the brutality of the austere landscape. The parade of human grotesques culminates in a hundred-page monologue by an eccentric, paranoid prince, a relentlessly flowing cascade of words that is classic Bernhard.




Title: Re: books to read
Post by: danker peaches on September 08, 2008, 11:01:37 PM
I try and only read about war, porn and skateboarding
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: get some on September 08, 2008, 11:50:38 PM
The Invisible Pyramid by Loren Eiseley will expand your consciousness and make you see everything going on you in a whole new light. Seriously everyone should be reading this guy's stuff, it's incredible and somewhat prophetic. I highly recommend anything by Loren Eiseley!! Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser are both good reads. The Middle Mind by Curtis White. Hunter S. Thompson is good, Hemingway and Steinbeck are tried classics. Remember kids, <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jpk_zOfxkhc&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jpk_zOfxkhc&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on September 09, 2008, 07:12:16 AM
Just finished "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, currently reading "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike. Really liking it so far.

As far as Salinger is concerned, has anybody read that collection of short stories of his that is called "For Esme with love and squalor"?
Picked it up after reading Catcher for the first time, I liked it.


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on September 09, 2008, 07:36:20 AM
I'm currently reading A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe; maybe around halfway through it.  I'm finding it to be a very interesting novel, I find the characters well written, enjoy the narrative style, and I find it a very interesting look at how people try to represent their identity; in particular masculinity.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: boner jams 03 on September 09, 2008, 03:39:33 PM
1984
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 09, 2008, 03:44:13 PM

I only read books about bands, or musicians.





Speaking on that topic, a couple of years ago I bought Lords of Chaos and someone stole it from my book case before I even got a chance to read it.  Needless to say I was bummed.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sweatloaf on September 09, 2008, 03:44:28 PM
But if you're looking for recommendations, I used to be really into Don DeLillo, back when I went to high school and was a sadder person. I'd still highly recommend White Noise though.
White Noise is a very interesting book.
Although unrelated a cool book is Confederacy of Dunces.
Is anyone else into non-fiction.  I recommend books in the CBC Massey Lectures series, such as:
(http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/massey/images/2004/images/book_cover.jpg)
and The Triumph of Narrative by Robert Fulford.


Yeah, Confederacy of Dunces is really good
I like all Vonnegut, too
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Sony MDR V2 headphones on September 09, 2008, 03:52:35 PM
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i recommend this for anyone no matter what they believe.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dr Newton on September 09, 2008, 04:40:19 PM
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I have it on audiobook. I'll send the file to anyone who wants it over AIM for free. Just send me a PM.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: skatemore,man on September 09, 2008, 05:15:08 PM
The Natural Mind- Dr. Andrew Weil

Tuesdays with Morrie-?

Bhagavad Gita
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Paustoolio on September 09, 2008, 07:53:22 PM
Lunar Park
by Bret Easton Ellis

this book got into my fucking head.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: All Hail Wu Welsh on September 09, 2008, 08:19:57 PM
has anyone here read "Choke", I was wondering whether or not it was worth reading before i saw the movie
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Codithou on September 09, 2008, 10:53:02 PM
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i recommend this for anyone no matter what they believe.

i need to go check that out..
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 09, 2008, 10:58:27 PM
has anyone here read "Choke", I was wondering whether or not it was worth reading before i saw the movie
It's worth reading.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crackrazor on September 09, 2008, 11:09:02 PM
has anyone here read "Choke", I was wondering whether or not it was worth reading before i saw the movie
It's worth reading.


It's true. Good little book.


I'd recommend a book called Hopscotch by a weirdo named julio cortazar.   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on September 10, 2008, 02:14:20 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: phillip dominguez on September 10, 2008, 05:21:34 AM
apathy and other small victories by paul neilan, and shroud of the thwacker by chris elliot
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 10, 2008, 03:57:43 PM
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon

"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor

"Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tompettyandtheforeskins on September 10, 2008, 04:20:03 PM
The old Man and The Sea was the worst piece of shit I have ever read. I just can't get into that style of writing. To each his own though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on September 10, 2008, 05:20:39 PM
The Pianist, No Country For Old Men, and at some point I'll get going on Crime and Punishment.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on September 10, 2008, 05:57:16 PM
speaking of hemingway    for whom the bell tolls is really good , i havent read any of his other stuff tho
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sebastian toombs on September 10, 2008, 07:26:32 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CigaretteBeer on September 10, 2008, 07:49:34 PM
the sun also rises
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: duck lake on September 10, 2008, 08:16:47 PM
(http://www.railroadbookstore.com/photopost/data/501/1Outside_Lies_Magic.jpeg)

looks interesting
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Carrolls Chesthairs on September 10, 2008, 09:38:08 PM
i need a non-fiction book over 150 pages for school. anybody have suggestions?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on September 10, 2008, 09:48:36 PM
i need a non-fiction book over 150 pages for school. anybody have suggestions?

I guess I'd put forth the one I mentioned I was reading, The Pianist. It's a memoir, and the whole WWII holocaust thing will give you plenty to write about if/when you have to do papers on it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on September 10, 2008, 09:49:24 PM
the doors of perception
metamorphosis
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sebastian toombs on September 10, 2008, 09:53:30 PM
i need a non-fiction book over 150 pages for school. anybody have suggestions?


alfred crosby, "ecological imperialism: the biological expansion of europe, 1000-1800"

modris eksteins, "walking till daybreak" or "rites of spring"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 11, 2008, 01:01:18 AM
i need a non-fiction book over 150 pages for school. anybody have suggestions?
A People's History of the United States
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mr. otsu on September 11, 2008, 05:48:50 AM
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon



did you manage to finish it?  is it worth the struggle?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on September 11, 2008, 08:10:41 AM
i need a non-fiction book over 150 pages for school. anybody have suggestions?

Stasiland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasiland)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUM DUMPSTER on September 11, 2008, 12:08:34 PM
All of the David Pelzer books...

- A Child Called "It"
- The Lost Boy
- A Man Named Dave

All amazing books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Gatoraids on September 11, 2008, 01:07:14 PM
(http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/SundownTowns.jpg)

An interesting look into a "hidden dimension" of American racism. If you have ever wondered why blacks tend to live in bigger cities and urban centers this book explains how it wasn't an accident. It also talks about how racist states like Illinois and Indiana really where and shows that the South really wasn't the center of racism in our country.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sebastian toombs on September 11, 2008, 01:49:40 PM
have you ever read loewen's book "lies across america"?  such a promising topic, sbut uch an intensely superficial book...    hopefully his work has improved since then.    you might like to follow up with robert fogelson's excellent book on restrictive convenants in american suburbs:


http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300124170


(http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/images/full13/9780300108767.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dr Newton on September 11, 2008, 01:53:21 PM
(http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/SundownTowns.jpg)

An interesting look into a "hidden dimension" of American racism. If you have ever wondered why blacks tend to live in bigger cities and urban centers this book explains how it wasn't an accident. It also talks about how racist states like Illinois and Indiana really where and shows that the South really wasn't the center of racism in our country.

Weren't you arguing that the South WAS the center of racism in the country just a few months ago?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Gatoraids on September 11, 2008, 02:08:33 PM
(http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/SundownTowns.jpg)

An interesting look into a "hidden dimension" of American racism. If you have ever wondered why blacks tend to live in bigger cities and urban centers this book explains how it wasn't an accident. It also talks about how racist states like Illinois and Indiana really where and shows that the South really wasn't the center of racism in our country.

Weren't you arguing that the South WAS the center of racism in the country just a few months ago?

I think that was the Gipper, also until I read this book I didn't understand how widespread racism was in the North.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Gatoraids on September 11, 2008, 02:09:04 PM
have you ever read loewen's book "lies across america"?  such a promising topic, sbut uch an intensely superficial book...    hopefully his work has improved since then.    you might like to follow up with robert fogelson's excellent book on restrictive convenants in american suburbs:


http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300124170


Thanks I will look into it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 11, 2008, 02:22:30 PM
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon



did you manage to finish it?  is it worth the struggle?

dude, it's taking me so long. i've finished the first 2 parts out of 4 but i'm only a little more than a third done. it's not a quick read in any way, shape, or form. it's so complicated, dense, and expansive. and like i've said, i usually have no problem with dense books. i do think it will be worth it when i finish though. it'll just take me a lot longer than i hoped.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on February 15, 2009, 08:30:53 AM
Bump
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: papasmurfsdog on February 17, 2009, 10:56:18 PM
(http://www.dreadcentral.com/img/news/aug06/iamlegendbook.jpg)
I know its cliche but it's way better than the movie
I always liked Catcher in the Rye too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: McGarngle on February 18, 2009, 01:28:12 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on February 18, 2009, 09:06:02 PM
(http://www.bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/books_v_cigarettes.large.jpg)

(http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0fgC5DLwoXNkLkseKiPx03B6orM*C1mPYQTjVTaVAYSyCTZBkrOkZf4yeEwHwbyS8*MMKBZTzy1GUw3OOaXEAeix6y0iPo9kyf8bBXQUN7PLW0DzUpB4lqaWWEWnQeI4*P2Mz39a04P!agcSHoGHiJs*OG7Mh2RK8NcTUfAek!NvslTuKhmtmSg/Homage-to-Catalonia-Dust-Jacket-pub-by-Secker-and-Warburg-1938.jpg)

(http://covers.fwis.com/images/items/477.jpg)

(http://dangerousbooks.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/n520.jpg)

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(http://www.sdi.re.kr/library/newbook/0410-title/29427L.jpg)

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Narcissus on March 06, 2009, 01:07:17 PM
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: intothevoid on March 06, 2009, 05:22:48 PM
currently reading The Satanic Bible, not too bad.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: BrojaySimpson on March 07, 2009, 01:35:09 AM
like most things in my life, i've used the "drunk" factor into what is great or not. so...any hemingway, bukowski, palahnuik, kerouac, fitzgerald, burgess
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on March 07, 2009, 05:26:14 AM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n22830.jpg)
Good little detective novel.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mr. otsu on March 07, 2009, 06:37:25 AM
like most things in my life, i've used the "drunk" factor into what is great or not. so...any hemingway, bukowski, palahnuik, kerouac, fitzgerald, burgess


finished on the road recently, and wasn't really into it.  Didn't feel like it went anywhere; maybe I'm missing the point?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: BrojaySimpson on March 07, 2009, 08:24:09 AM
like most things in my life, i've used the "drunk" factor into what is great or not. so...any hemingway, bukowski, palahnuik, kerouac, fitzgerald, burgess


finished on the road recently, and wasn't really into it.  Didn't feel like it went anywhere; maybe I'm missing the point?

it's just about taking trips with your bros. and, if you're a beatnik, you'll end up working in a mexican migrant camp.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: RaunchyKid on March 07, 2009, 08:55:10 AM
Slaughterhouse 5 and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave are both popular books but are really good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on March 07, 2009, 09:01:54 AM
Slaughterhouse 5 and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave are both popular books but are really good.


My favoritest book ever

Vonnegut rules!

(http://www.recreatingtampa.com/readingtampa/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/vonnegutsmoking.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tompettyandtheforeskins on March 09, 2009, 05:07:24 PM
Norwegian Wood by Murakami was really good. There are some excellent reads here.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CigaretteBeer on March 09, 2009, 05:39:53 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: gentle. on March 09, 2009, 05:46:02 PM
i cant get myself to like bukowski. i actually cant stand him.

candide, puddnhead wilson, mother night
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on March 09, 2009, 06:47:57 PM
fascinating non fiction:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71NKG2WX6EL.gif)
(http://api.ning.com/files/IlfIIvdxnUkyFn9816tjcS5Q57TRiQdkfhYRRxBJw9nwhAoxUKeFL5CYVsV3q1S9oHeuuTEmA6VOGyz*2PPIuO2VkMOp2VkF/outliers.jpg)
(http://www.cybercashology.com/images/blink.jpg)

fiction:
(http://www.juicemagazine.com/images/9-1-2007news/1newsmore/SkinemaCover.jpg)
(I actually laughed my ass off reading this one)

of those that have already been mentioned that i really enjoyed: the stranger, the dark tower series, and currently reading the journey to the end of the night.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rocklobster on March 09, 2009, 07:01:29 PM
Norwegian Wood by Murakami was really good. There are some excellent reads here.

i bought the book a while back but could never get past the 4th chapter, i should really go back and finish it....

the stranger by albert camus is short and amazing....
essays by Franz Kafka is good too....
The catcher in the rye is fun....

I would recommend the time travellers wife, even grown men cry when reading it...  on a side note, its a great book to pass to girls to seduce them....
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: gentle. on March 09, 2009, 07:02:46 PM
catcher in the rye sucked dick.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on March 09, 2009, 07:43:07 PM
Norwegian Wood by Murakami was really good. There are some excellent reads here.

i bought the book a while back but could never get past the 4th chapter, i should really go back and finish it....

the stranger by albert camus is short and amazing....
essays by Franz Kafka is good too....
The catcher in the rye is fun....

I would recommend the time travellers wife, even grown men cry when reading it...  on a side note, its a great book to pass to girls to seduce them....
gotta back you up on the time traveler's wife, that shit was good.

right now i'm entrenched in school-related reading.  including kafka's "the castle" and his collected shorts, twain's "pudd'nhead wilson and those extraordinary twins", and a grip of books that fall under the cyberpunk genre ("vurt", "dead lines", etc.)  i've got a ton of recreational stuff i want to get to but the school load's already a killer.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 09, 2009, 08:31:16 PM
all the classics have been mentioned.

this books dope, so is its later companion Something in This Book is True...which i like better but couldnt find a larger picture
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/1883319013.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)



this book is just a whole phone sex conversation, it's sexxxy
(http://www.cultfiction.com.au/images/vox-nicholson-baker-phone-sex-novel1.jpg)



Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 09, 2009, 08:36:12 PM
and as dude bro as this shit got it was still hilarious
(http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/2008/04/beer-in-hell.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VeganShawn on March 09, 2009, 08:37:42 PM
Slaughterhouse 5 and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave are both popular books but are really good.


My favoritest book ever

Vonnegut rules!

(http://www.recreatingtampa.com/readingtampa/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/vonnegutsmoking.jpg)


kilgore mfn trout ftw
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 09, 2009, 08:40:52 PM
hall-er.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rocklobster on March 10, 2009, 01:08:28 AM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3077/2577158482_18b4a6a5f5.jpg?v=0)

hah!!  i studied the stranger for a philosophy module a few sems ago!!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: WWD4D? on March 10, 2009, 01:27:10 AM
(http://home.earthlink.net/~copaceticom2/despiteeverything.jpg)
Double Deuce is really good too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on March 10, 2009, 03:40:59 AM
Agree on the Murakami.  Reading Dance Dance Dance.
anything by Paul Theroux
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: BrojaySimpson on March 10, 2009, 06:10:16 AM
and as dude bro as this shit got it was still hilarious
(http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/2008/04/beer-in-hell.jpg)



my sister got me this for christmas. i can't decide if she either has the wrong idea about the kind of person i am or she doesn't know me at all.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Fur Q on March 10, 2009, 07:49:53 AM
Agree on the Murakami.  Reading Dance Dance Dance.
anything by Paul Theroux


I'm down with Murakami too, I finished reading Kafka on the Shore not long back and enjoyed it. Check out Ghostwritten, No 9 Dream and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell if you want something similar.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sparksandblood on March 10, 2009, 10:29:36 AM
(http://i44.tinypic.com/2eebuk2.jpg)
really good, one of my favorites
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on October 08, 2009, 12:46:54 PM
moar
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on October 08, 2009, 01:05:51 PM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/the_ruined_map.large.jpg)
(http://www.monochrom.at/cracked/reviews/C_lemmy.jpg)
(http://www.bscreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/flow-my-tears-policeman-pkd.jpg)
(http://vintagebooks.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/the-wind-up-bird-chronicle1.jpg)

This is a link to Murakami's second novel, which was never released outside of Japan:
http://www.betz.lu/media/users/charel/pinball1973.pdf

Dude's new book should be out next year some time.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 08, 2009, 03:30:49 PM
you guys know vonnegut's second posthumous book is coming out sometime later this month right? i think it's like october 20th and it's called "look at the birdie." i'm so excited for that and the new, posthumous nabokov book which comes out in november.

personally, i'm about 100 pages away from finally finish gravity's rainbow. then i'm gonna start on re-reading "a portrait of the artist as a young man" by joyce. i figure i might as well reread it and see what i get/missed the first time after having read "ulysses." and hopefully i'll get "hocus pocus" by vonnegut out of the way on the plane ride home from vienna in december. i miss reading vonnegut, although i finally got a copy of "happy birthday, wanda june!" from a used bookstore in utrecht this summer and read it in about 2 hours one night and it was one of my favorite nights i had that summer.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: thieveslikeus on October 08, 2009, 03:37:02 PM
^ yes to "a portrait of the artist as a young man" and "dubliners
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: scootboard on October 08, 2009, 04:23:43 PM
currently reading camus. its good stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sparksandblood on October 08, 2009, 04:51:23 PM
(http://i37.tinypic.com/2e4gtip.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cold budweisers on October 08, 2009, 04:56:27 PM
i don't know if it's been mentioned, but i'm reading drop city currently and it is very good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ahl33 on October 08, 2009, 05:24:02 PM
currently reading camus. its good stuff.
the stranger?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on October 08, 2009, 06:01:53 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PyWKNgTzEhY/SRXqbYFDLEI/AAAAAAAADN0/sqKmVtvp0GQ/s400/2666Cover.jpg)

Pretty good so far, though I dont really have much time to read for pleasure.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: scootboard on October 08, 2009, 07:26:07 PM
currently reading camus. its good stuff.
the stranger?

naw right now im reading the fall, but thats comin up.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jildo on October 08, 2009, 07:53:59 PM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/everything_is_illuminated.large.jpg)
a good read

(http://images.indiebound.com/640/857/9780684857640.jpg)
for shock factor.

kinda cliche choices, but george orwell's 1984 and bukowski's women are both really good reads.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 08, 2009, 08:09:06 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PyWKNgTzEhY/SRXqbYFDLEI/AAAAAAAADN0/sqKmVtvp0GQ/s400/2666Cover.jpg)

Pretty good so far, though I dont really have much time to read for pleasure.

What is this?  That cover looks interesting.

I've been re-reading this book of short stories by HP Lovecraft.  I like that they are short so I can finish them in one sitting and not pick up the book again for a week and be lost, plus he is one of my favorite authors.  After re-reading Blood Meridean by Cormac McCarthy for the thousandth time I think I need to re-read The Road because I heard it is going to be released as a movie soon.  McCarthy's books are raw as fuck.  Anything that involves dudes making sulfur out of piss and ash, scalping motherfuckers, and kicking it by a tree decorated in dead infants is pretty ruthless.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on October 08, 2009, 08:33:30 PM
Fivepart novel about three literature scholars, a city in mexico with a history of hundreds of abducted women, etc. Written by the same guy who wrote The Savage Detectives.

 Haven´t read much of it yet, but it seems good so far. Got it recommended by a guy who knows his stuff.

Blood Meridian is insane, read it this summer. Borderline snuff at times! Wonder if Oprah would have let him get on the show if she´d read that instead of The Road...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNuc3sxzlyQ

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: vegan*shawn on October 08, 2009, 10:54:47 PM
About to start: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I heard an interview with her on NPR the other night and now I am curious to read her stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: aleksander on October 08, 2009, 11:11:00 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_A0OjNbJK3p0/SbdKNDWPZnI/AAAAAAAAAJs/83s0jdTaCeQ/s400/atlas+shrugged.jpg)

Finally got around to reading Ayn Rand. I'm like 900 pages in and don't want it to end. She truly had a gift. This book is inspiring.

(http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/img/gray_12_08.jpg)

This is the back cover of The Philosopher and the Wolf. It's about a philosophy professor/drunk and his pet wolf he had for like ten years. An amazing read, especially if you like animals more than you like people. This book inspires you to kill.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on October 10, 2009, 11:44:33 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_A0OjNbJK3p0/SbdKNDWPZnI/AAAAAAAAAJs/83s0jdTaCeQ/s400/atlas+shrugged.jpg)

Finally got around to reading Ayn Rand. I'm like 900 pages in and don't want it to end. She truly had a gift. This book is inspiring.


Be careful of this one, her propaganda is powerful. You'll turn into a right wing nut and start stockpiling weapons, in preparation to secede from a society you perceive to be spineless and crumbling. At least for a little while.






(http://dicampbell.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/high_fidelity2.jpg)
just finished this, pretty good (the movie has got nothing on the book).  its funny to know that males elsewhere have the same sort of dysfunctional relationships and fears of commitment/contentment




there's a bit of sci-fi over the last few pages, if you're interested in the genre this is a must read:
(http://www.planetpinkngreen.com/wp-content/uploads/2008NOW_/dune_frank_herbert.jpg)







Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Upgrayedd on October 11, 2009, 12:20:20 AM

kinda cliche choices, but george orwell's 1984 and bukowski's women are both really good reads.

i love orwell's work. I've only read excerpts of bukowski's stuff, very strabge. Sadly im not as big of a reader as i wished, its hard to get me into books
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 11, 2009, 08:10:03 AM
cold and rainy outside.  good day to read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on October 11, 2009, 09:52:17 AM

kinda cliche choices, but george orwell's 1984 and bukowski's women are both really good reads.

i love orwell's work. I've only read excerpts of bukowski's stuff, very strabge. Sadly im not as big of a reader as i wished, its hard to get me into books

i really didnt like 1984. the way it was written just bore me to hell, i stopped reading about 2/3. though all the analogies of nazi germany were kind of interesting
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on October 11, 2009, 10:10:25 AM
I just finished Frankenstein.  So much different from the pop culture idea of Frankenstein everybody grows up knowing about.  It was a really good read.

1984 blew me away when I read it a few years ago.  I still consider it my favorite book.  But I also grew up in a very strict religious family where we were not allowed to question anything.  It touched me on a more personal level I suppose. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 11, 2009, 11:58:13 AM

kinda cliche choices, but george orwell's 1984 and bukowski's women are both really good reads.

i love orwell's work. I've only read excerpts of bukowski's stuff, very strabge. Sadly im not as big of a reader as i wished, its hard to get me into books

read bukowski then. his books were made for that type
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Flashlight on October 11, 2009, 05:36:44 PM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x0/x805.jpg)
this book has me fucked up in all kinds of ways. he breaks down how people are controlled by images and words, among other things
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on October 11, 2009, 08:22:41 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PyWKNgTzEhY/SRXqbYFDLEI/AAAAAAAADN0/sqKmVtvp0GQ/s400/2666Cover.jpg)

Pretty good so far, though I dont really have much time to read for pleasure.

read this over the summer. so good. the book of amilfitano is my favorite. the crazy thing is that this book gets so much hype for covering the murders in juarez yet when you get to the part about the murders it's basically a laundry list and feels very clinical. awesome read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Upgrayedd on October 11, 2009, 09:05:20 PM

kinda cliche choices, but george orwell's 1984 and bukowski's women are both really good reads.

i love orwell's work. I've only read excerpts of bukowski's stuff, very strabge. Sadly im not as big of a reader as i wished, its hard to get me into books

read bukowski then. his books were made for that type

ive read a few passages here and there online, i enjoyed em pretty good. i may have to look into snatching a few books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: snickers on October 13, 2009, 04:02:16 AM
(http://journeyofathousandwords.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/mother_nightlarge.jpg)
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c0/c3214.jpg)
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n17133.jpg)
(http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/g/GrapesOfWrath/lgimage/TheJungle.jpg)
(http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/1785-1/%7B9050284F-C07D-4226-B057-033CCC13A8C2%7DImg100.jpg)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cQIVwb8RL.jpg)
just some of my favorite books/short story compilations
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Beer Keg Peg Leg on October 13, 2009, 04:56:45 AM
(http://a2.vox.com/6a00c2252c8168604a00e398e370aa0004-500pi)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on October 13, 2009, 05:37:35 AM
I fully back the Haruki Murakami recommendations.  Wind-up Bird Chronicle is my fav., but most of his novels are better than average. 


Michael Chabon-The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  This won the Pulitzer in 2001.  Big book, but worth the read.


Tom Robbins-Jitterbug Perfume

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on October 13, 2009, 06:30:09 AM
Just read this:
(http://mockduck.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/0876853904-01-lzzzzzzz.jpg)

Really good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 13, 2009, 08:02:33 AM
(http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x0/x805.jpg)
this book has me fucked up in all kinds of ways. he breaks down how people are controlled by images and words, among other things

burroughs is awesome. i went on a big kick reading him after i read "naked lunch" in high school.

and aleksander-you like ayn rand? i've never gotten around to reading any of her stuff all the way through (and frankly, i don't really want to), and yeah, she has a talent for plotlines but all of the excerpts i have read of hers have been mediocre at best. maybe i just need to sit down and try to read "atlas shrugged" or "the fountainhead" though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on October 13, 2009, 08:23:01 AM
I didn't go through this whole thread yet, but here's a few I read this summer that I would recommend

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on October 13, 2009, 03:36:53 PM
(http://www.hclibrary.org/highlyrecommended/wp-content/uploads/image/John/homicidebook.jpg)

Currently reading this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: you took to much on October 13, 2009, 04:02:24 PM
(http://www.jimbooks.com/images/martineden.jpg)

have any of you read this book? its one of my favorites, such a good read. the first half is pretty slow, but once it gets going its incredible. i would be psyched to hear someone elses opinion about it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on October 13, 2009, 04:10:59 PM
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Got this a few weeks ago, but haven't had as much time to read as I'd hoped.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on October 13, 2009, 07:12:36 PM
Just finished this:

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on October 13, 2009, 08:42:48 PM
I didn't go through this whole thread yet, but here's a few I read this summer that I would recommend

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/adaptiveblue_img/books/best_of_h_p_lovecraft_bloodcurdling_tales_of_horror_macabre/hp_lovecraft)

Just finished The Call of Cthulhu by Lovecraft.  I wanna read more.  Any recommendations on what to read next??
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: the ragamuffin on October 13, 2009, 08:59:53 PM
These aren't novels, but I'm taking a class in human spirituality, and so far the book list has been eye-opening:


(http://grammarpolice.net/images/myth_of_sisyphus.jpg)

(http://gymkhana.iitb.ac.in/~hostel5/Liby/siddhartha-cover-2.jpg)

Plus Natural History of Religion by David Hume.

If you have any interest in what the fuck we are doing here, read these.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brooklyn brawler on October 15, 2009, 09:58:36 PM
The only way off the internet is to print it out.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 05:00:00 AM
(http://home.planet.nl/~brouw724/images/Huxley4.jpg)
Got this a few weeks ago, but haven't had as much time to read as I'd hoped.

I've been wanting to read this as well you should lemme know how it is once you're finished. If you haven't already I highly recommend Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited. That's the system we're being herded into on a global scale, totalitarian socialism, humans born from artificially inseminated plastic bags only to serve a specific purpose in society, etc. Interestingly 33rd degree Mason Albert Mackey in his encyclopedia of Freemasonry says that , "Each of the pagan gods had, in addition to the public and open, a hidden worship paid to him to which none were admitted but those who had been carefully selected by preparatory ceremonies called initiation. This worship was always termed the Mysteries," I don't know if you study comparative religions at all but this is what Freemasonry is to Christianity. The ritual taht goes on in every meeting of every Masonic lodge is a direct form of sun worship with the Grandmaster, The Senior Warden, and the Junior Warden standing in the East, West, and South (respectively) and moving around the lodge i this fashion three times for the purpose of following the sun. Likewise, the story of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection is an allegory for annual movements of the sun during the winter solstice. Hence God's "son" the "light of the world" our "risen savior"laying dead for three days and then rising again. And in Brave New World the few remaining native peoples living on the savage reservation partake in a religious ceremony during which the sun dies on the cross. Aldous Huxley's brother Julien Huxley was the head of our government's eugenics department during the early 1900's and was responsible for supplying Hitler with a  generous amount of the eugenics technology that he used to forcibly sterilize and euthanize jews during the holocaust. The swastika is also a symbol for the sun. Coincidence? I think not. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 05:20:31 AM
For anyone interested in delving deeper into the foundations of our his-story and the world. Beware, however, downloading or owning any of these could very likely get you put on an "enemy combatant" list and if you push it too far you can be secretly imprisoned for three years with no contact from your lawyer or family, and in that time they are allowed to torture and execute you without a trial or due process of any sort...

The Ghost in the Machine ~Arthur Koestler
The Next Million Years ~Charles Galton Darwin
The Grand Chess Board ~Zbigniew Brzezinski
What Dare I Think ~Julian Huxley
Morals and Dogma ~Albert Pike
Welcome to the Monkey House ~Kurt Vonnegut
The Prince ~Niccolò Machiavelli
Occult Theocracy ~Lady Queensborough
The Secret Teachings of All Ages ~Manly P. Hall
The New Atlantis ~Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon Essays and NA ~Walter J. Black Inc.
Utilitarizam ~John Stuart Mill
Brave New World (and Revisited) ~Aldous Huxley
1984 ~George Orwell
The Republic ~Plato (A MUST READ)
The Legacy of Ashes:History of the CIA ~Tim Weiner
The Anglo American Establishment ~Carrol Quigley
Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time ~Carrol Quigley
America's Secret Establishment ~Anthony Sutton
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler ~Anthony Sutton
National Suicide ~Anthony Sutton
The Best Enemy Money Can Buy ~Anthony Sutton
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution ~Anthony Sutton
The Companion Bible ~Ethelbert W. Bullinger
The Ancient Mysteries ~Marvin W. Meyer
Cutting Through the Matrix Vol. 1,2, and 3 ~Alan Watt (www.cuttingthroughthematrix.com)
The Hidden History of the Human Race (Forbidden Archeology) ~Michael Cremo
Code of the Illuminati (Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism) ~Abbe Barruel
Letters on the Masonic Institution ~John Quincy Adams
The Open Conspiracy ~H.G. Wells
The New World Order ~H.g. Wells
The New World Order ~Adolf Hitler
Fire and Ice ~Edred Flowers
Bloodlines of the Illuminati ~Fritz Springmeier
Codex Magica ~Texe Marrs
Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry ~Albert Mackey
A New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry ~Arthur Edward Waite
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy ~Manly P. Hall
The Man Who Would Be King ~Rudyard Kipling
Anthem ~Ayn Rand
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VincyPrincy on October 16, 2009, 08:21:14 AM
I don't think anyone on here has mentioned Freakonomics yet? Great book changes the way you look at everything. I think I read it in a week. Also SuperFreakonomics comes out on the 20th
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 08:37:15 AM
I don't think anyone on here has mentioned Freakonomics yet? Great book changes the way you look at everything. I think I read it in a week. Also SuperFreakonomics comes out on the 20th

what's it about?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VincyPrincy on October 16, 2009, 09:25:29 AM
Basically looking at everyday things and breaking them down in a way an Economist would. Focusing only on the facts and numbers.

from Amazon

Some of his conclusions are less than earth-shattering. For example, African-American names (DeShawn, Latanya) don't influence African-American test performance. As a second example, Levitt compiled data regarding online dating websites and concluded that bald men and overweight women fared badly. Not rocket science.

However, Levitt livens up the book with some controversial discussions. He believes that the dramatic drop in crime in the 1990s can be traced to Roe v. Wade. He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often.

He also writes about the man who more or less singlehandedly contributed to the KKK's demise by infiltrating their group and leaking their secret passwords and rituals to the people behind the Superman comic book (Superman needed a new enemy).

Interestingly, he also discusses how overbearing parents don't contribute to a child's success. For example, having a lot of books in the house has a positive influence on children's test scores, but reading to a child a lot has no effect. Highly educated parents are also a plus, while limiting children's television time is irrelevant. Similarly, political candidates who have a lot of money to finance their campaigns are still out of luck if no one likes them.

In the chapter entitled "Why Drug Dealers Live With Their Mothers," Levitt explores the economics of drug dealing. An Indian, Harvard-affiliated scholar decided to get up close and personal with crack gangs and got some notebooks documenting their finances. Levitt concludes that drug dealers' empires are a lot like McDonald's or the publishing industry in Manhattan - only the people on the very top of the pyramid do well financially, while the burger flippers, editorial assistants, and low-level drug runners don't (indeed, some of them work for free, or in return for protection!)

The topics in Superfreakonomics which comes out on the 20th.
How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
How much good do car seats do?
What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
Did TV cause a rise in crime?
What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: floop on October 16, 2009, 09:29:19 AM
i'm readin this

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on October 16, 2009, 09:39:17 AM
Right now I'm reading Pride and Prejudice for a literature course i'm doing.

Fuck is it boring.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 09:41:02 AM
Basically looking at everyday things and breaking them down in a way an Economist would. Focusing only on the facts and numbers.

from Amazon

Some of his conclusions are less than earth-shattering. For example, African-American names (DeShawn, Latanya) don't influence African-American test performance. As a second example, Levitt compiled data regarding online dating websites and concluded that bald men and overweight women fared badly. Not rocket science.

However, Levitt livens up the book with some controversial discussions. He believes that the dramatic drop in crime in the 1990s can be traced to Roe v. Wade. He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often.

He also writes about the man who more or less singlehandedly contributed to the KKK's demise by infiltrating their group and leaking their secret passwords and rituals to the people behind the Superman comic book (Superman needed a new enemy).

Interestingly, he also discusses how overbearing parents don't contribute to a child's success. For example, having a lot of books in the house has a positive influence on children's test scores, but reading to a child a lot has no effect. Highly educated parents are also a plus, while limiting children's television time is irrelevant. Similarly, political candidates who have a lot of money to finance their campaigns are still out of luck if no one likes them.

In the chapter entitled "Why Drug Dealers Live With Their Mothers," Levitt explores the economics of drug dealing. An Indian, Harvard-affiliated scholar decided to get up close and personal with crack gangs and got some notebooks documenting their finances. Levitt concludes that drug dealers' empires are a lot like McDonald's or the publishing industry in Manhattan - only the people on the very top of the pyramid do well financially, while the burger flippers, editorial assistants, and low-level drug runners don't (indeed, some of them work for free, or in return for protection!)

The topics in Superfreakonomics which comes out on the 20th.
How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
How much good do car seats do?
What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
Did TV cause a rise in crime?
What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?


interesting thanks for the tip I'm gonna have to check this one out.

"He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often." I am more than willing to bet that's true. Thanks to planned parenthood there is now one black child aborted for every black child born. Margaret Sanger specifically wrote in her own publications that her reason for inventing birth control was to exterminate the black race. I shit you not.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 16, 2009, 10:52:19 AM
Basically looking at everyday things and breaking them down in a way an Economist would. Focusing only on the facts and numbers.

from Amazon

Some of his conclusions are less than earth-shattering. For example, African-American names (DeShawn, Latanya) don't influence African-American test performance. As a second example, Levitt compiled data regarding online dating websites and concluded that bald men and overweight women fared badly. Not rocket science.

However, Levitt livens up the book with some controversial discussions. He believes that the dramatic drop in crime in the 1990s can be traced to Roe v. Wade. He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often.

He also writes about the man who more or less singlehandedly contributed to the KKK's demise by infiltrating their group and leaking their secret passwords and rituals to the people behind the Superman comic book (Superman needed a new enemy).

Interestingly, he also discusses how overbearing parents don't contribute to a child's success. For example, having a lot of books in the house has a positive influence on children's test scores, but reading to a child a lot has no effect. Highly educated parents are also a plus, while limiting children's television time is irrelevant. Similarly, political candidates who have a lot of money to finance their campaigns are still out of luck if no one likes them.

In the chapter entitled "Why Drug Dealers Live With Their Mothers," Levitt explores the economics of drug dealing. An Indian, Harvard-affiliated scholar decided to get up close and personal with crack gangs and got some notebooks documenting their finances. Levitt concludes that drug dealers' empires are a lot like McDonald's or the publishing industry in Manhattan - only the people on the very top of the pyramid do well financially, while the burger flippers, editorial assistants, and low-level drug runners don't (indeed, some of them work for free, or in return for protection!)

The topics in Superfreakonomics which comes out on the 20th.
How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
How much good do car seats do?
What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
Did TV cause a rise in crime?
What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?


interesting thanks for the tip I'm gonna have to check this one out.

"He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often." I am more than willing to bet that's true. Thanks to planned parenthood there is now one black child aborted for every black child born. Margaret Sanger specifically wrote in her own publications that her reason for inventing birth control was to exterminate the black race. I shit you not.

sanger didn't invent birth control. she started planned parenthood and brought the diaphragm to the states. russell marker invented the pill, one of the first "widespread" birth control products. i can't really make a comment on her eugenic policies, but she didn't want to exterminate blacks. and connected to your list of books that could get me placed in a secret prison, i own several of those and very few of them have anything absurdly anti-government or delves too much into anything conspiracy related. especially "welcome to the monkey house." and the republic, while somewhat eye-opening, is nowhere near a "must read." plato and his ideal/absolutism is one of the worst philosophies ever.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 16, 2009, 11:04:18 AM
Beware, however, downloading or owning any of these could very likely get you put on an "enemy combatant" list and if you push it too far you can be secretly imprisoned for three years with no contact from your lawyer or family, and in that time they are allowed to torture and execute you without a trial or due process of any sort...

1984 ~George Orwell


lol, looks lyke every1 i no gonna go to area 51. hopefully dose aliens smoke mad herb
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rawbertson. on October 16, 2009, 11:22:06 AM
Quote from: Fetus
All books suck.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 11:28:19 AM
Basically looking at everyday things and breaking them down in a way an Economist would. Focusing only on the facts and numbers.

from Amazon

Some of his conclusions are less than earth-shattering. For example, African-American names (DeShawn, Latanya) don't influence African-American test performance. As a second example, Levitt compiled data regarding online dating websites and concluded that bald men and overweight women fared badly. Not rocket science.

However, Levitt livens up the book with some controversial discussions. He believes that the dramatic drop in crime in the 1990s can be traced to Roe v. Wade. He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often.

He also writes about the man who more or less singlehandedly contributed to the KKK's demise by infiltrating their group and leaking their secret passwords and rituals to the people behind the Superman comic book (Superman needed a new enemy).

Interestingly, he also discusses how overbearing parents don't contribute to a child's success. For example, having a lot of books in the house has a positive influence on children's test scores, but reading to a child a lot has no effect. Highly educated parents are also a plus, while limiting children's television time is irrelevant. Similarly, political candidates who have a lot of money to finance their campaigns are still out of luck if no one likes them.

In the chapter entitled "Why Drug Dealers Live With Their Mothers," Levitt explores the economics of drug dealing. An Indian, Harvard-affiliated scholar decided to get up close and personal with crack gangs and got some notebooks documenting their finances. Levitt concludes that drug dealers' empires are a lot like McDonald's or the publishing industry in Manhattan - only the people on the very top of the pyramid do well financially, while the burger flippers, editorial assistants, and low-level drug runners don't (indeed, some of them work for free, or in return for protection!)

The topics in Superfreakonomics which comes out on the 20th.
How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
How much good do car seats do?
What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
Did TV cause a rise in crime?
What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?


interesting thanks for the tip I'm gonna have to check this one out.

"He thinks that the children who would have committed crimes (due to being brought up by impoverished, teenage, single mothers) are simply not being born as often." I am more than willing to bet that's true. Thanks to planned parenthood there is now one black child aborted for every black child born. Margaret Sanger specifically wrote in her own publications that her reason for inventing birth control was to exterminate the black race. I shit you not.

sanger didn't invent birth control. she started planned parenthood and brought the diaphragm to the states. russell marker invented the pill, one of the first "widespread" birth control products. i can't really make a comment on her eugenic policies, but she didn't want to exterminate blacks. and connected to your list of books that could get me placed in a secret prison, i own several of those and very few of them have anything absurdly anti-government or delves too much into anything conspiracy related. especially "welcome to the monkey house." and the republic, while somewhat eye-opening, is nowhere near a "must read." plato and his ideal/absolutism is one of the worst philosophies ever.

That's because those books have less to do with whatever governing state is in power at any given time, but rather the religion that mandates the existence of such a state, "And so the man returns into the country of the lotus eaters, and takes up his dwelling there, in the face of all men; and if any help be sent to the oligarchical part of him, the aforesaid vain conceits shut the gate of the kings fastness; and they will neither allow the embassy itself to enter, nor if private advisers offer the fatherly counsel of the aged will they listen to them or receive them. There is a battle and they gain the day, and then modesty, which they call silliness, is ignominiously thrust into exile by them, and temperance, which they nick-name unmanliness, is trampled in the mire and cast forth; they persuade men that moderation and orderly expenditure are vulgarity and meanness, and so, by the help of a rabble of evil appetites, they drive them beyond the border. Yes, with a will. ANd when they have swept clean the soul of him who is now in their power and who is being initiated by them in great mysteries, the next thing is to bring back to their house insolence and anarchy and impudence in bright array, having garlands on their heads and a great company with them, hymning their praises and calling them by sweet names," (book 8) understanding and espousing the machinations of that religion is what's gonna get you on somebody's shit list cause this is the largest religion in the world and always has been, and all departments of all governing states throughout the entire world use variations of this religion's symbols as their emblems. Most of us just aren't aware of that due to the fact that it's initiates are under no circumstances supposed to admit that it is indeed a religion. They continually insist that it's "just a fraternity." As for Sanger you're right that she herself did not invent birth control and I perhaps should have phrased that better but she did expose the fact that birth control had been invented for the purpose of eugenics (weeding out inferior races) and she specifically fingered the black race claiming that they were human weeds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEja-1emRic
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 16, 2009, 11:35:53 AM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 11:40:42 AM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

what other purpose could it possibly serve, other than to emotionally and psychologically castrate the natural biological function of sex intended by our genetic makeup and all the responsibilities and emotions that are supposed to come with it? This war on the minds of women has been underway for a long time and I don't think anyone can deny that we're seeing the obvious effects in the form of most "liberated" (liberated from what?) women not having completely functional minds that can comprehend anything deeper than the most surface level hollow social pleasantry and only being capable of doublethink in a majority of instances. Even Gloria Steinem was shilling for the CIA


 lol I just noticed it turned "(book 8 ) into a smiley face
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pilsen on October 16, 2009, 12:13:40 PM
About to start: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I heard an interview with her on NPR the other night and now I am curious to read her stuff.
finished that a couple weeks ago, its prety good like a theocratic 1984 from a woman's perspective

also just read the wayward bus and the moon is down by Steinbeck, he's probably my favorite author right now

wampeters foma and grandfalloons (opinions) is my favorite vonnegut book  just a collection of essays and lectures mostly about his opinions on the state of the world

started The Shock Doctrine- Naomi Klein, so far its been pretty interesting, about the crimes of Milton Friendman, the chicago school of economics and laissez-faire economics
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rawbertson. on October 16, 2009, 12:26:30 PM
i dont think i could ever read a book about life. i have done enough mushrooms to know what over thinking your life is.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on October 16, 2009, 02:05:41 PM
this thread's a goldmine, all i have to add is this:

(http://www.collider.com/uploads/imageGallery/Inferno_the/dante_s_inferno_image__1_.jpg)

revisiting it again and felt it worthy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 16, 2009, 02:50:23 PM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

yah think about it for a minute. if we didn't have birth control we would have even more oyrish and italians running around. they are white folk with big families. maybe we could have white washed the world without birth control

besides, i think the main point of that chapter of freakanomics was that legalizing abortions in the early 70's resulted in less crime during 90's
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 16, 2009, 03:25:59 PM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

yah think about it for a minute. if we didn't have birth control we would have even more oyrish and italians running around. they are white folk with big families. maybe we could have white washed the world without birth control

besides, i think the main point of that chapter of freakanomics was that legalizing abortions in the early 70's resulted in less crime during 90's

that chapter isn't really how we got onto the conversation of birth control though.

this thread's a goldmine, all i have to add is this:

(http://www.collider.com/uploads/imageGallery/Inferno_the/dante_s_inferno_image__1_.jpg)

revisiting it again and felt it worthy.

i just finished reading selections of this for a class and remembered how awesome it is. have you ever read "purgatorio" and "paradiso?" you will catch a lot more from "inferno" if you read those two.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 420 on October 16, 2009, 03:53:23 PM
(http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/images/american_freemasons_book_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 08:50:08 PM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

yah think about it for a minute. if we didn't have birth control we would have even more oyrish and italians running around. they are white folk with big families. maybe we could have white washed the world without birth control

besides, i think the main point of that chapter of freakanomics was that legalizing abortions in the early 70's resulted in less crime during 90's

Ironically that's exactly what Darwin said in Descent of Man: That the Irish were all evolutionary dead ends and that if the preferred breeding stock mixed with the common stock that history would, "March backwards into the swirling mists of the dawnless past."

Why do people revere as some great scientific leader a man who only ever earned a degree in THEOLOGY, anyway? Maybe it's because they've been indoctrinated into a religious belief without even realizing it.

And, as for reducing crime, maybe if we hadn't been herded into artificial civilizations (the "beehive" as Plato called it, and was consequently criticized by the brothers of his particular order of the Orphic mystery cults for revealing the true meaning of one of their symbols) via the dialectic process and then given a grotesque and barbaric mass culture we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. Last i checked the bushmen haev been the same for millenia and they don't kill, steal, or rape each other.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 08:59:54 PM
(http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/images/american_freemasons_book_cover.jpg)

AHHHHHHHahahahaha you're funny. For a more accurate appraisal you should all read Letters on The Masonic Institution by JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, who was spurred to write about the true nature of this religious cult of socialism and eugenics after they murdered his good friend William Morgen for defecting from the lodge and publishing an expose on the first three degrees. So I atke it you're the son of a Freemason? Or an initiate yourself??? That's the only possible reason I can conceive of why you would make such feeble attempt to divert the discourse by directing us to this propaganda. Have you progressed beyond the blue lodge yet?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on October 16, 2009, 09:02:01 PM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

yah think about it for a minute. if we didn't have birth control we would have even more oyrish and italians running around. they are white folk with big families. maybe we could have white washed the world without birth control

besides, i think the main point of that chapter of freakanomics was that legalizing abortions in the early 70's resulted in less crime during 90's

Ironically that's exactly what Darwin said in Descent of Man: That the Irish were all evolutionary dead ends and that if the preferred breeding stock mixed with the common stock that history would, "March backwards into the swirling mists of the dawnless past."

Why do people revere as some great scientific leader a man who only ever earned a degree in THEOLOGY, anyway? Maybe it's because they've been indoctrinated into a religious belief without even realizing it.

And, as for reducing crime, maybe if we hadn't been herded into artificial civilizations (the "beehive" as Plato called it, and was consequently criticized by the brothers of his particular order of the Orphic mystery cults for revealing the true meaning of one of their symbols) via the dialectic process and then given a grotesque and barbaric mass culture we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. Last i checked the bushmen haev been the same for millenia and they don't kill, steal, or rape each other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAZ8xwXE5UY
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 09:14:10 PM
well, this is not the place to get into this debate nor do i really want to. but i do disagree that birth control was invented for eugenic purposes. just because one of its largest supporters was a eugenist, doesn't mean the invention itself existed for that reason.

yah think about it for a minute. if we didn't have birth control we would have even more oyrish and italians running around. they are white folk with big families. maybe we could have white washed the world without birth control

besides, i think the main point of that chapter of freakanomics was that legalizing abortions in the early 70's resulted in less crime during 90's

Ironically that's exactly what Darwin said in Descent of Man: That the Irish were all evolutionary dead ends and that if the preferred breeding stock mixed with the common stock that history would, "March backwards into the swirling mists of the dawnless past."

Why do people revere as some great scientific leader a man who only ever earned a degree in THEOLOGY, anyway? Maybe it's because they've been indoctrinated into a religious belief without even realizing it.

And, as for reducing crime, maybe if we hadn't been herded into artificial civilizations (the "beehive" as Plato called it, and was consequently criticized by the brothers of his particular order of the Orphic mystery cults for revealing the true meaning of one of their symbols) via the dialectic process and then given a grotesque and barbaric mass culture we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. Last i checked the bushmen haev been the same for millenia and they don't kill, steal, or rape each other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAZ8xwXE5UY

lol you keeping score?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: //////////// on October 16, 2009, 10:25:49 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/3003039207_4ce9c15121.jpg)
ps. newspeak, stop posting, you're giving me a headache with all your mumbojumbo doodoo talk.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 10:38:13 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/3003039207_4ce9c15121.jpg)
ps. newspeak, stop posting, you're giving me a headache with all your mumbojumbo doodoo talk.

"doodoo talk"

talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: //////////// on October 16, 2009, 11:12:59 PM
no not at all.

you're straight doodoo kid.
 and don't quote someone who posted right above you, it's bad etiquette.
 better yet, don't post at all.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 16, 2009, 11:26:38 PM
no not at all.

you're straight doodoo kid.
 and don't quote someone who posted right above you, it's bad etiquette.
 better yet, don't post at all.

oh boo hoo I'm not strictly adhering to unwritten social rules that don't exist outside of an artificial construct. I forgot skateboarding was all about following rules. If I'm as full of "doodoo" talk (which last I checked qualifies as anything vulgar or obscene, which this forum obviously has in droves and whcih I seem to be the only one not partaking in) as you claim then I challenge you to present a legitimate refutation of any of the information I have provided in the several posts I have made.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Newspeak on October 17, 2009, 02:16:24 AM
and the republic, while somewhat eye-opening, is nowhere near a "must read." plato and his ideal/absolutism is one of the worst philosophies ever.

I must congratulate you though, Oyolar, on not being blinded by the rhetoric surrounding a figure like Plato in our modern culture. I have a bunch of friends just getting back from the four year college thing and they are all SO sold on Plato it's ridiculous. None of them can accept it when I try to explain to them that he was essentially the grandmaster of his local Masonic lodge, hence the belief in socialism and eugenics. But it's just ridiculous because none of them have even read any of his dialogues in their entirety and they all just assume that he was some saint or visionary because their teachers painted a fancy mental picture of the guy for them. I picture all these college kids standing around at a kegger, having a race to shotgun beers, and then afterword smashing the can on their heads and screaming, "PLATOOOOOOOOO! WOOOOO!!!" lol

But look at this terrible Yale open courseware propaganda I stumbled across recently...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVQKbQVc2_w

Listen to this shill bastard trying to enchant these poor naive college kids with communism and eugenics. How shameful. And the whole time you can tell that not even he believes what he's trying to sell. If someone were to ask either of us about the book I am more than willing to bet that you'd be able to just speak fluently on subject without glancing at a pre-written speech every other sntence, judging from your post here, and I know for a fact that I would be able to as well because neither of us would be fooling ourselves. This guy has to fool himself to be able to fool everyone else. What truly disturbs me is that this is a school for the rich elite who will undoubtedly grow up to become the managerial class of the world, and he claims that there will always be at least one person who will keep referring back to Plato's Republic. Now THAT is disconcerting. But it's just terrible the way he tries to characterize horrific concepts it in a positive light by saying things like, "Plato envisioned a world in which children would work closely with each other in life far from the supervision of their parents," undoubtedly resulting in a lot of the freshly liberated college kids who are on their own two feet for the first time being brainwashed with some sort of rhetoric akin to, "Awww! Freedom for the youth," when, in reality, PLATO says that NO CHILDREN WILL EVER BE ALLOWED TO KNOW THEIR PARENTS AND NO PARENTS ALLOWED TO KNOW THEIR OWN CHILDREN. I can't believe that people seriously think they're getting a legitimate "education" when it's being given to them by some of the richest people in the world who STILL charge an arm and a leg for it, not to mention the fact that all the textbooks are printed by the same handful of elite, aristocratic families. But hye, let's not forget that Yale is home to one of the most influential publicly-visible mystery cults: The Skull and Bones

Check out thsi video my friend Prentice uploaded to his myspace of some crazy asses who climbed up on the wall of "the tomb" as they call it and filmed part of the initiation ritual of the Bonesmen...

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=23565125
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: boyan on October 17, 2009, 02:50:32 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8a/Betrayal%28LOF%29.jpg)

it came with a cd where someone reads the book fo you, in case you don't like reading that much
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: alrightythen on October 23, 2009, 03:40:32 PM
Im really into biographies right now. Also skimming through made for skate alot
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tonysean on October 23, 2009, 03:49:21 PM
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg216/sk8er4life26/Debt_of_Honour.jpg)
started out slow, but I'm really getting into it now.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on October 23, 2009, 04:29:54 PM
i was sick a week or so ago and my friend bought me this from the thrift store as a get better faster so we can skate sort of thing.

(http://www.audiolibra.com/images/lg_sn5320.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: get some on October 23, 2009, 05:03:23 PM
the Invisible Pyramid by Loren Eiseley
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on October 23, 2009, 09:59:29 PM
Reading this right now:

(http://madfear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/zombiesurvivalguide.jpg)

Its dope and might increase your chances of survival once the inevitable occurs.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on October 23, 2009, 11:49:54 PM
Reading this right now:

(http://madfear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/zombiesurvivalguide.jpg)

Its dope and might increase your chances of survival once the inevitable occurs.
I'm reading this right now too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jalopy james on October 24, 2009, 12:30:58 AM
don quixote is a pretty good read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on October 24, 2009, 01:04:00 PM
I didn't go through this whole thread yet, but here's a few I read this summer that I would recommend

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/adaptiveblue_img/books/best_of_h_p_lovecraft_bloodcurdling_tales_of_horror_macabre/hp_lovecraft)

Just finished The Call of Cthulhu by Lovecraft.  I wanna read more.  Any recommendations on what to read next??

Yea dude, my favorite story in that book was "The Whisper in Darkness" and its about these Crab-like aliens in the hills and caves of Vermont that Mine our planet for resources and kill any humans who interfere, It's seriously badass and the ending is epic.

Also the first story "Rats in the Walls" is cool as fuck.

Read the whole thing, every story is worth reading. Not a huge fan of the ghost type stories, I'm way more into his alien/monster stories but they are all good.

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg216/sk8er4life26/Debt_of_Honour.jpg)
started out slow, but I'm really getting into it now.

If you like Tom Clancy read "Without Remorse" It's about an ex special forces badmon who decides to get revenge on a drug ring that killed his girlfriend. Non stop action and ass kicking. Also you gotta read Rainbow Six , it's really good if your into the whole swat team thing.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: shrimp eyes on October 24, 2009, 01:27:43 PM
i have a phantom tollbooth tattoo.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on October 25, 2009, 08:17:40 AM
Reading this right now:

(http://madfear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/zombiesurvivalguide.jpg)

Its dope and might increase your chances of survival once the inevitable occurs.
I'm reading this right now too.

My girlfriended texted me today saying zombies had arrived... there's a zombie walk going in Toronto. I saw a couple. At first I tripped out and starting planning our escape from the city to the Great White North...

Which brings me to my next point, it would fucking suck being in a zombie outbreak in Canada... due to our tight guns laws.

our gun laws aren't really too tight, it's pretty easy to get your liscence and ownership, you just have to do a weekend course or something.

On the other hand, finding automatics in the event of a zombie outbreak would be hard to come by around here.

Fortunately, I think if you had a decent shotgun for close range and a hunting rifle for mid to long rang you'd be just fine.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 27, 2009, 12:46:38 AM
Reading this right now:

(http://madfear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/zombiesurvivalguide.jpg)

Its dope and might increase your chances of survival once the inevitable occurs.
I'm reading this right now too.

My girlfriended texted me today saying zombies had arrived... there's a zombie walk going in Toronto. I saw a couple. At first I tripped out and starting planning our escape from the city to the Great White North...

Which brings me to my next point, it would fucking suck being in a zombie outbreak in Canada... due to our tight guns laws.

our gun laws aren't really too tight, it's pretty easy to get your liscence and ownership, you just have to do a weekend course or something.

On the other hand, finding automatics in the event of a zombie outbreak would be hard to come by around here.

Fortunately, I think if you had a decent shotgun for close range and a hunting rifle for mid to long rang you'd be just fine.

haven't you guys learned anything from the guide? guns are only so useful.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ScreamingHand on October 27, 2009, 06:48:21 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v458/htramitz/indybookcover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: BabyKillaSeason on December 26, 2009, 09:55:49 AM
(http://images.absoluteastronomy.com/images/topicimages/t/th/this_side_of_paradise.gif)

Reading this right now.  I'm about half-way through.  It seems so fitting for a young college male to read.  I love it, makes me wish I was alive during the WW1 era.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on December 26, 2009, 10:13:56 AM
mother night was amazing, vonnegut kills
(http://images1.makefive.com/images/200904/5d1ad3572365d005.jpg)

this is probably the greatest contemporary philosophy book:
(http://www.hungchiayuan.com/images/uploads/The_Black_Swan.jpg)

just started on the myth of sisyphus, albert camus:
(http://www.sj33.cn/Article/UploadFiles/200903/20090306223245952.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: the ragamuffin on December 26, 2009, 10:33:28 AM
Camus is sick. You living the absurd life yet?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carbonite on December 26, 2009, 10:41:45 AM
got this book for Xmas...psyched:
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:o0zboV-wM5EVzM:http://www.greenwoods.com/img_fleury.jpg)

this dude killed it at life like few others, for sure...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cold budweisers on December 26, 2009, 11:05:31 AM
xmas? carbonite, i thought you were jewish. my world just ternt upside down.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carbonite on December 26, 2009, 11:16:36 AM
xmas? carbonite, i thought you were jewish. my world just ternt upside down.

it's cool bro, i am indeed still a jew.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on December 26, 2009, 11:17:41 AM
if you like history i'm halfway through nixonland right now and it's awesome. for nonfiction i just finished blood meridian and it's one of the best books i've ever read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on December 26, 2009, 04:12:41 PM
read the hobbit for the first time about one month ago and was enraptured. I'm halfway through the first book in this set, it's awesome. I noticed today that Stephen King's stories about Roland the Gunslinger and his Dark Tower are a well crafted, but serious pull on Tolkein's character Strider and the Rangers. Anyways, these stories are great.   

(http://tolkienlibrary.com/booksbytolkien/lotr/images/book.jpg)

This is a good one that i'm reading right now. It's concerning the plight of the Nez Perce tribe and the calculated destruction of Amerindian culture.

(http://fulbright.uark.edu/fulbrightreview/spring09/img/features/fr_indian_001.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sparksandblood on December 26, 2009, 04:22:44 PM
(http://i47.tinypic.com/105w76f.jpg)
In the middle of this one right now
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on December 26, 2009, 05:14:38 PM
(http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/demian_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: popeyesfriedchicken on December 26, 2009, 07:52:35 PM
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg216/sk8er4life26/Debt_of_Honour.jpg)
started out slow, but I'm really getting into it now.

tom clancy has some damn good books...  "without remorse" is probably my favorite.  they're supposed to be coming out with a movie based on it next year.  it could be an excellent movie depending on how well they stick to the plot. 

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0399138250.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.gif">

if anyone here wants any of his books in audiobook form i've got them all...  it's hard to find the torrent and when you do find it it's the slowest shit ever.  took like three weeks to finish.  most of his audiobooks if you try to buy them are only on cassette. 

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on December 27, 2009, 01:17:50 AM
I've got these two lined up next:

(http://blogs.roanoke.com/rtblogs/backcover/files/2009/12/look-at-the.jpg)
(http://knopfdoubleday.com/marketing/authorpages/the_original_of_laura.jpg).

Hopefully I'll start the Vonnegut on Monday and finish by Jan. 4th before I start classes again, then Nabokov, and then I'm gonna refocus on "Finnegans Wake" and try to get at least one more section done before summer starts.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on December 27, 2009, 04:05:43 AM
I've got these two lined up next:

(http://blogs.roanoke.com/rtblogs/backcover/files/2009/12/look-at-the.jpg)


Got my dad the Vonnegut for Christmas, gonna snag it when he's done reading it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: max power on December 27, 2009, 08:22:30 AM
(http://www.studioforbes.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/bicyclediaries-cover.jpg)
(http://nickcavefixes.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/bunnycover-us.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ChrisGilmour on December 27, 2009, 03:27:51 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2f/TheStranger_BookCover3.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tough omelette on December 27, 2009, 03:33:19 PM
(http://milesfromnowherethenovel.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/milesfromnowhere_coverfinal19.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: artichoke on December 27, 2009, 06:40:44 PM
That's a pretty sexy cover.^

Been working on this lately- it's a quick and interesting read, and you don't need to be too much of an urban planning nerd.
(http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/9781400066742.jpg)

I want to tackle this, but don't really know if i'll have the time with school starting again:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WTRQG7CSL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

My room mate got me this for christmas, waiting for a rainy day:
(http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/211bernard/uploaded_images/tao-of-wu_final-570x907-751233.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on December 27, 2009, 08:45:23 PM
Been working on this lately- it's a quick and interesting read, and you don't need to be too much of an urban planning nerd.
(http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/9781400066742.jpg)

i read most of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. it was good at first but got really repetitive. a lot of the ideas in it are still valid but its a shame they aren't utilized 

i just read:
(http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100856720/Images/87286100856720L.gif)

some of the articles are good, others are boring. if you ran out of buk to read you should still check it out
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: scootboard on December 27, 2009, 10:16:10 PM
labyrinth of solitude by octavio paz. im an annoying college student now so ive been reading all that nietzche stuff. society and its discontents by freud was good shit i read recently. real interesting stuff. im on break now so i finally have a chance to read some stuff i want to, lately its all been sartre/ camus. open to suggestions from anyone whos read the same sort.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ChrisGilmour on December 27, 2009, 10:29:10 PM
labyrinth of solitude by octavio paz. im an annoying college student now so ive been reading all that nietzche stuff. society and its discontents by freud was good shit i read recently. real interesting stuff. im on break now so i finally have a chance to read some stuff i want to, lately its all been sartre/ camus. open to suggestions from anyone whos read the same sort.

satre and camus is where its at for me at the moment too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on December 28, 2009, 01:56:44 AM
(http://www.hclibrary.org/highlyrecommended/wp-content/uploads/image/John/homicidebook.jpg)
currently reading this.  This next though:
(http://defencedebates.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/blackwater_the_rise_of_the_worlds_most_powerful_mercenary_army-1191860383411871.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dr. Evan on December 28, 2009, 04:54:37 PM
I just finished a book called "The Meaning of Life" by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.  I highly recommend this book for everyone.  It truly helps putting things in your life into a different and yet more fulfilling perspective.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on December 28, 2009, 05:33:12 PM
bill simmons is the man, although he is a huge celtic homer, this is going to be an amazing 700 page read.

(http://image.dealoz.com/image/us/716/663716.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on December 30, 2009, 09:58:09 PM
just received a kindle reader as a gift; gonna look into Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: popeyesfriedchicken on December 30, 2009, 10:02:42 PM
just received a kindle reader as a gift; gonna look into Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

let me know if those are worth the money...  was seriously thinking about getting one but i still don't see how any other way to read would be better than a printed book. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on December 30, 2009, 10:28:11 PM
just received a kindle reader as a gift; gonna look into Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

let me know if those are worth the money...  was seriously thinking about getting one but i still don't see how any other way to read would be better than a printed book. 

Here's my initial review just based off the past couple hours. The best thing about it is how the display looks; it looks paper-esque. In other words, there is no glow/glare that may come from something like a computer screen, like a matte display.  It reminds me of the fake screen shot displays on a cell phone at a store, because it does not seem to be on/off even when in sleep mode. In other words, it looks like I'll be able to read off the screen for extended periods of time, or as long as my attention span allows. The other main feature I like is that I can get first chapter previews before purchasing a book. So far I've read previews of four books and could tell that I was not interested in two of them. I also like how I don't have the physical conception of how many pages I have yet to read, so I can just read until I'm ready to stop, instead of feeling like I'm climbing some metaphorical mountain. A few other details are that you can select words and it'll tell you the definition at the bottom of the screen, you can change text size, pages are bookmarked immediately, you can make notes, and you can purchase a book anywhere without internet access.

The one con that I have found is that a few books that I searched for were not yet available, but you can request them. Coming from someone that does not often partake in leisure reading, I'd say that it's pretty amazing.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carbonite on December 31, 2009, 05:48:31 AM
bill simmons is the man, although he is a huge celtic homer, this is going to be an amazing 700 page read.

(http://image.dealoz.com/image/us/716/663716.jpg)


fuck--that's relatively new, right? gotta put that on the list...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Jack on December 31, 2009, 05:54:50 AM
(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb307/trustthedarkmen/jorgeluisborgefictions.jpg)

sooooooooo good
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on December 31, 2009, 10:06:40 AM
bill simmons is the man, although he is a huge celtic homer, this is going to be an amazing 700 page read.

(http://image.dealoz.com/image/us/716/663716.jpg)


fuck--that's relatively new, right? gotta put that on the list...

yeah it came out like a month ago. it's so good so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on December 31, 2009, 11:32:23 AM
(http://goudabuddhabooks.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/51wt94fwvkl.jpg)
(http://thebreakthrough.org/blog/2008/04/28/collapse.jpg)

knowledge expanders. jared diamond has to be the smartest guy
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 06, 2010, 09:55:55 PM
double post, trying not to let this thread die

(http://webpub.allegheny.edu/employee/e/epallant/Books/images/slaughterhouse_five.jpg)

just read this. i like aliens and world war 2 so it kept me interested

(http://utaslib.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/short_history_progress.jpg)

now im reading this. its been good so far. i was reading too much burroughs recently so something educational is a good change 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on January 06, 2010, 10:01:03 PM


now im reading this. its been good so far. i was reading too much burroughs recently so something educational is a good change 

William S. Burroughs? You can never read too much of him!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on January 06, 2010, 10:04:34 PM
Haven't been reading what I want to enough the last few months.  What's currently on the go:

(http://www.bhamweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/8menOut.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xRp87B-S5kQ/SiiqiAjLZ9I/AAAAAAAABlU/81a1OzC3sEI/s400/Travels+with+Charley.jpg)

Sven, I like the Guns and the Germs and the what have you, I'll have to check out his other shit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 06, 2010, 10:06:50 PM
i was going to start reading diamond guns and steel germs named jared today but realized i only have 4 days until i have to leave the house and thats not nearly enough time to finish it



now im reading this. its been good so far. i was reading too much burroughs recently so something educational is a good change 

William S. Burroughs? You can never read too much of him!

yah but i was reading the nova trilogy. once you see jizzom and some sort of boy fucking on each page you get a little jaded of it. naked lunch at least had some structure to it 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on January 06, 2010, 10:45:38 PM
rereading denis johnson's "jesus' son" again.  just finished "the march" by doctorow.  on plate next is mary robison's new book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Moist on January 06, 2010, 11:55:32 PM
Got this one for Christmas and just started on it. About a quarter of the way through now and its already really good. I've heard that the 2nd and 3rd books are even better than the first.

(http://leisurelylady.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on January 07, 2010, 12:16:55 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71XS0RCW3GL.gif)
Gnarly and depraved. I like southern and western backdrops and weird hillbilly shit, and McCarthy has one of the sickest writing styles.
(http://imbookingit.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/financial-lives-of-the-poets-2.jpg)
Sick book about a  middle aged guy whos life is pretty much crumbling around him so he attempts to become a weed dealer.
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_YhrLAYLQ8So/ST1SuGDRoyI/AAAAAAAAHLA/bJWvvFBwzHM/s400/Beat+the+Reaper+UK.jpg)
Fucking dope. Im about half way through right now and its all aces. About a former mafia hitman who is now a doctor under the witness protection program.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on January 07, 2010, 12:25:48 AM
Just read this:
(http://mockduck.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/0876853904-01-lzzzzzzz.jpg)

Really good.


reading it now and its very entertaining.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on January 07, 2010, 12:40:26 AM
(http://olivereader.com/images/uploads/lie_thumb.jpg)
Entertaining to say the least. A story about a bunch of assholes in Dallas.
(http://blondierocket.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/the_rum_diary.jpg)
Classic
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: gutterhead. on January 07, 2010, 01:14:30 AM
(http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/211bernard/uploaded_images/tao-of-wu_final-570x907-751233.jpg)
Just started this earlier this week and it's pretty damn interesting.

Edit:
oops didn't see the picture in that post up there, well anyway, it's pretty good so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on January 07, 2010, 08:25:08 AM
I got a book with two novels by Leonard Cohen for christmas from my grandmother.  The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers.  I finished THe Favourite Game, it was excellent.  Part way through Beautiful Losers and it's also fantastic.  Gotta finish it before next week when school will inevitably consume all my reading time and energy.  Both novels are pretty erotic, in a strange way that only Leonard Cohen could write. (http://www.canadiannewbooktitles.ca/fiction/fiction_1081.jpg)
(Couldn't find a bigger picture of the cover)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SFblah on January 07, 2010, 10:47:34 AM
Just started reading this last night.  I never got around to seeing the movie and I'm actually glad now.

(http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/images_7/Informant.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rawbertson. on January 07, 2010, 10:53:10 AM
i cant read worth shit
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 07, 2010, 01:24:10 PM
Jack Kerouac is a damn good writer and this book is just so interesting and real. It's filled with the awesome adventure of literally making up his road trip to where he can be taken to, seeing friends on the way that have such a magnificent personality that make you want to look for those kind of people in life. The character, Sal, is just living and doing something so grand that a lot of us may never get to experience. Damn good writing that is a great master piece, yet simple for people who have a hard time with reading. Try it before you buy it.
(http://www.weeklyreader.com/readandwriting/content/binary/on%20the%20road.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: whiteley on January 07, 2010, 01:32:52 PM
^ get "one quick move or i'm gone" on dvd from netflix. cool doc about kerouac after On The Road, when he was writing his next one, Big Sur.
just wrapped up Blood Meridian by cormac mccarthy. pretty incredible. no country for old men, the road, all the pretty horses and blood meridian all back to back over the last few months. interesting writing style that guy has.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on January 07, 2010, 01:41:50 PM
mccarthy just seems like a cool guy. he signed like 250 copies of the road and boxed them up and has them locked away so when his kid turns 18, he can sell them and use the money to do whatever he wants with it. those are the only signed copies in existence.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on January 07, 2010, 01:44:32 PM
(http://www.randomhouse.com.au/systempicts/9780099429043.jpg)

This books amazing. About a traveling bad-ass Dog who hitchhikes and be-friends all he crosses (unless there douche-bags). Has the smelliest toots ever too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 07, 2010, 02:06:57 PM
^ get "one quick move or i'm gone" on dvd from netflix. cool doc about kerouac after On The Road, when he was writing his next one, Big Sur.
just wrapped up Blood Meridian by cormac mccarthy. pretty incredible. no country for old men, the road, all the pretty horses and blood meridian all back to back over the last few months. interesting writing style that guy has.

I read Blood Meridian for the second time a few months ago. I've read All the Pretty Horses and the two books after it, Suttree, The Road and a few other books by him. I think some symbolism stuff probably goes over my head, but I really like Cormac McCarthy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 07, 2010, 02:18:43 PM
Right now I am reading Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. It's about his traveling to various cities to perform music or do art installation and his observations on life and culture. It's interesting, but it's not like a book that I pick up and can't put down. it's slow going.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on January 07, 2010, 02:29:08 PM
Right now I am reading Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. It's about his traveling to various cities to perform music or do art installation and his observations on life and culture. It's interesting, but it's not like a book that I pick up and can't put down. it's slow going.


that sounds kinda cool. i was reading the art and zen of motorcycle repair and it was that way. it was so slow going that i put it down for a little while and im now reading hells angels. next is the road.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on January 07, 2010, 02:50:46 PM
I just finished the latest Stephen King book, Under the Dome.  It was alright...pretty long at 1070 pages.  I was pissed at the lexicon of the skateboarder character. 

Currently reading The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.  It was released under a different name in the US(Someone Know My Name?).  It is really, really good.  I recommend it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 07, 2010, 02:52:17 PM
Right now I am reading Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. It's about his traveling to various cities to perform music or do art installation and his observations on life and culture. It's interesting, but it's not like a book that I pick up and can't put down. it's slow going.


that sounds kinda cool. i was reading the art and zen of motorcycle repair and it was that way. it was so slow going that i put it down for a little while and im now reading hells angels. next is the road.

Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson? You should follow that up with Hells Angel by Sonny Barger, the Ex-President of the Angel's life story.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Rafiki on January 07, 2010, 05:33:52 PM
Im on the last book in the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
Really good books
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tag_king on January 07, 2010, 05:41:15 PM
Ripping through Factotum right now. First Bukowski I have read and I really do love it. I am peeling through the pages faster than anything I have read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 07, 2010, 06:50:59 PM
Ripping through Factotum right now. First Bukowski I have read and I really do love it. I am peeling through the pages faster than anything I have read.
I've yet to read the novel, but I have seen the film which some good, I think some HBO type channel released it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: whiteley on January 07, 2010, 09:10:19 PM
mccarthy just seems like a cool guy. he signed like 250 copies of the road and boxed them up and has them locked away so when his kid turns 18, he can sell them and use the money to do whatever he wants with it. those are the only signed copies in existence.

read that about the signed copies too. wonder how much they'll go for... definitely further than i can throw my wallet.

^ get "one quick move or i'm gone" on dvd from netflix. cool doc about kerouac after On The Road, when he was writing his next one, Big Sur.
just wrapped up Blood Meridian by cormac mccarthy. pretty incredible. no country for old men, the road, all the pretty horses and blood meridian all back to back over the last few months. interesting writing style that guy has.

I read Blood Meridian for the second time a few months ago. I've read All the Pretty Horses and the two books after it, Suttree, The Road and a few other books by him. I think some symbolism stuff probably goes over my head, but I really like Cormac McCarthy.

how was suttree? i just got a copy but am not quite as psyched to start it for some reason. maybe burn out point.

Right now I am reading Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. It's about his traveling to various cities to perform music or do art installation and his observations on life and culture. It's interesting, but it's not like a book that I pick up and can't put down. it's slow going.


that sounds kinda cool. i was reading the art and zen of motorcycle repair and it was that way. it was so slow going that i put it down for a little while and im now reading hells angels. next is the road.

Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson? You should follow that up with Hells Angel by Sonny Barger, the Ex-President of the Angel's life story.

we ran an interview with sonny barger in SLAP like five years back, had to get a letter signed by his attorney before we could run it. gnarly. i heard his attorney was burned over his entire body except his neck and face... but yeah, barger is raw.

Ripping through Factotum right now. First Bukowski I have read and I really do love it. I am peeling through the pages faster than anything I have read.

as played as buk is in skate circles, he is genuinely awesome. even if you don't like poetry, check some of his out. Love Is A Dog From Hell is great. and if you can find it there are some cool videos of him speaking/reading which are pretty entertaining.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on January 08, 2010, 12:14:10 PM
Right now I am reading Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. It's about his traveling to various cities to perform music or do art installation and his observations on life and culture. It's interesting, but it's not like a book that I pick up and can't put down. it's slow going.


that sounds kinda cool. i was reading the art and zen of motorcycle repair and it was that way. it was so slow going that i put it down for a little while and im now reading hells angels. next is the road.

Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson? You should follow that up with Hells Angel by Sonny Barger, the Ex-President of the Angel's life story.

fuck yea i gotta find that. whiteley is there any way of finding that slap interview with barger online?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: whiteley on January 08, 2010, 12:16:18 PM
it doesn't exist online, at least at this point. at some point we could try to dig it up out of the archives and scan it or something, but... we'll see.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on January 08, 2010, 12:28:39 PM
ah no worries. do you remember what issue it was in?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 08, 2010, 01:39:26 PM
I get burnt on Cormac McCarthy, too. After a Cormac McCarthy book, I need to read something lighter and easier. There's parts where I get lost. There's always a point in his books where some old person starts telling a long drawn story that is like 10 pages long. I think this is the part that must have some kind of meaning, but I am too dense to get it.  Sometimes at the beginning of the book it takes while to figure out exactly who the characters are.

Suttree was good, It's just about a dude that fishes and drinks.
Child of God is a kinda gnarly book on an Ed Gein like dude.
After All the Pretty Horses there is The Crossing, which is good, the Cities on the Plain, which I felt was the weakest of the trilogy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 08, 2010, 01:43:19 PM
I read this for like the 5th time....

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TWBCNE6QL.jpg)

It's about a Jewish boy orphaned in Poland during WWII. He survives going village to village and being abused by the people who take him in. If you're into the violence and gnarliness of Blood Meridian, than you will like this one. I learned about it from a Dave Carnie reading list from an old Big Brother.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: All Hail Wu Welsh on January 18, 2010, 05:29:35 PM
i'm looking for a couple good books for the rest of this winter, any recommendations on novels involving travel experiences, travels with charlie and open road look quite good but anything else?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on January 18, 2010, 06:08:13 PM
chuck palahniuk is the best writer i've come across in a long time. In the past 2 weeks i've read Rant, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and
Choke.

they'll blow your mind
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 18, 2010, 06:16:41 PM
chuck palahniuk is the best writer i've come across in a long time. In the past 2 weeks i've read Rant, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and
Choke.

they'll blow your mind

im reading pygmy right now. its hard to read because he writes it as a thirteen year old indoctrinated militant child but some of the views on midwest american life are funny. i would suggest haunted though, its my second favorite book by him (after fight club of course) 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 18, 2010, 06:18:25 PM
(http://www.oneworldclassics.com/shop/images/books/159_large.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8lJ7NBEiyCQ/ShBoDDmjqgI/AAAAAAAABPk/9ObqZPdFrn4/s1600/Quiet%2BDays%2Bin%2BClichy%2B(1968,%2BFrance).jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frisco on January 18, 2010, 06:20:58 PM
(http://pplibraryreviews.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/worldwarz.jpg)

thank you for the recommendation zombie thread, love this book

 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on January 18, 2010, 06:29:53 PM
chuck palahniuk is the best writer i've come across in a long time. In the past 2 weeks i've read Rant, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and
Choke.

they'll blow your mind

im reading pygmy right now. its hard to read because he writes it as a thirteen year old indoctrinated militant child but some of the views on midwest american life are funny. i would suggest haunted though, its my second favorite book by him (after fight club of course) 

i'm all about Rant, so far. My buddy has been letting me borrow the books and Haunted is on loan to someone else right now.

I started Invisible Monsters when i got out of work last night and finished it this morning. The whole idea of Shannon McFarland blowing her own face off was excellent.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on January 20, 2010, 10:25:31 AM
i'm looking for a couple good books for the rest of this winter, any recommendations on novels involving travel experiences, travels with charlie and open road look quite good but anything else?

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles may be of interest.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on January 20, 2010, 10:59:44 AM
(http://www.oneworldclassics.com/shop/images/books/159_large.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8lJ7NBEiyCQ/ShBoDDmjqgI/AAAAAAAABPk/9ObqZPdFrn4/s1600/Quiet%2BDays%2Bin%2BClichy%2B(1968,%2BFrance).jpg)


in the middle of tropic of cancer right now. dude's got grit. "I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive."
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rawbertson. on January 20, 2010, 11:00:36 AM
reading this right now actually

(http://www.csd.uwo.ca/Infocom/Images/shogun.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on January 20, 2010, 11:01:31 AM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on January 20, 2010, 11:18:59 AM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.




+1 on Kafka.  Or any other Haruki Murakami book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on January 20, 2010, 12:10:34 PM
this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.



Why wasn't I told someone had written my biography?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 20, 2010, 01:23:32 PM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.




+1 on Kafka.  Or any other Haruki Murakami book.

i read metamorphosis and sort of gave up on kafka cause i didn't really like his writing style in that book. maybe one book isn't enough to form an opinion on him so what do you suggest of his?
it could just be that i read at least 2 bukowski articles where he calls kafka a phony. i might just be giving into buk hysteria
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on January 20, 2010, 01:28:15 PM
Kafka on the Shore is a book by the writer Haruki Murakami.

If you want to read Kafka, check out some of his short stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 20, 2010, 01:31:21 PM
oppps  :-[
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on January 20, 2010, 04:19:36 PM
Currently reading The Road.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pee on January 21, 2010, 12:02:05 PM
going through some poems by bukowski. love his style. also kind of trying to read some john keats poetry but i'm not sure i get any idea of what he is trying to say.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on January 21, 2010, 12:04:37 PM
Currently reading The Road.

awesome book

I just started Stephan King's new novel "The Dome". It's pretty good so far but I've always been a Stephan King fan, I think I've read almost 100% of his books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on January 21, 2010, 12:29:16 PM
Just read Beckett's Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnameable trilogy, really really great stuff.
Next is Ellison's Invisible Man
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on January 21, 2010, 01:06:20 PM
Currently reading The Road.

finished this the other day and now half way through the zombie survival guide. up next is the rum diary.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on January 21, 2010, 07:39:58 PM
Currently reading The Road.

finished this the other day and now half way through the zombie survival guide. up next is the rum diary.

I've read my Zombie Survival Guide like 5 times.


I got this waiting back at me when I go back to work:

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/44490000/44490476.JPG)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 24, 2010, 06:05:31 PM
(http://bp2.blogger.com/_J_LFYtDC6CQ/RvRSC31JTqI/AAAAAAAAAEk/QpqBgwQuzCg/s320/200px-Slapstick(Vonnegut).jpg)

it was good, i really like vonneguts style. reading the road now
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: scootboard on January 24, 2010, 09:14:45 PM
for anyone who tolerates 4chan they just made a literature section that may or may not be overrun with twilight by the time you read this

http://boards.4chan.org/lit/
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: peacebrother on January 30, 2010, 09:17:32 PM
(http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100946220/Images/87286100946220L.gif)

(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/labyrinths.large.jpg)

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/67/7d/a91c225b9da03131b51bf010.L.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on January 30, 2010, 11:40:34 PM
Finally reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.  somehow it is even better than I was brought to believe.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 30, 2010, 11:43:41 PM
(http://a7.vox.com/6a00cd978b1b4af9cc00d09e75b57fbe2b-500pi)

Reading this for school. It's not bad, but I definitely wouldn't pick it up for pleasure reading.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mcpeepants on January 31, 2010, 06:05:35 AM
(http://a7.vox.com/6a00cd978b1b4af9cc00d09e75b57fbe2b-500pi)

Reading this for school. It's not bad, but I definitely wouldn't pick it up for pleasure reading.

Weird, I was JUST checking this out at the bookstore the other day. Why wouldn't you recommend it for pleasure reading?

I just finished The Dragons of Eden a week ago and I'm onto Cosmos now. I love Carl Sagan's style of writing. He really "paints a picture" in your mind with how descriptive he is. I'm really interested in the whole space exploration, evolution, astronomy stuff recently so if anyone has any recommendations let me know! Either way, I'm gonna read Pale Blue Dot next since it's the sequel to Cosmos. Can't wait!

(http://i30.tinypic.com/2pobitw.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 31, 2010, 08:49:23 AM
It's definitely interesting, but it's pretty hard to take in. I have to reread some sections more than once just to get the gist of what he's saying.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mcpeepants on January 31, 2010, 08:56:29 AM
It's definitely interesting, but it's pretty hard to take in. I have to reread some sections more than once just to get the gist of what he's saying.

Oh ok, well that's good to hear. I'll have to check it out then.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on January 31, 2010, 09:03:50 AM
I've been looking at Finnegans Wake for the past couple days, it is hard to read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on January 31, 2010, 09:19:18 AM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.




+1 on Kafka.  Or any other Haruki Murakami book.

Haven't read Kafka on the Shore but I really liked Murakami's short stories. When I read 'A Wild Sheep Chase', I felt the style was a bit too much for a full length novel. But in small doses I love him.

Because his short story collections, I now decided to try this:
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780099435013.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ilmaoyoulolisallgood on January 31, 2010, 10:14:14 AM
mens health ;D, catcher in the rye, are you my mother?, just watch movies (way more interesting,saves alot of time,)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on January 31, 2010, 10:47:33 AM
mens health ;D, catcher in the rye, are you my mother?, just watch movies(way more interesting,saves alot of time,)
haha
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 31, 2010, 11:16:10 AM
Finally reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.  somehow it is even better than I was brought to believe.

Word. Such a good book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 31, 2010, 12:39:01 PM
Finally reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.  somehow it is even better than I was brought to believe.

Word. Such a good book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 31, 2010, 01:56:07 PM
(http://a7.vox.com/6a00cd978b1b4af9cc00d09e75b57fbe2b-500pi)

Reading this for school. It's not bad, but I definitely wouldn't pick it up for pleasure reading.

Weird, I was JUST checking this out at the bookstore the other day. Why wouldn't you recommend it for pleasure reading?

I just finished The Dragons of Eden a week ago and I'm onto Cosmos now. I love Carl Sagan's style of writing. He really "paints a picture" in your mind with how descriptive he is. I'm really interested in the whole space exploration, evolution, astronomy stuff recently so if anyone has any recommendations let me know! Either way, I'm gonna read Pale Blue Dot next since it's the sequel to Cosmos. Can't wait!

(http://i30.tinypic.com/2pobitw.jpg)

if your into evolution check out the ancestor's tale by dawkins. it goes through all the steps of evolution starting from humans and going all the way back to microbes. it's big though and takes some dedication but it will give you a complete picture   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on January 31, 2010, 02:26:39 PM
I've been looking at Finnegans Wake for the past couple days, it is hard to read.

I've been reading this off an on for four years and I'm still only 30% done. It's very exhausting to get anywhere in it. If you're serious about it though, you have to do some preliminary research, even if it's just Wikipedia shit. And look for this book: (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511X6CQJC8L._SL500_AA240_.jpg). It's very helpful. What's fun about "Finnegans Wake" though is eventually you fall into a pattern and actually begin to understand at least parts of it as if it's just a normal book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bosnianslut on January 31, 2010, 02:44:30 PM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.




+1 on Kafka.  Or any other Haruki Murakami book.

Haven't read Kafka on the Shore but I really liked Murakami's short stories. When I read 'A Wild Sheep Chase', I felt the style was a bit too much for a full length novel. But in small doses I love him.

Because his short story collections, I now decided to try this:
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780099435013.jpg)
Give this a read, there's a story based just outside of the town I live in. It concerns a former jockey turned amateur subbuteo player.
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780099483595.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: weedpop on January 31, 2010, 02:59:26 PM
Finally reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.  somehow it is even better than I was brought to believe.

Word. Such a good book.

I bought this a few years ago after seeing you mention it on here and now I always try and recommend it to as many people as possible. Beautiful imagery and probably the funniest piece of Russian literature I've read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mcpeepants on January 31, 2010, 08:24:53 PM
[img]http://a7.vox.com/6a00cd978b1b4af9cc00d09e75b57fbe2b-500pi

Reading this for school. It's not bad, but I definitely wouldn't pick it up for pleasure reading.

Weird, I was JUST checking this out at the bookstore the other day. Why wouldn't you recommend it for pleasure reading?

I just finished The Dragons of Eden a week ago and I'm onto Cosmos now. I love Carl Sagan's style of writing. He really "paints a picture" in your mind with how descriptive he is. I'm really interested in the whole space exploration, evolution, astronomy stuff recently so if anyone has any recommendations let me know! Either way, I'm gonna read Pale Blue Dot next since it's the sequel to Cosmos. Can't wait!

[img]http://i30.tinypic.com/2pobitw.jpg

if your into evolution check out the ancestor's tale by dawkins. it goes through all the steps of evolution starting from humans and going all the way back to microbes. it's big though and takes some dedication but it will give you a complete picture   

Cool, I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 31, 2010, 09:11:32 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bobcrackerlacker on January 31, 2010, 09:26:12 PM
Currently....
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury,Electroboy by Andy Behrman,The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

You guys should check out The New York Trilogy By Paul Aster and Danse Macabre By Stephen King. Danse Macabre is the shit because its a book about horror. Being a horror nerd i absolutely loved it. Much respect for King. A respect that i would like the rest of the world of give him. You know what im saying? hes more than just a genre writer, but bookstores must classify him under genre. i think its complete bullshit. The same sentiments go for Phillip K. Dick as well.

googly moogly.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Canuck on January 31, 2010, 09:46:04 PM
(http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Business/images-3/catcher-in-the-rye-cover.jpg)
First read this years and years ago. But I thought I'd post it up just outta respect for the man. Read it if you already haven't.

After re-reading this last summer, I saw lots of things in it that I missed the first time.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 31, 2010, 09:50:37 PM
^I've been wanting to reread that for a few days now, so bummed that my copy is at my parents house.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 31, 2010, 09:58:17 PM
i loved the part where holden is going on a rant about how women are into lame guys who just talk about how many miles per gallon their cars get. somethings never change...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on February 01, 2010, 12:27:04 AM
Finally reading The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.  somehow it is even better than I was brought to believe.

Word. Such a good book.

I bought this a few years ago after seeing you mention it on here and now I always try and recommend it to as many people as possible. Beautiful imagery and probably the funniest piece of Russian literature I've read.

I was just happy because things so seldom exceed expectation but that book came out left field.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on February 01, 2010, 03:33:18 AM
Travel experiences?

The ones that come to mind immediately are Kafka on the shore and On the Road.

Kafka on the shore is about this kid (who calls himself Kafka) running away from home and this old retarded man who leaves home for the first time after speaking to some talking cats.




+1 on Kafka.  Or any other Haruki Murakami book.

Haven't read Kafka on the Shore but I really liked Murakami's short stories. When I read 'A Wild Sheep Chase', I felt the style was a bit too much for a full length novel. But in small doses I love him.

Because his short story collections, I now decided to try this:
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780099435013.jpg)
Give this a read, there's a story based just outside of the town I live in. It concerns a former jockey turned amateur subbuteo player.
(http://server40136.uk2net.com/~wpower/images/product_images/9780099483595.jpg)

Ok, have to keep my eyes open for that one as well. That title is awesome.

Also on the subject of books to read, I'm in love with everything Chuck Palahniuk has ever written (that I've gotten my hands on at least). There's just something in his style that really appeals to me. Can any one recommend something similar? I'm going to check out Bret Easton Ellis, because I've never even read or seen American Psycho and after reading Lunar Park I got a strong urge to read that.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bobcrackerlacker on February 01, 2010, 10:33:25 AM
brett easton ellis is awesome, youll dig his shit if you like chuck palahniuk. david sedaris is pretty similar.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on February 01, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
brett easton ellis is awesome, youll dig his shit if you like chuck palahniuk. david sedaris is pretty similar.

???????????????  American Psycho, Fight Club and Santaland Diaries pretty similar? I guess they are all gay and writers though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on February 01, 2010, 02:10:26 PM
Also, last three books

Great book about the western NC mountains in the early 1900's

(http://www.smokiesstore.org/prodimg/400204%20.jpg)

RZA - pretty good but but a lot of crap in there as well

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MOkuifufI_o/SusNkKKvyCI/AAAAAAAAAM4/P4-nBUHSnOM/s320/tao-of-wu_final-570x907.jpg)

The Poisoner's Handbook - really good about the beginning of modern forensic science in New York, interesting and well written

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EvRAIqG0L._SL500_AA240_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sectachrome on February 01, 2010, 08:27:14 PM

RZA - pretty good but but a lot of crap in there as well

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MOkuifufI_o/SusNkKKvyCI/AAAAAAAAAM4/P4-nBUHSnOM/s320/tao-of-wu_final-570x907.jpg)


I got about halfway through that but lost interest because of all the 5 percenter BS.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on February 01, 2010, 08:33:47 PM
i definitely recommend this book to everyone<br>
takes place in an asylum and this guy comes through and lifts everyones spirit, made me laugh so many times
<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest.jpg">
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: EricLogan on February 01, 2010, 09:51:11 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n29/n147300.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on February 01, 2010, 10:05:56 PM
(http://silverfysh.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/dylan-chronicles1.jpg)
Good autobio on his life.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 01, 2010, 10:21:11 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n29/n147300.jpg)

good stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on February 02, 2010, 10:47:13 PM
Just got this from the school.
<img src="http://theatlassociety.org/gifs/anthem-audio.jpg">
I heard that it's similar to 1984.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: scootboard on February 03, 2010, 07:42:54 PM
fucking recommended

(http://manybooks.net/covers/sachermaetext04vnsfr10.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 03, 2010, 07:47:44 PM
stoked, got this for $32
(http://www.housmans.com/images/Orwell%20Complete.jpg)

its got animal farm, burmese days, a clergyman's daughter, coming up for air, keep the aspidistra flying and nineteen eighty-four
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: DMH on February 03, 2010, 07:52:44 PM
Re-reading the Grapes of Wrath. People really lose sight of how good this book is because of its length and its attention to detail.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on February 03, 2010, 08:40:37 PM
fucking recommended

(http://manybooks.net/covers/sachermaetext04vnsfr10.jpg)

I really want to read this. I'm a big fan of de Sade, so I figured that I might as well read the other half of S & M. This book is definitely on my short list of books to read (and yes, I also have a long list).

Just got this from the school.
<img src="http://theatlassociety.org/gifs/anthem-audio.jpg">
I heard that it's similar to 1984.

I don't know if it's like 1984, but I hate Ayn Rand. She's a shitty pseudo-philosopher that crams her beliefs into novels. A good friend of mine is (was?) an objectivist and another one of my friends talked about how great the plot to "Atlas Shrugged" is and how Rand is a good writer. I haven't read an entire book of hers so I do not have a truly legitimate opinion, but from the parts I have read, she doesn't seem to be anything special. Part of me wants to give her a fair try, but another part of me also never wants to read any of her books just to spite my buddy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on February 03, 2010, 09:10:07 PM
Re-reading the Grapes of Wrath. People really lose sight of how good this book is because of its length and its attention to detail.

steinbeck was a great writer.

in dubious battle is one of my favorite books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pee on February 04, 2010, 01:24:50 AM
stoked, got this for $32
(http://www.housmans.com/images/Orwell%20Complete.jpg)

its got animal farm, burmese days, a clergyman's daughter, coming up for air, keep the aspidistra flying and nineteen eighty-four
that's nice! i've read burmese days and coming up for air besides the obvious 1984 and they are all really really good. one of my favorite authors for sure.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: chorizo on February 10, 2010, 01:54:11 PM
i gotta do some project in a class that involves reading a 'self improvment' book.. anyone got any ideas?
something like the wealthy barber or the road less travelled i guess
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on February 10, 2010, 02:01:28 PM
stoked, got this for $32
(http://www.housmans.com/images/Orwell%20Complete.jpg)

its got animal farm, burmese days, a clergyman's daughter, coming up for air, keep the aspidistra flying and nineteen eighty-four
that's nice! i've read burmese days and coming up for air besides the obvious 1984 and they are all really really good. one of my favorite authors for sure.
I've wanted to read burmese days for a while now, and have often times just about got it.
Next books to read are:
(http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/cormac5.jpg)
(http://ahabsquest.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/lolita.jpg)
Also, anyone else read Conrad's Secret Agent?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on February 10, 2010, 07:19:18 PM
Started this last week.
(http://students.cup.edu/rus2028/catcher.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on February 10, 2010, 07:23:47 PM
Blood Meridean is one of my favorite books ever written.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on February 10, 2010, 07:26:30 PM
I need a new book to read, I reread The Road yesterday at work, any suggestions?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on February 10, 2010, 07:50:11 PM
^
catch-22
takes a while to get use to the non-chronological format, but i loved it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dripping clit on February 10, 2010, 08:08:42 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Inquisitor

Book 5 from The Brothers Karamazov. Really pessimistic way to view God but so fucking good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on February 10, 2010, 09:24:33 PM
^
catch-22
takes a while to get use to the non-chronological format, but i loved it

thanks man, I'm going to my dad's this weekend, he'll most likely have it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on February 10, 2010, 10:07:47 PM
Started this last week.
(http://students.cup.edu/rus2028/catcher.jpg)
I've been reading this all week too, it's going by a lot quicker than I remembered it last time but it's just as good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on February 16, 2010, 08:03:19 AM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/everything_is_illuminated.large.jpg)
a good read

Jonathan Safran Foer amazing
http://www.amazon.com/Extremely-Loud-Incredibly-Close-Novel/dp/0618711651/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266336095&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Extremely-Loud-Incredibly-Close-Novel/dp/0618711651/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266336095&sr=1-1)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on February 16, 2010, 08:22:58 AM
Blood Meridean is one of my favorite books ever written.
I heard there's a tree full of dead babies. My professor said it's one of the most brutal books out.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Vegetable Lasagna on February 17, 2010, 08:31:48 AM
This was just recommended to me.

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00bf76cd5bbc58ce00e39899a9950003-500pi)

Should I go for it?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on February 17, 2010, 08:41:28 AM
Of course.


Reading this

(http://www.xtec.cat/~ncastill/IMAGENES/The%20lady%20in%20the%20lake.JPG)

Burmese Days up next. Got it a last week for super cheap on ebay, couldn't pass it up.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on February 17, 2010, 12:03:46 PM
This was just recommended to me.

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00bf76cd5bbc58ce00e39899a9950003-500pi)

Should I go for it?

it's only one of the better books that you could choose to read. space travel, ww2, human zoos, and optometry. scope it and enjoy
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 17, 2010, 01:40:07 PM
go for it. im reading hocus pocus right now
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dripping clit on February 17, 2010, 03:11:44 PM
This was just recommended to me.

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00bf76cd5bbc58ce00e39899a9950003-500pi)

Should I go for it?
Yes.
(http://i49.tinypic.com/2d1v2tk.jpg)
"What happens when a suicidal psychologist makes a death pact with a Zuni shaman? So begins The Looking Glass Man, a unique and enchanting novel about two men on a spiritual journey who struggle with the conflicts between spirit and flesh, and who, through the wisdom of the Looking Glass Man's extraordinary philosophy, teach each other the secrets of life and death in a world burdened by the weight of aggrandized culture."

Never heard of this author until some chick let me borrow this book. Google doesn't even turn up much about him but this book is worth reading.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on February 17, 2010, 07:32:55 PM
Blood Meridean is one of my favorite books ever written.
I heard there's a tree full of dead babies. My professor said it's one of the most brutal books out.

think im gettin this next
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on February 18, 2010, 12:16:21 AM
All Souls by Michael Macdonald - great but sad book about growing up in Southie in Boston

(http://kellylowenstein.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/all-souls.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on February 18, 2010, 09:07:33 AM
Blood Meridean is one of my favorite books ever written.
I heard there's a tree full of dead babies. My professor said it's one of the most brutal books out.

think im gettin this next
Cormac McCarthy is so brutal in the best possible way. I loved No Country for Old Men.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on February 18, 2010, 09:31:20 AM
Blood Meridean is one of my favorite books ever written.
I heard there's a tree full of dead babies. My professor said it's one of the most brutal books out.

think im gettin this next
Cormac McCarthy is so brutal in the best possible way. I loved No Country for Old Men.
i loved the movie but i know that really doesnt mean anything when it comes to the book, but im definitely gonna check out McCarthy's work.
also this book was a really good read!!!!
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/e8/84/5df1c060ada09c03bad21210.L.jpg)

havent read this yet but i figured it was worth having in my collection
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/and_the_hippos_were_boiled_in_their_tanks.large.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on February 20, 2010, 01:05:56 PM
went on a little shoppingspree today.. bought

(http://wordbrooklyn.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/bolano.jpg)

and

(http://mookseandgripes.com/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/nazi-literature-in-the-amer.jpg)

To counteract the Bolano-binge, I got this

(http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/51q-l%2BchEJL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

and this (heard it isn't all that good, but I still want to read it. R.I.P etc. etc...)

(http://hipogrifos.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/franny.jpg)

and this

(http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/thisweekineducation/upload/2007/10/teacher_suspended_for_graphic/017890.jpg)

Pretty much set for spring! Gotta figure out where to start, though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: eastern on February 20, 2010, 05:03:53 PM
the doors of perception
metamorphosis
the doors of perception is great, i've never read brave new world but the rest of huxleys literature is outstanding
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on February 21, 2010, 11:59:39 AM
the doors of perception
metamorphosis
the doors of perception is great, i've never read brave new world but the rest of huxleys literature is outstanding

I've only read Brave New World.  It's really good.  It's so ahead of it's time.  It seems like it could be written today while reading it.

I really wanna read Doors of Perception.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pee on February 21, 2010, 03:44:41 PM
the doors of perception
metamorphosis
the doors of perception is great, i've never read brave new world but the rest of huxleys literature is outstanding
this is the truth. huxley has not written single bad book. brave new world is great but not his best in my opinion. i read doors of perception & heaven and hell last summer and they blew my fucking mind. i think they might have actually changed the way i think. they also make you think about huxleys novels differently and for me opened a lot of new interesting ideas in them.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: eastern on February 21, 2010, 04:14:48 PM
the doors of perception
metamorphosis
the doors of perception is great, i've never read brave new world but the rest of huxleys literature is outstanding
this is the truth. huxley has not written single bad book. brave new world is great but not his best in my opinion. i read doors of perception & heaven and hell last summer and they blew my fucking mind. i think they might have actually changed the way i think. they also make you think about huxleys novels differently and for me opened a lot of new interesting ideas in them.
i'm still waiting to read heaven and hell. one of the great aspects of huxley's writing is that each sentence is meaningful and thought provoking. also he was very open minded for a time period full of taboos
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on February 21, 2010, 04:38:56 PM
I've been trying to read Island, Huxley's counterpoint to Brave New World, when I have spare time. I'm only a few chapters in but it's very good so far. I'm definitely gonna take a look into the Doors of Perception after this book is done.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Vegetable Lasagna on February 22, 2010, 12:37:46 PM

(http://a5.vox.com/6a00bf76cd5bbc58ce00e39899a9950003-500pi)


Really enjoyed this one. Recommended for sure.

Now onto this:

(http://z.about.com/d/classiclit/1/0/4/n/2/9780142000670_ofmice.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on February 22, 2010, 12:57:55 PM
this is the truth. huxley has not written single bad book. brave new world is great but not his best in my opinion. i read doors of perception & heaven and hell last summer and they blew my fucking mind. i think they might have actually changed the way i think. they also make you think about huxleys novels differently and for me opened a lot of new interesting ideas in them.

I couldn't finish the Island and After Many a Summer, simply got bored of them. On the other hand, Point Counter Point and ABNW were amazing. PCP (heh) was one of the few books which made me take a break to think about the questions and ideas it raised.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on February 22, 2010, 02:27:37 PM
post office-bukowski

first book i've read by this guy, read it this morning in 2 hours. good read
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pelican on February 22, 2010, 05:06:57 PM
revisited slaughterhouse five last week, it flowed nicely into breakfast of champions (i forgot how hilarious it was)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 22, 2010, 05:18:32 PM
my only tattoo is a homemade tattoo of the Goodbye Blue Monday bomb from Breakfast of Champions.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ??? on February 23, 2010, 08:07:08 PM
and this

(http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/thisweekineducation/upload/2007/10/teacher_suspended_for_graphic/017890.jpg)

Pretty much set for spring! Gotta figure out where to start, though.

Child of God is so fucked up. Necro and pedaphilia......pretty enjoyable in a rather twisted way.

I'm reading the second in the Border Trilogy right now.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 23, 2010, 08:47:55 PM
and this

(http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/thisweekineducation/upload/2007/10/teacher_suspended_for_graphic/017890.jpg)

Pretty much set for spring! Gotta figure out where to start, though.

Child of God is so fucked up. Necro and pedaphilia......pretty enjoyable in a rather twisted way.

i saw an x-files episode where there was a necro-ped. is the necrophilia and pedophilia combined in this book? i hope its separate events cause there can only be one necro-ped (and x-files has claims to him) 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on February 23, 2010, 09:06:02 PM
Found Fight Club in my locker today at work, forgot I had it, re-read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on February 23, 2010, 09:50:26 PM
and this

(http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/thisweekineducation/upload/2007/10/teacher_suspended_for_graphic/017890.jpg)

Pretty much set for spring! Gotta figure out where to start, though.

Child of God is so fucked up. Necro and pedaphilia......pretty enjoyable in a rather twisted way.

I'm reading the second in the Border Trilogy right now.

Extremely enojyable. So primative and perfect.

Im reading Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs... deffinitly not light reading. Really fucking twisted.
Also reading (http://gatherroundchildren.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/idiot.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on February 23, 2010, 10:24:20 PM
"Naked Lunch" is so fucking good though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pee on February 24, 2010, 03:07:57 AM
i read the idiot a while ago. amazing as one would expect.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on February 24, 2010, 06:58:16 AM
"Naked Lunch" is so fucking good though.
So is Junky and The Soft Machine.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on February 24, 2010, 08:13:52 AM
currently reading this... awesomeness!!!
(http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/electric-kool-aid-acid-test.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on February 24, 2010, 09:35:08 AM
 There were a few interesting stories, but not as good as I hoped....

(http://img.flipkart.com/bk_imgs/122/9780944220122.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Crazy Ralph on February 24, 2010, 10:57:38 AM
currently reading this... awesomeness!!!
(http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/electric-kool-aid-acid-test.jpg)

my girlfriend is reading this, stoked to read it next
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: blankbutbranded on February 24, 2010, 02:14:14 PM
currently reading this... awesomeness!!!
(http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/electric-kool-aid-acid-test.jpg)

my girlfriend is reading this, stoked to read it next

I got to read that.

Anyone red some Russell Banks ???
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Doctor Handsome on February 24, 2010, 07:35:31 PM
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on February 24, 2010, 08:43:14 PM
Goosebumps.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on February 25, 2010, 10:58:53 AM
I'm probably halfway through American Psycho and I'm really liking it. Never read it before or even seen the movie.

But I've been really stressed at work for some time now and on my way home today I had to stop and buy a new pocket knife. I told myself it's for gripping boards....

This one's also waiting to be read, found it in the bargain bin and it seemed good for some laughs
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51cG14Fau1L._SS500_.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Vegetable Lasagna on February 25, 2010, 11:30:28 AM
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bantam/466-1.jpg)

I remember really enjoying it as a kid so I thought I give it another read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Claude Tanner on February 26, 2010, 10:31:35 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0330492047.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

I just started this after years of saying to myself "I should read Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" and then completely forgetting about it. I really like it so far
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on February 26, 2010, 11:19:18 AM
The Book of Negroes(in the US it was released as Someone Knows My Name).  It's really, really good.


Right now I'm reading a book about Al Jazeera.  It's good so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on February 26, 2010, 11:24:41 AM
The Book of Negroes(in the US it was released as Someone Knows My Name).  It's really, really good.



I believe it's called the book of John Ballard now
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on February 26, 2010, 11:29:51 AM
currently reading this... awesomeness!!!
(http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/electric-kool-aid-acid-test.jpg)


I've been wanting to read this for a long ass time. They never have it at the library
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on February 26, 2010, 12:17:50 PM
^ if you can get your hands on it i definitely recommend it. a friend let me borrow it a long time ago and ive been looking for it again since.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 26, 2010, 12:52:47 PM
best book i've read in quite some time:

(http://anatomylesson.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/siddhartha-book-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: robasheep on February 26, 2010, 01:24:46 PM
^probably my fav. book ever.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: eastern on February 27, 2010, 05:46:48 PM
that's the best book that i've had to read for school
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: max power on February 27, 2010, 08:42:10 PM
currently reading this... awesomeness!!!
(http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/electric-kool-aid-acid-test.jpg)
'from bauhaus to our house' is next on my recreational reading list
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brewseph on March 02, 2010, 05:20:54 AM
Read this book yesterday front to back in one sitting, its that interesting.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on March 04, 2010, 07:21:53 AM
(http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs31/f/2008/212/a/2/A_Clockwork_Orange_book_design_by_throatwolf.jpg)
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0393314413.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: russ on March 04, 2010, 08:37:44 AM
(http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/8145/jimyu3.gif)

An interesting read up until the Doors actually start making music. Never knew Jim was such a young scholar.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on March 04, 2010, 11:27:15 AM
(http://openreflections.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/the-death-of-bunny-monro-nick-cave.jpg)

saw this in a book store awhile back and everything was 50% off so i picked this up. hadnt ever heard anything about it but saw that nick cave wrote it. gonna start it some time today.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on March 04, 2010, 11:55:50 AM
'from bauhaus to our house' is next on my recreational reading list
Bauhaus is one of my favourite movements, that should be a pretty excellent read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on March 04, 2010, 12:46:45 PM
Started this book on Tuesday and it's damn good.
(http://jacketsandcovers.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/slaughterhouse.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carlwinslow on March 04, 2010, 04:42:25 PM
slaughterhouse five
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on March 07, 2010, 08:29:29 AM
slaughterhouse five
just finnished this, on to the next one
(http://images.smh.com.au/ftsmh/ffximage/2009/12/17/eating_animals_narrowweb__300x483,0.jpg)
kinda interested to see where this leads me
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on March 07, 2010, 10:30:13 AM
^ a friend of mine is reading eating animals right now and really likes it a lot.shes gonna give it to me after shes done and also let me borrow this...
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n28/n142353.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: slickrick on March 07, 2010, 06:27:59 PM
Any book written by Mark "Chopper" Read .An Australiain criminal/hitman/tourture artist/comedian . This man is not right in the head and is a complete phsicopath but is funny as fuck , all his books are stories from his life . Hes also had a movie mad about him called "Chopper" . Had someone cut his ears off in jail so he could be transfered to another jail .
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on March 07, 2010, 07:47:09 PM
best book i've read in quite some time:

(http://anatomylesson.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/siddhartha-book-cover.jpg)

that's a really good one.

i'm on this.

(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee320/uclaker/432d83d0.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on March 07, 2010, 08:17:05 PM
They need to make one of those^ on how to make your girl come with 11 minutes of frantic thrusting.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on March 08, 2010, 12:10:43 AM
Who wrote that?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on March 08, 2010, 12:45:56 PM
i thought I would recommend what are pretty much my favourite books to read ever. 

Basically, the Adrian Mole Chronicles.  They are the fictional diaries of a young man growing up in the midlands in the UK
starting in the early 80's when he is 13 3/4 and ending (so far around 40) with prostate cancer.  Funniest best books ever, depending
on how you buy them there are about 10 but they have been combined in various forms.  here is a chart from wikipedia

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/timeline/78bcc23b92c74604371beed0b16f7af5.png)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on March 08, 2010, 01:11:07 PM
Fuck yes! The first two are the definitive books of my late pre-teen years. Almost every diary entry is a gem, and so many unforgettable characters.

I've only read True Confessions* and watched the Cappucino Years but those first two books were seriously special and captured the 80's for me along with being some of the funniest I've ever read.


*The Margaret Thatcher childhood diary excerpts are hilarious as well...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on March 08, 2010, 02:38:28 PM
Fuck yes! The first two are the definitive books of my late pre-teen years. Almost every diary entry is a gem, and so many unforgettable characters.

I've only read True Confessions* and watched the Cappucino Years but those first two books were seriously special and captured the 80's for me along with being some of the funniest I've ever read.


*The Margaret Thatcher childhood diary excerpts are hilarious as well...

The last two, Weapons of Mass Destruction and The Prostate Years are really good too.  I don't know how she writes that character
so well.  I have reread all of them multiple times.  Ah, Nigel, Pandora and Barry Kent
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on March 08, 2010, 05:22:58 PM
^ a friend of mine is reading eating animals right now and really likes it a lot.shes gonna give it to me after shes done and also let me borrow this...
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n28/n142353.jpg)
i actually like everything is illuminated a bit more, but all his work is super good!!!


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on March 08, 2010, 06:47:53 PM
it seems like all i ever do anymore is read so ill get around to reading everything is illuminated eventually.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on March 08, 2010, 10:04:23 PM
maybe im not sophisticated or maybe i gave up too early on, but as i read into everything is illuminated i found it so hard to follow and so uninteresting i just put it away...
anyway currently hocus pocus
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on March 09, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
loved hocus pocus. i read this last:
(http://proleartthreat.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/aspidistra.jpg)
i wouldn't suggest reading it. it's too much of a timely novel and there are better books that deal with an assault on materialism
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on March 10, 2010, 05:11:55 AM
maybe im not sophisticated or maybe i gave up too early on, but as i read into everything is illuminated i found it so hard to follow and so uninteresting i just put it away...
anyway currently hocus pocus
it is kinda hard to read, definitely a book you have to read a few times to grasp whats going on. I really like Foer's work tho. on a side note as im reading "eating animals" i get a call from the local grocery store about the steak taquitos i just ate have been recalled because they may contain e coli... fucking great!!!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on March 17, 2010, 09:00:42 AM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/everything_is_illuminated.large.jpg)
a good read

Jonathan Sanfran Foer amazing
(http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss8/ghostlytoast/extremelyloud.png)

here a youtube link for anybody that hasnt seen the movie
http://www.youtube.com/user/Juliassnowflake#p/u/12/onNrD1SNQEs (http://www.youtube.com/user/Juliassnowflake#p/u/12/onNrD1SNQEs)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: odp on March 17, 2010, 02:52:28 PM
finished catch 22 last night, what a great fucking book. wasn't too stoked on the first 50-100 pages, feeling that it was getting redundant, but once i got past the hump... damn, it was good. that book tells the story of all humanity.

immediately following the conclusion of 22, i tore through WS Burroughs Queer, which wasn't really a great read, but i was through in less than 2 hours.

Post Office by Bukowski is a good read.

I also finally finished the Lord of the Rings books last week and i was kind of sad to see them go, i enjoyed company from middle earth quite a bit...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on March 17, 2010, 03:27:08 PM
finished catch 22 last night, what a great fucking book. wasn't too stoked on the first 50-100 pages, feeling that it was getting redundant, but once i got past the hump... damn, it was good. that book tells the story of all humanity.

immediately following the conclusion of 22, i tore through WS Burroughs Queer, which wasn't really a great read, but i was through in less than 2 hours.

Post Office by Bukowski is a good read.

I also finally finished the Lord of the Rings books last week and i was kind of sad to see them go, i enjoyed company from middle earth quite a bit...

I'm going to start reading that, a coworker has it and I asked him if I could borrow it, I've only heard good things about it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: General Cornrow Wallace on March 17, 2010, 08:49:27 PM
Im reading The Tao of the Wu written by the RZA right now so far its an excellent book definitely recommended to any Wu fan
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on March 18, 2010, 09:30:12 AM
(http://www.theviennawoodskiller.co.uk/images/vienna-woods-killer_big.jpg)

It's about this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Unterweger).
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Vegetable Lasagna on March 18, 2010, 05:56:57 PM
(http://www.ofertondelibros.com/images/%5Clarge%5Cisbn978067%5C9780670062515-l.jpg)

Read this in one sitting. Good stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on March 18, 2010, 08:12:07 PM
(http://media.us.macmillan.com/jackets/258H/9780312427573.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on March 18, 2010, 09:33:06 PM
a biography of albert camus, i am absolutely in love with this man.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: weedpop on March 18, 2010, 09:42:46 PM
(http://www.theviennawoodskiller.co.uk/images/vienna-woods-killer_big.jpg)

It's about this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Unterweger).

I know it's a bit "steretypical arrogant north american" to scoff at the ineffectual justice systems of European countries but holy shit, did they ever fuck up with that guy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on March 19, 2010, 03:22:45 AM
maybe im not sophisticated or maybe i gave up too early on, but as i read into everything is illuminated i found it so hard to follow and so uninteresting i just put it away...
anyway currently hocus pocus
it is kinda hard to read, definitely a book you have to read a few times to grasp whats going on. I really like Foer's work tho. on a side note as im reading "eating animals" i get a call from the local grocery store about the steak taquitos i just ate have been recalled because they may contain e coli... fucking great!!!

Yeah, I gave up on it as well. It just felt so uninteresting, and I had something else I wanted to read more. Might pick it up again sometime.

This is my next read, I've been eagerly awaiting to get to it:

(http://www.prlog.org/10298257-unseen-academicals-by-terry-pratchett.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on March 21, 2010, 09:52:04 AM
Just finished reading Blood Meridian, so fucked:

"one of the Delawares emerged from the smoke with a naked infant dangling in each hand
and squatted at a ring of midden stones and swung them by the heels each in turn and
bashed their heads against the stones so that the brains burst forth through the fontanel in a bloody spew..."
 :o
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brewseph on March 21, 2010, 06:57:13 PM
^haha damn, The mental picture I got from that was FUCKED.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on March 23, 2010, 06:19:20 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DK8DRVCYL.jpg)

i liked it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on March 23, 2010, 06:31:00 PM
^haha damn, The mental picture I got from that was FUCKED.
Thing is, that's not even the worst of it. Those infants got away with their scalps it sounds like.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tag_king on March 23, 2010, 06:32:59 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n60/n302804.jpg)

Reading this right now. Pretty funny so far. It has come highly recommended but some really funny people I know.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carlwinslow on March 24, 2010, 02:31:50 PM
(http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs31/f/2008/212/a/2/A_Clockwork_Orange_book_design_by_throatwolf.jpg)
(http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0393314413.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)


i tried to read this but the english slang got the best of me
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on March 24, 2010, 02:45:59 PM
Started this today, seen the movie, but never read the book.
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n691.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on March 24, 2010, 03:13:27 PM
Both these books by the Waughs are great.  I have never seen the movies and never want to.

Island in the Sun by Alec Waugh- about the british and a murder in a caribbean island

(http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/macdowell/mid20th/images/mc0049_305.jpg)

And Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

(http://fastforwardrevue.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/n889501.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on March 24, 2010, 03:17:02 PM
Started this today, seen the movie, but never read the book.
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n691.jpg)
book is better, have fun.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on March 24, 2010, 03:23:40 PM
Last few books I read
(http://www.lollypopfizz.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/9780340822807.jpg)
(http://www.stopviolence.com/images/bookcovers/murakami-underground.jpg)
(http://violetcrush.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/the_fountainhead.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: russ on March 24, 2010, 03:27:56 PM
(http://thewaterbreak.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/hells-angels1.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: All Hail Wu Welsh on March 24, 2010, 04:58:22 PM
(http://thewaterbreak.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/hells-angels1.jpg)
I liked this book alot, it was extremely insightful on the Hell's Angels and their mentality, as well as you giving a look a Thompson before he became the Hunter Thompson everyone knows and loves.  I just finished Fear and loathing in Las Vegas and am moving onto Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, I hope to get through most of his major works before 2010 is over.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: russ on March 24, 2010, 05:10:01 PM
(http://thewaterbreak.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/hells-angels1.jpg)
I liked this book alot, it was extremely insightful on the Hell's Angels and their mentality, as well as you giving a look a Thompson before he became the Hunter Thompson everyone knows and loves.  I just finished Fear and loathing in Las Vegas and am moving onto Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, I hope to get through most of his major works before 2010 is over.

You should also check out "The Rum Diary". Thompson's shot at a semi-fiction.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on March 24, 2010, 08:18:48 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/99/Catch22.jpg)

Finally got it yesterday, haven't started it yet though, will tonight.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on March 24, 2010, 09:26:14 PM
reading and re-reading my copy to pieces...

(http://www.broadwayworld.com/columnpic/n691.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 26, 2010, 08:40:25 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n16781.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on March 26, 2010, 09:14:05 PM
^^Ordered that from the bookstore earlier this week, I was hoping it would be in by today but I guess I'll have to wait til monday to start reading it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on March 27, 2010, 10:01:13 AM
in the process of reading this for a paper i'm writing. i love learning about the zone of alienation

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DDT3VNFSL.jpg)


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carlwinslow on March 28, 2010, 06:12:32 PM
Im reading The Tao of the Wu written by the RZA right now so far its an excellent book definitely recommended to any Wu fan

have you read the wu manual? anything by rza should be good, gonna check these fine american classics out fosho
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 29, 2010, 11:25:42 PM
(http://ccaggiano.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8345212eb69e2010534d1ba0c970c-800wi)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on March 30, 2010, 04:28:30 AM
Im reading The Tao of the Wu written by the RZA right now so far its an excellent book definitely recommended to any Wu fan

have you read the wu manual? anything by rza should be good, gonna check these fine american classics out fosho

about 40% of the tao of the wu is good the rest is some RZA bullshit.

Just got this

(http://cinemaautopsy.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/key_art_7878-small.jpg)

supposed to be really good, the back says:

"in the town of bundayyabba, a young schoolmaster discovers gambling, ruins himself financially, then plunges headlong toward his own destruction in many other ways, alcoholic, sexual and spiritual"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on March 30, 2010, 09:50:22 AM
I recently read:
(http://rgr-static1.tangentlabs.co.uk/images/bau/97808112/9780811200189/0/0/plain/guignols-band.jpg)

(http://images.filedby.com/bookimg/0143/9780143105169.jpg)

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n377.jpg)

A Scanner Darkly
is so damn good.  The first Phillip K Dick I've read and will be reading alot more.  Celine is also really cool and I'm reading some of Death on the Installment Plan before classes really start back up.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on April 01, 2010, 09:04:41 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n3/n16781.jpg)

Reading this now, I'll probably finish it over the weekend. Rereading this next:

(http://webpub.allegheny.edu/employee/E/epallant/Books/images/slaughterhouse_five.jpg)


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 14, 2010, 01:59:05 AM
(http://0utsidetheframe.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/lessthanzero.png)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: STARSHIPtrooper on April 14, 2010, 11:04:40 AM
dont know if anyone suggested it yet, but kite runner i finished in 3 days, thought the last 50 pages feel like kind of a drag, the story is really good.
(http://rippleeffects.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/kite-runner.jpg)

gonna read this once school ends, the show isnt nearly as good as band of brothers, but hoping the book will provide more insight, the band of brothers book was amazing.
(http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/61joBugcgxL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

finished this a couple weeks go, really crazy life this girl lived. mom and dad pretty much chose not to feed their kids half the time and wallow around, kind of depressing:
(http://www.umbc.edu/undergrad_ed/book/images/Castle%20Cover2.jpg)


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: palmtree12233 on April 14, 2010, 11:27:17 AM
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/breakfast-of-champions-1.gif)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322713X01_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/lg86383-3on-the-road-jack-keroua-1.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/Book_cover_1984.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322536601lzzzzzzz.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/95-4570.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/087685086701LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/ERoom_lg.gif)
(the fuck up)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/067102763801_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/188331901301LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

anything by any of these authors will absolutely never disappoint.


eerie how much we have in common(among literacy). pretty stoked on the bob frissel book, dont know of anyone else who reads his shit.
like 3 days a week after skating i used to go to barnes&nobles and steal a book or two. this went on for about a year until i took 'johnny got his gun'' and the alarm went off. i got away but not before their suspicions about me were sealed.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: STARSHIPtrooper on April 14, 2010, 12:04:23 PM
ya stealing books is too easy, and theres always books i want to read, might have to cop a few of these books. i already have like a pile of 10 books i really want to read that i jacked but dont have neough time for, but i always see something else i want and the cycle continues.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on April 14, 2010, 01:17:14 PM
i've been reading these two

(http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/3/9780060760083.jpg)
(http://www.musowls.org/library/images/Brave-New-World-Book.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on April 14, 2010, 01:24:58 PM
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/breakfast-of-champions-1.gif)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322713X01_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/lg86383-3on-the-road-jack-keroua-1.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/Book_cover_1984.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322536601lzzzzzzz.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/95-4570.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/087685086701LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/ERoom_lg.gif)
(the fuck up)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/067102763801_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/188331901301LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

anything by any of these authors will absolutely never disappoint.


eerie how much we have in common(among literacy). pretty stoked on the bob frissel book, dont know of anyone else who reads his shit.
like 3 days a week after skating i used to go to barnes&nobles and steal a book or two. this went on for about a year until i took 'johnny got his gun'' and the alarm went off. i got away but not before their suspicions about me were sealed.

You could go to the library. Unless, you live in Texas and books is outlawed.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: SloppySevenths on April 14, 2010, 01:36:28 PM
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/breakfast-of-champions-1.gif)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322713X01_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/lg86383-3on-the-road-jack-keroua-1.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/Book_cover_1984.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/158322536601lzzzzzzz.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/95-4570.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/087685086701LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/ERoom_lg.gif)
(the fuck up)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/067102763801_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c57/PedroTheBear/188331901301LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

anything by any of these authors will absolutely never disappoint.


eerie how much we have in common(among literacy). pretty stoked on the bob frissel book, dont know of anyone else who reads his shit.
like 3 days a week after skating i used to go to barnes&nobles and steal a book or two. this went on for about a year until i took 'johnny got his gun'' and the alarm went off. i got away but not before their suspicions about me were sealed.

You could go to the library. Unless, you live in Texas and books is outlawed.


I LOL'ed.

(http://kimbofo.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451bcff69e20115712167cd970c-300wi)
^Nearly done with this one.. Its pretty fuckin crazy.
(http://www.oskusoft.com/osku/books/pics/567.jpg)
^Crazy ass book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 14, 2010, 05:58:41 PM
Picked this up today.
(http://www.themorningnews.org/tob/2007/images/cover-TheRoad-blaze.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: STARSHIPtrooper on April 14, 2010, 07:33:13 PM
Picked this up today.
(http://www.themorningnews.org/tob/2007/images/cover-TheRoad-blaze.jpg)

stole that last week, everything ive heard about it is great. apparently that and blindness by jose saramago are both really good books on alot of the same themes. i figure to be reading a lot more this summer.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on April 14, 2010, 07:58:42 PM
Anybody here read non fiction?

I'm reading Wikinomics from where I had left off over a month ago. It gives me all sorts of business ideas, one that I'll be launching soooon when exams are done :D But the book is really dry material... Blah. Worth the read though, pretty interesting, makes you think.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 15, 2010, 06:29:21 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on April 15, 2010, 07:09:31 PM
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fuck yeah, really great book. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on April 15, 2010, 07:22:34 PM
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fuck yeah, really great book. 

pshh, hipsters.


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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on April 16, 2010, 03:15:30 AM
i've been reading these two

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I just got this today as well.

Also:

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on April 16, 2010, 03:16:40 AM

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You should probably read these first.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: STARSHIPtrooper on April 16, 2010, 12:49:35 PM
well i really want to get helmet for my pillow, ambrose himself said leckie was left out alot in the book because there wasnt much for him to add in the pacific. i actually just got the hefron and gaurnere bio books, stoked to read that as well. also need to get winters bio, he was my fave in bob.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on April 16, 2010, 03:06:25 PM


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I been wanting to read this for a pretty long time. Any thoughts so far?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 16, 2010, 04:43:11 PM
read it, it's brilliant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 30 Helens Agree: on April 17, 2010, 01:32:08 AM
finished crome yellow by aldous huxley. about 3/4 way through blood meridian. crome was really great.. blood meridian is one of the best books ive ever read. next i suppose i'll read "the hippos were boiled in their tanks"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: russ on April 17, 2010, 12:04:40 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 21, 2010, 01:40:19 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on April 21, 2010, 10:12:47 AM
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i never ended up finishing this but i liked it for the most part. some day i will get to it

been plugging a lot of time into this lately

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on April 21, 2010, 11:38:34 AM


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I been wanting to read this for a pretty long time. Any thoughts so far?

Haven't gotten to it yet. My brother was stoked on it though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on April 21, 2010, 11:38:46 AM
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I read this a little bit after christmas and thought it was pretty good. Evasion was also one of my favorite books. Almost done Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rawbertson. on April 21, 2010, 11:57:46 AM
anyopne have any websites where i can read a book onlione?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: god damnit on April 21, 2010, 12:16:16 PM
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i finished ask the dust not too long ago, really good. i just read breakfast of champions about 2 days ago which is honestly amazing, i recommend that to pretty much anyone. been on the kurt vonnegut tip lately, next up i have player piano. reading this right now:

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 21, 2010, 03:46:20 PM
^^^ Just talked about "The Metamorphosis" in my Nabokov class today. I love Vonnegut, but a word of warning for "Player Piano"-it's not like most of his other works and it'll take a little longer to get through than his other stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on April 21, 2010, 04:46:07 PM


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I been wanting to read this for a pretty long time. Any thoughts so far?

Haven't gotten to it yet. My brother was stoked on it though.

it is really really good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ebdanvers on April 21, 2010, 07:17:40 PM
Someone posted "Sometimes a Great Notion" by Ken Kesey. That's a good one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Doctor Handsome on April 21, 2010, 08:48:16 PM
This was alright. All the discussion about UAW's and PAW's got boring.
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Read about half of this then stopped, terrible.
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Just started this, should be good. I love Stephen King.
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I'll start this one soon.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on April 21, 2010, 09:53:03 PM
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For school.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on April 23, 2010, 10:15:36 AM
^^^ Just talked about "The Metamorphosis" in my Nabokov class today. I love Vonnegut, but a word of warning for "Player Piano"-it's not like most of his other works and it'll take a little longer to get through than his other stuff.

I zipped through Player Piano, I could have read it in a day if I had the time. Definitely my fav Vonnegut book. And I don't think any of his books are like one an other.

Finished Wikinomics and now reading:
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on April 26, 2010, 03:15:00 AM
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just finished this
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: whiteley on April 26, 2010, 12:15:52 PM
working on this one, it's heaaaaavy. anybody read?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mr. DNA on April 26, 2010, 12:24:34 PM
I'm reading this one. Hombwaye was a real loner

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on April 26, 2010, 04:28:19 PM
A very good book. 

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also anything by Raymond Chandler.  such as:

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on April 26, 2010, 05:21:33 PM
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It's kinda in journal form.  Once you get past the fact that he seems to have a weird aversion to the word "I" and uses "he" to refer to himself, it's pretty enjoyable stuff.

I never read any Tom Wolfe before but recently read The Painted Word and From Bauhaus to Our House.  They were pretty similar, but I liked em despite the slight smugness he gives off.  I'm thinking I might get The Right Stuff next.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on April 26, 2010, 08:16:11 PM
tom Wolfe's fiction is awful.  I am Charlotte Simmons was one of the worst books I have ever read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on April 26, 2010, 08:48:06 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Doctor Handsome on April 28, 2010, 03:30:50 PM
Just picked these up, don't know how they'll turn out.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on April 29, 2010, 09:29:31 PM
Those seem like the kind of books I wouldn't read before bed.

Got this yesterday and can't put it down, so good:
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on April 29, 2010, 09:33:27 PM
tom Wolfe's fiction is awful.  I am Charlotte Simmons was one of the worst books I have ever read.
I disagree.
I Am Charlotte Simmons is a great book.
A Man In Full and The Bonfire Of The Vanities are also great works of fiction by Tom Wolfe.
The only non-fiction of his that I have read is The Right Stuff and it was not bad.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on April 30, 2010, 03:44:26 AM
Those seem like the kind of books I wouldn't read before bed.

Got this yesterday and can't put it down, so good:
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I always feel a little hint of sadness amidst the joy when I pick up a new Palahniuk book, because I know I'm going to go through it so fast and then I still want more but there is none. Like I should try and pace myself.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on April 30, 2010, 09:16:26 AM
I've been on this one for a few weeks now. It's truly an  enrapturing can't-put-it-down thrill ride.


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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on April 30, 2010, 11:14:36 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on April 30, 2010, 01:19:38 PM
Just picked these up, don't know how they'll turn out.

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I was looking at some of Clive Barkers books in barnes and noble the other day. Let me know how it is.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Lizardking on April 30, 2010, 02:07:31 PM
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never actually read it though,  ha!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 30, 2010, 09:28:54 PM
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Decided to pick it up again.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: DEDBBIS on April 30, 2010, 11:58:51 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on May 01, 2010, 01:47:26 AM
tom Wolfe's fiction is awful.  I am Charlotte Simmons was one of the worst books I have ever read.
I disagree.
I Am Charlotte Simmons is a great book.
A Man In Full and The Bonfire Of The Vanities are also great works of fiction by Tom Wolfe.
The only non-fiction of his that I have read is The Right Stuff and it was not bad.

I don't care how long an old man hangs out at chapel hill, his imitations of slang are always going to be embarrassing.  plus having grown up in a small mountain town in nc he has no idea how to write a character from that region.  plus the man himself is awful
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Binomial Nomenclature on May 01, 2010, 08:18:28 AM
His slang can be awkward at times, particularly when he puts hip hop songs in his books, but to me that is a minor detail holding back otherwise great novels.  Real page turners with a message you have to pick out, not preachy shit.  I nearly shed a tear in I Am Charlotte Simmons.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 01, 2010, 02:47:45 PM
I just ordered a book called "A Long Slow Screw" by Eugene Robinson of the band Oxbow.  apparently it is some noir style/Mickey Spillane ultraviolent type book.  I am hoping something similar to Sin City and the movie China Town.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on May 01, 2010, 04:11:34 PM
^^That's also the name of a tasty drink.  Of course, when it comes to the drink it's spelled sloe.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Acrid Avid Jam Shred on May 01, 2010, 10:09:17 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 08, 2010, 12:24:03 PM
has anyone read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace? a friend of mine who's opinion i value recommended it to me but it looks really long (1000+ pages) so i want to know if i should put the time into it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 09, 2010, 09:55:43 AM
I just ordered a book called "A Long Slow Screw" by Eugene Robinson of the band Oxbow.  apparently it is some noir style/Mickey Spillane ultraviolent type book.  I am hoping something similar to Sin City and the movie China Town.

Well, someone just got a gun jammed up their asshole and the trigger pulled.  These dudes don't mess around.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on May 09, 2010, 12:20:54 PM
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Might start reading this soon, has anyone read it? I'm deciding between this or another Easton-Ellis novel.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 09, 2010, 01:32:31 PM
Which Easton-Ellis?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on May 09, 2010, 05:49:10 PM
I just ordered a book called "A Long Slow Screw" by Eugene Robinson of the band Oxbow.  apparently it is some noir style/Mickey Spillane ultraviolent type book.  I am hoping something similar to Sin City and the movie China Town.

Well, someone just got a gun jammed up their asshole and the trigger pulled.  These dudes don't mess around.

yeah..... gonna have to read this book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on May 09, 2010, 07:11:52 PM
Probably Lunar Park or Less Than Zero.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 09, 2010, 10:35:32 PM
I just ordered a book called "A Long Slow Screw" by Eugene Robinson of the band Oxbow.  apparently it is some noir style/Mickey Spillane ultraviolent type book.  I am hoping something similar to Sin City and the movie China Town.

Well, someone just got a gun jammed up their asshole and the trigger pulled.  These dudes don't mess around.

yeah..... gonna have to read this book.

It's total noir style shit.  Gritty as fuck.  It's about a diamond heist in the 70s.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 10, 2010, 08:01:42 AM
What are some good Vietnam time war books?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on May 10, 2010, 08:14:18 AM
The Things They Carried was alright, by Tim O'Brien. It's a collection of short stories about Vietnam and the effects it had on the human psyche.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 10, 2010, 09:47:47 AM
I can't handle those books.  Hits way to close to home.  I recently tried to watch the movie "Brothers" and it kinda fucked me up.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 10, 2010, 04:12:26 PM
I want to see Brothers, I'm a fan of Portman and Gyllenhaal.

I'll try to peak out that Tim O'Brien book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: alonelikeastone on May 10, 2010, 06:25:21 PM
Mr nice by Howard marks.

About importing drungs. Google him.  Has a site. Amazing book.  And I don't smoke. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 10, 2010, 07:33:23 PM
I want to see Brothers, I'm a fan of Portman and Gyllenhaal.

I'll try to peak out that Tim O'Brien book.

It's too much of a reality for me.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 16, 2010, 10:45:16 AM
just started reading Lords of Chaos this morning.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 16, 2010, 11:23:13 AM
"Lords of Chaos" is really interesting, but I guess a few of the guys they interviewed complained that the authors misquoted them.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on May 16, 2010, 02:48:52 PM
tom Wolfe's fiction is awful.  I am Charlotte Simmons was one of the worst books I have ever read.
I disagree.
I Am Charlotte Simmons is a great book.
A Man In Full and The Bonfire Of The Vanities are also great works of fiction by Tom Wolfe.
The only non-fiction of his that I have read is The Right Stuff and it was not bad.

I don't care how long an old man hangs out at chapel hill, his imitations of slang are always going to be embarrassing.  plus having grown up in a small mountain town in nc he has no idea how to write a character from that region.  plus the man himself is awful
second that.  i am charlotte simmons was horrible.  it read like an old man's imitation of young people, which is exactly was it was.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 16, 2010, 02:56:43 PM
"Lords of Chaos" is really interesting, but I guess a few of the guys they interviewed complained that the authors misquoted them.

I've heard the same thing.  It was an entertaining read, there is quite an angle on the whole Euronymous murder though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on May 16, 2010, 09:15:34 PM
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Got it as a birthday gift the other day and I have about 50 pages left, it's good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rob2 on May 17, 2010, 08:27:14 AM
has anyone read Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace? a friend of mine who's opinion i value recommended it to me but it looks really long (1000+ pages) so i want to know if i should put the time into it

DFW is my favorite author by a long shot and I think infinite jest is the best book of the 20th century. However it is quite tough going - I think there's over 200 pages of footnotes; its complicated, doesn't fully resolve, if you don't like challenging books you probably wouldn't like it. I'd recommend reading some of his short stories or essay collections first - if you like them you'll probably want to read everything he wrote. I'm unbelievably sad/excited about reading 'the pale king' when it comes out.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 17, 2010, 06:23:45 PM
i'm reading it now. i like it so far and can tell it's going to pick up but it's just frustrated reading for an hour and only finishing 13 pages. i think i will take a break every couple hundred pages and read another book just so i don't think im getting nowhere slowly
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on May 17, 2010, 10:30:14 PM
Is Gravity's Rainbow really that good?  I think I got a couple hundred pages in last summer and liked it alot but am kind of dreading going back to it and being completely lost but also don't really want to start all over.

Long and good books are crazy.  I think Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion was the longest I've finished recently, maybe ever.  Highly recommended.  Possibly a must read for any American.

Has anyone read Proust?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 17, 2010, 11:30:06 PM
Is Gravity's Rainbow really that good?  I think I got a couple hundred pages in last summer and liked it alot but am kind of dreading going back to it and being completely lost but also don't really want to start all over.

Long and good books are crazy.  I think Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion was the longest I've finished recently, maybe ever.  Highly recommended.  Possibly a must read for any American.

Has anyone read Proust?

Sorry dude. I deleted my post because it made me sound more like a dick than I intended. But yeah, Gravity's Rainbow is really good, but super hard. It took me about a year and a half (off and on) to finish it. I'd say just go back to it. There's so much shit, that even if you read it all the way through for your first time, you're going to be lost. There's too many characters and side plots that don't intertwine that it takes a few readings. Plus, it's super satisfying once you finish it. I felt so good when it was done. It'll be a while before I read it again though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dr. Evan on May 18, 2010, 01:18:48 AM
I just finished "Apathy and Other Small Victories" by Paul Neilan.  I honestly can't recommend this book enough for a light humorous read.  Also recently read a book called  "Average American Male" by Chad Kultgen.  Again its a light read, but thoroughly entertaining.     
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: overheated on May 18, 2010, 02:20:28 AM
'Do androids dream of electric sheep?' by Phillip K. Dick. The book that became Blade Runner, however having watched the film and read the book I'd say the book is waaay more interesting. The film skips over the protagonist's doubt that he is human, which is fairly central to the book.





Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on May 25, 2010, 02:27:39 AM
Just finished Child of God by Cormac McCarthy and The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. The latter was really good, glad I finally got around to reading it.

Onto The Flood by Margaret Atwood. It's a continuation of sorts of Oryx & Crake, which I really enjoyed.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 25, 2010, 09:56:01 AM
going to a bret easton ellis book signing next month, stoked.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on May 25, 2010, 12:20:35 PM
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Might start reading this soon, has anyone read it? I'm deciding between this or another Easton-Ellis novel.

all the president's men is good but it's more about journalism than watergate. if you want a great book about nixon i recommend boys on the bus, the selling of the president, nixonland or, of course, fear and loathing in '72. nixonland is especially readable and really well researched. the author, rick perlstein, lives in chicago and had lunch with me once. really nice guy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on May 26, 2010, 10:00:51 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on May 30, 2010, 03:42:17 PM
These are all dope.  I had a paper due, hence the theme...
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: professional on May 30, 2010, 03:46:51 PM
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Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bakingsoda on May 30, 2010, 05:50:11 PM
This book is entertaining, the main characters a jerk and stubborn as fuck. Funny, but read this book with a grain of salt. It's filled with Ann Rand's egotistical bullshit.
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Pretty heavy themes in this book.
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Sure everyone knows this and has either read the book or seen the film but it's worth mentioning.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: A Rolled Ankle on May 30, 2010, 06:04:18 PM
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bout half way through it.  awesome read for anyone, especially craft beer lovers.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Soul Doubt on May 30, 2010, 10:20:15 PM
Im reading "The things they Carried" about a guy and his army buddies story of Vietnam. I normally hate those fucking war pieces of shit but its good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on May 31, 2010, 09:50:29 AM
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Heard this was good, I'll be starting to read it tonight.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Jack on May 31, 2010, 05:09:39 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on May 31, 2010, 05:22:52 PM
Went to a Tanger Outlet at North Myrtle Beach with my dad Saturday morning, they have a outlet book store, got these.
4 Bucks:
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7 Bucks:
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on June 05, 2010, 09:32:54 PM
Finished this last week, loved it.
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Almost done this,

(http://bookishpenguin.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/fahrenheit451.jpg)

And when I'm at home I read this kus its too big to carry around. Check out the comments/reviews for this shit http://www.amazon.com/Science-Sanity-Introduction-Non-Aristotelian-International/dp/0937298018

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I first read this book over 25 years ago, and it stunned me. Only a fool or the bitterest cynic could come away from this book unchanged. Whether or not you agree with all or even some of its premises and conclusions, Science and Sanity will make you keenly aware of language, psychology, and communication in all aspects of your life. You will realize how little most people know or understand about the deep and complex role language plays at home and on the world stage. This book will give you a different platform to stand on. Yes, it is a difficult book to read, but like another difficult book, Samuel Hahnemann's timeless Organon of the Medical Art, it rewards the patient and thoughtful reader in countless subtle ways over the course of time. I'd rate this book in my top ten books of a lifetime spent reading everything under the sun.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Sleazy on June 15, 2010, 11:03:11 AM
i only pleasure read on vacation and i'm heading on vacation next week

my vacation reading list

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: max power on June 15, 2010, 11:11:39 AM
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pretty psyched for this one. loved all his other books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on June 15, 2010, 12:23:22 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on June 15, 2010, 06:51:07 PM
just read
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both of them are good (although 13 3/4 maybe for teens, whatever, i want to read the whole series and i might as well start at the beginning)

started this today, i cant get enough vonnegut
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and im still reading infinite jest. this thing is gonna take me months... it is the size of a baby after all
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on June 15, 2010, 07:56:04 PM
just read

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both of them are good (although 13 3/4 maybe for teens, whatever, i want to read the whole series and i might as well start at the beginning)


Every Adrian Mole is so good.  she is supposed to be writing one more.  i hope she does as the last one kind of ended in a mild cliff hanger.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on June 15, 2010, 10:08:51 PM
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Happy Bloomsday everybody! I'm finishing up "Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle" by Vladimir Nabokov tonight and picking up "Finnegans Wake" after a two year hiatus. Today seemed like the best day to restart it. I've read the first section of it and I'm trying to get as much finished before school starts again in September.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on June 15, 2010, 11:40:55 PM
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Got it as a birthday gift the other day and I have about 50 pages left, it's good.

Pretty decent book. Its strange how some of the interactions in American Psycho between Patrick Bateman, his mom, and his main female are almost verbatim from Clay's conversations in Less Than Zero. American Psycho is in definitely in my top 5 books so far. Don't know if i should read his other books?? ATM? Kilgore?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on June 16, 2010, 07:34:03 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on June 16, 2010, 08:26:48 AM
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Got it as a birthday gift the other day and I have about 50 pages left, it's good.

Pretty decent book. Its strange how some of the interactions in American Psycho between Patrick Bateman, his mom, and his main female are almost verbatim from Clay's conversations in Less Than Zero. American Psycho is in definitely in my top 5 books so far. Don't know if i should read his other books?? ATM? Kilgore?
I'd read Rules of Attraction, it's probably my favorite thing I've read from him so far. Isn't there a sequel to Less Than Zero coming out this month?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Sneak on June 17, 2010, 06:03:07 AM

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This book is hilarious. If you can't afford the book check out the website/twitter, but the book ties all the quotes together
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on June 17, 2010, 06:57:51 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on June 17, 2010, 03:05:22 PM
If you liked "Football Factory"  then you should check out this one:
(http://hommestar.thepop.com/files/2009/10/among-the-thugs.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Useless Wooden Bench on June 22, 2010, 12:40:14 AM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n25/n127432.jpg)

This is hard an intellectual read, but it's hard to find a book that makes you laugh out loud when reading it and this one did a good job of it or me. It is to literature what Dali is to painting.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on June 24, 2010, 06:05:27 PM
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really good so far
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on June 24, 2010, 07:39:43 PM
ROBERT ANTON WILSON
ROBERT ANTON WILSON
RICHARD ALPERT
ROBERT SHEA
ROBERT ANTON WILSON
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: RightCoastBiased on June 24, 2010, 07:56:04 PM
J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Quick read and fucking incredibly well written.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LloydChristmas on July 09, 2010, 09:19:13 PM
just read
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woah...first time in this thread, about to post this very book and it's on this page...small world.  i'm just getting into vonnegut, and this is my favorite so far.  i read slapstick right before, and sirens years back in school.  just started jailbird...seems like a slower read, but good so far nonetheless.

i need some advice on what (vonnegut) to read next, and i don't like reading reviews because they ruin books for me.  anybody have any suggestions?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on July 10, 2010, 12:06:48 AM
Went to a Tanger Outlet at North Myrtle Beach with my dad Saturday morning, they have a outlet book store, got these.
4 Bucks:
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I won this book from them Emerica site last year, has a bunch of autographs from legends and shit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Upgrayedd on July 10, 2010, 05:17:45 AM
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I second that emotion
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on July 10, 2010, 10:23:55 AM
just read
(http://designrelated.tv/inspiration/vonnegut_redesign/vonnegut_mother_night_buckley.jpg)

woah...first time in this thread, about to post this very book and it's on this page...small world.  i'm just getting into vonnegut, and this is my favorite so far.  i read slapstick right before, and sirens years back in school.  just started jailbird...seems like a slower read, but good so far nonetheless.

i need some advice on what (vonnegut) to read next, and i don't like reading reviews because they ruin books for me.  anybody have any suggestions?
Cat's Cradle is one of my favorites.  I also really liked Timequake, but you should read a bit more of his stuff before that one.  It has a lot of tie ins to his other books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on July 10, 2010, 12:06:10 PM
just read
(http://designrelated.tv/inspiration/vonnegut_redesign/vonnegut_mother_night_buckley.jpg)

woah...first time in this thread, about to post this very book and it's on this page...small world.  i'm just getting into vonnegut, and this is my favorite so far.  i read slapstick right before, and sirens years back in school.  just started jailbird...seems like a slower read, but good so far nonetheless.

i need some advice on what (vonnegut) to read next, and i don't like reading reviews because they ruin books for me.  anybody have any suggestions?
Cat's Cradle is one of my favorites.  I also really liked Timequake, but you should read a bit more of his stuff before that one.  It has a lot of tie ins to his other books.

from what i've read of his, here's how i would rank them (so you can decide what to read next)
cat's cradle, breakfast of champions, hocus pocus, god bless you mr. rosewater, slaughterhouse five, mother night, the sirens of titan, slapstick. i would also suggest a man without a country for a short read.

i'm reading this at the moment. so far it's been really good
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on July 10, 2010, 02:04:04 PM
Just finished The Informers by Ellis and finally got around to reading Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut even though I got it last year. I got Glamorama earlier today, and hopefully I'll be reading another Vonnegut novel after that, I'll probably go with Rosewater after reading the suggestions in this thread.
Lloyd: Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions are good Vonnegut novels, as well.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on July 10, 2010, 02:23:37 PM
i have that goodbye blue monday bomb tattoo that's blacked out on the mother night cover up there. first tattoo ever.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on July 14, 2010, 12:24:11 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on July 14, 2010, 01:00:01 AM
Yes to Dostoyevsky, just finished
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 14, 2010, 09:01:15 AM
"Mother Night" is way better than "Slaughterhouse-Five" and Rosewater. Also, "Bluebeard" is a really good book too. Probably one of my favorites as well as "Mother Night" and "Breakfast of Champions."
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on July 14, 2010, 10:13:41 AM
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3/4 of the way through this.  Quite liking Joyce, thinking about reading Ulysses next
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 14, 2010, 10:35:30 AM
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3/4 of the way through this.  Quite liking Joyce, thinking about reading Ulysses next


Fucking love Joyce. I'm reading Finnegans Wake right now. I've been trying it for a few years. Ulysses is amazing. Easily the best book I've ever read. I read it twice in a year-once for fun and once for a class. A little warning is that it is a much harder book to get through than you think, especially if you don't want to merely read the words versus reading it, if that makes sense. You might not get too much out of it the first time, but it's still an amazing read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeahisaidit on July 14, 2010, 02:17:39 PM
If you liked "Football Factory"  then you should check out this one:
(http://hommestar.thepop.com/files/2009/10/among-the-thugs.jpg)


Salman Agah still getting covers.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on July 14, 2010, 02:42:41 PM
The last few weeks I read this...
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then this.....
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(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/c0/c4054.jpg)

I really like Jack London. I've read a few of his novels and a book of short stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on July 14, 2010, 02:50:00 PM
i got a bunch of books i want to check off soon, but these are up next once i finish up blood meridian
-atlas shrugged
-love is a dog from hell
-the amazing adventures of kavalier and klay
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LloydChristmas on July 14, 2010, 02:54:56 PM
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great read.  someone told me to read more vonnegut before reading this, but i don't see why.  seriously entertaining.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on July 14, 2010, 02:56:13 PM
timequake is easily my least favorite vonnegut book i've read. couple great quotes but overall, kind of whatever.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LloydChristmas on July 14, 2010, 05:34:15 PM
timequake is easily my least favorite vonnegut book i've read. couple great quotes but overall, kind of whatever.

i mean if you've read his other stuff there are a lot of repeated stories in timequake, but i laughed just as much as i laughed the first time i read them in the other books.  he got to be pretty bitter by the time he wrote timequake, but he makes his bitterness funny.  it's a quality i can appreciate in vonnegut and nobody else in the world.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 14, 2010, 06:31:15 PM
timequake is easily my least favorite vonnegut book i've read. couple great quotes but overall, kind of whatever.

i mean if you've read his other stuff there are a lot of repeated stories in timequake, but i laughed just as much as i laughed the first time i read them in the other books.  he got to be pretty bitter by the time he wrote timequake, but he makes his bitterness funny.  it's a quality i can appreciate in vonnegut and nobody else in the world.

It's mainly because you have to build more of a relationship with Kilgore Trout to understand how monumental and important Timequake's ending is for him.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LloydChristmas on July 14, 2010, 08:04:10 PM
timequake is easily my least favorite vonnegut book i've read. couple great quotes but overall, kind of whatever.

i mean if you've read his other stuff there are a lot of repeated stories in timequake, but i laughed just as much as i laughed the first time i read them in the other books.  he got to be pretty bitter by the time he wrote timequake, but he makes his bitterness funny.  it's a quality i can appreciate in vonnegut and nobody else in the world.

It's mainly because you have to build more of a relationship with Kilgore Trout to understand how monumental and important Timequake's ending is for him.

of course distinguishing between vonnegut and trout is not something i even thought about anymore by the end.  always looked at trout as the person vonnegut wished to be, if only for a brief time- a romanticized version of himself- and used the alter ego to be bolder than he ever could be (which is tough, because he's edgy as hell). 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on July 15, 2010, 01:46:09 AM
timequake is easily my least favorite vonnegut book i've read. couple great quotes but overall, kind of whatever.

i mean if you've read his other stuff there are a lot of repeated stories in timequake, but i laughed just as much as i laughed the first time i read them in the other books.  he got to be pretty bitter by the time he wrote timequake, but he makes his bitterness funny.  it's a quality i can appreciate in vonnegut and nobody else in the world.

It's mainly because you have to build more of a relationship with Kilgore Trout to understand how monumental and important Timequake's ending is for him.

bingo bango!!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: camel filters on July 15, 2010, 12:09:35 PM
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I second that emotion
third. reading women right now. fucking loving it so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: swllbo on July 16, 2010, 12:06:16 AM
Just started this one today, and so far i'm really enjoying it.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on July 16, 2010, 11:43:37 AM
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I have had this fucking book for more than a year I think and still not read it. I told myself I would have to after I loved Crime and Punishment so much, but haven't found the time for it. Going to have to happen.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pelican on July 16, 2010, 02:23:45 PM
can anyone recommend a good starting point for Saul Bellow?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Vegetable Lasagna on July 18, 2010, 07:14:08 PM
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I second that emotion
third. reading women right now. fucking loving it so far.

Finishing this up soon. First Bukowski book. Is there a good order to read his other books in?

Gonna go back to Vonnegut next with Mother Night. Same question for his books. I've only read Slaughter House Five so far. Is there a good order?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on July 18, 2010, 07:17:23 PM
not necessarily. but you can never go wrong with reading someone's novels chronologically.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 18, 2010, 09:56:21 PM
Slaughterhouse-Five is a pretty good starting place just because it introduces a lot of thematic elements (flash-forwards, flash-backs, Kilgore Trout, cruelty of humans, etc) that run through Vonnegut's works. Like kilgore said, there really isn't too much importance on order, except Timequake has a more meaning the more Vonnegut you know. But even then you can enjoy it on its own. Mother Night is great though. Definitely one of my favorite Vonnegut books and I've read almost all of his stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on July 24, 2010, 11:09:09 PM
(http://mikecane2008.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/2666cover.jpg?w=389&h=600)

I am loving it so far.

Plan on starting a Nabokov novel after I'm done with this. I don't know which one though, recommend me something besides Lolita, please. I read stories from The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov from time to time so I'm not totally unfamiliar with his writing.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 25, 2010, 01:05:44 AM
I just took a class on Nabokov that did not feature Lolita since my professor has an entire class on just that book. It really depends on how much you've read. Pale Fire is amazing, but it's a really odd read if you're unfamiliar with Nabokov (the same goes for Ada, or Ardor). I would suggest The Defense (now marketed as The Luzhin Defense, the literal translation of the Russian title, even though Nabokov preferred it without "Luzhin" in English), Pnin, or The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. I'm more familiar with his English works, but all of those are really good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dr. Evan on July 25, 2010, 03:09:14 AM
If you liked "Football Factory"  then you should check out this one:
(http://hommestar.thepop.com/files/2009/10/among-the-thugs.jpg)


Salman Agah still getting covers.

Great book.  I recently read one about the firm from West Ham, but it was shite.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on July 27, 2010, 04:57:40 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 324 on July 27, 2010, 05:58:16 PM
(http://www.tokyomango.com/.a/6a00d8341c5d3253ef0120a82263e7970b-320wi)
There's a chapter on Japan's almost crippling use of instruction manuals ranging from taxes to getting laid. There's one called "Perfect Manual of Suicide," sounds awesome/hoping to pick that up some day
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MrDreamPop on August 03, 2010, 02:26:18 AM
^ dude had an interview on npr not too long ago.  homie used to get death threats from the yakuza.  death threats are always cool.

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don't know if this was already posted but i loved this book, loved the whole Ender series really.  when i first found out that Card is an insane Mormon republican asshole, i was confused and angry, but then i thought maybe believing in that nonsense makes him a better science fiction writer.  the religious undertones make it interesting at least.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: floop on August 03, 2010, 01:16:11 PM
bout to start this

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on August 03, 2010, 01:33:04 PM
bout to start this

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Going to read this after I finish Lunar Park.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yobzobbler on August 03, 2010, 03:18:23 PM
bout to start this

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oh shit one of my favorite writers, i had no idea this had been released
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on August 03, 2010, 06:50:30 PM
My roommate left this lying on the kitchen table and so I've been reading it. Really interesting.
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(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_v1gMvPrMfHg/S9NeBbw2RDI/AAAAAAAADyg/v9nj6353Xfw/s1600/pic0404-barthelme005-60stories.jpg)
I'm also slowly making my way through this. If you like Vonnegut, I highly suggest checking out Barthelme. But it's also a pretty exhausting read, because he writes in non sequiturs.

I bought this yesterday and I'm almost finished it. It's about evolutionary psychology; there are some incorrect assertions made about how evolution works and some questionable explanations for the evolution of certain traits, but it is overall a cool concept:
(http://www.damemagazine.com/uploads/wysiwygpro/0553_BeautifulPeople_D.jpg)

And I found this in with my other books a while back and read it in an afternoon. A girlfriend made me borrow it. We broke up and I never read it (until now) or returned it. Thanks for the book, bitch!

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GnArcIsSisTic on August 03, 2010, 07:25:14 PM
And I found this in with my other books a while back and read it in an afternoon. A girlfriend made me borrow it. We broke up and I never read it (until now) or returned it. Thanks for the book, bitch!

(http://emeraldhillsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/blink.jpg)


that is pretty much the exact series of events that led me to reading that same book... except i was with the female when i read it. reminded me a bit of chuck klosterman

bought this at a used book store
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not sure what to expect... doesn't sound like the other mcarthy books i've read

and i'm halfway done with
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not sure yet why people hate ms. rand so much.... i'm really enjoying it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on August 03, 2010, 07:54:29 PM
I picked up Dennis Rodmans "as bad as I want to be". Interesting to say the least. He claims that guarding Larry Bird is "overrated because he is white."
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yobzobbler on August 03, 2010, 11:54:45 PM
reading ''pattern recognition'', william gibson

basically about this chick researching these weird videos on the net while meanwhile "coolhunting" for this corporation in order to come up w/ the next big thing. yeah i realize that doesnt make you run out of your house for a copy, but gibson is a fucking legend in the sci-fi universe and has managed to make the modern world seem utterly futuristic. he has a couple pages on the alternate realty of the internet, like forums, and talks all sorts of cool shit about modern phenomenons like hipsters and corporate culture being embedded into our brains such that when we see a brand we dont see the image, we see everything it stands for. i still realize this doesnt sound exciting at all but like i said, will gibson is a fucking master for sci-fi.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frisco on August 04, 2010, 12:21:43 AM
(http://www.scifinow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/dark-tower-1.jpg)

Anyone read "The Dark Tower" series? I love it

Currently on Wizard and Glass right now, the The Drawing of the Three was my favorite so far
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Moist on August 04, 2010, 04:19:21 AM
^ I've heard they're really good, I'll probably read them after this:

(http://images.twomillionbooks.com/9780340992586.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rob2 on August 04, 2010, 05:54:46 AM


and i'm halfway done with
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS9isyLnrqSIbk4LgZJCWhs9M_JOjLKLlRStx8Ob81J_D_1FM4&t=1&usg=__vi4ItbZ2zdY2tNJIIXZEZAa-IYM=)

not sure yet why people hate ms. rand so much.... i'm really enjoying it.

Because she's a crazy nazi  who invents the stupidest system of thought (objectivism - biggest misnomer ever), who pretends she's a philosopher but actually just spouts off right wing nonsense
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: RipGrip on August 07, 2010, 11:35:31 AM
McCarthy...


The first of the herd began to swing past them in a pall of yellow dust, rangy slatribbed cattle with horns that grew agoggle and no two alike and small thin mules coalblack that shouldered one another and reared their malletshaped heads above the backs of the others and then more cattle and finally the first of the herders riding up the outer side and keeping the stock between themselves and the mounted company. Behind them came a herd of several hundred ponies. The sergeant looked for Candelario. He kept backing along the ranks but could not find him. He nudged his horse through the column and moved up the far side. The lattermost of the drovers were now coming through the dust and the captain was gesturing and shouting. The ponies had begun to veer off from the herd and the drovers were beating their way toward this armed company met with on the plain. Already you could see through the dust on the ponies' hides the painted chevrons and the hands and rising suns and birds and fish of every device like the shade of old work through sizing on a canvas and now too you could hear above the pounding of the unshod hooves the piping of the quena, flutes made from human bones, and some among the company had begun to saw back on their mounts and some to mill in confusion when up from the offside of those ponies rose a fabled horde of mounted lancers and archers bearing shields bedight with bits of broken mirrorglass that cast a thousand unpieced suns against the eyes of their enemies. A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood of prior owners, coats of slain dragoons, frogged and braided cavalry jackets, one in a stovepipe hat and one with an umbrella and one in white stockings and a bloodstained weddingveil and some in headgear of cranefeathers or rawhide helmets that bore the horns of bull or buffalo and one in a pigeontailed coat worn backwards and otherwise naked and one in the armour of a spanish conquistador, the breastplate and pauldrons deeply dented with old blows of mace or sabre done in another country by men whose very bones were dust and many with their braids spliced up with the hair of other beasts until they trailed upon the ground and their horses' ears and tails worked with bits of brightly colored cloth and one whose horse's whole head was painted crimson red and all the horsemen's faces gaudy and grotesque with daubings like a company of mounted clowns, death hilarious, all howling in a barbarous tongue and riding down upon them like a horde from a hell more horrible yet than the brimstone land of christian reckoning, screeching and yammering and clothed in smoke like those vaporous beings in regions beyond right knowing where the eye wanders and the lip jerks and drools.

Oh my god, said the sergeant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on August 11, 2010, 01:44:16 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513CZ01C37L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

maybe the the most sickening, disturbing and unremittingly evil book i've ever read.

recommended.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on August 11, 2010, 02:39:19 PM
reading ''pattern recognition'', william gibson

basically about this chick researching these weird videos on the net while meanwhile "coolhunting" for this corporation in order to come up w/ the next big thing. yeah i realize that doesnt make you run out of your house for a copy, but gibson is a fucking legend in the sci-fi universe and has managed to make the modern world seem utterly futuristic. he has a couple pages on the alternate realty of the internet, like forums, and talks all sorts of cool shit about modern phenomenons like hipsters and corporate culture being embedded into our brains such that when we see a brand we dont see the image, we see everything it stands for. i still realize this doesnt sound exciting at all but like i said, will gibson is a fucking master for sci-fi.

i was really disappointed with this book. i got it because the used bookstore by my house didn't have neuromancer. anyway the ending is pretty awful.

bad as i wanna be, however, is awesome. i only read the intro but it's all about dennis rodman driving to the united center blasting pearl jam and thinking about suicide.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on August 11, 2010, 04:24:17 PM
If you liked "Football Factory"  then you should check out this one:
(http://hommestar.thepop.com/files/2009/10/among-the-thugs.jpg)


Salman Agah still getting covers.

Great book.  I recently read one about the firm from West Ham, but it was shite.

I am reading this one right now thanks to this thread. I am really enjoying it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on August 12, 2010, 11:30:16 PM
(http://images.filedby.com/bookimg/0440/9780440129295.jpg)

Finished this a few minutes ago, I enjoyed it. Starting this tomorrow:

(http://www.bookhills.com/images/Lunar-Park-0375727272-L.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on August 12, 2010, 11:46:19 PM
don't know how many folks are into graphic novels/comics, but i just completed my adrian tomine collection with this:

(http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/imagesProduct/a4978de326c355.jpg)

it's a sampling of his work from earlier on to quite recently.  can't recommend this dude strongly enough.  quick reads which are just as potent as full-text novels.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: smokecrack on August 12, 2010, 11:54:21 PM
i really like this book
(http://mybandrocks.com/dv/images/informers_cover2.jpg)

i wanna start Imperial Bedrooms next. have you finished it yet, floop?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on August 13, 2010, 09:22:47 AM
^Have you read Less than Zero?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Magic Pizza on August 13, 2010, 09:36:15 AM
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/521633988_7b60903a5a_o.jpg)

This is one of those books that I was supposed to read in high school and maybe got through 2 chapters cause I thought it was boring. I recently read it again and it's a brutal and consuming tale. Also, a historically significant piece, mainly for the way it exposed how grotesque and unhealthy the conditions were in the meat packing industry during the turn of the century.

Also, vivid descriptions of industrial Chicago, life for new immigrants during this time, political corruption, and the terrible conditions that manual laborers had to face every day.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Schteven on August 13, 2010, 01:25:32 PM
(http://img.literatuurplein.nl/blobs/ORIGB/601765/1/1.jpg)
It's all of Kafka's work in one book. It's crazy thick and I've read the main books already (the castle, the proces, Amerika)
So now i'm reading a few short stories every now and then. Dude has fascinating style. It really captures you and sometimes gets you to feel real helpless, but still you gotta keep going. And of course the rythem...

First I was a little bothered that the books didn't have an ending, but now I understand it kinda supposed to be that way.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on August 13, 2010, 01:29:40 PM
Fuck yeah, love Kafka. Would be stoked to get the whole collection in one though
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on August 13, 2010, 01:44:11 PM
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:FQ92UDyWIPd-PM:http://phamxuannguyen.vnweblogs.com/gallery/1958/The%20Sorrow%20of%20War.gif&t=1)
Started this on Wednesday.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carlwinslow on August 15, 2010, 03:36:46 PM
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/521633988_7b60903a5a_o.jpg)

This is one of those books that I was supposed to read in high school and maybe got through 2 chapters cause I thought it was boring. I recently read it again and it's a brutal and consuming tale. Also, a historically significant piece, mainly for the way it exposed how grotesque and unhealthy the conditions were in the meat packing industry during the turn of the century.

Also, vivid descriptions of industrial Chicago, life for new immigrants during this time, political corruption, and the terrible conditions that manual laborers had to face every day.
just picked this up, can't wait to read. gotta finish 'in cold blood' first.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 23, 2010, 12:43:01 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PyWKNgTzEhY/SRXqbYFDLEI/AAAAAAAADN0/sqKmVtvp0GQ/s400/2666Cover.jpg)

Pretty good so far, though I dont really have much time to read for pleasure.

read this over the summer. so good. the book of amilfitano is my favorite. the crazy thing is that this book gets so much hype for covering the murders in juarez yet when you get to the part about the murders it's basically a laundry list and feels very clinical. awesome read.
" Boris Yeltsin looked at Amalfitano with curiosity, as if it were Amalfitano who had
invaded his dream, not the other way around. And he said,
listen carefully to what I have to say, comrade. Im going to explain what the third leg
 of the human table is. Im going to tell you. And then leave me alone. Life is demand
and supply, or supply and demand, thats what it all boils down to, but thats no way to
 live. A third leg is needed to keep the table from collapsing into the garbage pit of history, which in turn is permanently collapsing into the garbage pit of the
void. So take note. This is the equation: supply + demand + magic. And what is
magic? Magic is epic and it?s also sex and Dionysian mists
and play."
--
been reading Jorge Luis Borges. The Cult of The Phoenix.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 23, 2010, 09:43:20 PM


George Bataille

THE SOLAR ANUS:


"I want to have my throat slashed while violating the girl to whom I will have been able to say: you are the night."


http://www.greylodge.org/occultreview/glor_010/solar.htm (http://www.greylodge.org/occultreview/glor_010/solar.htm)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on August 23, 2010, 10:59:09 PM
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/521633988_7b60903a5a_o.jpg)

This is one of those books that I was supposed to read in high school and maybe got through 2 chapters cause I thought it was boring. I recently read it again and it's a brutal and consuming tale. Also, a historically significant piece, mainly for the way it exposed how grotesque and unhealthy the conditions were in the meat packing industry during the turn of the century.

Also, vivid descriptions of industrial Chicago, life for new immigrants during this time, political corruption, and the terrible conditions that manual laborers had to face every day.
just picked this up, can't wait to read. gotta finish 'in cold blood' first.

If I were to judge a book by it's cover, I'd say that one looks pretty righteous.  Is that a Charles Burns design?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on August 23, 2010, 11:40:04 PM
Just finished this
(http://media.musictoday.com/store/bands/93/product_large/1HAM02.JPG)

After not reading anything from him for awhile I decided to pick this up
(http://images.indiebound.com/310/865/9780872865310.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on August 24, 2010, 02:31:31 AM
(http://perival.com/delillo/whitenoise_first_ed.jpeg)

I'm almost done with this, and about to move on to this

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyup1yzUlo1qawa4g.jpg)

the sheer size of it (and the introduction) makes it a bit daunting, but I've heard a lot of good stuff about it. Can't wait.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on August 24, 2010, 02:34:09 AM
Oh, and I just found this http://fivedials.com/fivedials (http://fivedials.com/fivedials). A free .pdf-format literature mag. I've only read the latest issue, but it seems really good. Think I found it through the PWBC blog.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cheep on August 24, 2010, 05:59:27 AM
on the road, breakfast of champions, pretty much any tom robbins, food of the gods, dmt: the spirit molecule
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: russ on August 24, 2010, 09:29:40 AM
(http://www.oregonherald.com/news/story/y/140741_portrait-of-an-addict-is-fresh-look-at-addiction.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 24, 2010, 10:42:41 AM
Alkaloids: biochemistry, ecology, and medicinal applications

Margaret F Roberts, Michael Wink

"Mandragora officinarum
The Mandrake occurs around the Mediterranean and the Near East.  Because of massive roots that often have human shapes and the hallucinogenic properties related to tropane alkaloids (...scopolamine) Mandrake has long fueled the fantasies of man and has been mentioned in many old stories."
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:m3cOZp885i3tAM::en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrake_(plant)&t=1&usg=AFrqEze_sFswQiuz-_JzKTxRTy0sXZ6OYg)

http://www.biopsychiatry.com/scopolamine/borrachero.html (http://www.biopsychiatry.com/scopolamine/borrachero.html)

the 'witches weeds', Mandrake, Datura, henbane...Sacred Weeds Henbane 2/5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an5-zPLnU9E#)






Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on August 24, 2010, 02:45:44 PM
(http://www.booksmustread.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wuthering-heights.jpg)
I have to read this book for AP Lang, not digging it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Skwisgaar Skwigelf on August 24, 2010, 02:51:40 PM
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Absolute masterpiece.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 25, 2010, 08:54:58 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0060937939.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/1931520224.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x0/x3927.jpg)
http://www.bartleby.com/86/ (http://www.bartleby.com/86/)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yobzobbler on August 25, 2010, 09:06:13 PM
(http://www.booksmustread.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/wuthering-heights.jpg)
I have to read this book for AP Lang, not digging it.

those classes pay off big time. im done with english/history now and have a great fucking schedule thusly - only one class tomorrow, friday's off. my busiest days i have 3. most kids im with never took ap classes and are doing 4 classes a fucking day, 8 total a week. that's brutal in college.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: peacebrother on August 30, 2010, 07:00:25 PM
Dark, fucked, quick read.
I highly recommend this.

(http://kimbofo.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451bcff69e20120a52f56e7970c-300wi)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzrHevR1Hjs
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on August 30, 2010, 07:45:31 PM
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Absolute masterpiece.

I wasn't sure before, but now I'm certain you're a fake account.  Almost too perfect, that's what gave you away.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: friendly dave on August 31, 2010, 02:03:20 AM
Remains of the Day Get your dignity on.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 31, 2010, 04:18:43 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0345325818.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on August 31, 2010, 09:44:19 AM
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:zKFbUcV6PZduHM:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51X18XAH6TL.jpg&t=1)

The most poignant tale of a middle-aged architect fucking a bunch of supermodels. Seriously, it's actually sad and moving.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on August 31, 2010, 11:42:20 AM
Remains of the Day Get your dignity on.
i've had my eye on this for months now, i hover over it every time i enter a bookstore.  worth it?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Narcissus on August 31, 2010, 01:03:56 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n24/n121610.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on September 01, 2010, 02:20:14 AM
For all the Vonnegut fans:

http://www.youtube.com/user/crippledfonzzz#g/c/D46801A7DCD09812 (http://www.youtube.com/user/crippledfonzzz#g/c/D46801A7DCD09812)

a lecture entitled "How to Get a Job Like Mine". Really good way to spend 50 minutes if you have them to spare
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on September 01, 2010, 11:26:47 AM
Dark, fucked, quick read.
I highly recommend this.

(http://kimbofo.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451bcff69e20120a52f56e7970c-300wi)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzrHevR1Hjs


all the books of his that i've read have been very good. he really can't stand muslims though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on September 02, 2010, 04:18:39 AM
just read this:
(http://askchris.essexcc.gov.uk/Files/BookJackets/3849.jpg)

quite liked it, compelled to read some of her poetry now


currently reading these:
(http://www.leadingadvisor.com/blog-old/451.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ijjyqoR1Pz8/Sp1rQEJKaOI/AAAAAAAAGe8/Q43tnlBMHsM/s400/SusanSontag_OnPhotography.jpg)

really blown away by sontag thus far, I've always heard people talking about this book and finally got around to borrowing it.  a lot of writing on photography/fine art I find are either too simplistic or incredibly convoluted. it's refreshing to read a book of essays on the subject that is not a chore, and insightful
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cheese on September 02, 2010, 04:25:24 AM
Cyrano de Bergerac. Great book. Right now reading Hardball.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: smokecrack on September 02, 2010, 05:06:45 AM
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/521633988_7b60903a5a_o.jpg)

This is one of those books that I was supposed to read in high school and maybe got through 2 chapters cause I thought it was boring. I recently read it again and it's a brutal and consuming tale. Also, a historically significant piece, mainly for the way it exposed how grotesque and unhealthy the conditions were in the meat packing industry during the turn of the century.

Also, vivid descriptions of industrial Chicago, life for new immigrants during this time, political corruption, and the terrible conditions that manual laborers had to face every day.
just picked this up, can't wait to read. gotta finish 'in cold blood' first.

If I were to judge a book by it's cover, I'd say that one looks pretty righteous.  Is that a Charles Burns design?

i had to look it up and yup, it's a charles burns cover. it's funny how easily distinctive his work is.

(oh, and frank gerwer's nose, i haven't read less than zero yet. i know i have to read that before imperial bedrooms though. i just love everything bret easton ellis does, so i plan on reading both those books back to back before the year's over.)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on September 02, 2010, 11:11:40 AM

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kyup1yzUlo1qawa4g.jpg)

the sheer size of it (and the introduction) makes it a bit daunting, but I've heard a lot of good stuff about it. Can't wait.

definitely try and make it through, totally worth it. the book takes awhile to pick up (about 300 pages) but after that it will hopefully suck you in. around that point it starts to explain the setting and it gets more and more hilarious. im about 2/3rds through and have nothing to do for 2 weeks so im just gonna try and finish this thing    
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on September 04, 2010, 07:59:23 PM
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/ashone.jpg)
cool book.  gets slow in certain areas, but overall a really interesting read.  it's pretty crazy how we could all easily die at any moment.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/Kitchen-Confidential-Bourdain-Anthony-9780060899226.jpg)
read this in like 2 days.  cooking bomb shit is tight.  one of the few joys in life.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/n58644.jpg)
first bukowski i've read in a while.  everything else just seems stupid and contrived compared to bukowski.  for once the hipsters are onto something.  sometimes shit's so good even the kooks get it right. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on September 04, 2010, 09:08:27 PM
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/n58644.jpg)
first bukowski i've read in a while.  everything else just seems stupid and contrived compared to bukowski.  for once the hipsters are onto something.  sometimes shit's so good even the kooks get it right. 
Good ole Nicky, best dick in Los Angeles.
That book was funny, I really liked what Bukowski did with that genre.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bryan on September 04, 2010, 10:02:33 PM
I have to read "The Fountainhead" for AP language, anybody read it?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: few123456789 on September 05, 2010, 12:10:04 AM
I have to read "The Fountainhead" for AP language, anybody read it?

One of my favorites along with Atlas Shrugged.  Don't tell the Gipper.

I just got done reading this (I typically stick to biographies/history, finance and political books) and thought it was good.  So is the movie:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51jGs2yyXgL.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MrDreamPop on September 05, 2010, 12:27:27 AM
I have to read "The Fountainhead" for AP language, anybody read it?
ayn rand doesn't understand reality.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LesbianPUNCH on September 05, 2010, 05:35:52 AM
http://www.ajjacobs.com/content/home.asp (http://www.ajjacobs.com/content/home.asp)

I'm reading The Year of Living Biblically, one of the most hilarious and thought provoking books I've ever read.  Check it out.  I'm sure anything A.J. Jacobs writes is equally entertaining.

And yeah, I've read The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and Anthem.  I'd say Fountainhead is my favorite.  Wonderful, well-thought out characters, and an interesting though definitely warped take on reality.  Atlas Shrugged was exhausting, obnoxious (the last 70 pages express, through the words of a character broadcasting via radio to the entire world, the most redundant speech of all time, her philosophy...70 pages...,) and did a poor job trying to accomplish what the Fountainhead already established.  Her perception of reality in The Fountainhead is almost believable, but reading Atlas Shrugged almost made me doubt the credibility of her other work.  Anthem is good.  Very similar to The Giver.  A short read.

I think you'll dig the Fountainhead.   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 05, 2010, 03:24:55 PM

(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/Kitchen-Confidential-Bourdain-Anthony-9780060899226.jpg)
read this in like 2 days.  cooking bomb shit is tight.  one of the few joys in life.


I love that book.  I guess this just came out:
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/22/Medium_Raw.jpg)

I'll have to read it soon.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on September 05, 2010, 03:34:36 PM
(http://www.sixpack.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/daniel_clowes_wilson-499x649.jpg)

Just finished
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: smokecrack on September 05, 2010, 03:45:05 PM
(http://www.sixpack.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/daniel_clowes_wilson-499x649.jpg)

Just finished

this just came out this year, right? the last Daniel Clowes i read was this

(http://www.indyworld.com/indy/summer_2004/review_eightball/images/cover.jpg)

The Death Ray. it was so enjoyable. how's Wilson?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on September 05, 2010, 03:53:11 PM
Wilson can make you laugh and feel depressed.

A good read. It's more a collection of self-contained vignettes, but they're laid out sequentially so there's a bigger picture/story.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on September 05, 2010, 10:31:06 PM
(http://www.sixpack.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/daniel_clowes_wilson-499x649.jpg)

Just finished

From the art and reviews i read, this seems to be right up my alley. Ordered that hoe.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on September 11, 2010, 11:10:53 AM
Picked up 'Imperial Bedrooms' a few weeks ago but I haven't been able to really get into it. This week in my Lit class we're discussing an excerpt of The Divine Comedy, so I'll be reading that this weekend. I'm actually really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: FrenchFriedClownFingers on September 11, 2010, 01:07:52 PM
Anything H.P. Lovecraft, William Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Clive Barker. On a random note, Marilyn Manson's autobiography was cool. It really allows you to see that he exaggerated  a lot of shit in his life, or just over complicated shit. You expect him to of had a fucked up life but in reality it was just a weird childhood combined with evangelist christian beliefs forced upon him in school, which he rejected by the only way he knew how,  forming a homo erotic super group of dopefiends.

Ray bradburys something wicked this way comes is tight.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: acider on September 13, 2010, 02:06:52 PM
just ordered these two on amazon:

(http://www.myjewishlearning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/jonathan-franzen-freedom.jpg)

im sure half of american's interested in books are reading this right now, but whatever the review in the economist sold it for me and i am psyched on it.  seeing him on the cover of time kind of bummed me out though

(http://factualopinion.typepad.com/the_factual_opinion/images/2008/04/12/monster_kody.jpg)

i was kind of weary of buying a book written by a gang member cause most of the ones ive seen rely more on how shocking gang life is rather than skillful prose or interesting insight.  however, i read some of this on the google books preview and needed it right away.  he is an excellent story teller and makes some interesting comparisons between gang wars and actual wars, but ill admit that being comletely detached from what he is talking about is one of the main reasons i am so interested in the stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tom Bombadil on September 13, 2010, 03:51:40 PM
Although I haven't perused this entire thread, I would assume Kurt Vonnegut's  Slaughterhouse Five has been recommended, and if it has so indeed, I re-recommend it. Brilliant little novel. Absolutely hilarious, absurd, and not to mention thought-provoking. And don't forget to read Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Although it's hard to catch all his zings in Middle English, they are abundant nonetheless.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on September 13, 2010, 04:59:17 PM
(http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/5/9/5/9782218747595.jpg)

I'll just read this fine piece of late 19th century realist literature on that grassy patch by the tree over there in my wool cardigan while maintaining a look of detachment. Watch in awe gentlemen as the fine females of the French Literature department come crawling over to bandy for my attention and perhaps the opportunity to suckle on my cock.

My intellectual pursuits has paid off well.


PS

This chocolate milk makes me really gassy. Been farting for hours now.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on September 13, 2010, 05:09:23 PM
Women by Bukowski and Tropic of Cancer by Miller
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on October 01, 2010, 11:00:23 AM
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/red-harvest.jpg)

I plan on reading all of Dashiell Hammet's novels sequentially.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 01, 2010, 11:41:53 AM

(http://unrealitymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/kramer.jpg)
(http://pressthebuttons.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/09/22/seinfeldsceneit3.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on October 01, 2010, 11:52:44 AM
Women by Bukowski and Tropic of Cancer by Miller

I lent my copy of Women to my friend and he went and lost it :(
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 3.14 on October 01, 2010, 04:25:26 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/eb/55/f391eb6709a0b4cdaf514110.L.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 02, 2010, 12:13:30 PM
Women by Bukowski and Tropic of Cancer by Miller

I lent my copy of Women to my friend and he went and lost it :(

That is a damn shame.  that book is excellent.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oldeath on October 02, 2010, 12:21:46 PM
Women by Bukowski and Tropic of Cancer by Miller

I lent my copy of Women to my friend and he went and lost it :(

That is a damn shame.  that book is excellent.
It sure is, i am on my 4th copy now, i always keeps giving em away.
I enjoy most of Bukowskis books thought
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 02, 2010, 12:23:16 PM
I almost would say instead of giving them away, you should just leave them places.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oldeath on October 02, 2010, 12:28:33 PM
i did that once, my ex was on this site, you could leave a book at some place and then put it on the site and others who would want the book could go there and get it, i left a Bukowskibook out once.
Cant remember the website for my life unfortunally
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 02, 2010, 12:29:36 PM
Damn, that site sounds rad!  I could literally do that all over the world
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oldeath on October 02, 2010, 12:35:21 PM
yes, it?s universal.
Last time i was on there was 2005 so i dont know if its still there.
I?ll PM you if i remember the name of it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on October 02, 2010, 02:59:41 PM
I got the book "All The Pretty Horses".
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brent on October 02, 2010, 04:03:05 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n52/n263942.jpg)
funny
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: camel filters on October 02, 2010, 05:59:08 PM
Women by Bukowski and Tropic of Cancer by Miller
this book gave me countless boners.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on October 02, 2010, 07:45:25 PM
I just finished "breakfast of champions" and I bought "helter skelter" at an estate sale last week for a dollar, I'll read that next.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on October 03, 2010, 03:31:48 PM
Just finished:
(http://www.circumonline-audiobooks.com/images/lg_sn5320.jpg)

About 2/3 through:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XzhJsMMbvJs/R45tC9Zf-lI/AAAAAAAAAXQ/MD8EfDnVlVE/s320/blood+meridian.jpg)

About to start:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n9/n47731.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 03, 2010, 06:32:32 PM
The Sound and The Fury is one of my favorites.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 03, 2010, 11:21:38 PM
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/red-harvest.jpg)

I plan on reading all of Dashiell Hammet's novels sequentially.

tell me more!  this looks awesome!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mcpeepants on October 05, 2010, 02:40:01 PM
(http://lagrandelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/the-catcher-in-the-rye-cover.jpg)

I'm about 2/3's of the way thru it and I'm enjoying it so far. I like that the main character is a smartass, because he reminds me a lot of myself.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on October 05, 2010, 05:22:32 PM
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/red-harvest.jpg)

I plan on reading all of Dashiell Hammet's novels sequentially.

tell me more!  this looks awesome!
Whoa dude, you've never read Hammett? That's like a rite of passage for all humans with a Y-chromosome. If you like slow talking, chain smoking and hard drinking tough guys, dangerous dames and light gun play, this is it. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler are the godfathers of this kind of detective fiction. Granted, I've read more of Chandler's stuff than Hammett's.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: smokecrack on October 06, 2010, 02:22:50 AM
went to the library today (haven't gone in months) and found some keepers. couldn't find any burroughs or crowley, but i did get

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175239964l/497199.jpg)

(http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2005/08/14/dd_lunarpark_2.jpg)

picked up these graphic novels too

(http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/sandman9.jpg)

(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/thumb/c/cf/Hellblazer_-_Dangerous_Habits.jpg/350px-Hellblazer_-_Dangerous_Habits.jpg)

(http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Death-by-Chocolate-Redux-David-Yurkovich.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GJTtfJszL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://www.comicsreporter.com/images/uploads/bestamericancomics.jpg)

(http://images.darkhorse.com/covers/300/a/akira3.jpg)

i really like that it's getting colder in california. i love to read when it's all chilly & shit. get some cocoa/coffee, smoke some trees and crack open a book. i'm psyched ;)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mcpeepants on October 06, 2010, 03:57:58 AM
(http://lagrandelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/the-catcher-in-the-rye-cover.jpg)

I'm about 2/3's of the way thru it and I'm enjoying it so far. I like that the main character is a smartass, because he reminds me a lot of myself.

Couldn't sleep tonight so I finished the book. Definitely one of my new favorites.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on October 06, 2010, 06:04:37 AM
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/red-harvest.jpg)

I plan on reading all of Dashiell Hammet's novels sequentially.

tell me more!  this looks awesome!
Whoa dude, you've never read Hammett? That's like a rite of passage for all humans with a Y-chromosome. If you like slow talking, chain smoking and hard drinking tough guys, dangerous dames and light gun play, this is it. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler are the godfathers of this kind of detective fiction. Granted, I've read more of Chandler's stuff than Hammett's.



SOLD!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on October 06, 2010, 09:25:27 AM
I recently read Factotum and by the end was bored. I really like Ham on Rye. Factotum was just more of the same. Then, I read Junkie by William Burroughs which was even worse. What a dull ass dude.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 06, 2010, 09:24:00 PM
don't read the soft machine. it's the biggest waste of time
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on October 07, 2010, 01:01:37 AM
I recently read Factotum and by the end was bored. I really like Ham on Rye. Factotum was just more of the same. Then, I read Junkie by William Burroughs which was even worse. What a dull ass dude.
ham on rye is by far his best novel.  i liked factotum but it's a lot like ham on rye.  i read women, hollywood, and post office in between, so by the time i got to factotum i wanted more ham on ryeness.  try post office.  william burroughs is a weirdo.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on October 07, 2010, 01:15:02 AM
burroughs is the fucking man.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on October 07, 2010, 01:26:47 AM
don't read the soft machine. it's the biggest waste of time

I've never really "got" his cut up narrative stuff.  I can never remember who's who or whether I'm supposed to or what the hell's going on.  But I do remember enjoying The Soft Machine just for the images and page by page even though I didn't get any bigger picture or probably even finish it.

I'm reading Don Quixote for a class and it's great. 

I probably already recommended this but seriously dudes, Sometimes A Great Notion is the shit.  I dare you not to love it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on October 07, 2010, 02:40:54 PM
Just reached Part II of this. Cormac McCarthy writes so damn good.
(http://dentonlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/all-the-pretty.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on October 07, 2010, 09:09:52 PM
burroughs is the fucking man.

That he is. I'm taking a class called "Reading the Road Trip" and I'm re-reading Lolita for it right now. Once that's done this weekend, I'm starting on On The Road, which I'm excited for because I'm a fan of the Beats, and later on I get to finally read my first Cormac McCarthy book-The Road. I'm pretty excited for it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on October 08, 2010, 09:26:51 AM
Burroughs is terrible. He has no personality. He doesn't even mention he has a wife until halfway through the book and you don't even know where she is most of the time.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on October 08, 2010, 04:34:31 PM
I think he was a homosexual. Might be the reason the wife is insignificant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on October 08, 2010, 05:11:51 PM
burroughs fucked mad mexican boys, he never had the heart to talk about his dead wife.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 08, 2010, 05:29:25 PM
Finished some of Hemingway's short stories + The Old Man and The Sea.

This is next
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0060738871.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

after that I'll start on this...
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/49/Blinkgla.jpg/310px-Blinkgla.jpg)
he catches a lot of shit for the stuff he writes but I think I'll give it a go.

Anything by Thomas Pynchon will be after that.

 don't think anyone mentioned White Noise, yet.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0140077022.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)

Edit:  This (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0811200078.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: verbal ham on October 09, 2010, 12:28:57 PM
"Burroughs had one child in 1947, William Seward Burroughs III, with his second wife Joan Vollmer, who died in 1951 in Mexico City after Burroughs accidentally shot her in the head while drunk. Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas after suffering a heart attack in 1997."

..gnarbars
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on October 28, 2010, 03:21:09 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41FuFpvxSsL._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on October 28, 2010, 07:15:56 PM
Finally read Gatsby for a class this semester. I'm pretty glad I left it until I had a mind to appreciate it, because that's honestly the most well-written prose I've ever read. Pretty funny that Fitz himself claimed it as the best American novel, he wasn't wrong.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on October 28, 2010, 07:21:10 PM
I love the Gatsby.

Started this one last night.
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SqhhJb_P3Kk/TALfwY-6JGI/AAAAAAAAMEk/gaWXl_mMfZ4/s400/The+Bourne+Identity.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: RipGrip on October 28, 2010, 07:27:06 PM
Just reached Part II of this. Cormac McCarthy writes so damn good.
(http://dentonlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/all-the-pretty.jpg)

WIN
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on October 28, 2010, 07:31:45 PM
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/the_maltese_falcon.large.jpg)

Maybe around 3/4 or more through the book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Narcissus on November 05, 2010, 08:56:12 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/tr/thumb/a/af/Metroland_julian_barnes.jpg/200px-Metroland_julian_barnes.jpg)

This book slays. Barnes is funny and sharp.

It's about how the world sucks and then you get older/mellower/more apathetic and accept it for what it is. Good British bleariness. Sort of making a case for the middle class suburban family life eventuality that becomes true for most.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on November 05, 2010, 10:17:53 AM
I tried to read Electric Kool Aid Acid Test and was completely annoyed by the writing style before I got 100 pages in.

Now I'm reading this.....
(http://bluestormmusic.com/store/images/americanroots_DVD.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on November 05, 2010, 10:27:08 AM
The Stranger by Albert Camus
(http://lololit.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/the-stranger.jpg)
Short read. Almost a perfect book.


(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AZ7OJznlHow/S_PwId5KhvI/AAAAAAAAANc/Zx2GgWuPMlg/s1600/The%2BWisdom%2Bof%2Binsecurity.jpg)
READ THIS BOOK.
Not a lame self help book.
READ THIS BOOK.
His philosophy is spot on. Sorts through existential confusion in a profound and eloquent manner.
Read this book... Can't stress it enough.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on November 05, 2010, 10:29:37 AM
The Stranger by Albert Camus
(http://lololit.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/the-stranger.jpg)
Short read. Almost a perfect book.


(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AZ7OJznlHow/S_PwId5KhvI/AAAAAAAAANc/Zx2GgWuPMlg/s1600/The%2BWisdom%2Bof%2Binsecurity.jpg)
READ THIS BOOK.
Not a lame self help book.
READ THIS BOOK.
His philosophy is spot on. Sorts through existential confusion in a profound and eloquent manner.
Read this book... Can't stress it enough.
I was stoked to find this in my Library's collection, I'll check it out when I'm done with these other two books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 09, 2010, 12:53:27 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IkuSwW4mbrA/TDTju4BFtZI/AAAAAAAABbk/RLE7RWSn8Ns/s1600/Gravity.Rainbow.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on November 09, 2010, 02:26:54 AM
just finished:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41hIk33Nk-L.jpg) (http://gossip.whyfame.com/files/2010/02/american_psycho.jpg)
liked them both.


got this for cheap:
(http://mhpbooks.com/media/image/small/lin_bed_RGB.jpg)
half read it and then got bored.  some of the writing is okay, but all the stories are the same



about to read:
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167301334l/20941.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Beer Keg Peg Leg on November 09, 2010, 06:39:55 AM
(http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/images/celebritology/10/situation_book.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on November 09, 2010, 02:40:46 PM

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167301334l/20941.jpg)



Woah, that's a lot of Harold Bloom.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Acrid Avid Jam Shred on November 09, 2010, 03:40:03 PM
(http://columbusbookclub.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/cats-cradle.jpg)
so good... all about SST
(http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_images/ISBNCovers/Covers_Enlarged/9780316787536_388X586.jpg)

a play??? about the murder of children??
(http://pdf-ebook.org/datupian/41Ap9fv9AsL.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on November 09, 2010, 07:35:06 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IkuSwW4mbrA/TDTju4BFtZI/AAAAAAAABbk/RLE7RWSn8Ns/s1600/Gravity.Rainbow.jpg)

Good luck. Took me like 2-3 years to finish.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on November 09, 2010, 11:13:55 PM

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167301334l/20941.jpg)



Woah, that's a lot of Harold Bloom.


yeah it is a tome.  I read an interview with him where he talked about his anxiety of influence theory, dismissed feminists and basically jacked off shakespeare.  should be an interesting book. 
 

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: S. Samyro on November 09, 2010, 11:20:48 PM
(http://vintagebooks.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/the-wind-up-bird-chronicle1.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: homo sacer on November 09, 2010, 11:28:04 PM
important
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on November 10, 2010, 02:40:37 AM
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0141182342.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: FILIFE on November 10, 2010, 05:08:32 AM
Just finished Brett Easton Ellis, American Physco.
Currently about quarter the way through War and Peace, Tolstoy is no joke!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on November 10, 2010, 12:46:37 PM
SLAP required reading:

Brett Easton Ellis
Vonnegut
Bukowski
Cormac McCarthy

 :-\

I swear, every goddamn page of this thread...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on November 10, 2010, 01:39:34 PM
The Slap demographic seems to be violent tinfoil wearers, it's true.

Grow a beard, wear some half-cabs, drink whiskey and moan about how the government is keeping you down. Man.

Meself, I just finished reading this:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/087/685/0876857640.jpg)

And starting on this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkSjD7Wpc0/SzlfBXRibKI/AAAAAAAAArE/c877BKRMEGA/s400/camus+the+fall.jpg)

Anyone recommend me some Cormac McCarthy? I read Blood Merridian a whiles back and loved it. Not too familiar with his other work.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on November 10, 2010, 01:53:56 PM
The Border Trilogy
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bosnianslut on November 10, 2010, 02:07:13 PM
The Border Trilogy

This is next for me, just finished The Road and Blood Meridian.
(http://enderender.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep.jpg)
apologies if abp
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Claude Tanner on November 10, 2010, 05:12:17 PM
Just read these for a science fiction class I'm in

(http://bookishardour.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/the-difference-engine.jpg)
This one was alright, a little too long with some unnecessary characters and the ending was pretty bogus.

(http://www.usedbooks.co.nz/images/Book/0553380966.jpg)
I loved this one, Stephenson does a great job at creating a pretty believable future post-state world. Definitely recommend this one.

Slowly reading this between school stuff
(http://www.listemageren.dk/arkiv/vonnegut/welcome-to-the-monkey-house.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jack burton on November 10, 2010, 06:43:09 PM
(http://jael12.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/brave-new-world-book.jpg)

Barnes and Noble had a buy two get one free sale and I ended up getting this for free. Started it this afternoon on the toilet.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: RipGrip on November 10, 2010, 06:49:22 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IkuSwW4mbrA/TDTju4BFtZI/AAAAAAAABbk/RLE7RWSn8Ns/s1600/Gravity.Rainbow.jpg)

Good luck. Took me like 2-3 years to finish.
Seriously. I think you need a field guide to get through this one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Acrid Avid Jam Shred on November 10, 2010, 08:24:24 PM
What's the deal with italo calvino? Good? My friends used to be real into his stuff and i never got around to it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Huckleberry Hart on November 10, 2010, 08:36:24 PM
The Slap demographic seems to be violent tinfoil wearers, it's true.

Grow a beard, wear some half-cabs, drink whiskey and moan about how the government is keeping you down. Man.

Meself, I just finished reading this:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/087/685/0876857640.jpg)

And starting on this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkSjD7Wpc0/SzlfBXRibKI/AAAAAAAAArE/c877BKRMEGA/s400/camus+the+fall.jpg)

Anyone recommend me some Cormac McCarthy? I read Blood Merridian a whiles back and loved it. Not too familiar with his other work.


the road.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on November 10, 2010, 08:56:02 PM
The Slap demographic seems to be violent tinfoil wearers, it's true.

Grow a beard, wear some half-cabs, drink whiskey and moan about how the government is keeping you down. Man.

Meself, I just finished reading this:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/087/685/0876857640.jpg)

And starting on this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkSjD7Wpc0/SzlfBXRibKI/AAAAAAAAArE/c877BKRMEGA/s400/camus+the+fall.jpg)

Anyone recommend me some Cormac McCarthy? I read Blood Merridian a whiles back and loved it. Not too familiar with his other work.


the road.
All The Pretty Horses.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on November 11, 2010, 02:17:41 PM
Currently reading this:

(http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DN05VRSZL.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on November 11, 2010, 02:49:11 PM
just read some flash fiction from Richard Brautigan and now I'm trying to get a copy of Revenge of the Lawn and some other stuff to read of his.

Just finished 100 Years of Solitude by Marquez. long, but pretty good.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on November 12, 2010, 03:26:19 PM
(http://www.usedbooks.co.nz/images/Book/0553380966.jpg)
I loved this one, Stephenson does a great job at creating a pretty believable future post-state world. Definitely recommend this one.

i second this recommendation. i'm not much of a sci-fi guy, but this book is both ridiculous and believable at the same time. it's something different, that's for sure
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: anblue on November 12, 2010, 03:28:42 PM
rum punch
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Fongstarr. on November 12, 2010, 03:35:35 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fa/They_call_me_baba_booey_book_front_cover_2010.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on November 12, 2010, 10:06:16 PM
I too fall into the SLAP violent/tinfoil wearer category.  Ah well.

Just finished rereading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.  Not sure what is next, possibly a book on Swedish Death Metal or something with short stories.  Humor wouldn't be bad either, I've been reading some dark ass shit lately.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 12, 2010, 11:08:17 PM
The Slap demographic seems to be violent tinfoil wearers, it's true.

Grow a beard, wear some half-cabs, drink whiskey and moan about how the government is keeping you down. Man.

Meself, I just finished reading this:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/087/685/0876857640.jpg)

And starting on this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkSjD7Wpc0/SzlfBXRibKI/AAAAAAAAArE/c877BKRMEGA/s400/camus+the+fall.jpg)

Anyone recommend me some Cormac McCarthy? I read Blood Merridian a whiles back and loved it. Not too familiar with his other work.

this motherfucker just tried to call out some slap demographic shit and then posted a buk book about barfly?
HA.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: datsnare on November 13, 2010, 08:50:34 AM
The Slap demographic seems to be violent tinfoil wearers, it's true.

Grow a beard, wear some half-cabs, drink whiskey and moan about how the government is keeping you down. Man.

Meself, I just finished reading this:

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/087/685/0876857640.jpg)

And starting on this:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JRkSjD7Wpc0/SzlfBXRibKI/AAAAAAAAArE/c877BKRMEGA/s400/camus+the+fall.jpg)

Anyone recommend me some Cormac McCarthy? I read Blood Merridian a whiles back and loved it. Not too familiar with his other work.

this motherfucker just tried to call out some slap demographic shit and then posted a buk book about barfly?
HA.

yeah i was thinking the same...i just finished reading democracy by joan didion for class, and to the dude reading gravity's rainbow, good luck.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on November 13, 2010, 11:27:30 AM
Gravity's Rainbow takes alot of concentration.  I got about 200 pages in one summer, I enjoyed it but more than that I was just kind of amazed by it.

100 Years of Solitude is alright.  I was pretty over it after they stopped talking about the oldest guy though.  The inventions/gypsies/tied to tree was rad.

This one is rad.  About a real little kid who lives in the slums of Paris with a former prostitute and has something funny to do/say in every situation.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GIVMhkXbL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on November 13, 2010, 02:43:23 PM
Just finished:
(http://images1.makefive.com/images/entertainment/books/best-kurt-vonnegut-book/palm-sunday-7.jpg)

Just starting:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3556/3381150229_1be4c4ee80_m.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on November 13, 2010, 04:58:33 PM
I too fall into the SLAP violent/tinfoil wearer category.?  Ah well.

Just finished rereading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.?  Not sure what is next, possibly a book on Swedish Death Metal or something with short stories.?  Humor wouldn't be bad either, I've been reading some dark ass shit lately.

What do you think of Tropic of Cancer? I think i have it on my bookshelf but I've never gotten around to it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on November 13, 2010, 06:48:47 PM
You would love it based on that one excerpt of yours someone posted.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on November 13, 2010, 09:14:16 PM
I love it.  It's got that whole sense of adventure plus a whole lotta fuckin'.  If you put it into the context of when it was written, it's VERY graphic.

I too fall into the SLAP violent/tinfoil wearer category.??  Ah well.

Just finished rereading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer.??  Not sure what is next, possibly a book on Swedish Death Metal or something with short stories.??  Humor wouldn't be bad either, I've been reading some dark ass shit lately.

What do you think of Tropic of Cancer? I think i have it on my bookshelf but I've never gotten around to it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on November 13, 2010, 09:29:09 PM
I do love me some fuckin'.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on November 13, 2010, 10:35:55 PM
I know it's been mentioned on here, but have you read Women by Bukowski?  Lotsa fuckin'.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on November 14, 2010, 11:20:21 AM
That's actually the first Bukowski novel I ever read, and my favorite of his work. Top 5 books all time.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on November 16, 2010, 10:27:53 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on November 16, 2010, 10:35:31 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: FrenchFriedClownFingers on November 16, 2010, 11:30:09 AM
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I just got all of his works. I also down loaded william s burroughs lectures with alan ginsberg.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 4LOM on November 16, 2010, 12:13:13 PM

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DZEQ07JcL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Turns out plants remember who's a jerk to them.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MrDreamPop on November 16, 2010, 06:25:19 PM
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suddenly thermodynamics makes a little more sense, but i still don't understand how fucking magnets work.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on November 18, 2010, 09:07:42 PM
supposedly one of the greatest books ever written.  it had no plot and was insanely hard to get through.  i guess it was good, though.  some of the stuff on human nature was pretty genius.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/the-man-without-qualities.jpg)

this book fucking rules.  it should be required reading for every kid in this country.  if you're fat, read this.  everything we eat is corn.  it's so fucked.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/in-defense-of-food-michael-pollan.jpg)

a friend lent me this.  had no interest in reading it, but it was pretty decent.  the dude's fairly douchie, but some of his stories are funny.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/41YrKrywczL.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on November 20, 2010, 10:00:30 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_yoDpNGZjb-o/STHllA3hfeI/AAAAAAAAAAc/2auIGHV_Hi8/S660/Old-Man-and-Sea-Book.jpg)

poor old santiago

(http://assets.creativity-online.com/images/work/large/j/o/n/JonStewart_Earth10.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: strangefires on November 25, 2010, 03:35:20 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eLjiZvasL.jpg)

really captivating and tragic story.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on November 25, 2010, 10:29:11 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1223649787l/4625.jpg)
 Books are weird man.  Such a long personal experience.  It's really difficult to talk to people about what you liked about a book.  I find that even when I am talking to someone who has read the same one as me the conversation is usually just "Yeah, that's a good one."  Only time it really works is when you and the other person are reading it at the same time.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 25, 2010, 10:33:31 PM
(http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/imgs/hed/art3997widea.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on November 26, 2010, 12:01:47 PM
Keeping with the Hemingway theme:

(http://zamczysko.org/images/a_farewell_to_arms.jpg)

Seriously amazing.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: lighting on November 26, 2010, 02:45:28 PM
Junkie by William Burroughs which was even worse. What a dull ass dude.
no
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on November 27, 2010, 07:31:03 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YdviAtVFL._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LesbianPUNCH on November 28, 2010, 12:34:16 AM
Anyone here read the Rabbit novels by John updike?  I saw the whole collection hardback for $20 at a local bookstore and considered picking it up, but it'd be cool to get some feedback on this guy first.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: homo sacer on November 28, 2010, 12:06:16 PM
On the topic of William Gibson, this book is real relevant to all keyboard wranglers.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4b/Neuromancer_%28Book%29.jpg/361px-Neuromancer_%28Book%29.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on November 28, 2010, 02:23:12 PM
What's the deal with italo calvino? Good? My friends used to be real into his stuff and i never got around to it.
I've read If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. I had heard great things about him as a writer but
to be honest I wouldn't even bother with this particualr novel. The epilogue sounded great but it doesn't even touch on the nondescript format of the book - I ended up struggling to get the urge to finish the book as it is basically a book about a twenty different other books. However, saying that I am still willing to read some of his other stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on November 28, 2010, 02:27:49 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/64/Logansruncover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: professional on November 28, 2010, 02:35:15 PM
(http://opiniones.terra.es/tmp/swotti/cacheTW9UC3RLCJOGVGHLIEF1DG9IAW9NCMFWAHKGB2YGYW4GTC5BLIBHYW5NIE1LBWJLCG==RW50ZXJ0YWLUBWVUDC1CB29RCW==/imgMonster:%20The%20Autobiography%20of%20an%20L.A.%20Gang%20Member4.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HBeezy561 on November 28, 2010, 03:54:12 PM

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAi41ycNc2Y&feature=related#)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 29, 2010, 12:39:15 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/TheCryingofLot491967paperback.JPG/363px-TheCryingofLot491967paperback.JPG)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CATZ on November 29, 2010, 12:42:03 AM
On the topic of William Gibson, this book is real relevant to all keyboard wranglers.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4b/Neuromancer_%28Book%29.jpg/361px-Neuromancer_%28Book%29.jpg)
YESSSSSSSS
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on November 30, 2010, 09:31:32 PM
I think I've seen this in before, but I read it yesterday and was pretty blown away.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 30, 2010, 10:02:24 PM
the stranger is in my opinion the best under 200 page book ever written, without question.

it is also my favorite, because the same thing the character suffered mentally is what i suffered (depersonalization) but i have not killed anyone yet. it's just relates to my personal experiences like no other book has yet to do.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on November 30, 2010, 10:18:44 PM
the stranger is in my opinion the best under 200 page book ever written, without question.

it is also my favorite, because the same thing the character suffered mentally is what i suffered (depersonalization) but i have not killed anyone yet. it's just relates to my personal experiences like no other book has yet to do.

it hit pretty close to home for me as well.

And now I know where Robert Smith got the inspiration for the song "killing an Arab".
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on December 01, 2010, 09:48:52 AM
(http://www.enjoythemusic.com/Magazine/viewpoint/0503/bluesbegan.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 01, 2010, 09:51:32 AM
I finally finished reading All The Pretty Horses last night and after reading it, Cormac's writing skills make me feel like shit. I plan on picking up the Stranger tomorrow to see what all the buzz is about.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tuque on December 04, 2010, 03:03:31 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1223649787l/4625.jpg)
 Books are weird man.  Such a long personal experience.  It's really difficult to talk to people about what you liked about a book.  I find that even when I am talking to someone who has read the same one as me the conversation is usually just "Yeah, that's a good one."  Only time it really works is when you and the other person are reading it at the same time.

Damn.  I had this one in my backpack when I came to Santa Cruz.  I crept in my pack secretly once because I didn't know if you might judge me on my book choice since you're the big time literature major and all!  I've been daydreaming about camping and fishing for a few days since reading The Big Two-Hearted River.  

I've been reading a lot of Hemingway the last few months.  Going to try and pick up A Movable Feast in the next few days.  

I like how most of Hemingway's stuff leaves you with a somber feeling at the end.  I remember finishing A Farewell to Arms at 2 or 3 in the morning and thinking "Fuck!" and then feeling like I was going to have a hard time falling asleep.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 07, 2010, 09:51:43 AM
Finished The Stranger in 5 reads and damn was it good.  I like the first half because when I read it, I felt warm in the mind, I don't know how to explain it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on December 07, 2010, 10:26:25 AM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1168029429l/29393.jpg)

Almost done with this book, a really great read if you're interested in any of the bands featured.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: strangefires on December 07, 2010, 12:03:47 PM
Finished The Stranger in 5 reads and damn was it good.  I like the first half because when I read it, I felt warm in the mind, I don't know how to explain it.

probably over-heating your brain cells
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on December 07, 2010, 01:18:19 PM
the stranger is in my opinion the best under 200 page book ever written, without question.

it is also my favorite, because the same thing the character suffered mentally is what i suffered (depersonalization) but i have not killed anyone yet. it's just relates to my personal experiences like no other book has yet to do.

it hit pretty close to home for me as well.

And now I know where Robert Smith got the inspiration for the song "killing an Arab".

or electric wizard's "return trip"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 07, 2010, 01:42:50 PM
Going to start reading this tonight:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41m8pu8zfYL.jpg)
Anyone know some really good short novels?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on December 20, 2010, 02:18:41 AM
Got this yesterday for a train ride and got about halfway through it already.
(http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/TODAY/Sections/Today%20Books/TodayBooksBIOGRAPHYANDMEMOIRS/2010/07-July/Clegg_PortraitOfAnAddict.grid-3x2.JPG)
Seems good so far. I like reading about other people's dark places and hedonistic ruin.

I also looked at some HP Lovecraft book at the shop, are his works worth looking into, and what would be a good starting point? I'm not usually a big fan of fantasy or horror fiction, but I'm at a loss with current literature and have been looking in to the classics more. Also, I'm a fan of minimalistic writing, and while reading the Master and Margarita it was kinda weary for me that there was always 2-3 pages of setting the scene before anything of value happens.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on December 20, 2010, 07:52:53 AM
^^ there are various "best of H.P. Lovecraft" books...  only short stories and tales. Good starting point
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: casper on December 20, 2010, 09:53:56 AM
(http://www3.images.coolspotters.com/photos/480910/einsteins-dreams-profile.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: DMH on December 20, 2010, 10:19:27 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_KTXeAHPrt2k/Sy7A4-fCImI/AAAAAAAAAmY/I6-gsRcjV-g/s400/holidays+on+ice.jpg)

Some light holiday reading. Good for some laughs.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on December 23, 2010, 03:01:15 PM
Has any one read "boob" from Dave Carnie?

I was just looking at it, had no idea it would be so big, not that he has ever been short of anything to say.  I figure parts of it are entertaining, but is it worth the money?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Austin on December 23, 2010, 03:03:46 PM
War and Peace by Leo Tolstay
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on December 23, 2010, 03:14:35 PM
this one for the second time....

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestsellers-2008/85-3.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: casper on December 23, 2010, 03:18:55 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_DHjMqTKgLFI/S-JjnR4NqsI/AAAAAAAAAKU/pmWuu1RL4-4/s1600/a-game-of-thrones.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on December 23, 2010, 03:25:45 PM
Got this yesterday for a train ride and got about halfway through it already.
(http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/TODAY/Sections/Today%20Books/TodayBooksBIOGRAPHYANDMEMOIRS/2010/07-July/Clegg_PortraitOfAnAddict.grid-3x2.JPG)
Seems good so far. I like reading about other people's dark places and hedonistic ruin.

I also looked at some HP Lovecraft book at the shop, are his works worth looking into, and what would be a good starting point? I'm not usually a big fan of fantasy or horror fiction, but I'm at a loss with current literature and have been looking in to the classics more. Also, I'm a fan of minimalistic writing, and while reading the Master and Margarita it was kinda weary for me that there was always 2-3 pages of setting the scene before anything of value happens.

I just finished reading a book of Lovecraft stories and I was blown away.  He is for sure one of my top authors now.  The scope of his mythology in some of the last few stories he wrote was almost Tolkienish, if you know what I mean.  Definitely worth a read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on December 24, 2010, 01:37:33 AM
Lovecraft is the man. Mostly wrote short stories, I recommend Nyarlathotep and Dagon.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: EricLogan on December 26, 2010, 09:52:41 AM
randomly ended up in a barnes & noble and tried to get henry miller's tropic of cancer but they didn't have it, so i picked up tropic of capricorn, which they did have

i am not dissapoint
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on December 26, 2010, 10:22:48 AM
Has any one read "boob" from Dave Carnie?

I was just looking at it, had no idea it would be so big, not that he has ever been short of anything to say.  I figure parts of it are entertaining, but is it worth the money?
Where'd you find it? I've been looking around for it, but to no avail.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: friendly dave on December 26, 2010, 02:05:00 PM
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Been working my way through this one. It's like got some big words and junk.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Lenny the Fatface on December 26, 2010, 02:27:37 PM
My mother (knowing I am into weird shit) bought me this for Christmas
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Haruki_murakami_hardboiled_9780679743460.jpg)


and I've been reading this, some of the most interesting analogies I've ever read.
(http://www.plunderguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/undisputed-guide-basketball-history-1.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on December 26, 2010, 09:00:17 PM
Super interesting.  Kinda reminded me of the Selfish Gene.  It's about how music, writing, sports, art, comedy, etc. are all elaborate forms of sexual fitness display.  Basically, all of these activities are different ways of showing off how great your brain/body/genes are to the opposite sex.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/MatingMind.jpg)
I think I read this in high school, but I read it again because everyone on here was talking about it.  I liked it, but it was kinda like a really shitty version of Ham on Rye.  Ham on Rye's the best book ever written, though, so this was still really good.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/catcher-rye-jd-salinger.jpg)
This was painful.  It's about this dude who murders some old lady and her daughter.  Then almost the entire book is about him freaking out about it, stressing, getting sick, losing his mind, and on and on.  It was just sort of stressful.  Not a bad book, though.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/crimepunishment.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: noboru watanabe on December 26, 2010, 09:25:20 PM
My mother (knowing I am into weird shit) bought me this for Christmas
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d1/Haruki_murakami_hardboiled_9780679743460.jpg)


and I've been reading this, some of the most interesting analogies I've ever read.
(http://www.plunderguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/undisputed-guide-basketball-history-1.jpg)



Howdy, I feel compelled to break my lurker's code of silence to agree with your post.  I highly recommend Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  Also, the free darko blog has the best "basketball related philosophical musings" around.

While I'm at it, Raymond Chandler writes some damn good stuff as well.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: layzieyez on December 26, 2010, 11:33:18 PM
If you like that Murakami book, read A Wild Sheep Chase next.  I fucking love both of those books so fucking much.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on December 26, 2010, 11:49:51 PM
Dance Dance Dance is a great Murakami book too
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on December 26, 2010, 11:53:50 PM
If you like that Murakami book, read A Wild Sheep Chase next.  I fucking love both of those books so fucking much.  Enjoy.
This is my personal Murakami collection.

Still need Kafka (which I've already read) and his first two novels (have to get on ebay for that).

(http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp147/hhhHenry/DSC01967.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on December 27, 2010, 02:17:52 PM
Has any one read "boob" from Dave Carnie?

I was just looking at it, had no idea it would be so big, not that he has ever been short of anything to say.  I figure parts of it are entertaining, but is it worth the money?
Where'd you find it? I've been looking around for it, but to no avail.

Local skate shop, got it through AWH skateboard distribution in Chicago.   If your shop uses them, you are in there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on December 27, 2010, 02:59:22 PM
This was painful.  It's about this dude who murders some old lady and her daughter.  Then almost the entire book is about him freaking out about it, stressing, getting sick, losing his mind, and on and on.  It was just sort of stressful.  Not a bad book, though.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/crimepunishment.jpg)
Okay.
Now, no insult to your intelligence or opinion, but if you think this book is just about a murder and some dude ''freaking out about it'', then Sarah Palin is the new Nikolas Tesla.

This book is about so much more than 99.99999999% of what all other books can adduce. That being said, if you didn't enjoy it that much, then that's your decision - and I respect that. I just think that there are so many themes and issues implicitly addressed in this book that it is considered one of, if not, the most venerable book of all time.

If somebody asks me to recommend a book I generally either suggest either of the classics, 1984 or Crime and Punshment; the former because it deals with more accessible issues to society. It is also conventionally a great novel. However I would refer the latter as there's a subtlety to Dostoyevsky's writing that is no longer achieved in modern literature; the depiction of his mental state, the description of the horror of (the) murder, the delineation of Russia in the nineteenth century, solitude.

Dostoyevsky wrote this after having been in exile for five years in Siberia. If the ending of the book didn't make you cry, then just listen to Blink 182 and get a face tattoo.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bangkadang on December 27, 2010, 03:02:56 PM
had to read night by elie wiesel for school, its really fucking intense, great book
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on December 27, 2010, 04:13:20 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_x2TThMsyaYA/TDDdKCbmb1I/AAAAAAAAEtk/yLGvywTGk5g/s1600/colossus+rites+front.jpg)

(http://www.ericscheske.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/myth%20of%20sisyphus.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on December 27, 2010, 06:56:44 PM
This was painful.  It's about this dude who murders some old lady and her daughter.  Then almost the entire book is about him freaking out about it, stressing, getting sick, losing his mind, and on and on.  It was just sort of stressful.  Not a bad book, though.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/crimepunishment.jpg)
Okay.
Now, no insult to your intelligence or opinion, but if you think this book is just about a murder and some dude ''freaking out about it'', then Sarah Palin is the new Nikolas Tesla.

This book is about so much more than 99.99999999% of what all other books can adduce. That being said, if you didn't enjoy it that much, then that's your decision - and I respect that. I just think that there are so many themes and issues implicitly addressed in this book that it is considered one of, if not, the most venerable book of all time.

If somebody asks me to recommend a book I generally either suggest either of the classics, 1984 or Crime and Punshment; the former because it deals with more accessible issues to society. It is also conventionally a great novel. However I would refer the latter as there's a subtlety to Dostoyevsky's writing that is no longer achieved in modern literature; the depiction of his mental state, the description of the horror of (the) murder, the delineation of Russia in the nineteenth century, solitude.

Dostoyevsky wrote this after having been in exile for five years in Siberia. If the ending of the book didn't make you cry, then just listen to Blink 182 and get a face tattoo.
Just my honest opinion, bro.  I obviously wasn't trying to include every theme and nuance in the book in the couple of sentences I wrote.  I like it when other people give a quick synopses and/or opinion about what they've read on here, so I do the same.  It helps me get ideas about what I'd like to read next.  Like I said, it was not a bad book, but I just didn't really enjoy reading it.  It just didn't hit home to me and I didn't think the major themes were anything too mind blowing.  Yes, people in power kill and they're made heros; poor people kill and they're murderers.  I think most people understand this.  Maybe not.  It definitely wasn't revelatory to me.  I also found the main character to be pretty annoying.  I felt bad for the poor mother that had to deal with a selfish retard of a son fucking up her life.  On the other hand, I really liked some parts of it.  I don't know...I could go on, but why bother?  I'm aware that the great weight of literary thought is against me on this one, but I don't really care.  I was just giving my honest impression.  Maybe I missed something huge.  Feel free to enlighten me if you'd like. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Eric Harris on December 27, 2010, 10:04:18 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HZCU4VBKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on December 27, 2010, 10:10:01 PM
This was painful.  It's about this dude who murders some old lady and her daughter.  Then almost the entire book is about him freaking out about it, stressing, getting sick, losing his mind, and on and on.  It was just sort of stressful.  Not a bad book, though.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/crimepunishment.jpg)
Okay.
Now, no insult to your intelligence or opinion, but if you think this book is just about a murder and some dude ''freaking out about it'', then Sarah Palin is the new Nikolas Tesla.

This book is about so much more than 99.99999999% of what all other books can adduce. That being said, if you didn't enjoy it that much, then that's your decision - and I respect that. I just think that there are so many themes and issues implicitly addressed in this book that it is considered one of, if not, the most venerable book of all time.

If somebody asks me to recommend a book I generally either suggest either of the classics, 1984 or Crime and Punshment; the former because it deals with more accessible issues to society. It is also conventionally a great novel. However I would refer the latter as there's a subtlety to Dostoyevsky's writing that is no longer achieved in modern literature; the depiction of his mental state, the description of the horror of (the) murder, the delineation of Russia in the nineteenth century, solitude.

Dostoyevsky wrote this after having been in exile for five years in Siberia. If the ending of the book didn't make you cry, then just listen to Blink 182 and get a face tattoo.

Did you ever read Nabokov's lecture where he just tore Crime and Punishment, and Dostoyevsky in general, apart? I've never read Crime and Punishment or Dostoyevsky (I think), but Nabokov's descriptions don't make me eager to read him and they make me wonder if his ability has been blown out of proportion.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on December 28, 2010, 02:53:05 AM
dostoyevsky>>>>>>>>>>>nabokov.

by a mile
easily.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on December 29, 2010, 12:55:52 PM
I forgot about this thread for a while. Here's what I've been up to for the past while (as if anyone cares)

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4xvpm05Xa1qzvsijo1_400.jpg)

Really good. Funny insights into phony intellectualism and consumerism. I haven't read any other DeLillo novels but this one seems to be a good starting point.

(http://www.thomaspynchon.com/covers/_img/cl49_pb3.jpg)

A quick and funny read. It's a good take on the many angles of conspiracy theories. The self-aware used car salesman still cracks me up.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/isbnthumbs/044/100/0441000681.jpg)

For whatever reason I wanted to read a cyberpunk book. It's alright, but it would have been way more jawdropping if I had read it in the 80's when it was all new ideas. Some of the concepts are more relevant today though. I'm waiting to read Snow Crash; that sounds as if it's the best cyberpunk (or mock) novel.

(http://scienceblogs.com/shiftingbaselines/upload/2007/04/galapagos.jpg)

Pretty typical Vonnegut book which means I really like it. Not his best but definitely not his worst. If you want some laughs and some observations towards the fucked up nature of humans this book is for you.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Des Esseintes on December 29, 2010, 01:45:21 PM
If you like that Murakami book, read A Wild Sheep Chase next.  I fucking love both of those books so fucking much.  Enjoy.
This is my personal Murakami collection.

Still need Kafka (which I've already read) and his first two novels (have to get on ebay for that).

(http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp147/hhhHenry/DSC01967.jpg)
Hear the wind sing will cost you about a tenner or so, mate. So just stop by ebay for that one.

Pinball can cost about a hundred quid though. You can read that one online fortunately.

http://www.betz.lu/media/users/charel/pinball1973.pdf (http://www.betz.lu/media/users/charel/pinball1973.pdf)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yeah dude! on December 29, 2010, 04:45:07 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6Nd9_crOYfg/TJU-DwYtNZI/AAAAAAAAAVA/P_HklTWXx-s/s1600/freedom-franzen.jpg)
I guess a lot of people think it's too similar to The Corrections (aaaand they're sort of right) but Freedom is the best book I've read in a while.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ??? on December 30, 2010, 10:19:18 AM
I forgot about this thread for a while. Here's what I've been up to for the past while (as if anyone cares)

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4xvpm05Xa1qzvsijo1_400.jpg)

Really good. Funny insights into phony intellectualism and consumerism. I haven't read any other DeLillo novels but this one seems to be a good starting point.


This is a great book and also the only one of his that I have read. I hear good things about his other works. I should re-read this one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: lighting on December 30, 2010, 10:24:42 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/73/Oldmansea.jpg) just read this today, now i know.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 30, 2010, 10:28:39 PM
Has anyone here had their hand at writing they're own novel?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on December 30, 2010, 10:36:00 PM
Has anyone here had their hand at writing they're own novel?

It sucks and it's hard. I barely got anywhere before I hit a major writer's block/lack of free time.

edit: Which makes me even more amazed by the author's who have such a huge catalog of (legitimate) works.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 30, 2010, 10:52:41 PM
Has anyone here had their hand at writing they're own novel?

It sucks and it's hard. I barely got anywhere before I hit a major writer's block/lack of free time.

edit: Which makes me even more amazed by the author's who have such a huge catalog of (legitimate) works.
I have an idea, and have had others. I just can never stretch out any idea to no more than a short story. I especially get discouraged to even write one when reading a book and thinking I could never write as well. Writing a novel is definitely a life goal I would love to reach.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on January 01, 2011, 01:10:43 PM
Has any one read "boob" from Dave Carnie?

I was just looking at it, had no idea it would be so big, not that he has ever been short of anything to say.  I figure parts of it are entertaining, but is it worth the money?
Where'd you find it? I've been looking around for it, but to no avail.

Local skate shop, got it through AWH skateboard distribution in Chicago.   If your shop uses them, you are in there.


I need this.
and this

(http://honoluluweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/7-25-city-wise_skinema1.gif)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on January 01, 2011, 01:34:58 PM
I have an idea, and have had others. I just can never stretch out any idea to no more than a short story. I especially get discouraged to even write one when reading a book and thinking I could never write as well. Writing a novel is definitely a life goal I would love to reach.
Life experience.

I don't mean to sound condescending. Actually screw that, I do; I would never read some novel by a teenage skateboarder from Texas.

The best novels are authoritative and unique They illustrate an effigy/place/person that nobody else can. Not that I'm in the position to tell anyone how to write a book, but if you're inspiration hasn't been aroused and you feel that you really do have the literary skills to produce a compelling novel, then don't worry. You're seventeen/eighteen or some shit right? Assuming you're still in school, I can attest that you will learn alot about yourself when you leave school. Honestly, when you start travelling/doing shit in your own (generally being outside you're comfort zone) you will really start to formulate an articulate viewpoint...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 01, 2011, 02:20:24 PM
I agree with that,and do believe that will happen. But the comment on being a skateboarder wouldn't really matter. Cause no one is going to put a book down if they found whoever wrote the book skated when he was young. And I don't expect to finish it within this year, and three years if I'm lucky. I want to take my time with it. I have a friend whose dad has been writing the same novel for 16 years.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on January 01, 2011, 02:56:57 PM
But the comment on being a skateboarder wouldn't really matter. Cause no one is going to put a book down if they found whoever wrote the book skated when he was young.
No, I'm saying if you, as a skateboarder, wrote a book right now, I would just refuse to read it.

Though I know some people will disagree with this sentiment, I think that skateboarders as a whole, are unfulfilled, illiterate, uneducated, predictable wastes-of-life. Really, I've met skateboarders from all over the world and honestly, ~90% of them were just plain dull and seemed to have no opinion about history/current affairs/life. Skating/weed is generally the extent of discourse with skateboarders the world over. Take for instance that enjoi smart contest video - with the exception of Jerry Hsu and Louie Barletta (who was just joking for most answers) it was appalling to see how little grown men knew about the world that they've been living in for so long. 'We' as skateboarders get frustrated with the disrespect we are bestowed on a daily basis but how can we command any form of respect when we can't even recall the names of five presidents...

Then again you've always got people like Spike Jonze, Mark Gonzalez to restore your faith...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 01, 2011, 03:13:33 PM
Yeah I totally agree, people just take skateboarders for retards, but we're really not with the exception of a few people.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MaryhillVibe on January 01, 2011, 04:17:17 PM
Just got done with "The Steve Machine" by Mike Hoolboom a visual artist from toronto who has been living with HIV for two decades.

Its basically a plauge novel that twists reality to deals with some dark situations in a refreshing way.

another good read from the free stuff table in my laundry room!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on January 01, 2011, 06:57:08 PM
There is absolutely no shame in being a short stories writer.

Fuck, it's a totally different animal.

I'm surprised that not more of you SLAP dudes read Raymond Carver's stories.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 02, 2011, 01:41:36 PM
Yeah I totally agree, people just take skateboarders for retards, but we're really not with the exception of a few people.

Wait, I think you lack reading comprehension skills.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: floop on January 02, 2011, 01:54:35 PM
I forgot about this thread for a while. Here's what I've been up to for the past while (as if anyone cares)

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4xvpm05Xa1qzvsijo1_400.jpg)

Really good. Funny insights into phony intellectualism and consumerism. I haven't read any other DeLillo novels but this one seems to be a good starting point.


This is a great book and also the only one of his that I have read. I hear good things about his other works. I should re-read this one.

WHITE NOISE is fantastic.  i enjoyed MAO II and AMERICANA also
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Locbrew on January 02, 2011, 02:47:33 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/44/Meg-_Primal_Waters_cover.jpg)

The only book at the beach house that looked interesting, about Megalodon sharks and shit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: weedpop on January 02, 2011, 03:05:29 PM
Yeah I totally agree, people just take skateboarders for retards, but we're really not with the exception of a few people.

That is the exact opposite of what he just said. You should probably try to master the reading of short paragraphs before you attempt that novel, big guy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on January 02, 2011, 03:34:04 PM
Leonard Cohen is one incomprehensibly talented son of a bitch...
(http://www.photobooth.net/in_print/img/beautiful_losers.jpg)

I'm 14 pages into this book, and it's already one of the top ten books I've read in my relatively short lifetime.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Strange Firefighter on January 03, 2011, 02:19:06 AM
(http://www.wildlandfirefighterjobs.com/Uploads/images/bookCover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on January 03, 2011, 12:19:44 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410191RD07L.jpg)
picking this up again after only getting a hundred or so pages in when I put it down. I have a hard time finishing books sometimes.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on January 03, 2011, 12:33:02 PM
I'm surprised that not more of you SLAP dudes read Raymond Carver's stories.

I read a collection of his called "Where I'm Calling From" recently.  Some good stuff in there.  I like how his stories are all pretty basic plotwise, but there's good depth to 'em.  He manages to squeeze a lot into a few pages.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on January 03, 2011, 02:01:29 PM
I'm surprised that not more of you SLAP dudes read Raymond Carver's stories.

I read a collection of his called "Where I'm Calling From" recently.  Some good stuff in there.  I like how his stories are all pretty basic plotwise, but there's good depth to 'em.  He manages to squeeze a lot into a few pages.

I've only read "Cathedral" in some antology, been meaning to check out some more of his stuff. I remember some guying referring to Carver's style as "Post-Alcoholic Blue-Collar Minimalist Hyperrealism". Pretty fitting.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CUDDLEMONSTER on January 03, 2011, 02:46:02 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410191RD07L.jpg)
picking this up again after only getting a hundred or so pages in when I put it down. I have a hard time finishing books sometimes.

it only gets harder. enjoy the pages that require a mirror to read or that are written in a spiral.

i'm kind of taking a break from "serious" literature and am reading clive barker's "books of blood 1-3." i usually hate people that act like low brow is somehow always more fun than serious or interesting anything, but i totally forgot how breezy reading can be until you pick up someone like stephen king again. a lot of stories in books of blood are good writing wise, clive barker isn't going to be getting a nobel or anything, but i'll be damned if 50 pages minimum don't go by every time i pick it up. it's like popcorn.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: macgruber on January 03, 2011, 07:10:17 PM
just got a couple new ones for christmas:

a moveable feast by hemingway

everything is illuminated by foer

revenge of the lawn/the abortion/ so the wind won't blow it all away by richard brautigan

self help by lorrie moore

a confederacy of dunces by john kennedy toole
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tuque on January 03, 2011, 11:14:15 PM
I read A Movable Feast and it made me want to read some F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The Great Gatsby was a good short read.  I couldn't put it down.  This one is a bit slower but I'm still enjoying it.
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/tsop.jpeg)


I also got a Paul Auster book for Christmas that was a real page turner.  I want to read more  from him, 

My older sister keeps recommending White Noise so I'm sure I'll pick that one up at some point. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on January 04, 2011, 05:27:49 AM
I read A Movable Feast and it made me want to read some F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The Great Gatsby was a good short read.  I couldn't put it down.  This one is a bit slower but I'm still enjoying it.



I also got a Paul Auster book for Christmas that was a real page turner.  I want to read more  from him, 

My older sister keeps recommending White Noise so I'm sure I'll pick that one up at some point. 
Yes! I just started New York Trilogy, it's my first foray into Paul Auster's books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ticklefingers on January 04, 2011, 07:34:19 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410191RD07L.jpg)
picking this up again after only getting a hundred or so pages in when I put it down. I have a hard time finishing books sometimes.

it only gets harder. enjoy the pages that require a mirror to read or that are written in a spiral.

i'm kind of taking a break from "serious" literature and am reading clive barker's "books of blood 1-3." i usually hate people that act like low brow is somehow always more fun than serious or interesting anything, but i totally forgot how breezy reading can be until you pick up someone like stephen king again. a lot of stories in books of blood are good writing wise, clive barker isn't going to be getting a nobel or anything, but i'll be damned if 50 pages minimum don't go by every time i pick it up. it's like popcorn.

that book is crazy


i just started this

(http://images.freshnessmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/tao-of-wu_final-570x907.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on January 04, 2011, 08:23:49 AM
I forgot about this thread for a while. Here's what I've been up to for the past while (as if anyone cares)

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4xvpm05Xa1qzvsijo1_400.jpg)

Really good. Funny insights into phony intellectualism and consumerism. I haven't read any other DeLillo novels but this one seems to be a good starting point.


This is a great book and also the only one of his that I have read. I hear good things
about his other works. I should re-read this one.
'Hitler Studies.'





(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51E2NK652NL._SL500_.jpg)




This one's for the Gipper,
http://www.geist.com/essays/leading-men (http://www.geist.com/essays/leading-men)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on January 04, 2011, 02:52:04 PM
I read A Movable Feast and it made me want to read some F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The Great Gatsby was a good short read.  I couldn't put it down.  This one is a bit slower but I'm still enjoying it.
(http://robertarood.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/tsop.jpeg)


I also got a Paul Auster book for Christmas that was a real page turner.  I want to read more  from him, 

My older sister keeps recommending White Noise so I'm sure I'll pick that one up at some point. 

i love f scott fitzgerald and the whole jazz age thing, the ending of this side of paradise killed me.
i'm reading the beautiful and the damned at the moment and it's a pretty good read. after that i'm going on to invisible by paul auster, i'm looking forward to it, new york trilogy is an amazing book.

i got a kindle recently and fucking love it, definitely think i'll be reading more now.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: CigaretteBeer on January 04, 2011, 03:56:20 PM
Has anyone here had their hand at writing they're own novel?

I once tried but gave up after about 20 pages. It felt like I was trying to stretch everything out and it just got boring as hell. I really enjoy writing short stories though. Maybe I'd have to think of each chapter as a short story.



I just read Catcher in the Rye for the first time. It's a great book and I suggest reading it if you haven't.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 07, 2011, 01:34:18 AM
Leonard Cohen is one incomprehensibly talented son of a bitch...
(http://www.photobooth.net/in_print/img/beautiful_losers.jpg)

I'm 14 pages into this book, and it's already one of the top ten books I've read in my relatively short lifetime.

yes.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on January 07, 2011, 02:02:29 AM
I got a kindle for christmas which is pretty sweet. I read 3 Raymond Chandler books and am starting Dashiell Hammett books my dad read to me when I was young. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 13, 2011, 04:20:08 PM
(http://blogs.kansas.com/statecolleges/files/2010/06/Underworld.jpg)

Just finishing this one. It's amazing but long (you need quite a bit of free time). I would suggest it to anyone interested in old timey baseball and the Cold War. However, don't let the cover fool you. It has nothing to do with the war on terror or anything like that which might be a buzz kill for you 9/11 conspiracy types (it was written before 9/11).
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hexagon on January 13, 2011, 07:50:39 PM
Nathanael West - Collected writings

Jerzy Kosinski - "The Painted Bird"

F. Scott Fitzgerald - "Pat Hobby Stories"

David Sedaris - Everything by the man

Albert Camus - "The Stranger"

Denis Johnson - "Jesus' Son"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: penguin meat on January 13, 2011, 07:59:18 PM
I feel like I posted this before when I was drunk sometime, but recently I was walking my dog and found a box of books in the road under a tunnel.  Picked up a copy of "On the Road" and it's turing out to be pretty decent.

Then I saw some mexicans drinking smirnoff on the curb in front of their house.  They were very nice and had a lot of questions about finding a dog like mine.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 13, 2011, 09:20:32 PM
(http://www.listemageren.dk/arkiv/vonnegut/the-sirens-of-titan.jpg)

Almost done with this, and I'm still looking for the Dave Carnie book to read next. If anyone knows of a way to order it other than through kingshit, let me know.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 3.14 on January 14, 2011, 09:24:05 AM
wait till the 22nd?
http://www.amazon.com/Boob-Collection-Stories-Nonsense-Magazine/dp/098666250X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1295025779&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Boob-Collection-Stories-Nonsense-Magazine/dp/098666250X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1295025779&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on January 14, 2011, 10:00:05 AM
I left a library book on the light rail. After running out of renewal chances I now owe $138. If I had that kind of cheddar I wouldn't be riding the light rail and getting my entertainment from the damn library.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 14, 2011, 03:51:45 PM
You could be even cheaper. Transit systems are usually good forms of entertainment in themselves; no need to go to the damn library.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ronald Wilson Reagan on January 14, 2011, 06:14:06 PM
Not to mention by not going at all you'd save transit fare.

On topic though, I just read Of Mice and Men. I guess most people read it in middle/high school, but somehow I never actually had it assigned. That's one fucked up book. Really amazing. The characters are so well written, which really makes the story. I totally understand why a teacher would assign it.

On the non-fiction front, I just read a book that is kind of esoteric, but if anybody is into education, particularly transformative education, this book is both practical and inspirational. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher and want something to inspire you, are interested in education and social issues related to it, or already are a teacher, I recommend:
(http://static.letsbuyit.com/filer/images/uk/products/original/133/53/we-make-the-road-by-walking-conversations-on-education-and-social-change-13353678.jpeg)
background on the authors: Myles Horton founded the Highlander folk school, a school for organizers that educated leaders such as Martin Luther King jr. and Rosa Parks, as well as many other leaders of the civil rights and labor movements, his theories helped form the model for the freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960's.
Paulo Freire is pretty much the guru of transformative education. His book "pedagogy of the oppressed" is the most assigned book in  in the top 100 education programs today, which is crazy because it is very radical.
oh, the book is available for free here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=zU8uFA4hlY0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=We+make+the+road+by+walking&hl=en&ei=pgIxTcG1H4L4sAO5wLSPBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false (http://books.google.com/books?id=zU8uFA4hlY0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=We+make+the+road+by+walking&hl=en&ei=pgIxTcG1H4L4sAO5wLSPBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 16, 2011, 07:36:36 AM
wait till the 22nd?
http://www.amazon.com/Boob-Collection-Stories-Nonsense-Magazine/dp/098666250X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1295025779&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Boob-Collection-Stories-Nonsense-Magazine/dp/098666250X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1295025779&sr=8-1)
Fuck yeah, I didn't think it was on amazon yet! Thanks!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on January 16, 2011, 11:10:58 AM
just started this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156897088l/350.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Claude Tanner on January 16, 2011, 01:12:12 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d5/Snowcrash.jpg)

Just finishing up this one today. I like it a lot, pretty easy read (however, some of the Sumerian Mythology stuff is a bit confusing) and pretty funny.

About to start this one,

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b9/Homicidecover.jpg)

Lately I've been thinking that being a homicide detective would be a pretty bad ass career (mostly because I have been watching the Wire alot), so I'm hoping that this book scares me out of ever trying to pursue becoming a po-lice.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on January 16, 2011, 01:41:03 PM
How long does it take you guys to finish books? There's a lot I only get 1/2 to 3/4 before putting down and forgetting about it. I got to like it a lot to finish or else I'm just forcing it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on January 16, 2011, 06:40:26 PM
I didn't see the movie but I heard it wasn't very good.
The book is really good.  All about secret military programs

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_W7upwPD46LM/SX8U7ZmewCI/AAAAAAAAAA4/9NvEqne60p8/s400/men+who+stare+at+goats.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cocainecowboy on January 17, 2011, 12:41:17 AM
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on January 17, 2011, 01:46:16 AM
read about 3 chapters of the western canon, then had to give up as I've only read about 4 of the 20 odd books he goes into great detail about.  planning a reattempt after finishing more of the 'canon' as such.  ended up doing light reading over the holidays:

(http://steviepua.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/outliers.jpg)
pretty interesting book about how successful people are not where they are solely because of talent or hard work, but also because of luck - whether its based on date of birth, location, or cultural background.  liked it a lot, and the idea can be transferred to skateboarding.  there a lot of talented skateboarders that went nowhere in terms of their career, while other people with the same 6 tricks live in giant mansions


not really a comics or graphic novels person, but these were great:
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_odJlOl-YfZA/TJvzu0AlUGI/AAAAAAAAAI8/qJwdKKBcKpw/s1600/xed-out.jpg)

(http://comicmastersonline.com/shop/images/Akira%20Vol.%201.jpg)


currently reading:
(http://www.genre-x.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/bee.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MaryhillVibe on January 17, 2011, 06:35:36 AM
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: vihreekerma on January 17, 2011, 07:13:39 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on January 17, 2011, 07:29:44 AM
I didn't see the movie but I heard it wasn't very good.
The book is really good.  All about secret military programs

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_W7upwPD46LM/SX8U7ZmewCI/AAAAAAAAAA4/9NvEqne60p8/s400/men+who+stare+at+goats.jpg)

The original Jon Ronson documentary is how I heard about this stuff. Too bad it's not posted up on YouTube anymore.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Bipsmound on January 17, 2011, 10:39:27 AM
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about  a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.  I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.  Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.  He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Cockaigne on January 17, 2011, 03:50:40 PM
Haaaaaa so stoked. Ordered some books saturday, one of which "Ol' Mah & teh C" by Hemingway, just because of it's legacy, stoked!

Also after some spiritual drug trip(xtc) I decided to get The Dharma Bums


aand I was thinking of getting The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test, but should I try LSD myself first? Won't reading it first spoil my un-acid ass?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 17, 2011, 05:46:10 PM
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.

*chant
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on January 17, 2011, 05:50:59 PM
I'm re-reading Tropic of Cancer. Great book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MaryhillVibe on January 17, 2011, 06:20:42 PM
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about? ? a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.? ? I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.? ? Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.? ? He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.

Since writing that I actually discovered and interview with him in a recent issue of vice that was in my toilet. It pretty interesting, he talks about the influence of his childhood Tin Tin obsession on his later work, which come to think ? of it you can see pretty clearly even on that cover posted above.

So yeah a trip to the library is in order...and here is the interview if you are interested.

http://www.viceland.com/int/v17n12/htdocs/charles-burns-640.php (http://www.viceland.com/int/v17n12/htdocs/charles-burns-640.php)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bakedRice on January 17, 2011, 10:33:50 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61gSU1g6gtL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

the lost city of z-

really interesting read about exploration in the amazon and particulary colonel fawcett. people just arent made like this guy anymore. crazy story, give it a try.

(http://whitcoulls-images.tangentone.com.au/images/ar/97806797/9780679748403/180/0/plain/maus-i-and-ii-paperback-boxed-set.jpg)

Maus. A graphic novel/comic about the authors father and his relationship with him. Highly recommend this to anyone, its a quick read and the terrors are masked by the cartoon animals. read this for an english class.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on January 18, 2011, 12:16:03 AM
Haaaaaa so stoked. Ordered some books saturday, one of which "Ol' Mah & teh C" by Hemingway, just because of it's legacy, stoked!

Also after some spiritual drug trip(xtc) I decided to get The Dharma Bums


aand I was thinking of getting The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test, but should I try LSD myself first? Won't reading it first spoil my un-acid ass?

I was super excited to read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, but I just could not get into it. I think I just wasn't in the mood to deal with figuring out the acid trip narrative for the class I was reading it for. Or maybe it's just because I've never done acid.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on January 18, 2011, 04:45:53 AM
breakfast of champions is awesome, as it Akira.

Im still waiting for my library to get the last book for me but Im pretty excited to get it done.

X'ed out looks interesting, whats it about?

X'ed Out is about  a drug addled youngster having a hard time dealing with reality.  I enjoyed it, but it's supposedly only the first part of a three part storyline.  Charles Burns takes forever to come out with new stuff because he does like 10 drafts of each panel or something retarded like that, so that book might leave you hanging a bit.  He's fuckin stellar though if you haven't read him before, so I'd recommend any of his other stuff, Black Hole, Big Baby, Skin Deep, it's all gravy with biscuits.

black hole sounds good, going to read that next.  I can understand the 10 drafts of each panel thing, because none of the panels in X'ed out ever feel superfluous.  I was surprised by how thin it was, and then by how much detail you pick up on the second read.  definitely worth checking out
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on January 19, 2011, 01:48:35 PM

From Max Brooks, bestselling author of World War Z, an original story about a global war between humans and zombies seen through the eyes of Vampires. Or you can just call it the vampire version of An Inconvenient Truth.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-14/max-brooks-original-zombie-story-from-world-war-z-author/ (http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-14/max-brooks-original-zombie-story-from-world-war-z-author/)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sparksandblood on January 20, 2011, 10:55:57 AM
If anyone has an interest in early Christianity texts, canonical and non-canonical, read anything by Bart Ehrman; he is one of the authorities on the subject. I just read Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew and The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot. Both of those are great.
Im currently reading Lost Scriptures: Books That Did not make it into the New Testament, by Ehrman.

Also reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jimi420 on January 24, 2011, 02:17:29 PM
I'm reading all these books at once. i haven't finished them but damn are they good.
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_la01lw0dAe1qa8t4qo1_400.jpg)
I first read this along with his Expressions book in 7th grade and it was really difficult to understand but i think i grasp it better now
(http://gretachristina.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341bf68b53ef010534c22ae7970c-800wi)
My mother dated a black panther when we lived in a Hebrew commune and he gave me this book.
(http://blackbooksandmore.com/store/images/Huey.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 24, 2011, 03:01:39 PM
(http://imgs.sfgate.com/blogs/images/sfgate/beltran/2010/07/21/portrait_artist_joyce.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Beer Keg Peg Leg on January 24, 2011, 08:55:14 PM
just started this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156897088l/350.jpg)

finished this a few weeks ago...it gave me lots of boners!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on January 25, 2011, 02:40:43 PM
Finished "The Sirens of Titan" last week and since the Dave Carnie book still isn't on amazon, I started on "Trainspotting". It's not bad so far, the literary style reminds me a little bit of "The Rules of Attraction"
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on January 25, 2011, 03:58:52 PM
just started this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156897088l/350.jpg)

finished this a few weeks ago...it gave me lots of boners!

nearly finished it...zero so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on January 26, 2011, 12:56:21 AM
the layout in house of leaves is nothing short of fucked up
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on January 26, 2011, 01:19:48 AM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on January 26, 2011, 02:23:30 AM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.

Are you in the NYU Creative Writing program or something?

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: skateboardnorth on January 26, 2011, 10:11:06 AM
the layout in house of leaves is nothing short of fucked up
i'm half way through it.  It's a difficult read, but entertaining. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on January 26, 2011, 11:35:50 AM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.

Are you in the NYU Creative Writing program or something?



i go to grad school there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cocainecowboy on January 28, 2011, 01:52:39 PM
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.

*chant
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left


i don't get it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on January 28, 2011, 05:14:48 PM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.

Does he look as much like Harry Potter in person as I've been lead to believe?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: spool of cord on January 28, 2011, 05:42:40 PM
just started this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156897088l/350.jpg)

finished this a few weeks ago...it gave me lots of boners!

nearly finished it...zero so far.


I pushed myself through half of this book and still didn't see what made it a classic. maybe back when it was written a lot of the stuff was some new age, out the box type ideas but...i don't know, the story line was cool enough I guess, but his style of writing didn't do a damn thing for me.

I know its a book people have to read in high school, but I just read The Grapes of Wrath and fell in love with steinbeck. That book totally humbled me. I'd say a must-read for anyone caught up in the fast paced lifestyle of the 21st century.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on January 28, 2011, 08:25:21 PM
Even better than the film.

(http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/a-clockwork-orange-by-anthony-burgess.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on January 28, 2011, 11:40:58 PM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.

Does he look as much like Harry Potter in person as I've been lead to believe?

yeah, he sort of looks like a grown-up, vegan harry potter.  he's actually a really nice guy, he just kept turning the conversation back around to himself, haha.  i'm going to be working with him a lot in the next year and a half.  let's see how it goes.

i'm supposed to write a short story for him by sunday, and i have a page and a half.  dope

anybody want to be my ghostwriter?  i think that skating is what makes my creativity run, because since winter hit, and i haven't been able to skate, i haven't been able to write shit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on January 29, 2011, 12:45:22 AM
i meet jonathan safran foer tomorrow, i'll tell you if he's as much of a prick as i've heard.

Does he look as much like Harry Potter in person as I've been lead to believe?

yeah, he sort of looks like a grown-up, vegan harry potter.  he's actually a really nice guy, he just kept turning the conversation back around to himself, haha.  i'm going to be working with him a lot in the next year and a half.  let's see how it goes.

i'm supposed to write a short story for him by sunday, and i have a page and a half.  dope

anybody want to be my ghostwriter?  i think that skating is what makes my creativity run, because since winter hit, and i haven't been able to skate, i haven't been able to write shit.

I tried to read Eating Animals but it seemed like he just kept repeating the same things
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 29, 2011, 02:05:04 PM
(http://science-fiction-books.com.au/media/ccp0/prodlg/The-Three-Stigmata-of-Palmer-Eldrit12-med.jpg)

Really liked this one. I recommend it to any Dick-head.

(http://simplystacie.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/the-broom-of-the-system.jpg)

Soo good. A good combination of intelligent humor and slapstick comedy. I wish David Foster Wallace wrote more fiction novels (can't wait for The Pale King). 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on January 29, 2011, 04:01:59 PM

Soo good. A good combination of intelligent humor and slapstick comedy. I wish David Foster Wallace wrote more fiction novels (can't wait for The Pale King). 

i know, he ruled.  why do so many awesome writers kill themselves? 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: burm on February 01, 2011, 05:37:51 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SHQ2YlVDL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

I was looking at book on sale and I picked up this Irvine Welsh book and then next to it I saw this book that had an Irvine Welsh recommendation on the cover so I thought it must be good as well. I'm often amazed at how the publishers are so effective at styling the covers of books, since most times I can just pick book by judging the spines and know I'll like them.

This one's been fun. It's mainly about drugging and boozing and written in a candid vivid druggy-boozy funny way with absolutely no chapters or even paragraphs so it's really hard to stop reading at any point.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: AnklePants on February 03, 2011, 08:44:49 PM
recently....

Les Mis
Clockwork orange
Fear and loathing in Vegas
On the Road
Kite Runner
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hopscotch on February 03, 2011, 10:09:54 PM
Candide
Hopscotch
A Good Man is Hard to Find (short story)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rob2 on February 04, 2011, 07:21:22 AM

Soo good. A good combination of intelligent humor and slapstick comedy. I wish David Foster Wallace wrote more fiction novels (can't wait for The Pale King). 

i know, he ruled.  why do so many awesome writers kill themselves? 

Seriously so excited about the pale king; it's out  in a couple months isn't it. Have you read any of the extracts - it sounds amazing
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on February 04, 2011, 10:07:10 AM
just started this.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156897088l/350.jpg)

finished this a few weeks ago...it gave me lots of boners!

nearly finished it...zero so far.


I pushed myself through half of this book and still didn't see what made it a classic. maybe back when it was written a lot of the stuff was some new age, out the box type ideas but...i don't know, the story line was cool enough I guess, but his style of writing didn't do a damn thing for me.

yeah, his prose was pretty bad, i can see how people may have found some of the ideas exciting back in the day but they've all be rehashed so many times now and seemed pretty old hat.

i've just started invisible by Paul Auster.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on February 04, 2011, 10:08:47 AM
i'm too lazy to look if anyone's mentioned em. but the last book I finished was Breakfast of Champions, that was really good.
i just got Atlas Shrugged, hoping to be as interesting as I've been told.

*chant
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left
Left, Right... Left, Right, Left


i don't get it.
I'm guessing you didn't read Atlas Shrugged?

Fuck Ayn Rand though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on February 09, 2011, 02:53:59 PM
World War I and hamburgers

(http://i579.photobucket.com/albums/ss239/1kr1minal/johnny-got-his-gun.jpg)


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on February 09, 2011, 04:41:53 PM
Quote
Seriously so excited about the pale king; it's out  in a couple months isn't it. Have you read any of the extracts - it sounds amazing

i read the excerpts that were in the new yorker.  so good.  i'm so mad at him for killing himself.

the past two month or so's reads (and re-reads)--
humboldt's gift, by saul bellow
the collected stories of lydia davis
sixty stories, donald barthelme
half a life, darin strauss
wildlife, richard ford
the corrections, jonathan franzen
freedom, jonathan franzen

i read a lot.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on February 09, 2011, 09:53:43 PM
Khalil Gibran was fucking brilliant.

(http://freespiritualebooks.com/images/Gibran-Mad%20man%20Cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on February 10, 2011, 12:53:22 AM
just finished Invisible by Paul Auster.

it was good, he's pretty good on sexy incest.

notes from the underground next.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Moist on February 10, 2011, 02:35:47 AM
Just finished reading Stephen King's Full Dark No Stars. One of the only few books that has creeped me out. King at his best!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 10, 2011, 04:33:33 PM
(http://www.quarterlyconversation.com/images/vineland-thomas-pynchon.jpg)

Pretty good although sometimes it was hard to follow.  In this one, Pynchon tends to switch from past to present without any transition. I'm sure it's intentional, but sometimes it gets irritating and confusing. That being said, it still has humorous insight into the failure of the counter culture, the rise of Ronald Reagan and the War on Drugs.

(http://adventureswaitingjustahead.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/9781405090841.jpg)

The Hitchhikers "trilogy" rules. Enough said.

   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on February 10, 2011, 08:02:57 PM
First chapter is so good.
(http://www.urbanarson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/incoldblood.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: KoRnholio8 on February 14, 2011, 04:39:29 PM
Just finished "The Shining" from Stephen King, before that I read "It". Though King truly is the king, I need a break from him now. Currently reading "The Pelican Brief" by John Grisham (getting tired of him too), after that I'll give "White Noise" from Don DeLillo a go.

Kindle makes it hard not to read everyday. Probably my favorite gadget, considering it's limited use.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Spike Hawke on February 14, 2011, 05:29:41 PM
kite runner and his second a thousand splendid suns are both really good. douglas adams wrote a heap of good ones especially Dirk Gentlys hollistic detective agency. A weird one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: carlwinslow on February 14, 2011, 06:48:20 PM
(http://simplystacie.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/the-broom-of-the-system.jpg)


just picked this one up..it's killing it so far
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on February 14, 2011, 08:12:31 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0896083667.01-1.MAIN._SX300_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
this book has some interesting points and facts. Wish I owned it.
(http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/red_100_years.jpg)
rereading this at the moment.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on February 15, 2011, 12:48:33 AM
(http://simplystacie.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/the-broom-of-the-system.jpg)


just picked this one up..it's killing it so far

I'm 700 pages into Infinite Jest and it is by far the most mind-blowing book I've ever read. DWF has more interesting stuff in a single chapter than most writers manage to come up with in an entire body of work. Absolutely mind-boggling stuff.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 15, 2011, 03:42:45 PM
700 pages in is way past the giving up point too. I was getting pretty jaded up until around page 300, then it describes the formation of ONAN, the failure of cable TV with the rise of InterLace, and the Great Concavity. At that point it was too interesting to give up and I went through the rest fairly quickly (because I wasn't doing anything else).
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tuque on February 15, 2011, 04:40:45 PM
Finished this last night:
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WlgUkX_mZ1E/TMYARQ9BQFI/AAAAAAAABSI/bLBHLUS_BjQ/s1600/2521_jpg_280x450_q85.jpg)

And started this:

(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/the_old_man_and_the_sea.large.jpg)


I've been really into the Paul Auster lately and I hadn't read The Old Man and the Sea since 9th grade.  


Sitting home with the flu the past few days has given me a good amount of reading time.  I've got to pull myself together and get out of the house to grab a couple more books now.  

edit:

Anybody ever read anything by John Kaye?
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71BJY1GJZ7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.gif)


He comes in to my work and gets the same thing for lunch every day.  He's a real character.  I was thinking about picking one of his books up just for the hell of it. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: corytate on February 15, 2011, 05:27:46 PM
all Vonnegut, ever
asimov's foundation books, I Robot, and Bicentennial man
Elect MR Robinson for a better world (awesome little book)
most of patterson's alex cross books
the golden compass, subtle knife, amber spyglass (phillip pullman)
Crichton: Congo, jurassic park and such, Prey
terry goodkind's sword of truth series (stay with the first book past the first couple hundred pages and you are fucking hooked. Seriously the best creator out there)
the once and future king
hg wells like the time machine and the island of dr moreau
1984
BRADBURY's the martian chronicles, fahrenheit 454, et al

there's a few to keep you occupied
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on February 17, 2011, 10:31:21 AM
700 pages in is way past the giving up point too. I was getting pretty jaded up until around page 300, then it describes the formation of ONAN, the failure of cable TV with the rise of InterLace, and the Great Concavity. At that point it was too interesting to give up and I went through the rest fairly quickly (because I wasn't doing anything else).

Wish I had time to just sit down for a couple of days and finish it. Right now I'm just reading twenty pages whenever I can. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on February 17, 2011, 01:59:01 PM
(http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/red_100_years.jpg)
rereading this at the moment.

Is it super dense?
I've wanted to read it for a while but I'm kind of torn between taking it on in Spanish or just copping out and just getting the English translation.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on February 17, 2011, 08:33:56 PM
"child of god" by Cormac McCarthy is pretty fucking gnarly.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steenz on February 17, 2011, 08:42:38 PM
Blood Of A Mountain Man
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on February 18, 2011, 12:35:58 AM
(http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/text/mill49.jpg)
Glengarry Glen Ross next
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on February 18, 2011, 02:29:56 PM
Finished a couple books recently:
Saturday-McEwan
(http://web.mit.edu/litsociety/www/images/books/april2010.jpg)
I liked it, even through some of the more drawn out parts. It's nice to kind of hate a protagonist sometimes.
Clear-Nicola Barker
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n25/n128818.jpg)
Amazed by this, couldn't stop reading it.
In the Skin of a Lion-Michael Ondaatje
(http://www.bellasbookshelves.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/in-the-skin-of-a-lion.jpg)
Fine, fine novel, really loved this.

Now I'm reading The Autograph Man now:
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n11/n58558.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on February 20, 2011, 06:21:09 PM
I'm about 100 pages into "the things they carried" by Tim O'brian. Pretty fucking good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 24, 2011, 08:29:37 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3640/3423435758_4ae8d07b53.jpg)

It's hilarious. If mall culture took over the world, this is what it would look like. Also, for being almost 20 years old, its depiction of the internet is surprisingly accurate.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 12, 2011, 04:07:54 PM
(http://img.listal.com/image/367812/600full-trout-fishing-in-america-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kellen on March 12, 2011, 04:13:35 PM
in the middle of reading this (pretty good so far):

(http://a.onionstatic.com/images/articles/article/28893/cormac5.jpg_jpeg_300x1000_q85.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on March 12, 2011, 08:26:50 PM
Borrowed this from a friend, it's pretty interesting so far.

(http://homepage.mac.com/dave_rogers/images/90)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on March 13, 2011, 12:58:28 PM
(http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/red_100_years.jpg)
rereading this at the moment.

Is it super dense?
I've wanted to read it for a while but I'm kind of torn between taking it on in Spanish or just copping out and just getting the English translation.

the quality of the writing makes it flow despite it being a bit dense with all the characters. its density is subtle. theres a family tree mapped out in the first page that helps you keep track of who's who.

gabriel garcia marquez has actually said that he prefers the english translation by gregory rabassa over the original spanish, if that helps you decide which to read.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Dragon Slayer on March 13, 2011, 01:12:49 PM
(http://media.us.macmillan.com/jackets/500H/9780374530877.jpg)

about to finish this one today (prolly) It's pretty great. I liked her first novel WISE BLOOD better. But this is still pretty good.


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418qmetFNEL.jpg)

This one I just finished a bit ago, before I started the one above. It was really great. Lots of wonderful conversations that happen in the book between characters. enlightening ass shit in there. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on March 17, 2011, 01:58:14 PM
Did anyone here read this?  I borrowed it yesterday, would like to know if its worth it. 
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1157833345l/1202.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 17, 2011, 02:02:34 PM
i saw the documentary, it was whatever. kinda cool i guess.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on March 17, 2011, 04:11:17 PM
reading this....

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2438/4009542358_4b6a326485_o.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on March 17, 2011, 07:28:30 PM
Last few weeks:

(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/steppenwolf.large.jpg)
Reading this now. Hesse always hits close to home.

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/1839-1.jpg)
Fucking Vonnegut. You know the scope.

(http://www.exorcising-ghosts.co.uk/images/afterdark(USnew).jpg)
Murakami came highly reccomended from a few of my peers. This book probably isn't his best but it was a pleasant, liquid read.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1216748331l/70401.jpg)
Redundant. Sappy. Couldn't finish it. Figured I'd have to read it eventually, but after attempting to I wouldn't consider it a necessary contemporary read.

Going to be concentrating solely on Henry Miller and James Joyce for the next few months. See if I can find the time to tackle all of their best work.
Anyone ever try to read Finnegans Wake?

(http://houseput.com/img/Books/finnegans-wake-by-james-joyce-isbn.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on March 17, 2011, 08:24:13 PM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing.

Recent reads:
(http://thebooksmugglers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kafka-on-the-shore.jpg)
I haven't read any other Murakami, but these seems like it was a good introduction. Lots of weird Japanese sex, cats talking with humans, a "guy" with a major gender crisis, and a metaphysical being disguised as Colonel Sanders. Pretty good.

(http://lololit.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/the-stranger.jpg)
A nice quick read. I feel dumb for not reading it before. Meursault just doesn't give a fuck.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1156917191l/415.jpg)
Reading this now. I'll see this thread in a month.     
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on March 17, 2011, 08:49:39 PM
a very satisfying book.
(http://www.dwsmg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/A-Tree-Grows-in-Brooklyn.jpg)

also, if you're in the mood for something quick:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IzHTajjzu7s/SwaThFydzQI/AAAAAAAAADM/nG9QCcic3Z0/s1600/charles-burns-black-hole.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3131/2769423385_cc3dce48f7.jpg)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VCWVZE9HL._bL160_.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on March 18, 2011, 12:03:37 AM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on March 18, 2011, 12:37:16 AM
Anyone ever try to read Finnegans Wake?

(http://houseput.com/img/Books/finnegans-wake-by-james-joyce-isbn.jpg)

I've been reading Finnegans Wake off and on for about four years now and am halfway through it. You are going to need more than a month or two to get through Ulysses or the Wake while getting anything out of them.  With Finnegans Wake, you get into the rhythm of it, finish ten pages or so, and realize you have to go back and re-read because nothing stuck or once you're done, you don't have too much of a desire to go back to it for a little bit. Those 10 pages re exhausting. Make sure you take notes on it as you go through it. I'm a HUGE Joyce fan, so if you want to talk about Ulysses or Finnegans Wake (I'm very rusty on Dubliners and less rusty on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man ), feel free to PM me. I love talking about the guy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on March 18, 2011, 01:55:44 AM
I can't possibly imagine getting anything out of Finnegans Wake. Ulysses was a ridiculous enough task to get through.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on March 18, 2011, 08:02:26 AM
(http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/red_100_years.jpg)
rereading this at the moment.

Is it super dense?
I've wanted to read it for a while but I'm kind of torn between taking it on in Spanish or just copping out and just getting the English translation.

the quality of the writing makes it flow despite it being a bit dense with all the characters. its density is subtle. theres a family tree mapped out in the first page that helps you keep track of who's who.

gabriel garcia marquez has actually said that he prefers the english translation by gregory rabassa over the original spanish, if that helps you decide which to read.

I just stopped reading this book, 150 pages in. Its a very well written book but there isn't a point, or a purpose to everything that happens. Its just like x happens then y then a then k and so on. Its interesting at times and it can really suck you in, but nothing ties back to each other and it doesn't really go anywhere in particular, it just goes, somewhere. There was no suspense or intriguing factor about the story line, thats why I had to put it down after 150 pages, I could care less about what was going to happen.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on March 18, 2011, 08:32:00 AM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on March 18, 2011, 10:27:43 AM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

On the Road and Atlas Shrugged are the only two books I couldn't finish. 
Glad I'm not the only one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inbred Jed on March 18, 2011, 10:30:05 AM
I couldn't get through The Electric Kool Aid Acid test and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Not Beat era writing, I guess, but early counterculture whatever.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: StabMasterArson on March 18, 2011, 11:55:47 AM
this guy, right here. It's not as good as "the stranger", but has some really good parts.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on March 18, 2011, 12:09:02 PM
I can't possibly imagine getting anything out of Finnegans Wake. Ulysses was a ridiculous enough task to get through.

There's stuff in there, but it takes a lot of digging to get there. I found it helpful to read papers on the book (or even Wikipedia's synopsis/overview) to start with an understanding of what Joyce was influenced by within writing the Wake.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on March 18, 2011, 07:14:48 PM
I can't possibly imagine getting anything out of Finnegans Wake. Ulysses was a ridiculous enough task to get through.

There's stuff in there, but it takes a lot of digging to get there. I found it helpful to read papers on the book (or even Wikipedia's synopsis/overview) to start with an understanding of what Joyce was influenced by within writing the Wake.

Yeah I'm pretty sure if I were to even attempt it I'd end up doing just as much secondary reading just to unearth whatever semblance of a narrative there is. Ulysses was exhausting.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LesbianPUNCH on March 19, 2011, 05:14:13 AM
Has anyone here read How I Became Stupid by Martin Page?  My friend Charles just finished it enthusiastically and handed it off to me for ingestion.  I'm 28 pages in and it's pretty damn hilarious.  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: everypennyfedcar on March 19, 2011, 07:21:55 AM
I just stopped reading this book, 150 pages in. Its a very well written book but there isn't a point, or a purpose to everything that happens. Its just like x happens then y then a then k and so on. Its interesting at times and it can really suck you in, but nothing ties back to each other and it doesn't really go anywhere in particular, it just goes, somewhere. There was no suspense or intriguing factor about the story line, thats why I had to put it down after 150 pages, I could care less about what was going to happen.
Hahahaha, this is the funniest thing I've read in a while.
You put a book down and gave up not even getting halfway into it? And then have the nerve to say there's no point, and that it doesn't go anywhere? How would you know, you didn't even finish it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: corytate on March 22, 2011, 06:44:10 PM
glad to see death of a salesman in here
the grapes of wrath, the good earth, a raisin in the sun, macbeth, hamlet.

stephen king, and if you aren't a fan of "horror" novels, read the dark tower series. The gunslinger, all that. If you get through the gunslinger then you're hooked. all the books are out now so you won't have to wait like I did to find out how everything turns out. Theres a good 5k or 6k pages in there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on March 22, 2011, 07:18:04 PM
I'm well past 600 pages on the third book of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I usually have a few books going at once because of school, but this shit right here is basically my guilty pleasure morning coffee read so please don't judge me. It's just so damn juicy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: smokecrack on March 23, 2011, 02:35:08 PM
i bought this for my gf as a birthday present. hope i get to read it soon.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JWY5nktJoR4/TN6vgXxfxUI/AAAAAAAAACQ/Hu689qPwVd8/s1600/xedoutburns.jpg)

(http://comicscomicsmag.com/wp-content/uploads/458-2.jpg)

(http://scs.viceland.com/int/v17n12/htdocs/charles-burns-640/tree-penis.gif)

Robert Crumb's quote on the back of the book sums up Burns perfectly "it's almost as if the artist weren't quite... human!"

http://www.theaoi.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=240&Itemid=47 (http://www.theaoi.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=240&Itemid=47)

(the book itself/packaging is really nice too)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on March 26, 2011, 10:44:11 AM
Has anyone here read How I Became Stupid by Martin Page?  My friend Charles just finished it enthusiastically and handed it off to me for ingestion.  I'm 28 pages in and it's pretty damn hilarious.  Any thoughts?

Yeah I read that a year or two ago.  It's quick and fun, not great, but for sure worth the read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on March 26, 2011, 11:41:56 AM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

the beats are interesting. so many come up thinking that their works, especially in poetics, are liberating through defying or redefining ideas of form and i suppose cultural acceptance. kerouac and ginsberg attended columbia. Olson attended Wesleyan.  they emulated the form and ideas of the modernist era as exemplified by EzPound, Eliot, and really as she is being studied more, Mina Loy. Modernists were concerned with with redefining the world through eyes that had been subjected to the flash of WWI and the psychological upheaval presented by Freud and Nietzsche. Bring into the scope educated Harlem writers like Hughes with the Bukka White blues train back beat or McKay with Jamaican patois developing poetry in response to the lynchings, popular Jazz, blues recordings, shit, Birth of a Nation was the most popular film in the US until 1930 or so, and you've got something that has never before been attempted in the literary world- call it cohesion through reconstruction of the world. Shelley said "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

so following this modernity the Beats were just a natural response to the modernist era- look at the world, the US in particular during the early post modern era as a recent creation built of rubble. 25 monarchies had been overthrown during WWI, there's no way stability can come about, anywhere, in 40 year time frame. So of course the ideas of "Western Buddhism" are attractive- with the world a disastrous place, living through nothingness is the grand scheme.  Nothingness, however, cannot be achieved without the right knowledge- understanding the rudiments of form, literature, history, and culture.

So to say that many of their books are overrated, you're probably right but should try to wrap around the idea that Beat works aren't weren't written for everybody. The idea of a rating of a piece of work comes about when a writer isn't trying to gain a particular audience and it is read as though it should be something... It's like attempting to define "nothingness."

Anyhow, if you're interested, Charles Olson wrote poetry and coined the term "Beats." there are some interesting collections of letters too.

I'm reading a collection of letters written by Pound while he was in an open air cage at the end of WWII on charges of treason called Letters of Captivity.

The Sun Also Rises is a good one by Hemingway.

If you're at all interested in Modern literature check out Stravinsky's Rites of Spring on Youtube. It's a strange play- when released such confusion was aroused in the audience that they erupted in fist fights and tore the theater apart.  

Whoever was writing about Ulysses, Frank Delaney does a podcast breaking it down at http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/ (http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on March 27, 2011, 03:01:06 PM
(http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/red_100_years.jpg)
rereading this at the moment.

Is it super dense?
I've wanted to read it for a while but I'm kind of torn between taking it on in Spanish or just copping out and just getting the English translation.

the quality of the writing makes it flow despite it being a bit dense with all the characters. its density is subtle. theres a family tree mapped out in the first page that helps you keep track of who's who.

gabriel garcia marquez has actually said that he prefers the english translation by gregory rabassa over the original spanish, if that helps you decide which to read.

I just stopped reading this book, 150 pages in. Its a very well written book but there isn't a point, or a purpose to everything that happens. Its just like x happens then y then a then k and so on. Its interesting at times and it can really suck you in, but nothing ties back to each other and it doesn't really go anywhere in particular, it just goes, somewhere. There was no suspense or intriguing factor about the story line, thats why I had to put it down after 150 pages, I could care less about what was going to happen.

the book has a cyclical quality to it, so you have to be dedicated. after a few generations into the family you really start appreciating what Marquez has to say. its not a facile endeavor, but i can say that it gets more intense towards the second half.

heres another book to read.
(http://books.google.com/books?id=JA_IYJ0P4ZkC&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)

there was a huge pbs series based on the book which can be found online.

here's the author playing grabass with henry kissinger

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clDgt484WXo#)




Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crunk juice on March 27, 2011, 03:52:42 PM
great book.  dude was a real bad ass.  anyone contemplating joining the military should read this.  the stuff about friendly fire and the incompetence of the people in charge is fucking astounding.  and that's coming from someone who came in with pretty much the lowest possible view of the military.  i already thought it was full of retards and was still shocked.  crazy shit.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/krakauer.jpg)

thought i'd hate this because of all the annoying rave reviews about "serious literature," but i liked it.  not as good as the reviews, but not nearly as bad as some people claim.  good read.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/corrections.jpg)

retarded.  the chicks i'm boning always try to buy me their favorite book when they see i read.  shit's annoying.  women have terrible taste in books.
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/go-ask-alice.jpg)

this book's rad.  dude basically pulled a gator: his chick dumped him so he started killing people.  not as good as in cold blood, but still awesome.  first 1000+ page book i've read that didn't feel long.   
(http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o63/shoelessl13/mailer.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: corytate on March 27, 2011, 04:06:17 PM
if you're looking for something amazing that will be a quick two day read, go pick up the absolutely true diary of a part time indian. it's great.
(http://books.google.com/books?id=C_s8GwAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: foamin on March 27, 2011, 04:18:50 PM
I'm reading the Zombie Survival Guide right now... With all this shit happening in Japan, radiation and such, who knows what we're in for.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on March 29, 2011, 06:44:09 AM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

the beats are interesting. so many come up thinking that their works, especially in poetics, are liberating through defying or redefining ideas of form and i suppose cultural acceptance. kerouac and ginsberg attended columbia. Olson attended Wesleyan.  they emulated the form and ideas of the modernist era as exemplified by EzPound, Eliot, and really as she is being studied more, Mina Loy. Modernists were concerned with with redefining the world through eyes that had been subjected to the flash of WWI and the psychological upheaval presented by Freud and Nietzsche. Bring into the scope educated Harlem writers like Hughes with the Bukka White blues train back beat or McKay with Jamaican patois developing poetry in response to the lynchings, popular Jazz, blues recordings, shit, Birth of a Nation was the most popular film in the US until 1930 or so, and you've got something that has never before been attempted in the literary world- call it cohesion through reconstruction of the world. Shelley said "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

so following this modernity the Beats were just a natural response to the modernist era- look at the world, the US in particular during the early post modern era as a recent creation built of rubble. 25 monarchies had been overthrown during WWI, there's no way stability can come about, anywhere, in 40 year time frame. So of course the ideas of "Western Buddhism" are attractive- with the world a disastrous place, living through nothingness is the grand scheme.  Nothingness, however, cannot be achieved without the right knowledge- understanding the rudiments of form, literature, history, and culture.

So to say that many of their books are overrated, you're probably right but should try to wrap around the idea that Beat works aren't weren't written for everybody. The idea of a rating of a piece of work comes about when a writer isn't trying to gain a particular audience and it is read as though it should be something... It's like attempting to define "nothingness."

Anyhow, if you're interested, Charles Olson wrote poetry and coined the term "Beats." there are some interesting collections of letters too.

Sounds interesting, will definitely check out Charles Olson. 

The first time I read On the Road, I had to force myself to complete it because I felt it had no real plot arc.  I read it again later, this time within the period of a week, and found it a much better experience.  Almost as if the excitement in the book lay not so much in the words written but in the process of writing and, in a sense, 'living' it. 

I really liked Ginsberg's 'Howl', and think it is an important landmark in American literature.  For anyone that feels a little bored with On the Road, check this out first:
http://www.wussu.com/poems/agh.htm (http://www.wussu.com/poems/agh.htm)


And not to merge this with the photo thread, but I feel like the best things to come out of the Beat movement was Robert Frank's photobook 'The Americans':
(http://thephotobook.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/the_americans-cover.jpg?w=800&h=691)

If you have any interest at all in art photography, check it out.  Robert Frank singlehandedly changed the course of the medium forever with this book.



currently reading:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KRRG3SZYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

not as great as I thought it would be


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on March 29, 2011, 08:02:28 AM
I'm well past 600 pages on the third book of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I usually have a few books going at once because of school, but this shit right here is basically my guilty pleasure morning coffee read so please don't judge me. It's just so damn juicy.

I'm about halfway through the first one and really liking it. My friend told me to read it because there's that HBO series coming.

Also, halfway through the 3rd book 'Memories of Ice' of Erik Erikson's Malazan book of the fallen series. But taking a break from this to read 'Game of Thrones'

And I'm reading "the regulators" by Stephen King on my iPhone. And also a PDF version of 'communion' by Wesley Strieber, somone had posted about alien abductions in this thread so i grabbed that. Reading PDF's on the iphone kinda sucks though, .epub's are a lot easier on the eyes to read.

Ever since I got this Kobo E-reader I kind of went to town at the "store". also been using iBooks on my iphone to read epubs. All this new technology has got me reading 2 or more books at the same time. It's awesome.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on March 29, 2011, 10:47:24 AM
this is probably worth downloading for anyone with a kindle/e-reader

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6061975/Kindle_Books_Collection (http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6061975/Kindle_Books_Collection)

a lot of shit you can get for free elsewhere but it's handy to have it one place and everyone should find at least a few things they want to read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Acrid Avid Jam Shred on March 29, 2011, 12:21:13 PM
my girl just gave me this to read, she was really into it.
(http://abbyf.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/extremely-loud-incredibly-close.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on March 29, 2011, 12:48:44 PM
Just finished this:

(http://trybecca.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/mobydick.jpg)

And got nothing out of it. See how it's a picture of an epic battle, with the whalers facing the violent, bestial entity that is Moby Dick?
Prepare for 500 pages of not that.

And this:

(http://meerchant.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/michael_chabon_the_yiddish-policemens-union.jpg)

Had previously been skeptical of Chabon's work, and felt it was likely too Oprah for me, but I'm into checking out some of his other stuff after reading this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on March 29, 2011, 01:22:28 PM
if you're looking for something amazing that will be a quick two day read, go pick up the absolutely true diary of a part time indian. it's great.
(http://books.google.com/books?id=C_s8GwAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)

i'm interested in reading this. Alexie is one of the great recent poets.
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

the beats are interesting. so many come up thinking that their works, especially in poetics, are liberating through defying or redefining ideas of form and i suppose cultural acceptance. kerouac and ginsberg attended columbia. Olson attended Wesleyan. ? they emulated the form and ideas of the modernist era as exemplified by EzPound, Eliot, and really as she is being studied more, Mina Loy. Modernists were concerned with with redefining the world through eyes that had been subjected to the flash of WWI and the psychological upheaval presented by Freud and Nietzsche. Bring into the scope educated Harlem writers like Hughes with the Bukka White blues train back beat or McKay with Jamaican patois developing poetry in response to the lynchings, popular Jazz, blues recordings, shit, Birth of a Nation was the most popular film in the US until 1930 or so, and you've got something that has never before been attempted in the literary world- call it cohesion through reconstruction of the world. Shelley said "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

so following this modernity the Beats were just a natural response to the modernist era- look at the world, the US in particular during the early post modern era as a recent creation built of rubble. 25 monarchies had been overthrown during WWI, there's no way stability can come about, anywhere, in 40 year time frame. So of course the ideas of "Western Buddhism" are attractive- with the world a disastrous place, living through nothingness is the grand scheme. ? Nothingness, however, cannot be achieved without the right knowledge- understanding the rudiments of form, literature, history, and culture.

So to say that many of their books are overrated, you're probably right but should try to wrap around the idea that Beat works aren't weren't written for everybody. The idea of a rating of a piece of work comes about when a writer isn't trying to gain a particular audience and it is read as though it should be something... It's like attempting to define "nothingness."

Anyhow, if you're interested, Charles Olson wrote poetry and coined the term "Beats." there are some interesting collections of letters too.

Sounds interesting, will definitely check out Charles Olson. ?

The first time I read On the Road, I had to force myself to complete it because I felt it had no real plot arc. ? I read it again later, this time within the period of a week, and found it a much better experience. ? Almost as if the excitement in the book lay not so much in the words written but in the process of writing and, in a sense, 'living' it. ?

I really liked Ginsberg's 'Howl', and think it is an important landmark in American literature. ? For anyone that feels a little bored with On the Road, check this out first:
http://www.wussu.com/poems/agh.htm (http://www.wussu.com/poems/agh.htm)


And not to merge this with the photo thread, but I feel like the best things to come out of the Beat movement was Robert Frank's photobook 'The Americans':
(http://thephotobook.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/the_americans-cover.jpg?w=800&h=691)

If you have any interest at all in art photography, check it out. ? Robert Frank singlehandedly changed the course of the medium forever with this book.



currently reading:
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KRRG3SZYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

not as great as I thought it would be




The lack of a "plot arc" in OTR might be what makes it such an attractive read for many, it's wanderlust in print.

Howl is a milestone- a post modern answer to THE WASTELAND. Aside from that, it's a fun read.

want to add--- i've read the Grad School thread- if anyone is really interested in Beat philosophy, writing, art and possibly looking to pursue an MFA in writing, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets at Naropa University in Boulder, is the place to do it.  Naropa was founded by Tibetan Buddhist guru Chogyam Trungpa and the school of poetics Ginsberg, Cage, and Waldman, and di Prima. A very close friend of mine is working on his MFA in poetics- i'm very excited to head out there, soon. check it out!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on March 29, 2011, 01:29:03 PM
Picked this up the other day

(http://www.all-art.org/world_literature/images/d/54.jpg)

Looking forward to getting to it once I have time, really fell in love with Fitzgerald after I finally read Gatsby.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Frank the Rabbit on March 29, 2011, 02:39:06 PM
Picked this up the other day

(http://www.all-art.org/world_literature/images/d/54.jpg)

Looking forward to getting to it once I have time, really fell in love with Fitzgerald after I finally read Gatsby.
I love Gatsby, but i hate what it is associated with these days:
(http://samjmiller.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/wpid-240.jpg)


I just finished reading this
(http://superwes.com/twopointoh/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ham_on_rye3.jpg)
I now plan on buying Buk's complete bibliography, that's how much I liked it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on March 29, 2011, 02:47:55 PM
Post Office and Factotum are two of my favourite books. If you liked Ham On Rye then you'll love them too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Frank the Rabbit on March 29, 2011, 03:25:58 PM
Post Office and Factotum are two of my favourite books. If you liked Ham On Rye then you'll love them too.
Thanks dude, I actually just bought Factotum online, should be buying Post Office after I finish that one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on March 29, 2011, 05:04:12 PM
Don't forget to read Women!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: bakedRice on March 31, 2011, 05:07:41 PM
my girl just gave me this to read, she was really into it.
(http://abbyf.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/extremely-loud-incredibly-close.jpg)

crunk juice: retarded.  the chicks i'm boning always try to buy me their favorite book when they see i read.  shit's annoying.  women have terrible taste in books.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on April 09, 2011, 10:38:27 AM
Started this yesterday.
(http://images.swap.com/images/books/32/0876857632.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on April 10, 2011, 07:16:46 PM
Just finished this:

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165604453l/6753.jpg)

Nice intro to DFW for me - probably won't have time to read any more stuff by him prior to picking up Pale King, so I hope it's awesome.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on April 16, 2011, 01:14:42 PM
(http://mysticmedusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/douglas-coupland-generation-x.jpg)

It's pretty decent. Doesn't go anywhere and sometimes comes off as too whiny, but it's not to long and it has its moments.

(http://also.kottke.org/misc/images/the-pale-king-cover.jpg)

Started reading this today. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hexagon on April 16, 2011, 02:36:49 PM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

the beats are interesting. so many come up thinking that their works, especially in poetics, are liberating through defying or redefining ideas of form and i suppose cultural acceptance. kerouac and ginsberg attended columbia. Olson attended Wesleyan.  they emulated the form and ideas of the modernist era as exemplified by EzPound, Eliot, and really as she is being studied more, Mina Loy. Modernists were concerned with with redefining the world through eyes that had been subjected to the flash of WWI and the psychological upheaval presented by Freud and Nietzsche. Bring into the scope educated Harlem writers like Hughes with the Bukka White blues train back beat or McKay with Jamaican patois developing poetry in response to the lynchings, popular Jazz, blues recordings, shit, Birth of a Nation was the most popular film in the US until 1930 or so, and you've got something that has never before been attempted in the literary world- call it cohesion through reconstruction of the world. Shelley said "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

so following this modernity the Beats were just a natural response to the modernist era- look at the world, the US in particular during the early post modern era as a recent creation built of rubble. 25 monarchies had been overthrown during WWI, there's no way stability can come about, anywhere, in 40 year time frame. So of course the ideas of "Western Buddhism" are attractive- with the world a disastrous place, living through nothingness is the grand scheme.  Nothingness, however, cannot be achieved without the right knowledge- understanding the rudiments of form, literature, history, and culture.

So to say that many of their books are overrated, you're probably right but should try to wrap around the idea that Beat works aren't weren't written for everybody. The idea of a rating of a piece of work comes about when a writer isn't trying to gain a particular audience and it is read as though it should be something... It's like attempting to define "nothingness."

Anyhow, if you're interested, Charles Olson wrote poetry and coined the term "Beats." there are some interesting collections of letters too.

I'm reading a collection of letters written by Pound while he was in an open air cage at the end of WWII on charges of treason called Letters of Captivity.

The Sun Also Rises is a good one by Hemingway.

If you're at all interested in Modern literature check out Stravinsky's Rites of Spring on Youtube. It's a strange play- when released such confusion was aroused in the audience that they erupted in fist fights and tore the theater apart.  

Whoever was writing about Ulysses, Frank Delaney does a podcast breaking it down at http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/ (http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/)

Wrong. Herbert Huncke coined the term "beat" find his shit, it's all OOP.  The Herbert Hunkce reader these days runs for 50 bucks plus, he's the voice and reason. Plus my favorite, personally.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Man Without A Plan on April 17, 2011, 08:02:13 PM
(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/99470000/99478941.JPG)

Just got done reading that, pretty intense. 

Might get this next. Read The Prologue and it was good.

(http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/95180000/95182180.JPG)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on April 17, 2011, 10:23:10 PM
^
I know you'll probably catch flak for not finishing On The Road, but I'll give you my support. I couldn't finish Dharma Bums. I'm not to into Western Buddhists, so it really wasn't my thing. ? ? ? ?

It really just bored the shit out of me. Seems like he was trying to convince himself that his story was worth telling. Maybe it was just his "spontaneous" style of writing. Like one long facebook post for lack of a better description.

I understand that the Beat era writers did a lot for defying traditional American values and battling censorship, but I think a lot of the books are pretty overrated.

the beats are interesting. so many come up thinking that their works, especially in poetics, are liberating through defying or redefining ideas of form and i suppose cultural acceptance. kerouac and ginsberg attended columbia. Olson attended Wesleyan.  they emulated the form and ideas of the modernist era as exemplified by EzPound, Eliot, and really as she is being studied more, Mina Loy. Modernists were concerned with with redefining the world through eyes that had been subjected to the flash of WWI and the psychological upheaval presented by Freud and Nietzsche. Bring into the scope educated Harlem writers like Hughes with the Bukka White blues train back beat or McKay with Jamaican patois developing poetry in response to the lynchings, popular Jazz, blues recordings, shit, Birth of a Nation was the most popular film in the US until 1930 or so, and you've got something that has never before been attempted in the literary world- call it cohesion through reconstruction of the world. Shelley said "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."

so following this modernity the Beats were just a natural response to the modernist era- look at the world, the US in particular during the early post modern era as a recent creation built of rubble. 25 monarchies had been overthrown during WWI, there's no way stability can come about, anywhere, in 40 year time frame. So of course the ideas of "Western Buddhism" are attractive- with the world a disastrous place, living through nothingness is the grand scheme.  Nothingness, however, cannot be achieved without the right knowledge- understanding the rudiments of form, literature, history, and culture.

So to say that many of their books are overrated, you're probably right but should try to wrap around the idea that Beat works aren't weren't written for everybody. The idea of a rating of a piece of work comes about when a writer isn't trying to gain a particular audience and it is read as though it should be something... It's like attempting to define "nothingness."

Anyhow, if you're interested, Charles Olson wrote poetry and coined the term "Beats." there are some interesting collections of letters too.

I'm reading a collection of letters written by Pound while he was in an open air cage at the end of WWII on charges of treason called Letters of Captivity.

The Sun Also Rises is a good one by Hemingway.

If you're at all interested in Modern literature check out Stravinsky's Rites of Spring on Youtube. It's a strange play- when released such confusion was aroused in the audience that they erupted in fist fights and tore the theater apart.  

Whoever was writing about Ulysses, Frank Delaney does a podcast breaking it down at http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/ (http://blog.frankdelaney.com/re-joyce/)

Wrong. Herbert Huncke coined the term "beat" find his shit, it's all OOP.  The Herbert Hunkce reader these days runs for 50 bucks plus, he's the voice and reason. Plus my favorite, personally.


yeah, man, i realized i fucked that up- he termed "post modern" which runs hand in hand with "beats"

also, olson is the guy who brought Moby Dick to the mainstream in the forties with Call Me Ishmael. he's excellent
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 20, 2011, 02:35:30 PM
I'm going to the public library later, what books do y'all strongly recommend?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Claude Tanner on April 20, 2011, 05:37:54 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/af/Ubik%281stEd%29.jpg/200px-Ubik%281stEd%29.jpg)

I'm in a  Scifi phase right now
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 20, 2011, 05:39:50 PM
Picked up these two:
(http://bookcoverarchive.com/images/books/no_country_for_old_men.large.jpg)
(http://extendedstaymotelsamerica.net/wp-content/uploads/aes/Extended-Stay-Motels-Hotels-Suites-America_68.jpg)
Never heard of this one.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on April 23, 2011, 11:33:38 AM
if you want to know about native american history, read this.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qmI-KrXv-8A/TNbaaiRz5jI/AAAAAAAAAH4/6R9xvaqhmDE/s200/bk_DeeBrown-BuryMyHeartAtWoundedKnee.jpg)

highly recommended. pick it up if you've got the time. they also made a movie based on the book but it does not come close to the same level of greatness.
 

I've also got a copy of this at the moment,
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0394740181.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on April 23, 2011, 01:17:41 PM
if you want to know about native american history, read this.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qmI-KrXv-8A/TNbaaiRz5jI/AAAAAAAAAH4/6R9xvaqhmDE/s200/bk_DeeBrown-BuryMyHeartAtWoundedKnee.jpg)

highly recommended. pick it up if you've got the time. they also made a movie based on the book but it does not come close to the same level of greatness.
 

I've also got a copy of this at the moment,
(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0394740181.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

both of those books are solid reads. death on horseback is a good one too
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 23, 2011, 06:22:27 PM
Finished this:
(http://www.xtimeline.com/__UserPic_Large/3621/ELT200711290854480878954.JPG)
Really good read. Never seen the "In Cold Blood" movie, but I have seen "Capote". The book was REALLY well written, I mean the amount of information and detail that Capote put into everything was just amazing, almost too much to where I think he made it all up. All the parts up until the last one were interesting to read. The last one was just the trial and was boring to read if you had already seen the movie "Capote". Regardless, pick up this book and enjoy it to the fullest. Right now I'm two chapters deep into "No Country For Old Men" and loving it so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Truancy on May 05, 2011, 01:46:09 PM
Pick this up:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vTN8BvYJhI8/TZuSvEshOYI/AAAAAAAAACQ/hPiq3-2pnKs/s1600/A+exterminate+all+the+brutes.jpg)

I got it used for like 4 bucks a couple months ago, just finished it. It's pretty short, and it reads soooo nicely.

It's more of a novel than just a textbook. He fills it with these interesting paragraph interludes of his dreams and shit. Fascinating. yougottapickitup
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on May 05, 2011, 07:58:34 PM
(http://www.nuwomb.com/nuwomb/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/evil-plans-book-cover-what.jpg)

I read it twice since I got it about a month ago. Its really inspiring, funny too. Makes me feel less crazy about everything.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on May 05, 2011, 08:06:06 PM
(http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/Medium%20Raw.jpg)

Almost done with this, if you liked Kitchen Confidential, then you'll like this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tre killa on May 05, 2011, 09:37:31 PM
Im actually reading the hobbit for the first time, i cant complain its pretty good so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on May 05, 2011, 09:59:10 PM
Anyone read this?
(http://thecultureconcordance.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-savage-detectives.jpg?w=300&h=429]http://thecultureconcordance.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-savage-detectives.jpg?w=300&h=429)

Finished it last night.  Super good.  But you gotta get to the end.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 05, 2011, 10:03:32 PM
Finished No Country For Old Men. Awesome read and a lot more stuff was left out of the movie. Starting to read "The Motel Life" and it's pretty interesting; an easy read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mooley on May 06, 2011, 01:17:52 AM
(http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/Medium%20Raw.jpg)

Almost done with this, if you liked Kitchen Confidential, then you'll like this.

I've been meaning to pick up Kitchen Confidential, love that dude's TV show.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Truancy on May 06, 2011, 12:58:08 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4DcLSNJU2dE/Rs3irBl3ziI/AAAAAAAAAAk/tbVzvWmXQhE/s400/517j8rvgCFL._SS500_.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 06, 2011, 01:35:28 PM
I'm taking an independent research class on the Marquis de Sade so I'm reading The 120 Days of Sodom right now.

(http://justanotherbookworm.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/600full-the-120-days-of-sodomjpg.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on May 06, 2011, 11:45:20 PM
Just finished these two:

(http://itiablog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/the_road.jpg)

I think this may be McCarthy's best - it's poignant in a way that a lot of his stuff isn't.

And this:

(http://www.lordoflight.com/lolnovel.jpg)

Which is like... sci-fi Siddhartha. This is probably the most original Hugo award winning book that I've read. Apparently Neil Gaiman was pretty into this book and American Gods was partially influenced by it.

Now I'm taking a break from fiction and reading this:

(http://aswinindraprastha.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/drunkards-walk.jpg)

It's about statistics, probability, and how these things are counter-intuitive to our perception of how the universe works.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on May 07, 2011, 08:51:46 AM
Anyone read this?
http://thecultureconcordance.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-savage-detectives.jpg?w=300&h=429 (http://thecultureconcordance.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-savage-detectives.jpg?w=300&h=429)

Finished it last night.  Super good.  But you gotta get to the end.
Like many, the only Bola?o work I've read was 2666. Once I got to "The Part About the Crimes" it lost a lot of its steam and I lost interest.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: stab on May 07, 2011, 08:59:40 AM
gravity's rainbow by thomas pynchon!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on May 07, 2011, 11:08:32 AM
(http://lukeinlimbo.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/danielewski-house_of_leaves.jpg)
Not sure if I finished this actually but I don't really care. Way too drawn out but the double narrative was cool.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41SJW829TEL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Reading this for the first time
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 07, 2011, 11:24:21 AM

Which is like... sci-fi Siddhartha. This is probably the most original Hugo award winning book that I've read. Apparently Neil Gaiman was pretty into this book and American Gods was partially influenced by it.


Has anyone read American Gods? I browsed through the plot on wikipedia and it seems like something I would be into. What do you guys think?

Reading
(http://images.wikia.com/hitchhikers/images/9/93/Life_the_Universe_and_Everything_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 09, 2011, 06:37:37 PM
Picked this up at the public library.
(http://isak.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c627153ef01053641c69e970b-800wi)
Decided to give it a shot considering how well I liked The Stranger. Anyone have any recommendations of short novels? I'm not so good with longer considering I only read two chapters, most, at night.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on May 09, 2011, 06:48:42 PM

Has anyone read American Gods? I browsed through the plot on wikipedia and it seems like something I would be into. What do you guys think?


If the plot appeals to you, then definitely check it out. I remember being pretty into it when I read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 09, 2011, 10:41:43 PM
^Will do.

Anyone have any recommendations of short novels? I'm not so good with longer considering I only read two chapters, most, at night.

I like to intersperse short books between long ones. Check out: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (and the rest of the five part trilogy [although I've only made it to the third so far]), The Old Man and the Sea, most Vonnegut books, The Crying of Lot 49, Animal Farm, Siddhartha, Fight Club, and The Time Machine. I don't know what your criteria is for short novels, but those all were pretty quick reads. 

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 10, 2011, 05:46:53 AM
Thanks, I've read some of those, but ill look at the others. Really bummed on my public library not having any Bukowski novels, just books of his poems.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on May 12, 2011, 01:24:16 AM
just finished huck finn, it was awesome
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 12, 2011, 07:41:25 AM
I finished The Motel Life and it was fair.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rocklobster on May 12, 2011, 08:20:52 AM
norwegian woodby haruki murakami.... good stuff, the movie was a good summary of it....

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Truancy on May 12, 2011, 12:51:16 PM
just finished huck finn, it was awesome

I just started it like 3 days ago. I find Jim to be one of the most endearing characters I've ever read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on May 16, 2011, 07:24:06 AM
Finished:
(http://content.scholastic.com/yawyr/e826656f9d31baf42019647dc0aa84f578f70781.jpg)
loved it

(http://kimbofo.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451bcff69e201157212d3b7970b-300wi)
ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  I've haven't read fight club yet, but if he writes like he does in this book it's going to be a chore.


Currently reading:
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n11/n57569.jpg)
3 chapters in - sleepy town, marijuana crops, seances and a decapitated blonde. should be good. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on May 16, 2011, 08:22:28 AM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 16, 2011, 02:57:10 PM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time

Ummm...Fight Club was his first book. Choke was his fourth, and Rant was much later on in his career. The tranny one (Invisible Monsters) was the only one that was in his first three.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 16, 2011, 03:05:26 PM
About to go to the library to pick up a new book/movie.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 16, 2011, 03:18:40 PM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time

Ummm...Fight Club was his first book. Choke was his fourth, and Rant was much later on in his career. The tranny one (Invisible Monsters) was the only one that was in his first three.

Yep, the other one was Survivor.  Chuck P has progressively gotten worse with Rant being ok.  Diary fucking sucked.  Lullaby had it's spots, but everything else was very subpar.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mackattack on May 16, 2011, 04:20:51 PM
(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/14/ef/be0f6230a8a03485b6fcf010.L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Find this and read it^
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on May 16, 2011, 04:34:47 PM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time

Ummm...Fight Club was his first book. Choke was his fourth, and Rant was much later on in his career. The tranny one (Invisible Monsters) was the only one that was in his first three.

ahhh, my bad dude!!!!! i meant to write that the FIRST THREE THAT I READ were much easier to get into!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on May 16, 2011, 05:58:47 PM
Not a huge fan of Palanuik, seems that he writes solely for shock value. Currently reading:
(http://www.bookpoi.com/images/Front%20cover%20For%20Whom%20the%20bell%20Tolls.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on May 16, 2011, 07:11:19 PM
Picked this up after seeing people post it so many times in this thread:
(http://wickedlefthand.com/portfolio/graphic/tropic.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 16, 2011, 07:17:33 PM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time

Ummm...Fight Club was his first book. Choke was his fourth, and Rant was much later on in his career. The tranny one (Invisible Monsters) was the only one that was in his first three.

ahhh, my bad dude!!!!! i meant to write that the FIRST THREE THAT I READ were much easier to get into!

Haha ok. Yeah, I was a little confused.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 16, 2011, 10:04:20 PM
To add to that, do not read Pygmy by Palahniuk. It is written so poorly. He's trying to write as a foreign exchange student and it just comes off as unreadable.

(http://ideonexus.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/TheWaroftheWorlds.jpg)

A classic. It's boring at times, but it's over a century old so it's expected. It must have been a real mind blower when it came out.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Exile on MainSt. on May 16, 2011, 10:08:36 PM
Finished Catch-22 a few nights ago. The first half is slow but overall it is a great satire, glad I stuck with it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on May 17, 2011, 12:47:32 AM
^^^

the first three palanuiak books were really easy to get into- rant, choke, and something about a tranny- after that, well with the exception of fight club, they were contrite. don't waste your time

Ummm...Fight Club was his first book. Choke was his fourth, and Rant was much later on in his career. The tranny one (Invisible Monsters) was the only one that was in his first three.

Yep, the other one was Survivor.  Chuck P has progressively gotten worse with Rant being ok.  Diary fucking sucked.  Lullaby had it's spots, but everything else was very subpar.
duly noted.  I've seen some of his short stories published in mags or online from time to time, and they vary from being semi-amusing to dull episodes of medical horror stories.

thinking of ordering this soon, anybody read it?
(http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/pattismith.jpg?1265027986)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on May 17, 2011, 06:32:04 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on May 17, 2011, 06:40:05 AM
Not a huge fan of Palanuik, seems that he writes solely for shock value. Currently reading:
(http://www.bookpoi.com/images/Front%20cover%20For%20Whom%20the%20bell%20Tolls.jpg)

This and "A farewell to Arms" are my 2 fav hemmingway books. If you haven't read these get on that.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jackherer on May 17, 2011, 08:41:52 AM
(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/51-3pkPRpOL.jpg)

Reading this right now, really well done.

(http://www.jackherer.com/images/emperor_book.gif)

Re-reading this at home, I can't recomend this book enough.


very nice
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 17, 2011, 09:23:20 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

Not really Doomsday-stuff, but two of the best in horror (and a little sci-fi) are Richard Matheson and HP Lovecraft.  Lovecraft's best shit always appears in Collections, it's super easy to find.  With Matheson, you should start with I Am Legend and Hell House.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on May 17, 2011, 09:30:39 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

Read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I can't recommend it enough. It's hilarious. Don't be tricked by its plot synopsis or it being labeled post-cyberpunk, just read it and laugh at its take on future America.

Also, a lot of Philip K. Dick novels are pretty interesting. I've read A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. They're pretty out there but worth reading.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 17, 2011, 09:44:32 AM
Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury are obvious choices, but they are classic for a reason.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on May 17, 2011, 09:56:39 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

Read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I can't recommend it enough. It's hilarious. Don't be tricked by its plot synopsis or it being labeled post-cyberpunk, just read it and laugh at its take on future America.

Also, a lot of Philip K. Dick novels are pretty interesting. I've read A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. They're pretty out there but worth reading.

Yeah, I was going to recommend PKD as well.  I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and enjoyed it.  Scanner Darkly and Man in the High Castle are good too.  There are points in each one where he just takes it too far for me and either can't explain it well or I can't wrap my head around it but for the most part they are just cool spot-on critiques of our modern world.  I don't read much SF though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on May 17, 2011, 10:36:21 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?
Read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I can't recommend it enough. It's hilarious. Don't be tricked by its plot synopsis or it being labeled post-cyberpunk, just read it and laugh at its take on future America.

Reading it right now, 80 pages in. It's alright so far but hasn't won me over just yet.

I've got Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke lined up next, the plot sounds good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on May 17, 2011, 11:50:44 AM
Thanks! That's a ton of stuff.

Hate, I have the "Best Of" H.P. Lovecraft collection, so awesome. I should try to seek out more. I've read " am legend" which I really dug so I'll have to check out hell house. For assimov, I've read I Robot and that was awesome, and have all the foundation novels just haven't started them yet since its a bit daunting. What are some other good single (stand alone, not in a series) novels by Assimov? Bradbury, I have farenheight 751 so I'll read that for sure soon.

Sven, good call on scanner darkly and electric sheep, I've been meaning to read those but haven't yet because I read Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy and found it kind of boring and stale by the end so I think I'm not too into the humor scifi, but I will read Snow Crash since that sounds pretty cool.

This should keep me busy for a while

EDIT: I'm on the lookout for more doomsday type books, a few I've read that I enjoyed:

The Stand (Deadly Plauge)
Lucifer's Hammer (Giant Comet hits earth)
The Road (Nukes)
World War Z (Zombies)
Battlefield Earth (Aliens)
Starship Troopers (Aliens)
War of the Worlds (Aliens)
I Am Legend (Vampires)
The Day of the Triffads (Plants)
The Mist (Government rips hole into evil dimension)





Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on May 17, 2011, 01:15:10 PM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

Read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I can't recommend it enough. It's hilarious. Don't be tricked by its plot synopsis or it being labeled post-cyberpunk, just read it and laugh at its take on future America.

Also, a lot of Philip K. Dick novels are pretty interesting. I've read A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. They're pretty out there but worth reading.

Yeah, I was going to recommend PKD as well.?  I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and enjoyed it.?  Scanner Darkly and Man in the High Castle are good too.?  There are points in each one where he just takes it too far for me and either can't explain it well or I can't wrap my head around it but for the most part they are just cool spot-on critiques of our modern world.?  I don't read much SF though.

i just finished Valis, it's not really SF but i really liked it.. ubik is good, maze of death is amazing too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 17, 2011, 01:34:29 PM
Hell House is just about the best haunted house story there is.  A homeowner hires a group of scientists and a group of people who believe in the spirit stuff to prove why his house is all fucked up.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jackherer on May 17, 2011, 01:41:37 PM
Hell House is just about the best haunted house story there is.  A homeowner hires a group of scientists and a group of people who believe in the spirit stuff to prove why his house is all fucked up.

im a huge matheson fan but i did not like that book one bit. science and haunted houses do not mix well, he gave it a good try, but just didn't work out in my eyes.

i prefer his short stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Frank the Rabbit on May 17, 2011, 02:24:51 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 17, 2011, 02:57:51 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 17, 2011, 05:14:15 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on May 17, 2011, 07:54:43 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.

 ;) :-*
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on May 18, 2011, 02:41:34 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?
Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy - Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.  Not so much an end of the world/doomsday story, but a detailed and spectacular analogy to our industrialised world, with all the related complexities of economics and power.  It blends sci-fi, politics and religion in a very holistic way to create a universe as messy as our own, and has a great story arc to boot. 

Also, giant sandworms: 
(http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Science/Images/dune-sandworm-2.jpg)

avoid the prequels by his son Brian (House Atreides, et. al.) like Shai-Hulud avoids water.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on May 18, 2011, 02:44:41 AM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.

 ;) :-*
it is my goal to someday complete, and understand at least 20%, of Ulysses.  re-reading Portrait after I finish my current book

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on May 18, 2011, 09:41:58 AM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?
Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy - Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.  Not so much an end of the world/doomsday story, but a detailed and spectacular analogy to our industrialised world, with all the related complexities of economics and power.  It blends sci-fi, politics and religion in a very holistic way to create a universe as messy as our own, and has a great story arc to boot. 

Also, giant sandworms: 
(http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Science/Images/dune-sandworm-2.jpg)

avoid the prequels by his son Brian (House Atreides, et. al.) like Shai-Hulud avoids water.



I went on a dune kick a while ago and read all 6 dune books (+hunters of dune and sandworms of dune), plus all the house books and the butlerian jihad/machine crusade/battle of corrin and really enjoyed them all. The dune universe and characters have so much depth, the original books are easily the best SciFi books I've ever read. I think his son did the other books pretty good justice using Frank Herbert's memoirs and manuscripts and with Kevin J. Anderson's help.

I haven't read "paul of dune" or "the winds of dune" but probably will at some point.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on May 18, 2011, 01:34:34 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.

 ;) :-*

You're the best sweetie  :-*
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hexagon on May 18, 2011, 05:54:40 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.

 ;) :-*
it is my goal to someday complete, and understand at least 20%, of Ulysses.  re-reading Portrait after I finish my current book



i attempted Ulysses, but got fed up with how much time I was spending one just one book and read his other shit instead, which was enjoyable comparatively.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on May 18, 2011, 06:20:31 PM
I'm 100 pages into Ulysses and... FUCK! It's great but I've needed 15 minutes for every single page. So much shit in there.

Wait until it starts getting hard.

I can't be the only one whose brain went right to the big ol' gay gutter.

 ;) :-*

You're the best sweetie  :-*

hate, you should probably review the UCMJ. Dont ask, don't tell. bwhahaha
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on May 19, 2011, 02:25:18 AM
(http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lemojqfgA41qaouh8o1_400.jpg)

Fucking awesome. Moving on to this when I'm done:

(http://www.tanum.no/covers/M/0/09/0099915006.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on June 09, 2011, 03:21:26 PM
Just finished this behemoth:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/93/Cryptonomicon(1stEd).jpg)

It's really good. Some parts are a little too technical, but I felt as though I learned a lot from it. It's practically four books in one and a large portion of it is devoted to some of the lesser known aspects of World War II. If you have endless amounts of free time, I recommend it. But for now, I'm going to stick to little books for awhile. It will cleanse me of this mental marathon.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Jack on June 09, 2011, 03:36:03 PM
I found this book to be brilliantly written and readable in 2 hours. It's about the emotional/physical trials of life in post apartheid South Africa and just about life and being a human in general. Would recommend it to anyone who can read and is interested in culture and morality.

(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb307/trustthedarkmen/disgrace.jpg)




Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on June 09, 2011, 03:50:00 PM
been on a hemingway kick for the past 2 weeks:

(http://www.hemingwaypreservationfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/farewell-to-arms-book.jpg)

(http://lopezbooks.com/static/images/kl/021993.jpg)

(http://www.strathclydetelegraph.com/web/images/stories/march_2010/For_Whom_the_Bell_Tolls.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on June 09, 2011, 06:57:46 PM
Finished this a few days ago. I've been a fan of Vonnegut's writing for a long time.
(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestsellers-2006/3645-1.jpg)

Started this yesterday.
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Notes_from_underground_cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on June 28, 2011, 02:23:48 PM
(http://retrobookshop.com/images/products/detail/100308.jpg)

What ever happened to private investigators?

(http://thefoxisblack.com/blogimages/neil-gaiman-american-gods.jpg)

It's good, but I thought it was going to be better. It could have been 200 pages less, then I would have probably enjoyed it more.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tyroneshoelaces on June 28, 2011, 06:40:31 PM
(http://www.barefootted.com/born2run.jpg)

i just re-read this one.  it's awesome.  i love running and really enjoyed it...but i have friends that absolutely hate running and they all loved this book and recommended it to their friends as well.

it reads sort of like an exciting mystery/crime novel (it's neither of those). it's about this gnarly ass tribe in mexico and a group of renegade runners who like to party.  they go to meet the tribe and try to run with them.  the tribe is gnarly as hell and the old people of the tribe run up to 40 miles a day no problem in bare feet throughout the remote rugged mexican canyons.  

It is also an interesting look into the current running establishments and corporations and why they are so far off what it is actually supposed to be, and how they have created shoes and myths to keep sales high.

it is also like an anthropology lesson because he researches and proves why humans really were born to run and not walk.

  sort of like  fast food nation mixed with some dope ass non fictionbook like freakonomics and a mystery thriller rolled into one.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: e.d. on June 29, 2011, 12:18:21 AM
^ a few people have recommended 'born to run' I think I'll add it to my list.

My friend just gave me this for a flight yesterday. So far pretty good.
(http://i54.tinypic.com/2sam0ee.jpg)
sorry if it's a repost.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on June 29, 2011, 10:08:44 AM
this book will make you laugh

(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR9qKhjqr0MrNoa1TfxEAgjDEtyTq2SSzArlufB8sjUQFTy6HCqIw)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: boyan on July 04, 2011, 09:42:04 AM
not a novel but seems interesting

(http://cdn.bitrebels.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/esb1.jpg)

The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Book Trailer 2010 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpu4kopxmGY#ws)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ernie McCracken on July 04, 2011, 11:13:28 AM
(http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy314/maxbertola/Pynchon.jpg)

It would be cool if Paul Thomas Anderson follows through and actually makes it into a movie.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tuque on July 17, 2011, 10:07:44 PM
Trying to bump this thread back. 


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xZLZEszNcwU/TN6KIul_KwI/AAAAAAAABTM/SzmE2h3E5AY/s1600/anna%2Bkarenina.jpg)

I'm about 500 pages into this and I've been enjoying it but its starting to get a bit tiresome. 


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eyZ4V09HL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

If you want a short, easy read that will put you in a good mood go for this one.


Thinking about picking this up next:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5AUaygzczrQ/TEVs-vUmsQI/AAAAAAAAADE/tFP47GZpzDo/s1600/the_trial_large.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on July 18, 2011, 12:53:48 AM
Trying to bump this thread back. 


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xZLZEszNcwU/TN6KIul_KwI/AAAAAAAABTM/SzmE2h3E5AY/s1600/anna%2Bkarenina.jpg)

I'm about 500 pages into this and I've been enjoying it but its starting to get a bit tiresome. 


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51eyZ4V09HL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)

If you want a short, easy read that will put you in a good mood go for this one.


Thinking about picking this up next:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5AUaygzczrQ/TEVs-vUmsQI/AAAAAAAAADE/tFP47GZpzDo/s1600/the_trial_large.jpg)

Oh damn, didn't see the name change til now.  I've been meaning to loan you the kafka complete stories. super good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on July 18, 2011, 12:59:15 AM
(http://www.fictiondb.com/coversth/th_006165731X.jpg)

Read this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on July 18, 2011, 03:28:03 AM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x2/x10782.jpg)

Just finished this. Absolutely brilliant collection of essays, journalism and non-fiction. The story on the Adult Video Awards alone is more than enough reason to pick it up.

About to start this

(http://theoohtray.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/crimeandpunishment.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ernie McCracken on July 18, 2011, 09:14:58 AM
This one has probably been posed already but whatever, it's amazing

(http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l491/kennyfugginpowers/OntheRoad.jpg)


(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e303/af80/The_Rum_Diary.jpg)

Rum Diary is not nearly as crazy as Fear and Loathing (but really though, what is?) but it is still a fun read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 18, 2011, 12:19:35 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RjGp768_KYw/ThyyeVEtFTI/AAAAAAAAAcE/3OVkORtMRgA/s1600/houseofleaves.jpg)

This book is so good. It's really weird because I'm over halfway through it, I don't feel like I'm really making much progress through it. You have to jump around a lot in it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on July 20, 2011, 03:32:28 PM
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/x2/x10782.jpg)

Just finished this. Absolutely brilliant collection of essays, journalism and non-fiction. The story on the Adult Video Awards alone is more than enough reason to pick it up.

Second it.

(http://cc.pbsstatic.com/l/65/1665/9780553211665.jpg)

It's still relevant today.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on July 20, 2011, 04:45:55 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RjGp768_KYw/ThyyeVEtFTI/AAAAAAAAAcE/3OVkORtMRgA/s1600/houseofleaves.jpg)

This book is so good. It's really weird because I'm over halfway through it, I don't feel like I'm really making much progress through it. You have to jump around a lot in it.

Guy at work noticed I "read a lot" and recommended this book. I think I'll check it out now that you've posted it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 20, 2011, 07:33:28 PM

This book is so good. It's really weird because I'm over halfway through it, I don't feel like I'm really making much progress through it. You have to jump around a lot in it.

Guy at work noticed I "read a lot" and recommended this book. I think I'll check it out now that you've posted it.

It's very good and it grabs you. Ironically, it also requires you to read a lot. And to read oddly at that (like reading it in a mirror because one part is backwards).
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on July 20, 2011, 09:27:45 PM
Just finished:
(http://petekarnas.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/thingsfallapart.jpg)

Which was compelling and easy to ready and makes a surprising case for colonialism, probably unintentionally. Now I refer to yams as the king of crops when I eat them.

(http://jeffzbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/stephen-hawking-s-the-grand-design-god-didn-t-make-the-universe.jpg)

The Stephen Hawking parts are hard to follow and disjointed, but Leonard Mlodinow is great at talking about important events in the history of math and science.

(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lleq2pi2431qc5bqmo1_250.jpg)

Social psychology and cognitive science proves that we're all capable of being shortsighted assholes and that morality as we've been traditionally taught is incorrect. I like it.

Reading now:

(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm117334959/science-evil-on-empathy-origins-cruelty-simon-baron-cohen-hardcover-cover-art.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on July 20, 2011, 09:38:16 PM

This book is so good. It's really weird because I'm over halfway through it, I don't feel like I'm really making much progress through it. You have to jump around a lot in it.

Guy at work noticed I "read a lot" and recommended this book. I think I'll check it out now that you've posted it.

It's very good and it grabs you. Ironically, it also requires you to read a lot. And to read oddly at that (like reading it in a mirror because one part is backwards).
It's irritating, slow, and not much happens. There's a few parts that shot my attention up but overall I felt like I wasted a lot of time on it. Come to think of it I think I put it down before the last couple chapters.

Just finished Brave New World. Starting this (http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/files/2008/03/bladerunner.jpg). I love me some dystopia.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: tuque on July 20, 2011, 11:35:47 PM


(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lleq2pi2431qc5bqmo1_250.jpg)




My interest is piqued,  bro
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 21, 2011, 04:19:28 PM

This book is so good. It's really weird because I'm over halfway through it, I don't feel like I'm really making much progress through it. You have to jump around a lot in it.

Guy at work noticed I "read a lot" and recommended this book. I think I'll check it out now that you've posted it.

It's very good and it grabs you. Ironically, it also requires you to read a lot. And to read oddly at that (like reading it in a mirror because one part is backwards).
It's irritating, slow, and not much happens. There's a few parts that shot my attention up but overall I felt like I wasted a lot of time on it. Come to think of it I think I put it down before the last couple chapters.

Just finished Brave New World. Starting this . I love me some dystopia.

Really? Huh. Different strokes I guess. I like its methodical and disjointed pace.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on July 21, 2011, 05:04:30 PM
I found this book to be brilliantly written and readable in 2 hours. It's about the emotional/physical trials of life in post apartheid South Africa and just about life and being a human in general. Would recommend it to anyone who can read and is interested in culture and morality.

(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb307/trustthedarkmen/disgrace.jpg)






will definitely be giving this a read when I go away, just seen its on my first year book list for uni next year, glad to hear a positive review!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on July 21, 2011, 08:11:35 PM
had this book since high school...
(http://images.angusrobertson.com.au/images/ar/97818741/9781874166092/180/270/plain/kafka-for-beginners.jpg)

great introduction
w/illustrations by Robert Crumb.


currently reading
(http://fringe.devhub.com/img/upload/foucaults-pendulum.jpg)


girlfriend lent me this one

(http://images04.olx.com.br/ui/4/64/73/62466173_1-LIVRO-MAKTUB-PAULO-COELHO-.jpg)

looking to read these

(http://www.sebodomessias.com.br/loja/imagens/produtos/produtos/414926_239.jpg)

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/080/Monkey-9780802130860.jpg)

Also, this guy who did ten years in prison insisted that I read books by Robert Greene.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on July 21, 2011, 09:31:14 PM
I'm a little over halfway through "For Whom The Bell Tolls" I think when I'm finished I'd like to read some non-fiction about the Spanish civil war.  Anyone have any suggestions?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on July 21, 2011, 11:38:11 PM
If you have a Kindle you can get this one for under $20

http://www.amazon.com/Franco-Spanish-Introductions-History-ebook/dp/B000OI0SFA/ref=sr_1_6_title_1_ke?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311316273&sr=1-6 (http://www.amazon.com/Franco-Spanish-Introductions-History-ebook/dp/B000OI0SFA/ref=sr_1_6_title_1_ke?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311316273&sr=1-6)

Otherwise it's about $100 for a hardcover.

There's also this

http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Spain-Spanish-Civil-1936-1939/dp/014303765X/ref=pd_sim_b_1 (http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Spain-Spanish-Civil-1936-1939/dp/014303765X/ref=pd_sim_b_1)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: the ragamuffin on July 22, 2011, 05:15:51 AM
(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/044/How-to-Master-the-Art-of-Selling-9780446692748.jpg)

Still waiting for this to come in the mail. Supposed to be pretty boss
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on July 22, 2011, 11:26:21 AM
At the mountains of madness - H.P. Lovecraft
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/02/ASF_0063.jpg/200px-ASF_0063.jpg)

and just started
(http://expandingconsciousness.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/foundation-isaac-asimov.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HawkbillKayak on July 27, 2011, 06:48:25 PM
Everyone had probably read "The Giver".
Couple of suggestions:
"The Year of Impossible Goodbyes". Based on the author's experiences.
"Horse Soldiers". Based on interviews.

Both books I could not put down.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on July 31, 2011, 01:18:01 PM
(http://scienceblogs.com/thescian/The_White_Tiger.JPG)

It has a lot of good insight regarding life in modern India.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on July 31, 2011, 05:54:59 PM
Just finished House of Leaves, starting this tomorrow.

(http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/Thus-Spoke-Zarathustra-by-F.-Nietzsche-ebook-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on July 31, 2011, 06:15:19 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: mandibleclaw on July 31, 2011, 09:56:12 PM
"The Elephant Vanishes" and "The Wild Sheep Chase" by Haruki Murakami
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on August 01, 2011, 03:45:29 AM
(http://www.msebooks.com/pub/files/authors-f/franzen-jonathan/freedom/.thumbnails/1288954784_Freedom%20-%20Jonathan%20Franzen_w325_h500.jpg)

just finished this, really enjoyed it, about to start

(http://www.davemadden.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/brotherskaramazov.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Gnarfunkell on August 01, 2011, 09:26:19 PM
If you're interested in Indian culture/religion then this book is a great choice.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on August 01, 2011, 09:57:08 PM
The Slap reading list has been killing it lately. So much stuff I want to check out.

Currently on my second attempt to read this, not because it's hard but because I was busy. So far it's really enjoyable:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3556/3381150229_1be4c4ee80.jpg)

Just ordered these:

(http://covers.openlibrary.org/w/id/465185-L.jpg)
About biotech and agribusiness
and
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm101271418/a-darwinian-left-politics-evolution-cooperation-peter-singer-hardcover-cover-art.jpg)
Which is loosely in the field of evolutionary psychology. I assume it will explain how we're all evolutionarily inclined to be shitty and shortsighted, and that we need to create social institutions to compensate for the flaws evolution has given us. I hope it's good and that it shows up soon.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: aleksander on August 04, 2011, 07:16:13 AM
Can anybody recommend some middle grades/young adult books for me? I'm writing a kids book and have been re-reading a lot of stuff I read when I was little.

The following two are some of my favorites ever, plus Roald Dahl stuff.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on August 04, 2011, 02:05:49 PM
I fucking hated "The Hatchet" when I read it in school. I'd probably feel different if I read it now that I'm all growdsed up.

Finished "For Whom the Bell Tolls" I really enjoyed it.  Just started "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. So far so good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on August 04, 2011, 06:10:18 PM
Can anybody recommend some middle grades/young adult books for me? I'm writing a kids book and have been re-reading a lot of stuff I read when I was little.


A Wrinkle in Time.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My cry.

and maybe The Hobbit?

wait, you're probably thinking of stuff like Chocolate War and I am The Cheese.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: metamachine on August 04, 2011, 06:27:51 PM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

currently reading this and its pretty good so far http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/910863.Spin (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/910863.Spin)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on August 04, 2011, 10:45:57 PM
You guys have recommendations for any Horror, SciFi or End of the world/Doomsday books?

currently reading this and its pretty good so far http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/910863.Spin (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/910863.Spin)


That looks awesome man! thanks. Def give that a read in the near future hopefully while the sun is still there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: JonErik on August 05, 2011, 02:22:53 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on August 05, 2011, 03:04:10 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on August 05, 2011, 04:54:51 PM
Lately I've been into finishing series.

(http://www.kerouac.com/images/beats/bukowski_hollywood.jpg)

Bye bye Chinaski.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/a/a6/20080616091944!Mostly_Harmless_Harmony_front.jpg)

Later Arthur Dent & friends.

(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n4689.jpg)

Although they're not a series, I've left this Vonnegut book for last. I'll miss you Kilgore Trout.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on August 14, 2011, 04:41:27 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5072472797_7580e151fc.jpg)

It's the funniest book I've read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: no fun on August 14, 2011, 11:38:52 PM
^
Probably my favorite book ever. My dad gave it to me as a gift.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170873569l/75162.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on August 15, 2011, 03:24:54 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buzz Killington on August 15, 2011, 03:31:23 AM
(http://scrapbook.citizen-citizen.com/photos/uncategorized/celinejourneytotheendo.jpg)

(http://www.illiterarty.com/files/www.illiterarty.com/img/192/survivor.jpg)

(http://farm03.photoload.ru/data/be/6f/92/be6f9246f5de43e4a63103104e235b4c.jpg)

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(http://www.unc.edu/~wellons/images/gatsby-first-ed.gif)

(http://www.duluth.lib.mn.us/Images/Books/BigFrankenstein.jpg)


Got 4 books the other day. Finally getting around to reading some Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle) right now. It's a bummer that Border's is going out of business but their liquidating sale that's going on is so sick! All the books were like $7-12


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tyroneshoelaces on August 15, 2011, 06:34:16 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5072472797_7580e151fc.jpg)

It's the funniest book I've read.

for sure the my funniest/favorite book ever next to the third book in the Game of Thrones series.  


my addition, a non fiction from the master of non fiction, david mccullough.   this book is awesome.
(http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/data?pid=avimage&iid=iCxI7RjZVd7E)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on August 15, 2011, 02:49:45 PM
Just got this in the mail

(http://downandout.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/wells-tower-everything-ravaged1.jpg?w=185&h=279)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pippen on August 15, 2011, 04:24:14 PM
(http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7tef8fihn1qaouh8o1_400.jpg)
really good

and about to start:
(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/031/Infinite-Jest-9780316066525.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on August 15, 2011, 07:10:11 PM
^ Just to warn you, it takes perseverance. A lot of my free time was shed on that book, but in the end, it was worth it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on August 16, 2011, 03:25:44 AM
^ Just to warn you, it takes perseverance. A lot of my free time was shed on that book, but in the end, it was worth it.

Best novel I've ever read. If you stick through it will blow your mind.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on August 16, 2011, 09:41:06 AM
I think it was written out of vanity and with no heart, but I didn't finish it so my opinion is void. Guy was brilliant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on August 16, 2011, 10:41:23 AM
been reading    "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by  Ernest Hemingway . I usualy like Hemingway , but I find the book abit hmmmmm .
Some of the parts are really sick and great . others are abit long winded and boring to be honest . but its a good book and almost done with it

Hemingway is sick
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on August 17, 2011, 05:52:52 PM
Just finishing:
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on August 18, 2011, 03:44:59 PM
I think it was written out of vanity and with no heart, but I didn't finish it so my opinion is void. Guy was brilliant.

Infinite Jest? Care to elaborate?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ernie McCracken on August 20, 2011, 08:34:25 PM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/pharding/Keith-Richards-book-cover-Life08-10.jpg)

Even if you are not the biggest Rolling Stones fan I would still recommend Keith's autobiography, but if you like the stones, the 60s, 70s, rock history, and crazy stories then this is a must read.  Great stuff, I kept a pen and paper close by because he mentions so much good music I never heard of and I had to jot it down.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: svilleantigo on August 20, 2011, 09:05:14 PM
Just finished "Disco Bloodbath" by James St. James, the book that later got adapted into the movie Party Monster. Highly recommend it.. it's about 300 pages, interesting, funny, pretty light reading.. I buzzed through it in a couple days.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: thepman on August 21, 2011, 07:13:47 AM
haven't read it since I was younger, so decided to re-read it before the film comes out:

(http://www.elftown.com/stuff/The_Hobbit_review.jpg?jpg=y)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on August 21, 2011, 07:22:34 AM
just finished this

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/covers/2010/5/25/1274788672220/Hitch-22-A-Memoir.jpg)

which was pretty good and started this today:

(http://s1.hubimg.com/u/291460_f260.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on August 22, 2011, 12:16:27 AM
I've got mixed feelings about Hitchens.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on August 22, 2011, 11:23:48 AM
I've got mixed feelings about Hitchens.

yeah same, the book's an interesting read but i wouldn't say it made me like him any more than i did, which was a bit.

he likes himself a lot though, so it's probably ok.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Poele on August 23, 2011, 06:51:17 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ciaran on August 23, 2011, 02:26:00 PM
Reading/getting constantly stumped by this at the moment.  Heavy going - string theory isn't easy to get yer head around.

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTjwZfE0Km7H8GV3GD4gSqITlFxl2jPE9B52Oqc8XcaxYR94-09lA)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Sarah Jessica ParkFootage on August 23, 2011, 02:45:38 PM
(http://thisnerdinglife.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/blood-meridian-cover.jpg)
Just finished this. Its unpleasant and pretty archaic but ultimately highly rewarding.
I've considered taking the plunge into Ultimate Jest but I dont think I have the patience, til i've honed my brain into a focused reading machine I'm working my way through DFWs essays and short stories.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on August 30, 2011, 10:09:06 AM
(http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/blog/uploaded_images/inherent_vice.JPG_jpg_595x1000_q85-723421.jpg)

Classic Pynchon. Maybe a little easier to follow at times, and a little shorter than his average book, but that's all for the better.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mark Renton on September 04, 2011, 07:12:27 AM
(http://www.themodernword.com/joyce/bookcovers/caedmon_dubliners.gif)

I'm actually reading this. Back in highschool last may we analized "Eveline" and I was pretty interested in the whole idea of paralisis and ephiphany, definetly blew my mind. However, now that I'm reading it on my own I find it pretty hard to understand, like link the different stories and hidden meanings of the single novels. I'm actually starting "The boarding house", I hope things get clearer, still amazing writing techniques though. Anyone can share his idea on this?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 04, 2011, 10:48:40 AM
What do you mean you're having a hard time linking the different stories?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on September 04, 2011, 11:11:16 AM
It's hard if not impossible to divine all of the "meaning" and "links" of a literary text on your own just by reading it.  I would look up secondary sources on google scholar or jstor or even wikipedia to get a better idea of what's going on.  I read dubliners on my own and surely did not get all of the things you are looking for out of it but I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on September 04, 2011, 11:16:03 AM
I'm actually reading this. Back in highschool last may we analized "Eveline" and I was pretty interested in the whole idea of paralisis and ephiphany, definetly blew my mind. However, now that I'm reading it on my own I find it pretty hard to understand, like link the different stories and hidden meanings of the single novels. I'm actually starting "The boarding house", I hope things get clearer, still amazing writing techniques though. Anyone can share his idea on this?

Weirdly this was the last book I read. The stories aren't meant to have any discerning linkage. Sure, the book is a resounding delineation of dublin's characters, but really, there's not meant to be any parallels drawn between the short stories...at least I think anyway.

As for the bold text - what?

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mark Renton on September 04, 2011, 11:41:33 AM
I'm actually reading this. Back in highschool last may we analized "Eveline" and I was pretty interested in the whole idea of paralisis and ephiphany, definetly blew my mind. However, now that I'm reading it on my own I find it pretty hard to understand, like link the different stories and hidden meanings of the single novels. I'm actually starting "The boarding house", I hope things get clearer, still amazing writing techniques though. Anyone can share his idea on this?

Weirdly this was the last book I read. The stories aren't meant to have any discerning linkage. Sure, the book is a resounding delineation of dublin's characters, but really, there's not meant to be any parallels drawn between the short stories...at least I think anyway.

As for the bold text - what?



Haha yeah, maybe I'm just too curious and I forced myself to see links even though there weren't, my bad. I was looking for further explanation in the following stories, just my fault.
Bold text: paralisis and ephiphany are two of Joyce's main features to express the personalities of people from Ireland and Dublin in general. For what I can remember from what I studied those people hate their state of life and want to escape their reality, but can't because of their weak personality.
E.g. in "Eveline" she wants to live her life abroad with her boyfriend but can't sail with him because she's paralised, like a weak animal, and tortured in her mind with the promise she made to her mother to keep the family together.
One the other hand epiphany is the trivial gesture (somehow similar to the "madeleine" of Proust) that marks the impossibility of the change; it's given by a sound, a memory and whatnot, something absolutely trivial but really important for the character. In Eveline this is given by the sound of an organ or something, that reminds her the night her mother died.

This is just my two cents, really. I hope this helped to understand the bold text.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: fulfillthedream on September 04, 2011, 11:46:56 AM
My cousin got me into this book called Shantaram. Its about an Australian man who is in prison and escapes as a fugitive to India and the book describes his adventures and relationships he develops there. It's a long ass read (i've been on and off with this one for a while between school stuff) but it's written really deep and poetically. It's pretty epic, almost like a long movie. I am kind of glad I have not finished it because this novel is some how still always involved in my life. I think a skateboarder would really dig the adventures and stories in this book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantaram_%28novel%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shantaram_%28novel%29)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on September 04, 2011, 12:04:31 PM
I'm actually reading this. Back in highschool last may we analized "Eveline" and I was pretty interested in the whole idea of paralisis and ephiphany, definetly blew my mind. However, now that I'm reading it on my own I find it pretty hard to understand, like link the different stories and hidden meanings of the single novels. I'm actually starting "The boarding house", I hope things get clearer, still amazing writing techniques though. Anyone can share his idea on this?

Weirdly this was the last book I read. The stories aren't meant to have any discerning linkage. Sure, the book is a resounding delineation of dublin's characters, but really, there's not meant to be any parallels drawn between the short stories...at least I think anyway.

As for the bold text - what?



Haha yeah, maybe I'm just too curious and I forced myself to see links even though there weren't, my bad. I was looking for further explanation in the following stories, just my fault.
Bold text: paralisis and ephiphany are two of Joyce's main features to express the personalities of people from Ireland and Dublin in general. For what I can remember from what I studied those people hate their state of life and want to escape their reality, but can't because of their weak personality.
E.g. in "Eveline" she wants to live her life abroad with her boyfriend but can't sail with him because she's paralised, like a weak animal, and tortured in her mind with the promise she made to her mother to keep the family together.
One the other hand epiphany is the trivial gesture (somehow similar to the "madeleine" of Proust) that marks the impossibility of the change; it's given by a sound, a memory and whatnot, something absolutely trivial but really important for the character. In Eveline this is given by the sound of an organ or something, that reminds her the night her mother died.

This is just my two cents, really. I hope this helped to understand the bold text.
Wait wait, not being a smartass but Eveline isn't paralysed - her muscles function...are you sure you haven't mixed up your terms? - if you mean "paralysis", it probably must be accompanied by another word or else it doesn't really transpose to literature.

As for "epiphany", in the grand scheme of things, yes, yes this is endemic in many of the stories in the collection.

Edit - just to give you a semi-local insight to the Eveline story... Ireland had inadmissable poverty and hardship and by virtue, emigration was rife. Thing is, with Ireland historically being quite a closed, conservative place; when somebody left, they left for good...and they NEVER returned. Essentially the undertone to many works is the struggle to decide between family, friends, custom, religion and adventure, freedom, liberty, work...

A really prolific example of this is in Brian Friel's - Philadelphia Here I Come...very well recommended.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 04, 2011, 12:29:57 PM
He means paralysis as in inaction. Obviously not physically paralyzed, but perhaps psychically, emotionally, metaphysically--which is a huge aspect of Joyce's novels. An inability of the characters, for whatever reason, to make changes that they know are necessary.

Along with Nietzsche, I'm reading this. Trying to finish both before my classes start.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JfMhQG7%2BL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mark Renton on September 05, 2011, 03:44:20 AM
He means paralysis as in inaction. Obviously not physically paralyzed, but perhaps psychically, emotionally, metaphysically--which is a huge aspect of Joyce's novels. An inability of the characters, for whatever reason, to make changes that they know are necessary.

This is what I meant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on September 05, 2011, 04:35:02 AM
He means paralysis as in inaction. Obviously not physically paralyzed, but perhaps psychically, emotionally, metaphysically--which is a huge aspect of Joyce's novels. An inability of the characters, for whatever reason, to make changes that they know are necessary.

This is what I meant.
Cool, I understand...and sorry to be pedantic.

I'm actually reading this now:

(http://speakaweek.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-penguin-modern-classics-14682549.jpeg)

It's too early in the book to give a resolute opinion.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on September 06, 2011, 12:22:35 AM
Just finished this (http://www.audiobookbargains.co.uk/ekmps/shops/okantfossaudios/images/philip-k.-dick-do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep-blade-runner-unabridged-cd-audio-book-1062-p.jpg)
Apparently it's a revamped version with extra content to better match the movie... Should've gotten the original. It has a behind the scenes type thing on the process of getting the movie made so that was cool. Watched Blade Runner right after.

Going to start 1984 or The Gangs of New York, the actual historical accounts of what the movie is based on.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: happenstance on September 06, 2011, 12:31:08 AM
If you are interested in the effects American foreign policy has on its citizens then I recommend "Blowback" by Chalmers Johnson. It is an amazing read. I am just finishing up his new book, so if you have read "Blowback" (though it isn't really necessary to read it first, I just think it is a better introduction to Johnson), I would read "Dismantling the Empire." It explores the effects of maintaining the cost of the American Empire and the power of the military industrial complex over American foreign policy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Rumpleforeskin on September 06, 2011, 06:12:38 AM
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: yobzobbler on September 06, 2011, 07:24:49 AM
(http://thisnerdinglife.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/blood-meridian-cover.jpg)
Just finished this. Its unpleasant and pretty archaic but ultimately highly rewarding.

...Archaic?  It was written in '85... it's not Shakespeare here.

An "archaic" western would be something like Shane or John Wayne's early movies. Westerns today are wholly different from the clear-cut good/evil lines they drew back then.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: svilleantigo on September 06, 2011, 11:29:39 AM
I'm actually reading this now:

(http://speakaweek.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-penguin-modern-classics-14682549.jpeg)

It's too early in the book to give a resolute opinion.

Heycool, me too. Found a copy at the Salvation Army thrift store for 50 cents.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on September 06, 2011, 06:51:58 PM
Incredible storyteller.

(http://large.plodit.com/the-complete-short-stories-volume-1-v-1-book_SWBMDAwNzI0MjI5OA==.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on September 08, 2011, 01:15:31 AM
unfuckwithable

(http://punkdaddy.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/celinecover.jpeg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tarquin on September 08, 2011, 11:12:49 AM
Half way through that now. So far I completely agree.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Buddy G on September 08, 2011, 11:39:18 AM
journey to the end of the night is amazing, and so is everything Ballard wrote.

i just read Crash, well overdue.

are you guys into Houellebecq?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on September 08, 2011, 01:05:03 PM
Started The Green Mile the other night. My first S. King book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on September 10, 2011, 06:10:54 PM
Is Robinson Crusoe worth reading?  I just found it, read a chapter. Debating if it's worth the time investment.  I'd appreciate your feedback.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on September 10, 2011, 07:16:41 PM
are you guys into Houellebecq?

Got the Elementary Particles lined up. Think I'll start reading it this week.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on September 11, 2011, 12:51:07 AM
Is Robinson Crusoe worth reading?  I just found it, read a chapter. Debating if it's worth the time investment.  I'd appreciate your feedback.
I finished it the other day. Had an on and off relationship with it, I needed 2 months for the first 200 pages but finished the rest pretty quickly. Why? I don't know but it's definitely worth reading, sometimes it's kinda boring, however,  the sections where he builds his shit are pretty cool. All in all: go ahead

Started Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on September 11, 2011, 06:43:44 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-f1jvRpSWxNs/Th-17co0MuI/AAAAAAAAAvk/ZkgdnQMehlM/s1600/871750%255B2%255D.jpg)
a third of the way through, pretty interesting even with all the freudian/jungian theory going over my head



Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on September 11, 2011, 12:38:29 PM
Is Robinson Crusoe worth reading?  I just found it, read a chapter. Debating if it's worth the time investment.  I'd appreciate your feedback.
I finished it the other day. Had an on and off relationship with it, I needed 2 months for the first 200 pages but finished the rest pretty quick. Why? I don't know but it's definitely worth reading, sometimes it's kinda boring, however,  the sections where he builds his shit are pretty cool. All in all: go ahead

Started Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf

Cool, thank you.  Will proceed.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Sarah Jessica ParkFootage on September 11, 2011, 05:50:28 PM
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Just finished this. Its unpleasant and pretty archaic but ultimately highly rewarding.

...Archaic?  It was written in '85... it's not Shakespeare here.

An "archaic" western would be something like Shane or John Wayne's early movies. Westerns today are wholly different from the clear-cut good/evil lines they drew back then.




I just meant the language is pretty archaic, especially with some of the dialogue which works for the novel but could act as a barrier for some people, I've just begun watching Deadwood and can't really get down with all the Effing, Blinding and Pussying that goes on. I'm presuming its fairly historically accurate but hearing "motherfucking" in the context of the 1870s seems so jarring.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HATE! on September 11, 2011, 08:21:23 PM
On my deployment, I reread all my Bukowski and McCarthy, now I am rereading all of my Vonnegut.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: penguin meat on September 11, 2011, 08:54:05 PM
"Eaarth"
For anyone who's into global, economic, environmental, climate stuff.  It's really fact heavy and hard to read if you aren't interested though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on September 12, 2011, 03:57:20 PM
I really like this graphic from Hardtimes.  I like Bukowski, but I've only read a couple books.  I think all the little dipshits that are so into him have tainted me.
(https://www.awhsales.com/images/product/medium/15284.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on September 12, 2011, 06:21:31 PM
(http://www.markgerber.com/images/diamond.jpg)

I'm halfway through it. I've slept on this one for awhile now, but if there's any Jared Diamond book to start on, it's this one. He's an excellent curator of information. This book explains the history of the world better than any other book (at least in my opinion) and it isn't even that boring. If you're under stimulated and in thirst of knowledge, I highly recommend Guns, Germs, and Steel.   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on September 16, 2011, 04:42:35 PM

 
borrowed a copy of The Red and The Black by Stendhal
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on September 16, 2011, 04:53:34 PM
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Finished the first 4 books , they are really cool . First one was abit hard to read since I saw the HBO series first . But it was
good to read it since it filled in alot of missing stuff . The books are really well written and interesting . Only negative thing is when
you want to keep reading about the POV charecter you like the best but someone you dont care enough about shows up



(http://img.wareseeker.com/software/iphone/Reference/details_the-divine-comedy-of-dante_145045906.jpg)

Watched  Seven afew days ago , got inspired to read some of the books on John Does book list ( not in a weird psycho way ) .


Love this thread , so many new books to read . Just reading through all these pages you could have a really amazing bookshelf
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smurph on September 17, 2011, 08:12:59 AM
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Watched  Seven afew days ago , got inspired to read some of the books on John Does book list ( not in a weird psycho way ) .
Hmmm...

You know this is a really really really really really long poem, right? Apparently, if one is to assess the Trinity; "Inferno"  is the most accessible to readers whilst "Purgatoria" and "Paradiso" are tantamount to a switch flip 50-50 up el-toro. I think a supposed masterpiece like that can only truly be appreciated with a very fine-tuned knowledge of theology and philosophy. I would absolutely love to have the wisdom to be able to appreciate a work like this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: grimcity on September 17, 2011, 08:25:53 AM
Recently finished "White Flag of the Dead" (had some good reviews on Apple)... it's a zombiepocalypse book and though it could have used some better editing, it was a fucking great read. Just found out it's the first of a series, about to snag them.

Read The Zombie Autopsies but it was horrible.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 17, 2011, 11:43:16 AM

Watched  Seven afew days ago , got inspired to read some of the books on John Does book list ( not in a weird psycho way ) .
Hmmm...

You know this is a really really really really really long poem, right? Apparently, if one is to assess the Trinity; "Inferno"  is the most accessible to readers whilst "Purgatoria" and "Paradiso" are tantamount to a switch flip 50-50 up el-toro. I think a supposed masterpiece like that can only truly be appreciated with a very fine-tuned knowledge of theology and philosophy. I would absolutely love to have the wisdom to be able to appreciate a work like this.

I've read the entire thing. "Purgatorio" and "Paradiso" are pretty difficult to get through. It's because hearing people get punished ("Inferno") is just a lot more interesting. Simple as that. You do need a lot of theological and linguistic knowledge (Dante wrote each section in different forms of Italian in an attempt to reflect each ares i.e. "Inferno" is really low brow Italian while "Paradiso" is in a very high-brow Italian that Dante invented to attempt to illustrate perfection in imperfect human language), but the copy I have has a lot of notes per book that helps explain a lot of the theological/historical/metaphysical aspects of the book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on September 17, 2011, 12:10:22 PM
Well ive read  some shakespeare . Romeo and Juliet , Macbeth , Othello . And yeah it was hard to read in old english , but usualy you understand most of it , or kinda most of it .  some stuff was just  wtf .


And I knew The divine comedy will be a hard read , Ill be the first to admitt Im not a schoolar or super smart . If I can read it I can , if not well I guess Ill miss out . But Im not not gonna read it because its suposed to be a hard read .
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on September 17, 2011, 05:09:13 PM
Just bought Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, which completes my trilogy of the Bourne series. Unless there's others I don't know about.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 17, 2011, 06:34:19 PM
Just bought Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, which completes my trilogy of the Bourne series. Unless there's others I don't know about.

That's it for the original trilogy. There's like 5 other ones that are supposed to be in the same universe.



Well ive read  some shakespeare . Romeo and Juliet , Macbeth , Othello . And yeah it was hard to read in old english , but usualy you understand most of it , or kinda most of it .  some stuff was just  wtf .


And I knew The divine comedy will be a hard read , Ill be the first to admitt Im not a schoolar or super smart . If I can read it I can , if not well I guess Ill miss out . But Im not not gonna read it because its suposed to be a hard read .

I hope you didn't take what I was trying to say as an insult or something. I was just sharing a bunch of stuff that I learned while I was reading the poem that I think'll enrich reading the work. I love the poem and would love to become fluent enough in Italian to read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on September 17, 2011, 07:46:14 PM
(http://libcom.org/files/images/history/zinn.jpg)
Making me hate 'Merica all over again
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 3.14 on September 17, 2011, 09:45:51 PM
what's that all about?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on September 17, 2011, 11:30:32 PM
To summarize Zinn's own words on the book: an American history book written from the perspective of the underrepresented people including slaves, servants, minorities, etc and not the leaders or winners of wars who have the privilege to write history how they see fit. Basically the real shit you only got a taste of in history class. The founding fathers are assholes, Columbus was more deliberate than imaginable, this entire plot of land was incredible before white people found it and the US has been founded on greed since the start.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 18, 2011, 02:02:19 PM
Just bought Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, which completes my trilogy of the Bourne series. Unless there's others I don't know about.
Those are the one's tat Ludlum wrote. Someone else wrote the others.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: 3.14 on September 18, 2011, 02:40:23 PM
To summarize Zinn's own words on the book: an American history book written from the perspective of the underrepresented people including slaves, servants, minorities, etc and not the leaders or winners of wars who have the privilege to write history how they see fit. Basically the real shit you only got a taste of in history class. The founding fathers are assholes, Columbus was more deliberate than imaginable, this entire plot of land was incredible before white people found it and the US has been founded on greed since the start.

sounds awesome
gonna have to pick it up
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on September 18, 2011, 04:00:18 PM
I read these over the past couple of months:
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I enjoyed how powerful emotion and intense characterisation are contrasted with a relatively simple prose, and fairly slow paced narrative - it makes for a very still yet electric quality, especially in the love story between robert and maria. I also found the interplay between human relationships and the spanish civil war particularly interesting, as the war, and its direct physical brutality, despite being primary in driving plot, is somewhat secondary to its effects on the people it envelops - of particular note were the passages about pablo's destruction of the fascist village, robert's account of what life will be like after the war, and the guerillas' differing attitudes to killing.
(http://www.rbhs208.org/forberg/disgrace1.jpg)
Pretty absorbing exploration into one man's ethical life - it looks at his, and society's, moral standards, especially sexual, and the idea of responsibility and consequence; the degradation of david currie's life from an act of seemingly harmless lust (a relationship with his student) to the utter violence and trauma of his daughter's rape is a particularly pertinent central feature, which in itself leads to examinations of familial relationships, duty and south-african life. The writing style as well is interesting - its written in a fragmentary narrative form, where specific time almost becomes an irrelevance, and where seemingly crucial events are almost skirted over (i'm sure there's many things to read into this, but I need to remember this is slap not an essay)
(http://xfraniatte.free.fr/streetcar/asnd2.jpg)
I'm sure most of you will have read this, or seen the play, but I hadn't, so thought it would make for an enjoyable quick read - this was correct. Very original and juxtaposed characters (stanley vs. blanche vs. stella), especially considering it was written in 1947  (a modern reader could be forgiven for thinking it cliched, due to the class/race/sexual/psychological themes, but that's no fault of tenessee's) Rich sensory imagery throughout and cool insight into social pressures and changes occuring in america at the end of the war.
(http://www.waterstones.com/wat/images/nbd/l/978019/953/9780199536764.jpg)
I'm about 65% through this, so can't give a final verdict, but i've enjoyed it for the most part so far. George Elliot is a brilliant wordsmith; she utilises a vast vocabulary without being verbose, and is erudite without being pompous. What i've most enjoyed is her great sensitivity to the emotions of young Maggie, and how her childish feelings overrule any rational logic in moments of passion. On quite a few occasions i've been surprised to empathise with descriptions of very specific and seemingly unusual behaviour - a great skill on elliot's part.

(http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0140424393.01._SX220_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg)
Have just started this - quite a contrast from my reading habits as of... well as of ever really, so it should be a fresh experience (despite the obvious archaism haha). I have a feeling that until I properly study it, much of the detail, intertextuality and references will go over my head - but i'll try and make use of its notes as best I can...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: happenstance on September 24, 2011, 02:05:13 PM
I am sure this book is on this list a bunch of times but I just started reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States". I read it maybe 6 years ago and this may be the first book I have decided to read again. It is that good!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: friendly dave on September 24, 2011, 03:34:43 PM
(http://www.jclondon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Brian-Welch-Save-ME-from-Myself-Book.jpg)

If you like laughing at idiots, this book is for you. This guy is full retard.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pippen on September 24, 2011, 05:47:35 PM
Just started this:
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on September 24, 2011, 11:34:21 PM
(http://www.jclondon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Brian-Welch-Save-ME-from-Myself-Book.jpg)

If you like laughing at idiots, this book is for you. This guy is full retard.
(http://www.iamit.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/never_go_full_retard1.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on September 25, 2011, 01:31:27 AM
@ Pippen-I love "Lolita" (and Nabokov in general), so if you want to talk about the novel, feel free to PM me.

@ cringe-Same for you with "Paradise Lost."

I'll try to do the best I can without the works at hand.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on September 25, 2011, 02:48:24 AM

Well ive read  some shakespeare . Romeo and Juliet , Macbeth , Othello . And yeah it was hard to read in old english , but usualy you understand most of it , or kinda most of it .  some stuff was just  wtf .


And I knew The divine comedy will be a hard read , Ill be the first to admitt Im not a schoolar or super smart . If I can read it I can , if not well I guess Ill miss out . But Im not not gonna read it because its suposed to be a hard read .

I hope you didn't take what I was trying to say as an insult or something. I was just sharing a bunch of stuff that I learned while I was reading the poem that I think'll enrich reading the work. I love the poem and would love to become fluent enough in Italian to read it.


Nah didnt take it like that . its all good

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LfdYEOHDwmA/TekViXAanVI/AAAAAAAADrk/waE9saJHvkQ/s1600/ADWD.jpg)


And started reading some disc world books . Any Terry Pratchett fans ? . Most of the books are around 300+ pages so you can finish one a day


(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n0/n1043.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: LesbianPUNCH on September 29, 2011, 02:30:25 PM
Saw a trailer for the movie We Need to Talk About Kevin.  So I decided to read the book.  The movie is going to be absolutely brutal.  The novel seems unlikely in it's format initially, until you reach the conclusion, the "twist" of the plot, which makes the novel absolutely perfect.  Couldn't put it down.  Lionel Shriver.  READ IT!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on September 29, 2011, 05:43:58 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on September 29, 2011, 08:44:50 PM
(http://quarterlyconversation.com/images/oblivion.jpg)

I was reading this and I had to stop. I actually find it horrifying. It was too unsettling. That's a testament to Wallace's talent, if anything.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on September 30, 2011, 01:11:41 AM
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I was reading this and I had to stop. I actually find it horrifying. It was too unsettling. That's a testament to Wallace's talent, if anything.

I see what you mean. It's pretty different from the rest of his stuff. His work was never particularly upbeat, but this is pure modern-life hopelessness/claustrophobia. I really like it though, I just can't go through too much of it in one go.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MAD FOE on September 30, 2011, 01:28:14 AM
What's the title of Rodney Mullen's Biography/Autobiography? (don't know which one's which)
Wouldn't mind checking that one out, and any other names of interesting books which appeal to the skateboarding culture.
Like to become a little more literate.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: heckler on September 30, 2011, 08:37:08 AM
What's the title of Rodney Mullen's Biography/Autobiography? (don't know which one's which)
Wouldn't mind checking that one out, and any other names of interesting books which appeal to the skateboarding culture.
Like to become a little more literate.
I think his autobiography is called Mutt: how to skateboard and not kill yourself. Great read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 03, 2011, 01:29:31 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5TFO0OW3Fnw/TLOjBJnNEdI/AAAAAAAAABA/IUWAaSuPNv8/s1600/Catch22.jpg)

It was longer than I expected, but it had enough funny moments to keep me entertained.

(http://notdarkyet.blog.com/files/2011/01/fahrenheit451raybradbury.jpg)

 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on October 04, 2011, 02:33:53 AM
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I know everyone always recommends this book, but i absolutely hated it.

Based on the lack of any comment, i'm guessing you did too.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 04, 2011, 01:03:32 PM
If it was longer I would've probably hated it, but I thought it was decent. I liked the premise and all. I could see how someone would hate it though. Sometimes his use of words and metaphors are unbearable, but the book is pretty old now.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: alexanderportnoy on October 05, 2011, 02:07:54 AM
Just started this:
(http://hellogiggles.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/lolita-novel-350x546.png)

I'm like 80 pages in, love it. Such a good writing style.

Picked up some paperbacks at the library the other day. $6 for 5 books? Hell yeah.

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/10/16/87a3f0cdd7a0d2a249b38110.L.jpg)

(http://bookshelves.co.nz/shop/images/bookshelves/return.jpg)

(http://www.mobipocket.com/eBooks/cover_remote/ID4665/Madame%20Bovary_pic0001.jpg)
 
Also got a random book of German poetry, since I'm trying to learn it just for kicks. And a super short Virginia Woolf story too. Coolest part was that the books all looked really dated and had unique covers that I've never seen before.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on October 05, 2011, 10:40:54 AM
Fuck The Return of the Native. Sick edition of Madame Bovary, though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mark Renton on October 05, 2011, 01:06:25 PM
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I know everyone always recommends this book, but i absolutely hated it.

Based on the lack of any comment, i'm guessing you did too.

Haha this book is sick, but yeah, when my english teacher showed the movie during class I was the only one that even liked it, let alone go buying the book and read it! I even took it to the final exam as the english part of my thesis against totalitarianism and I was stoked on how it turned out.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: HeadInLionsMouth on October 05, 2011, 08:06:41 PM
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Read this recently.  It was far too short, I wanted so much more because it was such a good read.  Birbiglia is a good comic and an awesome writer.  He's one of the few comedians I can think of who wrote a great set of personal stories and managed to not reference the fact that he was writing a book even one time.  It was really funny and heartbreaking and honest.


Has anyone here read "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers?  I've been thinking about picking that up
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ludwig Wittgenstein on October 05, 2011, 08:12:49 PM
"The Myth of Sisyphus" had a massive impact on my life. It's probably been mentioned, but I don't care enough to read this whole thread.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 07, 2011, 11:51:52 AM
(http://levinejudaica.com/catalog/images/busdriver%20god%20keret.jpg)

A good collection of very short stories, and one mid-range story that's the basis of the movie Wristcutters. It's a quick and funny read. No complaints from me.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on October 13, 2011, 12:34:41 PM
I don't want to be a double poster, but nobody else is reviving this thread.

(http://www.historylink.org/db_images/stilllifewood.jpg)

If you ran out of Vonnegut books to read, and want to read something similar, this is a pretty good substitute. Tom Robbins is more sillier, and less sad/dark though.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Pippen on October 13, 2011, 02:39:12 PM

Has anyone here read "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers?  I've been thinking about picking that up

I read that book after my friend recommended it since it's her favorite book.  It's definitely a good read, sad and depressing yet also funny, and never once boring
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on October 14, 2011, 07:57:10 AM
About to finish The Green Mile. Any good must read books that y'all recommend.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 14, 2011, 09:23:47 AM
If you're the least excited about the film adaptation of The Hobbit and haven't read the book yet, I suggest reading it before the movie comes out. It's a great book.

I'm halfway through this...

(http://www.sff.net/people/jim.morrow/images/witchfinder-us.jpg)

It's about the last days of the British witchhunts and goes into detail about the prevailing superstitions of the day. Add to that a talking copy of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica and it's a pretty interesting read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 22, 2011, 05:28:03 PM
You Can't Print That! The Truth Behind The News by George Seldes.

about the first world war and the role of journalists and media outlets.

Anyone else have some good non-fiction?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on October 22, 2011, 05:28:53 PM
Started reading American Psycho.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on October 22, 2011, 09:28:51 PM
(http://vintagesleazepaperbacks.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/the-killer-inside-me.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: interesante on October 22, 2011, 09:53:07 PM
I don't want to be a double poster, but nobody else is reviving this thread.

(http://www.historylink.org/db_images/stilllifewood.jpg)

If you ran out of Vonnegut books to read, and want to read something similar, this is a pretty good substitute. Tom Robbins is more sillier, and less sad/dark though.  

reading this one atm i'm liking it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: witty pseudonym on October 22, 2011, 10:27:56 PM
(http://sweetetcetera.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/something_happened.jpg?w=326&h=501)

A little slow and redundant but still a very good read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: witty pseudonym on October 22, 2011, 10:29:05 PM
Currently reading:

(http://chuckpalahniuk.net/files/images/books/damned-us-1.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on October 23, 2011, 12:22:12 PM
(http://dauntlessmedia.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/the_waste_lands.jpg)
Dark Tower series. Cyborg bears n shit
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on October 23, 2011, 11:22:03 PM
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Dark Tower series. Cyborg bears n shit

I'm reading this right now!!  It's so fucking good!!!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Moist on October 23, 2011, 11:56:40 PM
(http://hbowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/GRRM-Clash_of_Kings.jpg)

Just finished reading this. I don't think I'll read any more in the series, it's hard to understand the plot when the it's being told from 10 or so different character's perspective, especially if you're only a casual reader like myself.

Onto this:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dxdSiIiqxjs/TUoBjarZzaI/AAAAAAAAAl4/qZqjV4KvUFY/s1600/Different+Seasons+book+cover.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on October 24, 2011, 01:20:34 AM
(http://books.google.com/books?id=opUQAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1)

School's up, hoes down.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: myrrh on October 24, 2011, 12:24:30 PM
(http://wvlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/lost_city_of_z.jpg)
Just started this today, seems pretty interesting so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on October 25, 2011, 06:32:50 PM

some books on the list
(http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/gun-with-occasional-music.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518OuGccvCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://www.seasonedwithlove.com/robert2.jpg)

(http://pryzrakworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/goethe-faust.jpg)

(http://witneyman.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/tristram-shandy.jpg?w=470&h=626)

(http://images.wikia.com/lostpedia/images/4/41/Slaughterhouse.jpg)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on October 28, 2011, 10:50:40 AM
Finally finished Robinson Crusoe.

Was at the library looking for this,

Currently reading:

(http://chuckpalahniuk.net/files/images/books/damned-us-1.jpg)
But found this,
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4wmuxoiDvdw/TS-DuP6Fn8I/AAAAAAAAAEA/W9LsvzANAL0/s1600/tellall.jpg)
Half way done first day.  Then I will search out ^
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on October 29, 2011, 12:25:43 PM
i'm reading more than a few right now. it's crazy with such a literature based semester... juggling pleasure reading and school reading but at least the school stuff is good this time around.


One Hundred Years of Solitude
Anil's Ghost
What is the What (just finished this one, Dave Eggers has some powerful interpretations in this one)
Working With Your Chakras


i scored a 1969 first edition of 10 Ways to Meditate by Paul Reps. Super cool book of short haiku style poems and brush work. the binding boards are phillipine mahogany, nice thing to add to the collection.


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on October 29, 2011, 11:44:48 PM
Reading all of these at the moment. Why do I do this? There are beers to be drunk.
(http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/189100-L.jpg)

(http://images.betterworldbooks.com/080/A-Confederacy-of-Dunces-Toole-John-Kennedy-9780802130204.jpg)

(http://www.paul-charles-smith.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/6a00d8341c627153ef01053641c69e970b-800wi.jpg)

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(http://www.peroozal.com/system/files/000/279/663/original/wettest-county-in-world-novel-based-on-true-matt-bondurant-hardcover-cover-art.jpg?2011) -One of my professors wrote this one. They are supposedly making a movie.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on November 14, 2011, 09:04:48 PM
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I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, and most of the books I've been reading aren't worth mentioning. Except this one. It's not really sci-fi anyways, it's just written by an author who's known for his sci-fi books. So check out Neal Stephenson. His books, or at least the ones that I've read, are both enjoyable and knowledgeable. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: crackrazor on November 14, 2011, 09:18:39 PM
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Just started this today, seems pretty interesting so far.

Let me know how you like that. I keep seeing it and I want to know if I should bother.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dickie ickies on November 15, 2011, 12:20:31 AM
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Fukk yea, just got it. Will start soon. Ever read The Diamond Age?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/3170%2BWou3yL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Beginning this too. Like it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on November 15, 2011, 09:24:26 AM


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Beginning this too. Like it.
I started this one year ago and still haven't managed to finish it... not every essay in it is that interesting in my opinion, however, you feel smarter while reading it
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on November 15, 2011, 01:33:06 PM
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Just started this today, seems pretty interesting so far.

Let me know how you like that. I keep seeing it and I want to know if I should bother.

It is good.  I like historical books where the personalities of the people are a large part of the story and this is in that vein.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on November 15, 2011, 01:42:09 PM


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Beginning this too. Like it.
I started this one year ago and still haven't managed to finish it... not every essay in it is that interesting in my opinion, however, you feel smarter while reading it

I really like this dude.  Camera Lucida is a good one by him.  Its about photography but also about his memories of his dead mom.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: interesante on November 15, 2011, 02:23:55 PM
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really cool and informative
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on November 15, 2011, 08:21:48 PM
(http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/stephenson02_b.jpg)

Fukk yea, just got it. Will start soon. Ever read The Diamond Age?


Ohh yah. That's actually the book that got me into him. It was a required read for this stupid Steampunk course that I took (don't look at me like that, the course said it was a Science Fiction course, so I accidentally enrolled in it without knowing it was about something as lame as Steampunk), but at least the course introduced me to Neal Stephenson (who is in no way affiliated with Steampunk, by the way).
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on November 15, 2011, 09:12:53 PM
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(http://robertgraham.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/chomsky-on-anarchism.jpg?w=400&h=600)

(http://libcom.org/files/images/history/zinn.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MaryhillVibe on November 15, 2011, 09:29:01 PM
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really cool and informative

Fuck yes!

Seriously one of the best books I have ever read. I dont agree with all of it but to hear a perspective that it so often written off, articulated so well can really make you think about your opinions and actions.

edit: I realize that I posted this directly after posting in the "bump when high" thread but my point stands dammit!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on November 19, 2011, 04:44:29 PM
Finishing American Psycho was pretty hard to finish with the intense gore scenes. Going to start Child of God on monday.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Harem on November 19, 2011, 06:02:12 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on November 20, 2011, 11:34:48 AM
This page kills it, a lot of interesting stuff that I've added to my to-read list. Cheers, dooods.
Right now I'm halfway through Confederacy of Dunces and just started reading this

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on November 25, 2011, 11:48:36 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c0/Thecorrectionscvr.jpg)

So good. It's size is intimidating, but it's worth the read.
Has anyone read Freedom? If it's anything like The Corrections, I'll be reading it soon enough. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on December 04, 2011, 03:54:57 AM
(http://theallureofbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/stephenking.jpg)
was reading this one night when my phone rang, and i almost shart myself. awesome.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: planman on December 04, 2011, 06:37:12 AM
I love reading the Hunger Games series. Mainly because it not all cupcakes and happiness, it's one of the most depressing series i've yet, and it's entertaining as fuck. I also just finished this book, Peak it's only 246 pages, but it has some of the best writing I've ever seen. And then Black like me is a really good book, basically about a white man who dyes his skin black (which he can't wash out) and then he writes about his experiences about what it's like to be treated like a black person. That's a very good read, if you're black, you can't not read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: fulfillthedream on December 04, 2011, 11:38:40 AM
I love reading the Hunger Games series. Mainly because it not all cupcakes and happiness, it's one of the most depressing series i've yet, and it's entertaining as fuck. I also just finished this book, Peak it's only 246 pages, but it has some of the best writing I've ever seen. And then Black like me is a really good book, basically about a white man who dyes his skin black (which he can't wash out) and then he writes about his experiences about what it's like to be treated like a black person. That's a very good read, if you're black, you can't not read it.

I just finished the first one out of the Hunger Games. I was assigned to read it for a Youth and Adolescence Sociology class I am talking, but it's a damn good read.

I wanna check out "Black Like Me" - I Heard the author had to move to Mexico or something because he received a lot death threats from the KKK or something.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on December 04, 2011, 12:16:56 PM

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oh man I'm reading this at the moment for class, it's pretty tough going, but cool as well... just very hard to get stuck into, which is a bit of a problem as I have to somehow come up with a decent 3000 word essay on it this week, eugh

I've been reading quite a lot of classics and older works for my course recently:
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(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm117368220/aeneid-virgil-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://large.plodit.com/metamorphoses-a-new-verse-translation-penguin-clas_SWBOTc4MDE0MDQ0Nzg5Nw==.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100539870/symposium-plato-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LdWYzQWOQLM/TZ0VVn7ZL8I/AAAAAAAAADo/Wj3eRoYItFM/s1600/tumblr_l6kyu4SQTJ1qaouh8o1_400.jpg)
(http://www.krismadden.com/storage/pics/rape-of-the-lock.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1296531870414)

And then there's my pleasure reading list, which I hope to get round to starting on over christmas (and I this time I actually mean that, I swear it!....)
(http://kimbofo.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/newyorktrilogy_1.jpg)
(http://entropybook.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/coldblood.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm107575624/east-eden-steinbeck-john-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://www.ogmabooks.com/media/catalog/product/cache/107/image/265x265/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/p/o/postoffice_bukowski_pb.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm113465616/as-i-lay-dying-william-faulkner-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100825093107/4chanlit/images/thumb/4/4f/Infinite_jest_cover.jpg/236px-Infinite_jest_cover.jpg)

and I also think I need to read these over the holiday for uni as well:
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(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100563552/divine-comedy-volume-1-inferno-dante-alighieri-paperback-cover-art.jpg)

didn't mean for this post to get so long, bit of a daunting task to be honest. I think the pleasure reading will have to continue over a very extended period of time...

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on December 04, 2011, 02:32:12 PM
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Classic trippy Dick fiction.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on December 05, 2011, 01:04:45 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on December 05, 2011, 01:27:04 AM
I'm thinking of adding The History of Bestiality (Moment of Freedom, Powderhouse, and The Silence) by Jens Bj?rneboe to my already long list of books I need to read/finish.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on December 05, 2011, 03:29:34 AM
I'm thinking of adding The History of Bestiality (Moment of Freedom, Powderhouse, and The Silence) by Jens Bj?rneboe to my already long list of books I need to read/finish.

Do it. It's amazing.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: noileum on December 05, 2011, 07:04:47 AM
just finished Ready Player One (audio book version as it's narrated by Whhhhill Whhheaton) and it's well worth checking out if you're in anyway into tech & video games
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Yushin Okami on December 05, 2011, 03:54:35 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c0/Thecorrectionscvr.jpg)

So good. It's size is intimidating, but it's worth the read.
Has anyone read Freedom? If it's anything like The Corrections, I'll be reading it soon enough. 

It's funny... they're almost identical but completely different. Both are incredible though and I get excited when someone I know finishes either one so I can talk about it again.

And I came in here to say I'm reading Strong Motion which I may have too high expectations for...
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Useful Idiot on December 05, 2011, 08:06:58 PM
Just finished City of Thieves by David Benioff. Dope as fuck, about 2 russians sent to get eggs with the nazi's have Leningrad surrounded
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on December 05, 2011, 08:57:47 PM
I'm thinking of adding The History of Bestiality (Moment of Freedom, Powderhouse, and The Silence) by Jens Bj?rneboe to my already long list of books I need to read/finish.

Do it. It's amazing.

Yeah? Cool. Like I said, it'll get added. I should probably make a literal list of books to read. It would help with everything.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on December 06, 2011, 08:41:19 AM
Started my Bourne Trilogy, pretty excited.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on December 15, 2011, 07:59:58 AM
into the first 100 pages of this and loving it.  "last exit to brooklyn" left me distraught for nearly a week, i feel this creeping into me in the same sort of way...
(http://rjdent.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/the-room.jpg?w=310&h=475)

and finished this last week.  for everyone that says american literature is doomed, here's your book.  broad in scope and highly recommended.
(http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n24/n122065.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Rumpleforeskin on December 15, 2011, 08:02:51 AM
Duma Key is pretty good
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: KoRnholio8 on December 15, 2011, 11:55:16 AM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d9/The_Innocent_Man_jacket_cover.jpeg)

fucked-up read. i'm still baffled by the prosecution.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: fulfillthedream on December 18, 2011, 11:30:11 AM
I just started reading "My Infamous Life" by Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Its a memoir he wrote while he was in prison for three years. Really interesting. For the lyrics he writes, he really goes into depth of his involvement in what he raps about (crime, drugs etc) as well as things regarding the hip-hop industry, sex money and drugs. I picked it up and it is hard to put down. Good read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Derk the Jerk on December 18, 2011, 12:26:20 PM
Just recieved The road to Mecca:

(http://www.kvisionbooks.com/images/roadtomecca.jpg)

It's the story of a Austrian converting to Islam, travelling through the Middle East in the 1930/40/50's and eventually writing the consitution of Pakistan. After seeing a documentary on the writer I was really impressed and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the current situation between the 'West' and the Middle East.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on December 18, 2011, 12:41:08 PM
into the first 100 pages of this and loving it.  "last exit to brooklyn" left me distraught for nearly a week, i feel this creeping into me in the same sort of way...
(http://rjdent.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/the-room.jpg?w=310&h=475)


They made a book out of that movie? Weird.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ypgoW-vpL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
I don't exactly recommend this but it's been a little while since I graduated an I felt like reading something ?ber academic again.  Don't think I understand a lot of it but get some nice epiphanies along the way.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Brandon on January 11, 2012, 12:11:54 PM
read this!
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on January 11, 2012, 12:18:41 PM
anyone read Philip Roth's Nemesis? I already bought it but I'm curious about some opinions
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on January 11, 2012, 12:28:29 PM
Anyone know if there's been any poetry (or prose) about skateboarding?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 11, 2012, 12:54:03 PM
Thrasher should publish all the poems they used to print (maybe they still do?) in the Poet's Corner.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: frig deuce on January 11, 2012, 02:26:07 PM
I'm really interested in that Mecca book, putting it on my list.

just read:
The Alchemist. It's possibly my favorite book ever. I could have read it in a sitting hadn't I stopped myself.
(http://aswinindraprastha.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-alchemist.jpg)

The Quiet American. T'was a good story. Really well written. Peculiar storyline, to say the least. Very intriguing. Takes place in the 1950's in French occupied Vietnam.
(http://nighthawknews.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/qa.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on January 11, 2012, 03:16:03 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: MINDFIELD on January 11, 2012, 06:34:02 PM
Last book i read so good, so hyped that the a movie is coming out..

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qxJFHY-kMaM/TwOz6nEEIjI/AAAAAAAAAGo/mcJ0Kbdu7zI/s1600/ELIC.jpg)

about to staret this i have only heard good things
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ab/Hunger_games.jpg/200px-Hunger_games.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 11, 2012, 07:07:01 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: jeremyrandall on January 11, 2012, 09:52:40 PM
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I read this last month, along with For Whom The Bell Tolls.  Went on a little Spanish Revolution kick.  But seriously, Homage to Catalonia blew me the fuck away!!  I've considered 1984 my favorite book for about 6 years now, so I knew I'd like it.  But this is like 1984 except not fiction at all.  It's pretty wild to see how involved all the major European nations were in Spain's Revolution.  It's the lost first chapter of what turned into World War II very shortly after.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Yushin Okami on January 12, 2012, 08:49:31 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on January 12, 2012, 01:51:12 PM
My brotherinlaw got me this for christmas, it is really good so far

(http://www.opendemocracy.net/content/articles/2917/images/neoliberalism_565.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 12, 2012, 03:39:24 PM
Fully backing Harvey. Haven't read this but some of his other stuff is really interesting and on point.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on January 12, 2012, 05:30:15 PM
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I just made it to Book 3 this morning. I don't hate it but it feels like a bit of chore to get through sometimes (and this is coming from a guy who owns all of the other Murakami books save for the two first novels)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on January 15, 2012, 12:13:57 PM
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ironic that i bought this for 2$ off of a book selling kid on the street in Phnom Penh. Great read
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on January 15, 2012, 12:53:25 PM
anyone read this? would you recommend?
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on January 17, 2012, 06:17:43 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9xTw1JJJw_Y/TpiCuwqLtdI/AAAAAAAAAFo/vqYBUNqPOwA/s1600/motherless_brooklyn.JPG)

(http://www.univie.ac.at/Anglistik/easyrider/data/graphics/Subterr1.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: svilleantigo on January 18, 2012, 10:01:57 PM
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just finished reading this series. burned through both books in 2 days. i feel like i just ate a big bowl of rocks.. heavy and depressing and unsettling and horrific and tense. glad i did it, but i'm headed straight to the sloth in a box thread for the forseeable future.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on January 19, 2012, 02:10:02 PM
(http://theasylum.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/100822freedom-standalone-prod_affiliate-79.jpg)

Finally finished this and it was worth the time. I can't think of any other book that sums up our era as well as this book. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on January 20, 2012, 01:14:51 PM
With spring semester kicking in, I have a lot of reading to do. I'm set for a while.
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(http://www.realfuture.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/DeeBrown_BuryMyHeartAtWoundedKnee1.jpg)
(http://simania.co.il/bookimages/covers88/888257.jpg)
(http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lg1tsbAk9v1qaouh8o1_400.jpg)
(http://images.broadwayworld.com/bookdb/todd.jpeg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Harem on January 22, 2012, 02:32:07 AM
(http://cannonballread4.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/the-secret-history1.jpg)

Knocked off about 200 odd pages in the last days. Fucking incredible so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: thepman on January 24, 2012, 03:52:51 PM
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Just finished this, brilliant.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hercules Rockefeller on January 24, 2012, 04:18:43 PM
read this one in one go, it absolutely caught me (granted, its not too long, 1 1/2h).

(http://www.opendemocracy.net/content/articles/3243/images/Vonnegut_big_www2.gif)

and again he proved why he is one of my favourite authors, he just gets me and my whole view on life.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on January 24, 2012, 05:26:23 PM


just read:
The Alchemist. It's possibly my favorite book ever. I could have read it in a sitting hadn't I stopped myself.
(http://aswinindraprastha.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-alchemist.jpg)



Ive heard about the book befor but never thought of reading it befor , but saw that awsome cover and orderd it right away , should be a good read if ppl aint faking reviews
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on January 25, 2012, 11:43:59 AM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: InternetDaddy on January 25, 2012, 12:08:43 PM
Just finished Pandora's Star, I'd recommend it if you like scifi. It's kind of long, so the ending will either piss you off or get you psyched depending on how much you liked the book. I'm reading Childhood's End right now, it's pretty great so far.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on January 26, 2012, 06:09:07 AM


just read:
The Alchemist. It's possibly my favorite book ever. I could have read it in a sitting hadn't I stopped myself.
(http://aswinindraprastha.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/the-alchemist.jpg)



Ive heard about the book befor but never thought of reading it befor , but saw that awsome cover and orderd it right away , should be a good read if ppl aint faking reviews

I always assumed that Coelho's audience consisted of nothing but post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings.  
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 26, 2012, 06:39:30 AM

I always assumed that Coelho's audience consisted of nothing but post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings.  

There are always outliers.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: pica on January 26, 2012, 06:45:51 AM

I always assumed that Coelho's audience consisted of nothing but post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings.  
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There are always outliers.
sorry alan, er hat recht.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on January 26, 2012, 08:38:45 AM
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really good stuff, a couple years ago I went through basically the whole Wilde collected works and wrote a dissertation on him, his writings and sexuality, was such an interesting project. De Profundis is worth a read too, very poignant.
Man I need to go back read him again
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 26, 2012, 01:29:12 PM

I always assumed that Coelho's audience consisted of nothing but post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings.  
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There are always outliers.
sorry alan, er hat recht.

Ich stimme ihm ja ganz zu! Es sind meistens alte New Age Weiber die diesen Schrott lesen, aber es gibt ab und zu Ausreisser so wie die Zwei da oben...
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hercules Rockefeller on January 26, 2012, 03:00:49 PM
deutschsprachige thread-uebernahme! ich musste coelho in der schule lesen.

hab schon schlechteres gelesen. feuchtgebiete z.b.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on January 26, 2012, 03:24:48 PM
ich musste coelho in der schule lesen.

Lass mich raten. Deine Lehrerin war eine "post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings".
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Hercules Rockefeller on January 26, 2012, 03:31:39 PM
ich musste coelho in der schule lesen.

Lass mich raten. Deine Lehrerin war eine "post-menopausal white women with short hair and crafty earrings".

ein 60j?hriger ex-hippie. er hatte einen grandiosen humor. evtl mussten wir deswegen coelho lesen in einer technischen schule.

but now enough with the german blitzkrieg.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: gnarnel on January 26, 2012, 09:20:43 PM
(http://i43.tinypic.com/kd1t3p.jpg) best read. the word of god
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: degobra on January 27, 2012, 12:02:30 AM
if your into comics i picked up "Blab" issue3 its funny
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on January 27, 2012, 05:51:12 AM
since it just got all German in this thread...
(http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/6506048-L.jpg)
currently writing an essay on this for my 19th C German Lit class, really amazing collection of work considering he died at 24
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on February 05, 2012, 09:33:21 PM
With spring semester kicking in, I have a lot of reading to do. I'm set for a while.

(http://www.realfuture.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/DeeBrown_BuryMyHeartAtWoundedKnee1.jpg)


 essential reading.


This is a book I've already mentioned here but it's worth posting again
(http://www.steinercollege.edu/store/images/PAAAAANLOHCHMKBGt.jpg)


exerpt from one of the many stories...
When Kloskurbeh, the All-maker, lived on earth, there were no people yet.  But one day when the sun was high, a youth appeared and called him "Uncle, brother of my mother."  This young man was born from the foam of the waves, foam quickened by the wind and warmed by the sun.  It was the motion of the wind, the moistness of water, and the sun's warmth which gave him life--warmth above all, because warmth is life.  And the young man lived with Kloskurbeh and became his chief helper.
    Now, after these two powerful beings had created all manner of things, there came to them, as the sun was shining at high noon, a beautiful girl.  She was born of the wonderful earth plant, and of the dew, and of warmth.  Because a drop of dew fell on a leaf and was warmed by the sun, and the warming sun is life, this girl came into being--from the green living plant, from moisture, and from warmth.
    "I am love," said the maiden.  "I am strength giver, I am the nourisher, I am the provider of men and animals.  They all love me."
    Then Kloskurbeh thanked the Great Mystery Above for having sent them the maiden.  The youth, the Great Nephew, married her, and the Great Uncle, who teaches humans all they need to know, taught their children how to live.  Then he went away to dwell in the north, from which he will return sometime when he is needed.
    Now the people increased and became numerous.  They lived by hunting, and the more people there were, the less game they found.  They were hunting it out, and as the animals decreased, starvation came upon the people.  And First Mother pitied them.
    The little children came to First Mother and said: "We are hungry.  Feed us."  But she had nothing to give them, and she wept.  She told them: "Be patient.  I will make some food.  Then your little bellies will be full." But she kept weeping.
    Her husband asked: "How can I make you smile? How can I make you happy?"
    "There is only one thing that will stop my tears."
    "What is it?" asked her husband.
    "It is this: you must kill me."
    "I could never do that."
    "You must, or I will go on weeping and grieving forever."
    Then the husband traveled far, to the end of the earth, to the north he went, to ask the Great Instructor, his uncle Kloskurbeh, what he should do.



Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 06, 2012, 01:10:07 AM
(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/128240000/128244858.JPG)

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on February 06, 2012, 02:46:45 AM
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100555101/secret-agent-simple-tale-joseph-conrad-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on February 06, 2012, 01:24:19 PM
(http://www.qbd.com.au/products/l/4129/9780140184129.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100539803/communist-manifesto-karl-marx-friedrich-engels-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100539486/confessions-jean-jacques-rousseau-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://i43.tower.com/images/mm100655791/on-genealogy-morals-friedrich-nietzsche-paperback-cover-art.jpg)
(http://di1-3.shoppingshadow.com/images/pi/b1/6a/9f/2004229151-260x260-0-0_The_Mill_on_the_Floss_by_George_Eliot_2004229151.jpg)

also got this out the library today, anyone read it? how does it compare to other hemingway?
(http://ia600803.us.archive.org/zipview.php?zip=/17/items/olcovers1/olcovers1-L.zip&file=14354-L.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: UgolinoTheSignificant on February 06, 2012, 01:38:33 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BseaLMuSYMk/TBflfeZ90xI/AAAAAAAAEOs/N1coTLBQniI/s1600/gaddis.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: GISM on February 07, 2012, 04:58:01 PM
(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/144750000/144754103.JPG)
So stoked on this being repressed. It had one or two original runs and you could only find it on ebay for $80+
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on February 08, 2012, 12:17:47 PM
Hey all you literary young men, stop posting pictures of your class reading list. I see through your ruse!!!
Also, I'm reading a Nabokov novel

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_x2TThMsyaYA/SwiIidfcIVI/AAAAAAAADUo/XUwIFMrgOC8/s1600/nabokov_pnin_uk.jpg)

Going to be time for some non-fiction after this.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on February 08, 2012, 12:51:59 PM
I fucking love Nabokov.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on February 08, 2012, 01:26:39 PM
I fucking love Nabokov.

I finally read Lolita over the summer. Lives up to the hype.

(http://i2.listal.com/image/193201/600full-henry-and-june%3A-from-the-unexpurgated-diary-of-anais-nin-cover.jpg)
This was really good.

Started The Turn of the Screw today.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on February 11, 2012, 08:47:09 PM
picked this up in the library when I was in high school and never got to finish it. Finally picked up another copy. Great book.
(https://www.printersrowbooks.com/images/t/33-14817-PrimaryImage.image.ashx)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on February 11, 2012, 11:26:14 PM
Court Theater in Chicago, which is ran by my university, is currently doing a play based off of that book. I guess it's supposed to be really good.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 16, 2012, 02:21:27 AM
any of y'all fuck with Goodreads? it's like last.fm for books but way more detailed in its recommendations
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on February 16, 2012, 02:46:50 AM
thanks for the hint, kilgore. site looks very useful
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 16, 2012, 10:30:27 AM
any of y'all fuck with Goodreads? it's like last.fm for books but way more detailed in its recommendations

it's good to catalog what you've read and what you want to read next. add Gerald Funk (or gooniemaster), i'm in desperate need of book friends
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on February 16, 2012, 11:03:21 AM
Site never really interested me. Can you make groups on there? If so, A SLAP book club would be sweeeet.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on February 16, 2012, 11:52:28 AM
yeah, you can make a book club!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on February 16, 2012, 01:11:56 PM
Make it doood then add me up. I made one as smorales.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on February 18, 2012, 02:15:36 PM
(http://boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ready-player-one-cover1.jpg)

if you like vidya games and 80s pop culture references, this book is for you
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: layzieyez on February 18, 2012, 03:43:30 PM
Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People

I wish I read this sooner.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on February 19, 2012, 08:15:28 AM
Site never really interested me. Can you make groups on there? If so, A SLAP book club would be sweeeet.

this would be rad!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nosferatu on February 19, 2012, 08:56:38 AM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on February 19, 2012, 10:44:14 AM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.

cool man, sent a request. When/if it gets a decent number, we could attempt something like deciding on a new book every month/fortnight depending on people's schedules. Hopefully this takes off, I like discussing books
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on February 20, 2012, 02:50:08 AM
Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People

I wish I read this sooner.
the anecdotes are nice, but sometimes I feel like it should be titled How to be a Doormat. not to be a cynic, but from what I've seen the way to get ahead in business applications (what the book is mainly intended for) is to be an unapologetic, single minded asshole.


funnily enough, currently reading this:
(http://images.borders.com.au/images/bau/97812416/9781241681241/0/0/plain/the-bonfire-of-the-vanities.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: layzieyez on February 20, 2012, 07:36:08 AM
I've been the cold, stone-faced asshole in the military and really, the only success I've had with people are the few I opened up to in the ways outlined in that book before I even read it.  I had success gaining rank, but the ride is lonely when nobody seems to really have your back except because of it. 

It's not about being a pushover. 

I read it as reaching out to people and being sincere in the face of all that coldness that exists in the business space.  If you're the one guy who honestly wants to know about and appreciate the people that work for you, then your people will champion you for being unlike other managers and bosses. 

It's very much how I treat people in my personal life that I allow into my circle, but I kept it very separate from how I acted in the military. 

Seems like I've been mostly doing wrong following the wrong examples when I could have been doing right all along if I just did what I usually do.

I'll just leave the shitting on other people to this messageboard.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: dolphinstyle. on February 20, 2012, 12:59:51 PM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
I sent a request
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on February 20, 2012, 02:39:21 PM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
I sent a request
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on February 27, 2012, 12:06:18 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6-54LMdQH8E/Ty3mVWM8kMI/AAAAAAAAHcw/lqmh2gEJ7_I/s1600/The-Sex-Lives-of-Cannibals.jpg)
Started this last night.  So far so good. 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Don't Bother on February 27, 2012, 03:01:59 PM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
I sent a request
Not a slap pal but I sent a request anyways
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on February 27, 2012, 07:29:17 PM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
I sent a request
Going by my first name though.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on March 06, 2012, 06:32:49 PM
Thought this might interest some people here (it's a little old).

46 Things to Read and See for David Foster Wallace's 50th Birthday

http://www.theawl.com/2012/02/46-things-to-read-and-see-for-david-foster-wallaces-50th-birthday (http://www.theawl.com/2012/02/46-things-to-read-and-see-for-david-foster-wallaces-50th-birthday)


Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on March 07, 2012, 03:43:21 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on March 07, 2012, 04:56:34 PM
Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson (I'm on an iPad, and it would appear I'm too Apple illiterate to post a picture of the cover)

The first section (180 pages) is mostly about major players in the occult and Wilson's own experience, and can be a bit redundant and cluttered, but it prepares one for the next two sections, which are pretty much mind-blowing. Changed the way I look at everything, and I was already a pretty skeptical and agnostic dude.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Monty Burns on March 08, 2012, 03:39:02 AM
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/64583.SLAP_PALS)

There it is. Not sure what to do with it but please everyone make an account and join.
I sent a request

sent one too !
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: skateordie on March 08, 2012, 01:04:58 PM
Another Bullshit Night In Suck City by Nick Flynn.

super good. don't check out flynn's wiki page if you're going to read the book- there's a huge spoiler in there.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Joust Ostrich on March 08, 2012, 07:29:43 PM
Anyone know about either of these?
(https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQtAJV0OLvKWNZKzxLcRf8LtpvbyTszceWNbjV6qTCbn7f-uKnRAg)(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328318897l/10696870.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on March 28, 2012, 12:04:58 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BynuUs3AxfQ/TZskmK-GA0I/AAAAAAAABHk/5bgx1Lp6mgQ/s1600/First+as+tragedy%252C+then+as+farce+slavoj+zizek.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on March 30, 2012, 10:07:22 AM
lately i've been really into reading history through cartoon adaptations. if you want to learn history but don't want to be bored, i highly suggest the "Introducing _____" or the "______ for Beginners" series.

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1170982598l/80469.jpg)

i wouldn't call myself a marxist (there's too many pretentious twits out there who claim that [yet still have brand new macs etc.]) but i think it's important to understand where he was coming from and what he was getting at. i knew about his contributions to economics, but i wasn't aware of his contributions to philosophy and journalism.

(http://covers.openlibrary.org/b/id/20034-L.jpg)

written over 100 years ago, this still holds true in the world of today:

Quote from: Lenin
What is Monopoly Capitalism?

-Essentially, it is a link-up between high finance, big industry and the national gov't.
-More and more, the national economy is directed by the monopoly system which controls large holdings of shares.
-Stocks, shares and state loans increase the amount of power of surplus-capital.
-This surplus-capital is exported beyond the national borders as investments and loans to 'backward' countries.
-A struggle develops between the supra- or multi-national monopolies to control the world-market.
-But since the world has already been divided up by imperial Great Powers, the rival monopolists struggle to re-partition the world - to muscle in.
-Therefore, the economic disparity between rival monopolists - and the uneven development of rival capitalist nations - make imperial wars inevitable...

also, "war is the ultimate and deadliest contest between competitive 'brand names.'" this was written years before eisenhower warned us of the 'developing' industrial-military complex

   
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Mark Renton on April 01, 2012, 05:20:08 AM
I'm starting getting really psyched on Franz Kafka stuff.
Used to study it in my German Language Class back in HighSchool, need to find the time to read more of it
Not a book, but I really like Das Urteil (the Judgement), a short story
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Generik on April 01, 2012, 08:53:01 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ripped Laces on April 02, 2012, 11:00:50 AM
Just picked up these three.

(http://img2.imagesbn.com/images/149380000/149388429.JPG)
(http://www.stuffaverylikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/MichaelIanBlack.jpg)
(http://shastimuli.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/seinlanguage.jpg)

I likes the funny's.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on April 02, 2012, 04:30:03 PM
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1166288999l/10711.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: NCSB on April 02, 2012, 04:33:49 PM
(http://images.indiebound.com/498/333/9780385333498.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on April 04, 2012, 02:08:26 PM
I'm starting getting really psyched on Franz Kafka stuff.
Used to study it in my German Language Class back in HighSchool, need to find the time to read more of it
Not a book, but I really like Das Urteil (the Judgement), a short story


kafka is a blast. wrote a nasty 12 page essay on kafka, zizek, and marx last semester. I questioned if Kafka is hostile to thought. goddamn thing could've been so much fucking longer but time was not on my side. I'd taken a bunch of amphetamine one night so that i could stay up working on the damn thing, but i took too much and the screen went blank. I sat up, smoking cigarettes, trying to get the sentences formulated in a tape recorder. I had the nerve to tell my prof. the truth and got a 2 day extension.

anyways, if you're reading Kafka, check out some zizek, they work well together.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: escapistfool on April 04, 2012, 07:54:59 PM
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I'm reading it for a class, and damn... this book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 04, 2012, 09:55:19 PM
Here's my current list of books I plan on reading once I have the time.

Finish Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
The History of Bestiality trilogy (Moment of Freedom, Powderhouse, The Silence) by Jens Bj?rneboe
Guilty by Georges Bataille
James Joyce by Richard Ellman
Georges Bataille by Michel Surya
Just One of the Guys? by Kristen Schilt (this is my BA/MA adviser's first book)
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov (once I finish this, I?ll have read all of Nabokov?s English novels.)
Juliette by the Marquis de Sade

And I need to finally finish Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: escapistfool on April 04, 2012, 11:13:43 PM
James Joyce by Ellman is an amazing book. I really liked Juliette too.

Do you happen to like Dystopian novels?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on April 05, 2012, 08:12:07 AM
re-reading this at the moment, really interesting
(http://evekosofskysedgwick.net/images/preview/epistemologyofthecloset.jpg)

this quote made me think of the Josh Swindell thread:

'In addition to the unwarranted assumptions that all gay men may plausibly be accused of making sexual advances to strangers and, worse, that violence, often to the point of homicide, is a legitimate response to any sexual advance wether welcome or not, the "homosexual panic" defense rests on the falsesly individualizing and pathologizing assumption that hatred of homosexuals is so private and atypical a phenomenon in this culture as to be classifiable as an accountability-reducing illness.'
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on April 05, 2012, 01:00:52 PM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: friendly dave on April 05, 2012, 01:16:24 PM
Started this last night. I read Sonny Barger's autobiography a couple years ago. So it'll be interesting so read some of the stories from a different perspective.
(http://www.theebigblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Hells-Angels.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Eschaton on April 05, 2012, 02:01:42 PM
I've always wanted to read that. I've heard it's really different in style from everything else he wrote after that.

I just finished this
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5ex9SPslv_m5pSAaSMQIX8U2VGI21GgZEjYYa8i4v1Lyo6iTQNA)
Really good, I recommend it if you like Chomsky or want a different perspective on the whole notion of terrorism.

I am going to try to start this tonight
(https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOkiuaiHWZRiz8BNvCwv6yU1iHdSlLVz5fcYhKJQ8qYTF_llkEdg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 05, 2012, 02:17:41 PM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.

Buy the annotation book. It'll help with the old Irish slang, history, and Dublin's layout which makes it way more intelligible.

Here's the Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452 (http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452)

I love the book, it's probably my favorite (I read it three times in four years, two were for two different classes), so I'm always down to discuss it if you want. Just PM me.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on April 05, 2012, 11:07:39 PM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.

Buy the annotation book. It'll help with the old Irish slang, history, and Dublin's layout which makes it way more intelligible.

Here's the Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452 (http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452)

I love the book, it's probably my favorite (I read it three times in four years, two were for two different classes), so I'm always down to discuss it if you want. Just PM me.

when you've got a good prof. it makes it all the better. had an irish lit II seminar last semester and we fucked with this on and off throughout. the instructor was so hyped on all of it that it made me, and most of the class, want to do more work with it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Smell Good on April 06, 2012, 09:37:39 AM
(http://franklyfrancis.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/The-Confusion.jpg)

Just bought a copy of this. I'm almost finished with Quicksilver. Love Neal Stephenson and love the humor and breadth of these books.

Cryptonomicon was my introduction to Neal Stephenson, after which I read Reamde and now I'm just about to wrap up Quicksilver and dive into The Confusion.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on April 06, 2012, 11:35:40 AM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.

Buy the annotation book. It'll help with the old Irish slang, history, and Dublin's layout which makes it way more intelligible.

Here's the Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452 (http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452)

I love the book, it's probably my favorite (I read it three times in four years, two were for two different classes), so I'm always down to discuss it if you want. Just PM me.

when you've got a good prof. it makes it all the better. had an irish lit II seminar last semester and we fucked with this on and off throughout. the instructor was so hyped on all of it that it made me, and most of the class, want to do more work with it.
Just ordered the annotation book, and I may be pm'ing you because I don't have a class or a professor to talk about it with anymore so I'm gonna chill on starting til i get the annotations and then go at this fucker research paper style.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: alcol on April 06, 2012, 12:00:16 PM
one of my favorite novels:

Julio Cortazar - Rayuela (Hopscotch in english)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_PZHAm_SKDIY/TVLdFcPOwtI/AAAAAAAAANI/Jha2ECd-_h0/s1600/rayuela.jpg)

(http://quarterlyconversation.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/hopscotch-by-julio-cortazar.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 06, 2012, 12:09:12 PM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.

Buy the annotation book. It'll help with the old Irish slang, history, and Dublin's layout which makes it way more intelligible.

Here's the Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452 (http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452)

I love the book, it's probably my favorite (I read it three times in four years, two were for two different classes), so I'm always down to discuss it if you want. Just PM me.

when you've got a good prof. it makes it all the better. had an irish lit II seminar last semester and we fucked with this on and off throughout. the instructor was so hyped on all of it that it made me, and most of the class, want to do more work with it.
Just ordered the annotation book, and I may be pm'ing you because I don't have a class or a professor to talk about it with anymore so I'm gonna chill on starting til i get the annotations and then go at this fucker research paper style.

Sick man. That's definitely a good way to go at it. I have a notebook almost full of notes/points I took from my class, so I'll have more than enough to talk about.

I went on a kick of buying a bunch of stuff on Ulysses and Finnegans Wake for a little bit there.  Stay away from the Stuart Gilbert's Ulysses book. A lot of it was just Joyce fucking around with Gilbert, who didn't realize it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on April 06, 2012, 01:11:15 PM
I just bought Ulysses by James Joyce. Let the torment commence.

Buy the annotation book. It'll help with the old Irish slang, history, and Dublin's layout which makes it way more intelligible.

Here's the Amazon listing: http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452 (http://www.amazon.com/Ulysses-Annotated-Revised-Expanded-Edition/dp/0520067452)

I love the book, it's probably my favorite (I read it three times in four years, two were for two different classes), so I'm always down to discuss it if you want. Just PM me.

when you've got a good prof. it makes it all the better. had an irish lit II seminar last semester and we fucked with this on and off throughout. the instructor was so hyped on all of it that it made me, and most of the class, want to do more work with it.
Just ordered the annotation book, and I may be pm'ing you because I don't have a class or a professor to talk about it with anymore so I'm gonna chill on starting til i get the annotations and then go at this fucker research paper style.

Sick man. That's definitely a good way to go at it. I have a notebook almost full of notes/points I took from my class, so I'll have more than enough to talk about.

I went on a kick of buying a bunch of stuff on Ulysses and Finnegans Wake for a little bit there.  Stay away from the Stuart Gilbert's Ulysses book. A lot of it was just Joyce fucking around with Gilbert, who didn't realize it.

That's funny. The Stuart Gilbert book was the one I was going to get.

So Don Gifford is the best way to go?
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 06, 2012, 01:26:15 PM
Yeah, Gifford's is the best. It's not a walk through, which is what Glibert is closer to. Instead, it's more background/source info book that gives you the tools to get a better understanding of details in Ulysses so you can do more conductive analysis. (For a plot summary by episode and some analysis you can get this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415138582/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0520067452&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1A6HMM0Z7DECK54X34KR (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415138582/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0520067452&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1A6HMM0Z7DECK54X34KR)).  

Gilbert's is famous for this chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_schema_for_Ulysses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_schema_for_Ulysses) which a lot of people mistakenly believe to be the "be all end all" schema for Ulysses, while others veer closer to this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linati_schema_for_Ulysses (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linati_schema_for_Ulysses) which Joyce wrote for Carlo Linati in private, not meant for print. Not that the schemata are super important. I usually don't think of them while reading/analyzing the book (except for certain aspects, like episode name and Gilbert's technic which describes each episode's style, but I'm weird like that). But yeah, if you even skim through Gilbert's, you can kind of realize that Joyce was fucking with him while he was helping him write it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oneshovel on April 11, 2012, 05:58:41 PM
I pretty much haven't read shit in the past decade, but my roomie is leaving me a pretty decent collection.  Some really old classics that I can barely read, as well as newer stuff.

Today I blasted through "The Church & The Man" by Donald Hankey.  It's from 1917 and pretty interesting.  He actually questions how the average person should go about faith and stuff. 

Next up is "Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini.  I'm excited to get into a good story again.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: VictoriousOG on April 15, 2012, 02:26:08 PM
Been reading Oil! by Upton Sinclair, very rich quality in my mind when I read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 15, 2012, 02:46:19 PM



Just because no one has mentioned The Illiad doesn't mean that no one has read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on April 15, 2012, 02:52:42 PM



Just because no one has mentioned The Illiad doesn't mean that no one has read it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: David on April 15, 2012, 04:25:09 PM
Miler Lagos' book dome

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sven thorkel on April 15, 2012, 06:09:58 PM
(http://franklyfrancis.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/The-Confusion.jpg)

Just bought a copy of this. I'm almost finished with Quicksilver. Love Neal Stephenson and love the humor and breadth of these books.

Cryptonomicon was my introduction to Neal Stephenson, after which I read Reamde and now I'm just about to wrap up Quicksilver and dive into The Confusion.

neal stephenson is amazing. i'm glad someone else finds the humor in his books. my introduction to him was The Diamond Age and my immediate reaction was "what the fuck?" but i couldn't stop reading it. The Diamond Age and Snow Crash are definitely out there, but i find that his future speculations make for his most humorous material

 
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: gutterhead. on April 16, 2012, 01:53:18 AM



Just because no one has mentioned The Illiad doesn't mean that no one has read it.

I just said no-one mentioned it. I hate it when ppl make up these sort of conjectures out of a harmless post. do you want a medal or something for having read it? im already getting tired of you, oyolar.

on the contrary, swiftfootedbird, slap is already getting tired of you
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oyolar on April 16, 2012, 09:30:40 AM



Just because no one has mentioned The Illiad doesn't mean that no one has read it.

I just said no-one mentioned it. I hate it when ppl make up these sort of conjectures out of a harmless post. do you want a medal or something for having read it? im already getting tired of you, oyolar.

on the contrary, swiftfootedbird, slap is already getting tired of you

at least you've been honest. I shall not post anymore.

Thank God.  In what is (hopefully) an unnecessary response, do you want a medal for showing off your pretentious knowledge of ancient Greek texts and specifically mentioning other works that no one has mentioned? How about for mentioning that you are a Classics major, which no one else here is (an assertion I find hard to believe) and, therefore, only you can speak with authority on them, name dropping Leo Strauss and Popper as if we're supposed to be impresses? Is that damage control for your idiotic 4chan style of posting in other threads? And sure, maybe I did make an assumption from your post, but seeing as how you were shocked and sickened that no one has mention The Illiad (again, which I doubt is true in these 43 pages--I know I have seen The Odyssey mentioned), that my defensive assumption seemed logical. Or perhaps I was harmlessly stating exactly what I said--just because it's not mentioned here, doesn't mean it hasn't been read.

Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 16, 2012, 12:33:44 PM
this is one of the only good threads left on slap, take this shit somewhere else, magnet boy.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: kilgore. on April 16, 2012, 06:57:06 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: friendly dave on April 20, 2012, 12:53:03 AM
Just started reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy today. I've only gotten about 35 pages or so into it so far, but I can tell its going to be beautifully negative. I also picked up The River Why, by Daniel Clark Duncan today to read next. I don't know much about it, but it's come highly reccomended from some friends, and I saw a rivew that described it as a cross between A River Runs Through It, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence.  Which doesn't sound like a bad combo to me.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Choad Muskrat on April 20, 2012, 06:42:08 AM
Just finished this, if your into post-apocalyptic shit this one's for you.

(http://enterthepassage.com/wp-content/themes/EnterthePassage/images/passage-tpb.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: rfox on April 20, 2012, 01:52:50 PM
nonfiction about gangsters and police in LA in the early 1900's.  interesting so far

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: brycickle on April 21, 2012, 09:26:48 AM
I'll have to check that out I'm kind of a sucker for true crime stuff.

On a similar note:

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NYC detective with a Harvard degree.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Lance Meowntain on April 21, 2012, 03:46:46 PM
Black Cross, by Greg Isles.. I usually dont read books like this, but grabbed it to read on the plane rides to and from the east coast to visit family. I couldnt put it down.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: oneshovel on April 24, 2012, 05:08:09 PM
Halfway through Last of the Mohicans.  Glad I didn't watch the movie beforehand.  This is the second old war book I read and it's been influencing my dreams.. should probably switch to something more uplifting after this.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: spungo on April 24, 2012, 11:00:51 PM
I just finished "Escape from Camp 14"  True story about the only person ever born in a North Korean prison camp to escape.  It's crazy as hell and a quick read.  Finished it in 2 days.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tyroneshoelaces on April 24, 2012, 11:38:25 PM
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all murakami's shit is dope...but this is one of my favorites.
 
also

just finished this book...if you can find it..read it.   it goes super fast and is extremely entertaining. i could not put it down.
(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1312051518l/8686068.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Upgrayedd on May 01, 2012, 10:10:42 PM
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I think anyone thats in to Bad Religion, Greg Graffin, punk rock, religious reading, theology, whatever should check this out. He compares the evolution of species and punk rock seamlessly. And he talks about Jay Adams for a little bit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sleepypancakes on May 05, 2012, 09:48:02 PM
(http://www.journeywithjesus.net/BookNotes/Cormac_McCarthy_The_Road_sm.jpg)
Knocked this out in about 2 sittings.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ripped Laces on May 07, 2012, 07:18:29 AM
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Just finished this book. It was very interesting and well written without picking sides. You're simply left more educated and curious as to where your food comes from and become more aware of the factory farming industry as a result. After 9 years of being a vegan/vegetarian, I recently started eating meat again. Naturally, I wanted to know where my food was coming from, the process and whether it was truly a healthier alternative than what I had been doing for the past 9 years. I'm still left somewhat confused about my choices as far as eating goes but I feel more enlighten and thankful for reading this book. Enjoy it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on May 07, 2012, 08:56:50 AM
(http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/2009/11/17/eating_animals_main.jpg?1258460084)

Just finished this book. It was very interesting and well written without picking sides. You're simply left more educated and curious as to where your food comes from and become more aware of the factory farming industry as a result. After 9 years of being a vegan/vegetarian, I recently started eating meat again. Naturally, I wanted to know where my food was coming from, the process and whether it was truly a healthier alternative than what I had been doing for the past 9 years. I'm still left somewhat confused about my choices as far as eating goes but I feel more enlighten and thankful for reading this book. Enjoy it.

Eating Animals has its flaws, but I'm all for the general purpose of it - to make people more aware of what they're eating/supporting/doing to themselves and the environment.

Currently reading this

(http://www.opendemocracy.net/content/articles/2746/images/al-qaeda.jpg)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ripped Laces on May 07, 2012, 12:44:31 PM
(http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/2009/11/17/eating_animals_main.jpg?1258460084)

Just finished this book. It was very interesting and well written without picking sides. You're simply left more educated and curious as to where your food comes from and become more aware of the factory farming industry as a result. After 9 years of being a vegan/vegetarian, I recently started eating meat again. Naturally, I wanted to know where my food was coming from, the process and whether it was truly a healthier alternative than what I had been doing for the past 9 years. I'm still left somewhat confused about my choices as far as eating goes but I feel more enlighten and thankful for reading this book. Enjoy it.

Eating Animals has its flaws, but I'm all for the general purpose of it - to make people more aware of what they're eating/supporting/doing to themselves and the environment.

Currently reading this

(http://www.opendemocracy.net/content/articles/2746/images/al-qaeda.jpg)

Definitely agree. How's that Al Qaeda book by the way? Looks sketchy as shit.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: sametelt on May 07, 2012, 02:22:56 PM
It's really, really good. I'm reading it as a part of a course on the history of political Islam, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on May 07, 2012, 06:12:08 PM
War is a Force that Gives us Meaning- Chris Hedges

it's a very worthwhile read, important even. Scroll through the video to get a gist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2SaM8RJ30c

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering- Norman Finkelstein

It examines the exploitation of Jewish suffering by Jews. The book packs a punch and will make anyone go through some intense questioning.

I haven't read it yet but

The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinhart looks similar, except it appears to be an easier read.

Both of these books "reject the manipulation of Jewish victimhood," they're written by Jews.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: myrrh on May 08, 2012, 01:16:50 AM
Currently reading this. The lost city of Z left me wanting to read more about explorers.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ripped Laces on May 09, 2012, 08:18:10 AM
Saw this on Colbert report this morning and am interested as shit.
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Has anyone else picked it up by any chance?

Also, if you have this book (below), I hate you. They sold out so quick that they literally had to go back into production.
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on May 09, 2012, 10:51:29 AM
Saw this on Colbert report this morning and am interested as shit.
(http://chipbruce.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/the-new-jim-crow.png)

Has anyone else picked it up by any chance?



I saw it last week in Laguardia Airport and browsed through it. Looks like a good read.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ripped Laces on May 09, 2012, 11:26:13 AM
Thanks Steve!
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Rayden on May 09, 2012, 11:33:19 AM
Read this awhile back. It's not sophisticated like a lot of the books in here, actually its pretty immature, but it was entertaining as fuck.

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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: floop on June 06, 2012, 10:35:48 AM
i'm currently reading this

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while taking a shit
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: amplituden on June 06, 2012, 01:57:04 PM
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This was the last book that I read that really got into my head.
Its a coming of age story but set 100-ish years ago.
Its really beautifully written and examines what young people were interested in at the turn of the 20th Century.
Dig it.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Greg Ostertag on June 06, 2012, 02:05:45 PM
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: cringe. on June 06, 2012, 02:18:14 PM
read these recently
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reading this at the moment
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Ruftbeir on June 06, 2012, 02:21:06 PM
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In Dutch though, but it's probably translated in English as well. Author is Italian.


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I read the synopsis and ordered it from amazon for 9 pounds. Looking forward to reading it after my exams.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: ed... on June 12, 2012, 05:38:01 PM
My summer reading plans
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Jackie Joyner Kersee on June 12, 2012, 06:25:44 PM
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yup

reading the 3rd song of ice and fire book as well
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Nick on June 12, 2012, 06:51:46 PM
currently reading
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and
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personally, both great books. I can easily understand how certain people wouldnt enjoy Allen Ginsberg, but the Ernest Hemmingway collection I think could be enjoyed by nearly anyone- the book itself is a volume of his short stories, most of which based upon his Nick Adams character.

recent read I would recommend is
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although I may be entering a risk recommending this, I definately think this book can easily relate to any skateboarder who ever felt isolated or estranged from their peers. It was a wonderful narrative, I thuroughly enjoyed the book.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Tyroneshoelaces on June 12, 2012, 10:39:19 PM

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I read the synopsis and ordered it from amazon for 9 pounds. Looking forward to reading it after my exams.

whoa stoked!! just saw this. i hope you enjoy it as much as i did. now i want to re-read it.

just finished this book and i really, really liked it.  hit me hard.  highly recommend 
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Inanimate Object on June 12, 2012, 11:21:50 PM
Finished:

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Multi-narrative sci-fi.  Not sure if the Nabokov comparisons are apt but it's a fun read.

(http://fricfracclub.com/spip/local/cache-vignettes/L316xH470/discomfort-7de66.jpg)

Franzen talking about his transition into adulthood. Vacillates between moments of profound insight into what it means to grow up and be a person, and moments of Franzen being a terminal precocious bitch.

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQmMJMHnU4mObjAG3hbGSqewe3zX4WeFHj3fwupGEezbdgharXDTg)

Cyberpunk novel about future biotech industrial espionage in South East Asia. Not as awesome as I'd hoped but everyone else loved it.

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Favorite Hemingway novel so far. From what I understand, women are not to be trusted.

Reading:

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and

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but I'm also finishing my Master's thesis right now, so the Jared Diamond book is on the back-burner until September probably.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Alan on June 13, 2012, 03:03:22 AM
Finished this
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and started this
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Title: Re: books to read
Post by: steve on June 13, 2012, 05:37:47 AM
It's nice to read books of my choice now that class is out... I've been doing one or 2 a week. I've been tearing apart the free book shelves outside faculty offices at the University and have come out with some great reads.

Last night I finished Island Under the Sea- Isabel Alende

War is a Force that Gives us Meaning- Chris Hedges

dem- William Melvin Kelley

Faith and the Good Thing-Charles Johnson

Dreamer- Charles Johnson (fictionalized account of the final 2 years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life, drawing strongly on time spent with Mohandas Gandhi.)

Existentialism is a Humanism- Sartre

No Fear, No Death. Comforting Wisdom for Life- Thich Nhat Hanh

Kevin Carey- The One Fifteen to Penn Station (book of working class Massachusetts poetry)
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Beer Keg Peg Leg on June 13, 2012, 06:36:52 AM
Finished this
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I loved that series so much. sci-fi at its very best. make sure to read the rest of them, they are pretty amazing.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: buttpirate on June 13, 2012, 06:55:56 AM
just finished:
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a book about books wrapped in a detective novel set in a 14th century Italian monastery, pretty entertaining.


halfway through this:
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I need to get onto this
Finished this
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I loved that series so much. sci-fi at its very best. make sure to read the rest of them, they are pretty amazing.
Title: Re: books to read
Post by: Jumping Beans on June 13, 2012, 07:24:24 AM
Talking about books is weird for me.  There's just so many out there, that when someone names an author they're into, I've usually never heard of them.  I've mostly been reading "classics" that everyone has heard of.  I finished Robinson Crusoe not long ago, and last nig