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Re: books to read
« Reply #480 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

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« Reply #481 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.

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« Reply #482 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.

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« Reply #483 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #484 on: May 01, 2010, 10:09:17 PM »

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Re: books to read
« Reply #485 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
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« Reply #486 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #487 on: May 09, 2010, 12:20:54 PM »


Might start reading this soon, has anyone read it? I'm deciding between this or another Easton-Ellis novel.
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« Reply #488 on: May 09, 2010, 01:32:31 PM »
Which Easton-Ellis?

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« Reply #489 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.

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« Reply #490 on: May 09, 2010, 07:11:52 PM »
Probably Lunar Park or Less Than Zero.

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« Reply #491 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.

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« Reply #492 on: May 10, 2010, 08:01:42 AM »
What are some good Vietnam time war books?

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« Reply #493 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.
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« Reply #494 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.

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« Reply #495 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.

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« Reply #496 on: May 10, 2010, 06:25:21 PM »
Mr nice by Howard marks.

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« Reply #497 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #498 on: May 16, 2010, 10:45:16 AM »
just started reading Lords of Chaos this morning.

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« Reply #499 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.

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« Reply #500 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.
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« Reply #501 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.

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« Reply #502 on: May 16, 2010, 09:15:34 PM »


Got it as a birthday gift the other day and I have about 50 pages left, it's good.

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« Reply #503 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.

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« Reply #504 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
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« Reply #505 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?
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« Reply #506 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.

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« Reply #507 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.     
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« Reply #508 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.






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« Reply #509 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.