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Re: books to read
« Reply #540 on: July 10, 2010, 05:17:45 AM »


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Re: books to read
« Reply #541 on: July 10, 2010, 10:23:55 AM »
just read


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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #542 on: July 10, 2010, 12:06:10 PM »
just read


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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Re: books to read
« Reply #543 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #544 on: July 10, 2010, 02:23:37 PM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #545 on: July 14, 2010, 12:24:11 AM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #546 on: July 14, 2010, 01:00:01 AM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #547 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."

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Re: books to read
« Reply #548 on: July 14, 2010, 10:13:41 AM »


3/4 of the way through this.  Quite liking Joyce, thinking about reading Ulysses next

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Re: books to read
« Reply #549 on: July 14, 2010, 10:35:30 AM »


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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #550 on: July 14, 2010, 02:17:39 PM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #551 on: July 14, 2010, 02:42:41 PM »
The last few weeks I read this...


then this.....




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Re: books to read
« Reply #552 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
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Re: books to read
« Reply #553 on: July 14, 2010, 02:54:56 PM »


great read.  someone told me to read more vonnegut before reading this, but i don't see why.  seriously entertaining.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #554 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #555 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.

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« Reply #556 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.

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« Reply #557 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). 

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Re: books to read
« Reply #558 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #559 on: July 15, 2010, 12:09:35 PM »

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Re: books to read
« Reply #560 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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Re: books to read
« Reply #561 on: July 16, 2010, 11:43:37 AM »


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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #562 on: July 16, 2010, 02:23:45 PM »
can anyone recommend a good starting point for Saul Bellow?

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« Reply #563 on: July 18, 2010, 07:14:08 PM »

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?

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« Reply #564 on: July 18, 2010, 07:17:23 PM »
not necessarily. but you can never go wrong with reading someone's novels chronologically.
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« Reply #565 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.

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« Reply #566 on: July 24, 2010, 11:09:09 PM »


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.


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« Reply #567 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #568 on: July 25, 2010, 03:09:14 AM »
If you liked "Football Factory"  then you should check out this one:



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Re: books to read
« Reply #569 on: July 27, 2010, 04:57:40 PM »
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