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« Reply #750 on: December 20, 2010, 02:18:41 AM »
Got this yesterday for a train ride and got about halfway through it already.

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.
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« Reply #751 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
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« Reply #753 on: December 20, 2010, 10:19:27 AM »


Some light holiday reading. Good for some laughs.
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« Reply #754 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?

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« Reply #755 on: December 23, 2010, 03:03:46 PM »
War and Peace by Leo Tolstay
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« Reply #756 on: December 23, 2010, 03:14:35 PM »
this one for the second time....




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« Reply #758 on: December 23, 2010, 03:25:45 PM »
Got this yesterday for a train ride and got about halfway through it already.

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.

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« Reply #759 on: December 24, 2010, 01:37:33 AM »
Lovecraft is the man. Mostly wrote short stories, I recommend Nyarlathotep and Dagon.

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« Reply #760 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

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« Reply #761 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.

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« Reply #762 on: December 26, 2010, 02:05:00 PM »

Been working my way through this one. It's like got some big words and junk.
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« Reply #763 on: December 26, 2010, 02:27:37 PM »
My mother (knowing I am into weird shit) bought me this for Christmas



and I've been reading this, some of the most interesting analogies I've ever read.



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« Reply #764 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.

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.

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.

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« Reply #765 on: December 26, 2010, 09:25:20 PM »
My mother (knowing I am into weird shit) bought me this for Christmas



and I've been reading this, some of the most interesting analogies I've ever read.




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.

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« Reply #766 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.
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« Reply #767 on: December 26, 2010, 11:49:51 PM »
Dance Dance Dance is a great Murakami book too

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« Reply #768 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.
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« Reply #769 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.

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« Reply #770 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.

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.
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« Reply #771 on: December 27, 2010, 03:02:56 PM »
had to read night by elie wiesel for school, its really fucking intense, great book

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« Reply #772 on: December 27, 2010, 04:13:20 PM »




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« Reply #773 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.

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. 

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« Reply #775 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.

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.

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« Reply #776 on: December 28, 2010, 02:53:05 AM »
dostoyevsky>>>>>>>>>>>nabokov.

by a mile
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« Reply #777 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)



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.



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.



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.



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.

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« Reply #778 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).


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.

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« Reply #779 on: December 29, 2010, 04:45:07 PM »

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.