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Re: books to read
« Reply #870 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.

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« Reply #871 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #872 on: February 14, 2011, 06:48:20 PM »



just picked this one up..it's killing it so far

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« Reply #873 on: February 14, 2011, 08:12:31 PM »

this book has some interesting points and facts. Wish I owned it.

rereading this at the moment.
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Re: books to read
« Reply #874 on: February 15, 2011, 12:48:33 AM »



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.
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« Reply #875 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).
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« Reply #876 on: February 15, 2011, 04:40:45 PM »
Finished this last night:


And started this:




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.  

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Anybody ever read anything by John Kaye?



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. 
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Re: books to read
« Reply #877 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

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« Reply #878 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. 

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« Reply #879 on: February 17, 2011, 01:59:01 PM »

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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #880 on: February 17, 2011, 08:33:56 PM »
"child of god" by Cormac McCarthy is pretty fucking gnarly.

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« Reply #881 on: February 17, 2011, 08:42:38 PM »
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Re: books to read
« Reply #882 on: February 18, 2011, 12:35:58 AM »

Glengarry Glen Ross next

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Re: books to read
« Reply #883 on: February 18, 2011, 02:29:56 PM »
Finished a couple books recently:
Saturday-McEwan

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

Amazed by this, couldn't stop reading it.
In the Skin of a Lion-Michael Ondaatje

Fine, fine novel, really loved this.

Now I'm reading The Autograph Man now:

Spray it like a high-rank sniper in the West Bank.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #884 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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #885 on: February 24, 2011, 08:29:37 PM »


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.
"Front row tickets to a bomb ass play"

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I don't know where you get your facts. The first generation of My Little Ponies were made by Hasbro, not the Khmer Rouge. And Hasbro hasn't made toys out of human skulls since the 1960's.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #886 on: March 12, 2011, 04:07:54 PM »
No holds barred, til labias say "free us"
then its straight to your kids' school, wine coolers in the Prius

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« Reply #887 on: March 12, 2011, 04:13:35 PM »
in the middle of reading this (pretty good so far):



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« Reply #888 on: March 12, 2011, 08:26:50 PM »
Borrowed this from a friend, it's pretty interesting so far.


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« Reply #889 on: March 13, 2011, 12:58:28 PM »

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.


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Re: books to read
« Reply #890 on: March 13, 2011, 01:12:49 PM »


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.




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.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #891 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. 

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« Reply #892 on: March 17, 2011, 02:02:34 PM »
i saw the documentary, it was whatever. kinda cool i guess.
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« Reply #893 on: March 17, 2011, 04:11:17 PM »
reading this....


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« Reply #894 on: March 17, 2011, 07:28:30 PM »
Last few weeks:


Reading this now. Hesse always hits close to home.


Fucking Vonnegut. You know the scope.


Murakami came highly reccomended from a few of my peers. This book probably isn't his best but it was a pleasant, liquid read.


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?


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« Reply #895 on: March 17, 2011, 08:24:13 PM »
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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:

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.


A nice quick read. I feel dumb for not reading it before. Meursault just doesn't give a fuck.


Reading this now. I'll see this thread in a month.     
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I don't know where you get your facts. The first generation of My Little Ponies were made by Hasbro, not the Khmer Rouge. And Hasbro hasn't made toys out of human skulls since the 1960's.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #896 on: March 17, 2011, 08:49:39 PM »
a very satisfying book.


also, if you're in the mood for something quick:





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« Reply #897 on: March 18, 2011, 12:03:37 AM »
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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.
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Re: books to read
« Reply #898 on: March 18, 2011, 12:37:16 AM »
Anyone ever try to read Finnegans Wake?



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.

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« Reply #899 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.