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Re: books to read
« Reply #1770 on: May 22, 2013, 05:12:18 PM »
I think i bit off more than i can chew...


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Re: books to read
« Reply #1771 on: June 10, 2013, 05:36:28 AM »
I just read the preface of this book in a Barnes & Noble and nearly walked out with it.
Gonna pick it up eventually but I figured I throw it in here for anyone looking for a good read.



Long story short, it's a "from Rags to Riches" story about a man who went from working at the fruit docks to basically taking over the fruit industry. There are stories about how he could change the course of the economic status in central america with a single phone call. I'm compelled by the story & will be picking it up shortly.

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« Reply #1772 on: June 10, 2013, 09:08:50 AM »
Anybody ever read John O'Hara? I read a story about him in the newspaper a month or so ago talking about how in the '30s he was as big as Steinbeck and has become underrated since. Bought a book of his short stories I haven't yet got around to, then was reading Armies of the Night by Mailer and stumbled across this: "...were enough to enable a man to become a good working amateur philosopher, an indispensable vocation for the ambitious novelist since otherwise he is naught but an embittered entertainer, a storyteller, a John O'Hara!" Ouch.

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« Reply #1773 on: June 15, 2013, 09:00:23 PM »
Was never really into reading but I dunno if I can handle the heat this summer, so I'll be reading a lot more.

halfway through this:


Picked these two up:


I read post office a looooong time ago and loved it, but never found the time to read bukowski's other stuff.  

edit:  I enjoy books with humor in it, but overall melancholy (sorta like post office).  Any good recommendations?
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« Reply #1774 on: June 16, 2013, 09:49:01 AM »
A lot of Vonnegut's work is like that.  Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, Bluebeard, etc.  

I can't get into that Fine book, so I'm starting on A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by DFW.

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« Reply #1775 on: June 16, 2013, 11:05:30 AM »
Just finished Eaters Of The Dead by Michael Crichton.  It was pretty good but written a little dry for such a tale.  The preface tells you it will be, though, so whatever.

I gave up early on Moby Dick last summer but I started it again and I'm liking it more.

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« Reply #1776 on: June 16, 2013, 05:05:09 PM »
im nearly done with this, and have basically read the first half twice because the original copy i bought was bound with around 35 pages missing.  a very approachable, straight forward, and honest discussion of science and religion, and its impact upon culture, philosophy, and society.  sagan was the man, and his ability to zoom out and show a bigger picture is truly a trait that could benefit us all.  check it out.


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« Reply #1777 on: June 16, 2013, 05:21:28 PM »
A lot of Vonnegut's work is like that.  Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, Bluebeard, etc.  

I can't get into that Fine book, so I'm starting on A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by DFW.

Yeah I really like Vonneguts stuff too.  Anything that's more bounded in reality?  I'm loving kafka on the shore, but I might need a break from all the metaphysical stuff.

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« Reply #1778 on: June 16, 2013, 05:37:08 PM »
My dad put me on to this guy. Excellent writer who's able to make completely mundane things like smoking a cigarette and staring at a wall seem beautiful. A lot of his work doesn't have a concrete ending or beginning so if your looking for an action packed thriller this isn't your best bet. It is, however, easy to read and digest but full of depth.
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« Reply #1779 on: June 16, 2013, 07:45:30 PM »
A lot of Vonnegut's work is like that.  Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, Bluebeard, etc.  

I can't get into that Fine book, so I'm starting on A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by DFW.

Yeah I really like Vonneguts stuff too.  Anything that's more bounded in reality?  I'm loving kafka on the shore, but I might need a break from all the metaphysical stuff.

A lot of Vonnegut's middle stuff is bounded in reality (not sure how much you've read of his).  I haven't read his novels, but apparently David Foster Wallace's longer novels have a lot of black humor in them, as do Kafka (fittingly enough). 

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« Reply #1780 on: June 16, 2013, 08:41:01 PM »
reading Duff McKagan's G'N'R bio - so far Slash's was better, but still a good read

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« Reply #1781 on: June 16, 2013, 10:24:40 PM »
A lot of Vonnegut's work is like that.  Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, Bluebeard, etc.  

I can't get into that Fine book, so I'm starting on A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by DFW.

Yeah I really like Vonneguts stuff too.  Anything that's more bounded in reality?  I'm loving kafka on the shore, but I might need a break from all the metaphysical stuff.
You might like his short stories. There are a few collections of them at bookstores (or online) for relatively decent prices.

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« Reply #1782 on: June 17, 2013, 12:46:25 AM »
ok thanks guys, will look into it

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« Reply #1783 on: June 17, 2013, 03:03:00 AM »
A lot of Vonnegut's work is like that.  Mother Night, Breakfast of Champions, Jailbird, Cat's Cradle, Bluebeard, etc.  

I can't get into that Fine book, so I'm starting on A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by DFW.

Yeah I really like Vonneguts stuff too.  Anything that's more bounded in reality?  I'm loving kafka on the shore, but I might need a break from all the metaphysical stuff.

A lot of Vonnegut's middle stuff is bounded in reality (not sure how much you've read of his).  I haven't read his novels, but apparently David Foster Wallace's longer novels have a lot of black humor in them, as do Kafka (fittingly enough). 

One of the many things that makes The Trial an all time favorite for me.

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« Reply #1784 on: June 17, 2013, 08:35:02 AM »
I think i bit off more than i can chew...



Yep.  I did this a couple years ago and was bummed.  I put it down to read a bunch of his short fiction and essays which I really loved, don't know if I'll pick IJ back up any time soon.

On a related note, I just started this yesterday.



Also, to anyone that hasn't read In Cold Blood, go read In Cold Blood immediately.
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« Reply #1785 on: June 17, 2013, 08:38:51 AM »
The only stuff of Murakami I've touched is Kafka on the Shore. It didn't click, the strangeness within it just came off as contrived.


I think a lot of his writing's subtleties are lost in translation. 

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« Reply #1786 on: June 17, 2013, 09:09:47 AM »
yes or no on this one? not sure if I should start it...




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« Reply #1787 on: June 17, 2013, 10:09:26 AM »
Just started this in an attempt to workout my horrible memory problems. In turn, I ended up reading a great story and getting tips in the process. I know I'm probably making it sound like more of a self help book than it actually is but it's a good read. A little slow at first but after the first two chapters, it starts to pick up. Plus, the stories he references in order to explain how to unlock the true potential of memorizing are insanely interesting.



"Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique?from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone."

Thanks for posting this. Got my copy in the mail today, can't wait to get into it.

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Re: books to read
« Reply #1788 on: June 17, 2013, 11:11:07 AM »
Just started this in an attempt to workout my horrible memory problems. In turn, I ended up reading a great story and getting tips in the process. I know I'm probably making it sound like more of a self help book than it actually is but it's a good read. A little slow at first but after the first two chapters, it starts to pick up. Plus, the stories he references in order to explain how to unlock the true potential of memorizing are insanely interesting.



"Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique?from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone."

Thanks for posting this. Got my copy in the mail today, can't wait to get into it.

^^ Started in on this today as well and so far it is really interesting.  Our memory is so expansive and so underappreciated because we take it for granted.  Can't wait to read more.  Thanks for recommending! 

I am also reading this:



It is great for when you want something mellow and funny to read.  Have been laughing out loud on several occasions.  Girl is pretty good.


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Re: books to read
« Reply #1789 on: June 17, 2013, 11:28:43 AM »


This blows my mind approximately every five pages. One of the basic ideas is that the fabled barter land that every economics text book talks about never really existed. The part I've read so far mostly explores the systems of exchange that primitive people used.


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« Reply #1790 on: June 25, 2013, 08:29:51 AM »


I consider myself a pretty big Neal Stephenson fan. I wonder if he's working on another work of fiction. Hopefully something thick and dense.



Not gonna lie, I've never read an Irvine Welsh book before. Yes, I've seen Trainspotting a dozen times but have never read any of the books. Going to do this sequentially depending on how I like this. Skagboys -> Trainspotting -> Porno

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« Reply #1791 on: June 25, 2013, 08:42:05 AM »
yes or no on this one? not sure if I should start it...



I just read the Sound and the Fury. Super challenging read, and the first half was kind of a trudge, but when I knew what was happening it was great.

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« Reply #1792 on: June 26, 2013, 08:01:18 PM »
I'm actually quite enjoying Skagboys. It is a bit cumbersome with the near phonetic Scottish accent that it's written in so I find myself going all Groundskeeper Willie on this shit at times (in my head).

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« Reply #1794 on: July 05, 2013, 02:11:36 PM »
grabbed this after seeing it mentioned in a TIME article, it rules. a muckraking expose of the funeral industry by the wry, hilarious babe jessica mitford. recommended.




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« Reply #1795 on: July 05, 2013, 03:58:28 PM »
Dumbing this thread down a bit by saying World War Z is an entertaining read. Skip the fucking movie, though.

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« Reply #1796 on: July 05, 2013, 07:23:57 PM »


the best fiction i've read in a while.. it's like raymond chandler on acid.
p.t. anderson adapted it and is currently shooting what i'm guessing will be the best film of 2014.

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« Reply #1797 on: July 06, 2013, 05:36:13 AM »
The enigma was hard as fuck to get a hold of. Glad some woman in London could part with it.

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« Reply #1798 on: July 06, 2013, 06:20:37 AM »
Dumbing this thread down a bit by saying World War Z is an entertaining read. Skip the fucking movie, though.
This is the wrong approach. When there is a film adaptation of a book out, watch the film first, then read the book. You'll then develop a favorable bias towards the film while still being able to enjoy the book fully.

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« Reply #1799 on: July 06, 2013, 07:09:53 PM »
I read the book long before the film was in the works. The two are apples and oranges. Seriously, I'm wondering how the two were able to share a title. The only similarity is that they both have zombie, and even those behave completely different in the film. Oh, well... Brad Pitt's dreamy.