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« Reply #1950 on: January 05, 2014, 04:33:10 PM »
Paradise Lost is so fucking good.  Especially when Lucifer and his angels rebel.

I'm finishing up Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace.  I got it for Christmas.  It's his most recent collection of non-fiction essays and it's not as good as A Supposedly Fun Thing... and Consider the Lobster.  Most of the essays/articles are classic DFW, but his reviews and other pieces drag on way too much and are too discursive and jumbled (even for him).  I'm planning to finish it today, but don't know what to read next.  I just bought Blood Meridian so maybe I'll jump on that bandwagon.

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« Reply #1951 on: January 06, 2014, 02:27:29 AM »





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« Reply #1952 on: January 06, 2014, 02:43:19 AM »
Reading The Corrections right now and I'm really enjoying it.

Got halfway through Gravity's Rainbow during Christmas, think I'll get back to it once Franzen is done.

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« Reply #1953 on: January 06, 2014, 09:51:27 AM »
That's impressive.  Gravity's Rainbow was one of the few books I had to take breaks from reading in order to finish.  All told, it took me about a year and a half to finish it.

I read the first chapter of Blood Meridian on the train this morning and it really didn't do anything for me.  I'm not a fan of Westerns, so maybe that's it?

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« Reply #1954 on: January 06, 2014, 12:01:36 PM »
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« Reply #1955 on: January 06, 2014, 12:44:10 PM »
That's impressive.  Gravity's Rainbow was one of the few books I had to take breaks from reading in order to finish.  All told, it took me about a year and a half to finish it.

I read the first chapter of Blood Meridian on the train this morning and it really didn't do anything for me.  I'm not a fan of Westerns, so maybe that's it?

I also am not a fan of Westerns and the same exact thing happened to me...  I may give it another shot though after I get through rereading House of Leaves because my buddy is getting into it and I feel like it warrants another read through.  Anyone read it? 


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« Reply #1956 on: January 06, 2014, 01:24:09 PM »
Should get better as they start going out on their raids and stuff and the Judge's character develops. He's a fuckin trip.

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« Reply #1957 on: January 06, 2014, 02:25:59 PM »
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« Reply #1958 on: January 06, 2014, 03:04:40 PM »
Yeah, I'll give it a little more time.  I guess it was a little disappointing since I've heard everyone talk about how awesome it is.

Merked, I've read House of Leaves and I agree that it is awesome and warrant another reading (although I haven't given it one yet).  I've read all of Danielewski's stuff so far and am excited to see what he does with his next project.

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« Reply #1959 on: January 06, 2014, 04:50:08 PM »
Roberto Bola?o -- The Savage Detectives

J.M. Coetzee -- Waiting for the Barbarians

Jean Rhys -- Good Morning, Midnight

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« Reply #1960 on: January 06, 2014, 06:02:59 PM »
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« Reply #1961 on: January 06, 2014, 08:31:22 PM »
'the monkeywrench gang' and 'hayduke lives' by edward abbey. edwin? i don't know but ed abbey. good books about going around the southwest messin crap up. for the good of the planet/detriment of cattle industrialists and condo developers. hilarity ensues and [spoiler alert] the redneck steals the hippie's old lady in the first book [hayduke is the sequel].

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« Reply #1962 on: January 06, 2014, 08:36:34 PM »






100 years of solitude is great. It makes me think about the vast number of communities that were never recorded in history.

I really like comedic fiction, so I would recommend a confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It is the funniest book I've read and has a great plot.

Anything by Evelyn Waugh makes me laugh, but in particular I liked put out more flags and vile bodies. He's my favorite author despite being politically and religiously as opposed to my beliefs as possible.

I'm sure catch 22 has been mentioned. It is also hilarious but haunting.

Sometimes a great notion - Ken Kesey (His second book after One flew over the cukoos nest)

Anything by Solzhenitzyn gives a good perspective of Soviet Russia.

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« Reply #1963 on: January 07, 2014, 06:47:29 AM »
Yeah, I'll give it a little more time.  I guess it was a little disappointing since I've heard everyone talk about how awesome it is.

Merked, I've read House of Leaves and I agree that it is awesome and warrant another reading (although I haven't given it one yet).  I've read all of Danielewski's stuff so far and am excited to see what he does with his next project.

I am interested to see where he goes in his career as well.  I attempted to read Only Revolutions but I literally couldn't figure out what the fuck was going on.  I may give it another shot with some help from the internet to guide me.  Did you read The Fifty Year Sword?  It has been on my read list if I can find it.  Normal library doesn't have it.   :-\


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« Reply #1964 on: January 07, 2014, 10:27:06 AM »
Yeah, Only Revolutions was super difficult.  It required a lot of internet help and just heads down reading through it regardless of understanding.  It was meant to be a reinvention of music and (love) poetry, like how HoL is a re-imagining of film and literary criticism.  It made more sense once I realized that, but it still wasn't easy.  I know that I definitely missed a lot.  The Fifty Year Sword is awesome.  I actually went to see Danielewski read it right before the reissue came out and it was really cool and well done.  It's a super quick read since it's basically a ghost story (the reading lasted about an hour and a half I want to say and it was the entire book).  It's a lot better than i]Only Revolutions[/i].

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« Reply #1965 on: January 07, 2014, 01:04:14 PM »
Yeah, Only Revolutions was super difficult.  It required a lot of internet help and just heads down reading through it regardless of understanding.  It was meant to be a reinvention of music and (love) poetry, like how HoL is a re-imagining of film and literary criticism.  It made more sense once I realized that, but it still wasn't easy.  I know that I definitely missed a lot.  The Fifty Year Sword is awesome.  I actually went to see Danielewski read it right before the reissue came out and it was really cool and well done.  It's a super quick read since it's basically a ghost story (the reading lasted about an hour and a half I want to say and it was the entire book).  It's a lot better than i]Only Revolutions[/i].

Word up, I am going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of The Fifty Year Sword ASAP.  Glad I am not the only one who felt that way about Only Revolutions though.  Been reading up about Danielewski today and found out that he has a cult-like following.  http://forums.markzdanielewski.com/  -  a whole forum dedicated to his work.  Pretty intense.   


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« Reply #1966 on: January 18, 2014, 11:39:04 AM »
I've been reading On the road by Kerouac and it's rad.
Of course I'm hyped to do something similar, although I have the feeling I'm going to get raped/shot/robbed of a kidney while doing it.

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« Reply #1967 on: January 19, 2014, 05:07:26 AM »
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« Reply #1968 on: January 19, 2014, 05:15:00 AM »
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« Reply #1969 on: January 19, 2014, 08:12:02 AM »
Yeah, Only Revolutions was super difficult.  It required a lot of internet help and just heads down reading through it regardless of understanding.  It was meant to be a reinvention of music and (love) poetry, like how HoL is a re-imagining of film and literary criticism.  It made more sense once I realized that, but it still wasn't easy.  I know that I definitely missed a lot.  The Fifty Year Sword is awesome.  I actually went to see Danielewski read it right before the reissue came out and it was really cool and well done.  It's a super quick read since it's basically a ghost story (the reading lasted about an hour and a half I want to say and it was the entire book).  It's a lot better than i]Only Revolutions[/i].

Word up, I am going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of The Fifty Year Sword ASAP.  Glad I am not the only one who felt that way about Only Revolutions though.  Been reading up about Danielewski today and found out that he has a cult-like following.  http://forums.markzdanielewski.com/  -  a whole forum dedicated to his work.  Pretty intense.   

I'm a huge Danielewski fan - I think House of Leaves is his best, being such a cool fucking story. Only Revolutions was pretty cool too - what did you need help with while reading it? doesn't it say in the beginning to read like six pages in one side than flip it and carry on that way. It was cool. I finally found a copy of Fifty Year Sword and wasn't too impressed with it. I've read his next book (or books) are going to be released as mini books or something over a period of time. Should be interesting.

House of Leaves would be a pretty cool movie - I've also heard he refuses to sell the rights thus denying anyone the chance to make a movie from it.

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« Reply #1970 on: January 19, 2014, 09:36:38 AM »
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« Reply #1971 on: January 19, 2014, 10:01:20 AM »
That's impressive.  Gravity's Rainbow was one of the few books I had to take breaks from reading in order to finish.  All told, it took me about a year and a half to finish it.

Took me a few months as well. One of the few books that i've read that was just too much for me, mostly because there wasn't really much of plot or anything that would have made me wanting to keep on reading. Maybe it's just me, obviously some people can appreciate type of books, otherwise it wouldn't be considered a classic. Part of it is that i read crying of the lot 49 before Gravitys rainbow and really enjoyed it, so maybe i was expecting something similar and was dissapointed when it was entirely different type of a novel.
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« Reply #1972 on: January 19, 2014, 11:17:42 AM »
Yeah, Only Revolutions was super difficult.  It required a lot of internet help and just heads down reading through it regardless of understanding.  It was meant to be a reinvention of music and (love) poetry, like how HoL is a re-imagining of film and literary criticism.  It made more sense once I realized that, but it still wasn't easy.  I know that I definitely missed a lot.  The Fifty Year Sword is awesome.  I actually went to see Danielewski read it right before the reissue came out and it was really cool and well done.  It's a super quick read since it's basically a ghost story (the reading lasted about an hour and a half I want to say and it was the entire book).  It's a lot better than i]Only Revolutions[/i].

Word up, I am going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of The Fifty Year Sword ASAP.  Glad I am not the only one who felt that way about Only Revolutions though.  Been reading up about Danielewski today and found out that he has a cult-like following.  http://forums.markzdanielewski.com/  -  a whole forum dedicated to his work.  Pretty intense.   

I'm a huge Danielewski fan - I think House of Leaves is his best, being such a cool fucking story. Only Revolutions was pretty cool too - what did you need help with while reading it? doesn't it say in the beginning to read like six pages in one side than flip it and carry on that way. It was cool. I finally found a copy of Fifty Year Sword and wasn't too impressed with it. I've read his next book (or books) are going to be released as mini books or something over a period of time. Should be interesting.

House of Leaves would be a pretty cool movie - I've also heard he refuses to sell the rights thus denying anyone the chance to make a movie from it.

I didn't expect it to be a novel in free verse so that's what took some getting used to.

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« Reply #1973 on: January 19, 2014, 04:53:06 PM »
I've been reading On the road by Kerouac and it's rad.
Of course I'm hyped to do something similar, although I have the feeling I'm going to get raped/shot/robbed of a kidney while doing it.

Finished it about a week ago, it was pretty interesting. 

I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy. So far my favorite of his is Outer Dark. That may change because I'm only half way through Blood Meridian.

Haven't read that but I fuckin loved Blood Meridian. Will check that out.


Now my debate is whether to start Dharma Bums or All the Pretty Horses, haven't read any Cormac McCarthy in a long time.   What's his book about the dude that bangs his sister and has a kid?

Anyways have to finish this book first:


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« Reply #1975 on: January 30, 2014, 02:07:55 PM »


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« Reply #1976 on: January 30, 2014, 05:24:17 PM »
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« Reply #1977 on: January 30, 2014, 06:09:15 PM »
I've been reading On the road by Kerouac and it's rad.
Of course I'm hyped to do something similar, although I have the feeling I'm going to get raped/shot/robbed of a kidney while doing it.

Finished it about a week ago, it was pretty interesting. 

I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy. So far my favorite of his is Outer Dark. That may change because I'm only half way through Blood Meridian.

Haven't read that but I fuckin loved Blood Meridian. Will check that out.


Now my debate is whether to start Dharma Bums or All the Pretty Horses, haven't read any Cormac McCarthy in a long time.   What's his book about the dude that bangs his sister and has a kid?

Anyways have to finish this book first:



That would be Outer Dark.

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« Reply #1978 on: January 30, 2014, 07:09:29 PM »
Anyone ever heard of John Bellairs? He wrote Eyes of The Killer Robot, Trolley into Yesterday, House With Clocks in its Walls, and a hand full of others I never got around to reading. Favorite author. It looks like they're all out of print though. At least with the original artwork.

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« Reply #1979 on: February 17, 2014, 02:50:49 PM »


Took a little project upon myself. Made it through the first 150 (small-printed) pages and I must say that it's pretty interesting. It's hard to remember all those different characters, but I guess that's part of the fun.