Author Topic: books to read  (Read 247061 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

tortfeasor

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2107
  • Rep: 177
Re: books to read
« Reply #2730 on: February 24, 2017, 04:09:34 PM »
tortfeasor
yeah, sorta like bands first albums are better i think i dig richard bachman more than stephen king. long walk is more recent to me but running man reminded me of how the media makes people sound worse than they are [whoever was running man they called pediphiles and shit]. the end predicted 9/11 and palahniuk's survivor as well.
i guess just cause he's mainstream or whatever and the movies but stephen king can write.


I like the band analogy. It's the same reason I'm wearing an op Ivy hoody right now instead of a rancid one.

shark tits

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #2731 on: February 24, 2017, 11:12:01 PM »
i just remembered, 'desperation' 20matar. holy cow, we shared that book in arizona back in the late 90s. it was set in the desert and vultures would say 'tak entah' and a big cop was arresting all sorts of people just cause, like collecting people in the jail.
i remember my whole house dug that one.
there's a movie of it starring his dark majesty gary busey too.

tortfeasor

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2107
  • Rep: 177
Re: books to read
« Reply #2732 on: March 08, 2017, 07:34:02 AM »
rereading...still gives me the chills..



ive started this book three times and just cannot get into it.  i dont understand why.  by all accounts i should love it as it has everything i love in a book but it just never really connects.
I just finished reading it, got it through the inter-library system because of Rusty's post.
it's really fucking interesting, I felt a little gross reading it at times because I'd catch myself forgetting it was non-fiction, but other than that I loved it. I don't know how far you read, but once I got through the first couple changes in perspective it really picked up for me.


entered the closing stretch of the book last night (maybe 20 pages left)... 
Holy fuck thank you for telling me to give this another shot.  It really is a masterpiece.  probably one of the best books ive ever read.

SPOILERS:                                                       [[[[[[[[[[[[[[I want to hate perry but really i just feel bad for him hickcock can go fuck himself.]]]]]]]]]]]][/sub]

shark tits

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #2733 on: March 09, 2017, 04:09:08 PM »
not done but 'honeybee democracy' has my attention. you ever wonder how a swarm picks a new home after they abscond from your hive and alight in a tree? different special 'scout' bees go looking for hollowed trees and contingent on it's meeting their criteria is how hard they will perform an interpretive [waggle] dance which gives directions to it.
so if they dance hard it will make neighboring bees dance for it. once a majority of bees are dancing the same diretions then they take off and fly there in unison w/ the queen at the center.
supposing 2 camps of bees diverge in opinion, they will do competing waggle dances til one or the other has a majority. in rare instances they'll break off into 2 swarms but if they don't have the queen they return to the branch.
crazy stuff!
they also shake bees awake if they need an unloader. and have a piping noise they make to recruit helpers.

20matar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1507
  • Rep: 125
  • All we like to listen to is Barry Manilow.
Re: books to read
« Reply #2734 on: March 10, 2017, 09:48:45 AM »
I'm reading a book of short stories by Chekhov. This is my first contact with the author, and they're all from early in his career. The stories are all really subtle and sensitive and the only reason I'm not bored to death with all of the middle class Russian drama is because they're all short and his writing flows perfectly. Reading a Virginia Woolf blurb on the back praising his style made it all make so much sense. Not my style at all!

AnotherHardDayAtTheOffice

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 853
  • Rep: -21
Re: books to read
« Reply #2735 on: March 11, 2017, 01:07:56 AM »
I'm reading a book of short stories by Chekhov. This is my first contact with the author, and they're all from early in his career. The stories are all really subtle and sensitive and the only reason I'm not bored to death with all of the middle class Russian drama is because they're all short and his writing flows perfectly. Reading a Virginia Woolf blurb on the back praising his style made it all make so much sense. Not my style at all!

Haha. Well-played sir, well-played. I was thinking about picking up Chekhov some time soon, too. But yeah, maybe not my cup of tea as well ("Middle class Russian drama").

I'm about to finish The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami. I'm really liking it. I love dark, surreal literature, so Murakami hits pretty close to home. His writing is a bit too "hip" in order for him to become an all-time favorite for me, but this wasn't the last Murakami novel I picked up.

Tufty

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1261
  • Rep: -30
Re: books to read
« Reply #2736 on: March 12, 2017, 07:22:04 AM »
I am half way through and I am a fan. A great insight on the spirit of our era.

Google books review:

"After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system - a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. The book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as a lived ideological framework. Using examples from politics, films, fiction, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience. But it will also show that, because of a number of inconsistencies and glitches internal to the capitalist reality program capitalism in fact is anything but realistic."



tortfeasor

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2107
  • Rep: 177
Re: books to read
« Reply #2737 on: April 05, 2017, 10:52:23 AM »
i guess the earlier posts about king kicked up some dust in the universe because this book ended up falling in my lap (well my friend threw it at me).  it was pretty good... not change my world good but very solid easy and enjoyable read. very lovecraftian(?) ending.




so when i was walking through the bookstore and "Under the Dome" caught my eye i had to pick it up. 

also got a copy of the great gatsby which i never actually read when i was supposed to

Yushin Okami

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 693
  • Rep: 97
Re: books to read
« Reply #2738 on: April 05, 2017, 03:49:35 PM »
This was a really quick read but great. True story too.


"Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality?not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own."
staining niggas homework wit his buttjuice

20matar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1507
  • Rep: 125
  • All we like to listen to is Barry Manilow.
Re: books to read
« Reply #2739 on: April 05, 2017, 04:26:19 PM »
Since sk00l is back in session, and now that I am going to actively, properly, and academically study literature, I need to start reading better and more critically. Wish me luck, folks.

I had to read Thomas Mann's Death in Venice for class. It's a short novel. The theme is really cringey and tense: an acclaimed writer who becomes obsessed with a boy and his beauty, all while trying to enjoy a much-needed vacation to get over a block. Then I had to watch the movie FILM by Luchino Visconti. Hopefully I'll get to figure out how this cinema thing works. I'm a philistine and I can't make a proper comment about the book or about the movie, only that reading it made me imagine that Venice looked way better than it actually does, and I have no one to blame for that disappointment but myself.

shark tits

  • Guest
Re: books to read
« Reply #2740 on: April 05, 2017, 04:36:46 PM »
This was a really quick read but great. True story too.


"Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality?not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own."
i read the intro to this on vice or somewhere. dude getting busted by the nature cop sneaking food. looked interesting.
just finished a book called 'swarm essentials' that's ok if you're into bees but kinda know a little already. someone gimme some fiction.

Can of Soup

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 437
  • Rep: 113
Re: books to read
« Reply #2741 on: April 05, 2017, 06:02:18 PM »
I'm about to finish The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami. I'm really liking it. I love dark, surreal literature, so Murakami hits pretty close to home. His writing is a bit too "hip" in order for him to become an all-time favorite for me, but this wasn't the last Murakami novel I picked up.
The history woven into that one was interesting, for sure. Took Gay Imp Sausage Metal's advice and checked out some of Murakami's short story collections--really liked The Elephant Vanishes. Also checked out After the Quake, but preferred the variety in The Elephant Vanishes more.

Brandon had recommended this one a few pages back--

--super emotionally draining. the book follows four friends from their college years into their early fifties. Every time you think something is going to get better for the central character, Jude, some tragedy or beyond awful event from his past comes up and the book punches you in the fucking face. This continues from about halfway through the book until the end. Apparently, it's now slated to be turned into a TV series. Read a review where someone categorized it as "tragedy porn", which is pretty accurate.

Still working through the Lisbon book, really interesting to read about the wolfram (tungsten) wars. Have this one lined up next:


Shark Tits, think you might enjoy some of Michael Chabon's stuff--The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is great, and the newer copies have like five alternate endings in the back.

Gay Imp Sausage Metal

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 8834
  • Rep: -383
  • We're just 2 lo(b)s(t)ers sitting behind a screen
Re: books to read
« Reply #2742 on: April 05, 2017, 06:38:46 PM »
Took Gay Imp Sausage Metal's advice and checked out some of Murakami's short story collections--really liked The Elephant Vanishes.
My wigga!
My fav thing to do on business trips is to read Murakami's short stories while sitting on the plane having a drink

"This is untrue, my client has not been attacked in every country" #yearoftheeagle

posguy

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1342
  • Rep: -54
Re: books to read
« Reply #2743 on: April 06, 2017, 11:15:25 AM »
Just read Hammerhead Six and then Mistakes I Made During the Zombie Apocalpyse. Both were pretty good, Mistakes was a little unnerving. Kid's sitting in a closet after beating his best friends head in with a chair leg and is reflecting on how he got there. Hammerhead Six was definitely a good read, recommend to any who like military nonfiction. Takes place in Pech Valley a few years before the events of Operation Red Wings/Lone Survivor and Restrepo.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2017, 11:21:27 AM by posguy »

tortfeasor

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2107
  • Rep: 177
Re: books to read
« Reply #2744 on: April 06, 2017, 12:00:40 PM »
someone gimme some fiction.

have you read "the world according to garp"? 

its my number 4 favorite book of all time and we seem to be on similar page as far as books go.

yungapplejuice

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 78
  • Rep: 9
Re: books to read
« Reply #2745 on: April 06, 2017, 12:13:44 PM »
Took Gay Imp Sausage Metal's advice and checked out some of Murakami's short story collections--really liked The Elephant Vanishes.
My wigga!
My fav thing to do on business trips is to read Murakami's short stories while sitting on the plane having a drink

aww shit , just found this thread and was going to post about re-reading the wind-up bird chronicle !

backinmyday

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 51
  • Rep: 2
Re: books to read
« Reply #2746 on: April 07, 2017, 08:57:16 PM »
Read Steinbeck for the first time last year and fell in love. Started with Grapes, then Mice and Men, then EAST OF EDEN which, holy fuck my new favorite book ever just a masterpiece of someone's craft, now I'm reading Cannery Row. Loving them all, Cannery was a little hard to get into because of my reading schedule lately.

Also read Blood Meridian last year, it was recommended as a book version of Red Dead Redemption. It's kind of complex, I actually read chapter summaries after most of them because I wanted to make sure I was getting what was happening.

No Country For Old Men is also a really good book, better than the movie. It's badass.

colin

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1456
  • Rep: 263
Re: books to read
« Reply #2747 on: April 08, 2017, 12:45:01 PM »

ChronicBluntSlider

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1433
  • Rep: 32
Re: books to read
« Reply #2748 on: April 09, 2017, 11:10:18 AM »
Reread revolutionary road recently and forgot how amazing it is. The last scene w john giving is so fucking good. And frank is such a douche. Giving a second crack at paradise lost right now.

rfox

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3340
  • Rep: 286
Re: books to read
« Reply #2749 on: April 11, 2017, 09:32:37 AM »
Both of Harlan Hubbard's books are very good.  one about living on a shantyboat for 7 years and then one about homesteading on the ohio river for 40 years.  such an amazing person.



« Last Edit: April 11, 2017, 09:34:58 AM by rfox »

Hefe43

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 161
  • Rep: 61
Re: books to read
« Reply #2750 on: April 11, 2017, 09:13:25 PM »


 
"It?s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war?and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake."
 

Philip K. Dick also wrote the stories that Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and A Scanner Darkly Movies are based on

Dr-Feelgood

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 432
  • Rep: 2
  • Hello, i love you, won't you tell me your name?
Re: books to read
« Reply #2751 on: April 11, 2017, 10:48:00 PM »
Just finished Travis Barkers book, was never a huge fan but i always liked Blink, anyway a buddy got me the gift as a birthday present and im glad he did, the dude lived a pretty crazy life, Definitley worth the read


We may not know what skateboarding is
But we sure as hell know what it aint
Wait we know what it is now too -
Falling down and gettin back up

BuckyFellini

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 16
  • Rep: 3
Re: books to read
« Reply #2752 on: April 20, 2017, 10:50:16 AM »
I see McCarthy mentioned a lot in this thread which is cool. I recently decided to finish reading through all of his novels. I had read everything from Blood Meridian to The Road but knew virtually nothing about the novels he wrote before that.

The earlier novels are different from the later ones in a few ways, one of the main differences being that they take place in the American southeast instead of the southwest/Mexico, which gives the books a much different feel to them.  The Orchard Keeper (his first) was good but more of a “normal” book, not really filled with the typical McCarthy craziness. Seems like he really came into his own with the next two books, Outer Dark and Child of God, which I liked a lot more.

Outer Dark takes place in Appalachia in the early 1900s. Has a little bit of a Deliverance vibe to it. Child of God takes place in rural Tennessee in the 1960s. Both books were really good. They don’t have as much violence as some of the later books (although there is undoubtedly still violence) but they almost feel more disturbed and twisted, mainly because of the subject matter they tackle (which includes incest and necrophilia).

Just started Suttree the other day which is the last book on the list for me.  Also takes place in Tennessee. Only 50 pages in and it also feels quite different from his other novels.  So far it is much more character-driven than plot-driven but too early to say how the book will unfold.     

After I finish Suttree I think I’ll have to read In Cold Blood based on this thread.

HFS40000

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
  • Rep: 0
Re: books to read
« Reply #2753 on: April 20, 2017, 01:38:20 PM »


I'm digging my way through House of Leaves and it's an absolute clusterfuck but also one of the coolest books I've ever read.  Danielewski has a newer series that I've been wanting to get into but I gotta finish this one first.



Universal Harvester is pretty good too, John Darnielle is one of my favorite lyricists and it translates really well to novels too.

Abyss1

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1498
  • Rep: 2
Re: books to read
« Reply #2754 on: April 20, 2017, 01:47:20 PM »
Just started this last night and got a pretty good chunk of it finished...  Really funny and informative. and it sold out of majority of Barnes and Nobles in 24 hrs




oyolar

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 9048
  • Rep: 198
Re: books to read
« Reply #2755 on: April 20, 2017, 02:02:57 PM »
I'm digging my way through House of Leaves and it's an absolute clusterfuck but also one of the coolest books I've ever read.  Danielewski has a newer series that I've been wanting to get into but I gotta finish this one first.


HoL is fucking amazing. I've been keeping up with The Familiar too (about to finish the most recent volume this weekend) and it is even more insane. I'm happy to share my thoughts on it if you care.

lickcakes

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 495
  • Rep: 99
  • breathcakes
Re: books to read
« Reply #2756 on: April 24, 2017, 09:50:31 PM »
HoL is great! You'll find it in most indie artists' bookshelves!



This book was pretty good? I guess what I took most from it was to try not to suffer from being "oppressed" by rules, and instead, work them to your advantage... just like how we recontextualize architectural spaces into something wonderful.





Just started this today. Perfect for overthinkers.

behavioralguide

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 601
  • Rep: 98
  • dog stuff
Re: books to read
« Reply #2757 on: April 25, 2017, 06:28:11 AM »


Was able to borrow this one (its like 90E online) and it was a great read.
Its an account of the 70 story basement under centre pompidou (aka centre beaubourg) and how they created a 'underground centre for alternative modes of culture'. it reads as a critique on (neo-) liberal values or how-it-could-also-be and the role of the art(ist)s within this transformation
Its written by Albert Meister (sociologist) but original publications even more obscure, the version i read was translated and re-printed by Luca Frei

Anyone familiar with Rodolfo Walsh?
read this one
and its really good, its one of the first acts of 'investigative journalism', 9 years before Truman Capotes 'In cold blood', which is often regarded as the first example + In cold Blood was written after the killers where convicted whereas Operation Massacre was the only serious investigation of the murder of tens of men and which also acted as an accusation to those who committed the crime but where protected by the (military) state

SFblah

  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 6340
  • Rep: 640
Re: books to read
« Reply #2758 on: April 25, 2017, 06:58:25 AM »
I picked this up the other day because for years I've had it recommended. Only read 3 chapters but really good.


Also just started this so too soon to say much on it.


HFS40000

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 80
  • Rep: 0
Re: books to read
« Reply #2759 on: April 25, 2017, 08:47:29 AM »
I'm digging my way through House of Leaves and it's an absolute clusterfuck but also one of the coolest books I've ever read.  Danielewski has a newer series that I've been wanting to get into but I gotta finish this one first.


HoL is fucking amazing. I've been keeping up with The Familiar too (about to finish the most recent volume this weekend) and it is even more insane. I'm happy to share my thoughts on it if you care.

Just barely saw this. I'm about 400 pages into HoL so I've got a pretty decent chunk left. I bought the first book of The Familiar and flipped through it to see what I'm in for, it looks pretty insane. Isn't he supposed to do like 15 of them? I don't know how he can keep that all together but he's definitely working on another level than most writers. I'm at kind of a slow part in HoL but I think I'll try and power through it tonight and get to more of the weird shit.