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I am impressed with alot of peoples knowledge on authors in here. I try and read a book every two weeks if I can, but there is no way I could name off lists like you guys.
Yea, I really need to get back into reading for enjoyment. School has really taken that desire out of me.
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Quality not Quantity. My M.O.
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Or the guided tour of the afterlife in Inferno, also by Dante Aligheri, & for the Gustave Dore engravings if for no other reason!!
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I have such a hard time grasping that The Inferno was written in the early 1300s...

I mean, the language, the processes of conceptualization, it's just 'new' feeling still. Which pretty much means it's awesome too.
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I got the book a few months ago and i'm nowhere near half way done....doing reading for school doesn't help but i have to read it slow and carefully so i can understand what I'm reading
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This. Honestly, if you can really manage to read a book every 2 weeks, you're reading at a rate I've never come close to. I really doubt I've read 26 book (novels or significant non-fiction) in any year I've been alive. Do some research, talk to people, get some good recommendations.

As for the Inferno and the Divine Comedy, I really recommend finding John Cleese's audio version and listening to that as you read it. It's just fantastic.
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This. Honestly, if you can really manage to read a book every 2 weeks, you're reading at a rate I've never come close to. I really doubt I've read 26 book (novels or significant non-fiction) in any year I've been alive. Do some research, talk to people, get some good recommendations.

As for the Inferno and the Divine Comedy, I really recommend finding John Cleese's audio version and listening to that as you read it. It's just fantastic.
Yeah. 2 weeks, not so much, takes me a month for a book, and i read an hour a day or so.

if you spend 2 weeks on a book. it's because you're not thinking while your reading.
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Or just because some books are kinda short. Some of my favorite ones are 150-200 pages long. Those never last a month.
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I've read some pretty big books in a matter of 10 hours.....i'm more of a fiction kinda guy...I have yet to find a non-fiction book to keep me hooked...the only few that have are "loosely" based on a true story but are more fiction than not
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Or just because some books are kinda short. Some of my favorite ones are 150-200 pages long. Those never last a month.
i.e. invisible cities. anthem. candide. most salinger stuff is rather short.
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There's plenty of good books you can read in just a few days. One of the recent best sellers, White Tiger, I read over the course of one flight from Boston to San Francisco. However, it took me about two months read to Ulysses and feel like I had a grasp of it. Some books just require that time.
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There's plenty of good books you can read in just a few days. One of the recent best sellers, White Tiger, I read over the course of one flight from Boston to San Francisco. However, it took me about two months read to Ulysses and feel like I had a grasp of it.
2 months?

I think the 4th 5th read of it... and then... parts of it start clicking.

yeah. there's some books that you can devour in a flight. then there's some books, that take forever. it doesn't even matter the amount of pages. the density is just overwhelming.
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2 months?

I think the 4th 5th read of it... and then... parts of it start clicking.

yeah. there's some books that you can devour in a flight. then there's some books, that take forever. it doesn't even matter the amount of pages. the density is just overwhelming.
I don't normally re-read books (not without some years passing in between). For Ulysses, there was simply too many references that I didn't know off the top of my head for me to roll right past them. So I'd read, then go try and track down the meaning behind something. So it was rather slow going.

edit - Granted, even when I did wrap it up, I wasn't feeling like I had gotten everything. I'll definitely be reading it again, but not until I knock off some of the more pressing stuff off my list.
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I just finished this after it was recommended. It's a quick read and has a very attractive style to it. Definitely recommended.
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My casual research into existentialism messed with my brain. Yet I was intrigued, so I've looked into it. Tillich's concept of God is pretty unique.
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Has anyone read 1984? I have to read that for school
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I just finished this after it was recommended. It's a quick read and has a very attractive style to it. Definitely recommended.
That sounds really good. I'll have to read that once I'm done with the current fantasy book I told myself I would like(and don't).
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If your looking for simple entertainment, Too Fat Too Fish by Artie Lang is actually a decent book.

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Probably my all time favorite novel. I know alot of people dislike it because they were forced to read it for school, but go back and read it when you dont have to write a paper on it. I have probably read it 10 times, since its such a short and easy read, and it gets better every time. Its the beginning of transgressional fiction and Fitzgerald writes with such brittle language that no matter whats happening in the novel, you feel on edge.

While I do appreciate Fitzgerald's short stories as superior in both prose and in some cases content, Gatsby just gets me every time. Plus the cover art kicks all kinds of ass.
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I cant elaborate since its political, but its a good read
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I'm thinking of buying Dark Water, by Robert Clark. If anyone has read it, please be kind enough to tell me if you enjoyed it.
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Probably my all time favorite novel. I know alot of people dislike it because they were forced to read it for school, but go back and read it when you dont have to write a paper on it. I have probably read it 10 times, since its such a short and easy read, and it gets better every time. Its the beginning of transgressional fiction and Fitzgerald writes with such brittle language that no matter whats happening in the novel, you feel on edge.

While I do appreciate Fitzgerald's short stories as superior in both prose and in some cases content, Gatsby just gets me every time. Plus the cover art kicks all kinds of ass.
Yeah this is a great book.But anyone that reads it has to read the whole thing.I didn't think this book was all that great untill I finished the last 2 pages.
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