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Old 05-12-2008, 12:38 AM    (permalink
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getcha a pull of some robert s thompson. or watch fear and loathing in las vegas to get a taste. some of the most wild and trippy writings i have ever read. indulge while reading. =D
You mean Hunter S. Thompson...If so, I love me some Hunter S.
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You mean Hunter S. Thompson...If so, I love me some Hunter S.
doh! ma bad =(
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I'm reading The Invisible Man - Ralph Emerson a the moment. It's an excellent book about stereotyping and race. even though it was written immediately post-WWII, it's amazingly relevant to today's society.

My personal favorites I've read are: The Grapes of Wrath (literary style masterpiece) and Slaughterhouse V (kurt Vonnegut). Lord of the Flies is pretty good, but in no way is it on par with several others.

I hope to read 1984, The Catcher in the Rye or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by the end of summer. I've got 7 days riding in somebody's car, so i should be able to knock out at leat 2.
Invisible Man is one of my favorites of all time. Usually I think that books with a political message lead to subpar writing because the message becomes paramount while the style suffers. However, Invisible man really is a complex masterpiece. If youve gotten up to it, one of my favorite scenes(and imo most significant)is the scene where he eats the sweet potato.

Some of my other favorites Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, Confederacy of Dunces, A Separate Peace, On the Road, and the Things They Carried.
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I am currently reading I Am America, and So Can You! by Stephen Colbert.
It's hilarious, and I reccomend it to all of you.
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I am currently reading I Am America, and So Can You! by Stephen Colbert.
It's hilarious, and I reccomend it to all of you.
There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book warning people not to lend it to others (very Colbert-esque, wouldn't disagree), but due to my lack of disposable income, I have not been able to buy the book and my smartass friends won't lend it to me because of the disclaimer.
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Just read Catch-22. It was very funny.
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lol, nice...but seriously if they make 1984 it will crash and burn and I will be pissed off
There is a play version of it written by Tim Robbins that did really well. I think he said he would like to do a movie version of it. I think that if someone truly passionate about the book and with the proper budget could make a decent movie of 1984. Also, it's been tried before: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048918/
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For any fantasy geeks out there who love Lord of the Rings I would recommend The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I am a huge LotR fan but I consider TWoT to be the better story, just my opinion.
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Tolken isn't any where near as good of a story teller as Jordan, tolken is cool because of how his books are a collection of different culture's histories.

As for 1984 it is probably one of my favorite novels, it makes no sense to me that with Orwell's fear of authoritarian governments and oppression he was still a socialist.

Anyways I've been plowing through the Wild Card series, it's a huge collaboration of different scifi authors writing about an alternate timeline where in 1948 an alien virus was released over New York. The virus mutated people on contact, killing 90%, turning 9% into disfigured "jokers and giving 1% superpowers. It's really a cool series for people who like scifi looks at Americana over the years, the series started in the early 80's and they add cool new touches with each new release.

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Recently finished: American Hardcore: A Tribal History by Steven Blush
http://www.amazon.com/American-Hardc...11346&sr= 8-1

Very cool book if you are into early-80's hardcore punk
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Anything by Tolstoy is always great.


I recently got done reading A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Great book for anyone who enjoys Russian History.

The Reader is also a good book lightly related to the holocaust. Great Ending.

Hitler's Niece is another book I liked.
I read the Death of Ivan Illyich a few months back. Tolstoy is great. Dostoevsky is another great Russian author.
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Just read Catch-22. It was very funny.
That's on my list. Joseph Heller actually has the same birthday as me.
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If you like fantasy stuff like Harry Potter, LOTR, and Narnia you should check out the "Banned and the Banished" Series. I am just starting the second book. Here are the book titles:

Wit'ch Fire
Wit'ch Storm
Wit'ch War
Wit'ch Gate
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Very cool book if you are into early-80's hardcore punk
I read that not too long ago too on a car ride. It was pretty awesome.

Brent. I think you and I would have tons to talk about.

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I've been reading a lot of like, classics. Deipnosophists by Atheneus has been my current love, about the times an lives of late rome.
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Oh man, im gunna have so much to contribute to this thread...as someone who reads an awful lot, here are some of my favourite novels...

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk- Ive never read anything so moving in my life. Everytime i read it it breaks my heart, simply because it paints a picture that is so bleak its stunning. I love it. Its very differant from the movie, and drives home its anti-consumerist message much better then the movie does. This is without doubt my favourite novel, and always will be. Id recommend it for anyone who hasnt already read it.

Blindness, Jose Saramago- Another novel that touches upon the depths of the human soul, Blindness is about an epidemic in which the majority of the human population is turned blind. It details the collapse of society with clarity, and some of the novel is terrifying to be honest. One of teh best written novels ive ever read. Spectacular in every way. I cant say enogh good things about it. Its written with hardly any punctuation, sentences can be half a page long. Its very disorienting at first, but once you get used to it, you cant put the nove down.


Oryx And Crake, Margaret Atwood- another post apocolyptic novel about a man who had a large role in mankinds downfall. Details his guilt and pain in reliving his memories as the last man on earth. Very very good novel, with alot of satire and black humour. Deals heavily with bioengineering and the ethics behind it, im writing a paper on it for school. Its fantastic. I love it, i recommend it to everyone.


those are just a few, but i can go on and on and on all night. but for anyone who hasnt read those novels, i recommend them right away
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More of my favourites that i forgot...

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis- A bit on the graphic side, actually its probably the most disturbing thing ive ever read, but i love the messages in the novel. As you can tell, im big on these kinds of books and if you can sort through the mass amounts of designer brands, there is an important sentiment behind the words.

The Secret History, Donna Tartt- Another very good novel, about several college students who commit a murder. However, its written in reverse style and its very very effective. A gripping read that deals with grief and despair and consequences
someone talk to me about these books :) i am in need of a good discussion
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APS, did you ever read: rules of attraction?
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yeah...i didnt like it as much as glamorama, less then zero, or american psycho. I found the lack of a chronological timeline disorienting and i found it difficult to connect with the characters...they were just all so pathetic. at least in american psycho, you can empathize with the emptiness of patrick batemen. in rules of attraction, i just felt the characters were apathetic pieces of ****. just my opinion lol
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yeah...i didnt like it as much as glamorama, less then zero, or american psycho. I found the lack of a chronological timeline disorienting and i found it difficult to connect with the characters...they were just all so pathetic. at least in american psycho, you can empathize with the emptiness of patrick batemen. in rules of attraction, i just felt the characters were apathetic pieces of ****. just my opinion lol
see. the difference between batemen and say, any of the rules of attraction characters was, yeah, that apathy... kinda like the sensory deprivation tank, you watch a trainwreck, how people can feel that way, and watch them as they watch your life pass by. batemen was just really kinda that sick slimy neurosis of empty humanity that gives you the creeps.

that sheer terror of someone like that is what make the book so good. ellis makes you loathe... in the greatest sense of the word... his characters. Amazingly good at the anti-hero.
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see. the difference between batemen and say, any of the rules of attraction characters was, yeah, that apathy... kinda like the sensory deprivation tank, you watch a trainwreck, how people can feel that way, and watch them as they watch your life pass by. batemen was just really kinda that sick slimy neurosis of empty humanity that gives you the creeps.

that sheer terror of someone like that is what make the book so good. ellis makes you loathe... in the greatest sense of the word... his characters. Amazingly good at the anti-hero.

i agree. i think that american psycho was much harder to get through, just because sorting through the pages of designer brand names and the random insertions of grotesque violence made it mroe difficult to see the method behind batemans madness. However, once you see it, its genius. I wont lie, less then zero might be my favourtie book by ellis. Its his first, and its sloppy and not as finished as its other work, but there is something wholesome and beautiful in that i find. The characters in that novel are so broken, they are beyond fixing. Its heart breaking. novels like that always get me. Ellis is a fantastic writer...i wish he would put out some new material more often
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i agree. i think that american psycho was much harder to get through, just because sorting through the pages of designer brand names and the random insertions of grotesque violence made it mroe difficult to see the method behind batemans madness. However, once you see it, its genius. I wont lie, less then zero might be my favourtie book by ellis. Its his first, and its sloppy and not as finished as its other work, but there is something wholesome and beautiful in that i find. The characters in that novel are so broken, they are beyond fixing. Its heart breaking. novels like that always get me. Ellis is a fantastic writer...i wish he would put out some new material more often
I know. Good writers need to be more prolific.

Chuck P's work as a whole isn't that good, but he writes a lot of good books.
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see i disagree about chuck p...IMO, fight club is one of the most well written novels ive ever read. Its fantastic, i cant say enough good things about it. I find i either love Chuck's work, or i dislike it. There is a fine line considering his work, i feel he either gets it jsut right, or he slathers the nihilism on a little too strong...for example, i did not like choke. Well i guess that isnt right, i liked it, just not nearly as much as the rest of his novels.

and i do agree, more good writers need to release more work. But i guess since im a fairly particular reader, im difficult to please haha...have you read any of those other novels i mentioned AQ?
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A few books I've read lately...



A friend of mine insisted I read this, and I'm glad I did. A truly gorgeous piece of writing which manages to take a fairly dystopian idea and drop you fully within the human aspect of it. Great stuff.



I honestly don't think I've ever had more fun reading a book. Some of Twain's work is inconsistent and even some of his more famous works don't manage to deliver all the way through, but this book is him at his finest. Tall tales and an awesomely in-depth look at life on the west coast of the USA during the 1860's and 70's.



I picked this up to combat my insomnia, and it has done its job well. I imagine that trying to read this with any serious academic slant would be like torture for me, as Hobbes writing is about as dry as philosophical works get this side of Immanuel Kant.
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