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« on: January 04, 2009, 06:34:35 PM »

any good ones you guys would recomend ? i havent read a good book in awhile.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 07:11:12 PM »

Uh...

Blindness by Jose Saramago
Ender's Game

uh...

I dunno.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 07:22:10 PM »

I would suggest reading the thread that was already created on this subject, really good material.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 08:32:55 PM »

the road by cormac mccarthy
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 08:54:59 PM »

i believe this is the third or fourth Book thread
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2009, 10:09:42 PM »

Speaking as a drunk ass who finds most authors boring, I read Hocus Pocus by Vonnegut and I was compelled to read everything else he wrote.  Otherwise, i would suggest reading 1984 by George Orwell.

I read a ton but hate most of it.  The very least I can say is that those guys are entertaining AND they have something to say.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2009, 12:05:30 AM »

hocus pocus is an odd first vonnegut. the structure is kind of overwhelming, especially if you try to envision yourself sifting through the scraps of paper that make up the book.

fucking epic story, and a genuinely interesting way of getting the reader into the process.

vonnegut is amazing. RIP.

also check out ira levin.
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009, 12:34:37 AM »

I would suggest reading the thread that was already created on this subject, really good material.
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2009, 07:21:11 AM »

hocus pocus is an odd first vonnegut. the structure is kind of overwhelming, especially if you try to envision yourself sifting through the scraps of paper that make up the book.

fucking epic story, and a genuinely interesting way of getting the reader into the process.

vonnegut is amazing. RIP.

also check out ira levin.

I've heard so much about him I figured I finally had to read him (bailgun's repeating praise was part motivator). I just picked up Slaughterhouse Five - which will be the first Vonnegut book I'll have read. I wasn't sure were to start with him - he's got close to 15 books....which ones are the heavy hitters?   
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2009, 07:44:56 AM »

slaughterhouse 5 is a good start.

many of his early short stories are collected in a collection called "welcome to the monkey house," which is some of the best bus/train commute reading ever.  not super taxing on the noggin, but thought-provoking none the less.


player piano is amazing, even if the whole man-replaced-by-machines premise is a little outdated. just replace mechanization with outsourcing layoffs and you're good to go.

fuck it dude, its all golden. his earlier stuff is more straightforward, while towards the end of his career he got pretty experimental. hocus pocus is conceptually brilliant. the forward tells you that the author wrote the book in prison, writing on whatever scraps of paper were available... in the book, there are stark black lines separating various sections of the text that indicate where each scrap of paper supposedly began and ended. 



vonnegut also donated a bunch of money and artwork to a skatepark effort near his home. motherfucker is straight-up beautiful.


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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2009, 08:31:41 AM »

if you like non-fiction, try out malcom gladwell. he just put out his third book outliers which was pretty interesting, about how successful people were privileged to be such through a succession of opportunities presented to them (in addition to their intelligence, skill, and/or dedication). his first book, tipping point is a favorite. it is about what leads to epidemics and trends and the social issues that cause them. blink is good too, which was his second book and about your intuition and it precision. they are all social commentary and studies into how we function. they have roots in business but could be useful in almost any context (even comedy, sleef).
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2009, 11:12:22 AM »

slaughterhouse 5 is a good start.

many of his early short stories are collected in a collection called "welcome to the monkey house," which is some of the best bus/train commute reading ever.  not super taxing on the noggin, but thought-provoking none the less.


player piano is amazing, even if the whole man-replaced-by-machines premise is a little outdated. just replace mechanization with outsourcing layoffs and you're good to go.

fuck it dude, its all golden. his earlier stuff is more straightforward, while towards the end of his career he got pretty experimental. hocus pocus is conceptually brilliant. the forward tells you that the author wrote the book in prison, writing on whatever scraps of paper were available... in the book, there are stark black lines separating various sections of the text that indicate where each scrap of paper supposedly began and ended. 



vonnegut also donated a bunch of money and artwork to a skatepark effort near his home. motherfucker is straight-up beautiful.




cool. thanks, homie. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2009, 12:17:35 PM »

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", Dante's "Inferno" (tough as hell), "Libra" by Don DeLillo, "Animal Farm" <---Just a few to get you started
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2009, 10:21:11 PM »

On the Vonnegut tip, Timequake was my favorite.  You have to read a good majority of his novels first though.  It was his last and sort of ties most of his old characters together.
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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2009, 12:57:27 AM »

Reading is hard.  I'm almost done with SH5, but I'm having a tough time.  I was reading like 80 pages at a time, but then I slowed down, and now I'm lost.  It's a pretty sweet story though.  I like the concept a lot.  He's pretty fuckin' funny too.
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