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#41 wafffle

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:32 PM

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Does anyone else think Tolkien a bit of a hack?


Aye.


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It takes three long-ass books for Frodo to get to the f*cking volcano and then he's picked up by f*cking eagle things that could have just flown by and dropped it in. What a waste of f*cking time. If I was Frodo I would have punched Gandalf in the nutsack the next time I saw him.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:35 PM

The point was that Frodo was the only one willing to bear the forces of the ring, and he was the only one that could do so without caving in to it's power. The eagles would have done just that, as would any other being that possessed it.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:45 PM

Whatever. It was Sam that did all the real work. He made sure that Frodo didn't succumb to the power of the ring, which he would have on several occasions, had Sam not been there.

Anyway, my choices:

The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Christine by Stephen King
The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:56 PM

Those two were gayer than Batman and Robin.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:57 PM

There's no denying that.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:01 PM

QUOTE (James_Coolidge @ Dec 15 2008, 11:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whatever. It was Sam that did all the real work. He made sure that Frodo didn't succumb to the power of the ring, which he would have on several occasions, had Sam not been there.

Anyway, my choices:

The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Christine by Stephen King
The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Sam helped him on several occasions where the ring was strongest, yes... but Frodo was the one that had it the whole time and resisted it. Frodo FTW.


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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:02 PM

It was a team effort.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:10 PM

F*ck Frodo.




























































Sam did.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:12 PM

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:25 PM

"Ohmigawsh, Springwaffle, like, it's about the power of the ring and not succumbing to the forces of evil." Queers.


I hated the LOTR books. (In all fairness, I never made it completely through the second and never touched the third.)
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:27 PM

He always struck me as being obsessed with his poetry and elvish language. I can't help but imagine him at his own desk, masturbating furiously, sweat glistening on his brow as he reads his his own writing as if it was erotica.
And say why it never worked for me.
Something to do with violence
A long way back, and wrong rewards,
And arrogant eternity.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:35 PM

QUOTE (myfinalheaven @ Dec 16 2008, 12:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He always struck me as being obsessed with his poetry and elvish language. I can't help but imagine him at his own desk, masturbating furiously, sweat glistening on his brow as he reads his his own writing as if it was erotica.


While wearing fake pointy elf ears no doubt.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:35 AM

QUOTE (myfinalheaven @ Dec 16 2008, 06:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does anyone else think Tolkien a bit of a hack?


You create something as enthralling. If Tolkien is a hack, so is JK Rowling. So is George Lucas.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:39 AM

QUOTE (myfinalheaven @ Dec 16 2008, 05:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd have been surprised if you liked it, considering Pullman infused the trilogy with his secular humanist ideals.



Yeah, that's original.

#55 dxl

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:54 AM

QUOTE (GilmourIsGod @ Dec 16 2008, 06:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A lot of those books are very in line with my own tastes. It makes me want to read the rest of them.


you probably should. they all more or less tweaked and refined my perspective on life. with the exception of Crash, because getting into automobile collisions doesn't sexually excite me...yet.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:49 AM

Random selection of novels that come to mind. Ask me again tomorrow and you might get a completely different list

Absalom, Absalom! - Faulkner (great, but my god, reading this in my third language was a bit of a struggle...)
The Way We Live Now - Trollope
Great Expectations - Dickens
The Power and the Glory - Greene
La Peste - Camus
The Sun Also Rises - Hemingway (yes, yes, it's misogynist and the dialogue is stunted - it's still a fantastically styled read)
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Murakami
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Kundera (tied with The Unbearable Lightness of Being as being my favorite Kundera work)
The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov
Tender is the Night - Fitzgerald
Stupeur et Tremblement - Nothomb (silly little book, but I keep chuckling every time I re-read it)
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:03 AM

QUOTE (eulogy @ Dec 16 2008, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Absalom, Absalom! - Faulkner (great, but my god, reading this in my third language was a bit of a struggle...)

The Master and Margarita - Bulgakov


Skip The Sound And The Fury by Faulkner if you struggled with that one.

I'm about to start reading that Bulgakov novel...I'm pretty excited, given what I've read about him/it.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:18 AM

I couldn't get through The Sound And The Fury. Big respect for those who did.

Favorite novel would have to be Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achibe. Short and sweet- the most moving piece of literature i've ever read.

From contemporary literature, i'd say Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts packs all the punches of an action packed larger than life true story of the author living as an australian fugitive in Mumbai, India.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:22 AM

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I couldn't get through The Sound And The Fury. Big respect for those who did.


Well the biggest problem is that the first 80 pages or so are told be a mentally retarded guy, with Faulkner toying with the stream of consciousness device that can get very, very tiresome. After the first chapter is turns into quite a beautiful novel.

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Favorite novel would have to be Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achibe. Short and sweet- the most moving piece of literature i've ever read.


Someone recently told me that this novel was written in response to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. So now it makes sense that there was a big "white people are cocks" message.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:25 AM

I've read The Sound and the Fury, and once past Benjy's portion I found it somewhat easier than A, A! It's not quite as brilliant though.

(I read TSaF and A,A in reverse order of publication though, with several years between the two. So by the time I started TSaF I was somewhat better adjusted to stream of consciousness writing. Having said that, I still had to take out the dictionary quite often. Oh well, I'll continue using the third-language excuse.)

Master and Margarita is the only Bulgakov I've ever read, despite a friend of mine, who studied Slavic languages at uni, pushing me continually to read his short stories. Problem is that with the exception of some of Raymond Carver's and W. Somerset Maugham's writings, I don't really like short stories.
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