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#61 dxl

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:31 AM

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Raymond Carver


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Reading "Cathedral" makes my brain cum every time I get to the line, "It's really something."

Check out the collected works of John Cheever. He isn't as minimalist as Carver or Hemmingway, nor is his corpus entirely set in realism (although the majortiy of it is). Anyways, he's one of my favorite short story writers. His novels, while acclaimed, didn't do nearly as much for me.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:40 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.

Makes sense. I don't think i made it past the first chapter. All i remember is someone smelling of trees, which i thought was beautiful in itself.

Yup, but there's more to the book than just that. I mean, the antagonist is real shovanist blacky.


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The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:32 AM

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Does anyone else think Tolkien a bit of a hack?


.... If Tolkien is a hack, so is JK Rowling. So is George Lucas.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

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Stephen King.... Bag of Bones, 'salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, etc.


When I read "Bag Of Bones" I thought he'd never end. I mean amazing story but waaaaay too long. "Pet Sematary" is I believe the only book King regret to have written. "Salem's Lot": great classic.

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One trilogy I like:

-Tai-Pan
-Shogun
-Noble House

By James Clavell.


QUOTE (GilmourIsGod @ Dec 16 2008, 07:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anything by Hermann Hesse


Esp: Siddhartha and Steppenwolf.


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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:04 PM

My favorite Faulkner novel is Light in August. I've read the rest, too, but it's that one that spoke to me. I love it. I've read it multiple times.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:24 PM

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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 - 12:42 PM

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QUOTE (newsgirl12 @ Dec 16 2008, 08:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stephen King.... Bag of Bones, 'salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, etc.


When I read "Bag Of Bones" I thought he'd never end. I mean amazing story but waaaaay too long. "Pet Sematary" is I believe the only book King regret to have written. "Salem's Lot": great classic.

...

One trilogy I like:

-Tai-Pan
-Shogun
-Noble House

By James Clavell.


QUOTE (GilmourIsGod @ Dec 16 2008, 07:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anything by Hermann Hesse


Esp: Siddhartha and Steppenwolf.

Yeah, it was rather long... But worth it in the end. In my opinion anyway. I can see why he regrets writing it. I always love reading those little introductions in his books with little side notes and bits and pieces of how the book came about, etc.

'salem's Lot actually took me a little while to get caught up in but once I was, I couldn't separate myself from it.

I'm now reading A Million Little Pieces or whatever by James Frey, even though I was begged not to by a friend from whom I borrow books from every once in a while.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:56 PM

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Does anyone else think Tolkien a bit of a hack?


Would you care to qualify that?
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:04 PM

Cross Stich (aka Outlander) - Diana Gabaldon

Its Frikken Excellentness!!!

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:00 PM

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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Murakami


Oh yes. Terrific book.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:32 PM

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

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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.

I read both of them, and I believe I was the only person in my class that did not like them.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:34 PM

I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:43 PM

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Cross Stich (aka Outlander) - Diana Gabaldon

Its Frikken Excellentness!!!

My mom loves the Outlander series.

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#74 dxl

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 04:49 PM

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I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


I still haven't read that ( ! )

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:20 PM

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I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


I still haven't read that ( ! )

It's overrated.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:21 PM

QUOTE (James_Coolidge @ Dec 17 2008, 01:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Cross Stich (aka Outlander) - Diana Gabaldon

Its Frikken Excellentness!!!

My mom loves the Outlander series.

It was my dad that put me on to it.

That and Clan of the Cavebear.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:06 PM

QUOTE (gummyworms_tbr @ Dec 16 2008, 05:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


I still haven't read that ( ! )

It's overrated.

Better than 1984.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:14 PM

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I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


I still haven't read that ( ! )

It's overrated.

Better than 1984.

I disagree.
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:26 PM

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I would also like to add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


I still haven't read that ( ! )

It's overrated.

Better than 1984.

I disagree.

You would. Brave New World did in a hundred pages what 1984 tried to do in several hundred.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:41 AM

Though I think that Brave New World is a better book than 1984, I must say that I much prefer Orwell's writing to Huxley's.
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