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#81 circuspeanuts

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:09 AM

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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.



first off, george lucas = teh fail. imo

JK Rowling = took Tolkien's idea and turned it into the willpower to avoid siding with he who must not be named or whatever. imo

Tolkien = wtf wants to read a book about some gay people married who get a divorce at the end because one throws the ring into the fire pit in the volcano? imo

and on that note, Christopher Paolini = teh failzorz and teh plagiarism (spelled right?) irl



onto books that I enjoy:

Amulet of Samarkand
Golems Eye
Ptolemy's Gate (I think that's the name)

goin old school with the Fowl books as well.

the Odd series by Dean Koontz.

Angels and Demons

and others

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:36 AM

I'm reading an awesome book right now. It's called "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. It's about a circus in the 1920's, and not much else. It has an elephant called Rosie. happy.gif

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:09 AM

Camus - La Peste.
Kafka - The Trial
Dickens -
Shakespeare - Henry V (Get a few looka for that choice...) Or The Tempest. (Much better to read than wath.)
Beckett - Waiting for Godot (in either french or english, he was bi-lingual so nothing was lost oin translation.)

Jesus, I'm cliche.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (jumping_jack_splash @ Dec 17 2008, 08:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Camus - La Peste.
Kafka - The Trial
Dickens -
Shakespeare - Henry V (Get a few looka for that choice...) Or The Tempest. (Much better to read than wath.)
Beckett - Waiting for Godot (in either french or english, he was bi-lingual so nothing was lost oin translation.)

Jesus, I'm cliche.


Any Dickens? Really? I struggled through Barnaby Rudge a while ago, and while before that I probably would've agreed with you that you can't go wrong with Dickens, Barnaby Rudge made me change my opinion after barely 50 pages. Not my cuppa.

Did you read Der Prozess in German? I remember reading a terrible Dutch translation years ago, which made me stay away from Kafka for quite some time. I thought I just didn't "get it". Then I re-read it in German a while back and loved it. Translations are funny things.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 12:08 PM

QUOTE (Lula1100 @ Dec 17 2008, 01:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm reading an awesome book right now. It's called "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. It's about a circus in the 1920's, and not much else. It has an elephant called Rosie. happy.gif

My dad just finished that book. He said it was incredibly interesting.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:13 PM

QUOTE (eulogy @ Dec 17 2008, 08:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (jumping_jack_splash @ Dec 17 2008, 08:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Camus - La Peste.
Kafka - The Trial
Dickens -
Shakespeare - Henry V (Get a few looka for that choice...) Or The Tempest. (Much better to read than wath.)
Beckett - Waiting for Godot (in either french or english, he was bi-lingual so nothing was lost oin translation.)

Jesus, I'm cliche.


Any Dickens? Really? I struggled through Barnaby Rudge a while ago, and while before that I probably would've agreed with you that you can't go wrong with Dickens, Barnaby Rudge made me change my opinion after barely 50 pages. Not my cuppa.

Did you read Der Prozess in German? I remember reading a terrible Dutch translation years ago, which made me stay away from Kafka for quite some time. I thought I just didn't "get it". Then I re-read it in German a while back and loved it. Translations are funny things.

Ha, no, not any in general. I was wondering if it was too vague to say "the first chapter of Bleak House" purely for the beautiful description of London, but forgot to go back to it.
I don't speak German, I read the english version, it seemed ok to be honest, but yes, I agree that they are funny things. And normally not in a good way.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:48 PM

QUOTE (eulogy @ Dec 17 2008, 12:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.

You like really, really dry writers.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:53 PM


"After You'd Gone" by Maggie O'Farrel. "The Bone People" by I Can't Remember. "Sufracing" by Atwood.

And you know what?

Piss on your faces.

"Z For Zachariah" by Robert C O'Brian
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:56 PM

QUOTE (rabid_fox @ Dec 17 2008, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"After You'd Gone" by Maggie O'Farrel. "The Bone People" by I Can't Remember. "Sufracing" by Atwood.

And you know what?

Piss on your faces.

"Z For Zachariah" by Robert C O'Brian

I read that on your rec. I loved it, but I'd have assumed you wouldn't if I hadn't known you loved it so much.

Really, it's very "wahhhh, woe is me and woe is the world."

Granted, the examination of family was absolutely fascinating. Great book.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

I read Along Came a Spider by James Patterson not too long ago.
pretty good book.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE (Will_Wood @ Dec 17 2008, 11:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (rabid_fox @ Dec 17 2008, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"After You'd Gone" by Maggie O'Farrel. "The Bone People" by I Can't Remember. "Sufracing" by Atwood.

And you know what?

Piss on your faces.

"Z For Zachariah" by Robert C O'Brian

I read that on your rec. I loved it, but I'd have assumed you wouldn't if I hadn't known you loved it so much.

Really, it's very "wahhhh, woe is me and woe is the world."

Granted, the examination of family was absolutely fascinating. Great book.


I fell in love with John a little bit.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:01 PM

That always happens to you with us good looking, charming, intelligent men.

Was it just because SHE loved him so much? I mean, yeah, he was alright, but he wasn't my favorite part of the novel.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:05 PM


Mostly it was the ferocious empathy I was compelled to feel for the victims of ideology having lived with a selfish adherence to that self-same ideology unquestioningly my entirely life.

I felt awful.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:11 PM

Ah, now I'm getting more of the picture. I knew there was a reason that you loved the book so much. I knew it wasn't the main character as well. Interesting.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:15 PM


It's not often that something punches you in the ballsack of your sureness. Damn you, Maggie.
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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:18 PM

Dr. Seuss did the same thing to me.

Totally fucked my worldview.

All epistemological knowledge is now viewed through cum-tinted glasses.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:37 PM

I forgot about Without Remorse by Tom Clancy.

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Except, I think it's marvelous...

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 11:07 PM

QUOTE (dxl @ Dec 17 2008, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dr. Seuss did the same thing to me.

Totally fucked my worldview.

All epistemological knowledge is now viewed through cum-tinted glasses.

I fucking love that guy
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:03 AM

QUOTE (Will_Wood @ Dec 18 2008, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (eulogy @ Dec 17 2008, 12:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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.

You like really, really dry writers.


I've read (and enjoyed) most of Graham Greene's oeuvre. So yes.

Having said that, I'll also repeat my previous statement, saying that Absalom, Absalom! is one of my favorite novels... and I hardly think Faulkner can be classified as a minimalistic, dry writer.
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:05 AM

I tried to read a Graham Greene novel... It was actually pretty interesting, but I was busy and had to return it to the library before I could finish.

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