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Buck
07-30-2008, 02:48 PM
I go on my lunch break in 13 minutes and I am about to start one of the books, which one should I start with?

Redrum_69
07-30-2008, 02:49 PM
The Things They Carried


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Things_They_Carried

Pablo
07-30-2008, 02:51 PM
You should probably just eat on your lunch break.

Damn left coast liberal book-reading hippie types.

kcfanintitanhell
07-30-2008, 02:51 PM
Flip a coin-they're both great.

markk
07-30-2008, 02:56 PM
player piano

SNR
07-30-2008, 02:56 PM
I've read Slaughterhouse Five and loved it. Haven't read the other one. So I would suggest Vonnegut.

QuikSsurfer
07-30-2008, 02:58 PM
Read Slaughterhouse Five - great book and GREAT author.

phisherman
07-30-2008, 03:02 PM
bluebeard is my personal favorite, followed by jailbird and hocus pocus.

StcChief
07-30-2008, 03:07 PM
Slaughterhouse Five, required reading in 70's HS class..... glad it's still out there.

Buck
07-30-2008, 03:12 PM
FWIW, Breakfast of Champions is Vonnegut as well.

Braincase
07-30-2008, 03:32 PM
Can't touch anything related to Slaughterhouse Five without thinking about early 70's era Valerie Perrine...

beavis
07-30-2008, 03:47 PM
Slaughterhouse Five is the standard by which all others are judged...

But they are both great.

RodInCanton
07-30-2008, 03:57 PM
bluebeard is my personal favorite, followed by jailbird and hocus pocus.

Rep on the Bluebeard comment - my personal favorite as well. If I had to choose between the two I would read Breakfast of Champions for lunch and Slaughterhouse Five for dinner!!!

phisherman
07-30-2008, 04:06 PM
Rep on the Bluebeard comment - my personal favorite as well. If I had to choose between the two I would read Breakfast of Champions for lunch and Slaughterhouse Five for dinner!!!

i also thought that Welcome to the Monkey House was REALLY good.

The Euphio Question from that book is one of my favorite all time short stories.

Reaper16
07-30-2008, 05:29 PM
Rep on the Bluebeard comment - my personal favorite as well. If I had to choose between the two I would read Breakfast of Champions for lunch and Slaughterhouse Five for dinner!!!
Cat's Cradle for dessert!

Spicy McHaggis
07-30-2008, 05:34 PM
No damn cat, and no damn cradle.

Miles
07-30-2008, 05:47 PM
If you enjoy Vonnegut's style you can't go wrong with either of those. However, Breakfast of Champions may be slightly more random and may not be the best start if you are not already familiar with Vonnegut.

kcfanintitanhell
07-30-2008, 07:48 PM
I don't think Kilgore Trout shows up in Slaughterhouse Five, does he? Been a long time.

RJ
07-30-2008, 07:51 PM
So how was lunch?

Adept Havelock
07-30-2008, 08:08 PM
Pick up "Tales from the Monkey House". It's a collection of Vonnegut's short stories. Some of the best short fiction I've ever read.

I'd also suggest "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian."

http://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-You-Dr-Kevorkian/dp/0743422007

Oh, and you can't go wrong with Slaughterhouse Five. Or Slapstick. Hi Ho.

Miles
07-31-2008, 03:50 AM
I don't think Kilgore Trout shows up in Slaughterhouse Five, does he? Been a long time.

He doesn't as a character but his stories do.

Buck
09-29-2008, 08:40 PM
Ok, next decision.

Slapstick or Cat's Cradle.

I still haven't read Slaughterhouse Five, but I'm saving that one.

Buck
09-29-2008, 08:59 PM
FWIW, I finished Breakfast of Champions a couple months ago.

It blew my ****ing mind. That is a crazy book.

I just want to buy his whole collection.

When I went to Barnes and Noble just now, I wanted to buy 1 of his that I have heard of and 1 that I hadn't heard of, so I picked up Cats Cradle and Slapstick.

I'm leaning toward Slapstick first since I haven't heard of it (same situation w/ Breakfast of Champions.)

phisherman
09-29-2008, 09:26 PM
Slapstick is REALLY good, though it gets a little "out there" at times.

a little bit of crotch sniffing goes a long way in this case.

i always thought slaughterhouse five was a bit overrated; it's context relative to vietnam was huge when it was first published. i think cat's cradle was a better read though; it was released around the same time.

to answer your question about which to choose: if you thought Breakfast of Champions was a crazy book and you want more, go for Slapstick.

Buck
09-30-2008, 01:54 PM
Slapstick is REALLY good, though it gets a little "out there" at times.

a little bit of crotch sniffing goes a long way in this case.

i always thought slaughterhouse five was a bit overrated; it's context relative to vietnam was huge when it was first published. i think cat's cradle was a better read though; it was released around the same time.

to answer your question about which to choose: if you thought Breakfast of Champions was a crazy book and you want more, go for Slapstick.

So I picked up Slapstick around 7:15 PM my time last night. By 9:30, I was 3/4 of the way through it. Can't wait to get off work to finish it. Its an easier read than Breakfast of Champions.

Also, can I get a Mod to move this to the Media Center? It shouldn't be in the lounge.

angelo
09-30-2008, 02:08 PM
I would recommend " a dirty job" or "fluke" by Christopher Moore

Some of the funniest reading in years.

Ang

phisherman
09-30-2008, 02:14 PM
So I picked up Slapstick around 7:15 PM my time last night. By 9:30, I was 3/4 of the way through it. Can't wait to get off work to finish it. Its an easier read than Breakfast of Champions.

Also, can I get a Mod to move this to the Media Center? It shouldn't be in the lounge.

LONESOME NO MORE!

phisherman
09-30-2008, 02:15 PM
also, i would like to take this opportunity to once again recommend my personal favorite vonnegut book, Bluebeard.

i've probably read that book 25-30 times and it's always as good as the 1st time.

Donger
09-30-2008, 02:17 PM
Pillars of the Earth. I read that in one sitting. Of course, I was pretty much brain-dead by the end.

HypnotizedMonkey
09-30-2008, 02:25 PM
I wish I could read. :(

Buck
09-30-2008, 02:27 PM
I would recommend " a dirty job" or "fluke" by Christopher Moore

Some of the funniest reading in years.

Ang I'll Check Them out, I want to get through Vonnegut first though.

also, i would like to take this opportunity to once again recommend my personal favorite vonnegut book, Bluebeard.

i've probably read that book 25-30 times and it's always as good as the 1st time. So, that sounds like its my next buy.

Pillars of the Earth. I read that in one sitting. Of course, I was pretty much brain-dead by the end.
Is this a Vonnegut book?

Donger
09-30-2008, 02:29 PM
Is this a Vonnegut book?

No.

Buck
09-30-2008, 02:38 PM
No.

Care to indulge me?

Thig Lyfe
09-30-2008, 03:08 PM
If you were a real playa, you'd read both AT THE SAME TIME.

Donger
09-30-2008, 03:12 PM
Care to indulge me?

Ken Follett.

ottawa_chiefs_fan
09-30-2008, 03:22 PM
Schlachthof Funf

phisherman
09-30-2008, 03:23 PM
Ken Follett.

i hope you like the architecture of churches if you're going to read this.

:D

Buck
09-30-2008, 08:45 PM
So I just finished Slapstick.

Awesome book.

Vonnegut confuses me with his endings sometimes, so I'm sitting here, trying to understand what this book meant.

It must be some kind of auto-biography or something.

Anybody else who has read it care to explain.

I am Lonesome No More

T-post Tom
09-30-2008, 08:49 PM
I'd wait for the movie to come out. Reading is hard. ;)

Buck
09-30-2008, 08:58 PM
I'd wait for the movie to come out. Reading is hard. ;)

I don't think there is enough LSD in the world to either make or sit through a Vonnegut movie.

T-post Tom
09-30-2008, 08:59 PM
I don't think there is enough LSD in the world to either make or sit through a Vonneguy movie.

Sometimes you just have to let art flow over you...

Adept Havelock
09-30-2008, 09:43 PM
I am Lonesome No More

Hi Ho. :thumb:

Pick up Tales from the Monkeyhouse. Euphio, The Barnhouse Effect, Harrison Bergeron...fantastic short stories.

Buck
09-30-2008, 10:04 PM
Hi Ho. :thumb:

Pick up Tales from the Monkeyhouse. Euphio, The Barnhouse Effect, Harrison Bergeron...fantastic short stories.

I've actually read Harrison Bergeron before, thats an awesome short story.

Buck
03-11-2009, 01:13 PM
Ok, I need some more reading material. I enjoy Vonnegut But I wish to take a break from him.

My friend was telling me about American Gods, it sounds interesting. Can anyone recommend anything that is similar to Vonnegut, just a little less wacky?

CHENZ A!
03-11-2009, 01:14 PM
If you start Slaughterhouse 5 you won't put it down. I love that book.

Buck
03-11-2009, 01:19 PM
If you start Slaughterhouse 5 you won't put it down. I love that book.

Funny you say that, thats the one book of his that after the first chapter I put the book down because I couldn't get into it.

phisherman
03-11-2009, 01:22 PM
i'm not the biggest slaughterhouse five fan either.

however, i just read God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. if you want to hear what old Kurt would think about our current economic/sociopolitical climate right now, i'd highly recommend it. strangely prophetic, and a pretty quick read.

Buck
03-11-2009, 01:26 PM
I think the reason I stopped reading Slaughter House Five after one chapter was because I started reading it the minute after I finished Slapstick, which I read in like 5 hours.

Luckily I have the book here with me at work, I think I'll try to pick up again on my lunch break.

phisherman
03-11-2009, 01:34 PM
Player Piano is where it's at. Long live Paul Proteus!

ziggysocki
03-11-2009, 02:27 PM
I liked Slaughterhouse Five. I can't shake the feeling that Vonnegut might have actually believed that what he had written was nonfiction. It felt very sincere.

EyePod
03-11-2009, 02:32 PM
I hated slaughterhouse 5. Couldn't stand it at all. What a waste of time reading that garbage.

Buck
03-11-2009, 03:32 PM
Okay just re-read the first chapter.

It took me about 20 minutes. I had to re-read about 1/4 of the whole first paragraph immediately after I read it to comprehend what was going on.

I remember last time I tried to read it, it was about 9:30 pm and I had already been reading for about 5 hours straight.

I actually liked it a little bit and cant wait to see where it goes from here.