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Old 03-11-2006, 09:37 PM  
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Ok for the high brow crowd what books you are reading

I'm reading The New American Revolution by tammy bruce. She is a great thinker and funny.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:59 PM   #2251
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Meant for that to be part of the notion of 'scandalous!!' <-- hence the exclamation marks.

Reminiscent of reading the dirty jokes in the Playboys or the Penthouse letters you and your buddies hid up in the tree house when you were a kid.

Not to say it's all lascivious, just libertine and hedonistic.
Libertine is a great way to describe it, actually.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:02 PM   #2252
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Survivor--follows the last surviving member of a death cult (a la The Order of the Solar Temple and Jonestown).

Choke--protagonist is a sex addict that pays for his mother's nursing home by choking on food at prestigious restaurants and developing a parasitic relationship with those who save him.

Fight Club. I'm sure you're familiar with it. The book is better than the film, save the ending, which is superior in celluloid.

Invisible Monsters: former fashion model is disfigured by a gunshot wound to the face. And that's the most normal thing that happens.

Damned. 13 year old girl allegedly dies of a marijuana overdose, is sent to Hell, and is shoehorned into a Breakfast Club-esque clique while paying off her penance for her sins--working as a telemarketer.
Veerry nice. Thanks, man. I'll probably staet one of these in the next couple of days.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:04 PM   #2253
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All the Pretty Horses is nice and not too insane.

Blood Meridian if you want to dive into the deep end.

The Road, imo, really isn't indicative of the rest of his work.

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AtPH is probably his best, but I REALLY liked Blood Meridian. Difference being, I read AtPH hardcover, . . . and listened to Blood Meridian on tape while on long trips, so I consumed it passively, in 3-4 hour chunks, a week or two at a time.

So I can't speak to NC's 'off the deep end' remark, except it really is a descent into a hellscape. Basically deeper and deeper doo-doo in the lawless old west. Think if Apocalypse Now was set in the Mexico territories.

But it stuck with me and I enjoyed it a lot.

And I agree, The Road is a much more sparse, spare, dire work.

If I were starting new, I'd warm up with Elmore Leonard shorts, then move to AtPH, then BM, then The Road from Cormac.

BEP's recommendation of McCourt will seem like a fellow traveller to McCarthy, McMurtry and Leonard, though he has a vastly different, autobiographical, story to tell.
McCarthy sounds like he at least deserves my attention for one novel. Thanks for the info, guys. CP has once again given me the hook up.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:05 PM   #2254
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You are. I understand what you're saying.

So Gertrude Stein or Shakespeare isn't up your alley.

It's like reading Shakespeare. I was being tongue-n'cheek with the Jane Austen rec though. Chick books.
Exactly! I was assisting an old army buddy with his Intro to Literature class, and reading all the old literature had me wanting to tear my eyes out. Just not for me.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:17 PM   #2255
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Exactly! I was assisting an old army buddy with his Intro to Literature class, and reading all the old literature had me wanting to tear my eyes out. Just not for me.
My kid's an English major and she's the same way. Balked really hard having a Shakespeare requirement too.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:28 PM   #2256
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Exactly! I was assisting an old army buddy with his Intro to Literature class, and reading all the old literature had me wanting to tear my eyes out. Just not for me.
If you want to ease your way into 'classic' literature, Dickens is your surefire route. Ripping great plots, tons of social commentary, and it's told in a manner for the short attention span [relatively, for the time] of the newspaper reader, as many were published in installments in British papers.

More substantial than today's 'trashy paperbacks' less dense than hardcore old-fogey lit.

A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Our Mutual Friend

You can't go wrong with any of them.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:50 PM   #2257
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If you want to ease your way into 'classic' literature, Dickens is your surefire route. Ripping great plots, tons of social commentary, and it's told in a manner for the short attention span [relatively, for the time] of the newspaper reader, as many were published in installments in British papers.

More substantial than today's 'trashy paperbacks' less dense than hardcore old-fogey lit.

A Tale of Two Cities
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Our Mutual Friend

You can't go wrong with any of them.
I read David Copperfield summer 2012. Dickens can run on too and be excessively wordy though his characters are great. Still love some of his stories. Not so much—Hard Times tho'. My favorite so far out of four of his is Oliver Twist. I love little Oliver though things can get overly weepy and sentimental in parts.

I plan on reading his Great Expectations next.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:05 PM   #2258
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Gregory Maguire's Wicked series is a decent quartet as well. Retelling Baum's Wizard of Oz through alternative eyes and sensibilities.

Competent and clever enough to be considered literature, breezy enough for summer reading.

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Old 05-14-2015, 11:14 PM   #2259
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Gregory Maguire's Wicked series is a decent quartet as well. Retelling Baum's Wizard of Oz through alternative eyes and sensibilities.

Competent and clever enough to be considered literature, breezy enough for summer reading.

I saw "Wicked" on stage. Loved it. It was a prequel to the Oz story.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:47 PM   #2260
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On a dark road deep inside Russia, a young American tourist picks up a most unusual passenger - a U.S. POW on the run with an incredible secret to reveal to an unsuspecting world. The secret concerns "The Charm School", a vast and astounding KGB conspiracy that stands poised against the very heartland of America.

Arrayed against this renegade power of the Soviet state are three Americans: an Air Force officer, who will fly one last covert mission into the center of a mad experiment; an embassy liaison, who will have her hopes for a saner superpower balance brutally tested; and the chief of the CIA's Moscow station, who will find his intricate dance of destiny and death reaching its devastating conclusion.
amazing book. You will feel like you are in a movie reading this novel.


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Old 07-14-2015, 11:52 AM   #2261
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Just finished Seveneves, Neal Stephenson's latest. I love the guy's writing, so I loved the book. Basically, an "agent" (in the scientific sense of something that acts on something else), destroys the moon. The first half of the book is about humanity's struggle to survive and colonize space from the resultant catastrophe. The second half of the book is set 5,000 years in the future as humanity has become 7 distinct races attempting to recolonize Earth.

If you know anything about Stephenson, you know what to expect. Lots and lots of heavy scientific theory and sometimes tedious explanations of everything from gravitational circles to algae formation interspersed with fantastic action sequences.

I did find the structure of the book to be a little uneven, wishing that more time were spent on the second half and less on the first half. Still, it's a great read.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:52 AM   #2262
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Survivor--follows the last surviving member of a death cult (a la The Order of the Solar Temple and Jonestown).

Choke--protagonist is a sex addict that pays for his mother's nursing home by choking on food at prestigious restaurants and developing a parasitic relationship with those who save him.

Fight Club. I'm sure you're familiar with it. The book is better than the film, save the ending, which is superior in celluloid.

Invisible Monsters: former fashion model is disfigured by a gunshot wound to the face. And that's the most normal thing that happens.

Damned. 13 year old girl allegedly dies of a marijuana overdose, is sent to Hell, and is shoehorned into a Breakfast Club-esque clique while paying off her penance for her sins--working as a telemarketer.
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Veerry nice. Thanks, man. I'll probably staet one of these in the next couple of days.
Go with Choke first. Damn good book. I've got a signed copy of it.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:13 PM   #2264
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I finished David Baldacci's The Innocent last week. Really good

A friend told me I had to read Ready Player One so I downloaded it while on my trip without reading any reviews/synopsis. It seems to be aimed at teens which I didn't realize but is ok. I'm not real far in but so far it seems like a Willy Wonka ripoff moved to a new locale.
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:15 PM   #2265
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I finished David Baldacci's The Innocent last week. Really good

A friend told me I had to read Ready Player One so I downloaded it while on my trip without reading any reviews/synopsis. It seems to be aimed at teens which I didn't realize but is ok. I'm not real far in but so far it seems like a Willy Wonka ripoff moved to a new locale.
If Willy Wonka were full of 80s and nerd culture video game references, I guess. That books is the tits.
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