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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 10-06-2006, 04:13 AM   #226
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Thomas Pynchon has a new book out in November.

makes life worth living....
Looks like it is going to be awesome, but I really hope it's more readable than Mason and Dixon.
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:02 AM   #227
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:34 AM   #228
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Looks like it is going to be awesome, but I really hope it's more readable than Mason and Dixon.
funny you mentioned that....I just started M&D...for the second time...it's the only book I haven't/can't get through...I know if I'd hang in there for 100 pages it would be worth it, but the writing is borderline awful in spots....unlike Gravity's Rainbow, which is perfect from the first sentence, "A screaming comes across the sky."
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:40 AM   #229
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:41 AM   #230
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:51 AM   #231
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:52 AM   #232
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funny you mentioned that....I just started M&D...for the second time...it's the only book I haven't/can't get through...I know if I'd hang in there for 100 pages it would be worth it, but the writing is borderline awful in spots....unlike Gravity's Rainbow, which is perfect from the first sentence, "A screaming comes across the sky."
You're not alone in your struggles with M&D. I've read most of Pynchon's works twice (some of them 3 times), but I haven't gotten past page 25 or so of M&D. A friend of mine who is an equally huge Pynchon fan has had the same problem.
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:53 AM   #233
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L.A. Confidential is in my all time top 5 favorite movies, but I've never read the book. I'm definitely going to read more of Ellroy's stuff.
The movie was great, but it isn't really much like the book. The book is really better in a lot of ways.
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:55 AM   #234
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You're not alone in your struggles with M&D. I've read most of Pynchon's works twice (some of them 3 times), but I haven't gotten past page 25 or so of M&D. A friend of mine who is an equally huge Pynchon fan has had the same problem.

Ditto
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:16 PM   #235
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:03 AM   #237
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens...I'm about half way through this monster, but its starting to drag a bit
The boys in The Cider House Rules really liked that story.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:05 AM   #238
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:55 AM   #239
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I would read the first two in the series though before picking this one up. Someone on the board got me started on all of this alternate history stuff.

I beleive the board reco was An Island in the Sea of Time or something like that. These three of his are far better than his Nantucket series.
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:41 AM   #240
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Many Thanks to the people who have made suggestions on this Thread.

I have read quite of few books based on planet recommendations, here is a short list of the books that I have read this year that I highly recommend:

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson - A masterpiece of Fiction with frighteningly accurate view of the future written in 1992, The Meteverse is here!

In Cold Blood - Truman Capote - "The best Documentary account of an American crime ever written" - I couldn't put it down.

The Smartest Guys in the room - The amazing rise & Scandalous Fall of Enron - This was a great read, The crap that they were pulling at ENRON was mind-numbingly ridiculous, the most amazing thing was how everybody went along with it because nobody wanted to rock the boat.

102 Minutes - The Untold story of the fight to survive inside the twin towers- Fascinating book, with details of how people survived, and how brave some people were, and what a ridiculous task the Firemen faced that day. Compiled from interviews with survivors, and transcripts of all the radio communication during the rescue effort.

Parallel Worlds - Michio Kaku - A tour of the cosmos & the Future of mans place in the universe - Excellent book, and an easier read than Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe. Both are eye opening.


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A Confederacy of Dunces
Band of Brothers
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