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Re: Book Talk

Postby gjp on Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:58 pm

i am the smud wrote:I'm finally (at 25) going on a back-packing trip through Europe in a month and am trying to decide on a book to bring along while on plane/train/bus rides. I'm thinking Don Quixote as 1) I haven't read it yet 2) it's long and will last me a while 3) from the little bits I did read I didn't find it too demanding or hard to follow, which would be ideal while traveling 4) from what I remember it was pretty entertaining and funny

Any other suggestions?

I just did the same thing weeks ago.

Read some Camus.

The Stranger
The Fall

Felt like they suited my mental state mixed with the travel.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby prowler on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:06 pm

sunyab wrote:For some reason I had never read Carson McCullers's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and she's buried right up the street from me, and it made me want to read it. So far, it's a winner.

reading this book now, pretty great so far
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Re: Book Talk

Postby trumpsbrah on Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:39 am

The #7 best-selling book on amazon right now is a coloring book for goddamned adults. This is real. I give up.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby NewDarkAge on Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:10 pm

trumpsbrah wrote:The #7 best-selling book on amazon right now is a coloring book for goddamned adults. This is real. I give up.


Coloring is increasingly prescribed as a kind of stress therapy for adults. I've heard testimony from a few people, including my mum, that it works pretty well.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby sulfur)addict on Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:46 pm

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trumpsbrah wrote:The #7 best-selling book on amazon right now is a coloring book for goddamned adults. This is real. I give up.


Coloring is increasingly prescribed as a kind of stress therapy for adults. I've heard testimony from a few people, including my mum, that it works pretty well.


it's also my favorite bar past time, barely edging out half-watching muted sports on TV and pretending I'm not feeling out of place.

I'm reading Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion during my free time at work (read: slowly) and it's marvelous. His ability to switch between voices in the same paragraph is remarkable.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Velgauder on Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:39 pm

Steve V. wrote:I am absolutely enthralled, currently, by The Dark Tower series. Been meaning to finish the lot for a while, finally showed some conviction. On Wolves of the Calla now, and I have to say, it's been a trip.


Just quit now. The last few books in this series are among the worst novels I've ever read.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby trumpsbrah on Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:52 am

Steve V. wrote:If only motherfucking goddamn Stephen King could write a black person without going back to the fucking Sambo routines...it's like every black person through the lens of Al Jolson. The Turner Diaries is less offensive than King's treatment of Susannah/Detta/Odetta/Mia.


So true. It's either Sambo or "the magical negro" in all his books.

I blazed through the dark tower series a few years ago when I realized he actually finished them. I loved "Wizards and Glass" and "Wolves of the Calla," but Velgauder's right, it's downhill from there. Worth finishing them, but Wolves was the last one I really liked.

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Re: Book Talk

Postby Angus Jung on Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:18 am

I read "Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s." Recommended for FM Redline and any other Beatle-dorks out there.

Towards the end of the book there's an anecdote about John Lennon being driven around Long Island, when "Coming Up," Macca's new single at the time, comes on the radio. Lennon's reaction, hearing it for the first time:

Fuck a pig, that's Paul.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Redline on Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Angus Jung wrote:
"Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s."

Yeah, that is on my short list of Beatle books to tackle soon.

Right now I'm enjoying the Hamer book.
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Great book, tons of pics, I remember corresponding with one of the authors (Steve Matthes) a long time ago about various Hamer guitars I had owned.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby enframed on Wed May 13, 2015 7:21 pm

I haven't read a novel in a while as I've only been reading non-fiction books and essays for work. However, I picked up Tom McCarthy's new novel Satin Island today and I'll be goddamned if I don't finish it by tomorrow.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby MRoyce on Thu May 14, 2015 3:24 am

Just finished Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy. It's pretty much people and organizations failing to come to any understanding of a completely unknowable phenomenon called Area X, wrapped in some existential horror. Yes, it's pulpy but in the best way possible. Really recommended for fans of Lovecraft, Ballard and King.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Model Citizen on Fri May 15, 2015 7:15 am

Currently tackling the Dune series. I'd read a little before but not all the books. I'm actually really enjoying it and like even the later ones. I'm not really well-read in the genre so looking for a good sci-fi series to jump into after this.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby NewDarkAge on Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:58 pm

Recommend me beautiful novels.

I don't want anything fantastical, postmodern, gothic, experimental, creepy or dark.

Otherwise, anything by anyone writing anywhere at any time.

Novels which you would describe as "beautiful".
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Christopher on Mon Jun 29, 2015 2:57 pm

NewDarkAge wrote:Recommend me beautiful novels.

I don't want anything fantastical, postmodern, gothic, experimental, creepy or dark.

Otherwise, anything by anyone writing anywhere at any time.

Novels which you would describe as "beautiful".


Victoria by Knut Hamsun fits all of your criteria (with the exception of it being more of a novella than a proper novel) and is one of the most specifically "beautiful" things I've ever read. Highly recommended.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Neuloveyou on Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:08 pm

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Re: Book Talk

Postby Neuloveyou on Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:10 pm

Sorry, Francis King. It has one sentence that is technically beautiful in a way that is particular to the British postwar novel as written by the sort of writer who Francis King was and it's sublime! See if you can spot it. Otherwise just enjoy a fucking well written novel.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby trumpsbrah on Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:36 pm

As a bleeding-heart liberal, I thoroughly enjoyed Karl Taro Greenfeld's "The Subprimes." Scathing satire of the libertarian/teabagger ethos.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby enframed on Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:57 am

NewDarkAge wrote:Recommend me beautiful novels.

I don't want anything fantastical, postmodern, gothic, experimental, creepy or dark.

Otherwise, anything by anyone writing anywhere at any time.

Novels which you would describe as "beautiful".


Prose can be beautiful even if the subject matter may be a bit dark. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. Dylan Thomas said it is "one of three great prose books written by a woman." Bah. It's one of the most beautiful prose books ever written by anyone.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:13 am

I just read Mick Wall's AC/DC: Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be. I can't imagine anyone writing a better book about the band. Wall's account of Bon Scott's death and its aftermath had me in tears on the porch though admittedly it was raining and I was listening to Odessa.
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Re: Book Talk

Postby NewDarkAge on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:23 am

I loved To the Lighthouse and Journey by Moonlight. Currently reading At Swim-Two-Birds, which is hilarious.
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