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  1. kypade

    kypade Well-Known Member

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    Looking for something worth reading, please recommend something good.

    this thread was old, askng a similar question, just edited cuz it's easier that way and more replies make people interested in what's here. i figure i have a 10-odd post head start on a new thread.
     
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    Not at all. I'm not familiar with any of the books... but they don't sound like the style of literature I'm interested in.
     
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    Umberto Eco

    READ: The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, Baudolino

    DO NOT READ: The Island of the Day Before, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
     
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    What kind of books are these? Or has the list been randomly made?
     
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    Of the whole list, I only know Eco. He's a very good author. Metaphysical novels in a historical backdrop.


    I think Gogol is a 19th century Russian novelist, but I'm not sure that's the one he means.
     
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  6. kypade

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    yeah, the first two eco you listed were what l was leaning towards. (and l'm really interested in his one, "kant and the platypus" or something like that). l've heard it's kinda dense and difficult, so l dunno.

    the whole list is just a bunch of random stuff l saw at b/n that interest me. but l dont wanna just randomly buy/rent them or whatever.
     
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    I don't think that one's a novel though... i think it's a collection of essays.
     
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    yeah, l know...just sounds REALLY interesting.
     
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    Could be! :)


    Seriously though... if you ever read anything by Eco, read Foucault's Pendulum. It's brilliant. It's everything Dan "Da Vinci Code" Brown wishes he was and ten times more. It has layers upon layers and it's not as cheap and sensationalistic.

    Otherwise, I can always recommend Donna Tartt (The Secret History, The Little Friend) or Mark Z. Danielewski (The House of Leaves).
     
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    I mainly read contemporary crime or medical thriller novels, or older classic fiction like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Color Purple, or currently Jane Eyre. I guess I'm not really into the high-concept stuff. :(
     
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    love the avatar newcomicbook123!
     
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    Thank You, lover!
     
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    Thanks...that's high enough to convince me (especially considering how book threads go round here....prolly gonna be the best l get). l'll look into the others, too...l've heard lots of good about House of Leaves...:o
     
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    edit, misspelled something.
     
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    The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. VERY good read, highly recommended.
     
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    .,.
    thx
     
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    Suvivor by Chuck Pan-something-but-wrote-Fight-Club. It's a quick read that will feed into your twisted nerve you beautiful penis nosed alien you.
     
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    Have you read Naked Lunch? :huh:
    William Burroughs gives me a literary *****. :up:
     
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    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis...also, The Rules Of Attraction by him. Either of Bruce Campbell's books.
     
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    You're on the right track, cuz that's the kinda book I tend to like, those modern suburban satirical types, but I've read it.

    That's actually on a list I saved to text-message drafts (damn cheap fone, no notepad or anything) while walking through the bookstore earlier yesterday. Guess I'll go for it if I can find it. Thanks. :up:
    Like the movies, right? Hm, eventually, I read a review for one of his books once, and it sounded like something I'd be into, but I've also heard some stuff that makes me go, "um, no thanks." So for now, um, no thanks.
     
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    read Glamorama
     
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  22. Clerk

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    How about Confessions of a Dangerous Mind?
     
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    I can't tell if we're supposed to be listing a specific genre or not so I'm just going to list some books of various genres I think are great...

    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. Dick
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
    Dune by Frank Herbert
    Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
    Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlien
    1984 by George Orwell
    The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven by Sherman Alexie
    Bullet Park by John Cheever
    Ender's Game by Orsen Scott Card
    The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
     
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  24. Joker

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    what made you go "no thanks," exactly? There's some pretty graphicly described sex and violence in American Psycho (makes the movie look like Teletubbies), but there's nothing really along those lines in Rules Of Attraction. And he has a wonderful writing style.
     
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  25. kypade

    kypade Well-Known Member

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    I loved that movie. But reading a book after a movie kinda sucks. Yknow? I'll keep it in mind, though. :o
     
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