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NoteworthyFellow

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2008, 12:03:54 AM »
Currently reading: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

It's both for a college independent study, and because it's about damn time I read it.
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Barzalene

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #51 on: September 13, 2008, 01:07:05 AM »
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.
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Haze

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #52 on: September 13, 2008, 01:21:41 AM »
A friend of mine forced "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," by Dave Eggers in my hands, and made me swear on my mother's life that I would read it, so I've just started that.

I'm also a couple pages into John Harrison's "Light".

Fathi

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #53 on: September 13, 2008, 01:28:58 AM »
Currently reading: On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

It's both for a college independent study, and because it's about damn time I read it.

I know people always say this about books and it always comes out stupid.

My mom gave me her dog-eared, tattered, note-riddled copy of this book from one of her college classes when I was twelve.

I read it that summer. It changed my life.
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WarriorPoet

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #54 on: September 13, 2008, 01:42:43 AM »
I also read On the Road when I was 11 or 12 after it was forced on my by a great teacher after she spied me reading the Illiad. Fantastical. Definately going back on my list.

I finished Stephen Pressfield's novel of the Spartans at Thermopolae, Gates of Fire, a few weeks ago for the fourth or fifth time. Also read Pressfield's The Virtues of War, a novel of Alexander. Great stuff in both books. This guy's writing invokes my warrior spirit. My wife even read Gates of Fire after the tenth time she heard me yelling in the bathtub."Fuck Persians!" or "Molon Labe! HAHAHAHA!"

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FantasyWriter

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #55 on: September 13, 2008, 01:51:31 AM »
Anyone else ever read The Secret History by Donna Tart?
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Malken

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #56 on: September 13, 2008, 02:20:07 AM »
Each time I read On the Road, it makes me want to go buy a whole bunch of trail mixes and go climb a mountain.
“When I was a fighting man, the kettle-drums they beat;
The people scattered gold-dust before my horse’s feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.”

roughneck

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #57 on: September 13, 2008, 06:06:22 AM »
Each time I read On the Road, it makes me want to go buy a whole bunch of trail mixes and go climb a mountain.

'On the Road' is my favourite book, although it's been a while since I've read it.
it made me want to break bones, go bankrupt, have my heart broken and drink myself into the ground - get swallowed by life and embrace my brokenness to the grave.

trail mix and mountains is probably a much better, more positive option however and I'll keep it mind

*edited to add*
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."

my mom's health has been pretty poor for a long time and whenever I think of writing her eulogy this quote comes to mind and captures her spirit and story so perfectly it brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it.


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FuSoYa

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #58 on: September 13, 2008, 09:39:45 AM »
A friend of mine forced "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," by Dave Eggers in my hands, and made me swear on my mother's life that I would read it, so I've just started that.

I'm also a couple pages into John Harrison's "Light".

That's a damn good book.

Brandon

EDIT:  I meant the one by Dave Eggers.
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brandon....

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Morrolan

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #59 on: September 13, 2008, 11:02:59 AM »
Just finished reading Snow Crash.

Rereading Snow Crash

Just finished rereading Pattern Recognition.

Just read Jim Butcher's Small Favors on the plane on the way to Korea (one year working honeymoon).

I'm also in the middle of reading American Gods to my wife.

And I used to be such a literate guy...
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #60 on: September 13, 2008, 01:21:47 PM »
it made me want to break bones, go bankrupt, have my heart broken and drink myself into the ground - get swallowed by life and embrace my brokenness to the grave.

I hear you there. My cousin actually bought On the Road for me and demanded that I read it. Said it would "change my life". Man, it sure did... I'm pretty certain I wouldn't be living where I am, how I am if it wasn't for that book (and many others, yeah, but that was a big one). I may have made some poor choices, and things aren't nearly as easy as they could've been. But damn it! I am -living- now, and I'm so very close to doing it on my terms.

I remember reading that book and just feeling the pulse of life in it. You feel that in all true, honest and pure works of art. Good book.
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FuSoYa

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #61 on: September 13, 2008, 01:47:34 PM »
On the Road was ok... I read it in college so I think I missed the impact people say it had.  Nothing special in my opinion.

Brandon
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brandon....

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IntuitiveApathy

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #62 on: September 13, 2008, 01:58:43 PM »
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
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Barzalene

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #63 on: September 13, 2008, 04:30:09 PM »
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.
Varak:You tell the mangy, pointy-eared gortok, in sirihish: "What, girl? You say the sorceror-king has fallen down the well?"
Ghardoan:A pitiful voice rises from the well below, "I've fallen and I can't get up..."

Ampere

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #64 on: September 13, 2008, 05:43:25 PM »
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Dostoevsky great.

Tolstoy good.

Chekhov not bad.
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Yam

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #65 on: September 13, 2008, 05:46:05 PM »
Russian literature is so 20th century.

EDIT: And by that I mean popular - not written in.

staggerlee

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #66 on: September 13, 2008, 05:46:13 PM »
I grabbed Neil Stephenson's new book, but I need to get done Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed before I start on it.
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.

"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."

"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.

"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Barzalene

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #67 on: September 13, 2008, 07:38:28 PM »
I feel so left out. I hated Anna Karenina. Having hated it I've avoided the Russians ever since.

If you're feeling like testing the waters again, try the short stories of Nabokov or Chekhov.  You might find that one of their little gems brings you back around.

I'd say that it's tragic if someone swears off a whole group a writers after one bad experience because you're really going to miss out on great art that really speaks to you.  Swearing off Russians because of one bad Tolstoy experience would be like missing out on Lawrence, Woolf, Faulkner and Hemingway because Joyce just didn't connect with you..
Fair enough. My brother adores Chekov. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Dostoevsky great.

Tolstoy good.

Chekhov not bad.

I didn't think Tolstoy was good. I thought he was melodramatic and whiney.
Varak:You tell the mangy, pointy-eared gortok, in sirihish: "What, girl? You say the sorceror-king has fallen down the well?"
Ghardoan:A pitiful voice rises from the well below, "I've fallen and I can't get up..."

Kronibas

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #68 on: September 13, 2008, 08:28:54 PM »
After having plowed through The Hamlet by Faulkner, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, and Leaf Storm by Marquez in the past
couple of weeks, I'm now on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's An Evil Hour, Tennessee William's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
and Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

english majors FTW.

The Hamlet kicks ass.. them Snopes don't screw around.

Moon Tiger gets 3 on a 5 point scale, if but for incest as content.  it just don't get no better..
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FantasyWriter

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #69 on: September 13, 2008, 08:31:48 PM »

english majors FTW.


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brytta.leofa

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #70 on: September 13, 2008, 09:40:59 PM »
...but I need to get done Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed before I start on it.

Neat book.  Maybe not very truthful, but neat.
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Delstro

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #71 on: September 13, 2008, 09:43:05 PM »
Zombies: A field guide.
> forage artifacts

You find a rusty, armed landmine and pick it up.

Taven

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #72 on: September 13, 2008, 10:15:56 PM »
Margaret Weis' (I can't remember if Hickman is in on this one) Amber and Blood.

I've been working on it awhile, I just can't seem to get a good chunk of reading time in.
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Manhattan

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #73 on: September 15, 2008, 08:22:55 PM »
The Catcher in the Rye
I love the narrative style. I think I'm gonna steal it.
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Ammut

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #74 on: September 15, 2008, 08:30:56 PM »
The Templars and the Assassins: The Militia of Heaven by James Wasserman