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« on: October 04, 2010, 07:03:56 am »
I love to read every night and lately I've come across two really nice books and I thought we could have a thread about the books we enjoy and dislike.

I just finished "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen. I had read the Time magazine article and thought I'd give it a shot. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading this love story. I felt it could have been my life story, almost.

Before that I had read "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. This one was so fucking heavy and intense. A real page turner but in a way I was relieved when the book ended, because it is such a sad story, pure hopelessness and even if the end seems a little more positive it is like saying being 99% desperate is better than 100% desperate...

Great English on both books, man. Those two guys have it locked.
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Re: Books
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2010, 08:59:21 am »
Good thread. I read like a librarian on meth.

Charles Stross is a favourite.


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Re: Books
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2010, 09:33:50 am »
Yes I got myself a book by Chuck Palahniuk. Its on my pile. Its going to have to wait a bit because I've just started 1026 page "The Border Trilogy" by Cormac McCarthy and it reads more slowly than I thought. Nice prose tho
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Re: Books
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 12:03:32 pm »
Some of my fav authors: Fante, Miller, Céline, Bukowski, London,...

I'm more into movies nowadays, but used to read about 2-3 books/ week...

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Re: Books
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 06:10:25 pm »
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Re: Books
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2010, 08:17:40 pm »
you should read his book if you're looking for something fast and exciting that'll keep you turning pagesss.

OK, thats my type of read!
If people read French around here, Dantec is baaaad. Fucked up, violent, sci-fi, war, despair,some philosophy on top...

Actually if people on this thread can recommend drugged up fuck ups stories, preferably violent, in the middle on nowhere in America in the middle of the 22d century... I'm all ears.
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Re: Books
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2010, 08:59:21 pm »

 Fucked up, violent, sci-fi, war, despair,some philosophy on top...

Try this dude for fucked up and violent:  Andrew Vachss
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Re: Books
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010, 09:11:24 pm »
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Actually if people on this thread can recommend drugged up fuck ups stories, preferably violent, in the middle on nowhere in America in the middle of the 22d century... I'm all ears.

Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling fits the brief quite well.

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Re: Books
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2010, 09:12:41 pm »
Also Richard Morgan (esp. Black Man)

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Re: Books
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2010, 09:16:31 pm »
Giles, whats Andrew Vachss all about? Seems very prolific.

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Re: Books
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2010, 09:31:10 pm »
I have loads here.  All sent to me by a mate in Kentucky.  The first one was so dark, I haven't plucked up the courage to open any of the others.  Pussy - I know.....G
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Re: Books
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2010, 09:36:07 pm »
Ha LOL, pls loan me one :)

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Re: Books
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2010, 09:42:23 pm »
Next shipment, I'll pop one in....
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Re: Books
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2010, 09:43:12 pm »
Cool, thanks.

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Re: Books
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2010, 03:04:28 am »
Bill Bryson, namely A short history of nearly everything.