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Re: Books
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2010, 05:40:24 am »
i always recommend these two...

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
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Re: Books
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2010, 06:05:12 am »

Actually if people on this thread can recommend fuck ups stories, preferably violent, in the middle on nowhere in America in the middle of the 19th century... I'm all ears.


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Re: Books
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2010, 02:34:14 pm »

Actually if people on this thread can recommend fuck ups stories, preferably violent, in the middle on nowhere in America in the middle of the 19th century... I'm all ears.



great book.

anything by Jim Thomson also.
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Re: Books
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2010, 05:40:13 pm »
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

Hell. Yes. This is possibly the most epic story I've ever read.  Totally a book worth marathoning.  Don't stop reading until it's finished, which isn't all that difficult.  Just...wow.  I was reading "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn at the same time...fucked up in a pretty viceral way.  Great tandem read.

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Re: Books
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2010, 07:12:47 pm »
the gulag archipelago is great.    not quite as much of an easy read as the long walk but i loved it.  have you read Kolmya Stories?  another great one about the gulag.
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Re: Books
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2010, 05:11:36 am »
hi, i just got a kindle and i downloaded a load of free books so i'd have something to  read when it arrived. at the moment i'm reading 3 at once:
the mysterious island by jules verne. love it! the engineer is like a 19th century magyver.
the communist manifesto which is heavy going, but i've learned that i'm a prole and giles is a member of the bourgeoisie!
the king james bible, never read it before but it's very interesting, those guys used to live for about 900 years! imagine the fades they could have got on a pair of IH jeans!
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Re: Books
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2010, 04:51:46 pm »
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Re: Books
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2010, 12:43:47 am »
Just about to start reading this
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Found this rally funny, pakistan cover, i think this was deemed a little to scary for the US

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Re: Books
« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2010, 04:27:06 am »
just finished the fall by guillermo del toro.   2nd in his trilogy about vampires.   totally dumb but totally enthralling.
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« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2010, 10:33:38 pm »
Jeez G, I haven't read a Vachss  book in years...dark indeed, need to re-visit !

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Re: Books
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2010, 10:02:27 pm »
For all those book fans out there, especially genre fiction, I can send some books out if you like - I work as a fiction buyer for UK retail chain, and have an office full of samples. 

Re: Vachss, he's great, but bleak indeed!  In real life he's run children's correctional facilities and been an advocate for children in need.  All the Burke books I've read are about, or touch upon, child abuse or some kind of sexual crime, so they are pretty hard going. 

If you like him, I'd recommend reading something by Joe R. Lansdale, a good friend of Vachss and a wonderful storyteller.  Mucho Mojo is a good place to start, or one of his one-offs like The Bottoms.

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Re: Books
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2010, 01:49:57 am »
I'm a big fan of philosophy and how it applies to society.. I just picked up "First as Tragedy Then as Farce" should be a really excellent read.

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Re: Books
« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2010, 03:32:14 am »
Awesome thread. Mostly cause books is awesome.

Jokes is awesome too!

Anyway.

Vachss is great.  I can relate because I work with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders.  In that field you see a lot of really bad shit.  It can be rough.  I've learned how to deal.

Freedom was great.  Good read.
Michael Chabon is sort of in the same vein, good as well.

McCarthy is amazing.  I've read em all. 

I would suggest a number of other authors and/or books....

On the easier/more page turning side...

Southern US fiction ala McCarthy...

Jim Brown- Father and Son.  Plus a number of other titles.  He died recently, was a firefighter in Mississippi.

Wells Tower- Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned. Collection of short stories. Awesome.

George Saunders- The Braindead Megaphone.  Plus anything else he's written.  Great.

Mystery/Crime... a la Vachss

Joe Landsdale
George Pelecanos
Jim Thompson
And most especially, maybe more visceral and literate would be
Nelson Algren.  I love that author.  He is the original Iron Heart of the literary world. Sinatra played a heroin addict in a film adaptation of The Man with The Golden Arm.

Others........I'll provide more if wanted/interested....

William Faulkner.  Southern Lit.
Chester Himes.  Black Lit, plus some pretty fucking awesome mystery/crime novels
Holy shit.  Robert Bolano!!!!!!!!!!! Greatest.   2666 or The Savage Detectives.  Read em!

Well the above involves a lot of mystery, but a little more involved than previously listed authors.
All of them are great.

Also.........
William Gibson, old school Sci-Fi, but for a modern age.......
Thomas Pynchon
Sherman Alexie, Native American writer, pretty badass.
Junot Diaz, NYC latino.  Again, badass.
I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez and others as well.

Again,  I'm nerding out, but awesome thread.


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Re: Books
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2010, 03:50:11 pm »
Stokely:

thank you so much for taking the time to write such a long list of books and authors. Looks like Im a need a second life just to read all the books I NEED to read
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Re: Books
« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2010, 10:37:53 am »
Hey,

New Iain M Banks "Culture" novel out fairly recently, its called Surface Detail.

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