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Book thread: Distractions welcome

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  • CptKemzikCptKemzik Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I am starting to read translations of roman texts by the biographer Suetonius (Life of the Caesars), and the historiographer Ammianus Marcellinus (Later Roman Empire).

    I am the uber nerd. Also a classics major, but these books aren't class related (yet).

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    cormac mccarthy should write a cookbook

    a really fucking grim cookbook

  • ZyrelaxZyrelax Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    cormac mccarthy should write a cookbook

    a really fucking grim cookbook

    A new spin on Blood Meridian, if you will. Instead of something horrible taking place every three pages, something delicious occurs.

  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    cormac mccarthy should write a cookbook

    a really fucking grim cookbook

    the only recipe would be for a cold 3 year old can of beans

  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2010
    desolation stew
    okay first you gotta boil some water
    then you stew a cannibalistic person in that water. alive.
    take that water with the cannibal in it.
    take that cannibal stock and pour it over the shivering form of a just-raped woman

    bake at 450 degrees

    serve offscreen in a suggestively brutal fashion thus evoking the hopelessness of the dish

    serves 3-5

  • moocowmoocow Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    The farther into The Children of Man that I read, the more and more different from the movie it gets.

    What I'm saying is that the only things that are the same are the 0 birthrate and the names.

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I didn't like Poe until I listened to him read out-loud by Basil Rathbone. Now it is a Halloween staple.

    Anyway, who was looking for good mysteries? I went on a mystery kick over Christmas. It happens sometimes. And I'm assuming you've already done the obvious, like Sherlock Holmes and Dashiell Hammett and Agatha Christie (who I've not read extensively myself). Also there's Wilkie Collins. I know there are some people here who are bats for Raymond Chandler but I haven't read him at all sooo I can't weigh in on that.

    May I recommend in a slightly different but still mysterious mystery vein:

    Whose Body? and the subsequent Lord Peter Wimsey books
    No Graves As Yet and the rest of this series (Anne Perry's WWI series oh wait both of my suggestions so far involve WWI weird)
    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    The Beekeeper's Apprentice and the following books by Laurie R. King
    ...I also like and read Cara Black's mystery series occasionally, which starts with Murder in the Marais.

    The Maybe-Not-Quite-a-Mystery List:
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and various other Murakami books
    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (it's about a criminal!) by Walter Mosley

    QuW2glN.jpg"Sandra's favourite movie is escape from new York because she cries when magpie and brain die because they will never be together." i read books sometimes
  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    poe actually had some neat adventure stories i cant think of by name at all

  • IoloIolo i not L Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    moocow wrote: »
    The farther into The Children of Man that I read, the more and more different from the movie it gets.

    What I'm saying is that the only things that are the same are the 0 birthrate and the names.

    Is it good? I adore the movie. I'm always on the lookout for novels that are good but are different from the good movie which I saw first (e.g. The Commitments).

    I can't believe no one got past Hawthorne, Whitman, and Poe in the "There is no good American literature." flare-up. We did have a whole extra century in there. At the very least DeLillo, Gaddis, and Pynchon would like a word with some of you. A lot of words, actually.

    I wish I could compel people to read White Noise, Carpenter's Gothic, and V. I also want to be able to lift slow cars out of the left lane with my mind, but that's a different story.

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    As long as somewhere in @iolo's signature we mention that his name is pronounced Yolo i'm fine.
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  • M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I hope the second book of the Name of the Wind comes out soon.

  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I hope the second book of the Name of the Wind comes out soon.

    same here. it seems like i've been waiting forever for it. also waitign for scott lynch's third book. lies of loch lamorra and red seas under red skies was a pretty fun read

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  • M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    lostwords wrote: »
    I hope the second book of the Name of the Wind comes out soon.

    same here. it seems like i've been waiting forever for it. also waitign for scott lynch's third book. lies of loch lamorra and red seas under red skies was a pretty fun read

    I'm hoping for his third as well but from what I was reading he wanted to make a book about their adventures before the first book, to include lamorras love interest or something that was talked about but never actually introduced?

  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    boooo to that. prequels for books and movies in general are usually lame. go forward with the story, jeez

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    DO YOU SEE

    okay, thats a good prequel

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  • MacGuffinMacGuffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I haven't read the Red Dragon book, but Manhunter was a pretty good movie.

  • Peter EbelPeter Ebel Deus Vult! OsloRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I read Red Dragon about 13 years ago. I thought it was good back then.

    Fuck off and die.
  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius Registered User regular
    edited January 2010

    louis l'amour too

    Man, I love me some Louis L'Amour. Grew up reading his stuff.

    You a good guy, DL.

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  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    i finished kafka on the shore last night, and i really really enjoyed it

  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I uh

    I read Unseen Academicals a few days ago

  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    i finished kafka on the shore last night, and i really really enjoyed it

    Yessss!

    Okay, so now that you've finished it... what did you think? Beyond really enjoying it? I mean, ultimately, what did you feel was the thread that bound Nakata and Kafka together?

    QuW2glN.jpg"Sandra's favourite movie is escape from new York because she cries when magpie and brain die because they will never be together." i read books sometimes
  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    edited January 2010

    louis l'amour too

    Man, I love me some Louis L'Amour. Grew up reading his stuff.

    You a good guy, DL.

    :^:

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Tam wrote: »
    I uh

    I read Unseen Academicals a few days ago

    how did you like it

    other people were having issues with some stuff

    i thought it was solid but not his best

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  • scarlet blvd.scarlet blvd. Bebop Cola Goooood!Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Bulldog Drummond

    Damn fine group of books
    dude is kickin' ass and takin' names

    Really though, they're fun and pretty awesome

  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I've never read any L'Amour, but a few days back in some thread or other I mentioned I had a Louis L'Amour tape? It was a gag gift (along with Midwest Polka Band Hits) but it was actually totally awesome. Like, the best possible thing to listen to on a road trip. And then I found out that my grandfather loves Louis L'Amour, making him even more awesome than he already was.

    I guess what I'm saying is I miss that tape, and I can't scoff at the Westerns section at the bookstore anymore.

    QuW2glN.jpg"Sandra's favourite movie is escape from new York because she cries when magpie and brain die because they will never be together." i read books sometimes
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    can anyone recommend stuff that is like the dresden files

    this is for a friend who is more into mystery than magic but digs dresden

    i honestly can't think of other good urban fantasy stuff

    christopher moore is my only thought and he's more like douglas adams or neil gaiman

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • BusterKBusterK Negativity is Boring Cynicism is Cowardice Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Briefly considered starting The Fifth Elephant but instead went back to Moby Dick
    I'll hold on to it here, just in case though

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  • AntimatterAntimatter if you want to talk to me look elsewhere.Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Quoth wrote: »
    Tam wrote: »
    I uh

    I read Unseen Academicals a few days ago

    how did you like it

    other people were having issues with some stuff

    i thought it was solid but not his best

    yeah, I felt basically the same

    Pepe's characterization was a little weird. I felt that the fashion part and then the dangerous side of his character were introduced too late.

    I love all of Pratchett's geniuses, though, and Nutt was great
    especially when he asserted his independence from Lady Margolotta

    also, I like that a darker flavor was added to the Igors' past

    edit: what problems did other people have?

  • BusterKBusterK Negativity is Boring Cynicism is Cowardice Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Briefly considered starting The Fifth Elephant but instead went back to Moby Dick
    I'll hold on to it here, just in case though
    Fortunately, I've finally started getting to the part with Ahab craziness so it's a lot easier

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Quoth this is a fantastic title.

    Ignoring the fact that it is totally going to ruin me egosearching.

  • AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Zyrelax wrote: »
    celandine wrote: »
    Reading Eric Foner's history of Reconstruction. So good.

    Is it the abridged or un-abridged version? Foner has managed to publish that book (or some iteration of its thesis) something like seven or eight times.

    This is why he has a chair at Columbia, and I will be teaching at the local community college for the rest of my forseeable career.

    Foner wrote our US History textbook

    I asked my cousin to try to get me his autograph

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  • HoovesHooves Registered User
    edited January 2010
    so the yiddish policeman's unionias one of the best books I have read in a long time and I am super frickin excited that the coen brothers are adapting it. Now I want to read some of chabons other stuff. any recommendations?

    also I am currently re reading accidental masterpiece. its about art and why it is important. Its not pretentious or overwrought and if you are an appreciator of art it will remind you why.

  • AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Read Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay and Gentlemen of the Road immediately

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Look at this fuck wizard right hereRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Gentlemen of the Road, alt title: Jews With Swords

  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    damn it people i specifically asked for dresden knock-offs, you are failing me utterly you silly geese

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • HoovesHooves Registered User
    edited January 2010
    ordering both those books now

  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Quoth wrote: »
    damn it people i specifically asked for dresden knock-offs, you are failing me utterly you silly geese

    The Felix Castor series by Mike Carey is a decent enough Dresden knock-off

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    it's not like the anita blake books is it

    because those are the silliest of geese

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    no no no

    It's like Dresden, but much more british.

    It's written by Mike Carey, they guy who wrote Lucifer.

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