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  • Agent VesagoAgent Vesago Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Are you thinking about House of Leaves?

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  • trentsteeltrentsteel Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Are you thinking about House of Leaves?

    ah that's it

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  • Agent VesagoAgent Vesago Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I liked that book once I got into it.

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  • M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    House of Leaves is a horror?

    Also I looked up House of Blue Leaves to see what that was.
    The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare.

    Set in Sunnyside, Queens in 1965, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City, the black comedy features nuns, a political bombing, a GI headed for Vietnam, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter, and his wife Bananas, a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play's title.

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  • I'd Fuck Chuck Lidell UpI'd Fuck Chuck Lidell Up Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    pretty much the books i have read lately are as follows

    harry potter series (shut up i like it)
    Sherlock holmes series (the collection, sadly only 1st and 2nd)
    kill your idols: tom waits (best short book i have ever read)
    snow crash (almost done with it)

    if you guys haven't read any of these i would suggest most of them

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  • trentsteeltrentsteel Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    House of Leaves is a horror?


    That was my impression.

    It's not?

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  • M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    trentsteel wrote: »
    House of Leaves is a horror?


    That was my impression.

    It's not?

    I dunno, i've never read it.

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  • Agent VesagoAgent Vesago Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I wouldn't exactly call it horror, but I would call it creepy.

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    so fucking creepy

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  • FaricazyFaricazy Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    someone on here is named "zampano"

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Bagration wrote: »
    When I was 12 I was forced to read through Crime and Punishment. It really put me off from reading anything ever since.

    =/

    Crime and Punishment is a fucking classic and I won't hear a bad word about it.

    Russian literature is...thick.

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  • OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Don't know if she's been mentioned yet, but Robin Hobb is an amazing fantasist. One of the best working today.

    I'm certain George R.R. Martin has been mentioned, because this is a books thread on a geeky forum, so let me just say this: As good as he is, Hobb is better.

    Start with the Liveship Traders trilogy, ignoring the halfway-silly covers.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Aquasilva trilogy by Anselm Audley is probably the best piece of modern fantasy I've ever read, outside of Neil Gaiman.

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  • OdinOdin Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    House of Leaves is a horror?

    Also I looked up House of Blue Leaves to see what that was.
    The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare.

    Set in Sunnyside, Queens in 1965, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City, the black comedy features nuns, a political bombing, a GI headed for Vietnam, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter, and his wife Bananas, a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play's title.

    Isn't the House of Blue Leaves also that restaurant in Kill Bill?

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Robin Hobb is great, but Martin is still better.

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    naporeon wrote: »
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

    Perhaps you should retire to your ivory tower, milord?

    :P

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    captaink wrote: »
    naporeon wrote: »
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

    Perhaps you should retire to your ivory tower, milord?

    :P
    Oh, I never leave my ivory tower.

    You can assume that any messages relayed to you have been carried down by a tiny, bespectacled valet.

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    naporeon wrote: »
    captaink wrote: »
    naporeon wrote: »
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

    Perhaps you should retire to your ivory tower, milord?

    :P
    Oh, I never leave my ivory tower.

    You can assume that any messages relayed to you have been carried down by a tiny, bespectacled valet.
    I'm not that tiny, jerk.

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Cum Hero wrote: »
    naporeon wrote: »
    captaink wrote: »
    naporeon wrote: »
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

    Perhaps you should retire to your ivory tower, milord?

    :P
    Oh, I never leave my ivory tower.

    You can assume that any messages relayed to you have been carried down by a tiny, bespectacled valet.
    I'm not that tiny, jerk.
    Back to work, message valet!

    Chop chop! Your crumpet break was over thirty seconds ago. I knew that giving you five minutes off every 12 hours would lead to you taking liberties.

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    A thousand pardons sir, I did not mean to presume such familiarity with which those I am contracted to

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  • OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    captaink wrote: »
    Robin Hobb is great, but Martin is still better.

    I'll let the latter part lie, if only because you're so very right about the first part, and Martin is so good anyway.

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    One thing I'm curious about (indeed, almost curious enough to make a separate thread) is what authors or books you all consider particular letdowns. More specifically, what authors wowed you with a couple works, but proved to be disappointments when viewed through the scope of their entire body of work?

    For me, Alfred Bester is probably the best example. Now, I normally hate sci-fi...but Bester's The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination are fantastic, genre-defying works of genuine literary merit. Every other novel the man wrote? Utter garbage.

    Tom Robbins would be another great example. Jitterbug Perfume is a damned good book, showcasing what happens when a skillful wordsmith uses a work not only to tell a great story well, but to show what is possible when an artist is genuinely having fun with his work. Most of the rest of his oeuvre, while enjoyable, lacks the composure and/or gravitas to be considered important.

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  • Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Philip K Dick is kind a of a disappointment. He's got some great concepts in his stories, but he is not a very good writer at all.

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2008
    Oh hey new Dresden Files book has an actual release date now.
    "Small Favor" is coming out on April 1.
    I'm looking forward to this.
    EDIT: For an extra "Oh hey" the first four chapters are up on Butcher's website.
    If you aren't reading these books, you should be.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    anyone here have thoughts on Robert Greene?

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  • Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    i read The Road a few weeks ago. it was good but god it was so depressing

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  • Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Read Generation Kill by Evan Wright, Longbaugh.

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  • naporeonnaporeon Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Lol! wrote: »
    If you aren't reading these books, you should be.
    Explain.

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  • Mister LongbaughMister Longbaugh Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Read Generation Kill by Evan Wright, Longbaugh.

    that's the one about the recon marines, right? i've read that. good book.

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  • Me Too!Me Too! __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2008
    Actually scratch that.
    I like them, which probably means they're horrible.

    In all seriousness, it's like Harry Potter grew up and became a bad-ass.
    The series is about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard/P.I. He's the guy who gets called when the really strange shit is going on, when the troll decides to come out from under the bridge, literally.
    The first few are fairly straight-forward "Cops need help, call the wizard", but the last 4 or 5 have involved a war between the supernatural powers that Harry started, and have dropped the "cops need help" bit almost entirely.

    I do a horrible job explaining things like this, the wiki article is better at it.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I picked up a couple of Discworld books over the weekend, as well as Volume 2 of the Baroque Cycle. I like the Baroque cycle but it's so fucking dense. I think the only reason I picked this up is because I'm determined to find out what happens to Jack Shaftoe.

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  • ZombotZombot Registered User
    edited February 2008
    I got this itch to read some Hunter S. Thompson books.
    So, I go to the library to check some out.
    Missing. All but two, which have been checked out for over a month.

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    I once went down on a girl who had a bit of smeckle on her tuckus hole.
    It was kinda hard telling her she needs to wipe better.
    Don't worry, you were doing her a mitzvah. Oy, I could just kvetch thinking about it.
  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2008
    naporeon wrote: »
    Oh, what the balls?

    The posts in this thread since its resurrection are a great illustration of why part of me shudders every time a book thread appears.

    fuck you! i will not hear good words about austen or james!
    fuck them both!

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  • LahnLahn Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Lately i've torn through most everything christopher buckley has put out there, political satire is pretty decent.

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    see317 wrote: »
    Please turn to the book of Mecha, chapter 5, verse 6.
    "And the lord spoke, saying 'activate interlock, dynotherms are connected, infracells up, megathrusters are go' and the people spoke as one in response. 'Go Voltron Force'. And the lord saw that it was good"
  • KilljoyKilljoy __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    This weekend I read 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, and reread Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

    Stupid idea stealing business aside, Jonathan Safran Foer is awesome.

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  • redheadredhead Registered User
    edited February 2008
    oh, man, The Remains of the Day was just heartbreaking in a quiet sort of way, wasn't it? I loved it when I read it for the first time a few weeks ago.

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  • KilljoyKilljoy __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    Yep. Didn't help that I read a ton of Wodehouse when I was a kid either.

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    Zombot wrote: »
    I got this itch to read some Hunter S. Thompson books.
    So, I go to the library to check some out.
    Missing. All but two, which have been checked out for over a month.

    go buy fear and loathing! it's short and probably cheap

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  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2008
    fear and loathing is wonderbar

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