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    seizureorbsseizureorbs Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The series begins and ends at Dune.

    It's just better that way.

    nah

    I liked dune messiah and children of dune

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    laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Messiah and Children are bearable, unless the latter's rampant incestuous overtones bother you. They're fully three calibers below the original at minimum, though.

    God-Emperor's only a little worse, and I couldn't even be bothered to finish it.

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    seizureorbsseizureorbs Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    you know, I thought God-Emperor was pretty good too

    I stopped after I read Heretics though

    that was awful

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    seizureorbsseizureorbs Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I feel like you and me had pretty much this exact exchange in some book thread in the past

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    laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Probably.

    It comes up about every twenty or thirty pages.

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    zanmattozanmatto Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm starting to read the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett.

    Fucking love space turtles

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    laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I don't think we've talked about books in some time.

    Anyways, here's the top ten books you shouldn't read before you die. It starts out pretty accurate, then it goes off the deep end. Accusing Hunter S. Thompson of not being literary seems to be missing the point, don't you think?

    Right now I'm reading Diablo Cody's memoir Candy Girl, because it was free and I'm not in the mood to read about existential terror and man's inhumanity to man.

    why the fuck is the Iliad on there

    I'm going to read every book on that list just to spite any asshole who would suggest that the Iliad isn't worth reading. At least the Fagles translation anyway.

    I've only read bits and pieces of the Illiad. I loved the Oddysey to death when I was, like, twelve, though. I haven't read it since.

    I should remedy both of those.

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    RubberACRubberAC Sidney BC!Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So I just finished Toll the Hounds.
    Now i get to wait what, a couple years for the next one?
    god fuck damn.

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I haven't read the Iliad, but I loved loved loved the Aeneid in the original Latin

    also, man fuck that dude for putting Hemingway, Joyce, and Thompson on his list

    edit: and Tolstoy

    double edit: upon closer examination, he disavows having read any of what he criticizes, fuck him

    also even though Tolkein is a bad writer, it is an exercise in idiocy to assert that reading his magnum opus, perhaps the most influential fantasy series in recent history, should never be done ever under any circumstances

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    vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.

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    sdrawkcaB emaNsdrawkcaB emaN regular
    edited September 2008
    I don't think we've talked about books in some time.

    Anyways, here's the top ten books you shouldn't read before you die. It starts out pretty accurate, then it goes off the deep end. Accusing Hunter S. Thompson of not being literary seems to be missing the point, don't you think?

    Right now I'm reading Diablo Cody's memoir Candy Girl, because it was free and I'm not in the mood to read about existential terror and man's inhumanity to man.

    why the fuck is the Iliad on there

    I'm going to read every book on that list just to spite any asshole who would suggest that the Iliad isn't worth reading. At least the Fagles translation anyway.

    I've only read bits and pieces of the Illiad. I loved the Oddysey to death when I was, like, twelve, though. I haven't read it since.

    I should remedy both of those.

    The Iliad pretty much kicks the Odyssey's ass and then disembowels it and dumps its corpse into the sea after stripping off its armor and hosting some kind of triumphal feast and sacrifice.

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    simosimo Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.

    dubliners is my favorite joyce work, it's so good

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    vsovevsove ....also yes. Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I've never actually read dubliners, but I keep meaning to do so.

    I'll have to pick it up next time I'm at the book store.

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    simosimo Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    I've never actually read dubliners, but I keep meaning to do so.

    I'll have to pick it up next time I'm at the book store.

    it won't take you very long to read, it's pretty short

    10 or so short stories about life in dublin

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    penguin, faulker is fucking gay and i hate him fyi

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    NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Crap, crap, mega crap.Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I haven't read the Iliad, but I loved loved loved the Aeneid in the original Latin

    also, man fuck that dude for putting Hemingway, Joyce, and Thompson on his list

    edit: and Tolstoy

    double edit: upon closer examination, he disavows having read any of what he criticizes, fuck him

    also even though Tolkein is a bad writer, it is an exercise in idiocy to assert that reading his magnum opus, perhaps the most influential fantasy series in recent history, should never be done ever under any circumstances

    i think you might be taking the article a mite too seriously

    EDIT: Also yes, Aeneid in the original latin is quite a treat. Guy knows his wordplay and storytelling.

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    laughingfuzzballlaughingfuzzball Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    also even though Tolkein is a bad writer, it is an exercise in idiocy to assert that reading his magnum opus, perhaps the most influential fantasy series in recent history, should never be done ever under any circumstances

    Tolkien mimics the Britannic and Germanic epics very closely in over-all structure. I suspect it was a conscious choice, since he was basically trying to write the "English mythology". He takes most of the paragraph and sentence level structure from early modern and very late middle English, though very much in modern English. It's where the faux-archaic feel comes from that everyone seems to shoot for and no one seems to be able to pull off.

    It really wasn't meant to be what it's become at all. He was trying to write a false mythology, more of an academic lark than anything, and accidentally created a genre of pop "literature".

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.
    I'm almost certain that A Portrait can bite dicks, too.

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    redheadredhead Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    hey I liked a portrait of the artist as a young man

    I have a feeling I'll like ulysses, too, if I ever make it through

    I'll let you know in about thirty years

    25 years to get bored enough to try again and 5 years to read it, losing interest after every three-word phrase

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    penguin, faulker is fucking gay and i hate him fyi
    I'll answer that with a verse from Faulkner, "I've got two guns, one for each of you."

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    penguin, faulker is fucking gay and i hate him fyi
    I'll answer that with a verse from Faulkner, "I've got two guns, one for each of you."

    oh i'm gonna use repetition and no punctuation also i'm gay - faulkner while writing as i lay dying

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    geckonidaegeckonidae Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I had to leave all my books behind when I moved

    but I have a copy of Heart of Darkness here I should really get round to reading one day
    oh and I picked up the Book Thief cause I had heard good things and really enjoyed it

    but no longer working at a bookstore, I feel like I am missing out on a lot of new releases (also discount)

    I guess what I am trying to say is guys recommend some books?

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.
    I'm almost certain that A Portrait can bite dicks, too.

    hey

    hey

    fuck you

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    simo wrote: »
    yeah, that list is pretty atrocious

    i don't even understand his hemingway complaint

    like, is he joking about the terrible bore part? i can't tell

    he's waving his nose in the air and saying 'i am better than everybody'

    putting on airs

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.
    I'm almost certain that A Portrait can bite dicks, too.

    hey

    hey

    fuck you
    Randall, I thought the entire forum had been over this with you: You are abominable.

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    RockyRocky Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So I was studying for a exam in the library and during a break I remembered somebody mentioned Musicophilia and I decided to look it up. Apperantly its "lost" so I picked up The man who mistook his wife for a hat.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    i only remember one part of heart of darkness, and that's 'they weren't bad people, for being cannibals.'

    the rest of it? just go watch apocalypse now, it's more interesting and better-written

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    penguin, faulker is fucking gay and i hate him fyi
    I'll answer that with a verse from Faulkner, "I've got two guns, one for each of you."

    oh i'm gonna use repetition and no punctuation also i'm gay - faulkner while writing as i lay dying
    If there's a connection to Tombstone in your post, I'm not seeing it.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2008
    oh i've never seen that movie

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    Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The Iliad? I really enjoyed The Odyssey; it was the book that got me out of my literary funk and my screen-name is an homage to the opening verse. The Iliad had some good going too. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the ancient Greeks could joke around and between the MANLINESS converse frankly and poignantly. Did I get to finish it? No, school started up again so I had to put it down, but I enjoyed what I read.

    And screw Austen. So stuffy and boring.

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    oh i've never seen that movie
    Goddamnit.

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    Randall_FlaggRandall_Flagg Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    vsove wrote: »
    Ulysses was a meandering mess of a book.

    'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', however, was a fairly interesting read, if extremely dry.
    I'm almost certain that A Portrait can bite dicks, too.

    hey

    hey

    fuck you
    Randall, I thought the entire forum had been over this with you: You are abominable.

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    awww jeah

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The only form of The Odyssey I enjoyed either involved Wishbone or Nick Cave.

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    Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The only form of The Odyssey I enjoyed either involved Wishbone or Nick Cave.

    It sort of depends on the translation, and perhaps I liked it so much because I had suffered a dearth of mind-crippling chick-lit and then an expanse of years wherein I read nothing that wasn't prescribed by the school. Perhaps something good was illuminated and exaggerated to vast proportion in my literature-starved mind.

    Chick-lit more like chick-lite.

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm going to read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty now. And it's going to take me mother fucking forever.

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    redheadredhead Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    shit I need to reread that

    so many books I read when I was younger that I remember liking but am sure I didn't fully appreciate

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    Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ohh, reading The Three Musketeers right now. It is sublime. Granted, the pacing seems a bit awkward at momets and the dialogue is much you could expect from a novel of that time, and d'Art can be considered a 'mary-stu'. I don't even know what term to use. But it is an incredibly enjoyable read, sort of like a summer blockbuster but with less explosions and quaint camp.

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    redhead wrote: »
    shit I need to reread that

    so many books I read when I was younger that I remember liking but am sure I didn't fully appreciate
    That's true with Blood Meridian and I read it only a year and a half ago.

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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The only form of The Odyssey I enjoyed either involved Wishbone or Nick Cave.

    what about the Coen Brothers

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The only form of The Odyssey I enjoyed either involved Wishbone or Nick Cave.

    what about the Coen Brothers
    Okay, so there are three versions of The Odyssey that I enjoy.

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