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Literacy is a hep new thing

FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
edited May 2009 in Social Entropy++
So I noticed that my favorite thread, the book thread, has gone the way of the dodo and nobody has bothered to make a new one. I've been reading "books" or "tomes" lately and I needed some people to discuss the arcane and dying art of reading for leisure with.

I'm burning my way through some junky fantasy right now, but after that I'm thinking about moving on to The Neon Bible by John Kennedy O'toole. I fucking love A Confederacy of Dunces, which is pretty objectively an incredible piece of literature, so I'm curious as to how The Neon Bible has acquired it's reputation for being total shit.

Book thread, go!

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I am intrigued by this junky fantasy that you speak of.

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    i'm readin' a study in scarlet. i think i'm going to incorporate parts of watson's backstory into a short story i'm writing, since nobody remembers it except for me.

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  • SASA Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I know someone in a band called Teenage Illiterates

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  • Vann DirasVann Diras Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    it is taking me forever to read Moby Dick

    I dunno what's going on, but my attention span throughout the last couple books I've read has been shit

    need to just buckle down and get into it

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  • Mr. Henry BemisMr. Henry Bemis God is love Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    SA wrote: »
    I know someone in a band called Teenage Illiterates
    they sound awesome

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  • ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I fancy reading James Frey's novel, Bright Shiny Morning. At least he admits this one is actually fiction...

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    I hear it's really good, ascot.

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  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    we're supposed to be reading the sound and the fury for one of my classes

    i havent really been reading it

    i wish i was

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I am intrigued by this junky fantasy that you speak of.

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    I'm reading through the first book in the Recluce series or whatever right now. It's really pretty good, if you don't expect anything akin to high literature, and his take on magic and the intricacies contained therein is pretty unique. It reminds me of the Belgariad.

    My brother, who has read the whole series, says theres no immediate continuity between the books, but that it's more of an overarching history of a world in turmoil and stuff. So I really look forward to progressing through the series and seeing how he slowly reveals a lot of stuff that is pretty blatantly intentionally obfuscated in the first.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    books are gay

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  • babyeatingjesusbabyeatingjesus Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm almost done my Conan book after like a 2 month absence from reading anything that wasn't work related (or SE) and then I think I'm going to go on to The Road.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Ahh, sweet. I just started reading the Recluse saga myself. The way magic works was also the drawing point for me.

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm reading Ledfeather, by Stephen Graham Jones.

    Christ on toast is it amazing.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm almost done my Conan book after like a 2 month absence from reading anything that wasn't work related (or SE) and then I think I'm going to go on to The Road.

    Which collection of short stories was it? Robert E. Howard writes the most awesome pulp fiction. I think my favorite story is Maneaters of Zul'Kunda, or the one where he climbs the ivory wizard tower in the middle of Stygian city and finds an ancient, lost, God imprisoned there.

    He's so rad. I love how semi-lovecraftian and bizarre Howard was. It's cool to look at it the other way around, too, and you can sort of see some elements of Howard's prose and narrative style in Lovecraft's work. They were regular correspondents so it seems like they had some hella influence on one another.

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  • ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I hear it's really good, ascot.

    Oh? Then I'm even more intrigued. Think I'll pick it up after I finish Dexter.
    And this Elmore Leonard novel I bought, Glitz.

    edit - and Michael Chabon's The Final Solution

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  • britinichubritinichu Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    My gave me Love In The Time Of Cholera, but I keep avoiding it for some reason.

    I think I should join a book club so that I can have someone to force me to read books.

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  • MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm reading this book on The Simpsons and the cultural impact it has had.

    I enjoy it and it's written pretty well but I can't help but feel it's a bit pretentious because it's about The Simpsons and the cultural impact that it has had. Even though I know it has.

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  • ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    and also Jack London's White Fang.
    Got it in those adorable £2 Penguin Classics series.

    I have too many books.

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  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
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    I don't read books.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Ahh, sweet. I just started reading the Recluse saga myself. The way magic works was also the drawing point for me.

    Yeah. The first few chapters of The Magic of Recluce struck me as generic, dry, "kid from average farm with average parents is destined for ADVENTURE!" sorta deal. But now that I'm like three fifths of the way through it I'm really beginning to appreciate the subtle tweaks and changes he added to the otherwise derivative vision of a fantasy world.

    Indeed, I'd go so far to say that his depiction of the first non-Recluce province Lerris wanders into was, in terms of imagery and general evocation, almost as good as GRRMs descriptions of generic 'travelling through a horrible medieval landscape' sections.

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  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    i was at a book store a while back

    and they had a display for a book that is apparently a collection of unpublished vonnegut books/essays
    Armageddon in Retrospect

    anyone know anyhting about it

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  • MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You can never have enough books. I want to have a big library if I can ever get an awesome big house.

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  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2009
    Just got the Absolute Sandman Vol. 1. Not a fan of the art so far, but the story is very intriguing.

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I'm reading this book on The Simpsons and the cultural impact it has had.

    I enjoy it and it's written pretty well but I can't help but feel it's a bit pretentious because it's about The Simpsons and the cultural impact that it has had. Even though I know it has.

    I was thinking earlier today that it'd be pretty interesting to write a paper or something addressing the various positive portrayals of mainstream culture in The Simpsons / King of The Hill. It's neat how a lot of the older, more established animated parodies tend to occasionally say something legitimately profound and illuminating.

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  • mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    does anyone else read multiple books simultaneously. I have different books for different places.

    I read my physics/science books at the gym on the bike.
    kurt vonnegut (and other easy to read in small segment stuff) in the rest room
    and my main book in my living room.

    yeah, I am engrossed in 2-3 books always. Never just 1 book

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  • KovakKovak did a lot of drugs married cher?Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    i dont think its possible to go to college and read only one book at a time

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Totally. I read junky fantasy when I just need to kill time and relax. I read Chomsky and De Tocqueville and stuff when I'm feel contemplative and erudite. And I'm usually also reading some comics or am slowly making my way through a few books at any given time.

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  • MorivethMoriveth BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWNRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Fandyien wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I'm reading this book on The Simpsons and the cultural impact it has had.

    I enjoy it and it's written pretty well but I can't help but feel it's a bit pretentious because it's about The Simpsons and the cultural impact that it has had. Even though I know it has.

    I was thinking earlier today that it'd be pretty interesting to write a paper or something addressing the various positive portrayals of mainstream culture in The Simpsons / King of The Hill. It's neat how a lot of the older, more established animated parodies tend to occasionally say something legitimately profound and illuminating.

    Yeah, the book is basically that. It's about five years out of date, though, so I don't know what the guy would say about the show now. Granted, he does say that after season 8 or so the show declined in quality although it's still pretty good.

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I've been halfway through Day of the Jackal for a long time now

    I should just man up and finish it

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  • ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    mastman wrote: »
    does anyone else read multiple books simultaneously. I have different books for different places.

    I read my physics/science books at the gym on the bike.
    kurt vonnegut (and other easy to read in small segment stuff) in the rest room
    and my main book in my living room.

    yeah, I am engrossed in 2-3 books always. Never just 1 book

    no

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  • LarlarLarlar consecutive normal brunches Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited April 2009
    Tome is a fantastic word.

    Tute on, Fandy. Tute on.

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  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2009
    Fuga wrote: »
    Just finished Men at Arms. Man, I should've started reading Discworld series much earlier.

    Oh boy. All the joys you will experience.

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  • mastmanmastman Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    it keeps it interesting

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Whenever I hear someone say "leather bound tome" I get a little bit giddy.

    Luckily, that almost never happens. Ever.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    At the library today I picked up three China Miéville novels, the latest Dick Francis book, something by Robin Hobb that was reccomended to me and a rootin tootin Matthew Reilly book, full of explosions and italics used to denote exciting things happening! Oh, and two Clive Cussler books. Junk food reeeaaading

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I read multiple books at a time even though I know I shouldn't

    I just read one for a while, get part of the way through it, and then a few days later something comes up that makes me go "this makes me wanna read some hard sci-fi now" and then I read Red Mars for several chapters and then something comes up that makes me go "you know what? I could go for some paranormal shit" and then I read an F. Paul Wilson book part of the way through and then it loops back around to what I was reading to begin with

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    So I started reading this on Sunday morning, and I just wrapped it up. Neat Young Adults novel by Cory Doctrow. Fun bit of fiction.

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    And hey look at that it's been released under Creative Commons for you to read, too!

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    At the library today I picked up three China Miéville novels, the latest Dick Francis book, something by Robin Hobb that was reccomended to me and a rootin tootin Matthew Reilly book, full of explosions and italics used to denote exciting things happening! Oh, and two Clive Cussler books. Junk food reeeaaading

    Haha, I loved the shit out of Cussler when I was in seventh grade

    That takes me back

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  • FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Fandyien wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I'm reading this book on The Simpsons and the cultural impact it has had.

    I enjoy it and it's written pretty well but I can't help but feel it's a bit pretentious because it's about The Simpsons and the cultural impact that it has had. Even though I know it has.

    I was thinking earlier today that it'd be pretty interesting to write a paper or something addressing the various positive portrayals of mainstream culture in The Simpsons / King of The Hill. It's neat how a lot of the older, more established animated parodies tend to occasionally say something legitimately profound and illuminating.

    Yeah, the book is basically that. It's about five years out of date, though, so I don't know what the guy would say about the show now. Granted, he does say that after season 8 or so the show declined in quality although it's still pretty good.

    That sounds pretty neat. What is the book called / who wrote it? I'm pretty interesting in modern parody and the actual, non-comedic implications and message they can convey.

    Like, with KOTH, they ostensibly criticize any number of aspects of white semi-suburban culture, but while they simultaneously rip and tear they tend to praise the various values that Hank exhibits. The message always seems to be - Good, hard working, ignorant, blue collar individuals are not holistically bad and the humanism innate in their perceptions of others lends a very sympathetic note to the whole presentation. The idea that dogmatism or traditional square-ness is lamesky is totally contrary to the whole theme of the first few seasons.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    At the library today I picked up three China Miéville novels, the latest Dick Francis book, something by Robin Hobb that was reccomended to me and a rootin tootin Matthew Reilly book, full of explosions and italics used to denote exciting things happening! Oh, and two Clive Cussler books. Junk food reeeaaading

    Haha, I loved the shit out of Cussler when I was in seventh grade

    That takes me back

    So bad, but so entertaining.

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