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    Top 10 Books First Read During 2013

    01. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester, 1956)
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    Terrific start to the new year.

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    I'm just gonna use this thread to list everything I'm reading.

    1. A Scanner Darkly (Philip K. Dick)

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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    01. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester, 1956)
    Man - it's all gonna be downhill from there.

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    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Man - it's all gonna be downhill from there.
    I'm excited to see if something can beat it. The gauntlet has been thrown down.

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    I'm excited to see if something can beat it. The gauntlet has been thrown down.
    Have you read any of Bester's short stories?

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    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Have you read any of Bester's short stories?
    Not yet, no.

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    If you get a chance this year, check out Virtual Unrealities.

    Just make sure you stay far, far away from his post-The Stars novels.

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    1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

    Now reading Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

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    01. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester, 1956)
    02. The Essential Kabbalah (Daniel C. Matt, 1995)
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    1. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
    2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

    Now reading: Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

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    1. Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale- 8
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    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
    2. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick
    3. Two Solitudes -Hugh MacLennan

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    1. Raise the Roof Beam High Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger
    2. Dubliners, James Joyce
    3. Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
    4. Summer Blonde, Adrian Tomine
    5. The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    6. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
    7. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
    8. The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
    9. Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
    10. The Age of Wire and String, Ben Marcus

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    1. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester, 1956)
    2. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway, 1929)
    3. The Essential Kabbalah (Daniel C. Matt, 1995)

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    1. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
    2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
    3. The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
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    Quote Quoting ledfloyd (view post)
    1. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
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    Favorite essay?
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    Favorite essay?
    It's so difficult to choose. "E Unibus Pluram" is engaging and insightful; it also makes me wonder what DFW thought of TV post-Sopranos. "David Lynch Keeps His Head" is a brilliant profile of one of my favorite artists by one of my favorite artists. And "Getting Away from Pretty Much Already Being Away from It All" and "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" are both uproariously funny and slightly despairing in that typically Wallacian way. I had read the first two before in their edited forms, but finally going through this was exhilirating and just as revelatory as when I first read Consider the Lobster. His non-fiction just embodies everything I aspire to and am incapable of attaining as a writer.

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    Quote Quoting ledfloyd (view post)
    It's so difficult to choose. "E Unibus Pluram" is engaging and insightful; it also makes me wonder what DFW thought of reality TV.
    This is what I was thinking.

    Anyway, I thought they were all amazing except for the first one.
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    I want to read a few more books by Thomas Pynchon this year.

    I still feel eternally indebted to Benny for piquing my interest and getting me to read "The Crying of Lot 49" (which I read cover to cover three times in a row). One of the best reading experiences of my life.

    I have "V" and "Vineland" on my shelf.

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    I want to read a few more books by Thomas Pynchon this year.

    I still feel eternally indebted to Benny for piquing my interest and getting me to read "The Crying of Lot 49" (which I read cover to cover three times in a row). One of the best reading experiences of my life.

    I have "V" and "Vineland" on my shelf.
    V is not as accessible but it is a lot more epic and ambitious. I'd go with that one but be prepared.
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    Quote Quoting Benny Profane (view post)
    This is what I was thinking.

    Anyway, I thought they were all amazing except for the first one.
    Yeah, it does seem a little directionless, it initially seems to be about his affinity for math, but it never really circles back to examine that to any notable degree. The one on poststructuralism et al. didn't do a whole lot for me either.

    Have you read Both Flesh and Not? I will inevitably get to it, but it worries me that the vast majority of the essays are ones he ostensibily considered for his other two collections and decided not to publish.

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    His uncollected stuff is definitely worth reading. If you haven't read his essay on Roger Federer, you should absolutely get the book just for that. One of the most beautiful pieces of sports writing ever published. The essay on David Markson's novel Wittgenstein's Mistress is stunningly brilliant also, if a bit dense.

    The book I want most is a collection of his letters, which I think is coming this year. Can't wait for that.
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    1. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
    2. Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor
    3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

    Now reading: American Gods - Neil Gaiman

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    1. Battle Cry of Freedom - James M. McPherson
    Now reading: The Master Switch by Tim Wu

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    1. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
    2. Albert Camus's The Plague
    3. Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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