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    The Book Discussion Thread

    I like reading them. Do you?

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    "The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind, for only the great poets can read them. They have only been read as the multitude read the stars, at most astrologically, not astronomically. Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tiptoe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to."

    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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    Yeah, dude. Books, like, totally rock.

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    I read Bukowski's Pulp yesterday. I liked it.

    /contributes

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    I finished Post Office. I liked Ham on Rye better. Still great though.

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    I'm trying to ease myself back into the habit of reading after years of required texts turned one of my favorite habits into an awful chore.

    I started The Giver this afternoon. I can't believe this was a children's book. I only put it down because life interrupted.

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    my wife gave me that book as a gift on Valentine's Day and i loved it.

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    I'm about half-way through Atonement. It's taken me three months.

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    Marley,why is it taking you so long to read Atonement? Are you not enjoying it, or have you just not had the time to sit down and read a lot?

    Me, I've been on quite the reading binge, which I'm sure most of you have noticed.

    My last reading binge took me through a plethora of Stephen King novels, and various sci-fi/fantasy stuff.

    This binge has had me going through a more literature-oriented trip, with the hopes of expanding my mind.

    In the past few weeks I have read, in order...

    "The Time Traveller's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
    "The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman" by Angela Carter
    "Atonement" by Ian McEwan
    "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland
    "Galactic Pot Healer" by Philip K. Dick
    "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson
    "Sputnik Sweetheart" by Haruki Murakami

    And I am currently 100 pages into "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    I'm enoying it a lot, and it reminds me quite a bit of what could arguably be my favorite book - Jane Austen's "Persuasion". At least the concept of losing one's love, then having the chance to win them back much later in life.

    Marquez describes everything in delicious detail and is actually quite funny. I have to admit I'm finding it a bit of a tedious read - perhaps that isn't the right word, but what I mean is that it's not something I have been able to just fly through, like the last couple I have read. I have to put patience into each page and really read every word there, instead of skimming or speed-reading (which I seem to have acquired the skill for just recently).
    Last Seen (out of 10):

    Man Vs. - 6.5
    Blair Witch - 4
    Get Out - 8.5
    Scream - 7
    Arrival - 8

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    Most recently finished the book Wolf By The Ears, a YA historical fiction novel that I wasn't terribly impressed by, for class. Sigh.
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    Sometimes books that have to be read slowly, every sentence completely digested, those can be the best books. I love Cholera, and it's a great example of that.

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    Quote Quoting Kurosawa Fan (view post)
    Sometimes books that have to be read slowly, every sentence completely digested, those can be the best books. I love Cholera, and it's a great example of that.

    Oh of course, I am not saying it's a bad thing at all.

    I've just had to readjust my reading speed for it, after reading a few books in a row that were relatively light and quick.
    Last Seen (out of 10):

    Man Vs. - 6.5
    Blair Witch - 4
    Get Out - 8.5
    Scream - 7
    Arrival - 8

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    Oh of course, I am not saying it's a bad thing at all.

    I've just had to readjust my reading speed for it, after reading a few books in a row that were relatively light and quick.
    Understood. I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I read a pulpy detective novel, it's a bit difficult to transition into something with a bit more... substance.

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    Quote Quoting Kurosawa Fan (view post)
    Understood. I know exactly what you mean. Whenever I read a pulpy detective novel, it's a bit difficult to transition into something with a bit more... substance.
    Speaky of detective novels, did you see my post in the old forum's book thread - made 2 days ago I believe - about that company Millipede Press?
    Last Seen (out of 10):

    Man Vs. - 6.5
    Blair Witch - 4
    Get Out - 8.5
    Scream - 7
    Arrival - 8

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    Speaky of detective novels, did you see my post in the old forum's book thread - made 2 days ago I believe - about that company Millipede Press?
    Sure did. Those covers are fantastic. I'll definitely be checking them out.

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    i'm reading some magician's biography. pretty meh stuff, although i am an affecinado of the subject, so i can tolerate that.

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    Fantastic av. I love it.

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    will this thread be popular enough to get its own room? pretty please.

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    I'm starting The Phantom of the Opera.

    *exiles song from mind*

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    i got about 30 pages left in jonathan lethem's the fortress of solitude. shaping up to be one of my favorite recent books. i could see myself reading this one over and over like kavalier and clay.

    love in the time of cholera
    is one of my all time favorite novels.

    i read atonement recently. the first section i thought was pretty droll. the second section was pretty good. the third section was pretty great. and the epilogue was pretty awesome. i'm not sure what that all adds up to.

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    Fave books everyone?

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    Quote Quoting lovejuice (view post)
    *demands top twenty*

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    also how's about favorite cover?



    actually penguin has a newer edition with an even more beautiful cover.

    and this cover changes my life.


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    Quote Quoting SpaceOddity (view post)
    *demands top twenty*
    to tell you the truth, i've never think of that. i can quite easily say top five.

    1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    2. Lolita
    3. The Sea, the Sea
    4. The Infernal Desire Machine of Doctor Hoffman
    5. The Name of The Rose

    but anything beyond this, i probably have a hard time ranking.

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