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book recommendations
« on: April 20, 2010, 11:30:09 AM »
need some...thanks in advance.


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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 11:31:11 AM »
what kind?
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 11:31:21 AM »
reading Empire Falls currently.  Pretty decent.  

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 11:31:34 AM »
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010, 11:33:37 AM »
what kind?

Let's start with classic American fiction.  (reading takes a long time)

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010, 11:36:28 AM »
what kind?

Let's start with classic American fiction.  (reading takes a long time)

(don't be insulted if you've already read)


Grapes of Wrath
Johnny Get Your Gun
Old Man and the Sea (short)
(Hunter S. Thompson if you are open about "classic")
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 11:37:46 AM »
what kind?

Let's start with classic American fiction.  (reading takes a long time)

(don't be insulted if you've already read)


Grapes of Wrath
Johnny Get Your Gun
Old Man and the Sea (short)
(Hunter S. Thompson if you are open about "classic")

not insulted at all.  There's just a lot of stuff I haven't read.  Hunter S. Thompson would count as classic to me.

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 11:39:44 AM »
The Sun Also Rises
The Catcher in the Rye

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 11:40:38 AM »
Let me know when we get to the biography portion.  Just read a good one.

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2010, 11:50:21 AM »
Jason Goodwin's Janissary Tree was really good.  It's fiction, but not American fiction.  

I dunno if travel books are your thing or not but here are a couple that I've really enjoyed.  Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger, Baghdad Without a Map and Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz are all great.
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010, 11:56:53 AM »
just finished Roman Blood.  it's a historical novel based in ancient rome.  first of a series by Steven Saylor.  pretty good.

'classic' american lit?  hemingway?  anything else I can think of is boring as hell

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2010, 11:57:14 AM »
Ever read Umberto Eco? Name of the Rose is more well-known, but no less excellent for being so. Foucault's Pendulum is the best, IMO, but I also liked Baudolino.
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2010, 12:05:09 PM »
Winter of our Discontent - Steinbeck

The Moon is Down - Steinbeck

East of Eden - Steinbeck

Tale of Two Cities - Dickens




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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2010, 12:10:33 PM »
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles
Short Stories - Paul Bowles
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
East of Eden - John Steinbeck
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
Tropic of Capricorn - Henry Miller
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon (very long and complex)
Anything He's Ever Written - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
Pulp - Charles Bukowski
Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski

if you feel like venturing outside of America, just give the word. Some real incredible stuff out there in that big bad world.

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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2010, 12:14:15 PM »
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2010, 12:16:46 PM »
i'll start w/ kk's list and go from there.

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2010, 12:34:15 PM »
just finished Roman Blood.  it's a historical novel based in ancient rome.  first of a series by Steven Saylor.  pretty good.

i read one of those.  about the catiline uprising.  it was ok i think.  or maybe i read two.  not positive.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2010, 12:35:08 PM »
OMFG!  BEST BOOK EVER!!!!  movie sucked, but the book was killer.



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« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2010, 12:59:48 PM »
The Godfather

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2010, 01:04:51 PM »
just finished Roman Blood.  it's a historical novel based in ancient rome.  first of a series by Steven Saylor.  pretty good.

i read one of those.  about the catiline uprising.  it was ok i think.  or maybe i read two.  not positive.

Roman Blood is a crime mystery based on Cicero's first big case that gets him noticed.

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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2010, 01:05:08 PM »
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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2010, 01:36:45 PM »
i'll start w/ kk's list and go from there.

blatant post count discrimination.

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2010, 01:42:28 PM »
i'll start w/ kk's list and go from there.

blatant post count discrimination.

actually it was first to reply discrimination.  but whatevs.

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Re: book reccomendations
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2010, 01:44:47 PM »
i'll start w/ kk's list and go from there.

blatant post count discrimination.

actually it was first to reply discrimination.  but whatevs.

are you sure about that? seems like i offered up the best book ever written quite a while before kk threw up his list. probably just trying to get an invite to kk/wrff/chingon pak #2.

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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010, 01:45:55 PM »
i'll start w/ kk's list and go from there.

blatant post count discrimination.

You know what would've helped?  responding to his question, not your need to show off elite books you've read.  krusty is a simple man, he needs to be eased in, not raped by bourroghs and bowles.
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