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post #361 of 5700
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Originally Posted by redgrail View Post
Not trying to pick on you or anything, but how on Earth anyone can bear Ayn Rand is beyond me. The woman simply could not write. I was bored out of my mind by page 200 of Atlas Shrugged, this is coming from someone who is not adverse to long novels at all. I powered through, because I'm not really a quitter when it comes to reading, and gained absolutely nothing from the experience. The woman was a first-rate capitalist disguised as a second-rate philosopher who wrote third-rate fiction. Outside of the US she, thankfully, does not enjoy the same cult following she has here.

Just had to get it out of my system.

Started as well but could not slog my way through. Same with Crime and Punishment.

So I'm shallow. Shoot me.
post #362 of 5700
Moby Dick, How to Drive a Woman Wild in Bed, and Spinoza's Ethics.
post #363 of 5700
Read about the exhibition at the NYPL in the papers, so decided to borrow a copy of On the Road and see what the fuss is all about.
post #364 of 5700
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Started as well but could not slog my way through. Same with Crime and Punishment.


Bang!


I'm sorry, but other than both being fairly long books, there's simply no valid comparison between Atlas Shrugged and Crime and Punishment.
post #365 of 5700
A book called "Audio Culture" which is a collection of essays/articles by many of the luminaries of 20th century music (eno, stockhausen, john cage, et al). about 1/4 and i'm really enjoying it.
post #366 of 5700
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Bang! I'm sorry, but other than both being fairly long books, there's simply no valid comparison between Atlas Shrugged and Crime and Punishment.
No argument there. Those are the only two books I started and didn't finish. I meant to imply nothing as to relative quality or merit. To be fair, Atlas shrugged was a recent (3-4 years ago) abandonment, while I was a callow lad of 18 when I started Crime and Punishment. If I tried it today I'd probably finish it and enjoy it. Wonder where my copy went...
post #367 of 5700
"In Search of Lost Time" by Marcel Proust
"Snabba cash" by Jens Lapidus
"Vernon God Little" by DBC Pierre
Acne Paper
post #368 of 5700
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Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife
Underworld > Libra > White Noise > Cosmopolis

+1, then again, Underworld > most books I've read in the past few years. Then again, I don't read as much as some people *cough*lawyerdad*cough*. Then again, I do think I read alot.

Just finished the Yiddish Policemen's Union. A fun read, but Kavalier and Klay > YPU, while we're comparing.

Up next, The Sea by John Banville.
post #369 of 5700
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Originally Posted by redgrail View Post
Not trying to pick on you or anything, but how on Earth anyone can bear Ayn Rand is beyond me. The woman simply could not write. I was bored out of my mind by page 200 of Atlas Shrugged, this is coming from someone who is not adverse to long novels at all. I powered through, because I'm not really a quitter when it comes to reading, and gained absolutely nothing from the experience. The woman was a first-rate capitalist disguised as a second-rate philosopher who wrote third-rate fiction. Outside of the US she, thankfully, does not enjoy the same cult following she has here. Just had to get it out of my system.
I believe I've said this before somewhere on this forum, but I had a friend in college who worked at a Barnes & Noble. They apparently shelved all of Ayn Rand's nonfiction writings in the Philosophy section. Realizing what a travesty this was, he used to reshelve all the Ayn Rand (fiction and non-) in the Children's section at the end of his shift. I still love him for that.
post #370 of 5700
Just finished the Watchmen graphic novel, moving onto Slaughterhouse Five.
post #371 of 5700
just finished Porter's biography on John Coltrane. on to Tobias "Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need" (recommended in another thread here on the SF).

-Jeff
post #372 of 5700
I'm finishing Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son). Not bad, but not as good as reviews would lead you to believe, IMHO.

I'm not sure what I'll read next. Perhaps The Terror by Dan Simmons or American Tabloid by James Ellroy.

I'm just trying to get through the pile of books on my nighstand. Unfortunately, the pile never seems to shrink.
post #373 of 5700
I have been off and on reading Koushun Takami's Battle Royale. It is a good, very violent and graphic, book.
post #374 of 5700
Is that the one that the movie was based on? Island, kids, etc.?
post #375 of 5700
Yes, but the book is much much better. That coming from someone who loved the movie. The book goes into more details about the characters and more about the relationships between the students. Oh, and it doesnt have Beat Takeshi
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