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Continuing my predilection towards 'stuff I was supposed to read in college but didn't', I just started Lolita.
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Continuing my predilection towards 'stuff I was supposed to read in college but didn't', I just started Lolita.

Enjoy.
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After Wind Up, the other Murakamis will be a letdown, imo.
I liked 1Q84 a lot.
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I liked 1Q84 a lot.

 

They're all okay, and I have a soft spot for the nonfiction one about the subway sarin gas attacks, but Wind Up Bird is his pantheon book, showcasing what he does and doing it well well well.

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About 350 pages (that is, about 1/3 of the way) into Santaram. So far, it's excellent. (Not just because I recently visited Mumbai, although that doesn't hurt.)
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They're all okay, and I have a soft spot for the nonfiction one about the subway sarin gas attacks, but Wind Up Bird is his pantheon book, showcasing what he does and doing it well well well.

While Wind Up is arguably his best, i think all his "earlier" work is very good. I thought Kafka on the Shore was weaker and 1Q84 is in my view a complete let-down, it almost felt like he had employed a team of writers to produce a novel in his style. Still, I finished all 1,000 or so pages. satisfied.gif
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To pile on:
Liked Remains Of The Day very much. Hated Never Let Me Go.

Clockwise: better late than never. Midnight's Children is excellent.

Just finished this, which I thought was really good:

Agreed. Midnight's Children was amazing. May I recommend Mo Yan if you haven't read him yet? Red Sorghum and Big Breasts, Wide Hips are the China equivalents of Midnight's Children but, if such a thing is possible, even more colourful and very brutal.
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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
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Agreed. Midnight's Children was amazing. May I recommend Mo Yan if you haven't read him yet? Red Sorghum and Big Breasts, Wide Hips are the China equivalents of Midnight's Children but, if such a thing is possible, even more colourful and very brutal.

You certainly may - and thanks!

Edit: Just recalled that I read Life and Death are Wearing Me Out a few years ago and enjoyed it.
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I just read Snow Crash. I enjoyed it very much.

I followed that up with In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff. I liked it, but I read Tree of Smoke a couple of weeks ago and so I'm getting a little Vietnam War'd out.
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I just read Snow Crash. I enjoyed it very much.

I followed that up with In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff. I liked it, but I read Tree of Smoke a couple of weeks ago and so I'm getting a little Vietnam War'd out.

Snow Crash is a great book. Cryptonomicon and The Diamond Age also delivered.

I haven't read In Pharaoh's Army, but I will give it a shot. Tobias Wolff is another of my favorite authors. This Boy's Life was excellent and I enjoyed The Night in Question even though I don't usually care for short stories. I bought my used copy of The Night in Question on amazon and noticed that it is apparently signed by the author. Or maybe some jerkoff forged his name in there.

I recently read The Quiet American by Graham Greene and First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung while on a trip to SE Asia. Both were solid.
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Snow Crash is a great book. Cryptonomicon and The Diamond Age also delivered.

I haven't read In Pharaoh's Army, but I will give it a shot. Tobias Wolff is another of my favorite authors. This Boy's Life was excellent and I enjoyed The Night in Question even though I don't usually care for short stories. I bought my used copy of The Night in Question on amazon and noticed that it is apparently signed by the author. Or maybe some jerkoff forged his name in there.

I recently read The Quiet American by Graham Greene and First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung while on a trip to SE Asia. Both were solid.

I just started Anathem this afternoon. I'm about 30 pages in. I like it so far. I may dive into Cryptonomicon after that.

I was hoping to download and read The Quiet American but it turns out that B&N doesn't offer it for the Nook. I wonder if it's Kindle-only, or maybe not available as an e-book at all. I may have to actually buy a paper copy.
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Daniil Kharms - Today I Wrote Nothing

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Snow Crash and The Diamond Age are both brilliant reads.

Currently reading Empire of Secrets British Intelligence the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire by Calder Walton

Making Ideas Happen Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision & Reality by Scott Belsky
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Snow Crash and Cryptomicon were both great. I have never read Diamond Age though.
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