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post #121 of 746
Finished YPU, enjoyed it quite a bit.

Starting The Windup Girl now.
post #122 of 746
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Starting the Wizard & The Glass (or the fourth installment of the Dark Tower series, for those more familliar with numbers than names).


Also picked up this gem which is begging me to revisit an old favorite:

 

Is it really that good?

I have it but I haven't tried it because, to be honest, I found V rather hard.

And I have read several complex books.

post #123 of 746
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Snow Crash is probably in my top 10, and I've read a few of Stephenson (Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and Reamde). The only one I didn't love was Reamde. I look forward to his next book regardless. 

 

Are Diamond Age and Baroque Cycle worth reading?

post #124 of 746
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Is it really that good?
I have it but I haven't tried it because, to be honest, I found V rather hard.

And I have read several complex books.

Gravity's Rainbow or the companion? I found the companion a little dry, but it's worth it, I guess. biggrin.gif

If you meant the novel, I'd say just read a preview chapter or something, and proceed if you're enchanted. I actually thought V was much better-written on a sentence and plot level (still complex and allusive, but in a more engaging, less perfunctory way).
post #125 of 746
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Finished YPU, enjoyed it quite a bit.

Starting The Windup Girl now.

 

TWG is fucking quality.

 

 

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Snow Crash is probably in my top 10, and I've read a few of Stephenson (Cryptonomicon, Anathem, and Reamde). The only one I didn't love was Reamde. I look forward to his next book regardless. 

 

Are Diamond Age and Baroque Cycle worth reading?

 

Yes, IMO.

 

 

Just finished Caliban's War - quality read. I thought it was a fair follow up, highly entertaining, made good use of the mechanics available (still one of the most 'accurate' SF novels in terms of low g/micro g/etc) - characters were interesting (except Avarasala, who I thought was just a type cast).

 

:)

post #126 of 746
Actually, put the Windup Girl on Hold to read Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson on a recommendation.

Really, really good. But short (i'm already almost halfway through it).
post #127 of 746
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Gravity's Rainbow or the companion? I found the companion a little dry, but it's worth it, I guess. biggrin.gif

If you meant the novel, I'd say just read a preview chapter or something, and proceed if you're enchanted. I actually thought V was much better-written on a sentence and plot level (still complex and allusive, but in a more engaging, less perfunctory way).

 

Yes, I meant the actual novel. I've been meaning to read it for a while, but I never get around to it.

I liked V, but felt I had to be very focused, so it is still in my growing half-read list.

post #128 of 746
Okay I told myself I was gonna do something different for the next book, but I'm just jumping straight to more Murakami. I can't stop nod[1].gif
post #129 of 746
I put it off in favor of the weirder ones but i'm enjoying Norwegian wood right now.
post #130 of 746
Zak Smith's illustrations of Gravity's Rainbow. Knowing somebody did that made reading the book a little easier smile.gif

started "The Recognitions" from Gaddis, speaking of heavy hitters. We'll see. Want to know if it's as good as people say.
post #131 of 746
The William Gass intro is worth the price alone. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Come to think of it, his intro to Anatomy of Melancholy as well as his own In the Heart of the Heart of the Country were really amazing too, like you can just tell instantly they are the product of reading vast libraries and writing non-stop for the last fifty years. I guess this might be relevant because the two authors are very often confused.
post #132 of 746
Just finishing off Peter F Hamilton's Fallen Dragon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fallen-Dragon-Peter-F-Hamilton/dp/0330480065/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1372999409&sr=8-15&keywords=peter+f+hamilton

will definitely be trying some more of his work.
post #133 of 746
I started Vonnegut's Hocus Pocus for my work break reading. It's grumpier and more beautiful than his other stuff that I've read.
post #134 of 746

Love God Bless You, Mr. Roswater and Welcome to the Monkey House - how's Hocus Pocus compare?

post #135 of 746
late to my own party!

GR is definately worth picking up and dont get discouraged if it seems like nonsense. my strategy reading it for the first time was to localize some of the smaller stories and anecdotes within it and appreciate them one at a time. its a bit less alienating if you break it up that way or coast through and enjoy what grasps you. rereading it will always bring missed moments to the table. if you wanna mine the book then the companion is likely to be valuable but theres some fun stories (within stories [within stories]) that can be appreciated without a dissertation.

V. is great but I think Crying Lot of 49 is the best introduction to Pynchon. its shorter than most of his books but its got the same level of wit. makes for a good beach read
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