Originally Posted by LonerMatt
Love God Bless You, Mr. Roswater and Welcome to the Monkey House - how's Hocus Pocus compare?
I enjoyed Hocus Pocus, although it wasn't my favourite. It's a bit difficult to choose a 'best' Vonnegut book, as they are all good. I think that the ones that I enjoyed most, and which I like to dip back into from time to time, are "Mother Night", "Cat's Cradle" and "Bluebeard".
Originally Posted by Portland Dry Goods
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
I agree that "The Crying of Lot 49" is a good introduction to Pynchon. It's funny, interesting, and as PDG said, it's not too long. Vineland, whilst longer, is also enjoyable. I must admit that I really found it a bit hard to get into Gravity's Rainbow at first and so I put it down for quite some time before picking it up again and finishing it.
Originally Posted by ManofKent
Just finished Dave Egger's 'You shall know our velocity'.
It had it's moments, there's a half decent book struggling to get out.
I couldn't relate to the characters in any meaningful way so I didn't really care about them. There's the odd passage where the author managed to engage me in events, but generally it read like a teenage fan of Kerouac trying to do their own pastiche, and failing badly.
Agreed. There are a few, younger authors like Eggers out there at present, and I think that their books could have done with some good editing.
I've found Jonathan Safran Foer's writing to be similar to that of Eggers - technically very good, but at times a bit of a confused pastiche that could have done with some good editing. Particularly Foer's "Everything is Illuminated", which was like two books in one and it couldn't make up its mind as to whether it was being a serious and yet sometimes witty novel, or an attempt at "magical realism". To my mind, the two clashed very jarringly at times.
In terms of Eggers, I preferred "What is the what" and "Zeitoun".