What are you reading?

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  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Finished E=mc2: Biography of the Equation. Now starting Blood Meridian.

    I'd be interested to hear what you think of Blood Meridian. Lots of other folks rave about it. I've read and enjoyed several other McCarthy books, but I found the unrelenting grimness of that one to be tiresome.
     


  2. Rye GB

    Rye GB Angry Englishman

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  3. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Will be reading one (maybe both!) of these after finishing Brideshead Revisited. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  4. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    Will be reading one (maybe both!) of these after finishing Brideshead Revisited.

    WTF is with the "will be reading" conne?
    That's like saying you "will be" banging the Panera girl Thursday. Or some other nonsense.
     


  5. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    Those books don't look very good, Conne. Looks like something my grandma would read.
     


  6. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Those books don't look very good, Conne. Looks like something my grandma would read.
    They are on the Booker long list for 2009. I've never read a bad book off of the long/short lists and I don't think it will start now.
     


  7. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    Don't you read classics? I think the newish translation of War & Peace would be better suited for a man of your quality.
     


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    The Complete collection of Sherlock Holmes. He is much more of a bad-ass than made out in the movies. Hopefully the new version with Robert Downey Jr will change that perception.
     


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    Re-reading:

    god is not Great by Hitchens.

    Also, a book of essays by Capote.
     


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    So fucking good. I read it when I was 14, but it's so much better now.
     


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    City Of Theives - David Benioff

    Great blend of comedy and tradgedy from the perspective of a boy in WWII Russia during German invasion.
     


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    I'd be interested to hear what you think of Blood Meridian. Lots of other folks rave about it. I've read and enjoyed several other McCarthy books, but I found the unrelenting grimness of that one to be tiresome.

    I'm not particularly bothered by the grimness or the unwaveringly graphic violence; in fact, those scenes almost always end up leaving me cold (Someone told me I must be really fucking jaded). The problem I have with the book is the language. It's unrelenting, yes, but only in how overwrought and try-hard it is. I don't think it lacks originality, but rather, subtlety.

    I'm sure McCarthy fanboys will come in saying I just don't know how to read the book, but I kind of 'got it' after the first 5 pages.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Richard Branson's autiobio. Pretty compelling read.
     


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