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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:06 pm

Finished In Cold Blood on the airplane (impeccable timing actually, finished the book just as the plane landed). Not at all what I expected, the actual crime narrative lasted like 6 pages. A really amazing crime story.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:25 pm

I read The Yellow Birds, which has been called a modern day war novel like Catch 22 or Red Badge of Courage. It was good, but not exceptional.

I just started reading Guns at Last Light, the third volume in Rick Atkinson's Liberation (of Europe) trilogy. Well written and researched series, and the last book (D-Day to the Fall of Berlin) is no exception.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby PensFanInDC on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:20 am

Finished Under The Dome. If you like King, you will like this book.

Currently reading 11/22/63. What is so great about this book is that if you like King you'll love it. If you don't like King, you will still love it. If you are a JFK history type you should pick this up.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:26 am

Kraftster wrote:I'm rereading On The Road (again). It's hard for me to imagine literature getting much better than the Part One of On The Road. Amazing.


This gentleman expected on the road to be an all time favorite. Instead, Sal and the crew ended up seeming like a bunch of shiftless losers.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:29 am

That does look kind of interesting.

I read Gravitys Rainbow, took about a month. Such a difficult book to follow, one of those books that needs multiple reads to understand it....not sure when I'll try that again.


Since then I've read Ragtime and Burmese Days. I think I just much prefer books that I can get through in 3 -5 days. But i also just refuse to give up on a book, so those ones that are huge commitments frustrate me at times.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby MRandall25 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Reading Eugene Onegin for my Russian Lit class.

It isn't bad, but the combo of prose within poetry and iambic verse is making it harder to understand than it should be.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Kraftster on Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:29 pm

Reading that makes me think of Mark Danielewski's book Revolutions. I loved House of Leaves, so I gave that one a go. I found it to be extremely difficult for the sake of being extremely difficult (unlike House of Leaves). Anyone actually get through that thing?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:47 pm

Rated all the books I read in 2013 on a 1-5 scale.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - 4
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy - 2
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami - 4
Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - 3
Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky - 4
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot - 2
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott - 2
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - 5
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - 4
Bleak House by Charles Dickens - 3
My Antonia by Willa Cather - 2
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 4
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver - 4
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - 5
East of Eden by John Steinbeck - 5
Candide by Voltaire - 3
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 2
God Bless You, Mr Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut - 2
The Complete Sherlock Holmes V2 by Arthur Conan Doyle - 5
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut - 3
HHH by Laurent Binet - 4
On the Road by Jack Kerouac - 3
The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald - 4
The Financier by Theodore Dreiser - 3
A Visit from the Good Squad - Jennifer Egan - 2
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami - 3
Women by Charles Bukowski - 2
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - 2
Money by Martin Amis - 2
Ask the Dusk by John Fante - 4
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut - 4
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - 5
Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger - 5
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald - 3
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - 4
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami - 5
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never do Again by David Foster Wallace - 5
Disgrace by JM Coetzee - 3
White Noise by Don Delillo - 4
V by Thomas Pynchon - 3
Junky by William S Burroughs - 4
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - 5
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon - 3
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon - 3
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby the wicked child on Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:50 pm

Getting close to finishing my re-read of the combined reading order of A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons. Thinking about picking up the Kingkiller Chronicles based on the recommendation of a co-worker... Anyone else here ever read them? Thoguhts?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:16 am

Th3 Game by Ken Dryden. That man could wield a pen.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:08 am

finished Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear. even better second time around. About half way through neil gaimans ocean at the end of the lane. Never read anything by him, kinda has a Clive Barker feel to it.

got 3 waiting, first blood, lost city of z, and the shadow of the wind. Think I'm going with Shadow of the wind, anyone read it?

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:11 am

Troy, i bite my thumb at thee for giving pride and prejudice a higher rating than blood meridian.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby columbia on Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:14 am

I recommend all of the John Fante books.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby nocera on Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:56 pm

Just finishing up 1984. It was one of those books I should've read in high school but didn't because the English department in my high school wasn't so great.

Can I have some suggestions of more classics (that are good) that I should've read in high school?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby PensFanInDC on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:05 pm

Needful Things is good so far.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:18 pm

Just started Anna Karenina for Russian Lit class, after just finishing up Turgenev's Fathers and Sons/Fathers and Children
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:20 am

canaan wrote:Troy, i bite my thumb at thee for giving pride and prejudice a higher rating than blood meridian.



I didn't like the prose. It's something that I will try and read again and might like it more. Do you specifically not like Pride and Prejudice or anything Jane Austen? I've read that and Emma and really enjoyed both of them.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:27 am

nocera wrote:Just finishing up 1984. It was one of those books I should've read in high school but didn't because the English department in my high school wasn't so great.

Can I have some suggestions of more classics (that are good) that I should've read in high school?



Did you like 1984? Brave New World is also great.

Here would probably be my classics must reads:

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Crime and Punisment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Franny and Zooey by Salinger (assuming you've read Catcher in the Rye)
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:30 am

MRandall25 wrote:Just started Anna Karenina for Russian Lit class, after just finishing up Turgenev's Fathers and Sons/Fathers and Children



How did you like Fathers and Sons? I grabbed it off my Mom's bookshelf last time I was home and haven't started it yet.

Anna Karenina is great, I hope your teacher does a good job of explaining the context of the peasant social commentary. I never took any Russian History classes, so i feel like a lot of that economic story went over my head.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby MRandall25 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:45 am

Fathers and Sons started out kind of slow (the exposition took some time), but since it's a short book (160 pages tops), it did a good job of getting me interested.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:02 am

I just started Lolita, I think I may pick that up next.

RE: Gulag, i've never tried, but it definitely seems like something where reading the entire thing isn't necessary.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby columbia on Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:38 am

Not sure why I put that in the Pitt basketball thread.
Somehow related to perennial suffering?
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:47 am

eddysnake wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Stephen King wrote a sequel to The Shining?


I believe it's about little Danny boy all grown up, but I could be wrong.

I bet Shaf read it, if so could you please give me a brief overview of what's going on with it?


Doctor Sleep. Spoilerish short plot synopsis:
Spoiler:
I took some time over Thanksgiving to revisit The Shining and read Doctor Sleep back to back. Short summary is that Danny grows up a drunk but still has some of the Shine. He comes across a tween girl that has it as well, but is more powerful than he ever was. There is a roving band of vampiresque evil people that feed off of people that have it and it sets up a sturggle between good and evil. Kind of a cross between The Stand and The Shining.


If you read The Shining and Doctor Sleep in sequence you can really see his development as a writer. The Shining had its flaws, rough around the edges but a great story. Doctor Sleep felt a little forced, more of a corporate effort.

PensFanInDC wrote:Finished Under The Dome. If you like King, you will like this book.

Currently reading 11/22/63. What is so great about this book is that if you like King you'll love it. If you don't like King, you will still love it. If you are a JFK history type you should pick this up.


UTD was a good read. I think we already talked about the TV adaptation so I'll let that go.

11/22/63 was one of the best books of his I've read in a while. I assumed you finished it so I'll add this:

Spoiler:
I thought the end was a cop out. I feel like he wrote himself into a corner and had to go with the post-atomic scenario as the only way out. It just didn't feel right and after investing so much in an otherwise fantastic story I was really let down.


nocera wrote:Just finishing up 1984. It was one of those books I should've read in high school but didn't because the English department in my high school wasn't so great.

Can I have some suggestions of more classics (that are good) that I should've read in high school?


I based these suggestions on premise that you liked 1984:

Animal Farm by Orwell - Obvious choice is obvious, but this short allegory should be mandatory anyway.
Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury - In the context of 1984, this reads as more of one mans struggle to carry out Big Brothers policy than the grand lecture 1984 shoots for.
Brave New World by Huxley - Similar in spirit to 1984, but more more psychological than political.
Lord of the Flies by Golding - Wonderful.
Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck - Just good, and a relatively short read. I also have it on audiobook and it's only 4 discs.
A Separate Peace by Knowles - I loathed this book but my wife adores it. Your mileage may vary.
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald - Makes for great kindling, will keep you warm on a cold winter day if lit aflame. I wouldn't recommend looking between the covers for a single intelligent thought, though.

Honorable Mention: Out of This Furnace by Bell. If you have ancestral ties to the old country that pass through Pittsburgh or any other coal/steel region, this is an absolute must read. It's required reading at many Pittsburgh area colleges, I first discovered it when I went to St. Vincent. My family story on my maternal grandfathers side follows the narrative of this book very closely and it's a very emotional read for me. If you have no interest in immigrant labor, eastern european migration, the birth of collective bargaining, or a tangential interest in Pittsburgh history I wouldn't bother with it.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:02 am

A seperate peace sucked.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:13 am

Yup.
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