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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:57 am

Troy Loney wrote:
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.


Follow up: we were told to ignore most of the peasant/Levin's farm storyline since the book is so long and we only have so much time to read it.

It's a good book if you cut out half of the crap that doesn't mean anything. Unfortunately, he spends so much time on stuff that doesn't matter, that it makes the main plot (Anna, Vronsky, Alexei Alexandrovich) seem inconsequential to the book's existence.

Just a frustrating book to read, since we are basically reading a part per class meeting (and I'm trying to fit that in with everything else I need to do).
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Idoit40fans on Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:59 am

dodint wrote:Pirate Latitudes by Crichton is decent if you want something from a more contemporary author.

Ive read that...ive read many of his books.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Hockeynut! on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:12 pm

Does anyone enjoy short horror fiction? I finished a novelette and I'm looking for one or two unbiased readers to give me some feedback.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:32 pm

I'm enjoying Captain Blood a lot...its shameful I haven't read this before.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:12 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:Does anyone enjoy short horror fiction? I finished a novelette and I'm looking for one or two unbiased readers to give me some feedback.


I went on a binge last summer, read three of the Great American Short Story anthologies, some Stephen King and Jeffery Deaver collections, a collection called 999, and an R.C. Matheson collection called Scars. I love the short story as a genre and I'll write someday, but I'm just not mentally mature enough right now. If you still need a reader I can run through it. I can offer some overall thoughts and copy editing, not sure how much I can really critique you from a constructive standpoint given that I don't write much myself, yet.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:16 pm

The literature course I took spring semester freshman year of college was about horror/grotesque fiction. It was pretty good stuff.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:21 pm

I once read a short story by David Foster Wallace about a toddler spilling a pot of boiling water on itself.

Also there's a part in a Murakami novel where a Soviet Army Officer catches a suspected spy and has a Mongolian guy skin him alive. The two most disturbing things i've ever read.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:27 pm

One of those collections has a great story about a mother/wife that gets knocked into a coma after suffering a car accident. The whole story is from her perspective as she has these fleeting moments of awareness where she pieces together that her kids became adults without her and her husband reluctantly found someone else. Absolutely haunting, couldn't move on to the next story for a while.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Hockeynut! on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:10 pm

dodint wrote:
Hockeynut! wrote:Does anyone enjoy short horror fiction? I finished a novelette and I'm looking for one or two unbiased readers to give me some feedback.


I went on a binge last summer, read three of the Great American Short Story anthologies, some Stephen King and Jeffery Deaver collections, a collection called 999, and an R.C. Matheson collection called Scars. I love the short story as a genre and I'll write someday, but I'm just not mentally mature enough right now. If you still need a reader I can run through it. I can offer some overall thoughts and copy editing, not sure how much I can really critique you from a constructive standpoint given that I don't write much myself, yet.


I'd be happy to email it to you if you want to give it a read. Not expecting any groundbreaking critique, just another set of eyes. You can send me a PM with your email address if you want. :)
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:19 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:Does anyone enjoy short horror fiction? I finished a novelette and I'm looking for one or two unbiased readers to give me some feedback.


I do, check out At the Mountains of Madness and The Most Dangerous Game (Richard Connell). What do you have
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:20 pm

this is going to be the second time i bring it up in a pretty short time, but my favorite is midnight meat train.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:31 pm

Idoit40fans wrote:this is going to be the second time i bring it up in a pretty short time, but my favorite is midnight meat train.


that's Clive Barker right? I dig his stuff. Cabal is one of my favorite horror shorts written by him. I also really like The Thief of always. I don't know if they are considered short stories, novellas, novels, but to me they are all short and incredible
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:33 pm

I just looked it up, that's in his books of blood. I don't know why I haven't read that yet. I like Rawhead Rex from that collection
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:26 pm

Finished Homage to Catalonia last weekend. It's not as though orwell's perspective is hard to decipher from his major works, but this experience is so amazing that the book should really accompany 1984 and Animal Farm.

Started Inherent Vice today, 40 pages in. I had heard some comparisons to the Big Lebowski, and so far i'm under the assumption that the Dude is based on Doc.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:29 pm

Nevermind. Just saw that Big Leboswki predates that book.

So vice versa.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Gaucho on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:34 pm

Hey, it's World Book Day.

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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:45 pm

The Ocean at the end of the lane (Neil Gaimen) was good. Had a thief of always feel to it. Reading No Country for Old Men now, I'm not sure what it is about Cormac McCarthy, but some of his books I can fly through and some it's like reading a different language. This is one I can fly through.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby canaan on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:53 pm

Troy Loney wrote:
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.

post from a while ago that i missed...

While i dont have a Mark Twainsian disdain for Austen ("Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone!” -Twain), Its dreadful prose that seeps shallow behavior from characters shes built to be much deeper. To put it plainly, she builds up shakespearean archetypes who exhibit shades of Troilus and Cressida and then act Romy and Michelle. Im always left feeling "so friggin what" by the end. Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary...these are women that wouldn't accept the microcosm of the environments they were placed in and acted some tragically, some exceptionally. What does Jane Austen's women do? They commit to the world they live in as if there was no option. Austen's women are prisoners within their own social caste. Marrying for comfort and not love, succumbing to average, and lifelong concession is no more appealing than, to mix analogies, reading paint dry.

I get that Austen wrote from what she knew...it doesnt make it any less wrought with an overwhelming sense of 'so what'.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:03 pm

That's all very true, they are essentially just high society stories and the characters never really "do" anything. The characters are usually funny and the male characters that prove noble are usually written to be very likable. The two that I read both followed a pretty comparable formula, the female leads were pretty and indignant, the strong male characters bypassed potentially more advantageous by falling for the virtues of that the main women possessed.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:38 am

BBC says the average person has only read 6 of these 100 books. what say you? I'm only at 17

Spoiler:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - read some, but not others...
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:45 am

eddysnake wrote:BBC says the average person has only read 6 of these 100 books. what say you? I'm only at 17

Spoiler:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - read some, but not others...
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


24 for me, but it isn't a list of literary greats, just popular books. The Da Vinci Code was fun and all, but it's not Hamlet.

Spoiler:
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby the wicked child on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:59 am

12... although it seems kind of strange to have both Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe... that would be like listing Return of the King instead of just having Lord of the Rings.

Of course, I kind of find it weak to include a series of multiple books as a single entry tbh...
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby columbia on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:03 am

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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby dodint on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:06 am

Yeah, Hitchikers Guide isn't really a book, per se. You could read it in a lot of different configurations.
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Re: Current book being read/just finished

Postby eddysnake on Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:08 am

Is there a top 100 out there that's really top 100 and not just popular? I found something at modern library, but its from 1998
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