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Pick my next book

Postby bluethedog » Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:15 am

Anyone watch Big Brother this summer? There was a guy on there who had to do what ever America voted him to do. That led to some interesting behavior.

Pick my next book. Whoever responds first, I will read it, assuming I haven't read it already. Title and author please.

Trusting you to pick something you've actually read and found worthwhile.
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Re: Pick my next book

Postby jhain » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:51 am

Against the Day - Thomas Pynchon

Best book I've read in awhile.
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Postby Paco » Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:02 pm

Toxic Bachelors - Danielle Steel
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Postby swoon_queen » Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:10 pm

The Ha-Ha by Dave King

or for a spooky mystery with lots of lavish food writing try The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
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Re: Pick my next book

Postby gozer » Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:45 am

bluethedog wrote:Anyone watch Big Brother this summer? There was a guy on there who had to do what ever America voted him to do. That led to some interesting behavior.

Pick my next book. Whoever responds first, I will read it, assuming I haven't read it already. Title and author please.

Trusting you to pick something you've actually read and found worthwhile.


unix shells by example by ellie quigley
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Postby cute hat » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:50 pm

Well, did you read any of the suggested titles, and would you recommend them to others?

I'm looking for my next read.
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Postby bluethedog » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:15 am

I'll start "Against the Day" sometime this week (had to get through a couple others I had checked out first).
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Postby bluethedog » Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:19 am

bluethedog wrote:I'll start "Against the Day" sometime this week (had to get through a couple others I had checked out first).

13 pages in...1072 to go.

My God, what have I done?
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Postby jhain » Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:42 am

bluethedog wrote:
bluethedog wrote:I'll start "Against the Day" sometime this week (had to get through a couple others I had checked out first).

13 pages in...1072 to go.

My God, what have I done?


Hopefully you'll like it as well as I did. I finished it in May and I think of parts of it daily. And it inspired me to read all of Pynchon's novels straight through. I'm just about finished with the first one, V, and look forward to getting back to Against The Day... eventually.
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Postby minicat » Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:02 am

jhain wrote:
bluethedog wrote:
bluethedog wrote:I'll start "Against the Day" sometime this week (had to get through a couple others I had checked out first).

13 pages in...1072 to go.

My God, what have I done?


Hopefully you'll like it as well as I did. I finished it in May and I think of parts of it daily. And it inspired me to read all of Pynchon's novels straight through. I'm just about finished with the first one, V, and look forward to getting back to Against The Day... eventually.


I'm about 130 pages into "Gravity's Rainbow," and am drowning. Does anyone know if that one eventually becomes clear, a la "V," once you pick up the flow?
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Postby Frank Booth » Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:08 am

I attempted Gravity's Rainbow about 3 years ago and burned out after 150 pages. I just started again and am at about 200, but I can't tell you for sure if the flow is picking up. Very interesting nonetheless.

I think books like that are hard for before-bed type readers like myself, I need some longer periods where my brain is fully awake to digest.
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Postby aaron » Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:30 am

"The End Of America" by Naomi Wolfe
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Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:33 am

"Hitchhiking from Vietnam" by Richard Chamberlin.

Why? Local author. Partly set in Madison. I'm in it.
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Postby jhain » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:48 pm

minicat wrote:[I'm about 130 pages into "Gravity's Rainbow," and am drowning. Does anyone know if that one eventually becomes clear, a la "V," once you pick up the flow?


I'm right around there, too. Kind of tough going but everyone I know who's read it claims that the payoff is worth it. Like all his books, I'm getting a lot out of it even though I end up re-reading sections.
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Postby minicat » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:06 pm

jhain wrote:
minicat wrote:[I'm about 130 pages into "Gravity's Rainbow," and am drowning. Does anyone know if that one eventually becomes clear, a la "V," once you pick up the flow?


I'm right around there, too. Kind of tough going but everyone I know who's read it claims that the payoff is worth it. Like all his books, I'm getting a lot out of it even though I end up re-reading sections.


I finished it over the weekend. If there was a payoff somewhere, I missed it.
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