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brennser

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Books
« on: June 22, 2005, 09:31:00 am »
a'ight loons
 
 I am about to embark on a three week trip w/ multiple flights....
 
 anyone read any good books lately?
 
 bonus points for paperbacks - trying to travel light

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2005, 09:58:00 am »
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Sage 703

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2005, 10:20:00 am »
I'm reading Michael Chabon's "The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," and thus far its great.  Won the Pulitzer - very easy to read and entertaining.

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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2005, 10:26:00 am »
via kosmette
 
 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (Virgin Suicides)
 anything by Bill Bryson
 Sarah Vowell's stuff
 David Sedaris' stuff
 Lamb: the Gospel according to Biff;
 Everything by A. S. Byatt is always at the top of her list, but it might be a chick thing...
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2005, 10:45:00 am »
I second "Middlesex" - and it ain't discussing a city in the UK either...it'll keep you thinking and engrossed (or just grossed out) for a LONG time.  ;)

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2005, 10:48:00 am »
Scott Heim - Mysterious Skin
 Donna Tartt - The Secret History
 
 The last one makes you addicted, so I'm warning you. ;-)

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2005, 10:49:00 am »
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2005, 10:56:00 am »
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  via kosmette
 
 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (Virgin Suicides)
 anything by Bill Bryson
 Sarah Vowell's stuff
 David Sedaris' stuff
 Lamb: the Gospel according to Biff;
 Everything by A. S. Byatt is always at the top of her list, but it might be a chick thing...
Kosmette has good taste. Middlesex was definitely one of my favorite books in 2003. I love Sedaris' books - always a good laugh but it seems to be so much better when he reads (eg. audiobooks). Alot of the jokes come across better that way. The absolute best is when he imitates his redneck hip-hop brother. Or when he sings TV commercial jingles in the style of Billie Holiday.  :)
 
 If you like dark humour, then I would heartily recommend Chuck Palahniuk. The man is a genius. Choke is my favorite.
 
 I'm a big fan of Richard Russo (he won the Pulitzer for Empire Falls and deservedly so). Empire Falls and Straight Man are my favorites. Russo writes about small towns in the NorthEast. What attracts me is that his protagonists are usually the kind of people we would see hanging out in the local watering hole - decent people with fatal flaws. There aren't happy endings in the stereotypical sense. Issues resolve themselves in the way that real life tends to, for better or worse.
 
 If you like mysteries and want something more substantial than the usual brain candy (ie James Patterson or Johnathan Kellerman), try The Alienist (Caleb Carr) or The Dante Club (Matthew Perl). The Alienist is almost like Silence of the Lambs but set in turn of the century Manhattan, a time when the concept of forensic psychology was barely in it's infancy. The Dante Club is a murder mystery for literature buffs. Murders are committed and the common link is that the manner of death is copied from Dante's Inferno. Literary giants of the day are enlisted to help solve the crime. Both books use historical fiction to the max.
 
 That's my two cents worth. Your mileage may vary.

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2005, 11:03:00 am »
Middlesex is phenomenal.  I personally don't care for Palahniuk; I think he uses the same narrative voice in all of his books - basically, everybody narrator is analagous to Jack in Fight Club (Ed Norton's character).  Nihilistic and cynical.  And Palahniuk seems to have a need to be shocking for the sake of being shocking, without having any real purpose - he loves extremely violent images that border on sadistic without really making a point for using them.
 
 Nick Hornby has a new book out that has gotten some mixed reviews; that could be worth looking into.
 
 Also, if you haven't read the English Patient, its unbelievable - I never saw the film, but the book is great.  Michael Ondaantje (I think this is how you spell it).

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2005, 11:04:00 am »
already read it - yes, its very good
 
 
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  I'm reading Michael Chabon's "The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," and thus far its great.  Won the Pulitzer - very easy to read and entertaining.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2005, 11:04:00 am »
Richard Russo was boring to me; I couldn't get through Empire Falls.  I thought he was kind of trite; he tried to be witty and didn't pull it off.

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2005, 11:05:00 am »
I really liked the Secret History....in fact I think it was my contribution to a Secret Santa forum gathering a few years ago
 
 
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  Scott Heim - Mysterious Skin
 Donna Tartt - The Secret History
 
 The last one makes you addicted, so I'm warning you. ;-)

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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2005, 11:05:00 am »
Just finished this -- should be right up your alley, brennser:
 
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brennser

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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2005, 11:07:00 am »
Middlesex seems to be emerging as the early favorite, although the Dupek book on undercover Brits might be good as I will be roaming the border between N. and Rep Ireland

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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2005, 11:15:00 am »
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 one of the best modern novels i've read ... it's a great book full of big ideas and disturbing imagery
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