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Old 08-24-2011, 09:52 PM
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Reading The Great Gatsby now and loving it! I'm 140 pages in, started this morning. (That's a lot for me. I'm slow.)

I've heard lots of people say they didn't like it. Boring, unsympathetic characters, difficult style, etc.

I love everything about it! Love the characters, the wit, even reading about parties, which usually bore. And the prose is some of the best I've ever come across. It's all so beautiful and perfect. Fitzgerald was obviously a master of word-flow.

Yes. A recommended book, in my book.

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Read Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks, then The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy. Now I'm reading Blood Meridian by him.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:32 AM
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Tomorrow I'm going to Books-A-Million to buy some short story collections. I'm so excited!
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Originally Posted by A.r.p. View Post
Reading The Great Gatsby now and loving it! I'm 140 pages in, started this morning. (That's a lot for me. I'm slow.)

I've heard lots of people say they didn't like it. Boring, unsympathetic characters, difficult style, etc.

I love everything about it! Love the characters, the wit, even reading about parties, which usually bore. And the prose is some of the best I've ever come across. It's all so beautiful and perfect. Fitzgerald was obviously a master of word-flow.

Yes. A recommended book, in my book.
I'd say Fitzgerald is something of an acquired taste, but then you can say that about a lot of writers..

Currently reading nothing, bookwise. I need to find new material!
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:19 AM
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Just dug out an old forgotten tome on music by Anthony Storr. Makes a lot of fascinating points, but somehow in a rather dull style.
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I am reading The Godfather by Mario Puzo for the second time. So far it is even better than I remembered.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:23 AM
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Bought two books today. One is called Deadhouse Gates, book 2 of Steven Erikson's Malazan series. The book is..... Zombies!!! It's a collection of zombie-related short stories by authors such as Max Brooks, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, among many others.
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I just picked up Cold Magic by Kate Elliot from the library. 7 pages in, it's pretty good. I like her voice.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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"The Best Early Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald"

It's really interesting, actually, it sort of runs through his early submissions and show how the seeds of The Great Gatsby were in a lot of his early fiction. There's a fantastic one about an Ice Palace that talks a lot about the (less racist and irritatingly jingoistic) voice of the South.

And the best part; some of them are sort of bad. Which gives you hope for your own writing =D
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Man, Blood Meridian was AWESOME! Currently reading Game of Thrones. Hoping that it will not disappoint.
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Originally Posted by Reddy Dean View Post
Tomorrow I'm going to Books-A-Million to buy some short story collections. I'm so excited!
Wonderful! Did you do it? Classics? Individual authors? Inquiring minds want to know.

Short stories are my all-time favorite literary form. I've got most of the "classic' published collections.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:09 AM
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Man, Blood Meridian was AWESOME! Currently reading Game of Thrones. Hoping that it will not disappoint.
McCarthy is a genius! Yes. Yes he is!
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Wonderful! Did you do it?
I'll just quote what I've already posted. :P

Bought two books today. One is called Deadhouse Gates, book 2 of Steven Erikson's Malazan series. The book is..... Zombies!!! It's a collection of zombie-related short stories by authors such as Max Brooks, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, among many others.
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I just started reading The Rembrandt Secret last night. It's written by Alex Connor. Not got deep enough in yet to really know if i'm enjoying it.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:29 AM
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Stalinism and After by Alec Nove. If only all historians were this readable.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:29 AM
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The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:32 AM
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Life in the Middle Ages by Martyn Whittock
I don't normally read non-fiction, but I've had to for my newest novel as I really don't have a clue. This is actually better than I thought it would be though, and has some really useful reference to women in society, life in Nottingham, and religious views.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:59 AM
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I am finishing Bill Bryson's Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

But also started Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Got it for my daughter to read from the library, looked into ti and couldn't put it down.
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I have just started: I Am Legend - by Richard Matheson. It is good so far, but I'm only on chapter three.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Redlorry View Post
I am finishing Bill Bryson's Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

But also started Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Got it for my daughter to read from the library, looked into ti and couldn't put it down.
Hah! It's so good. I found my copy in a second hand book shop, and it's signed.

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I have just started: I Am Legend - by Richard Matheson. It is good so far, but I'm only on chapter three.
And I adore this book so much. The movie can't even compare.
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Still plodding through The Child Thief. I'm not even halfway through it and it has taken me nearly two months to get where I am now. There's nothing wrong with the story's ideas per se, but the characters fail to grab me in the way other books have. :/
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Trying to read "Nukud ja õunad" (Dolls and Apples) by Grete Kutsar. Trying because the girl has read too much Twilight before writing this. As much as I love her sarcasm on real life the main character sounds far too spineless.
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Just started Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and it's really cool so far.
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Perdido Street Station, written by China Miéville, I am re-starting.
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Rick Deckard - I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Loved it. Wish there was a sequel.

Reddy Dean - I loved Perdido Street Station as well - I've got several China Mievilles at home. You seem to be working through my bookcase. Which probably means that books you've read that I have not, would be books I'd enjoy.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:37 AM
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I loved Perdido until about the halfway point when it got a bit tedious. The Scar I thought was good the whole way through. Mieville tends to draw things out too long, IMO. And at times I can't stand the grandoise language.

I'm reading a bunch of books for school, and for fun The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Incredible book. Never thought I'd find a novel so well written and touching about a butler.
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I picked up The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold today, and scanned over the first page. Next thing I knew, I was 50 pages in. I blew off all my plans for the afternoon, because I couldn't put it down. It's a REALLY good book!
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"Small Island" by Andrea Levy, along with "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe and "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad (the latter's been on my "to read"s for a while now).

All for my A2 Postcolonial Literature module, and so far Small Island is great and I haven't started the other two but I have a four hour car journey tomorrow =D
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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

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