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Old 05-08-2013, 01:21 PM   #121
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I preferred Neverwhere to American Gods, however both are good.
I liked Neverwhere. I thought American Gods sucked. I really liked Good Omens but that is probably because I'm a Terry Pratchett fan. Honestly, I generally find Neil Gaimen to be pretty overrated.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:22 PM   #122
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #124
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Outliers was one of the primer books for my grad program. Made to Stick was the other.

I think you might really enjoy it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:39 AM   #126
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Finished Blink.

Gladwell writes clearly and has some very interesting, stimulating stories to tell, but in both books, I'm left wanting more. Seems like he under-explores his subjects / doesn't really go deeply enough. Maybe there's an author research problem, or else an editor problem.

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Cats Cradle officially knocked me off my reading kick. Having a hard time getting into it, and I was making such good progress through my collection...
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:21 AM   #128
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #129
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It's been my opinion that Vonnegut reads much better when you are in your teens to early 20's.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:20 AM   #130
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It's been my opinion that Vonnegut reads much better when you are in your teens to early 20's.
Or high. Especially high.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #131
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Or high. Especially high.
Mentally, it's the same thing!
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #132
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I wasn't aware that being teens-twenties and high were mutually exclusive!
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:58 AM   #133
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I'm trying my best to work my way through Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" I'm about 130 pages in. I recognize it's considered a masterpiece, and there are parts I love, at the same time, it seems to bog down and it gets a little too dense at times. It seems a little Lord of the Rings-ish in that it's just a bunch of walking, "They rode on."

I just got in the mail "Red Moon" by Benjamin Percy. He's a more literary writer that takes on genre (this is a werewolf novel, but it's more about terrorism, gov't, fear, etc) and it's getting great reviews.

I want to dive into it - but I feel like i need to finish Blood Meridian.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:01 PM   #134
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bought World War Z for the flight home from San Francisco.

it was pretty fucking good, i must say...
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I'm trying my best to work my way through Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" I'm about 130 pages in. I recognize it's considered a masterpiece, and there are parts I love, at the same time, it seems to bog down and it gets a little too dense at times. It seems a little Lord of the Rings-ish in that it's just a bunch of walking, "They rode on."

I just got in the mail "Red Moon" by Benjamin Percy. He's a more literary writer that takes on genre (this is a werewolf novel, but it's more about terrorism, gov't, fear, etc) and it's getting great reviews.

I want to dive into it - but I feel like i need to finish Blood Meridian.
That's a lot of McCarthy's books though. They're often so stark in their realization and dense in their description that one loses track of the fantastic in fiction. No Country For Old Men was the same way, and to a certain extent The Road drags at points.
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bought World War Z for the flight home from San Francisco.

it was pretty fucking good, i must say...
Couldn't get through it. Got almost 200 pages. Found it utterly boring with nothing to care about. It's just a bunch of vignettes, "and then the zombies came, and we ran. Not everyone made it." "We think this was the cause." "And then we built a house on stilts." "Our government screwed up." "It was cold in the winter. We turned on each other."

It was interesting in some ways, but for me, if there's no character I care about, why do I care at all?

Does it pick up? I do intend on finishing at some point.
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Couldn't get through it. Got almost 200 pages. Found it utterly boring with nothing to care about. It's just a bunch of vignettes, "and then the zombies came, and we ran. Not everyone made it." "We think this was the cause." "And then we built a house on stilts." "Our government screwed up." "It was cold in the winter. We turned on each other."

It was interesting in some ways, but for me, if there's no character I care about, why do I care at all?

Does it pick up? I do intend on finishing at some point.
I liked the lack of a unified narrative, because it allowed Brooks to really approach the global zombie war from an overhead, wide-scoped perspective. It made the whole story arc much more grand.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:30 PM   #138
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I'm reading Laura K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" series. It's trashy. Real trashy.
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Are you past book 4? That's where it really just goes OFF THE RAILS.
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It's been my opinion that Vonnegut reads much better when you are in your teens to early 20's.
Unfortunately I'm far past that physically and well before it mentally.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:13 AM   #142
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I just finished Digital Fortress. Meh. Seems like Dan Brown takes one story, changes the names of the characters, changes their location, and prints it.
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Mythago Wood. Pretty good but not as good as it's hype.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:54 AM   #144
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Are you past book 4? That's where it really just goes OFF THE RAILS.
I lost track of that series years ago. A few books after it degenerated into complete porn and stopped trying to pretend to be anything else. Is it still two pages of plot points and 120 pages of overly-descriptive sex?
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Overly descriptive sex? Sign me up, I need some material for my new kindle accessory.

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Need to find something new to read. finished the whole Odd Thomas saga last week.

I'm thinking of rereading The Great Gatsby before I go see the movie. Haven't read it in about 30 years and it was one of my favorites growing up.
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I'm thinking of rereading The Great Gatsby before I go see the movie. Haven't read it in about 30 years and it was one of my favorites growing up.
There's a mobster who throws kickass parties, some dumb sluts who hang around, a big eye on a billboard, dumb bitch can't drive, dude gets killed

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Wife read Catcher in the Rye. She said it was a complete waste of time.
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CitR is a terrible book. Of all the 'classic' reading we did in HS, it was one of the few I hated, along with Frankenstein.
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Why is it such a classic? Wasn't there some kind of creepy stigma associated with that book?
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