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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by nafod » Thu May 21, 2020 1:13 am

Currently reading Slaughterhouse 5. Understand now why it is held in such high regard.
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Post by Turdacious » Thu May 21, 2020 1:15 am

So basically we're all reading books we read/should have read in high school?

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Post by nafod » Thu May 21, 2020 1:34 am

Confession, I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird. Or seen the movie.
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Post by seeahill » Thu May 21, 2020 2:05 am

nafod wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 1:34 am
Confession, I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird. Or seen the movie.
Movie first. You're in for a treat.
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Post by JimZipCode » Thu May 21, 2020 2:14 am

Fat Cat wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 12:46 am
Also, if you haven't seen it, definitely check out The Night Manager (also Le Carré) miniseries starring Tom Hiddleston.
Loved it. House was excellent; I also like that really tall girl.
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Post by JimZipCode » Thu May 21, 2020 2:15 am

nafod wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 1:34 am
Confession, I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird. Or seen the movie.
I started it when my stepdaughter started it, when she was in high school. Middle school? I'm gonna say high school.

Got stuck about 50 or 100 pages in, haven't finished it. She just got her Masters.
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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Fat Cat » Thu May 21, 2020 5:25 pm

seeahill wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 2:05 am
nafod wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 1:34 am
Confession, I’ve never read To Kill a Mockingbird. Or seen the movie.
Movie first. You're in for a treat.
Gay and no. Book first.
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Post by Croatoa » Fri May 22, 2020 7:35 pm

How many of the books do you guys remember reading in highschool?

I can remember

To Kill a Mocking Bird
Catcher in the Rye
Animal Farm
1984
The Chrystalids
Bless The Beasts and the Children
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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Bram » Fri May 22, 2020 7:44 pm

High School

Enjoyed:

To Kill a Mockingbird
Friday Night Lights
In Cold Blood

Did Not:

Great Expectations
Catcher in the Rye
The Grapes of Wrath
My Antonia
The Great Gatsby
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Post by JimZipCode » Sat May 23, 2020 6:42 pm

Bram wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:44 pm
High School

Did Not Enjoy:

The Great Gatsby
I hated GG when I read it in HS. Re-read it when I was 30, and loved it.
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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Bram » Sun May 24, 2020 10:19 pm

Well maybe I need to give it a try then. I was a sheltered kid in high school (never tried alcohol, went on a date, etc.). Probably lacked the life experience to understand it.
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Post by motherjuggs&speed » Sun May 24, 2020 11:47 pm

GG ruined a hundred years of literature. Can't think of anything to say as a writer? Just make it tragic and have a vague, meaningless, "literary" ending. The self-loathing, self indulgent NY publishing community will love it and everyone else will mindlessly follow along.

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Post by Croatoa » Tue May 26, 2020 4:00 am

nafod wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:31 pm
I just finished Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, gets two thumbs up. Very tense book, sci-fi. Let someone else read the first few pages, and they insisted I loan it to them, then and there.

Rolled right into its sequel, Authority, which builds on the tension from the first book. Page turner. Will get to third book in the trilogy (Acceptance) in short order, I'm sure.
70 pages into Annihilation right now. I’ve seen the movie previously and quite enjoyed it. The book thus far is quite different than the film. It has a sort of robotic cadence early on that I was a little unsure of but soon realized it’s intentional. Very tense book. Looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
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Post by Croatoa » Tue May 26, 2020 4:03 am

I could go back through this thread but I’m lazy. Have any of you guys read the Wheel of Time series? I was seriously considering giving it a go but it’s 15 volumes(including the prequel) and a lot of reviews say it really drags from books 8-10.
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Post by motherjuggs&speed » Tue May 26, 2020 4:24 am

If anyone here likes sparse prose that hits hard, I recommend Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss. This came to mind since several people have commented on certain works dragging or being overly long. Hard Candy is Vachss at his peak. It's the fourth in his Burke series: Flood is good but preachy, Strega is really good but some people might find it hard to buy into, Blue Belle is decent, but then Hard Candy delivers. You don't have to read them in order but it might help to read Blue Belle before HC. Very grim, gritty, crime novels written by a defense attorney in NYC. I was in NY in that time frame and the settings and dialogue are so real it almost itches.

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