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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2008, 04:19:53 PM »
I'll toss in my favorite, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. In fact, I need to read that one again. I've made it through seven times and I finally understand almost all of it.

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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #46 on: December 04, 2008, 11:00:49 AM »
The White Goddess By Robert GRaves


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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #47 on: December 04, 2008, 11:05:24 AM »
Also by Graves

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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #48 on: December 08, 2008, 08:07:17 PM »
David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.  Nonfiction account of a reporter who spent a year with a Baltimore homicide squad.  Later made the basis of the NBC television show.  The TV show is one of, I'd say, the five best TV shows ever--and it still isn't as good as the book.
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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #49 on: December 08, 2008, 08:08:42 PM »
Sticking to the one book per post rule:

Clockers by Richard Price.  Probably the best novel about drug dealers ever written.  Spike Lee made this into a movie that was great but, again, couldn't touch the book.
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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #50 on: December 08, 2008, 08:13:14 PM »
All right, you talked me into it, just one more.

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams.  When I saw him do a reading about a year before he died, Adams said this was his favorite of his books (and since I was the only one in the audience who'd brought a copy of that instead of HHGG, I got a cool autograph).  It's an account of several trips he took to see the world's most endangered animals in their native habitats, along with the gifted, determined, possibly insane people trying to save them.  Parts of this are funnier than anything in HHGG, and parts are beautifully moving.  Great, great book.
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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2008, 09:05:17 PM »
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across.  For my money, there's no reason for any human being not to have read this.  (Especially if you're a fan of Arrested Development.)


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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #52 on: December 10, 2008, 10:22:41 PM »
Jeez, four pages and no Hesse?

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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #53 on: December 11, 2008, 05:10:15 AM »
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)


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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #54 on: December 11, 2008, 07:23:29 AM »
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)

It's included with your FEMA trailer.
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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #55 on: December 11, 2008, 08:45:06 AM »
John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces.  Flat out the funniest book it has ever been my good fortune to come across. 

She lives in NO, I believe it's issued to all residents ;)

It's included with your FEMA trailer.

I have read it twice actually. LOVE IT!


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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #56 on: February 19, 2009, 11:11:32 AM »
Did someone reccomend Gene Wolf to me? Well Paperbackswap is sending that, so I cna read that one soon


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Re: Books I must read
« Reply #57 on: February 24, 2009, 10:45:10 AM »
It starts off kinda badly for the first 10 or so pages but then it just takes off and soars. I hate book reviewers who describe a book as "unputdownable"- very few books are. This, however is one of the rare ones THE GONEAWAY WORLD by Nick HARKAWAY. I started dog-earing every page that made me laugh or smile and very soon realised that this was happening every two or three pages. It's an original, imaginative story with a great twist. Easy to read, unforgetable and.....well, unputdownable--damn!