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Posted: 25 Apr 11 01:51
I am in need of good literature to read. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 25 Apr 11 02:13 - Edited By: victor nicholas, 25 Apr 11 02:25
I would recommend R. K. Narayan and Orhan Pamuk.

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 03:19
I have recently read:

The Third Policeman (Flann O'Brien)

The Dalkey Archive (Flann O'Brien)

Sir Nigel (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle}

The White Company (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Dubliners (James Joyce)

And I'm now on with A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, also by Joyce.

See the pattern?

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 09:33
Are you reading the 10 most difficult to read books in reverse order?

That means the next three books are the Silmarillion (Tolkein) and then Harry Potter and the Incomprehensible Grammar by January Kitchen Rowling and the number one book is The Da Vinci Total In Code, by Dancersise Brown.

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 09:47 - Edited By: Monkey Woods, 25 Apr 11 09:48
I have already read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I thought the first part of the book was OK - say, the first 450 pages - but then it ended wholly unsatisfactorily, for me. It felt like he didn't know how to end it, and it rambled on.

That's my opinion, anyway, and I'm sticking to it.

Actually, Iain, the next book I'm going to read is either The Hacienda - How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook or Underground by Haruki Murakami.

I'll let you know when I've decided.

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 15:00
Well, Ellie, do NOT get an airport novel. They're all the same. Literally. No, no... literary! Hahah.

I would like to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but that's banned in some Southern States for the word 'nigger' in it.

I would say The Economist, but that's not a book. That's a newsmagazine.

Here are some non-fiction books: Malcolm Gladwell - "Blink"

And some fiction: Jostein Gaarder - "Sophie's World"

"Sometimes the best intentions end up intense without means to quell it.
We've poisoned our blood streams and blackened our lungs. We've enabled the edifice that it's how we belong.
We may suffer together, but we all die alone.
We may suffer together, but we all die alone.
We may suffer together, but we all die alone.
We may suffer together, but we all die alone."

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 15:03

Quote: Inhopeless

Here are some non-fiction books: Malcolm Gladwell - "Blink"




A little work on your plurals is needed, I think, Inhopeless.

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 15:09
Robyn Young.

I'm on the second of the 'Brethren' trilogy.............

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts,
And I looked and behold: a pale horse.
And his name, that sat on him, was Death.
And Hell followed with him........
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Posted: 25 Apr 11 15:13 - Edited By: Monkey Woods, 25 Apr 11 15:13

Quote: Ellie James

I am in need of good literature to read. Anyone have any suggestions?




It's no good us throwing out the names of books, Ellie. We need to know what sort of stuff you normally read.

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Posted: 25 Apr 11 22:27
Monkey Woods....I guess my point of asking is that I'm trying to branch out and spread my literary wings so to speak. A few things on my Kindle are:

Squirrel Seeks Chimpunk by David Sedaris
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (mainly because I want to see the movie one day, so I need to read the book first)
Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larson (because everyone I knew was reading it, but I still haven't found the time)

Plus, a dozen others that I would be too ashamed to mention....

I'm a single mom....so I don't have a lot of time. But, this summer I want to read things I've never heard about before and should have.

Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 25 Apr 11 22:28
I KNEW you would mention The Economist....which I read on line the other day just to see what the big deal was. So. there.

Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 25 Apr 11 22:33
Ellie

Try Richard Brautigan.

The Hawkline Monster.

He'd have made an excellent spoofer.

Not like that Colonel Juan - he's just nuts.

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 02:18

Quote: Ellie James

I'm a single mom....




Have you thought about the Kama Sutra?

I could come around and read it for you...


Quote: Ellie James

...this summer I want to read things I've never heard about before and should have.




I'm on my way.

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 03:08
You are writing for a Spoof site, so you would probably enjoy something with a little humor, satire, or irony in it.

If that is the case, then I would recommend:
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Dortmunder novels by Donald E. Westlake (humorous caper novels)
Just about anything by Kurt Vonnegut (especially his earlier stuff, like Slaughterhouse Five)
The Fletch, Flynn, and Skylar series all by Gregory McDonald
The Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 03:15

Quote: Jalapenoman

You are writing for a Spoof site, so you would probably enjoy something with a little humor, satire, or irony in it.

If that is the case, then I would recommend:
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Dortmunder novels by Donald E. Westlake (humorous caper novels)
Just about anything by Kurt Vonnegut (especially his earlier stuff, like Slaughterhouse Five)
The Fletch, Flynn, and Skylar series all by Gregory McDonald
The Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams


Thanks J-man....I have a friend who has read all of those and has been after me for years to read them as well. Maybe I should take his advice more seriously. I tend not too since I've known him since we've been kids.

Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 26 Apr 11 10:14
Peter Cook
Beachcomber
Spike Milligan
Douglas Adams
Edward Lear
Lewis Carroll
Karl Marx
Charles Dickens

(I was joking about Adolf Hitler, though they say he is hilarious; I'm not convinced: he was more of a stand-up man than a writer)


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Posted: 26 Apr 11 13:21
The Ascent Of Rum Doodle

A Spoof classic.

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 13:32
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Posted: 26 Apr 11 14:54
At the moment I'm reading 'The Fixer' by Bernard Malmoud, grim but utterly compelling. The one before that was 'In the Forrest' by Edna o Brian, not so grim, or compelling, but certainly quite touching. Both are new writers for me and I'd certainly give them a second go, especially Malmoud.

Brautigan rocks by the way. No-one writes a simile like Richard Brautigan.

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 16:45
Private Eye

The Salmon of Doubt (Douglas Adams short stories / thoughts)

Portrait of the artist as a young dog (Dylan Thomas)

The Beano

This Mitchell and Webb Book

Waiting for the Barbarians (J.M.Coetzee)

All nice and short if, like me, you have a short attention sp

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Posted: 26 Apr 11 17:06

Quote: Inhopeless

Well, Ellie, do NOT get an airport novel. They're all the same. Literally. No, no... literary! Hahah.

I would like to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but that's banned in some Southern States for the word 'nigger' in it.

I would say The Economist, but that's not a book. That's a newsmagazine.

Here are some non-fiction books: Malcolm Gladwell - "Blink"

And some fiction: Jostein Gaarder - "Sophie's World"


If only I had gotten this message before I went to the airport book store. And, here, you can't get to the airport books store without first having to go through security, which meant I had to buy a ticket. So, I bought a ticket to the cheapest place possible. Oklahoma. If only I had read this beforehand it would have saved me from buying the most expensive crappy book EVER!

Oh. They've encased him in Carbonite. He should be quite well protected. If he survived the freezing process, that is.
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Posted: 26 Apr 11 18:59
Ken Follett:

The Pillars of the Earth;

World Without End;

Fall of Giants, Volume 1.


Ayn Rand:

Atlas Shrugged.



There is intelligent life in outer space!
Then why do the UFO's not land on the Earth?
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Posted: 26 Apr 11 22:26
Papillon by Henri Charierre.

Couldn't put the bloody thing down as a lit hungry 15 year old.

I've started so I'll finish.
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Posted: 26 Apr 11 23:11
The Dennis the Menace Trilogy

- volumes 1-4

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Posted: 27 Apr 11 01:51 - Edited By: Monkey Woods, 27 Apr 11 01:52

Quote: Reddon

Papillon by Henri Charierre.

Couldn't put the bloody thing down as a lit hungry 15 year old.


Did you read the follow-up, Skoob? Banco, it was called.

I read that, after his death, a lot of people came forward to say that a lot of what Charriere wrote was a figment of his own vivid imagination.

I liked the books so much, I WISHED THEM TO BE TRUE.

Minor embellishments notwithstanding, he was a fellow-and-a-half.

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