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Anyone on here read a bit?
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:33:59 AM »
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  • With spending 2 hours a day on the train I figure there has to be a better use of my time than playing stupid games on my phone. Anyone have any recommendations on books they really loved. When you look at the ny times best seller list it's as if they have omitted the male population from consideration.

    Anyways, open to any topic be surfing related, meteorology
     Biography, suspense, whtever. Only book that comes to mind I really liked was scar tissue, the bio of Anthony Keidis.

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 12:50:41 PM »
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  • "Shantaram" will keep you busy for a few commutes.
    Wikipedia: "Over the next month, several M.I.L.F. commanders were tagged by government officials"

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 12:53:42 PM »
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  • Random stuff off the top of my head:
     
    "Pimp: The story of my life" by Iceberg Slim
    "My Wicked, Wicked Ways," Erroll Flynn's autobiography.
    "Ragtime" by EL Doctrow.
    "Red Earth and Pouring Rain," by Vikram Chandra.
    "The White Tiger," by Aravind Adiga.
    "Up in the Old Hotel," a collection of Joseph Mitchell articles.
    "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.
    "Tijuana Straits" by Kem Nunn.
    "Tropic of Capricorn," Henry Miller (or any other filth by Henry Miller).
    Any of Charles Bukowski's filth. Bukowski's writing style is great for the train.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 12:54:04 PM »
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  • "Shantaram" will keep you busy for a few commutes.
    ARe you in NZ right now?
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 01:19:08 PM »
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  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
    This Boys Life by Tobias Wolffe


    Crackie, also just read Ragtime.  Have you read the Book of Daniel?  Highly recommend.   

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 01:27:09 PM »
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  • Awesome thanks for the input so far, I'll have to look into those.

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 03:23:16 PM »
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  • ^^^Hahaha!
     
    Tobias Wolff is a genius. This Boys Life is a really great memoir. I like Barracks Thief by Wolff also.  One of Wolff's students at Syracuse was the novelist Tom Perotta, who wrote Election, Joe College, Little Children , The Abstinence Teacher and, most recently, The Leftovers, which is a great study of contemporary suburban life. The plot device he uses is, basically, imagine what would happen if the Rapture came and the souls that departed seemed totally random -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. Its pretty great. Like all Perrotta's novels, it takes place in suburban NJ, so maybe his work speaks to me more than it does to others (I grew up in and live in suburban NJ), but I really enjoyed the work for reasons way beyond the simple geographic identity. Last couple books I read, both pretty good, worth the investment of time:
     
    The Difference Engine -- William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. The original steampunk novel imagines a world where the industrial revolution and the technological revolution happen concurrently. Its pretty awesome.
     
    Under the Dome -- Steven King. A massive dome goes down over a small Maine town. What is it? Who put it there? Chaos ensues. Great fun.
     

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 03:25:57 PM »
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  • Reading ?

    Reading is the Devil.
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    equals four thousand tons of coal

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #9 on: February 20, 2013, 03:37:53 PM »
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  • Given the only book that you ever liked you would probably enjoy, "My Favorite Nail Polish" by Dave Navarro

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #10 on: February 20, 2013, 04:28:04 PM »
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  • hydro, i'm glad you're on these interwebs. you brighten my days

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #11 on: February 20, 2013, 06:20:27 PM »
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  • The Sea Wolf by Jack London or Moby Dick. Sea Wolf is defo the easier one to get through.
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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #12 on: February 20, 2013, 06:42:57 PM »
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  • Last of the Blue Water Hunters
    In the Slick of the Cricket (thanks braden)
    Islands in the Stream
    In the Heart of the Sea
    Sea Wolf +1
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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #13 on: February 20, 2013, 08:02:17 PM »
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  • ^^^Hahaha!
     
    Tobias Wolff is a genius. This Boys Life is a really great memoir. I like Barracks Thief by Wolff also.  One of Wolff's students at Syracuse was the novelist Tom Perotta, who wrote Election, Joe College, Little Children , The Abstinence Teacher and, most recently, The Leftovers, which is a great study of contemporary suburban life. The plot device he uses is, basically, imagine what would happen if the Rapture came and the souls that departed seemed totally random -- Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. Its pretty great. Like all Perrotta's novels, it takes place in suburban NJ, so maybe his work speaks to me more than it does to others (I grew up in and live in suburban NJ), but I really enjoyed the work for reasons way beyond the simple geographic identity. Last couple books I read, both pretty good, worth the investment of time:
     
    The Difference Engine -- William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. The original steampunk novel imagines a world where the industrial revolution and the technological revolution happen concurrently. Its pretty awesome.
     
    Under the Dome -- Steven King. A massive dome goes down over a small Maine town. What is it? Who put it there? Chaos ensues. Great fun.


    I'll have to give the Leftovers a read.  I liked Little Children but my impression of it was no doubt clouded by the movie. 


    You're right, Tobais Wolffe IS a genius.  I'm almost always disappointed by the way a book ends, and almost never read the final five or so pages as a result.  But the end of This Boys Life was brilliant- the way his voice changes as he sums it all up(hope that doesn't give too much away). 


    Another favorite of mine- on the topic of adventure, the outdoors, the sublime, etc is Wind Sand and Stars,( also a memoir) by Antoine De Saint Exupery.  Great descriptions of piloting a airplane as a mail carrier in the 30's over the desert-mountains-night without instruments or much in the way of navigation. 

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    Re: Anyone on here read a bit?
    « Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 09:47:46 PM »
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  • Depths by Henning Menkel. . .bleak.
    So heavy you can't even pick it up.