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Paranoidmoonduck 09-28-2009 12:36 AM

Books
 
I figured it was time to replace the old Literature thread with something new and fresh. What's everyone reading these days?

Some recent additions to my bookshelf...


Good, but not great. Then again, I think most contemporary mystery/thriller stuff is crap, so perhaps this was great by comparison to its genre. Well written, but not well written enough to make me want to read the sequel.


A really excellent book. It's rare that a novel about the contemporary status of a country manages to not lean on social value for its validity. This book manages to.


I got to consolidate my various JLB books into one nice collection, which I am now currently reading through in its entirety. Anyone who hasn't read Borges should.

And, because I can't get enough Borges...

Because Peter Sis and Borges are both awesome and so are mythological creatures.

A Perfect Score 09-28-2009 12:43 AM



Just started this for a class yesterday. So far, it has its moments, but I cant say Im a huge fan of the style.



Read this of my own choosing. What to say about Hemingway that hasnt already been said? He pioneered minimalist writing and has influenced countless authors.



Jose Saramago may be the best author you have never heard of. I love all of his work, and his newest novel didnt disappoint. Its set in a world where people suddenly stop dying. Excellent book.

ElectricEye 09-28-2009 12:47 AM



Was about to go read this. Hundred or so pages in.

RyanLeafWasGood 09-28-2009 12:49 AM



Really good book no lie.

Paranoidmoonduck 09-28-2009 12:49 AM

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Originally Posted by RyanLeafWasGood (Post 1813105)


Really good book no lie.

Go away please.

ElectricEye 09-28-2009 12:50 AM


Thumper 09-28-2009 12:51 AM

Anyone read Looking for Alaska? I just started.

aNYtitan 09-28-2009 01:05 AM


This was the last book I was able to read, and it was great. I just haven't had the time to, or just read the NY times instead.

tEk 09-28-2009 01:22 AM


just finished it, quite a good read, entertaining the entire time... no lag in the action.

Paranoidmoonduck 09-28-2009 01:37 AM

Oh, a few I forgot (these are much more boring)...




Chucky 09-28-2009 01:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Paranoidmoonduck (Post 1813151)
Oh, a few I forgot (these are much more boring)...



How is this. I generally can not go near any books written about the Middle East as their is way too much bias and misinformation(from both sides) to gain anything from what is written.

Also I just finished this.



A must read for anyone interested in linguistics

Forenci 09-28-2009 02:02 AM

Anything by Walter Dean Myers is pretty awesome.

Fallen Angels was probably my favorite by him. It was pretty intense and at the same time had some comical moments to it. Excellent book.

Paranoidmoonduck 09-28-2009 02:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Chucky (Post 1813155)
How is this. I generally can not go near any books written about the Middle East as their is way too much bias and misinformation(from both sides) to gain anything from what is written.

I thought it was really well balanced. Granted, Bennis doesn't delve very deeply into the larger social factors of the Israeli position (he does address the more recent developments) and he definitely takes the side of the Palestinians on most issues. That said, most people who take a close look at the situation are of the same mind.

Even if you ignore Bennis' obvious distaste for how Israel has acted (which I'm probably making too big a deal out of; the book is 99% just facts), it was the the most upfront and clear voiced analysis I've read. I wish he had delved into Jordan's role a little bit more, but it's a really short book.

Raiderz4Life 09-28-2009 02:28 AM

We're reading this in my English 100 class:



It's a surprisingly good book.....its not a story per say but a bunch of essays and pasages from other literary works but it's actually pretty good.

and this one i really liked....i havent seen the movie though


yourfavestoner 09-28-2009 02:31 AM


Staubach12 09-28-2009 02:59 AM

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Originally Posted by ElectricEye (Post 1813103)


Was about to go read this. Hundred or so pages in.

I'm reading that right now, too. It's pretty good. Very funny.

vidae 09-28-2009 03:06 AM

Just finished reading Ender's Game again. Very good book.

themaninblack 09-28-2009 03:41 AM

I'm actually reading The Soloist at the moment and it is fantastic.

Snorlax1 09-28-2009 04:02 AM

Was just about to write nice message to paranoid about reading Kierkegaard, but then I scrolled up to check who it was again and noticed he said it was boring. :( Kierkegaard is a hoss. father of existentialism.

Anyway, reading at the moment:


Haven't read much on value investing, but most of the points presented in this '91 classic are rather pretty obvious. The man is a legend, but this book is no where near its going price, 500-2000 dollars, and it is interesting it is so famous.

Next planned read is probably:

JFLO 09-28-2009 07:25 AM




The Unseen 09-28-2009 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Chucky (Post 1813155)
Also I just finished this.



A must read for anyone interested in linguistics

Ooh yeah, that book is really really important. I haven't read it, and by what I've heard the specific views laid out in that book have been repudiated and revamped by Chomsky himself, but it's basic message about the important of syntax and the existence of underlying language has been massively influential to linguistics and behavioral sciences.

OSUGiants17 09-28-2009 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by aNYtitan (Post 1813121)

This was the last book I was able to read, and it was great. I just haven't had the time to, or just read the NY times instead.

That book was great. I just finished Michael Moore's new book "Fool", it was great.

TitleTown088 09-28-2009 02:26 PM




JeffSamardzijaIRISH 09-28-2009 03:18 PM


awfullyquiet 09-28-2009 03:46 PM





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