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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #915 on: August 31, 2009, 10:08:43 PM »
Finished Frankenstein last night. Read it for my Victorian Monsters senior seminar class but it was on my pile of books to read anyway. Not too bad. Has the bad Victorian habit of giving nearly every character a deep back story and using a lot of exclamation points when they speak. I was a bit thrown off by how much and how eloquently the creature spoke. But worth a read.

Not to be contrary, but Frank N. Stein is the worst book I ever read.  The long passages about the English countryside and the Rhone valley are interminable.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #916 on: September 01, 2009, 09:44:59 AM »
I'm now on to Mingering Mike, a book which I received from our own Chris L as my Secret Santa present last year. Interesting stuff - here's an intro if you don't know the saga.



I got to meet Mingering Mike at a gallery show of his work in DC a few years ago. He was all done up in a crazy disguise that included a long curly wig, huge sunglasses that took up most of his face and a big fake putty nose. The funny thing was that he ended up looking like a real-life version of on of his album covers.


Do the FOT like Paul Auster?  I'm a big fan of city of glass.


City of Glass is phenomenal. I'm also a fan of the movie he did, Smoke although it's obviously not in the same league.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #917 on: September 01, 2009, 10:15:07 AM »
Do the FOT like Paul Auster?  I'm a big fan of city of glass.

City of Glass is phenomenal. I'm also a fan of the movie he did, Smoke although it's obviously not in the same league.

I liked City of Glass, too. I liked David Mazzuchelli's comic book adaptation even better though. The rest of Auster's books haven't done much for me.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #918 on: September 02, 2009, 12:49:14 AM »
I just finished The Crying of Lot 49, and I liked it, but man, if that's his most accessible book... hoo boy!

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #919 on: September 02, 2009, 12:51:44 AM »
I just finished The Crying of Lot 49, and I liked it, but man, if that's his most accessible book... hoo boy!

Inherent Vice is now Pynchon's most accessible book and it may also be the most enjoyable. Recommended.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #920 on: September 02, 2009, 01:05:06 AM »
Pynchon and accessability work well.  I'llcheck it out.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #921 on: September 02, 2009, 06:27:43 AM »
I agree with APMike - Inherent Vice is Pynchon's most accessible and enjoyable. Just finished it.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #922 on: September 02, 2009, 09:32:09 PM »
Just finished The Long March by William Styron.  Meh.
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #923 on: September 02, 2009, 11:31:57 PM »
Let The Right One In. It's pretty damned impressive.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #924 on: September 03, 2009, 11:27:32 AM »
I am reading Stanislaw Lem's "Mortal Engines", but I am NOT a nerd!

I read Solaris a long time ago. Pretty mind-altering stuff!


The movie (Tartovsky one) is not too shabby, either.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #925 on: September 03, 2009, 11:37:11 AM »
I am reading Stanislaw Lem's "Mortal Engines", but I am NOT a nerd!

I read Solaris a long time ago. Pretty mind-altering stuff!


The movie (Tartovsky one) is not too shabby, either.

Ha! Me and a friend were just discussing the differences between the book and the Tarkovsky film. Weird.

And nerdy. 
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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #926 on: September 03, 2009, 11:43:56 AM »
I am reading Stanislaw Lem's "Mortal Engines", but I am NOT a nerd!

I read Solaris a long time ago. Pretty mind-altering stuff!


The movie (Tartovsky one) is not too shabby, either.

Ha! Me and a friend were just discussing the differences between the book and the Tarkovsky film. Weird.

And nerdy. 

This is where I admit I've never read the book.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #927 on: September 03, 2009, 10:59:48 PM »
Let The Right One In. It's pretty damned impressive.

I've watched the movie. The book is worth the read? I figured it would be but it's nice to get a confirmation.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #928 on: September 07, 2009, 12:58:17 AM »
Do the FOT like Paul Auster?  I'm a big fan of city of glass.

City of Glass is phenomenal. I'm also a fan of the movie he did, Smoke although it's obviously not in the same league.

I liked City of Glass, too. I liked David Mazzuchelli's comic book adaptation even better though. The rest of Auster's books haven't done much for me.

I've been meaning to read Auster's New York Trilogy, Mazzuchelli's CITY OF GLASS adaptation, and Mazzuchelli's slightly-less-related ASTERIOS POLYP. I have really high hopes for all of them.

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Re: Fave Books / Currently Reading
« Reply #929 on: September 07, 2009, 10:32:19 AM »
I heard Flann O'Brien's 'The Third Policeman' is an incredible book, so I picked it up at the library.

IamBaronVonTito highly recommends the book, also.