General Discussion: what are you reading?


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shaneo
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2408 posts since 18/7/03

13 Oct 2005 17:38
media__whore wrote:
J'Adore wrote: I'm reading valley of fear (sherlock holmes) for my crime fiction module… aannndd margaret atwood - cats eye which is quite good.

I gave up reading for pleasure at uni due to the massive amounts of Satre, Fouclout, Boudrilard etc etc etc I had to wade through, kind of took the enjoyment out of it

You must be very familiar with Marshall Mcluhan also.
jeg
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2266 posts since 12/12/01

13 Oct 2005 17:41
just read past mortum by Ben Elton - first book I have read by him, surprised myself by loving it.


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docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

13 Oct 2005 17:45
media__whore wrote:
J'Adore wrote: I'm reading valley of fear (sherlock holmes) for my crime fiction module… aannndd margaret atwood - cats eye which is quite good.

I gave up reading for pleasure at uni due to the massive amounts of Satre, Fouclout, Boudrilard etc etc etc I had to wade through, kind of took the enjoyment out of it

im reading transcendence of the ego at the moment! fuckin solid
docdoom
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13 Oct 2005 17:46
J'Adore wrote: Yeah both of those books are for my course…

I'm doing a crime fiction one, and contemporary fiction which is mostly newer stuff so its alright.

DH Lawrence and Shakespeare is where it gets boring Laughing out loud

i love both of them! i wrote a quality essay on troilus and cressida Cool
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

13 Oct 2005 17:50
Larry wrote: Reading the book after watching the film Roll Eyes Laughing out loud
Me, reading Michel Houellebecq's atomised or elementry particles as its known in the states.
This is from amazon Cool Cool Cool

Bruno and Michel are half-brothers, born to a hippie mother who believed in following her bliss. As boys they live in ignorance of each other–at one point attending the same school without knowing of their blood connection. As grown men they're not truly close, but they occasionally phone each other late at night. Bruno's a hopeless sexual obsessive, often drunk or on his way there, and Michel's a molecular biologist, distant and inaccessible.
Michel Houellebecq's The Elementary Particles follows these brothers through the latter half of the 20th century. Bruno and Michel are buffeted by history, vessels of disappointment and desire rocked by the ocean of time. Shuttled away to a boarding school where he's sexually abused by other boys, Bruno grows up full of twisted sexual longings and a contempt for aging women so palpable that at times it's stomach-churning. At a commune in the country, Bruno takes stock:

"The women were intolerable at breakfast, but by cocktail hour the mystical tarts were hopelessly vying with younger women once again. Death is the great leveler. On Wednesday afternoon he met Catherine, a fifty-year-old who had been a feminist of the old school. She was tanned, with dark curly hair; she must have been very attractive when she was twenty. Her breasts were still in good shape, he thought when he saw her by the pool, but she had a fat ass. "

Michel doesn't hate women; he doesn't even notice them. Instead of leering at bodies by the pool, he stares at particles in microscopes. He wins prizes for his experiments, but never experiences the rush of life. For both men, the damage has been done by history, by mother, before the story begins. What interests Houellebecq are the permutations and recapitulations of damage–the way the particles of the self can never be completely reconstituted. –Emily White–

i fuckin loved both atomised and platform, especiallt the first one (i can never remember which way round they are)
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

13 Oct 2005 17:51
nick wrote: I'm reading 1984 at the moment, it's a lot better than i thoguht it would be.

I had read a couple of orwells that were like so-so social commentery and then i read 1984 and was blown away, its amazing, despite its famous status.
media__whore
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13 Oct 2005 17:57
shaneo wrote:
media__whore wrote:
J'Adore wrote: I'm reading valley of fear (sherlock holmes) for my crime fiction module… aannndd margaret atwood - cats eye which is quite good.

I gave up reading for pleasure at uni due to the massive amounts of Satre, Fouclout, Boudrilard etc etc etc I had to wade through, kind of took the enjoyment out of it

You must be very familiar with Marshall Mcluhan also.

aye fella, read his reader, and Shoat & Stam et al, I love me french philosophers me…
Prot0
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1773 posts since 15/6/04

13 Oct 2005 17:57
I'm currently reading Life, Death, Legend - Jim Morrison Biography
Sergeevich
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387 posts since 10/2/04

13 Oct 2005 18:21
docdoom wrote:
nick wrote: I'm reading 1984 at the moment, it's a lot better than i thoguht it would be.

I had read a couple of orwells that were like so-so social commentery and then i read 1984 and was blown away, its amazing, despite its famous status.

If you liked 1984- which I do agree is brilliant- read We by Evgeniy Zamyatin, from which the plot and a lot of the ideas were lifted wholesale. Orwell did acknowledge this somewhere I believe, but Zamyatin's novel hasn't gained much publicity. It's also very good.
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

13 Oct 2005 19:31
Sergeevich wrote:
docdoom wrote:
nick wrote: I'm reading 1984 at the moment, it's a lot better than i thoguht it would be.

I had read a couple of orwells that were like so-so social commentery and then i read 1984 and was blown away, its amazing, despite its famous status.

If you liked 1984- which I do agree is brilliant- read We by Evgeniy Zamyatin, from which the plot and a lot of the ideas were lifted wholesale. Orwell did acknowledge this somewhere I believe, but Zamyatin's novel hasn't gained much publicity. It's also very good.

yeah i have heard of that in some distopias article i read. i check it out, thanks
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

20 Oct 2005 10:06
chuck palahniuk - diary
John
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848 posts since 20/9/01

20 Oct 2005 10:10
Steaming In - Colin Ward

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guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

11 Nov 2005 13:51
the wind up bird chronicles - murakami

and before that…

generation x - coupland
Esc.
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4996 posts since 4/9/03

11 Nov 2005 14:01
Chuck Palahniuk - Survivor
docdoom
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2036 posts since 11/4/04

11 Nov 2005 14:21
just clocked

pale fire - nabakov

now

the child in time - ian mcewan

both class
councilboy
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19 posts since 21/4/05

11 Nov 2005 15:24
guffer wrote: the wind up bird chronicles - murakami

Fucking quaility. First Murakami book I read. Have you read any of the others? Hard-Boiled Wonderland and Norweigan Wood are tip-top!

Just about finishing Generation Of Swine - Hunter Thompson and then it's The Moon's a balloon - David Nivens autobiography. I do love a cad.
J'Adore
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1815 posts since 27/2/05

11 Nov 2005 16:57
For my course: Ruth Rendell - Live Flesh

but as soon as thats done I'm gonna start Jodi Picolt - My Sister's Keeper
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

11 Nov 2005 17:00
councilboy wrote: the wind up bird chronicles - murakami

Fucking quaility. First Murakami book I read. Have you read any of the others? Hard-Boiled Wonderland and Norweigan Wood are tip-top!

yeah, i have also read:

norwegian wood
dance dance dance
a wild sheep chase
hard boiled wonderland

norwegian wood & dance dance dance were my favorites Laughing out loud
Greggle
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583 posts since 21/1/05

11 Nov 2005 17:36
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs, it's alright.
Jeffery Deaver is better for crime/thriller/forensic
Oasisunit
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5169 posts since 8/5/03

11 Nov 2005 20:34
nick hornby- "long way down"

hilarious book, highly recommended!