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Old 06-20-2008, 04:51 PM   #91
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Anybody read Fight Club, Chuck Palahnuik.

He's one helluva writer. The book is very entertaining.
Palahniuk rules. "Choke" is being released as a movie in September.

I'm almost done reading his "Stranger Than Fiction" essays.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:53 PM   #92
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don't sleep on chuck P's Haunted. the first story in it will seriously make you very uncomfortable!
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:55 PM   #93
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Fight Club is the book that turned me into a reader. I've read all his books up until Rant, his newest, which I was about 100 pages into when I moved last summer. I think that I need to start that one over.

I really liked them all, but Fight Club, Diary, and Lullaby really stood out to me. Also, the movie version of Choke is coming out this August and it looks pretty interesting.
It really is a great book and I'm not even into fiction. I think Diary will be next followed by Choke. I can't imagine what Choke would be like on screen. Seriously rated R.
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Palahniuk rules. "Choke" is being released as a movie in September.

I'm almost done reading his "Stranger Than Fiction" essays.
So I'm riding Metro one morning and read this line about Chloe:

Chloe had pornographic movies, if I was interested. Amyl nitrate. Lubricants.
Normal times, I'd be sporting an erection. Our Choloe, however, is a skeleton dipped in yellow wax.

Boy I did I burst out laughing right there on the train.
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:36 AM   #95
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If you read Burr I will committ to re-reading it because that would be a killer thread. It could go on for weeks. I have close friends with whom I have nothing in common except the fact that we have read these historical novels. Understand, this is not Gordon Wood type history. This is dramafication based on fact. For instance, we know that T.R. and W.R.H. met at The White House. No one knows exactly what was said. In "Empire" Vidal creates a terribly plausible scenario-and it rules. In the first book, he takes on Burr as Protagonist rather than as "guy who shot Hamilton". Enjoy.
I just remembered this SS. Let's get reading on Gore Vidal people.
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:35 AM   #96
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Just finished Atonement...what a beautiful novel (the movie sucks btw). Am now reading Thomas Moore's short stories. I am also trying to read Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle, but the Japanese ruling over California is difficult for me to countenance, even as historical fiction.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:56 AM   #97
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I'm about a quarter of the way through "The Political Brain".

It's kind of interesting... but he is really left leaning. Still... neat read so far.

"The Political Brain is a ground-breaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation by Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University. Westen shows how politicians can capture the hearts and minds of the electorate through examples of what candidates have said—or could have said—in debates, speeches, and ads.

The Political Brain
shows how a different view of the mind and brain leads to a different way of talking with voters about issues that have tied the tongues of Democrats for much of forty years—such as abortion, guns, taxes, and race. You can’t change the structure of the brain. But you can change the way you appeal to it."
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Old 06-21-2008, 05:25 PM   #98
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I just bought three new books: "Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad" by Gordan Thomas; "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin; "The Futurological Congress" by Stanislaw Lem. I haven't started reading any of them yet, and I was wondering if anyone here has already read any of them?
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It really is a great book and I'm not even into fiction. I think Diary will be next followed by Choke. I can't imagine what Choke would be like on screen. Seriously rated R.
Choke will no doubt be rated R and dark as all hell. One things that already annoys me about the trailer (which you can find on youtube) and articles that I've read about the movie is that they making it seem like Victor is a sex addict, which wasn't the case in the book. He used to go to their meetings to pick up addicted women, but I gathered it was because he was pretty lazy about it. I still think it will be one of the best dark comedies in years.
Then again, I read that book 5 or 6 years ago, so I may have to re-read it before the movie comes out.

Also, I started Rant over again and it has been much better than I thought the first time through. It's written as an oral history, so it's bascially a bunch of segments of interviews about this guy, Rant Casey. The cool thing is that Palahniuk has to create the voices of all these different interviewees and give their side of the story. I think it really shows his range as a writer.

And lastly, mredskins is right, Haunted was really good, but VERY twisted. Don't read it if you have a weak stomach or are easily offended.
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I just finished a book called Afriad, if you like horror books and need a good "beach read" this book is for you.

Amazon.com: afraid Amazon.com: afraid

Now I am on to the Tailsman by SK.
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Right now im reading "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" by Tim Weiner. It's a great book if your interested in reading about the complete history of the CIA, their missions, and their utter incompetence.

Also recommended:
"Parallel Worlds" by Michio Kaku, "1984" by George Orwell, "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine, "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock, "The Cosmic Trigger" by Robert Anton Wilson, "Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life" by John Lee Anderson, "I am a Strange Loop" by Douglas Hofstadter, "Undiscovered Self" by Carl Jung, "Sirius Mystery" by Robert Temple, "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx, "The Second World" by Parag Khanna, "Supernatural" by Graham Hancock, "Dinner with a Cannibal" by Carole Travis-Henikoff.
I love Graham Hancock. He needs to stop drinking his vine juice for a little while though. Supernatural was good but it was really out there.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:54 AM   #102
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Eh... I haven't been reading that much lately. The last novel I read was "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton. Right now I'm going over Gutherie Govan's "Advanced Guitar Theory", Aristotle's theories on the state and political thought, Barron's guide to "Market Securities", and Chilton manuals to save money on my van's upkeep.

I've a few books that I've put off for a while. I'm planning on re-reading "Sister Carrie" by Dreiser, "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, "Breath of the Dragon" by Ragnor Benson, and "The Oil Card" by James Norman. For something new I was thinking, "Contigency Cannibalism" by Shiguro Takada and reading some of Giap's doctrine on warfare.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:07 PM   #103
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Band of Brothers/Ambrose -- excellent book for WWII junkies/history buffs. It's basically a documentary, compiled from several sources, but it reads like a novel. Great work by Ambrose to achieve this.

Touching the Void/Simpson -- first hand account of probably the most courageous and harrowing mountaineering self-rescue ever performed.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:57 PM   #104
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Not much of a reader but right now I'm reading Too Fat to Fish, aka Artie Lange's autobiography. It's a good read, I'm a pretty big fan of his and it's nice to read things from his perspective.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:05 PM   #105
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Just finished "A thousand splendid suns"... It was aight...

Just started "City of thieves" by the dude who wrote the wolverine jaunt. Pretty good so far.

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