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Old 07-18-2008, 03:16 PM   #41 (permalink)
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one book I have always wanted to read is "War and Peace" (Im not sure thats the correct english translation) but never got the chance.
I have heard it is extremmely difficult to read. Has anyone of you read it?
yup, that's teh correct translation. It's long, cold and depressing - and thoroughly Russian. I highly recommend it, but it is difficult at times.
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:19 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Here are a few quotes from what I consider to be the world's greatest novel. Remember that this is written by a native Russian in his third language - Vladimir Nabokov. Tell me this doesn't make you want to read!?!?!?
Is that Lolita? If so I saw the movie
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yes it's Lolita. the movie is alright, but the book is truly incredible. the prose is simply astonishing.
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Trane, seems like you are a bit of a book buff so I'll ask you.

Knowing that I am a very weak and slow reader who has only ever been able to finish books by Tolkein, Adams and Palahniuk, who would you suggest would be a good read for me?

I actually do enjoy reading I am just very weak at it and lose interest because of it if I dont find it interesting.
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it depends entirely on what you are interested in. i like challenging books, books with great prose, epic battles, good and evil, the dark underbelly and the brightest lights, moral struggle and the birth of new ideas.

tell me what you are interested in and I'll see what i can think of.

i'd read lolita, though. it is such an incredible book. he almost convinces you that Humbert's act of preying upon an innocent child is an act of love and caring. almost. but the reality is that he's a monster. "an artist and a monster."
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Bel, I have read War and Peace. I liked it but again, I don't see it as the best novel I have ever read.
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one book I have always wanted to read is "War and Peace" (Im not sure thats the correct english translation) but never got the chance.
I have heard it is extremmely difficult to read. Has anyone of you read it?
you know, Tolstoy was actually going to name it "War, was is it good for".
but his maid told him to change it to "war and peace".
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #48 (permalink)
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The Marine Biologist

Episode #78

Originally Aired: Wednesday, February 10, 1994, 9:30

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Elaine: Oh! Don't you know what this means, it's like working with Tolstoy!

Jerry: Hey ya know what I read the most unbelievable thing about Tolstoy the

other day, did you know the original title for "War and Peace" was

"War--What Is It Good For?"!

Elaine: Ha ha.

Jerry: No, no.. I'm not kidding Elaine it's true, his mistress didn't like

the title and insisted him change it to "War and Peace"!

Elaine: But it's a line from that song!

Jerry: That's were they got it from!

Elaine: Really?

Jerry: I'm not joking!
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Lippman: You know Tolstoy use to write in the village square. The faces

inspired him.

Testikov: He didn't need any inspiration....God spoke through his pen.

Elaine: That is so true! Although one wonders if "War and Peace" would has

been as highly acclaimed as it was if it was published under it's

original name "War---What Is It Good For?"

Lippman: What?

Elaine: Yes. Mr. Lippman. It was his mistress who insisted he called it

"War and Peace." "War--What Is It Good For."(sang) Absolutely

nothin'! (spoken to Testikov)that's the song that they got from

Tolstoy.

Lippman: I'm sorry, it's just her sense of humor.
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:17 PM   #49 (permalink)
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it depends entirely on what you are interested in. i like challenging books, books with great prose, epic battles, good and evil, the dark underbelly and the brightest lights, moral struggle and the birth of new ideas.

tell me what you are interested in and I'll see what i can think of.

i'd read lolita, though. it is such an incredible book. he almost convinces you that Humbert's act of preying upon an innocent child is an act of love and caring. almost. but the reality is that he's a monster. "an artist and a monster."
I dont know about Lolita, the whole idea of it creeps me out and makes me really angry. Im sure its great and all but I know just seeing the movie(which are never as graphic as a book) really made me uncomfortable.

But on to what I like is that whole sword and sheild type thing and fantasy. I know that Lord of the Rings, Troy, Braveheart, Gladiator etc are my favorite movies and I love the whole idea of battles to the death, Glory in battle sort of shit.

Oh, and any book without Illustrations is a very challenging book to me
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I strongly suggest Kurt Vonnegut. Start with Slaughterhouse 5. All of his books are fantastic and not hard to read.

you might like Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes was apparently great, but I haven't read it. Farenheit 451 was also great.

For the 'sword and shield' stuff, I loved the Drangonlance series when I was a teenager - by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I also loved David Eddings' books - The Belgariad and the Mallorean.

Other great novels that aren't too taxing:

Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World
George Orwell, Animal Farm
CS Lewis's Narnia series
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

You also might want to try short stories - easily digestible and of good quality:
Anything by Edgar Allan Poe
Anything by Issac Asimov, especially I, Robot
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i just finished up on a penguin's classics run reading animal farm, 1984, the great gatsby, twelve caesars, the outsider, and old man and the sea. i recently started reading messenger boy murders by perihan magden, but i think i'm putting it down to read the the road by cormac mccarthy
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I strongly suggest Kurt Vonnegut. Start with Slaughterhouse 5. All of his books are fantastic and not hard to read
he's my fav!
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:45 PM   #53 (permalink)
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this is also a fantastic book:



http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Underd.../dp/0679737618

It's teh autobiography of Charles Mingus. It's mostly about him being a pimp, but he does talk a bit about being one of the most talented and prolific jazz composers of all time. incredibly engaging, hilarious and totally over the top.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:17 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Read "Secret Window Secret Garden"....bone chilling

I think they made a movie with Johnny Depp.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:22 PM   #55 (permalink)
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they did. i couldn't figure out why i knew everything that was going to happen...duh.
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:50 AM   #56 (permalink)
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I strongly suggest Kurt Vonnegut. Start with Slaughterhouse 5. All of his books are fantastic and not hard to read.

you might like Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes was apparently great, but I haven't read it. Farenheit 451 was also great.

For the 'sword and shield' stuff, I loved the Drangonlance series when I was a teenager - by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I also loved David Eddings' books - The Belgariad and the Mallorean.

Other great novels that aren't too taxing:

Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World
George Orwell, Animal Farm
CS Lewis's Narnia series
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

You also might want to try short stories - easily digestible and of good quality:
Anything by Edgar Allan Poe
Anything by Issac Asimov, especially I, Robot
Thanks Trane..think Im gonna try one as soon as I get a library card

"Something Wicked this way comes" sounds interesting to me.
Forgot about CS Lewis, and Mary Shelley
I used to like Poe in school(many moons ago)
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one book I have always wanted to read is "War and Peace" (Im not sure thats the correct english translation) but never got the chance.
I have heard it is extremmely difficult to read. Has anyone of you read it?
I've read it a few times ... it's a wonderful book if you can get through it ... all 1,400 pages of it. I think I was 16 when I read it for the first time (extra credit for grade 11 English) and it took me the entire Christmas holidays but it was awesome and so worth it.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:58 PM   #58 (permalink)
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For the 'sword and shield' stuff, I loved the Drangonlance series when I was a teenager - by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I also loved David Eddings' books - The Belgariad and the Mallorean.
Loved all of those (sometimes still read something). Although I always prefered the "Forgotten kingdoms" than Dragonlance, I read a lot of the books of both collections.

Other author of that kind of literature that I like a lot is Michael Moorcock, I read the Eternal Champion, Eroskesė, Hawkmoon and Elric, and if someday I see the others (Corum, Cornelius, ...) I am going to buy them.

After those I read a lot of Stephen King stuff, I liked how he explained the people's thoughts, always made sense for me, every person's thoughts, what they felt when something happened ... It (the part when they are kids is the best IMO), Apocalipse, Christine, Salem's lot, the Tommyknockers, Cujo, the dead zone, the shining, the eyes of the dragon, the Shop, Insomnia, the secret window, the 4 seasons, 2 after midnight, ...

Till he wrotte "Gerald's game", that was too much for me (and I read it): there is only a person in almost the whole book :|.


Snoochie, if you like Tolkien and if you like the Tom Sharpe's humour (Wilt) you should try to read "The Discworld series" by Terry Pratchett, what the hell, all of you should read it . Very funny stuff IMO.

Robert Ludlum's "the Omaha's road" was other book that I surprised a lot, didn't expect the humour, now I have to get "the road to Gandolfo", that it's the first part.


If someone haven't realized, I love to read. And yeah, don't mind if books are old of new stuff, I use to look for the author's books who I like. Lately I look for funny books, if someone can name a good one, it would be nice.


For those who don't like read, only I can say it's they haven't found yet what they like. That or they prefer the TV
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:01 AM   #59 (permalink)
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I actually just finished reading Farley Mowat's "Never Cry Wolf". They made a film about it in the early eighties, which I haven't seen, but the book really affected me in a number of ways. Ways I'm not sure I know how to talk about.

I highly recommend this book to any and all. I've loved wolves since as far back as I can remember. Thankfully, they're back on the protected list in the US after being taken off in mid-march. 100 were killed in the time between, which in most states other than colorado and wyoming, would've wiped out an entire wolf population.

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:04 AM   #60 (permalink)
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How do you people find timein todays world to read?

I honestly have no time.

Ever.

In fact, my reading, has been reduced to this board.

So please, would you fucks start posting closer to the likes of Eco, Robbins, and Steven Jay Gould.

Thanks.

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