Good Books. Anyone?

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    Jul 11, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    Havent read a good book in a longgg time. so people any reccomendations? thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 11, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    Yes, I'm reading Vernon God Little. Love it.
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    Jul 11, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    cold saidI'm reading '1984' at the moment and it's fast becoming a favourite!

    Some others I recently enjoyed:
    >> 'Cat's Cradle', 'Galapagos' and 'Slaughterhouse 5' by Kurt Vonnegut
    >> 'Catcher in the Rye' by JD Salinger


    1984 is soo damn amazing lol and i have read catcher in the rye
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    Jul 11, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    Call me by your name - Andre Aciman- really makes me want to wear my espedrilles

    The Big Short- that is, if you haven't had enough of Wall Street and the financial crisis
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    Jul 11, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

    It's sort of a bible sized book, but I can say that it changed my life.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 11, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
    I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife."

    I have 7 books by Augusten Burroughs, who wrote, "Running With Scissors."
    I think that he's a brilliant writer.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidI loved "The Time Traveler's Wife."

    I have 7 books by Augusten Burroughs, who wrote, "Running With Scissors."
    I think that he's a brilliant writer.


    Time traveler's wife is actualyl pretty good. and yea ill check the other book out.
  • JockChefJim

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    Jul 12, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    Currently reading "wizard's first rule" but considering to pick up "to kill a mockingbird" next. Been a good 20 yrs or more since I last read it.
  • TexasBoeuf

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    Jul 12, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    Unbearable Lightness of Being is a great book if you like nihilistic 'nothing matters' themes.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    The prophet by Khalil Gibran, or Mirrors of the soul by Khalil Gibran as well....
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    JockChefJim saidCurrently reading "wizard's first rule" but considering to pick up "to kill a mockingbird" next. Been a good 20 yrs or more since I last read it.



    the entire saga is very interesting (though he does repeat himself ALOT for those who are starting in the middle of the series). khalan is my bitch!! richard is a bit too proper for my tastes (like edward of the twilight series), but i'd definitely let him whisk me away on an adventure. two years later i still remember how some of the acts of sacrifice in that series made me boohoo pretty damn hard.

    wizard's first rule (if i remember correctly): people want you to lie to them.


    i'm rereading "the hobbit" at this moment.

    also look for "the last of the wine" by mary renault. it takes place in athens, and is an account of "gay" men at their abject finest. i'm still looking for lysis to rescue me from my own ostentation.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
    Gone With the Wind - Margeret Mitchell
    Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
    1984 and Animal Farm - Orwell
    Their Eyes Were Watching G-d
    Aint No Making It
    Shizukos Daughter

    To name a few... I prefer dryer reading so I tried to get interesting stuff listed!
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    Naked - David Sedaris
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    512jock saidNaked - David Sedaris


    anything by david sedaris is a good choice.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    512jock saidNaked - David Sedaris


    My Ex loves David Sedaris but I am not a huge fan of his writing style...
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI am re-reading "Erfolg" ("Success") by Lion Feuchtwanger. It is one of the best novels of the 20th century. I finished re-reading "Exil" last month and then wiill take up "The Oppermanns" again. Together, the three of them constitute the "Wartesaal trilogy" and it amazes me that no one has heard of it or him anymore.




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    Jul 12, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    I just picked up a copy of the Omnibus Sherlock Holmes. I figure if you're going to read Sherlock Holmes you might as well read it all. It's 1350 pages so I'll probably be working on that for a while.
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    I just finished David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, and it was quite the read.
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    The Soccer Field is Empty, by Mark Roeder.

    Its style targets a young audience (around 16 years or so, I'd say), but it's a quick read and enthralling.

    Be warned, it's a tragedy. icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    I would read "princess" about the harsh life of a Saudi woman oppressed by a society obsessed with masculinity... (unfortunately, not in a gay way)
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    I just finished "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout.
    It was a fascinating look into the mind and methods of a Sociopath (many of whom are our friends, lovers, and family members).
  • creature

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    Jul 13, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    Lord Chesterfield's Letters. Hilarious.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 13, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    That depends entirely on what sort of book you're looking to read:

    Nonfiction: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. I plug this book every chance I get. Everybody should read this.

    Epic Fantasy series: I've recently finished the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher (first book: The Furies of Calderon), which has a very interesting magic system and some good old fashioned giant political plots.

    Humor Fantasy: Heroics for Beginners by John Moore. Really, any of the John Moore books, but this was his first.

    Highbrow Classic: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

    Entertaining Classic: Candide by Voltaire is an amazingly funny satirical attack on over-the-top optimism

    Humorous Science Fiction: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Madcap hijinks from time traveling historians.

    Thought-Provoking Science Fiction: The Terminal Experiment by Robert Sawyer explores the nature of identity and consciousness in a believable story arc.
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    I'm a big fan of Iris Murdoch. I particularly recommend A Fairly Honorable Defeat, The Book and the Brotherhood, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, The Black Prince, Henry and Cato, A Word Child, and A Severed Head.

    If you've never read Madame Bovary, it's a must.

    Also a great fan of Edmund White, especially Forgetting Elena, Caracole, A Boy's Own Story, and The Beautiful Room Is Empty.

    I've never gotten into the big Henry James novels, but really like some of the novellas, especially Washington Square and The Spoils of Poynton.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jul 13, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    I'm in the process of reading "My Queer War" by James Lord. I think it's a really good book... it puts you into the life of a gay WW2 soldier. It is somewhat sad, but it definitely contextualizes the realities of being a gay man in that era. No internet, no gay rights organizations, etc. - it's really eye opening

    http://www.amazon.com/My-Queer-War-James-Lord/dp/0374217483