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Offline zjab58

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« on: July 30, 2004, 06:10:28 AM »
This lounge area is deserted so I decided to post this.

Anybody read any good books lately? I am into reading the classics right now. I read The Time Machine by H. G. Wells recently. It is now one of my favorites. Same thing goes for A Clockwork Orange, but you pretty much have to learn a new language for that.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2004, 11:09:44 PM »
good topic.  

the odd vocab in clockwork orange is russian.  moloko is milk, tolchok is hit, droog is friend, idi is go, that probably gets you halfway there, though i didn't enjoy it that much.  i'm behind on classics though, aiming for bulgakov's master and margarita sometime.  

i'm big on fringe paranormal and conspiracy stuff.  i read betty eadie's nde book embraced by the light around the time my girlfriend died; checking out a book on remote viewing, two books on the apollo missions (chaikin, a man on the moon; murray & cox, apollo) several about et contact; john mcphee titles, etc.  if you're into really downbeat stuff, i think a.e. housman's very possibly the best poet in the english language (robert service is good too).  but my to-read shelf is growing to abnormal size, i want to start making serious progress.  
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Re: Books
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2004, 02:10:48 PM »
I know what you mean about the to-read shelf. Man, I have so many books on my list of books that I want to read I could fill up a bookstore.

Russian huh? I should have thought of that. I figured most of it out on my own, but it's good to know where it comes from. That adds a lot to the book, especially in underlying paranoia  :D.

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Re: Books
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2004, 02:11:43 PM »
i just read a book done by my favorite author: Chuck Palahniuk called Lullaby. i really liked it, and im about to read another book of his called Invisible Monsters.

for those of you who dont know, Chuck was the author of Fight Club  ;D
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2004, 11:42:17 PM »
Best book ever written: 1984, by George Orwell.  Scary stuff indeed!
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Re: Books
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2004, 10:50:57 PM »
animal farm wasn't bad either, orwell was great.  

got sights on against all enemies and imperial hubris too.  

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Re: Books
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2004, 07:17:38 AM »
What I think is so great about orwell is that he was a self-proclaimed socialist writing against communism. I's quite the paradox. I'm re-reading 1984 again right now

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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2004, 02:06:54 PM »
Two good books i have read jsut recently are Kane and Abel, and Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less by Jeffery Archer, and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2005, 12:25:52 PM »
ttt, this is a great thread.

Best book i've read over the last couple of years is Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.

I'm currently about half way through the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown which I'm enjoying thoroughly. What do you think of it?

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2005, 11:14:38 AM »
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ttt, this is a great thread.I'm currently about half way through the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown which I'm enjoying thoroughly. What do you think of it?

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<puts on literary snob hat> Da Vinci Code is seriously trashy...........<takes off hat> but I have to admit it's a page turner.  It's like Grisham squared.  

A lot of its 'theories' are a load of old tosh imho though.

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Re: Books
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2005, 03:47:30 PM »
Last month I read

Down and out in Paris and London- Orwell
Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
Faust- Goethe
The Greast Gatsby- Fitzgerald
Media Control- Chomsky

I recomend all of them, apart from Faust- unless you like German poetry.

Other books I liked-

1984- Orwell
Animal farm- Orwell
Catch 22- Heller
Crime and Punishment- Dostoyevsky
War and Peace- Tolstoy
The Odyssey- Homer
Slaughter House 5- Vonnegut
Dracula- Stoker
Fear and loathing in las vegas- Thompson
Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy- Adams
Weapons of Mass Deception- not sure
Lord of the Rings- Tolkien
Brave New World- Huxley
Schindlers arc- Kennealy

Books i'm going to read in the next two months

To Kill A Mocking Bird- Lee
Heart of Darkness- Conrad
Don Quixote- Cervantes
Cancer Ward- Solzhenitsyn
Nausea- Sartre

Current read Moby male thingy- Melville

Best books I have ever read- Crime and Punishment and 1984.

Modified I'm not allowed to say moby male thingy ;D

I said i'm not allowed to say Moby male thingy.

Shall I try one last time.

I said i'm not allowed to say Moby male thingy

Oh F*ck it ;D






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Re: Books
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2005, 05:37:41 PM »
Zjab - I didn't read the book but I saw A Clockwork Orange on video and wasn't the same for about a week.

Re: Books
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2005, 06:14:08 PM »
Hypo - you might enjoy Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, which is in tune with Down and Out's life with the poor. Also Jack London wrote a life as a tramp in London book but 30 years before (has some decriptions v.similar to Orwells).  

Orwells clergymans daughter is also good social commentry in that style although fiction (but based on some of his own experinces). He later hated this book.

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Re: Books
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2005, 10:00:13 AM »
brother_gyne,

Interesting

Thanks

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Re: Books
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2005, 09:44:28 AM »
Wow Hypo, reading that list one might think that you were a college Lit major. Impressive. I am a college Lit major and I don't really have all that mcuh time to read stuff on my own, but I really enjoyed Henry James' Washington Square. It's not my normal thing, but It still was fairly good.
I also just read Doctor Faustus, a play by Christopher Marlow based on Faust by Goethe. Supposedly one of the greats, but I thought that it sucked.

Maybe I can try Moby male thingy, Moby male thingy, Moby male thingy. Oh well, How about Moby D1ck.


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