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« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2014, 09:01:56 AM »
Ian Rankin - Let it Bleed
Sounds like good advice for dealing with women.
The title was actually name dropped in the third chapter in reference to bleeding a radiator. I don't know if it has significance beyond that because I couldn't get past the bland prose.

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« Reply #61 on: July 28, 2014, 06:34:20 AM »
Currently attempting to read Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.

It is a compilation of passages composed over the course of a 15-year, heroin-feuled excursion of isolation. The author was a mad junkie. There isn't too much continuity between chapters at all; it is noted that the reader can start pretty much anywhere.

A lot of it is hard to stomach - not the content, but the sheer volume of content. I can handle a couple paragraphs about sodomy, but page after page after page detailing insect rape can at times be overwhelming. The language is unsettling as well, even when the story being told isn't necessarily awful.

I can only handle about an hour at a time, at least the chapter I am reading. Has anybody else tried reading this?
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« Reply #62 on: July 28, 2014, 09:41:11 AM »
Currently attempting to read Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.

It is a compilation of passages composed over the course of a 15-year, heroin-feuled excursion of isolation. The author was a mad junkie. There isn't too much continuity between chapters at all; it is noted that the reader can start pretty much anywhere.

A lot of it is hard to stomach - not the content, but the sheer volume of content. I can handle a couple paragraphs about sodomy, but page after page after page detailing insect rape can at times be overwhelming. The language is unsettling as well, even when the story being told isn't necessarily awful.

I can only handle about an hour at a time, at least the chapter I am reading. Has anybody else tried reading this?

I've read it once. I liked it a lot, though it is very dense and disjointed and I can see why someone would have trouble with it.

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« Reply #63 on: July 31, 2014, 09:38:45 PM »
Currently attempting to read Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.

It is a compilation of passages composed over the course of a 15-year, heroin-feuled excursion of isolation. The author was a mad junkie. There isn't too much continuity between chapters at all; it is noted that the reader can start pretty much anywhere.

A lot of it is hard to stomach - not the content, but the sheer volume of content. I can handle a couple paragraphs about sodomy, but page after page after page detailing insect rape can at times be overwhelming. The language is unsettling as well, even when the story being told isn't necessarily awful.

I can only handle about an hour at a time, at least the chapter I am reading. Has anybody else tried reading this?

I've read it once. I liked it a lot, though it is very dense and disjointed and I can see why someone would have trouble with it.

I liked it a lot too. I have been wanting to read it again since it has been quite some time.

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Re: FES Book Club
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2014, 11:01:01 AM »
Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote, Part 1 (trans. Rutherford)

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« Reply #65 on: August 11, 2014, 05:14:59 PM »


Just started reading this book today. I've heard good things.

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« Reply #66 on: August 12, 2014, 07:58:57 PM »
While reding Alien Bodies I came across this line:

"But sometimes my arms bend back."

Sounds like a Twin Peaks reference to me.

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« Reply #67 on: August 12, 2014, 09:27:53 PM »
Currently attempting to read Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs.

It is a compilation of passages composed over the course of a 15-year, heroin-feuled excursion of isolation. The author was a mad junkie. There isn't too much continuity between chapters at all; it is noted that the reader can start pretty much anywhere.

A lot of it is hard to stomach - not the content, but the sheer volume of content. I can handle a couple paragraphs about sodomy, but page after page after page detailing insect rape can at times be overwhelming. The language is unsettling as well, even when the story being told isn't necessarily awful.

I can only handle about an hour at a time, at least the chapter I am reading. Has anybody else tried reading this?

I read a little of a friend's copy, I had literally no idea what was going on

"And we were walking along a sky made of penises and we were penises and the largest penis started talking to us in squirrels." Basically seemed to be the general gist.

I had no intention of carrying on.

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« Reply #68 on: August 12, 2014, 09:29:21 PM »
"And we were walking along a sky made of penises and we were penises and the largest penis started talking to us in squirrels." Basically seemed to be the general gist.


Sounds like pretentious drivel.

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« Reply #69 on: August 13, 2014, 02:13:55 AM »
I'm reading Catch-22 right now.  I had heard it was funny.  I didn't expect it to be this funny.
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« Reply #70 on: August 13, 2014, 02:25:52 AM »
I'm reading Catch-22 right now.  I had heard it was funny.  I didn't expect it to be this funny.

That's my favorite tome ever penned. It gets funnier. The end is a real riot.
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« Reply #71 on: August 13, 2014, 04:11:42 AM »
Catch-22 is a great book.  I gave a presentation on it to my English class in college.

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« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2014, 08:07:00 PM »
I just finished The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro. He adds an interesting twist to vampires and it's refreshing to see them be portrayed as the vicious beasts we are supposed to be afraid of instead of the misunderstood being we need to make love to.

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« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2014, 03:24:42 AM »
John Kennedy Toole - A Confederacy of Dunces

I don't know how long it'll take me to read this, I've just finished the first chapter and I was pausing to laugh so often it might have taken me twice as long as ten pages normally would.

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« Reply #74 on: August 31, 2014, 03:53:30 AM »
it's refreshing to see them be portrayed as the vicious beasts we are supposed to be afraid
According to which folklores? If you mean the original eastern European vampires then they're supposed to be bloated and mischievous. In the 1800s, western European versions are more commonly supposed to be both terrifying and seductive. I actually dislike when they're just one or the other. They have a big weakness in sunlight. Blending in, seducing, and killing their food-source makes more sense to me and is kind of terrifying in itself.

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« Reply #75 on: September 24, 2014, 09:41:17 PM »
Salman Rushdie - The Satanic Verses

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« Reply #76 on: September 24, 2014, 11:24:54 PM »
Seneca: Letters From a Stoic and The Emperor's Handbook: Marcus Aurelius

I need stoicism in my life since I have a new boss and am not enjoying it.

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« Reply #77 on: October 24, 2014, 07:28:15 PM »
Thomas Pynchon - Inherent Vice


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« Reply #78 on: October 24, 2014, 09:07:50 PM »
Thomas Pynchon - Inherent Vice



Are you gonna finish it in time to watch the movie when it comes out? Paul Thomas Anderson is directing it. It's like a dream come true.
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« Reply #79 on: October 24, 2014, 09:11:55 PM »
Thomas Pynchon - Inherent Vice



Are you gonna finish it in time to watch the movie when it comes out? Paul Thomas Anderson is directing it. It's like a dream come true.

Of course! And yes he is my favorites <3
I had originally tried to wait and watch the film first before I read it, but I can't wait any longer.