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Jun 28, 2012 05:07AM

69520 I've read a little over half of John Dies at the End, and I'm really enjoying it. I started reading it cause I saw it mentioned in this group a few times.
69520 Peter wrote: "Any Pynchon fans in the neighborhood?"

Yes! I thoroughly enjoyed V (sorry, I'd use the book link, but I'd have to search through about 29k books to find it). I was kind of on the fence about The Crying of Lot 49 until closer to the end. I haven't read Gravity's Rainbow yet, but I hope to get to it soon.
Jun 06, 2012 12:46PM

69520 Anyone here a fan of Brian Aldiss? I'm reading Helliconia Spring, and I kind of have mixed feelings about it so far. I'd never heard of Aldiss until recently, when my uncle sent me this book.
Jun 01, 2012 05:05AM

69520 I loved Oryx and Crake. I have The Year of the Flood on my to-read list for this year.
69520 Sure thing. Glad you found an easier way!
69520 Ruby wrote: "I'm trying to do a rough tally of how many we've got on each bookshelf thread, but it's looking pretty time consuming. I wish I knew enough to write some sort of script to figure out how many book recs we have on each thread. Do we have any tech geeks capable of such awesomeness?"

If you want to delegate, I have some free time and can help you tally the recs. I can't write a script for you, but I can do the good old pen and paper method.
May 31, 2012 05:17AM

69520 Riona wrote: "I thought Dead Until Dark was decent, but the second one, Living Dead in Dallas, bored me. I wrote brief reviews for both if anyone is curious -- #1, #2. I probably won't read the rest, but you never know."

I read your review of #1. I like your reviewing style. Straightforward and laid back. I didn't read the review of #2 because I haven't read that book yet.
May 30, 2012 04:13PM

69520 Skinny Legs and All is partly told from the POV of inanimate objects. It's also a very humorous and sexy book in general.
69520 Would The Forever War fit in this shelf? Cause that's an excellent read, and I think it shoud get at least a mention.
69520 I'd like to add I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. It's a collection of shorts, but the short story that shares its name with the collection is memorable, to say the least. The images HAUNT me! And I second Deathbird Stories -- good to know others enjoy Ellison, too!
May 29, 2012 10:32AM

69520 Coldnostalgia wrote: "It's strange what hype can do for a poor or mediocre book."

I've often wondered how much that impacts continuing popularity of crap books (take anything Dan Brown, Stephanie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins for example). If the media didn't keep splashing ads for them everywhere and turning them into movies right away, I wonder if those poorly written books would fade from pop culture more quickly, and if so, how much faster they would fade.

One could always wish for a more discerning reading public... (I only sound like an elitist -- I'm really just an idealist. Many of my views on pop culture books, esp. YA books, come from my having to explain to my students ad nauseum why the writing is terrible in such books; my students try to emulate Meyer when writing professional cover letters and reports.)
May 29, 2012 05:30AM

69520 I'd also like to add Dead Until Dark. Harris is absolutely terrible at plot and character development. The True Blood series on HBO takes care of a LOT of Harris's goofs (not to mention the tv series and the books have more differences than similarities). Sookie made me flat out angry throughout the entire book. I haven't read the rest of the series (my cousin wants me to so he can talk about them with me, so I might just to encourage his reading -- maybe I can get him interested in some better books), but I'm willing to bet the rest are just as bad.

And anything by Chelsea Handler. Just awful!
May 28, 2012 06:18PM

69520 Agreed on The Hunger Games books. Collins is a horrible writer. I haven't read Battle Royale yet, but I do plan to at some point.
May 25, 2012 11:33AM

69520 Ditto on the Twilight crap. Sparkling vampires? Come on!

Can we also add Eat, Pray, Love? I read half of the first paragraph and literally threw the book across the room. I'm pretty sure it became kindling after that.

Also, anything and everything by Dan Brown.
May 23, 2012 04:49AM

69520 Angela~twistedmind~ wrote: "That said, I'm reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and loving it."

We should talk... I love GRRM's books! I finished all 5 books in the Song series, and I can't wait for book 6. I'd love to hear what you think about it after your done!
May 22, 2012 05:25AM

69520 Petra wrote: "I'm currently half through The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, which is really interesting.

I've heard that's a fascinating book -- I'd love to hear what you think about it!
May 21, 2012 06:21AM

69520 FINALLY finished Love in the Time of Cholera, then decided to go for a quick, light, and funny, so I read Life, the Universe, and Everything yesterday. Now I'm working my way through The Man in the High Castle. I'm a big PKD fan, so I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this book. Muchly.
May 17, 2012 05:58AM

69520 Some of Frazer's work has been found to be flawed, but other aspects are fairly well explained. I do occasionally come across some pretty pejorative terms, but that's a lesson, too, on how they thought at the time. I'm reading it as though it's a historical fiction of sorts and not as a strictly true anthropological perspective, as it was seen in its day. I'm more interested in the progression of the myth surrounding the Green Man from the earliest forms of Nature Cults up through the Middle Ages (and maybe a little beyond that).
May 17, 2012 05:25AM

69520 I'm so glad I'm with a bunch of people who enjoy Christopher Moore as much as I do! Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is one of my favorites so far, but I have a bunch of his books that I haven't read yet, so we'll see.

I'm currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera, which I'm not really enjoying, and Sir James G. Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion: A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions. I've read bits and pieces of TGB before for research and found the material so interesting that I decided to read it cover to cover.
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May 16, 2012 06:58AM

69520 Derek wrote: Yeah! A homebrewer. Come visit us at Brewnosers. What styles do you like?

I like anything that's not yellow fizzy, really, but lately I've been partial to Belgian styles. I've got a grand cru and a pumpkin ale (cellaring for the fall) in 2 of my kegs at the moment, and I'm thinking about brewing a wheat beer in the next couple weeks. How about you? What styles snag your fancy?
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