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Old 02-01-2014, 04:31 PM   #406
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SCUBA once had to……..eliminate, let's say, a bishop in a foreign land. It was a lot like chess, except chess pieces don't actually sell American secrets stolen from the consulate and sell them to our enemies, and of course chess pieces don't bleed and die.

But, yeah, how about that Jean Valjean, huh?
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:43 PM   #407
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I've never watched the musical because I just can't for the life of me understand how that story gave someone the idea to stick some music with it.
I was familiar with the musical before I even knew it was based on a book.


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I don't think I could read it because all the singing going on in my head would distract me too much.

Or that, yes.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:50 AM   #408
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I read the abridged version in high school and really liked it. Apparently the original has a lot of pointless commentary that has nothing to do with the story, which is why it's the size of a brick.
There was a whole chapter, I just read, completely devoted to an analogy.

It was a 3 page long chapter, but still.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:57 PM   #409
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All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

I thought that The Road and No Country for Old Men were great but for some reason I wasn't feeling this one and struggled to finish it. Maybe because the setting and characters just didn't grab me much.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:32 AM   #410
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In need of recommendations.

I'm taking most of the year off from writing any new material, but I'm beginning to read more in the meantime so I'll have a particular voice/tone ready to go when I start up again. The direction I want to go in is more surrealist/fantasy than anything I've done before, so I'm looking for recommendations in that vein.

More specifically, I want novels that are very creative with storytelling and consistently throw readers for a loop as they go along. Really, anything inventive or surprising would be great.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:25 AM   #411
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If On A Winter's Night by Italo Calvino is a very creative experiment. Might be playing with form more than you're looking for though.

I'd also check out House Of Leaves, which tries a lot of different things and also happens to be the scariest book I've ever read at times. Has a big cult following.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:42 AM   #412
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House of Leaves has been sitting on our bookshelf for about a year now. I started to read it in September, planning to read it throughout the Halloween season, but I don't remember why that didn't pan out. I should probably get back to that at some point, but for now, I'm still Les Miz'ing it.
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If On A Winter's Night by Italo Calvino is a very creative experiment. Might be playing with form more than you're looking for though.
The four most incredible bits of writing that I've read are (in order):

1. Finnegan's Wake - Joyce

2. The Library of Babel - Borges

3. Without fear of wind or vertigo (Chapter 8 of If On A Winter's Night a Traveler) - Calvino

4. Ithaca (Chapter 17 of Ulysses) - Joyce

In fact, my son's name was taken from Calvino's works.
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As much as I generally love Joyce, Finnegan's Wake makes me want to jam pencils in my eyeballs.
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FW isn't so much enjoyable as it is impressive. Though, I've never read Joyce because I enjoy him. I read him for his hubris.
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I read the Divergent trilogy over the weekend.

The first book was decent enough, and made me want to keep going, but it was all downhill from there.
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Good to hear. I won't bother in that case.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:23 PM   #418
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The entire foundation the world itself is based on seems completely absurd and doomed to fail. And then there's a generic YA romance thrown in because why not.
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Some might be pleased to know I've crested and am finally investing all my reading time to Infinite Jest. Around the 60% mark (according to kindle, which includes the equally-sized endnotes) and things are really beginning to trickle into place and it's pretty glorious.
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Once you finish, feel free to come in here and whine/scream/etc.

Seeing people's reactions to the end is the best.
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